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The French response to the Corona Crisis: semi-presidentialism par excellence

GDI Briefing - 19. Januar 2038 - 4:14

This blog post analyses the response of the French government to the Coronavirus pandemic. The piece highlights how the semi-presidential system in France facilitates centralized decisions to manage the crisis. From a political-institutional perspective, it is considered that there were no major challenges to the use of unilateral powers by the Executive to address the health crisis, although the de-confinement phase and socio-economic consequences opens the possibility for more conflictual and opposing reactions. At first, approvals of the president and prime minister raised, but the strict confinement and the reopening measures can be challenging in one of the European countries with the highest number of deaths, where massive street protests, incarnated by the Yellow vests movement, have recently shaken the political scene.

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Closing remarks

Devex - 1. März 2021 - 13:46
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How Communicating with the Market Can Enhance Sustainable Public Procurement

SCP-Centre - 1. März 2021 - 13:25

For many companies, the order volumes of public tenders are very compelling; however, insufficient communication on the part of contracting authorities can make bidding seem too complicated and costly. On the other hand, public procurers often lack a comprehensive overview of sustainable offers on the market. The CSCP brought procurers and bidders from the IT and textile sectors to a virtual table to discuss communication issues and the way forward.

Considering the public sector’s high demand, procuring in sustainable ways represents a major lever for achieving more sustainability and promoting fairness throughout the supply chains. Relevant policy frameworks, such as the amended European Public Procurement Directive and the German public procurement law reform, have prioritised social and environmental sustainability criteria in public procurement processes. While many legal issues have been clarified, uncertainties still remain. Deficits in communication between the procuring organisations and the market often hamper a successful implementation of sustainable procurement.

Frequently, companies that are on the offering side lack the right information with respect to sustainability criteria and their relevance for their business. Conversely, many procurers are unaware of sustainable offers or, even after communicating the importance of sustainability criteria, companies that meet the desired criteria submit incomplete or insufficient offers.

As part of the project ‘Impulses for Socially Responsible Public Procurement by Municipalities in Global Value Chains’ of the German Development Institute, the CSCP conducted three virtual stakeholder dialogues between public procurers and businesses from the IT and textile sectors. The aim was to identify key reasons for the existing information deficits and to collect good-practice examples of well-functioning communication between public procurement and the market. Through lively discussions, the participants got to know the challenges that the opposite side faces and voice their viewpoints.

The stakeholder discussions confirmed that involving the bidding companies in a dialog can counteract information deficits and make procurement processes more efficient in terms of procedure and impact. In both product areas, procurers agreed that sufficient resources and improved knowledge transfer are important prerequisites for formulating tender requirements in clear and detailed ways, making it easier to successfully review them. A long-term and goal-oriented dialog after the contract has been awarded was also deemed important.

The complete results of the discussions are summarised in the report “Communicating with the Market for Socially Responsible Sustainable Public Procurement”, which highlights the relevance of promoting early dialog between the parties and ensuring efficient exchanges throughout the process.

For further information, please contact Jana Bauer.

Der Beitrag How Communicating with the Market Can Enhance Sustainable Public Procurement erschien zuerst auf CSCP gGmbH.

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BOOM Holiday Camps 2021: Registration is Open!

SCP-Centre - 1. März 2021 - 12:39

Do you know a teenager or young adult who is wondering how his future career might look like? Our BOOM holiday camps offer the participants a unique opportunity to explore future jobs, discover their strengths as well as promote their courage to face the future with curiosity and enthusiasm. The registration for the 2021 BOOM camps is open – spread the word!

In 2021, participants will explore future jobs in the fields of ‘daily consumption’, ‘energy and mobility’ and ’food’. They will also have the chance to get insights into societal trends and challenges, changing consumption trends as well as ways to more sustainable lifestyles.

In the spirit of BOOM’s guiding principle Every Job is Green, the participants will explore sustainability as a key opportunity in shaping their personal and professional future.

Dates and topics:

18.07. – 23.07.2021 “Food” Age 17-24, Köln/Bonn Area

08.08. – 13.08.2021 “Energy and Mobility”, Age 14-17, Edersee in Hesse

22.08. – 27.08.2021 “Daily Consumption”, Age 14-17, Edersee in Hesse

Register via the online form!

For inspiring and hands-on activities, field experts and craftspeople will join each BOOM camp.

Check out the BOOM website to read more about past camps and watch our BOOM videos This is BOOM and Building of a Geodome to get inspired!

BOOM is a joint project of the CSCP and its partners Provadis GmbH and Sportjugend Hessen e.V and it is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.

Der Beitrag BOOM Holiday Camps 2021: Registration is Open! erschien zuerst auf CSCP gGmbH.

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Re-grounding Human Rights as Cornerstone of Emancipatory Democratic Governance

DEVELOPMENT - 1. März 2021 - 0:00

Envisioning democratic and internationalist ways of exercising peoples’ sovereignty beyond local and national borders requires the enrichment of human rights thinking with non-European cosmovisions, normative and legal thinking. Integrating human rights, environmental and climate law and the rights of nature plays a key role in building institutions and policies that can genuinely address the root causes of ecological destruction. Likewise, human rights should be at the forefront of the struggle to re-shape financial capitalism and its destructive economic model. They can guide transition processes towards more sustainable ways of production, distribution and consumption, but also towards the necessary protection of and support for care work. Finally, there is an urgent need for innovation in human rights institutions and practices. This goes from securing funding for independent work and combating corporate capture, addressing the colonial legacy still present in international law and human rights architecture, rebalancing the local, national, sub-regional, regional and international dimensions of human rights work, and finding ways to address the dilemmas of a state-centric human rights accountability and governance which do not fall into the traps of multi-stakeholderism.

FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to survive and thrive in Ghana

UN ECOSOC - 28. Februar 2021 - 11:05
In the West African country of Ghana, many people from farming backgrounds are forced to find new ways to survive, as droughts, floods and erratic weather patterns upend age-old agricultural practices.
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Capitalising Agroforestry Techniques for Soil Restoration

SNRD Africa - 27. Februar 2021 - 20:29
Investigating possible adverse effects in the case of Benin
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Digital Inclusion for All

UNSDN - 27. Februar 2021 - 18:04

The Online Global Dialogue on Digital Inclusion for All took place on 16 February 2021 as a part of the 59th Commission on Social Development (CSocD59).  This event gathered high-level technical experts, as well as representatives of Governments, civil society, academic institutions, and the private sector to discuss the urgency of addressing digital inclusion for all.  Each speaker offered their unique contribution to creating concrete strategies, that have proven to be effective in tackling the digital divide, ensuring that everyone benefits from the digital transformation and actions to be taken to recover better from COVID-19 crisis.  

Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the U.N. and the Chair of the 59th Commission on Social Development, Ms. María Del Carmen Squeff opened the session recognizing the development of parallel worlds. One in which people have access to digital technologies and one where there is no access at all.  Inclusive holistic digital policies are required in order to address the needs of those who are experiencing the general digital divide and the subsequent inequalities.  

Digital Inequality 
Leaving no one behind means leaving no one offline” said by Mr. Amine Lamrabat, Information Officer, Division for Inclusive Social Development at UNDESA, was echoed throughout the Global Dialogue.  It means that the 3.7 billion people, almost half of the world’s population, that are not online miss the tremendous opportunities brought by the internet and digital technologies.  A highlighted topic was to improve the accessibility of technologies for all people. ‘Universal design’ should mean that everyone is able to use it. This calls for improvements in the areas of, expanding languages provided online, adapted technologies for persons with disabilities such as loss of eyesight or reduced mobility, and extending internet capacities to rural, inner city, and geographically isolated communities.  Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development at UNDESA said, “We need to take a holistic and integrated approach, in the following four areas; extended access, affordability, digital skills, and awareness.” 

Need for Data 
To create equitable policies and holistic solutions to the challenges facing an inclusive digital community a greater emphasis on data collection is required.  Ms. Alison Gillwald of ICT Africa iterated the need for continued collaboration with UNCTAD and ITU in the collection and synthesis of data for the creation of effective policies. In technology, the analyses often lay on the consumption side of the model. A greater focus must be on the gaps, such as accessibility or affordability, and improving the quality of life of all.  The results of greater data collection would have profound impacts on extending access, improving education for children, and addressing the unique challenges of marginalized communities.  

Holistic Approach 
A holistic approach must be implemented in the way of blending civil society, private, and public sectors together in collaboration. The conversation that seeks to address the challenges must be broadened to include the diverse global community of all those who will use the products, internet, and technologies. The solutions must offer meaningful connection to allow all to be a part and benefit from being an internet citizen. This is to include daily access, appropriate devices and a fast and reliable connection. Many intersectional initiatives are already underway, such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean that aims at ensuring and universalizing connectivity and affordability of digital technologies to address the many impacts of COVID-19.    

This Global Dialogue, through the panel of experts, continues to the conversation and collaboration on addressing the future of digital technologies in order to achieve an inclusive, accessible and affordability community of online citizens. Director, Ms. Daniela Bas concluded, “We live in an era of rapid change… The pace of digital transformation has accelerated during the COVID-19.  Therefore, if united globally, together we can advance social development and achieve the 2030 Agenda with leaving no one behind, then let’s do it.” 

For more information on other events during the 59th Commission for Social Development (CSocD59):  

For the recorded video of this session: 

For the concept note and speaker bios: 

Source: UNDESA

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Will Agricultural Productivity Growth Always Benefit the Poor?

SNRD Africa - 27. Februar 2021 - 15:51
Investigating possible adverse effects in the case of Benin
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Using knowledge: GIZ presents its Evaluation Report 2020

GIZ Germany - 27. Februar 2021 - 12:36
: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 HH:mm:ss
Following reform of its evaluation system, GIZ has improved the quality and comparability of its evaluation data, which provide an important basis for project work.
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Digital skills and support for young people in the tech sector

GIZ Germany - 27. Februar 2021 - 12:36
: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 HH:mm:ss
Training in future technologies: Orange Digital Centres in Africa and the Middle East teach young people practical digital skills.
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The pandemic has realigned the SDG compass

GIZ Germany - 27. Februar 2021 - 12:36
: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 HH:mm:ss
Now is the time to pave the way for sustainability everywhere, using the global goals as a guide. A commentary by Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board.
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Reliable and forward-looking: GIZ provides effective support in the Corona crisis

GIZ Germany - 27. Februar 2021 - 12:36
: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 HH:mm:ss
Annual press conference: Business volume rises to EUR 3.1 billion in 2019
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Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven is GIZ’s new managing director

GIZ Germany - 27. Februar 2021 - 12:36
: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 HH:mm:ss
The development expert will start work on 1 October 2020.
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Climate and Environmental Report: sustainable mobility is crucial

GIZ Germany - 27. Februar 2021 - 12:36
: Fri, 13 Mar 2020 HH:mm:ss
On the road to climate neutrality in 2020: business trips are the biggest contributing factor to greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore offer the greatest potential for savings.
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