OECD-DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluation

The OECD-DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluation, built through international consensus, provide a guide to good practice. They are not intended to be used as a development evaluation manual, but they outline the key quality dimensions for each phase of a typical evaluation process: defining purpose, planning, designing, implementing, reporting, and learning from and using… Continue reading OECD-DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluation

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… Continue reading New OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

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… Continue reading Office of Science & Technology – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Self-destructive of Innovation Policy:

Global report reveals poor transparency and accountability in government spending

The International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey 2010 is the only independent, comparative, regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world. Produced every two years, the report reveals that 74 of the 94 countries assessed fail to meet basic standards of transparency and accountability with national budgets. This opens the door to abuse… Continue reading Global report reveals poor transparency and accountability in government spending

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… Continue reading Standardisation should focus more on innovation