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Interim findings: CSOs in sustainable development in Ethiopia

INCLUDE Platform - 6. Februar 2019 - 15:25

This download presents interim findings of the research group ‘CSO’s in sustainable development in Ethiopia’, aiming to broaden the role of CSOs in sustainable development in Ethiopia within the ‘New roles of CSOs for Inclusive Development‘ research programme.

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Popup Dialogue-Centre Opens its Doors in Cologne

SCP-Centre - 6. Februar 2019 - 14:22

The Popup Dialogue-Centre “Durchblick” opens its doors for citizens in Cologne. It is dedicated to the questions and answers on the digitalisation of work. Which technologies will be pioneering in the future and which social and ecological aspects will play a role? What hopes and worries do we associate with digitalisation?

In the travelling exhibition, which tours six German cities from October 2018 onward, we present current developments and trends in the world of work and invite you to join us: by participating, asking questions, expressing opinions and criticising – we want to hear your vision for the future or work!

For six days, starting on 13 February 2019, the exhibition will be located at ecosign / Akademie für Gestaltung, Vogelsanger Str. 250, 50825 Köln, Germany. We look forward to your visit on business days between 10 – 5:30pm on weekdays.

On 18 February, we invite you to a round table discussion on the topic “Who has the power – beautiful new work? Will digital work support or control people in the future?”. Discussing with us will be Bernd Draser, Marc Rexroth und Alice Berger – Moderation: Carolin Baedeker.

For more information, please visit our website: and follow us on Twitter @durchblickpopup.

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Tanzanian opposition leader: EU is ‘finished’ with Magufuli - 6. Februar 2019 - 14:20
Nearly 18 months after falling under a shower of bullets outside his parliamentary residence in Dodoma, opposition leader Tundu Lissu, the most persistent thorn in the side of Tanzanian President John Magufuli plans to re-enter the political fray.
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Policy Publication: Boosting Productive Employment in Africa

INCLUDE Platform - 6. Februar 2019 - 11:24

This policy publication highlights the key policy messages of the synthesis report ‘Productive Employment‘.

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Universal Social Protection – What it means and why it concerns all of us

OECD - 6. Februar 2019 - 10:41
By Christina Dankmeyer, Social Protection Advisor, GIZ Check out the international conference Together to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030 for more on this topic Social protection has been long overlooked. Yet, since 1948, everyone has the right to a “standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, … Continue reading Universal Social Protection – What it means and why it concerns all of us
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G20 Prepares to Revamp Global Financial Governance

DEVELOPMENT - 6. Februar 2019 - 0:00

At the November G20 Summit, Leaders are expected to approve a revamp of the global financial system as proposed by the October 2018 report entitled ‘Making the Global Financial System Work for All’ by the G20 Eminent Persons Group. This article describes some of the report’s proposals and warns that, in their current form, they could undermine accountability, participation and sustainability.

Evolution on Food and Nutrition Governance and the Emergence of Multistakeholderism

DEVELOPMENT - 6. Februar 2019 - 0:00

This article provides an historic snapshot of the evolution of global food and nutrition governance, with special attention to the global trends towards the increased participation of the private sector and the emergence of ‘multi-stakeholderism’. It explores the role different actors had in reducing the broad spectrum of food and nutrition policies into a package of nutrition interventions, mostly involving product-based strategies, and challenges such approaches from a holistic and human rights-based perspective.

International conference on Universal Child Grants

ODI - 6. Februar 2019 - 0:00
International conference on Universal Child Grants convened by UNICEF, the International Labour Organization and the Overseas Development Institute.
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As inequality grows, the UN fights for a fairer world

UNSDN - 5. Februar 2019 - 22:12

The question of inequality was raised several times by the UN in January: speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, UN chief António Guterres pointed out that, while technological progress and globalization have led to “fantastic improvements” in many areas, they have also increased inequality and marginalized millions.

Inequality is an “entrenched imbalance”

Lise Kingo, CEO if the UN Global Compact, also supports that, in 2018, we saw “a small group of individuals are getting wxponentially richer as billions are left behind in poverty.

Will AI take away our jobs, or transform them?

As the International Labour Organization (ILO) concluded in its launched a landmark report that technological innovations provide “countless opportunities” for workers, but also warned that, we may run the risk of “sleepwalking into a world that widens existing inequalities and uncertainties.” One of the key technological innovations mentioned here is artificial intelligence (AI) which garners valid media attention. Also, a report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) suggested that AI could soon “revolutionize all areas of daily life beyond the tech world”, and then society split between a tiny super-rich elite and the rest.

Kriti Sharma , recognized by the UN as a Young Leader For Sustainable Development Goals, however, considers that AI helps to create a better, fairer world, through her AI For Good organization, and her role in the Sage Future Makers Lab.

Again, As the Secretary-General told the audience in Davos, a coordinated and global response is the only way to fight inequality, because “we need to work together. There is no way we can do isolated responses to the problems we face, they are all interlinked.”

In an interview with UN News, which you can listen to here.

Source: UN News

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An American Has Always Lead the World Bank…Until Now?

UN Dispatch - 5. Februar 2019 - 17:38

President Trump is reportedly picking David Malpass, an official at the Treasury Department, as the US nominee to serve as president of the World Bank.

Under normal circumstances, this would mean that David Malpass will become the next president of the World Bank. That is because an American has always served as World Bank president, owing to an agreement between Europe and the United States in which Europeans support the American candidate for the World Bank and Americans support Europe’s pick for head of the International Monetary Fund.

But that agreement is under significant strain right now.

Trump’s pick is not guaranteed to lead the World Bank

Even before this nomination, the “gentlemen’s agreement” between the United States and Europe was fraying. When President Obama nominated Jim Yong Kim to serve as president of the World Bank his nomination was challenged by two candidates, a Nigerian finance minister and Colombian UN diplomat. These candidates received wide support from the developing world and gave Kim a serious challenge.  Ultimately, the voting and diplomatic power of Europe and the United States prevailed, landing Kim in the top spot.

Scott Morris of the Center for Global Development was a Treasury official in the Obama administration who worked on Jim Yong Kim’s candidacy in 2012. He spoke to me on the Global Dispatches podcast about the growing global discontentment over the United States’ lock on the job.  “I left that experience working on Jim Kim’s candidacy convinced that the next time this came up, there was absolutely no guarantee that even the most qualified American candidate could be viewed as pre-ordained,” he said.

Get Global Dispatches Podcast ​iTunes  |  Spotify  |   Stitcher  | Google Play Music​ This time around, European countries might break with Trump.

Malpass is a controversial figure in economic circles and is not respected in the global development community. Justin Sanfleur of the Center for Global Development curtly sums up the consensus view of Malpass among people who have made a career of fighting poverty in the developing world, which is the ostensible goal of the World Bank.

.@JustinSandefur on the US’s nominee for @WorldBank president:

— Holly Shulman (@HollyShulman) February 5, 2019

Europeans might interpret Malpass’ nomination as an attempt to take the reigns of the World Bank in service of the parochial foreign policy priorities of the Trump administration. And if they decided to, Europe could stop his candidacy cold in its tracks.

The President of the World Bank is selected through a simple majority vote of the Executive Board of the World Bank, with voting shares distributed based on country’s contributions to the bank. The United States owns the single largest share at over 15%. But Europe’s collective voting power is greater, and it would be impossible for Malpass to secure the majority without Europe’s backing.

The World Bank expects to select a new President in time for the annual Spring Meeting, in mid-April.  Last month, the World Bank said that at least three candidates would be shortlisted for interviews and consideration before a vote is taken, so we know that there will be a formal competition. And this time around, there is a good chance that World Bank member states will rally around a non-American.

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Policy relevant research and influence: a climate change teaching case

Simon Maxwell - 5. Februar 2019 - 15:02

Policy relevant research and influence: a climate change teaching case




I was glad to return to Geneva, to the Winterschool for think-tankers, this time to work with young think-tank leaders from around the world on policy-relevant research and influence.

We worked on the case study below, adding one more slice of pizza to last year’s set on think-tank governance:

‘The office was closed and everyone had left, but in one corner of the building a light still burned. Cecilia wanted to go home to her family, it was pizza night, and she had hardly seen the children all week. But there was a Board meeting coming up, and as Director of the think-tank, it was preying on her mind.

Quite often, the Board meeting was concerned with routine subjects: the annual Business Plan, for example, or a review of the risk register. Those topics could be difficult and challenging, she knew, and needed careful preparation. This time, however, the task was even more difficult than usual.

The Board had asked her to focus on climate change, and tell her what the think-tank was going to do to help deliver a successful outcome to the climate talks in 2020. This was the year in which countries would have to deliver new pledges, and somehow bridge the ever-growing gap between what was needed to save the planet and what had so far been promised.

That was quite an ask, Cecilia thought. Was she supposed to solve this problem all by herself? Surely not, but she certainly wanted the think-tank to play its part.

Cecilia pulled off a page from her pad, and wrote a heading:  ‘Climate Change: what the think-tank needs to do’. She needed to fill that in, but it was too late to do more. She thought of the pizza and her mouth began to water. Margarita, she wondered? Or Quattro staggioni?

It was time to go home. Cecilia rose, stretched, and switched off the light.’

The PowerPoint is here, and has references to useful materials, including the ROMA suite from ODI, and IFPRI's Kaleidoscope model. See also my own piece on Winning the Argument on Climate Change: A Five Point Plan.

The participants did a great job. I have summarised the discussion in ten points, as below. There are some important lessons, some familiar from the literature on bridging research and policy, others new. I especially liked the participants' idea that commitment and enthusiasm could be built by taking up a programme of action internally. In the case we studied, climate change, for example, this could be by introducing a policy on emissions, especially flights, or by setting up a recycling group.


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The role of philanthropy for the SDGs is not what you expect

OECD - 5. Februar 2019 - 10:54
By Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS); Michael Mapstone, Director of International, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF); and Lorenzo Pavone, Deputy Head of Networks, Partnerships and Gender Unit, OECD Development Centre What will philanthropy do to get the world closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030? When doctors see symptoms that … Continue reading The role of philanthropy for the SDGs is not what you expect
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SDSN Partners with the Global Covenant of Mayors

UN SDSN - 5. Februar 2019 - 10:00

The Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are proud to announce a long-term partnership delivering on the Innovate4Cities Call to Action and assisting local governments in advancing the implementation of national and supranational climate commitments. Through this partnership, SDSN will harness its global network of universities and knowledge hubs and serve as a lead partner engaging and convening the academic community to deliver on priority topics identified in the Innovate4Cities agenda. GCoM and SDSN will jointly work together to develop a Scientific Advisory Board for Innovate4Cities and engage all partners to create the next iteration of the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference.

 Innovate4Cities: A Global Climate Action Accelerator, is a recently launched initiative responding to the Edmonton Declaration’s call to action. This bold, new, and city-focused research and innovation agenda addresses critical data, innovation, and technological gaps that will enable cities to take accelerated and more ambitious climate action. It has been co-developed by cities, city networks, scientists and research institutions, and leading private sector entities and focuses on some of the most critical areas to drive climate action in cities. A finalized set of priorities was released the One Planet Summit in New York City in September 2018. GCoM is now working to solidify national government commitments, develop partnerships, and evolve the agenda.

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World Bank’s Georgieva: Venezuela needs tens of billions of dollars - 5. Februar 2019 - 8:37
As the Venezuelan crisis unfolds, the World Bank is ready to act as soon as its members give the green light, said the institution's new interim president, Kristalina Georgieva. In an interview with, she estimated that the financial needs to cover would be around tens of billions of dollars.
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Climate finance post-COP24: my personal ‘manifesto’ for 2019

ODI - 5. Februar 2019 - 0:00
Track the effectiveness of climate finance, outline how to align investments with climate goals and better understand developing country finance needs.
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The role of National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups in evidence-informed decision-making

ODI - 5. Februar 2019 - 0:00
This report outlines what could be done to strengthen and support National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs).
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As inequality grows, the UN fights for a fairer world

UN #SDG News - 4. Februar 2019 - 22:54
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the UN’s blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all – calls for a reduction in inequality between and within countries. Nevertheless, global inequality is increasing. So what can be done?
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As inequality grows, the UN fights for a fairer world

UN ECOSOC - 4. Februar 2019 - 22:54
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the UN’s blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all – calls for a reduction in inequality between and within countries. Nevertheless, global inequality is increasing. So what can be done?
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Neither side stands to benefit in US-China trade spat, UN says

UN ECOSOC - 4. Februar 2019 - 19:18
The tit-for-tat trade dispute between China and the United States may do little to protect domestic producers in either country and could have “massive” implications on the global economy unless it is resolved, United Nations experts said on Monday.
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GPW – Job announcement: Programme Officer

Global Policy Watch - 4. Februar 2019 - 18:17

Global Policy Watch
Promoting accountability and supporting informed participation of civil society organizations in the monitoring and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Financing for Development and UN reform processes 2019-2020.

Job announcement
(Download here the pdf version)

Posting Title
Programme Officer (full-time)

New York City

1 April 2019 – 31 December 2019 (option of extension until 31 December 2020, and beyond)

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The Programme Officer (PO) will work for Global Policy Watch. Global Policy Watch ( is a joint programme of Social Watch ( and Global Policy Forum ( to promote accountability and support informed participation of civil society organizations in the monitoring and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Financing for Development and UN reform processes.

The PO will be hired by Global Policy Forum and supervised by a joint programme team of both organizations.


The Programme Officer (PO) is responsible for the following duties:

  1. Monitoring: The PO will systematically monitor the deliberations and negotiations about Agenda 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals, Financing for Development and the Reform of the United Nations (UN). She/he will regularly attend formal and informal sessions at the UN headquarters in NY, meet with diplomats and UN officials to inform civil society organisations (CSOS) inside and outside the Social Watch network about these proceedings as well as the follow-up activities. She/he will write briefs and papers on the state of the negotiations and implementation at UN level (bi-weekly – monthly). Special alerts and briefings will be produced as needed.
  2. Advocacy: The PO’s knowledge of the UN procedures and policy processes will allow her/him to identify advocacy opportunities for CSOs, particularly Social Watch groups and coalitions. She/he will organize interactions to support CSO advocacy including meetings with delegations and UN Secretariat and drafting statements on key issues related to Agenda 2030 and FfD.
  3. Networking: The PO will help to strengthen the capacity of civil society coalitions for cross-sectoral networking with other organisations and social movements that are active in the fields of environment, development, gender equality, economics/finance and human rights. She/he will organize networking meetings linked to key events (e.g. HLPF, FfD, etc.) and participate in networking meetings in New York (parallel to UN meetings).
  4. Outreach: The PO will inform civil society organisations inside and outside the Social Watch network about the FfD- and Agenda 2030 discussions and related activities at national and regional level, in order to promote their active engagement at national, regional and international levels. She/he will write articles and notes to be distributed, inter alia, in the SW and GPF Newsletters, on the websites and through social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.). The PO will update regularly a database of contacts, target information distribution, and respond to inquiries directed to the NY office. She/he will support outreach activities in New York of SW and GPF.
  5. Administration: The PO will be involved in all activities related to the management of the Global Policy Watch programme, incl. regular reporting to SW/GPF, financial reporting, fundraising and office administration.


  1. Professionalism: Broad knowledge of development issues with focus on poverty, economics, gender, social justice, human rights and sustainability. Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Ability to conduct independent research. Ability to meet commitments, observe deadlines and achieve results. Persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  2. Teamwork: Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, institutional partners, and others from diverse cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  3. Education: Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in a field related to public policy, international affairs, social sciences, or qualifying experience.
  4. Work Experience: Background of monitoring and advocacy and working with civil society and/or social movements; Familiarity with policy making processes; significant experience with advocacy within the UN system.
  5. Languages: For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and excellent writing skills are required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.
  6. Visa: The candidate must be legally entitled to work in the United States (US citizenship, Permanent Resident Card, or equivalent)


Competitive salary and benefits

How to apply

Candidates should submit their application by 20 February 2019. Interviews will take place immediately after. Candidates should be available to begin work as early as possible.

If you are interested in applying, please send the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant qualifications and experience.

Applications must be sent before 20 February 2019 and must be addressed to Ms. Ana Zeballos (

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