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

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?

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

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

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

Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013: A generation at risk | ILO Report

Thie ILO Global Employment Trends 2013 Report examines the continuing job crisis affecting young people in many parts of the world. It provides updated statistics on global and regional youth unemployment rates and presents ILO policy recommendations to curb the current trends. Download the report (Full report 161 pages – pdf 5.6 MB) Executive Summary… Read More Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013: A generation at risk | ILO Report

Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting joined GlobalFair aisbl | linking business & social concern

GlobalFair was established in 2011 in Brussels, Belgium as an international not-for-profit, non partisan organisation. It is run by an ambitious coordination team from Brussels with partners and members worldwide. The association arose from the vision to combine private and non-profit sector interests in countries with prospering economies and with future markets in disfavoured regions.… Read More Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting joined GlobalFair aisbl | linking business & social concern

Jobs are a cornerstone of development, says World Development Report 2013

The World Development Report 2013: Jobs <http://go.worldbank.org/TM7GTEB8U0&gt; stresses the role of strong private sector led growth in creating jobs and outlines how jobs that do the most for development can spur a virtuous cycle. The report finds that poverty falls as people work their way out of hardship and as jobs empower women to invest… Read More Jobs are a cornerstone of development, says World Development Report 2013

Global Trade Logistics Advisory program of the World Bank

The Global Trade Logistics Advisory program of the World Bank Groups’ Investment Climate Department (IC) has been dedicated to assisting countries in creating simple, efficient and accountable trade logistics systems and services that have a dramatic impact on economic development. The team has produced a video that highlights client success stories from Colombia, Liberia and… Read More Global Trade Logistics Advisory program of the World Bank

The Private Sector and Poverty Reduction | World Bank IEG

The Independent Evaluation Group’s evaluation, Assessing IFC’s Poverty Focus and Results, aimed to contribute to the enhancement of IFC’s poverty focus and its effectiveness for greater poverty impact. Findings from field studies included in the report illustrate that success, or lack thereof, is a result of the manner in which each project addressed the fulfillment… Read More The Private Sector and Poverty Reduction | World Bank IEG

The Private Sector and Poverty Reduction | World Bank IEG

The Independent Evaluation Group’s evaluation, Assessing IFC’s Poverty Focus and Results, aimed to contribute to the enhancement of IFC’s poverty focus and its effectiveness for greater poverty impact. Findings from field studies included in the report illustrate that success, or lack thereof, is a result of the manner in which each project addressed the fulfillment… Read More The Private Sector and Poverty Reduction | World Bank IEG

DCED: Measuring and Reporting Results – The DCED Standard

The articulation of results chains, as mandated by the DCED Standard, helps programmes to realistically illustrate why they are doing what they are doing, how their individual work would help in achieving development impact, and provides the basis for assessing if and to what extent changes are taking place. However, drawing results chains can be… Read More DCED: Measuring and Reporting Results – The DCED Standard

DCED: Measuring and Reporting Results – The DCED Standard

Version VI of the DCED Standard for results measurement is now available on the Measuring and Reporting Results page. This version is fundamentally the same as Version V, with some formatting improvements and added clarity, in light of feedback received.One key change is that Control Point 8.4 (“findings of the system are used in programme… Read More DCED: Measuring and Reporting Results – The DCED Standard

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: