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How Office Space Impacts Performance – Join Our Business Field Trip on 24 August 2022!

SCP-Centre - 10. August 2022 - 11:24

Connected, agile, smart, innovative and a with great view – this is what sets out “The Ship”, a state-of-the-art office building in Cologne, Germany. On 24 August 2022, with our Competence centre eStandards and CSR.digital projects we will visit the building to learn first-hand how the office environment can influence performance and enable teams to create positive impact. The visit is open to businesses and other interested parties – join us!

The working world of tomorrow is collaborative at heart and enabled by digital technologies. “The Ship”, one of the most digital office buildings in Germany, already lives by these standards. Covering an area of approximately 13,000 square meters, the modern office building offers 500 workspaces for employees of start-ups and established companies. The building pursues the goal of bringing doers together in one place and giving them space for networking and development.

A central component of “The Ship” is the start-up accelerator xDeck with its vision of combining the entrepreneurial spirit with innovation. In addition to xDeck, the forward-looking office property is also home to the company FOND OF, whose founders were also initiators of the construction project. The sustainability-awarded company started its journey as a sustainable backpack manufacturer 12 years ago with the “ergobag” brand and is now widely known as a manufacturer of sustainable, ergonomic backpacks. Within the scope of the Competence Centre eStandards project, FOND OF developed strategies for the Circular Economy in collaboration with the CSCP to further advance on its sustainability track.

Through this study visit, we aim to showcase not only how an innovative and inclusive work space looks like but also how that influences performance and impact as well as how open-minded and forward-looking companies operate.

Introductory presentations, tours, and an informal networking gathering are on the agenda. The visit is co-organised by the teams of our projects Competence Centre eStandards and CSR.digital.

Event: Business Field Trip
Date: 24 August 2022
Place: “The Ship” Office Building, Cologne
Registration: Via the Competence Centre eStandards website.
Language: German and English
Cost: Free of charge

For further questions, please contact Thomas Wagner.

 

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Balz um neue Partner

GDI Briefing - 10. August 2022 - 11:17

Der russische Krieg in der Ukraine hat Auswirkungen auf die Weltpolitik. Russland, China und der Westen wetteifern um Einfluss im Globalen Süden.

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C20 Chair: Open Government Needs to Enlarge Its Scale and Strengthen Its Commitment

#C20 18 - 9. August 2022 - 18:13

In the 3rd Side Event of the G20 Development Working Group Meeting, ‘Mainstreaming Open Government Values ​​in Governance and Sustainable Development’ on August 9, 2022, the Chair of C20 Indonesia delivered what should be improved on open government as an initiative to promote the quality of relations between civil society and government.

Sugeng Bahagijo, who also served as a civil society member of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee, considered that Open Government is desirable and very doable. He said that from an ordinary perspective, the open government seems to be limiting, but actually, the limit is advantageous. 

“In sociology, it is called a beneficial constraint, the open government is a bit limiting if seen from an ordinary point of view, but it will provide great benefits for the citizens, for the quality of institutions, and change what has been exclusive to be inclusive,” he said.

More concretely, he gave an interesting example of how Taiwan, a nonmember of Open Government, succeeded in providing a direct impact through an online consultation called vTaiwan, an online-offline consultation which brings together government ministries, elected representatives, scholars, experts, business leaders, civil society organizations, and citizens. 

“One of the interesting results is how the Taiwan government regulates or manages Uber’s operations in Taiwan. It resulted that the residents finally agreed that 1) Uber employees should be considered workers, not partners, and 2) other standards for consumers’ safety and protection. That’s an interesting example of the direct impact and the direct benefit,”

He explained that the Open Government process is helpful for citizens to have the opportunity to voice and participate. On the other hand, the legitimacy and trust in the government also increase or are maintained through participatory work methods.

In addition, the open government will also greatly help improve the work between CSOs and the government. In open government, there must be a relationship so that civil society can have the freedom to express their concerns and solutions.

Meanwhile, the points that need to be addressed from the open government in Indonesia are its scale and its commitment. “We need to expand the illustration that has already happened. We want this to be a generalized and nationwide innovative phenomenon, not just a few good women, just a few good men. So far, we cannot implement open government, not because of a lack of knowledge or facilities and resources, but a lack of commitment,” he added.

  Therefore, according to him, we should consider that open government is not for others, but for ourselves, to increase trust and legitimacy and to strengthen the quality of democracy.

He recommended that to create a large-scale open government; we must provide adequate resources which are also driven by a commitment from government at both national and local levels. Sugeng also welcomed the Presidential Regulation for Open Government so that in the next 5-10 years, Indonesia will have a stronger foundation to encourage open government at all levels. Finally, a possible way forward is to establish an Open Government Working Group in the G20.

Writer : Sita Mellia
Contact : sitamellia01@gmail.com

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Social and development impact bonds by the numbers

Brookings - 9. August 2022 - 16:00

By Emily Gustafsson-Wright, Izzy Boggild-Jones, Onyeka Nwabunnia, Sarah Osborne

Since 2014, Brookings has developed and maintained a comprehensive database on the global impact bonds market. The below data represents a snapshot from that database updated each month.

For further Brookings research on impact bonds, visit our Impact Bonds Project page.

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Indigenous women’s work to preserve traditional knowledge celebrated on International Day

UN #SDG News - 9. August 2022 - 3:45
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for amplifying the voices of Indigenous women, which is critical to achieving a just future for all people.  
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Roundtable discussion on understanding trends in proliferation and fragmentation for aid effectiveness during crises

Brookings - 8. August 2022 - 22:27

This roundtable discussed aid effectiveness, proliferation, and fragmentation in light of the newly published World Bank report: Understanding Trends in Proliferation and Fragmentation for Aid Effectiveness During Crises. World Bank Vice President for Development Finance, Aki Nishio, presented key findings of the report, followed by a panel and open discussion, moderated by Senior Fellow Homi Kharas and attended by a variety of participants from Brookings, the World Bank, nonprofits, and academia. Panelists included:

  • Shreekrishna Nepal – Secretary for the Ministry of Social Development in Nepal
  • Belinda Archibong – David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings and assistant professor of economics at Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Andrew Rogerson – Senior Research Associate at ODI

Over the last two decades, the increase in Official Financial Flows (OFF) from developed countries to developing countries has been accompanied by an increase in donors and donor agencies. The number of donor agencies nearly tripled from 194 in the period 2000-2004 to 502 in the period 2015-2019. This proliferation is felt by recipient countries, many of whom now have more than 60 donor entities to manage. Additionally, a greater share (three out of four) of OFF funded projects are being implemented by entities other than the recipient governments, such as the donor government, private sector institutions, multilateral organizations, and others. At the same time, the size of individual donations has decreased, with the average size of Official Development Assistance grants being roughly cut in half from 2000 to 2019.

Collectively, these trends raise concerns around aid effectiveness and transaction costs for recipient countries. Mr. Nepal confirmed the greater workloads and difficulties that may result from relying on a multitude of donors. He expressed the challenge of obtaining funding for broad budget support, as opposed to earmarked project support. Donors increasingly want to fund projects where they can “stake their flag” and receive credit, leaving fewer funds to the discretion of recipient countries on how they will be used. Archibong commented on the potential consequences of fragmented health aid, for example, during public health crises when liquidity is necessary. Rogerson posed various questions surrounding the ideal aid infrastructure and discussed the use of cash transfers for social protection in crises.

By publishing this report, Nishio hopes to get the issue of aid effectiveness, proliferation, and fragmentation back on the international agenda after about 10 years since the last global forum at Busan. Pooled funding has been widely acknowledged as a solution to these issues, but adoption has been low. It is also worth noting that the trends have not been as present for multilateral channels of aid as bilateral, leading discussants to encourage greater use of channels like IDA. There was an acknowledgement by participants that a diversity of donors has certain benefits, particularly for funding innovation, and that these trends mask a great diversity of country outcomes. The participants discussed how future work could use country case studies to better understand the impact of aid proliferation and fragmentation on recipient countries.

> View full list of roundtable participants

      
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Kenya’s UN Ambassador Martin Kimani | Live from the Aspen Security Forum

UN Dispatch - 8. August 2022 - 15:55

Kenya’s Ambassador to the United Nations Martin Kimani gave a viral speech at the UN Security Council on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Months later, Ambassador Kimani reflects on the impact of that speech and why Russian aggression against Ukraine is so resonant to Africa’s own experience with colonialism.

Our conversation was recorded live at the Aspen Security Forum in Mid July and Ambassador Kimani also discusses the impact of the war in Ukraine on Kenya and what opportunities still exist for multilateralism in a divided world.

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RoA-AP, CPDE Asia conducts its Regional Meeting and Workshop, “Forging through Crises, Fostering Solidarities” in Jakarta

Reality of Aid - 8. August 2022 - 10:43

The Reality of Aid-Asia Pacific (RoA-AP) and the Asia Constituency of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE Asia) hosted their first hybrid Regional Meeting and Workshop entitled “Forging through Crises, Fostering Solidarities” in Jakarta, Indonesia from July 26 to 28, 2022.    Advancing alternatives  The hybrid Regional Meeting aimed to foster camaraderie among members and facilitate discussion on key topics and institutional matters. RoA-AP Chairperson Jahangir Hasan Masum delivered the opening remarks for the […]

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From the Field: Outreach across the Horn of Africa

UN ECOSOC - 8. August 2022 - 6:15
In July, a UN human rights officer embarked on an outreach visit to the Horn of Africa’s Sool and Sanaag regions, a seven-day round-trip of more than 1,600 kilometres by road.
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Why Putin’s imperialist war must be condemned

D+C - 7. August 2022 - 10:29
Russia’s attack on Ukraine fundamentally differs from recent western-led military campaigns

Yes,  several western-led interventions (Afghanistan, Libya and Mali) failed dramatically, and one was wrong from the start (Iraq). However, Russia’s current war is entirely different. Unlike this so-called “special military operation”, none   of the western-led campaigns denied a sovereign state its right to exist. Apart from one, all had Security-Council backing. Civilian suffering was indeed unacceptably downplayed as “collateral damage”, but there was no strategy of attacking homes, schools and hospitals. No western government restricted civil rights at home to wage the war, and the civil-rights situation typically improved in areas their troops occupied.  

Bush Jr.

The Afghanistan war started in 2001 after Islamist terrorists had attacked New York City and Washington. Afghanistan, then run by the fundamentalist Taliban, had served as a safe haven for terrorists. US President George Bush junior launched an invasion and US troops soon took Kabul. The UN Security Council adopted a mandate retroactively – but fast. No UN member seriously objected to the US strategy.

Attempts followed to build an Afghan democracy with the support of an international security force. They were led by the USA and supported by NATO – and failed due to many mistakes (see Paul D. Miller on www.dandc.eu). It is striking, however, that the withdrawal of international troops in 2021 attracted more criticism around the world than the invasion did in 2001.

In 2003, Bush junior started the Iraq war. Once more, he lacked a UN mandate, and it was never given. However, he lead a coalition of the willing. “Misled” is an appropriate term too, given that the weapons of mass destruction, which Bush claimed Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s dictator, was hording, were never found.

The Iraq war was fundamentally wrong, but the guiding idea was not to deny Iraqis’ their historical identity. Bush argued that a newly established Arab democracy would serve as an example in its region. That did not work out. The war was an unmitigated disaster. The occupying forces were unable to deal with deep divides within Iraqi society and ultimately withdrew from a still rather fragile state. NATO as an organisation was not involved. Germany and France opposed the war from the start.

In early 2011, Libya’s dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi announced he would crush the Arab spring uprising in his country without mercy. Britain and France obtained a mandate from the Security Council to stop him. Several countries (though not Germany) took part in the mission, which, however, did not fulfill its “responsibility to protect” promise. The allies limited themselves to airstrikes, helping rebels depose the dictator. Afterwards, Libya spiralled into civil war (see Moutaz Ali and Walid Ali on www.dandc.eu). The impacts on several West African countries were frightful too, with France later getting involved in Malian strife in yet another failed military mission (see Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni on www.dandc.eu). Both Libya and Mali are now probably in a worse state than Iraq.

Bush Sr.

All of the military interventions briefly assessed here deserve criticism. Nonetheless, they were substantially different from Russia’s imperialist approach to Ukraine. One scenario in in 1990/1991, however, did resemble the current one.
In 1990, Saddam Hussein declared that Kuwait was only a province of Iraq. His troops occupied the country. In response, US President George Bush senior forged a multilateral alliance, which mandate and drove Iraqi troops forom Kuwait in early 1991. It had a mandate from the Security Council.

Echoing Saddam Hussein back then, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin now denies that Ukraine is a legitimate nation. Once again, a strong military power has defied the multilateral order by invading a smaller neighbour.
As Retno Marsudi, Indonesia’s foreign minister, recently stated, unilateralism means that the strong take what they want. Multilateralism is meant to prevent that. While disappointment in western governments is justified for various reasons (also see Anna-Katharina Hornidge on www.dandc.eu), it certainly does not excuse Russia’s brutal attempt to restore the tsarist empire in the 21st century.

Hans Dembowski is the editor in chief of D+C/E+Z.
euz.editor@dandc.eu  

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First Person: The honey business owner creating a buzz in northern Uganda

UN ECOSOC - 6. August 2022 - 2:36
Sam Aderubo started his company, Honey Pride, in Arua, northern Uganda, in order to make a positive impact on his community. With support from the UN, the business is taking off, providing work for hundreds of local beekeepers, many of whom are marginalized women and youth.
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Major fall in global food prices for July, but future supply worries remain

UN #SDG News - 5. August 2022 - 10:19
Food prices dropped significantly in July, marking the fourth consecutive monthly decline since hitting record highs earlier in the year in the wake of the war in Ukraine, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported on Friday. 
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