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

How mobile airtime remittance is changing lives in developing nations

A report this week from the World Bank recognised the importance of remittances in the global fight against poverty, one Irish start-up offers powerful alternative – mobile phone remittances. A recent report by the World Bank reinforces the importance of migration and remittances to the global economy. By allowing people move to where they can… Read More How mobile airtime remittance is changing lives in developing nations

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

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

SADC launches new website: www.sadc.int

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat launched its new website http://www.sadc.int to the public on Monday December 03, 2012 at a function which was held at the SADC Secretariat Head Office in Gaborone Botswana. The internet is a rapidly evolving technology, and to keep up with it as well as to remain relevant, SADC… Read More SADC launches new website: www.sadc.int

Up in Smoke – Film about Mike Hands and his Agroforestry system

This is a film about a technique that could save more carbon emissions annually than all global aviation. It is a film about one of the biggest contributors to tropical deforestation and global warming: slash and burn agriculture. Up in Smoke feature doc – 4’30” trailer from Adam Wakeling on Vimeo. The film follows British… Read More Up in Smoke – Film about Mike Hands and his Agroforestry system

Weitzenegger’s Evaluation Resources Library

Search 120+ Evaluation Websites here with this search engine powered by Google. No more endless link lists and online library forms! I stuffed all contents related to evaluation in this search engine and let Google do the work. You can access all relevant online content on M&E for international cooperation here within seconds. Try “evaluation”… Read More Weitzenegger’s Evaluation Resources Library

Using DevInfo Technology to Support Aid Effectiveness

Through the site at http://www.devinfo.org, visitors can download the DevInfo Initiative Response to Busan document, explore ways DevInfo technologies contribute to specific Busan objectives, and download details on DevInfo technology for aid coordination. The site also invites aid effectiveness specialists, private sector development partners, policy and decision makers, M&E specialists, and other development partners to… Read More Using DevInfo Technology to Support Aid Effectiveness

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:

EU Commission report on European competitiveness

The European Commission issued its Annual Report on Competition Policy for 2008. The report provides a summary of the most important developments with regards to EU competition policy and focuses on major enforcement actions. Furthermore, the ways in which tools of competition policy have been applied to combat the financial crisis are outlined and the… Read More EU Commission report on European competitiveness

EIT needs experts for the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launched a call addressed to individuals for the establishment of a database of independent experts to assist the EIT in the process of the evaluation and implementation of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The database will include profiles from the following areas: Sustainable energy, Climate change adoption… Read More EIT needs experts for the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)

UNEP calls for end to barriers on fast-growing green economy

A global ”green economy” is now emerging but governments must move fast to scrap the many barriers and fossil-fuel subsidies that hamper it, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said. Presenting an annual report, Year Book 2008, the Nairobi-based agency said investment in environmentally-friendly projects was rising fast and more and more corporations were driving to… Read More UNEP calls for end to barriers on fast-growing green economy

Standardisation should focus more on innovation

EU standardisation policy should focus more on product innovation and competitiveness, the European commission argued on Tuesday in a new policy paper. Standards and technical harmonisation can help speed-up the uptake of environmental technologies and liberalise trade in rapidly-growing markets, it said. The commission’s policy paper outlines actions for a more market-led standardisation policy. Current… Read More Standardisation should focus more on innovation

UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2007-2008

The Information Economy Report 2008 reveals that although most developing countries remain far behind industrialized nations in availability and use of information and communication technology (ICT), some are emerging as major global suppliers of ICT products and services. The report analyses the current – and potential – contribution of ICT to knowledge creation and diffusion.… Read More UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2007-2008