AidWatch Report 2016: EU aid gap puts sustainable development at risk – CONCORD

Brussels, 26/10/2016 –  The European Union has again failed to meet its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on Development Aid by 2015. The CONCORD Aidwatch report 2016 published today, entitled ‘This is not enough’, reveals that only five countries met their 2015 targets: Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom. This means… Read More AidWatch Report 2016: EU aid gap puts sustainable development at risk – CONCORD

UNCTAD marks World #Statistics Day 20 October 2016

Geneva, 20 October 2016 – Effective new policies that create jobs, improve wellbeing and drive social development will depend on reliable, timely and impartial statistics, the head of UNCTAD’s statistics and information branch said in a statement marking World Statistics Day on 20 October. “But it will also be necessary to cultivate an appreciation or… Read More UNCTAD marks World #Statistics Day 20 October 2016

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

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

Global DHL CEO optimistic about Africa’s potential

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, March 14, 2013/ — “Africa is the last bastion for business globally and, over the next few years, will prove its potential as a stable, lucrative continent for international commerce.” These are the words of Ken Allen, Chief Executive Officer of global express and logistics provider, DHL Express. Allen is in Sub-Saharan Africa… Read More Global DHL CEO optimistic about Africa’s potential

Asia is more integrated, but future cooperation will be a complex task

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asia has become increasingly integrated over the past decade, led by growing trade and tourism and, most recently, as the region faced down the global financial crisis and subsequent eurozone crisis, according to a new integration index published in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor (http://www.adb.org/publications/asian-economic-integration-monitor-march-2013). “Going forward,… Read More Asia is more integrated, but future cooperation will be a complex task

Intra-African trade and infrastructure development key economic growth

Addis Ababa, 06 February, 2013 (ECA) – Speaking at the 8th Session of the Committee on Trade, Regional Cooperation and Integration, Director Stephen Karingi of the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) highlighted that the future of African trade and infrastructure is bright, and that with… Read More Intra-African trade and infrastructure development key economic growth

Small & Medium African Companies Engaged in International Markets Prosper in ‘Global Village’ | DHL Study

Study shows that internationally-focused SMEs are twice as likely to be successful as those only operating domestically CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, February 4, 2013/ — International trade and cooperation has become a key driver of small business success according to an in-depth and wide-ranging DHL Express study by IHS, the leading global source of information and analytics.… Read More Small & Medium African Companies Engaged in International Markets Prosper in ‘Global Village’ | DHL Study

“Made in the world”| Measuring Trade in Value Added: An OECD-WTO joint initiative

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of today’s global economy. The proliferation of internationally fragmented production, driven by technological progress, cost, access to resources and markets, and trade policy reforms, challenges our conventional wisdom on how we look at and interpret trade statistics and, in particular, the policies that we develop around… Read More “Made in the world”| Measuring Trade in Value Added: An OECD-WTO joint initiative

Intra-African trade restrictions impact regional trade cooperation, Report says

KIGALI, Rwanda, 1 November 2012 (ECA) – Countries should correct systemic restrictions on the length of intra-African export relationships in order to deepen regional trade cooperation among African countries, says a paper presented today at the African Economic Conference which opened in Kigali on Tuesday. During a discussion led by Dr. Adam Elhiraika, Chief of… Read More Intra-African trade restrictions impact regional trade cooperation, Report says

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

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

DCED Case Study of the African Cashew Initiative: Lessons from working with new and multiple partners in Ghana

The African Cashew Initiative (ACi) is a multi-country programme that is pioneering a formalised co-funding and implementation structure with various public and private partners and development organisations. It offers valuable lessons from managing multi-stakeholder partnerships, and collaboration between more ‘traditional’ development organisations and new donors like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Further, the ACi’s… Read More DCED Case Study of the African Cashew Initiative: Lessons from working with new and multiple partners in Ghana

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

New OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Ministers from OECD and developing economies will today agree new guidelines to promote more responsible business conduct by multinational enterprises, and a second set of guidance to limit the use of conflict minerals. Forty-two countries will commit to new, tougher standards of corporate behaviour in the updated Guidelines for Multinational… Read More New OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Key development challenges facing the Least Developed Countries

A new approach is necessary if the world’s most poverty-stricken countries are to escape their predicament, speakers said this afternoon in opening a two-day UNCTAD meeting of experts, which aims to spur ideas for 2011 conference on Least Developed Countries. UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi said experience has shown that outside efforts to help LDCs must… Read More Key development challenges facing the Least Developed Countries

AL-INVEST IV: A bridge between EU and Latin American SMEs

The fourth phase of AL-INVEST, financed by the European Commission, aims at supporting the internationalisation of Latin American SMEs in collaboration with their European partners in order to contribute to reinforce social cohesion in the region. Unlike the previous phases, the fourth phase of the AL-INVEST (2009-2012) is implemented through three groups of business organisations… Read More AL-INVEST IV: A bridge between EU and Latin American SMEs

European Commission adopts communication on Fair Trade

The European Commission has adopted a communication on the role of Fair Trade and non-governmental trade-related sustainability assurance schemes. The communication recognises the significant development of the Fair Trade movement and the significance of a European market now worth EUR 1.5 billion per year. The communication also lays out new policy areas where Fair Trade… Read More European Commission adopts communication on Fair Trade

World Social Forum: Globalization is destroying itself

The world economic crisis spells the death of globalization and action is needed to protect the poor, said organizers of the World Social Forum as it wrapped up in Belem, Brazil on Sunday. ”We have come out against neoliberal globalization, and now that this globalization is destroying itself we have to define the world we… Read More World Social Forum: Globalization is destroying itself

Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) shall reform aid

Developed and developing countries agreed to take bold steps to reform the way aid is given and spent. After three days of intense negotiations, they endorsed the Accra Agenda for Action (see http://www.accrahlf.net). Developing countries are committing to take control of their own futures, donors to co-ordinating better amongst themselves, and both parties to the… Read More Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) shall reform aid

Annual report on EC aid reviews progress towards better delivery

The European Commission disbursed € 8.5 billion in aid during 2007, representing 9% of total Community expenditures, according to the recently released annual report on EC aid. Top regions for EC assistance were Sub-Saharan Africa (33%), Asia (17%), and Europe (16%); and 23% of aid was given through budget support. In its review of the… Read More Annual report on EC aid reviews progress towards better delivery

Rising Food Prices hit the Poor, shake Development Agendas

With food and other commodity prices skyrocketing in recent months, energy and climate change have been all over the news. Prices for rice, the staple food for about half of the world’s 6 billion people, have soared to record highs, with key benchmarks touching $1000-per-tonne earlier this month, more than double the rate at the… Read More Rising Food Prices hit the Poor, shake Development Agendas