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Deputy UN chief looks to ‘new dawn for Mali’, promotes participation of women in country’s transition

UN ECOSOC - 14. November 2020 - 1:01
The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed on Friday has been strongly advocating for the greater participation of women and youth in Mali’s ongoing transition towards a durable peace, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as she continues her solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel.
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Restoring Grasslands and Increasing Climate Resilience

SNRD Africa - 13. November 2020 - 18:18
Biochar from encroacher bush in Namibia
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How Europe can work with Biden

Brookings - 13. November 2020 - 18:11

By Kemal Derviş, Sebastian Strauss

After several anxiety-filled rollercoaster days following the recent U.S. presidential election, it is now all but certain that Joe Biden will become America’s next president on January 20, 2021. Whether Democrats also take control of the Senate depends on the outcome of two crucial runoff votes in Georgia on January 5. The more erratic and outrageous President Donald Trump’s behavior is in the coming weeks, the greater the chances of the Democrats flipping those seats.

But whatever happens in Georgia, Europe and much of the world have breathed a sigh of relief at Biden’s victory. The dominant global narrative in recent years has been the inexorable retreat of multilateralism and the rise of dangerous forms of great-power rivalry, even as huge challenges such as climate change, possible new pandemics, cyberattacks, and the misuse of new technologies require a coordinated global response. But this mismatch isn’t inevitable. Biden’s triumph at least creates the possibility of much greater international cooperation to confront these threats—and Europe needs to play a prominent role.

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has previously outlined the bloc’s global strategy. It involves increasing Europe’s geostrategic cohesion and strategic autonomy, while reaching out to others and supporting universal principles, plurilaterally if necessary and multilaterally whenever possible. These two pillars are complementary but also reinforcing. A more cohesive and strategically autonomous EU can be more effective in seeking multilateral solutions, while a more cooperative world order would help to boost the bloc’s influence and vindicate its raison d’être.

A key question now is how Europe can work with the Biden administration to advance such cooperation by example, through initiatives that would crowd in support for multilateralism in the United States and elsewhere. Several possibilities stand out.

For starters, the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging on both sides of the Atlantic, and threatens the economic recovery. Notwithstanding recent encouraging news on the vaccine front, supporting the global economy will remain an immediate priority, together with making vaccines available worldwide.

To raise more resources on a global scale, the EU could propose a new $500 billion issuance of Special Drawing Rights (the International Monetary Fund’s global reserve asset) with the provision that rich countries make a portion of their new SDRs available to less developed countries, as Joseph Stiglitz and others have long argued. This would help the poorest countries while increasing the IMF’s overall lending capacity, notably to emerging-market economies hit hard by the crisis. Preventing an emerging-market debt crisis is important for the overall global recovery, including for more robust growth in the U.S. and Europe.

Although a new issuance of SDRs may receive some bipartisan U.S. support, the Biden administration could vote for it at the IMF in its first 100 days without explicit Senate consent. Such an early win for transatlantic cooperation could then open the door to other initiatives.

Moreover, such a proposal could be accompanied by France and Germany giving up one percentage point of their combined IMF quota of 9.84 percent and agreeing to a single joint executive director on the boards of the Fund and the World Bank, without waiting for the protracted negotiations on quota reform to conclude. This would demonstrate their sincere commitment to renewed and reformed multilateralism.

On trade and taxation, the EU could urge the U.S. to support and reform the World Trade Organization and seek common ground on digital trade issues within the WTO framework. The bloc could take the lead in settling its dispute with America over state subsidies to Boeing and Airbus. It could also commit to refraining from unilateral taxation of digital services, provided the U.S. joins the OECD-led global negotiations, and, more broadly, seek to persuade the U.S. to cooperate on global corporate-taxation rules.

On the big issue of climate change, Biden has already promised to rejoin the 2015 Paris agreement immediately, and he favors introducing carbon border taxes. The EU could declare that it wants to coordinate such a border adjustment tax with the U.S., which would in effect establish a sort of customs union. By its economic pull alone, such an arrangement would compel other countries to join an environmental “race to the top,” although less developed countries would need transitional support.

On defense, most of the EU’s 21 NATO members should increase their financial contributions to the alliance and coordinate a common strategic approach that emphasizes emerging needs linked to cybersecurity and biosecurity. Seeing Europeans become more invested in their own defense will make America more comfortable with military burden sharing.

To encourage much-needed reform of the United Nations Security Council, France could declare its readiness to use its veto only if it reflects the wish of a double majority in the EU, representing at least half the bloc’s members and 60 percent of its total population. Although France would keep its permanent seat on the Security Council, such a bold move would create a de facto EU seat. And rather than being a merely symbolic act, it could help spur progress on the formation of a new council reflecting today’s geopolitical, economic, and demographic realities.

Both the U.S. and the EU will need to pay sustained attention to the very difficult issues in their relations with China and Russia. In particular, their approach to China should recognize the country’s growing capabilities and give it the option of being part of a new multilateral order, provided it respects a rules-based system.

Europe will welcome a stronger and more sincere U.S. stance on human rights. It should also engage with the U.S. regarding Biden’s proposed summit of a “coalition of democracies,” but urge caution in view of the difficulty of deciding whom to invite. A too-inclusive list would signal a lack of sincerity, while an overly restrictive one would risk antagonizing all excluded countries. It would be better to invite a large number of countries to a summit to discuss progress on human rights and democratic freedoms rather than launch a formal new coalition of democracies.

European initiatives of the type suggested above would help the Biden administration. They could also strengthen the position and resolve of those in America who want to help build a new, open, and more equitable international order fit for the 21st century.

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Bridging the Information Gap

SNRD Africa - 13. November 2020 - 17:43
Cooperation with science on climate risk analyses for identifying and weighing adaptation strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Wie afrikanische Regionen Migration regeln: Personenfreizügigkeit in West- und Nordost-Afrika

GDI Briefing - 13. November 2020 - 17:41

In der EU gilt Freizügigkeit als wichtige Errungenschaft. Auch Großregionen in Afrika wollen intraregionale Migration durch den Abbau von Hindernissen fördern. Diesen Bestrebungen stehen aber Sicherheitsinteressen gegenüber – nicht zuletzt die der EU.

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13.11.2020 German cabinet announces Federal Minister Gerd Müller as candidate for top UNIDO post

German BMZ - 13. November 2020 - 12:00
The cabinet has announced Minister Müller as the German candidate to head up the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). UNIDO is an important partner for Germany in the sphere of global development and for creating new jobs in developing countries. The latter is an area of German development policy that has been massively expanded in recent years, for example with the introduction of a Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation....
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African-European relations in 2019

GDI Briefing - 13. November 2020 - 11:19

The Africa Yearbook covers major domestic political developments, the foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Sahara Africa – all related to developments in one calendar year. The chapter reviews the partnership between Africa and Europe over the course of 2019, with a special view to peace and security, trade relations, and investments as well as a regional focus.

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Pursuing sustainable development amidst global challenges

Brookings - 13. November 2020 - 11:00

By John McArthur, Fred Dews

A conversation with John McArthur, director of the new Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings, whose mission is to pursue research and insights to advance global sustainable development and to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals across all countries. McArthur talks about the goals of the new center, why sustainable development remains so critical in these times, and why he’s passionate about the work.

Also, Molly Reynolds on the Democrats’ uphill battle to legislate in the 117th Congress.

“Decouple, recouple, wecouple”

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The Brookings Cafeteria is part of the Brookings Podcast Network.

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Ilamado a Contribuciones de Estudios de Casos sobre Conflicto y Fragilidad 2020

CSO Partnership - 13. November 2020 - 9:03

El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Conflicto y Fragilidad y la Realidad de la Ayuda – Asia Pacífico (RoA-AP) de la AOED, en asociación con el Comité de Asistencia para el Desarrollo de la OCDE-Grupo de Referencia de las OSC, invita a los investigadores y organizaciones a participar en su Investigación de Políticas sobre la Eficacia del Desarrollo del Enfoque del Triple Nexo en Estados Frágiles Afectados por Conflictos.

La iniciativa, que acepta la presentación de resúmenes hasta el 30 de noviembre de 2020, es una continuación de la conferencia de estudio organizada en Ammán (Jordania) en noviembre de 2019, así como del Programa 2020-2021 de la AOED, en el que se enumera una iniciativa de investigación sobre la eficacia de los programas de asistencia humanitaria a nivel nacional y regional.

Vea las directrices aquí.


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Un poste vacant dans le nord du Bénin

SNRD Africa - 13. November 2020 - 8:34
Un poste vacant dans le nord du Bénin
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Compendio de Comunicaciones de la AOED – 9 al 13 de noviembre

CSO Partnership - 13. November 2020 - 8:26

¿Sabías que?

2020 esta del décimo aniversario del mandato del Relator Especial sobre el derecho a la libertad de reunión pacífica y de asociación (ES): 

Eventos en línea 

23 de noviembre de 2020, 1400 Bruselas | La AOED y la Cooperación para el Desarrollo de la UE, están organizando conjuntamente un seminario web titulado “Hacia una base de pruebas convincentes para mejorar la cooperación eficaz para el desarrollo” .

23-27 de noviembre de 2020 | Anoten la fecha en su calendario: La 13ª edición del Foro de ONG del Mar Negro, en línea: .

El IX Encuentro Internacional del Foro Social Panamazónico, Mocoa – Colombia 2020 se celebrará virtualmente del 12 al 15 de noviembre con el propósito principal de compartir ideas, experiencias y acciones contra el extractivismo. Para más información visite . La reunión será transmitida en sus páginas de Facebook y YouTube


Comunicado de la Reunión de Alto Nivel del Comité de Asistencia para el Desarrollo de la OCDE para el año 2020 los días 9 y 10 de noviembre de 2020:  

Comunicado de prensa del Grupo de Referencia de OSC del CAD de la OCDE: En medio de la crisis del C19, los miembros del CAD recurren a la eficacia y al sector privado, ya que la AOD sigue siendo escasa. Las ONG piden más ayuda y salvaguardias en la participación del sector privado 

¿Cuál es el estado de las finanzas globales al servicio de la gente y el planeta? La nueva Perspectiva Global de la OCDE sobre la Financiación para el Desarrollo Sostenible establece el programa para permitir mejores inversiones en línea con los ODS. Más información en 

Los sindicatos piden a los miembros del CAD que den una respuesta Covid-19 impulsada por los ODS que promueva un crecimiento inclusivo y ambientalmente sostenible y un trabajo decente para todos (ES):

A más de un millón de Rohingya se les ha negado el derecho al voto en las elecciones del domingo en medio de un ataque sostenido a las libertades democráticas: Un blog sobre el estado de los derechos cívicos y políticos en Myanmar:  

Enfrentamos la mayor prueba de solidaridad global en generaciones, ya que COVID-19 inflige un daño sin precedentes, le dice el Secretario General al Grupo de 77 Ministros: 

Informe CIVICUS sobre la respuesta de la sociedad civil a la pandemia (ES): 

Convocatoria de proyectos

Convocatoria de resúmenes: Del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Conflicto y Fragilidad: Investigación de Políticas sobre la Efectividad del Desarrollo del Triple Nexo, fecha límite 30 de noviembre de 2020 (ES): 

CIVICUS está buscando 5 activistas de base apasionados para unirse a un grupo que co-creará e implementará una campaña para abogar por mejores prácticas de recursos para el activismo de base a lo largo de 2021. Solicite antes del 26 de noviembre de 2020 (ES): 

World Justice Project lanzó una convocatoria de candidaturas al World Justice Challenge 2021 para iniciativas que abordan los desafíos del Estado de derecho en medio del Covid-19. Aplicar hasta el 11 de diciembre de 2020: 

El Foro de ONG del Mar Negro lanzó una convocatoria de resúmenes para la serie de artículos “Construyendo conocimiento para la cooperación de las OSC en la región del Mar Negro”: 10 artículos sobre temas relacionados con la cooperación regional, el liderazgo de las OSC y la resiliencia de las OSC en la región durante la crisis. Aplicar hasta el 15 de diciembre de 2020: 

Buena lectura:

Los trabajadores arrastraron a Joe Biden hasta la línea de meta. Pero ganar las elecciones es como ganar el reconocimiento de un sindicato. Ahora empieza el verdadero trabajo: 

Centroamérica espera bajo el agua la llegada de una nueva tormenta tropical (ES): 

Los Niños de Fallujah: El misterio médico en el corazón de la guerra de Irak: 

“El Ixil ayudando al Ixil”: Los indígenas de Guatemala lideran su propia respuesta al huracán Eta: ‘Es abandono, es irresponsabilidad y es una falta de interés en estas comunidades’: 

El uso de ferries por parte de Italia para poner en cuarentena a los migrantes es objeto de críticas: “El aislamiento debe limitarse a la protección del derecho a la salud del individuo y de la comunidad, no para justificar restricciones a la libertad personal”:  

A la industria de las armas no le importa quién sea el presidente. Los directores ejecutivos de los fabricantes de armas y sus inversores confían en sus perspectivas, independientemente del candidato que gane las elecciones: 

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Communications Round-up: 9-13 November 2020

CSO Partnership - 13. November 2020 - 7:19

Did you know?

2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association:

Online events 

Check your local time: 

  • 23 November 2020, 1400 Brussels | CPDE and EU Development Co-operation, are co-organising a webinar titled “Towards a convincing evidence base to enhance effective development cooperation” 
  • 23-27 November 2020 | 13th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum, , online: 
  • 12-15 November 2020 | The IX International Meeting of the Pan-Amazonian Social Forum, Mocoa – Colombia 2020 will be held virtually from  with the main purpose to share ideas, experiences and actions against extractive development. For more information visit The meeting will be streamed on their Facebook and YouTube pages. 


  • Communique from the OECD Development Assistance Committee High Level Meeting 2020 last 9-10 Nov 2020 (EN/FR): 
  • Media release from the OECD DAC CSO Reference Group: Amidst the C19 crisis, DAC members turn to effectiveness and the private sector as ODA stays scarce. NGOs are calling for more aid and safeguards in private sector involvement: 
  • What is the state of global finance in support of people and planet? NEW OECD Global Outlook on Financing for Sustainable Development sets the agenda for enabling better investments aligned with the SDGs. 
  • Trade Union calls on DAC members to deliver an SDG-driven Covid-19 response that promotes inclusive, environmentally sustainable #growth and decent work for all (EN/FR/SP): 
  • We face greatest test of global solidarity in generations, as COVID-19 inflicts unprecedented harm, UN Secretary-General tells group of 77 ministers: 
  • CIVICUS report on Civil Society Response to the pandemic (EN/FR/SP): 

Call for Projects

  • Call for Abstracts: From the Working Group on Conflict and Fragility: Policy Research on Development Effectiveness of the Triple Nexus, deadline 30 November 2020: 
  • CIVICUS is looking for 5 passionate grassroots activists to join a group that will co-create and implement a campaign to advocate for improved resourcing practices for grassroots activism throughout 2021. Apply before 26 November 2020:
  • World Justice Project launched a Call for Application to The World Justice Challenge 2021 for initiatives addressing Rule of Law challenges amid Covid-19. Apply until 11 December 2020:
  • Black Sea NGO Forum launched a Call for Abstracts for the “Building Knowledge for CSO Cooperation in the Black Sea Region” Articles Series: 10 articles on topics related to regional cooperation, CSO leadership, and CSO resilience in the region during crisis. Apply until 15 December 2020:

Good reads

  • Working people dragged Joe Biden over the finish line. But winning the election is like gaining recognition for a union. Now the real work starts: 
  • Deadly storm sweeps Central America:
  • Over a million Rohingya have been denied voting rights in Sunday’s elections amid a sustained assault on democratic freedoms: A blog on the state of civic and political rights in Myanmar:  
  • The Children of Fallujah: The Medical Mystery at the Heart of the Iraq War: 
  • ‘The Ixil helping the Ixil’: Indigenous people in Guatemala lead their own Hurricane Eta response: ‘It’s abandonment; it’s irresponsibility; and it’s a lack of interest in these communities.’: 
  • Italy’s use of ferries to quarantine migrants comes under fire ‘The isolation should be limited to protecting the right to health of the individual and the community, not to justify restrictions on personal freedom.’: 
  • The weapons industry doesn’t care who’s president. CEOs of arms manufacturers and their investors are confident about their prospects, regardless of which candidate wins the election.
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Body Politics in the COVID-19 Era from a Feminist Lens

DEVELOPMENT - 13. November 2020 - 0:00

The premises of the feminist economist tradition from the Global South center their analysis in the wellbeing of people and the planet, under the human rights framework, gender equality and environmental integrity, as cross-cutting principles. The pandemic brought to the surface what the feminist movement has been saying all along, namely that the wellbeing of persons, and the planet they live in, depends on a complex web of elements beyond a limited notion of bodily health. The current capitalistic system has always kindled a tension between life and profits, a game that has undermined human rights of all persons by prioritizing the circulation of merchandises, goods and capitals. That struggle is more acutely felt now with the confinement measures imposed all around the world, and the ensuing impossibility for millions of people in precarious circumstances of respecting the lockdown measures. Women are even more carrying the burden of subsidizing entire economies. The feminist movement is now looking at solutions of solidarity at the crossroad between and within social movements, public policy, local and community resistance, while refusing to go back to a world where women may have to subsidize even more entire economies under recession.

American leadership in advancing the SDGs to achieve equity and sustainability

Brookings - 12. November 2020 - 23:16

By Anthony F. Pipa, Max Bouchet, Krista Rasmussen

In late September, during the 2020 U.N. General Assembly, the Brookings Institution and the United Nations Foundation hosted the second annual event, American Leadership in Advancing Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It showcased leadership, a sense of community, and an honest reflection of the challenges and opportunities facing Americans as they pursue social and environmental progress.

The crises precipitated and exposed by COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd have highlighted the intersections among racial equity, health, safety, economic resilience, and sustainability. They’ve also demonstrated the extent to which cities, communities, and local institutions are on the frontlines in tackling local issues with global implications. The event enabled U.S. governors, mayors, business leaders, university leaders, youth, and other local leaders to display how the SDGs have catalyzed local progress while reaffirming American values and American leadership globally.

Several key takeaways emerged:

1. Local leadership is critical for global progress.

While negotiated originally by and for nation-states, the SDGs are now a local reality. And in today’s COVID environment, it is often local communities and leaders providing solutions, innovations, and approaches to protect the health and well-being of citizens. With the U.S. currently the only OECD and G20 country that has yet to volunteer to report on its national SDG progress, these efforts send a powerful message about American global leadership.

Mayor Eric Garcetti on the leadership of cities

“Our global goals come to life when we understand them as local goals.” – Mayor Eric Garcetti

2. Equity is at the heart of the agenda.

Today’s crises have laid bare deeply entrenched inequalities and systemic racism. The SDGs encourage policies to reach the most vulnerable first, to benefit those who have been left behind by the global economy. Participants repeatedly stressed the importance of putting people back at the center of the immediate responses to COVID-19 and the long-term changes necessary for a transformational recovery. “Sustainability” is now understood to extend beyond the environment to incorporate equity, justice, and opportunity, to ensure the long-term viability of communities.

Yvette E. Pearson on the importance of societal input in the problem-solving process

James H. Garrett Jr. on Carnegie Mellon’s sustainability initiatives

“At the moral heart of the SDGs is the commitment to leave no one behind.” – Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens

3. Climate change and the SDGs are a crucial part of recovery plans.

While the country grapples with a global pandemic, the climate crisis remains. September, for example, was the hottest month on record, and as this discussion transpired most of the West Coast was literally on fire. Participants reinforced that climate action and SDG achievement are two sides of the same coin, and the opportunity to recover better requires American leadership to integrate the two in their response and recovery plans.

Senator Brian Schatz on executing the SDGs in a way that works for everybody

4. Leadership is coming from all quarters across America.

The SDGs offer a common language, described by Kathleen McLaughlin as a “Rosetta Stone,” to connect business, government, academia, and civil society to align around priorities and contribute toward progress. Businesses like Verizon and Walmart are embracing the SDGs as part of their core business strategy rather than confining it to their social responsibility work. Carnegie Mellon University became the first university worldwide to release a Voluntary University Review to map the university’s efforts against the SDGs, following the lead of local governments such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. And individuals—most notably youth—from across locations, backgrounds, and sectors are embracing their role in advancing sustainable development. 

Kathleen McLaughlin on business working alongside others for the vision of the SDGs

Rose Stuckey Kirk on the responsibility of embracing the SDGs

“Growing up, I believed that global issues were to be left to the grownups. … I was wrong.” – Dustin Liu

5. Partnerships are necessary for addressing interdependencies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that issues often thought of as separate are instead deeply intertwined. What on the surface is a health issue has had significant implications for the economy, education, climate change, racial and gender inequality, and so many other issues. Building partnerships and connections between sectors is key. The SDG framework encourages seeing the connections between issues and finding solutions that make progress across them. Building partnerships and connections between sectors is key. 

Gov. David Y. Ige on the common language of the SDGs

6. Hope is the catalyst for a better future.

Rooted in humility and an honest reflection of the myriad and real challenges facing American communities, participants put forward determined calls to action. The growing commitment to the principles and the spirit of the SDGs is inspiring hope and resolve across the U.S. It enables leaders and citizens across generations, sectors, and perspectives to band together and leverage their contributions for collective impact. As Fatimata Cham so poignantly said, “In times of injustice and in times like these, if you listen quietly, hope is the sound of your own voice.”

Fatimata Cham on listening quietly to the sound of your own voice

Note: The authors greatly appreciate Kaysie Brown’s leadership and guidance in putting together this event and summary.

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COVID disruption will ‘pale in comparison’ if world fails to act on climate change, SDGs

UN #SDG News - 12. November 2020 - 20:04
The fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “go hand in hand”, the UN chief told a major development bank conference on Thursday.
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Joint Learning and Exchange on Green Topics

SNRD Africa - 12. November 2020 - 18:00
At the International Conference and Training Centre in Feldafing
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Spotlight Climate — Financing for Farmers

Devex - 12. November 2020 - 17:58
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Victoire historique devant la Cour suprême en Zambie : des milliards de dollars US en recettes fiscales supplémentaires et un message par-delà les frontières

OECD - 12. November 2020 - 17:48
Par Ignatius Mvula, Directeur adjoint, Unité de vérification dans le secteur minier, Administration fiscale de la Zambie, Mary Baine, Directrice, Programmes fiscaux, Forum de l’administration fiscale africaine, et Ben Dickinson, Chef de la Division des Relations internationales et du développement, Centre de politique et d’administration fiscales, OCDE Read this blog in Eglish En mai 2020, … Continue reading Victoire historique devant la Cour suprême en Zambie : des milliards de dollars US en recettes fiscales supplémentaires et un message par-delà les frontières
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Can a new commission jump-start progress toward zero hunger?

Brookings - 12. November 2020 - 17:27

By Geoffrey Gertz

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Resilient Southern African Bio Trade Survives COVID Challenge

SNRD Africa - 12. November 2020 - 17:19
Opportunities for natural products and ingredients from indigenous plants
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