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

UN study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit. FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 18, 2016/ — Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets”… Read More UN study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

Indicators for the Rich

Originally posted on Together 2030 Blog:
By Claudia Schwegmann, Project lead of http://www.2030-watch.de, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, Twitter: @2030WatchDe and @OpenAidGermany Do the indicators proposed by the IAEG-SDG capture the specific responsibility of high-income countries? One of the big wins of the 2030-Agenda is its global character. In contrast to the Millennium Development Goals the 2030-Agenda explicitly includes the responsibility…

RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016

RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2016 NAIROBI, Kenya, December 14, 2015 (APO) – People power witnessed in 2014 and 2015, for example in changes of government in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, will be proved limited… Read More RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016

Vocational Education and Training, Human Rights, Human Development and Equality in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

How can Vocational Education and Training (VET) reduce the inequalities related to gender, youth, and refugee status and contribute to human development? This is the key research question I am exploring using the case of Palestine, looking through a human rights and a human development lens. By Randa Hilal, OPTIMUM for Consultancy and Training, Ramallah,… Read More Vocational Education and Training, Human Rights, Human Development and Equality in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

The Value of Dual Citizenship for African’s Wishing to Take Advantage of Opportunities within the Continent and Abroad

It is estimated that only around 1% of the world’s population have two or more passports, making dual citizenship an exclusive privilege JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 5 October 2015/ —  “No man is an island” is the theme of this year’s upcoming Investment Agenda, being held in Johannesburg on the 20th of October. Leading investors, asset… Read More The Value of Dual Citizenship for African’s Wishing to Take Advantage of Opportunities within the Continent and Abroad

Survey Showing Demand for Entrepreneurship Training and Education in Africa

Survey Targets 1,000 Entrepreneurs Across Five African Countries NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24, 2015 (APO-OPA) – On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GeoPoll (http://www.geopoll.com), the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the U.S. State Department released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship in… Read More Survey Showing Demand for Entrepreneurship Training and Education in Africa

We can only achieve sustainability together – #BonnConference for Global Transformation concludes

700 delegates from 70 countries all agreed that we need to work together for our sustainable activities to succeed. At the Bonn Conference for Global Transformation on 12 and 13 May, they took inspiration from the best ideas from around the world. Bonn, 13 May 2015 (GIZ) –  ‘We don’t need to ask ourselves ‘Can it be… Read More We can only achieve sustainability together – #BonnConference for Global Transformation concludes

Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Guest Post by Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, President, High Atlas Foundation, yossef@highatlasfoundation.org After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next fifteen years. All told… Read More Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

African business leaders to focus on scientific progress

The Africa Business Champions for Science is a new group of influential figures from industry with a passion for science, technology and innovation on the continent LONDON, United-Kingdom, May 14, 2015 (APO) — First meeting of the ‘Africa Business Champions for Science’ held last month Joint initiative of the World Bank and the Planet Earth… Read More African business leaders to focus on scientific progress

Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

  Government, private sector, mobile operators and development organizations convene to establish a plan for the future LILONGWE, Malawi, April 30, 2015 – Today, Malawi took a significant step towards creating a digital payment ecosystem in order to address poverty and drive inclusive growth. An event organized by the Government of Malawi with the United… Read More Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

ÖFSE Working Paper 51: Private sector development – business plan or development strategy?

The paper illustrates the growing prominence of the private sector in development cooperation and identifies reasons for this trend. It shows that PSD is not a “technical solution” but that there are different theoretical approaches to PSD that favour distinct policy measures, discussing the structuralist, neoclassical and neostructuralist approach. Finally, it presents reflections on the… Read More ÖFSE Working Paper 51: Private sector development – business plan or development strategy?