Social protection: a new area of action for EU development cooperation

The Directorate for Human and Society Development in DG DEVCO of the European Commission is presently preparing a communication on Social protection in EU development policy with the purpose of explaining “the role of SP in underpinning inclusive and sustainable development and the role of EU Development Cooperation in supporting the strengthening of social protection… Read More Social protection: a new area of action for EU development cooperation

Global Human Development Forum adopts ‘Istanbul Declaration’ urging action at ‘Rio+20’

Istanbul, 23 March 2012 Delegates to the first Global Human Development Forum today unanimously adopted an “Istanbul Declaration” calling on the world community to take bold action against global social inequities and environmental deterioration at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this June. “It is time to reset the global development agenda,” the… Read More Global Human Development Forum adopts ‘Istanbul Declaration’ urging action at ‘Rio+20’

Urgent international action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks, UN Secretary-General

UNDP’s first Global Human Development Forum starts today in Istanbul Istanbul, 22 March 2012—Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of… Read More Urgent international action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks, UN Secretary-General

World Bank Approves Program-for-Results

New Financing Instrument Ties Lending Directly To Verified Development Results The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved Program-for-Results (PforR), an innovative new financing instrument for the World Bank’s client countries that links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results. Money will flow once the results have been delivered and verified.… Read More World Bank Approves Program-for-Results

World Bank Approves Program-for-Results

New Financing Instrument Ties Lending Directly To Verified Development Results The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved Program-for-Results (PforR), an innovative new financing instrument for the World Bank’s client countries that links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results. Money will flow once the results have been delivered and verified.… Read More World Bank Approves Program-for-Results

Brazil launches National Poverty Alleviation Plan – Brasil Sem Miséria

02-06-2011 MRE: “BRASIL SEM MISÉRIA” NATIONAL POVERTY ALLEVIATION PLAN Brazil launches National Poverty Alleviation Plan Comprehensive social program aims to lift 16.2 million citizens out of extreme poverty BRASÍLIA (02 June 2011) – Brazil´s President Dilma Rousseff today launched a comprehensive national poverty alleviation plan named “Brasil Sem Miséria” to lift 16.2 million Brazilians out… Read More Brazil launches National Poverty Alleviation Plan – Brasil Sem Miséria

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

European Report on Development: Social protection is key to poverty eradication

The second European Report on Development (ERD) was launched at the European Development Days in Brussels with the message that social protection needs to be placed at the heart of EU development policy. ‘‘A number of African countries already have social protection programmes in place. It is increasingly on the policy agenda of African leaders… Read More European Report on Development: Social protection is key to poverty eradication

International Development Websites

Share your links with me on http://www.delicious.com/weitzenegger The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) http://www.epsds.org The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) seeks to satisfy the growing demand for supplementary and specialist technical advisory services on the part of DFID’s 100 Economists and 30 Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisors. The service is open… Read More International Development Websites

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Asia must promote employment, support those without decent jobs, ADB says

Creating the conditions for good jobs and, more importantly, social protection programs for those unable to find decent work is an urgent priority for governments in Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss told a conference in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Speaking at the conclusion of a three-day conference titled… Read More Asia must promote employment, support those without decent jobs, ADB says

Websites of the Month, July 2009

ACP Business Climate http://bizclim.ning.com The Private Sector Enabling Environment Facility (PSEEF) is an EU funded initiative under the Cotonou Agreement. From now on, the Facility will be promoted under the ACP Business Climate facility (BizClim).On this newly established Professional Network , you can have your own page. On the main page, you find videos, pictures,… Read More Websites of the Month, July 2009

Networks you can use for poverty impact assessment

African Parliamentary Poverty Reduction Network – (APRN) http://www.parlcent.ca/africa/prnetwork/pr_network_e.php The APRN was created in 2003 in response to demands by African parliamentarians for a network that would bring together Members of Parliament from all over Africa interested in central issues such as poverty reduction to discuss and share best practices, lessons learned and experiences in that… Read More Networks you can use for poverty impact assessment

Websites you can use for poverty impact assessment

BRIDGE – Gender and Poverty http://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/reports_gend_pov.htm BRIDGE Gender and Poverty publications include summaries of key materials, good practice cases, lists of tools and checklists and key online resources. British Library for Development Studies Subject Guide on Poverty http://blds.ids.ac.uk/guides/pov.html This Guide provides quick access to BLDS resources through pre-designed searches of the catalogue’s 150 000 plus… Read More Websites you can use for poverty impact assessment

How will developing countries be affected by the global financial crisis?

A new report from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) looks at the impact of the global financial crisis on the developing world. Results show that developing countries cannot be treated as a homogenous block. Concerns vary significantly across countries, depending on their current economic situation, exposure to specific impacts and capacity to respond. Isolation… Read More How will developing countries be affected by the global financial crisis?

Web 2.0 for Development

Web 2.0 has become a buzz word in recent years when talking, writing, and exchanging about Internet innovation. Free or low-cost interactive Web services designed to enhance online collaboration and sharing information are increasingly available to the public. This new dimension of innovative online services, where people collaborate and share information, where the consumer becomes… Read More Web 2.0 for Development

New Publications

Responsible enterprise, foreign direct investment, and investment promotion http://www.iied.org/pubs/display.php?o=15511IIED Foreign direct investment (FDI) is widely considered to be a key factor in economic development in middle and low income countries. Positively, it can be associated with the introduction of new technologies, job creation, access to new markets and improvements in the competitiveness of host countries.… Read More New Publications

Websites of the Month June 2008

Africa Progress Panel http://www.africaprogresspanel.org The aim of the Africa Progress Panel is to focus world leaders’ attention on making the most of the growing number of opportunities for progress in Africa. It will also comment on the challenges African governments, the G8 and other international partners face in meeting the commitments made towards Africa’s development.… Read More Websites of the Month June 2008

World Social and Economic Survey 2007

Greater longevity is an indicator of human progress in general. Increased life expectancy and lower fertility rates are changing the population structure worldwide in a major way: the proportion of older persons is rapidly increasing, a process known as population ageing. The process is inevitable and is already advanced in developed countries and progressing quite… Read More World Social and Economic Survey 2007

Websites of the Month, April 2008

African Voices in Europe demand more effective aid for Africa’s poorest http://practicalaction.org/?id=africanvoices Practical Action has launched a new website – African Voices in Europe – to expose the failures of European aid and set out a new agenda for Improving aid for Africa’s poorest communities. African Voices in Europe exposes the failures of EC aid… Read More Websites of the Month, April 2008

OECD publishes Principles and guidelines to promote sustainable lending practices in the provision of Official Export Credits to Low Income Countries

The provision of official export credits to public and publicly guaranteed buyers in low income countries should reflect Sustainable Lending practices (lending that supports a borrowing country’s economic and social progress without endangering its financial future and long-term development prospects). Export Credits Guarantees (ECG) Members agree to apply principles to obtain reasonable assurances that their… Read More OECD publishes Principles and guidelines to promote sustainable lending practices in the provision of Official Export Credits to Low Income Countries