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Cancer research in Belgrade and Heidelberg: experts are transferring knowledge to their home countries

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Tue, 18 Dec 2018 HH:mm:ss
International Migrants Day: medical professional Stefan Stefanovic lives and works in Heidelberg and is committed to advancing research in his home country of Serbia.
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Peacebuilding in northern Iraq

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 HH:mm:ss
As Yazidi Nadia Murad receives the Nobel Peace Prize, in northern Iraq conflict training is improving understanding among different ethnic and faith communities.
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We mourn the loss of a colleague in Niger

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Sun, 09 Dec 2018 HH:mm:ss
On Saturday, a GIZ staff member was killed in a vehicle ambush in Niger. The exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.
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Seas littered with plastic waste: short-term action, long-term thinking.

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Thu, 06 Dec 2018 HH:mm:ss
Around the world, plastic waste is polluting seas, creating a global problem. Arno Tomowski, GIZ’s Head of Business Ventures, calls for international cooperation on new solutions.
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The 2030 Agenda: a universal compass for a sustainable future

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 HH:mm:ss
In Mexico, the people can decide how the sustainability strategy is implemented. The country benefits from Germany’s implementation experience.
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Farming effectively despite heat and drought

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Wed, 08 Aug 2018 HH:mm:ss
GIZ advises farmers in Ethiopia on how to adapt to drought and climate change. 120,000 are already benefiting.
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Job prospects in Northern Iraq for refugees and in host communities

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 HH:mm:ss
Welders, plumbers, computer programmers – around 8,000 refugees, internally displaced persons and locals will have better labour market opportunities by the end of 2018.
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How the right advice and information can lead to employment

GIZ Germany - 17. April 2019 - 19:53
: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 HH:mm:ss
Migration advisory centres provide information on work and training opportunities at home and in Germany. Training and further education have resulted in over 85,000 new prospects. 3,500 people have found jobs.
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Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges 

UN ECOSOC - 17. April 2019 - 17:00
A “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday. 
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Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges 

UN #SDG News - 17. April 2019 - 17:00
A “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday. 
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Shining a light on African economies: the annual CSAE conference

INCLUDE Platform - 17. April 2019 - 16:56

The annual conference at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University is a great opportunity to update yourself on what is happening in development economics research on, and from, Africa. The 2019 conference featured numerous interesting studies, of which many link up with INCLUDE’s knowledge agenda and focus areas for the coming four years: 1) work and income for youth and women, 2) economic growth and structural transformation, 3) access to basic services (particularly education), and 4) political empowerment and participation.

Although there are many more, we highlight here four insightful papers presented at the conference relevant to INCLUDE’s focus areas:

‘Wheels of change: impact of bicycles on female education and empowerment in Zambia’: Linking up with the focus area access to basic services and education, this paper looks at what happens when you provide school-age girls in Zambia with a bicycle? This paper showed that girls with bicycles spend 35% less time each day traveling and miss 30% less school. In addition, measures of empowerment increase. (Fiala et al., 2018)

‘The long term impacts of grants on poverty: 9-year evidence from Uganda’s youth opportunities program’: Cash transfers have the potential to kick-start young entrepreneurs and can have a positive spill-over effect on other youth, improving work and income for youth. This study showed that nine years after giving grants to youth in Uganda to start a business, by way of income, those who did not receive a grant had caught up anyway. Nevertheless, the study found that “grants had lasting impacts on assets, skilled work, and possibly child health, but had little effect on mortality, fertility, health or education”. (Blattman, Fiala, & Martinez, 2018)

‘Youth employability and peacebuilding in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire’: When youth are part of cash-for-work programmes it generates empowerment and community participation. This study found that participating in a youth cash-for-work programme in Côte d’Ivoire “significantly increases the likelihood of attending community meetings by 20 percent, trust in family members by 17 percent, and trust in colleagues by 25 percent”. (Kimou, Ballo, & Barry, 2018)

‘Women’s political participation and intrahousehold empowerment: evidence from the Egyptian Arab Spring’: Participating in a political movement has positive influences on women’s personal and household levelpositioning. This study found that the Arab Spring democratic movement in Egypt led to “a significant improvement in women’s final say regarding decisions on health, socialization and household expenditure, as well as a decline in the acceptation of domestic violence and girls’ circumcision, in the regions most affected by the protests”.  (Bargain, Boutin, & Champeaux, 2018)


The above highlighted papers are adapted from a list of micro-summaries by David Evans of the Center for Global Development.  The original post providing summaries of the almost 300 papers on African economies discussed during the conference are available at this link.

The post Shining a light on African economies: the annual CSAE conference appeared first on INCLUDE Platform.

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State of emergency: UN convenes Financing Forum while a new wave of debt crises threatens to derail sustainable development

Global Policy Watch - 17. April 2019 - 13:12

By Bodo Ellmers and Tove Ryding
This blog was first published by Eurodad here.

This week, governments will meet at the United Nations in New York for the Financing for Development Forum, and the challenge is very clear. Too little progress has been made towards achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), which to a large extent is the consequence of lacking finance. The 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda, a UN framework adopted at the same time as the SDGs, which is supposed to ensure money flows toward development and the achievement of the SDGs, is not fulfilling its objective.

Political differences at the Addis Summit meant that fundamental institutions, such as a multilateral debt workout mechanism to prevent and resolve debt crises, could not be agreed upon. Developing countries have repeatedly called for developed countries to engage in a negotiation about setting up such a mechanism. It would fill a gaping hole in the international financial architecture, by providing an effective insolvency framework for states. So far, developed countries have refused to negotiate about this, causing it to become a highly pressing issue.

A task force of international agencies, including the UN. , World Bank and IMF have just released a new Financing for Sustainable Development Report, which highlights that a new wave of debt crises has begun to strike. 40% of low income countries have severe debt problems, and also in richer countries, private and public debt levels are soaring. Consequently, global debt levels have reached new record highs.

The lack of political ambition at the Addis Summit is co-responsible for the problem. During the Summit, developing countries pushed for an intergovernmental tax agency to be set up under the UN, to address illicit financial flows and international tax dodging. Global solutions to these problems could have boosted the available levels of development finance significantly. For example, it is estimated that governments lose around US$500 billion in revenue every year, when multinational corporations use international loopholes to avoid taxes.

Another outstanding issue is the fulfilment of developed countries’ commitments to provide development aid to the world’s poorest. Just last week, preliminary figures showed that the level of development aid is dropping again, with the poorest countries being hardest hit. Furthermore, donor countries are increasingly reluctant to provide aid as grants, and using scarce aid resources for ‘blending’, which means subsidising private loans with aid, and thereby imposing more debt on poor countries. Furthermore, public-private partnerships have been promoted to leverage private investments in infrastructure and services in poor countries. However, in addition to creating new inequalities, they’ve often turned out to be expensive time bombs of hidden debt as faulty contract designs tend to put all the financial risks involved on the public side of the partnership.

Following the insufficient levels of tax revenue and development aid, debt-creating finance has been used to raise money. Developing countries have embarked on a borrowing boom, and issued expensive high-yield bonds on financial markets. With the interest rates on safe assets in Europe remaining near or below zero, these bonds became very popular among rich country investors looking for yields.

And that brings us back to the debt emergency. As a matter of urgency, governments must negotiate an international agreement on responsible lending and borrowing to prevent sovereign debt crises. Similarly, when a crisis is unpreventable, an orderly and rules-based procedure is the best way to address any insolvency in a speedy, fair, responsible and sustainable manner. The resistance of developed countries towards developing these solutions is hard to understand and an irresponsibility as such.

This week’s Financing for Development Forum provides a unique opportunity for governments to start fixing the unsolved problems from Addis. It is one of the few operational multilateral spaces where all nations are represented on an equal footing, and global agreements on economic governance can be made. But for progress to happen, we will need a large coalition of progressive governments to push for change.

It is hard to imagine us moving forward without Europe taking a leading role. But unfortunately, European nations have in the past not always played a constructive role in UN negotiations on economic matters. Just last month, EU countries voted against a UN Human Rights Council Resolution, which aimed to ensure that human rights are protected in cases of debt crises and austerity.

The 2019 Financing for Development Forum is governments’ chance to reinforce their effort to prevent the Sustainable Development Agenda from falling off the tracks. It is time for Europe to come to the UN’s negotiation table and actually help develop global solutions. This is the only way to ensure that we achieve the SDGs, stop climate change, protect human rights, and avoid that the next wave of debt crises derails the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

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Creating value and doing good: Governance solutions for sustainable enterprises

OECD - 17. April 2019 - 10:56
By Professor Andrea Zorzi, University of Florence This blog is part of a special series exploring subjects at the core of the Human-Centred Business Model (HCBM). The HCMB seeks to develop an innovative – human-centred – business model based on a common, holistic and integrated set of economic, social, environmental and ethical rights-based principles. Read more about the HCBM here, and … Continue reading Creating value and doing good: Governance solutions for sustainable enterprises
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PRESS CONFERENCE: “Civil Society’s Concerns For the G-20 Summit” (18 April 2019)

#C20 18 - 17. April 2019 - 9:00

PRESS CONFERENCE: “Civil Society’s Concerns For the G-20 Summit”

Date & Time:
 Thursday, April 18, 2019, 14:00 – 15:00

Venue:
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

Speakers:
Yuka Iwatsuki, C20 Chair & President of Action against Child Exploitation
Atsuko Miwa, C20 Co-Chair & Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center
Masaki Inaba, C20 Sherpa & Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs –SDGs Japan

Language:
The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

On June 28-29, nearly 30 world leaders gather in Osaka for the Group of Twenty (G-20) Leaders’ Summit. In advance of that, civil society organizations in Japan and abroad advising the G20 meet in Tokyo from April 21-23 for the Civil 20 (Civil Society 20) meeting to hammer out their recommendations which will presented to the Japanese government.

With crackdowns, sometimes violent, on civil society groups worldwide, worries about possible in Osaka are growing, especially in the wake of local media reports about police drills to combat “terrorism”. In the Asian region, fears are that civil society groups are becoming increasingly politically marginalized and ignored, especially at multilateral meetings like the G20.Data privacy is issue expected to be raised at the G20 meeting. In addition, following a speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the World Economic Forum in January, Japan plans discuss better worldwide management of the digital economy. That has prompted worldwide fears about Big Brother and the free and equitable flow of information. Japanese and civil society groups have specific recommendations for the digital economy, which they will present.

To learn how civil society organizations view Japan’s leadership of the G20 process, what their top issues of concern are, and what recommendations they’ll make at C20, please join us for a press conference with Yuka Iwatsuki, C20 chair, Atsuko Miwa, C20 Co-Chair, and Masaki Inaba, who serves as the C20 sherpa. Also attending and available to answer questions will be Valeria Milanes, of the Argentina-based Association of Civil Rights, and Natasha Matic, of the King Khan Foundation in Saudi Arabia.

Doors open for TV crew at 13:15, for all others at 13:30, still cameras included.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

Professional Activities Committee

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Summer School Social Entrepreneurship, Dortmund, 24-25 May 2019

Postgraduates - 17. April 2019 - 7:47

The M.Sc. Programme „SPRING – Regional Development Planning and Management” at TU Dortmund University, together with the ImpactHub Ruhr, is organizing a Summer School on Social Entrepreneurshipwhich will take place in Dortmund on May 24th and 25th, 2019.

This training workshop enables international students to develop a business idea (based on the UN’s sustainability goals) that can solve social and/or ecological problems in their home countries. In order to put an idea on a solid economic footing, methods and practices of entrepreneurial thinking are introduced and applied to transform the idea into a business model. Complementary methods in the area of marketing and financing ensure the participants a well-rounded understanding of the process from developing an idea to self-employment. With a concluding short presentation („elevator-pitch“) attendees practice summarizing and presenting their idea to investors or financiers.

You can find all the information related to application here.

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How DFID can better manage complexity in development programming

ODI - 17. April 2019 - 0:00
This briefing note explores how DFID can design and manage flexible systems to deal with complex development challenges.
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Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD): Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

Women - 16. April 2019 - 18:39
Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD): Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

“The Fifth (2019) session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 5) will be held under the theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” It will carry out in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action), and SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and the corresponding goals of Agenda 2063. The forum will also undertake an in-depth review of SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) to address challenges and strengthen partnerships to develop capacity, harness science and technologies and mobilize and scale up finance to implement the goals.”

For more information access here.

Date: 16-18 April 2019

Local: Morocco

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Map of the Day: The 13 Most Overlooked Global Humanitarian Crises

UN Dispatch - 16. April 2019 - 15:05

How do we know which humanitarian crises are most overlooked, ignored or otherwise off the radar?

One measure is how much money is available for the response to a humanitarian crisis. This is a good proxy for the amount of attention that an unfolding humanitarian crisis receives among key donors because the way the international community deals with crises is much like a charity. When a natural or manmade disaster strikes, humanitarian agencies must go to donors, hat in hand, to fund their response.

The largest donors tend to be governments — specifically governments of wealthier countries in Europe and North America. When a crisis attracts their attention, they can be quite generous. But when it’s far from headlines or in a country without much political relevance to those donors, the response tends to be less robust. For one reason or another, crises in some places tend not to be as high a political priority in key donor countries as others. What results, then, is a crisis that is underfunded — and in some cases, chronically so.

Enter the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, known as CERF. This was a funding pool created by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in 2006 that directs funds to those crises that are not attracting the sufficient attention of donors. Donors contribute to this pool, and OCHA distributes it.

The crises in which CERF intervenes can be considered the most overlooked humanitarian crises in the world.

On April 11, OCHA announced the largest disbursement of CERF funds ever, directing $125 million to 13 underfunded emergencies.  These funds will go to UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs that serve more than nine million people across Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Haiti, Honduras, Madagascar, Niger, the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Tanzania, Uganda and Ukraine.

 

 

Another function of CERF is to quickly disburse funds when there’s a sudden need.

And on the same day this record allocation of emergency funds was released, OCHA also announced a $25 million allocation for ongoing crisis in Sudan. This disbursement to Sudan comes at a particularly volatile time, which the country in the midst of a political upheaval.

The CERF allocation will target internally displaced people, refugees, host communities, and vulnerable residents in areas with some of the largest increases in food insecurity, including in East, North, South and West Darfur, Red Sea, West Kordofan and White Nile states.

Food insecurity has increased in Sudan with 5.8 million people projected to be food insecure between January and March, a significant increase from 2018, while the numbers are likely to rise further in the lean season from May. Protection services will also be prioritised targeting the specific needs of children and women, and the vulnerable including people living with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions.

CERF is a good example of why flexibility in funding is a valuable tool to maximize the impact of donor dollars for humanitarian relief.  Not all crisis can attract and sustain the attention of donors. But people in need of humanitarian assistance in those countries are no less in need than people caught in crisis that are higher priorities for donors.

The post Map of the Day: The 13 Most Overlooked Global Humanitarian Crises appeared first on UN Dispatch.

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Save the Date: Sustainability is a Behavioural Challenge, 1 July 2019 in Brussels

SCP-Centre - 16. April 2019 - 13:23

Changes in consumption patterns and mainstream lifestyles are a critical and integral part of the solutions package to addressing climate change, especially if we are to deliver on the 1.5°C target. In this transition towards a more sustainable society, understanding how humans actually think and behave is crucial. It consists of a game-changing approach in tackling systems change and urges us to understand and act upon the true motivation of the way we live and behave. What are the actual changes needed and how to drive behaviourally-informed interventions, policies and strategies in practice?

Two initiatives are coming together on 1 July 2019 to address that question with you: Sitra and partners are launching the shorter version of the 1.5-Degree Lifestyles Report, and the Academy of Change. They will be presenting the main outcomes of a 2-year KR Foundation-funded initiative dedicated to accelerating change towards the sustainable behaviours that really matter.

Join us to meet experts and practitioners, increase your knowledge on the topic, network with actors who are already active in behaviour change and jointly shape our future now!

A detailed agenda will be out soon.

To receive a notification about the agenda and the registration for this event please sign up to our Academy of Change Newsletter or follow us on Twitter!

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Product Innovation Through Sustainability – Pioneer Workshop 14 May 2019

SCP-Centre - 16. April 2019 - 10:56

Today, good sustainability performance is commonly associated with having a small footprint. This is to reduce negative sustainability impacts, such as CO2 emissions, waste of natural resources, poor working conditions, etc.

Of course, this is key but there is more to explore! What about the positive impacts that our actions, processes and products are having on people and the planet?

The CSCP and its partners have developed a methodology that helps you to understand your products’ ecological, economic, and social impacts, both the negative as well as the positive impact.

At the same time, the methodology is a starting point for product innovation and sustainable business development.

We would like to show you how you can use this and therefore warmly invite you to our workshop!

What can you expect from the workshop?

  • Learn a new perspective on sustainability
  • Get an understanding of sustainability impacts far beyond “the usual ones” (e.g. CO2 emissions, work safety) and how they can influence business
  • Invited to learn a systematic approach on how to capture the added value that can be generated through sustainability
  • Getting inspired on how to improve your products and to strengthen your position in the market

Are you interested?

Date: 14 May 2019
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Location: at the CSCP in Wuppertal

The workshop is aimed exclusively at companies. The number of participants is limited to 15 persons. The workshop will be German. A fee of 29 Euros per person will be charged, which also includes lunch.

A detailed agenda will follow shortly. For reservations and requests, please contact hpworkshop@scp-centre.org

For further information and inspiration, please watch the video (2 minutes):

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