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Transforming the Businesses that are Transforming our World

OECD - 16. April 2019 - 10:39
By Dr Isabella D. Bunn, Research Fellow in Governance and Global Ethics, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford 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 … Continue reading Transforming the Businesses that are Transforming our World
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China and global development: what to read ahead of the Belt and Road Forum

ODI - 16. April 2019 - 0:00
What the Belt and Road initiative is, how it serves China's domestic interests, its impact on partner countries, and criticism of the project.
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‘Critical moment’ for sustainable development, UN chief tells major financing forum

UN ECOSOC - 15. April 2019 - 19:52
“Uneven growth, rising debt levels, possible upticks in financial volatility, and heightened global trade tensions” are hampering progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN chief António Guterres told the Forum on Financing for Development on Monday, during what he called “a critical moment” to “accelerate action for sustainable development”. 
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‘Critical moment’ for sustainable development, UN chief tells major financing forum

UN #SDG News - 15. April 2019 - 19:52
“Uneven growth, rising debt levels, possible upticks in financial volatility, and heightened global trade tensions” are hampering progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN chief António Guterres told the Forum on Financing for Development on Monday, during what he called “a critical moment” to “accelerate action for sustainable development”. 
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A Revolution in Access to Medicine is Underway in Five African Countries

UN Dispatch - 15. April 2019 - 16:40

Among the many barriers to quality healthcare in the developing world is the high cost of medicine. This is due, in part, to frequent disruptions in the supply chain. Customers who visit a pharmacy to purchase medicine can’t be guaranteed that the medicine will be something they can afford– or even if the medicine will be there at all.

My podcast guest today, Gregory Rockson, is a social entrepreneur who is pioneering a way to make medicine in several African countries more affordable and access to that medicine more reliable. He is the c0-founder of  a social enterprise called mPharma, which uses data analytics and supply chain management to help small and independent pharmacies control their costs.  This is crucial because unlike here in the United States where big pharmacy chains are ubiquitous, in the places mPharma operates small and independent pharmacies are serve the vast majority of people.

mPharma essentially manages the drug supply of participating pharmacies, and assumes the financial risk if drugs are over or under stocked — sharply driving down the costs.

This is an absolutely fascinating business model and it’s already revolutionizing access to medicine in five African countries and is poised for further expansion.

If you have twenty minutes and want to learn why drug prices in many countries are so high and what can be done to drive down those costs, have a listen.


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Experts, leaders agree on key ways to mobilize accelerated action for climate, sustainable development

UNSDN - 15. April 2019 - 15:19

With the urgency of climate action at an all-time high, global experts and leaders meeting in Copenhagen identified key immediate action areas to better serve both the world’s efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure better lives for all people.

Nearly 400 participants from around the world came together for the first Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference—formally the “Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”—and agreed that a stronger connection between the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides the world’s best opportunity for positive, systemic change that will ensure a sustainable and inclusive development in a healthy environment for present and future generations.

“Policies, programmes and partnerships must be designed to work together, to achieve synergies and reduce or eliminate the trade-offs,” said Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. “There are many places where such convergence is possible—for example, energy transitions are at the heart of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. These also hold the potential for eradicating poverty, creating jobs, improving health and contributing to more sustainable ecosystems.”

Speaking on behalf of the UN Climate Change secretariat, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ovais Sarmad, said: “Climate change is a threat multiplier. If we don’t act urgently and with more ambition, it will destabilize the global economy, create conflict, displacement and cause incredible suffering for people everywhere. But climate change also provides our single greatest opportunity to build a safer, healthier, more resilient and prosperous world and by further linking the climate and SDGs process, we can drive transformative action at all levels.”

Participants from developed and developing nations, including government representatives, youth, and members of the private sector, academia, civil society and the UN system, attended the conference, organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

Attendees provided inputs to the outcome document, which will inform the in-depth review of SDG 13 on climate action at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York in July. They highlighted the opportunities, advantages and gains being made through cooperative implementation of climate action and the SDGs, including through better integration of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into the Paris Agreement, processes to formulate and implement national climate adaptation plans (NAPs), and the voluntary national reviews (VNRs) at HLPF. Other post-2015 development frameworks, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, will provide other opportunities for synergies.

Additionally, UN DESA and UNFCCC agreed to establish a global knowledge network and platform on the synergies between climate and SDGs, building on all the inputs to the conference, to be launched before the HLPF. Under-Secretary-General Liu said that UN DESA would work to identify and promote multi-stakeholder partnerships and commitments that can directly contribute to the Climate Action Summit and the SDG Summit in September, and it would establish a SDG-Climate Synergy Pavilion at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP25) in Chile in December.

Participants discussed several new multi-stakeholder partnerships aiming to protect forests and the ocean, and boost efforts supporting sustainable energy.

For example, more than 20 leaders committed to the Cool Coalition, a new effort to accelerate action on the transition to clean and efficient cooling, which can help mitigate climate change, further sustainable development and save money. Led by UN Environment, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, and Sustainable Energy for All, the coalition includes the Ministers of Environment from Chile and Rwanda, the heads of the Danish engineering firm Danfoss and the French global energy utility Engie, as well as other leaders from civil society, academia and intergovernmental institutions.

Furthermore, young people at the Copenhagen conference made it clear that they stand ready to cooperate on efforts to achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement—and in fact, are leading their own. Citing the 15 March School Strike for Climate as proof of the rising youth movement, Annisa Triyanti of Indonesia, representing the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), said she and her peers worry that they are studying for a future that might not be there.

“Through hard and genuine work, we can be the voice of the voiceless,” she said at the conference opening session. “We have done our homework. Now it is your turn and we’re ready to work together.”

Kristian Jensen, the Minister of Finance of Denmark, said he stands ready to meet young people’s high expectations—and encouraged other finance ministers to join these efforts.

“The message from youth around the world on climate and SDG action is loud and clear: Get moving or get out the way,” Jensen said. “That is why we need all hands on deck—including ministers for finance. Because we need to put action behind the promises we made. If we do this, I am convinced we can deliver on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.”


Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and while the world needs to move fast, the solutions must be fair. The world’s most vulnerable people are suffering the worst effects of climate change, such as more intense storms, dangerous heat waves, more frequent and longer-lasting droughts, rising seas, while contributing least to the problem. The interconnected Sustainable Development Goals, which include the standalone SDG 13 on Climate Action, provide the best framework for tackling the climate emergency in ways that help everyone, in particular, women, children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities and those living in small island developing states.

The Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference is a critical part of the UN’s comprehensive review of climate action in 2019. The conference will serve also as a preparatory Expert Group Meeting for SDG 13, which is one of the goals to be examined in-depth at this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), happening at UN Headquarters in New York in July. This thematic review in Copenhagen of SDG 13 implementation will provide valuable context for the HLPF’s deliberations. The HLPF outcome itself will inform the debate at two other major UN events, the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit and the SDG Summit, to be held on consecutive days during the General Assembly high-level week in September.

The IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius outlines the interactions of climate change and climate responses with sustainable development, including sustainable development impacts at 1.5 °C and 2 °C, the synergies and trade-offs of mitigation and adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals, and the possibilities for sustainable and equitable low-carbon, climate resilient development pathways.

Source: DESA

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New LDA-SI series profiles how sub-national data efforts support SDG achievement

UN SDSN - 15. April 2019 - 8:30

In 2018, the Local Data Action Solutions Initiative (LDA-SI) selected five recipients for a microgrant program, aimed at developing sub-national solutions to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) monitoring. You can now read a synthesis report and project overviews from the grantees documenting data localization efforts in Aruba, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Colombia, Patiala (India), and Los Angeles (the United States). Additional insights are available from the city of Bristol (England).

The program revealed a wealth of opportunities and ongoing challenges to data localization. Importantly, the experiences of the grantees revealed impact in seven areas:

  1. Broadening political support for the global sustainable development agenda
  2. Supporting national SDG monitoring initiatives
  3. Promoting action when national leadership is missing
  4. Localizing indicators while also promoting coordination and comparison across regions and cities
  5. Evaluating and expanding beyond official data sources
  6. Incentivizing relative progress
  7. Promoting inclusion

Visit to read the reports and additional insights from LDA-SI, and read on below for additional information on the program and grantees.


The Local Data Action Solutions Initiative (LDA-SI) was established as a joint effort between the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (SDSN TReNDS) and the U.S.A. Sustainable Cities Initiative as a program with one primary objective: to identify and promote replicable methods for sub-national Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) monitoring that facilitate local action in support of the “leave no one behind” principle. A growing number of subnational actors are attempting to implement the SDGs locally and are confronting specific questions related to data collection and monitoring. With this has grown the need for real, practical lessons and guidance that can be applied to different contexts worldwide.

For this reason, LDA-SI launched a microgrant initiative to support learning from existing subnational SDG data initiatives, harnessing this tacit local knowledge and informing a learning exchange. The five grantees were chosen both for their proven ability to support SDG implementation in a specified location and for their model’s relevance and potential benefit for other sub-national SDG initiatives in the world.

About the Grantees

For Aruba, Wolfs Company built on the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) Framework and existing SDG analysis, creating a hybrid framework to track land and marine socioeconomic and ecological indicators that align with the SDGs and that can inform SDG efforts on the island.

For Brazil, the Metropolitan SDG Observatory (METRODS) and Movimento Nossa BH implemented a collaboration with the Metropolitan Agency of Belo Horizonte, University Newton Paiva, and other local partners to identify 50 indicators and collect and analyze indicator data, supporting the achievement of SDG 11 targets in the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area.

In Colombia, the Comó Vamos City Network (CVCN) and Fundación Corona developed a public online data tool to track and compare SDG indicators and goals for 19 Colombian urban agglomerations (over 35 municipalities).

In India, Community Systems Foundation‘s OpenCities Institute (OCI) worked with the City of Patiala in the State of Punjab to create a proof-of-concept package for SDG localization, comprised of a model indicator framework reflecting municipal human development objectives across sectors and hosted on a prototype data dashboard.

In the United States of America, the City of Los Angeles collaborated with four universities to develop a list of locally-adapted SDG targets that the Mayor’s office will consider as it prepares a city-level system for reporting on the SDGs.

Insights were also gleaned from other project partners in the first and later stages of LDA-SI, including Bristol in the United Kingdom; Baltimore, Maryland and San José, California in the U.S.A.; and additional work in Brazil. These insights are summarized in project briefings available at

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Public finance and development: eight things to read in April

ODI - 15. April 2019 - 0:00
Kenya’s tax treaty with Mauritius; revising corporate taxation; gender-responsive budgets; exiting from aid; fiscal policies for climate action, and more.
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Finding Finasteride

UNSDN - 14. April 2019 - 8:02

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Impact of high debt levels on least developed countries ‘cannot be overstated’, says UN 

UN #SDG News - 14. April 2019 - 1:16
The impact of high levels of debt on development efforts “cannot be overstated”, the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) told a Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on least development countries (LDCs) on Saturday.
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Impact of high debt levels on least developed countries ‘cannot be overstated’, says UN 

UN ECOSOC - 14. April 2019 - 1:16
The impact of high levels of debt on development efforts “cannot be overstated”, the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) told a Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on least development countries (LDCs) on Saturday.
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Evaluation of ISO Capacity Building on International Standards - 13. April 2019 - 22:15

Karsten Weitzenegger leads the Saana Consulting Team for external evaluation of the Sida-funded capacity-building activities of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).


The launching of the evaluation follows a considerable period of preparation and consultation, and a competitive international tendering process that concluded with the contracting of the selected team in February 2019. The contracted firm is Saana Consulting Ltd. of the U.K., fielding a diverse team that combines leading expertise in independent evaluations, Aid for Trade and gender equality.


The Team is charged with carrying-out an independent evaluation, in-line with Sida norms and standards as well as with ISO’s own Evaluation Policy and Guidelines. The evaluation is expected to assess progress in standards capacity development since 2013 and the results of its work, as well as providing guidance for the future.

  • A Mid-Term review for the ISO Action Plan for Developing Countries (APDC) 2016-2020, covering the years 2016-2018;
  • A Final Evaluation of the Project to Strengthen Institutional Infrastructure on Standards and Regulations to Support Business and Industry in Middle East and North Africa (MENA STAR) 2013-2018.

The overall purpose of the evaluation, as expressed in the Request for Proposal (November 2018) is to assess the performance and results (activities, outputs, outcomes) as well as planning, implementation and monitoring of activities under both projects.

Recommendations and lessons from the design, delivery, achievements and sustainability of the MENA STAR project are intended to inform future activities under the Action Plan. This highlights the underlying assumption that the issues within the regional MENA STAR project are pertinent at the global level, and therefore relevant to the Action Plan as a whole.


The Team is committed to carrying-out an evaluation that is relevant and of practical use to ISO itself, its beneficiaries, partners and donors. The evaluation reports shall be user-friendly, digestible, short and simple, useful and clear while at the same time complying with high-quality evaluation requirements.

The evaluation will be conducted in a consensual and transparent way while maintaining the principle of independence in-line with internationally recognized evaluation norms and standards. Stakeholder engagement will be important at all stages to build the necessary confidence, learning and engagement of the diverse audiences and stakeholders in both the process and results of the evaluation exercise.

It will apply the evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency, and assess the impact and sustainability of ISO’s interventions. It will apply a diversity of methods to answer the evaluation questions and relate its findings and recommendations credibly to reliable evidence. It will address what lessons with regard to impact, strategy and management can be learned from ISO’s operations over the past four years and will generate related recommendations.

Using desk studies, interviews and surveys, the evaluation will cover all activities carried out by ISO and partners as well as its governance, legislative, organizational and operational structures and processes. This will be supplemented by more in-depth and detailed analysis of a representative sample of ISO’s operations through six selected field missions to countries or regions where the organization is active. It will rely on a consultative and participatory methodology, including the interviewing of key stakeholders (namely: beneficiaries, in particular National Standards Bodies and other quality infrastructure stakeholders, trade support institutions, consumer and business associations and private companies).


More information about the ISO Action Plan for developing countries 2016-2020 is available at  and on the MENA STAR project at

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Open Position: Head of Program and Partnerships, SDG Academy

UN SDSN - 12. April 2019 - 20:27

About the SDSN

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem-solving at local, national, and global scales. SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia, and civil society. The SDSN is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.

About the SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is the flagship education initiative of the SDSN, with the mandate of creating and curating the best available online educational content on sustainable development and making it available as a global public good. The Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development, from fields as varied as early childhood development, public health, food systems, and macroeconomics – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. The SDG Academy is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.

About the Role

The SDG Academy is seeking a Head of Programs and Partnerships to provide strategic leadership in the ambitious production and expansion plans of the SDG Academy initiative. This role provides a unique opportunity to manage a complex and dynamic portfolio of work, to expand the collection of core and curated educational content on sustainable development, to engage with experts at the top of their field from around the world, and to catalyze a diverse and motivated global student base to take up the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a meaningful and impactful way. A special focus will be on traditionally under-reached student cohorts internationally, recognizing the unique role of technology in connecting disparate communities. The Head of Program and Partnerships will lead the New York office of the SDG Academy, and will play a key role as part of a small team that values proactivity and creative thinking.


Strategic Leadership & Team Management

  • Work with the President, SDSN Association to design and lead a medium-term vision and strategy for the SDG Academy
  • Explore strategic opportunities for expansion and innovation of the SDG Academy programs within the scope of the mission and vision of the initiative
  • Oversee SDG Academy programs and manage processes to evaluate progress towards stated objectives and to plan and backcast key activities in the short- and medium-term
  • Monitor key process and evaluation data points to inform and improve protocols
  • Manage the New York-based SDG Academy team and work effectively in a multi-location, virtual environment with other offices

Partnerships & Relationship Management

  • Explore opportunities for partnership, including financial partnerships, partner courses, executive trainings, NGO or industry-specific courses and trainings, and others
  • Engage with academic institutions and organizations looking to use SDG Academy content
  • Build and execute the strategy around the inclusion of partner courses and other curated materials among SDG Academy offerings
  • Manage relationship with UN partners on matters connected to education and training for sustainable development
  • Liaise internally with relevant colleagues at the SDSN Secretariat on areas of overlap and support, including the SDSN networks and communications teams
  • Manage communication and relationship with technology partners on course platform, including maximizing platform features and revenue opportunities
  • Liaise with production and branding partners as needed
  • Maintain and manage communications with course experts, key strategic partners, and potential partner organizations

Course Production & Other Products

  • Oversee and, in some cases, manage the process of core course production, including syllabus design, pre-production, filming, post-production, course launch, and course reflection and feedback
  • Liaise with content team, production team, technical team, and relevant SDG Academy/SDSN colleagues throughout process
  • Provide substantive and pedagogical feedback on initial syllabus, course scripts, and post-production cuts
  • Oversee the creation and curation of other educational outputs branded through the SDG Academy, including lecture series, webinars, film festivals, toolkit videos, and data visualizations

Financial Management & Fundraising

  • Manage initiative and course budgets and disbursements on a day-to-day basis
  • Generate donor financial and narrative reporting as needed
  • Liaise with finance and administration team on human resources, contracts, invoicing, accounts payable, and reporting
  • Fundraising support as needed


  • Represent SDG Academy and/or SDSN at public-facing events and conferences
  • Some administrative tasks, as mandated by a small team
  • Any additional requests made by SDSN leadership
  • Masters degree in international education, sustainable development or related field is required
  • Professional fluency in English required; fluency in additional language preferred
  • Minimum of 8-12 years of relevant experience required
  • Exceptional writing, drafting, and oral communications skills required
  • Proficiency in online learning technologies and pedagogies strongly preferred
  • Experience with video production and online course development preferred
  • Experience and/or interest in online education and/or sustainable development strongly preferred
  • Adept at learning and navigating new technologies quickly
  • Strong time-management and ability to work in fast-paced environment while managing multiple tasks
  • Ability to work efficiently both independently and collaboratively
  • Proactive and willing to take initiative, leadership skills essential
  • Start Date: TBD (summer 2019)
  • Location: This position will be based in New York City, NY (Please note that candidates must have prior authorization to work in the United States, as we are unable to sponsor visas)
  • Contract Length: This appointment is valid for a period of one year, subject to renewal upon review of work performance
  • Hours: Full time
  • Reporting: This position reports to the President, SDSN Association
  • Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package
  • Travel: This position may require some domestic and international travel (not to exceed 15% of total time)


Candidates interested in the position should send a resume, a cover letter, and a short writing sample (no longer than 3 pages) to Please include the name of the position in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. All applications must be received by April 17, 2019.

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A perspective from the financial sector on sustainable business

OECD - 12. April 2019 - 11:30
By Professor Angela Sansonetti, Golden for Impact Foundation 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 … Continue reading A perspective from the financial sector on sustainable business
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El futuro de la ayuda española, en campaña

ODI - 12. April 2019 - 0:00
Dos informes recientes ponen de manifiesto el estado comatoso de la Cooperación Española.
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Three ways to incorporate evaluative thinking in monitoring

ODI - 12. April 2019 - 0:00
How tools and approaches like learning partners, self-assessment scorecards and outcome mapping can help foster evaluative thinking.
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Governments and donors must manage transitions away from aid

ODI - 12. April 2019 - 0:00
Transition from aid is not a linear path. Here are four implications for governments and donors as countries achieve middle-income status. 
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‘The clock is ticking’ on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, says UN deputy chief

UN #SDG News - 11. April 2019 - 23:27
Pointing to climate change, inequalities and other serious challenges, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a forum on Thursday Development that “the clock is ticking” down, to making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Inclusive Contract Farming — Expanding the Pool of Qualified Trainers

SNRD Africa - 11. April 2019 - 16:12
13 experts trained in GIZ’s approach, a critical capacity to carry the concept farther
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Suharto Alfathi, Executive Director, SIGAB

Devex - 11. April 2019 - 13:22
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