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

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?

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

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

SID-Netherlands Report: Agriculture, Food Security, and Inclusive Growth

The report Agriculture, Food Security, and Inclusive Growth is a compilation of lectures and discussions organised in 2011 by SID Netherlands Chapter in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and NCDO. It contains contributions by UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food Olivier de Schutter, Camilla Toulmin (Director of the International… Read More SID-Netherlands Report: Agriculture, Food Security, and Inclusive Growth

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

Conference: Inspiring Clusters in the Beginning of the New Decade, 30-31 March 2011

Conference: Inspiring Clusters in the Beginning of the New Decade, 30-31 March 2011. The Competitiveness Institute European Regional Conference on Inspiring Clusters in the Beginning of the New Decade, which will take place on 30-31 March 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. TCI European regional conference in 2011 will focus on how to improve the Cluster policies… Read More Conference: Inspiring Clusters in the Beginning of the New Decade, 30-31 March 2011

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

Moving Toward Competitiveness: A Value-Chain Approach

Developing countries face tremendous opportunities for economic growth given economic liberalization worldwide, and rapid advancement and application of information and communications technologies. However, along with the many opportunities global network trade has to offer, firms in developing countries also face strong competitive pressures for greater efficiency and productivity to maintain market share or even survive.… Read More Moving Toward Competitiveness: A Value-Chain Approach