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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:.

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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.

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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

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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

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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/

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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

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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

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African trade ministers criticise EPAs

At a meeting of the Ministers of Trade of the Member States of the African Union in Kigali, Rwanda at the beginning of November, ministers published a declaration
strongly criticising the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which the EU has been
trying to negotiate with countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region for several years. The process has been fraught with controversy, including accusations that EU negotiators have tried to bully ACP states into signing
unfavourable trade agreements. http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/gtrends/gtrends321.htm

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UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report

On Friday 26 November, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched its Least Developed Countries Report 2010, subtitled ‘Towards a new
international development architecture for LDCs’. The report argues that the world’s
49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) need ‘‘more and better-designed financing — rising from an estimated $4 billion to $17 billion per annum by 2030 — to cope with the difficulties posed by climate change. The report calls for ‘‘a new international architecture to support LDCs”, which would establish international funds for
infrastructure, green development, climate change mitigation, productive capacities
and financing innovation for LDCs. Climate change is a particularly crucial issue for
LDCs, as the report notes that it has been estimated that ‘‘for every 1˚C rise in
average global temperatures, annual average growth in poor countries could drop by 2–3
percentage points, with no change in the growth performance of rich countries”. The
report is intended to inform debate at the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, which will be held in May next year in Istanbul. http://tinyurl.com/24mfsb9

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African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration launched

On 25 October 2010, the Observatory was launched in Brussels at a ceremony attended by Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. The new body is intended to ‘‘provide
reliable data and information on migration flows in ACP countries” and ‘‘to design
better policies to enhance the migration contribution to development”. The Observatory will provide policy-oriented research on key topics such as labour migration,
migration and health, remittances, brain drain/gain, forced migration and climate
change. The total budget for the project is around € 9.4 million, around €8 million of
which is financed from the 9th European Development Fund. http://www.acpmigration-obs.org

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EC opens gateway to China for European small and medium size enterprises

Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission has launched the Centre for
European Union Small and Medium Enterprises (EU SME Centre) in Beijing on 5 November.
Funded by the European Commission, this new venture will provide information, advice, training and matchmaking opportunities for European SMEs wishing to export to or invest in the Chinese market. http://tinyurl.com/32pdvo5

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Weitzenegger's Publication Review

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http://www.weitzenegger.de/en/publications.html

Agricultural Diversification for the Poor – Guidelines for Practitioners. http://tinyurl.com/2vs2wx8
This World Bank study treats diversification as a differentiated form of agricultural
development and recognizes its role to spur sustainable growth in the rural sector.
The principle purpose of this study is to outline practical ways for implementing
diversification activities. Throughout the paper, emphasis is particularly on how the diversification process can be made pro-poor with minimum risk involved. Paper concludes with a list of key investment areas to assist diversification.

Assets, Shocks, and Poverty Traps in Rural Mozambique
http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.363264.de/dp1073.pdf
Using a micro-level approach to poverty traps, this paper explores welfare dynamics
among households in post-war rural Mozambique. The analysis by Lena Giesbert and Kati
Schindler shows that shocks and household coping behavior help to explain the observed poverty dynamics.

Beyond Development Aid
http://europafrica.net/2010/11/09/beyond-development-aid/
Publication of the Europe-Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) that intends to address the EU-Africa political dialogue on global issues of common concern.

Brazil: An Emerging Aid Player
http://tinyurl.com/18r
This ODI Briefing Paper reviews the institutional set up of Brazil’s aid programme and the implications of its rise in the aid scene.

Challenges in Impact Evaluation of Development Interventions: Opportunities and Limitations for Randomized Experiments
http://www.ua.ac.be/download.aspx?c=.IOB&n=83953&ct=77447&e=249703 Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB study by Jos Vaessen

Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics http://tinyurl.com/25rkvpw
This UNRISD Flagship Report argues that this is because many current approaches to reducing poverty and inequality fail to consider key institutional, policy and
political dimensions that may be both causes of poverty and inequality, and obstacles
to their reduction. Moreover, when a substantial proportion of a country’s population
is poor, it makes little sense to detach poverty from the dynamics of development. For
countries that have been successful in increasing the well-being of the majority of
their populations over relatively short periods of time, the report shows, progress has occurred principally through state-directed strategies that combine economic
development objectives with active social policies and forms of politics that elevate the interests of the poor in public policy.

Evaluating Transportation Economic Development Impacts
http://www.vtpi.org/econ_dev.pdf
Understanding How Transport Policy and Planning Decisions Affect Employment, Incomes, Productivity, Competitiveness, Property Values and Tax Revenues. By Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Evaluation Study on ADB Assistance for Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Development
http://www.adb.org/Documents/SES/REG/SES-OTH-2009-31/default.asp Public-private partnerships have been gaining recognition in many of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) developing member countries as an important means of
mobilizing private sector capital and expertise for infrastructure investments and
service provision. This study evaluates the performance of ADB’s public and private
sector operations in support of public-private partnerships in the power, transport, and water sectors; and the development of related policy, legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks.

Global Employment Trends for Youth
http://www.ilo.org/empelm/what/pubs/lang–en/docName–WCMS_143349/index.htm International Labour Organization (ILO), Report 2010

Global Report on Migration
http://cloud1.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=research_paper_abstract&research_paper_id=16338
This report captures the main results from Development on the Move: Measuring and
Optimising Migration’s Economic and Social Impacts, a joint project of the Global
Development Network (GDN) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). The
ground-breaking global research project, supported by a consortium of international donors, has gathered new, comparative qualitative and quantitative data about migration’s development impacts.

IFAD Rural Poverty Report 2011: Global food production must increase by 70 per cent http://tinyurl.com/33hct5m
The Rural Poverty Report 2011, released on 6 December 2010 by the International Fund
for Agricultural Development (IFAD), predicts that global food production will have to
increase by 70 percent in order to feed the expected world population of 9 billion by
2050. Boosting the agricultural sector in developing countries is therefore the key to combating world poverty in the coming decades, it stresses. Source: EuroStep.

Is a Financial Transaction Tax a Good Idea? A Review of the Evidence http://tinyurl.com/2dootvw
The Institute of Development Studies has undertaken a comprehensive review of the feasibility of financial transaction taxes (FTTs). We find that, worldwide, a
financial transaction tax on foreign exchange transactions could raise Us$26 billion.
In the UK alone it could raise US$11 billion (£7.7 billion), roughly the same as the
entire UK aid budget. Such a tax would be most effective if implemented by the key financial centres around the world, but a currency transaction tax could be
implemented by individual countries. However, an FTT is unlikely to reduce market volatility as claimed by some campaigners.

Multilateral Resource Allocation: Best Practice Approaches
http://tinyurl.com/23cxnns
ODI Project Briefings 51 by Tony Faint and Deborah Johnson.

OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurship
High-Growth Enterprises: What Governments Can Do to Make a Difference http://tinyurl.com/37sskrm
This report presents reports from 15 countries that provide interesting insights into
the operations of and challenges faced by high-growth enterprises as well as a policy survey of 340 programmes in 24 countries.

Remittances, Value Added Tax and Tax Revenue in Developing Countries http://www.cerdi.org/production/show/id/1208
Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Developpement International (CERDI) paper by CE Eberke.

Report denounces humanitarian aid politicisation, lauds EU
http://tinyurl.com/3yacltv
A report by the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) initiative, an informal donor
network, ranks humanitarian aid donors according to their aid effectiveness, as rated by 475 senior representatives of aid organisations. The report finds that while bilateral aid from EU member states is becoming increasingly driven by politics,
multilateral EU aid distributed by the European Commission was ranked 6th place out of 37. The only EU member states judged to deliver more effective aid were Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. Source: EurActiv

Stemming girls’ chronic poverty
http://tinyurl.com/39932cb
A new report from the Chronic Poverty Research Centre investigates how to catalyse
development change by including girls (and boys) more prominently in development agendas.

Sustainable management in emerging countries
http://tinyurl.com/2w9rfjj
An analysis of German companies’ activities in India.

The Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility: a Philosophical Approach http://repub.eur.nl/resource/pub_21243/index.html
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS) Research Paper 508 by Adele Lebano.

The Failure of Cross-border Financial Firms: New Thinking in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis
http://networkideas.org/featart/nov2010/fa04_Andrew_Cornford.htm
The development of rules for handling insolvencies of financial and non-financial firms with operations in a number of countries (cross-border insolvencies) is a
long-standing item on the international regulatory agenda. In this context, the author Andrew Cornford analyses the measures proposed in various reports to address the problems associated with systemically important financial institutions.

The Financial Crisis and Lower Income Countries
http://www.diis.dk/sw101807.asp
Danish Institute for International Studies Working Paper 2010:35 by Sam Jones.

The future of EC trade policy 2010-2015
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/trade-growth-and-jobs/
In its discussion paper “Trade, Growth and World Affairs”, the Commission analyses how
trade is an engine for economic growth and job creation. It proposes a strategy to
reduce trade barriers, to open global markets and to get a fair deal for European
businesses. The overarching aim is to take a more assertive approach to ensure the benefits of trade reach European citizens.

The G20 as a Development Opportunity for the European Union
http://www.edc2020.eu/96.0.html
EDC2020 Policy Brief by Madeline R. Young, FRIDE, Opinion No. 6 – November 2010.

The Impact of the Crisis on Employment and the Role of Labour Market Institutions http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inst/download/dp202_2010.pdf International Labour Organization (ILO) Publication byWerner Eichhorst et al.

Trends and issues in international development cooperation
http://poldev.revues.org/142
Emerging economies and private donors provide an increasing proportion of aid.
Progress has been made in implementing the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
in a few fields, such as untying aid, but the results do not meet expectations. The approach, too often purely technical, omits taking fully into consideration the
political dimension which strongly affects aid effectiveness. The issue of overall
policy coherence receives renewed attention at a time when the debate about climate
change is leading development agencies to reconsider goals and strategies. Graduate
Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) study by Gérard Perroulaz.

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Weitzenegger’s Publication Review

New on entries
Weitzenegger’s Publication Review
http://www.weitzenegger.de/en/publications.html

Agricultural Diversification for the Poor – Guidelines for Practitioners. http://tinyurl.com/2vs2wx8
This World Bank study treats diversification as a differentiated form of agricultural
development and recognizes its role to spur sustainable growth in the rural sector.
The principle purpose of this study is to outline practical ways for implementing
diversification activities. Throughout the paper, emphasis is particularly on how the diversification process can be made pro-poor with minimum risk involved. Paper concludes with a list of key investment areas to assist diversification.

Assets, Shocks, and Poverty Traps in Rural Mozambique
http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.363264.de/dp1073.pdf
Using a micro-level approach to poverty traps, this paper explores welfare dynamics
among households in post-war rural Mozambique. The analysis by Lena Giesbert and Kati
Schindler shows that shocks and household coping behavior help to explain the observed poverty dynamics.

Beyond Development Aid
http://europafrica.net/2010/11/09/beyond-development-aid/
Publication of the Europe-Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) that intends to address the EU-Africa political dialogue on global issues of common concern.

Brazil: An Emerging Aid Player
http://tinyurl.com/18r
This ODI Briefing Paper reviews the institutional set up of Brazil’s aid programme and the implications of its rise in the aid scene.

Challenges in Impact Evaluation of Development Interventions: Opportunities and Limitations for Randomized Experiments
http://www.ua.ac.be/download.aspx?c=.IOB&n=83953&ct=77447&e=249703 Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB study by Jos Vaessen

Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics http://tinyurl.com/25rkvpw
This UNRISD Flagship Report argues that this is because many current approaches to reducing poverty and inequality fail to consider key institutional, policy and
political dimensions that may be both causes of poverty and inequality, and obstacles
to their reduction. Moreover, when a substantial proportion of a country’s population
is poor, it makes little sense to detach poverty from the dynamics of development. For
countries that have been successful in increasing the well-being of the majority of
their populations over relatively short periods of time, the report shows, progress has occurred principally through state-directed strategies that combine economic
development objectives with active social policies and forms of politics that elevate the interests of the poor in public policy.

Evaluating Transportation Economic Development Impacts
http://www.vtpi.org/econ_dev.pdf
Understanding How Transport Policy and Planning Decisions Affect Employment, Incomes, Productivity, Competitiveness, Property Values and Tax Revenues. By Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Evaluation Study on ADB Assistance for Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Development
http://www.adb.org/Documents/SES/REG/SES-OTH-2009-31/default.asp Public-private partnerships have been gaining recognition in many of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) developing member countries as an important means of
mobilizing private sector capital and expertise for infrastructure investments and
service provision. This study evaluates the performance of ADB’s public and private
sector operations in support of public-private partnerships in the power, transport, and water sectors; and the development of related policy, legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks.

Global Employment Trends for Youth
http://www.ilo.org/empelm/what/pubs/lang–en/docName–WCMS_143349/index.htm International Labour Organization (ILO), Report 2010

Global Report on Migration
http://cloud1.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=research_paper_abstract&research_paper_id=16338
This report captures the main results from Development on the Move: Measuring and
Optimising Migration’s Economic and Social Impacts, a joint project of the Global
Development Network (GDN) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). The
ground-breaking global research project, supported by a consortium of international donors, has gathered new, comparative qualitative and quantitative data about migration’s development impacts.

IFAD Rural Poverty Report 2011: Global food production must increase by 70 per cent http://tinyurl.com/33hct5m
The Rural Poverty Report 2011, released on 6 December 2010 by the International Fund
for Agricultural Development (IFAD), predicts that global food production will have to
increase by 70 percent in order to feed the expected world population of 9 billion by
2050. Boosting the agricultural sector in developing countries is therefore the key to combating world poverty in the coming decades, it stresses. Source: EuroStep.

Is a Financial Transaction Tax a Good Idea? A Review of the Evidence http://tinyurl.com/2dootvw
The Institute of Development Studies has undertaken a comprehensive review of the feasibility of financial transaction taxes (FTTs). We find that, worldwide, a
financial transaction tax on foreign exchange transactions could raise Us$26 billion.
In the UK alone it could raise US$11 billion (£7.7 billion), roughly the same as the
entire UK aid budget. Such a tax would be most effective if implemented by the key financial centres around the world, but a currency transaction tax could be
implemented by individual countries. However, an FTT is unlikely to reduce market volatility as claimed by some campaigners.

Multilateral Resource Allocation: Best Practice Approaches
http://tinyurl.com/23cxnns
ODI Project Briefings 51 by Tony Faint and Deborah Johnson.

OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurship
High-Growth Enterprises: What Governments Can Do to Make a Difference http://tinyurl.com/37sskrm
This report presents reports from 15 countries that provide interesting insights into
the operations of and challenges faced by high-growth enterprises as well as a policy survey of 340 programmes in 24 countries.

Remittances, Value Added Tax and Tax Revenue in Developing Countries http://www.cerdi.org/production/show/id/1208
Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Developpement International (CERDI) paper by CE Eberke.

Report denounces humanitarian aid politicisation, lauds EU
http://tinyurl.com/3yacltv
A report by the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) initiative, an informal donor
network, ranks humanitarian aid donors according to their aid effectiveness, as rated by 475 senior representatives of aid organisations. The report finds that while bilateral aid from EU member states is becoming increasingly driven by politics,
multilateral EU aid distributed by the European Commission was ranked 6th place out of 37. The only EU member states judged to deliver more effective aid were Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. Source: EurActiv

Stemming girls’ chronic poverty
http://tinyurl.com/39932cb
A new report from the Chronic Poverty Research Centre investigates how to catalyse
development change by including girls (and boys) more prominently in development agendas.

Sustainable management in emerging countries
http://tinyurl.com/2w9rfjj
An analysis of German companies’ activities in India.

The Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility: a Philosophical Approach http://repub.eur.nl/resource/pub_21243/index.html
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS) Research Paper 508 by Adele Lebano.

The Failure of Cross-border Financial Firms: New Thinking in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis
http://networkideas.org/featart/nov2010/fa04_Andrew_Cornford.htm
The development of rules for handling insolvencies of financial and non-financial firms with operations in a number of countries (cross-border insolvencies) is a
long-standing item on the international regulatory agenda. In this context, the author Andrew Cornford analyses the measures proposed in various reports to address the problems associated with systemically important financial institutions.

The Financial Crisis and Lower Income Countries
http://www.diis.dk/sw101807.asp
Danish Institute for International Studies Working Paper 2010:35 by Sam Jones.

The future of EC trade policy 2010-2015
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/trade-growth-and-jobs/
In its discussion paper “Trade, Growth and World Affairs”, the Commission analyses how
trade is an engine for economic growth and job creation. It proposes a strategy to
reduce trade barriers, to open global markets and to get a fair deal for European
businesses. The overarching aim is to take a more assertive approach to ensure the benefits of trade reach European citizens.

The G20 as a Development Opportunity for the European Union
http://www.edc2020.eu/96.0.html
EDC2020 Policy Brief by Madeline R. Young, FRIDE, Opinion No. 6 – November 2010.

The Impact of the Crisis on Employment and the Role of Labour Market Institutions http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inst/download/dp202_2010.pdf International Labour Organization (ILO) Publication byWerner Eichhorst et al.

Trends and issues in international development cooperation
http://poldev.revues.org/142
Emerging economies and private donors provide an increasing proportion of aid.
Progress has been made in implementing the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
in a few fields, such as untying aid, but the results do not meet expectations. The approach, too often purely technical, omits taking fully into consideration the
political dimension which strongly affects aid effectiveness. The issue of overall
policy coherence receives renewed attention at a time when the debate about climate
change is leading development agencies to reconsider goals and strategies. Graduate
Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) study by Gérard Perroulaz.

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Upcoming Development Cooperation Training and Events

Training and Events | more on http://www.weitzenegger.de/en/training.html

Distance Learning for Development Course Portal | DL4D
http://www.dl4d.ac.uk
DL4D provides high-quality postgraduate training to those working in the field of international development. This site has information on over 140 short courses available to study at a distance. They cover the range of skills and knowledge areas expected of the international development professional.

The Master’s degree programme in Development and Governance
http://www.uni-due.de/politik/devgov.php
The programme combines teaching in several political science sub-disciplines with a practice-oriented methodology including an internship with a German (development) organisation. The main emphasis is on acquiring knowledge of the relevance of different tiers and forms of governance-processes (local, national, international) both within the established democracies and the developing societies, and on training students’ analytical skills. The programme is thus providing students with both policy- and region-specific expertise.

4th UN High Level Forum on aid effectiveness
http://tinyurl.com/2azpppu
Busan, Republic of Korea, 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011
The conference follows the High Level Forums held in Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Accra (2008) and will conclude the OECD/DAC-led process on aid effectiveness that was launched by the Paris Declaration in 2005. As such, the Busan High Level Forum will be a major milestone and turning point for the global aid effectiveness agenda: The conference will assess the achievement of the Paris Declaration targets and the commitments of the Accra Agenda for Action by the 2010 deadline.

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International Development Websites

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The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) http://www.epsds.org
The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) seeks to satisfy the
growing demand for supplementary and specialist technical advisory services on the
part of DFID’s 100 Economists and 30 Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisors. The service is open to other users within DFID and other donor agencies. It provides
additional expertise to supplement in-house resources and enable DFID advisors to meet
surges in demand for the services of technical specialists. The EPSDS is poised to
mobilise specialists to hostile and post conflict environments, manage the attendant
security and risk requirements, and operate in disaster and post-disaster situations. The EPSDS website is designed to explain how to use the service and contact the management team. It also enables DFID staff to access information and learning generated by the EPSDS and the Economist Resource Centre (the predecessor to the EPSDS) through the Document Library.

SEEP Community – Global learning for microenterprise practitioners http://seepcommunity.com
Through The SEEP Network, practitioners from around the world collaborate to develop
practical guidance and tools, build capacity, and help set standards. It connects
microenterprise practitioners from around the world to develop practical guidance and tools, build capacity, and help set standards to advance our common vision: a sustainable income in every household. Discover valuable information, share your
experiences, and help shape the future of microfinance and enterprise development.
Work with us to advance our common vision: a sustainable income in every household.

B2Bxl Global FairNet – connect business & social concern
http://www.globalfair.net/
B2Bxl is an open platform on business development at development countries and emerging markets. Its content is to be established by a community of cooperative individuals and organisations with the common interest of linking their personal interests to sustainable and social market development.

Ideas for Development
http://www.ideas4development.org
This is an international Blog meant to stimulate debate on development issues. It
brings together a set of senior professionals engaged in this sphere through their
careers and personal convictions. This Blog aims at offering a new forum for open discussion and interaction between scholars, students, professionals of various
backgrounds and the public at large. Together, they can share information, viewpoints
and visions for the future with the common goal of advancing the cause of development.

Safety Nets How To
http://go.worldbank.org/UKUF8CMGW0
This is a resource guide for practitioners involved in the design and implementation
of social protection systems. It pulls together summary information, country cases and guidelines on key processes and cross-cutting issues, with lessons for everyday
program implementation. The information is organized in a standardized, concise and
accessible format and draws on best practices across a variety of contexts, including middle-income, low-income and fragile states. This portal is a living product. Feedback and suggestions are welcome so that the content can be enriched and an
enhanced version 2 can be developed in the future. In particular we are interested in addressing any information gap on key topics.

The Africa Portal
http://www.africaportal.org/
This is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An
undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Makerere
University (MAK), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online
library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an
international events calendar; and a mobile technology component—all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues.

R4D – A Portal to DFID Funded Research
http://www.dfid.gov.uk/R4D/
R4D is a free access on-line database containing information about research programmes
supported by DFID. R4D provides you with the latest information about research funded
by DFID, including news, case studies and details of current and past research in over 30,000 project and document records.

New Online Database on African Fiscal Performance Data and statistics http://tinyurl.com/2wtgheb
A complete database of public revenue flows for 50 African governments is now publicly available. Data show a gradual increase in tax revenues between 1996 and 2008, a
performance largely fuelled by rising commodity prices. With prices coming down as a result of the global economic crisis, the progression was stalled in 2009.

Latin America Investment Facility
http://tinyurl.com/23szzbb
The Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF) is a financing mechanism aiming at mixing
grants (non refundable financial contributions from the European Commission and other
donors) with loans of multilateral or bilateral public European Development Finance Institutions and Regional Latin American Banks.

The South-South Learning on Social Protection Gateway
http://south-south.ipc-undp.org
This is an online collaborative platform for policy dialogue and knowledge-sharing
amongst social protection practitioners in the Global South. It is an initiative of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth to foster South-South collaboration, aiming to expand the knowledge base and capacities of developing countries to design and implement nationally-owned poverty reduction strategies,
bridging the gaps between theory, policy and practice with accessible and diverse
social protection information, as well as providing a space where practitioners can share ideas, experiences and resources.

Aidflows.org
http://aidflows.org
Aidflows is a new tool to visualize how much development aid is provided and received
around the world. Users can select individual donor countries (providing the aid) and beneficiary countries (receiving the aid) to track the sources and uses of aid
funding. To use the site, select a donor or a beneficiary country, either from the
left navigation or by clicking on the world map. Some countries are listed as both a donor and a beneficiary.

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)
http://www.afi-global.org
AFI is the first global knowledge-sharing network designed exclusively for financial
inclusion policymakers from developing countries. The goal is to support developing
country knowledge exchange on financial inclusion policy that will enable an extra 50
million people living under the poverty line have access to basic financial services by 2012.

Good Humanitarian Donorship
http://www.goodhumanitariandonorship.org
Meeting in Stockholm in June 2003, a group of 17 donors endorsed the Principles and
Good Practice of Good Humanitarian Donorship. There are now 37 members of the Good
Humanitarian Donorship group who contribute through this forum to the pivotal role of
donors in providing effective and accountable humanitarian assistance. GHD-SHARE is one GHD initiative aimed towards strengthening partnership.

The Advocacy Project (AP)
http://www.advocacynet.org
The Advocacy Project helps marginalized communities to tell their story, claim their rights and produce social change. It seeks to produce social change by helping
marginalized communities claim their rights. This is done by partnering with advocates
from the communities themselves. We believe strongly that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected by abuse. AP recruits graduate students (Peace Fellows) to help partners tell their story, develop information tools and launch campaigns.

Danish Development Research Network – Members Forum
http://ddrn.dk/ddrn_activities-members-forum.html
This Forum is a new platform established to allow dialogue among DDRN members. Please note that this forum is intended for learning and sharing, and not as a space to advocate for funding to own projects.

The UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library
http://maps.grida.no
This service is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that
have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC – CRDI)
http://publicwebsite.idrc.ca
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more
prosperous societies. IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth
and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring
choice and change to those who need it most. I recommend to Tools and Training section of the new website.

Accountability tools for policy research
http://www.oneworldtrust.org/apro/
The One World Trust, with support from the International Development Research Centre,
has created an interactive, online database of tools to help organisations conducting policy relevant research become more accountable.

Due South – Provocative insights into sustainable development in an unjust world http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/blog/due-south
Due South examines sustainable development through the overlapping lenses of the
environment, economy and social justice. Its writers offer insights and opinions on a wealth of issues, from mining and small-scale agriculture to climate change
adaptation; from the arms trade and deforestation to renewable energy for the poor.
The blog challenges conventional wisdom with research embedded in the experiences of countries and communities across the global South.

Informal Economy Resource Database – ILO
http://www.ilo.org/dyn/infoecon/
This database contains over 500 ILO entries directly or indirectly related to the
informal economy and decent work. The database is searchable by country, keyword, ILO
author unit and date. Each entry contains information about the resource, and usually
includes a brief summary of the contents. In most cases the resources can be accessed electronically, in PDF format.

AidInfo
http://www.aidinfo.org
This initiative by Development Initiatives Poverty Research (DIPR) works to accelerate
poverty reduction by making aid more transparent. ‘‘We believe that aid will work
better – and that poverty reduction will come about more quickly – when information
about aid can be accessed quickly, easily and cheaply. In short, we think that better aid will result from better information.” A portal is coming up.

Trade Knowledge Network (TKN)
http://www.tradeknowledgenetwork.net
The Trade Knowledge Network (TKN) is a global collaboration of research institutions
across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas working on issues of trade, investment and sustainable development. Coordinated by the International Institute for
Sustainable Development (IISD), the TKN links network members, strengthens capacity in
areas of research, training and policy analysis, and also generates new research to
assess and address the impact of trade and investment policies on sustainable development.

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