Office of Science & Technology – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Self-destructive of Innovation Policy:

Innovation has become the central driver of economic growth and thus a key focal point of countries’ economic development strategies as they seek to gain global competitive advantage. In fact, no fewer than three dozen countries have now created both national innovation agencies and strategies designed specifically to link science, technology, and innovation with economic growth. These countries’ innovation strategies seek to align their policies toward skills, scientific research, information and communications technologies (ICTs), tax, trade, intellectual property (IP), government procurement, standards, and regulations in an integrated and coordinated approach designed to drive economic growth through innovation.

via Office of Science & Technology – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Self-destructive of Innovation Policy:.

Office of Science & Technology – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Self-destructive of Innovation Policy:

UNU-WIDER : Promoting Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Policy Challenges

This policy brief provides some fresh perspectives on the relationship between entrepreneurship and development, and considers policy design issues. It reports on the UNU-WIDER two-year research project ‘Promoting Entrepreneurial Capacity’, which aimed to understand whether and how entrepreneurship matters for development, how it could derail development, how entrepreneurs function in high growth as well as in conflict environments, and how female entrepreneurship differs across countries at various stages of development.

via UNU-WIDER : Promoting Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Policy Challenges.

UNU-WIDER : Promoting Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Policy Challenges

Germany merges technical cooperation services into the GIZ

The German federal government has launched a new agency for technical cooperation. At
the start of 2011, the new ‘‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit”
(German Agency for International Cooperation) will take up its work. This agency, called GIZ, will be created by merging the three government organisations of GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), DED (German Development
Service) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany). Having some 19,000 employees, operating in around 130 countries with revenues that are close to € 2
billion a year, the GIZ is likely to be the largest consulting company. Seven men will compose the executive body. In essence, the reform aims to streamline TC
organisations and make them more effective agents of development cooperation. It also
seeks to enhance the political steering role of the Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development while clearly allocating implementation tasks to the new
organisation. The German financial cooperation continues to be carried out separately by KfW Entwicklungsbank. http://tinyurl.com/36tyts7

Germany merges technical cooperation services into the GIZ

European Commission Directorate General for EuropeAid Development and Cooperation created

Following the appointment last week of the current Director General for DG Trade David
O’Sullivan to the post of Chief Operating Officer in the European External Action
Service (EEAS), the European Commission announced a reshuffle of senior posts and a
reorganisation of several Directorates-General. French career diplomat Pierre Vimont
has been appointed to the post of the Executive Secretary General of the EEAS. It has
been decided that DG EuropeAid (AIDCO) and DG Development (DEV) are to be merged to
form a new Directorate-General which will be known as DG DEVCO: EuropeAid Development
and Co-operation Directorate-General. The decision was largely welcomed by development
NGOs as a step towards greater coherence in EU development policy. Source: Eurostep http://tinyurl.com/32wbbyv

European Commission Directorate General for EuropeAid Development and Cooperation created

European Report on Development: Social protection is key to poverty eradication

The second European Report on Development (ERD) was launched at the European Development Days in Brussels with the message that social protection needs to be
placed at the heart of EU development policy. ‘‘A number of African countries already
have social protection programmes in place. It is increasingly on the policy agenda of
African leaders and several EU donors already support social protection based on the belief that it is both a human right and a catalyst for promoting inclusive
development and pro-poor growth,” said Giorgia Giovannetti of the European University
Institute, the lead author of the report. ‘‘This year’s edition of the ERD concludes that these piecemeal efforts are not enough. Social protection needs to become a
central and coordinated component of the development policies of African countries, the EU and its Member States, and other donors. Our analysis shows that it is
feasible, affordable, and that the time is ripe”. The ERD is an initiative sponsored by the European Commission and seven EU Member States (Finland, France, Germany,
Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and the UK). The research is conducted primarily at the
European University Institute in Florence. The first report, published in October 2009, focused on state fragility in sub-Saharan Africa.
http://erd.eui.eu/erd-2010/final-report/

European Report on Development: Social protection is key to poverty eradication

Public consultation on external relations funding

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU should fund
its external relations activities, in particular the European External Action Service
(EEAS). Contributions will be used by the Commission next year when preparing its
proposals for the EU budget after 2013. The EU budget has been the subject of much
wrangling in recent weeks between the EU institutions, following pressure from some
member states to impose tough restrictions on future EU budgets and fierce resistance from Parliament. The Commission website states: ‘‘Challenges for the future are plentiful. The EU’s external action must tackle global problems such as climate
change, energy security, and economic and financial stability. The 2015 deadline for
the Millennium Development Goals is also rapidly approaching, with more effort still
required as regards poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, sanitation and environmental sustainability.” See http://tinyurl.com/38y4aj6

Public consultation on external relations funding

Public consultation on future funding to boost EU competitiveness and innovation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the
Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The CIP is the
main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas. Its main priorities are SMEs, access to finance, innovation (including
eco-innovation), take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT),
energy efficiency and renewables. http://ec.europa.eu/cip/public_consultation/index_en.htm

Public consultation on future funding to boost EU competitiveness and innovation