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

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

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]

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

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

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?

Mesopartner Summer Academy on Territorial Economic Development, 5-10 July 2015, Berlin, Germany

The annual Summer Academy of Mesopartner has become an important capacity-building event for economic development practitioners around the world. The 2015 event will be the 11th Summer Academy and the fourth to be held in Berlin. This year the theme of the Summer Academy will be Territorial Economic Development. The event will draw on more… Read More Mesopartner Summer Academy on Territorial Economic Development, 5-10 July 2015, Berlin, Germany

A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves

Rich and poor nations should link up to recycle e-waste By Ruediger Kuehr , Feng Wang A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves, say Ruediger Kuehr and Feng Wang. Since the 1990s, electrical and electronic equipment have revolutionised people’s lives. And with ever-increasing technological innovation, their lifetimes are, on… Read More A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves

Africa’s future trade relations link to the Global South

One of the themes at this year’s African Development Forum, an UN ECA event, was new forms of partnership. The idea is to move away from development assistance and adapting to the realities of today. Global economic trends reflect the ongoing geopolitical and economic rebalancing in favour of developing and emerging economies, particularly Brazil, China… Read More Africa’s future trade relations link to the Global South

Taxes, not Aid: Africa Must Generate Resources

Africa is growing at a steady rate and is on the path to sustainable long-term growth, opening up a number of investment opportunities. In fact, one-third of Africa’s countries have GDP growth rates of more than 6%. However, as discussed at the ECA’s Ninth African Development Forum, the resources required for Africa’s sustainable development will… Read More Taxes, not Aid: Africa Must Generate Resources

Amrita Narlikar becomes President of GIGA in Hamburg

The Board of Trustees of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies/Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien has installed Dr Amrita Narlikar from the University of Cambridge to lead the institute as its new president. Her term is set to begin on 1 October 2014. She has also been appointed by the President… Read More Amrita Narlikar becomes President of GIGA in Hamburg

New online resource highlights tools for value chain analysis

Ensuring that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie is the aim of a new web resource on agricultural development. The Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse, led by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, is based on the concept of Value Chains Development (VCD). The approach seeks to… Read More New online resource highlights tools for value chain analysis

Risk management can be a powerful instrument for development | World Development Report 2014

The latest World Development Report (WDR), Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development, analyzes risk at many levels and forms and is rich with examples, ranging from job loss and disease to financial crises and natural disasters—often highlighting the costly consequences of mismanaged risk. The 147 banking crises that have struck 116 countries in the… Read More Risk management can be a powerful instrument for development | World Development Report 2014

Alliance for Affordable Internet launches to stimulate global policy reform to lower access costs to users

ABUJA, Nigeria, October 7, 2013/ — Today, a diverse group of private and public sector players came together to launch the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI – http://www.a4ai.org), a coalition to lead policy and regulatory reform and spur action to drive down artificially high internet prices in developing countries. By advocating for open, competitive and… Read More Alliance for Affordable Internet launches to stimulate global policy reform to lower access costs to users

International Youth Day: See some inspirational young people moving development forward

To celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August 2013, we’re shining a spotlight on just some of the young people who are refusing to inherit a world where extreme poverty and inequality exist. I hear so many people dismiss the issue of global poverty with the words ‘It’s just how the world is. There will… Read More International Youth Day: See some inspirational young people moving development forward

Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013

The reviewers analysed 32 M4P programme reviews and evaluations, monitoring and eReview of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013: valuation (M&E) frameworks and programme reports to help guide the design and implementation of future M4P evaluations. Generally, M4P evaluations are found to be weak in terms of considering systemic changes, triangulation practices and… Read More Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013

Evaluation of the European Union’s Support to Private Sector Development in Third Countries, ADE, 2013

This evaluation was commissioned by the Evaluation Unit in the Directorate General Development and Cooperation on behalf of the European Commission. It assesses European Union support to private sector development (PSD) during the period 2004 – 2010, where a total of €2.4bn of funds was directly contracted by the Commission. It aims at providing an… Read More Evaluation of the European Union’s Support to Private Sector Development in Third Countries, ADE, 2013

African Economic Outlook 2013: Natural resources can fuel Africa’s economic transformation

Sustainable development rests on diversification and investments in human capital Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013 (http://www.africaneconomicoutlook.org), released in Marrakesh. The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org),… Read More African Economic Outlook 2013: Natural resources can fuel Africa’s economic transformation

Top Concerns in Asia’s Unfinished Development Agenda for the Post-MDG Era

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Asia and the Pacific face a daunting unfinished development agenda when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) expire in 2015. The focus in this fast growing region should be on the glaring gaps in its MDG achievements: eradicating extreme poverty and making better progress on human development, especially reducing infant deaths and improving… Read More Top Concerns in Asia’s Unfinished Development Agenda for the Post-MDG Era

Top Concerns in Asia's Unfinished Development Agenda for the Post-MDG Era

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Asia and the Pacific face a daunting unfinished development agenda when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) expire in 2015. The focus in this fast growing region should be on the glaring gaps in its MDG achievements: eradicating extreme poverty and making better progress on human development, especially reducing infant deaths and improving… Read More Top Concerns in Asia's Unfinished Development Agenda for the Post-MDG Era