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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More Public consultation on future funding to boost EU competitiveness and innovation

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… Read More UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report

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

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.… Read More EC opens gateway to China for European small and medium size enterprises

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… Read More Weitzenegger's Publication Review

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… Read More Weitzenegger’s Publication Review

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… Read More Upcoming Development Cooperation Training and Events

International Development Websites

Share your links with me on http://www.delicious.com/weitzenegger 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… Read More International Development Websites