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

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

Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes #ResponsibleDev| EADI General Conference, 23 – 26 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

As a member of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), I’m registered for the 14th EADI General Conference, 23 – 26 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany and will tweet using #ResponsibleDev The EADI General Conference is a major European event devoted to a topical theme which attracts more than 400 researchers… Read More Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes #ResponsibleDev| EADI General Conference, 23 – 26 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

Asia-Pacific countries stress ‘leave no-one behind’ as critical for the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015

Bangkok 28 August 2013 – Ministers and high-level representatives from Asia and the Pacific have adopted the ‘Bangkok Declaration of the Asia-Pacific region on the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015’ as the key outcome document of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue: From the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, convened… Read More Asia-Pacific countries stress ‘leave no-one behind’ as critical for the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015

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

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

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

Transforming Education into Better Jobs and Better Lives

Originally posted on NORRAG NEWSBite:
Andreas Schleicher, OECD. Everywhere skills transform lives and drive economies; and without the right skills, people are kept on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into economic growth, and countries can’t compete in today’s economies. But the toxic co-existence of unemployed graduates on the street, while employers…

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets | OECD Study

Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest… Read More Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets | OECD Study

From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

This week the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) published thirteen outcome stories. “Islands of success” in the middle of an ambitious “ocean of change”. For instance, in Cambodia, the story of drip irrigation farming linked to market opportunities demonstrates how improved water efficiency, primarily in the form of irrigation drip-kits, resulted in… Read More From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

This week the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) published thirteen outcome stories. “Islands of success” in the middle of an ambitious “ocean of change”. For instance, in Cambodia, the story of drip irrigation farming linked to market opportunities demonstrates how improved water efficiency, primarily in the form of irrigation drip-kits, resulted in… Read More From Outcome Stories to Strategy | CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD's Experience, Lessons and Prospects

Brookings Global Working Papers | No. 50 | January 2013 Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2) By: Arntraud Hartmann, Homi Kharas, Richard Kohl, Johannes F. Linn, Barbara Massler and Cheikh Sourang http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/01/ifad-rural-poor-kharas-linn The challenge of rural poverty and food insecurity in the developing world remains daunting. Recent… Read More Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD's Experience, Lessons and Prospects

Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects

Brookings Global Working Papers | No. 50 | January 2013 Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2) By: Arntraud Hartmann, Homi Kharas, Richard Kohl, Johannes F. Linn, Barbara Massler and Cheikh Sourang http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/01/ifad-rural-poor-kharas-linn The challenge of rural poverty and food insecurity in the developing world remains daunting. Recent… Read More Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects

International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

Not long ago, ‘research’ was a dirty word in international-development circles. The prevailing view was that the time and money available should be spent implementing aid projects rather than analysing their effects in detail. For most projects, assessment was limited to tracking how much they spent and whether they reached their end points. That is… Read More International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

Not long ago, ‘research’ was a dirty word in international-development circles. The prevailing view was that the time and money available should be spent implementing aid projects rather than analysing their effects in detail. For most projects, assessment was limited to tracking how much they spent and whether they reached their end points. That is… Read More International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

World DataBank: New data resources on poverty, gender, jobs, health and more

You’ll find a large amount of data available through the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative: for time-series alone, there are some 8,000 indicators for around 200 countries. http://databank.worldbank.org/data/databases.aspx Available are six topics so far: poverty, gender, jobs, health, financial inclusion, and the policy and institutional framework in African countries. World Development Indicators (WDI) is the… Read More World DataBank: New data resources on poverty, gender, jobs, health and more

Inter-American Development Bank calls for solutions for financial inclusion of people with disabilities

Most voted projects may receive up to $50,000 in grants The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced a call for innovative ideas to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities as financial sector clients and workers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The competition organized by the IDB’s Innovation Lab is open to public and private… Read More Inter-American Development Bank calls for solutions for financial inclusion of people with disabilities

Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

What would these indicators look like? The new assessment criteria would seek to answer questions such as: 1) How great are group-based (ethnic, religious, caste, clan, etc.) economic, political, and cultural horizontal inequities? 2) How equitable is public spending? 3) How equitable are markets? 4) How equitable is the rule of law? Do elites or… Read More Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

What would these indicators look like? The new assessment criteria would seek to answer questions such as: 1) How great are group-based (ethnic, religious, caste, clan, etc.) economic, political, and cultural horizontal inequities? 2) How equitable is public spending? 3) How equitable are markets? 4) How equitable is the rule of law? Do elites or… Read More Do development indicators deceive us? Here is a better approach | Global Dashboard – Blog covering International affairs and global risks

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty #EDD12

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris , where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger.… Read More International Day for the Eradication of Poverty #EDD12