New Paper: Refocusing ecosystem services towards sustainability

Originally posted on Ideas for Sustainability:
BY DAVE ABSON The ecosystem services concept has evolved considerably over its 30 odd year history. Its earliest incarnation was as an eye opening heuristic for thinking about sustainability and the interdependence of human well-being and conservation of the environment (see for example, the wonderful “Rivet Poppers” metaphor by…

Coherent G20 policies towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – G20 Insights

Policy coherence is essential to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. The T20 Think Tanks recommend that the G20 (a) puts policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) to the forefront of its actions and (b) focuses on policy areas, where coherent actions can make a difference. Priority should be given… Read More Coherent G20 policies towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – G20 Insights

How many international #migrants, how many #refugees? It’s (not that) complicated…

Originally posted on The GFMD, Migration, Development and Human Rights:
..but how many forced migrants? That’s more complicated. There are 2 numbers everybody has in mind when talking about migrants and refugees: 244 million international migrants, and 65 million refugees and other “forcibly displaced persons”. But how do these numbers relate to each other, how…

Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation 2016 DAC Review

http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/embed-oecd/development/evaluation-systems-in-development-co-operation_9789264262065-en OECD DOI:10.1787/9789264262065-en Evaluation is widely recognised as an important component for learning and improving development effectiveness. Evaluation responds to public and taxpayer demands for credible information and independent assessment of development co-operation activities. The 2016 review of evaluation systems in development co-operation looks at the changes and trends in evaluation systems over the last… Read More Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation 2016 DAC Review

2017 WISE Summit: “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”

The 2017 WISE Summit will convene November 14-16 2017, in Doha, Qatar. This year’s theme, Co-exist, Co-create: Learning to Live and Work Together reflects the commitment of WISE to address important education challenges in times of disruption and economic uncertainty stemming from conflict, mass migration, growing inequality, on-going, rapid technological change and other forces. You… Read More 2017 WISE Summit: “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”

SID’ journal features rural and industrial transformation

Two new issues of SID quarterly journal Development have been just released: Volume 58.2/3 on Rural Transformations and Volume 58.4 on Sustainable Industrial Transformation. Rural and industrial transformation are both considered crucial steps for many countries and as such have been captured by the Agenda 2030 to narrow the development gap. Source: Development features rural… Read More SID’ journal features rural and industrial transformation

Urbanization is changing food systems, health, and development

Out Today: IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report 2017 IFPRI released today the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, an evidence-based analysis of the latest developments in food policy across the developing world. With rapid urbanization dramatically shifting demographics in the developing countries in recent years, this year’s report examines how urbanization is changing food systems, health,… Read More Urbanization is changing food systems, health, and development

Evaluation of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) drafted

Draft Evaluation Report on External Financing Instruments – 11th European Development Fund (EDF), download from https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/draft-evaluation-report-external-financing-instruments-11th-european-development-fund-edf_en A Consortium led by DAI carried out an external performance review of the European Development Fund (EDF). It examines the fitness for purpose of EDF11 as an instrument for development cooperation. The EDF focuses on economic, social and human… Read More Evaluation of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) drafted

World Bank Launches Financial Instrument to Expand Funding for Sustainable Development Goals

Washington, DC, March 9, 2017 –The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) has issued bonds that for the first time directly link returns to the performance of companies advancing global development priorities set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality, health and sustainable infrastructure. The equity-index linked bonds raised a… Read More World Bank Launches Financial Instrument to Expand Funding for Sustainable Development Goals

OECD due diligence guidance for supply chains in the garment and footwear sector

New due diligence guidance for supply chains in the garment and footwear sector have been released by the OECD. ‌The garment and footwear sector is one of the largest consumer goods sectors in the world. Although it represents an important economic driving force, the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 brought global… Read More OECD due diligence guidance for supply chains in the garment and footwear sector

Free World Bank Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Financing for Development [starts March 1, 2017]

The World Bank Group is launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities” on March 1, 2017. We invite you to register here: https://www.edx.org/course/financing-development-unlocking-wbgx-f4d01x The four-week online course will discuss approaches currently being considered by global leaders to finance the sustainable development agenda. Key concepts, terminology, sources of… Read More Free World Bank Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Financing for Development [starts March 1, 2017]

Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development: 1-3 March, Bonn, Germany #GFI4SD

WHEN 1-3 March 2017 WHERE World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany ONLINE GlobalFestivalofIdeas.org @GlobalFestIdeas #GFI4SD In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. We need a revolution in the way we think about international development if we are to deliver… Read More Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development: 1-3 March, Bonn, Germany #GFI4SD

SDG Action Campaign opens Global Campaign Center in Bonn

BONN 15 December 2016 (UNRIC) – The United Nations SDG Action Campaign, with the support of the Federal Government of Germany, offered a behind the scenes tour of the new Global Campaign Center in the historic Haus Carstanjen today. The Global Campaign Center is a strategic hub to deliver the UN SDG Action Campaign’s mandate… Read More SDG Action Campaign opens Global Campaign Center in Bonn

AidWatch Report 2016: EU aid gap puts sustainable development at risk – CONCORD

Brussels, 26/10/2016 –  The European Union has again failed to meet its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on Development Aid by 2015. The CONCORD Aidwatch report 2016 published today, entitled ‘This is not enough’, reveals that only five countries met their 2015 targets: Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom. This means… Read More AidWatch Report 2016: EU aid gap puts sustainable development at risk – CONCORD

UNCTAD marks World #Statistics Day 20 October 2016

Geneva, 20 October 2016 – Effective new policies that create jobs, improve wellbeing and drive social development will depend on reliable, timely and impartial statistics, the head of UNCTAD’s statistics and information branch said in a statement marking World Statistics Day on 20 October. “But it will also be necessary to cultivate an appreciation or… Read More UNCTAD marks World #Statistics Day 20 October 2016

ILO: Labour provisions in trade agreements don’t hurt business

New ILO report looks at how the increasing number of labour provisions in trade agreements are impacting the world of work. GENEVA (ILO News) – Labour provisions *  in trade agreements do not lead to a reduction or diversion of trade flows, and ease labour market access, a new study  of the International Labour Organization… Read More ILO: Labour provisions in trade agreements don’t hurt business

Fiscal decentralisation work will require further reforms

Fiscal Federalism 2016 surveys recent trends and policies in intergovernmental fiscal relations and sub-central government. Accessible and easy-to read chapters provide insight: into growing spending and tax devolution; the fiscal constitutions of federal countries; how immovable property taxation is regaining its former significance; on the true spending power of sub central governments; on the mix… Read More Fiscal decentralisation work will require further reforms

End Child Labour in Supply Chains: It’s everyone’s business

World Day against Child Labour 2016 This year, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour – marked on 12 June – is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be… Read More End Child Labour in Supply Chains: It’s everyone’s business

New ‘nexus’ approach needed to tackle productivity and inequality challenges, says OECD report

31/05/2016 – Declining productivity growth and rising inequality are two of the biggest obstacles to improved economic performance, according to a new OECD report. The Productivity-Inclusiveness Nexus explores the root causes behind each of these challenges, examining the extent to which they are connected, and at how to take a coherent policy response.  In particular, it… Read More New ‘nexus’ approach needed to tackle productivity and inequality challenges, says OECD report

Current approaches to offgrid electricity need to be changed to achieve universal access to electricity

The PwC report – Electricity beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable power for all – says a new approach is needed JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 24, 2016/ — PwC report says new renewable off-grid technologies, in combination with innovative business models and mobile payment systems hold the key to rural electrification. New approaches to… Read More Current approaches to offgrid electricity need to be changed to achieve universal access to electricity