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Climate & environment assessment: business case for support to the CRP in Sierra Leone

<p>This paper is a climate and environment assessment that was conducted as part of the &ldquo;Business Case&rdquo; for supporting the &ldquo;Constitutional Review Process in Sierra Leone&rdquo;.</p><p>Sierra Leone is a country with a population highly vulnerable to climate and environment related challenges. The civil war have intensified environmental challenges such as flooding, landslides, poor air and water quality. Identically, natural resources are causal and consequential factors of instability and conflict.</p><p>Correspondingly, a strong environmental regulatory framework is needed for the sustainable management of natural resources. Furthermore, good governance is needed for building adaptive capacity to climate extremes and disasters.</p><p>Conclusions contain:</p><ul><li>constitutional reform in Sierra Leone could provide for the strengthening of the legislative framework for responses to climate and environmental challenges</li><li>if constitutional reform is achieved successfully, the new constitution is expected to provide greater recognition of human rights and less discrimination against vulnerable groups, especially women</li><li>consequently, vulnerable and marginal groups including women would become more empowered to participate in life and livelihood decisions that affect their wellbeing</li></ul><p>Recommendations include:</p><ul><li>provide grants to a wide range of civil society organisations including those with a thematic specialism such as environment, women or indigenous groups</li><li>raise awareness and the knowledge base of all partners on the linkages between environment, climate change and democratic governance including the environmental rights of individuals and vulnerable groups</li></ul>

14 Apr 2014 12:32:19 GMT

Resource scarcity and the environment: evidence review and research gap analysis

<p>This study focuses on the issue of resource scarcity and how it affects the environment and environmental resources as well as growth and poverty in developing countries. The study&rsquo;s main geographical scope is Sub-Saharan Africa and South, although other locations are considered in case they provide information transferrable to other contexts.</p><p>The paper finds that the issue of natural resource scarcity has received considerable attention at the global scale, and it is an increasingly prominent issue on global agendas. In this sense, there is an accumulation of evidence to suggest that resource scarcity and poverty are closely related. However, the precise nature of that relationship is both contested and vague. In addition, the document finds that:</p><ul><li>whilst climate change conceivably affects every aspect of resource scarcity, some of the effects of climate change are likely to be more important than others in explaining resource scarcity</li><li>similarly, scarcity is acknowledged to be an important potential driver of conflict yet there is debate about the particular factors that most strongly promote conflict, and this is a potential area in which further research might yield valuable insights</li></ul><p>The author concludes that further research might prioritise and clarify the question of which factors matter most in driving &ndash; and in explaining &ndash; resource scarcity.</p>

13 Apr 2014 19:06:24 GMT

Climate & environment assessment: business case for macro-evaluations of the strategic vision for girls & women & DFID’s investments

<p>This paper looks into climate and environment assessment from the angle of women and girls empowerment. The paper states that the inter-relationships between poverty, climate change and the environment are complex, situation-specific and conflicting.</p><p>Indeed, a major part of the livelihoods of the population of developing countries are still derived from natural resources, and the negative impacts of climate change on the natural resource base for poor people, including girls and women, will vary geographically and over time. However, the author highlights that climate change and associated environmental degradation affect men and women unequally.</p><p>Key recommendations for policy makers and donors include:</p><ul><li>take into account the multiple dimensions of gender inequality and women&rsquo;s and men&rsquo;s experiences of climate change on the ground, and invest in research to enable this</li><li>move beyond simple assumptions about women&rsquo;s vulnerability to highlight women&rsquo;s agency in adapting to and mitigating climate change; this will involve integrating women&rsquo;s valuable knowledge and practical experience into policy-making processes</li><li>learn from people-focused, gender-transformative approaches at the local level and apply these lessons to national and international policy</li><li>continue to build the evidence base by gathering and analysing qualitative and quantitative information around the social and gender dimensions of climate change</li></ul>

10 Apr 2014 20:31:37 GMT

Quality Education for Sustainable Development: A priority in achieving sustainability and well-being for all

<p>This policy brief argues that the foremost priority for educational development should now be on enhancing quality, transcending past objectives focused primarily on access and attainment (i.e.&nbsp;Education For All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals) Enhancing Quality Education should become a cornerstone of both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2014 Global Action Programme on ESD for quality education is essential for further progress across all dimensions of sustainable development. It argues that Enhancing Quality Education can be achieved through integration of a holistic perspective on education for sustainable development (ESD) and use of measurable learning targets/outcomes.</p>

10 Apr 2014 14:10:55 GMT

Many factors in an uncertainty future: Situation climate change among local community priority in Cambodia

<p>This research represents an initial step towards understanding the major problems identified by communities as priorities to be addressed in order to become less vulnerable to climate related risks as well as other kinds of event. The research has two goals: to research and document the priorities expressed by the communities and identify better ways to support grassroots civil society building and networking. It also provides an introductory review of climate change in Cambodia, which is considered highly vulnerable to climate change, and a review of the vulnerability analyses that constitute the ground for adaptive policies. The primary data of the study were collected through qualitative methods based on group discussions with communities in five Cambodian provinces: Prey Veng, Battambang, Kampong Speu, Kampot and Mondulkiri. In all the communities villagers have observed important changes in climate and weather patterns.</p>

10 Apr 2014 14:06:55 GMT

Reliability of indigenous knowledge in monitoring and mapping groundwater fluctuations in Zimbabwe

<p>This research was aimed at assessing the accuracy of indigenous knowledge data on groundwater fluctuations when compared to scientific measurements in order to ascertain if it can be used for practical groundwater management. The study was done at three sites in ward 28 of Zaka district in Zimbabwe. The results at all sites were taken to show that the correlations between estimated groundwater levels from indigenous knowledge and actual recorded levels had correlation coefficients between 0.755 and 0.991 that were statistically significant. This means that estimation of groundwater fluctuations can be reliably made based on indigenous knowledge in the absence of hydrological monitoring and the data can be used for groundwater resources development and management.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:58:47 GMT

Loss and Damage: Roadmap to Relevance for the Warsaw International Mechanism

<p>The 19th Conference of Parties in Warsaw decided to establish the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) under the Cancun Adaptation Framework to address loss and damage in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. This paper argues that now loss and damage is now embedded institutionally within the international climate regime, it can provide a platform to explore and identify effective responses and to find an appropriate mix of tools to address loss and damage. It argues that the Workplan for the WIM, to be elaborated by the ExCom in its initial meeting, has to ensure that the mechanism develops into a meaningful, relevant and utile institution and that one way to achieve this is to structure the work into key phases, building on existing outputs provided by the Work Programme on Loss and Damage in 2011-2013.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:51:44 GMT

Farmers’ Preferences for Climate-Smart Agriculture An Assessment in the Indo-Gangetic Plain

<p>This study was undertaken to assess farmers&rsquo; preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for various climate-smart interventions in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) was selected because it is highly vulnerable to climate change, which may adversely affect the sustainability of the rice-wheat production system and the food security of the region. To assess farmers&rsquo; choices and their WTP for the potential climate-smart technologies and other interventions, the researchers used scoring and bidding protocols implemented through focus group meetings in two distinct regions of Eastern and Western IGP. We find that laser land leveling (LLL), crop insurance, and weather advisory services were the preferred interventions in Eastern IGP. Farmers preferred LLL, direct seeding, zero tillage, irrigation scheduling, and crop insurance in Western IGP. Through the bidding approach, farmers implicitly express their WTP for new technologies that could transform current agricultural practices into relatively low-carbon and more productive farming methods.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:41:00 GMT

Single-year mitigation targets: Uncharted territory for emissions trading and unit transfers

<p>This working paper explores the question of target &ldquo;time frame&rdquo; and its implications for the generation and use of tradable emissions units. The paper argues that countries relying solely on single-year targets present greater uncertainty with regard to their emissions pathways, and raise concerns regarding both ambition and comparability with other targets. It concludes that the use of tradable units to meet a single-year target or the issuance of units in years prior to the single-target year could reduce the cumulative mitigation outcome compared with both single-year targets without using tradable units, and multi-year targets (with or without using units). Single-year targets may also limit the ability to use domestic carbon market instruments, such as emissions trading schemes.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:30:22 GMT

Climate & environment assessment: tackling acid and burns violence

<p>This paper is a climate and environmental assessment that was conducted as part of the &ldquo;Business Case&rdquo; for &ldquo;Tackling Acid and Burns Violence in Asia&rdquo;. It involves applying a climate and environmental sensitivity analysis to identify climate and environmental impacts and opportunities, and preparing the climate and environment assurance note.</p><p>The paper clarifies that the assessment highlights a possible link between climate induced disasters/ environmental degradation with increasing vulnerability and an increase in gender based violence. However, it points that this impact is deemed low in terms of likelihood and significance.</p><p>On the other hand, the document finds that long term support and rehabilitation, including vocational, educational and livelihood opportunities could indirectly build resilience of women to future changes in the climate and the environment. Nevertheless, the magnitude and likelihood of this benefit are both low.</p><p>The author shows that &ldquo;Tackling Acid and Burns Violence in Asia&rdquo; may have negative impacts on environment through resource use primarily from office based activities as well as GHG emissions from project transportation. Nonetheless, these effects can be mitigated by:</p><ul><li>inclusion of environmental criteria in the grant letter</li><li>implementation of environmental management measures</li><li>training on disaster and climate risk management</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

09 Apr 2014 20:05:10 GMT

Global crop yield response to extreme heat stress under multiple climate change futures

<p>This paper argues that extreme heat stress during the crop reproductive period can be critical for crop productivity. Projected changes in the frequency and severity of extreme climatic events are expected to negatively impact crop yields and global food production. This study applies the global crop model PEGASUS to quantify, at the global scale, impacts of extreme heat stress on maize, spring wheat and soybean yields resulting from 72 climate change scenarios for the 21st century. The results project maize to face progressively worse impacts under a range of RCPs but spring wheat and soybean to improve globally through to the 2080s due to CO2 fertilization effects, even though parts of the tropic and sub-tropic regions could face substantial yield declines.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:33:18 GMT

Ex-ante clarification, transparency, and understanding of intended nationally determined mitigation contributions

<p>This working paper aims to inform the identification of information requirements that can ensure clarity, transparency, and understanding, and by doing so improve trust amongst Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the negotiating session in Bonn, Germany in March 2014. Parties are negotiating an international agreement for the post-2020 period, to be adopted by 2015. This paper argues that transparency and clarification of post-2020 contributions is one of the main levers to encourage greater ambition and accountability in the 2015 Agreement. To begin it explores the importance of ex-ante information on mitigation contributions; it then provides an overview of contribution types, followed by a list of information requirements by contribution type.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:14:46 GMT

Using cost−benefit analysis to inform climate change adaptation projects

<p>This paper argues that cost&ndash;benefit analysis (CBA) helps inform decisions about projects, such as whether to proceed with a project or not, which project option to select, and what refinements can be made to improve project design &ndash; thus making them more effective. It also argues that CBA can also help to assess and incorporate the risk and uncertainty of climate variability and climate change into project decision making. The most effective, it says that CBA should be included as a key component of the project cycle right from the beginning, involving multidisciplinary teams, and support from an experienced economist.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:04:38 GMT

The economics of climate change adaptation in Africa’s water sector: A review and way forward

<p>This working paper summarises work on the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation for the water sector in Africa. It reviews adaptation cost estimates for the continent and the main economic appraisal methods used, then summarises results. It focuses on adaptation to climate impacts on the water sector, such as damage to water infrastructure, rather than impacts from water on other sectors, such as agricultural drought. The paper identifies two key priorities for future appraisals: 1) greater focus on the costs and benefits of &lsquo;soft&rsquo;, non-infrastructure adaptation interventions 2) use of appraisal techniques that are better-suited to dealing with the uncertainties and time horizons associated with climate change in ways that are useful for decision makers.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:00:01 GMT

Close to home: subnational strategies for climate compatible development

<p>This working paper explores successful strategies and measures for climate resilience and low carbon development that communities and leaders have pursued at the subnational level, drawing on the practical experiences of the Climate &amp; Development Knowledge Network&rsquo;s project partners and the broader ICLEI network. It argues that the battle for climate compatible development will be won or lost in provinces, districts and cities. It explains distinct challenges at subnational level, such as future climate data for local and subnational levels being more uncertain than at larger scales. It also outlines unique opportunities including that subnational decision-makers often have a sound understanding of climate trends in their area, based on first-hand experience and local and indigenous knowledge.</p>

09 Apr 2014 13:34:23 GMT

Farming System Evolution and Adaptive Capacity: Insights for Adaptation Support

<p>This paper argues that studies of climate impacts on agriculture and adaptation often provide current or future assessments, ignoring the historical contexts farming systems are situated within. It investigates how historical trends have influenced farming system adaptive capacity in Uganda using data from household surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus-group discussions and observations. Two farming systems are compared and three major findings noted: (1) similar trends in farming system evolution have had differential impacts on the diversity of farming systems; (2) trends have contributed to the erosion of informal social and cultural institutions and an increasing dependence on formal institutions; and (3) trade-offs between components of adaptive capacity are made at the farm-scale, thus influencing farming system adaptive capacity.</p>

09 Apr 2014 13:24:10 GMT

Innovation in smallholder farming in Africa: recent advances and recommendations: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA)

<p>This document represent the proceedings of the International Workshop on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA), which was held from 29 to 31 May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.</p><p>It concludes that, in the wake of a series of recent international events and initiatives focusing on understanding and fostering innovation, there is growing awareness and interest in applying and making sense of the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) concepts and perspectives. It identifies particular difficulties for African agriculture in adapting to the consequences of climate change, and finding its rightful place in an increasingly global and complex international scene. Questions asked in this material include: What insights and lessons can be gained from recent experiences and initiatives to promote and support agricultural innovation involving smallholders throughout Africa? How are AIS concepts and approaches being operationalised in Africa? What are the key implications and recommendations for ways forward in terms of policy, research and practice?</p>

09 Apr 2014 13:17:31 GMT

Factors at country level influencing choice in utilisation of energy resource potential

<p>The UK Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned this rapid desk-based study into the factors affecting choice of energy resource utilisation (with a focus on electricity generation). The results of the study will help to provide an improved understanding of the relative effect of each factor. The study also summarises available literature on how the factors have played out in six countries: Bangladesh; Chile; Kenya; Mozambique; Nepal; and Viet Nam.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:11:59 GMT

The rebound effect for developing countries

<p>The rebound effect is defined as the unintended consequences of energy efficiency (EE) improvements which prevent the full realisation of the expected technical energy savings.&nbsp; This report from&nbsp;Economic Consulting Associates, is an extensive literature review of the rebound effects of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in developing countries. It aims to provide the UK&#39;s Department for International Development (DFID), the International Climate Fund (ICF) and other agencies with a guide to including the rebound effects in their option appraisals.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:04:48 GMT

Topic guide: carbon management of infrastructure services

<p>This Topic Guide provides an overview of the assessment and management of carbon emissions from infrastructure in developing countries. The Guide sets infrastructure carbon management in context and provides commentary on relevant trends, as well as setting out a framework and technical guidance to assist the practitioner plan and directing and/or influencing carbon management for infrastructure in less developed countries. In addition, the Guide provides specific guidance on assessing and managing carbon emissions in the energy, water, transport and waste sectors, as well as emissions resulting from changes in land use or infrastructure services.</p>

09 Apr 2014 09:57:55 GMT

Topic guide: strategic environmental assessment in practice: capturing lessons learned over the past 10 years

<p>This Topic Guide provides a synthesis of findings from eight international studies of Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs), primarily written over the past decade. These studies are based on reviews of over 100 SEAs. In addition, a small number of Strategic Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference (SEA ToR) and related SEA reports, as well as other SEA reports and synthesis studies, were provided by DFID and development partners working with the OECD-DAC task team on SEA. In response to the request to the OECD-DAC task team, follow-up interviews were undertaken with 3 specialists involved in commissioning SEA studies to discuss the findings.</p>

09 Apr 2014 09:52:37 GMT

women’s economic empowerment and growth in low income countries: a global research programme (2013-2018)

<p>Evidence that barriers to women&rsquo;s economic participation and productivity may be stifling opportunities for growth is strengthening. Nevertheless, uptake of policies that progress growth through improved economic opportunities for women could harbour indirect risks of unwanted impacts on natural resources if not responsibly managed.</p><p>This paper states that by ensuring that women&rsquo;s economic empowerment and growth (WEEG) policies and future programmes are formulated to embrace environment and climate issues in relation to growth, enterprises that exploit natural resources should not be compromised.</p><p>Key points include:</p><ul><li>carbon/climate footprints can be mitigated and managed, placing an emphasis on offsets, conferencing and office housekeeping</li><li>relevant emission reduction strategies of the UN could be applied to reduce the operational impacts of all WEEG collaborators</li></ul><p>The paper finds that if researchers are to engage with policy makers and planners to enhance knowledge and uptake of gender sensitive policy in relation to growth, the principles of sustainable development can be embedded into emerging WEEG policies and programmes.</p><p>Moreover, in terms of policy implications, the document suggests that bidders address cross-cutting themes, such as climate and environment impacts of their proposed activities, and that this is considered in the evaluation criteria. Furthermore, carbon calculation tools could also be provided to bidders as a guide.</p>

08 Apr 2014 18:45:25 GMT

Research and evidence on green growth

<p>Emerging evidence and more hypothetical analysis suggests, that Green Growth can lead to poverty reduction, economic growth, reduced vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, greater energy security, and more secure livelihoods for those directly dependent on the use of natural resources.<br /><br />The literature on Green Growth is mostly quite recent and dominated by global andindustrialised country applications or context. The body of&nbsp; work on definitions and the potential of Green Growth is larger than analysis of experience. Growth issues in low-income countries, and DFID priority countries, is mainly limited to questions of country strategy preparation.</p><p>This HelpDesk Report discusses the definition of Green Growth, as well as key current research questions, and identifies knowledge gaps in areas such as economics, technology, trade and jobs. The report also gives suggestions on how to approach future Green Growth research, and the research subjects that would give the most value to the area.</p>

07 Apr 2014 09:29:49 GMT

Rapid desk based evidence search and gap analysis on environmental degradation and pollution in developing countries

<p>This study has collated information on the role that pollution (air, water and soil pollution) has played in environmental degradation and the consequences of such degradation for human well-being, poverty. The report has primarily collated information from investigative studies that have been conducted in DFID priority countries of sub-Saharan Africa; additional information from key studies is also provided for South and<br />South East Asia DFID countries.</p><p>The information has primarily been gathered from the peer reviewed literature, but also from reports of accredited organisations such as WHO, UNEP, World Bank). The report uses literature published over the last 5 to 8 years.</p><p>The report is not intended to be a comprehensive, systematic review of the literature but rather a review that identifies a number of particular pathways that represent the variety in the biophysical, socio-economic and political constructs by which pollution and environmental degradation influence human-wellbeing and poverty.</p>

07 Apr 2014 09:20:41 GMT

Climate & environment assessment: business case: effective institutions platform

<p>Evidence on Demand produced this HelpDesk Report as part of a Business Case for a programme of country assistance in reform and development.</p><p>The report defines the environmental context of the Climate and Environment Sensitivity Analysis, and also assigns categories for risk and opportunities as part of the business case.</p><p>The report identifies possible climate and environment risks in relation to the Effective Institutions Platform, whose aim is to support countries strengthen their public sector and promote learning and innovation.</p>

07 Apr 2014 08:53:19 GMT

The potential of NGOs to build resilience to climate extremes and disasters in the Sahel and a selection of DFID priority countries

<p>The BRACED is a multi-year programme which will scale up funding to NGOs interventions that build community resilience to extreme climate events in ten African and South Asian countries. Drawing on the first two phases of BRACED, this paper clarifies which NGOs in the concerned countries are potential partners for the programme, and what types of activities are they likely to implement if funding were available.</p><p>The document selects a group of relevant NGOs, underlining that the group collectively covers a wide-range of thematic areas, skills and expertise as well as geographical specialisms. In addition, the document suggests that if supported funding were in place, the types of NGOs included in that group could achieve the desired outputs.</p><p>Learned lessons include:</p><ul> <li>financial flexibility from donors to tailor interventions towards needs is a crucial requirement, and results of BRACED funded activities are likely to be more sustainable when a dimension of flexibility is incorporated into the financial provisions</li> <li>successful interventions are those that are community driven; NGOs need to have the capacity to offer a choice of options to community decision-makers</li> <li>in consortia, NGOs can share skills, capacity and knowledge to better respond to vulnerability on the ground, yet lack of long-term flows of finance can be a real limit to its cost-effectiveness</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

05 Apr 2014 18:10:32 GMT

The role of public finance in CSP: Background and approach to measure its effectiveness

<p>This paper looks at the global landscape of concentrated solar power (CSP) in terms of markets, technology, financing models, and policies to better understand how to structure effective and cost-effective public policies and investments. While concentrated solar power (CSP) currently contributes less than 0.1 per cent of total electrical capacity worldwide, the paper argues that its potential is significant enough for many experts and international institutions to suggest it could supply up to 10 per cent of global energy demand by 2050. Over the next year, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) will distill lessons on how effective the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) and other public entities have been in financing CSP in emerging economies.</p>

04 Apr 2014 15:24:13 GMT

Climate change: Health impacts and opportunities a summary and discussion of the IPCC Working Group 2 report

<p>In this briefing, health and medical organisations from around the world call on governments to respond to the major health risks described in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)&rsquo;s March 2015 report: &lsquo;Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation.&rsquo; The document summarises the IPCC report&rsquo;s implications for health, now and in the future and argues that there is still time to turn what has been called &ldquo;the biggest global health threat of the 21st century&rdquo; into one of our biggest opportunities to improve health. It concludes that human health is profoundly threatened by the failure to tackle climate change.</p><p>Read the IPCC&rsquo;s Summary for Policymakers <a href="http://eldis.org/go/topics/resource-guides/climate-change&amp;id=68029&amp;type=Document#.Uz6UbfldVq1">here on Eldis</a>.<br />&nbsp;</p>

04 Apr 2014 11:31:39 GMT

What does it take to mainstream disaster risk management in key sectors?

<p>This explores why mainstreaming disaster risk management (DRM) into development policy has had widely varying results between countries. In doing so, it attempts identify the ways forward for integrating short- and long-term considerations for disaster risk reduction in important development sectors. It argues that as climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent and negatively impacting development progress, mainstreaming disaster risk management within the policies and programmes of different sectors ensures that the effects of disasters are minimised. It argues that effective mainstreaming requires a supportive policy environment, leadership, knowledge of the relevant risks, risk management techniques that are appropriate to each context, consistent financing and innovation.</p>

04 Apr 2014 10:51:57 GMT

Linking FLEGT and REDD+ to improve forest governance

<p>Section 1 of this publication introduces the two main international forest initiatives, FLEGT and REDD+. Section 2 describes interactions between various initiatives in a general way. Section 3 deals with governance, law and institutions. It includes articles on safeguards, land tenure and civil society participation, among other topics. Section 4 describes the existing and potential implications of international forest initiatives for communities and smallholders, and section 5 provides two perspectives on the potential linkages between Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV). &nbsp;The publication also includes an article on risk reduction measures for REDD+ investments in which FLEGT could play a role. section 6 discusses several other types of interactions: the potential value of the FLEGT approach for other commodities, experiences with forest funds that may be useful for new REDD+ initiatives and the importance of fuelwood in both REDD+ and FLEGT discussions.</p>

04 Apr 2014 10:44:19 GMT

United Nations World Water Development Report 2014: Water and Energy, Volume 1

<p>This report provides an overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have been addressed, their implications for policy-makers, and further actions that can be taken by stakeholders and the international community. It argues that water and energy are closely interconnected and highly interdependent. Choices made and actions taken in one domain can greatly affect the other, positively or negatively. Trade-offs need to be managed to limit negative impacts and foster opportunities for synergy. The argument is given that water and energy have crucial impacts on poverty alleviation both directly, as a number of the Millennium Development Goals depend on major improvements in access to water, sanitation, power and energy sources, and indirectly, as water and energy can be binding constraints on economic growth &ndash; which is presented as the ultimate hope for widespread poverty reduction.Climate change is a subject which comes up throughout the report including specific foci on climate and natural disasters and the effects of water scarcity.</p>

04 Apr 2014 10:35:02 GMT

Exploring linkages between national and corporate/facility greenhouse gas inventories

<p>This paper argues that an effective climate change strategy for a country, corporation, or facility requires a detailed understanding of GHG emissions sources, quantities, and trends over time. National inventories and corporate/facility inventories each fulfill unique roles and corporate/ facility reporting programs can provide localized information on the most significant emissions sources and emissions trends. It argues that governments interested in developing (or enhancing) a national inventory system and corporate/facility reporting program should seek to capitalize on possible linkages between the two systems. The paper identifies two potential areas for linkages: (1) integrating source data into the national system to improve completeness and accuracy; and (2) sharing institutional resources, technical expertise, and data systems to build on existing capacities and get the most from limited resources. The paper concludes that proactively identifying and exploiting these and potential other linkages can bring enhanced benefits.</p>

04 Apr 2014 10:11:41 GMT

Building natural capital: How REDD+ can support a green economy

<p>This report highlights the potential synergies between REDD+ and the transition to a Green Economy. It provides a summary of the elements which it argues are necessary for integrating REDD+ into a Green Economy. It provides policymakers with ideas for supporting economic development while maintaining or increasing forest cover. It argues that REDD+ can add important momentum for those promoting a Green Economy, especially complimenting pro-poor strategies. Four key recommendations are given which the report argues will result in increased return on REDD+ investments and accelerated transition to a Green Economy: (1) Greater private sector engagement, and changes in fiscal incentive frameworks, (2) Creating a demand for REDD+, (3) More focus on non-carbon benefits and (4) More social inclusiveness.</p>

04 Apr 2014 10:04:18 GMT

Human rights, climate change, environmental degradation and migration: A new paradigm

<p>This paper emphasizes the need to defend the rights of migrants whose movement is induced by environmental degradation or climate change, particularly in the highly vulnerable Asia-Pacific region, by pursuing an integrated approach to climate change that incorporates rights-based strategies. It evaluates the current human rights framework; identifies gaps both in the legal framework and in implementation; and then reviews different legal options available to the international community. Finally, the brief makes recommendations on how to strengthen the &ldquo;soft law&rdquo; approach as an interim step before there is broad global consensus on a possible binding framework to protect the rights of environmental migrants.</p>

04 Apr 2014 09:21:15 GMT

WMO statement on the status of the global climate 2013

<p>This statement reflects on the major weather and climate events of 2013. It states that the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones were felt by people and property in all parts of the planet. 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend. A snapshot is provided of regional and national temperatures and extreme events as well as details of ice cover, ocean warming, sea level rise and greenhouse gas concentrations &ndash; all inter-related and consistent indicators of our changing climate. Temperatures in many parts of the southern hemisphere were especially warm.</p>

04 Apr 2014 09:15:10 GMT

Supporting the vulnerable: Increasing adaptive capacities of agropastoralists to climate change in West and southern Africa using a transdisciplinary research approach

<p>This publication seeks to identify promoted policy entry points to support the implementation of priority adaptation strategies, and identifies policy mechanisms as appropriate interventions to allow agropastoralists to buffer the effects of climate variability and change. The purpose of this project is to co-generate methods, information and solutions between local communities, local and international scientists, policymakers and other actors involved in climate change and adaptation programs, for coping mechanisms and adapting strategies to climate change and variability in West and Southern Africa, and more particularly in Mali and Mozambique.</p>

04 Apr 2014 09:05:16 GMT

What climate change means for farmers in Africa: A triptych review middle panel: Introductional matters and consequences of global warming for African farmers

<p>This paper deals with the consequences of climate change for farmers in Africa, including increasing temperatures and changing rainfall, increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide content and impacts on agricultural production. The paper attempts to illustrate local conditions that must be taken into account to understand the impacts/consequences of climate change for African farmers and how they may cope with them. The review is in three parts; climate change is approached by dealing with the three sides from which the danger comes: (i) global warming, (ii) increasing climate variability, (iii) more (and possibly more severe) meteorological and climatological extreme events.</p>

04 Apr 2014 08:42:38 GMT

Ex-post evaluation of the additionality of Clean Development Mechanism afforestation projects in Tanzania, Uganda and Moldova

<p>This study presents findings from comparative research which aimed to investigate the additionality claims of Clean Development Mechanisam (CDM) afforestation projects in Tanzania, Uganda and Moldova. An &ldquo;ex-post comparative baseline approach&rdquo; is used to account for how project financing and background economic conditions evolve over a CDM project&rsquo;s implementation and crediting periods. The paper concludes that the projects in Uganda and Moldova are very likely to be fully additional while only approximately one-quarter of carbon credits resulting from the Tanzania project are genuine. The conditions of additionality can change significantly over the course of a CDM project in a way that undermines project environmental integrity because the CDM rules do not accommodate changing baseline conditions. Rather, current CDM rules allow initial baseline conditions to be frozen over a project&rsquo;s crediting period.</p>

04 Apr 2014 08:34:33 GMT

Adaptation to climate change in water, sanitation and hygiene: Assessing risks, appraising options in Africa

<p>This report presents the findings of research into the risks to delivery of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) results posed by climate change in Africa, drawing on rapid case study reviews of WASH programming in Malawi, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. It argues that water will be the main channel through which the impacts of climate change will be felt by people, ecosystems and economies. A conclusion is made that adaptation should start with the measures that tackle the weather risks that countries already face, since climate change will exacerbate these risks. The authors argue that a focus on vulnerability rather than prediction is also pragmatic given present uncertainties with climate projections, particularly for rainfall.</p>

04 Apr 2014 08:20:19 GMT

Supporting climate resilient value chains

<p>This report include an examination of three commodity supply/value chains that are grown in four African states besides Pakistan and Bangladesh. The document focuses particularly on current trends in the value chains and considering whether they will face challenges due to physical climate effects under a range of scenarios.</p><p>The paper finds that many of the current coffee, tea and cotton-growing regions in the examined countries are already suffering from more severe and frequently occurring extreme weather events. These have severe consequences, not only for farmers, but for all actors in the respective commodity value chains. Yet, the author states that further statistical analysis is needed to draw definitive conclusions on the quantitative impact of climate change on volumes.</p><p>Recommendations comprise:</p><ul><li>setting up multi stakeholder sustainable task forces (STFs) in the coffee, tea and cotton sectors, under the auspices and hosting of government agricultural ministries</li><li>training of stakeholders in climate resilient value chain strategies, including conservation and organic farming techniques and furrow and drip irrigation methods, and crop diversification as well as non-farm rural enterprises</li><li>cooperation and assistance to private sector led and facilitated certification of standards schemes for export commodities; this would help the private sector to invest in making the value chain more climate resilient</li></ul>

04 Apr 2014 08:17:10 GMT

Impact of Chars Livelihoods Programme on the disaster resilience of Chars communities

<p>The Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) works with extreme poor households living on island chars in North West Bangladesh. It aims to improve the livelihoods, incomes and food security of at least one million poor and vulnerable women, children and men living on the chars.<br /><br />This paper evaluates the impact CLP has on the disaster resilience of communities through CLP&#39;s livelihoods work. It analyses the impact CLP has had on building disaster resilience of char communities, evaluates work of other agencies that address disaster resilience, identifies gaps which are currently present in increasing the resilience of the communities, and suggests strategies to address them.</p><p>The results of the study showed that the CLP programme dramatically improves the overall disaster resilience of communities in disaster preparedness and response; knowledge and education; governance; and risk assessment, moreover it reveals that women&#39;s disaster resilience is greater than men after the CLP support package, at the same time new national policies will take time to be implemented.</p>

03 Apr 2014 14:11:10 GMT

ICTs and climate change mitigation in developing countries

<p>Urgent action is required to reduce green house gase emissions. Developing countries overall are&nbsp;significant emitters,&nbsp;and they must maximise the use&nbsp;of ICTs.</p><p>The briefing outlines:</p><ul><li>the drivers behind climate change mitigation in developing countries</li><li>three main application domains for mitigation-relevant use of ICTs: green ICT; smart ICT (energy, buildings, transportation, commerce, forestry); and community ICT</li><li>key challenges and opportunities for developing countries</li><li>strategic action steps on e-mitigation for international organisations, governments and private firms</li><li>sources of further information</li></ul>

03 Apr 2014 13:33:17 GMT

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

<p>This Summary For Policymakers accompanies the second instalment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It focuses on impacts and vulnerabilities caused by climate change and argues that the latest climate science points more clearly than ever to the extreme risks posed by climate change, as well as the many opportunities to put the world on a safer and more resilient path. Regional assessments are also provided.</p>

31 Mar 2014 13:28:16 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: P romotion and Intensification of Fruit Trees in Agricultural Farm Lands for Mitigation and Adaption to Climate Change

<p>The main objective of this strategic intervention is to reduce the impacts of climate change and land degradation on rural farm lands by intensifying the production of fruit trees. This will generate income and help farmers adapt to climate change.<br />Most farmland areas are devoid of plantations and natural vegetation forests making them susceptible to the impacts of climate change. These areas could experience more soil erosion because of the reduced rainfall and the increase in temperature. The introduction of fruit trees on the farmland or near the households could create a greener environment in these areas. Fruit trees will also increase carbon storage and household income.</p><p>- Output from the Norwegian funded Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM) Programme in Tanzania.</p>

28 Mar 2014 18:19:14 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Alternative energy sources and efficient utilizatio n of biomass energy to reduce depletion of carbon sinks and improve livelihoods in rural areas of Tanzania

<p>The project was implemented in Lingeka and Nyanza villages in the Meatu District, Shinyanga region. The main goal was to improve livelihoods for poor rural households, with a special focus on women. The core problem addressed was the lack of reliable and clean energy for lighting and inefficient use of biomass for heating and cooking. Women and girls are the most affected by indoor air pollution and burden of collecting firewood. The project addressed the problem by introducing solar home lighting systems (SHS) and energy efficient stoves.</p>

28 Mar 2014 18:08:32 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Analysis of the Impacts of Urban Land Use and Climate Change on Coastal Forest Ecosystem and Management (IULUCC - CFM)

<p>Coastal forests are among the hotspots of biodiversity and therefore critical for conservation in Tanzania. However, most of the previous climate change mitigation efforts in Tanzania focused on participatory forest management in rural areas and did not address the major driving force of deforestation and forest degradation from urban areas. Further, coastal forests have not been given adequate attention in climate research and on their resources linkages with urban and peri-urban environment.<br />This research is an attempt to address the problem of continued deforestation and forest degradation of coastal forests due to (i) lack of integrated urban and peri-urban land use plans and (ii) lack of adaptation measures to climate change impacts on livelihood activities of coastal communities.<br />Project Objectives:<br />The overall objective of the research project is to assess the impacts of urban land use and climate changes on coastal forests. Specific objectives are:<br />1. To assess the drivers and patterns of land use changes in coastal urban and peri-urban areas;<br />2. To analyze the impacts of climate change on coastal livelihoods and their implication on coastal forest degradation;<br />3. To assess the impacts of coastal urban and peri-urban expansion on coastal forest ecosystems;<br />4. To examine existing strategies in addressing coastal forest degradation;<br />5. To develop strategies for integrated coastal urban and peri-urban land use plans in support of climate change adaptation and coastal forest conservation.</p><p>- Output from the Norwegian funded Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM) Programme in Tanzania.</p>

28 Mar 2014 18:00:41 GMT

The political economy of REDD+ in Kenya: Identifying and responding to corruption challenges

<p>The government of Kenya, led by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, is developing a national REDD+ programme. The success of this initiative will depend in part on Kenya&rsquo;s ability to address political challenges in forest governance, including control of corruption and forest crimes and protection of the human rights of forest-dependent communities. This U4 Issue, based on primary research in Kenya, describes the main corruption challenges in the forestry sector and concerns regarding the integrity of a national REDD+ initiative. Strategies for political reform of REDD+ in Kenya include improving transparency and information sharing, creating accountability and grievance mechanisms, and deepening participation and democratic processes.</p>

28 Mar 2014 17:34:42 GMT

Drought in Jalna: community-based adaptation to extreme climate events in Maharashtra

<p>This booklet is based on outcomes from a two-year Indo-Norwegian research and capacity development project titled, &lsquo;Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adaptation in India (EVA)&rsquo;. The findings draw upon empirical data from rural communities in Jalna District in the dryland region of Marathwada of Maharashtra.</p><p>The booklet provides assessments of impacts and vulnerabilities to extreme risks of agriculture and water resources and insights into how rural communities have been able to withstand and respond to the recent drought and changes in monsoon patterns. It explains how the government and non-governmental agencies at state and district levels have responded and enabled or constrained community-level initiatives.</p>

28 Mar 2014 17:02:01 GMT

Protecting Health from Climate Change: Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment

<p>This document aims to provide guidance on conducting a national or subnational assessment of current and future vulnerability to the health risks of climate change, and of policies and programmes that could increase resilience, taking into account the multiple determinants of climate-sensitive health outcomes. It is intended that the assessment outcome will provide information for decision-makers on the extent and magnitude of likely health risks attributable to climate change, and priority policies and programmes to prevent and reduce the severity of future impacts.</p>

27 Mar 2014 13:20:55 GMT

Integrating climate change in the post-2015 development agenda

<p>This paper argues that the long-term success of the post-2015 framework will ultimately depend upon how &lsquo;climate smart&rsquo; it is. It outlines the significance of climate change for different development objectives and the options for integrating climate change into the post-2015 development framework, as a crucial factor in poverty reduction and sustainable development. It argues that implementation of the post-2015 development agenda will need to foster policy coherence and encourage climate compatible development actions. It is suggested that this will include providing finance to support country-owned development strategies and plans that integrate climate change objectives within an overarching development framework, including national mitigation and adaptation strategies and other actions linked to the UNFCCC process.</p>

27 Mar 2014 12:01:44 GMT

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Population and poaching of African rhinos across African range states

<p>This report analyses rhino number data and poaching statistics in Africa, focusing particularly on Southern Africa. The paper underlines that private rhino ownership has contributed to the overall success of increasing rhino numbers in South Africa. However, increasing security costs, and risks to investments and declining economic incentives are leading to increasing numbers of white rhino owners selling and getting rid of their rhino.</p><p>On the other hand, the document indicates that data on the trend in poaching is available for Africa and for individual range-states, yet it could not be disaggregated for the white rhino and black rhino in the time available. However, in the main range state South Africa, it appears a disproportionately higher proportion of the commoner white rhino are being poached compared to black rhino. This is due to white rhino being easier to find in the more open habitats they favour, besides their more sociable nature.</p><p>Key points include:</p><ul><li>in absolute numbers, South Africa has had the highest increase in poaching rate in recent years</li><li>poaching continues to escalate in South Africa despite the number of arrests continuing to increase year on year</li><li>in relative terms, poaching has been higher in recent years in Malawi and especially Mozambique where any rhinos that move across the border from South Africa are likely to have a very limited lifespan</li><li>if these trends continue, current rates of rhino population growth in general and white rhino population growth in particular could be threatened</li></ul>

14 Apr 2014 20:53:45 GMT

Poverty, poaching and trafficking: what are the links?

<p>This paper looks into the links between poverty, poaching and trafficking, indicating that this subject has been under-researched and poorly understood.</p><p>The paper admits that there is little hard evidence to support the claim that poaching occurs because of poverty, yet the authors state they are confident the links are there.</p><p>The document points that it is difficult to collect clear and detailed data on poaching precisely because of its illicit nature, and its frequent linkage with conflict zones, which makes research even more challenging. Nevertheless, the paper draws the following key findings:</p><ul><li>poaching in Sub Saharan African was produced via the historical legacy of colonialism</li><li>poverty is directly and indirectly linked to poaching and trafficking of ivory and rhino horn from Sub-Saharan Africa</li><li>there are different types of poachers, and they require different policy responses</li><li>there are direct links between conflict zones, illegal killing of wildlife, trafficking and poverty</li></ul><p>The authors conclude that a much better understanding of the relationships between poverty and individual poacher motivation is needed. Furthermore, they highlight the main policy responses to this issue, such as changing people&rsquo;s behaviour via negative and positive incentives, the development of tourism as a route to poverty reduction, and the legalisation of the ivory and rhino horn trade at the international level.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

11 Apr 2014 10:46:55 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Analysis of the Impacts of Urban Land Use and Climate Change on Coastal Forest Ecosystem and Management (IULUCC - CFM)

<p>Coastal forests are among the hotspots of biodiversity and therefore critical for conservation in Tanzania. However, most of the previous climate change mitigation efforts in Tanzania focused on participatory forest management in rural areas and did not address the major driving force of deforestation and forest degradation from urban areas. Further, coastal forests have not been given adequate attention in climate research and on their resources linkages with urban and peri-urban environment.<br />This research is an attempt to address the problem of continued deforestation and forest degradation of coastal forests due to (i) lack of integrated urban and peri-urban land use plans and (ii) lack of adaptation measures to climate change impacts on livelihood activities of coastal communities.<br />Project Objectives:<br />The overall objective of the research project is to assess the impacts of urban land use and climate changes on coastal forests. Specific objectives are:<br />1. To assess the drivers and patterns of land use changes in coastal urban and peri-urban areas;<br />2. To analyze the impacts of climate change on coastal livelihoods and their implication on coastal forest degradation;<br />3. To assess the impacts of coastal urban and peri-urban expansion on coastal forest ecosystems;<br />4. To examine existing strategies in addressing coastal forest degradation;<br />5. To develop strategies for integrated coastal urban and peri-urban land use plans in support of climate change adaptation and coastal forest conservation.</p><p>- Output from the Norwegian funded Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM) Programme in Tanzania.</p>

28 Mar 2014 18:00:41 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Comparative study of incentive options for forest - based emissions reduction, biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement; Case of Kilwa and Lindi Districts

<p>The project entails a comparative study on incentive options for forest-based emissions reduction, biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement, comparing villages with REDD+/PFM (Participatory Forest Managment) and without REDD+/PFM and also comparing each set of villages over time. The project interrogates the adequacy of incentives offered by REDD+ pilot projects in winning effective participation of communities living adjacent to project forests. Broadly, analysis takes a before-and-after approach in which changes are analyzed at the end of the project due to incentives made available by REDD+ pilot projects to communities. This design enables the analysis of forest management practices such as REDD+ and PFM over time and space in achieving the multiple outcomes: improved forest management, reduced emissions, improved local forest governance and improved livelihood conditions of forest owners/users. The study hopes to contribute in the design and implementation of effective and equitable incentive options for REDD+ and non-REDD situations in Tanzania and elsewhere with similar situations.<br />The study hopes to contribute in the design and implementation of effective and equitable incentive options for REDD+ and non-REDD situations in Tanzania and elsewhere with similar situations.<br />- Output from the Norwegian funded Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM) Programme in Tanzania.</p>

26 Mar 2014 19:32:47 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Climate Change, Non - Timber Forest Products and Livelihood of Forest Dependent Communities - Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation in Tanzania

<p>Over 20 million Tanzanians depend on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) for their livelihood, but the extent to which NTFPs and community livelihoods are vulnerable to climate change is not well established. The coping strategies of these communities have not been fully documented either. Climate change threatens the livelihood security of millions of rural Tanzanian households that rely on natural resources and rain-fed subsistence farming . Women are especially affected, because their livelihoods are vulnerable to climate hazards that are expected to become more frequent. Deforestation is a major problem in Tanzania, and contributes to a loss of biodiversity and a decline in environmental benefits and services, including NTFPs for food and healthcare.<br />A majority of global efforts, including the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiative, have focused on developing appropriate mitigation measures to reduce the intensity and rapidity of climate change impacts. However, the need to develop adaptation strategies to cope with climate impacts is increasingly recognized. Adaptation strategies that enhance the resilience of ecosystems, ensuring the continued provision of goods and services, can be particularly important for poor people who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods, and who tend to have low adaptive capacity and high vulnerability to climate change.<br />This project seeks to understand the ability of forest dependent communities to respond to climate change. The aim is to reduce livelihood threats and forest degradation through vulnerability and adaptation assessments within the NTFPs context. The project will contribute relevant information to policy makers, particularly in the current implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation tactics through REDD initiatives in Tanzania. The expected outputs will contribute towards efforts to adapt to the impact of climate change, while ensuring sustainability of livelihoods and forest resources. -</p>

26 Mar 2014 19:03:05 GMT

Vulnerability assessment of important habitats for migratory species: Examples from Eastern Asia and Northern Australia.

<p>The impacts of Climate Change on biodiversity are already visible. Studies show clearly that changes in distribution and behaviour of a large number of species are the consequence of shifts in local or regional climate, weather patterns and resulting changes of vegetation and habitat quality. The work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has also made us all aware that Climate Change is likely to be the main driver of biodiversity loss in future. The impacts of Climate Change cause additional pressures on ecosystems that are already stressed by overuse, degradation, fragmentation and loss of total area. In combination, these factors reduce not only ecosystem resilience, but also human options for coping with a changing environment</p><p>This publication is an aid in raising awareness by highlighting some case studies, assessing impacts and identifying possible solutions and mitigation measures. It will give decision makers and environmental experts an excellent overview of the links between Climate Change impacts and migratory species.</p><p>Originally Published In: UNEP; Conservation on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS); Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Migratory species and climate change: Impacts of a changing environment on wild animals. Bonn, Germany: UNEP/ CMS Secretariat. pp.18-25</p>

22 Mar 2014 14:52:19 GMT

Governing Africa’s mangroves: a sustainable future

<p>Despite their widely recognised socioeconomic and ecological value, mangroves are among the world&rsquo;s most threatened vegetation types. This brief argues that safeguarding mangroves will require urgent interventions aimed at ensuring that their vital ecosystem services and non-market benefits are adequately incorporated in policy and development choices.</p><p>The author believes policy-makers and planners must realise that mangroves need to be restored, protected, and managed. This will require more effective management tools and interventions, as well as mechanisms for minimising the tensions between extractive development and the conservation of mangrove forests.</p><p>The paper recommends that:</p><ul><li>policymakers should make greater use of ecosystem valuations and ecological accounting in order to evaluate developmental alternatives, and, where appropriate, accelerate and scale up investments in the management and restoration of mangrove ecosystems</li><li>rapid economic growth should be reconciled with the maintenance of ecological processes and coastal biodiversity, and adequate tools should be used to convert potential conflicts into synergies</li><li>mangrove management should be integrated with a broader spatial framework of coastal zone management, and the value of mangrove ecosystem services should be quantified and incorporated into environmental impact assessments (EIAs) as well as resultant mitigation/compensation plans and calculations</li><li>communities should be included in decision-making about mangrove protection and restoration</li><li>national and transfrontier protected areas should be enlarged and expanded in order to help conserve biodiversity, and maintain ecosystem services, and guidelines for regulating specific conservation zones should be improved</li></ul>

07 Mar 2014 12:35:10 GMT

Creating a sustainable food future: A menu of solutions to sustainably feed more than 9 billion people by 2050

<p>With population growth and development creating ever-more demand for food (noted here as comprising two-thirds and one-third a function of the increase respectively), humanity faces a growing food gap between what will be needed in 2050, and what can sustainably be produced. In this context, this report presents the interim findings of the World Resources Report 2013-14: Creating a Sustainable Food Future; a multi-agency effort to analyse the food gap challenge and identify solutions.</p><p> The report begins by presenting the issue as a balancing act of three ‘great needs’: reduced consumption, increased production, and environmental protection, before discussing the composition of the challenge. The report outlines the scale of the problem: already, 800 million people periodically go hungry, yet according to the reports projections, the world faces a 69 per cent gap between crop calories produced in 2006, and those most likely required by 2050. Intertwined in this problem are development and poverty challenges associated with a majority poor global agricultural labour force; issues of land-use and risks to biodiversity; the challenge to sustainably increase crop production without expanding area; the significant disruption threatened by climate change; and overfishing. Combined, these issues present a serious challenge to closing the food gap in a balanced and sustainable way. In such a broad and interconnected systemic problem, a number of diverse solutions will be needed. To reduce consumption, the report suggests: tackling obesity; reducing the consumption of, and increasing the efficiency of, animal product use; reducing food waste; and assisting Africa in its efforts to reduce fertility rates. </p><p>The report notes a number of potential areas for increased food production, e.g. the breeding of better seeds, widespread adoption of water and soil management best practice, and the increasing of pasture and aquaculture productivity. It is recommended that wild fish catch be reduced, and then stabilised. Carbon sequestration strategies, the benefits of improving ruminants diets, the balancing of fertiliser use worldwide, and the need to reduce emissions from paddy rice are also presented, together with a particular mention of the competition from biofuels, whose energy benefits are far outweighed by the impact on human consumption levels.</p>

31 Jan 2014 13:08:54 GMT

Diversifying Food and Diets: Using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health

<p>This book addresses the biodiversity dimensions of the challenge of eradicating hunger and malnutrition and makes the case for re-examining food systems and diets. The book is also intended to be used as a tool and a guide to promote the use of biodiversity within food production systems, and to demonstrate that by providing local solutions for diversifying diets, nutritional status can be improved, effectively and sustainably. The first half of the book outlines some of the challenges, and identifies potential solutions and opportunities to conserve, measure, and utilize biodiversity for improved diets and nutrition security. The second half provides 12 case studies on the links between agricultural biodiversity and diets and nutrition. Sustainable diets are defined as those which are respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems; culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing natural and human resources. The book is part of a larger series titled Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity.</p>

24 Jan 2014 11:50:30 GMT

Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services in the post-2015 development agenda: Goal structure, target areas and means of implementation

<p>Published in the open access journal Sustainability, this paper examines the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) into the post-2015 development agenda. Present discussions at the United Nations on defining a new set of development goals are focused on poverty alleviation and sustainable development, key components of BES. Poverty eradication is also one of the foundations of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (SPB) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); this paper responds to CBDs call for consideration of the SPB, and the related Aichi biodiversity targets, in any post-2015 agreement.</p><p> The introduction to the paper argues the importance of BES for human health, livelihoods, and well-being, and provides context on the relationship between BES, the Millennium Development Goals, the work already done by the CBD, and the need to integrate these goals. Following this, the authors expand upon how BES are crucial for human well-being by explaining how it underpins a plethora of sectors and human needs, e.g. food production, water, livelihoods, etc. Current proposals for goals and targets in the post-2015 agenda are then examined to see how BES are addressed, with three broad views identified for how to address environmental sustainability: integrated goals, goals addressing earth system functioning, and goals addressing environmental limits. All ten proposals examined included reference to biodiversity and/or ecosystem services, though only three specifically mentioned the Aichi targets. Next, a pathways analysis is used to identify ways to eradicate global hunger while avoiding further biodiversity loss. </p><p>Three pathways are identified with the capacity to reduce both biodiversity loss and climate change: large-scale technologically optimal solutions with a high level of international coordination; decentralised solutions, such as agriculture interwoven with natural corridors; and consumption change, most notably a reduction of meat consumption and reduction of agricultural waste (particularly in developed and developing nations respectively). Finally, the authors use a three-tier framework (human wellbeing, resource base, and global public goods) to identify target areas and means of implementation, with particular reference to the Aichi targets.</p>

15 Jan 2014 15:36:42 GMT

Aligning Biodiversity Compensation and REDD+: a primer on integrating private sector conservation financing schemes in the tropics and sub-tropics

<p>This paper presents a conceptual framework to begin integrating biodiversity compensation and REDD+ at project level. The additionality assessment from linking project-level conservation areas is covered at great length and the authors argue that this issue is resolvable, on a project-by-project basis through a joint additionality assessment. Coordinating stakeholders working on both fields to collaborate on harmonizing approaches is also shown to be an inevitable requirement of national and jurisdictional REDD+ frameworks, and policies. As project-level scenarios have already provided analogous guidance and best practices for the singular implementation of biodiversity compensation actions and REDD+, this paper argues that new pilot projects can take the first steps forward to linking these innovative approaches to private sector financed conservation in the tropics and sub-tropics.</p>

09 Jan 2014 12:50:19 GMT

Horizons of functional food production in Syria and its exportation to international markets: Russia as an example

<p>F.F is a category that comprises an extended spectrum of foods and beverages, ranging from natural foods that contain functional components like lycopene in tomato and Omega-3 fatty acids in seafood, to fortified foods like calcium-fortificated orange juice or cereal fortified with vitamins and minerals.</p><p>Functional food (F.F) can be an opportunity for economic growth for many developing countries, particularly those enjoying biodiversity and cumulative traditional knowledge about health effects of domestic plant species.</p><p>This working paper aims to review the scope of F.F production in Syria for the purpose of exporting it to foreign markets, in which the demand on F.F is increasing rapidly, focusing particularly on the Russian market as a case study, and plantago as an example plant. This choice is in harmony with the general direction of Syria&rsquo;s government (i.e. stepping easterly) on the one hand, and because the Russian market is a demanding market for F.F in light of the Russian consumers&rsquo; awareness of health foods.<br /><br />Whilst the Syrian Arab Republic has a rich biodiversity, which paves the way for developing the F.F sector in a remarkable way, there are several required conditions for the development of the sector, such as a sustainable management plane for exploiting these bio-resources, in order to avoid depletion, and deterioration of this environmental wealth.</p>

07 Jan 2014 12:49:13 GMT

Dirty cotton - a research on child labour, slavery, trafficking and exploitation in cotton and cotton seed farming in India

<p>The introduction of genetically modified or BT cotton in India has increased the demand for cheap labour.&nbsp; Recognising the need to understand and address the growing concern over the engagement of children in the cotton industry in India, this study examines the issue of child labour in four cotton and cotton seed growing states in &ndash; Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.<br /> <br /> The report highlights the following drivers behind prevalence of child labour in cotton industry:</p><ul> <li>BT technology is costly so farmers use cheap labour-children.</li> <li>difficulty in switching from BT technology due to changed soil chemistry and loans taken to meet costs perpetuate child labour</li> <li>BT cotton seed cultivation has relocated to impoverished areas to use cheap tribal labour and trafficked children from adjacent areas</li> <li>diminished regulation in seeds market has allowed companies to follow non-farmer friendly practices</li> <li>insufficient awareness about child labour law, right to education, etc among farmers, labourers and families of child labourers.&nbsp; Also, there is a myth that children's nimble fingers are ideal for cross pollination in BT cotton seed cultivation</li> <li>there is skewed supply and value chain of cotton, cotton seed and textiles</li></ul><p>To eliminate child labour and ensure that all children are able to get a fulfilled childhood enjoying the right to education and play, the following action is called for:</p><ul> <li>companies (seed, textile manufacturing, etc) should establish sustainable monitoring mechanisms to check child labour in their supply chains and ensure compliance with child rights</li> <li>national governments must ensure enactment of laws such as child labour laws, right to education, etc or to ensure their greater enforcement (when laws exist)</li> <li>civil society needs to create awareness for ethical consumerism and engage with different stakeholders (companies, governments, etc) to ensure their respective commitments and action for protection of child rights</li> <li>consumers need to demand information from companies about the use of child labour in their products before making their purchases and commit to using only child labour free products</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

02 Jan 2014 12:20:29 GMT

Building REDD+ for People and Nature: from lessons learned across Indonesia, Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo to a new vision for REDD+

<p>This publication reports on WWF&rsquo;s forest and climate work between 2010 and 2013 which sought to develop models for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) that secure scalable forest ecosystem management while engaging those communities that live in and depend on forests in way improve their livelihoods. The report concludes that although valuable, REDD+ is not an end in itself but one tool to conserve biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change and although critical cannot exist in isolation.</p>

05 Dec 2013 16:43:52 GMT

Supplementing REDD+ with Biodiversity Payments: The Paradox of Paying for Multiple Ecosystem Services

<p>REDD+ is an emerging international climate policy mechanism which is being designed to deliver climate change mitigation benefits from tropical forests. REDD+ would make carbon payments to developing countries that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation below internationally agreed reference levels. Developing countries would be responsible for designing their own policies to achieve these emission reductions.</p><p>This paper concludes that it may be possible to shift a portion of REDD+ funding away from carbon payments and towards biodiversity payments and obtain both more biodiversity benefits and more climate benefits.</p>

22 Nov 2013 10:12:39 GMT

WWF Mara River Basin Management Initiative, Kenya and Tanzania. Phase III - final evaluation report

<p>The scarce water resources of the transboundary Mara River Basin (13,750 km2), in Kenya and Tanzania are essential to more than one million people, multiple water uses and the world-famous Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem and its economically very important tourism industry. These water resources are under threat due to increasing competition for water, pollution, environmental degradation and climate change. Improved management of the water resources is essential. Tanzania and Kenya have undergone water sector reforms and changed policy, legislation and institutions in order to implement the new approach of integrated water resource management (IWRM). WWF and partners implemented the Mara River Basin Management Initiative (MRBMI) to pilot the water sector reforms&rsquo; IWRM approach and to address threats and opportunities to the water resources.<br />The main purpose of the evaluation was to provide WWF and stakeholders with an independent assessment of the project achievements and to guide WWF in the design of similar future projects. The evaluation focussed on phase III of the MRBMI.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

04 Nov 2013 18:52:37 GMT

Pastoralists and wildlife conservation in western China: collaborative management within protected areas on the Tibetan Plateau

<p>Background Pastoralists have long inhabited vast areas of western China, including the Tibetan Plateau region. Their traditional land use practices and cultural conservation ethic have helped to protect the natural resource base upon which they depend and the wildlife that co-exist with them in the grassland landscapes. However, in a rapidly changing socio-economic environment, including significant expansion of the protected area system and regional comprehensive development plans, local communities do not always have an evident voice in the conservation and development dialogues that closely affect their lives.</p><p>With introduction and development of collaborative management - that is, a partnership between local communities, nature reserve authorities and other stakeholders - a landscape-level approach to conservation is now being modelled in Qinghai Province. Central to effective co-management are bi-directional relationships. There are also a wealth of direct and indirect services that may be provided by pastoralists under co-management, and in the compensation and payment options available to them in return for their critical services.</p><p>As this paper concludes, the contributions of pastoralists to wildlife conservation efforts are significant, but up to now insufficiently recognised. New insights regarding the relationship between pastoralists and wildlife conservation - including the potential role of community ecotourism, the development of local herders&#39; cooperatives and of trust funds, and the need for greater clarity in local regulatory frameworks - are provided herein, with presentation of specific experiences and lessons learned from a project piloted in the headwaters of the Yangtze River over the past decade. A fuller, richer model of co-management is recommended.</p>

30 Aug 2013 13:30:36 GMT

Indigenous women's preferences for climate change adaptation and aquaculture development to build capacity in the Northern Territory

<p>Research was carried out on South Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, to improve understandings of local, Indigenous people&rsquo;s dependency on marine resources, and of their perspectives on climate change, and aquaculture as a means towards adapting to climate change. Workshops and interviews were carried out mostly with women, but also some men with an emphasis on the use of participatory and visual techniques to encourage discussion of the future.</p><p>The research indicated that aquaculture could provide a diversified livelihood option, if carefully introduced and aligned with cultural values and preferred aspirations for the future. Success in combining aquaculture development with adaptation to climate change would depend on external stakeholders being very aware of local indigenous conceptions of the interconnections between environment and culture, and differences in worldview around the future, climate change and enterprise development. Such a (combined) process will also need attention paid to developing trust and communication, genuine support and engagement and indigenous involvement in decisionmaking.</p>

27 Aug 2013 01:56:06 GMT

Diagnostic assessment of select environmental challenges valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in India

<p>This paper reports on a wide range of research that estimates the value of ecosystem services (ESS) in India, including those related to forests, grasslands, wetlands, mangroves, and coral reefs. Estimates for forest services are based on an extensive Indian Green Accounting study, from which the values of timber and non-timber (fodder, water recharge, prevention of soil erosion, etc.) have been taken. There is an added non-use value of forests as well as an update of the value for forest sequestration based on the latest estimates of trends in forest management.&nbsp;</p><p>The total value of services from these ecosystems is estimated Rs.1.4 trillion (US$29 billion) in 2009 as a central estimate. This amounts to about 3.0 percent of the country&rsquo;s GDP in that year. Of the total value, wetlands are the largest at 48 percent. Of the other services, coral reefs and forests each account for 22 percent; followed by grasslands at 7 percent, and mangroves at 2 percent.</p>

27 Aug 2013 00:22:42 GMT

The climate and development challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean: options for climate-resilient, low-carbon development

This comprehensive report by the Inter-American Development Bank seeks to assess the physical and economic impacts of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as well as adaptation options available. Additionally, the report examines how, and at what cost, the region can reduce its carbon footprint to a level consistent with global stabilisation goals. Chapter one looks at the various climate impacts that are likely to occur, including: warming, changing rainfall patterns and a reduction in soil-moisture impacting agriculture; coastal and marine zones affected by rising sea-levels; increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather; spread of vector diseases and other health-related impacts; changes in hydrology; and potential rainforest dieback. Chapter two provides a current emissions and trends profile for key sectors, projections of a ‘business as usual’ scenario, and the financial costs of intervention. Finally, development cobenefits from adaptation and mitigation are discussed, with numerous examples provided and broken down by sector. Among the extensive research and analysis, some key conclusions and recommendations emerge: (1) The physical and natural damage to LAC associated with a now almost certain 2°C rise in temperatures are expected to be substantial. Key impacts will be felt in a partial collapse of the Caribbean coral biome, the disappearance of glaciers under 5000m, and a degree of savannisation in the Amazon basin. (2) Economic impacts in LAC will be significant, conservatively estimated to be $100b annually by 2050. Rapid adaptation efforts could significantly mitigate future economic costs, though not all losses in natural capital. (3) Global mitigation actions are essential to prevent greater damage, since LAC itself seems to have decoupled economic growth from that of carbon emissions (11 per cent down from 2000 levels). (4) Despite this, a ‘business as usual’ trajectory would lead to annual emissions five-times the level required as part of global climate stabilisation goals by 2050. This means significant mitigation efforts are needed across all sectors. (5) Adaptation and mitigation generate significant development cobenefits, though these are not sufficiently understood to guarantee to removals of barriers to action.

13 Aug 2013 09:10:13 GMT

Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change

Ecosystems provide crucial services to help people adapt to climate change. In conducting a review of the scientific literature, this paper shows how ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation can reduce social vulnerability to climate hazards, and highlights knowledge gaps and trade-offs that require more research. <br /><br />The paper examines the impact of climate variation or change, the social vulnerability, and the ecosystem services of the following five different uses of forests and trees.<br /><ul> <li>Forests and trees providing goods for local communities &ndash; Besides providing timber, they can act as a safety net by providing charcoal, firewood, food and a source of income diversification. Exclusion from forest and mangrove resources has been shown to increase vulnerability, disproportionately affecting the poor. </li> <li>Use of trees in agriculture to regulate water, soil and microclimate &ndash; Agroforestry is known to increase soil porosity, reduce runoff and increase soil cover, while nitrogen-fixing trees increase agricultural drought-resilience. </li> <li>Regulating water and protecting soil with forested watersheds &ndash; Water infiltration, rainfall interception and groundwater recharge are all influenced by forests, contributing to the regulation of base and peak flows. They also stabilise soil and reduce erosion, though their ability to mitigate extreme events is still debated. </li> <li>Forests as coastal protection from climate-related threats &ndash; Mangroves can protect coastal areas from storms, floods and erosion through the absorption and dissipation of wave energy. This is evident in post-disaster studies, local knowledge and correlation models between mangrove cover and storm impacts; however, quantification remains difficult. </li> <li>Regulating water and temperature with urban forests and trees &ndash; Shade, evaporative cooling, and rainwater interception are a few of the benefits of urban forests and trees. It has been estimated that adding ten per cent of green cover to city centres could reduce surface temperature by up to 2.2 degrees Celsius. </li></ul>The paper concludes by expressing the need for a greater understanding of the efficiency, costs and benefits, and trade-offs of ecosystem-based approaches with forests and trees. To aid in this, the abundant literature on ecosystem services should be revisited with a climate change related lens.

10 May 2013 08:02:21 GMT

Understanding relationships between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people: the key to achieving REDD+ objectives. A global assessment report

This report seeks to better understand the relationships between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people, so as to support the achievement of REDD+ objectives. It summarises the latest scientific literature to make sense of the complex web of relationships, how they may be affected by the implementation of REDD+ management activities, and the potential trade-offs and synergies between and among environmental and socioeconomic objectives.<br /><br />The introduction provides a summary of the issue, presenting contextual data to illustrate the importance of, and challenges faced by, forest ecosystems. It also discusses REDD+ and its aims of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conserving, managing and increasing forests as carbon stocks. <br /><br />The report is split into four chapters. The first chapter explores the relationships and impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on biodiversity, carbon and other ecosystem services. Covering a range of forest types, it gives a broad overview of biodiversity and carbon relationships in potential REDD+ programme regions. <br /><br />Impacts of forest and land management on biodiversity and carbon are the focus of the second chapter, which explores management and action approaches, identifying areas for improving agricultural practice, measures to reduce the impact of various extractive industries, and indicators for the effective monitoring of carbon and biodiversity.<br /><br />Social and economic considerations relevant to REDD+ are covered by the third chapter, including the social and economic context of governance and its consequences. This chapter concludes that REDD+ activities can greatly benefit poor people (particularly through participatory practices) and generate significant financial flows.<br /><br />The fourth chapter examines existing and future options for governance of REDD+, forest management and biodiversity. It explores options to synergise climate, forest management and biodiversity at both the national and international scale, including information on data collection, planning, policies and finance. The report concludes that governance is likely to remain pluralistic; rather than impose a singular solution, this complexity should be embraced.

21 Jan 2013 16:14:01 GMT

Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided

This report, produced for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, attempts to describe what climate change impacts are likely to be felt in a &lsquo;4&deg;C world', i.e. a world where global average temperatures have risen four degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In doing so, it hopes to motivate actors and insert urgency into climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.<br /><br />The report first discusses presently observed climate changes and impacts, with extensive data and analysis provided across numerous areas. These include the following.<br /><ul> <li>Rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: from a pre-industrial concentration of around 278 parts per million (ppm), the levels of carbon dioxide, as of September 2012, have reached 391ppm (increasing at a rate of 1.9ppm per year).</li> <li>Warming and rising sea levels: coral reefs are at particular risk and increased acidification is also an issue of concern.</li> <li>Loss of ice: summer ice in the Arctic has halved in the last few decades.</li> <li>Extreme weather and climate: increased severity and frequency of droughts and storms, and greater temperature extremes.</li> <li>Welfare impacts: it is estimated that just a degree Celsius rise in temperature could reduce economic growth by around 1.3 per cent.</li></ul><br />The paper then goes on to describe likely projections for the 21st century should a &lsquo;4&deg;C world&rsquo; become reality. Particular focus is placed on sea level rise, changes in extreme temperatures and sectoral impacts (agriculture, water, ecosystems/biodiversity and human health). These impacts are largely determined through an assumed linear growth. However, the final section of the paper warns of non-linear accelerating effects and impacts should certain 'tipping-points' be breached (either by introducing 'feedback' or else triggering 'cascades' of interlinked effects). <br /><br />The concluding remarks stress the importance of cooperative, international actions to avoiding an unacceptable four degrees Celsius rise in global temperature. A &lsquo;4&deg;C world&rsquo; would disproportionately impact less developed countries which are least equipped to deal with climate change. As well as the direct impacts on food security and loss and damage, a &lsquo;4&deg;C world&rsquo; would likely greatly impact efforts to eradicate poverty.

12 Dec 2012 09:01:19 GMT

Mainstreaming community-based conservation in a transboundary mountain landscape: lessons from Kangchenjunga

This paper draws recommendations for transboundary and participatory biodiversity conservation from the Kangchenjunga Conservation Landscape Initiative. This 'biodiversity hotspot' - shared by Bhutan, India and Nepal - is one of seven transboundary landscapes indentified by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) for regional cooperation development. <br /><br />Until the mid-1990s, conservation efforts in Kangchenjunga were primarily focused on the creation of Protected Areas (PAs), resulting in a collection of 'conservation islands' with different management regimes surrounded by a landscape in which biodiversity continued to decline. Since then, concepts of best practice in sustainable biodiversity management have transitioned from protectionist to a participatory ecosystem approach. This has led ICIMOD to develop conservation corridors in order to link the PAs and to assist countries in managing this transboundary landscape in a sustainable way.<br /><br />The influence of national policy in people-centred conservation in the area is discussed by country. Nepal has progressed significantly from strict protectionist strategies in the 1960's to initiate a number of new and amended legislative actions to recognise community rights, introduce buffer zone regulations to address needs and conflicts with locals, and further participatory forest conservation. Despite many progressive efforts, there have been mixed results in India with regard to implementation. Bhutan has empowered forest user groups in a representative system of conservation management covering 49 per cent of the country's geographical area.<br /><br />The paper concludes with five recommendations for Bhutan, India and Nepal:<br /><ul> <li>include community conserved areas within PAs, embracing the needs and role of local people in conservation;</li> <li>introduce legislation that grants rights regarding natural resources and participation in biodiversity management to community-based institutions, the poor and the socially marginalised;</li> <li>develop institutions and management programmes to identify and establish corridors between PAs;</li> <li>empower community-based institutions to fully participate in natural resource management;</li> <li>adopt a formal framework to address transboundary issues in the Kangchenjunga region.</li></ul>

22 Nov 2012 09:00:59 GMT

Prospects and Constraints of Madhupur National Park Management

The study was conducted in Madhupur National Park (MNP), which is very well known for its characteristics as deciduous forest. This study examined the constraints of park management, causes of deforestation and prospects of Madhupur Sal forests of Bangladesh. Data were collected from the Madhupur National Park authority and a study was done to have clear scenario of the park management and status of forest over time. It is evident from the study that due to various factors like anthropogenic disturbances, political abusement, absence of proper rules and regulations, willingless of the authority, encroachment of forest by locals/local leaders, illegal cutting of Sal trees, agro-forestry, and lack of adequate budget are main constraints for managing MNP. The study also revealed that about 1-3% of the forest is depleted each year, and about 50-80 years later, the forest will be completely vanished or scattered in somewhere.

31 Oct 2012 09:01:00 GMT

International regime on access and benefit sharing: negotiation dynamics and South Asian issues

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was instituted as the international regime that would serve as the basis to negotiate issues of access and benefit sharing (ABS) related to genetic resources. In this context, the current paper discusses the negotiation dynamics of the international regime on ABS, and issues for South Asian countries.<br /><br />The paper states that after about two decades of the institution of the CBD, the issue of ABS is still fraught with significant problems, mainly because of the lack of enforceability of the Convention due to its legally non-binding nature. In this respect, although all the countries in South Asia have signed and ratified the CBD, only two countries in the region have put in place related national legislation.<br /><br />On the negotiations front, the author demonstrates that:<br /><ul> <li>despite the fact that most issues remain unresolved and controversial, the implications of realising the agenda put forth in 2008 would be manifold and greatly help countries strengthen measures on ABS </li> <li>on the other hand, the developing world should bear in mind that negotiations should not be rushed into, for it is extremely important to arrive at balanced and carefully thought-out solutions as envisaged in the ABS regime&rsquo;s operational text</li></ul><br />Concerning South Asia, the document indicates that:<br /><ul> <li>the legal environment in the region lacks not only regulatory measures, but also implementation of measures that already exist</li> <li>therefore, South Asian countries should strive to strengthen their legal, regulatory and administrative frameworks on the ABS regime</li></ul><br />The paper concludes that South Asia requires an exhaustive international ABS regime to address the issues of access to biological and/or genetic resources and traditional knowledge, and stop biopiracy.

12 Sep 2012 21:34:15 GMT

Global environmental outlook 5: environment for the future we want

The fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) analyses the state, trends, outlook and responses to environmental change. It assesses progress towards meeting internationally agreed goals and identifies gaps in their achievement.<br /><br />The outlook examines the drivers of environmental change and the overarching socio-economic forces that exert pressure on the environment. Drivers such as population dynamics, economic demand, and unsustainable consumption and production patterns are processes that affect the environment and result, directly or indirectly, in increased emissions and destructive resource extraction. The report notes that, as pressures on the Earth System accelerate, several critical global, regional and local thresholds are close or have been exceeded. This can lead to abrupt and possibly irreversible changes to the Earth's life support functions with significant adverse implications for human wellbeing. <br /><br />According to the report, lack of reliable and consistent time series data on the state of the environment is a major barrier to increasing the effectiveness of policies and programmes. Moreover, despite evidence of continuing deterioration, many important drivers of environmental change, or their impacts, are not systematically monitored.<br /><br />The report makes the following recommendations for countries:<br /><ul> <li>monitor and assess the environment and integrate social, economic and environmental information into decision-making processes</li> <li>standardise approaches and build capacity for data collection</li> <li>invest in enhanced capacities and mechanisms at local, national and international levels to achieve sustainability</li> <li>strengthen global institutions to fulfil human needs while avoiding environmental degradation</li> <li>standardise approaches that address the underlying drivers of anthropogenic pressures on the Earth System, especially population growth and overconsumption.<br /></li></ul>

15 Jun 2012 09:49:30 GMT

Reefs at Risk Revisted

Like the original Reefs at Risk, this study evaluates threats to coral reefs from a wide range of human activities. It also includes an assessment of climate-related threats to reefs. In addition, Reefs at Risk Revisited includes a global assessment of the vulnerability of nations and territories to coral reef degradation, based on their dependence on coral reefs and their capacity to adapt.

23 Mar 2012 09:05:49 GMT

Resuscitating the Sundarbans: customary use of biodiversity & traditional culture practices in Bangladesh

The study is participatory work of different research wings, local communities of Sundarban. It explores the crisis already has created in mantaining biodiversity in sundarban due mismanagement and over exploitation of the resources there. If such kind of measures continues it will break up the ecological balance and call on unfortubnate natural disastrous , already bangladesh is facing. so the paper invastigates the secnario and find out some possible solutions for the drastic situation continuing in the sundarban,the only largest mangrove forest of the world.It is urgent to save Sundarban to maintain the harmony of nature , otherwise Bangladesh will face more havoc than present in future

20 Mar 2012 09:05:00 GMT

Integrating protected areas into climate planning

Though protected areas have increased considerably over the last 130 years, there are several troubling trends, including national and regional disparities, ecological gaps, a decline in the growth of new protected areas, and problems with ineffective management. However, society increasingly expects protected areas to provide an expanded array of benefits, including climate mitigation, resilience and adaptation. This paper discusses the integration of protected areas into climate planning.<br /><br />The article argues that despite the overall growth in protected area coverage, the reality is that:<br /><ul> <li>there are great disparities in the world&rsquo;s protected area estate</li> <li>the rapid growth of protected areas is not uniform across countries reflecing several underlying factors</li> <li>whereas growth of marine protected areas has been impressive, much of this gain can be attributed to a relatively small number of very large marine reserves</li> <li>there has been a marked decline in the rate of growth for terrestrial protected areas in the last decade</li> <li>legal designation of an area as protected does not always ensure effective management.<br /></li></ul>The paper poses the following questions for policy makers in relation to the maximisation of climate change resilience, adaptation and mitigation.<br /><ul> <li>Where should new protected areas be located?</li> <li>How should protected areas be managed?</li> <li>What factors and policies are necessary? <br /></li></ul>The article suggests the following policy direction:<br /><ul> <li>a robust and compatible policy environment is essential for an effective protected area system</li> <li>planners should assess the economic value of protected areas in relation to climate change</li> <li>protected area policy makers should explicitly link protected areas into national climate change planning</li> <li>planners should take advantage of climate funding to improve the enabling environment by advocating for restoring degraded key protected areas</li> <li>planners should incorporate climate change into ecological gap assessments and consider climate-related design features in the layout of new protected areas</li> <li>planners can better integrate protected area planning into sectoral planning such as transportation, energy and invasive species; assess and communicate the full economic value of protected areas in addressing climate-related issues and ensure that protected areas are an integral part of climate adaptation planning. <br /></li></ul>The paper concludes that although there are potential tradeoffs between managing protected areas for biodiversity and for climate, the overwhelming social, economic and ecological benefits of protected areas make them a natural and cost-effective investment.

28 Feb 2012 01:38:52 GMT

Geographical indications, in situ conservation and traditional knowledge

<p>Geographical indications (GIs) have been a neglected area in the various fora addressing biodiversity and intellectual property. This policy brief focuses on basic GI concepts and the overall conclusion of the overview of over 30 GI cases. <br /></p><p>The document demonstrates the following observations:</p><ul> <li>GI development may promote biodiversity conservation directly through the use of a specific genetic resource, or indirectly through management practices that include ecosystem considerations</li> <li>current trends in multilateral and national GI protection systems show that the issue is moving in practice, and indicate that developing countries are active in GI development</li> <li>value chain differentiation is a very important concept in terms of GIs and has important policy implications <br /></li></ul><p>The paper concludes that indications of source, basic labelling of generics and the possibility of registering GIs according to the specific value chain should be considered within GI implementation strategies. In addition, promoting innovative approaches to marketing with a geographical identity is required as well. <br /></p><p>Final general recommendations are that:</p><ul> <li>GI protection systems should focus on the creation of an enabling institutional environment to prevent the false use of GIs</li> <li>GI registration systems should be precise and flexible and also consider the legal framework for the development of governing bodies</li> <li>the governance features of GIs should contribute to the respectful and creative use of traditional knowledge and practices</li> <li>regarding hunger and poverty alleviation goals, it is important to avoid economic exclusion processes at the local and regional level as a consequence of developing only high-end valuable markets</li> <li>in terms of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agenda, the neglect of GIs within current conversations should end, and there should be deep discussions on GIs contributions to rural conservation <br /></li></ul>

27 Feb 2012 21:44:42 GMT

Bridging the gap on intellectual property and genetic resources in WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee (IGC)

<p>The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) committee on intellectual property and genetic resources (IGC) was created in 2000. This report argues that the IGC has an historic opportunity to contribute towards providing meaningful responses to concerns relating to biodiversity and intellectual property (IP). <br /></p><p>In this regard, the study emphasises that:</p><ul> <li>the relationship of genetic resources and traditional knowledge to intellectual property protection is a controversial issue</li> <li>one important challenge it raises stems from the fact that discussions have taken place simultaneously in a number of international forums that have different mandates</li> <li>the IGC has generated significant research and resulted in some technical measures, yet it has to deliver with respect to international norm setting</li> <li>in 2009, an important step was taken when the WIPO instructed the IGC to accelerate its work towards developing protective international instruments <br /></li></ul><p>The document figures that while a binding instrument is favourable, soft law solutions should not be ruled out provided they address concerns effectively. Furthermore, it points out these recommendations:</p><ul> <li>the Nagoya Protocol&rsquo;s new access and benefit-sharing standards should be supported in the IP system and addressed in ongoing negotiations in the IGC, the TRIPS Council, and FTAs</li> <li>a set of operational provisions should be added to the current IGC draft of objectives and principles in order to advance the process and facilitate their implementation</li> <li>the substance of the recent proposal by the IGC&rsquo;s Group of Like Minded Countries (GLMC) could provide a suitable basis for negotiations in the IGC</li> <li>the introduction of Biodiversity-related Disclosure Requirements (BRDRs) at the multilateral level should be complemented by other policy developments</li> <li>additional research on practical national experiences of BRDRs is urgently needed, which could be undertaken by IGC members directly or requested of the WIPO secretariat <br /></li></ul>

25 Feb 2012 21:42:22 GMT

Sundarbans: future imperfect climate adaptation report

The eco-region of Sundarbans is unique and fragile because it is one of the most extensive mangrove forests in the world. This report describes the Sundarbans region and the impacts of climate change using evidence from the people who live there, scientific data, and efforts to address the problems of the imminent threats and vulnerabilities to this fragile ecosystem.<br /><br />The report highlights the following recurrent themes from the voices of inhabitants of the Sundarbans.<br /><ul> <li>Rising sea level: most of the islands in the Sundarbans are low lying, meaning that as the sea level rises, land is lost to the sea. This puts further pressure on agriculture production, yet the salinity of the water destroys the productivity of the soil. <br /></li> <li>Unpredictable rainfall patterns: changing rainfall patterns are making conventional cultivation of crops difficult for farmers.</li> <li>Impact on fisheries: there are fewer fish because the increased salinity of water has caused them to migrate. <br /></li> <li>Frequency and intensity of storms has increased causing further vulnerability.</li></ul>The publication uses data regarding the Sundarbans over eighteen years to verify the climate witness accounts scientifically as follows.<br /><ul> <li>Environmental factors affecting farming: the contributing factors to decreasing rainfall and extreme weather can be scientifically measured using the ambient temperature change over land, as well as change in rainfall pattern and forest cover.</li> <li>Environmental factors affecting fishing: the studies show a steady decline in the catch per unit effort of fish and confirm that increasing salinity in the estuarine water is leading to a depletion of freshwater fish species.</li> <li>Sea level change and coastal erosion: the study concluded that the relative mean sea level in Sagar and adjoining areas of the Bay of Bengal was rising at 3.14mm per year, compared to a global estimate of between 0.5 and 3mm per year.</li> <li>Change in high intensity events: both studies concluded that although storms and cyclones were rarer, they tended to do more damage when they occurred. <br /></li></ul>The report concludes that the observations made by the inhabitants of the Sundarbans are mostly grounded in scientific fact.

20 Feb 2012 17:53:34 GMT

Wildlife-human interactions: from conflict to coexistence in sustainable landscapes. A cooperative research project between India and Norway

<p>Reports on a project which sought to understand the dynamics of wildlife human interactions in India and Norway (in a sample of multiuse landscapes) and to develop mechanisms of coexistence suitable to the countries. The project focussed on species that regularly come into conflict with humans, but which reflect <br />the diversity of forms these conflicts can take. </p><p>The report makes&nbsp;numerous recommendations&nbsp;for further research and addresses a number of policy implications arising from the study. These address wildlife management policy at both state and national level and some consideration is also given to the implications for Convention on Biological Diversity. The authors challenge stakeholders and decision makers&nbsp;to assess and implement actions to achieve a better coexistence between humans and wildlife based on the report's findings.</p>

26 Sep 2011 16:57:09 GMT

High mountain glaciers and climate change: challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation

<p>Climate change is causing significant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide. This report calls for accelerating research, monitoring and modeling of glaciers, snow and their role in water supplies. <br /></p><p>Although glacier systems are inherently complex overall trends indicate that&nbsp;globally glaciers are receding.&nbsp;This is likely to accelerate in the coming decades. Impacts of the shrinkage of mountain glaciers include changes in the flow characteristics of glacier-fed rivers, glacier lake outburst floods&nbsp;and changing flood severity and frequency. This will most likely increase human vulnerability in concerned areas, and&nbsp;have major impacts on food security. <br /></p><p>Recommendations of this report are as follows:&nbsp;</p><ul> <li>strengthen glacial research and trans-national collaboration with emphasis on mass calculation and the effects of glacial recession on biodiversity and&nbsp;water resources&nbsp;availability downstream</li> <li>improve modeling of precipitation patterns and effects on water availability in mountain regions, particularly in Asia and Latin America&nbsp;</li> <li>prioritise support to and development of adaptation to water-related disasters</li> <li>prioritise programmes and support to development and implementation of adaptation strategies for too much and too little water including strengthening the role of women</li> <li>urgently support the implementation and improvement of both small and large-scale water capture and storage systems</li> <li>improve efficiency of current irrigation systems through the use of green technology and agricultural knowledge <br /><br /></li></ul>

26 Aug 2011 08:11:25 GMT

Agriculture biodiversity and food security: two sides of a coin

This research paper explains the relationship between food production and agricultural biodiversity, and analyses the impact of indiscriminate loss of agricultural biodiversity on food security.<br /><br />Bangladesh has been suffering from food shortage for its 150 million people, though it has favourable climatic conditions to produce highly productive native crop varieties. The study condemns two major reasons for this food crisis in agrarian Bangladesh - the lack of proper use of agriculture biodiversity, and the practice of modern agriculture systems that are based on hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers, and pesticides without paying much attention to the native varieties.<br /><br />The paper also blames the callousness of incumbent political regimes and obsolete agricultural tradition as the obstacles to achieve food sufficiency. Political decisions regulate the agro-sector in Bangladesh. After independence, most of the governments took attempts to gain self-sufficiency in food production. However, their short-sighted planning or narrow political interests hastened the loss of biodiversity. As one of the signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Bangladesh is committed to conserving its biological diversity. Regrettably, no special attention has so far been given in the budgetary allocation to conserve and use its unique agricultural biodiversity.<br /><br /><br />In conclusion the paper recommends some policies to maintain smooth food production and ensure food security. Replacing current mechanized agricultural production systems with sustainable production methods such as mixed farming systems and organic agriculture are highly encouraged for this purpose.

25 Aug 2011 12:29:04 GMT

Climate change and biodiversity: IPCC technical paper V

<p>With the current rate of biodiversity loss greater than the natural background rate of extinction, a critical question addressed by this technical paper is &lsquo;how much might climate change (natural or human induced) enhance or inhibit these losses in biodiversity?<br /><br />Key findings of the document include:</p><ul> <li>changes in climate exert additional pressure and have already begun to affect biodiversity</li> <li>climate change is projected to affect all aspects of biodiversity, however, the projected changes have to take into account the impacts from other past, present, and future activities, including increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2</li> <li>the general effect of projected human-induced climate change is that the habitats of many species will move poleward or upward from their current locations</li> <li>globally by the year 2080, about 20% of coastal wetlands could be lost due to sea-level rise</li> <li>the risk of extinction will increase for many species that are already vulnerable</li> <li>the effectiveness of adaptationand mitigation activities can be enhanced when they are integrated with broader strategies designed to make development paths more sustainable. </li></ul><p>The document&rsquo;s conclusion includes the following suggestions:</p><ul> <li>the development of monitoring systems, using multiple taxa, to assist in the detection of changes in ecosystems and biodiversity within them</li> <li>development and use of detailed and reliable regional scenarios of climate change in vulnerability analysis</li> <li>evaluation of case studies that deal with mitigation (including those in marine environments and carbon sequestration projects) ad adaptation projects on biodiversity</li> <li>identification of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use activities and policies that would beneficially affect climate change adaptation and mitigation options</li> <li>adaptation of project-, sector-, and regional-level environmental socio-economic assessment tools, and further development of a set of criteria and indicators to assess (quantitatively and qualitatively) the synergies and tradeoffs between climate change adaptation and mitigation options and sustainable development. </li></ul>

31 Aug 2010 11:40:57 GMT

Questioning conservation practice and its response: the establishment of Namaqua National Park

<p>This article summarises research carried out in Namaqualand in South Africa that identifies the discrepancies between rhetoric and practices in conservation. The author points at an on-going conflict between conservation and redistribution of land, suggesting that powerful conservationists tend to win this competition.</p><p>The article underlines that apartheid resulted in Africans being dispossessed of land on a large scale and restricted to overcrowded reserves. Particularly, the resulting land dispossession in Namaqualand confined non-whites to mission stations, which acted as places of refuge. However, people continue to feel strongly about the loss of their ancestral land, and they are keen to increase their land base.</p>The article reviews the story of Namaqua National Park that was established in 2002. The paper demonstrates how the expansion of the park outcompetes land reform in the area by the conservation fund being willing to pay far above the market price, which resulted in remaining landless neighbouring communities as they are.<p>Although land redistribution may be understood from a developmental point of view, the paper highlights the strong opposition from conservationists to this direction. In this respect, the article finds the following:</p><ul> <li>scientists and conservationists have for a long time maintained that livestock farming, as historically and currently carried out by the people in communal areas, is a threat to the environment</li> <li>livestock keeping represents a safety net against fluctuations in other incomes &ndash; as a &lsquo;bank account&rsquo; that herders can dip into to make up for regular seasonal shortages or when other sources fail</li> <li>conservationists may find it legitimate to neglect principles of ethics and transparency in order to pursue their goals&nbsp;</li> <li>this type of strategy may, however, in the longer term have adverse effects not only on local people&rsquo;s livelihoods, but also on environments.<br /></li></ul>

08 Apr 2010 16:00:41 GMT

Community Markets For Conservation Programme (COMACO) Phase II: appraisal of the proposal to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Lusaka, Zambia

This paper reviews the proposal for a Phase II of the Community Markets for Conservation Programme (COMACO) in Zambia. The programme is seen as a tool to offer poachers and charcoal burners incentives for abandoning illegal activities to protect wildlife and biodiversity through improved farming technologies and access to agricultural markets.<br /><br />The paper notes that COMACO is well staffed with highly dedicated and talented employees, also willing to work in remote areas. Phase 2 of the programme emphasises improved food security and poverty alleviation. The paper finds the proposal for a Phase 2 of the programme is generally well argued and appears to fit with current Norwegian development assistance policies on food security and poverty alleviation, also in rural areas. However, it suggests a number of points to be considered in a revision of this proposal:<br /><ul> <li>there is a need for improved administrative clarity of the functioning of COMACO as a legal personality, and its legal ability to receive funding</li> <li>the approach carries substantial risks, both in the farming technologies proposed, in the production processes, and in the marketing segment</li> <li>more attention should be paid to agronomic detail, including planting densities of rice and maize</li> <li>the proposal is somewhat under-defined with respect to sociological impacts of its business model</li> <li>concern about HIV/AIDS and other communicable and vector-borne diseases have not been covered.</li></ul>The paper recommends that following this revision the Norwegian government should seriously consider the proposal for full funding.

18 Jan 2010 11:40:45 GMT

Wild resources and livelihoods of poor households in Democratic Republic of Congo

<p>Wild foods including bushmeat have long been recognised as important famine foods underpinning coping strategies for poor people. Yet there is mounting pressure from conservation agencies to limit the extraction of wild resources, particularly bushmeat. This ODI policy brief outlines research on the links between poverty and wild food use in a poor community of Congolese farming households with an average income of less than one dollar per person per day. </p><p>Policy Conclusions </p><ul> <li>Bushmeat and other wild foods play a vital part in the diets, livelihoods and food security of poor rural households. There are marked seasonal changes in wild food use, with major increases in the hungry season. These facts need to be taken into account in planning conservation strategies.</li> <li>Wild foods form a moderately important component of household diets but a very important component of household sales, particularly for the poor. Bushmeat and fish figure as superior goods (in the sense that their consumption increases proportionately with increases in household income). Wild plant foods figure as inferior goods. </li> <li>Within a community that is universally poor by regional and international standards, clear differences in access to and use of wild foods are associated with degrees of poverty. The very poorest households are disadvantaged in absolute terms, and are the least likely to benefit from hunting or its proceeds. </li> <li>The case study contradicts the view that banning market sales of bushmeat, and restricting consumption to subsistence use, offers a &lsquo;win-win&rsquo; strategy to the benefit of both conservation and the poor. All but the very poorest are likely to rely on sales. Selling bushmeat benefits the poor relatively more than the rich (though the very poorest may not even benefit from subsistence use).</li></ul>

11 Nov 2009 12:37:10 GMT

Reforming wildlife governance in East and Southern Africa: the role of corruption

<p>This brief looks at the role corruption plays in structuring wildlife governance systems in Africa by comparing the differing governance structures which have elicited variant economic and ecological outcomes. Wildlife is an important economic asset in Africa worth billions of dollars annually. The biological diversity is a natural spectacle and priceless global heritage. <br /><br />The author notes that Namibia is Africa&rsquo;s best example of the role that institutional reforms play in increasing wildlife population and investment in wildlife-based enterprises. Local communities and private landholders have been involved in decision making about wildlife use on their lands what has in turn generated strong incentives for local investments in conservation. This attracts wildlife-based enterprises that contribute to local and national economic growth and encourages further investments in conservation in a sustainable and virtuous cycle. <br /><br />In Tanzania however, reforms have made limited headway in the country and wildlife populations are declining as a result. Although reforms have been proposed and donors have extended support, governments are maintaining centralised wildlife governance arrangements, resisting the use of market-based mechanisms and thus creating opportunities for corruption.This has led to reduced benefits at the national level, by preventing market-based pricing of wildlife, and at the local level, through the failure to devolve greater rights over wildlife to local communities. These factors undermine incentives for conserving wildlife at all levels. <br /><br />The brief presents the following lessons from the comparison between Namibia and Tanzania: </p><ul> <li>reforms that decentralise user rights over wildlife can radically change the attitudes of landholders towards wildlife and shift incentives from eradication of wildlife towards conservation and investment <br /></li> <li>reforms are often incompatible with the private interests and motivations of influential political elites and policy-makers. This is because devolving rights over wildlife to local actors constitutes a shift in control over wildlife&rsquo;s economic value, which involves losing direct access to money and resources. </li></ul><p>To attain better outcomes, the brief suggests the following strategic responses to the political challenges facing wildlife and natural resource governance reforms: </p><ul> <li>local activists, community based organisations, donor and government agencies all need to collaborate to improve the existing level of knowledge with regard to patterns of natural resource use<br /></li> <li>donors should deal directly with the reformist constituency itself, which comprises non-governmental actors such as local communities, civil society organisations, networks, and even private sector entrepreneurs. </li></ul>

09 Oct 2009 11:58:50 GMT

Home gardens sustain crop diversity and improve farm resilience in Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico

The home garden is an integral part of smallholders&rsquo; production strategies. This paper investigates how home gardens are integrated into local farming practices and how these influence biodiversity in Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico. The paper finds that home gardens harbour high levels of biodiversity.<br /><br />Further findings include:<br /><ul> <li>most home gardens are multipurpose, providing goods for home consumption, sales, environmental services, and experimentation and learning</li> <li>plant diversity is higher in younger home gardens and in home gardens where owners actively exchange plant material with other people</li> <li>through practices such as plant exchange, seed storage, and the dispersion of seeds in different land uses, farmers avoid homogenisation and encourage plant diversity </li> <li>farmers manage their lands for resilience taking advantage of the patchy distribution of resources and optimising labour allocation </li> <li>both men and women participate in the establishment, care and management of home gardens, yet men and women take interest in and responsibility for different plants </li> <li>participation in communal or political work enhances the ability of male farmers to become engaged in exchange networks </li> <li>through their increased mobility, migrants move plants both from abroad and to their international destinations. </li></ul>The paper recommends that:<br /><ul> <li>future research and policies must be particularly responsive to social dynamics underlying land use management systems</li> <li>the role of migration and other adaptive strategies of farmers which impact on decisions related to practices that enhance biodiversity have to be understood and taken into account.</li></ul>

08 Oct 2009 13:28:15 GMT

Rights-based approaches: exploring issues and opportunities for conservation

The links between the realisation of human rights and the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity are receiving increasing attention worldwide. Experience has demonstrated that exclusionary approaches to conservation can undermine those same rights of affected communities and can undermine conservation objectives.<br /><br />The &lsquo;rights-based approaches&rsquo; (RBAs) to conservation presented in this document offer a number of positive ways forward, but they also raise a range of new challenges and questions. These include how to define RBAs in practical terms and how to determine what they mean for conservation policy and implementation. The experiences described in this volume make it clear that there is no one recipe for RBAs; however, each case study presents legal, policy, programming, or advocacy strategies that local people, government and NGOs and others can use to better understand their rights and responsibilities. <br /><br />The papers in this volume also illustrate that engaging with rights means engaging with the social dimensions of conservation. RBAs challenge the conservation community to move beyond its traditional boundaries, engage in new partnerships, take on demanding new tasks and seize new<br />opportunities. In conclusion, the authors highlight that there is a need to examine many more experiences in order to fully understand the implications of RBAs. This volume identifies many difficult questions for the conservation community and its partners to address.<br /><br />Case studies examined include: <br /><ul> <li>fulfilling rights and responsibilities in natural resource management in Colombia</li> <li>enhancing rights and local level accountability in water management in the Middle East: conceptual framework and case studies from Palestine and Jordan</li> <li>where conservation and community coincide:a human rights approach to conservation and development in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa</li> <li>seeking respect for a Sherpa community conserved area in the Mount Everest region of Nepal</li> <li>integrating gender equality and equity in access and benefit-sharing governance through a rights-based approach </li></ul>

20 Jul 2009 13:40:12 GMT

The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in Southern Africa

Biodiversity within inland water ecosystems in southern Africa is both highly diverse and of great regional importance to livelihoods and economies. However, development activities are not always compatible with the conservation of this diversity and it is poorly represented within the development planning process.<br /><br />This report cites that one of the main reasons for inadequate representation of biodiversity is a lack of readily available information on the status and distribution of inland water taxa. In response to this need for information, the IUCN Species Programme in collaboration with the South Africa Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) conducted a regional assessment of the status and distribution of 1,279 taxa of freshwater fishes, molluscs, odonates, crabs, and selected families of aquatic plants from across southern Africa. <br /><br />The key messages from the assessment are:<br /><ul> <li>the inland waters of southern Africa support a high diversity of aquatic species with high levels of endemism. Many of these species provide direct (e.g. fisheries) and indirect (e.g. water purification) benefits to people</li> <li>current levels of threat across the region are relatively low with 7% of species threatened. However, predicted future levels of threat, in particular due to development of water resources, are very high </li> <li>data on the distributions, conservation status, and ecology of all 762 known species of fishes, molluscs, odonates, crabs, and 517 selected species of aquatic plants are now freely available to inform conservation and development planners</li> <li>the current network of protected areas is not designed for protection of freshwater species with many falling outside of any protected area. Future protected areas must be designed for the effective conservation of freshwater species</li> <li>data made available through this assessment must be integrated within the decision-making processes when planning for the conservation and development of inland water resources. Lack of available information should no longer be given as a reason for inadequate consideration for development impacts on freshwater species</li> <li>species information remains very limited for many parts of the region with Angola and Mozambique, in particular, identified as priorities for future field survey.</li></ul>

29 Apr 2009 16:03:46 GMT

People, protected areas and global change. Participatory conservation in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe

This book is a synthesis of papers on sustainable conservation in protected areas (PA). It presents a series of papers that provide comprehensive information on 13 PAs: 4 in Latin America, 5 in Africa, 3 in Asia and 1 in Switzerland. The authors note that participation in the protected areas under study was generally better in theory than in perceived practice. <br /><br />Some of the key points noted by the author include:<br /><ul> <li>in Africa, economic costs and benefits are unequally distributed between the government and tourism on the one hand and local people on the other. </li> <li>in Asia and Europe, research indicates that there is an improvement in forest conditions and perceptible growth in the wildlife population. There has also been an enhancement of the livelihoods of most of the local inhabitants and creation of a positive attitude towards conservation among most local people. </li> <li>biodiversity conservation policies are intrinsically linked to ethnic issues in the Bolivian Amazon. The great social diversity that prevails in Bolivia is rooted in specific institutional pluralism according to categories, which makes implementation of participatory mechanisms difficult.</li></ul>The authors note that the major challenge faced by PAs is to generate enough incentives and to deal with the fact that historical experience still undermines trust in the relationship between people and state PA management. <br /><br />The authors recommend that:<br /><ul> <li>there is need for mutual development and the formation of trust between all actors, especially the government and the local level </li> <li>adopt alternative conservation pathways with new participatory conservation approaches instead of the fortress approach currently implemented by Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania<br /></li> <li>acknowledgement of work done by local people as creators of biologically diverse habitats is required through by making payments</li> <li>development of a common constitutional ground.</li></ul>

29 Apr 2009 15:20:56 GMT

Annotated bibliography on socio-economic and ecological impacts of marine protected areas in Pacific Island countries

This paper presents a collection of literature that reports on various forms of reef area management practiced in&nbsp; the Pacific Islands. The collection provides an overview of impacts, influences and effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs), observed and reported in Pacific Island countries and territories. The literature presented includes peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, institutional technical papers and unpublished reports.<br /><br />The bibliography highlights impacts on fisheries and livelihoods attributed to coral reef marine protected areas in Pacific Island Countries and territories. The authors assert that the region is characterised by challenges faced by conservation and livelihood projects such as: isolation, distance from markets or even government institutions, restricted human capacity, natural hazards and civil unrest. The authors further note that an important and recurring theme is that many interventions are not grounded in local reality nor do they respond to the priorities of local people. <br /><br />Recommendations noted in the bibliography include:<br /><ul> <li>strengthen and adapt national and sub national policy and institutional frameworks in support of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) based on community-driven adaptive management</li> <li>strive for highly cost-effective and locally appropriate approaches. Local government, community or NGO staff can facilitate and initiate management at the earliest opportunity based on experiences elsewhere and community knowledge </li> <li>research needs to be more responsive to the needs of the managers, i.e., communities and their support agencies</li> <li>avoid raising unrealistic expectations. Communities are getting involved because they want to better manage their resources for their own benefit.&nbsp; Building unrealistic expectations erodes the vital empowerment and ownership communities achieve when they observe the connection between their actions and accrued benefits</li> <li>encourage interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches. A number of agencies have overlapping responsibilities which could interface with communities through a single community-based adaptive management approach, cutting costs and ensuring &ldquo;holistic&rdquo; and integrated approaches.</li></ul>

29 Apr 2009 15:18:48 GMT

Challenges for a business case for high-biodiversity REDD projects and schemes

This report explores whether there is a business case for high-biodiversity REDD projects and schemes and how such a business case could be created or promoted. It was commissioned by the Secretariat of the CBD as part of its efforts to support Parties efforts to address reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. <br /><br />From the analysis, it is clear that significant potential exists to link the biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation agendas with current and forthcoming REDD markets and schemes. However, the current business case seems often limited to niche markets and voluntary initiatives.The report however, discusses a range of approaches given below, which could be developed to create a business case for high-biodiversity REDD.<br /><ul> <li>Voluntary markets do provide a strong commercial incentive to invest in and buy credits from projects with specific biodiversity and social benefit. This is because of the reputational and CSR benefits for corporate buyers that are associated with being perceived as promoting biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Voluntary markets are however of relatively small size.</li> <li>Minimum standards or safeguards could be integrated in an international REDD agreement to limit eligible activities at least to those that prevent negative biodiversity impacts.&nbsp;This could be coupled with reporting and monitoring requirements, and voluntary national-level biodiversity quality standards.</li> <li>Non-carbon benefits of forest conservation could be rewarded through broader payment for ecosystem service (PES) schemes.</li> <li>Developed countries could adopt ambitious emission targets to create strong demand for carbon credits and at the same time allow the use of REDD credits towards meeting these targets.</li> <li>Host countries need to acquire the capacity and create the governance framework to both implement national-level REDD policies and to enable and to promote sub-national and non-governmental REDD activities. This includes reducing corruption and inefficiencies in the forestry and land-use sectors and creating the institutional capacity to create effective incentives on the ground.</li></ul>The report concludes that fundamentally, creating a strong business case for REDD will be the best and most certain way of creating a business case for high-biodiversity REDD.

06 Apr 2009 10:03:09 GMT

The last stand of the orangutan – state of emergency: illegal logging, fire and palm oil in Indonesia’s national parks

<p>Orangutans survive only in the dwindling tropical rainforests of Borneo and northern Sumatra, being dependent on the forest for food and nesting sites. This document describes how orangutan populations are seriously affected when their forest is destroyed or logged, not least because they are often killed for meat or to protect newly planted crops. The authors have has used the latest satellite imagery and data from the Government of Indonesia to assess changes in the forests in one part of south-east Asia. The results indicate that illegal logging, fires and plantations of crops such as palm oil are now intruding extensively into Indonesia&rsquo;s national parks which, for example, are the last safe-holds of the orangutan.</p><p>The report shows how in the past five years more than 90 per cent of over 40 parks have now been impacted putting at risk national and regional attempts to meet the 2010 biodiversity target. The driving forces are not impoverished farmers, but what appears to be well-organised companies with heavy machinery and strong international links to the global markets. The report describes the Indonesian government&rsquo;s new initiative focusing on new and specially trained ranger units to win back the national parks. It is starting to show some promising results with illegal logging halted in two parks in 2006. But the authorities need more assistance. National parks represent a common heritage and their protection and enforcement is essential in international conservation. It is recommended that Indonesia and countries involved in processes such as FLEG consider the following actions: </p><ul> <li>substantially strengthening the Indonesian initiative of ranger units to ensure the necessary para-military skills and equipment for securing national parks, including evaluation of the combined joint operations conducted in recent years between the Ministry of Forestry, police and Joint Chiefs of Staff of Navy and Army</li> <li>rapid deployment of reconnaissance units to collaborate with the relevant law enforcement and forest rangers, to secure information from the individual parks </li> <li>removal of illegal plantations, mining and agricultural development inside the national parks </li> <li>further strengthening international programmes of law enforcement against illegal logging and activities, including support from Interpol.<br /></li></ul>

10 Mar 2009 15:33:04 GMT

The governance of nature and the nature of governance: policy that works for biodiversity and livelihoods

This report is an output of IIED&rsquo;s collaborative research project &ldquo;Policy that works for biodiversity and poverty reduction&rdquo; and is based on a literature review and three country case studies (India, Peru and Tanzania). It makes the connection between external policy, institutional and economic instruments and processes and the performance of community based initiatives for biodiversity protection and poverty reduction. <br /><br />The study notes that ecosystem degradation is accelerating, despite the rapid growth in national parks and protected areas worldwide. It suggests that this is due to current governance at the local, national and international level because:<br /><ul> <li>many biodiversity decisions - notably around protected areas - have excluded local biodiversity managers and conflicted with their needs</li> <li>community-led conservation remains small-scale, isolated and is poorly integrated within the formal conservation sector</li> <li>biodiversity is economically &ldquo;invisible&rdquo; thus effectively unowned, unpriced and/or unmarketed</li> <li>biodiversity institutions have weak political clout compared to those for trade and development, which are often in conflict with biodiversity goals. </li></ul>The report argues that to improve livelihoods and protect biodiversity, governance systems should achieve the following:&nbsp; <br /><ul> <li>indigenous and local communities should have the right to decide over access to genetic resources that they customarily use (e.g. traditional crop varieties) <br /></li> <li>support action that brings together those who control biodiversity policy and marginalised groups and thus move policy debates forward</li> <li>ensure active engagement of indigenous representatives from biodiversity rich areas in CBD decision-making processes </li> <li>link global biodiversity decisions with local priorities via multi-stakeholder fora</li> <li>revise conservation policies to promote coherence with indigenous and human rights frameworks both nationally and internationally.</li></ul>The final part of the report presents some practical approaches and methodologies for empowering marginalised communities and improving governance regimes from local to national level. These include:<br /><ul> <li>local organisations joining forces to establish regional federations that represent larger numbers of people and thus have more clout </li> <li>direct action such as non-violent resistance </li> <li>establishment of learning groups on natural resource governance that range from the household level to larger inter-community workshops to share the results of community analysis and build a collective vision.</li></ul>

08 Mar 2009 16:33:36 GMT

Decentralisation  and  biodiversity management: opportunities to improve UNDP-GEF projects

Both decentralisation and biodiversity management approaches suggest that biodiversity conservation initiatives could benefit from decentralised processes. Yet in practice UNDP&rsquo;s Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded biodiversity projects have not explicitly applied decentralised governance for development (DGD) approaches. Studies also indicate that decentralisation efforts have not resulted in sustainable biodiversity outcomes. <br /><br />This paper reviews why decentralisation and biodiversity management should be mutually reinforcing, the reasons why this has not materialised, future opportunities, and suggests some changes in UNDP-GEF funded biodiversity projects to take advantage of the opportunities.<br /><br />The paper suggests that biodiversity and decentralisation are interrelated and the reasons are quite obvious. Decentralisation advocates believe decentralisation leads to improved participation, which in turn leads to efficiency and equity. Biodiversity management practitioners also emphasise the need for local participation as a means of increasing management effectiveness and equity.<br /><br />The author says while there is currently little cooperation between UNDP&rsquo;s GEF-funded biodiversity team and its DGD team, the momentum is now shifting in that direction because:<br /><ul> <li>the GEF and the biodiversity community recognise the importance of framing biodiversity conservation in the context of governance frameworks</li> <li>UNDP-GEF recognizes decentralization as an issue to be addressed in its biodiversity portfolio</li> <li>the Poverty Environment Partnership has mounted a robust justification as to why ecosystems should be at the heart of DGD efforts to alleviate extreme poverty</li></ul>GEF biodiversity projects ultimately aim to alter human choices and practices that destroy biodiversity values. They therefore need to address the sources of power (political, fiscal and administrative) driving those choices and practices. By locating the decision-making power closer to the users of the biological resources &ndash; and the victims of biological resource loss the chances of getting biodiversity positive decisions increase. This is due to the general principle that those most likely to suffer from the misuse of biological resources are those with the greatest incentive to use resource rights to prevent biodiversity loss

06 Feb 2009 06:23:58 GMT

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Global Forum on Environment: Promoting Sustainable Materials Management through Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

The OECD is pleased to announce the upcoming Global Forum on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), co-organised with and hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan as a three-day multi-stakeholder dialogue, with participants from OECD and partner countries, to be held in Tokyo, Japan (17-19 June 2014).

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:19:00 GMT

Colombia must do more on environment for sustainable economic growth, says OECD

Colombia’s rich natural heritage as one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries is coming under increasing pressure from extractive industries, livestock grazing, urbanisation and car use, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies - Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust

Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:25:00 GMT

Insights Blog: IPCC and climate change risks - What would you do?

The latest Climate Change Report from the IPCC argues that human interference with the climate system is occurring, and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems. The report identifies eight major risks with high confidence, and says that each of these risks contributes to one of more of the five “reasons for concern”.

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development

The Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development contributes to ensuring OECD’s continuous relevance as a forum where developing, emerging and advanced economies can constructively discuss issues of common interest and explore approaches to common challenges, drawing on objective evidence-based comparative analysis as a common knowledge base.

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:56:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum - March 2014

This event held on 18-19 March 2014 at the OECD is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:30:00 GMT

Blog: Fighting the tide - Preparing for the water-related impacts of climate change

With headlines of record‑breaking water-related disasters around the world, this blog, written by Kathleen Dominique, OECD Environment Economist, discusses the water impacts of climate change. This post is part of Wikiprogress' series on "water" and the "environment".

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:04:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

The Netherlands is a global pioneer in water management with a long history of containing flood risks and reclaiming land from the sea. Yet it will need to adapt its water governance policies to meet the looming challenges of shifting demographics, regional development and climate change, according to an OECD report.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Economics and Policies for Biodiversity: OECD's Response

Biodiversity is fundamental to sustaining life, providing critical ecosystem services, such as food security, water purification, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation, that are essential to support human well-being and economic growth. Read ou latest overview on OECD work on biodiversity and ecosystems.

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:13:00 GMT

Video: How should governments prepare for floods?

In light of the UK floods, this 3-minute Q&A with OECD Environmental Economist Kathleen Dominique discusses how governments should be preparing for climate change-related weather events.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

A call for zero emissions from the World Economic Forum in Davos

OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, gives his views in this blog from the World Economic Forum in Davos on the huge risk that carbon dioxide emissions pose to the economy and the environment.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

The Swedish Tax on Nitrogen Oxide Emissions: Lessons in Environmental Policy Reform - Environment Policy Paper No. 2

This case study describes the approach taken to reduce NOx emissions from combustion plants, the challenges encountered and the social, environmental and economic impacts. It concludes by discussing the wider lessons that are raised for other governments seeking to develop similar policy responses.

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

Environment at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators

This book offers a comprehensive snapshot of key environmental trends in OECD member countries since the early 1990s. Environment at a Glance 2013 contains comparative data and charts on everything from car ownership to fish captures that should be a useful reference tool as governments try to steer their economies in an environmentally sustainable direction, and to realise the associated economic opportunities.

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:26:00 GMT

OECD biotechnology newsletter updates

OECD major events and activities relating to biotechnologies: latest developments are updated biannually in this Newsletter.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:51:00 GMT

The Political Economy of Fuel Subsidies in Colombia - Environment Working Paper No. 61

Colombia has made progress towards eliminating fuel and diesel subsidies and reducing discretionary spaces allowing for artificially low fuel prices, but challenges remain. This paper discusses the political economy of fuel subsidies in the country to understand why reform has been so slow.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?

The 2013 Forum was held on 5-6 December and discussed how governments can improve their investment policy framework to reduce the risk and attract long-term private finance in support of green growth.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

South Africa shows good progress on environment, must keep up pace

In the two decades since apartheid ended, South Africa has made impressive strides to catch up with – and in some cases surpass -- the developed world’s environmental standards.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Insights Blog: OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

Issues related to water and sanitation are a priority for the OECD. A number of people working at the OECD are also involved through our War on Hunger Group. For example, last year the Group funded a project in Mozambique to reduce diarrhoea by at least 25% in children under the age of five by training in hygiene and changing current practices.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

This year the United Nations has officially declared 19 November World Toilet Day to raise awareness of the sanitation crisis faced by millions every day. Similarly, the OECD places great importance on the issue of water and sanitation. It has undertaken significant work on the issue to help promote global awareness, encourage action and propose viable solutions.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:57:00 GMT

OECD at UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP 19)

The OECD organised a number of events focused on key aspects of the negotiations: side events on tracking private climate finance, establishing and understanding post-2020 mitigation commitments, and credible policies to achieve climate targets and mobilise private finance. The OECD also convened a High Level Breakfast addressing the issues around long-term investment and green infrastructure.

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:40:00 GMT

OECD Programme on Water Governance

The 'water crisis' is largely a governance crisis. There is enough water on Earth for all, even in areas where temporary shortages may exist. Managing water for all is not only a question of hydrology and money, but equally a matter of good governance.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

This paper examines how institutional investors can access green infrastructure, the extent to which this is currently happening, and the barriers to scaling up these investment flows. Based on four case studies, broader lessons are drawn for governments on the policy settings which may support investment in green infrastructure by institutional investors.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

International Conference on Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities, Tel Aviv

The Government of Israel and the OECD co-organised an international conference on "Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies" on 23 October 2013, in Tel Aviv.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:06:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

The OECD is to review its chemical hazard assessment programme with the aim of providing a more specialised service for member countries from 2015.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Reducing fossil fuel emissions isn’t enough, OECD Insights Blog

We must aim for their complete elimination by the second half of the century and need to come to grips with the risk of climate change. While many countries have announced ambitious targets to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2020, and even mid-century, further efforts are needed.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:25:00 GMT

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

The Political Economy of British Columbia's Carbon Tax - Environment Working Paper No. 63

This paper reviews the political economy of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) tax in three periods: its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects. The BC launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, applied to all combustion sources of fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Ireland's Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis - Environment Working Paper No. 59

This paper describes the features of the tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues, and draws conclusions regarding why it happened, and provides tentative insights for other countries in a similar situation.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum - September 2013

This event held on 18-19 September 2013 at the OECD is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available.

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Environment Action Programme Task Force: 2013 annual meeting

The meeting took place on 17-18 September 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia and marked the 20th anniversary of the OECD environment-related co-operation with countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:29:00 GMT

Addressing Competitiveness and Carbon Leakage Impacts Arising from Multiple Carbon Markets: A modelling Assessment - Environment Working Paper No. 58

Competitiveness and carbon leakage issues have been some of the main concerns in the implementation and discussions of climate policies. This paper examines the macroeconomic and sectoral competitiveness and carbon leakage impacts associated with a range of stylised mitigation policy scenarios.

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:32:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

The OECD participated in this annual event held in Stockholm (1-5 September 2013) where two major reports "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters" were launched by the OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

OECD horizontal water programme: update on recent and forthcoming activities (flyer)

This flyer provides an update on the water project's areas of work and forthcoming publications for 2013-2014.

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:59:00 GMT

Got water?

Climate change and rising demand are making it harder to meet the world’s water needs. At World Water Week 2013, the OECD will explore how to better manage this vital resource.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

Responding to key well-being challenges in Austria

Important challenges for the future of Austrian well-being arise from demographic and environmental trends. The ageing of the population calls for a fair balance between life-time pension contributions and entitlements, drawing on the recent pension reform.

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Better Plays for Better Lives: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, OECD Insights Blog

The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: Consequences of Inaction warns that by 2050, under a worst-case scenario, we could see a 10% biodiversity loss; 2.3 billion more people living in water-stressed areas; and a 50% increase in GHG emissions, primarily caused by a 70% growth in CO2 emissions from energy use.

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:34:00 GMT

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth

This workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group’s (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Measures Supporting Minerals and Primary Metals Extraction and Processing: Case Study: Australia

Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

The rise in international investment and trade in goods and services related to renewable energy has been rapid but not always smooth. This paper surveys, through the lenses of market-pull and technology-push policies, the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

Evidence for the agricultural sectors of OECD countries from 1990 to 2010 shows improvements have been made in nutrient, pesticide, energy and water management, using less of these inputs per unit volume of output, according to this report. Environmentally beneficial practices by farmers, such as conservation tillage, improved manure storage, soil nutrient testing and drip irrigation, have also contributed to improvements.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Renewable Energy: Why the Definition Needs to be Revised (ProgBlog)

Climate change mitigation and sustainability are the key rationales for increasing the share of renewable energy. Yet definitions of renewable energy used by policy-makers are so broad that subsidy regimes and other policies to promote renewable energy are able to result in highly negative climate, environmental and human impacts.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:51:00 GMT

Avoiding death by diesel, blog post by Simon Upton

"It is estimated that air pollution from diesel-fuelled road transport kills 10 times more people each year in France than those who die in road accidents": OECD Insights Blog's post by Simon Upton, head of the OECD Environment Directorate, founder and Chair of the Round Table on Sustainable Development, and former New Zealand environment minister.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:37:00 GMT

Climate Change eXplorer: a new way of visualising climate-related data.

This new data visualisation tool brings over 40 different climate-related data sets to life by using animated plots for the period 1990-2010.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:55:00 GMT

New OECD report offers tips on how households can green their behaviour

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the economic crisis has taken its toll, and the survey shows that the environment is slipping down on the list of people’s priorities.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

Saving the environment falls into that category for many people, but the good news for the planet is that the OECD has identified a group of people who “believe that sacrifices will be necessary to solve environmental problems”.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

This publication explains why green growth is vital to secure a more sustainable future for developing countries. Covering 74 policies and measures from 37 countries and 5 regional initiatives, this publication outlines an action-oriented twin-track agenda to guide national and international policies and practices to successfully tackle green growth.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

Cities can generate growth and jobs while becoming greener – this is the message of the OECD’s new Green Growth in Cities report. Drawing on case studies of Paris, Chicago, Kitakyushu and Stockholm, the report identifies green policies that can respond to urban growth priorities and suggests how to implement and finance them.

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Cash-strapped governments will need private sector investment to meet sustainable transport objectives, OECD says

Boosting private sector investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will be essential as governments seek to meet long-term economic and environmental objectives at a time of constrained public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Why biodiversity matters

As we celebrate International Biodiversity Day, the outlook is not very encouraging. Around 12% of birds, 25% of mammals, and at least 32% of amphibians are threatened with extinction over the next century. Humans may have increased the rate of global extinctions by up to 1000 times the “natural” rate typical of Earth’s long-term history.

Wed, 22 May 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

We can’t use terms like “inclusive” and “green” as window dressing for the pursuit of economic growth as an end in itself. A real and profound change in how we think about growth is needed–one that doesn’t let special interests get in the way of creating a just, fair and sustainable economy with clean energy for all.

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

"Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN): Steering committee meeting

The first meeting of the EaP GREEN Steering Committee was held on 26 April 2013 in Berlin to discuss with representatives of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries the overall priorities of the programme, specific activities to be carried out in 2013, and the means of programme implementation.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Программа «EaP GREEN»: Первое заседание Координационного комитета

Первое заседание Координационного комитета программы «EaP GREEN» состоялось 26 апреля 2013 г. в Берлине. Заседание имело своей главной обсудить с представителями шести стран Восточного партнерства (Азербайджан, Армения, Беларусь, Грузия, Молдова и Украина) общие приоритеты программы, конкретные мероприятия, запланированные на 2013 г., и механизмы ее реализации.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

The European Union may be facing some difficult economic challenges, but that's no excuse for not acting now to create an economy based on resource efficiency and low-carbon development. The benefits are potentially enormous, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, more efficient use of energy and resources and rising growth and innovation.

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

World Water Day: Big problems but there are solutions

This week, around 30,000 children under the age of five will die from water-related diseases, one every 20 seconds.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

This event held on 19-20 March 2013 at the OECD is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:53:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

Italy has taken a range of initiatives to improve the management of its natural resources and reduce energy intensity. Despite this progress, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Italy says the country still faces numerous environmental challenges.

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

In his speech to OECD Ambassadors, the President of Iceland discussed how Iceland could offer lessons on the nature of a clean energy economy; and presented some insights from Iceland's recent challenges in dealing with the financial crisis.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

OECD calls for better alignment of energy policy, public finances and environmental goals

Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Green Growth in Africa: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future

Information on and background documents for the Green Growth African Regional Workshops, 15-18 January 2013. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

Mexico is faced with difficult trade-offs as it pursues its economic, social and environmental goals. Like other emerging economies Mexico is balancing the need to protect its natural resources with the need to address high levels of income inequality and poverty.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Mexico must improve water governance, financing and regulation, says OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría

Mexico’s river basins are under severe water stress. The quality of rivers, lakes and aquifers is declining and floods, droughts, and hurricanes are more frequent. These are some of the alerts signaled in OECD’s Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Environmental Innovation in Germany - Environment Working Paper No. 53

This paper reviews the recent experience of Germany in encouraging innovation to reduce negative environmental impacts of economic activity. The essence of the German approach to policy-induced environmental innovation is discussed in the context of changing policy objectives, and illustrated with selected examples from waste management, renewable energy and transportation.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:44:00 GMT

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds

This paper examines how three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) incorporate transparency into their regulatory regimes: CITES (endangered species, especially tropical timber), the Basel Convention (hazardous e-waste), and the Kimberley Process (conflict diamonds)

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

UN Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18)

OECD involvement is focussing on climate finance and investment to support low-carbon and climate-resilient growth; design and governance of carbon market mechanisms and the role of institutional investors in mobilising long-term green infrastructure investment.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Launch of the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development”

Secretary-General Angel Gurría launched the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development” at the 48th High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee in London.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Mobilising Investment in Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure - Environment Working Paper No. 46

This paper addresses several broad issues for governments aiming to encourage private sector investment in low-carbon climate resilient (LCR) infrastructure, in both developed and developing world contexts.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:00 GMT

OECD helps countries track and secure climate finance and boost green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies

The OECD offers impartial data and evidence-based policy advice on scaling-up climate finance, and incentivising green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Evidence from Patent Data - Environment Working Paper No. 50

This paper presents comparative data on innovation in selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the context of Africa. Such analysis informs policy aimed at encouraging international technology transfer and development of domestic innovation capacities.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Water in Latin America and the Caribbean: better governance can improve access

In Latin American and Caribbean countries the population is growing faster than the world average, intensifying land use and increasing urbanisation. The region is also prone to the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters, putting further pressure on natural resources.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

Noted actors in development share their views on what progress has been made from the past 50 years, the remaining challenges and the way toward a more efficient future in development.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards green investment policy framework: The Case of Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Infrastructure - Environment Working Paper No. 48

This report advances a “green investment policy framework” taking infrastructure investment as a starting point and looking only at climate change mitigation and adaptation. It highlights the significant opportunities and many challenges that exist today in both developed and developing countries to transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) development through investment in both renovated and in new infrastructure.

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT

Global Forum on Biotechnology: The Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences

The OECD and the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum jointly organised a one-day Forum on 12 November 2012 in Paris. The event was both retrospective and forward-looking. The forum concluded that the promise of biotechnology is not set but evolves with fresh scientific knowledge, novel laws and regulations. The future of biotechnology needs to also integrate social and cultural dimensions.

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Is there life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars? -article by Julia Laplane, OECD

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:49:00 GMT

COP11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The eleventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Hyderabad, India (COP11, from 8 to 19 October 2012).

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:16:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

Developing effective policies to reduce illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods requires a clear understanding of what drives this trade and the circumstances under which it thrives, says this report.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

Organised jointly by the OECD and the IEA, this seminar held on 26-27 September 2012 aimed to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of countries on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. This seminar was an informal meeting outside of the UNFCCC negotiations and discussions are non-attributed.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:13:00 GMT

Green transformation of small businesses: Achieving and going beyond environmental requirements - Environment Working Paper No. 47

This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs).

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

This report provides a framework for policy discussions around financing water resources management that are taking place at local, basin, national, or transboundary levels.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:31:00 GMT

The determinants of invention in electricity generation technologies: A patent data analysis - Environment Working Paper No. 45

This paper analyses the determinants of invention in efficiency-enhancing electricity generation technologies that have the potential to facilitate climate change mitigation efforts, including fossil fuel based technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, renewables and nuclear technologies.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Is this as good as it gets?

The latest OECD Environmental Outlook is equally alarmist about “the consequences of inaction”, to quote the book’s subtitle. Terrestrial biodiversity is projected to decrease by a further 10% by 2050.

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 17:04:00 GMT

World water week 2012 - Insights Blog: Water stewardship: Does the OECD practice what it preaches?

World water week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities.

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:32:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

Slovenia's rich and diverse environment is under pressure from the country’s expanding economy. OECD’s first Environmental Performance Review of Slovenia says that greening growth, including though green tax reform, better use of public and private finance, could help Slovenia.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that ch

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

This report is part of the OECD work programme on eco-innovation policies. The objective of this work is to complement the knowledge base on eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and to provide empirical material for additional research on policy issues related to eco-innovation.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

This publication presents a major meta-analysis of 'value of a statistical life' (VSL) estimates derived from surveys where people around the world have been asked about their willingness to pay for small reduction in mortality risks.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Durban Climate Change Conference

The UN Conference (28 November-9 December 2011) involved OECD experts to focus on green growth and climate change, adaptation and mitigation, carbon accounting, improving transparency (“MRV”), climate finance and technology.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: The Slovak Republic should integrate environment into its economic development

As the Slovak Republic strives to increase productivity and competitiveness in the recovery from the financial crisis, the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Slovak Republic recommends that it strengthen environmental policies.

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: OECD supports Israeli initiative to develop a green growth plan

In recent years Israel has strengthened its environmental policies and now should develop a green growth plan that combines environmental, economic and social policies.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

Inducing environmental innovation is a significant challenge to policy-makers. Efforts to design public policies that address these issues are motivated by the fact that innovations can allow for improved environmental quality at lower cost.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

"The success of green growth will depend on whether it is a shared global agenda. Many developing countries are not yet fully equipped to introduce new ‘greener’ policies and tap into the benefits of a green future", declared Mr Gurría at the Global Green Growth Summit.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a green economy: How Spain's energy sector can help combat climate change

Our economies need a change of engine. The age of carbon is over. Renewable energies are the only future viable source if we want to protect life. Spain must be at the forefront of this transformation, turning the environment and green growth into its new engine of development.

Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

Despite Portugal’s economic and political challenges, it is still committed to improving the environment. The government sees green investment in its stimulus package and green tax reform as part of the solution to the national budget deficit.

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Rio+20: A voice from Sheffield, UK

Ruby Smith, 21, is a support planning co-ordinator for Sheffield Council, in Sheffield, UKRio+20 is a unique and historic opportunity for world leaders to prioritise development and plan a better world for future generations.I would like to ask delegates to remember the importance of putting...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Rio+20: A voice from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Seida Saric is country director for Women for Women International in Bosnia and HerzegovinaFoundations of any development rest on active and equal participation of both men and women in social, political and economic spheres of life. Women play a much more active role which, in turn, does not have...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

This policy brief, produced by Care International, outlines a bilateral Reduced Emissions form Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) pilot project ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

This letter is written by the Executive Chair of Indonesia's National Council on Climate Change, Rachmat Witoelar; it outlines Indonesia's Nationally ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

This document was submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), a World Bank programme that aims to assist developing countries with Reduced ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

This report discusses the climate change adaptation needs of the Asia-Pacific region; it was undertaken in order to inform USAID's Regional Development ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Cities and Resilience

This policy brief highlights the key issues discussed at the Cities and Resilience Dialogue held in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2009. The event assessed ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

This policy brief, produced by Care International, outlines a bilateral Reduced Emissions form Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) pilot project ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

This letter is written by the Executive Chair of Indonesia's National Council on Climate Change, Rachmat Witoelar; it outlines Indonesia's Nationally ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

This document was submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), a World Bank programme that aims to assist developing countries with Reduced ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

This report discusses the climate change adaptation needs of the Asia-Pacific region; it was undertaken in order to inform USAID's Regional Development ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

This report discusses the climate change adaptation needs of the Asia-Pacific region; it was undertaken in order to inform USAID's Regional Development ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

The doughnut can help Rio+20 see sustainable development in the round | Kate Raworth

Resource use has both an environmental ceiling and a social foundation, below which lies deprivation, but the doughnut-shaped space between the two demands our attentionIn 2009, Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre brought together some of the world's leading Earth-system scientists...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Rio+20 Earth summit: walkout at 'green economy' talks

Negotiators from developing countries insist wealthy nations must help fund their move to sustainable developmentEurope's financial crisis should not be used as an excuse for inaction and underfunding of moves towards a more sustainable global economy, a senior Brazilian diplomat warned at the...

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed stricter standards to control harmful soot from heavy industry on Friday, a move expected to save lives but which drew criticism from Republicans and industry worried the costs of compliance will hurt the economy.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energy

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's emissions trading scheme has failed to create incentives for utilities to use cleaner energy fuels, meaning that governments will have to switch to simpler tools, such as subsidies and regulation, to enforce emissions reduction targets.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon tax

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will levy a controversial carbon tax on about half the number of companies originally expected, a government list released on Friday shows, which may limit the economic and political impact of the tax which starts on July 1.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

To tackle congestion, clogged urban centers are testing the lure of prizes to persuade motorists to change their driving habits.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Africa: Can Rio+20 Create a Climate of Change for Poor Communities?

[AlertNet]Climate change is often described in numbers - degrees of temperature rise, metric tonnes of carbon emissions. These numbers add up to devastating consequences: erratic rainfall, crop failure, hunger. But climate change also has a human face.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

[AlertNet]The 1992 Earth Summit was a bright moment for the environmental movement. For the first time, presidents and prime ministers - more than 100 in all - were "coming together to save the earth," as a headline on the cover of Time magazine put it.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

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World Business

First Heartbleed 'hacker' arrested

A 19-year-old Canadian citizen is charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:56:43 GMT

Tencent brings Candy Crush to China

China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:21:59 GMT

Court clears ex-Anglo bank boss

The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:48 GMT

China's 7.4% growth beats forecast

China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:38:37 GMT

Legal costs hit Bank of America

Bank of America reports a $276m first-quarter loss, after taking into account a $6bn charge for mortgage-related legal matters.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:44:21 GMT

Remittance fees 'hurt Africans'

Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:02:01 GMT

Starbucks to move European HQ to UK

Starbucks is to move its European head office to London by the end of the year, meaning it will pay more tax in the UK, the company says.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:29:57 GMT

Tesco announces 6% fall in profit

UK supermarket giant Tesco announces a 6% fall in annual group trading profit to £3.3bn, the second year that profits have fallen.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:30:28 GMT

Credit Suisse rebuffs forex probe

Swiss bank Credit Suisse has found nothing "materially untoward" in how it trades foreign currencies, finance officer David Mathers has said.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:51:32 GMT

Yahoo shares jump despite profit fall

Shares in the struggling internet search giant Yahoo surge 9%, despite first-quarter profits falling 20%.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:59:12 GMT

China 'must allow currency to rise'

The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:28:43 GMT

Final approval for EU banking reform

MEPs back rules for a banking safety net to minimise the risk of further EU taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:21:41 GMT

US inflation stays low in March

A sharp fall in petrol prices helped to keep US consumer inflation well below the Federal Reserve's 2% target in March.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:56:54 GMT

VIDEO: Will Jelly repeat Twitter's success?

Biz Stone discusses his new social app Jelly which he hopes will encourage people to help each other out.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:53 GMT

VIDEO: The Spanish hamlet being given away for free

The mayor of the abandoned hamlet of A Barca in north-west Spain is offering to give it away for free to someone who will develop the area and provide employment.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:29:35 GMT

VIDEO: Steering a business in a new direction

Major change is a challenge for companies and their investors. How can chief executives shift a firm's course effectively?

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:11 GMT

VIDEO: Bringing Hollywood to Malaysia

A mammoth film studio complex is taking shape in Malaysia's Johor state as the country bids for a slice of the world's movie-making budget.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:56:39 GMT

VIDEO: Student debt crushes home-buying dreams

Student debt has risen dramatically in the US, which leaves many recent university graduates unable to buy their first home. The BBC talks to one family trapped in a "vicious cycle" of debt.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:36:56 GMT

VIDEO: Cool jobs: The celebrity party host

In the latest edition of our Cool Jobs series, Sharanjit Leyl speaks to celebrity party organiser, Olga Iserlis.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:12:48 GMT

VIDEO: Are two heads better than one?

In the first of a new series, Steve Tappin, reports on US food business Whole Foods, which has two CEOs instead of just one.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:05:44 GMT

VIDEO: US investors bet on news start-ups

The financial future of the news business is uncertain, but lately US venture capitalists have been placing their bets on journalism.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:19:08 GMT

Google shares fall on ad concerns

Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:51:03 GMT

Coca-Cola's fizzy sales go flat

The amount of fizzy drinks Coca-Cola sells worldwide falls for the first time in 15 years, but still drinks sales are up by 8%.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:19:55 GMT

West eyes more Russia sanctions

The EU and the US say they will impose "further costs" on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:12:17 GMT

Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP

The Russian economy may see zero growth this year because of the Ukraine crisis, Russia's finance minister has admitted.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:49 GMT

Nestle reports slow first quarter

Nestle reports its worst first-quarter sales growth since 2009, blaming unusual weather, a late Easter, poor sales in emerging markets and cost-conscious Europeans.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:41:37 GMT

Peugeot outlines major recovery plan

Struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen announces a major recovery plan after net losses of 7.2bn euros in the past two years.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:05:52 GMT

Oil prices steady as Libya woes ease

Crude oil prices rise in early Monday trading amid tensions in Ukraine, but fall again after Libyan protesters end their occupation of an oil port.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:56:26 GMT

GlaxoSmithKline in Iraq probe

GlaxoSmithKline will investigate allegations about its conduct in Iraq just nine months after a probe against the firm began in China.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:31:44 GMT

Libyan oil blockade partially lifted

Two oil terminals reopen in eastern Libya, after militiamen agree gradually to end their oil blockade as they reach a deal with the government.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:19:55 GMT

Diageo bids to control India drinks firm

Global drinks giant Diageo announces it will launch a $1.9bn tender offer to acquire a majority stake in India's United Spirits Ltd.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:37:56 GMT

China gold demand 'on the rise'

China's demand for gold is expected to rise by about 20% by 2017, as the country's population becomes increasingly wealthy, the World Gold Council says.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:42:42 GMT

Australia: Second airport for Sydney

Australia approves construction of a second international airport in Sydney, nearly 70 years after the idea was first debated.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:33:34 GMT

Jockey Club makes record profits

The Jockey Club, the organisation behind the UK's leading horseracing events, reports record profits for last year of £22m.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:58:45 GMT

Man City players 'best paid in sport'

Premier League players at Manchester City are the best paid in global sport, according to a new study.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:57:59 GMT

Hearts' banker agrees shares sale

Ukio Bankas creditors approve the sale of its shares in Hearts, who can now begin their move out of administration.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:11:37 GMT

Powering up firms with hi-tech cash

New technologies are enabling small businesses to raise finance from a growing number of alternative sources, breaking the traditional stranglehold of the banks.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:01:53 GMT

Windows XP end puts firms in a fix

As Microsoft ends its support for the popular Windows XP operating system, small businesses are facing an upgrade dilemma.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:22:26 GMT

Does success lie up in the clouds?

A growing number of small businesses are using cloud-based services to give them low overheads, flexible working, and access to global markets.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:00:39 GMT

The boss who wants staff to have fun

A profile of Henry Engelhardt, the boss of insurance group Admiral, and why he wants his staff to have fun.

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:06:33 GMT

The self-storage millionaires

Thirty years ago Britain did not have a self-storage industry. Now it's the biggest in Europe. Who are the canny entrepreneurs who have grown rich selling empty space?

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:13:04 GMT

Bamboo back in business for Taiwan

After decades of decline, Taiwan's bamboo industry is now recovering as the plant is being used to make a wider range of goods, says the BBC's Cindy Sui.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:37:42 GMT

BMW recalls 156,000 motors in US

German luxury carmaker BMW will recall 156,000 vehicles in the US to check for defective bolts that could lead to engine damage.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:13:49 GMT

Toyota to recall 6.4 million vehicles

Japanese carmaker Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles globally due to five separate issues, including problems with steering columns.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:30:26 GMT

US regulator fines GM over inquiry

US road safety authorities have fined GM for failing to respond to requests for information about faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:30:13 GMT

Fire ice: the energy of the future?

Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:42 GMT

Indian bike messenger firm takes off

How easy is it for Indian start-up firms to get their wheels turning?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:32 GMT

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:11 GMT

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons

How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:02:16 GMT

Steering a company in a new direction

When implementing change brings a personal backlash

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:58 GMT

Hi-tech start-ups aim for the stars

New tech helps small firms shoot for the stars

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:05:47 GMT

Could offices change from sitting to standing?

Should offices change from sitting to standing?

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:12:25 GMT

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Saudi CPI inflation falls to 2.6 percent in March

(MENAFN) Saudi CPI inflation dropped to 2.6 percent in March year-on-year compared to 2.8 in February for the fourth consecutive month, according to Arab News. A report released...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:58:29 GMT

Sports Media Seminar ends today in Qatar

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Mohammed Al Malki, President of Qatar Press Sports Committee (QPSC), speaking on the second day of the three-day Sports Media Seminar at Marriott Hotel in ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:48:24 GMT

Qatar- QSA and Radisson Blu sign contract

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Khaleel Al Jabir (right), Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) President, and Ali Mohd Battah, Sales Manager at Radisson Blu exchanging documents at the sponso...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:46:17 GMT

Qatar Shell, QDB offer SMEs opportunities

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) As part of a strategy to support local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and Qatar Shell yesterday announced seven ne...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:43:39 GMT

Qatar to establish five bodies to push exports

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar will set up five sectoral commissions to support local companies to facilitate exports and participate in international trade and investments. "W...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:42:30 GMT

Qatar- QIB Q1 profit grows 15pc to QR335m

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Islamic Bank's (QIB) net profit rose by 15 percent to QR335m in the first-quarter of 2014 on strong growth in lending income and deposits. The total ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:42:03 GMT

Palestine- Peace negotiators to meet today

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled yesterday has been postponed after the killing of an Israeli in a shooting attack in ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:41:32 GMT

Iraq unrest

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Iraqi security forces fire an artillery gun during clashes with the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf Al Sakhar, 60km fro...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:40:40 GMT

Qatar- Arab families hit by 'cultural invasion'

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson, Qatar Foundation, has said Arab families are living in an era when their societies are undergoing a critical pe...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:38:54 GMT

Qatar- Firms urged to increase women's role in business

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo Group, called for companies around the world to increase the role of women in business. ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:38:22 GMT

Qatar- Sponsorship transfer after fixed time urged

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) With several reports suggesting an imminent change in the country's sponsorship law, a prominent Qatari lawyer has proposed an amendment to the law, giving...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:37:39 GMT

Trend to try Sport Luxe

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Sporty chic, luxe athletic...call it what you want. This trend will&nbsp;stay the summer. Sports-inspired clothing is flexible, flattering&nbsp;and extremel...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:36:13 GMT

Aster to open help desks for patients seeking treatment at its India medcity

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) DM Healthcare Group will open help desks at Aster Al Raffah hospitals across the sultanate for patients seeking treatment at its new medical city in Kerala,...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:36:00 GMT

Omani youths have started opting for jobs in private sector, says Sayyid Faisal

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Omani youths have started opting for private sector jobs over government ones, according to H H Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said, director general of marketi...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:36:00 GMT

Dhofar Municipality carrying out infrastructure development works

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Dhofar Municipality is implementing several basic infrastructure projects in the governorate, its chairman, Sheikh Salem bin Aufeit al Shanfari has said. So...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:35:59 GMT

Royal Oman Police News One arrested for assault and robbery in Darsait

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muttrah police station recently arrested a man on charges of assault and robbery from Ma'abela in the wilayat of Seeb.&nbsp;&nbsp; The man has been accused ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:35:59 GMT

RO300,000 drugs bust in Musandam

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) ROP's Anti-Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Department has seized drugs worth over RO300,000 from near Dibba port in Musandam and has arrested a s...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:35:58 GMT

Power outage in Qurm

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A technical issue with the main electricity line in Qurm Heights shut down power to the area on Wednesday evening, according to Muscat Electricity Distribut...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:35:58 GMT

Qatar- Senyar competitions begin

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Katara's third annual Senyar traditional pearl diving and fishing competition began yesterday evening in the Sealine area, in which 59 teams are vying fo...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:34:33 GMT

Oman, UK relations strong British naval officer

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A senior British naval officer has said that UK and its Royal Navy have a strong historic relationship with Oman. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Command...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:05:35 GMT

118 tonnes of rotten vegetables, fruits destroyed in Muscat

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Teams from Muscat Municipality's Food Inspection and Control Departments disposed of 118 tonnes of rotten vegetables and fruits, shut down ten shops and iss...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:05:34 GMT

Desert beauties

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) When they strut down the arid land, the vastness of the surrounding wilderness humbles in comparison. Even their shadows appear unconquerable and larger tha...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:02:04 GMT

Sur edges defending champion Suwaiq to climb up in OPL

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Defending domestic league champion Suwaiq lost 0-1 to Sur in an Omantel Professional League (OPL) match at the Seeb Sports Stadium on Wednesday. Despite the...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:48 GMT

Barakat turns to US coach in Asiad gold medal hunt

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman's fastest athlete Barakat al Harthy is confident that his forthcoming training programme with renowned American sprint coach John Smith will bolster hi...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:47 GMT

Oman golfers confident of title

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) With Oman set to host its first GCC U15 Golf Championship later this month, the host team is confident of making the most of the 'home advantage'. The compe...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:46 GMT

Seven new Toastmasters Gavel Clubs at ISM

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The inauguration of seven new Toastmasters Gavel Clubs was organised on April 12 in the new multipurpose hall of Indian School Muscat (ISM). Dr Aju Samuel K...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:34 GMT

2,500 visit Orpic stand at fair hosted by Sohar College of Applied Sciences

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Orpic had a strong presence at the recent career fair organised by Sohar College of Applied Sciences from April 7 to 9. With the company looking to attract ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:33 GMT

Top Irish institutions to take part in GHEDEX 2014

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Besides bringing in strong participation to GHEDEX 2014, leading universities and colleges coming in under Education in Ireland will highlight a wide variet...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:33 GMT

Muriya, Muscat Triathlon Club to host off-road sprint races at Jebel Sifah

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muriya, Oman's leading tourism development company has joined forces with the Muscat Triathlon Club to host the club's last event of the winter season, the ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:32 GMT

HSBC Oman staff take part in regional leadership programme

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As part of its ongoing commitment to developing national talent, some of HSBC Oman's most promising Omani staff joined similarly high-achieving colleagues f...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:31 GMT

Millennium Resort Mussanah launches special packages

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Millennium Resort Mussanah has tailor made a special family getaway package for a fun-filled weekend. The special weekend package will include a discounted ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:30 GMT

Drama staged by Bangiya Parishad gets good response at Al Bustan Palace

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Bangiya Parishad, the Bengali wing of Indian Social Club (ISC), Muscat, staged their drama Sesh Anko (The last Episode) at the Oman Auditorium of Al Bustan ...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:30 GMT

Bank Sohar gives out prizes to Facebook competition winners

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) In its continues efforts to increase awareness and promote the habit of savings, Bank Sohar announced the names of three winners of their first Savings Sche...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:29 GMT

Microsoft inks deal with ITA, Omantel for Imagine Cup

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) In partnership with the Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Omantel, Microsoft announced the launch of its Imagine Cup 2014 competition in Oman for t...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:29 GMT

PAEW announces plans for new desalination plants in Oman, calls for strategy on algal blooms

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) plans more desalination plants in Quriyat, Ghubra, Barka and Sohar. It is being hoped that these plant...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:01:28 GMT

307 arrested for Labour Law violations in Oman's Mudhaibi wilayat

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As many as 307 workers found violating the Labour Law were arrested from Mudhaibi in a midnight raid. The arrests were made by ROP along with the Manpower D...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:01:47 GMT

New rules likely for sheesha cafés in Muscat

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat Municipality is planning to introduce new regulations for sheesha cafés in the governorate. A Municipal Council committee meeting last week discusse...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:01:46 GMT

As Port Sultan Qaboos turns into tourism hub, shipping companies announce move to Sohar

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Commercial activity at Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ) will be completely shifted to Sohar by August this year, which is the deadline that authorities have set for...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:01:45 GMT

MSM30 inches up turnover rises 5.5

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The MSM30 ended Wednesday's trading session mildly higher, closing at 6,827.10, up 0.05 per cent.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nearly 4mn Bank Muscat shares were trade...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:04:41 GMT

NCSI foreign investment survey for 2013 underway

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) is conducting the annual foreign investment survey for 2013, with the objective of updating data a...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:04:39 GMT

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The Netherlands must do more to make working at an older age more attractive, says OECD

Encouraging more people to work later in life would help the Netherlands meet its growing challenges of a rapidly ageing population and rising social spending, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Italy increases aid contributions but should address working practices, OECD says

Italy has raised its foreign aid contributions and its future targets, reversing a trend of falling development assistance, and now needs to improve the way it manages its development programmes, according to a new OECD review.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD

Personal income tax has risen in 25 out of 34 OECD countries over the past three years, as countries reduce the value of tax-free allowances and tax credits and subject higher proportions of earnings to tax, according to new data in the annual Taxing Wages publication.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Colombia must do more on environment for sustainable economic growth, says OECD

Colombia’s rich natural heritage as one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries is coming under increasing pressure from extractive industries, livestock grazing, urbanisation and car use, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Colombia telecoms regulator needs more power to increase competition, says OECD

Colombia has done much to strengthen the rules governing its telecommunication sector, but it must give its regulator more power to enforce them in order to increase competition, particularly in the highly concentrated mobile market, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: April 2014

OECD unemployment increases to 7.6% in February 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:30:00 GMT

Aid to developing countries rebounds in 2013 to reach an all-time high

Development aid rose by 6.1% in real terms in 2013 to reach the highest level ever recorded, despite continued pressure on budgets in OECD countries since the global economic crisis. Donors provided a total of USD 134.8 billion in net official development assistance (ODA), marking a rebound after two years of falling volumes, as a number of governments stepped up their spending on foreign aid.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2014

Composite leading indicators point to weakening growth in most major emerging economies but continued positive growth prospects in OECD countries

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:00 GMT

Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Latvia has taken an important step on the road to OECD membership by completing the process to become a member of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Latvia will become the 41st Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 30 May 2014.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:51:00 GMT

Europe’s reforms beginning to pay off but continued effort needed, says OECD

Action taken by many European countries to return their public finances to health are beginning to pay off, says the OECD. The Euro area economies which emerged from the crisis with serious current account deficits are now in surplus. Debt-to-GDP ratios are stabilising and market tensions have abated.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:22:00 GMT

Contributions to GDP growth - Fourth quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Unwinding of stocks slows OECD GDP growth to 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:36:00 GMT

Singapore and Korea top OECD’s first PISA problem-solving test

Students from Singapore and Korea have performed best in the first OECD PISA assessment of creative problem-solving. Students in these countries are quick learners, highly inquisitive and able to solve unstructured problems in unfamiliar contexts.

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Spain’s public sector reform plans on the right track, says OECD report

Spain’s planned public sector reforms should help make the country’s institutions stronger and more effective, and proposals to increase transparency and root out corruption will do much to restore public trust, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 April 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.4% in February 2014

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Sovereign borrowing set to fall in 2014, says OECD

Borrowing operations by OECD governments are set to decrease, as their borrowing needs continue to decline, according to a new OECD report. Net borrowing needs are projected to fall from USD 2.0 trillion in 2013 to USD 1.5 trillion in 2014, the lowest level since 2007.

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:25:00 GMT

Inclusive Growth and Urbanisation in China

Reassessing the way in which China grows and placing equity at the centre of the 13th Five Year Plan growth strategy will help to ensure China’s long term growth prospects, giving every citizen the chance to lead a prosperous and fulfilling life, said OECD Secretary-General in Beijing.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:00 GMT

Tax: OECD’s Gurría welcomes international progress towards automatic exchange of information

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed moves by more than 40 countries – reinforced by EU leaders - to commit to a detailed timetable to step up the fight against tax evasion.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

OECD forecasts during and after the financial crisis: a post mortem

This paper assesses the OECD’s projections for GDP growth and inflation during the global financial crisis and recovery, focussing on lessons that can be learned.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:59:00 GMT

China: Structural reforms for inclusive growth

In spite of a slow and uneven global recovery over the past five years, China has maintained strong growth and continued to tackle income inequality, which had been rising, as well as poverty. Drawing on the expertise and collective experience of OECD member and partner countries, this Report presents recent OECD analysis and policy advice in areas that are critical to China’s long-term economic performance and social development.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:51:00 GMT

Lack of enforcement jeopardises South Africa’s fight against foreign bribery; OECD concerned that political and economic considerations may be an influence

South Africa must take urgent steps to proactively investigate and prosecute foreign bribery. No foreign bribery cases have been prosecuted since South Africa joined the Convention in 2007. The 4 on-going investigations – out of only 10 allegations that have surfaced to date – are also far from reaching the prosecution stage, according to a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Progress made but Chile should better detect and thoroughly investigate foreign bribery, says OECD

Chile has made positive efforts to implement the Convention, but there has not been a single foreign bribery conviction. Chile did not sufficiently investigate several of the six foreign bribery allegations that have surfaced since 2001. Chile should improve its investigative and detection efforts, says OECD

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Urgent action needed to tackle rising inequality and social divisions, says OECD

Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic is recovering, but more must be done to jump-start income convergence with euro area countries, OECD says

The Czech economy is finally coming out of a prolonged recession but must take further steps to speed up income convergence towards the euro area countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:22:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - Fourth quarter of 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.8% in the fourth quarter of 2013, down from 0.9% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

The Netherlands is a global pioneer in water management with a long history of containing flood risks and reclaiming land from the sea. Yet it will need to adapt its water governance policies to meet the looming challenges of shifting demographics, regional development and climate change, according to an OECD report.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Statement by the OECD regarding the status of the accession process with Russia & co-operation with Ukraine

Further to a meeting of its governing Council on 12 March 2014, the OECD has postponed activities related to the accession process of the Russian Federation to the OECD for the time being.

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Recovery continuing in G7 countries, but emerging economies are mixed, OECD says

Recovery is under way in the world’s advanced economies, underpinned by supportive financial conditions and reduced drag from budgetary tightening, but activity in the major emerging markets is mixed, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Poland can grow faster through labour market and pro-competition reforms, OECD says

Poland’s economic performance has been impressive over the past 15 years, but further reforms are now needed to put the economy firmly back on track for stronger and sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Poland.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:52:00 GMT

New approach needed to boost strong and sustainable tourism growth, says OECD

Governments should recognise tourism’s role as an essential driver of jobs and growth and boost their support for the sector. The industry today accounts for 4.7% of GDP and 6.0% of employment in the developed world, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Norway’s success in generating inclusive growth can ensure future prosperity, OECD says

The Norwegian economy is performing well, generating inclusive growth, strong social mobility and low unemployment. But to ensure future prosperity, Norway must continue with growth-enhancing reforms while ensuring financial stability, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Norway.

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 March 2014

OECD annual inflation increases slightly to 1.7% in January 2014

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:52:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Norway launches Wednesday 5 March 2014

The Survey discusses Norway’s determination to strengthen financial stability, through the use of new policy tools to help policymakers prevent and manage financial crises, notably concerning housing market related risks.

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:34:00 GMT

OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 launches in Berlin

Tourism has shown resilience through the global economic crisis and accounts today for 4.7% of GDP and 6% of jobs on average in OECD countries. Yet as tourist arrivals worldwide surpass 1 billion annually, many established destinations are losing market share to up-and-coming countries in an increasingly competitive environment.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:32:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

Merchandise trade continues to pick-up across most major economies in fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

Ambitious structural reforms can pave the return to strong and sustainable growth, OECD says

Adopting ambitious and comprehensive structural reform agendas will offer governments the best chance for a return to strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth that creates jobs and reduces inequality, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:30:00 GMT

Tunisia: OECD’s Gurría welcomes democratic progress and pledges continued support

OECD Secretary General Angel-Gurría has welcomed Tunisia’s progress towards democratic reconstruction and pledged to support the Tunisian government and people in the challenges ahead.

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:04:00 GMT

GDP Growth - Fourth Quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

OECD GDP growth rate stable at 0.6% in fourth quarter of 2013

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:47:00 GMT

OECD delivers new single global standard on automatic exchange of information

Offshore tax evasion remains a serious problem for countries and jurisdictions worldwide, with vast amounts of funds deposited abroad and sheltered from taxation when taxpayers fail to comply with obligations in their home countries.

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:29:00 GMT

Finland’s economy is on the mend but pushing ahead with reform is key, says OECD

Finland’s economy is gradually picking up, but uncertainty surrounds the recovery. Determined action to implement structural reforms is needed to revive economic growth, restore competitiveness and preserve high standards of living and well-being, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Finland.

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: February 2014

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.6% in December 2013

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:45:00 GMT

Economic crisis provides lessons for new approaches to forecasting, says OECD

Extreme volatility during the global financial crisis complicated economic forecasting, leading to large errors that underline the need for better modelling methods and new approaches for making and presenting projections.

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:27:00 GMT

Switzerland on track to meet aid targets; should play greater leadership role

Switzerland provided USD 3 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2012, or 0.45% of its gross national income (GNI), in line with its goal to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2015.

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:36:00 GMT

UK needs to tackle high cost of mental-ill health, says OECD

Mental health issues cost the UK around GBP 70 billion every year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and health care expenditure.

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:41:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to an improving economic outlook in most advanced economies

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:58:00 GMT

Donors doing too little to strengthen domestic revenues in fragile states, OECD says

International donors are not doing enough to help fragile states increase their domestic revenue, according to a new OECD report that shows only a tiny fraction of development aid goes into programmes to improve tax collection.

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 February 2014

OECD annual inflation nudges up to 1.6% in December 2013

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:02:00 GMT

Launch of OECD report on mental health and work in the UK – London, Monday 10 February 2014

Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is an issue that has been neglected for too long, despite creating very high and increasing costs to people and society at large.

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:44:00 GMT

Australia: Local employment agencies should play a greater role in job creation, says OECD

Slower growth in key markets like China and India is reducing momentum across the Australian economy, cutting into employment opportunities and putting more pressure on the government to ensure that public policy delivers optimal results for growth and job creation.

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 GMT

France must do more to promote quality jobs for older workers, says OECD

Promoting quality employment for older workers is crucial to boosting growth and ensuring a financially sustainable pension system, according to a new OECD report on ageing and employment policies in France.

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

French capital should prepare now for risk of a costly Seine flood

A major flooding of the Seine River similar to the flood disaster of 1910 could affect up to 5 million residents in the greater Paris area and cause up to 30 billion euros worth of damage, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Switzerland needs to improve its approach to mental-health issues in the labour force, says OECD

Switzerland needs to do more to help people with mental disorders find a job or stay in work, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Hungary launches Monday 27 January 2014

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Hungary, to be published on Monday 27 January 2014, assesses the country’s exit from recession as well as steps that can be taken to boost its growth potential.

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Employment situation, third quarter 2013, OECD

OECD employment rate nudges up to 65.2% in third quarter of 2013.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues continue to rise, but are low and varied among countries, according to new OECD-ECLAC-CIAT report

Tax revenues in Latin American countries continue to rise but are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries. Revenue Statistics in Latin America 2012 shows that Argentina and Brazil have the highest tax revenue to GDP ratio, while Guatemala and Dominican Republic stand at the lower end.

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:44:00 GMT

Mr Gurria strongly supports recently announced plans to revitalise the French economy

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría strongly supports President François Hollande’s recently announced measures to revitalise the French economy and set it on a path towards stronger growth.

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:00 GMT

OECD appoints new directors for economic policy

The OECD has appointed a former Portuguese economy minister and a high-level German government official to top leadership posts in the Economics Department, reinforcing its commitment to identifying and promoting policies that improve countries’ long-term economic performance.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Denmark launches Monday 20 January 2014

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Denmark, to be published on Monday 20 January 2014, assesses the country’s gradual recovery from the global economic crisis as well as the need for further structural reforms to boost productivity growth and maintain high levels of well-being among its population.

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:01:00 GMT

Russian economy growing but further reforms needed, says OECD

The Russian Federation’s economy is growing, but further reforms are needed to bolster future growth, improve the business climate and strengthen innovation, according to the OECD.

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Contributions to GDP growth - Third quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Stockbuilding main driver of OECD GDP growth in the third quarter of 2013

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: January 2014

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in November 2013.

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Norway high up the aid donor table but could improve allocation

Norway gave USD 4.8 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2012, or 0.93 percent of its gross national income (GNI). That made it the third most-generous member in terms of its ODA/GNI ratio of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups major donors.

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:28:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, January 2014

Composite leading indicators point to an improving economic outlook in most advanced economies

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:22:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 January 2014

OECD annual inflation picks up to 1.5% in November 2013. This increase in the annual rate of inflation was mainly driven by energy prices which increased by 0.1% in the year to November, compared with a decrease of 1.3% in the year to October.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:15:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Russia launches in Moscow at the Gaidar Forum on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The OECD will launch its latest Economic Survey of the Russian Federation in Moscow on Wednesday 15 January 2014 during the annual Gaidar Forum.

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:08:00 GMT

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: December 2013

OECD Unit labour costs stable in the third quarter of 2013

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:49:00 GMT

Ireland must urgently apply more resources to enforce Anti-Bribery Convention, says OECD

Ireland should increase its resources to detect and investigate foreign bribery more efficiently. Resources have, in recent years, been largely devoted to investigating non-bribery cases in the financial sector. Ireland has not prosecuted a foreign bribery case in the twelve years since its foreign bribery offence came into force, and law enforcement has taken few proactive steps to investigate allegations.

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Spain’s labour market reforms on track but more assistance needed for young jobseekers, says OECD

Spain has taken courageous steps to strengthen its labour market. Recent reforms have helped create jobs and should further boost competitiveness and employment in the years to come. But additional efforts are needed to boost competition in product markets and to improve assistance to job seekers, particularly young people, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery report on Ireland launches Wednesday 18 December 2013

The OECD Working Group on Bribery will release a report tomorrow Wednesday 18 December at 12.00 CET/11.00 Dublin time on Ireland’s efforts to fight foreign bribery.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:38:00 GMT

Tax revenues continue to rise across the OECD

Tax revenues continue bouncing back from the low levels reported in almost all countries during 2008 and 2009, at the height of the global economic crisis, according to new OECD data in the annual Revenue Statistics publication. The average tax revenue to GDP ratio in OECD countries was 34.6% in 2012, compared with 34.1% in 2011 and 33.8% in 2010.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - Third quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

G20 GDP growth picks up to 0.9% in third quarter of 2013; up from 0.8% recorded in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:12:00 GMT

Sweden has excellent health care but must improve care co-ordination, says OECD

Sweden’s health and elderly care systems deserve their reputation as being among the best in the world. Yet an ageing population with growing chronic conditions and requiring more complex health services are testing Sweden’s ability to continue delivering high-quality care, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:14:00 GMT

Israel’s economy growing strongly but further efforts needed to improve living standards, says OECD

Israel’s economy is in good shape, but further efforts are needed to fight poverty and close the gap in living standards with other leading nations, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Israel.

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism

Mr Gurría said the trade facilitation agreement at the core of the new package would cut red tape and speed border crossings worldwide, offering an important boost to world trade and the global economy. "As OECD work has highlighted, the benefits of lowering costs for traders are significant, and are particularly welcome today, given the slow growth seen in so many countries," Mr Gurría said.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

Rethink regional and city policies for inclusive growth - Chair’s Summary from ministerial meeting

Ministers from 25 countries closed their meeting on regions and cities in Marseille, France today with a call on national governments to rethink their territorial development policies in order to create more dynamic and inclusive economic growth and to improve the wellbeing of all citizens regardless of where they live.

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:46:00 GMT

OECD saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela: Remains committed to his legacy

OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, said that it was with a heavy heart and a debt of gratitude that the world was bidding farewell to Nelson Mandela.

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:32:00 GMT

Aix-Marseille at the crossroads: Overcoming fragmentation for a stronger metropolitan area

The metropolitan region of Aix-Marseille in the south of France needs to tackle its fragmentated governance if it is to return to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Improved multi-level governance key to tackling widening regional inequalities and ensuring inclusive recovery

The economic crisis has hit certain regions and cities harder than others in the OECD area, calling for better regional policies across levels of governments to foster an inclusive and sustainable recovery, according to two new OECD reports.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Asian countries top OECD’s latest PISA survey on state of global education

Asian countries outperform the rest of the world in the OECD’s latest PISA survey, which evaluates the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds. PISA 2012 tested more than 510,000 students in 65 countries and economies on maths, reading and science. The main focus was on maths.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Israel launches Sunday 8 December 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Israel, to be published on Sunday 8 December 2013, details the fundamental strengths of the Israeli economy as well as the challenges to maintaining sustainable growth over the long-term.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:04:00 GMT

South Africa shows good progress on environment, must keep up pace

In the two decades since apartheid ended, South Africa has made impressive strides to catch up with – and in some cases surpass -- the developed world’s environmental standards.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Slovenia joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

Slovenia has become the 29th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for providers of development co-operation.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Making fiscal decentralisation work

Hundreds of thousands of elected sub-national governments worldwide provide services and levy taxes on residents and companies.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD identifies hundreds of competition-distorting rules and provisions

An 11-month investigation by the OECD in cooperation with the Greek authorities has identified a wide range of regulations and legal provisions that undermine competition.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Greece: Structural reforms under way but more progress needed in boosting market dynamism

Greece has made impressive headway in consolidating its public finances and undertaking key structural reforms to boost productivity and enhance competitiveness.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Pension reforms on track but the challenges of adequacy and inequality in old age remain, says OECD

Recent reforms of pension systems have helped to contain the rise in future costs resulting from ageing populations and increasing life expectancy. Governments now need to do more to encourage people to work longer and save more for their retirement to ensure that benefits are adequate enough to maintain standards of living into old-age.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Forum moves towards automatic exchange of tax information and transparency

The international community has taken new steps to strengthen transparency and boost the comprehensive exchange of information between governments worldwide.

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A boost to transparency and international tax co-operation

International efforts to combat tax evasion and avoidance got a boost today as additional countries and jurisdictions agreed to join more than 60 other countries in tax co-operation through a key multilateral tax instrument during the first day of a global meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Major brake in health spending growth as governments cut budgets in the crisis, says OECD

Total health spending has fallen in one of three OECD countries between 2009 and 2011, with those hardest hit by the crisis most affected. This is a sharp reversal from the strong growth in the years prior to the crisis, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy recovering at moderate pace but more risks ahead, says OECD

The global economy is expected to continue expanding at a moderate pace over the coming two years, but policymakers must ensure that instability in financial markets and underlying fragility in some major economies are not allowed to derail growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

GDP Growth - Third Quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Provisional estimates show that quarterly real gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area increased by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2013, the same rate as in the previous quarter.

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:34:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General welcomes Liechtenstein’s moves toward transparency

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria welcomed today Liechtenstein’s announcement of plans to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and take further steps to increase transparency and international co-operation.

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Governments can do more to regain trust, says OECD report

The global economic crisis has undermined trust in government. Today only four out of ten citizens in OECD countries say they have confidence in their national authorities. Not surprisingly, trust declined in the countries hit hardest by the crisis, such as Ireland, Greece, Slovenia and Portugal.

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

France : Reinforcing competitiveness is key to boosting jobs and growth

Improving France’s competitiveness is essential to boost the economic growth needed to create jobs and allow citizens and businesses to develop their full potential, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:00 GMT

Hungary deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today Hungary’s steps to strengthen international tax co-operation after it became the 61st signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Measuring government performance – new report launches 9.00 a.m. Thursday 14 November

The global economic crisis has shaken public confidence in governments.The OECD’s latest Government at a Glance report looks at what governments can do to improve their effectiveness and efficiency while meeting the needs of citizens. It provides a dashboard of more than 50 indicators measuring government performance across the 34 member countries of the OECD.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD to launch PISA test for schools in England in 2014

Individual secondary schools in England will from next year be able to take a version of the OECD’s PISA test in order to benchmark themselves against the world’s best education systems.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Andorra deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today Andorra’s steps to strengthen international tax co-operation, after it became the 60th signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:30:00 GMT

OECD report measures human cost of crisis; underlines need to invest in well-being

The global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan should be more proactive against corruption

Azerbaijan must do more to enforce recently introduced anti-corruption laws and to ensure law enforcement has the resources to prosecute complex corruption crimes, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:24:00 GMT

Georgia should strengthen civil service and independent judiciary to build on anti-corruption progress

Georgia has achieved significant progress in reducing corruption over the past decade. To build on this progress, the Government should focus on strengthening its professional civil service and ensure independence of the judiciary, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:43:00 GMT

Improving detection and treatment would cut cancer death rates significantly, says OECD

Earlier detection and better treatment for cancer would cut death rates from the disease by around a third, saving the lives of nearly a million people in the developed world every year, according to a new report by the OECD prepared with the support of the European Commission, building on earlier World Health Organisation research.

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombia’s accession process

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today formally launched Colombia’s accession process with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Improving innovation policy and ensuring good governance would help raise living standards in Colombia, OECD says

Good public policies are central to well-functioning economies. Better policies on innovation, combined with high-quality regulations and a more efficient public administration, can help Colombia create jobs, boost economic growth and support development, according to three new OECD reports.

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Chile strengthening international tax co-operation, OECD says

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today Chile’s recent steps to strengthen international tax co-operation.

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Chile should continue strengthening growth and well-being, says OECD

Sound macroeconomic policies and the commodity boom have helped Chile record an enviable period of economic growth and job creation. Further reforms are needed to make the labour market more inclusive and growth greener, while more could be done to support innovation and entrepreneurship, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Chile.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:30:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombian accession process in Bogotá on 25 October

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will formally launch Colombia’s OECD accession process during a public event in Bogotá on 25 October 2013 with President Juan Manuel Santos and members of his government in Bogotá. While in Bogotá, Mr Gurría will also present new OECD analysis on improving Colombia’s economy and business environment.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Support for young firms would boost job creation, says OECD

Young firms play a crucial role in job creation but have missed out on many of the benefits of structural reforms of the past decade in OECD countries.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazilian economy is expanding again but long-term challenges remain, says OECD

Brazil has moved up the ranks of the world’s largest economies while making economic growth ever more inclusive.

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:07:00 GMT

Poland joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

Poland has become the 28th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation.

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Brazil should continue efforts to boost education and improve young people’s job prospects

Brazil’s strong economic growth has helped cut the youth unemployment rate over the past decade to levels below those of most OECD countries. Increased investment in education and vocational training is also helping young people get a foot in the jobs market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes Brazil’s commitment to improving education and playing greater role in PISA Programme

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today welcomed Brazil’s further engagement with the Organisation’s world-leading global education assessment programme (PISA) during a signing ceremony in Brasilia with Brazil’s Minister for Education Aloízio Mercadante.

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

News conferences with OECD Secretary-General in Santiago on 23-24 October 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will visit Santiago on 23-24 October. Mr Gurría will present a major report on the Chilean economy, hold meetings with President Sebastián Piñera and his government, deliver two major addresses and participate in a signing ceremony marking Chile’s adherence to an international convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

News conferences with OECD Secretary-General in Brasilia on 22 October 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will present two new major publications on Brazil during news conferences on 22 October in Brasilia. He will also hold a series of high-level meetings with Brazilian government officials.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT

Innovation, diversification and better logistics key to sustainable and inclusive growth, says latest Latin American Economic Outlook

After a decade of relatively strong growth, Latin America is facing headwinds associated with declining trade, a moderation in commodity prices and increasing uncertainty over external financial conditions, according to the latest Latin American Economic Outlook jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) and CAF - Development Bank of Latin America.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica adheres to OECD instruments during visit by OECD Secretary-General

Costa Rica adhered today to OECD legal instruments on Internet governance and international business conduct, demonstrating its willingness to align its policies to best practices in these areas and work together with the Organisation.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría comments on U.S. debt agreement

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said that while OECD countries breathed a sigh of relief following the U.S. Congress’ steps to lift the debt ceiling and to end the partial federal government shutdown a longer term solution will need to be found.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:58:00 GMT

New Zealand not immune from foreign bribery, says OECD

New Zealand must significantly increase its efforts to detect, investigate and prosecute foreign bribery. Since joining the Convention over 12 years ago, New Zealand has not prosecuted any cases of foreign bribery and only four allegations have surfaced to date. Outdated perceptions that New Zealand individuals and companies do not bribe may have also undermined detection efforts.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Despite certain progress, the OECD remains concerned with Russia’s compliance with key provisions of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Russia has yet to address key provisions of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, which entered into force in Russia in April 2012. It has not yet fully implemented recommendations for strengthening its framework for combating foreign bribery and should be more proactive in detecting, investigating and prosecuting foreign bribery cases.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Belgium should address “flagrant” lack of resources for fighting foreign bribery, says OECD

Fighting foreign bribery is not a priority in Belgium. Together with the flagrant lack of resources for Belgian law enforcement authorities, this has resulted in very few foreign bribery investigations and prosecutions. In the 14 years since the entry into force of the foreign bribery offence in Belgium, only one case of bribery of foreign public officials has been concluded.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Latvia’s membership

The OECD has set out a path for Latvia’s accession to the Organisation, reinforcing a commitment to extend its global membership.

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Switzerland signs Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Switzerland has become the 58th country to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters during a ceremony at the OECD.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

The OECD is to review its chemical hazard assessment programme with the aim of providing a more specialised service for member countries from 2015.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

Reform R&D tax systems to boost innovation and help young firms, says OECD

Most OECD governments use tax incentives to encourage businesses to invest in research and development (R&D) to boost innovation and drive economic growth. Others, like China, India and South Africa, are doing the same. But reforming these incentives would give countries a better return on their investment and support young innovative firms that play a crucial role in job creation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD

The low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less, according to the first OECD Survey of Adult Skills. Countries with greater inequality in skills proficiency also have higher income inequality.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Emerging Asian economies expected to remain resilient but structural reform critical, says new Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India

The economic outlook for Emerging Asia (Southeast Asia, China and India) remains robust over the medium term, anchored by the steady rise in domestic demand, according to a new report from the OECD Development Centre.

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:21:00 GMT

Climate Change Lecture by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría in London on Wednesday 9 October

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will present a major address on the Organisation’s latest analysis of climate change, investment and energy policies in London on Wednesday 9 October, at 10:30am.

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Press Conference: Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia 2014

Press Conference for the Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India: Beyond Middle-income Trap 2014. Tuesday, 8 October 2013, Brunei (3:00 pm).

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Sweden is a generous aid donor that has put development at the heart of its foreign policy

Sweden delivered USD 5.24 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.99% of its gross national income (GNI). It is the second most generous member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors, when ODA is measured on a GNI basis.

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica signs OECD agreement to boost investment

Costa Rica today became the 45th country to adhere to an OECD international investment instrument, designed to help the country attract more and better foreign investment and promote responsible business conduct.

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT

England should expand provision of postsecondary vocational programmes, says OECD

England should expand the provision of postsecondary vocational training in order to meet the changing needs of students and employers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Colombia’s Membership

The OECD set out a clear path for Colombia’s accession to the Organisation, reinforcing its commitment to further extend its global membership to include more emerging economies.

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:36:00 GMT

OECD countries address the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

The OECD has recommended its Member Countries apply existing international and national chemical regulatory frameworks to manage the risks associated with manufactured nanomaterials.

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:55:00 GMT

The Slovak Republic joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

The Slovak Republic has become the 27th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation.

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows, OECD says

Government support for agriculture in the world’s leading farming nations rose during 2012, bucking a long-term downward trend and reversing historic lows recorded in 2011, according to the latest version of an annual OECD report.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:34:00 GMT

Irish recovery underway, but more inclusive growth and job creation needed, says OECD

Ireland’s economy is now showing encouraging signs of recovery from the financial crisis, but more must be done to reinvigorate growth and create the jobs that will get the country back to full health, according to the OECD.

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Value Chains offer major opportunity for growth and progress in advanced and developing economies, according to OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report to G20

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of world trade and investment, offering new prospects for growth, development and jobs, according to a new joint report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Ireland launches Thursday 12 September 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland, to be published on Thursday 12 September 2013, assesses the country’s emergence from the economic crisis and the state of its continuing recovery.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:35:00 GMT

Leaders endorse new G20/OECD principles on long-term investment financing

G20 Leaders today endorsed an OECD-launched initiative to encourage the flow of institutional investment towards longer-term assets, such as infrastructure and renewable energy projects, in order to strengthen the global economy.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

G20 countries step up action to help consumers make informed financial decisions

The financial crisis has shown that many people need to have a better understanding of the financial issues in order to make informed decisions on matters such as savings, investments, pensions and credit, according to a report to be presented to G20 leaders in Saint Petersburg this week.

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:00:00 GMT

The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities; Synthesis Report to be launchedMonday 9 September 9:15 – 17:30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

What: A new OECD report, The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities; Synthesis Report, outlines the role of ports in urban and national economies. The report provides policy recommendations to increase the positive economic impacts and mitigate negative impacts related to environment, land use and traffic congestion.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:16:00 GMT

Advanced economies growing again but some emerging economies slowing, says OECD

A moderate recovery is underway in the major advanced economies, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Growth is proceeding at encouraging rates in North America, Japan and the UK. The euro area as a whole is out of recession, although output remains weak in a number of countries.

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:08:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

China signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters at a ceremony today at the OECD. All G20 countries have now fulfilled the commitment they made at the Cannes G20 Summit to sign the Convention and move towards automatic exchange of information as the new, global standard.

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:45:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Interim Economic Assessment

The OECD will present its Interim Assessment of the major economies, including near-term projections for G7 countries and China, at 11:00 a.m. Paris time (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday 3 September 2013.

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:29:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

OECD appoints new Deputy Secretary-General

William C. Danvers has been appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. He will take up his functions early in September.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on Tax Transparency: New reports review jurisdictions’ information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has released peer review reports assessing the tax systems of 13 jurisdictions for information exchange.

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

La OCDE Acoge el Plan de Chile Para Mejorar el Índice de Precios al Consumidor

La OCDE acoge el plan de Chile para mejorar la metodología de cálculo de su Índice de Precios al Consumidor (IPC).

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT

OECD calls on G20 finance ministers to support next steps in clampdown on tax avoidance

The OECD today presented to G20 finance ministers plans for a two-pronged attack on tax avoidance and evasion from both companies and individuals.

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Closing tax gaps - OECD launches Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting

National tax laws have not kept pace with the globalisation of corporations and the digital economy, leaving gaps that can be exploited by multi-national corporations to artificially reduce their taxes.

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD, ILO call on G20 labour ministers to reinforce cooperation

Joint statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the occasion of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, Moscow, 18-19 July 2013

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Unemployment set to remain high in OECD countries through 2014 – youth and low-skilled hit hardest

Unemployment in OECD countries will remain high through 2014, with young people and the low-skilled hit hardest, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

ОЭСР и МОТ публикуют обновленные данные о ситуации на рынках труда накануне совещания министров труда и занятости стран Группы двадцати в Москве

В преддверии совещания министров труда стран Группы двадцати в Москве МОТ и ОЭСР представят обновленные данные о ситуации на рынках труда этих стран.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:44:00 GMT

OECD and ILO to release labour market update ahead of G20 Labour Ministerial in Moscow

The OECD and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will publish updated G20 labour market data on Wednesday 17 July 2013 ahead of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Moscow.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Business start-up rates remain sluggish, new OECD data shows

Business start-up rates remain below pre-crisis levels – particularly in the Euro area – indicating that entrepreneurs may continue to be suffering from restrictive lending conditions, according to new OECD data released in the latest issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT

More competition essential for future of mobile innovation, says OECD

OECD countries must ensure mobile markets remain open and competitive in order to sustain innovation and meet rising demand for data services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Launch of OECD's Employment Outlook 2013 - Paris, Tuesday 16 July 2013

Ahead of the G20 Labour Ministers’ Meeting in Moscow on 17 July, the OECD will release the Employment Outlook 2013 at 11.00 CET/Paris time on Tuesday 16 July 2013.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:48:00 GMT

OECD: Postsecondary education key to maintaining global standing of U.S. workforce

The United States should improve postsecondary career and technical training provisions to help students transition smoothly into education programs and the labor market, according to a new OECD report published today.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: July 2013

The OECD unemployment rate was stable at 8.0% in April 2013, unchanged from the previous month.

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:24:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery Elects New Chair

The OECD Working Group on Bribery has designated Slovenian national Drago Kos to serve as the Group’s new Chair.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, July 2013

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to diverging patterns across major economies. The CLIs point to moderate improvements in growth in most major OECD economies but in large emerging economies the CLIs point towards stabilising or slowing momentum.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

France - a good donor but must ensure that poor countries get the aid they need

France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion in 2012, making it the 4th largest member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in terms of the volume of aid. However, this represents 0.46% of French Gross National Income (GNI) – below France’s international commitment. The review recommends that France plan to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio as soon as possible.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Advanced vocational training in Germany provides sought-after skills but needs compulsory standards in teaching and examination

The transition from school to work in Germany is remarkably smooth. An excellent vocational education and training (VET) system ensures that young people are well-prepared when they enter the labour market and can find jobs that match their qualifications.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:15:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Quarterly National Accounts - Contributions to GDP growth - First quarter 2013, OECD

Real GDP in the OECD area rose by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with flat growth registered in the previous quarter. Private consumption was the main contributor to overall GDP growth with 0.3 percentage point, while net exports and stockbuilding contributed 0.1 percentage point each.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD report on vocational training in Austria calls for continued diversity and increased co-ordination

There are few OECD countries where vocational education and training (VET) is held in such high regard or takes so many forms as in Austria. Some 60 percent of young Austrians aged between 25 and 34 have completed a VET course below tertiary level (vocational school or technical college).

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:19:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Austrian economy recovering, but trade-offs on the horizon, OECD says

Austria has achieved high levels of economic growth and well-being, but must address serious demographic, environmental and globalisation challenges if future generations are to share the same prosperity, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Austria.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 July 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.5% in the year to May 2013 compared with 1.3% in the year to April 2013.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Health spending continues to stagnate, says OECD

After falling sharply in 2010, health spending remained flat across OECD countries in 2011 as the economic crisis continued to have an impact, particularly in those European countries hardest hit by the crisis, according to OECD Health Data 2013.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Value of education rises in crisis but investment in this area is falling, says OECD

The jobs gap between well-educated young people and those who left school early has continued to widen during the crisis. A good education is the best insurance against a lack of work experience, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Norway should improve incentives to encourage people to work longer, says OECD

Norway is better placed to cope with population ageing than most other countries. But it could still do more to improve incentives and opportunities for people to stay working longer which would help ensure the country’s long-term future, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:03:00 GMT

Do lobbyists have too much influence?

Do lobbyists have too much influence?OECD headquarters, Paris27 June 2013

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Better civil justice systems can boost investment, competition, innovation and growth, OECD says

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Norge bør styrke insentivene til å jobbe lengre for eldre arbeidstakere, sier OECD

Norge er bedre rustet til å møte aldringen av befolkningen enn de fleste andre land. Mer kan likevel gjøres for å øke mulighetene og insentivene til å jobbe lenger, og dermed styrke landets langsiktige utvikling, ifølge en ny rapport fra OECD.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: June 2013

Unit labour costs (ULCs) in OECD countries decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with a rise of 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. This was driven by lower growth of labour compensation per unit of labour input (0.3% compared with 0.9% in the previous quarter), and increased labour productivity growth (0.4% compared with minus 0.2%).

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:00 GMT

Portugal needs proactive enforcement to tackle severe foreign bribery risks, says OECD

Portugal’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low. Not a single prosecution has resulted from 15 allegations of Portuguese companies bribing foreign officials in high-risk countries.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Poland needs strategy to meet growing risk of foreign bribery

The current Polish framework for fighting foreign bribery is still inadequate to fully meet foreign bribery risks resulting from Poland’s growing economy, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on health spending in Brussels on 26 June 2013

Public spending on health and long-term care has been rising faster than GDP in the OECD area for several decades. New OECD research suggests that the upward trend now also extends to major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s Education at a Glance 2013 to be published Tuesday 25 June

The 2013 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 25 June 2013.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD reports to G8 on global system of automatic exchange of tax information

The OECD has presented to G8 leaders the steps needed to create a fairer and more transparent global tax system.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:00 GMT

We must take better care of the elderly, say OECD and the European Commission

The number of people over 80 will double by 2050 rising from 3.9% of the population to 9.1% in 2050 across OECD countries and from 4.7% to 11.3% across 27 EU members. Estimates are that up to half of them will need help to cope with their daily needs. Yet even today governments are struggling to deliver high-quality care to elderly people with reduced physical and mental abilities, says a new OECD/EC report, A good life in old age? .

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on civil justice systems in Rome on 21 June 2013

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Migration picking up but rising unemployment hurting immigrants

Migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:01:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2013, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 0.6% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates. However, the aggregate G20 GDP growth rate continues to mask diverging patterns across the world’s largest economies.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD to present work on global food security and agricultural innovation in Brussels Wednesday 19 June 2013, during a seminar hosted by CEPS, from 12h30 to 14h30

Around 850 million people worldwide are undernourished, mostly living on less than a dollar a day. Two-thirds of the world’s poor live in rural areas where farming is the principal economic activity.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Mexico must invest more in disaster risk prevention to support sustainable development

Mexico regularly faces a wide range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tropical storms and floods. Over the years, the National Civil Protection System has improved its institutional and operational preparedness to manage these disruptive events. But more can be done to avoid future losses and at the same time support sustainable economic development.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:30:00 GMT

OECD-FAO预计全球农业生产增速放缓

OECD和FAO发布的新报告指出,预计未来十年全球农业生产年平均增长率为1.5%,与之相比,2003年到2012年的年增长率为2.1%。

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5% a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO today.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:30:00 GMT

New OECD report offers tips on how households can green their behaviour

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the economic crisis has taken its toll, and the survey shows that the environment is slipping down on the list of people’s priorities.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook to be released 6 June – news conference in Beijing

How will global agriculture develop over the coming decade and what role will China play? With limited expansion of farmland and rising production costs, will supply be able to keep pace with demand to ensure food security?

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:57:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to action plan to tackle youth joblessness

OECD governments have committed to stepping up their efforts to tackle high youth unemployment and strengthen their education systems to better prepare young people for the world of work.

Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of New Zealand launches Wednesday 5 June 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of New Zealand, to be published on Wednesday 5 June 2013, looks at how the country can build on its growing economic momentum and create more equitable and sustainable long-term growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 17:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

Global economy advancing but pace of recovery varies, says OECD Economic Outlook

The global economy is moving forward, but divergence between countries and regions reflects the uneven progress made toward recovery from the economic crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. Historically high unemployment remains the most serious challenge facing governments.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Austria, Luxembourg and Singapore among countries signing-on to end tax secrecy

As a further sign of international efforts to crack down on tax offenders, 12 more countries have signed, or committed to sign, the OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. In addition, another 6 countries have ratified the Convention.

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT

ОЭСР выпускает в свет версию 3.0 «Индекса лучшей жизни»: удовлетворенность жизнью, здоровье и образование возглавляют рейтинг

Организация Экономического Сотрудничества и Развития (ОЭСР) представляет версию 3.0 новаторского Индекса лучшей жизни (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org ) – интерактивного онлайн-инструмента, который позволяет создать собственный индекс лучшей жизни в соответствии с приоритетностью каждого из 11 аспектов, которые ОЭСР определила как важнейшие составляющие благосостояния.

Tue, 28 May 2013 20:54:00 GMT

OECD launches Better Life Index 3.0: Life satisfaction, health, education top list

The OECD today launched a 3.0 version of its pioneering Better Life Index, an interactive tool that allows people to create their own index according to their priorities in 11 areas that the OECD has identified as essential for well-being. The updated version contains the latest underlying statistics, country data, user findings and a translation into Spanish.

Tue, 28 May 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Statistics: Experts to continue work of Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on measuring progress

A High Level Expert Group is to be set up to continue the work of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Tue, 28 May 2013 15:23:00 GMT

New approach to globalisation and global value chains needed to boost growth and jobs, says OECD

Technological advances, less costly shipping and trade liberalisation have transformed the way in which companies make products and distribute them worldwide. Governments that become more open to trade and investment, and encourage innovation will help firms better integrate the global value chains that are driving growth in increasingly interconnected economies, according to new OECD research.

Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Thu, 23 May 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

Cities can generate growth and jobs while becoming greener – this is the message of the OECD’s new Green Growth in Cities report. Drawing on case studies of Paris, Chicago, Kitakyushu and Stockholm, the report identifies green policies that can respond to urban growth priorities and suggests how to implement and finance them.

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:55:00 GMT

Cash-strapped governments will need private sector investment to meet sustainable transport objectives, OECD says

Boosting private sector investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will be essential as governments seek to meet long-term economic and environmental objectives at a time of constrained public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Russia: Progress made in improving the quality of official statistics but challenges remain

Russia’s official statistics are compiled with a high a degree of professionalism and now have a solid legal basis, but their scope, timeliness and international comparability needs to be improved, according to an initial assessment by the OECD.

Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Quarterly National Accounts - GDP Growth - First Quarter 2013, OECD

Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, after a 0.3% increase in the previous quarter. This is the first contraction of GDP in the OECD area since the very sharp decline in the first quarter of 2009 (minus 2.3%).

Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:00 GMT

Tax Commissioners unite to fight tax fraud

The Forum on Tax Administration - Tax Commissioners from 45 countries - has been meeting in Moscow for the past two days. And released this comuniqué.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary General to participate in ITF Summit 22 May 2013 in Leipzig

The OECD will present its latest work on achieving sustainable transportation during the International Transport Forum’s annual Summit on Wednesday 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

Wed, 15 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Mexico launches Thursday 16 May 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Mexico, to be published on Thursday 16 May 2013, looks at how structural reforms carried out over the past few years have improved the country’s economic performance and increased its resilience in the face of external shocks.

Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Forum on Tax Administration

Ritz Carlton, Moscow, 16 – 17 May 2013

Tue, 14 May 2013 14:04:00 GMT

Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest

Income inequality increased by more in the first three years of the crisis to the end of 2010 than it had in the previous twelve years, before factoring in the effect of taxes and transfers on income, according to new OECD data.

Tue, 14 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Rotterdam/Amsterdam: competing in the global economy

Monday 13th May 2013, 14:30 – 15:30Hotel New York, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Fri, 10 May 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Portuguese Prime Minister to visit OECD

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho addressed the OECD Council of Ambassadors and met with senior OECD officials to discuss ways to boost productivity, improve skills and create jobs, and the role of the state in supporting inclusive growth.

Thu, 09 May 2013 18:19:00 GMT

Australia: Can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently

Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income. It is the eighth most generous country in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors. Australia’s goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 – a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy.

Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Korea should boost support for laid-off workers

Korea should strengthen its social safety net and improve support for laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 18:04:00 GMT

Italia: il nuovo Governo deve proseguire sulla scia delle recenti riforme

L'Italia ha compiuto notevoli progressi rafforzando le finanze pubbliche e adottando una vasta serie di riforme destinate ad incoraggiare la crescita economica. Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell'OCSE, il nuovo Governo deve garantire il rafforzamento di tali progressi e il perseguimento della medesima strada.

Thu, 02 May 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Belgium launches Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Brussels

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Belgium, to be published on Tuesday 7 May 2013, looks at the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis and actions that can help it boost growth and create jobs.

Thu, 02 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Italy: New government must build on recent reforms

Italy has made considerable progress in strengthening its public finances and adopting wide-ranging reforms to boost economic growth. The new government must build on past achievements and ensure that they are sustained and reinforced, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

The OECD awards first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows for education quality and equity

The OECD has named four researchers as the first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows: João Galvão Bacchetto, of Brazil; Przemysław Biecek of Poland; Gabriela Miranda Moriconi of Brazil; and William Schmidt of the United States.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Увеличение вложений в инфраструктуру и инновации поможет значительно расширить аграрный сектор Казахстана, согласно ОЭСР

Повышение конкурентоспособности казахстанского аграрного сектора, как часть более широкой задачи диверсификации национальной экономики, требует увеличения инвестиций в транспортную инфраструктуру, аграрную науку, развитие систем безопасности продовольствия, говорится в только что опубликованном обзоре ОЭСР.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Kazakhstan can boost farm sector with investment in infrastructure and innovation, says OECD

Greater investment in transport infrastructure, agricultural research and food safety systems is needed to help Kazakhstan boost the long-term competitiveness of its farm sector and meet wider economic diversification objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of Italy – Thursday 2 May 2013, Rome

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Italy, to be published on Thursday 2 May 2013, looks at the challenges facing the new government and at the steps which need to be taken to strengthen public finances, boost growth and reduce unemployment.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:31:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Reforms essential to make Ireland’s pension system fairer

Ireland should make its pension system simpler and fairer so that everyone gets sufficient income for a decent standard of living in retirement, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Japan is poised for expansion but must curb government debt

Japan is poised for an economic expansion, but long-term growth prospects remain contingent on additional efforts to revitalise the economy and reduce unsustainable levels of public debt, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Financing small business: a key to economic recovery

Access to finance remains a key challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and a stumbling block to recovery in most countries, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:55:00 GMT

OECD reports new developments in tax information exchange

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria has presented a report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that highlights measures to ensure that all taxpayers pay their fair share.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Japan launches Tuesday 23 April 2013 in Tokyo

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan, to be published on Tuesday 23 April 2013, discusses how the country can best meet the challenges of restoring public finances and boosting growth.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Denmark: good hospitals but primary health care must improve

The Danish central government and regions are leading international efforts to reform hospital systems, improving quality and safety by gathering specialists into major hospitals and closing smaller ones.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Strengthen evaluation to improve student learning, says OECD

Education systems around the world are increasingly measuring the performance of teachers and schools as part of their drive to help students do better and improve results. Rising demand for higher education standards and a trend towards greater school autonomy in some countries are among the factors behind this new focus, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency shifts focus to effectiveness of information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (referred to as "the Global Forum"), has released its peer review reports for Belize, Finland, Iceland, Nauru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Malaysia joins OECD agreement on mutual acceptance of chemical safety data

Malaysia has joined the OECD system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, ensuring that its non-clinical safety data related to the protection of human health and the environment will be accepted by all 40 countries adhering to MAD.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Slovenia to be released Tuesday 9 April 2013

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Slovenia – to be published on Tuesday 9 April 2013 - looks at the action needed to pull the country out of recession and tackle the banking crisis. It also looks at improving public finances and strengthening growth over the long term.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:43:00 GMT

Costa Rica refuerza la transparencia fiscal

Costa Rica ha depositado su instrumento de ratificación del Convenio sobre asistencia administrativa mutua en el ámbito de la fiscalidad, el acuerdo multilateral más amplio que existe en lo referente a cooperación fiscal e intercambio de información.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica strengthens tax transparency

Rica has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most comprehensive multilateral agreement available for tax-cooperation and exchange of information.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets

Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. A moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to February 2013, compared with 1.7% in the year to January 2013. This slight increase in the annual rate of inflation masks opposing movements in energy and food prices.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy is improving but Europe lags behind, says OECD

Global economic activity is picking up, but the continuing crisis in the euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise

New data show that across OECD countries the average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 35.6 per cent in 2012. It increased in 19 out of 34 countries, fell in 14, and remained unchanged in 1.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

2013 Global Forum on Development 4-5 April 2013

The OECD’s annual Global Development Forum will focus on ways to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, with Olusengun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, will open the Forum at 13:00 on Thursday 4 April. They will be joined by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committeee, Eric Solheim.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Ireland: Boosting local jobs and growth – international experts meet in Dublin and Kilkenny

Cutting unemployment and fostering new sources of economic growth will be the focus of an international meeting of local development experts and practitioners in Dublin and Kilkenny on the 26 and 27 March 2013.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Speeding up reforms will foster more inclusive and greener growth in China

China has made tremendous progress toward achieving inclusive growth, but major reforms are needed to ensure a fourth decade of rapidly converging living standards and a greener economy, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:09:00 GMT

Regrettably low awareness in the private sector is an obstacle to the fight against foreign bribery in the Czech Republic

The Czech government must urgently engage with the private sector to raise awareness, says a new OECD report. The awareness of the Czech foreign bribery offence remains regrettably low among companies, despite the recent adoption of a comprehensive corporate liability regime that holds Czech companies liable for this crime.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:09:00 GMT

Denmark must investigate foreign bribery more proactively

Denmark’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been weak. Only 13 foreign bribery allegations have surfaced, and sanctions have been imposed in just one case that falls under the Convention. Law enforcement authorities have not been sufficiently proactive, and cases have been prematurely closed without complete investigations. Denmark must take more investigative steps and make greater efforts to gather evidence from abroad.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:58:00 GMT

经合组织称加快改革进程必将促进中国经济增长更加包容更加绿色

经合组织最新一期的《中国经济调查》指出,尽管中国在实现包容性增长方面成效显著,但为确保第四个十年更快地向更高生活水平靠拢,并使经济更加“绿色”,中国仍需采取重大措施深入改革。

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD releases first comprehensive guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives.Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazil: better co-ordination needed to support sustained and equitable growth

Brazil’s economic growth has been supported in recent years by important government investment and social programmes that mobilise resources across the country. These programmes could help Brazil to meet its goals of sustaining economic growth and fostering social development, while reducing regional disparities.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Brasil: é preciso melhorar a coordenação para apoiar o crescimento sustentado e equitativo

Nos últimos anos, o crescimento econômico do Brasil teve o apoio de importantes investimentos e programas sociais do governo, que mobilizaram recursos em todo o país. Esses programas podem ajudar o Brasil a atingir seus objetivos de crescimento econômico sustentado e promover o desenvolvimento social, reduzindo as disparidades regionais.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary-General’s official visit to China (21st - 26th March 2013)

The Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, was in Beijing to attend the China Development Forum, to present the third OECD economic survey of China and to hold bilateral meetings with key representatives of China's authorities, business and academic world.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:05:00 GMT

France must do more to boost competitiveness and create jobs

France has avoided the most severe impacts of the global economic crisis and turmoil in the euro area, but must now take action to boost competitiveness and create jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of China launches Friday 22 March 2013 in Beijing

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China, to be published on Friday 22 March 2013, discusses the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy in recent years and its resilience to the turbulent international environment.

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of France launches Tuesday 19 March 2013 in Paris

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France, to be published on Tuesday 19 March 2013, discusses policies to relaunch the French economy, restore public finances and address the long-term challenges facing the country.

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:28:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

Italy has taken a range of initiatives to improve the management of its natural resources and reduce energy intensity. Despite this progress, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Italy says the country still faces numerous environmental challenges.

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Norway should reform its welfare system to help people with mental health issues stay in work

Norway should overhaul its approach to mental health issues in the workplace in order to help more people find a job or stay in work, and cut high and rising public spending, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:35:00 GMT

Sweden: Tackling mental health problems is critical to boosting job prospects of young Swedes

Sweden should make greater efforts to prevent and address mental health problems among people under the age of 30, in order to boost their job prospects and reduce government spending on health care and out-of-work benefits, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Progress made but step up economic reforms to achieve full potential

South Africa must step up efforts to foster strong, inclusive economic growth that creates jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa. Priorities include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms, notably to improve education.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:43:00 GMT

La ripresa post disastro quale opportunità di cambiamento, secondo l’OCSE

Prendendo ad esempio l’Abruzzo, il cui capoluogo, L’Aquila, è stato distrutto da un terremoto quattro anni fà, un nuovo rapporto dell’OCSE raccomanda una serie di misure volte ad accelerare la ripresa delle regioni colpite da catastrofi naturali, rendendole più attrattive per residenti, turisti e investitori.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Recovering from disaster can be an opportunity for change, says OECD

Through the example of Abruzzo, whose capital L’Aquila was destroyed by an earthquake four years ago, a new OECD report recommends policies that can speed the recovery of regions hit by natural disasters, making them more attractive to residents, tourists and investors.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to assist Tunisia in investment reform and infrastructure projects

The OECD, together with the African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, will assist the Tunisian authorities in implementing a new law on public-private partnerships(PPPs)and a new investment code in order to increase transparency, openness and predictability for investors.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:44:00 GMT

OECD government borrowing set to rise slightly in 2013

The gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are projected to increase slightly to around USD 10.9 trillion in 2013, up from the already high level of USD 10.8 trillion in 2012, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho as new members

Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 119th and 120th members of the Global Forum, they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of South Africa launches Monday 4 March 2013 in Pretoria

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa, to be published on Monday 4 March 2013, discusses advances in recent years toward a range of economic and social objectives, as well as further actions needed to achieve the country’s full potential.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:27:00 GMT

OECD urges countries to harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research and save lives

Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Labour market reforms in Denmark must tackle mental health issues

Ongoing reforms of Denmark’s disability benefits and flexjobs are promising, but a stronger focus on helping people with their mental health issues is needed for the reforms to contribute to a sustainable decline in the high rate of unemployment, according to a new OECD report. Past labour market reforms failed because underlying mental health problems of the jobless remained unaddressed.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:48:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Denmark to launch on 25 February 2013 in Copenhagen

The OECD will present its first-ever review of mental health and work challenges in Denmark during a seminar open to media in Copenhagen on Monday 25 February 2013.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:22:00 GMT

«Структурые реформы как никогда ранее важны для уверенного и сбалансированного восстановления экономики», - утверждает ОЭСР

Согласно последнему докладу ОЭСР «На пути к росту» структурные реформы являются для государств мощным инструментом для форсирования экономического роста, создания рабочих мест, и обеспечения быстрого восстановления баланса в экономике.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery

Structural reforms offer governments a powerful tool to boost economic growth, create jobs and bring about a strong and balanced economic recovery, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax

Global solutions are needed to ensure that tax systems do not unduly profit multinational enterprises, leaving citizens and small businesses with bigger tax bills.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment

The amount of cross border portfolio investment exceeds 35 trillion USD. To encourage growth and cross-border investment more than 3000 tax treaties around the world based on the OECD Model reduce source taxation on a reciprocal basis.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Выпуск в свет доклада ОЭСР «На пути к росту 2013»: пресс-конференция 15 февраля в 14.30 в Москве

ОЭСР представит новый выпуск первостепенного экономического доклада «На пути к росту» в пятницу 15 февраля.

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Release of OECD’s Going for Growth 2013: News Briefing on Friday 15 February at 14:30 p.m. in Moscow

The OECD will present the 2013 edition of its flagship economic policy publication Going for Growth on Friday 15 February. This year’s report, which launches on the eve of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Moscow, identifies and assesses progress countries have made on key reforms that can help their economies rebound from the global economic crisis

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:23:00 GMT

OECD Conference on Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness - 13-14 February 2013 – Open to media

Some developed economies now invest more in ideas, skills, software and research and development than in physical capital like machines and buildings. This shift towards knowledge-based capital creates new challenges for governments and business in areas ranging from tax policies and the protection of intellectual property rights to boosting investment in ideas and data.

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:53:00 GMT

UK: Boosting growth and tackling inequality are key to recovery

Britain must continue to pursue pro-growth, as well as inequality-reducing structural reforms in order to recover from the nation’s deepest recession in nearly a century, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Korea must strengthen social cohesion to boost growth and equity, says OECD

Korea should build on its strong economy and well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of a fast-ageing population and to tackle rising income inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Labour migration: Germany is open to graduates but immigration is difficult for medium-skilled workers

Germany is one of the OECD countries with the lowest barriers to immigration for high-skilled workers. However, long-term labour migration is low in comparison with other countries.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Las perspectivas económicas de Colombia son favorables, pero sigue habiendo grandes desafíos, dice la OCDE

Según la última Evaluación económica de Colombia de la OCDE, la economía colombiana es vigorosa y las perspectivas son favorables, pero el país debe esforzarse por lograr que la actual prosperidad debida a las materias primas contribuya al crecimiento sostenible e inclusivo a largo plazo.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

Colombia's economic outlook is strong, but deep challenges remain, OECD says

The Colombian economy is strong and the outlook is promising, but the country must do more to ensure that the ongoing commodities boom contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth over the long-term, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Assessment of Colombia.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of UK Wednesday 6 February 2013 in London

The OECD’s latest economic survey of the United Kingdom, to be published on Wednesday 6 February 2013, looks at some of the major policy challenges facing the country including recovering from recession, boosting growth and reducing inequality.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

OECD report on Social Cohesion in Korea to launch Tuesday 5 February 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will launch a report on social cohesion at an 11.00 a.m. news conference in Korea on Tuesday 5 February 2013.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:50:00 GMT

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation

An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:22:00 GMT

België moet geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen op het werk proactiever aanpakken, zegt de OESO

Belgische bedrijven, ziekenfondsen en arbeidsbemiddelingsdiensten dienen proactiever te zijn om mensen met geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen te helpen aan het werk te blijven of een baan te vinden, volgens een nieuw OESO-rapport.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

Belgium should be more proactive in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, says OECD

Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:03:00 GMT

OECD calls for better alignment of energy policy, public finances and environmental goals

Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Eventos de la OCDE en Colombia

Presentación de la Evaluación Económica, jueves 31 de enero de 2013 en BogotáSeminario sobre la Economía de Colombia, 1 de febrero en la Universidad de los Andes

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:17:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

BLI Brochure Russian Version

BLI Brochure Russian Version

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:21:00 GMT

OECD to launch Russian version of its Better Life Index at the Gaidar Forum

The OECD will participate in the Gaidar Forum in Moscow 16-19 January and will launch the Russian version of its award-winning Better Life Index [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ru/].

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:07:00 GMT

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland should reform funding for professional education and training

Switzerland should reform its funding arrangements for professional education and training system by implementing a new intercantonal funding agreement, and piloting additional funding measures, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

Mexico is faced with difficult trade-offs as it pursues its economic, social and environmental goals. Like other emerging economies Mexico is balancing the need to protect its natural resources with the need to address high levels of income inequality and poverty.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Mexico must improve water governance, financing and regulation, says OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría

Mexico’s river basins are under severe water stress. The quality of rivers, lakes and aquifers is declining and floods, droughts, and hurricanes are more frequent. These are some of the alerts signaled in OECD’s Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

México debe mejorar su gobernabilidad, financiamiento y regulación del agua, dice el Secretario General de la OCDE, Angel Gurría

México enfrenta grandes desafíos en materia de gestión de agua. Para empezar, las cuencas hidrológicas padecen un grave estrés hídrico; la calidad de los ríos, lagos y acuíferos está disminuyendo; mientras que las inundaciones, sequías y huracanes son cada vez más frecuentes.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by absence of foreign bribery convictions in Spain

Spain’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with not a single prosecution out of only seven investigations in 13 years since joining the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Spain must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and strengthen its legal framework for fighting bribery by addressing gaps in its Penal Code, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:40:00 GMT

Netherlands must significantly step up its foreign bribery enforcement, says OECD

The Netherlands is failing to vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and must do more to enforce its foreign bribery laws. Fourteen out of 22 foreign bribery allegations have not triggered the opening of an investigation, calling into question the Netherlands’ ability and proactivity in investigating and prosecuting this crime.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:27:00 GMT

Austria’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak, but could pick up soon says OECD

The OECD Working Group on Bribery regrets that Austria has not had a conviction of bribing foreign public officials despite a number of allegations, 13 years after ratifying the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. However, enforcement appears to be picking up, with one case being tried, two more cases soon to be tried, and four ongoing investigations.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Gesetze gegen Auslandsbestechung in Österreich unzureichend umgesetzt – OECD setzt auf baldige Verbesserung

Die OECD-Arbeitsgruppe gegen Bestechung bedauert, dass in Österreich bisher noch kein Urteil wegen der Bestechung von ausländischen Amtsträgern ergangen ist, obwohl seit der Ratifizierung des entsprechenden OECD-Übereinkommens vor 13 Jahren eine Reihe von Vorwürfen vorlag.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013

OECD and WTO to present new approach for measuring global trade10.00 – 11.00 a.m. 16 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says OECD

Progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, over the past decade but much remains to be done in many countries. Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Competitiveness of the port-city of Marseille-Fos

Wednesday 19 December, 14:00-16:002nd floor of J1 Hangar - IFEP officeClose to the port of Marseille office, place de la Joliette, Marseille

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:28:00 GMT

Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, OECD says

The Australian economy is robust and faces a solid short-term outlook, but it must continue adapting to ensure that its privileged place in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to long-term sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:25:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Sweden launches Monday 17 December 2012 in Stockholm

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Sweden, to be published on Monday 17 December 2012, discusses the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis as well as its capacity to cope with further external shocks, notably those posed by the continuing crisis in the euro area.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Colombia se adhiere a la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho

El 19 de enero de 2013 Colombia se convertirá en el 40º estado en formar parte en la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Colombia will become the 40th Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 19 January 2013.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Greater gender equality essential for economic recovery

New evidence showing how gender equality is essential for a fairer society and stronger global economy, will be presented by the OECD at a Gender Forum in Paris on 17 December 2012.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:39:00 GMT

Australia’s unique approach to helping the unemployed has delivered good results but challenges remain, says OECD

Australia’s labour market reforms over the past 15 years have boosted employment and cut welfare benefit dependency.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT

OECD Events in Australia

The OECD will launch two new publications in Australia next week: a Review of Labour Market Policies and an Economic survey.

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:22:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee Statement

OECD Steel Committee Statement

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Luxembourg launches Thursday 13 December 2012

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Luxembourg, to be published on Thursday 13 December 2012, discusses how the country’s finance-driven economy has weathered the global economic crisis.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:06:00 GMT

Ministers pledge to finance effective development

Development ministers from OECD and emerging economies met in London 4 - 5 December for the High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee(DAC).

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:33:00 GMT

Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says OECD

Vibrant and dynamic urban centers are among the main drivers of national growth and employment, but OECD’s new report Promoting Growth in All Regions highlights that even less wealthy regions have the potential to bolster stronger, greener, and more inclusive economies.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, OECD says

The Slovak Republic recovered strongly from the global economic crisis and is weathering well the storm that has struck its main European trading partners. The challenges going forward will be restoring public finances while driving down unemployment and fostering long-term inclusive growth, says the latest Economic Survey.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:45:00 GMT

Guatemala, plenamente comprometida con el intercambio internacional de información fiscal

Guatemala ha firmado la Convención sobre Asistencia Administrativa Mutua en Materia Fiscal, lo que permite su exclusión de la lista de países que todavía no han implementado sustancialmente la norma fiscal internacional

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:51:00 GMT

Brazil: Enhancing audit reporting is key to the integrity of government accounts

Brazil’s supreme audit institution – the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) – has began a process to reform its audit of the Accounts of the President of the Republic to enhance transparency and accountability of federal budget execution.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:31:00 GMT

Guatemala: commits to international exchange of tax information

Guatemala has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters allowing it to be removed from the list of countries that have not yet substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT

Luxembourg: a generous aid donor

Luxembourg allocated 0.97% of its gross national income, or USD 413 million, to official development assistance in 2011.“Luxembourg is the Development Assistance Committee’ s third most generous donor as a portion of its economy – after Sweden and Norway – and it has a high quality programme” says Brian Atwood, Chair of the DAC. “We commend Luxembourg’s commitment to keeping its ODA at 1% of GNI until 2014”.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Progress made on immigrant integration but more efforts needed on education and jobs, finds OECD

OECD countries have made much progress over the past decade in helping immigrants integrate in society. But much remains to be done, notably in improving how well immigrant children do at school and in finding work, and in immigrant women’s access to employment, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, OECD says

Spain is immersed in a prolonged recession that has been compounded by the continuing crisis in the euro area. The path to recovery has been launched, but will require full implementation of reforms and some additional measures to restore confidence in the financial sector, redress public finances and bring down high unemployment, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:30:00 GMT

Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD

The global economy is expected to make a hesitant and uneven recovery over the coming two years. Decisive policy action is needed to ensure that stalemate over fiscal policy in the United States and continuing euro area instability do not plunge the world back into recession, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD helps countries track and secure climate finance and boost green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies

The OECD offers impartial data and evidence-based policy advice on scaling-up climate finance, and incentivising green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Asia/Pacific region: Improving the quality of its healthcare

Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:00:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Water in Latin America and the Caribbean: better governance can improve access

In Latin American and Caribbean countries the population is growing faster than the world average, intensifying land use and increasing urbanisation. The region is also prone to the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters, putting further pressure on natural resources.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Responding to the crisis: what are OECD countries doing to strengthen their public finances?

OECD countries are intensifying their fiscal consolidation efforts, introducing additional measures and extending the time horizon to implement them. Most have announced fiscal consolidation of more than 3% of GDP over the period 2009-15, according to the OECD’s Restoring Public Finances 2012.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Agua en América Latina y el Caribe: Mejor gobernabilidad puede mejorar el acceso, dice la OCDE

En países latinoamericanos, la población crece a un ritmo mayor que el promedio mundial, lo cual intensifica el uso de la tierra y aumenta la urbanización. La región también es propensa a los impactos negativos del cambio climático y de los desastres naturales.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:24:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released Tuesday 27 November 2012

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major world economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 GMT) on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Nuevas políticas para PYMES se requieren para impulsar el crecimiento en América Latina, según la OCDE y la CEPAL

Aunque las perspectivas permanecen relativamente positivas, están sujetas a la incertidumbre y volatilidad del contexto externo, por lo que los gobiernos de América Latina deben actuar ahora para fortalecer el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región y contrarrestar estos riesgos, señala el informe Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2013 producido conjuntamente por el Centro de Desarrollo de la OCDE y la CEPAL.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:48:00 GMT

Health spending in Europe falls for the first time in decades

Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:01:00 GMT

New SME policies needed to boost Latin America's growth, say OECD and ECLAC

Latin American governments must act now to strengthen growth and development and counter these risks, according to the 2013 Latin American Economic Outlook, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre and ECLAC.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Public social spending rising in most OECD countries

Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:07:00 GMT

Global Forum on Public Governance: Better Governance for Inclusive Growth

The financial and economic crises demonstrate that most governments need to change the way they run their countries. Though some have a better track record of reform than others, all can do more to create inclusive, open and responsible governance that can reduce inequality and promote economic growth.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:30:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues are rising, but still low and varied among countries

Tax revenues in Latin American countries are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries, but are rising slowly. Revenue Statistics in Latin America shows that the average tax revenue to GDP ratio in the 15 Latin American countries covered by the report increased from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010, after falling from a high point of 19.7% in 2008.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:20:00 GMT

Health: men faring worse than women in hospitalisations for diabetes

New OECD data show that men are more likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of poor management of diabetes than women, even when there are no significant differences in the number of men and women living with diabetes.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:12:00 GMT

Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years, says OECD

The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

G20 ministers welcome OECD disaster risk assessment and financing framework

G20 Finance Ministers have welcomed a new OECD/G20 framework designed to help governments develop financial strategies for disaster risk management.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:02:00 GMT

Development: Finland should not back-track on its aid commitments, says OECD

Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:09:00 GMT

OECD improves tool to predict the hazards of chemicals

Governments and the chemical industry spend millions of dollars every year testing the safety of chemicals that people use in their everyday lives. Computer modelling, through the OECD-designed QSAR Toolbox software, now replaces many of the tests traditionally done in the laboratory. This allows regulators and industry to save money and use fewer animals to predict the hazardous properties of chemicals.

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Investment: G20 governments must step up efforts to resist protectionism, says OECD, WTO, UNCTAD report

The OECD, WTO and UNCTAD have called on G20 governments to step up efforts to resist protectionism in the face of continuing high unemployment and a weak economic recovery.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, met with the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD

The President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, met the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD on Monday 29th October.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency welcomes new members and reviews 12 countries

At the Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, delegates from 81 jurisdictions and 11 international organisations evaluated whether all Forum members are exchanging tax information effectively.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:53:00 GMT

OECD and ATAF strengthen tax co-operation with Africa

The OECD and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) have signed a Memorandum of Co-operation, agreeing to work together to improve tax systems in Africa.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by lack of foreign bribery convictions, but encouraged by recent efforts by the Australian Federal Police

Australia’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with just a single case leading to prosecutions out of 28 referrals in 13 years. Cases may have been closed prematurely. Australia must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Tax: Revenues rising slowly across the OECD

In most OECD countries tax revenues are continuing to rise in relation to GDP from the 2008-09 declines seen at the beginning of the crisis, according to OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics. OECD countries collected about 34.0% of GDP in taxes in 2011, compared with 33.8% in 2010.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned at lack of foreign bribery convictions in France, but recognises recent efforts to ensure independence of prosecutors

France should intensify its efforts to combat the bribery of foreign public officials. Only five convictions – of which one, under appeal, involves a company – have been handed down in twelve years.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:33:00 GMT

Measuring well-being needs to be at the heart of policy-making, says OECD World Forum

A major step forward towards putting the measurement of well-being at the heart of policy-making was taken at a four-day international conference which ended in New Delhi today.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:05:00 GMT

OECD launches online portal to boost product safety

The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mexico: President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto visit to the OECD

On October 18, Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto ended his European tour with a visit to OECD headquarters in Paris where he delivered a keynote address on Mexico’s challenges and its role in a changing global landscape, followed by a press conference with the Secretary-General.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Burkina Faso and Cameroon as new members

Burkina Faso and Cameroon have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As 112th and 113th members of the Global Forum they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:35:00 GMT

OECD news conference to launch global product recall portal, Friday 19 October 2012, Brussels

The OECD will host a news conference to launch its new global portal on product recalls during the International Product Safety Week 2012 at 11.00 AM on Friday 19 October at the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels.

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:42:00 GMT

Israel: excellent primary health care, but hospitals must improve

Israel has world class-primary care services and should now focus efforts on bringing its hospitals up to the same high international standards, according to the OECD’s Health Care Quality Review of Israel.

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

OECD World Forum in New Delhi - News briefingTuesday 16 October 2012

Assessing the progress and failings of our societies requires a far broader set of measures than just economic indicators. This is why international experts, NGO representatives and politicians in fields as diverse as the environment, development, health, education, business and social affairs will be meeting in New Delhi from 16-19 October 2012.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Indonesia can boost food security through investment, trade and subsidy reform, says OECD

Indonesia can improve national food security by facilitating greater investment in agriculture, opening agri-food markets to greater international trade, reforming input subsidies and food aid schemes and moving away from self-sufficiency policy objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Middle East and North Africa : Boosting support for women’s entrepreneurship will pay off in jobs and growth, says OECD

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should create urgently needed jobs for the 2.5 million people entering the labour market each year and improve their policies to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in order to reduce structural unemployment, says a new OECD report.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:21:00 GMT

IT sector booms during downturn, says OECD

Internet firms continue to drive growth and job creation in the IT industry, with fast-rising demand for mobile services helping to boost revenue and investment in research and development, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Pakistan as new member

Pakistan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 111th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Estonia must reform to ward against boom/bust cycles, OECD says

Estonia recovered forcefully from the global economic crisis but growth has since slowed, highlighting the need for further reforms that reduce exposure to external shocks and ensure against future boom/bust cycles, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Estonia.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:28:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes budget proposal and economic reforms announced by the Spanish Government

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the Spanish government's budget and the economic policy measures announced yesterday.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012 at Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, Thursday 4 October 2012

Cyber attacks on business, governments and infrastructure are rising fast, costing the global economy billions of dollars each year. Boosting international co-operation to strengthen internet governance and ensure the continuing free flow of information over the Internet is essential.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:33:00 GMT

Indonesia should improve governance, productivity and tax collection to promote inclusive growth

Indonesia has improved its macro-economic and structural policies over the last 15 years. Its economy, with strong and stable growth rates of 5–6.6%, is catching up with other countries in the region and allowing Indonesia to focus on its development agenda.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Economy: OECD’s Gurría urges Italy to maintain reform momentum

Italy has made a major effort to speed up long-overdue economic reforms but it is now essential to maintain the momentum, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today in Rome.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Economia: Il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE raccomanda all'Italia di proseguire con le riforme

L'Italia ha fatto enormi sforzi per accelerare le riforme economiche che dovevano essere attuate da lungo tempo, ma è oggi essenziale proseguire su questa via, ha affermato oggi il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Pension fund assets at record high but investment returns negative in 2011, says OECD

Pension fund assets in OECD countries hit a record USD 20.1 trillion in 2011 but return on investment fell below zero, with an average negative return of -1.7%s, according to the OECD’s latest Pension Markets in Focus. The report says that weak equity markets and low interest rates drove the poor performance.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:50:00 GMT

News conference to report on Indonesia’s economy and regulatory system

Launch of the Economic Survey of Indonesia and Review of Regulatory Reforms

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Italy: Gurría and Monti to address Rome conference on competitiveness, growth and jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will address a major conference on structural reform in Italy on Monday 24 September at the Sala Polifunzionale of the Presidenza del Consiglio in Rome.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:46:00 GMT

Agriculture : Support to agriculture at historic lows, says OECD

Government support to agriculture in OECD countries fell to 19% of total farm receipts in 2011, a record low driven by developments in international commodity markets, rather than by explicit policy changes, according to the report Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Economic crisis and weak outlook hit R&D, says OECD

Business spending on research and development has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with nearly all OECD countries seeing a fall in investment which could impact innovation and long-term growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012 to launch 19 September 2012 in Brussels and Washington, DC

The OECD will present its latest estimates of public support to agriculture during seminars in Brussels and Washington DC on 19 September 2012.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:00 GMT

Education spending rising but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries, says OECD

Governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Economy: European recession slowing global economy, says OECD

The global economy has slowed, with key European countries entering a recession that is now impacting worldwide, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.Interim Economic Assessment

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: OECD calls for reform of postsecondary vocational education and training in Denmark

Denmark should build on the strengths of its vocational and educational training programme to ensure that young people enter the labour market with the skills companies need and to meet the national goal of having 60% of young people enter higher education by 2020, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea should improve its vocational education programmes, says OECD

Korea should reform its vocational education and training programmes to ensure that students leave college with the skills and expertise that companies need in today’s rapidly changing labour market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:30:00 GMT

Education: OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012 to be published Tuesday 11 September

The 2012 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 11 September 2012. Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Tax: OECD welcomes multilateral efforts to improve international tax compliance and transparency

The OECD welcomed today a new model international tax agreement designed to improve cross-border tax compliance and boost transparency.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland tops fixed broadband ranking, while Korea leads in wireless broadband

Switzerland tops for the first time the OECD fixed broadband ranking, with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9). The OECD average is 25.6, according to new OECD statistics.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMT

Tax: OECD updates OECD Model Tax Convention to extend information requests to groups

The OECD has updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, which sets out the international standard on exchange of information. The standard provides for information exchange on request, where the information is “foreseeably relevant” for the administration of the taxes of the requesting party, regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum welcomes Kazakhstan as new member

Kazakhstan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 110th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:58:00 GMT

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:15:00 GMT

Tax: Ghana Signs Tax Cooperation Agreement

Ghana has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD. Ghana is the second African country, after South Africa, to sign the Convention since it was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Effective management and incentives can rebuild fisheries sector, says OECD at EXPO 2012

Governments looking to boost their fisheries sector should review their policies to create incentives for economically and environmentally sustainable fisheries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:30:00 GMT

Agriculture: Increased productivity and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security OECD and FAO publish new Agricultural Outlook

Food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:09:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 July 2012

Annual inflation in the OECD area slowed to 2.1% in the year to May 2012, compared with 2.5% in the year to April 2012 – the lowest rate since January 2011.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Health: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

Growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases, according to OECD Health Data 2012.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:36:00 GMT

Economy: The United States needs to foster education and innovation to keep its cutting edge

The United States should do more to foster innovation and provide more equitable access to high-quality education in order to maintain its status as the world's most vibrant and productive economy, according to OECD's latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

Tourism experts from international organisations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:19:00 GMT

Sweden's enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak

More than twelve years after making foreign bribery a crime, Sweden needs to make much greater efforts to actively enforce its anti-bribery legislation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Slovak Republic must urgently introduce effective legislation holding companies liable for foreign bribery, says OECD

20/06/2012 - The Slovak Republic must urgently meet its obligations under the Convention it signed 12 years ago and introduce an effective corporate liability regime so that Slovak companies are held accountable for the bribery of foreign public officials in cross-border business deals, says a new OECD report.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: Joining forces to fight financial crime and illicit activities

Financial crimes, including corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, are a threat to all countries, both developing and developed. The sums are vast. Estimates have put total proceeds from all illicit activities at 3.6% of global GDP.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:29:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:45:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2012, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew 0.8% in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to preliminary estimates. This small pick-up in aggregate G20 GDP growth still masks diverging patterns among the world's largest economies however.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: Compact cities: the way of the future

Governments faced with growing populations and dwindling natural rescources have two choices: they can let urban sprawl continue to eat up useful land or they can plan compact cities that will be good for the economy and the environment.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: G20 collaboration to improve agriculture productivity growth is key to feeding 9 billion people

G20 governments under successive Presidencies have sought to improve international collaboration in support of a more productive and sustainable global food and agriculture system.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage essential, says OECD

Governments will need to raise retirement ages gradually to address increasing life expectancy in order to ensure that their national pension systems are both affordable and adequate, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, June 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend continue to point to divergence between economies.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

Slovenia's rich and diverse environment is under pressure from the country’s expanding economy. OECD’s first Environmental Performance Review of Slovenia says that greening growth, including though green tax reform, better use of public and private finance, could help Slovenia.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, OECD says

Start-up rates in most countries are edging back toward their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that ch

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 countries should rely on open markets to reboot global growth

G20 governments should prevent further deterioration in their collective trade and investment policy stance and focus on promoting open markets to re-boot growth in the world economy, according to the OECD, WTO and UNCTAD.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 29 May 2012

Annual inflation in the OECD area slowed to 2.5% in the year to April 2012, compared with 2.7% in the year to March 2012.

Tue, 29 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Design policies to ensure growth is socially inclusive, says OECD-World Bank report

Economic policy should be better designed to bring about more inclusive growth, ensuring that the benefits of increased prosperity are shared more evenly across society, according to a new report from the OECD and the World Bank.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Colombia and Mexico sign international tax, human rights and clean business standards

Colombia and Mexico are a step closer to beneffiting from cross border tax co-operation and information sharing. Colombia has signed, and Mexico has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tunisia and Morocco join multilateral business integrity and green growth instruments

Tunisia and Morocco signed up today to a series of international instruments in areas ranging from business integrity to international investment and green growth. Adherence to these instruments is an expression of a long-standing co-operation between countries in North Africa and the OECD.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tackle gender gap to boost growth, says OECD

Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Global economy recovering, but major risks remain, says OECD

The global economy is recovering, but confidence is extremely uneven across different regions, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. European governments must take greater action to ensure that the crisis in the euro area does not derail the recovery.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Skills Strategy to boost jobs and growth

The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministers must focus on young jobseekers

Young people continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with nearly 11 million 15 to 24 -year-olds out of work in OECD countries in early 2012. Youth unemployment in the OECD area in March 2012 was 17.1%, close to its November 2009 peak of 18.3%

Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invitation: Workshop OECD/AJEF on "Skills Strategy" - Tuesday 19 June at 13h00 (Paris time)

How to optimise the skills of the labour market to anticipate business demand and promote growth and social cohesion in these times of record unemployment?

Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, May 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to regained momentum in the OECD area but with divergence between economies.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders

The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders/ Inspecteurs des impôts sans frontières – a new initiative to help developing countries bolster their domestic revenues by making their tax systems fairer and more effective.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 May 2012

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 2.7% in the year to March 2012, compared with 2.8% in the year to February 2012.

Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Korea: a strong national urban strategy could drive resilient economic growth

Korea has weathered the shocks triggered by the global recession and its economy is recovering more quickly and vigorously than most other OECD countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

More parent and community engagement would boost quality in early childhood education and care in England

The report highlights strategies from other countries that could serve as a model for England as it develops its early childhood education and care programme.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Further reforms needed to sustain Korean growth and social cohesion

Korea recovered faster and more vigorously from the global crisis than most OECD countries, but strong economic growth alone will not be enough to address the fundamental challenges posed by its rapidly ageing population and rising inequality, according to the latest Economic Survey of Korea.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Sweden needs an independent committee to oversee National Pension Funds

Sweden should establish an independent committee of experts to oversee its National Pension Funds and set a clear, measurable financial objective for investments to ensure their long-term viability, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: the average tax burden on earnings in OECD countries continues to rise

The average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased in 26 out of 34 OECD countries in 2011 according to the new OECD Taxing Wages publication. Tax payers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Slovak Republic were among those hit with the largest increases.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Health: the high cost of diabetes

Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

EU development co-operation: improving but still cumbersome

The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Credit crunch squeezing entrepreneurs and small businesses more than big firms

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) requesting loans between 2007 and 2010 faced higher interest rates than for large companies. Loan conditions for SMEs included shortened maturities and increased demands for collateral, suggesting that banks considered smaller firms to be a higher risk.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for reform of governance of state-owned firms in the Middle East and North Africa

Middle Eastern and North African countries should reform the governance of their state-owned enterprises to bring about greater public accountability and improve their efficiency, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax evasion: Pressure to end tax evasion grows as the Global Forum publishes new reviews

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2012

OECD area annual inflation was stable at 2.8% in the year to February, with diverging and offsetting movements in energy and food price inflation.

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

UK increases enforcement of foreign bribery, but concerns remain about transparency and resources

The United Kingdom has significantly boosted its foreign bribery enforcement efforts but needs to be more transparent when resolving cases.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary has improved legal framework for fighting foreign bribery, but must do more to detect and prosecute

Hungary’s law banning bribery of foreign public officials is relatively good on paper but lacks effective application, according to a new OECD report. Hungary must strengthen detection and prosecution of individuals and companies involved in foreign bribery.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: OECD’s Gurría welcomes labour market reforms

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the Italian government for launching parliamentary discussions on a wide-ranging package of labour market reforms.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Finland should boost staff skills to improve its early childhood education and care services, says OECD

Finland gives its young children a better start in education than most OECD countries.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Further reform needed to raise growth prospects in Poland

Poland has been a strong performer across the OECD through the global economic crisis, growing much faster than most other countries and making impressive steps toward reducing the income gap with its European Union partners, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, OECD says

Euro area finance ministers meeting this week need to boost the firepower of the European stability funds to at least one trillion euros in order to restore market confidence, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD to simplify transfer pricing rules

Meeting at OECD’s first Global Forum on Transfer Pricing, tax officials from 90 countries agreed on the need to simplify transfer pricing rules, strengthen the guidelines on intangible issues and improve the efficiency of dispute resolution.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD's Gurría comments on UK budget

In response to the presentation of the 2012/13 U.K. Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has expressed support for the government’s plans for continued fiscal consolidation aiming at eliminating the fiscal deficit by 2016/17.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for new approach to tackle teacher shortage

With many countries facing shortages of qualified teachers in key subjects, governments need to make the profession more attractive to talented graduates, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary must stabilise its economy for a durable recovery, OECD says

Swift action is needed to stabilise the Hungarian economy and put growth on a sound footing for a durable recovery, according to the latest Economic Survey of Hungary. Strengthening the credibility and predictability of domestic policies and undertaking much-needed fiscal consolidation will be key.

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: More effective action needed to cut water pollution from farming

OECD governments have made little overall progress in reducing water contamination from farming over the past decade. More rigorous policies are needed to reduce the use of pesticides and encourage sustainable management of water quality in agriculture.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: The Chicago Tri-State metro area is a powerful region – policy makers must work together to maintain a global pole position and fully realise the region’s potential

Chicago is at a tipping point: despite economic strengths, it faces considerable challenges to compete in the “Premier League” of world-class cities, warns the OECD’s review of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 6 March 2012

This slight easing in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflected the slower growth in energy prices, which increased by 7.4% in the year to January, down from 8.1% in the year to December.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD recommends action on international tax loopholes

Aggressive tax planning – untaxed income, multiple deductions and other forms of international tax arbitrage - is a growing concern for all governments.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Focus on strategic agricultural investments to reduce poverty in developing countries, OECD says

Agricultural policies to reduce poverty in developing countries should focus on strategic investments to raise productivity and benefit from high food prices, according to a new OECD study.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: India ratifies Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

India has ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD that was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, OECD says

The pace of reform has accelerated in those OECD countries where it is needed most, says the latest Going for Growth report. It identifies the specific action needed to help governments steer their economies out of the crisis, stimulate growth and create jobs.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Experts maintain commitment to expanding and updating tractor safety standards

Experts, manufacturers and government officials meeting in Paris this week reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining safety standards in farm machinery by expanding and updating the OECD’s harmonised tests and codes.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: signs international tax agreement to tackle tax evasion

Greece has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement that was developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and that is open for signature to all countries.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD’s Gurría welcomes support package

The Secretary-General says the package will provide the necessary confidence and breathing space for Greece to work on its recovery and for Europe to address its sovereign debt crisis.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday?

More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth - Transition to a knowledge based economy will require further reform and investment, OECD says

Germany recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. Public finances are sound, but further reforms are needed to transform its growth model to thrive as a knowledge-based economy.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Migration: integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed

Labour market integration of immigrants in Switzerland is generally successful: three quarters of immigrants in Switzerland are in employment – more than in any other OECD country

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Spain’s reforms to strengthen finances and boost jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said Spain’s comprehensive reform programme is a major step forward in strengthening the country’s banking system and its public finances, as well as creating a more dynamic labour market.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, February 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs) point to a positive change in momentum for the OECD as a whole, driven primarily by the United States and Japan, but similar signs are beginning to emerge in a number of other developed economies.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Statement by OECD ‘s Gurria after meeting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Italy has embarked on an ambitious, much needed reform programme to strengthen its public finances, to restore growth and to improve the competitiveness of the Italian economy.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 31 January 2012

This easing in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflected the slower growth in energy prices, which increased by 8.1% in the year to December, down from 11.6% in the year to November.

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico, says OECD

Mexico should quickly reform the laws and regulations governing its telecommunications sector to boost competition and investment and drive growth across the economy, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

India signs international tax agreement

India has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement which promotes international co-operation while respecting the rights of taxpayers.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Rising tax revenues: a key to economic development in Latin American countries

Increased domestic resource mobilization is widely accepted as crucial for countries to successfully meet the challenges of development and achieve higher living standards for all their people.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Urgent reform key to securing Asia’s pension systems, says OECD

Asia’s pension systems need modernising urgently to deliver secure, sustainable and adequate retirement incomes for today’s workers in the context of the rapid population ageing that will occur over the next two decades, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

External factors threaten Swiss economic recovery, OECD says

Switzerland has made a broadly balanced recovery from the economic crisis, but slower activity in Europe and pressures on the Swiss franc weigh on the near-term outlook, according to the latest Economic Survey of Switzerland.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Spain’s development aid much improved, but still needs more focus

Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending in the past year, including to development co-operation, its aid has almost doubled since 2003. Spain still has plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD

29/03/2012 - Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD, and should encourage preschool teachers to keep improving their qualifications throughout their career and attract more young people, especially men, to the profession

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Swedish labour migration reform working well but needs more monitoring, says OECD

Sweden’s 2008 reform of its labour migration policy, now one of the most open in the OECD, has helped businesses hire foreign workers quickly and cheaply, without hurting conditions for local workers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Uruguay’s tax transparency improving, says OECD’s Gurría

Uruguay has signed 7 new agreements providing for the exchange of tax information, showing its willingness to implement the global standards.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Employment: mental health issues rising in workplace, says OECD

Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee signals growing uncertainty over industry outlook

The outlook for the global steel market has become more uncertain, according to industry and government officials at the OECD’s Steel Committee meeting in Paris on 5-6 2011 . Policies to support open markets for raw materials are key, they said.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Italian government measures to strengthen public finances

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed the measures adopted by the Italian government to address fiscal sustainability while boosting growth and equity.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Society: Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic should further develop its framework programme for preschool education, says OECD

The Czech Republic should build on the strengths of its preschool education framework to further enhance the quality of its early childhood education and care services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:43:00 GMT

Tax revenues stabilise in OECD countries in 2010

OECD countries acknowledge that taxes must play a role in the process of fiscal consolidation as they battle unprecedented budget deficits. In 2010, the majority of OECD governments have stabilised their tax to GDP, with the average ratio moving up slightly from 33.8% in 2009 to 33.9% in 2010.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says OECD

Though overall medical care is improving, efforts to prevent and better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma would improve results and lower costs, according to the OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reform urgently needed to ensure long-term growth in Czech Republic, says OECD

The Czech economy’s export-driven recovery is slowing as weak activity Europe curbs exports. Swift implementation of new reforms is needed to ensure sustainable, inclusive long-term growth and better resilience to external shocks, according to the latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: The Slovak Republic should integrate environment into its economic development

As the Slovak Republic strives to increase productivity and competitiveness in the recovery from the financial crisis, the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Slovak Republic recommends that it strengthen environmental policies.

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: OECD supports Israeli initiative to develop a green growth plan

In recent years Israel has strengthened its environmental policies and now should develop a green growth plan that combines environmental, economic and social policies.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum Publishes Report to the G20 on Tax Transparency

Tax Transparency 2011: Report on Progress, a report prepared by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, was delivered to the G20 in Cannes and is now available to journalists.&

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: G20 countries strengthen international tax co-operation

"Tax co-operation and compliance are of crucial importance for all countries and citizens - and not only in times of a tight fiscal and budgetary environment,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría from the Cannes G20 Summit.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reforms are essential for Brazil to build on recent success, says OECD

The Brazilian economy has made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, but further reforms are necessary to boost long-term growth, spur investment and further reduce poverty, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Brazil.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum delivers concrete results to the Cannes G20 Summit

“Governments have signed more than 700 agreements to exchange tax information. These agreements have already yielded €14 billion in additional revenues, to 20 countries, from more than 100 000 tax payers who had hidden assets offshore.”

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

The OECD acknowledges progress made, and says Mexico should further prioritise fighting foreign bribery

Mexico has improved, but needs to give greater priority to the criminal enforcement of bribery and ensure that its criminal law enforcement authorities have all the resources and expertise they need to seriously investigate all allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Korea making notable progress on fighting foreign bribery; further improvements needed, says OECD

Korea has improved its information and intelligence gathering capacity in foreign bribery cases, but should be more proactive in investigating allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 finance ministers agree new principles to boost financial consumer protection

G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles on financial consumer protection developed by the OECD. “Without consumer trust and confidence we could jeopardise the basis for global economic recovery and growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: Switzerland’s health system is high-performing but must prepare for the future

The Swiss health system is one of the world’s best but must adapt to deal with rising costs and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a new OECD/WHO report.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Ireland coming out of the crisis, but challenges remain

The Irish economy still faces tough challenges as the country exits from a deep recession and banking crisis, but its long-term prospects now appear better than many of the other hard hit European countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches new report on measuring well-being

A new OECD report, How's Life, offers a comprehensive picture of what makes up people’s lives in 40 countries worldwide. This is part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond GDP.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax reform can create jobs

High unemployment rates, in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, have governments scrambling to create jobs. A new OECD report suggests that well-targeted tax reforms can encourage employers to hire more people and the jobless to look for employment.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministerial: Joint Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

"200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Jurisdictions move towards full tax transparency

Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: OECD's Gurría welcomes draft debt deficit law

The OECD’s welcomes the announcement by the Spanish government last Friday August 26th about having agreed with the opposition parties in Parliament to enshrine a set of deficit limits in the Constitution.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Governments concerned that some corporations unfairly claim losses to avoid taxes

The economic crisis means global corporate losses have increased significantly. Though most of these claims are justified, some corporations use ‘aggressive tax planning’ to avoid taxes. Governments are working together to detect and deter these undue tax advantages.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD's Gurría welcomes Italy fiscal plan

The OECD welcomes the comprehensive package approved by the Italian government at the weekend.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Migration falls again but will pick up with recovery, says OECD

International migration fell in 2009, reflecting lower demand for workers in OECD countries for the second consecutive year after a decade of growth, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Austria: Strengthening domestic sources of growth would secure place as ‘Champions League’ economy

Austria should eliminate subsidies which encourage early retirement and target social transfers more effectively, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption: Luxembourg must implement without delay its legislation against the bribery of foreign public officials, says OECD

Luxembourg must step up its efforts to detect and prosecute cases of bribery of foreign public officials, particularly now that its legal framework has been strengthened, in compliance with the Anti-Bribery Convention

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: spending continues to outpace economic growth in most OECD countries

Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption : OECD recognises Norway’s commitment to the fight against foreign bribery and recommends further improvements

Norway has made significant progress in its efforts against the bribery of foreign public officials in recent years, according to a new OECD report. But more could be done to strengthen enforcement, including by focusing on the confiscation from companies of the proceeds of bribery.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría congratulates new IMF head Lagarde

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as the IMF’s next Managing Director.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea tops new OECD PISA survey of digital literacy

Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

Despite Portugal’s economic and political challenges, it is still committed to improving the environment. The government sees green investment in its stimulus package and green tax reform as part of the solution to the national budget deficit.

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Iceland: Better coordination among authorities needed to tackle foreign bribery, says OECD

Iceland must do more to ensure its law enforcement authorities are coordinated and adequately resourced to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crime, including foreign bribery, says the OECD in a new report.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Economic Development

Country profile: South Korea

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:28:47 GMT

India's caste-offs

India's economy is in overdrive. But, as the Today programme's Mike Thomson explains, hundreds of millions of its people still live in abject poverty.

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:48:46 GMT

Timeline: United States of America

A chronology of key events

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:12:35 GMT

Regions and territories: Bermuda

An overview of Bermuda, including key facts, political leaders and notes on the media

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:13:29 GMT

Japan country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 13:42:56 GMT

Benin country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:13:13 GMT

Timeline: Switzerland

A chronology of key events

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:38:59 GMT

Timeline: China

A chronology of key events

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:53:45 GMT

China country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:51:05 GMT

Country profile: Mauritius

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:34:02 GMT

Timeline: Sao Tome and Principe

A chronology of key events

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:10:47 GMT

Country profile: Equatorial Guinea

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:40:09 GMT

Country profile: Zambia

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:32:08 GMT

Iceland country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 07:58:20 GMT

Calls for 'old-fashioned' revolution

Using "good old-fashioned" farming techniques will help deliver a sustainable green revolution in Africa.

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:24:59 GMT

Profile: G8

Key facts about the group of leading industrialised countries

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:02:15 GMT

A bad reputation

We're all told to watch our carbon footprint these days, but some so-called "environmental nasties" are not as bad as you might think - at least from a carbon point of view, says Mike Berners-Lee.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:46:19 GMT

Footing the World Cup bill

The World Cup is billed as a lucrative affair, but David Goldblatt considers whether South Africa will really reap financial rewards.

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:18:52 GMT

Brazil: Key facts and figures

Key facts and figures from Brazil, showing wealth and population distribution, as well as its GDP growth.

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:15 GMT

London outside of 'top 30 cities'

London is the only UK city in a global top 50 for quality of living, but comes in at a lowly 39th spot, according to a survey.

Tue, 25 May 2010 22:55:47 GMT

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Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility

The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves.

For an alternative post-2015 development strategy

The UN project of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Summit in 2000 is to expire in 2015. Discussions on a new international post-2015 development approach have started and are pursued in New York, Geneva, and Brussels, and in many capitals all over the world by international organizations, governments and civil society. A personal contribution to the debate.

The great revenge of the North?

Plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States have sparked considerable debate. Among the main issues contested are the lowering of food-safty standards (hormone-treated beef, chlorine-washed chicken), the democratic deficit of the negotiation process, as well as the granting of far-reaching rights and legal privileges to international investors, undermining national law. However, Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP's implications for the "rest of the world," particularly for developing and emerging economies.

Nepal: The emergence of a resilient democracy

Three months after elections, a new cabinet was sworn in end of February in Kathmandu. The two largest parties have formed a coalition, with the new Prime Minister from the Congress Party, and 18 ministers from the Congress and UML parties. The mainstream Maoists voted in support but did not join an initially foreseen unity government. Where does the country stand at this moment?

Partnership in transatlantic trade and investment?

The negotiations between EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are in full swing. The project is not only intended to reduce tariffs between the world economy's two biggest trading blocs; its primary aim is to dismantle and/or harmonise a wide spectrum of regulations. Investment liberalisation and protection also will be central issues.

The youth bulge in Least Developed Countries

The number of young people of working age in the world's 49 poorest nations is increasing by 16 million per year, and in each one of 11 such countries it will climb by at least half a million per year, a new UNCTAD report says. The organization recommends that the governments of the globe's least developed countries (LDCs) intensify efforts to employ this vast resource - currently largely underemployed, or trapped in vulnerable, low-paid jobs.

Towards a vision for post-2015

This week, the UN General Assembly (GA) will assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - their progress and gaps - and officially launch the intergovernmental discussion on a new, sustainable development agenda - perhaps to be encapsulated as sustainable development goals (SDGs).

UNCTAD advocates new development strategies

Adjusting to the structural shifts in the world economy makes far-reaching changes in development strategies necessary. Against the background of a prolonged period of slow growth in developed countries, export-led development in the South is no longer viable, UNCTAD says.

Statement on the results of the BRICS meeting

The emerging economies in the BRICS group - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - urged the G20 to boost global demand and ensure that any changes in monetary policy are well flagged to minimize any disruptive "spillovers" that may result. The appeal reflected the concerns among developing nations over the prospect that the Fed will scale back its ultra-loose monetary policy, and a view that Europe is not doing enough to promote a demand-driven recovery. The BRICS also agreed to contribute $100 billion to a joint currency reserve pool.

Developmental regionalism and African enterprises

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2013, subtitled "Intra-African Trade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism", says that efforts to date to spur jointly reinforcing economic growth on the continent have relied on a "textbook" and "linear" approach to regional cooperation that does not fit with Africa's situation.

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Livelihoods induction pack

<p>The purpose of this booklet is to provide a list of useful resources and reference materials for DFID livelihoods advisers. The resources are aligned to five livelihoods technical competencies:</p><ul><li>the global context, including the international and regional architecture of agriculture, food and nutrition security, natural resources use and scarcity, and climate change</li><li>rural development policy and delivery in a developing country context</li><li>sources of risk and insecurity, their impacts on livelihoods and application to building resilience</li><li>natural resource-based livelihoods</li><li>dynamics of change</li></ul><p>Furthermore, the author highlights that:</p><ul><li>relevant resources for each technical competency are grouped according to the themes of required knowledge for each adviser</li><li>only academic papers that have been published in reputable academic journals are included</li><li>the nature of the resources ranges from useful background information and learning materials to analysis, reviews, evidence papers, case studies and policy guidance</li><li>the booklet is intended to be a live document that is regularly updated to incorporate important new material on each theme and to eliminate resources that are deemed to be less useful or links that are no longer working</li></ul>

16 Apr 2014 21:10:16 GMT

Lessons for the New Alliance and Land Transparency Initiative: Gender Impacts of Tanzania's...

<p>Full title: Lessons for the New Alliance and Land Transparency Initiative: Gender Impacts of Tanzania’s Land Investment Policy</p><p><strong>Policy brief 67</strong><br /> Helen Dancer</p><p>There are gender-differentiated impacts when land is harnessed for commercial investment. Land policy needs to address the gendered nature of power relations within families and land tenure systems, and the implications of rural social relations on processes of community consultation, land management and dispute settlement. Without this, land investment policies will not reach their goals of tenure security for all, agricultural productivity and increased revenue. From the outset the full participation of women as well as men, good local leadership and gender-sensitive business practices at the local level are needed, to ensure that the fruits of land-based investment deals in the countryside are gender-equitable.</p>

16 Apr 2014 08:00:34 GMT

Social protection and graduation: Case of heifer-in-trust in Burkina Faso

<p>Working Paper 79<strong><br /> Gountiéni Damien Lankoandé and James Sumberg</strong><br /> March 2014</p><p>The distribution of livestock to poor people, commonly known as heifer-in-trust (HIT) or ‘livestock-in-kind credit’, can be seen as a specific type of asset-based social protection. Because of their growth and reproductive potential, some suggest that livestock can play a particularly important role in asset accumulation and thus graduation. This study tests the assumption that livestock will remain a part of the asset portfolio of HIT recipients. Beneficiaries of five HIT-type projects in Burkina Faso were interviewed. The analysis suggests that either because of poor targeting or an appreciation of the demands of livestock keeping, the HIT projects are not reaching the poorest. It also provides only limited support to the assumption that poor people will use the HIT gift to increase their livestock assets. There would appear to be good reason to question the general proposition that livestock are a particularly appropriate asset for transfer to the poor. Because of the demands of livestock – in terms for example of feed, water and management – for the poorest, they may be more of a liability. Understanding the role of asset-transfer programmes in graduation demands a holistic understanding of asset dynamics, which presents important methodological challenges.</p>

16 Apr 2014 08:00:31 GMT

Transnational Large Scale Agricultural Firms in Gambella Regional State, Ethiopia

<p>Full title: Transnational Large Scale Agricultural Firms in Gambella Regional State, Ethiopia: Local Potentials, Opportunities and Constraints for Market Linkage and Contractual Farming Schemes</p><p><strong>Adil Yassin</strong><br /> January 2014</p><p>Even though Transnational Corporations (TNCs) yield a huge potential in supporting the local economy, this opportunity is not realised yet. Concerns on weak market linkage with TNCs are not keenly explored in the literature, if weak linkages result from TNCs failure to utilise local market opportunities or if it is associated with weak local capacity with regard to labour availability, institutional capacity, market demand, and legal support. This study, based on annual import data, discovered that that there is potential demand for TNCs’ products (particularly rice, palm oil, maize, sugar and wheat) to establish forward linkage. Hence, high foreign currency expenditure might be cut, if imports can be substituted by TNCs supply to local market. The government, however, seems to focus on acquiring foreign currency more than reducing its expenditure through local transaction with TNCs. On the other hand, local economy’s capacity in providing inputs for TNCs is weak indicating challenge in backward linkage. Since the introduction of TNCs in Gambella, five years down the line, the most dominant and visible linkage happened in the form of labour [unskilled] employment. The volume of jobs created is insignificant compared to other countries’ standards. Thus far, due to the poor performance of TNCs, government’s expectation of employment generation, infrastructure development, market linkage and foreign currency acquisition are not realised adequately; as a result, it has regarded them as ‘failed’ projects. An absence of linkages with the local economy may lead to enclave development in the near future where there is limited market or economic benefit. Contract Farming (CF), if managed well, can be a viable means to enhance linkage with the local economy. However, there are considerable challenges to establish and facilitate CF in the Gambella region. Undefined land tenure system in the region, less government emphasis on CF in low land areas, TNCs business interest and financial problems, quality of farmers products and lack of modern inputs, and limited experience in CF, among others, are the main current and future challenges. It is concluded that weak linkage happens from both corners due to: lack of TNCs realisation and interest of local potentials and inadequate local capabilities.</p><p>This paper was produced with support from the <a href="early-career-fellowship-programme">Early Career Fellowship Programme</a>.</p>

16 Apr 2014 08:00:28 GMT

An integrated approach towards moderating the effects of climate change on agriculture: A policy...

<p>Full title: An integrated approach towards moderating the effects of climate change on agriculture: A policy perspective for Zimbabwe</p><p><strong>Denboy Kudejira<br /> </strong>February 2014</p><p>This study was undertaken to provide a succinct assessment of the linkages between agricultural policy reform in Zimbabwe and the challenges that climate change poses to smallholder farmers in the country. The study is motivated by a lack of analysis of how post-independence agrarian reform processes in Zimbabwe may affect adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector. The key driving factor behind land redistribution has largely been to enhance equity in the ownership of arable land. So far there has been less focus on assisting beneficiary farmers to adapt to climate change, which is increasingly becoming a reality and further aggravating the stresses already associated with smallholder production, including small farm sizes, informal land tenure, poorly developed infrastructure and unpredictable and uneven exposure to markets. The paper reveals that while the current status of land reforms has enabled previously disadvantaged peasants to acquire land, smallholders still face production challenges such as tenure insecurity, inadequate technical support, poorly developed infrastructure, limited access to markets and the effects of HIV/AIDS. These factors also remain key concerns for farmers in the face of the risks posed by climate change. The study found that smallholder farmers would benefit from climate change adaptation goals that focus on irrigation development, appropriate soil and water conservation technologies and sustainable utilisation of forest resources. While the government has been investing heavily in input support to smallholder famers, this paper argues for a more systemic targeting in resource allocation which is anchored on crop diversification in response to productivity trends across the agro-ecological zones of the country. A ‘market-oriented’ climate change adaptation approach which guarantees high returns to farmers who grow adaptable crop varieties like small grains should be considered, rather than the current situation where emphasis is put on cash crops like cotton and tobacco. Finally, the paper suggests a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary approach that involves government ministries, community based organisations, the private sector and other non-state actors. This would ensure a holistic approach in achieving climate change adaptation policy goals, and also help address other socio-economic challenges that smallholder farmers currently face.</p><p>This paper was produced with support from the <a href="early-career-fellowship-programme">Early Career Fellowship Programme</a>.</p>

16 Apr 2014 08:00:23 GMT

Market Structure and Price: An empirical analysis of Irish potato markets in Kenya

<p><strong>Nancy M. Laibuni and John M. Omiti<br /> </strong>February 2014</p><p>In many developing countries, Kenya included, food markets are characterised by information asymmetry, inadequate storage and transport infrastructure and weak physical and institutional market organisation. This study seeks to examine recent trends in domestic Irish potato prices in the production markets of Nakuru and Eldoret and the consumption markets of Nairobi and Mombasa, and investigate the relationship between market structure and price of Irish potato in the different markets. Monthly market data from January 1998 to May 2011 is used. The results show that there is a general rise in the price of potatoes. The farm-gate share of wholesale market prices for ware (fresh) potato increased in Nakuru and Eldoret to 52 percent in 2010 from 35 percent in 2009. These percentage shares suggest that there exist large marketing margins that are accrued by middlemen and brokers. Potato markets are oligopolistic in nature; a few market participants in the form of rural brokers, urban brokers and transporters have the market power. There are barriers to entry at the urban market centres where brokers provide the link between wholesalers and retailers. In many cases, brokers and transporters determine the market price for each potato consignment. The markets are integrated and price transmission does occur; however it is incomplete, the results showed that long run price transmission proportions range between 25 and 59 percent, implying that, the spatial arbitrage conditions are wanting in the markets that were examined. Proposed interventions include facilitation and up-scaling of market information sharing; investment in physical infrastructure (including storage and roads) to facilitate trade; and provision of incentives to encourage public-private partnerships in storage, distribution and marketing. From a policy perspective, efforts should be made to facilitate arbitrage through the improvement of storage and physical market infrastructure.</p><p>This paper was produced with support from the <a href="early-career-fellowship-programme">Early Career Fellowship Programme</a>.</p>

16 Apr 2014 08:00:20 GMT

An investigation into the marginalisation of adolescent girls from the agrarian structure...

<p>Full title: An investigation into the marginalisation of adolescent girls from the agrarian structure and its impacts on their livelihoods in Africa: Experiences from Zimbabwe</p><p><strong>Manase Kudzai Chiweshe</strong><strong><br /> </strong>February 2014</p><p>The paper provides a nuanced and grounded understanding of how young girls relate to agriculture with special emphasis on land ownership, labour, participation in agricultural policy making. In particular, it questions how agriculture can enhance young women’s empowerment. It is based on research carried out in five districts across Zimbabwe. The study was initially a qualitative inquiry in Mazowe concentrating on in depth interviews, focus group discussions and life histories of adolescent girls. In the process of finishing this fieldwork there was an opportunity to increase the scope of the study to include four other districts across Zimbabwe. The research was done under the auspices of Ruzivo Trust from December 2012 to January 2013. This included a quantitative survey and qualitative case studies with adolescent youths in Gokwe South, Chimanimani and Goromonzi.</p><p>This paper was produced with support from the <a href="early-career-fellowship-programme">Early Career Fellowship Programme</a>.</p>

16 Apr 2014 08:00:16 GMT

The Role of Indigenous Gums and Resins in Pastoralists’ Livelihood Security and Climate Change...

<p>Full title: The Role of Indigenous Gums and Resins in Pastoralists’ Livelihood Security and Climate Change Adaptation in Garba Tula Area of Northern Kenya</p><p><strong>Yasin Mahadi S. Salah<br /> </strong>February 2014</p><p>The current study investigates the role of indigenous gums and resins in pastoralists’ livelihood security and climate change adaptation in Garba Tula area of northern Kenya. The communities in the area are heavily dependent on natural resources which are influenced by prevailing climatic conditions. In recent years droughts have increased in frequency and magnitude, constraining the livestock sector which is the mainstay of the pastoral communities in Garba Tula. Due to dwindling income from the livestock sector as a result of drought, community members are exploring complementary and alternative livelihoods to survive. One of the activities that has taken precedence in filling the gap in Garba Tula is exploitation of the abundant gums and resins found in the area. This study asks to what extent income from livestock is diversified or complemented by other livelihood strategies, in particular activities that act as climate change adaptation mechanisms.</p><p>This paper was produced with support from the <a href="early-career-fellowship-programme">Early Career Fellowship Programme</a>.</p>

16 Apr 2014 08:00:13 GMT

Rapid review: Nepal road safety

<p>This rapid desk-based study is sought to provide evidence to support improved road safety in Nepal.</p><p>The paper indicates that Nepal has one of the highest road accident fatality rates in the world. However, crash data reporting and collection systems in Nepal are reported to be poor, which means it is very difficult to get a clear impression of crash and casualty patterns across the country from systematically collected sources. Nevertheless, some available studies do investigate patterns in those killed and injured across the country.</p><p>Findings include:</p><ul><li>road injuries and fatalities have a major impact on individual family units and poverty levels</li><li>in comparison with the UK, Nepal&rsquo;s fatality rate is similar, but the fatality risk is very much worse</li><li>most victims are from the middle and lower socioeconomic groups and tended to be young and unmarried</li></ul><p>The document suggests that use of barriers or guard rails at sharp bends, to protect at steep slopes and cliff faces, and also at bridges would be a well-accepted element of safe and appropriate road design in Nepal. This kind of measure can be a key issue for road safety in a country which has notably mountainous terrain. Subsequently, gabion fencing as an &ldquo;economic&rdquo; restraint system in Nepal could be recommended.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Apr 2014 21:13:54 GMT

Lose to gain: is involuntary resettlement a development opportunity?

<p>Resettlement policies and laws in South Asian countries at present focus primarily on compensation payment for property acquired for a public purpose. This book assesses the adequacy of conventional compensation and resettlement assistance programs such as cash-for-land, land-for-land compensation, limited and temporary employment opportunities at project construction sites, better housing in urban development projects, and income and livelihood restoration and improvement assistance programmes.</p><p>It also examines affected persons&rsquo; perspectives, how they perceive their displacement, and what strategies they use to respond to displacement with or without assistance from project sponsors and authorities. This knowledge will help policy makers, project sponsors, and project executive agencies to improve resettlement planning and implementation programmes and, at least to some extent, will assist in reforming resettlement policies and land laws.</p><p>Such reforms, this book argues, should consider</p><ul><li>the adequacy of current resettlement policy frameworks to deal with complex, widespread, and ambiguous experiences of affected persons of development interventions</li><li>the almost inevitable impoverishment of project-affected persons from the pre-displacement phase to post-resettlement phase</li><li>limited state commitment to broadening such policy frameworks into national laws</li><li>widespread weak institutional capacity to implement the laws</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Apr 2014 13:39:36 GMT

Do poverty traps exist?

<p>There are (at least) three competing views of why poverty can be so persistent.</p><ul><li>the first - the &ldquo;American Dream effect&rdquo;, is that anybody can make it through hard work and thrift. This implies that households and countries should be able to gradually work their way out of poverty, and failure to do so represents lack of effort</li><li>the second view is that poverty is the result of poor fundamentals &ndash; poor institutions and endowments at the country level, or low skills and abilities at the individual level</li><li>the third view is that poverty begets poverty, so that current poverty is itself a direct cause of poverty in the future</li></ul><p>This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the existence of poverty traps, understood as self-reinforcing mechanisms through which poor individuals or countries remain poor. Poverty traps have captured the interest of many development policy makers, because poverty traps provide a theoretically coherent explanation for persistent poverty. They also suggest that temporary policy interventions may have long-term effects on poverty.</p><p>However, a review of the reduced-form empirical evidence suggests that truly stagnant incomes of the sort predicted by standard models of poverty traps are in fact quite rare. Moreover, the empirical evidence regarding several canonical mechanisms underlying models of poverty traps is mixed.</p>

15 Apr 2014 13:00:53 GMT

Social protection and wellbeing: food security in Adivasi communities, Chhattisgarh, India

<p>Despite economic growth, persistent levels of absolute poverty remain across the world. Social protection is an important response to this, guaranteeing a basic level of income support. The state of Chhattisgarh, India, provides an interesting model, as government commitment and people?s action combine to buttress food security in communities with historically high levels of disadvantage.</p><p>New research on wellbeing and poverty in Chhattisgarh provides an innovative perspective on these issues. Qualitative and quantitative evidence show more secure livelihoods have a broader effect on people?s confidence and experience of quality in life. Strong traditions of collective identity and community mobilisation constitute important resources for the achievement of rights in practice. Persistent gender inequalities remain, however, in both objective achievements and people&#39;s subjective assessments of what they can do or be.</p><p>This briefing paper makes the following recommendations:</p><ul><li>improved food security: the achievement of a successful social protection programme in Chhattisgarh shows how entrenched difficulties can be overcome through a combination of government commitment and people&#39;s mobilisation. As entitlements are extended nation-wide under the Right to Food Act (2013), this provides an important example for other states</li><li>arguments for universal access to subsidised food-grain are supported by findings that it is mainly poorer people who lack ration-cards; distribution of Above Poverty Level cards does not follow economic status; and local social and political relationships continue to play an undue role in deciding who gets government benefits</li><li>popular mobilisation: food security appears an individual entitlement but it is collectively established and maintained. Framing food security as a right makes clear the active part people have played and continue to play in securing their entitlements in practice. The research communities have a long ambivalent relationship with the state. Their low levels of political confidence, despite experience of successful collective action, indicate the importance of local community organisations in educating people about their rights and working with them to ensure these are achieved in practice</li><li>psycho-social wellbeing: qualitative and quantitative evidence reinforce the importance of food security and social protection, showing that more secure livelihoods have a broader impact on people?s confidence and experience of quality in life</li><li>while wellbeing may be assessed at an individual level, there is no doubt that collective entitlements, such as those in the Forest Rights Act, are critical to ensure longer term wellbeing</li><li><p>gender: There continue significant gender inequalities both in formal sector achievement (e.g. education and rates of work under MGNREGS) and in what people feel themselves able to be and do, especially in the social and political spheres. This suggests that gender issues should take higher priority in community mobilisation. The negative&nbsp;impact of violence in the home on men?s inner wellbeing suggests a&nbsp;possible focus for combating gender based violence</p></li></ul>

15 Apr 2014 12:36:33 GMT

Wellbeing pathways report: Zambia round 2

Based on fieldwork questions which gathered both objective and subjective data across key areas of life, this report presents the preliminary findings from the second round of fieldwork carried out in Chiawa, Zambia from August to October 2012 as part of the Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways research project. It presents the descriptive statistics from the fieldwork and notes statistically significant differences by gender and marital status, age, education and other factors. <br /><br />The report starts by outlining the general demographic features of the sample, including gender, marital status, ethnicity, age and religion. This is followed by a demographic analysis of different levels of educational achievement, income and livelihoods, living environment, assets, savings, help and loans, status, health and other available services. The report finishes with a demographic analysis of people&rsquo;s subjective assessment of their economic position, and how &lsquo;happy&rsquo; they feel. <br /><br />The findings from the second round of data collection show that living conditions in Chiawa<br />remain very poor. Whilst the younger generation is achieving higher school levels than their elders, in general terms school achievement levels are low. Families have few assets, and many experience deprived living conditions. Drilling down into the data it can be seen that respondents&rsquo; gender and marital status are the most significant factor in differences across almost all variables.<br /><br />Married men are better off economically, have reached higher levels of education, have fewer health problems and report higher levels of wellbeing. Single women, on the other hand, experience the harshest conditions; they report worse living conditions, are worse off economically and experience lower levels of wellbeing.<br /><br />This report is part of the research project 'Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways' which has developed a multi-dimensional model of wellbeing that incorporates both subjective perspectives and objective indicators in order to explore how people understand and experience wellbeing and how this affects movement into or out of poverty.

15 Apr 2014 11:22:45 GMT

Population and poaching of African rhinos across African range states

<p>This report analyses rhino number data and poaching statistics in Africa, focusing particularly on Southern Africa. The paper underlines that private rhino ownership has contributed to the overall success of increasing rhino numbers in South Africa. However, increasing security costs, and risks to investments and declining economic incentives are leading to increasing numbers of white rhino owners selling and getting rid of their rhino.</p><p>On the other hand, the document indicates that data on the trend in poaching is available for Africa and for individual range-states, yet it could not be disaggregated for the white rhino and black rhino in the time available. However, in the main range state South Africa, it appears a disproportionately higher proportion of the commoner white rhino are being poached compared to black rhino. This is due to white rhino being easier to find in the more open habitats they favour, besides their more sociable nature.</p><p>Key points include:</p><ul><li>in absolute numbers, South Africa has had the highest increase in poaching rate in recent years</li><li>poaching continues to escalate in South Africa despite the number of arrests continuing to increase year on year</li><li>in relative terms, poaching has been higher in recent years in Malawi and especially Mozambique where any rhinos that move across the border from South Africa are likely to have a very limited lifespan</li><li>if these trends continue, current rates of rhino population growth in general and white rhino population growth in particular could be threatened</li></ul>

14 Apr 2014 20:53:45 GMT

Climate & environment assessment: business case for support to the CRP in Sierra Leone

<p>This paper is a climate and environment assessment that was conducted as part of the &ldquo;Business Case&rdquo; for supporting the &ldquo;Constitutional Review Process in Sierra Leone&rdquo;.</p><p>Sierra Leone is a country with a population highly vulnerable to climate and environment related challenges. The civil war have intensified environmental challenges such as flooding, landslides, poor air and water quality. Identically, natural resources are causal and consequential factors of instability and conflict.</p><p>Correspondingly, a strong environmental regulatory framework is needed for the sustainable management of natural resources. Furthermore, good governance is needed for building adaptive capacity to climate extremes and disasters.</p><p>Conclusions contain:</p><ul><li>constitutional reform in Sierra Leone could provide for the strengthening of the legislative framework for responses to climate and environmental challenges</li><li>if constitutional reform is achieved successfully, the new constitution is expected to provide greater recognition of human rights and less discrimination against vulnerable groups, especially women</li><li>consequently, vulnerable and marginal groups including women would become more empowered to participate in life and livelihood decisions that affect their wellbeing</li></ul><p>Recommendations include:</p><ul><li>provide grants to a wide range of civil society organisations including those with a thematic specialism such as environment, women or indigenous groups</li><li>raise awareness and the knowledge base of all partners on the linkages between environment, climate change and democratic governance including the environmental rights of individuals and vulnerable groups</li></ul>

14 Apr 2014 12:32:19 GMT

Sourcing examples of policy and programming practice for empowering women in a rural context

<p>This reports deals with the issue of empowering women in a rural context, aiming at promoting transformative gender policy by updating livelihoods advisers&rsquo; knowledge of gender in a changing agricultural and rural context.</p><p>The document indicates that innovative methodologies for integrating gender into value chain approaches seem to be gaining popularity, but few consolidated reports of evidence of impact has yet been located on gender and value chains. The paper reviews the impact of economic resource transfers to women and to men, and highlights some gender issues related to conditional/unconditional cash-transfer programmes, grants to micro-enterprises, and microcredit programmes.</p><p>Conclusions include:</p><ul><li>savings and micro savings really make an impact, and access to land, property, title to land really makes a difference in terms of productivity for women farmers</li><li>microfinance alone is not sufficient to grow the businesses of very poor women, but a relatively large capital transfer, if paired with income generation training and follow-up technical visits, can transform the occupational choices of very poor women</li><li>business training alone does not result in the growth of women-owned businesses, however the impact can be improved by increasing the quality and duration of the training and targeting women running larger firms</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

14 Apr 2014 10:16:02 GMT

Resource scarcity and the environment: evidence review and research gap analysis

<p>This study focuses on the issue of resource scarcity and how it affects the environment and environmental resources as well as growth and poverty in developing countries. The study&rsquo;s main geographical scope is Sub-Saharan Africa and South, although other locations are considered in case they provide information transferrable to other contexts.</p><p>The paper finds that the issue of natural resource scarcity has received considerable attention at the global scale, and it is an increasingly prominent issue on global agendas. In this sense, there is an accumulation of evidence to suggest that resource scarcity and poverty are closely related. However, the precise nature of that relationship is both contested and vague. In addition, the document finds that:</p><ul><li>whilst climate change conceivably affects every aspect of resource scarcity, some of the effects of climate change are likely to be more important than others in explaining resource scarcity</li><li>similarly, scarcity is acknowledged to be an important potential driver of conflict yet there is debate about the particular factors that most strongly promote conflict, and this is a potential area in which further research might yield valuable insights</li></ul><p>The author concludes that further research might prioritise and clarify the question of which factors matter most in driving &ndash; and in explaining &ndash; resource scarcity.</p>

13 Apr 2014 19:06:24 GMT

Review of crowdfunding for development initiatives

<p>This study provides a summary of crowdfunding initiatives that support developing country entrepreneurs.</p><p>The study outlines the different crowdfunding models and finds that crowdfunding can positively support development programmes through a number of applications. In this respect, it can improve access to capital, help manage supply and demand, drive innovation and efficiency and fund new markets. Furthermore, through crowdfunding, entrepreneurs can also benefit from aggregating and understanding demand for a given product or service and from an assessment of a proposed pricing.</p><p>The document suggests that co-operations can be struck between the development sector and specific crowdfunding platforms for co-funding strategies that are aligned with the development agencies goals. In addition, it suggests that recoverable grant making can be facilitated for micro-lending. Similarly, debt crowdfunding can be used to support lending schemes in the development sector.</p><p>Conclusions include:</p><ul><li>a strategic partnership with crowdfunding platforms can create positive synergies and create opportunities for crowdfunding platforms to enter into a new market</li><li>further study in this area is needed; research with a focus on the design and viability of development-focused hybrid crowdfunding initiatives would be particularly beneficial</li></ul>

12 Apr 2014 08:14:36 GMT

Towards a conceptual framework for improved monitoring and evaluation of SEA outcomes: a discussion note

<p>This paper tries to answer the question how can standard Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process be modified to incorporate robust long term monitoring frameworks which facilitate outcome mapping and impact assessment.</p><p>Theoretically, any SEA intervention should lead to an outcome that improves policies, plans and programmes (PPP) relative to the counterfactual &ndash; how things would be without SEA. However, it is important to stress that every SEA should develop its own theory of change (ToC).</p><p>The paper figures that an important point to note on comparing the effect of SEAs at different times is that ultimate impact is very likely to depend on decision takers, organisations and institutions beyond the control of those commissioning the SEA. Furthermore, the &ldquo;influencing environment&rdquo; is very important. So when it comes to identifying the outcomes and impact of an SEA, the role of the SEA needs to be distinguished in the bigger picture.</p><p>The author suggests that:</p><ul><li>a conceptual framework for comparing similar SEAs should be used so that those synthesising evidence from one type of SEAs have to explain why lessons will apply to other SEAs</li><li>SEA practitioners should be allowed to deviate from recognised good practice if it can be shown why an alternative approach makes more sense</li><li>while SEA process evaluation is still valuable, the biggest gap is in impact assessment</li></ul><p>The paper also underscores that it should be fairly straightforward to develop an Institutional Capacity Assessment Matrix (ICAM) and Organisational Capacity Assessment Matrix (OCAM) for SEA.</p>

11 Apr 2014 20:44:54 GMT

Flows and practices: integrated water resources anagement (IWRM) in African contexts

<p>For the past two decades, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been considered the dominant paradigm in water resources.</p><p>It is the flagship project of supranational global bodies such as the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and has also been actively promoted by multilateral and regional development banks (e.g. the World Bank; African Development Bank) as well as bilateral donor agencies which make it out to be the panacea to address the water management crisis in the global south, leading to major water reforms programmes and the rewriting of national policies drawing on IWRM principles in a range of countries in southern Africa.</p><p>This paper offers a conceptual approach for studying the evolution, spread and uptake of IWRM. It then turns to the actual practices, and how IWRM has been interpreted in multiple ways, and how it aligns with existing patterns of legal pluralism. The paper proposes a conceptual framework that builds on three main themes, the flow of IWRM as an idea in international and national fora, the translation and adoption of IWRM into national contexts, and the practice of IWRM in local contexts.</p><p>In constructing such a conceptual framework, we draw on several strands of thought, including policy discourse, network and regime theory (flows), translation theory and donor-recipient studies (translation and adoption) and theories of legal pluralism, institutional bricolage and agency (practices).</p><p>With this framework we hope it will be possible to trace the spread, transformation and uptake of IWRM across global, national and local scales, to unearth the convergences and divergences in understandings and applications of the notion of IWRM raising challenges and issues for debate and further research and key actors operating at different levels mediating/moderating/articulating the travel of policy ideas.</p><p>The latter may create generic insights on policy processes and practice that goes beyond the concept of IWRM and the water world. This framework will guide the critical study of various interpretations and challenges of how policy ideas travel at multiple political and geographical scales, from macro political forums to localised arenas and communities, speaking to wider themes such as policy translation and uptake and the politics of the development process.</p>

11 Apr 2014 11:31:10 GMT

Poverty, poaching and trafficking: what are the links?

<p>This paper looks into the links between poverty, poaching and trafficking, indicating that this subject has been under-researched and poorly understood.</p><p>The paper admits that there is little hard evidence to support the claim that poaching occurs because of poverty, yet the authors state they are confident the links are there.</p><p>The document points that it is difficult to collect clear and detailed data on poaching precisely because of its illicit nature, and its frequent linkage with conflict zones, which makes research even more challenging. Nevertheless, the paper draws the following key findings:</p><ul><li>poaching in Sub Saharan African was produced via the historical legacy of colonialism</li><li>poverty is directly and indirectly linked to poaching and trafficking of ivory and rhino horn from Sub-Saharan Africa</li><li>there are different types of poachers, and they require different policy responses</li><li>there are direct links between conflict zones, illegal killing of wildlife, trafficking and poverty</li></ul><p>The authors conclude that a much better understanding of the relationships between poverty and individual poacher motivation is needed. Furthermore, they highlight the main policy responses to this issue, such as changing people&rsquo;s behaviour via negative and positive incentives, the development of tourism as a route to poverty reduction, and the legalisation of the ivory and rhino horn trade at the international level.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

11 Apr 2014 10:46:55 GMT

Hidden victims of the Syrian crisis: disabled, injured and older refugees

<p>The Syrian crisis has generated the largest refugee movement since the Rwandan genocide. Within this refugee population older, disabled and injured refugees face specific challenges that contribute to their vulnerability, yet, studies of humanitarian programming show that these same groups are often neglected in the assessment, data collection, design and delivery of responses.<br /><br />The findings of this work present a new and critical perspective on the position of the identified groups and the risks and vulnerabilities they face, with far-reaching consequences for the way current humanitarian responses are designed and delivered. As such, the report aims to contribute to the evidence base humanitarians use to design responses, and to support the delivery of inclusive activities which identify and respond to the needs of people with specific needs.</p><p>The study shows that of the Syrian refugees surveyed:</p><ul><li>30 per cent of refugees have specific needs: one in five refugees is affected by physical, sensory or intellectual impairment; one in seven is affected by chronic disease; and one in 20 suffers from injury, with nearly 80 per cent of these injuries resulting directly from the conflict</li><li>older people account for 10 per cent of refugees with specific needs, yet they make up 4-5 per cent of the surveyed refugee population meaning they are disproportionately affected; 77 per cent of older refugees surveyed have specific needs</li><li>refugees with and without specific needs have the same basic concerns &ndash; a lack of income, availability and quality of shelter, and access to basic healthcare, food and essential household items</li><li>the difficulties faced by those with specific needs in addressing basic concerns and accessing adequate levels of assistance have more severe consequences for their health and living conditions than the general refugee population</li></ul>

11 Apr 2014 09:49:20 GMT

Challenging development cooperation? A literature review of the approaches of the emerging powers

<p>Looking at existing literature, this paper discusses the major ways in which the emerging powers, in this isnstance Brazil, India, China and South Africa (the BICS) are challenging the development cooperation policies and practices of the &lsquo;tradition&rsquo; development actors.</p><p>The author highlights ten ways in which the BICS are are challenging development cooperation:</p><ul><li><p>the BICS, and more specifically China and India, provide an extra source of financial resources to developing countries. Although the total volume is still rather small in comparison to the global volume of development aid, the financial input is on the increase. Consequently, developing countries are presented more financial options and are becoming less dependent on &lsquo;traditional development actors&rsquo;</p></li><li><p>the blending of different financial instruments such as grants, concessional and commercial loans and the typical use of tied aid, is markedly different from what the DAC-countries claim or aspire to do</p></li><li><p>the BICS regard development cooperation as an instrument of their foreign policy. Cooperation in health, agriculture, natural resources, infrastructure with other countries should not only benefit the partner countries, but also the BICS themselves</p></li><li><p>the discourse of the BICS is said to be markedly different from that of most of the DAC-countries</p></li><li><p>for many of the DAC-donors human rights, good governance and democratic structures are concepts to be reckoned with when deciding whether or not to engage in development cooperation. The BICS have a very different view on condionality, and their growing significance may modify the other donors&rsquo; stances on this issue</p></li><li><p>while many DAC-donors refrained from prioritising &lsquo;hard&rsquo; sectors, and focused on projects and programs aimed at social issues and poverty alleviation, especially China and India are known to concentrate on infrastructure and focus on economic growth as motor of development</p></li><li><p>the role of the private sector in development is an increasingly popular topic in the policy and academic world. The BICS - and especially India-are looked at as an example of how the private sector can take the lead in the economic development</p></li><li><p>the BICS may insert innovative and effective ways to address development challenges, based on their own experiences as a developing country. The underlying assumption is that the BICS show more similarities with other developing countries than the DAC-donor countries</p></li><li><p>specifically in health the BICS have demonstrated valuable expertise in HIV/AIDS, malaria and other tropical and/or communicable diseases, the provision of drugs, and public health by capacity building and institutional strengthening. While in agriculture and food security fighting child hunger and domestic poverty, enhance agricultural production, agro-business, small scale agriculture have been topics in which the BICS have carved an important place for themselves in the development debate</p></li><li><p>the re-appearance of the BICS (or the renewed attention for them from the DAC-donors) has raised questions regarding the coordination of activities and opened up new possibilities for cooperation and partnerships, such as trilateral cooperation</p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;</p></li></ul>

11 Apr 2014 09:23:23 GMT

Climate & environment assessment: business case for macro-evaluations of the strategic vision for girls & women & DFID’s investments

<p>This paper looks into climate and environment assessment from the angle of women and girls empowerment. The paper states that the inter-relationships between poverty, climate change and the environment are complex, situation-specific and conflicting.</p><p>Indeed, a major part of the livelihoods of the population of developing countries are still derived from natural resources, and the negative impacts of climate change on the natural resource base for poor people, including girls and women, will vary geographically and over time. However, the author highlights that climate change and associated environmental degradation affect men and women unequally.</p><p>Key recommendations for policy makers and donors include:</p><ul><li>take into account the multiple dimensions of gender inequality and women&rsquo;s and men&rsquo;s experiences of climate change on the ground, and invest in research to enable this</li><li>move beyond simple assumptions about women&rsquo;s vulnerability to highlight women&rsquo;s agency in adapting to and mitigating climate change; this will involve integrating women&rsquo;s valuable knowledge and practical experience into policy-making processes</li><li>learn from people-focused, gender-transformative approaches at the local level and apply these lessons to national and international policy</li><li>continue to build the evidence base by gathering and analysing qualitative and quantitative information around the social and gender dimensions of climate change</li></ul>

10 Apr 2014 20:31:37 GMT

Mainstreaming environment into humanitarian interventions: a synopsis of key organisations, literature and experience

<p>This study reviews a selection of materials on the environment and humanitarian interventions, focusing on who is active in the field of environment and humanitarian response, and what exists in terms of application to manage environmental concerns during humanitarian interventions.</p><p>The study results indicate no dispute that the environment is important to effective humanitarian interventions. In this sense, it notes that broad and increasing efforts are being made to develop tools and capacities to define and address the environmental aspects of humanitarian interventions.</p><p>The paper finds this in confirmation with the hypothesis that mainstreaming environmental considerations in to humanitarian interventions not only increases the long-term sustainability of projects and programmes but can also achieve other benefits. These include cost savings, disaster risk reduction, gender equity, food security, and energy efficiency, among others.</p><p>Yet, the document indicates that not all environmental damage is irreversible, and some, under the humanitarian imperative, may be necessary and acceptable.</p><p>Recommendations include:</p><ul><li>a more strategic approach to considering sector-level environmental issues in humanitarian assistance, and to identify where environmental problems are most likely</li><li>a follow-through by donors to ensure environmental considerations are included in proposals and operations</li><li>a real time monitoring and evaluation of the environmental consequences</li><li>a greater accountability for environmental consequences</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

10 Apr 2014 18:54:16 GMT

Promoting accountability for conflict-related sexual violence against men: a comparative legal analysis of international and domestic laws relating to IDP and refugee men in Uganda

<p>This paper addresses an issue of growing concern to gender activists, human rights and humanitarian actors, as well as governments, namely: what legal remedies are available to male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, particularly if their experience has forced them to migrate to a new country or become internally displaced? The paper seeks to &nbsp;demonstrate&nbsp;that while international criminal justice has begun to define sexual violence in a gender-inclusive manner, this legal potential has been seriously underutilized in nearly all cases to date. The paper thus serves as a wake-up call to those concerned with justice for survivors of sexual violence, and, using Uganda as a case study, lays the groundwork upon which to generate a legal reform agenda internationally</p>

10 Apr 2014 14:47:46 GMT

Quality Education for Sustainable Development: A priority in achieving sustainability and well-being for all

<p>This policy brief argues that the foremost priority for educational development should now be on enhancing quality, transcending past objectives focused primarily on access and attainment (i.e.&nbsp;Education For All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals) Enhancing Quality Education should become a cornerstone of both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2014 Global Action Programme on ESD for quality education is essential for further progress across all dimensions of sustainable development. It argues that Enhancing Quality Education can be achieved through integration of a holistic perspective on education for sustainable development (ESD) and use of measurable learning targets/outcomes.</p>

10 Apr 2014 14:10:55 GMT

Many factors in an uncertainty future: Situation climate change among local community priority in Cambodia

<p>This research represents an initial step towards understanding the major problems identified by communities as priorities to be addressed in order to become less vulnerable to climate related risks as well as other kinds of event. The research has two goals: to research and document the priorities expressed by the communities and identify better ways to support grassroots civil society building and networking. It also provides an introductory review of climate change in Cambodia, which is considered highly vulnerable to climate change, and a review of the vulnerability analyses that constitute the ground for adaptive policies. The primary data of the study were collected through qualitative methods based on group discussions with communities in five Cambodian provinces: Prey Veng, Battambang, Kampong Speu, Kampot and Mondulkiri. In all the communities villagers have observed important changes in climate and weather patterns.</p>

10 Apr 2014 14:06:55 GMT

Reliability of indigenous knowledge in monitoring and mapping groundwater fluctuations in Zimbabwe

<p>This research was aimed at assessing the accuracy of indigenous knowledge data on groundwater fluctuations when compared to scientific measurements in order to ascertain if it can be used for practical groundwater management. The study was done at three sites in ward 28 of Zaka district in Zimbabwe. The results at all sites were taken to show that the correlations between estimated groundwater levels from indigenous knowledge and actual recorded levels had correlation coefficients between 0.755 and 0.991 that were statistically significant. This means that estimation of groundwater fluctuations can be reliably made based on indigenous knowledge in the absence of hydrological monitoring and the data can be used for groundwater resources development and management.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:58:47 GMT

Loss and Damage: Roadmap to Relevance for the Warsaw International Mechanism

<p>The 19th Conference of Parties in Warsaw decided to establish the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) under the Cancun Adaptation Framework to address loss and damage in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. This paper argues that now loss and damage is now embedded institutionally within the international climate regime, it can provide a platform to explore and identify effective responses and to find an appropriate mix of tools to address loss and damage. It argues that the Workplan for the WIM, to be elaborated by the ExCom in its initial meeting, has to ensure that the mechanism develops into a meaningful, relevant and utile institution and that one way to achieve this is to structure the work into key phases, building on existing outputs provided by the Work Programme on Loss and Damage in 2011-2013.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:51:44 GMT

Farmers’ Preferences for Climate-Smart Agriculture An Assessment in the Indo-Gangetic Plain

<p>This study was undertaken to assess farmers&rsquo; preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for various climate-smart interventions in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) was selected because it is highly vulnerable to climate change, which may adversely affect the sustainability of the rice-wheat production system and the food security of the region. To assess farmers&rsquo; choices and their WTP for the potential climate-smart technologies and other interventions, the researchers used scoring and bidding protocols implemented through focus group meetings in two distinct regions of Eastern and Western IGP. We find that laser land leveling (LLL), crop insurance, and weather advisory services were the preferred interventions in Eastern IGP. Farmers preferred LLL, direct seeding, zero tillage, irrigation scheduling, and crop insurance in Western IGP. Through the bidding approach, farmers implicitly express their WTP for new technologies that could transform current agricultural practices into relatively low-carbon and more productive farming methods.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:41:00 GMT

Single-year mitigation targets: Uncharted territory for emissions trading and unit transfers

<p>This working paper explores the question of target &ldquo;time frame&rdquo; and its implications for the generation and use of tradable emissions units. The paper argues that countries relying solely on single-year targets present greater uncertainty with regard to their emissions pathways, and raise concerns regarding both ambition and comparability with other targets. It concludes that the use of tradable units to meet a single-year target or the issuance of units in years prior to the single-target year could reduce the cumulative mitigation outcome compared with both single-year targets without using tradable units, and multi-year targets (with or without using units). Single-year targets may also limit the ability to use domestic carbon market instruments, such as emissions trading schemes.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:30:22 GMT

The economic costs of violent crime in urban Haiti: Results from Monthly Household Surveys

<p>Crime and victimization are amongst the most pressing concerns cited by Haitian citizens today. Surveys conducted on a monthly basis between August 2011 and July 2012 indicate that violent crime is increasingly common, particularly in the densely packed `popular` zones of Haiti&rsquo;s largest urban centres. Paradoxically, in spite of increased international investment in restoring the capacities of the Haitian National Police, ordinary Haitians struggle to access basic policing services.</p><p>This briefing&nbsp;features findings from longitudinal surveys using random sampling methods. The assessment is focused principally on households residing in urban areas of Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes, Cap Haitien, Gonaives, St. Marc, Jacmel and Leogane. All respondents were randomly selected and surveyed about their experiences with crime, their quality of life, and their ability to access basic services such as health care. Taken together, these surveys also demonstrate the serious economic costs of insecurity amongst ordinary Haitians.</p>

10 Apr 2014 13:18:44 GMT

Smarter policing: tracking the influence of new Information Technology in Rio de Janeiro

<p>Technological advancements are changing the architecture of police-society relations around the world. New modes of&nbsp;oversight, whether applied by public security entities or citizens, are dramatically transforming the way policing is conducted.&nbsp;<br />This is especially the case in digitally connected cities in the North and South. Surprisingly little is known, however, about&nbsp;how technology can be used to drive reform in police institutions including in Rio de Janeiro, where the relationships&nbsp;between police and residents are characterized by mistrust. The following Strategic Note aims to assess how the recently installed pacification police units&nbsp;(Unidades de Policia Pacificadora or UPP) are using technology to recapture urban territory from drug trafficking groups&nbsp;while simultaneously expanding trust and reciprocity with citizens. It examines how technological innovations at the street&nbsp;level, including mobile phone applications, can potentially strengthen the integrity of police work and the social contract.</p>

10 Apr 2014 12:43:10 GMT

Brazil, India, China and South Africa in agriculture and food security in Malawi

<p>This paper describes the involvement of four of the so-called emerging powers - Brazil, India, China and South Africa - in development cooperation activities regarding agriculture and food security in Malawi. The prime focus is on the activities and policies of governmental actors, although also development cooperation initiatives of other development actors are mentioned. The research is based on more than 60 interviews, policy documents and other written sources collected during field visits in 2013.</p><p>The paper concludes that the development cooperation of the BICS in the AFS in Malawi concentrates currently on the provision of technical assistance especially but not solely in cotton - agricultural extension, the provision of lines of credit (in the cases of India and China), the development of agribusiness and promotion of trade.</p><p>It also states that at the moment there is virtually no coordination between the BICS and the DAC-donors.&nbsp; This does not mean that there is no interest. USAID, DFID and some UN agencies have already set up trilateral projects with some of the BICS. Several representatives of multilateral and bilateral agencies note that at headquarter level there are discussions or even projects about collaborating with one or more of the BICS. However, within Malawi these efforts have not yet trickled down.</p>

10 Apr 2014 11:36:51 GMT

Adding new spices to development cooperation. Brazil, India, China and South Africa in health, agriculture and food security

<p>In recent years, the four so-called emerging powers or economies - Brazil, India, China and South Africa (the BICS) - have gained considerable academic, policy and media attention for their activities in development cooperation. Some authors argue that these countries employ innovative and alternative approaches to development cooperation than the traditional, i.e. OECD-DAC donors.<br /><br />This paper presents a literature review of what is known about the characteristics of development cooperation in the sectors health and agriculture and food security (AFS) of these four countries. the research examines the characteristics (actors, motivation, objectives. Specific attention is given to development cooperation in health in Mozambique, and agriculture and food security in Malawi.<br /><br />A first conclusion is that the BICS&rsquo; involvement in these specific sectors is to a large extent embedded in their general development cooperation policies. The BICS development cooperation shows a number of similarities and dissimilarities:</p><ul><li>the BICS are by no means a new actor in development cooperation, although their current involvement may differ significantly from that in previous decades</li><li>the BICS development cooperation budget is not restricted to official development aid, but goes beyond this financial flow</li><li>the institutional set-up of the BICS development cooperation is to a large extent still in evolution and involves a multitude of governmental actors</li><li>the discourse of the BICS is markedly different from that of the OECD-donors (and moreover, the BICS do not consider themselves as donors)</li><li>the modalities and instruments do not only differ among the BICS, but also between the BICS and the OECD-donors in various ways</li></ul>

10 Apr 2014 11:09:59 GMT

Climate & environment assessment: tackling acid and burns violence

<p>This paper is a climate and environmental assessment that was conducted as part of the &ldquo;Business Case&rdquo; for &ldquo;Tackling Acid and Burns Violence in Asia&rdquo;. It involves applying a climate and environmental sensitivity analysis to identify climate and environmental impacts and opportunities, and preparing the climate and environment assurance note.</p><p>The paper clarifies that the assessment highlights a possible link between climate induced disasters/ environmental degradation with increasing vulnerability and an increase in gender based violence. However, it points that this impact is deemed low in terms of likelihood and significance.</p><p>On the other hand, the document finds that long term support and rehabilitation, including vocational, educational and livelihood opportunities could indirectly build resilience of women to future changes in the climate and the environment. Nevertheless, the magnitude and likelihood of this benefit are both low.</p><p>The author shows that &ldquo;Tackling Acid and Burns Violence in Asia&rdquo; may have negative impacts on environment through resource use primarily from office based activities as well as GHG emissions from project transportation. Nonetheless, these effects can be mitigated by:</p><ul><li>inclusion of environmental criteria in the grant letter</li><li>implementation of environmental management measures</li><li>training on disaster and climate risk management</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

09 Apr 2014 20:05:10 GMT

Global crop yield response to extreme heat stress under multiple climate change futures

<p>This paper argues that extreme heat stress during the crop reproductive period can be critical for crop productivity. Projected changes in the frequency and severity of extreme climatic events are expected to negatively impact crop yields and global food production. This study applies the global crop model PEGASUS to quantify, at the global scale, impacts of extreme heat stress on maize, spring wheat and soybean yields resulting from 72 climate change scenarios for the 21st century. The results project maize to face progressively worse impacts under a range of RCPs but spring wheat and soybean to improve globally through to the 2080s due to CO2 fertilization effects, even though parts of the tropic and sub-tropic regions could face substantial yield declines.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:33:18 GMT

Ex-ante clarification, transparency, and understanding of intended nationally determined mitigation contributions

<p>This working paper aims to inform the identification of information requirements that can ensure clarity, transparency, and understanding, and by doing so improve trust amongst Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the negotiating session in Bonn, Germany in March 2014. Parties are negotiating an international agreement for the post-2020 period, to be adopted by 2015. This paper argues that transparency and clarification of post-2020 contributions is one of the main levers to encourage greater ambition and accountability in the 2015 Agreement. To begin it explores the importance of ex-ante information on mitigation contributions; it then provides an overview of contribution types, followed by a list of information requirements by contribution type.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:14:46 GMT

Using cost−benefit analysis to inform climate change adaptation projects

<p>This paper argues that cost&ndash;benefit analysis (CBA) helps inform decisions about projects, such as whether to proceed with a project or not, which project option to select, and what refinements can be made to improve project design &ndash; thus making them more effective. It also argues that CBA can also help to assess and incorporate the risk and uncertainty of climate variability and climate change into project decision making. The most effective, it says that CBA should be included as a key component of the project cycle right from the beginning, involving multidisciplinary teams, and support from an experienced economist.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:04:38 GMT

The economics of climate change adaptation in Africa’s water sector: A review and way forward

<p>This working paper summarises work on the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation for the water sector in Africa. It reviews adaptation cost estimates for the continent and the main economic appraisal methods used, then summarises results. It focuses on adaptation to climate impacts on the water sector, such as damage to water infrastructure, rather than impacts from water on other sectors, such as agricultural drought. The paper identifies two key priorities for future appraisals: 1) greater focus on the costs and benefits of &lsquo;soft&rsquo;, non-infrastructure adaptation interventions 2) use of appraisal techniques that are better-suited to dealing with the uncertainties and time horizons associated with climate change in ways that are useful for decision makers.</p>

09 Apr 2014 14:00:01 GMT

Close to home: subnational strategies for climate compatible development

<p>This working paper explores successful strategies and measures for climate resilience and low carbon development that communities and leaders have pursued at the subnational level, drawing on the practical experiences of the Climate &amp; Development Knowledge Network&rsquo;s project partners and the broader ICLEI network. It argues that the battle for climate compatible development will be won or lost in provinces, districts and cities. It explains distinct challenges at subnational level, such as future climate data for local and subnational levels being more uncertain than at larger scales. It also outlines unique opportunities including that subnational decision-makers often have a sound understanding of climate trends in their area, based on first-hand experience and local and indigenous knowledge.</p>

09 Apr 2014 13:34:23 GMT

Farming System Evolution and Adaptive Capacity: Insights for Adaptation Support

<p>This paper argues that studies of climate impacts on agriculture and adaptation often provide current or future assessments, ignoring the historical contexts farming systems are situated within. It investigates how historical trends have influenced farming system adaptive capacity in Uganda using data from household surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus-group discussions and observations. Two farming systems are compared and three major findings noted: (1) similar trends in farming system evolution have had differential impacts on the diversity of farming systems; (2) trends have contributed to the erosion of informal social and cultural institutions and an increasing dependence on formal institutions; and (3) trade-offs between components of adaptive capacity are made at the farm-scale, thus influencing farming system adaptive capacity.</p>

09 Apr 2014 13:24:10 GMT

Innovation in smallholder farming in Africa: recent advances and recommendations: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA)

<p>This document represent the proceedings of the International Workshop on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA), which was held from 29 to 31 May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.</p><p>It concludes that, in the wake of a series of recent international events and initiatives focusing on understanding and fostering innovation, there is growing awareness and interest in applying and making sense of the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) concepts and perspectives. It identifies particular difficulties for African agriculture in adapting to the consequences of climate change, and finding its rightful place in an increasingly global and complex international scene. Questions asked in this material include: What insights and lessons can be gained from recent experiences and initiatives to promote and support agricultural innovation involving smallholders throughout Africa? How are AIS concepts and approaches being operationalised in Africa? What are the key implications and recommendations for ways forward in terms of policy, research and practice?</p>

09 Apr 2014 13:17:31 GMT

Livelihoods monitoring and evaluation

<p>This report presents the current state of evidence and best practice for monitoring and evaluating programmes that aim to have a livelihoods impact. The study identifies tried and tested approaches and indicators that can be applied across a range of livelihoods programming. The main focus of the report is an annotated bibliography of literature sources relevant to the theme. The narrative report highlights key themes and examples from the literature relating to methods and indicators.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:42:17 GMT

Correlation and causation between energy development and economic growth

<p>This study summarises current economic literature that attempts to analyse the relationship between electricity access/availability and economic growth. According to the literature, there is a strong causal relationship between the two variables, but there is no consensus regarding the direction of the causality. There is also inconclusive evidence on the impact of higher availability of modern energy services on poverty reduction and income equality.</p><p>The study also explores how energy policies have contributed to the development of the energy and economic growth. Deregulation, energy conservation and clean energy policies such as energy efficiency and renewable energy were found to have a positive macroeconomic impact. Meanwhile, energy subsidies are likely to cause fiscal imbalances and discourage investment in the energy sector.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:39:05 GMT

Challenging Behaviour Unit St Helena: technical review of proposals

<p>This report reviews the design and supporting specification for the proposed Challenging Behaviour Unit (CBU) on St Helena, focussing on compliance with building regulations and suitability of the proposals to meet the needs of the particular client group.</p><p>In general terms the proposals are considered to be basically sound for the purpose of the building(s) in respect of both health and safety and client group requirements. However, whilst the aim of this report is not to prompt a redesign of the facility, suggestions are made that can be considered by the commissioning body and management team for modifications and improvements should they be appropriate and if available funds allow.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:34:03 GMT

Mainstreaming social inclusion into programmes promoting agricultural productivity and access to markets among the rural poor

<p>This study is a rapid assessment of the evidence regarding effective approaches to promoting agricultural productivity and improving access to markets, across different social groups of the rural poor, with a particular focus on those at risk of exclusion. The objective is to inform the design of the new UK&#39;s Department for International Development (DFID) Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme, including the terms of reference and programme of work for the monitoring and evaluation and research unit. The intention is that gender and social inclusion issues will be integrated within programme design (undertaken by the implementing partners) from the outset and be mainstreamed throughout the programme.<br /><br />The report starts with definitions of the key terms within the study. It then discusses crosscutting issues which cut across all of the different social groups. Each of the social groups is then discussed in turn, starting with gender which is the most extensive given the literature available; and then other social groups including people living with HIV/AIDS, older people, children, the disabled and faith groups. There is then a section on design, monitoring and evaluation; before a final summary and reflections on the implications of the findings. A sister paper by Tamsyn Ayliffe (2013) complements this review by providing in-depth analysis based on the literature available of the context regarding social exclusion amongst the rural poor in Zimbabwe.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:28:17 GMT

How social issues affect market engagement and livelihoods strategies - among the rural poor in Zimbabwe

<p>The purpose of this rapid desk-based study is to inform the development of detailed design work for two components of the new Livelihoods and Food Security Programme being supported by UK&#39;s Depetment for Intrnational Development (DFID) Zimbabwe. The work is specifically intended to help DFID ensure that full consideration is given to relevant gender and social inclusion issues from the beginning of the programme implementation process; and to inform the terms of reference and work programme for the monitoring, evaluation and research unit.</p><p>This part of the study has involved a review of social science literature relating specifically to Zimbabwe. A thorough internet search has been carried out of academic literature and grey sources. However, it should be noted that, given the time available for this study (five days), it has not been possible to access sources that are only available in hard copy in Zimbabwe, for example certain Government or NGO reports.</p><p>The social appraisal section and gender analysis included in the Livelihoods and Food Security Business Case has been used as the starting point for this work. The available social science literature largely supports the gender analysis in the Business Case and provides some rich contextual detail enabling further implications for programming to be<br />drawn out. It also provides useful cross-cutting social analysis of the agricultural sector, as well as analysis of HIV/AIDS and livelihoods issues. The available literature on certain other dimensions of social exclusion, in particular ageing issues and disability is, however, much<br />more limited.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:21:59 GMT

Factors at country level influencing choice in utilisation of energy resource potential

<p>The UK Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned this rapid desk-based study into the factors affecting choice of energy resource utilisation (with a focus on electricity generation). The results of the study will help to provide an improved understanding of the relative effect of each factor. The study also summarises available literature on how the factors have played out in six countries: Bangladesh; Chile; Kenya; Mozambique; Nepal; and Viet Nam.</p>

09 Apr 2014 10:11:59 GMT

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OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies - Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust

Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:25:00 GMT

Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross-country Evidence

Risk finance is essential for new ventures to commercialise new ideas and grow, especially in emerging sectors. Yet very little is known about the drivers and characteristics of risk finance in the green sector. This paper aims to fill this gap by providing a detailed description of risk finance in the green sector across 29 countries and identifying the role that policies might have in shaping high-growth investments.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

Find out about the Green Growth Platform and its upcoming activities

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 GMT

Greener Skills and Jobs

The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This paper suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

OECD LEED-Cedefop 2nd Green Skills Forum 2014 (Paris, France)

LEED and Cedefop organise the second edition of the Green Skills Forum which will bring together experts in innovation, employability and skills development and lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A call for zero emissions from the World Economic Forum in Davos

OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, gives his views in this blog from the World Economic Forum in Davos on the huge risk that carbon dioxide emissions pose to the economy and the environment.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

All issues of the OECD Green Growth Newsletter

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

Workshop: Potential of social enterprises for job creation and green economy - how to stimulate their start and development?

The last decade has seen considerable policy attention to the social economy and its contribution to employment, in particular as regards the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable workers and the provision of appropriate working conditions.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy

This LEED project aims to to define key indicators of area-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The objective is to define measurable indicators at regional/local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

The Swedish Tax on Nitrogen Oxide Emissions: Lessons in Environmental Policy Reform - Environment Policy Paper No. 2

This case study describes the approach taken to reduce NOx emissions from combustion plants, the challenges encountered and the social, environmental and economic impacts. It concludes by discussing the wider lessons that are raised for other governments seeking to develop similar policy responses.

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

The Political Economy of Fuel Subsidies in Colombia - Environment Working Paper No. 61

Colombia has made progress towards eliminating fuel and diesel subsidies and reducing discretionary spaces allowing for artificially low fuel prices, but challenges remain. This paper discusses the political economy of fuel subsidies in the country to understand why reform has been so slow.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

ITF Transport Outlook 2013

The ITF Transport Outlook 2013 presents and discusses global scenarios concerning the development of transport volumes through 2050. The analysis highlights the impact of alternative economic growth scenarios on passenger and freight flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation outside the OECD.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:06:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?

The 2013 Forum was held on 5-6 December and discussed how governments can improve their investment policy framework to reduce the risk and attract long-term private finance in support of green growth.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

Environmental policies and productivity growth - a critical review of empirical findings

This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the link between environmental policy stringency and productivity growth, and the various channels through which such effects can take place.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Green growth challenges and the need for an energy reform in Mexico

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:14:00 GMT

Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector

This report looks at the issue of tax crime in the fisheries sector, including frauds over taxes on profit and earnings, customs duties, VAT and social security, with examples from real cases.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:01:00 GMT

Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

The value of fishery resources lies in its ability to support public goals and objectives. If the fishery is expected to support economic, social and environmental objectives, it is important for fishery managers to recognise the primacy of these goals even if stock management remains their principle task. This handbook discusses the role of objectives and how to carry out an effective policy design and implementation process.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

This paper examines how institutional investors can access green infrastructure, the extent to which this is currently happening, and the barriers to scaling up these investment flows. Based on four case studies, broader lessons are drawn for governments on the policy settings which may support investment in green infrastructure by institutional investors.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

The Political Economy of British Columbia's Carbon Tax - Environment Working Paper No. 63

This paper reviews the political economy of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) tax in three periods: its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects. The BC launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, applied to all combustion sources of fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Green Growth Newsletter, October 2013

Headlines: 2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum, 5-6 December 2013; In Focus: Water – International Year of Water, World Water Week and the OECD's Work on Water; Promoting Green Investment in Costa Rica; Promoting Green Growth in Brandenburg; Making Growth Green and Inclusive – The Case of Cambodia; Latest publications and key upcoming events.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:26:00 GMT

Ireland's Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis - Environment Working Paper No. 59

This paper describes the features of the tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues, and draws conclusions regarding why it happened, and provides tentative insights for other countries in a similar situation.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Marine Biotechnology: Enabling Solutions for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability

This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:43:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

The OECD participated in this annual event held in Stockholm (1-5 September 2013) where two major reports "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters" were launched by the OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

Climate change and rising demand are making it harder to meet the world’s water needs. At World Water Week 2013, the OECD will explore how to better manage this vital resource.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Cambodia

Key questions for development planning today in countries include: Can developing countries strike a balance between economic growth, societal well-being and environmental protection? Can inclusive, green growth be a way forward? This report presents a case study on Cambodia designed to answer these questions.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:24:00 GMT

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth

This workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group’s (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Restructuring the electricity sector and promoting green growth in Japan

The 2011 disaster and nuclear problems opened the door to a new energy policy, as they raisedfundamental questions about the electricity system’s ability to prevent and respond to accidents.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Greening growth in Luxembourg

With strong economic growth overall and an increasingly important role as a regional economic centre, Luxembourg is experiencing mounting environmental pressures. This is mainly a result of a growing population and a rapid increase in transport, which is dominated by the car, as the number of workers commuting within Luxembourg and from across the border has risen rapidly.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods Through Collective Action

Collective action is key to improving the agricultural environment given its effectiveness in dealing with agri-environmental externalities that are beyond the capacity of the individual farmer to manage. This study provides an extensive literature review and analyses 25 case studies from 13 OECD countries to examine how policies could and should be used to promote collective action.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

Evidence for the agricultural sectors of OECD countries from 1990 to 2010 shows improvements have been made in nutrient, pesticide, energy and water management, using less of these inputs per unit volume of output, according to this report. Environmentally beneficial practices by farmers, such as conservation tillage, improved manure storage, soil nutrient testing and drip irrigation, have also contributed to improvements.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Lithuania adheres to OECD Declaration on Green Growth

Following the delivery of the Strategy in May 2011, green growth will be mainstreamed in OECD analytical work to enrich guidance on a number of country, sector and issue-specific areas. This will involve integrating green growth considerations in Economic Surveys, Environmental Performance Reviews and Innovation Reviews.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:06:00 GMT

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation

This paper brings together information collected through Working Party on Nanotechnology discussions and projects. It relies in particular on preliminary results from a project on the responsible development of nanotechnology and outcomes of a symposium held in 2012.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:00 GMT

Blog: Climate Change and Health Beyond 2015 - The Sustainable Development Agenda

Health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development. Climate change affects health through a myriad of exposure pathways, each presenting simultaneously both challenges and opportunities for sustainable health and development.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:00 GMT

Blog: Putting green growth at the heart of development

The rapid pace of development in many developing countries raises the stakes for investments in development, but also begs reflection on the patterns or types of growth that are appropriate for a particular country context.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:53:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Ethiopia

This working paper reflects on green growth policy in Ethiopia – it explores green growth already in action – a range of on-the-ground activities which point to scale-up options for the future.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:27:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

New OECD report offers tips on how households can green their behaviour

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the economic crisis has taken its toll, and the survey shows that the environment is slipping down on the list of people’s priorities.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Putting green growth at the heard of development

Over the past 20 years, the global development landscape has changed dramatically. At the same time, we face unprecedented global challenges and growing instability, with looming financial and economic crises, and growing unemployment, food insecurity, political instability and environmental threats.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:44:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

Saving the environment falls into that category for many people, but the good news for the planet is that the OECD has identified a group of people who “believe that sacrifices will be necessary to solve environmental problems”.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

This publication explains why green growth is vital to secure a more sustainable future for developing countries. Covering 74 policies and measures from 37 countries and 5 regional initiatives, this publication outlines an action-oriented twin-track agenda to guide national and international policies and practices to successfully tackle green growth.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD ProgBlog - Financing our Future: Sustainable Development Financing Strategy

As discussions to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) build momentum, attention is starting to shift towards not only what the world should try to achieve, but also how to go about it.

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:48:00 GMT

OECD Forum 2013 issue on fostering sustainability

This year's forum focuses on three key themes: Promoting inclusive growth, Rebuilding trust and Fostering sustainability. The Forum brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. It feeds into the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda.

Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Investing in a sustainable future

Investment strategies almost never consider external costs to the environment when calculating potential returns. But incorporating environmental risk and sustainability into investor mindsets is possible– and urgent.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT

Report: Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux)

This paper discusses the results of the 2011-2012 OECD LEED study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:21:00 GMT

Green Growth in Cities

Green Growth in Cities presents the OECD Green Cities Programme’s main findings and policy recommendations, and provides a preliminary approach to measuring green growth in cities

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:20:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

Cities can generate growth and jobs while becoming greener – this is the message of the OECD’s new Green Growth in Cities report. Drawing on case studies of Paris, Chicago, Kitakyushu and Stockholm, the report identifies green policies that can respond to urban growth priorities and suggests how to implement and finance them.

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Cash-strapped governments will need private sector investment to meet sustainable transport objectives, OECD says

Boosting private sector investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will be essential as governments seek to meet long-term economic and environmental objectives at a time of constrained public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Ports: How to Get More Value for Money?

Ports are the nervous system of global trade. Over 80% of world cargo (by volume) is transported by sea. Our efforts to raise the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of ports can help boost trade, growth and jobs. It can also help us to promote green growth and development in the poorest regions, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 22 May 2013 14:07:00 GMT

Economic Survey of Mexico 2013

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Tue, 21 May 2013 14:38:00 GMT

Urbanisation and Green Growth in China

This working paper assesses national policy and governance mechanisms that can influence green growth in Chinese cities.

Fri, 17 May 2013 19:40:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

We can’t use terms like “inclusive” and “green” as window dressing for the pursuit of economic growth as an end in itself. A real and profound change in how we think about growth is needed–one that doesn’t let special interests get in the way of creating a just, fair and sustainable economy with clean energy for all.

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

Return from the dead?

Old ways of thinking won’t bring developed countries back to economic life. Weighed down by the legacy of the crisis, they also face deep challenges like a faltering labour supply and slowing innovation. And growth itself won’t be enough–it must also be stable, inclusive and green. The need for structural reforms has never been greater, but they will require difficult trade-offs.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:20:00 GMT

OECD/BIAC Workshop: Green Growth in the Agro-Food Chain: What Role for the Private Sector?

What is the role of the private sector in greening the agro-food chain? This OECD/BIAC workshop will examine such issues as the role of new technologies in increasing productivity and reducing waste, as well as developing private-public partnerships.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:43:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

China’s exceptional economic expansion has led to rising energy demand and pollution as well as other environmental pressures. Strong efforts by the government have moderated emissions of some types of air and water pollution from high levels but others, including greenhouse gas emissions, continue to rise. Poor air and water quality threaten human health, create other costs and reduce well-being.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Greening our Knowledge

Strong international cooperation on testing, exploring and refining measurement tools on green growth is essential to support implementation and assessment of policies in both developed and developing countries, said OECD Secretary-General.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

The European Union may be facing some difficult economic challenges, but that's no excuse for not acting now to create an economy based on resource efficiency and low-carbon development. The benefits are potentially enormous, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, more efficient use of energy and resources and rising growth and innovation.

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

What have we learned from attempts to introduce green-growth policies?

Long-term projections suggest that without policy changes, the continuation of business-as-usual economic growth and development will have serious impacts on natural resources and the ecosystem services on which human well-being depends.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:07:00 GMT

The price of oil – will it start rising again?

Following a sharp drop amidst the global economic crisis and a subsequent recovery, the spot price of crude oil has been broadly stable for the past couple of years. This paper discusses the factors that drive oil demand and supply and, hence, the price of the resource.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

In his speech to OECD Ambassadors, the President of Iceland discussed how Iceland could offer lessons on the nature of a clean energy economy; and presented some insights from Iceland's recent challenges in dealing with the financial crisis.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

Although the market for green goods and services is growing, the development of new business models is affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

New business models can help reduce environmental pollution, optimise the use of natural resources, increase productivity and energy efficiency, and provide a new source of economic growth. The development of new business models is also affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:33:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector: Proceedings of a Joint FAO/OECD Workshop

To help meet the challenges posed by climate change, the agriculture sector should increase its resilience. This book presents the summary and papers from a joint workshop by FAO and OECD that looked at how agriculture can build resilience for adaptation to climate change.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Korea’s National Green Growth Committee Meeting

Putting “Green” at the core of a country’s “Growth” strategy is intelligent public policy at its best! Korea understands that there is no trade-off between green and growth. Much to the contrary: there are strong synergies that can be exploited between pro-growth and pro-green policies.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:43:00 GMT

OECD calls for better alignment of energy policy, public finances and environmental goals

Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Report: Measuring the potential of local green growth - An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth in Africa: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future

Information on and background documents for the Green Growth African Regional Workshops, 15-18 January 2013. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

Mexico is faced with difficult trade-offs as it pursues its economic, social and environmental goals. Like other emerging economies Mexico is balancing the need to protect its natural resources with the need to address high levels of income inequality and poverty.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Conference: Innovation in skills development for SMEs competitiveness (Ankara, Turkey)

The conference discussed the results of the project as well as policy recommendations on training and skills development for the creation of an innovative and competitive SME sector in OECD countries.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Innovation In Tourism

This working paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyse the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in OECD countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector.

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Launch of the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development”

Secretary-General Angel Gurría launched the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development” at the 48th High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee in London.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Chile's OECD membership presents challenges both in the context of changing patterns of production and consumption, and in the framework of a more sustainable economy. Specifically, green growth emphasizes improving growth rates, particularly through greening existing industries, as well as through new eco-businesses.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Evidence from Patent Data - Environment Working Paper No. 50

This paper presents comparative data on innovation in selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the context of Africa. Such analysis informs policy aimed at encouraging international technology transfer and development of domestic innovation capacities.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Joint OECD-GGGI Workshop: Green growth development paths for a better future

Surrounding the 2012 GG-SD Forum, a joint OECD-GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) workshop took place on 22 November. The workshop featured a discussion among experts and policy makers from developing countries with the aim of sharing evidence and experience on how to create an enabling framework and design policy options for overcoming key challenges and prioritizing inclusive green growth opportunities.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:40:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

Noted actors in development share their views on what progress has been made from the past 50 years, the remaining challenges and the way toward a more efficient future in development.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The GGKP has been developed in partnership between the GGGI, the OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank, to help address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, and to help countries design and implement green growth policy.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

This new publication looks at how renewable energy can bring the greatest benefits to host regions.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:08:00 GMT

Measuring the potential of local green growth: An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

Secretary-General Angel Gurría addresses the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and others to discuss highlights of the forthcoming OECD report on local green growth, as part of our efforts to develop more effective tools for measuring cities’ progress and monitoring the impact of green policies.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:42:00 GMT

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2012

The second Forum – 3GF2012 – will be held in Denmark on 8-9 October 2012 under the thematic headline “Resource Efficiency and Growth”.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:41:00 GMT

Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

This paper presents an overview of practices and challenges related to financing green sustainable cities. Cities are essential actors in stimulating green infrastructure; and urban finance is one of the promising ways in which this can be achieved. Cities are key investors in infrastructure with green potential, such as buildings, transport, water and waste.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:09:00 GMT

Green transformation of small businesses: Achieving and going beyond environmental requirements - Environment Working Paper No. 47

This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs).

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

Climate change policies in Germany: make ambition pay

Germany reduced greenhouse gas emissions substantially but remains an important emitter. Ambitious targets for climate change mitigation have been fixed and a broad range of environmental measures are being implemented.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:00 GMT

The determinants of invention in electricity generation technologies: A patent data analysis - Environment Working Paper No. 45

This paper analyses the determinants of invention in efficiency-enhancing electricity generation technologies that have the potential to facilitate climate change mitigation efforts, including fossil fuel based technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, renewables and nuclear technologies.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany)

The Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Market Development for Green Cars

This report reviews government policies and attempts to provide a better understanding of the growing market for green vehicles as well as new analytical instruments to identify measures that could be designed to foster the uptake of green cars.

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:10:00 GMT

Towards green growth in Denmark: improving energy and climate change policies

Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:17:00 GMT

OECD and Rio+20

OECD’s contribution to the Rio+20 Conference focused on how to promote greener economies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment

This comprehensive review of compact city policies will provide food for thought for national, sub-national and municipal governments as they seek to address their economic and environmental challenges through the development and implementation of spatial strategies.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Achieving the “low carbon, green growth” vision in Korea

Korea, which has had the highest growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD area since 1990, adopted an ambitious Green Growth Strategy in 2009.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

Green Jobs

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

This report is part of the OECD work programme on eco-innovation policies. The objective of this work is to complement the knowledge base on eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and to provide empirical material for additional research on policy issues related to eco-innovation.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Green Growth Seminar

The costs and consequences of inaction would be colossal, in economic, environmental and human terms. The truth is that changing our model of growth and making it greener and more inclusive is the only credible strategy that we have.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green growth in action: Mexico

Mexico has taken action on a number of fronts to implement green growth policies, including integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation plans into their National Development Plan, and implementing energy price schemes that reflect the opportunity costs of consumption. Mexico is also developing its green growth indicators, using the OECD set of green growth indicators proposed in “Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture in a Global Context

To nourish the world population in 2050, we must increase food availability by 70 to 100%. This means that we need to engineer a shift towards policies that support innovation, productivity and sustainability and that provide farmers with the skills they need to grasp the opportunities of strong demand and high prices.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

This publication presents a major meta-analysis of 'value of a statistical life' (VSL) estimates derived from surveys where people around the world have been asked about their willingness to pay for small reduction in mortality risks.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

Inducing environmental innovation is a significant challenge to policy-makers. Efforts to design public policies that address these issues are motivated by the fact that innovations can allow for improved environmental quality at lower cost.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

"The success of green growth will depend on whether it is a shared global agenda. Many developing countries are not yet fully equipped to introduce new ‘greener’ policies and tap into the benefits of a green future", declared Mr Gurría at the Global Green Growth Summit.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

Merchandise trade continues to pick-up across most major economies in fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs [pdf

This brand new report from the OECD examines the potential impact of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in Bali on trade costs.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:21:00 GMT

OECD International Business Dialogue 2014: 14-15 April 2014

What obstacles do companies face in doing business internationally? This event brought together representatives from firms in various sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity.

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:45:00 GMT

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be a positive thing, and not just for the EU and the US.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:25:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism

Mr Gurría said the trade facilitation agreement at the core of the new package would cut red tape and speed border crossings worldwide, offering an important boost to world trade and the global economy. "As OECD work has highlighted, the benefits of lowering costs for traders are significant, and are particularly welcome today, given the slow growth seen in so many countries," Mr Gurría said.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali: too good a prize to pass up

As the OECD's latest global economic forecast has confirmed, world trade is now growing at an extremely low rate. This brings into stark focus the need for trade negotiators at the WTO to cut a deal to bring a much-needed boost to world trade and the global economy.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2013

Merchandise trade imports and exports in G7 and BRICS economies grew by 1.4% during the third quarter of 2013, offsetting the contractions seen in the previous quarter.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:28:00 GMT

Premium and Interest Rates related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding

This page holds all the latest information related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding, including the latest interest rates.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:59:00 GMT

Global Value Chains offer major opportunity for growth and progress in advanced and developing economies, according to OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report to G20

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of world trade and investment, offering new prospects for growth, development and jobs, according to a new joint report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:27:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Launch of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013

We have come a long way since 2005, when we launched the Aid for Trade initiative in Hong Kong at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. Each successive global review has deepened our analysis and broadened our understanding of the dynamics of aid, trade, development and their interaction. In parallel, more and more partner countries and donors have come on board as the tangible results of our efforts become apparent.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:18:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

Measures Supporting Minerals and Primary Metals Extraction and Processing: Case Study: Australia

Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Road connectivity and the border effect: evidence from Europe

Several studies have reported a large negative effect of national borders on the volume of trade. We provide new estimates of the border effect for continental Europe using road rather than great circle – or "as-crows-fly" – distance.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:52:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework

The purpose of this OECD Study is to provide the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects, and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts). We have prepared case studies focusing on Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:15:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

The rise in international investment and trade in goods and services related to renewable energy has been rapid but not always smooth. This paper surveys, through the lenses of market-pull and technology-push policies, the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

The Construction of a New International Economic Order

To better integrate their economies into Global Value Chains, governments need a fine-tuned understanding of their dynamics and policies, and we have made considerable progress on this front. For example, we have learned that success in international markets depends as much on the capacity to import high-quality inputs as on the capacity to export: intermediate inputs account for over 2/3 of the goods and 70% of the services we trade.

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:51:00 GMT

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Why does it matter?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, if successfully concluded, would be the most significant bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:48:00 GMT

Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Market Monitor, June 2013

Early indications for world wheat, maize and rice production in 2013 point to record levels and an overall increase in supplies in the new 2013/14 marketing season.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:44:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

G20/ OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Global Value Chains

A wide range of stakeholders examined the progress made on measuring trade in value added terms and to extract and clarify the emerging policy implications that can be employed to stimulate strong, balanced and job-rich growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:48:00 GMT

The Costs and Challenges of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures

The costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures, according to this study. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement these measures has been made available to developing countries over the last decade.

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:00 GMT

The value of trade

The emergence of global value chains in manufacturing and services has revolutionised the way the world trades. It has also provided a valuable entry point for many developing economies into the global economy. Thanks to the combined efforts of the WTO and OECD, we now have a strong data-based understanding of these impacts, which will be vital to the design of effective trade policies.

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:35:00 GMT

Multilateralising Regionalism on Government Procurement

The potential multilateralisation of government procurement commitments in regional trade agreements (RTAs) presents many issues and challenges. To what extent do RTAs go beyond the 2012 revised Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), and how do they differ among trading partners? This report surveys 47 RTAs in force with government procurement provisions where an OECD member is a party.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:07:00 GMT

Global Production Networks and Employment: A Developing Country Perspective

International firms in developing economies tend to employ more workers and pay higher wages than firms dealing exclusively with the domestic market, according to this paper demonstrating the links between global value chains (GVCs)and labour market outcomes. Engagement in international activities provides greater opportunities for women to enter the formal employment market.

Tue, 14 May 2013 16:24:00 GMT

Global Value Chains and Developing Country Employment: A Literature Review

How do global value chains (GVCs) impact employment markets in developing countries? This paper reviews the literature on the subject, focusing on the labour market impacts of three processes that lie at the core of GVC development: importing, exporting, and foreign direct investment (FDI). Two case studies are presented

Tue, 14 May 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Trade Costs: What Have We Learned? A Synthesis Report

Understanding trade costs is essential for formulating policy interventions designed to reduce such costs. This report synthesises all OECD work on cost factors across the entire trade chain.

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:40:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

The Role of Services for Competitiveness in Manufacturing

What is the role of services in international merchandise trade, especially as new technology changes the way production is organised? This study analyses the relationship between competitiveness in manufacturing and the quality of key supporting services. Three primary indicators of competitiveness are considered: the degree of product differentiation, unit prices obtained in export markets and the duration of trade.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:28:00 GMT

Made in the world

The new OECD/WTO database on trade in value-added is not just about changing the numbers, but policymakers’ approaches too. It gives trade fresh importance, and a place high on the agenda of the UK’s G8 presidency.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:11:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

State-Owned Enterprises: Trade Effects and Policy Implications

With a growing integration via trade and investment, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have traditionally been oriented towards domestic markets increasingly compete with private firms in the global market place. This paper presents a conceptual discussion of how potential SOE advantages can generate cross-border effects.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:38:00 GMT

Summary Report: OECD International Business Dialogue 2013

Business representatives and policy makers provided lively debate and valuable insights on barriers to 21st century commerce when they met at this event at OECD headquarters in Paris. Read the main discussion points, online survey results and recommendations.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:55:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Export Restrictions: Benefits of Transparency and Good Practices

Transparent trade legislation, policies and practices benefit governments and business alike by reducing uncertainty and transaction costs, simplifying procedures and encouraging investment. This paper studies the information published online by 33 countries on their export restriction policies in the minerals sector, and presents a checklist of best practices for addressing gaps in the availability and accessibility of information.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:03:00 GMT

Mineral Resource Trade in Chile: Contribution to Development and Policy Implications

Instead of resorting to trade measures such as export restrictions, Chile manages its minerals sector through a combination of balanced taxation, stable investment measures, good management of tax revenue, exchange rate policy and initiatives aimed at producing a multiplier effect of economy-wide development, according to this study.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD International Business Dialogue 2013: Barriers to 21st Century Commerce - 4-5 March 2013

What obstacles do companies face in doing business internationally? This event brought together representatives from firms in various sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:09:00 GMT

Trade Facilitation Indicators: The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

Drawing on OECD trade facilitation indicators, this paper finds that the combined effect of comprehensive trade facilitation reform would reach almost 14.5% reduction of total trade costs for low income countries, 15.5% for lower middle income countries and 13.2% for upper middle income countries.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:27:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2012

Compared to the third quarter, the value of merchandise exports and imports for the G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT

The declining competitiveness of French firms reflects a generalised supply-side problem

This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment

Occupation-level analysis of short-term labour market impacts from trade can provide policy makers with better insights than industry-level studies, says this paper using a unique dataset based on harmonised labour force surveys from Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil and South Africa. For instance, occupation-level data shows that imports can be associated with higher wages and a lower probability of unemployment.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:13:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries

Agricultural trade can be a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty reduction, and development. However, efforts by developing countries to expand their agricultural trade are often hampered by domestic supply-side constraints such as lack of trade-related infrastructure. This report looks at some of the most important of these constraints, and features case studies from Indonesia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:22:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013

This OECD Policy Dialogue brought together a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, practitioners, academics, private sector and civil society - from developing and developed countries. Participants discussed what needs to be done to continue delivering aid for trade results in this changing international environment for trade and development.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:03:00 GMT

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds

This paper examines how three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) incorporate transparency into their regulatory regimes: CITES (endangered species, especially tropical timber), the Basel Convention (hazardous e-waste), and the Kimberley Process (conflict diamonds)

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2012

Merchandise trade continued to slow in most major economies in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Emergence of Global Value Chains: What Do They Mean for Business?

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría delivers remarks at the G20 Trade and Investment Promotion Summit held in Mexico City.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Taking Stock of Measures Restricting the Export of Raw Materials: Analysis of OECD Inventory Data

Governments appear increasingly inclined to apply border and domestic measures to restrict the export of raw materials. For industrial raw materials, the OECD is constructing an Inventory of measures that have been applied since 2009. The underlying survey covers some 100 countries, some 15 types of measures and most minerals, metals and wood. This paper analyses 2009-2010 data collected so far for the minerals and metals sector.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:59:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

Developing effective policies to reduce illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods requires a clear understanding of what drives this trade and the circumstances under which it thrives, says this report.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Video: "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar, 13 September 2012

Watch the Jobs Knowledge Platform webcast of the World Bank-OECD "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar on the JKPLive Facebook channel.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2012

Merchandise trade slowed in most major economies in the second quarter of 2012, with contractions in all major European economies, India, Russia and South Africa.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a More Open Trading System and Jobs Rich Growth - C-MIN(2012)9

Over the course of the last half century, the global expansion of trade has reshaped the world economy. Trade opening has enabled economies to reap the benefits of specialisation and focus more productively on what they do best, through the sectors where they demonstrate comparative advantage.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Out now: Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade interact with employment? This book features highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE), including regional, country and thematic studies.

Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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United States of America: United Nations Human Resources Specialists: Training/Facilitating/Coaching, Various Countries (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 16 May 2014United Nations Human Resources Specialists: Training/Facilitating/Coaching, Various CountriesCompany Profile:MSI is a Washington, D.C.-based international development firm with a 30-year history of helping to deliver development results across the developing world. In 2008, we became the America’s operation of the international development arm of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we’ve greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with our

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Urban Protection Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 Jun 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.On December 16,

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emergency Protection Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 Jun 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.On December 16,

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Protection and WPE Program Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 16 Jun 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.For

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: TECHNICAL COORDINATOR PHILIPPINES (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Acción contra el HambreCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 30 Apr 2014TECHNICAL COORDINATORPHILIPPINESRef: COORDTEC/PH/14ACF is an international non-governmental, private, apolitical, non-religious and non-profit organization created in 1979. Its goal is to combat hunger and dangerous situations that threaten men, women and children. Currently 500 expats and more than 5,000 employees are working for ACF in more than forty-six countries working in projects concerning four areas of focus: nutrition, health, food security and water and sanitation.ACF-Spain (ACF-E) is looking

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Australia: AIDS 2014 Youth Programme Internship (source: Relief Web)

Country: AustraliaClosing date: 30 Apr 2014The convening of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2014 represents a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the Asia Pacific region’s HIV epidemic and the unique responses to it.AIDS 2014 is expected to convene over 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including 1,200 journalists. The International AIDS Society (IAS), the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals, with more than 16,000 members in 194 countries, is organizing AIDS 2014 in collaboration with

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Australia: AIDS2014 Professional Development Workshops Intern (source: Relief Web)

Country: AustraliaClosing date: 09 May 2014The convening of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2014 represents a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the Asia Pacific region’s HIV epidemic and the unique responses to it. AIDS 2014 is expected to convene over 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including 1,200 journalists. The International AIDS Society (IAS), the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals, with more than 16,000 members in 194 countries, is organizing AIDS 2014 in collaboration with

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Admin Volunteer - Conciliation Resources (Travel (within London zones 1-, Camden, London) (source: CharityJob)

Conciliation Resources, Camden, London, Travel (within London zones 1- Conciliation Resources is an independent organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence and build peace. We support people at the he...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mobile Technology Programme Director - Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (£45,000 - £50,000, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, City of London, London, £45,000 - £50,000 The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women provides women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets with the skills, technology, networks and access...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Infrastructure Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Identify, develop, implement and administer loans/grants, technical assistance (TA), and non-lending products and services (NLPS) in a range of infrastructure sectors. Formulate and articulate sector policies and strategies, engaging Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) governments in policy dialogue, and conducting ADB’s activities to support sector policy and reforms. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical tasks. (Closing Date: 6 May 2014)

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Associate Finance Coordinator (source: Asian Development Bank)

To assist in the areas of financial management, control and reporting (Closing Date: 5 May 2014)

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Conciliation Resources: Director of Fundraising and Communications (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£52,536 plus 9% employer pension contribution:Conciliation Resources:We are looking for a talented and strategic fundraiser and communicator to lead our high-performing Fundraising and Communications Department.Tufnell Park, Greater London

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Child Protection Coordinator- Response Team (French speaking) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children UKCountry: WorldClosing date: 25 Apr 2014About usSave the Children’s origins lie in emergency response, and this has remained central to our work ever since. Our approach integrates our emergency and development work, through the medium of our country programmes. With the increasing frequency and severity of emergencies world-wide the organisation is increasing its capacity to support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations. Our Emergency Response Personnel (ERP) play a key part with Save the Children’s humanitarian strategy. Members

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Direct Marketing Manager (Acquisition) - Flow Caritas (£32000 - £34000 per annum, Surrey) (source: CharityJob)

Flow Caritas, Surrey, £32000 - £34000 per annum Title: Direct Marketing Manager (Acquisition)Salary: £32,000- £34,000Location: Surrey (15 mins from Clapham Junction or 25 minute train from Waterloo/...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Poland: Chief, ICT Unit (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in EuropeCountry: PolandClosing date: 06 May 2014Background:This is a re-advertisement of the post of Chief, ICT Unit.Candidates who initially applied for the first advertisement need to re-apply if they wish to be considered.The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Flow Caritas: Individual Giving Manager (Retention) (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£32000 - £34000 per annum:Flow Caritas:A brilliant international charity has a great opportunity for an experienced individual giver to join their successful retention team as an Individual Giving Manager (Retention).Surrey

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Individual Giving Manager (Retention) - Flow Caritas (£32000 - £34000 per annum, Surrey) (source: CharityJob)

Flow Caritas, Surrey, £32000 - £34000 per annum Title: Individual Giving Manager (Retention)Salary: £32,000- £34,000Location: Surrey (15 mins from Clapham Junction or 25 minute train from Waterloo/V...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Admin Volunteer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Conciliation ResourcesCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 08 May 2014Conciliation Resources is an independent organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence and build peace. We support people at the heart of conflicts who are striving to find solutions. We work with them to deepen our collective understanding of the conflict, bring together divided communities and create opportunities for them to resolve their differences peacefully. In addition, we take what we learn to government decision-makers and others working to

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Country Director- Central &amp; West Africa 14-034 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: WorldClosing date: 09 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Deputy Country Director – Programs, South Sudan (219091-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 15 Jun 2014PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps has been operational in South Sudan since 2005 and is currently engaged in series of development and resiliency programming in the north of the country. Yet since the outbreak of fighting on December 15, 2013, Mercy Corps is launching emergency programming throughout its current areas of operation including: Warrup State (Twic County), Unity State (Bentiu, Koch and Leer) and the Abyei Administrative Area. Unity State in particular is caught in the crossfire of the violence and, as

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) Cluster NGO Co-lead, South Sudan (219063-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 15 Jun 2014This position is contingent on fundingPROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps leads humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts in areas affected by Sudan’s 21-year civil war - the same areas where today’s peace is most fragile. Mercy Corps’ goal in Sudan is to support the transition to a fair and lasting peace. Our team is working hand in hand with communities to facilitate the transition from relief assistance to development. Our recovery projects improve the capacity of communities to accommodate returnees and pave

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: M&amp;E Coordinator, Resilience in Somalia Enhancement (RISE) Program, Somalia (219071-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 15 Jun 2014This position is contingent on funding.PROGRAM SUMMARY:Mercy Corps has been working in Somalia since 2006 and is implementing a variety of programs in three main regions. Somalia faces continued political, climatic, and economic shocks and stresses, including recurrent drought and erratic rainfall, continued instability from Al-Shabaab, and limited government capacity to establish authority, ensure security and provide public services. These have led to extreme vulnerability and contribute to youth radicalization, children’s

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Program Director, Resilience in Somalia Enhancement (RISE) Program, Somalia (219070-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 15 Jun 2014This position is contingent on funding.PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps has been working in Somalia since 2006 and is implementing a variety of programs in three main regions. Somalia faces continued political, climatic, and economic shocks and stresses, including recurrent drought and erratic rainfall, continued instability from Al-Shabaab, and limited government capacity to establish authority, ensure security and provide public services. These have led to extreme vulnerability and contribute to youth radicalization,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Program Manager - Emergency Program (SCERP), Somalia (219069-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 15 Jun 2014PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy CorpsSouth Central Somalia Emergency Response Program (SCERP) is a strategic intervention aimed at preventing the loss of human life by providing wage labor opportunities and provision of basic services for the most vulnerable population in the target region. Cash for work opportunities aimed at rehabilitating productive infrastructure to improve the abilities of households and communities to cope with and recover from drought and flooding, to prevent conflict stemming from access to resources

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Peacebuilding Advisor - US (219094-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Jun 2014PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps works in countries in transition, where communities are recovering from disaster, conflict, or economic collapse. Our experience demonstrates that even during times of turmoil and tragedy, there are many possibilities for positive change. A commitment to peaceful change is at the heart of Mercy Corps’ approach to relief and development. Mercy Corps Conflict Management Team (CMT)) team is dedicated to helping our field teams and country programs design and implement programs

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: East Asia Regional Resilience Advisor - Philippines (219090-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 15 Jun 2014PROGRAM SUMMARY:Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 82 nations. In the East Asia region, which includes China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Indonesia, Philippines, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste, The East Asia is by nature diverse in terms of its ecological, political, social, and market systems. Shocks and stresses vary across and even within countries, and our discrete programs are tailored to these specific contexts. Over 15 years of working across these diverse

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: Community Resilience Program Chief of Party - Nepal (219095-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: NepalClosing date: 15 Jun 2014This position is contingent on funding.PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps specializes in development in transitional areas. Mercy Corps has been operating in Nepal since 2005, implementing programs in food security, agriculture, market development, financial services, youth engagement, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. We take a systems-based approach in our programming, with the aim of improving the lives and potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across Nepal.GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:The

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Consultant, Psychosocial Trainer - Middle East Location (219057-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: JordanClosing date: 15 Jun 2014This role is not based in Jordan but in another Middle East Location.Background:The aim of the Mercy Corps Syria response is to provide emergency food and non-food assistance to families affected by the Syrian Crisis principally through partnerships with local relief committees, and technical Mercy Corps field team members. Mercy Corps developed a program targeting children due to prolonged conflict in the region, and the absence of recreational activities.Purpose / Project Description:Since September 2013, Mercy Corps

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Digital Campaigns Manager - Flow Caritas (£34000 per annum, Surrey) (source: CharityJob)

Flow Caritas, Surrey, £34000 per annum Title: Digital Campaigns ManagerLocation: Surrey (15 min train from Clapham Junction and 25 min from Waterloo and Vauxhall station)Salary: £34,000Cont...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Lebanon – WaSH &amp; Shelter Coordinator – Beirut (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 05 May 2014MISSIONAs the Syria Crisis is in its third year, humanitarian needs inside Syria and in neighboring countries continue to rise. Given the regional instability, the Lebanese political deadlock and poverty, the population influx has put Lebanon under severe strain. As Lebanon has maintained an open border policy, and with more than 850,000 refugees registered with UNHCR, one out of five residents in the country is now a refugee.In order to address the immediate needs of both Syrian refugee and Lebanese host families

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Afghanistan - Administrative Coordinator – Kabul (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014MISSIONOur mission in Afghanistan was and still is a historical mission, linked to the birth and development of the association. In fact Solidarités International (SI) has been present in Afghanistan for more than 30 years and has never ceased to work in the country, adapting its intervention to the changing needs of beneficiaries throughout the different historical contexts.SI’s team in Afghanistan currently includes 15 international staff and 160 national employees, at field and coordination levels, working

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

RCA - Responsable Programme Abris d’urgence (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 30 Apr 2014MISSIONLe contexte politico-sécuritaire et humanitaire évolue de mois en mois en RCA. La montée en puissance des groupes rebelles dans le nord du pays qui se sont alliés et ont formé la Séléka mi-2012 a abouti en un coup d’Etat le 24 mars 2013, par lequel la Seleka a chassé du pouvoir le président François Bozizé et mis en place un gouvernement qui se voulait de transition, avec à sa tête, le premier ministre nommé par Bozizé en janvier 2013, Nicolas Tiangaye.Mais dans le même temps, un certain nombre de groupes associés à la Seleka ont commencé à commettre de nombreuses

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World Vision Central African Republic (CAR) Response – Key Staffing Needs (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionClosing date: 24 Apr 2014This is your opportunity to use your special talents to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children in the most challenging humanitarian context today.You can do this by joining World Vision –a global network of people committed to enhance the well-being and protection of children everywhere by empowering them, their families and communities to overcome the challenges of poverty and injustice.We are recruiting for the following key roles:Advocacy ManagerThe Advocacy Manager will implement WV CAR

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Administrative Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Development and Training ServicesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 28 Apr 2014Summary of Project:This anticipated USAID-funded project is intended to provide institutional and operational support for USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (USAID/LAC), particularly for development efforts in Haiti. The contract will support meeting-related tasks, information and communications, administrative duties, and implementation efforts for development and humanitarian aid programming. This is a one year program with a potential for two option years.Summary

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Specialist (source: IFPRI)

Job Summary: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Senior Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Specialist for the HarvestPlus program.  HarvestPlus leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals.  HarvestPlus works with public and private sector partners in more than 40 countries.  HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).  CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.  Its

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Tchad - Logisticien Mission - Ati et N'djamena (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalClosing date: 30 Apr 2014MISSIONSolidarités International développe des projets de sécurité alimentaire et WASH au Tchad depuis 2008. Les activités ont débuté à Adé sur la frontière Soudanaise en février 2008. Ces activités ont été suspendues en 2009 suite à l’aggravation de la situation sécuritaire dans la zone. A partir de 2009, des activités WASH et SA sont mises en œuvre dans la région du Salamat au profit des populations locales et réfugiés centrafricains. En février 2012, Solidarités International a terminé son retrait du Salamat (faute d’intérêt

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA – Chef de mission Adjoint – Bangui (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 30 Apr 2014SI a commencé ses activités en RCA en 2007. Présente sans discontinuité depuis, la mission comptait 4 bases opérationnelles début 2012 (Kabo, Kaga Bandoro, Bozoum, Ndélé) et la coordination à Bangui, avant de recentrer ses activités uniquement sur Kabo à partir de mi-2012. La mission avait une stratégie de sortie pour septembre 2013 avec des projets de relèvement et de développement (notamment avec la Banque Mondiale) et le renforcement des capacités d’une ONG locale. Cette stratégie a du évoluer

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: People in Need is seeking an intern for the position of Field Coordinator in DRC (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 02 May 2014Job title: Field CoordinatorLocation: Lulingu, South Kivu, DRCStarting date: 15/6/2014Length of contract: 14 monthsType of position: InternshipIn DRC, PIN has been operational since 2009, delivering services and supporting population mainly in primary health care, education, WASH, nutrition and protection. We work in South Kivu in challenging, isolated and unstable areas.The Field Coordinator will be deployed in Lulingu Health zone. It is a mainly rural area with challenging logistical

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Coordinateur des programmes d'Urgences (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 30 Apr 2014MISSIONLe contexte politico-sécuritaire et humanitaire évolue de mois en mois en RCA. La montée en puissance des groupes rebelles dans le nord du pays qui se sont alliés et ont formé la Séléka mi-2012 a abouti en un coup d’Etat le 24 mars 2013, par lequel la Seleka a chassé du pouvoir le président François Bozizé et mis en place un gouvernement qui se voulait de transition, avec à sa tête, le premier ministre nommé par Bozizé en janvier 2013, Nicolas Tiangaye.Mais dans le même temps, un certain

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Vice President - Global Development - Internews - Washington, DC, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Internews Location:&nbsp; Washington, DC, United States GENERAL FUNCTION:Based in Washington, DC; the Vice President of Global Development will provide the strategic vision and technical leadership for Internews’ development globally. The VP of Global Development reports to the Senior Vice President for Programs, though works closely with the President in achieving

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique: Assistant Country Director Sysyems (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: MozambiqueClosing date: 05 May 2014Reference:CON/ACDS/MCountry: MozambiqueJob Title: Assistant Country Director-Systems (ACD-S)Date requested:11/4/2014Contract Grade:CContract Length: 24 monthsDate Needed By: ASAPNew Post or Replacement: New PostAccompanied / Unaccompanied:Unaccompanied (may also be considered on an accompanied basis)Exact Job Location: Based between Quelimane and Chimoio with limited time also spent in Maputo.Length of time spent in each location to be confirmed.Reports To: Country DirectorResponsible for:National

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: People in Need is seeking the Financial officer of the Mission in DRC (volunteer position) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 15 May 2014People in Need (PIN) is Czech Republic based humanitarian and development NGO. Read more about People in Need on the organization’s website www.peopleineed.cz.Starting date: July 2014Duration: 18 monthsType of contract: volunteerMain responsibilities:· Supervise the mission accountancy and cash register· Financial planning of the mission, cash flow plans· Ensure that all the financial operations are in conformity with the donor’s and People In Need’s policies, procedures and guidelines·

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Roving Financial Controller (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALClosing date: 15 May 2014DescriptionGeneral Description of the RoleThe main function of this position is to advance the implementation of GOAL’s financial policies and procedures in all its field offices, of which each office should be visited at least once annually.This position will work in tandem with another RFC, both positions report into the CFO, who co-ordinates the schedule of missions. The RFCs work alongside GOAL’s Roving Internal Auditors (RIAs) and the Roving Donor Compliance Officer on areas of compliance, donor regulations, guidelines and policies. The RFC

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Safety and Security Co-ordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 15 May 2014DescriptionGeneral Description of the Programme:The current Syrian conflict started in March 2011 with nation-wide demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Assad. The rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria since March 2011 has been described as passing through three distinct stages: Initial political concessions, which were unenthusiastically implemented and accompanied by the opposition’s repression, evolved into a security solution which led sections of the opposition into an armed response, until the current phase

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Côte d&#039;Ivoire: Head of Field Office Côte d’Ivoire (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: Côte d&#039;IvoireClosing date: 06 May 2014Head of Field OfficeCôte d’IvoireBackgroundThe Danish refugee Council (DRC) Ivory Coast is looking for an experienced humanitarian worker for the post of Head of Field Office.Overall objectiveThe Head of Field Office (HoFO) is responsible for overseeing, planning, implementation and monitoring of DRC programmes. He/she contributes to writing proposals and developing concept papers, supervision of staff, and preparing reports.The HoFO represents DRC vis-à-vis local authorities, donor representatives,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Program Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: One Acre FundCountry: KenyaClosing date: 15 May 2014Rapid organization growth translates into great career opportunities for our staff. We invest heavily in careers - we want to develop our next group of country directors, R&amp;D directors, and partnership leaders.In their first year, our program associates lead 3-5 internal consulting projects, such as:• Impact innovation: A program associate recently designed a new harvest storage product and farmer training, and tried it with a few hundred farmers. The trial demonstrated an increase in harvest profits by more than 10%.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Advisor - Social Media | Social Action II Program (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: JordanClosing date: 16 May 2014****TITLE: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Advisor - Social Media | Social Action II Program********REPORTS TO: Program Manager********DIVISION: Media, Technology and Civil Society Division********POSITION LOCATION: Based in Amman, Jordan********ABOUT IREX:**** IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sierra Leone: Advocacy training - consultancy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Plan UKCountry: Sierra LeoneClosing date: 04 May 2014Plan Sierra Leone and Plan UK are seeking to hire a high profile advocacy expert consultant (with Harmful Practice expertise as well) to support the NaMEP coalition to develop its Harmful Practice (HP) strategy. The consultant will be tasked with designing an initial training on advocacy techniques, planning and strategy development and will support the identification of a road map leading to the collective development of a national strategy on HP for NaMEP and its coalition members.How to apply:We invite interested individuals

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A DEPUTY COUNTRY DIRECTOR - KURDISTAN REGIONAL GOVERNMENT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimClosing date: 16 May 2014We are looking for: A DEPUTY COUNTRY DIRECTORCountry:Kurdistan Regional Government based in ErbilLength of Contract: 3 months from the 01st of May 2014Responsibilities:The Deputy Country Director is responsible for leading the development of programs and monitoring their implementation, you will have to:Project Coordination and Operational ManagementRepresentation and liaison for operational program related issues to donors, authorities, UN, NGOsHumanitarian Context AnalysisHuman Resources Management – ProgrammingOverall

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

ICS Project Officer (Central America) - Progressio (£27,876 gross pa (plus other b, Lambeth, London) (source: CharityJob)

Progressio, Lambeth, London, £27,876 gross pa (plus other b This is a great opportunity for an individual with exceptional administrative and interpersonal skills, impressive attention to detail, initiative and...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Online Communications Specialist - Pathfinder International - Watertown, MA, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Pathfinder International Location:&nbsp; Watertown, MA, United States Pathfinder Overview Submission Instructions:&nbsp; Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: MdM seeks a HUMAN RESOURCES ADVISOR (M/F) for Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 30 Jun 2014For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: SENIOR POLICY ADVOCATE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CARE USACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Apr 2014CARE is seeking a talented Senior Policy Advocate who will be a key member of a fast-paced stimulating office that handles multiple development policy issues that impact millions of people in the developing world and ensure that CARE's annual public policy priorities and advocacy agenda are accomplished vis-a-vis Congress and the Administration.The Senior Policy Advocate (SPA)'s primary responsibility is to analyze US Government (USG) policies, draft CARE policy positions and develop appropriate strategies specific

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Executive Director - BethanyKids (Up to 65,000 GBP, Ontario, Canada) (source: CharityJob)

BethanyKids, Ontario, Canada, Up to 65,000 GBP BethanyKids is a compassionate Christian mission transforming the lives of African children with surgical conditions and disabilities through pediatri...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

InHouse Face to Face Area Manager - Flow Caritas (£36000 per annum, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Flow Caritas, City of London, London, £36000 per annum Our client is one of the most well known development charities providing disaster relief programmes and a range of projects to communities in the UK a...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Flow Caritas: In-House Face to Face Area Manager (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£36000 per annum:Flow Caritas:This is a really exciting time as they have an opportunity for an In-House Face to Face Area Manager to operationally manage the growing London in house team and continue to make it a brilliant success.City of London

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Deputy Technical Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CoffeyCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 04 May 2014Economic and Public Sector ProgramDeputy Technical DirectorSupport the capacity development of partner agencies and contribute to PNG’s public service deliveryFull time position to 1 Dec 2015Based in Port Moresby, Papua New GuineaThe ProgramThe Economic and Public Sector Program (EPSP) is an initiative by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a partnership between the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The goal of EPSP is to provide an effective and efficient public service that

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Senior Procurement Officer (Construction contracting) (source: Relief Web)

Country: SwitzerlandClosing date: 27 Apr 2014BackgroundThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 189 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.Organizational ContextThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network and is part of the wider

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Arab Emirates: Recruitment Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CTG GlobalCountry: United Arab EmiratesClosing date: 30 Apr 2014TERMS OF REFERENCERECRUITMENT ASSISTANTBackground on CTG GlobalCTG Global is a Human Resources &amp; Operational Support Service Company specialising in supporting the United Nations, Governments (Federal US, UK and local), INGOs and a plethora of corporate organisations in the Energy, Mining, Infrastructure and ICT sectors in countries experiencing or emerging from armed conflict, natural disasters, or acute social and economic crisis worldwide. CTG provides tailored support enabling a growing number of public

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

India: Regional Medical Advisor (Asia) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Marie Stopes InternationalCountry: IndiaClosing date: 05 May 2014Millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable women trust Marie Stopes International to provide them with quality sexual and reproductive health care. Delivering the highest quality services, building capacity as we experience significant growth across delivered through our clinics, franchisees and outreach programmes.Reporting directly to the Deputy Regional Director (DRD) with indirect reporting (dotted line) to the Associate Director for Quality Assurance (ADQA), and working closely with the Medical Development

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Project Reporting Officer - NRM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AdesoCountry: KenyaClosing date: 02 May 2014ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXTAdeso is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization. At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by:

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Media Program Director - IREX - Burma (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; IREX Location:&nbsp; Burma Application Deadline (optional):&nbsp; May 2, 2014 Position: Media Program DirectorLocation: BurmaReports To: Chief of PartyDivision: Media, Technology and Civil SocietyABOUT IREX Submission Instructions:&nbsp; To ApplyGo to www.irex.org/careers

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Humanitarian Manager - Democratic Republic of Congo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 29 Apr 2014Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Advisor, Women’s Protection and Empowerment (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Jun 2014This position provides remote and on-site technical support and assistance to the IRC WPE country programs, specifically through the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programming and project activities. The WPE Technical Advisor supports country programs to appropriately pilot, evaluate and use new tools, resources and program models, and to document evidence demonstrating the impact of the IRC’s work. This position also maintains relationships with regional

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Alternative Care Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: IraqClosing date: 15 Jun 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. The IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world.Syrian refugees have been fleeing to the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) since early 2012. Despite the high level of vulnerability of the estimated 87,190 (40,348 boys and 46,842 girls) children

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Programme Manager - Emergency Preparedness &amp; Response Team (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Salary: 25,596 to 34,617 GBP per annum net depending upon experience, net salary means that Oxfam GB will meet the tax and social security liabilities of post-holder in addition to net salaryContract Type: Fixed Term, approximately 1 yearHours: Full Time 40 hours per weekLocation: South Sudan, the post holder will spend much of their time in various field locations as requiredOxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Working at Oxfam is so much more than just a job. As an Oxfam employee, you will join

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Technical Impact Advisor ( Policy &amp; Metrics ) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Marie Stopes InternationalCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 04 May 2014About usMarie Stopes International (MSI) is a marketing focused, results oriented social enterprise. With income / funding of c.£200m we operate large scale, effective and sustainable family planning and reproductive health programmes in some of the world's poorest countries, in middle income countries and in Europe.We are an organisation driven by and on the leading edge of global reporting, analytics and metrics. We understand the value of such analysis to help

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

ILRI Vacancy – Research Assistant IV – Legumes and Livestock in Smallholder Systems (closing: 28 April 2014) (source: ILRI)

Vacancy Number: A/022/14 Department: Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) Duration: 2 years The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant IV – Legumes and Livestock in Smallholder Systems who will be a member of the Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ILRI works to enhance &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Financial Accountant - Allen Lane Financial Recruitment (Up to £42,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Allen Lane Financial Recruitment, London, Up to £42,000 My client is a major brand in the international development sector and at present is undergoing a worldwide restructure. As they look to align all the...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Romania: Health Economist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: RomaniaClosing date: 16 May 2014Position:Health EconomistLocation:RomaniaReports To:Country DirectorDivision:Media, Technology and Civil SocietyAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Germany: Finance and Administration Internship (Berlin) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Democracy Reporting InternationalCountry: GermanyClosing date: 25 Apr 2014BackgroundDemocracy Reporting International is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies, and the development of democratic institutions, implementing projects in Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan.DRI is seeking an intern for its Berlin Headquarters to support the Finance and Administration Unit. Interns assigned to the Finance and Administration Unit

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Country Director South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Vétérinaires Sans Frontières SuisseCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 May 2014Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Country Director is a dynamic leader who ensures the achievement of VSF-Suisse’s goals in South Sudan and who guides the staff with his/her extraordinary commitment. In close collaboration and under the supervision of the Programme Manager Greater Horn of Africa based in Berne, Switzerland, he/she leads the South Sudan programme. In particular the Country Director will:Have the overall responsibility of the VSF-Suisse project activities of the Office Juba.Contribute

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique: Program Manager-Community Radios (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: MozambiqueClosing date: 02 May 2014Position:Program Manager-Community RadiosLocation:Nampula, MozambiqueReports To:IREX/Mozambique Chief of PartyDivision:Media, Technology &amp; Civil SocietyAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Finance and Administration Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Vétérinaires Sans Frontières SuisseCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 May 2014VSF-Suisse is an International NGO, supporting humanitarian, food security, livelihoods and development programs the Horn of Africa region since 1995. In its South Sudan Program, the organization currently implements projects funded by the EU, CHF/UNDP, UNICEF and FAO in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Unity States. The program aims to enhance improved livelihoods and self-reliance of target beneficiaries through (i) improved crops-livestock production practices; (ii) livestock assets protection through

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Libya: Information and Reporting Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Development and Training ServicesCountry: LibyaClosing date: 26 Apr 2014Organization DescriptiondTS is a strategic management consulting firm leading initiatives in social and economic development with a view to promoting equality and accountability. Our services in gender integration; training and capacity building; and monitoring and evaluation have been applied in a variety of sectors across 79 countries for USAID, MCC, USTDA, the US Department of State, and other clients.Summary of ProjectThe new Task Order will build upon the ongoing work under the current Libya Transition

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: A Field Coordinator in Afghanistan, Nili. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI)is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on 30

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Coordinator, Information Centre for Extractive Industries (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: KenyaClosing date: 25 Apr 2014Post Title: Coordinator,Information Centre for Extractive SectorContract Type: Service ContractGrade/Band: SB4Direct Supervisor: Task Manager, African Development Bank (AfDB)Duration: One year, renewable subject to funding and performanceThis is a National position open to Kenyan Nationals only.BackgroundWith the increasing prospects for oil, gas, and minerals in Kenya, the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the Government of Kenya and other stakeholders has established the Information

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Management Officer in IFPRI-ESARO – (closing 29 April 2014) (source: ILRI)

Vacancy Number: A/023/2014 Institute: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Duration: Two years contract The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks to recruit a Programme Management Officer its Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) Division in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. General: IFPRI is one of the international agricultural research institutes organized under the CGIAR Consortium. &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Humanitarian Affairs Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 06 May 2014About usInternational humanitarianism has grown rapidly over the last two and a half decades. Significant financial, human and political capital has been invested in expanding its reach and improving its impact. But there is wide recognition that the humanitarian landscape is changing and conventional approaches to the organisation and implementation of humanitarian activities are being questioned. Save the Children – one of the oldest international humanitarian NGOs and

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Evaluation of Integrated emergency nutrition, WaSH &amp; livelihoods for vulnerable populations in Yemen (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-UKCountry: YemenClosing date: 30 Apr 2014ACF-UK is currently recruiting a consultant with experience in emergency programmes for the external evaluation of the “Integrated emergency nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene and livelihoods interventions for vulnerable populations in Yemen”.The start date of the evaluation is intended for the first of and should run through the end of June. This will comprise of approximately 26 days of work.The full Terms of Reference and application requirements can be found on the ACF-UK website.The deadline for applications

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Psychosocial Technical Advisor - JORDAN (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 31 May 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Logistician - Mafraq - Jordan - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 05 May 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

ICS Volunteer - Skillshare International (Voluntary (weekly stipend prov, Africa) (source: CharityJob)

Skillshare International, Africa, Voluntary (weekly stipend prov ICS (international Citizen Service) is a UK government funded development programme inspiring a generation of young people to make a difference to glo...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Physical Rehabilitation Technical Advisor - Jordan - Amman - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 31 May 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Call for Expressions of Interest: Central Asia Programme Evaluation (source: Relief Web)

Organization: SaferworldClosing date: 25 Apr 2014BACKGROUNDSaferworld’s Central Asia programme has been operational since June 2010. It consists of 3 inter-connected strands of work: 1) community security programming in the southern Kyrgyzstan and northern Tajikistan, which aims to promote people-centred security provision among communities and authorities 2) supporting civil society engagement on policy and advocacy around policing and security issues in Kyrgyzstan 3) building the capacity of civil society actors in southern Kyrgyzstan and northern Tajikistan to develop conflict-sensitive

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emergency Response Nurse- Malakal, South Sudan 14-349 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Program Support Officer- Pharmaceutical Commodities (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Quality Program Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 01 Jun 2014Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Program CoordinatorReports to: MEQ ManagerLocation: Boston, MAOrganizational Profile:Partners In Health (PIH) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, MA, whose mission is to provide quality health care for the poor and marginalized in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Dominican Republic, and Navajo Nation. In addition, PIH has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emergency Response Nurse- Awerial, South Sudan 14-348 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Support Administrative Manager - JORDAN (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 05 May 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Program Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 28 Apr 2014The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Site Manager 14-352 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Grants and Finance Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 28 Apr 2014The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: ALIMA - TCHAD - COORDINATEUR MEDICAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: ChadClosing date: 15 May 2014ALIMAALIMA (the Alliance For International Medical Action) fête ses 5 ans d’existence en 2014. Depuis sa création, l’association a su se développer à la mesure de l’augmentation des besoins humanitaires médicaux, notamment au Sahel : 400 000 patients traités en 2013, nouvelle gouvernance qui intègre les partenaires locaux à tous les niveaux de décision, nouvelles approches innovantes sur les projets, mise en place et accompagnement d’une plateforme de 5 ONG partenaires locales.En 2014, Avec 6 Pays d’interventions, 18 projets en cours,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Mental Health Specialist 14-335 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 16 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: Emergency Response Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: ChadClosing date: 05 May 2014Reference:CON/CD/ECCountry: ChadJob Title: Emergency Response Coordinator Short Term Contract 4-5 months)Exact Job Location: based in Goz Beida, Sila Region, with frequent travel to the programme areas.Reports To: Area CoordinatorResponsible For:Emergency Response teamLiaises With:GSM, Program Managers, UN, other INGOs, and other Concern programme staff.Job Purpose:Reporting to the Area Coordinator, the Emergency Response Coordinator willeffectively support and manage Concern’s multi-sectoral humanitarian emergency

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Operations Advisor 14-347 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 16 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local capacity

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: DM&amp;E Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 28 Apr 2014The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: People in Need is seeking for Logistician for humanitarian programmes in Syria (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 07 May 2014People in Need’s programs for war-affected Syrian population focus mainly on emergency healthcare, food aid and preparedness for winter. Activities are coordinated from neighbouring country and performed in cooperation with PIN teams and local partners in Syria. More information available on the website: www.peopleinneed.cz.Location: Turkey, Gaziantep - trips to Syria are expected (based on security situations)Starting date: JuneDuration: 18 monthsMain task of the logistician is to support the programs and mission

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kyrgyzstan: Head, Politico-Military Unit (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PAE GroupCountry: KyrgyzstanClosing date: 11 May 2014PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):Head, Politico-Military Unit, OSCE Centre in BishkekLevel: Senior ManagementArea of Expertise: Political AffairsVacancy number: VNKYRS00547Duty station: Bishkek, KyrgyzstanApply by: 05/11/14View the job description:https://www.pae.com/career-react-opportunitiesRequirements include,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Legal expert for the State Council - Support to Judicial Institutions in Lebanon (source: Relief Web)

Country: LebanonClosing date: 20 May 2014Legal expert for the State Council- Support to Judicial Institutions in LebanonAbout DAI:DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Deputy Executive Director (DED) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Asian Forum for Human Rights and DevelopmentCountry: ThailandClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Position:Deputy Executive Director Location Bangkok, ThailandEmployment Duration: Two years starting 15 May 2014 subject to a three-month probationary period, contract renewableSalary &amp; Benefits: USD 46,800 per annum (108,000 THB per month + 13th month)Health, Dental and Accident Insurance Closing date 30 April 2014Interview Dates: 6-7 May 2014About the Organisation:As a regional membership-based human rights organisation, FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect all human rights,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: EFSVL Technical Team Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 06 May 2014We are looking for an experienced candidate to manage the implementation of a high quality EFSVL programme (Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods) to address the needs of the affected population in Oxfam's operational areas under the Typhon Haiyan Response.Location: Visayas - PhilippinesDuration: 12 monthsStatus; UnaccompaniedSalary: GBP 25,596 - 34,617 NETHow to apply:https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/781/description

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

India: Manager Institutional Partnerships (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IndiaCountry: IndiaClosing date: 10 May 2014Job Title: MANAGER INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPSOrganization: OXFAM INDIAReporting to: DIRECTOR- PROGRAMMES AND ADVOCACYLocation: DELHIINTRODUCTION:Oxfam International was founded in 1995 and today it is a confederation of 17 individual affiliates working together under the Oxfam International umbrella with over 3,000 partners in over a 100 countries with the aim of finding lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. The organization’s mission is a just world without poverty and its goal is to enable people to exercise

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Country researchers and regional coordinating reseachers (source: Relief Web)

Organization: University of PretoriaClosing date: 30 Apr 20141.Call for expressions of interest: Country researchersThe African Children’s Rights Unit of the Centre of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is carrying out research project to assess the impact of the reporting process on the realisation of children’s rights in Africa. The research questions include the following:· Are reporting processes in Africa consultative and participatory?· Do the reports represent and reflect the actual situation of children in Africa?· How accurate, relevant and functional are

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands: Assistant Creative Designer - Volunteer Position (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Fairfood InternationalCountry: NetherlandsClosing date: 16 May 2014Department: Communications and FundraisingFairfood International is a non-profit global advocacy group with its head office based in Amsterdam. Our mission is to improve the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable people in the global food system and the sustainable use of natural resources. We work to influence food companies and governments to solve issues affecting farmers, workers, consumers and the environment within food supply chains.Purpose of the position:As an Assistant Creative Designer within

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Romania: Telemedicine IT Expert (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: RomaniaClosing date: 16 May 2014Position:Telemedicine IT ExpertLocation:RomaniaReports To:Country DirectorDivision:Media, Technology and Civil SocietyAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Romania: Telemedicine Expert (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: RomaniaClosing date: 16 May 2014Position:Telemedicine ExpertLocation:RomaniaReports To:Country DirectorDivision:Media, Technology and Civil SocietyAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Senior Regional Nutrition &amp; Food Security Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: KenyaClosing date: 05 May 2014DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONSORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXTThe Senior Regional Nutrition and Food Security Officer is responsible, within the stated functional area, for the following countries (Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia). S/he will coordinate and provide technical support to a regional network of country-level public health and nutrition focal points and nutrition officers. The incumbent will ensure that UNHCR's nutrition and food security programmes meet

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mongolia: Emergency &amp; Disaster Risk Reduction Officer (Mongolia) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Australian Red CrossCountry: MongoliaClosing date: 12 May 2014Help Mongolians to protect themselves from the worst impacts of a natural disaster by developing community-appropriate preparedness plans.This is a volunteer assignment under the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government initiative. Airfares, living allowances, accommodation, insurance and other support is provided through the program.Experts are carefully monitoring the number and severity of earthquakes and tremors in Mongolia. When these occur, UNICEF plays

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mongolia: Disaster Management Policy Development Officer (Mongolia) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Australian Red CrossCountry: MongoliaClosing date: 12 May 2014Help create policies that will save lives across Mongolia. Working with the nation’s peak body for disaster management, you will ensure that policies and frameworks are supported by best practice tools and international standards.This is a volunteer assignment under the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government initiative. Airfares, living allowances, accommodation, insurance and other support is provided through the program.The National Emergency Management Agency

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

occupied Palestinian territory: Publications and Branding Coordinator, East Jerusalem (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near EastCountry: occupied Palestinian territoryClosing date: 30 Apr 2014TERMS OF REFERENCEUNRWAis a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Denmark: Humanitarian Advisor - Program and Quality (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: DenmarkClosing date: 27 Apr 2014Save the Children Denmark is looking for a Humanitarian Advisor, who will be responsible for ensuring quality and strategic direction of the Save the Children Denmark’s work under the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA) with Danida, and related tasks in the Section for Humanitarian Action in Save the Children Denmark. The responsibility also includes facilitating the strengthening of links between child protection, education/education coordination, child rights governance, disaster risk reduction and partnerships

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Germany: UNU-ViE Administrative Internship (source: Relief Web)

Country: GermanyClosing date: 31 May 2014Organizational Unit: United Nations University – Vice Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE)Reference Number: UNU-ViE-Admin Intern/AFU/2014-01Applications:By email to:internship-applications@vie.unu.eduBy post to:UNU-EHS / UNU-ViEInternship CoordinatorUN CampusPlatz der Vereinten Nationen 1D-53113 Bonn, GERMANYApplication deadline:RollingUnited Nations University’s Mission: The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Consultancy: Technical Support – Breastfeeding Migrant Projects (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: ThailandClosing date: 21 Apr 2014UNICEF Thailand Country Office is seeking an individual consultant to provide technical support for UNICEF programmatic work on breastfeeding promotion, protection and support, and on migrant health-related projects. The consultant will work with various UNICEF partners, including the government, NGOs and academic institutions.Major work Assignment:1.Provide technical assistance to the Midwifery Council and the Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University, in development of materials for training registered nurses

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: EFSVL Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 06 May 2014We are looking for a very experienced candidate who can coordinate, manage and implement Oxfam's Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods Programme in the Philippines and lead on strategic and innovative progamme developmentLocation: Manila, with frequent travelDuration: 12 monthsStatus: AccompaniedHow to apply:https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/780/description

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Côte d&#039;Ivoire: MdM recherche un COORDINATEUR MEDICAL (H/F) pour la Côte d'Ivoire (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: Côte d&#039;IvoireClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Médecins du Monde, association médicale militante de solidarité internationale, s'engage depuis plus de 30 ans à soigner les populations les plus vulnérables ici et là-bas, à témoigner des entraves constatées quant à l’accès aux soins, à obtenir des améliorations durables des politiques de santé pour tous.Association indépendante nous agissons au-delà du soin en dénonçant les atteintes à la dignité et aux droits humains et en nous battant pour améliorer la situation des populations précaires.A l’international,

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Re-advertising: Request for Proposals for the provision of solar energy training to rural women (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN WomenCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 29 Apr 2014BackgroundLiberia is among six countries in Africa that were identified within the H4+ initiative to benefit from the Swedish International Development Agency support to MDGs 4 (reduction of child mortality) and 5 (improvement of maternal health) and to implement their commitments to the “Every Woman, Every Child” initiative from the UN’s General Secretariat.In Liberia, the H4+ Programme will be implemented in three counties, Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee, selected on the base of a number of key health indicators agreed

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Administrative Assistant (source: Open Society Institute)

The Soros Economic Development Fund seeks an administrative assistant.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: SENIOR DIRECTOR, MICROFINANCE AND HEALTH PROTECTION (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Freedom from HungerCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 01 Sep 2014****Position Summary****The Sr. Director, Microfinance and Health Protection leads the development, implementation and evaluation of microfinance and health protection (MAHP) program strategy for Freedom from Hunger. MAHP is a proven high impact, low cost and replicable model which is poised for greater scale. The Sr. Director is responsible for scaling up this work and achieving growth and business development objectives. The Sr. Director will develop and package our MAHP innovations to achieve sustainable

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Institutional Fundraising Volunteer - HealthProm (Reasonable travel expenses, Camden, London) (source: CharityJob)

HealthProm, Camden, London, Reasonable travel expenses HealthProm is a UK-based charity working to ensure vulnerable children get the best start in life. We work with and through local partners in Eastern ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International Financial Accountant - British Red Cross (£30,000 pa pro rata (incl LW), City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

British Red Cross, City of London, London, £30,000 pa pro rata (incl LW) Refusing to ignore people in crisis The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary net...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Food security analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 14 May 2014Chemonics seeks a food security analyst to support the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), the world's premier provider of food security analysis and early warning. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.Created in response to the 1984 famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET supports international, regional, and national governments and agencies with timely and rigorous early warning and analysis of emerging

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Recruitment Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 14 May 2014Chemonics seeks a recruitment manager for the Human Resources Department. The manager will be responsible for promoting an enabling environment that attracts, hires, and retains qualified candidates in both the home and field offices. The manager will assist with the recruitment processes to attract candidates and enhance the company’s competitive advantage in the marketplace. This includes adhering to compliant recruitment procedures, developing tools and resources for staff and assisting with designing training,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Consultant - Final Evaluation (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International AlertCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 27 Apr 2014This is a short-term consultancy for June and July 2014.We’re looking for someone with strong evaluation experience and gender expertise to carry out a final evaluation of an Alert and Kvinna till Kvinna project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You will work with International Alert’s project team to design and implement the evaluation, and prepare the final report, over a total duration of approximately 25 days, including around three weeks in DRC. Please see the evaluation terms of reference

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Head of Internal Audit Function Afghanistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 11 May 2014Head of Internal Audit FunctionAfghanistanDACAAR is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization that supports sustainable development in Afghanistan through promoting the ability of local communities to decide upon and manage their own development process. Core thematic areas are: Water, Sanitation &amp; Hygiene; Natural Resource Management; Women's Empowerment; and Small Scale Enterprise Development. The organisation employs around 850 staff, of whom 11 are expatriates, with an annual budget of approximately

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International Programmes Officer - Resource Alliance (Circa £26,000 per annum plus b, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Resource Alliance, City of London, London, Circa £26,000 per annum plus b Responsible to: Senior Programmes Manager Location: London, UK Hours: Full Time (37.5 hours per week) Contract Type: Permanent Job profile The Interna...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Principal Health Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Help develop ADB’s institutional technical capacity in health sector, as called for by the mid-term review of the Strategy 2020 (MTR). The staff will achieve this through (i) developing further ADB’s health and public health sector operations in Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC); (ii) actively contributing to the health Community of Practice (CoP) particularly in the formulation and implementation of its new action plans responding to MTR; and (iii) heling to build the capacity of less experienced ADB staff in the field of health and public health. The staff is expected to formulate

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Associate Project Analyst (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide administrative and analytical support to the functions of portfolio management and project administration in general. (Closing Date: 5 May 2014)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Environment Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

Provide environmental review and technical support to ensure environmental safeguard compliance of EARD projects particularly for PRC Resident Mission (PRCM) administered projects in terms of ADB's environmental policy and guidelines. Act as the focal point of PRCM to participate in loan processing, environmental policy dialogue with relevant government agencies, and sector assessments with EARD sector divisions and other departments of ADB. (Closing Date: 29 April 2014)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Assistant Chief Economist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of the division’s vision, goals, strategies and work plan in support of overall ADB goals. Oversee the quality of work and ensure the achievement of the Division’s objectives. Lead in the implementation of ADB funded technical assistance (TA) projects focused on reducing poverty and achieving inclusive growth through appropriately designed public policies; and improving the statistical system of the developing member countries (DMCs). Guide the research and analytical work of the Division, focusing on issues related to poverty and inclusive growth.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Operations Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

Performs a full range of secretarial duties for three to four international staff. Coordinates administrative activities for the assigned units. (Closing Date: 5 May 2014)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Associate Project Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide support and coordination to the portfolio performance of the division by performing specific responsibilities. In particular, the position is responsible for providing technical assistance in project processing, administration, and budget administration. (Closing Date: 5 May 2014)

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Child Protection Specialist - Cross Border Child Protection Activities in ESAR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: KenyaClosing date: 22 Apr 2014Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above consultancy with UNICEF Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya.Note: Background and detailed scope of work (Terms of Reference) attached for ease of reference.How to apply:Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that they forward their applications along with their curricula vitae, including an indicative fee range, to;The Human Resources ManagerUNICEF Kenya Country OfficeEmail address:kenyahrvacancies@unicef.orgPlease indicate

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International HIV/AIDS Alliance: Programme Assistant: Field Programmes (part time: 50% FTE) (source: Third Sector Jobs)

Salary circa £23,000 pro rata, plus benefits of up to 16%:International HIV/AIDS Alliance:We are seeking a part time Programme Assistant to be responsible for supporting three Directors and providing programmatic support to their teams. Based in Brighton, UK

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

ActionAid: Partnership Programme Arrangement (PPA) Officer (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£26,527 - £28,400:ActionAid:Join ActionAid and provide the operational and administrative support to help us manage our Partnership Programme Arrangement (PPA) with DFID.London EC1

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Charisma Recruitment Ltd: Fundraising and Communications Manager (source: Third Sector Jobs)

Circa £35,000:Charisma Recruitment Ltd:Fundraising, Marketing & Communications with a particular emphasis on generating unrestricted funds & increasing the diversity of the supporter baseWinchester, Hampshire

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Consultancy to provide technical support to develop National Education Sector Support Plan (NESSP) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: KenyaClosing date: 24 Apr 2014Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above consultancy with UNICEF Kenya, Nairobi.Note: Background and detailed scope of work (Terms of Reference) attached for ease of reference.How to apply:Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that they forward their applications along with their curricula vitae, including an indicative fee range, to;The Human Resources ManagerUNICEF Kenya Country OfficeEmail address:kenyahrvacancies@unicef.orgPlease indicate Reference No.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: FINANCE MANAGER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014At Intermón Oxfam, we are people who believe in justice and solidarity, and work to change the world. We are acting in a comprehensive way in around fifty countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia, working on more than 500 development and humanitarian action projects, we promote fair trade and social awareness and mobilization campaigns.Finance Manager is responsible to guarantee a proper financial, accounting and administration management, the compliance with legal framework in the country, and the quality of Oxfam’s

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Call for Tenders: Evaluation of Theatre for a Change’s Girls’ Education Challenge Project based in Malawi - Theatre for a Change (circa £75,000, Malawi) (source: CharityJob)

Theatre for a Change, Malawi, circa £75,000 Call for Tenders: Evaluation of Theatre for a Change&rsquo;s Girls&rsquo; Education Challenge Project, Tiphunzire! (Let&rsquo;s Learn!) - based in Ma...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Madagascar: Responsable Eau, Assainissement et Hygiène - Madagascar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MedairCountry: MadagascarClosing date: 18 Apr 2014Rôle et responsabilitésMettre en place, suivre et évaluer les tâches assignées, améliorant l’accès à l’eau potable et aux installations sanitaires pour la population ciblée. Evaluer les besoins, lancer et gérer efficacement les projets Eau, Assainissement et Hygiène (WASH) en conformité avec les objectifs, le budget et les délais fixés dans la proposition en cours. Fournir un soutien technique, satisfaire les normes de qualité, améliorer la participation des bénéficiaires, faire le lien avec les autres parties prenantes, et

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Health Program Manager - Turkey (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 31 May 2014About RI: Relief International (RI) is a leading global organization and home to teams of humanitarian professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.Position Summary: Relief International (RI) currently seeks a dynamic, hands-on Health Program Manager to support one or multiple Syria Response projects focused on Health based in Turkey. The Manager

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Urban Displacement Policy Advisor – Maternity Cover - International Rescue Committee UK (£34,620, Camden, London) (source: CharityJob)

International Rescue Committee UK, Camden, London, £34,620 BACKGROUND The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world&rsquo;s leading humanitarian relief organisations. Founded in 1933 at the requ...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Responsable Approvisionnement (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Croix-Rouge FrançaiseCountry: HaitiClosing date: 25 Apr 2014CONTEXTE DU POSTE :La Croix-Rouge française est présente en Haïti depuis 1996. Elle y mène, en collaboration avec la Croix-Rouge Haïtienne, des projets de différentes natures. A Port-au-Prince, la Croix-Rouge Française réalise des projets d’eau et d’assainissement, de prise en charge du choléra, de renforcement de centres de santé et un projet suivant notre approche quartier à logique intégrée prenant en compte des projets en habitat, en relance économique, en santé, réduction des risques et désastres, protection et

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Director of Fundraising and Communications (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Conciliation ResourcesCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 06 May 2014Full-time, permanent contractLocation: London-based with regular travelSalary: £52,536 plus 9% employer pension contributionFlexible working arrangements25 days annual leave + 3 Christmas office closure days + UK bank holidaysSeason ticket loan/Childcare voucher scheme/Bike hire purchase schemeClosing date: 9am (UK time) Tuesday 6 May 2014Interviews: week commencing 12 May 2014Are you interested in working for a dynamic and growing organisation responding to

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Deputy Response Team Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children SwedenClosing date: 27 Apr 2014SHARP: Deputy Response Team LeaderJob description, see attached PDFFor more information, please contact Head of Surge Capacity Unit,Rigmor Argren, rigmor.argren@rb.sePlease apply no later than 27 April 2014.How to apply:Application should only be submitted online via Save the Children Sweden's recruitment system by sending your CV and covering letter with at least four professional references, through the link below no later than 27 April 2014:http://www.raddabarnen.se/job-vacancies

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Deputy Response Team Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children SwedenClosing date: 27 Apr 2014SHARP: Deputy Response Team LeaderJob description, see attached PDFFor more information, please contact Head of Surge Capacity Unit,Rigmor Argren, rigmor.argren@rb.sePlease apply no later than 27 April 2014.How to apply:Application should only be submitted online via Save the Children Sweden's recruitment system by sending your CV and covering letter with at least four professional references, through the link below no later than 27 April 2014:http://www.raddabarnen.se/job-vacancies

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: WASH Cluster State Focal Point- Awerial (South Sudan) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: South SudanClosing date: 27 Apr 2014Since 1992, Oxfam Intermón has been working in South Sudan on humanitarian and development programs. We have implemented food security and WaSH programmes for vulnerable communities which include returnees in Western Bhar-Gazal and Warrap state. Currently we are setting a WASH and Food Security programme in Awerial (State of Lakes) and in Bor (Jonglei State) for displaced people camps.In line with Humanitarian Reform principles, NGOs, international organizations and UN agencies operating in the WASH sector come together

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Finance Administration and Logistic Officer- Bor (South Sudan) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: South SudanClosing date: 27 Apr 2014Since 1992, Oxfam Intermón has been working in South Sudan on humanitarian and development programs. We have implemented food security and WaSH programmes for vulnerable communities which include returnees in Western Bhar-Gazal and Warrap state. Currently we are setting a WASH and Food Security programme in Awerial (State of Lakes) and in Bor (Jonglei State) for displaced people camps.Key ResponsibilitiesHierarchically dependent of the Field Manager and functionally on the Logistics Manager and Finance Manager of

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Programme Assistant: Field Programmes (50% FTE) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International HIV/AIDS AllianceCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 04 May 2014The International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a world without AIDS. Since 1994, the Alliance and its partners have supported over 3,000 projects, in over 40 countries, reaching millions of people.The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is seeking a part time Programme Assistant to support the co-ordination of three different teams within the Field Programmes department:

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Humanitarian Affairs Officer P-3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: South SudanClosing date: 29 Apr 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Malakal, South Sudan. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of the Field Coordination Unit.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Manages the sub office in Upper Nile State.• Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Quality management unit manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 May 2014Chemonics seeks a Washington-based manager to handle the day-to-day work of our Quality Management Unit and oversee maintenance of our ISO 9001 certification and continual improvement of our quality management system (QMS). We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Our ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, self-motivated professional who is adept at managing multiple projects and priorities and offers a combination of experience in quality

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Economic Growth and Democracy &amp; Governance director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 May 2014Chemonics seeks directors with technical experience in economic growth and/or democracy and governance to provide senior management and leadership for USAID-funded Europe and Eurasia projects. Our economic growth portfolio spans a wide range, including small- and medium-enterprise development, business enabling environment, and trade facilitation. Our democracy and governance portfolio includes rule of law and land reform projects, as well as organizational and institutional capacity development programs. We are

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Chief of the Donor Relations Section P-5 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 29 Apr 2014ORG .SETTING AND REPORTINGThe Donor Relations Section (DRS) is located in the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch (PRMB), OCHA-Geneva. The Chief of DRS will report directly to the Chief of PRMB.RESPONSIBILITIESThe incumbent will have primary responsibility for securing optimal support for all of OCHA's extra-budgetary requirements. Reporting to the Chief of PRMB, the Chief of DRS will be required to take up a central role as the primary officer in OCHA responsible

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Digital Content Editor, ActionAid, London (source: BOND)

Digital Content Editor, ActionAid, London At ActionAid we’re embarking on a digital transformation. We’re making digital channels the focus of work streams across our organisation, and have adopted an agency model to bring this about.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Partnership Programme Arrangement (PPA) Officer, ActionAid, London (source: BOND)

Partnership Programme Arrangement (PPA) Officer, ActionAid, London Join ActionAid as a PPA Programme Officer and you will be part of a global team working alongside communities to create long-term positive change for poor and excluded people.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Front End Developer, ActionAid, London (source: BOND)

Front End Developer, ActionAid, London Use your expertise in building websites and skills in Drupal to implement and maintain a great user experience for our supporters at ActionAid.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Technical Impact Advisor (Policy & Metrics), Marie Stopes International (source: BOND)

Technical Impact Advisor (Policy & Metrics), Marie Stopes International We are looking for someone with an extensive track record in thought leadership in the areas of data analytics, metrics development, and demographic analysis.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Financial Accountant, Mary's Meals , Glasgow (source: BOND)

Financial Accountant, Mary's Meals , Glasgow We are looking for an exceptional candidate who has experience of working in a senior role but who can operate at all levels to get the job done.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Development and Funding Officer – DFID Match Fund Focus, CAFOD, London (source: BOND)

Programme Development and Funding Officer – DFID Match Fund Focus, CAFOD, London CAFOD, one of the UK’s leading international aid agencies, is currently looking for a Programme Development and Funding Officer with a DFID Match Fund Focus.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Direct Marketing Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 15 May 2014Action Against Hungeris an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children whilst providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.We run life-saving programmes in over 45 countries benefitting seven million people each year.The Direct Marketing Assistant RoleThis is an excellent opportunity

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Research and Donor Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Afghanistan Research and Evaluation UnitCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 06 May 2014IntroductionThe Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent, Afghanistan-based research institute. Its purpose is to inform and influence policy and practice through conducting high-quality research, to actively disseminate the results, and to promote a culture of research and learning. To achieve its mi ssion AREU engages with policy makers, civil society, researchers and students to promote their use of AREU’s research and its library, to strengthen their research capacity,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Urban Displacement Policy Advisor - Maternity Cover (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 12 May 2014BACKGROUNDThe International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief organisations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. The IRC delivers emergency aid, protects children, provides healthcare, prevents and responds to violence against women and girls, safeguards human rights and helps to kick-start economic

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Program Development Officer - USAID OTI SWIFT IV - MSI - Lebanon (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Management Systems International (MSI) Location:&nbsp; Other / Non-US, Lebanon Senior Program Development Officer, USAID OTI SWIFT IV, LebanonCompany Profile:MSI is a Washington, D.C.-based international development firm with a 30-year history of helping to deliver development results across the developing world. In 2008, we became the America’s operation of

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chief of Party - USAID/OTI SWIFT IV - MSI - Lebanon (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Management Systems International (MSI) Location:&nbsp; Other / Non-US, Lebanon Chief of Party, USAID/OTI SWIFT IV, LebanonCompany Profile:&nbsp;MSI is a Washington, D.C.-based international development firm providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. Since its 1981 founding, MSI has grown in size and technical scope, now implementing and

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Finance Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Apr 2014BACKGROUNDThe International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief organisations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. The IRC delivers emergency aid, protects children, provides healthcare, prevents and responds to violence against women and girls, safeguards human rights and helps to kick-start economic

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Strategic Funding - WaterAid (£37,672-£44,742, Lambeth, London) (source: CharityJob)

WaterAid, Lambeth, London, £37,672-£44,742 It&rsquo;s hard to believe that today 768 million people still don&rsquo;t have clean, safe water and 2.5 billion live without a toilet. The resulting...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Progammes Director (source: Relief Web)

Country: Kenya, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Apr 2014Programmes Director, Gatsby FoundationLocation: London or possibly East AfricaClosing Date: 28th April 2014 (at midnight GMT)Are you passionate about private sector development in Africa? Are you an innovative and strategic thinker – especially around market systems and the process to develop economic sectors? Do you have a background in strategy consulting and experience of managing East African agribusiness programmes?Oxford HR is helping the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, an independent private

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Project Accountant - Institute of Development Studies (£33,467 to £44,236 per annum, Brighton, East Sussex) (source: CharityJob)

Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, East Sussex, £33,467 to £44,236 per annum Senior Project Accountant (Ref: 620) Full Time (35 hours per week) The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for research...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Business partner and planning accountant - Christian Aid (£38,724 - £44,000 per annum, i, Southwark, London) (source: CharityJob)

Christian Aid, Southwark, London, £38,724 - £44,000 per annum, i Christian Aid aims to eradicate poverty across the world. But to do so we need strong management information. By managing and communicating an effecti...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Program Officer, Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Sabin Vaccine InstituteCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 16 May 2014Program Officer, Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) ProgramOrganization: Sabin Vaccine InstituteProgram: Sustainable Immunization FinancingPosition Title: Program OfficerReports to: Director, Sustainable Immunization FinancingOrganization Summary:The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of scientists, researchers and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering from vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Since its

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burundi: Consultant Internation en Recherche formative sur l’acceptabilité, l’utilisation, la communication et la promotion des poudres de micronutriments (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: BurundiClosing date: 28 Apr 2014I.CONTEXTE ET JUSTIFICATIONLa malnutrition au Burundi constitue un problème majeur de santé publique qui, si rien n’est fait, risque de compromettre les multiples efforts entrepris dans le pays pour son développement économique et social. 58% des enfants de moins de 5 ans souffrent de malnutrition chronique (retard de croissance) avec 71,2 % dans la province de Ngozi (EDS, 2010). La prévalence de l'anémie est préoccupante (45% chez les e· Explorer des canaux potentiels de distribution et proposer un modèle pour

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: LONDON &amp; CAMBODIA | Disability Charity | 2-3 Weeks | July-August (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Accounting for International DevelopmentCountry: WorldClosing date: 15 May 2014Do you want to use your numerical knowledge to help disabled children and their families live life to the full in London &amp; Cambodia?Our partner supports children with disabilities and their families, reaching out to families in London &amp; Siem Reap, including many extremely rural communities. They offer home-based services, whereby they educate the parents of disabled children. This includes helping the parents to understand the disability and directing them towards available care, as well

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Change Lead (LA77) - Networx Recruitment (Circa £45,000 per annum, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Networx Recruitment, City of London, London, Circa £45,000 per annum Change Lead (LA77) Home Based Circa &pound;45,000 per annum Permanent 37.5 Hours per week One of the UK&rsquo;s leading learning disability charities ...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lesotho: Chief of Party – ICAP-Lesotho (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: LesothoClosing date: 15 May 2014POSITION SUMMARY:Reporting to the ICAP-Lesotho Country Director, the Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for overall leadership, management, and technical direction of the project. The COP will ensure that all activities are consistent with ICAP’s goals, as well as donor initiatives and support of the government of Lesotho.This position is grant funded.MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:Program Management ResponsibilitiesStrategically builds and leverages strong, effective relationships

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Field Program Assistant - ICAP Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 15 May 2014POSITION SUMMARY:ICAP at Columbia University is seeking a Field Program Assistant to support the newly established ICAP country office in Myanmar. The primary responsibility will be to support the implementation of day-to-day activities of a grant-funded project focused on advancing the goals of decentralization of HIV services and programs in Myanmar.This position is grant funded.MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:Provides general administrative, operational and financial support to

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: MdM seeks a FIELD COORDINATOR (M/F) for Kenya (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: KenyaClosing date: 30 Jun 2014For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Field Program Officer – ICAP Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 15 May 2014POSITION SUMMARY:ICAP at Columbia University is seeking a Field Program Officer to support the newly established ICAP country office in Myanmar whose primary responsibility will be to plan and coordinate the implementation of day-to-day activities of grant-funded projects focused on advancing the goals of decentralization of HIV services and programs in Myanmar.This position is grant funded.MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:Liaise with Ministry of Health (MoH) and National AIDS Program

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: HIV and Health Systems Strengthening Technical Advisor – ICAP Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 15 May 2014POSITION SUMMARY:ICAP at Columbia University is seeking an experienced Technical Advisor for HIV and Health Systems Strengthening (HIV/HSS TA) under a new ICAP project in Myanmar. Responsibilities will include serving as a technical expert seconded to the National AIDS Program (NAP) within the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Myanmar, and for providing leadership and guidance in the design, implementation, and evaluation of a project focused on the development of an action plan for

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Deputy Director – Haiti (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Operation BlessingCountry: HaitiClosing date: 14 Jun 2014Operation Blessing International (OBI) is dedicated to alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. Through core programs of disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, orphan care, water wells and community development, OBI has touched the lives of more than 200 million people providing goods and services valued at over $1 billion.OBI is seeking an experienced field worker to serve as Deputy Director in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This individual will reside in Haiti and assist the National

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Coordonnateur(trice) médical(e) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du Monde CanadaCountry: HaitiClosing date: 06 May 2014Titre du poste: Coordonnateur(trice) médical(e)Pays et lieu d’affectation: Haïti, Port-au-PrinceDurée de l’affectation :1 an à partir de mi- juin 2014Superviseur immédiat: Coordonnateur(trice) général(e)Projet: Tous les projets en coursType de poste :Poste de coopérant volontaire (ouvert sans distinction de genre)objectifs du posteLe (la) Coordonnateur(trice) médical(e) assure le développement, la coordination et la supervision médicale de tous les projets de MdM Canada en Haïti. Le (la) titulaire du

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Security Advisor, P-4, Islamabad (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: PakistanClosing date: 28 Apr 2014PURPOSE:The Security Advisor reports to the Representative/Regional Director and maintains a technical line of communication to the next higher level of UNICEF security professional. The Security Advisor is responsible for advising the Representative/Regional Director on their security duties and responsibilities in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems. The Security Advisor manages, on behalf of the Representative/Regional Director, security activities in support of the Country/Region and

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique: Project Director (ICAP Mozambique) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: MozambiqueClosing date: 15 May 2014POSITION DESCRIPTION:Please note: This position is contingent upon project award and funding.ICAP at Columbia University (CU) seeks a Project Director (PD) to lead a program to improve healthcare management and administration (HMA) in Mozambique. The Project Director is expected to provide vision, direction, leadership, and management to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of the program. The PD is responsible for achieving the planned results

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Security Advisor, P-4, Juba (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: South SudanClosing date: 28 Apr 2014The Senior Security Advisor reports to the Representative. The Senior Security Advisor is responsible for advising the Representative on their security duties and responsibilities in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems. The Security Advisor manages, on behalf of the Representative, security activities in support of the Country and works closely with the other members of the Security Section in order to provide coordinated and independent security advice on UNICEF operations within the Country.KEY-END

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Republic of Tanzania: Director of Research and Evaluation (ICAP in Tanzania) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: United Republic of TanzaniaClosing date: 15 May 2014POSITION SUMMARY:ICAP at Columbia University is seeking a Director of Research and Evaluation to coordinate multiple public health evaluations [PHEs] related to the scale-up of HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Tanzania. The results of these evaluations will inform the design of programs and ultimately contribute to the capacity of countries to provide high quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services. Working together with the in-country

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Manager (source: IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Manager at the Environment and Production Technology Division for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Under the direct supervision of the team leaders of HarvestChoice ( http://harvestchoice.org ) and Africa RISING ( http://africa-rising.net ) projects, the Project Manager will assist and manage operation, representation, and research outputs of the projects. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC.   Essential

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

MENA Regional Finance &amp; Compliance Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundClosing date: 06 May 2014The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Haiti - Coordinateur Administratif H/F - Port au Prince (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: HaitiClosing date: 31 May 2014Présentation rapide de Solidarités International dans le paysSolidarités International a travaillé en Haïti en réponse aux désastres causés par le cyclone Jeanne en Septembre 2004. Présent entre 2005 et 2007 pour un programme WASH à Savane Désolée ainsi qu’un autre programme de réhabilitation d’infrastructures scolaires dans les départements du Nord et du Nord-Ouest, SI est revenu en 2010 suite au séisme du 12 janvier ainsi qu’en réponse à l’épidémie de choléra déclarée en octobre de la même année ; entre 2010

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Haiti - Coordinateur Administratif H/F - Port au Prince (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: HaitiClosing date: 31 May 2014Présentation rapide de Solidarités International dans le paysSolidarités International a travaillé en Haïti en réponse aux désastres causés par le cyclone Jeanne en Septembre 2004. Présent entre 2005 et 2007 pour un programme WASH à Savane Désolée ainsi qu’un autre programme de réhabilitation d’infrastructures scolaires dans les départements du Nord et du Nord-Ouest, SI est revenu en 2010 suite au séisme du 12 janvier ainsi qu’en réponse à l’épidémie de choléra déclarée en octobre de la même année ; entre 2010

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mauritania: COORDINATEUR/TRICE DE PAYS - MAURITANIE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médicos del MundoCountry: MauritaniaClosing date: 28 May 2014MISSIONCe poste a comme objectif global de veiller à la mission, la vision et les valeurs de MdM en MauritanieZONE GÉOGRAPHIQUE DE L´INTERVENTIONNouakchott et Guidimakha, République Islamique de MauritanieORGANIGRAMMELe poste s’intègre dans le Département des Opérations Internationales, sous la supervision directe de la responsable de l’Unité d’Afrique et de la Technicienne de projets de MauritanieFONTIONSReprésentation, communication et positionnementReprésentation de Médicos del Mundo en Mauritanie

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cambodia: Deputy Country Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, South SudanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Location (Country &amp; Base): Multiple CountriesContract duration: 12 monthsSpecific Objectives:Objective 1: Strategic Development &amp; Technical IntegrationActivities:Work with the Country Director to provide leadership to the development and maintenance of a comprehensive needs-based program strategy for ACF programmingProvides strategic direction to the Technical Coordinators, PM's and support the Field Co in ensuring

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Project Manager, Somalia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Apr 2014ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTSDegree in Social Science or related subjectsExperience in management of ECHO projects, preferably in difficult contextsResults orientedExcellent communication skills with ability to work closely with CESVI local staff and beneficiariesExcellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTSExperience in M&amp;E of multi sector programsExperience in working within a consortium with other International NGOs (as leading agency)Experience in Rights-based

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Proposal Writer 14-292 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 16 May 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a leading international humanitarian agency who responds to the population’s health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian settings, while also supporting the recovery of systems and services in transitional and development contexts. Currently, the technical team provides leadership and advisory support across International Medical Corps HQ departments, contributes to global policy and practice and direct technical support

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Editor and Publication Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 29 Apr 2014Terms of ReferenceEditor and Publication Consultant1. BackgroundThe world finally has what it takes to make an AIDS-free generation a reality. An AIDS-free generation means a generation in which all children are born free of HIV and remain so for the first two decades of life, from birth through adolescence. It also means that children living with and affected by HIV have access to the treatment, care and support they need to remain alive and well.Recently, global efforts have increased and countries have enhanced their capacities

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Head of Base (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Title: Head of BaseLocation (Country &amp; Base): South Sudan / Alek, Warrap StateContract duration: 1 yearTraining requirements: InductionDirect Line Manager: Field CoordinatorTechnical Supervisor: Logistics Coordinator, Finance CoordinatorGeneral objective:The Head of Base is responsible for coordinating, consolidating, and ensuring smooth implementation of and adherence to logistic, human resource, administration and security procedures in ACF bases in Southern Sudan.Objective 1: Support

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Assistant Chef de Project Choléra (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Croix-Rouge FrançaiseCountry: HaitiClosing date: 21 Apr 2014CONTEXTE DU POSTE :La Croix-Rouge française est présente en Haïti depuis 1996. Elle y mène, en collaboration avec la Croix-Rouge Haïtienne, des projets de différentes natures. A Port-au-Prince, la Croix-Rouge Française réalise des projets d’eau et d’assainissement, de prise en charge du choléra, de renforcement de centres de santé et un projet suivant notre approche quartier à logique intégrée prenant en compte des projets en habitat, en relance économique, en santé, réduction des risques et désastres, protection et

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Responsable de la surveillance épidémiologique (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Croix-Rouge FrançaiseCountry: HaitiClosing date: 21 Apr 2014CONTEXTE DU POSTE :La Croix-Rouge française est présente en Haïti depuis 1996. Elle y mène, en collaboration avec la Croix-Rouge Haïtienne, des projets de différentes natures. A Port-au-Prince, la Croix-Rouge Française réalise des projets d’eau et d’assainissement, de prise en charge du choléra, de renforcement de centres de santé et un projet suivant notre approche quartier à logique intégrée prenant en compte des projets en habitat, en relance économique, en santé, réduction des risques et désastres, protection et

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Rehabilitation Manager - Lebanon - Handicap International DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 24 Apr 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Compliance &amp; Finance Manager - Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundClosing date: 05 May 2014The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Mid-Level Countering Violent Extremism Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Development and Training ServicesCountry: WorldClosing date: 09 May 2014dTS is looking for a mid-level Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) specialist who can function as a strong technical leader, act as effective manager, and possesses a strong understanding of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs. This position is a full time appointment until August 28, 2014 with the possibility of an extension.Roles and ResponsibilitiesProvides home office based support in conducting literature reviews for short reports and inventories, assists the Deputy Director for CVE with

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Intern, MTCS Division (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 May 2014Position:Intern, MTCS DivisionLocation:Washington, DCReports To:Senior Program OfficerDivision:Media, Technology, &amp; Civil Society DivisionAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

India: Asia Regional Representative (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Trickle Up ProgramCountry: IndiaClosing date: 09 May 2014About Trickle Up:Founded in 1979, Trickle Up (TU) empowers people living in extreme poverty to take the first steps out of poverty, providing them with resources to build livelihoods for a better quality of life. TU partners with local agencies to serve marginalized groups including indigenous populations, scheduled castes and particularly vulnerable people within those groups such as women, single mothers, widows and people with disabilities. TU has a strong gender focus and currently 98% of participants are women.TU's

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Deputy Director for Countering Violent Extremism (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Development and Training ServicesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 09 May 2014dTS is looking for a Deputy Director for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) who can function as strong technical leader, effective manager, and has very good understanding of the client (Department of State) and CVE programs. This position is a full time appointment until August 28, 2014 with the possibility of an extension.Roles and Responsibilities:The Deputy Director for CVE will provide technical oversight and quality assurance for the design and implementation of a countering

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Procurement Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Crown Agents USACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Jul 2014Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking aProcurement Specialistfor the Supply Chain Management System in our Arlington office.Our BusinessCrown Agents is an international development company employing over 600 personnel worldwide with a presence in more than 40 countries, subsidiaries in 12 countries, and permanent staff working on the ground in 22 corporate offices in Africa, Asia Latin America, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Crown Agents provides direct assistance, management

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Operation BlessingCountry: HaitiClosing date: 14 Jun 2014Operation Blessing International (OBI) is dedicated to alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. Through core programs of disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, orphan care, water wells and community development, OBI has touched the lives of more than 200 million people providing goods and services valued at over $1 billion.OBI is seeking an experienced field worker to serve as a Project Manager in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This individual will reside in Haiti and coordinate with

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: ICAP Country Representative (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 15 May 2014POSITION SUMMARY:ICAP at Columbia University is seeking an experienced public health professional to serve as ICAP’s Country Representative in Myanmar to guide program administration, technical implementation and fiscal management of ICAP’s new office in Myanmar. Responsibilities will include: assisting in recruiting and subsequently supervising a team of individuals providing technical assistance in the implementation and evaluation of projects; overseeing program operations and

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International Communications, Media & Funding Support Volunteer - Teach A Man To Fish (, Islington, London) (source: CharityJob)

Teach A Man To Fish, Islington, London, Teach A Man To Fish is a UK based registered charity with an innovative approach to improving the relevancy and availability of education in developin...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zambia: Grants Manager, Increasing Citizen Demand for Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery in the Health Sector, Zambia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: ZambiaClosing date: 15 May 2014Grants Manager, Increasing Citizen Demand for Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery in the Health Sector, ZambiaCompany Profile:MSI is a Washington, D.C.-based international development firm providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. Since its 1981 founding, MSI has grown in size and technical scope, now implementing and managing more than 70 projects worldwide. More than 30 are long-term, many in conflict-prone or fragile states that include Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: WASH Advisor - Turkey (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Relief InternationalCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 15 May 2014Position Summary:The WASH Advisor is responsible for overall program technical advising supervision, administration and oversight of RI’s Syria Response WASH projects based in Turkey.ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DELIVERABLES:Provide quality control of WASH interventions.Build the capacity of RI and RI’s partner(s) staff in WASH implementation.Oversee and ensure quality implementation of teaming partner and other actors involved in the program, including needs assessment and technical handling of water treatment

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Country Logistics Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 29 Apr 2014Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Business Development Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Plan USACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 May 2014The Business Development Manager is part of Plan International USA’s Business Development Unit (BDU) responsible for securing funding from the U.S. Government and Multilateral Donors. The Business Development Manager (BDM) is responsible for identifying US Government (USG) opportunities for Plan International USA across several technical and/or geographic portfolios; developing plans to compete for these funding opportunities; executing those plans, including oversight of pre-solicitation/pre-proposal activities,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Emergency Response Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 14 Jun 2014An English Description Will Follow:L'International Rescue Committee est l'un des plus importants fournisseurs d'aide aux urgences et au développement en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), avec un budget annuel de plus de US$ 70 millions et près de 900 employés. L'IRC met en œuvre des programmes dans les secteurs de la santé, de la gouvernance et du développement communautaire, de la protection et de l'autonomisation des femmes, et de la réponse d'urgence lui-même ou via des

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Belgium: Junior Project Officer - EU Grants &amp; Tenders (source: Relief Web)

Organization: TsamotaCountry: BelgiumClosing date: 27 Apr 2014Job DescriptionTsamota Good Governance (TGG) Ltd is seeking a Junior project officer to join its Implementation Unit and support the Project Director (PD) in managing the donor funded contracts the company implements.The junior project officer will be supporting the PD with the day to day administration, logistics and remote co-ordination of projects Tsamota is implementing, providing admin and filing support to programme and coordination staff.The position is based in the Tsamota Good Governance Office in Brussels.The junior

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

US fundraising officer - Christian Aid (£30,000 - £34,000 per annum, i, Southwark, London) (source: CharityJob)

Christian Aid, Southwark, London, £30,000 - £34,000 per annum, i At Christian Aid we have a vision of a better world, free from poverty, and we are investing in fundraising with a long-term strategy that will enable...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Development and Capacity Building Officer - The Leprosy Mission International (Expenses, Africa) (source: CharityJob)

The Leprosy Mission International, Africa, Expenses The Leprosy Mission (TLM) is a global Christian network of organisations active in over 50 countries across the world and has been working in DRC for ...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Latin America &amp; The Caribbean Intern (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 May 2014Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization, with a mission to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable people in the developing world by influencing their behavior, principally through social marketing of family planning and health products and services, and health communications. PSI has programs in more than 60 countries and works in malaria, HIV, reproductive health, child survival, and tuberculosis. PSI's core values are a belief in markets and market mechanisms

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Coordonnateur des programmes / Programs Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: HaitiClosing date: 14 Jun 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.Background:Following

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: HaitiClosing date: 14 Jun 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.BACKGROUND:Following

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Shelter/CCCM/NFI Cluster Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: YemenClosing date: 25 Apr 2014BACKGROUNDYemen is one of the world's major humanitarian crises, with more than half of the population affected and a third targeted for humanitarian aid. Thirteen million people do not have access to safe water and sanitation; 10.5 million are food-insecure, with some 300,000 people displaced in the north since 2009 and over 230,000 returnees in the south.In 2013, to respond to the protracted IDP situation in the north, Yemen Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) endorsed a durable solutions’ strategy for

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Short term evaluation of health systems research partnership (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Royal College of Surgeons in IrelandClosing date: 05 May 2014The Connecting health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium (ChRAIC), 2008-15 was a cross country partnership involving three Irish HEIs – Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI - lead), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) – working with a range of partners across 7 African countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan,Sierra Leone and Uganda. (See www.chraic.org)The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI - www.rcsi.ie) are looking for a consultant to evaluate the project

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Research Assistant/Research Analyst (source: IFPRI)

Job Summary:   The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Senior Research Assistant (SRA)/Research Analyst (RA) for a one-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment in its Director General’s Office. The SRA/RA will assist in the preparation of research and outreach publications and presentations related to food security, nutrition, agricultural and rural development, and poverty reduction issues. The SRA/RA will also be assigned other duties as needed and work in close collaboration with the Director General, Chief of Staff, and other staff as appropriate. This

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Rwanda: Database Manager for UNICEF Rwanda Humanitarian Performance Monitoring System and Mapping (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: RwandaClosing date: 28 Apr 2014Objectives/Specific TasksThe consultant will contribute to establish and strengthen UNICEF Rwanda’s performance monitoring system through development of a database, data collection template and IPs capacity building. The consultant will also closely work with the national DevInfo consultant in terms of building a database and PCA mapping exercise.MethodologyThis consultancy will be guided by the UNICEF Humanitarian Performance Monitoring Tools and Guideissued in August 2012.The specific steps of this consultancy

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Belgium: Researcher Conflict Mapping, 90% FTE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Peace Information ServiceCountry: BelgiumClosing date: 30 Apr 2014International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute based in Antwerp (Belgium), providing governmental and non-governmental actors with information and analysis to build sustainable peace and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is centred around four programmes: Natural Resources, Business &amp; Human Rights, Arms Trade &amp; Security and Conflict Mapping.IPIS is recruiting a researcher on Conflict Mapping, starting in June 2014. This is a 90% FTE permanent

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: British Red Cross Country Representative (source: Relief Web)

Organization: British Red CrossCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 27 Apr 2014Country Representative, Bangladesh (based in Dhaka)Salary: From c £33,924 per annum (plus benefits inc. accommodation, living allowance)The British Red Cross helps vulnerable people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.British Red Cross is seeking a dynamic Country Representative, with solid field management experience in the South Asia region, to head its operations in Bangladesh.You will be responsible for the management, coordination and monitoring of the BRC funded programme portfolio, maintaining a strong

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Sustainable Agriculture &amp; Gender Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 12 May 2014One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by tackling the root causes of poverty. This could be by mobilising the power of people through to embracing innovative solutions.We are looking for someone to play a vital role representing Oxfam in an important new technology-based nutrition initiative, alongside guiding our global sustainable agriculture strategy.The roleThe position of Sustainable Agriculture and Gender Adviser is two-fold.The

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Head of Mission – Sudan, Khartoum (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Triangle Génération HumanitaireCountry: SudanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Location:Khartoum (family duty station), with regular field trips to DarfurDuration:1 year renewable starting August 1, 2014Status:salaried, 2 221 EUR gross salary per monthPlease see http://www.trianglegh.org/AssociationHumanitaire/Francais/html/OffreEmpl... for detailsBenefits:480 EUR monthly per diem, health, repatriation and pension coverage, housing, international and local travels, break each 3 months.Triangle G H in SudanTriangle G H is present in Sudan since September 2003, and opened its

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: French Translation Intern (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Physicians for HaitiCountry: WorldClosing date: 30 Jun 2014Project:Physicians for Haiti strives to ensure that our resources are accessible for continuing medical education. To accomplish this, P4H collaborates with a team of translation interns, working with French and English. The French Translation Intern will translate documents pertaining to P4H’s work, both from English to French and vice versa. Translation interns will be expected to work together on more complex or formal documents to ensure accuracy. The content of the material will vary, and will include technical

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: AKE Intelligence Remote Internship (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AKE Group LtdCountry: WorldClosing date: 06 May 2014AKE Intelligence is looking to recruit interns for its three-month remote internship scheme, running from June until August. Applicants should have an excellent command of written English, a demonstrable background in international politics or security, and preferably be working towards a master’s degree or equivalent experience. As this is a remote programme, applicants must have reliable internet access.Please note that while this is an unpaid (voluntary) scheme, we aim to provide applicants with feedback and training as

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Food and Nutrition (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 23 Apr 20141. Background and JustificationSupplementation of children with oral iron syrups has been a traditional primary strategy to control iron deficiency anemia (IDA). Adherence to syrups is often limited due to side effects such as unpleasant taste, the dark stains they leave on children’s teeth, and abdominal discomfort. Therefore, this intervention has been unsuccessful around the world.MOHSW is ready to promote the strategy of home fortification through MNP supplementation through single-dose sachets containing

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Procurement Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: HaitiClosing date: 30 Apr 2014KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:I. Preparation and PlanningConsult with Head of Programing (HOP) and Head of Operations (HOOP) to identify the main types of goods and services that will be needed in near term based on the current portfolio of programs and operations, and use this to conduct regular market assessments of best sources and prices.Proactively consult with peer agencies and private sector to identify new potential suppliers that can be added to our updated Approved Supplier List (ASL), and whenever possible

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Humanitarian Policy and Forced Migration Internship (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Council of Voluntary AgenciesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 27 Apr 2014The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) is a global NGO network with about 80 member organisations, advocating for more effective humanitarian action.For its Secretariat in Geneva, ICVA is seeking to recruit aHumanitarian Policy and Forced Migration InternICVA seeks an intern who is dynamic, flexible and an enthusiastic team player. S/he must have an excellent written and spoken English. The intern will support the ICVA Secretariat in advancing its results framework, particularly

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands: Senior Manager Advocacy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Fairfood InternationalCountry: NetherlandsClosing date: 01 May 2014Name: Senior Manager Advocacy&#42;(Full time-40 hours per week)&#42;Department: Policy &amp; AdvocacyFairfood International is a non-profit global advocacy group with its head office based in Amsterdam and hubs located in several parts of the world. Fairfood International envisions a future with a fair and sustainable food system, which is able to feed the world in a way that preserves the environment for future generations, respects human rights and secures a thriving economy for all. It encourages food and

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

LONDON & CAMBODIA | Disability Charity | 23 Weeks | JulyAugust - Accounting for International Development AfID (Voluntary, Flexible Location) (source: CharityJob)

Accounting for International Development AfID, Flexible Location, Voluntary Do you want to use your numerical knowledge to help disabled children and their families live life to the full in London &amp; Cambodia? Our partner ...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Education Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: LebanonClosing date: 25 Apr 2014MAJOR TASKS:· Facilitate and formulate the local education and life skills strategy within the framework of the country operational strategy· Coordinate with the Global Centre and MEER regional office to ensure strategic alignment of the education and life skills sector· Formulate guidelines, processes, measurements, and standards for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of education and life skills projects in collaboration with the Design Monitoring and Evaluation team.· Strengthen the quality, partner

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Procurement Assistant SC5 in Damascus (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 29 Apr 2014VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTVA No. 016/2014The Office of the United Nations World Food Programme in Syria is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the following post:Issuing Date15th March 2014Closing Date 29th April 2014Post Title Procurement AssistantDuty Station Damascus (3 Positions)Contract Type Service ContractGrade/Level SC5Duration 6 MonthsUnit ProcurementDuties and Responsibilities:Within delegated authority, the Procurement Assistant will be responsible for the following

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Economic Development Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: LebanonClosing date: 25 Apr 2014MAJOR TASKS:· Support field level programs to conduct assessments to identify income generation barriers· and opportunities for target groups, and design programs accordingly· Support field level programs to identify strengths and weakness of existing programs in· responding to the current ED needs and redesign programs accordingly· Provide ongoing advice and support to ADP staff as they implement economic development· initiatives, including evaluations· Identify innovative best practice ED programming options

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: CCM: Consultancy Service for the final evaluation of the project “Fostering Health Care for Refugees and Local Communities in Somali Region, Ethiopia” (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Comitato Collaborazione MedicaCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 30 Apr 20141 Background information CCM, international NGO with headquarters in Turin (Italy), has been implementing the project “Fostering Health Care for Refugees and Local Communities in Somali Region, Ethiopia” from the 29th December 2010 to the 28th December 2013. The project, funded by the European Union, is in partnership with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and it targets the Liben Zone of Somali Region. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improve reproductive health

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Viet Nam: Southeast Asia Regional Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Room to ReadCountry: Viet NamClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Organization Profile:Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Malawi: Call for Tenders: Evaluation of Theatre for a Change’s Girls’ Education Challenge Project (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Theatre for a ChangeCountry: MalawiClosing date: 04 May 2014Theatre for a Change has been funded by the DFID Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) programme to run a 2.5 year project entitled Tiphunzire! in 10 districts in Malawi. The focus of the project is on empowering young female teachers to create inclusive learning environments for marginalised girls. This will be realised by training 315 female teachers to become ‘Agents of Change’ in 225 rural primary schools in 10 districts, where they will work with school administrations to create girl-friendly learning environments, encouraging

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: New Development Structural Engineer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationCountry: HaitiClosing date: 02 May 2014On the heels of the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO mobilized a rapid and effective response to save lives and to manage the Pe?tion-Ville Camp, which swelled to nearly 60,000 displaced earthquake survivors. J/P HRO quickly expanded its services in step with the needs on the ground, working to revitalize local Haitian communities through focused programs including: camp and relocation management, medical clinics, education, community development and livelihoods and engineering, rubble removal and reconstruction.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: National Consultant (Agriculture, Food Production and Marketing Specialist) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Food and Agriculture OrganizationCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 27 Apr 2014Job Title: National Consultant (Agriculture, Food Production and Marketing Specialist)Division/Department: FAO Papua New GuineaLocation: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG)Expected Start Date of Assignment: ASAPDuration: 72 Days (incl 15 days internal travel) on a When Actually Employed (WAE) basis over a period of 6 to 8 monthsGENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TASK(S) AND OBJECTIVES TO BE ACHIEVEDUnder the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for the Pacific, the technical

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Office Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Center for Reproductive RightsCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 May 2014Job Title: Geneva Office ManagerDepartment: Global Legal ProgramJob Posted On:April 10, 2014Center Background:Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women's equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Chief of Party, The Good Governance Initiative in Georgia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Development Alternatives, Inc.Country: GeorgiaClosing date: 15 May 2014DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

occupied Palestinian territory: Advocacy officer (70%) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: HEKS/EPERCountry: occupied Palestinian territoryClosing date: 01 May 2014HEKS-EPER is the Swiss Reformed Churches’ Aid Agency.HEKS regional program in the Middle East supports local organizations in the occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel. HEKS OPT and Israel Programme focuses on strengthening the conflict transformation capacities of civil society so they can effectively work to change the structures, systems, attitudes and ideologies which perpetuate the conflict situation and the human rights violations linked to it. The programme thus consists of awareness raising

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emergency Health Programme Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Amref Health AfricaCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Apr 2014Amref Health Africa is the largest indigenous health development non-governmental organization based in Africa. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health. Amref Health Africa is headquartered in Nairobi, and has programmes in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa and West Africa. Employing over 1,000 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Microfinance (MFI) Program Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Refugee Committee InternationalCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 09 May 2014POSITION TITLE: Microfinance Program CoordinatorDEPARTMENT: International ProgramsLOCATION:Hargeisa, SomalilandRESPONSIBLE TO: ARC Somalia MFI &amp; TVET Project DirectorSTATUS: Full TimeSUPERVISORY CAPACITY: Local MFI Project OfficersDEPARTMENT/COUNTRY PROGRAM DESCRIPTION/MISSIONThe American Refugee Committee (ARC) is an entrepreneurial humanitarian organization that assists displaced people to move from vulnerability to resilience, from impoverishment to a basic level of well-being, and

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands: Native English Language Editor/Journalist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Fairfood InternationalCountry: NetherlandsClosing date: 25 Apr 2014Native English Language Editor/JournalistName:Native English language editor/journalist (Part-time – 32 hours per week)Department:Communications and FundraisingFairfood International is a non-profit global advocacy group with its head office based in Amsterdam and hubs located in several parts of the world. Fairfood International envisions a future with a fair and sustainable food system, which is able to feed the world in a way that preserves the environment for future generations, respects human rights

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Family Planning Adviser, Dakar, WCARO ISC-12 (P5) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: SenegalClosing date: 06 May 2014We are pleased to announce the following vacancy:VACANCY NO.: Job ID 2524CLOSING DATE: 6 May 2014 at 5:00pm NY timePOST TITLE: Family Planning AdviserCATEGORY: ICS-12 (P-5)POST TYPE: Non-RotationalDUTY STATION: DakarDURATION: One year (renewable)[i]ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: West and Central Africa Regional OfficeORGANIZATIONAL SETTING:In 2008, UNFPA embarked on regionalization and decentralization actions in order to make UNFPA more field-focused, more efficient and effective in the advancement of ICPD

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Singapore: Medical Officers (source: Relief Web)

Organization: SATA CommHealthCountry: SingaporeClosing date: 16 Apr 2014You will provide a high standard of clinical services to all patients that includes diagnosis, treatment and medical examinations for the purpose of employment, visas to foreign countries, entry to educational institutions, work permit, etc.Requirements:A recognized MBBS qualification and registered with the Singapore Medical CouncilAt least 5 years of relevant medical practice experienceGood interpersonal and communication skillsHow to apply:Interested applicants are invited to send in their detailed resumes,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Singapore: Senior Physiotherapist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: SATA CommHealthCountry: SingaporeClosing date: 16 Apr 2014You will provide physiotherapy assessment and treatment to the patients, to regain their optimum function status/abilities, through efficient use of physical rehabilitative modalities. Your other duties include conducting community health promotion activities and therapy sessions, actively networking with clinicians and community organizations to grow the services, apply business strategies and clinical skills to achieve maximum business and clinical outcomes.RequirementsRecognised Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: REACH Secondary Data Analyst (consultant) - Lebanon 15/05/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: LebanonClosing date: 31 May 2014Department: REACHPosition: REACH Secondary Data Analyst (consultant)Contract duration: 1 month (non-extendable) Location: Beirut, Lebanon (with travel to sub-office locations in Lebanon; Akkar, Tripoli, Bekaa, South, and Mount Lebanon)Starting Date: ASAPI. Background on ACTEDACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Campaign Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PactCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 May 2014Position Title: Campaign ManagerRequisition Number: 14-0067City: Washington, DCDescription:Pact is seeking a Campaign Manager for its newly launched Locus Initiative: The Point of International Development (“Locus”) and the Mines to Markets (M2M) ‘Stay, Invest, Transform’ Campaign.Both movements are designed to bring together a wide range of like-minded organizations dedicated to the advancement of sustainable local development solutions and are built upon Pact’s 40-year history of dedication to a world where

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: TECHNICAL REFERENT WATSAN (Flying) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: WorldClosing date: 04 May 2014Oxfam Intermon is looking to fill the position flying technical referent Watsan. 80% of the time is field based and 20% of the time is home based.Reporting to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator the person selected will be tasked to provide emergency interventions in water and sanitation, and field support to teams during different program phases including: emergencies (first phase as well as mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery) as well as provide support for resiliency based programsKEY FUNCTIONSEmergency

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Consultancy - Projet d'Appui aux Filieres Mangues et Avocats en Haiti - Evaluation Finale (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: HaitiClosing date: 03 May 2014En 2009, Haïti occupe le dernier rang du développement humain dans la région Amérique latine/Caraïbes avec un indice (IDH) plaçant le pays au 149e rang sur 182. Plus des trois-quarts de la population rurale vit en dessous du seuil de pauvreté avec moins de 2 dollars US/jour/personne. Les revenus issus de la production agricole sont faibles, et les paysans se tournent généralement vers l’agriculture vivrière (mais, haricots, tubercules, etc.) comme moyen de subsistance. Cette agriculture est généralement associée à la production

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Call for Expressions of Interest: Final Evaluation of Saferworld's support to the Non-State Actors Platform Programme - April 2012-April 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: SaferworldCountry: KenyaClosing date: 25 Apr 2014IntroductionSaferworld is seeking applications from parties interested to carry out the final evaluation of its project, Strengthening the participation of Somali Non-State Actors in decision-making on peace, security and development (phase 2): Towards sustainability.This programme supports three Non-State Actor Platforms in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia to engage in policy dialogue and has recently completed the first y ear of the current phase.The evaluator will be required to draw on a range of internal

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Libya: FLAT Officer - Libya 15/04/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: LibyaClosing date: 30 Jun 2014Department: FLATPosition: FLAT Officer Contract duration: 6 months, renewable Location: Libya Starting Date: ASAPI. Background on ACTEDACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle,

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Advisor, Social Behavior Change Communications/Social Marketing Program-Mali (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: MaliClosing date: 14 May 2014PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. PSI's core values are a belief in markets and market mechanisms to contribute to sustained improvements in the lives of the poor;

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: Emergency Response Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: NigerClosing date: 27 Apr 2014Reference:CON/EC/NRCountry: NigerJob Title: Emergency Response Coordinator (Short-term Contract 4-5 months)Date Needed By: ASAPNew Post or Replacement: New PostContract Grade: BAccompanied / Unaccompanied: UnaccompaniedExact Job Location: based in Tahoua, with frequent travel to the programme areas.Reports To: Assistant Country Director - ProgrammesResponsible For:Emergency and Mitigation Response teamLiaises With:Programme Coordinator, Cash/Blanket Coordinator Program Managers, UN, other INGOs, , ACDS

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Assistant: Field Programmes (part time: 50% FTE) - International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Salary circa £23,000 pro rata,, Brighton, East Sussex) (source: CharityJob)

International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, East Sussex, Salary circa £23,000 pro rata, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a ...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: A COUNTRY DIRECTOR - NEPAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: NepalClosing date: 15 May 2014We are looking for: A COUNTRY DIRECTORLocation: NepalIncorporation date: 24 months starting as soon as possibleOverall Objectives:Steer the process of Strategy formulation and ensure its implementationEnsure the successful development and implementation of the programmesExplore the possibilities for further programme development and in-country funding opportunitiesIdentify and agree with HQ Programmes and Policy key strategic issuesRepresent Action Against Hunger at external meetings with donors, government

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: 14-200: Chief of Party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 16 May 2014International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: Technical Advisor, Family Planning/Reproductive Health,Nepal - LTTA/Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: NepalClosing date: 14 May 2014PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.PSI's core values are a belief in markets and market mechanisms to contribute to sustained improvements in the lives of the poor;

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Economic Security Delegate - Lebanon (source: Relief Web)

Organization: British Red CrossCountry: LebanonClosing date: 27 Apr 2014ContextThe British Red Cross Society (BRCS) helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.Since the beginning of the unrest in Syria at the start of 2011, Lebanon has received the highest number of refugees

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Specialist (ME&amp;LS) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 09 May 2014CDRD QAU Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Specialist (ME&amp;LS)Hargeisa, SomalilandWe are looking for a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&amp;L) Specialist for the CDRD Quality Assurance Unit of DRC Somalia.Who are we?The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict. Program

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Humanitarian Affairs Officer P-4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 22 Apr 2014ORG .SETTING AND REPORTING:The post is located in the Programme Support Branch (PSB), Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT) Secretariat in OCHA, Geneva. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer (P4) will directly report to the Team Leader of the STAIT.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Support the development of the conceptual framework for operational peer reviews, including

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Geneva Office Manager

Job Title:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Geneva Office Manager Department:&nbsp; Global Legal Program Job Posted On: April 14, 2014 Center Background:&nbsp; Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women&rsquo;s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Northwest Site Manager, Blue Forests, Madagascar

Position Title: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Northwest Site Manager&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Location: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Ambanja, Madagascar Closing date for applications &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;30 April

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultant – Mid-Term Review

Consultant &ndash; Mid-Term Review Conciliation Resources is an independent organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence and build peace. We are urgently seeking consultancy services from an individual or organisation with the relevant experience and expertise to undertake a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Fiji support programme, which is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Implemented by Conciliation Resources, the programme&rsquo;s overall objective is to support and enable Fijian civil society organisations to play a leadership role in

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fiji Research & Programme Volunteer

Fiji Research &amp; Programme Volunteer&nbsp; Voluntary position, based at our office in Tuffnel Park Part-time (3 days per week); ideally from early May to October Travel (within London zones 1-6) and lunch expenses reimbursed Closing date: 9am (UK time) Monday 28 April Interviews: Friday 2 May This is an unpaid voluntary role within an ambitious but friendly organisation. Based in our London office, the purpose of this volunteer role is to provide research support and additional admin capacity to Conciliation Resources&rsquo; Fiji peacebuilding team. The volunteer will support the

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Protection Analyst/Statistician

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Protection Coordinator

&nbsp; Protection Coordinator Rakhine, Myanmar &nbsp; We are looking for a highly qualified competent Protection Coordinator to strengthen DRC&rsquo;s operations in Myanmar&rsquo;s Rakhine State. Who are we? DRC has since 2009 been providing humanitarian assistance to people in need in Myanmar. DRC is currently engaged in humanitarian response in Rakhine and Kachin State and the South Eastern Myanmar. In Rakhine State, DRC&rsquo;s response includes distribution of NFIs, construction of temporary shelter, WASH and livelihood support rooted in a strong protection outreach with protection

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Chief P5, Talent Deployment &amp; Career Management Branch, Rome, Italy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: ItalyClosing date: 01 May 2014The United NationsWorld Food Programmeis the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Chief P5, Capability Development Branch, Rome, Italy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: ItalyClosing date: 01 May 2014The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Psychologue (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 30 Apr 2014COOPI est une organisation non gouvernementale italienne, indépendante et laïque, engagée dans la lutte contre les injustices sociales et la pauvreté dans le Sud du monde et dans la construction d'un futur dans lequel soient garantis pour tous de bonnes conditions de vie, le respect des droits et la parité des opportunités. Depuis 1965, COOPI a réalisé plus de 600 projets de développement et interventions d'urgence dans 50 pays , employant plus de 30 mille opérateurs locaux et assurant

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Chef de Projet Protection (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 30 Apr 2014COOPI est une organisation non gouvernementale italienne, indépendante et laïque, engagée dans la lutte contre les injustices sociales et la pauvreté dans le Sud du monde et dans la construction d'un futur dans lequel soient garantis pour tous de bonnes conditions de vie, le respect des droits et la parité des opportunités. Depuis 1965, COOPI a réalisé plus de 600 projets de développement et interventions d'urgence dans 50 pays , employant plus de 30 mille opérateurs lo