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Public finance conference 2020: better spending for public service delivery

ODI - 26. Februar 2020 - 0:00
This conference will invite ministers, civil servants and leading academics to reflect on how public financial management can deliver for public services.
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Public finance conference 2020: better spending for public service delivery

ODI - 26. Februar 2020 - 0:00
This conference will invite ministers, civil servants and leading academics to reflect on how public financial management can deliver for public services.
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Gender-Transformative Change in ATVET

SNRD Africa - 22. Januar 2020 - 15:34
New booklet highlights the journey of the ATVET4W project towards women’s empowerment
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Oh no! Attention, Academy applicants…

SCP-Centre - 22. Januar 2020 - 12:35

For those who have applied to the Academy of Change, please give us a minute of your attention.

Unfortunately, we had a technical issue with our server and all incoming applications submitted between December 10, 2019 and January 15, 2020 were not received.

We are truly sorry and have fixed the issue.

Please resend your application until 31 January if you had sent yours in that time period. We extended the original application deadline to make sure you have enough time to get back to us. Click here to send your application.

If you are unsure about when you submitted your application, we sent out another confirmation email on 21 January 2020 to all applications we have received.

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mariana Nicolau, project manager of the Academy of Change, at:

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The 2030 Agenda as agenda setting event for water governance? Evidence from the Cuautla River Basin in Morelos, Mexico. Water 2020

GDI Briefing - 22. Januar 2020 - 10:36

Policy science has developed various approaches, such as agenda-setting and goal-setting theory, aimed at explaining the emergence of policy shifts and behavioural changes. The 2030 Agenda sets an ambitious vision for human development in times of global environmental change and makes for an interesting subject to study the explanatory power of these approaches. While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enshrined in the 2030 Agenda resulted from a process of intergovernmental negotiations, they will ultimately have to be implemented by national governments. Using the case of Mexico, we take the governance of water as a starting point to investigate whether the 2030 Agenda has indeed become a focusing event for sustainability transformation. Building on data from 33 expert interviews and findings of a Social Network Analysis of communications between water stakeholders from different sectors in the Cuautla River Basin, we conclude that major paradigm shifts in water governance in Mexico are thus far rather attributable to domestic focusing events and windows of opportunity than to the motivating impact of globally set goals. The Mexican case also illustrates that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is strongly dependent on political will at the highest level. Ensuring the continuity of its implementation across administrations will, therefore, require mainstreaming and anchoring the SDGs into the sectorial strategies that determine activities at the lower working level of government.

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EU budget negotiations: the ‘frugal five’ and development policy

GDI Briefing - 22. Januar 2020 - 10:19

The negotiations for the next EU budget are in full swing. Between now and the end of 2020 the EU must come to a conclusion on how much money it seeks to spend over the next seven years. Yet, Member States, the Commission, and Parliament are still divided both on the overall spending ceilings and the funds' distribution. In this blog post we outline the biggest challenges standing in the way of a successful outcome to the ongoing negotiations.

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Empowering African Universities to have an impact

EADI Debating Development Research - 22. Januar 2020 - 10:14
By Liisa Laakso   | EADI/ISS Blog Series Discussions on the impact of higher education and research have increased, together with the rise of strategic thinking in the management of universities during the last decade. Governments, taxpayers and private funders want to know which benefits they get from universities. Academic Institutions, in turn, want to …
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Women in the world economy: the next decade of action

ODI - 22. Januar 2020 - 0:00
There have been significant improvements to promote women's full participation in the global economy, but more action is needed in the decade ahead.
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Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

UN ECOSOC - 21. Januar 2020 - 19:16
The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy.
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Conclusion:policy implications of ESG–agency research and reflections on the road ahead

GDI Briefing - 21. Januar 2020 - 18:19

The role of the state as an agent of earth system governance has become more complex, contingent, and interdependent. − Although participatory and collaborative processes have contributed to more effective, equitable, and legitimate environmental governance outcomes in some instances, analyses of these processes should be situated within a broader governance perspective, which recasts questions of policy change around questions of power and justice. −The complexity and normative aspects of agency in earth system governance requires new forms of policy evaluation that account for social impacts and the ability of governance systems to adapt. − Many of the core analytical concepts in ESG–Agency scholarship, such as agency, power, authority, and accountability, remain under-theorized. In addition, some types of actors, including women, labor, non-human agents, those who work against earth system governance, and many voices from the Global South, remain largely hidden. − ESG–Agency scholars need to develop research projects and collaborations in understudied regions while also recruiting and supporting scholars in those regions to engage with this research agenda.

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Rising inequality affecting more than two-thirds of the globe, but it’s not inevitable: new UN report

UN #SDG News - 21. Januar 2020 - 18:15
Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development. But the rise is far from inevitable and can be tackled at a national and international level, says a flagship study released by the UN on Tuesday.
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Rising inequality affecting more than two-thirds of the globe, but it’s not inevitable: new UN report

UN ECOSOC - 21. Januar 2020 - 18:15
Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development. But the rise is far from inevitable and can be tackled at a national and international level, says a flagship study released by the UN on Tuesday.
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How to evaluate agents and agency

GDI Briefing - 21. Januar 2020 - 18:14

SG–Agency scholars have embraced the notion that agent influence is complex, contingent, and context dependent, with the success of environmental governance depending considerably on propitious environmental and social conditions. − Scholars have shifted from an earlier focus on how agents influence behaviours and environmental quality in earth system governance to how they influence governance processes, with increasing focus on democracy, participation, legitimacy, transparency, and accountability. − ESG–Agency scholars employ increasingly diverse methods to integrate insights from case studies, interviews, surveys, statistical analyses, and other approaches leading to deeper and more nuanced understanding of agency in earth system governance. − Adopting more interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to evaluating agency can foster future understandings of and contributions to earth system governance.

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Introduction: Agency in earth system governance

GDI Briefing - 21. Januar 2020 - 18:11

Agency is one of five core analytical problems in the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project’s research framework, which offers a unique approach to the study of environmental governance. − Agency in Earth System Governance draws lessons from ESG–Agency research through a systematic review of 322 peer-reviewed journal articles published between 2008 and 2016 and contained in the ESG–Agency Harvesting Database.− ESG–Agency research draws on diverse disciplinary perspectives with distinct clusters of scholars rooted in the fields of global environmental politics, policy studies, and socio-ecological systems. − Collectively, the chapters in Agency in Earth System Governance provide an accessible synthesis of some of the field’s major questions and debates and a state-of-the-art understanding of how diverse actors engage with and exercise authority in environmental governance.

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Der Vertrag von Aachen 2019: Ansätze zur Stärkung der deutsch-französischen Zusammenarbeit für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung

GDI Briefing - 21. Januar 2020 - 16:38

Am 22. Januar 2019 unterzeichneten Frankreich und Deutschland den Vertrag von Aachen. 56 Jahre nach dem Elysée-Vertrag bekräftigten die beiden Länder darin ihre Unterstützung für Multilateralismus, nachhaltige Entwicklung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.
Trotz der zum Ausdruck gebrachten Ambitionen bietet die Unterzeichnung des Vertrags auch einen Denkanstoß: inwieweit führen derartige Abkommen tatsächlich zu gemeinsamen operativen Ansätzen und wie wirken sie sich auf die deutsch-französische Zusammenarbeit aus?
Um diese Frage zu beantworten, analysiert dieses Papier die Hindernisse für eine engere deutsch-französische Zusammenarbeit für eine nachhaltige internationale Entwicklung. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Frage, wie auf höchster Ebene Vereinbartes in der politischen Koordination und Projektdurchführung umgesetzt wird. Die Analyse basiert auf rund 20 Interviews mit Vertretern deutscher und französischer Ministerien, Durchführungsorganisationen und Think Tanks. Sie kommt zu dem Schluss, dass die politische Koordinierung die größte Herausforderung darstellt.
Das Papier benennt drei wesentliche Hindernisse: leicht abweichende strategische Visionen; eine mangelnde Kompatibilität der institutionellen Strukturen hinsichtlich des Spezialisierungsgrades und der Mandate der für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit zuständigen Ministerien sowie der Beteiligung der Durchführungsorganisationen an der strategischen Entscheidungsfindung; und kulturelle Besonderheiten wie Kommunikationsformen und Zeitmanagement.
Das Papier formuliert fünf Empfehlungen:

  1. Das Erreichte bewahren: Die Intensität der Abstimmung zwischen Frankreich und Deutschland auf der politischen und Projektebene ist einzigartig in einem internationalen Kontext, in dem sich Akteure mehr und mehr auf nationa-le Interessen konzentrieren. Eine solche Zusammenarbeit sollte daher weiter unterstützt und verstärkt werden.
  2. Die politische Dynamik auf die Arbeitsebene übertra-gen: um die bilaterale Koordinierung zu intensivieren, könnten die beiden Länder einen regelmäßigen Follow-up-Mechanismus zu jeder Vereinbarung einrichten, der gemeinsame Aktionen, Ziele und Meilensteine enthält.
  3. Gegenseitiges Wissen und Vertrauen fördern: Ein Per-sonalaustausch zwischen den Ministerien sowie intensive Austauschformate (deep dive) zu den Aktivitäten und Strategien beider Länder würden es ermöglichen, das gegenseitige Verständnis zu verbessern.
  4. Austausch über bewährte Praktiken: Eine ausgewogene und respektvolle deutsch-französische Zusammenarbeit würde von einem Austausch von Best Practices in Berei-chen profitieren, in denen ein Land weiter fortgeschritten oder besser positioniert ist als das andere (wie die franzö-sische interministerielle Koordination oder deutsche Pro-jektmonitoring- und -evaluierungsverfahren).
  5. Gemeinsam handeln oder die Arbeit aufteilen: Im Vorfeld jedes gemeinsamen deutsch-französischen Engage-ments sollte abgewogen werden, ob die beiden Länder ein Interesse haben, gemeinsam zu handeln oder arbeitsteilig vorzugehen. Mittels Spezialisierung oder Zusammenarbeit würde somit die Wirkung maximiert.
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Le traité d’Aix-la-Chapelle de 2019: des opportunités pour renforcer la coopération franco-allemande en matière de développement durable

GDI Briefing - 21. Januar 2020 - 16:28

Le 22 janvier 2019, la France et l'Allemagne ont signé le traité d'Aix-la-Chapelle. Cinquante-six ans après le traité de l’Elysée, les deux pays y rappellent leur soutien au multilatéralisme, au développement durable et aux politiques de coopération et de développement.
Malgré les ambitions exprimées dans ce document, la signature du traité appelle à la réflexion : dans quelle mesure ce type d’accord se traduit-il par des approches opérationnelles communes et des impacts réels sur la coopération franco-allemande ? Pour répondre à cette question, ce Briefing Paper analyse les obstacles au renforcement de la coopération franco-allemande dans le domaine du développement durable international. L’étude se concentre sur la manière dont ces engagements sont déclinés au niveau de la coordination politique et de la mise en œuvre des projets. L’analyse se fonde sur une vingtaine d’entretiens avec des représentants de ministères, d’agences de développement et de think tanks allemands et français. L’étude conclut que c’est au niveau de la coordination politique que les choses se compliquent le plus.
Trois principaux facteurs de blocage y sont identifiés : des visions stratégiques légèrement divergentes ; une incongruence entre structures institutionnelles liée aux degrés de spécialisation et mandats des ministères en charge du pilotage de l’aide, ainsi qu’au niveau d’implication des agences dans la prise de décisions stratégiques ; et des particularités culturelles, liées aux habitudes de communication et à la gestion du temps.
Cinq recommandations sont proposées :

  1. Préserver les acquis : l’alignement entre la France et l’Allemagne au niveau politique et au niveau de la mise en œuvre des projets sont des atouts dans un contexte international d’intérêts nationaux croissants. Ce type de collaboration devrait continuer à être défendu et renforcé.
  2. Traduire la dynamique politique à un niveau opérationnel : pour renforcer leur coordination, les deux pays pourraient établir un mécanisme de suivi solide et régulier de chaque engagement pris, détaillant les actions conjointes, les objectifs partagés et les étapes qui en découlent.
  3. Promouvoir la connaissance et la confiance mutuelle : des échanges de personnel entre administrations ainsi que des séances « approfondies » (deep dive) portant sur les activités et les stratégies des deux pays permettraient d’augmenter la connaissance de l’Autre.
  4. Partager les bonnes pratiques : une collaboration franco-allemande équilibrée passerait par l’échange de pratiques pour lesquelles un pays est plus avancé ou mieux positionné que l’autre (comme la coordination interministérielle française ou le suivi des résultats des projets allemand).
  5. Agir conjointement ou se répartir le travail : décider consciemment et de manière délibérée en amont de chaque engagement franco-allemand si les deux pays ont intérêt à unir leurs efforts ou à se répartir le travail. Ce choix permettrait d’optimiser l’impact, soit en se spécialisant, soit en travaillant ensemble.
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The Treaty of Aachen of 2019: opportunities to strengthen Franco-German cooperation on sustainable development

GDI Briefing - 21. Januar 2020 - 16:16

On 22 January 2019, France and Germany signed the Aachen Treaty. Therein, 56 years after the Elysée Treaty, re-emphasising their support for multilateralism, sustainable development and development cooperation.
Despite the ambitions expressed in this document, the signing of the Treaty calls for reflection: to what extent does this type of agreement indeed lead to joint operational approaches and have a real impact on French–German cooperation?
To answer this question, this Briefing Paper analyses the obstacles to a closer French–German cooperation in the field of sustainable international development. It focuses on how these commitments are put into practice at the level of political coordination and project implementation. The analysis is based on about 20 interviews with representatives of French and German ministries, development agencies and think tanks. It finds that things get most complicated at the level of political coordination.
Three main obstacles are identified: slightly diverging strategic visions; an incompatibility between institutional structures concerning the degree of specialisation and the mandates of the ministries responsible for steering aid, as well as the degree to which development agencies are involved in strategic decision-making; and cultural particularities regarding communication and time management. Five recommendations are proposed:

  1. Protect what has been achieved: the alignment between France and Germany at the political and project implementation levels is an asset in an international context where the focus on national interests is increasing. Such cooperation should thus continue to be supported and reinforced.
  2. Channel the political momentum to the working level: in order to reinforce their coordination, the two countries could establish a solid and regular follow-up mechanism for each commitment, detailing joint actions, shared objectives and milestones.
  3. Promote mutual knowledge and trust: personnel exchange between the departments, as well as deep dive sessions on the two countries’ activities and strategies would allow increased understanding of each other.
  4. Share best practices: a balanced and respectful French–German collaboration could be encouraged by the sharing of practices for which one country is more advanced or better positioned than the other (such as the French interministerial coordination or the German project evaluation and monitoring procedures).
  5. Act jointly or divide the work: in the run-up to each joint Franco-German action, make a deliberate and conscious decision whether the two countries have an interest to act jointly or to divide the work. This decision would allow maximisation of the impact, either by specialising or by working together.
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What Happened To Haiti Earthquake Reconstruction?

UN Dispatch - 21. Januar 2020 - 16:00

On January 12 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.  Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives. Millions more were made homeless. Around the world, there was a huge outpouring of support and solidarity for the people of Haiti. This included billions of dollars pledged for Haiti relief and reconstruction.

Ten years later, much of the rubble is gone. But the massive reconstruction plans have  materialized to a degree commensurate with the promises that were made at time.

So what happened to the billions of dollars pledged and to the grand promises to “build back better?” in Haiti?

On the line with me to discuss what happened with Haiti earthquake reconstruction is Jacqueline Charles. She is a veteran reporter with the Miami Herald who has reported this story for many years. I caught up with her from Port Au Prince where she was covering events around the 10th anniversary of the earthquake. Her series in the Miami Herald, called “Haiti Earthquake: A Decade of Aftershocks” is an absolute must-read.

The series includes an interview with Bill Clinton, who was the major international figure raising money for Haiti reconstruction and helping to coordinate the international response. He served, for a time as the co-chair of a commission directing international relief efforts and Jaqueline Charles and I discuss the legacy of Bill Clinton’s efforts to that end.

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How to Integrate Living Incomes in Agricultural Value Chain Promotion?

SNRD Africa - 21. Januar 2020 - 11:02
21mins edit of a recorded webinar on the essentials of the living income/wage concept
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