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The IPCC and treatment of uncertainties: topics and sources of dissensus

<p>The researchers for this paper reviewed published literature that outline disagreement or dissensus on the guidance note in the IPCC assessment process, structured as three distinct topics. First, whether the procedure is reliable and leads to robust results. Second, whether the broad scope of diverse problems, epistemic approaches, and user perspectives allow for consistent and appropriate application. Third, whether the guidance note is adequate for the purpose of communicating clear and relevant information to users. Overall, the researchers found greater emphasis placed on problems arising from the procedure and purpose of the assessment, rather than the scope of application. The paper argues that,&nbsp;since a procedure needs to be appropriate for its purpose and scope, a way forward entails not only making deliberative processes more transparent to control biases.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:55:22 GMT

The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: What's in it for Africa?

<p>This executive summary highlights that Africa&rsquo;s climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt. It argues that climate change will have widespread impacts on African society and Africans&rsquo; interaction with the natural environment. These include an effect on food security, water availability and human health. The report explores these impacts in more depth and argues that, given the interdependence between countries in today&rsquo;s world, the impacts of climate change on resources or commodities in one place will have far-reaching effects on prices, supply chains, trade, investment and political relations in other places. Thus, climate change will progressively threaten economic growth and human security.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:49:32 GMT

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Lami Town, Republic of Fiji

<p>This abridged report looks at the climate vulnerability of Lami Town in the Republic of Fiji. Urban communities in Fiji are located in highly hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. The poorest people have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster.</p><p>This report gives an overview of Fiji and the city of Lami Town. It also explores city wide vulnerability, the vulnerability of people, places and sections, identifies some key adaptation options and offers some recommendations for practical actions.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:39:32 GMT

Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience (Human Development Report 2014)

<p>This report makes the case that the sustained enhancement of individuals&rsquo; and societies&rsquo; capabilities is necessary to reduce persistent vulnerabilities &ndash; many of them structural and many of them tied to the life cycle. These include vulnerabilities to climate change and its consequences. The report argues that climate change is one of the most critical challenges to development. It says that the under-provision of climate stability and the manifestation of vulnerability to extreme weather events and food crises have been a recurring threat in different regions of the world. The report argues that urgent actions are needed on this front but that there are some promising actions at the subnational level, but multilateral action is key to a comprehensive approach.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:07:04 GMT

On-farm treatment options for wastewater, greywater and fecal sludge with special reference to West Africa

<p>This paper focuses on the on-farm treatment of waste water, particularly in West Africa, and argues that while although it can hardly replace conventional treatment, it can contribute to risk reduction, especially if combined with other barriers such as safe irrigation practices and post-harvest crop washing. It argues that &lsquo;small-scale&rsquo; and &lsquo;low cost&rsquo; are not necessarily roadblocks for setting up effective farm-based treatment systems. The larger challenge identified is to understand how best to facilitate any required behaviour change by farmers to adjust their farming practices. It says that participatory on-farm research will be needed to study risk perceptions and awareness, as well as production factors influencing the adoption of treatment options, such as tenure security and additional cost, and land or labour requirements. Interventions which can build on farmers&rsquo; current practices, such as on-farm storage ponds or river bank filtration, will probably have the highest potential of acceptance.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:53:43 GMT

Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context

<p>This training manual provides guidance to train grassroots facilitators to better engage stakeholders and promote equity in forest-based climate change and forest management practices. It aims to extend the practice and process of active participation towards effective engagement, through which equity can be improved. The manual argues that in order to improve the equity conditions in any process, it is critical to understand power dynamics at both the local and global levels and that this is especially relevant in all REDD+ or other forest-based climate change mitigation mechanisms or initiatives for which the parameters and rules are defined at the global, national and local levels but are implemented by communities who have limited opportunities to articulate their views at the different levels and thus limited (if any) room to influence the discourse, the processes or the interventions.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:33:31 GMT

Options of the 2015 agreement under the Durban Platform process: focusing on legal form of the agreement, nationally determined contributions, and finance

<p>This research report focuses on the 2015 international climate change agreement and the Durban Platform. It looks at the results of an online questionnaire carried out in January 2014. The Durban Platform decision reached at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Durban, South Africa. It launched &quot;a new process to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC,&quot; which would be &quot;applicable to all Parties.&quot;</p><p>The survey focused on the legal form or legal architecture of the 2015 agreement, as well as the legal nature of commitments related to mitigation and finance. Most respondents expected the agreement package to include a legal instrument such as a protocol and a series of non-legal instruments such as COP decisions. The report groups responses into six types of agreement packages.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:24:37 GMT

Green economies in the Caribbean: Perspectives, priorities and an action learning agenda

<p>This paper summarises early explorations by the Green Economy Action Learning Group (GE ALG), which aims to help governments and other stakeholders develop a practical Caribbean vision of an inclusive and resilient &lsquo;green&rsquo; economy. It highlights that growing financial, climate and social challenges in the Caribbean have sparked the search for new economic pathways that would better serve the region. The paper brings together background papers from ALG members, showcasing regional, national, local and sector perspectives on green economy progress, needs and prospects. An &lsquo;action learning&rsquo; agenda is proposed as a way to evolve green economy pathways in three areas: SMMEs; &lsquo;triple bottom line&rsquo; reporting across public and private sectors; and multi-stakeholder mechanisms for developing green economy policy.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:07:54 GMT

Renewable energy technology: evolution and policy implications – evidence from patent literature

<p>This Global Challenges Report analyses the patent landscapes of four Climate Change Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs) (biofuels, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy) to inform policy discussions by providing empirical evidence of innovation trends and technology ownership. A broad market analysis of renewables and their policy frameworks are discussed in Section 2, followed by the usual scope and methodology section. The individual patent landscape analysis for each of the CCMTs is given in Sections 4 to 7, identifying and analysing the range of patent activity, patent filings trends, top technology owners, patent concentrations, and market trends. Each of these sections also includes anecdotal case studies to illustrate various features of the technology marketplaces and to situate the patent data into the context of market activity and business strategies.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:48:48 GMT

Reducing vulnerability of island coasts

<p>This paper is about the reducing the vulnerability of coasts through appropriate adaptation measures. This is the focus of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme which has four coastal zone demonstration projects, in the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa and Vanuatu. Three of the projects demonstrate &lsquo;climate-proofing&rsquo; of coastal infrastructure, and the fourth focuses on community-based integrated coastal management. The paper argues that Climate analysis is a key step in the early planning stages of climate-sensitive projects, alongside other essential assessments such as socio-economic assessment and cost&ndash;benefit analysis. It also argues that good strategic planning and governance is also essential to protect coasts, and gives examples of how the PACC projects are demonstrating ways to do this.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:44:07 GMT

Atlas of mortality and economic losses from weather, climate and water extremes (1970–2012)

<p>This report describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. It states these kinds of disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics. The Atlas aims to provide decision-makers with actionable information for protecting life and property and highlights the need for stronger efforts to report, standardise and analyse data on weather, climate, and water-related hazards to improve understanding of disasters and reinforce the platform for prevention.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:33:07 GMT

Political economy of Climate Compatible Development: artisanal fisheries and climate change in Ghana

<p>&lsquo;Climate compatible development&rsquo; increases prospects for policy processes that contribute to development, climate change adaptation and mitigation. This paper looks at the complex political economy of climate compatible development in Ghana&rsquo;s artisanal fisheries sector. It focuses on two contentious policy areas where there is potential for climate compatible development, namely the subsidized premix fuel provided to artisanal fishermen, and mangrove protection. Using case studies, the paper emphasizes the need to conceptualize climate compatible development as a process which is dynamic across space and time, such that potential for triple win outcomes is fluctuate to vary according to changing circumstances. It also argues that it is is necessary to recognize that pressures from a number of actors, including those at the grass roots, may demand short term improvements to current problems rather than aspiring to triple win outcomes in the long term, creating a major challenge for climate compatible development.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:11:19 GMT

The effectiveness of climate finance: a review of the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program

<p>This working paper focuses on the Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP) which was designed to address a gap in the international climate finance architecture by making sure that finance is directed to help low income countries adopt low carbon energy technologies and use renewable energy to improve energy access. While the paper states that it is too early a stage in the SREP&rsquo;s implementation to make definitive conclusions on its effectiveness it does conclude that many of the programs in which it is investing are poised to result in important increases in renewable energy installed in country and the number of people with access to energy, although to date energy access has not been prioritised to the extent originally envisaged.</p>

24 Jul 2014 12:55:38 GMT

Understanding sustainable diets: a descriptive analysis of the determinants and processes that influence diets and their impact on health, food security, and environmental sustainability

<p>This study argues that the concept of sustainable diets presents an opportunity to advance sustainable development and work for the elimination of poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, and poor health outcomes. This study examines the determinants of sustainable diets, offers a descriptive analysis of these areas, and presents a causal model and framework from which to build. The major determinants of sustainable diets fall into five categories: 1) agriculture, 2) health, 3) sociocultural, 4) environmental, and 5) socioeconomic. The paper argues that when factors or processes are changed in 1 determinant category, such changes affect other determinant categories and, in turn, the level of &lsquo;sustainability&rsquo; of a diet. The complex web of determinants of sustainable diets makes it challenging for policymakers to understand the benefits and considerations for promoting, processing, and consuming such diets.</p>

24 Jul 2014 11:18:06 GMT

Beyond storms & droughts: the psychological impacts of climate change

<p>This report divides the impacts of climate change on human wellbeing and health into three general categories: impacts on mental health, impacts on physical health, and impacts on community health. It concludes with two sets of recommendations designed to help readers put research findings into action. The first set of recommendations, &ldquo;Tips to Engage the Public on Climate Change,&rdquo; is targeted toward climate communicators and policymakers. The second set of recommendations, &ldquo;Tips to Prepare and Strengthen Communities&rdquo; is targeted towards people and organisations &ndash; from city planners and public health agencies to disaster relief organizations and faith-based communities &ndash; who are interested in strengthening communities&rsquo; response to climate impacts.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:19:50 GMT

Climate cooperation with technology investments and border carbon adjustment

<p>This paper looks at the climate policy question of whether early investments in low-carbon technologies are a useful first step towards a more effective climate agreement in the future. It introduces a climate cooperation model with endogenous research and development (R&amp;D) investments, where countries protect their international competitiveness via border carbon adjustments (BCA). It is argues that BCA raises the scope for cooperation and leads to non-trivial relation between countries&rsquo; prior R&amp;D investments and participation in the coalition. We find that early investments in R&amp;D render free-riding more attractive. Therefore, with delayed cooperation on emission abatement and ex-ante R&amp;D investments, the outcome is often characterized by high participation but inefficiently low technology investments and abatement.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:03:18 GMT

Carbon forestry and Climate Compatible Development in Mozambique: a political economy analysis

<p>This working paper looks at the political economy of carbon forestry and REDD+ in Mozambique in view of goals for climate compatible development (CCD) -&nbsp;simultaneously addressing emission reduction, adaptation and development. The paper asks how debates and decisions on REDD+ in Mozambique may shape outcomes for different groups. Using a political economy framework, the paper considers actor perspectives, interests and interrelations in the broader institutional and political context in order to analyse and the prospects for carbon forestry and REDD+ to contribute climate compatible development in Mozambique. The paper concludes that a political economy analysis of REDD+ and carbon forestry options are an important complement to discussions around technical feasibility and economic affordability, and can in turn help expand the understanding of policy constraints and opportunities for REDD+/carbon forestry to support climate compatible development goals.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:38:02 GMT

Evaluating programmes through a climate adaptation lens: Reflections from coastal areas in Asia and the Pacific

<p>The paper highlights &lsquo;lessons learned&rsquo; from a small selection of climate change adaptation and resilience (CCAR) evaluations of programmes in high-risk coastal areas in Asia and the Pacific. The objective is to distil key lessons regarding monitoring and evaluation processes that are of interest to a broad professional audience. It examines the different ways, and the extent to which, CCAR perspectives are integrated into the design monitoring and evaluation processes of four programmes, and aims to demonstrate how this affects evaluation processes as well as opportunities for generating new knowledge. It also considers how programme evaluations can be better harnessed to contribute to the emerging evidence base on effective CCAR programming.</p><p>This is the third paper in the SEA Change / UKCIP Evaluation Review series which highlights and/or distils &lsquo;lessons learned&rsquo; from a selection of evaluation reports that are relevant to M&amp;E of climate change adaptation.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:24:38 GMT

Mali climate vulnerability mapping

<p>This is a USAID climate vulnerability mapping study of Mali, including climate scenario projections for future regional, and overall, climate vulnerability.</p><p>As part of the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) Project, Mali is the focus of this report presenting the results of a climate vulnerability mapping exercise intended to assist with strategic planning. The study utilised a spatial vulnerability index comprising of 18 indicators grouped into three vulnerability components: climate exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. This data is presented here in a variety of map outputs, including an overall vulnerability map.</p><p>Given the high levels of poverty, all of Mali&rsquo;s territory and population could be said to be highly vulnerable to climate change. That said, Mali has a long history of coping with climate variability, and includes a diverse system of livelihoods. The purpose of this study is to identify areas of high relative vulnerability within Mali; hot-spots where high climatic-stress, high sensitivity, and low adaptive capacity combine.</p><p> The results show that large areas of northern Mali can be considered as being particularly vulnerable, although this sparsely populated area only accounts for around 6 per cent of Mali&rsquo;s population. Meanwhile, 75 per cent of the population live in either the relatively low vulnerability areas of Bamako and the region immediately around Sikasso (due to high capacity and low sensitivity), or in the medium-high vulnerability of the most densely populated southeastern agricultural region.</p><p> With regard to changes in vulnerability over time, the study considered two statistically down-scaled climate scenarios (low and high emission) centred on both 2030 and 2050. While only modest changes are expected by 2030, by 2050 much of northern Mali will likely move from medium-high to high vulnerability. The northern limit for rain-fed millet and sorghum is expected to continue to shift downward as temperatures increase and moisture availability decreases. </p><p> Finally, limits to the analysis are discussed. The analysis could not adequately capture changes in rainfall variability, which are likely to have as much of an impact on livelihoods as long-term trends. Also, individual communities within each region will be more or less vulnerable than the average for a number of context-specific reasons. Further, the results rely on the robustness of the underlying data. To aid in the understanding of the margins of error involved, the study presents in the annex the aggregation approach used, the sensitivity analysis of the study itself, and the data limitations of the indicator metadata, together with all of the map outputs.</p>

17 Jul 2014 14:03:39 GMT

Climate change: implications for the energy sector

<p>This report concludes that energy demand is increasing globally, causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the energy sector also to increase. It argues that this trend is set to continue, driven primarily by economic growth and the rising population. It highlights the challenges presented by climate change for energy production and transmission but that adaptation options exist. It states that significant cuts in GHG emissions from energy can be achieved, including through switching to lower-carbon fuels, improving energy efficiency in transmission and distribution, increasing use of renewable and nuclear generation, introduction of carbon capture and storage (CCS), and reducing final energy demand. The report argues that stabilisation of emissions at levels compatible with the internationally agreed 2&deg;C temperature target will mean a fundamental transformation of the energy industry worldwide in the next few decades, on a pathway to complete decarbonisation. Incentivising investment in low-carbon technologies is highlighted as a key challenge for governments and regulators to achieve carbon reduction targets.</p>

17 Jul 2014 13:55:29 GMT

Assessing green industrial policy: the India experience

<p>This report addresses the topic of India&rsquo;s Green Industrial Policy. It analyses the domestic political motivations for policies that target the solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy sector in India. It is argued that the support offered to the industry has come at a relatively low cost, but has also resulted in a slow pace of development &ndash; growth has not been sustained. Impacts of renewable energy in the pursuit of energy security and access, avoided health costs for the local environment and in the abatement of GHG emissions are found. The industrial policy element, in comparison, is found to have fared poorly. The impacts on job creation are unclear, and there are large variations in the estimates. It is argued that there is much work to be done in spurring domestic R&amp;D and in ensuring long-term manufacturing competitiveness domestically and their ability to compete in the growing global marketplace for renewable energy.</p>

17 Jul 2014 12:58:57 GMT

Migration and the environment - Population Bulletin special issue

<p>As the evidence ofglobal climate change has accumulated, academics, policymakers, and the media have given more attention to migration as a result of environmental change. A major concern is whether climate change will displace large numbers of vulnerable people around the world.<br /><br />This Population Bulletin issue explores the relationship between migration and the environment and highlights recent research. This research uses new approaches to link demographic, social, and environmental science methods, enabling researchers to more explicitly link people to the environment on which they depend. This linking, combined with following people over time, permits researchers to determine how environmental change contributes to people&rsquo;s mobility and how migration results in environmental change.&nbsp; The research suggests that the popular narrative of &ldquo;environmental refugees&rdquo; is oversimplified and inaccurate.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

17 Jul 2014 11:54:42 GMT

The role of multilateral climate funds in mobilising private investment: A review of the CTF, GEF, SREP, PPCR and GEEREF

<p>This reports looks at multilateral climate funds (MCF) and private finance interventions (PFIs). MCFs are an example of how climate finance is being deployed to mobilise private investment. Many of these funds have an explicit goal of engaging the private sector, in part by attracting private finance to MCF investments. Although these funds do not currently provide information on funds mobilised through PFIs, they do in many cases disclose targeted volumes of finance and details of proposed financial structures. This working paper includes analysis of a dataset of 93 PFIs representing $30 billion in MCF, public and private investment, with every $1.00 of public finance aiming to mobilise on average $0.80 of private finance. It also begins to identify patterns in those PFIs that target high levels of private investment.</p>

17 Jul 2014 11:41:25 GMT

Options and proposals for the international governance of geoengineering

<p>This research offers proposals for the governance of the main currently discussed geoengineering concepts at the international climate policy level. Based on analysis of the existing regulatory framework and its gaps, the study identifies general options and specific recommended actions for the effective governance of geoengineering. First, the study explores whether and to what extent it is useful and feasible to have a single definition of geoengineering for governance purposes and analyses the existing governance of geoengineering in international law. Second, the authors seek to derive core elements of appropriate governance design from these objectives and criteria. Third, they assess which geoengineering techniques require international governance on the basis of the objectives and criteria. Fourth, governance gaps are identified where it is argued that the existing international framework does not correspond to our proposed core governance elements. Fifth, proposals are made to fill those gaps.</p>

17 Jul 2014 11:32:16 GMT

Towards a global energy transformation

<p>This study, produced by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, presents the case for a desperately needed transformation in global energy supply to address the present crisis in the sector. With dependence on fossil fuels leading to widespread pollution and the acceleration of climate change, together with centralised production, distribution, and ownership structures benefitting a few while large parts of the world still do not have electricity, it is vital that radical reform be implemented as soon as possible. The answer, according to the authors, is a move toward 100 per cent of energy being derived through renewable means, via a decentralised and distributed network of locally managed energy supply, increased efficiency, and a reduction in consumption levels.</p> <p>The study is presented in a multi-paper format written by a collection of authors. First, the need for a global energy transformation is presented by way of context, before the present status of the energy transformation process is outlined using case studies from Ethiopia, Morocco, and Germany, who lead the way in Europe on renewable energy uptake. Next, Christiane Beuermann examines the multi-level dimension of energy transformation, looking at the international, inter-governmental (regional), national, and sub-national scales. Lukas Hermwille then goes into depth on the conflicting interests involved in the energy sector, outlining the potential winners and losers in an energy transformation, the issue of pushing renewable technology in countries rich in fossil fuel resources, and the pros and cons of nuclear power. </p> <p> The study makes clear that the barriers to energy transformation are rarely down to technical or knowledge limitations. Instead, long-established structures and powerful elites problematise the challenges of energy transformation in an effort to maintain the status-quo. To overcome these barriers, it is important that a broad alliance of civil society, politics, science, and industry work together to develop a convincing alternative and positive narratives and commit to implementing them against the inevitable resistance.</p> <p>The conclusion the study presents the view that there are two essential conditions for effective energy transformation which emerge from the study. Firstly, stakeholders should account for correlations between different design levels and the respective instruments, and secondly, that they need to be aware that successful implementation also depends on a long term paradigm shift occurring within energy transformation argumentations. The authors note the potential for change now, with examples of ways to implement change apparent at all levels of government in what could be termed an experimental phase of the transformation process. These narratives of change must be built upon and brought together in order to resonate sufficiently to inspire further synergies and developments.</p>

16 Jul 2014 16:13:39 GMT

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions under the UNFCCC

<p>This paper aims to enhance the understanding of the concept of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). It discusses the technical and policy-related aspects of preparing, consulting, and communicating these contributions. It focuses on the question of what a contribution could include, and how this content can be determined.</p><p>The paper predicts that advanced countries, including all current Annex I countries, can be expected to focus their INDCs on precisely defined, economy wide, multi-year targets until 2025 and/or 2030, as well as the source, use and value of intended support. Other countries could concentrate on national energy efficiency or renewable targets, climate related governance structures and highlight policies and projects with their intended impacts. Countries with low capabilities could provide a selection of a few, yet ambitious policies and/or projects in their INDCs.</p>

16 Jul 2014 16:06:30 GMT

50 years of urbanization in Africa: examining the role of climate change

<p>For the last 50 years, much of Africa has experienced a decline in moisture availability with the strongest decline happening in areas that were already relatively dry. This trend has affected agricultural productivity and contributed to increased urban migration. This policy research working paper produced by the World Bank examines the links between agriculture and urbanisation within that time with regard to varying climate in the sub-Saharan region. More specifically, the paper makes the case that different climatic trends concerning moisture availability affects the income, employment, and migration to urban areas in different rural/urban contexts, showing how drier conditions can increase urban migration, decrease rural agricultural employment, and, depending on the urban centres reliance on local agricultural production, increase or decrease the economic productivity of urban areas.</p><p>Over 1,100 cities and towns were included in he study which uses empirical indicators, such as total night-time light emission, to gage city income and to identify correlates with climatic data. For instance, light intensity was compared to rainfall statistics for the surrounding 30km radius area from cities, in both the current and previous year. The findings indicated that while in times of decreased rainfall the subsequent increase in the urban labour force can increase urban income, this effect can be offset by decreased spending by farmers on local goods and services. </p><p> When urban sectors are primarily engaged in the production of goods and services for export outside of the district, the effect of the increased labour force prevails, and total city income rises. However, where cities exist primarily to serve agriculture with local services not traded across districts, total city income generally declines. With regards to rural occupational choice, the report finds that moisture availability correlates significantly with levels of agricultural employment. As moisture availability decreases, women are more likely to drop out of the labour force altogether, while men are more likely to move into non-farming employment.</p>

16 Jul 2014 14:41:49 GMT

Will the BRICS provide the global public goods the world needs?

<p>The demand for global economic governance is increasing in a globalising and increasingly interlinked economy. Yet global governance, a global public good, is currently undersupplied &ndash; and this (e.g. lack of global rules on trade, finance and emissions) is harming development.</p><p>This report examines the role of BRICs and other groupings in providing global public goods in the future. The report first establishes that that global decision making on trade, climate and finance has been stalling the last decade in part because of the relative rise of BRICS / emerging markets vis-a-vis developed countries and the US in particular. This is evident from an examination of the stalemate in the trade and climate change negotiations. The authors find that the differences between the BRICS and the established powers have so far led to a vacuum in the provision of global governance public goods, which is concerning, but the details differ by types of rulemaking.</p>

15 Jul 2014 10:46:13 GMT

Creating incentives for green economic growth: green energy in South Africa

<p>Green economic growth is constructed around six main sectors: green or renewables energies; green and energy-efficient buildings; clean transportation; water management and conservation; waste management, including recycling; and land management, including multiple land use.<br /><br />Green energy, though, is at the heart of the green economy in the twenty-first century. The threat of disruptive climate change has directed attention on the central role that energy plays in shaping the future interaction between humans and the natural resources on which they are dependent. It is vital that renewable energy sources and green industries become more competitive relative to the entrenched fossil fuels, thus enhancing the attractiveness of investing in the green economy. When applied appropriately, economic incentives can accelerate the turning point of the transition from a high-carbon, fossil fuel-based economy to a less carbon-intensive one that encourages innovation and efficiency.<br /><br />The vertically integrated power utility in South Africa has had a monopoly backed by state-ownership of generation, distribution and supply of electricity. Owing to sunken costs in its old technology, it has been anything but agile in responding to calls to move from dirty-energy coal production. However, there are signs that government policy has finally stirred this giant relic into competing with the new, especially foreign, entrants into the renewables market.<br />&nbsp;</p>

10 Jul 2014 11:32:16 GMT

Energy futures modelling for African cities - selection a modelling tool for the SAMSET project

<p>With the majority of the literature about sustainable urban energy transitions having been focused on developed country contexts, it is crucial that forward-planning in developing countries by supported by research to ensure these quickly growing urban centres do not lock-in to unsustainable systems. Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET) is a project seeking to develop a knowledge exchange framework for supporting local and national bodies involved in energy planning in effectively transitioning to sustainable urban energy use. This paper examines various energy futures modelling tools to identify which is most suitable for the SAMSET project.</p><p>The SAMSET project aims to support six African cities in three countries: Ghana, Uganda, and South Africa. The high levels of poverty, lack of access to modern energy services, and the inclusion of informal energy activities are all characteristics that make developing contexts distinct from developed contexts. Combined with rapid growth and a need to align energy strategies within a development context means that the focus needs to be more on energy efficiency, and on decoupling economic activity from emissions, rather than energy conservation and reduction. The right modelling tool will reflect this context, as well as the associated socio-economic and technical characteristics.</p><p>Historically, energy models have either taken a bottom-up or top-down approach. Top-down approaches are deemed by the authors as unsuitable for SAMSET because of their reliance on historical patterns, and because they capture aggregate demand that does not allow the detail required to delineate the diversity inherent in developing contexts. In contrast, bottom-up approaches take a disaggregated approach focused on end-users and technology, enabling greater characterisation of consumption behaviour and technology choices by different income categories.</p><p>Having assessed the appropriate modelling tools in the context of the study objectives and questions, data availability and quality, the capacity of users, and the country-specific context, the paper recommends that the bottom-up approach of the Stockholm Environment Institute&rsquo;s LEAP software be used in partnership with academic institutes. This is due the advantages of flexibility of data inputs, the easy accessibility of software, and its ability to construct different types of scenarios relevant to the project objectives. LEAP has been successfully used in studies all around the world, including Mexico City, Bangkok, Tehran, and Cape Town in examining various energy reduction strategies, shifting fuel use in industry and homes to natural gas, or to asses the combined effect of energy reduction strategies.</p>

09 Jul 2014 14:50:25 GMT

Uttarakhand: Development and Ecological Sustainability

<p>The devastating floods in Uttarakhand, India, in June 2013 claimed over 6,000 lives and significantly set-back the state&rsquo;s economy. Much debate in the intervening period has focused on the extent of anthropogenic causes of the disaster and ways in which they can be reduced or eliminated in the future. This paper, produced by Oxfam India, seeks to add to that debate by examining Uttarakhand&rsquo;s current development pattern in terms of equity and sustainability. </p> <p>The first chapter illustrates the inequitable nature of the state&rsquo;s present development model, before the nature and extent of the 2013 disaster is examined in detail in chapter two. Chapter three makes the case that development activities aggravated the impact of the floods, including poor governance and anti-environment development, leading to the outlining of development actions that can enhance ecological sustainability, equity and reduce regional imbalances in chapter four.</p> <p>The recommendations that close the report include:<ul> <li>Afforestation for ecological sustainability requires a pro-active approach to the 2005 Forest Rights Act by the Utterakhand government. New legislation should be adopted to give villagers ownership of their forests, and Himalayan states deserve equal payment for providing ecological services as the rest of India.</li> <li>Equitable livelihoods development includes reviving mountain agriculture, requiring integration of high value crop cultivation, basic agro-processing, etc, together with adequate market linkages. Productivity should be a priority of development schemes, and women must be recognised as co-owners of family land.</li> <li>Sustainable and safer infrastructure development must be a focus. Transparent approval, compensation, and resettlement must involve the community at all levels, and be complete before commissioning of new projects. </li> <li>Disaster preparedness strategies are required at the village panchayat, district and state levels, with community- and technology-based approaches required in tandem. Major infrastructure projects in the Inner Himalaya region should be prohibited.</li> <li>Good governance is a prerequisite of being in a constant state of preparedness. The state must prepare a strategic State Disaster Management Plan, translated into Hindi, and placed in the public domain.</li> <li>Advocacy must come in a unified and effective manner from civil society, pressing for a people-centric mountain development agenda. Areas requiring advocacy include the need for a focus on green development, local ownership of resources, and direct, equal payment for eco-services provided by communities in the region.</li></ul></p>

09 Jul 2014 14:43:54 GMT

Emerging issues for small island developing states: results of the UNEP/UN DESA foresight process

<p>This report documents the results of the United Nations Environment Programme Foresight Process on Emerging Global Environmental Issues. In 2013, UNEP did some work to identify priority emerging environmental issues that are of concern to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). An emerging environmental issue is defined here as any positive or negative issue that is: critical to achieving sustainable development in the SIDS; related to any of the three dimensions of sustainable development &ndash; environment, social and economic &ndash; but with particular relevance to the environment dimension; recognized as very important by the SIDS, but has not yet received adequate attention from the policy community; evidence-based, including scientific and traditional sources of knowledge; recognized as &lsquo;emerging&rsquo; based on newness, which can be as a result of new knowledge; new scales or accelerated rates of impact; or a heightened level of awareness. The social and economic emerging issues were also identified using the same set of criteria.</p>

09 Jul 2014 14:33:58 GMT

Vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) assessment for Ontong Java Atoll, Solomon Islands

<p>This report focuses on climate change adaptation and risk reduction for communities in Ontong Java, low-lying atolls in the Solomon Islands. This area is particularly vulnerable&nbsp;to climate change with fragile food systems threatened by sea level rise, high tides, and extreme climate events.</p><p>The report offers a series of recommendations for the short, medium and longer term including: supply water tanks to the communities to address water shortages, advocacy and education on climate change and its impacts on people, livelihoods, and the environment, develop and implement new farming methods, and identify and trial new crop varieties and other drought- and salt-tolerant plants and trees that can be used by communities, promote traditional practices, including agroforestry and food preservation methods, commence studies and planning for relocation of communities in consultation with the people of Ontong Java.</p>

09 Jul 2014 14:09:43 GMT

Green growth in practice: lessons from country experiences

<p>This report provides an assessment of lessons from experiences of pursuing green growth across all levels of government and all regions. It assesses more than 60 programs around the world and focuses on nine interlinked elements which it argues are commonly used by governments in green growth analysis, planning, implementation, and monitoring. It argues that these elements are not a linear, step-by-step process which has to be followed and that governments may choose different entry points or initiate several elements in parallel depending on the domestic context. Guidance and examples are provided for policymakers interested in pursuing such policies in their own country, region, and municipality. These practices and lessons are also summarised with supporting examples from countries, states and cities around the world.</p>

09 Jul 2014 13:43:49 GMT

Climate-smart development: Adding up the benefits of actions that help build prosperity, end poverty and combat climate change

<p>This report argues that smart development policies and projects can also slow the pace of adverse climate changes and that the objectives of economic development and climate protection can compliment one another. It uses new modelling tools to examine the range of benefits ambitious climate mitigation policies can produce across the transportation, industry and building sectors in the United States, China, the European Union, India, Mexico and Brazil. It also describes the multiple benefits of four development project simulations scaled up to the national level.</p><p>The report builds on recent efforts to estimate the development benefits that come with a reduction in climate pollutants. These include economic growth, new jobs, improved crop yields, enhanced energy security, healthier people, and millions of lives saved.</p>

09 Jul 2014 13:28:05 GMT

Information networks and power: confronting the "wicked problem" of REDD+ in Indonesia

<p>This journal article suggests weak information exchange between the Indonesia national government, national civil society, and transnational actors when it comes to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). It argues that the emergence of brokers able to connect these different clusters will be crucial for effective and inclusive REDD+ governance. Although REDD+ has involved public consultation, this paper argues that decisions have remained top-down but that adaptive governance and transformational change require cross-scale and cross-sectoral communication.</p><p>The documented research used data obtained through semistructured and structured interviews held in 2011 with representatives from a broad range of organisations some way involved in the national REDD+ policy processes in Indonesia. It found that organisations perceived as most influential in REDD+ policy formulation, often, but not exclusively, those with institutional authority over particular aspects of REDD+, tend not to seek information from other actors and that organisations exchange information primarily within three clusters of similar organizations, with weak connections between clusters.</p>

09 Jul 2014 13:07:17 GMT

A unifying view of climate change in the Sahel linking intra-seasonal, interannual and longer time scales

<p>This journal article proposes a re-interpretation of the oceanic influence on the climate of the African Sahel that is consistent across observations and it is argued, resolves the uncertainty in projections of precipitation change in this region: continued warming of the global tropical oceans increases the threshold for convection, potentially drying tropical land, but this ‘uppedante’ can be met if sufficient moisture is supplied in monsoon flow. In this framework, the reversal to warming of the subtropical North Atlantic, which is now out-pacing warming of the global tropical oceans, provides that moisture, and explains the partial recovery in precipitation since persistent drought in the 1970s and 1980s. The researchers find this recovery to result from increases in daily rainfall intensity, rather than in frequency, most evidently so in Senegal, the westernmost among the three Sahelian countries analyzed. Continuation of these observed trends is consistent with projections for an overall wetter Sahel, but more variable precipitation on all time scales, from intra-seasonal to multi-decadal.</p>

08 Jul 2014 11:36:10 GMT

The green economy in the G-20, post-Mexico: implications for Russia

<p>Sustainable development based on the &lsquo;green economy&rsquo; principle presents considerable opportunities for co-operation among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries, as it entails tackling the problem of human development while restating the importance of innovative, energy-efficient growth.</p><p>The concept of the green economy has started to gain ground in Russia (where it is historically better known as the environmentalisation of the economy), it still remains a matter more of theory than practice. The main areas on which Russia should place greater emphasis to achieve its desired results are energy savings and energy efficiency, and rebalancing the economic structure, which remains far too dependent on the export of hydrocarbons.</p><p>This paper looks at all the aspects related to the &lsquo;greening&rsquo; of the Russian economy, such as the efficient use of natural capital, fighting pollution and accumulated environmental damage, managing waste and ensuring social protection, with most emphasis placed on the energy sector, guidelines for further actions, proposed initiatives and the results achieved.</p>

08 Jul 2014 10:10:31 GMT

Southern Africa’s dryland forests and climate change adaptation

<p>The interior of Southern Africa, encompassing significant areas of drylands, will be severely impacted by climate change. The region rapidly needs to implement proactive adaptation policies to pre-empt the worst of these impacts. This requires a clear focus on the unique yet vulnerable attributes of dryland forests as integral to wide-ranging ecosystems providing a variety of socio-economic benefits and services.</p><p>These dryland forests are, however, already severely degraded from competing land uses and from over-use. To maintain and enhance their contribution to climate change adaptation requires implementing policies that incorporate full-cost accounting of natural capital; investment in restoration of degraded systems; enhancing connectivity for biodiversity responses as climate envelopes move; real-time research and monitoring; and incentivising and enabling community-based management to build local adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change. Specific guidance on the need to deliver livelihood benefits beyond climate change adaptation is crucial.<br /><br />This briefing makes the following policy recommendations:</p><ul><li><p>climate change adaptation must be the objective underpinning all future development planning, and investment in EbA (ie, the maintenance and restoration of ecological infrastructures) must be the foundation of all adaptation policy implementation natural forests (&lsquo;natural capital&rsquo;) must be full-cost accounted in terms of biodiversity, ecosystem service, and mitigation and adaptation contribution, recognising the unique and more vulnerable nature of dryland forests</p></li><li><p>implementation policy must aim to create, restore and maintain connectivity and corridors between areas of dryland forests, expanding these areas into a &lsquo;complete landscape&rsquo; to enable climate-driven species responses, resilience and continued provision of ecosystem services</p></li><li><p>incentivising and enabling community-based management of local ecosystems to build local ownership, adaptive capacity, &lsquo;citizen-science&rsquo; monitoring, and resilience to climate change is required; and given the rate of environmental change, significant investments in IT infrastructure for real-time data gathering and monitoring are imperative</p></li></ul>

08 Jul 2014 10:00:13 GMT

Governance: linchpin of dryland natural resource management

<p><strong>D</strong>rylands cover approximately 12.5 million km2 (61%) of the African continent and 60% of Africa&rsquo;s people live in them. Forests and woodlands underpin sustainable land management and livelihoods in dryland regions. They are important for risk management and adaptation, and in emergency and contingency planning. Traditional governance systems demonstrate why dryland forest management is so important and why good governance with legally entrenched rights is necessary for sustainable resource management. Most of Africa&rsquo;s drylands suffer from low investment and low added value on forest products. The economic value of forests is not fully reflected in economic, forestry, and conservation decision making. Although climate change may be the greatest threat to Africa&rsquo;s dryland forests, land use changes and the removal of rights of forest-dependent communities may prove more insidious. Governments need to implement policy incentives for devolving forest management to communities and local stakeholders, supporting different institutions and facilitating the most representative mixes.<br /><br />This briefing makes the following policy recommendations:</p><ul><li><p>local governance arrangements need to be understood and respected as central to dryland forest management. Appropriate local institutions to support ownership must be in place and should not further marginalise users</p></li><li><p>there must be investment (public or private) in the real value of dryland forests, their management, and the market chains for the goods and services important at the local level, and for marketable products</p></li><li><p>policy needs to foster sustainable natural resource management, which goes beyond forests. It requires secure rights and responsibilities for forest-dependent communities as well as management and market incentives. Many countries already have good policies in place but they need to be properly implemented</p><p>&nbsp;</p></li></ul>

08 Jul 2014 09:41:57 GMT

Southern Africa’s dryland forests, climate change and the water–energy–food security nexus

<p>Forests and trees in Southern Africa&rsquo;s drylands provide a multitude of goods and services, ranging from timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) to carbon sequestration and the protection of watersheds and biodiversity. These benefits are threatened by high levels of deforestation and forest degradation, the direct causes of which include conversion of forested land for agricultural use and extraction of timber and NTFPs (notably for fuel wood and charcoal). Climate change and encroaching desertification add additional stressors in a region already under pressure. In the context of these very real pressures, the forestry sector is easily marginalised or even pitted against sectors such as water or agriculture. In reality, however, these sectors are intricately linked.</p><p>This paper identifies the water&ndash;energy&ndash;food security (WEF) nexus as an appropriate conceptual lens through which to explore interdependencies among these sectors and forestry, in the context of climate change. Instead of a default adversarial position, it is argued that policymakers should first consider possible win-win solutions. Where trade-offs cannot be avoided, a nexus approach can provide a basis for negotiation and assist in minimising adverse outcomes.</p>

08 Jul 2014 09:34:36 GMT

Forests and climate change after Warsaw: An Asia-Pacific perspective

<p>The outcomes of the 19th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are expected to have a significant impact on developments in the field of forests and climate change over the coming year. In February 2014, RECOFTC brought together 11 climate change and forestry experts in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The panel of experts discussed the key outcomes of COP 19 negotiations in Warsaw and identified the potential implications for forestry and climate change sectors in the Asia-Pacific region.</p><p>This document addresses 12 key questions including: Is there sufficient political momentum to follow through on progress at COP 19? How can REDD+ capacity development efforts be adapted to the COP 19 Warsaw Framework? What is next for forests and climate change?</p>

07 Jul 2014 15:57:07 GMT

GHG or not GHG: Accounting for diverse mitigation contributions in the Post-2020 climate framework

<p>This paper argues that information provision alone may not be sufficient to provide understanding of the intended mitigation contributions and their expected impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the post-2020 period. The parties to the UNFCCC are likely to put forward a diverse range of intended contributions. It also argues that for a particular level of national mitigation ambition, different accounting approaches can result in different headline numbers for emissions reductions. The paper states that it could therefore be difficult for Parties to understand each other&rsquo;s intended mitigation contributions unless there is also progress on some elements of the post-2020 accounting framework and it accommodates a range of contribution types and varying national capacities to ensure that the contributions can be understood and their implementation tracked.</p>

07 Jul 2014 15:41:18 GMT

GHG mitigation in Japan: an overview of the current policy landscape

<p>In November 2013 at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UNFCCC in Warsaw, Japan announced a revised 2020 GHG emissions reduction target of 3.8 per cent from 2005 levels. This &ldquo;Warsaw Target&rdquo; replaced an earlier 25 per cent reduction from 1990 levels pledged in 2009 at COP15 in Copenhagen. The Warsaw Target is still tentative and will be revised following further review of the energy policy and energy mix.</p><p>This working paper surveys Japan&rsquo;s mitigation policy landscape and sets out to answer three questions:</p><ul><li>How does the ambition level of Japan&rsquo;s Warsaw Target compare with its Copenhagen Pledge and earlier 2020 mitigation targets?&nbsp;</li><li>How can recent policy developments in Japan help it to meet its emissions reduction targets?</li><li>Can Japan achieve its Warsaw Target within its existing policy landscape?</li></ul><p>The paper is part of a series that provides an overview of the current policy landscape that particular countries have pursued in the interest of GHG mitigation.</p>

07 Jul 2014 15:27:05 GMT

Building flexibility and ambition into a 2015 climate agreement

<p>This paper explores options for a hybrid approach in the 2015 global climate change agreement, focusing in particular on mitigation efforts. This emerging approach seeks to balance national flexibility and international discipline to produce greater ambition. The paper looks at the rationales for a hybrid approach, ways to design hybridity into an international agreement, and how top-down and bottom-up approaches have figured in the UNFCCC&rsquo;s evolution. It also examines the types of top-down features that could complement nationally determined contributions to promote greater ambition, including a long-term goal as a benchmark for evaluating countries&rsquo; efforts, reporting and review procedures to promote transparency and accountability, and provisions for updating or initiating the next round of commitments. It also considers cross-cutting issues such as timing, the overall structure of the agreement, the differentiation of countries&rsquo; obligations, and ways to make the 2015 agreement dynamic and, in turn, durable.</p>

07 Jul 2014 14:42:43 GMT

Assessing and forecasting groundwater development costs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Greater use of groundwater in Sub-Saharan Africa is a pre-requisite for improved human welfare; however, the costs associated with groundwater development are prohibitively high and poorly defined. This study identifies and disaggregates the costs of groundwater development in 11 Sub-Saharan African countries, while the cost factors that most strongly affect drilling expenditures are traced. Further, the institutional and technical constraints impeding groundwater development are also explored while a time-series analysis forecasts future drilling expenditures. The results indicate that mobilisation and demobilisation costs, together with well development costs, factors that are difficult to change, are most significantly affecting the total costs of drilling. Further, the nature of the hydrogeological formation (which is largely a site characteristic), along with the often-aged machinery (which can be controlled), are also major impediments to lowering the cost of drilling. All countries are forecasted to have a slight to considerable drilling cost decrease for the next decade which offers encouragement for future groundwater development. Greater attention to the individual cost factors and to forecasting analysis could help to design more coherent and consistent groundwater development policies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

01 Jul 2014 11:32:11 GMT

Summary for Policymakers, In: Climate Change 2014, Mitigation of Climate Change

<p>This summary for policymakers focuses on climate change mitigation and follows the structure of the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. This report assessed the literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of climate change mitigation. The summary lays out key findings and conclusions, with levels of certainty and error margins determined by the scope, variety, and quality of evidence, and the extent of expert consensus.</p><p> The summary begins by discussing the present perception of mitigation, noting that effective mitigation will not be achieved if independent agents continue to advance their own interests. Equity, justice, and fairness all need to be included in the context of mitigation and adaptation, necessitating the inclusion of value judgements and ethical considerations. Furthermore, with so many intersections, uncertainties, and risks, it is important to take account of possible synergies, co-benefits, and maladaptation potential when considering climate policy. The trends within greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and their drivers, are then briefly discussed, with a high degree of confidence placed on the continued increase in GHG emissions caused by humans since the 1970’s, during which time an estimated 40 per cent of all emissions since 1750 have been released. <p><p>The report outlines mitigation pathways and measures in the context of sustainable development, first in a long-term pathway context, and then broken down by sector. In the long-term, achieving a two degree target will require significant cuts in GHG emissions through large-scale changes in energy and land-use. In worse scenarios, carbon-removal technologies and afforestation will need to be deployed widespread in the second half of the century, while advancing technology makes economic costs difficult to predict. The various sectors analysed include: cross-sectoral pathways and measures; energy supply; energy end-use sectors; agriculture, forestry, and other land-use; and human settlements, infrastructure, and spatial planning. Areas of focus concern efficiency enhancements, behavioural changes, technological change, and economic costs. Robust qualifications to the extensive empirical referencing are featured throughout, before the paper closes with a section on mitigation policies and institutions, split between sectoral and national policies, and international cooperation. Included in this section are warnings that investment patterns will require large changes, and that cap and trade systems have not proven to be constraining on GHG emissions.</p>

27 Jun 2014 12:30:41 GMT

Insights on NAMA development: MitigationMomentum phase 1

<p>The aim of this report is to present insights from the first phase of the MitigationMomentum project that ran from February 2012 to February 2014. The project has two main goals: Firstly, and across five countries, to support governments to bring a supported mitigation action to the next stage. The second goals is to engage the community of National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) practitioners internationally, sharing and disseminating lessons and insights on NAMA development. The aim of this report, is to share practical insights and experiences of two years of NAMA development and discussions with stakeholders and peers. For those involved in the design and support of NAMA proposals, this report provides reflections on the evolution and role of NAMAs now and in the future, and case studies and &lsquo;good practices&rsquo; for consideration.</p>

27 Jun 2014 10:35:04 GMT

Tenure rights, human rights and REDD+: knowledge, skills and tools for effective results forest carbon, markets and communities (FCMC) program

<p>This document presents a framework for identifying and asserting tenure and human rights associated with forests and land use in the context of climate change policies and measures. It argues that clearly defined land rights can help identify which actors are necessary to address drivers of deforestation and can determine shares in benefits from reduced deforestation. Local resource management may even improve forest outcomes. This brief aims to assist in the identification of rights relevant to REDD+ implementation and how those rights can be applied or supported to strengthen the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of REDD+ activities. After introducing key concepts and legal and policy benchmarks, this brief outlines the technical elements of rights associated with REDD+, as well as options for and examples of asserting these rights. The final section lists a number of tools and resources available for additional information.</p>

27 Jun 2014 10:23:04 GMT

El Niño and Indian droughts - a scoping exercise

<p>This paper is based on predictions of a strong El Ni&ntilde;o in 2014 which it is feared will lead to droughts in India. The paper argues that as El Ni&ntilde;o may hit in the second half of Indian monsoon season in 2014, favourable water reservoir levels, and high stocks of grains with the government, may offer some relief to the farmers and the consumers at present. But to mitigate the impact of any such drought on Indian farmers in particular and on the economy at large, it is suggested that in the short run, there is a need to create a dedicated fund towards insurance/income stabilisation of farmers likely to be hit by drought. However, it is argued that in the long run, the country needs to invest in agriculture, mainly in irrigation.</p>

27 Jun 2014 10:12:25 GMT

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Payments for nature values: market and non-market instruments

<p>A central element in the international negotiations on resource mobilization under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is to broaden the basis for financing the implementation of the convention. The issue of payments for nature values as resource mobilization is at the center of the controversy in these negotiations. The first Quito dialogue on biodiversity finance in 2012 clarified that international trading in biodiversity is more controversial than local and national markets in biodiversity values. Even though the Quito dialogue was not a platform for creating consensus, it was a common view, that a further study of the &ldquo;financialization of nature&rdquo; as a basis for making decisions on the use of market-based instruments for international financing of biodiversity was needed. The statement was reiterated at the second Quito dialogue in April 2014.</p>

17 Jun 2014 17:30:42 GMT

Evidence linking community level tenure and forest condition: An annotated bibliography

<p>This annotated bibliography provides evidence that community tenure over forests can result in more forest cover and more species-rich forests, less deforestation and degradation, and fewer fires than some other approaches to protecting forests. The authors initiated the review by identifying relevant scholarly articles published since 2002 based on interviews with experts and keyword searches of databases. Priority was given to review of articles that had been recommended by an expert, were empirical studies linking tenure to forest outcomes, expanded the geographic coverage, and/or were frequently cited. Particular attention was given to articles describing previous attempts to assess the evidence that enhanced community management rights are associated with better forest outcomes.</p>

16 Jun 2014 14:22:49 GMT

Lessons from implementing, adapting and sustaining community-based adaptive marine resource management

<p>This brief explores lessons from community experience of implementing management plans for community-based adaptive resource management in Solomon Islands. It focuses on the lessons learned from the different stages of: implementing, adapting and sustaining community-based adaptive marine resource management. Community-based marine resource management is recognised by the Government of Solomon Islands as the principle strategy for use in marine conservation and small-scale fisheries management. This strategy is particularly important in Solomon Islands due to the constitutionally recognized customary tenure systems that are in place in rural areas where the majority of the population resides.</p>

06 Jun 2014 14:44:36 GMT

Emerging insights into governance and sustainable management of Africa’s natural ecosystems

<p>The rapid economic growth in African countries must be reconciled with the maintenance of ecological processes and biodiversity. The importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems to support development objectives is increasingly acknowledged, and governments are beginning to implement and strengthen management and planning tools to achieve this objective. Shared international experiences reveal the successes of multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral approaches for long-term&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">and integrated terrestrial, coastal and marine management. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">Best practices include the use of ecosystem-based management regimes for all ecosystems and their users, including mining,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">infrastructure development, ports, tourism, fisheries and conservation. Better ecosystem accounting is needed to make a compelling case for conservation and restoration, and enable the inclusion of ecosystems in economic frameworks for &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">planning and management. These instruments are essential to raise awareness of the importance of ecosystem services, and to map, monitor and value them appropriately.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">This policy brief recommendations include:</span></p><ul><li><p>adopt a holistic and integrated ecosystem-based services approach to inform planning and management priorities, and integrate these services into mainstream economic planning and development policy</p></li><li><p>q<span style="line-height:1.6em">uantify the economic value of ecosystems and their services, and use this to entice investment into sustainable financing for conservation</span></p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>utilise rigorous scientific data and spatial mapping to determine conservation priorities&nbsp;and formulate policies that regulate development interventions, promote layered and developed governance systems that perform national, multi-sectoral and co-ordinating&nbsp;functions, and incorporate local co-management systems with communities and resource users</li></ul><ul><li><p>strengthen legal and regulatory frameworks to protect vulnerable ecosystems, especially Environmental impact assessments (EIAs) in new extractive sectors</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

06 Jun 2014 10:51:28 GMT

An Integrated Assessment of the Effects of Natural and Human Disturbances on a Wetland Ecosystem: A Retrospective from Phobjikha Conservation Area, Bhutan

<p>This report argues that, in the context of climate change, sustaining and restoring wetlands is considered a cost-effective strategy for climate adaptation that also brings co-benefits related to poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation. Its focus is the Phobjikha wetland, where it is argued there is a pressing need deepen understanding of its vulnerability to change, and the implications of these changes for surrounding land uses, ecosystem services, biodiversity, surrounding communities, and the Black-necked crane. Discussion revolves around biodiversity and ecosystems goods and services; drivers of change, community perception, and impact and local livelihoods which rely mainly on agriculture and animal husbandry.</p>

23 May 2014 15:19:21 GMT

Evaluation Cooperation. Rainforest Foundation Norway. Forum Kerjasama LSM Papua (FOKER). Papua and West Papua Provinces, Indonesia

<p>Background:<br />Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) started working with Forum Kerjasama LSM Papua (FOKER) in 2008, a network for CSOs in Papua and West Papua provinces with 118 member organizations. FOKER&rsquo;s mandate is to do advocacy related to development of Papua, and capacity building of the member organizations. The partnership was initiated by RFN supporting FOKER&rsquo;s campaign Save the People and Forests of Papua. The first part of the project focused on documenting and analyzing the conflicts related to forest management in the provinces, with the material that was developed to be used for lobby and campaigning in the following part of the project. This continued until 2012, and in 2013 a new long-term contract between RFN and FOKER was signed. The purpose of this project was to achieve laws and policies that would better protect, recognize and benefit the traditional communities of Papua and West Papua provinces.<br />This evaluation was the first external evaluation of FOKER&rsquo;s RFN supported projects. In addition to assessing the project in itself, the evaluation team also included an organizational review of FOKER.<br />Purpose/objective:<br />The evaluation had the following objectives:<br />&bull; To assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the RFN supported FOKER&rsquo; project(s) in Papua and West Papua provinces.<br />&bull; To provide an overview of the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and gaps in design and implementation of the RFN supported project(s), and recommendations for how weaknesses can be addressed.<br />&bull; To provide an overview of strengths and weaknesses of FOKER&rsquo;s organizational structure and internal management, and recommendations for how challenges can be addressed.<br />The evaluation was expected to contribute to strengthening FOKER as an organization as well as their project implementation.<br />Methodology:<br />The methodology included a combination of review of FOKER project documents, field travel, key informant interviews, focus group discussions with FOKER staff and member organizations as well as interviews with other key stakeholders. The evaluation team spent about two and a half weeks in Indonesia.<br />Key findings:<br />The evaluation concluded that whereas the project was fairly relevant, it had produced limited impact, especially for the traditional communities of the two provinces. The evaluation attributed this to a number of reasons, among others a lack of coherence between the various project documents and a design of campaign activities which was not found to be effective. The evaluation identified a number of internal challenges in FOKER.</p>

21 May 2014 18:01:57 GMT

Pacific Integrated Island Management Principles, case studies and lessons learned

<p>Integrated Island Management (IIM), aims to respond to the unique circumstances of small island ecosystems through development of holistic integrated management systems that operate at the scale of ecological, social or physical processes within, and to, islands. This document results from efforts to identify guiding principles for IIM in the Pacific. A short description of commonly used terms for other environmental management approaches is provided. This is followed by a brief description of ten guiding principles for maximizing effectiveness of IIM projects. Fifteen case studies from the Pacific region are highlighted to illustrate application of these guiding principles. Identified lessons learned and over over-riding considerations and recommendations are given such as: ensuring sustainability of human and financial capacity for ecosystem management projects; incorporating considerations of future climate change scenarios into IIM planning; and planning simultaneously for environmental outcomes and public health benefits.</p>

14 May 2014 15:51:39 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

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

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Rain doesn’t follow the plow: climate change, agriculture and water

In many areas today, there is no such thing as a “natural” landscape. Thousands of years of farming have selected and encouraged some species, marginalised or eliminated others. The land itself has been altered by ploughing, enclosure, herding and other human interventions. We may feel that we have tamed Nature. Reports like this new one from the OECD remind us of our ignorance and warn us about our arrogance.

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Expert Workshop on Adaptation Financing and Implementation, June 2014

This workshop focused on putting priorities into practice in OECD countries. Country-specific prioritisation, sectoral approaches, mainstreaming tools including questions on public sector finance and research needs were all topics covered during the two days of the workshop.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is increasingly recognised worldwide as an efficient waste management policy to help improve recycling and reduce landfilling of products and materials. This Forum took place on 17-19 June 2014, in Tokyo, Japan, to identify key challenges and opportunities for further developing EPR policies.

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:00 GMT

Message in a bottle: Producers not taxpayers should pay for the waste they generate - Insights Blog

Have you ever wondered who was paying to recycle that plastic bottle you just threw away?

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:25:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

The Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) aimed to promote dialogue on the role of green investment banks, which are domestically-focused public institutions that use limited public capital to leverage or “crowd-in” private capital, including from institutional investors, for green infrastructure investment.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

An Overview of the OECD ENV-Linkages Model - Environment Working Paper No. 65

This document provides a detailed technical description of the ENV-Linkages model. The OECD ENV-Linkages Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model is an economic model that describes how economic activities are inter-linked across several macroeconomic sectors and regions. It links economic activity to environmental pressure, specifically to emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:05:00 GMT

Economic Implications of the IEA Efficient World Scenario - Environment Working Paper No. 64

In its 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) produced an Efficient World Scenario to assess how implementing only economically viable energy efficiency measures would affect energy markets, investment and greenhouse emissions (GHG). Using the OECD ENV-Linkages macro-economic model, this report simulates the economic and environmental impacts which the IEA Efficient World Scenario implies.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:58:00 GMT

Sweden must keep innovating to maintain strong environmental record, says OECD

Sweden has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nitrogen leaching. Renewables supply more than a third of its energy needs. Sweden has set itself tough targets for the future, however, and must continue to innovate if it is to meet them, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Air pollution, the invisible killer - Insights Blog

Today’s post, marking World Environment Day, is from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. Air pollution has become the biggest environmental cause of premature death, overtaking poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:22:00 GMT

Material resources, productivity and the environment

This report describes the material basis of OECD economies. It examines how material resources flow between the economy and the environment, and the factors that drive changes in resource productivity over time and across countries.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:05:00 GMT

Managing our natural resources: can we build more with less? - Insights Blog

For World Environment Day on 5 June 2014, the OECD Environment Directorate looks at how we use and manage natural resources.

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

The ITF is an intergovernmental organisation within the OECD to tackle mobility issues for the 21st century. The Forum acts as a platform to advance transport policy and practice, with a view to ensuring transport's contribution to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being. The ITF 2014 annual Summit is being held in Leipzig, Germany on 21-23 may 2014.

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

Twenty years ago climate change was viewed as just an environmental issue. Today it is squarely an economic issue. Climate change poses significant risks to our economic systems that could result in very large damages. To mitigate these risks we need to radically transform our economies and societies to stop global warming.

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

The OECD’s 34 member countries today affirmed their common resolve to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the COP21 talks in Paris in 2015. OECD accession countries Colombia and Latvia joined the statement issued at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, attended by finance, economy, trade and other ministers.

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Insight Blog - Wake up and save the coffee: Making development climate-resilient

A new OECD report describes what Ethiopia and Columbia are doing to sustain development in a changing climate.

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:56:00 GMT

Climate Resilience in Development Planning: Experiences in Colombia and Ethiopia

Developing countries are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Improving climate resilience is an essential part of countries’ efforts to reduce poverty and meet development objectives. How can this be achieved? This report shows steps countries are taking to address climate variability and prepare for future changes. It identifies key elements to integrate climate resilience into national development planning.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:14:00 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

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

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

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 2013: 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 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

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

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, July 2013

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

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

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

BA owner IAG moves into profit

British Airways owner IAG moves into profit for the first half of 2014 after an improved performance by its Iberia airline business.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:48:49 GMT

WTO fails to seal global trade deal

The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:14:27 GMT

China manufacturing growth speeds up

China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:40:14 GMT

Adidas warns on profits and Russia

Adidas shares tumble after the sportswear maker issues a profit warning and says it will open fewer stores in Russia.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:56:12 GMT

Tesla and Panasonic to build factory

Electric carmaker Tesla is to team up with Japanese electronics firm Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the US.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:09:46 GMT

Argentina blames US for debt default

Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:50:43 GMT

Euro prices deeper in 'danger zone'

The eurozone inflation rate falls by 0.4% in July, sliding further into what the European Central Bank describes as a "danger zone".

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:27 GMT

Russia told to pay Yukos investors

Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:02:14 GMT

New EU sanctions hit top Putin aides

A former judo sparring partner of Vladimir Putin is among three of the Russian president's close aides on a new EU sanctions list.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:54:24 GMT

Exxon Mobil sees profits jump 28%

Exxon Mobil, the US's largest oil and gas company, reports a sharp rise in profits as it cuts capital and exploration spending.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:51:57 GMT

Gatwick staff to help with baggage

Gatwick Airport will bring in up to 45 of its own staff to help with luggage handling to ensure there is no repeat of last weekend's delays.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:39:40 GMT

Samsung profit hit by phone slowdown

Profits at Samsung Electronics fall 20% in the second quarter, hurt mainly by a slowdown in smartphone sales and a strong Korean currency.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:40:17 GMT

Sony's profits jump on sales of PS4

Sony reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter, helped by robust sales of its PS4 gaming console and a weak Japanese currency.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:08:28 GMT

Anglo bosses get community service

Two former Anglo Irish Bank bosses convicted of making loans to illegally prop up the bank's share price are sentenced to serve 240 hours of community service.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:57:20 GMT

India's Tata set to invest $35bn

Tata, India's biggest business group, is set to invest $35bn over the next three years in areas including retail and defence.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:03:09 GMT

Shell sees 'robust' profits rise

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:41:08 GMT

VIDEO: The rise and rise of video blogs

Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:11:29 GMT

VIDEO: MH17: Dutch tension over Russian trade

Relations are beginning to strain between the Netherlands and Russia both politically and economically.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:31:43 GMT

VIDEO: Sami reindeer herders object to iron mine

The Sami reindeer herders of Sweden say a proposed iron ore mine will ruin their way of life.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:06:24 GMT

VIDEO: Making money out of social media

Samira Hussain reports from New York on the opportunities opened up by technology that did not even exist a few years ago.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:59:33 GMT

VIDEO: Airlines 'don't make enough money'

As well as the aviation disasters of recent months, airlines are being affected by aggressive competition and economic uncertainty.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:39:54 GMT

VIDEO: Taiwan firms struggle with succession

Not many family businesses in Taiwan find it so easy to hand over the reins, especially companies started during the boom years of the country's industrialisation.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:03:23 GMT

VIDEO: The handbag firm begun 'by mistake'

Nina Lekhi says she started her handbag company, Baggit 'by mistake'. It is a 'mistake' that is now one of India's most well-known brands and is worth some $150m.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:01:13 GMT

VIDEO: 'Many people told us we were crazy'

How two sisters decided to bring back traditional wheat-growing and baking in the middle of a Spanish desert.

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:00:25 GMT

Hollywood rallies to save celluloid

Movie directors including Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams lead an attempt to save the last Kodak factory that manufactures physical film stock.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:22:34 GMT

Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster'

Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:03:51 GMT

US economic growth surges by 4%

The US economy grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a preliminary reading by the US Department of Commerce, beating expectations.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:37:29 GMT

Argentina hours away from default

No deal is in prospect in Argentina's debt talks in New York as Wednesday night's default deadline approaches.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:50:18 GMT

Amazon pledges $2bn India investment

Amazon, one of the world's largest online retailers, says it will invest a further $2bn (£1.2bn) to boost its operations in India.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:25:59 GMT

Airbus says plane market 'strong'

Airbus says the market for commercial aircraft is "still very strong" despite a wave of order cancellations.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:24:29 GMT

Fastest growth in Spain since 2007

Spain's economy is growing at its fastest quarterly rate since the end of 2007, but it is also facing a deflation threat.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:46:00 GMT

Alstom charged with corruption

Alston Network, a UK subsidiary of the giant French engineering group Alstom, has been charged with corruption by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:21:59 GMT

Emirates finalises $56bn 777X order

US plane maker Boeing and Emirates Airline finalise a $56bn deal for 150 new 777X mini-jumbo jets.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:52:19 GMT

SABMiller to sell Tsogo Sun stake

Global brewing giant SABMiller announces plans to sell its stake in a leading African hotel and casino chain Tsogo Sun.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:18:33 GMT

SA strike forces GM plant closure

General Motors halts production at its South African operations because of the strike by the country's National Union of Metalworkers.

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:38 GMT

Nintendo posts loss despite Mario

Nintendo's share price drops after the company reports a bigger than expected loss despite the release of Mario Kart 8 over the period.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:14:07 GMT

Japan's ANA cancels Burmese deal

Japan's ANA Holdings cancels its plan to buy a 49% stake in Asian Wings Airways, an airline based in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:27 GMT

Japan output falls most since 2011

Japan's factory output falls 3.3% from May to June, the latest sign to highlight that the recent sales tax rise is affecting consumer demand.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:10:34 GMT

Glazers in £88.7m Man Utd share sale

Manchester United's US owners will pocket about $150 million by selling more of their shares in the club on the New York Stock Exchange.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:16:14 GMT

World Cup ads boost ITV profits

The World Cup and a revival in advertising revenues boost profits at the broadcaster ITV.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:39:11 GMT

Ecclestone 'to settle' bribery case

Lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone say the Formula 1 boss is ready to pay a German bank 25 million euros ($34m; £20m) to settle a court case against him.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:11:29 GMT

Nollywood finds its global audience online

Nigeria's film industry is now equal to 1.4% of GDP, and is set to grow even bigger as online video brings it to international audiences.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:01:53 GMT

Thwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlers

Cattle rustling in sub-Saharan Africa causes huge financial and human damage, but new mobile phone technology is helping farmers to fight back.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:11:56 GMT

Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?

Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers who threaten the continent's wildlife tourism industry.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:43:02 GMT

The bakery in the middle of a desert

Why two Spanish sisters are growing wheat and baking bread in one of the most arid regions of Spain.

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:01:16 GMT

Business gurus answer your questions

Three business investors answer our readers' questions about how they judge whether or not to invest in a business venture.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:13:05 GMT

The rise of solo dining

With a growing number of people going out for meals on their own, restaurants are increasingly seeking to appeal more to solo diners, reports Barbara Balfour.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:08 GMT

GM profits hit by recall problems

Earnings at the US carmaker General Motors slump because of the cost of vehicle recalls.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:33:05 GMT

Bentley set for record sales in 2014

Luxury carmaker Bentley says it is on course for record sales in 2014 after a 23% increase in deliveries in the first half of the year.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:35:27 GMT

Vauxhall announces 550 new jobs

Car manufacturer Vauxhall announces the creation of 550 new jobs at two factories.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:02:04 GMT

Keeping the cyber thieves at bay

Keeping cyber thieves' paws off your data

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:12:59 GMT

Bling for Indonesia's new mega-rich

Wealth and growing inequality in Indonesian capital Jakarta

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:19:48 GMT

Your solo dining experiences

Your experiences of going out for meals on your own

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:07:30 GMT

Succession planning in Taiwan

The tricky business of succession planning in Taiwanese companies

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:53:28 GMT

Can one bad blog blight a business?

How can firms defend themselves against irate reviews?

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:07:07 GMT

Russia sanctions: Who will be hurt the most?

Which side will be hurt most?

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:24:50 GMT

The reindeer herders battling a mine

The reindeer herders fighting an iron ore mine in northern Sweden

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:39:28 GMT

The tech firm helping a tough area

The tech firm helping San Francisco's tough Tenderloin area

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:13:27 GMT

Shakespeare's Globe: Theatrical laboratory

Turning Shakespeare's theatre into a living laboratory

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:13:18 GMT

The 'mistake' behind a top handbag firm

How did Michael Jackson help inspire a handbag firm?

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:03:15 GMT

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The Fading Song

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) ''Qaranqashooo,'' a group of young boys yell; their voices booming in the narrow, hushed lanes of Muttrah. They holler again, one of them beating his hands ...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:35:26 GMT

Radiant During Ramadan

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Keep your skin and hair glowing and shiny even as you're fasting in this holy month. Some tips... Moisturise Your skin too gets dehydrated when you fast. I...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:35:25 GMT

MoHC invites bid for construction of $250mn Oman Cultural Complex

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) After announcing the appointment of the UK-based international consultancy and construction company, Mace as project manager for the Oman Cultural Complex (...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:35:13 GMT

150 children participate in Eid for All event

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As many as 150 children participated in the second edition of ‘Eid for All' event held at Al Noor Hall in Madinat as Sultan Qaboos on Tuesday. The event w...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:35:13 GMT

Omani students visit BAE Systems facility

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Twelve Omani students who are studying at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) recently attended an Insight Day at BAE Systems' military air facilit...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:35:12 GMT

Moon sighting expected on Monday evening

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The crescent of the new moon is expected to be visible on Monday evening across all governorates in the sultanate, marking the beginning of the month of Sha...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:35:12 GMT

Air Algerie's plane crashes

(MENAFN) A senior official said that the Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10,000 meters in just a few m...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:05:08 GMT

Dubai's Damac eyes listing shares in Dubai bourse

(MENAFN) Dubai luxury property developer Damac is trying to attract investors to invest in converting its Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs), listed on the London bourse, into ordin...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:55:21 GMT

Striking the right balance is Miss India Oman's success mantra

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Twenty one year old Niharika Pathak isn't the quintessential girl next door. Though her voice has that breezy lilt, she is a lot tougher than she sounds. Th...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:35:03 GMT

Musandam-Oman Sail team gears up for a busy season

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Musandam-Oman SailMOD70 team will be on the trail of new trophies in August when it arrives to Cowes, UK on the Isle of Wight to take part in two top ev...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:35:00 GMT

OPL to start on Sept 11

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The second edition of the Omantel Professional League (OPL) will begin on September 11. The domestic football season, meanwhile, will start on August 29 wit...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:35:00 GMT

MSM30 closes flat volume declines

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The MSM30 index closed flat on Monday, inching up 0.03 per cent to 7,183.95. Volume of securities traded slipped to 10.95mn, compared with 28.39mn registere...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:34:57 GMT

Nawras net profit grows 23 in H1

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Omani Qatari Telecommunications Co SAOG (Nawras) on Wednesday said net profit for the first half of 2014 rose 23 per cent, driven by higher earnings before ...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:34:57 GMT

All you want to know about Oman - on a bus

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Highlighting the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has launched a new initiative t...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:34:55 GMT

Last working day before Eid holidays clogs roads

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Traffic jams have become a routine in Muscat, but the worst one to affect the city was on Wednesday, the last working day before the long Eid al Fitr holida...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:34:54 GMT

Vale Volunteers host event for Al Noor Association

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Under the auspices of the Wali of Liwa, H E Dr Sheikh Said bin Humaid al Harthy, Vale Volunteers recently hosted a special iftar in honour of the Al Noor As...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:34:53 GMT

Cream of the Crop

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Mahmood Said Humaid al Shibli glances at the wall clock. It's 11am with change, and only two hours to ''go to plate''.&nbsp; There's crepes to layer, orange...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:30 GMT

Eid Essentials

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Confused and overwhelmed about your Eid outfit Here are five essentials you need to make a stylish appearance Modern Maxis -Modest, comfortable and super s...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:28 GMT

A competition with a rich history

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The first edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships was held in Athens, Greece in 1986 and attracted 1,188 athletes from 143 countries. The biennial ju...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:25 GMT

Coaches satisfied with Mansoor's performance at youth sailing worlds

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Despite young Mansoor al Mahrooqi's last-place finish in a field of 57 sailors in the Laser Radial class at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship held r...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:24 GMT

Oman ready for Brazil opener

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman will take on defending champion Brazil in the opening match of the sixth men's and women's Beach Handball World Championship, which begins in the Brazi...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:24 GMT

ORT set for Belgian challenge

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman Racing Team (ORT), led by Muscat-based racer Ahmad al Harthy, has managed just 12 points over the past three rounds of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Ser...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:24 GMT

Oman succumbs to two defeats on opening day

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman's campaign at the sixth Men's and Women's World Beach Handball Championship began on an unimpressive note when it succumbed to two defeats on the openi...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:23 GMT

Team Oman Sail battles for podium

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) With four days left for the conclusion of the 37th Tour de France a la Voile (TDV) in Nice, France, Team Oman Sail is locked in a close battle with Bretagne...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:23 GMT

Oman Convention Centre attracts senior executives

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) continues to attract experienced industry professionals to its team as it prepares for opening in 2016. Tre...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:21 GMT

Export Development Group of Ithraa holds 1st meeting

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Ithraa's newly created Export Development Working Group held its first meeting to agree on its organisational structure and mandate as well as assess the cu...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:21 GMT

Alizz islamic bank reports RO2.6mn loss

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Alizz islamic bank has reported a loss of RO2.6mn for the period ended June 30, 2014 which the bank said, in a disclosure to the Muscat Securities Market, &...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:20 GMT

HSBC Bank Oman posts H1 net profit of RO5.7mn

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) HSBC Bank Oman has posted a net profit of RO5.7mn for the first half of 2014. While this represented a 38.7 per cent drop over the same period last year, th...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:20 GMT

ITA board meeting clears 2015 budget

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Information Technology Authority (ITA) held its second board of directors meeting of 2014 on July 21. Chaired by H E Dr Ahmed al Futaisi, Minister of Tr...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:20 GMT

PACP recalls 67,333 vehicles with faulty spares in Muscat

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Public Authority of Consumer Protection (PACP) in cooperation with automobile distributors recalled 46 models of various vehicles to replace their defec...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:17 GMT

Mars to open new outlet in Salalah

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As part of its expansion plans, Mars International will open its 11th outlet in Salalah on August 1. Abdullah Aqeel al Ibrahim, advisor to the Minister of S...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:16 GMT

Al Angham restaurant holds iftar for the handicapped

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) An iftar for the handicapped was recently organised at Al Angham restaurant, Opera Galleria. As part of the restaurant's social initiative programme, the ev...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:35:15 GMT

'Nearly 100 casualties' in Xinjiang violence

(MENAFN - Arab News) IJING: A clash in Xinjiang home to China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority left nearly 100 people dead or wounded an exile group said Wednesday after what author...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:33 GMT

Aquino seeks to quash rumors of military coup

(MENAFN - Arab News) NILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him with his spokesman insisting he had the mil...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:32 GMT

Kerry in New Delhi to reboot ties with Modi

(MENAFN - Arab News) W DELHI: US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into India on Wednesday for ice-breaking talks with new Prime Minister Narendra Modi forecasting a transformatio...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:31 GMT

UK bankers' bonus: Tough rules on way

(MENAFN - Arab News) NDON: British banks will be able to claw back employee bonuses up to seven years later if the recipient is found guilty of serious recklessness the Bank of Eng...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:27 GMT

Amazon to invest 2bn to expand in India

(MENAFN - Arab News) MBAI: The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees.Amazon.com Inc. s...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:26 GMT

Mobily Wajid offers free lines to family members

(MENAFN - Arab News) Bily continues to provide its extraordinary offer to the new subscribers of Wajid that provides discounts and privileges to all family members.The new Wajid Ex...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:26 GMT

Wife of BIS official dies in road crash

(MENAFN - Arab News) E wife of a member of the governing board at the Bangladesh International School (BIS) in Jeddah was killed in a road accident on Tuesday the second day of Eid...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:21 GMT

Indian Eid program toned down in solidarity with Gazans

(MENAFN - Arab News) Extensive yearly Indian community Eid program was reduced to a simple get-together ceremony on Monday night in solidarity with the victims of Gaza.Indian expat...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:20 GMT

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Launch of first OECD PISA report on financial literacy Wednesday 9 July 10.00 CET

The OECD will launch its first PISA report on financial literacy on Wednesday 9 July at 10.00 CET.

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:18:00 GMT

Contributions to GDP growth: first quarter 2014, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Private consumption main driver of modest OECD GDP growth in the first quarter of 2014

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:46:00 GMT

Global growth to slow as wage inequality rises over coming decades, says OECD

A slowdown in global economic growth and a continuing rise in income inequality are projected for the coming decades, according to a new OECD study which looks beyond the crisis at what the world could look like by 2060.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Boosting productivity key for developing economies to close income gap with advanced countries, says OECD Development Centre

Income levels in most developing and emerging countries will not catch up with advanced economies for many decades without efforts to boost productivity, according to a new report by the OECD Development Centre.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 July 2014

OECD annual inflation edges up to 2.1% in May 2014

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

Health spending starts to rise but remains weak in Europe, says OECD

Health spending has started to rise again after stagnating or even falling in many OECD countries during the crisis. But the pace of growth remains well below pre-crisis rates, especially in Europe, according to OECD Health Statistics 2014.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Smarter research spending would boost French innovation, says OECD

Encouraging private-sector innovation, making public research institutions more accountable and channelling more funds into the most promising R&D projects would help restore France’s former prowess in science and technology, a new OECD report says.

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:30:00 GMT

Czech Republic should improve primary care and prevention to reduce chronic disease, says OECD

Strengthening primary health care and prevention programmes would help stem the growing tide of diabetes and other chronic health conditions in the Czech Republic, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

Teachers love their job but feel undervalued, unsupported and unrecognised, says OECD

Most teachers enjoy their job, despite feeling unsupported and unrecognised in schools and undervalued by society at large, according to a new OECD survey.

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:48:00 GMT

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

Life expectancy, air quality, safety and other indicators of well-being can vary dramatically within countries, depending on which region you live in. Looking beyond national averages is vital to get an accurate picture of quality of life and to guide local government policy.

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Latin America and Caribbean governments could do more on budget management, public sector pay equality - OECD-IDB

Latin American and Caribbean countries need to do more to improve budget management, tax collection and public sector pay equality if they are to catch up with advanced economies in terms of government performance, according to a joint report by the OECD and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

2014 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, Paris, 26-27 June 2014

Responsible business conduct is crucial for open and stable international investment climates. OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría will open the 2014 OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct on 26-27 June 2014, together with Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation Lilianne Ploumen and French Minister for Finance and Public Accounts Michel Sapin.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: June 2014

OECD Unit Labour Costs up 0.4% in the first quarter of 2014 as labour productivity falls

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:13:00 GMT

OECD International teacher and school leader survey to be published Wednesday 25 June

The OECD’s Teacher and Learning International Survey (TALIS) will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 25 June 2014.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:59:00 GMT

Andorra commits to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

Andorra has become the 48th signatory to an OECD Declaration that commits countries to end bank secrecy for tax purposes.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:30:00 GMT

Korea: Implement reforms to develop a creative economy, OECD says

Korea needs to move away from its current economic model and implement a range of reforms to develop a creative economy that can sustain long-term growth, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Korea. The strategy should be accompanied by new measures to reduce income inequality and poverty, particularly among the elderly, the OECD said.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:47:00 GMT

U.S. recovery could be strengthened by key reforms, OECD says

Economic recovery in the United States is stronger than in most OECD countries, but it will remain sluggish unless new reforms are launched to boost growth, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT

Statement of OECD on Japan’s Efforts to Increase Foreign Bribery Enforcement

Due to serious concerns about the extremely low level of enforcement of Japan’s offence of bribing foreign public officials – just three prosecutions since 1999 – the OECD Working Group on Bribery recommended in December 2013 that Japan establish an Action Plan to organise police and prosecution resources to be able to proactively detect, investigate and prosecute cases of foreign bribery by Japanese companies.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:00 GMT

Statement of OECD Working Group on Bribery on Spain’s efforts to amend its Penal Code and to enforce its foreign bribery offence

The OECD Working Group on Bribery supports Spain’s efforts to further reform its Penal Code to bring its anti-bribery law into line with its international obligations under the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:37:00 GMT

Slovenia must urgently prioritise the fight against foreign bribery, says OECD

Serious steps must be taken by Slovenia to ensure that it effectively detects, investigates and prosecutes allegations of transnational bribery.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:15:00 GMT

Estonia needs to promptly address rising foreign bribery risks, says OECD

Estonia’s framework for combating foreign bribery may be inadequate to efficiently tackle rising foreign bribery risks resulting from its increasingly export-intensive economy.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:01:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - First quarter of 2014, OECD

G20 GDP growth steady at 0.8% in first quarter of 2014

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:21:00 GMT

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

Modest decline in OECD unemployment rate in April 2014

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:00 GMT

Canada: Sustain inclusive growth by reducing housing market risks and overcoming specific skills shortages, says OECD

Canada has experienced solid economic growth since the global crisis, allowing it to reverse recession-induced job losses and put federal public finances on a sound footing, says the OECD. Growth is expected to accelerate from 2.5% this year to 2.7% in 2015.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:00 GMT

Sweden must keep innovating to maintain strong environmental record, says OECD

Sweden has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nitrogen leaching. Renewables supply more than a third of its energy needs. Sweden has set itself tough targets for the future, however, and must continue to innovate if it is to meet them, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, June 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to suggest that momentum is weakening in most major emerging economies but stable in the OECD area

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:18:00 GMT

OECD launches its Better Life Index in Brazil with Pelé on the eve of the World Cup

Today, the OECD launched the Portuguese version of its Better Life Index in Brazil with football legend Pelé. The Portuguese version is the site’s 6th language edition, enabling the OECD to reach over 240 million Portuguese speakers across the globe.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

OCDE lança Índice para uma Vida melhor no Brasil ao lado de Pelé e às vésperas do pontapé inicial da Copa do Mundo

Hoje, a OCDE lança no Brasil, e na presença da lenda do futebol Pelé, o Índice para uma Vida Melhor totalmente em português. Este é o sexto idioma em que o site está disponível e a tradução permite que a OCDE alcance mais de 240 milhões de falantes de português ao redor do mundo.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Mongolia should persist with systematic anti-corruption reforms

Mongolia should persist with systematic reforms in its struggle against corruption, says a new report by the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan (IAP).

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:49:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

Tajikistan should step up its fight against corruption

Tajikistan needs to step up its fight against corruption and turn political declarations of commitment into action, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:43:00 GMT

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD

Most people in OECD countries are overweight or obese. The social and economic consequences of this epidemic are dramatic, exposing an increasing number of people to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:00 GMT

Norway should strengthen primary care to address evolving healthcare needs, says OECD

Improving primary care systems and co-ordination between health services would help Norway meet the changing needs of its healthcare system, as the population ages and hospital stays become shorter, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 21 May 2014 17:34:00 GMT

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

Czech Republic: Tackling long-term unemployment requires stronger local actions to develop skills, says OECD

The Czech Republic has made significant progress towards creating a stable and attractive climate for investment, but more could be done to tackle long-term and youth unemployment through integrated actions across employment, skills and economic development policies at the local level, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 21 May 2014 12:41:00 GMT

GDP Growth - First Quarter 2014, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

OECD GDP rose by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2014, but with large diverging patterns across countries

Tue, 20 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Reducing red tape in business would boost Greek productivity, OECD says

Greece could save its businesses hundreds of millions of euros a year and improve their competitiveness by reducing administrative burdens, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 15 May 2014 17:23:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.5% in March 2014

Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, May 2014

Composite leading indicators point to weakening growth in major emerging economies but stable growth momentum in most OECD countries

Tue, 13 May 2014 16:43:00 GMT

Germany should enact economic and social reforms to make its growth path more inclusive and sustainable, OECD says

Germany’s current economic success offers a good platform for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, but further reforms will be necessary over the medium and long term, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Germany.

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:00 GMT

Clarification on media reports regarding 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey

Following recent Turkish media reports, the OECD would like to clarify that it has published no recent review of Turkey. The publication of the 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey is planned for July.

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 May 2014

OECD annual inflation picks up to 1.6% in March 2014 but slows in Euro area

Fri, 09 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

The OECD’s 34 member countries today affirmed their common resolve to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the COP21 talks in Paris in 2015. OECD accession countries Colombia and Latvia joined the statement issued at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, attended by finance, economy, trade and other ministers.

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Expanding services trade offers major opportunities for growth and jobs, OECD says

The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), released during the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Countries commit to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

Bank secrecy for tax purposes is coming to an end as countries and major financial centres commit to automatic exchange of information between jurisdictions.

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:40:00 GMT

Global economy strengthening but significant risks remain, says OECD in latest Economic Outlook

The global economy will strengthen over the coming two years, but urgent action is still required to further reduce unemployment and address other legacies from the crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:13:00 GMT

Dynamic markets in Southeast Asia need good policies for sustained competitiveness and shared growth, says OECD

The Southeast Asia region, with more than half-a-billion people, is among the fastest-growing regions in the world but levels of growth and prosperity within the region remain uneven. Good policies need to be implemented in the region to maintain strong growth and make it more inclusive, boosting productivity, reducing poverty, and avoid falling into the “middle income trap”.

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Countries must improve resilience to disasters or face mounting costs, OECD says

Smarter planning for natural and man-made disasters that increases collaboration between countries and encourages households and businesses to take more responsibility would improve resilience and reduce future economic losses, a new OECD report says.

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:47:00 GMT

“Healthy, happy and wise”, users' top priorities as OECD releases its 2014 Better Life Index

Japanese users of the Better Life Index (BLI) worry most about safety, Australians seek work-life balance, Latin Americans strive for better education, and Danes want to be happy – user feedback shows as the Index marks its third birthday.

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:38:00 GMT

Make growth socially inclusive for improved well-being and stronger economies – OECD report

Inequality – now at its highest level in decades in many countries – undermines economic growth and well-being, says a new OECD report. But policies to tackle the widening gap between rich and poor will only succeed if they also look beyond income and address better access to high-quality education, health care and public infrastructure, it adds.

Mon, 05 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT

OECD now accounts for slightly less than 50% of world GDP, large emerging economies for about 30%

OECD countries accounted for around 50% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expressed in Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) in 2011 - the latest benchmark year - compared with about 60% in 2005, the previous benchmark year, according to new data released today by the International Comparison Program (ICP).

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:20:00 GMT

Top earners capturing growing share of total income in many countries, says OECD

The shares of the richest 1% in total pre-tax income have increased in most OECD countries over the past three decades. This rise is the result of the top 1% capturing a disproportionate share of overall income growth over that timeframe: up to 37% in Canada and 47% in the United States, according to new OECD analysis.

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:32:00 GMT

International community continues making progress on tax transparency

The international community continues making progress toward greater cooperation to ensure effective information exchange in tax matters. The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes issued today 12 new reports that highlight action being taken by jurisdictions to implement the international standard for exchange of information on request.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:38:00 GMT

Netherlands: Make economic, innovation and territorial reforms work together to boost growth and competitiveness, says OECD

The Netherlands is gradually emerging from a double-dip recession with strengthened public finances and reforms on track to improve the labour and housing markets and the health care and pension systems. These reforms are paying off, says the OECD. Growth is expected to reach 1% this year and 1.3% in 2015.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Governments endorse new OECD Guidelines on applying VAT across borders

The governments of 86 countries have taken a key step towards preventing value added tax from weighing on trade while also safeguarding state revenues by endorsing the first internationally agreed framework for applying national VAT rules to cross-border transactions.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:00 GMT

Northern Ireland, UK: Collaboration at local level is key towards matching skills to demand, says OECD

Closer collaboration between local employment, training, and economic development agencies to develop the right skills in jobseekers is crucial to support export-oriented growth in Northern Ireland, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:49:00 GMT

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 Economic Survey of Switzerland launches Thursday 21 November 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Switzerland, to be published on Thursday 21 November 2013, assesses the country’s strong recent performance, its short-term outlook and the policy challenges it faces in the longer term. The Survey also looks at what Switzerland can do to meet environmental targets while maintaining energy security, to boost productivity and to better integrate women into the workforce.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:11:00 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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What is the evidence on the impact of research on international development?

<p>Governments of low-income countries and international development donors are increasing their funding for research at least in part on the assumption that research has positive impacts on socioeconomic development. Four pathways are commonly cited to describe how research will contribute to development:</p><p>1. Investment in research will drive economic growth<br />2. Investment in research will increase human capital<br />3. Investment in research will lead to the development of pro-poor products and technologies<br />4. Investment in research will provide evidence to inform policies and practice</p><p>This literature review examines the evidence base related to each of these four pathways. It demonstrates that research does make important and significant contributions to socioeconomic development but that some commonly held assumptions about how research leads to change are not backed up by the evidence. Brief summaries of the findings relating to each path are given below.</p><p>Economic growth<br />Contrary to popular belief, there is little evidence that public investment in research was a major contributor to the &lsquo;Asian development miracle&rsquo;. Furthermore, the evidence suggests that the potential for research and innovation to contribute to technology-transfer fuelled growth in low-income countries tends to be overestimated.&nbsp;</p><p>Human capital<br />There is a great need for the skills which can be developed through involvement in research in low-income countries. Such skills can be built through higher education, although it is unclear whether involvement of higher education institutions in research contributes to teaching standards. In addition, skills can be built by capacity building programmes. However, many such schemes in the past have had mixed impact.&nbsp;</p><p>Products and technologies<br />Many inventions have had positive impacts on the poor. Public-private partnerships have been particularly successful in funding and incentivising the development of new products and technologies. Some products and technologies have less impact than intended due to a mismatch between the product and actual need.&nbsp;</p><p>Evidence-informed policy and programmes<br />There are two major ways in which research can inform decision makers: it can inform decisions on specific interventions and it can inform decision makers&rsquo; general understanding of the context. There are numerous examples of both types of influence. However the evidence also reveals that there are significant gaps in the capacity, incentives and systems necessary to ensure that research is systematically used in decision making.&nbsp;</p><p>The paper also reviews approaches to calculating the economic impacts of research investments. Most studies suggest that research leads to positive economic returns.&nbsp;</p><p>However, these studies are sensitive to a range of assumptions and results must be treated cautiously.</p><p>The paper ends with a summary of conclusions and a proposed theory of change based on the research evidence presented.&nbsp;</p><p>[author&#39;s summary]</p>

31 Jul 2014 09:52:25 GMT

Weather indexed insurance for smallholder farmers: a survey of evidence

<p>This paper argues that weather indexed micro-insurance has the potential to be a cost effective mechanism to protect farmers against climate risks, help them shift to high yield crops, move out of subsistence farming and encourage market participation.</p><p>The paper demonstrates that insurance linked to an objective weather index (typically local rainfall levels) can overcome the main barriers to supplying insurance to smallholders. The benefits of these new indexed insurance designs include: effective risk management, cheap implementation, and flexibility and accessibility. Nevertheless, in spite of these benefits there has been limited take-up of this product.</p><p>Conclusions include:</p><ul><li>various measures of wealth, income, and liquidity tend to be positively associated with take up</li><li>risk aversion is negatively associated with take up, perhaps because of lack of trust in a new and potentially complex product</li><li>educational efforts, prior experience with insurance and marketing, as well as more past exposure to risk are positively associated with take up</li><li>substitutes to insurance, such as income diversification and holdings of productive assets are negatively associated with take up</li></ul><p>Policy implications contain:</p><ul><li>combining efforts to market weather indexed insurance with policies focused on improving financial literacy and addressing liquidity constraints are likely to increase take-up</li><li>there might be a case for combining the weather indexed insurance product with credit, savings or group liability products to improve take-up</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

30 Jul 2014 21:07:47 GMT

An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Afghanistan

<p>This brief explore the potential future policy options for the Indian government and does not touch upon the initiatives already undertaken by New Delhi in Afghanistan. New Delhi, the author asserts, must try to optimise its potential by drawing from its own strengths and experiences of dealing with several issues of a similar nature in India.</p><p>India&rsquo;s &lsquo;no-boots-on-the-ground&rsquo; policy and no or negligible interference in the internal issues of the country, and a development-led presence, have been fruitful. However, there is more to be done, and efforts can be classified in four sections: Development Cooperation (Education, Agriculture, Health, Public Transport, Technology, Social); Political Liaising (Inter-Ministerial and Inter-State/Province Dialogue); Trade and Investment; and Security Relationship.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

30 Jul 2014 15:07:47 GMT

Deterrence, Second Strike and Credibility: Revisiting India’s Nuclear Strategy Debate

<p>The past few years have produced considerable debate over India&rsquo;s nuclear strategy and posture. Much of it has revolved around the credibility of India&rsquo;s nuclear arsenal. This is an important question because it goes to the heart of India&rsquo;s capacity to deter its adversaries. Is the Indian deterrent properly organized? Are its capabilities enough? What makes a deterrent credible? The on-going debate has produced three broad positions: that India&rsquo;s nuclear weapons are inadequate for deterrence; that they are sufficient to meet the requirements of minimum deterrence; and that weapons development is reaching for excessive capabilities.</p><p>The author offers a number of conclusions, including:</p><ul><li><span style="line-height:1.6em">The term &ldquo;credible&rdquo; should be dropped from the nomenclature of Indian deterrence doctrine. If states with less than 1% of the forces possessed by their rivals can exercise deterrence, then &ldquo;credibility&rdquo; is of doubtful strategic meaning</span><br />&nbsp;</li><li><span style="line-height:1.6em">Careful consideration needs to be given to the numbers and types of weapons systems desirable for effective deterrence. Excessive augmentation of capabilities wastes resources that would be better utilised for other needs</span><br />&nbsp;</li><li><span style="line-height:1.6em">Above all, it is time for civilian officials to obtain a better understanding of the requirements of nuclear deterrence. Nuclear weapons constitute a unique kind of instrument of force, one which has obliterated the gap between political decision makers and military practitioners of war. Political responsibility requires that civilian policy makers come to grips with the complexities of the &ldquo;nuclear revolution.&rdquo;</span></li></ul>

30 Jul 2014 14:59:03 GMT

Biological Weapons Convention Confidence: the prohibition and learning from the past

<p>The Biological Weapons&nbsp;Convention (BWC)&nbsp;seeks to completely exclude the possibility that biological&nbsp;agents and toxins will be used as&nbsp;weapons. In recent years many states&nbsp;parties to the convention have expressed&nbsp;<br />unease about its accomplishments since&nbsp;2001 and its future direction.<br />It is the contention of this paper, according to the authors,&nbsp;that it&nbsp;is vital to revisit how confidence in the&nbsp;convention can be strengthened.</p><p>The authors offer a number of conclusions including:</p><ul><li>Although the challenge of moving beyond&nbsp;entrenched positions and the danger&nbsp;of reinforcing defensive routines are&nbsp;considerable, recent developments in&nbsp;arms control and disarmament more&nbsp;broadly suggest grounds for optimism.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li>In recent years a number of attempts&nbsp;have been made to devise forums that&nbsp;provide opportunities for non-traditional&nbsp;forms of interaction between officials&nbsp;and civil society</li></ul>

30 Jul 2014 14:19:04 GMT

Civil Society and Development in West Africa: Issues, Problems and Doubts

<p>West Africa&rsquo;s multiple civil societies are as diverse in form, size, motive, constitution and approach as the distinct contexts in which they operate. Though much is attributed to them, there has hitherto been no thorough/detailed authoritative/wilful exploration of their involvement, influence or impact in and on development discourses in the region and beyond.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">This introductory paper attempts to answer the following key questions:&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li>How is civil society defined generally and within national (state, self and other) regulatory policy frameworks?</li><li>How well do these conceptualisations accommodate emerging forms and loci of civic association (broadly defined) and action?</li><li>How has civil society evolved in West Africa and what factors have (dis)enabled its growth?</li><li>What are the different contexts in which civil society works and how does civil society engage therein?</li><li>What impact have the foregoing had on civil society&rsquo;s influence and impact on development in the focus countries?</li></ul>

30 Jul 2014 14:00:10 GMT

Can formal banking raise the incomes of the poor?

<p>This brief clarifies that formal banking services may be able to reduce market imperfections and financial constraints, creating the opportunity for higher incomes. However, limited supply and demand may constrain the growth of formal banking services.</p><p>The paper finds that:</p><ul><li>innovative design of new savings products that increase the supply of and demand for savings by helping people address behavioural challenges can increase income by allowing households to accumulate assets, at least in the short-run</li><li>mobile banking technology, which facilitates remittances, transfers and payments and enables savings, can increase income through consumption smoothing and accumulation of savings</li><li>access to credit can increase household income by increasing consumption and/or smoothing consumption, and can raise agricultural incomes by allowing farmers to purchase better quality and levels of inputs leading to higher outputs and income</li></ul><p>The document identifies a number of important channels through which access to banking services can raise income. Furthermore, it recommends for:</p><ul><li>more rigorous and high quality research, specifically focused on the costs and benefits of expanding banking services</li><li>greater attention to determining what regulatory features limit private entry into this sector</li></ul><p>Aditionally, the author highlights that spillovers are an important factor that must be considered when formulating policies about financial access.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

30 Jul 2014 11:50:25 GMT

Direct funding of health facilities: findings from an evaluation of the Health Sector Services Fund in Kenya

<p>The Health Sector Services Fund (HSSF) is an innovative scheme that provides funds directly to primary health&nbsp;facilities. It was established in 2010 by the Government of Kenya with the aim of increasing resources at peripheral&nbsp;health facilities to provide adequate services, and encouraging community involvement in the identification of&nbsp;health priorities and appropriate solutions.</p><p>Researchers from KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and the London School of Hygiene &amp; Tropical Medicine have&nbsp;been evaluating the HSSF and will track&nbsp;its implementation and impact in several counties until 2016. During this time, the Kenyan health system will be devolved to the county level, offering a huge opportunity for more responsive and accountable services, but also new challenges for HSSF&rsquo;s design and implementation.</p><p>This research brief presents the key findings from a mixed-methodology interim evaluation of HSSF and its implementation until May 2013. It identifies impressive achievements in terms of ensuring that funds reach facilities, are spent appropriately, and are overseen and used in a way that strengthens community involvement. The evaluation also highlights obstacles to effective implementation and important issues for consideration in future HSSF planning in light of the devolved health system, and in other financing mechanisms for peripheral facilities in Kenya and beyond.</p>

30 Jul 2014 09:58:00 GMT

The IPCC and treatment of uncertainties: topics and sources of dissensus

<p>The researchers for this paper reviewed published literature that outline disagreement or dissensus on the guidance note in the IPCC assessment process, structured as three distinct topics. First, whether the procedure is reliable and leads to robust results. Second, whether the broad scope of diverse problems, epistemic approaches, and user perspectives allow for consistent and appropriate application. Third, whether the guidance note is adequate for the purpose of communicating clear and relevant information to users. Overall, the researchers found greater emphasis placed on problems arising from the procedure and purpose of the assessment, rather than the scope of application. The paper argues that,&nbsp;since a procedure needs to be appropriate for its purpose and scope, a way forward entails not only making deliberative processes more transparent to control biases.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:55:22 GMT

The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: What's in it for Africa?

<p>This executive summary highlights that Africa&rsquo;s climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt. It argues that climate change will have widespread impacts on African society and Africans&rsquo; interaction with the natural environment. These include an effect on food security, water availability and human health. The report explores these impacts in more depth and argues that, given the interdependence between countries in today&rsquo;s world, the impacts of climate change on resources or commodities in one place will have far-reaching effects on prices, supply chains, trade, investment and political relations in other places. Thus, climate change will progressively threaten economic growth and human security.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:49:32 GMT

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Lami Town, Republic of Fiji

<p>This abridged report looks at the climate vulnerability of Lami Town in the Republic of Fiji. Urban communities in Fiji are located in highly hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. The poorest people have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster.</p><p>This report gives an overview of Fiji and the city of Lami Town. It also explores city wide vulnerability, the vulnerability of people, places and sections, identifies some key adaptation options and offers some recommendations for practical actions.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:39:32 GMT

Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience (Human Development Report 2014)

<p>This report makes the case that the sustained enhancement of individuals&rsquo; and societies&rsquo; capabilities is necessary to reduce persistent vulnerabilities &ndash; many of them structural and many of them tied to the life cycle. These include vulnerabilities to climate change and its consequences. The report argues that climate change is one of the most critical challenges to development. It says that the under-provision of climate stability and the manifestation of vulnerability to extreme weather events and food crises have been a recurring threat in different regions of the world. The report argues that urgent actions are needed on this front but that there are some promising actions at the subnational level, but multilateral action is key to a comprehensive approach.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:07:04 GMT

On-farm treatment options for wastewater, greywater and fecal sludge with special reference to West Africa

<p>This paper focuses on the on-farm treatment of waste water, particularly in West Africa, and argues that while although it can hardly replace conventional treatment, it can contribute to risk reduction, especially if combined with other barriers such as safe irrigation practices and post-harvest crop washing. It argues that &lsquo;small-scale&rsquo; and &lsquo;low cost&rsquo; are not necessarily roadblocks for setting up effective farm-based treatment systems. The larger challenge identified is to understand how best to facilitate any required behaviour change by farmers to adjust their farming practices. It says that participatory on-farm research will be needed to study risk perceptions and awareness, as well as production factors influencing the adoption of treatment options, such as tenure security and additional cost, and land or labour requirements. Interventions which can build on farmers&rsquo; current practices, such as on-farm storage ponds or river bank filtration, will probably have the highest potential of acceptance.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:53:43 GMT

Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context

<p>This training manual provides guidance to train grassroots facilitators to better engage stakeholders and promote equity in forest-based climate change and forest management practices. It aims to extend the practice and process of active participation towards effective engagement, through which equity can be improved. The manual argues that in order to improve the equity conditions in any process, it is critical to understand power dynamics at both the local and global levels and that this is especially relevant in all REDD+ or other forest-based climate change mitigation mechanisms or initiatives for which the parameters and rules are defined at the global, national and local levels but are implemented by communities who have limited opportunities to articulate their views at the different levels and thus limited (if any) room to influence the discourse, the processes or the interventions.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:33:31 GMT

Options of the 2015 agreement under the Durban Platform process: focusing on legal form of the agreement, nationally determined contributions, and finance

<p>This research report focuses on the 2015 international climate change agreement and the Durban Platform. It looks at the results of an online questionnaire carried out in January 2014. The Durban Platform decision reached at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Durban, South Africa. It launched &quot;a new process to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC,&quot; which would be &quot;applicable to all Parties.&quot;</p><p>The survey focused on the legal form or legal architecture of the 2015 agreement, as well as the legal nature of commitments related to mitigation and finance. Most respondents expected the agreement package to include a legal instrument such as a protocol and a series of non-legal instruments such as COP decisions. The report groups responses into six types of agreement packages.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:24:37 GMT

Green economies in the Caribbean: Perspectives, priorities and an action learning agenda

<p>This paper summarises early explorations by the Green Economy Action Learning Group (GE ALG), which aims to help governments and other stakeholders develop a practical Caribbean vision of an inclusive and resilient &lsquo;green&rsquo; economy. It highlights that growing financial, climate and social challenges in the Caribbean have sparked the search for new economic pathways that would better serve the region. The paper brings together background papers from ALG members, showcasing regional, national, local and sector perspectives on green economy progress, needs and prospects. An &lsquo;action learning&rsquo; agenda is proposed as a way to evolve green economy pathways in three areas: SMMEs; &lsquo;triple bottom line&rsquo; reporting across public and private sectors; and multi-stakeholder mechanisms for developing green economy policy.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:07:54 GMT

Peace and Security Council Report: Egypt's readmission to the AU

<p>This issue considers the recent decision to lift Egypt&rsquo;s suspension from the AU. As Libya comes back onto the AU&rsquo;s agenda, the challenges confronting the PSC in this volatile country are reviewed. Insights are provided on the PSC&rsquo;s role in post-conflict reconstruction and development, as well as cooperation between the PSC and the UN Security Council.</p>

29 Jul 2014 10:35:17 GMT

What next after lapse of amnesty: views from Nwoya district reconciliation and peace team

<p>The Refugee Law Project (RLP) is focusing on peace and security developments in Northern Uganda, and with the recent announcement of the lapse of Part II of the Amnesty Act, RLP is assessing the impact this development will have on stability in the region. Correspondingly, RLP convened a stakeholders&rsquo; dialogue in 2012 in order to identify steps toward mitigating conflicts, and promoting peacebuilding and reconciliation; the current paper is a reflection of that event.</p><p>The paper clarifies that before the lapse, the Amnesty Act facilitated the return of over 10,000 formerly abducted children in northern Uganda, and 16,000 insurgents from about 29 other rebel groups. However, it highlights that many stakeholders voiced concerns that the lapse would prevent abductees still in the bush from coming home. Furthermore, some feared that lapse of amnesty would force fighters to continue their rebellion, and that war may return to the region.</p><p>The document indicates that the stakeholders&rsquo; dialogue revealed the diversity of pressing conflict issues affecting recovery and development in the region. Suggested recommendations include:</p><ul><li>pressure MPs from the region to represent locals&rsquo; interests in the parliament</li><li>pass a local ordinance to limit alcohol consumption</li><li>conduct research on implications of oil exploration for local economic development</li><li>engage the wider community in the region on conflict issues through large stakeholder forums and other community outreach events</li></ul>

28 Jul 2014 17:50:48 GMT

Ownership, resettlement and accountability: the Elegu land dispute in Northern Uganda: a situational analysis

<p>This report presents the key findings and recommendations of research on the land conflict in Elegu, Adjumani and Amuru district, Uganda, conducted by Refugee Law Project (RLP). The report indicates that the dispute is playing out between Amuru and Adjumani district leadership, with Adjumani claiming the part of Elegu which lies in Amuru district should not be considered part of Amuru.</p><p>Findings include:</p><ul><li>the land dispute in Elegu is both internal and international, and the region is marked by continuous cross-border movements</li><li>there has not been any successful resolution to the dispute, and civil society organisations active in the region are generally not involved in the conflict mitigation</li></ul><p>Recommendations are that:</p><ul><li>participatory dialogue and negotiations are absolutely necessary in order to holistically address the issues brought forward by the different conflict stakeholders</li><li>proper and detailed information gathering and analysis needs to be undertaken to determine the true land owners in Elegu, as well as the exact district boundary between Amuru and Adjumani</li><li>strengthening and supporting land administration authorities through trainings on land management and dispute resolution as well increasing staffing to respond to land matters</li><li>the governments of Uganda and Southern Sudan should engage in the determination of the status of the clan living on the borders and declare their citizenship affiliation</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

28 Jul 2014 10:12:39 GMT

Situation brief: border or ownership question: the Apaa land dispute

<p>This brief entail issues relating to resettlement, land ownership, and boundary dispute between Amuru and Adjumani districts in Uganda. The brief particularly addresses the current land dispute playing out in Apaa village between the residents of Amuru and Adjumani districts.</p><p>The author illustrates that since 2010, Amuru district has been faced with a specter of violent land disputes in Apaa village: the land has been a source of contention between the locals of Amuru, the leadership of Adjumani and Amuru and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.</p><p>The document reveals that this land and border dispute poses a considerable threat to post conflict recovery and local development. In particular, it underscores that the changing land conflict dynamics may have critical impact on the Peace Recovery Development Plan (PRDP).</p><p>The author concludes that urgent actions need to be taken. Recommendations contain:</p><ul><li>the government should have strong, transparent and clear position when resolving land disputes</li><li>the government needs to provide funding to strengthen land administration institutions at the local level</li><li>district land boards should be empowered to work independently; and not be influenced by wider political interests</li><li>traditional land dispute resolution methods should be integrated with the formal land justice delivery mechanisms</li><li>it is important for all the parties to embrace dialogue as a definite way of engaging each other towards conflict resolution</li></ul>

27 Jul 2014 21:03:24 GMT

Situation brief: impact of floods in Acholi-sub-region and the implications for post-conflict recovery

<p>This briefing paper presents preliminary findings and analysis pertaining to 2012 floods within Acholi sub-region, Uganda.</p><p>The paper notes that the post armed-conflict era has witnessed several new conflict dynamics and emerging conflict drivers all of which adversely affect realisation of the overall Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) objectives. The perennial flooding in some parts of the PRDP sub-regions is one such factor.</p><p>The author points that 2012 floods have destroyed houses, crops, animals, roads, bridges, health centers, schools, granaries, bee hives, fruit gardens, grazing land, and caused several losses of lives; thus re-displacing part of the vulnerable population and greatly reducing living standards.</p><p>The document recommends that:</p><ul><li>the government should dispatch immediate relief items like medicines and disinfectant for affected sub-regions to prevent disease outbreak</li><li>it should provide agricultural inputs and farm implements to enable replanting</li><li>humanitarian agencies should create emergency assistance programs to address immediate humanitarian needs</li><li>they should provide food aid for affected households, most of whom already face food insecurity, and support the reconstruction of community access roads</li><li>the PRDP district local governments should conduct widespread community sensitisation, particularly on public health issues and communal land use for grazing and other seasonal cultivations by flood-affected communities</li></ul>

27 Jul 2014 07:07:02 GMT

Re-examining peace and economic recovery in northern Uganda

<p>This paper represents a contextual analysis and situational updates relating to peace and economic recovery in Northern Uganda. The paper clarifies that the region is emerging from over two decades of conflict waged between the government and the rebels. However, much is still to be done. In this sense, the document highlights that many societies and communities in the north are still excluded from a range of economic, political and social factors.</p><p>The authors deem that dealing with consequences of violence requires reflection, analysis and time of the past and what the present and the future should be. Moreover, they underline that failure of the individuals penetrating through the systems and becoming part of the system, presents a risk of developing discontent and conflict regardless of the political motivations.</p><p>The paper concludes that a holistic nationwide campaign on anger management is needed, targeting all sections of the Ugandan population. Furthermore, it recommends that:</p><ul><li>the government should urgently improve the functionality of existing health facilities and where necessary establish new ones</li><li>it should strengthen and support land administration authorities through trainings on land management and dispute resolution as well increasing staffing to resolve land matters and other pressing recovery challenges</li><li>it is imperative for the government and other stakeholders to initiate and embark social entrepreneurship to support individuals to value collective productivity in a post-conflict situation</li></ul>

26 Jul 2014 13:13:50 GMT

“Land and investment”: balancing local and investor interest

<p>The contextual drivers for land grabbing in Northern Uganda are dependent on the speculative values attached to land and oil-related discoveries and investment opportunities in the region. This paper indicates that land dispute in Northern Uganda brought private investors, local government and central government officials together in an effort to deprive the indigenous or local/rightful owners of the land.</p><p>The paper figures that land disputes have become a common phenomenon in Acholi Sub &ndash;region, with disputes occurring at all levels, from family, clan, and communal land disputes, to high risk disputes between sub &ndash; counties, districts, and investors. Furthermore, most of the land transactions are characterised by a worrying lack of transparency, and the current land dispute between the investment companies and the locals stems from this situation.</p><p>The author concludes that:</p><ul><li>good governance principle should be the key in instituting and promoting a win-win situation</li><li>stakeholders must recognise that customary form of land ownership is the most relevant form of land tenure</li></ul><p>Recommendations include:</p><ul><li>institutional and local governance structures should involve all the interested parties in the process of acquiring land for investment and individual purposes</li><li>regulations for monitoring and control of land acquisitions, compensation and environmental protection measures should be clearly established and strengthened</li><li>civil society should engage to resolve/mediate in land related transactions/disputes to balance interests between different parties</li><li>when dealing with land issues in Acholi sub region, culture and custom must be recognised and dealt with accordingly</li></ul>

25 Jul 2014 21:44:42 GMT

“Challenges of post-conflict recovery!”

<p>This document highlights on issues of Peace Recovery Development Plan (PRDP) and health service delivery in northern Uganda.</p><p>The report reviews an assessment surrounding the recent influx of asylum seekers and refugees from South Sudan to Uganda and summarises its key findings as follows:</p><ul><li>rivalry over control of natural resources stands out as one of the major causes of the conflict in South Sudan</li><li>South Sudan inter-tribal conflicts and the resultant influx of Sudanese to the host communities had varied impact on the host communities across the different sectors</li><li>the divergence in culture and language as a practice and value between the host communities and the South Sudanese nationals tended to provide a repertoire through which each group responded or acted against each other</li><li>with the high influx of the South Sudanese, the health sector has been undesirably impacted</li></ul><p>In this sense, the paper notes that the region has been &lsquo;cursed&rsquo; by serious, life-threatening diseases and epidemics, from HIV/AIDS, to cholera, Ebola and now the Nodding Disease Syndrome. The last disease has put the people of northern Uganda in a dangerous situation, and this must call for a new wave of interventionism.</p><p>Furthermore, the author argues that:</p><ul><li>post conflict reconstruction and recovery must be a combination of physical and social aspects of human being aimed at addressing the causes of violent conflicts</li></ul><ul><li>focus, should also be geared at addressing the structural problems that deny the youth the opportunity to engage productively</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

24 Jul 2014 19:40:37 GMT

Success factors for women's and children's health: Policy and programme highlights from 10 fast-track cuontries

<p>There have been substantial achievements towards&nbsp;MDGs 4 and 5 (to reduce child mortality and&nbsp;improve maternal health) from 1990 (the baseline&nbsp;for the MDGs) to 2014. Despite this,&nbsp;every year 6.6 million children&nbsp;under five years of age die (44% as newborns) and&nbsp;289 000 maternal deaths occur, all from mainly&nbsp;preventable causes.&nbsp;There is a need for evidence on why some low- and&nbsp;middle-income countries (LMICs) do better than&nbsp;others in preventing maternal and child deaths, and&nbsp;on the strategies they use to accelerate progress.</p><p>To address this knowledge gap, discussions at the&nbsp;Partnership for Maternal, Newborn &amp; Child Health&nbsp;Partners&rsquo; Forum in 2010, led to a three-year&nbsp;multidisciplinary, multicountry series of studies on&nbsp;Success Factors for Women&rsquo;s and Children&rsquo;s Health&nbsp;(hereafter referred to as the Success Factors&nbsp;studies). This document provides the policy and programme highlights from 10 fast-track countries, including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, and Viet Nam.</p>

24 Jul 2014 15:11:18 GMT

Renewable energy technology: evolution and policy implications – evidence from patent literature

<p>This Global Challenges Report analyses the patent landscapes of four Climate Change Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs) (biofuels, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy) to inform policy discussions by providing empirical evidence of innovation trends and technology ownership. A broad market analysis of renewables and their policy frameworks are discussed in Section 2, followed by the usual scope and methodology section. The individual patent landscape analysis for each of the CCMTs is given in Sections 4 to 7, identifying and analysing the range of patent activity, patent filings trends, top technology owners, patent concentrations, and market trends. Each of these sections also includes anecdotal case studies to illustrate various features of the technology marketplaces and to situate the patent data into the context of market activity and business strategies.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:48:48 GMT

Reimagining mobile in South Africa: Lessons from year one

<p>This report explores the programmatic processes, successes and lessons learned by Mobile&nbsp;Alliance for Maternal Action South Africa (MAMA SA), an innovative public-private&nbsp;partnership that delivers vital health information to new and expectant mothers and their&nbsp;families through the use of mobile technology.</p><p>In South Africa, mobile technology is prolific. At the same time, the country&rsquo;s maternal&nbsp;and infant mortality is unacceptably high. The confluence of these factors signifies that&nbsp;South Africa could both benefit from and support a mobile health program for maternal,&nbsp;newborn and child health (MNCH).</p><p>Since launch in May 2013, MAMA SA has successfully engaged more than 350,000 women&nbsp;and their families. MAMA SA leverages four different technology channels and has built a&nbsp;consortium of organisations with technical and content expertise, access to clinical services,&nbsp;and proficiency in research. A partnership with the mobile service provider Vodacom&nbsp;provides free access to the MAMA mobile website to its more than 25 million customers.&nbsp;MAMA SA has also partnered with Generations&mdash;the most viewed soap opera on South&nbsp;African television, watched by over 10 million people daily&mdash;to promote MAMA services.<br />MAMA SA is in the process of collaborating with the South African Department&nbsp;of Health to launch a national pregnancy registry and maternal messaging project called&nbsp;&ldquo;Mom Connect&rdquo; in 2014.&nbsp;MomConnect aims to directly support mothers through&nbsp;personalised, stage-based information in the language of their choice, on their mobile phone.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:44:09 GMT

Reducing vulnerability of island coasts

<p>This paper is about the reducing the vulnerability of coasts through appropriate adaptation measures. This is the focus of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme which has four coastal zone demonstration projects, in the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa and Vanuatu. Three of the projects demonstrate &lsquo;climate-proofing&rsquo; of coastal infrastructure, and the fourth focuses on community-based integrated coastal management. The paper argues that Climate analysis is a key step in the early planning stages of climate-sensitive projects, alongside other essential assessments such as socio-economic assessment and cost&ndash;benefit analysis. It also argues that good strategic planning and governance is also essential to protect coasts, and gives examples of how the PACC projects are demonstrating ways to do this.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:44:07 GMT

Atlas of mortality and economic losses from weather, climate and water extremes (1970–2012)

<p>This report describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. It states these kinds of disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics. The Atlas aims to provide decision-makers with actionable information for protecting life and property and highlights the need for stronger efforts to report, standardise and analyse data on weather, climate, and water-related hazards to improve understanding of disasters and reinforce the platform for prevention.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:33:07 GMT

Political economy of Climate Compatible Development: artisanal fisheries and climate change in Ghana

<p>&lsquo;Climate compatible development&rsquo; increases prospects for policy processes that contribute to development, climate change adaptation and mitigation. This paper looks at the complex political economy of climate compatible development in Ghana&rsquo;s artisanal fisheries sector. It focuses on two contentious policy areas where there is potential for climate compatible development, namely the subsidized premix fuel provided to artisanal fishermen, and mangrove protection. Using case studies, the paper emphasizes the need to conceptualize climate compatible development as a process which is dynamic across space and time, such that potential for triple win outcomes is fluctuate to vary according to changing circumstances. It also argues that it is is necessary to recognize that pressures from a number of actors, including those at the grass roots, may demand short term improvements to current problems rather than aspiring to triple win outcomes in the long term, creating a major challenge for climate compatible development.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:11:19 GMT

The effectiveness of climate finance: a review of the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program

<p>This working paper focuses on the Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP) which was designed to address a gap in the international climate finance architecture by making sure that finance is directed to help low income countries adopt low carbon energy technologies and use renewable energy to improve energy access. While the paper states that it is too early a stage in the SREP&rsquo;s implementation to make definitive conclusions on its effectiveness it does conclude that many of the programs in which it is investing are poised to result in important increases in renewable energy installed in country and the number of people with access to energy, although to date energy access has not been prioritised to the extent originally envisaged.</p>

24 Jul 2014 12:55:38 GMT

Understanding sustainable diets: a descriptive analysis of the determinants and processes that influence diets and their impact on health, food security, and environmental sustainability

<p>This study argues that the concept of sustainable diets presents an opportunity to advance sustainable development and work for the elimination of poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, and poor health outcomes. This study examines the determinants of sustainable diets, offers a descriptive analysis of these areas, and presents a causal model and framework from which to build. The major determinants of sustainable diets fall into five categories: 1) agriculture, 2) health, 3) sociocultural, 4) environmental, and 5) socioeconomic. The paper argues that when factors or processes are changed in 1 determinant category, such changes affect other determinant categories and, in turn, the level of &lsquo;sustainability&rsquo; of a diet. The complex web of determinants of sustainable diets makes it challenging for policymakers to understand the benefits and considerations for promoting, processing, and consuming such diets.</p>

24 Jul 2014 11:18:06 GMT

Certificates of customary ownership: a roundtable discussion on perceptions, implications, and challenges with stakeholders from Acholi Sub-region

<p>To elaborate some diverse perceptions surrounding the new initiative &ldquo;Area Land Committees&rdquo; (ALCs) in Uganda, the &ldquo;Refugee Law Project&rdquo; convened a roundtable discussion with stakeholders from all sectors of society in Acholi sub-region. The current paper reflects the outcome of that event.</p><p>The document deonstrates that in 2012, newly established ALCs in Uganda began accepting applications for Certificates of Customary Ownership (CCOs). The move was aimed to allay fears that the government wanted to grab locals&rsquo; land, yet critics have argued that CCOs will only escalate land grabbing and dispossession of the poor.</p><p>Key concerns include:</p><ul><li>widespread mistrust of land-grabbing by investors and governmental actors has led local communities to reject the CCO measure</li><li>the complexity and expense of CCOs may lead to manipulation of illiterate rural populations</li><li>new land associations and attempts to modify the CCO measure must comply with the existing laws and must recognise the ongoing issuance of CCOs in northern Uganda</li></ul><p>Possible action steps contain:</p><ul><li>the establishment of an Acholi Land Trust is a popular idea for protecting against large-scale land grabbing</li><li>modifying the CCO system to ensure that land is registered by the community may prevent individuals from selling land</li><li>providing a unified position paper that represent Acholi interests to the government</li></ul>

24 Jul 2014 09:08:43 GMT

Is it oil, land or investment triggering increasing land dispute in Lakang village of Amuru district?

<p>This report presents analysis on the ongoing large scale land acquisition practices and the implication on sustainable development among local communities in Lakang village, Amuru district in Northern Uganda.</p><p>The scenario in Lakang can be described by two secrets: the use of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Uganda People&rsquo;s Defence Forces (UPDF) to evict the locals out of the said customary land; and how the state can benefit from perceived rich mineral wealth in areas of Lakang without incurring huge cost of compensating the locals.</p><p>Findings are that:</p><ul><li>land conflict in Lakang has still remained unresolved and still continues to slow recovery and development</li><li>it is imperative that all stakeholders get involved in preventing this conflict from escalating into violence, by addressing key conflict drivers and triggers</li></ul><p>Recommendations contain:</p><ul><li>the state should be neutral and act in the interest of the locals by supporting their claims for a win-win agreement with the companies in the region</li><li>middlemen should not be allowed and given the opportunity to represent the locals at any forum including discussions with the government</li><li>the parliament should actively get involved in finding a peaceful resolution to the land dispute in Lakang</li><li>the UPDF and the police should play a critical role in protecting the lives and property of the locals in Lakang</li></ul>

22 Jul 2014 21:19:40 GMT

Thrown along the way: community perspectives on conflict drivers in the implementation of the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) for Northern Uganda

<p>Northern Uganda is one of the many regions in Uganda that has suffered from persistent armed conflicts; however, there have been strong commitments by the government to rebuilding the north. The current paper sheds light on the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) initiative, a stabilisation framework designed by the government as a strategy for eradicating poverty in that region.</p><p>The report draws on the perspectives from various stakeholder dialogues on major conflict issues that are currently unfolding in the implementation of the PRDP. In this respect, the paper brings to the fore several conflict risk factors that could cause a setback to peace recovery. These factors have been evident in the health and education sector, economically, socially and politically.</p><p>Key findings includes:</p><ul><li>poor quality and level of service delivery, and inadequate processes of rebuilding and empowering the communities</li><li>lack of transparency and accountability seen in delays in the provision of social services</li><li>lawlessness and reconciliation needs, and specifically the need for accountability</li></ul><p>Recommendations encompass:</p><ul><li>active and meaningful community involvement and participation in monitoring PRDP implementation</li><li>inclusion of local government, and greater information sharing about PRDP by central government</li><li>increased support/facilitation mostly accommodation, transport and communication for the police, especially at the community level</li><li>revisit the PPDA Act, and all the relevant laws and policies that guide and inform the procurement process</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

22 Jul 2014 10:11:17 GMT

The brunt of forceful evictions in post conflict societies

<p>Characterised by radicalisation and sectarianism, the dispute in Apaa, Uganda, still remains largely unresolved. This paper highlights that the eviction in Apaa has resulted in deaths and destruction of property and food items.</p><p>Findings contain:</p><ul><li>the people of Apaa face high risks because their incomes are low and very unreliable</li><li>the peace dividends and freedom from fear and want were negatively affected by the evictions</li><li>the eviction affected the status of food security negatively, denying the locals access to food</li><li>among the challenges that remain is whether it is possible for the victims to receive justice from the state</li><li>as a result, recovery from the shocks of the war in northern Uganda, eviction and development might be slow going</li></ul><p>Conclusions are that:</p><ul><li>the issues and concerns raised in the paper indicate that the extent of volatility and human suffering in the course of the eviction has been high and inhumane</li><li>it is evident that the evictions do not only have a short term effect but also a long term effect on the perception of the locals toward the state and governance principles</li><li>the peace and recovery of the affected victims is in balance and needs a number of targeted interventions</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

20 Jul 2014 19:45:16 GMT

“We need a culture of truth”: the role of civil society organisations in transitional justice

<p>The Refugee Law Project (RLP) recently met with a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) and key stakeholders to discuss transitional justice (TJ) and national reconciliation in Uganda. This report sheds light on the discussions held in that event.</p><p>The document underlines the following points:</p><ul><li>many CSOs working within the TJ framework are actually unaware they are working toward sustainable peace on a nationwide level</li><li>because of the violent history of post-independence Uganda, truth telling within the country as means to reconciliation is of great importance, and CSOs have a crucial role in this regard</li><li>the government was ineffective in dealing with the issue of reconciliation, and people have lost faith in their leaders following years of broken promises</li><li>assessments for victims is needed, and a collection of organisations and CSOs working with untreated wounds is required</li></ul><p>On the other hand, the following suggestions were put forward by the CSOs in attendance:</p><ul><li>CSOs to form a platform for advocating TJ</li><li>training CSOs and continuous capacity building</li><li>government should reconcile with the laws</li><li>government should support the victims</li><li>all traditional institutions should mediate and engage in TJ</li><li>introduction of projects to help the poor in the community</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

18 Jul 2014 20:26:49 GMT

South Africa Crime Quarterly: 20 years of criminal justice in South Africa

<p>This special edition reviews 20 years of criminal justice in South Africa, and questions common assumptions about violence, corruption and policing.&nbsp;</p><p>Articles include:</p><ul><li>The pitfalls of governing crime through the community</li><li>Political policing then&nbsp;and now</li><li>Responses to organised crime in a democratic South Africa</li><li>Upholding children&#39;s rights in the criminal justice system</li><li>Addressing corruption in South Africa</li></ul>

18 Jul 2014 13:41:34 GMT

Gaza and Israel: New Obstacles, New Solutions

<p>After rounds of pyrrhic victories and weak ceasefires, Israel and Hamas are again locked in combat, with at least 168 Palestinian deaths, mainly civilian, in less than a week and Israeli civilians seeking shelter from rocket salvos. The policy of isolating Hamas has proved counterproductive and made reviving Gaza not just a humanitarian necessity but a requirement for calm and stability. This&nbsp;briefing&nbsp;examines scenarios that could result from the fighting and outlines the conditions necessary to ensure a more stable cessation of violence.</p><p>The report&rsquo;s major findings and recommendations are:</p><ul><li>Anchoring a ceasefire in a political framework is the only way to prevent it from unravelling as fast as previous ones. No lasting arrangement can be reached without Egypt. Despite Hamas&rsquo;s poor relations with Egypt, the sooner Cairo accelerates its role, the sooner the conflict can end.&nbsp;</li><li>Israel should give the reconciliation agreement signed in April by Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) a chance to work. If implemented, it offers the best chance of alleviating Gaza&rsquo;s misery and therefore reducing Hamas&rsquo;s incentives to fight. The U.S., along with the European Union and regional allies, should encourage the Palestinian Authority (PA) to return to the Gaza Strip and assume the responsibilities of governance.&nbsp;</li><li>Hamas should ensure, in tacit cooperation with the new government, acceptance and maintenance of the ceasefire by all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.&nbsp;</li><li>The PA should help arrange for payment of the roughly 43,000 Gaza government employees hired under Hamas who are not receiving their salaries. PA security forces should be deployed at border crossings to facilitate the movement of goods to Gaza and of people to Israel and Egypt.&nbsp;</li><li>The U.S. should continue to support the reconciliation government, and Israel should cooperate with it to resolve Gaza&rsquo;s most pressing problems, including energy, water and sanitation.</li></ul>

18 Jul 2014 13:28:54 GMT

Highlighting the evidence gap: how cost-effective are interventions to improve early childhood nutrition and development?

<p>There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of early childhood interventions to improve the growth and development of children. Although, historically, nutrition and stimulation interventions may have been delivered separately, they are increasingly being tested as a package of early childhood interventions that improve outcomes over the life course. However, implementation at scale is seldom possible without first considering the relative cost and cost-effectiveness of these interventions. An evidence gap in this area may deter large-scale implementation, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. A literature review to establish what is known about the cost-effectiveness of early childhood nutrition and development interventions identified 15 relevant articles. Of these, nine were from studies set in high-income countries and six in low- and middle-income countries. The articles either calculated the cost-effectiveness of nutrition-specific interventions aimed at improving child growth, or parenting interventions (stimulation) to improve early childhood development. No articles estimated the cost-effectiveness of combined interventions. Comparing results within nutrition or stimulation interventions, or between nutrition and stimulation interventions was largely prevented by the variety of outcome measures used in these analyses. This article highlights the need for further evidence relevant to low- and middle-income countries. To facilitate comparison of cost-effectiveness between studies, and between contexts where appropriate, a move towards a common outcome measure such as the cost per disability-adjusted life years averted is advocated. Finally, given the increasing number of combined nutrition and stimulation interventions being tested, there is a significant need for evidence of cost-effectiveness for combined programmes. This too would be facilitated by the use of a common outcome measure able to pool the impact of both nutrition and stimulation activities.</p>

18 Jul 2014 12:46:34 GMT

Follow-up of post-discharge growth and mortality after treatment for severe acute malnutrition (FuSAM Study): a prospective cohort study

<p>Management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) plays a vital role in achieving global child survival targets. Effective treatment programmes are available but little is known about longer term outcomes following programme discharge.1024 children were admitted to an inpatient-based SAM treatment centre in Blantyre, Malawi, between July 2006 and March 2007. The outcomes of 899 of the child cohort were analysed one year or more after discharge. In total, 42% children died during or after treatment. 25% of deaths occurred after normal programme discharge (90 days or more after admission). Mortality was greatest among HIV seropositive children. Other risk factors included age (under 12 months); severity of malnutrition at admission; and disability. In survivors, weight-for-height and weight-for-age improved but height-for-age remained low. Although SAM mortality in this setting was unacceptably high, the study findings offer important lessons for future programming, policy and research. First is the need for improved programme evaluation: most routine reporting systems would have missed late deaths and underestimated total mortality due to SAM. Second, a more holistic view of SAM is needed: while treatment will always focus on nutritional interventions, it is vital to also identify and manage underlying clinical conditions such as HIV and disability. Finally early identification and treatment of SAM should be emphasised: the results suggest that this could improve longer term as well as short term outcomes. As international policy and programming becomes increasingly focused on stunting and post-malnutrition chronic disease outcomes, SAM should not be forgotten. Proactive prevention and treatment services are essential, not only to reduce mortality in the short term but also because they have potential to impact on longer term morbidity, growth and development of survivors.</p>

18 Jul 2014 12:20:38 GMT

Development and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh

<p>Inadequate energy and micronutrient intake during childhood is a major public health problem in developing countries. Ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) made of locally available food ingredients can improve micronutrient status and growth of children. The objective of this study was to develop RUSF using locally available food ingredients and test their acceptability. Two RUSF &ndash; one based on rice-lentil and the other on chickpea &ndash; were compared to Pushti packet (a cereal based food supplement). Although the two RUSFs did not differ in the amount consumed, there was a significant difference in consumption between chickpea-based RUSF and Pushti packet. The study results suggest that rice-lentil and chickpea-based RUSF are well accepted by children.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:29:02 GMT

Private sector, for-profit health providers in low and middle income countries: can they reach the poor at scale?

<p>The bottom of the pyramid concept suggests that profit can be made in providing goods and services to poor people, when high volume is combined with low margins. To-date there has been very limited empirical evidence from the health sector concerning the scope and potential for such bottom of the pyramid models. This paper analyses private for-profit (PFP) providers currently offering services to the poor on a large scale, and assesses the future prospects of bottom of the pyramid models in health. Only 10 large scale PFP providers were identified. The majority of these were in South Asia and most provided specialised services such as eye care. They pursued social rather than traditional marketing, partnerships with government, low cost/high volume services and cross-subsidisation between different market segments. There is very limited evidence to support the notion that large scale bottom of the pyramid models in health offer good prospects for extending services to the poor in the future. In order to be successful PFP providers often require partnerships with government or support from social health insurance schemes. Nonetheless, more reliable and independent data on such schemes is needed.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:23:36 GMT

Beyond storms & droughts: the psychological impacts of climate change

<p>This report divides the impacts of climate change on human wellbeing and health into three general categories: impacts on mental health, impacts on physical health, and impacts on community health. It concludes with two sets of recommendations designed to help readers put research findings into action. The first set of recommendations, &ldquo;Tips to Engage the Public on Climate Change,&rdquo; is targeted toward climate communicators and policymakers. The second set of recommendations, &ldquo;Tips to Prepare and Strengthen Communities&rdquo; is targeted towards people and organisations &ndash; from city planners and public health agencies to disaster relief organizations and faith-based communities &ndash; who are interested in strengthening communities&rsquo; response to climate impacts.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:19:50 GMT

Climate cooperation with technology investments and border carbon adjustment

<p>This paper looks at the climate policy question of whether early investments in low-carbon technologies are a useful first step towards a more effective climate agreement in the future. It introduces a climate cooperation model with endogenous research and development (R&amp;D) investments, where countries protect their international competitiveness via border carbon adjustments (BCA). It is argues that BCA raises the scope for cooperation and leads to non-trivial relation between countries&rsquo; prior R&amp;D investments and participation in the coalition. We find that early investments in R&amp;D render free-riding more attractive. Therefore, with delayed cooperation on emission abatement and ex-ante R&amp;D investments, the outcome is often characterized by high participation but inefficiently low technology investments and abatement.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:03:18 GMT

What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study

<p>Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition. This study of individuals identified as influential within nutrition in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and India examines why particular individuals champion nutrition policy, and how they operate in the wider policy and political environments of their countries. Based on analysis of 89 interviews, we consider how individual (adult development) capacities, knowledge and motivations, and wider political economy considerations structure the ability of these leaders to think and act. We argue that only by locating individuals within this wider political economy can we begin to appreciate the range of strategies and avenues for influence (or constraints to that influence) that individual leaders employ and face. We review the literature in this area and suggest a number of ways in which we may support, nurture and develop nutrition leadership in future.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:43:25 GMT

Carbon forestry and Climate Compatible Development in Mozambique: a political economy analysis

<p>This working paper looks at the political economy of carbon forestry and REDD+ in Mozambique in view of goals for climate compatible development (CCD) -&nbsp;simultaneously addressing emission reduction, adaptation and development. The paper asks how debates and decisions on REDD+ in Mozambique may shape outcomes for different groups. Using a political economy framework, the paper considers actor perspectives, interests and interrelations in the broader institutional and political context in order to analyse and the prospects for carbon forestry and REDD+ to contribute climate compatible development in Mozambique. The paper concludes that a political economy analysis of REDD+ and carbon forestry options are an important complement to discussions around technical feasibility and economic affordability, and can in turn help expand the understanding of policy constraints and opportunities for REDD+/carbon forestry to support climate compatible development goals.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:38:02 GMT

Evaluating programmes through a climate adaptation lens: Reflections from coastal areas in Asia and the Pacific

<p>The paper highlights &lsquo;lessons learned&rsquo; from a small selection of climate change adaptation and resilience (CCAR) evaluations of programmes in high-risk coastal areas in Asia and the Pacific. The objective is to distil key lessons regarding monitoring and evaluation processes that are of interest to a broad professional audience. It examines the different ways, and the extent to which, CCAR perspectives are integrated into the design monitoring and evaluation processes of four programmes, and aims to demonstrate how this affects evaluation processes as well as opportunities for generating new knowledge. It also considers how programme evaluations can be better harnessed to contribute to the emerging evidence base on effective CCAR programming.</p><p>This is the third paper in the SEA Change / UKCIP Evaluation Review series which highlights and/or distils &lsquo;lessons learned&rsquo; from a selection of evaluation reports that are relevant to M&amp;E of climate change adaptation.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:24:38 GMT

The contribution of malaria control to maternal and newborn health

<p>This latest report in the Roll Back Malaria&#39;s Progress &amp; Impact Series shares evidence that intermittent preventive malaria treatment during pregnancy and the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) can reduce by 18% the risk of dying from malaria within the first 28 days of life. Malaria control interventions have a profound impact on maternal and newborn health, averting an estimated 94,000 newborn deaths between 2009-2012. Contributors used the report to encourage greater partnership between health areas to expand access to services, maximize impact and increase value for money.</p>

18 Jul 2014 09:01:44 GMT

Managing solutions, not just problems: the role of civil society organisations in transitional justice

<p>This report summarises the main ideas presented in a meeting that brought together the Refugee Law Project with civil society organisations (CSOs) and key stakeholders in order to discuss transitional justice (TJ) and national reconciliation in Uganda.</p><p>The document notes that current transitional justice process in Uganda has become top-down process, led by government institutions and a few civil society actors mainly working in Kampala. However, it highlights the notion that without the government looking at the &ldquo;National Reconciliation Bill&rdquo; in a holistic manner, in which all of the country in encompassed instead of individual conflicts alone, peace will not be possible on a national level.</p><p>The author demonstrates that an emphasis was placed on forming a broad coalition in order to strengthen efforts on TJ and the &ldquo;National Reconciliation Bill&rdquo;, starting at the local community level. In addition, the paper underlines the following suggestions:</p><ul><li>need a council of imminent persons for wider and more effective community engagement</li><li>the process of TJ should involve young people and women (gender sensitive)</li><li>amnesty in its current form is defective and must be more inclusive</li><li>platform for civil society as a conveyor built to engage government; continue engagement, understanding, and demands to/from the government</li></ul><p>Furthermore, it was determined by the CSOs in attendance that they must continue working together on issues of TJ and national reconciliation, indicating the opportunity to network with other organisations working on the same themes.</p>

17 Jul 2014 19:59:51 GMT

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Making the best of new energy resources in the United States

Since around 2007, the country has been enjoying an “energy renaissance” thanks to its abundant stocks of shale oil and gas. The resurgence in oil and gas production is beginning to create discernible economic impacts and has changed the landscape for natural gas prices in the United States, boosting competitiveness.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Green growth indicators

Policies that promote green growth need to be founded on a good understanding of the different factors that affect green growth, and appropriate information is needed to monitor progress and measure results.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:29:00 GMT

The Diesel Differential: Differences in the tax treatment of gasoline and diesel for road use

Diesel and gasoline account for around 95% of energy used for road transport in the OECD and for the largest share of revenue from taxes on energy. In 33 out of 34 OECD countries, diesel fuel is taxed at lower rates than gasoline both in terms of energy and carbon content.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:25:00 GMT

Consequences of climate change damages for economic growth – a dynamic quantitative assessment

This report focuses on the effects of climate change impacts on economic growth. The analysis finds that the effect of climate change impacts on annual global GDP is projected to increase over time, leading to a global GDP loss of 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060 for the most likely equilibrium climate sensitivity range.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

The Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) aimed to promote dialogue on the role of green investment banks, which are domestically-focused public institutions that use limited public capital to leverage or “crowd-in” private capital, including from institutional investors, for green infrastructure investment.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

Paris Policy Forum - Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia: from concept to implementation

The policy forum officially launches the conceptual framework to the public and offers an opportunity for participants to discuss the key issues for emerging Asia: housing, buildings and energy, land use and transport, water and waste management, green goods and services.

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

The ITF is an intergovernmental organisation within the OECD to tackle mobility issues for the 21st century. The Forum acts as a platform to advance transport policy and practice, with a view to ensuring transport's contribution to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being. The ITF 2014 annual Summit is being held in Leipzig, Germany on 21-23 may 2014.

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

Twenty years ago climate change was viewed as just an environmental issue. Today it is squarely an economic issue. Climate change poses significant risks to our economic systems that could result in very large damages. To mitigate these risks we need to radically transform our economies and societies to stop global warming.

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

The OECD’s 34 member countries today affirmed their common resolve to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the COP21 talks in Paris in 2015. OECD accession countries Colombia and Latvia joined the statement issued at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, attended by finance, economy, trade and other ministers.

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Webcast of OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies

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, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 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 2013: 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, July 2013

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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OECD Development Week 2014

The OECD Development Week (30 June, 1- 3 July 2014) is organised by the OECD Development Centre. High-level policy makers, representatives of the private sector, investors, civil society organisations, foundations and think tanks will gather at the OECD to look into current patterns of globalisation and explore more dynamic paths for inclusive and sustainable growth at global, regional and national levels.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:29:00 GMT

OECD Insights Blog: The transatlantic trade deal must work for the people, or it won’t work at all

Blog post by OECD TUAC, ETUC and AFL-CIO on why the transatlantic trade deal TTIP must work for the people, or it won’t work at all.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:28:00 GMT

Monitoring trade and investment measures

G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT

Aiming high: the values-driven economic potential of a successful TTIP deal

Guest post from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the OECD Insights blog discussing the economic potential of a successful TTIP deal.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

New evidence on Africa’s integration into global value chains

The African economy is undergoing diversification and becoming more integrated into the world economy. But whether the current pace of change is sufficient to achieve lasting structural transformation is another question.In order for GVCs to contribute positively to structural change, policy also needs to adapt.

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

African countries need to tap global markets more effectively to strengthen their economies, says new African Economic Outlook

By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:16:00 GMT

Expanding services trade offers major opportunities for growth and jobs, OECD says

The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), released during the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

International Business Dialogue 2014: Better Regulation to Enhance Trade

The objective of the International Business Dialogue 2014 is to collect input from the business community on regulatory impediments to trade and identify areas to improve international regulatory cooperation.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:08:00 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

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

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: Senior Program Manager- eMTCT and Pediatric HIV (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Clinton Health Access InitiativeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Aug 2014The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works in partnership with country governments, partners, and other major stakeholders to identify the key obstacles to access and scale-up of essential health services and to develop sustainable strategies to overcome them. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving vaccines and technologies; and helping governments build

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Associate, eMTCT &amp; Pediatric HIV (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Clinton FoundationCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works in partnership with country governments, partners, and other major stakeholders to identify the key obstacles to access and scale-up of essential health services and to develop sustainable strategies to overcome them. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving vaccines and technologies; and helping governments build the capacity

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Assistant Country Director, Finance and Administration (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CARE AustraliaCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 17 Aug 2014Location – Goroka, PNGFixed term – 3 yearsCARE International in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is seeking to fill the vital role of Assistant Country Director Finance and Administration (ACD F&amp;A). The ACD F&amp;A will direct, control and coordinate the finance and key operational functions for the Country Office including providing effective financial and operational management of disaster responses. The role assists with the overall management of the PNG Country Office and contributes to the overall development

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Timor-Leste: Program Quality Unit Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CARE AustraliaCountry: Timor-LesteClosing date: 24 Aug 2014Fixed term – 6 months with the possibility of extensionCARE Australia is looking to fill the position of Program Quality Manager in Timor Leste. The Program Quality Manager will use their demonstrated best practice in design, implementation and evaluation to continually improve CARE International in Timor-Leste’s programming. It will support the Country Director and Assistant Country Director Programs in the development of CARE’s long term programs, and with strategic partnerships with donors, international and national

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Overseas Programmes Coordinator (Internship to Perm) - A f I D (Accounting for International Development) (Stipend of £500 to 600 pcm., Hammersmith and Fulham, London) (source: CharityJob)

A f I D (Accounting for International Development), Hammersmith and Fulham, London, Stipend of £500 to 600 pcm. Do you have the organisational skills needed to manage 100+ volunteers &amp; 100+ charities in 35 countries? AfID is seeking an exceptional graduate, ...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Social Protection Adviser - Save the Children (£36,000 - £38,000 + pension, London) (source: CharityJob)

Save the Children, London, £36,000 - £38,000 + pension Save the Children is the world&rsquo;s leading independent organisation for children working in 120 countries to save lives and help them fulfil their...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Senior Compensation and Benefits Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

To support initiatives in HR Policy and Program Division (BPPP) that ensure the effectiveness of policies and guidelines on compensation and benefits for all ADB staff (i.e., International Staff (IS), National Staff (NS) and Administrative Staff (AS) in headquarters (HQ) and the field offices (FOs)). Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients. (Closing Date: 14 August 2014)

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Financing Partnerships Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

Performs secretarial, administrative and operational activities for various activities of the Office. Coordinates for knowledge dissemination activities, database management, and other administrative functions. (Closing Date: 14 August 2014)

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Operations Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

Performs a full range of administrative support for three to four international staff. Coordinates administrative activities for the assigned units. (Closing Date: 14 August 2014)

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: A LOGISTICS COORDINATOR -ETHIOPIA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014We are looking for: A LOGISTICS COORDINATORCountry: Ethiopia, based in AddisLength of Contract:6 months, starting as soon as possibleGeneral objective:Secure sound logistical performance and coordination at mission level in order to provide programs with optimum supportResponsibilities:Participate in the recruitment and train a new CLMManage the log department in Addis and provide support to the basesValidate all the PPPs and supply plans of the projects in Dollo Ado, Sekota, Borena and Kebri DeharCarry

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: MdM recherche un CHARGE(E) DE RESSOURCES HUMAINES / CHARGE(E) DE PARCOURS - Paris (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: FranceClosing date: 31 Oct 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.En France, les actions de

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Programme Officer - West Africa &amp; Latin America (source: Relief Web)

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014About the roleMarie Stopes International have a permanent Programme Officer opportunity in our West Africa and Latin America department, based in London. This role will facilitate effective project management, financial and narrative reporting and compliance, as well as contribute to the development of strategies to improve capacity in our country programmes.The role covers a broad range of growing programmes from the large and well established (Senegal, Mali, Madagascar) to the smaller, lower capacity

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: SENEGAL - Directeur des Programmes Adjoint (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: SenegalClosing date: 31 Aug 2014L’ASSOCIATION ALIMALors de la création d’ALIMA, en juin 2009, l’objectif était de produire des secours médicaux lors de situations d’urgences ou de catastrophes médicales, par un mode opératoire basé principalement sur le partenariat avec des acteurs médicaux nationaux ou d’autres ONGs dont le savoir-faire s’avérerait complémentaire et donc utile pour améliorer l’efficacité de nos interventions. L’idée était qu’en mutualisant et capitalisant leurs compétences, ALIMA et ses partenaires permettraient l'accès à des soins de qualité

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Regional Deputy Programme Director - Former Soviet Union (FSU) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Sep 2014Regional Deputy Programme Director - Former Soviet Union (FSU)£53,352 per annumLondon, UKABOUT THE ROLEAs the Deputy Programme Director (DPD) you will lead on the development and implementation of the regional strategies and operational plans across the former Soviet Union, providing political advice, undertaking field travel and managing work and crisis situations.You will manage staff and financial resources in sub-region(s), with direct reports of between 10 and 15 staff;

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fiji: Consultancy for Evaluation of the Reproductive Health, Training Programme for the Pacific Region, Suva, Fiji (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: FijiClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Pacific Sub-Regional OfficeConsultancyfor Evaluation of the Reproductive Health****Training Programme for the Pacific Region********August - 30 October 2014****Opening for ConsultancyDuty Station: Suva - FijiDeadline for applications: 15th August 2014Duration of Period: One MonthOrganization Unit UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office, Suva, Fiji****TERMS OF REFERENCE****IntroductionFollowing the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) as Cairo, Egypt in 1994, objectives and program

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: INSO Safety Advisor-Kenya (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International NGO Safety OrganisationCountry: KenyaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014INSO is a global charity dedicated exclusively to issues of humanitarian safety and to the operation of NGO Safety Offices (NSO) in volatile or insecure contexts. INSO Kenya aims to support security awareness and security management capabilities amongst NGOs operating throughout the country.We are now seeking an experienced individual to join our team as a Safety Advisor (SA) who will based out of the INSO Central Region Office located in Nairobi. The Safety Advisor leads the delivery of INSO’s core

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Expression of Interest - Ref. No. EOI/YEM/007/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: YemenClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Expression of Interest To Solicit Companies to conduct Financial Management Capacity (Micro Assessment) of Implementing PartnersRef. No. EOI/YEM/007/2014BackgroundIn April 2005 the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) formally released a harmonized Framework for Cash Transfers to Partners (hereinafter called as “the Framework”) which is available at: http://goo.gl/TVmBwQ. This framework applies to the UN Funds and Programmes (UNDP, UNFPA, WFP and UNICEF) formerly the so-called ExCom agencies. It calls for

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Expression of Interest To Solicit Companies to conduct Financial Management Capacity(Micro Assessment)of Implementing Partners Ref. No. EOI/YEM/007/2 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: YemenClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Expression of Interest To Solicit Companies to conduct Financial Management Capacity (Micro Assessment) of Implementing PartnersRef. No. EOI/YEM/007/2014BackgroundIn April 2005 the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) formally released a harmonized Framework for Cash Transfers to Partners (hereinafter called as “the Framework”) which is available at: http://goo.gl/TVmBwQ. This framework applies to the UN Funds and Programmes (UNDP, UNFPA, WFP and UNICEF) formerly the so-called ExCom agencies. It calls for

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Education Officer NO-2, Fixed Term - Post#89181, Hodeida - Announcement # 17/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: YemenClosing date: 06 Aug 2014INTERNAL/EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 17/2014If you are a committed, creative Yemeni and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading child rights organization. UNICEF would like to hear from you.Post Title : Education OfficerContract type : Fixed Term AppointmentLevel of Post : NO-2Duration : One Year, renewableNo of posts : One PostDuty Station : Hodeida post # 89181PURPOSE:Under the general supervision of the Chief Field Office, the incumbents will contribute

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Mid Term Evaluation of the GNPD Program, American Red Cross, Haiti (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Red CrossCountry: HaitiClosing date: 05 Sep 20141. Description of the Program to be Evaluated1.1. Background and Objectives of the ProjectOn January 12th, 2010, shortly before 5.00pm, a 7.0 earthquake – one of the most powerful to hit Haiti in over 200 year’s struck 10miles southwest of heavily populated Port-au-Prince. The collective impact of earthquake was the most devastating disaster in Haiti’s history. It caused incalculable human and material losses, destroying much of Port-au-Prince, including poorly constructed dwellings common to Haitian shantytowns as

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Indicator Expert, USAID Good Governance in Georgia Program, Georgia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 30 Aug 2014Indicator Expert, USAID Good Governance in Georgia Program, GeorgiaCompany Profile: MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate in some

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Program Coordinator for South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Diakonie KatastrophenhilfeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 15 Aug 2014BackgroundDiakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) has been running relief and rehabilitation (and also disaster risk reduction-DRR) programs in South Sudan since 1998. There is a low profile, registered DKH country office with local staff in Juba, but accompaniment of DKH projects in South Sudan is currently being exercised by DKH Regional Office in Nairobi, expatriate staff.With the current escalation of violence and the outbreak of severe fighting at the end of last year South Sudan is in a very volatile situation.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Environmental Health Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a prominent international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the IRC currently addresses the needs of conflict-affected Iraqis from several operational bases in the region. Our activities have focused primarily on the supply of vital medications, non-food

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS #03547 PMTCT Technical Consultant in Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS FoundationCountry: UgandaClosing date: 14 Aug 2014REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS #03547PMTCT Technical Consultant in Ugandain support ofELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION (EGPAF)1140 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200Washington, DC 20036Firm Deadline: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:00pm Eastern Daylight TimeThe Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), a non-profit organization, is the world leader in the fight to eliminate pediatric AIDS. Our mission is to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eliminate pediatric AIDS through

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Directeur Pays / Country Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 14 Aug 2014Base et Pays de travail: Kinshasa – RD-CONGODurée du contrat: 1 YearSuperviseur direct:Responsable Géographique / Desk Officer1. MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLEThe CD is responsible for overseeing the development, funding and implementation of the country strategy and the growth of program portfolio that effectively addresses the underlying causes and effects of malnutrition in line with ACF's values (Charter), Programming Principles, and Strategy;S/he must also ensure that systems /

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Responsable programme multisectoriel Sécurité Alimentaire/Eau Assainissement Hygiène (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 14 Aug 2014Base et Pays de travail: Minova, RDC avec fréquents déplacements dans les Zones de Sante de Minova (Sud Kivu), Kirotshe et Masisi (Nord Kivu)Durée du contrat: 12 moisDate de début au poste souhaité: 1 Aout 2014Superviseur direct: Coordinateur TerrainSuperviseur technique: Responsable Département Sécurité Alimentaire &amp; Responsable Département Eau Assainissement HygièneDate de début: 1/07/ 2014Date de fin: 31/07/2015Objectif GénéralLe Responsable de Programme est responsable

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zimbabwe: Governance and Civil Society Advisor--Zimbabwe (Open to local candidates only) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PactCountry: ZimbabweClosing date: 30 Aug 2014Position Title : Governance and Civil Society Advisor--Zimbabwe (Open to local candidates only)Requisition Number: 14-0102Location: Harare, ZimbabweDescription: Pact seeks a Governance and Civil Society Strengthening Advisor for an anticipated multi-donor civil society support program in Zimbabwe. This initiative will empower citizens to hold the Zimbabwean state to account for its use of resources and its respect for human rights and democratic principles, while assuring that the citizens, as duty-bearers also embody their

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Responsable programme Marketing Social WASH (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 14 Aug 2014Base et Pays de travail: RDC / MinovaDurée du contrat: 12 moisDate de début au poste souhait é: 1er Juillet 2014Superviseur direct: Coordinateur TerrainSuperviseur technique: Coordinateur Technique Est &amp; Coordinateur Wash PaysDate de début: 01/07/2014Date de fin: 30/06/2015Finalité du poste: Développer et mettre en œuvre un projet de reprise communautaire du chlore en lien avec les partenaires au projet, sur une base de marketing social et de production localePar la suite, la

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zimbabwe: Grants and Finance Manager--Zimbabwe (Open to Local candidates only) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PactCountry: ZimbabweClosing date: 30 Aug 2014POSITION #2:Position Title : Grants and Finance Manager--Zimbabwe (Open to Local candidates only)Requisition Number: 14-0101Location: Harare, ZimbabweDescription: Pact seeks a Grants and Finance Manager for an anticipated multi-donor civil society support program in Zimbabwe. This initiative will empower citizens to hold the Zimbabwean state to account for its use of resources and its respect for human rights and democratic principles, through the provision of financial and technical support to civil society organizations

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zimbabwe: Project Director--Zimbabwe (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PactCountry: ZimbabweClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position Title: Project Director--Zimbabwe (Open to local candidates only)Requisition Number: 14-0100Location: Harare, ZimbabweDescription: Pact seeks a Program Director for an anticipated multi-donor civil society support program in Zimbabwe. This initiative will empower citizens to hold the Zimbabwean state to account for its use of resources and its respect for human rights and democratic principles, through the provision of financial and technical support to civil society organizations (CSOs). The Program Director will be

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Responsable Support Terrain (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 14 Aug 2014Intitulé du poste: Responsable SupportBase et Pays de travail:Minova – Sud Kivu, République Démocratique du CongoDurée du contrat: 12 mois - renouvelablesDate de début au poste souhaitée: ASAPBesoins de formation identifies: Kit log (si nouveau à ACF), induction ACF (si nouveau)Superviseur direct: Coordinateur Terrain MinovaSuperviseur technique: Adjoint Directrice Pays Support, et en cas d’absence Responsable Log MissionFinalité du poste: Assurer la gestion logistique, financière

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

ICS Administrator - Progressio (, Lambeth, London) (source: CharityJob)

Progressio, Lambeth, London, &pound;20,232 gross pa (pro rata), plus other benefitsFixed-term contract (ending on 31 March 2015), full-time (35 hours per week)Based in Brixton, Lo...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sierra Leone: Consultancy Assignment - Sierra Leone - Ebola Response Communication for Development (C4D) Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: Sierra LeoneClosing date: 14 Aug 2014Sierra Leone - Ebola Response Communication for Development (C4D) ConsultantTitle: C4D Specialist (Ebola response)Reports to: Chief, Child Survival and DevelopmentDuration: Three month deployment (with possibility of extension)Location: Freetown, Sierra LeoneBACKGROUNDOn Monday 26 May 2014, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone following the laboratory confirmation of a suspected case from Kailahun

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Consultant: Editor for Toolkit for Facilitators (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Rationale and context of the assignment.The Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) Section in UNICEF’s Programme Division in New York headquarters works to advance the rights of adolescents across all UNICEF-supported programmes and policies. The small team of specialists promotes programming for adolescents that build on their assets and strengths, while addressing their unique vulnerabilities and risks.UNICEF’s Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) Section is developing a package

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: ICS Administrator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ProgressioCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 20 Aug 2014£20,232 gross pa (pro rata), plus other benefitsFixed-term contract (ending on 31 March 2015), full-time (35 hours per week)Based in Brixton, LondonThis is a great opportunity for a candidate who would like to further develop their administrative skills, and other competencies, in the context of international development and young adult volunteering. This is a very varied, hands-on administration role within the International Citizen Service (ICS) team.Being part of this small

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Financial Coordinator – Amman – Jordan - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 14 Sep 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.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator – Beyrouth - Lebanon - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 31 Aug 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.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Psychosocial Technical Advisor – North SYRIA - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Disaster Law Internship (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent SocietiesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 24 Aug 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 IFRC Disaster Law Programme (DLP) seeks to reduce human vulnerability

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Program Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: VaxtracCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Program AssociateLocation: Washington DCJob type: Full-timePosition OverviewVaxTrac is a US-based nonprofit that deploys a biometric-based mobile vaccination management system in developing countries. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program Associate is primarily responsible for supporting program and research &amp; evaluation staff on managing and monitoring existing projects, as well as providing assistance with new project design and proposals. We are looking for early career candidates and can

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Physical Rehabilitation Technical Advisor – North SYRIA - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Manager, Comunications &amp; Marketing (source: Relief Web)

Organization: EngenderHealthCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 12 Sep 2014TITLE: Manager, Communications &amp; MarketingPROGRAM/OFFICE: External RelationsREPORTS TO: Director, Communications &amp; MarketingFLSA STATUS: ExemptEngenderHealth is a leading global women’s health organization committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance at survival. In 20 countries around the world, we train health care professionals and partner with governments and communities to make high-quality family planning and sexual

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: WASH Programme Manager - Erbil - Iraq (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Norwegian Refugee CouncilCountry: IraqClosing date: 16 Aug 2014JOB PURPOSE:To provide technical oversight, quality assurance, and strategic planning for NRC’s WASH projects for Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs throughout the country.Job descriptionPROGRAMME DELIVERYAssist WASH Project Managers (WASH PMs) in planning, implementing, problem-solving and monitoring WASH interventions at different programme sites in Iraq.Support cross sector collaboration between NRC’s WASH and other core competencies including Shelter, Education and Gender Based Violence programs to help NRC

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Prosthesis &amp; Orthotics Technical Advisor – North SYRIA - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: HR Administrator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 30 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Field coordinator – North SYRIA - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Project Manager – North SYRIA - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Administrative and Finance Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 14 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Officer (source: Open Society Institute)

The Open Society Fellowship seeks a program officer.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Logistics Coordinator – North Syria - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Training Officer (full time) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International NGO Training and Research CentreCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 17 Aug 2014An exciting opportunity has opened up for the role of Training Officer at INTRAC in Oxford, UK.Training is one of INTRAC’s core services and includes; Open Training in the UK and overseas; innovative online Blended Learning; and, tailor-made training worldwide. The Training Officer is a key post that focuses primarily on coordinating the day-to-day logistics of the Open Training and Blended Learning programmes. This is a great opportunity for someone

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Researcher – CSOs Capacity Assessment (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Integrity Watch AfghanistanCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 10 Aug 2014BACKGROUNDIntegrity Watch is an Afghan civil society organization committed to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity in Afghanistan.The mission of Integrity Watch is to put corruption under the spotlight through community monitoring, research, and advocacy. We mobilize and train communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries. We develop community monitoring tools, provide policy-oriented research, facilitate policy dialogue, and advocate

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Communications Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: EngenderHealthCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 12 Sep 2014****TITLE:****Communications Associate****PROGRAM/OFFICE:**** External Relations****REPORTS TO:**** Communications &amp; Marketing Manager****FLSA**** STATUS: Exempt****UNION AFFILIATION:**** UnionEngenderHealth is a leading global women’s health organization committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance at survival. In 20 countries around the world, we train health care professionals and partner with governments and communities

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: Deputy FAO Representative (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Food and Agriculture OrganizationCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 28 Aug 2014Under the supervision of the FAO Representative in Ethiopia, with functional support guidance from the Senior Field Programme Officer (OSD) and the Programme Officer (FAOR Network), Regional Office for Africa (RAF), and in close collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Team in the Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa, relevant technical units in RAF and at headquarters, the relevant Government Institutions, UN Agencies and other development partners, the Deputy FAO Representative will assist the FAO

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: CCM HEALTH ADVISOR KENYA AND SOMALIA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Comitato Collaborazione MedicaCountry: KenyaClosing date: 24 Aug 2014CCM (Comitato Collaborazione Medica) is an Italian NGO operating in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda, specialized in the implementation of health-related projects in both humanitarian and development contexts. CCM Nairobi Office is responsible for the coordination of development initiatives carried out in both Kenya and Somalia. Currently, CCM is active in Kenya in Isiolo County, implementing an initiative meant at improving health, hygiene and sanitation conditions of pastoralists groups

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

China: Human Resources Specialist, P-3, China, Beijing (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: ChinaClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Purpose of the PositionUnder the general supervision of the Chief of Operations, the incumbent of this post will be responsible for the Human Resources Management of China Country Office as well as to provide HR support to few other country offices in the region. This includes Human Resources Planning, Personnel Administration and Management for all of the various categories of staff and consultants/contractors, and the conceptualization and implementation of a state of the art Human Resources Development plan.Key

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Tajikistan: Consultancy: Administrative Support (Human Resources - CSU) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: TajikistanClosing date: 13 Aug 2014UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office is seeking an individual consultant to provide administrative support related to the administration of the Human Resources team, Common Services Unit.Work Assignment:The consultant will undertake the following work assignments:Supporting Human Resources unit on implementation of effective e-filing system (specific database).Ensuring appropriate organized filing of human resources and other relevant official documents.Preparation of report and consolidating relevant

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Social Protection Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 17 Aug 2014Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children working in 120 countries to save lives and help them fulfil their potential.Our work in Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods aims to reduce child poverty and improve the resilience of families to cope with disasters, focusing on countries with a high burden of undernutrition and exposure to risk. Our social protection portfolio consists of projects, programmes and research activities aimed at supporting

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: WARO Regional WASH Acquisition and Management Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: SenegalClosing date: 15 Aug 2014This is your opportunity to use your experience in grants and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–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.Under the direction of the Resources Acquisition and Management (RAM) Director and in collaboration

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Finance Director - World Vision Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: UgandaClosing date: 15 Aug 2014This is your opportunity to use your experience in finance management to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–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.The Finance Director - World Vision Uganda will provide overall Leadership and Management of the Finance Division, develop

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Conseilleur Technique Cash Transfert et Distributions - Mali - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: MaliClosing date: 01 Sep 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap International est une

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International Division Coordinator - CAFOD (£27,089 - £31,293, Southwark, London) (source: CharityJob)

CAFOD, Southwark, London, £27,089 - £31,293 CAFOD, one of the UK&rsquo;s leading international aid agencies, is currently looking for a PA/Executive Assistant to provide proactive, comprehensive...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Training Officer (full time) - INTRAC (£19,500 per annum, full time (, Oxford, Oxfordshire) (source: CharityJob)

INTRAC, Oxford, Oxfordshire, £19,500 per annum, full time ( An exciting opportunity has opened up for the role of Training Officer at INTRAC in Oxford, UK. Training is one of INTRAC&rsquo;s core services and in...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Chef de Projet Psychosocial - Tombouctou - Mali - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: MaliClosing date: 31 Aug 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap International est une

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: A LOGISTICS, FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER - YEMEN (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: YemenClosing date: 15 Sep 2014We are looking for: A LOGISTICS, FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGERCountry:Yemen – based in AdenLength of Contract: 3 months, starting until the 01/10/2014General objective:To oversee the running of Aden’s Base Logistics, HR and Finance operations; and support the Field Coordinator in base operations including but not limited to security supportResponsibilities:Conduct market assessment for priority goods and advice Field Coordinator on market capacity/Contingency PlanningConduct job training of national

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Conseiller Technique Psychosocial – Bamako – Mali - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: MaliClosing date: 31 Aug 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap International est une

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Student Fundraising Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 13 Aug 2014Student Fundraising AssistantWe are looking for a personable multi-tasker with strong communication and organisational skills to join our growing Events and Community Fundraising Team, to support the delivery and development of Action Against Hunger’s student fundraising activities.This new role will support the Student Fundraising Coordinator to promote student challenge events to universities across the UK, attending promotional and recruitment events, and to provide a high standard of supporter care to our student challenge participants. The role requires a strong

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Prosthesis and Orthotics Advisor - Beirut – Lebanon - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 01 Sep 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.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Prospect Research Intern - WaterAid (, Lambeth, London) (source: CharityJob)

WaterAid, Lambeth, London, Are you passionate about enabling some of the world&rsquo;s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation? Are you keen to gain experience o...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Namibia Carnivore Conservation Programme - Frontier (, Namibia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Namibia, Namibia is a land of breathtaking sunsets, a place where you will find African wildlife roaming and an African nation that has a proud and fascinating...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Namibia Teaching & Wildlife - Frontier (, Namibia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Namibia, A country to explore, Namibia offers a unique travel experience and hosts some of nature's greatest creations, such as the red sand dunes of Sossusvle...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Chargé(e) de recrutement 80% (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommes Foundation Child ReliefCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Nous recherchons pour notre département des Ressources Humaines un/eChargé(e) de recrutement 80%La/le chargé(e) de recrutement est rattaché(e) au secteur "partenariat et recrutement" du département des ressources humaines. Elle/il travaille sous la supervision directe du chef de ce secteur qu'elle/il secondera dans la réalisation d'activités RH, principalement liées au recrutement de collaborateurs appelés à être basés dans les pays d'intervention de Terre des hommes. Faisant partie du

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: SOUTH ASIA INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ADVISER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Commission of JuristsCountry: Nepal, ThailandClosing date: 17 Aug 2014The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.The ICJ is seeking to recruit an International Legal Adviser who will be responsible for implementing the ICJ’s programme in South Asia. The ICJ programme on Asia and the Pacific is run from its Regional office in Bangkok, Thailand, and from the South Asia office in Kathmandu, Nepal. The position can be based either

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Physical Rehabilitation Manager – Beirut – Lebanon - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 15 Aug 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.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation - Frontier (, Namibia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Namibia, Namibia is a land of breath-taking sunsets, a place where you will find African wildlife roaming the plains of a nation with a proud and fascinating c...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Namibia Wildlife Conservation & Sanctuary - Frontier (, Namibia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Namibia, Help conserve Namibia's precious wildlife at a spectacular sanctuary, in the heart of Africa. Rehabilitate and care for animals such as cheetahs, wild...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique Community Development - Frontier (, Mozambique) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Mozambique, Mozambique- the word evokes images of pristine coastline, beautiful terracotta tiled towns and fascinating arab influenced culture. However, there is ...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Humanitarian Affairs Officer- Humanitarian Financing P3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: IraqClosing date: 07 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq (duty station to be confirmed). The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Office.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Humanitarian Financing Officer, will be responsible for the following dutiesI. Humanitarian Financing and Coordination:• Under the supervision of the HoO, support

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique Village Project - Frontier (, Mozambique) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Mozambique, Mozambique is a nation that evokes images of pristine coastline, beautiful terracotta tiled towns and fascinating culture. However, there is much more...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil Military Coordination) P4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: IraqClosing date: 07 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq (duty station to be confirmed). The Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination) reports to the Head of OCHA Office in Iraq.RESPONSIBILITIES:Under the leadership and guidance of the Head of OCHA Office in Iraq, and within delegated authority, the HAO (Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination) will be responsible for the

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Manager, Eurasia Programme - International Alert (£50,947 + excellent benefits, London) (source: CharityJob)

International Alert, London, £50,947 + excellent benefits We are seeking an exceptional candidate to lead our Eurasia programme. You will be responsible for leading and managing Alert&rsquo;s ongoing Eurasia ...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Humanitarian Affairs Officer P-4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: IraqClosing date: 07 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: These positions are located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq (Multiple Positions). The Humanitarian Affairs Officers report to the Head of Office in Iraq.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officers will be responsible for the following duties:• Serve as a senior policy officer; advise on overall policy direction on specific issues; and, more generally, review

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Physical Rehabilitation Project Manager - Jordan - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 31 Jul 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.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Humanitarian Affairs Officer P-3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: IraqClosing date: 07 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: These positions are located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq (Multiple Positions). The Humanitarian Affairs Officers report to a Humanitarian Affairs Officer (P-4).RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officers will be responsible for the following duties:• Monitor, analyze and report on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Information Management Officer P-4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: IraqClosing date: 07 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq (duty station to be confirmed). The Information Management Officer reports to the Head of Office.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Manages the day-to-day operation of the information management unit (IMU) and the information communications

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Programme Manager, Eurasia Programme (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International AlertCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Salary: £50,947 per annum, plus excellent benefitsBased: LondonWe are seeking an exceptional candidate to lead our Eurasia programme. You will be responsible for leading and managing Alert’s ongoing Eurasia Programme in the former Soviet Union, ensuring it is staffed by talented and motivated people, sustainably funded, based on a sound strategy which is implemented and evaluated with a discernable impact on peace, and is complementary to and linked with the efforts of

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Information Management Officer P-3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: IraqClosing date: 07 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq (duty station to be confirmed). The Information Management Officer reports to the Information Management Officer, P4.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Manage information to support OCHA and the UN system, as well as partner organizations, prevent,

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Administrative Officer P-3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: IraqClosing date: 07 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq (duty station to be confirmed). The Administrative Officer will provide substantial assistance with administration, budgetary and financial management matters ensuring accountability and adherence to the UN Financial Rules and Regulations, local staff administration and other general administrative matters to support the implementation of

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Interactive Designer (source: Open Society Institute)

The Office of Communications seeks an interactive designer.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Commercial First Aid Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Netherlands Red CrossClosing date: 15 Aug 2014We help to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience by responding to disasters and crises and by supporting community and institutional risk reduction and preparedness.In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally with the aid of specialists or by sending relief supplies or money.Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Finance Manager - USAID (source: Relief Web)

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 20 Aug 2014About usMarie Stopes International is a social enterprise with an income of c.£250m. We provide millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable women with quality family planning and reproductive healthcare through a number of innovative models.The Marie Stopes International (MSI) Global Partnership receives substantial amounts of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding through a variety of mechanisms for its international family planning activities in 43 countries around

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Programme Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent SocietiesCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Reporting to the Head of Programme Unit, the Malaria Programme Manager, Central African Republic Phase II malaria grant supports activities that contribute towards achieving Strategy 2020s' strategic aims 1 Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises and 2 Enable healthy and safe living. The position contributes to strengthening of IFRC's expanding engagement with the Global Fund (GF).The Malaria Programme Manager will

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Myanmar - Wash Construction Support - Sittwe (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Posted on: 31/07/2014Desired start date:ASAPDuration of the mission:2 monthsLocation: Sittwe, Rakhine State .MISSIONYou can find all the information about the Solidarités International (SI) Myanmar’s mission here: http://www.solidarites.org/en/nos-missions/myanmarRESPONSIBILITES1) Supervision of ongoing constructions (latrines superstructure, concrete/brick latrine pit, concrete drainage and rain water harvesting system)Field supervision of constructions in Rathedaung camps and villages depending on

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: English Teaching Volunteer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: kaw DaiCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Dec 2014Kaw Dai OrganizationKaw Dai Organization is a non-profit organization working on community development and youth empowerment for Shan Communities.We are looking for experienced volunteers to teach our students. We want adaptable people who can learn to fit into situation and help nurture our students to become leaders in the areas of needs in their community. We have 19 students from rural area of Shan State coming down to Yangon and study in our program.TeachingVolunteers will teach English as well as various social science

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lao People&#039;s Democratic Republic (the): GIS update and training (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Croix-Rouge FrançaiseCountry: Lao People&#039;s Democratic Republic (the)Closing date: 03 Sep 2014Summary:In the framework of a food technology project in Laos co-funded by EUROPEAID, the French Red Cross (FRC), in collaboration with the Lao Red Cross (LRC), is looking for a GIS consultant in order to implement a short?term mission to :create/update GIS on ArcGIStrain government staff such as DONRE/PONRE (District/Province offices of Natural Resources and Environment) to use and update it. The training will be held in Hongsa district.update an existing GIS on QGIS.The

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Security Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 21 Aug 2014Do you have practical experience of carrying out security assessments, planning and implementation of procedures gained in an NGO or UN field context?Do you have experience of developing and delivering training and other learning and development initiatives within the context of an NGO?Do you have the ability to communicate complex information in a straightforward way, and experience of producing information materials?Are you fluent in English and French?If so please visit jobs.oxfam.org.uk

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: VACANCY FOR A DRIVER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Build AfricaCountry: KenyaClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Build Africa Kenya (BAK) is a Non-Governmental Organization committed to developing the potential of young people and supporting their participation in sustainable development programmes. BAK programme components are Education and Livelihoods Development, currently being implemented in Gilgil, Elementaita, Elburgon, Kwale, and Machakos Districts. BAK is seeking to engage a highly qualified part time driver who will be part of the team implementing these projects. The position will be for a period of ****six (6) months**** and

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Director of Human Resources &amp; Organisation Development for Regional Office West &amp; Central Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: SOS Children&#039;s Villages InternationalCountry: SenegalClosing date: 08 Sep 2014Mission:The Director of Human Resources &amp; Organisation Development (HROD) drives GSC support and development in the areas of HR and OD in West and Central Africa in order to support the achievement of organisational goals. He/she works closely with Member Associations (MAs) to build their capacity. He/she leads the HROD network in the region and works towards roll-out and execution of global policies, processes and projects and their translation into regional requirements where necessary.Tasks

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Belgium: ECHO Partnership Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PlanCountry: BelgiumClosing date: 05 Sep 2014DescriptionJob Title:ECHO Partnership ManagerReporting to:Head of Plan EU OfficeBased in:Brussels, BelgiumStatus: Full time (5 days/week)SummaryPlan Europe is a regional network within Plan International, one of the largest international children’s development organisations in the world, which links 12 European national offices of Plan and 50 programme countries around the world with the Plan EU Office in Brussels. Plan EU office works in close collaboration with Plan International’s headquarters (IH) and regional offices.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burundi: Manager - Corporate Services (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rice Research InstituteCountry: BurundiClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Job PurposeResponsible for providing an effective and efficient corporate services platform to support the program and representational activities of the IRRI Regional Office. Corporate services (CS) will be provided in a proactive manner and consistent with IRRI policies.CS Manager will report primarily to the Regional Coordinator and functionally to the Deputy Director General for Management Services (DDGMS) at IRRI headquarters. She/He will lead the NRS regional office corporate services team

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Montenegro: International Consultancy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: MontenegroClosing date: 15 Aug 2014UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUNDREQUIRESInternational Consultancyfor the provision of technical expertise for development of the Protocol of Work of Operational Multidisciplinary Teams (OMTs/MDTs) on protection of victims of violence in family and violence against children in general in the area of protection of children from violence, abuse and neglect and provision of corresponding trainingMinimum Requirements:· An advanced university degree preferably in Law, or alternatively in social sciences or other

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Montenegro: International Consultancy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: MontenegroClosing date: 15 Aug 2014UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUNDREQUIRESInternational Consultancyfor the provision of Technical Assistance to respective institutionsin developing and conducting specialized high-quality tailor-made training curricula for Judges, Attorneys at Law and Social Workers on the rights of the child in civil law and administrative proceedings with special attention to family law related casesMinimum Requirements:Master degree preferably in Law, or alternatively in social sciences or other relevant field;At

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: WASH Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mission EastCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 22 Aug 2014Position Title: WASH Adviser, AfghanistanLocation / department: Mission East (ME) Faizabad City, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, with frequent travels to provinces in Afghanistan with ME operations (Takhar, Badakhshan and Baghlan) and travel to Kabul.Length of contract: 12 months, with possibility to renew.Responsible to: Country Director (CD), AfghanistanLine Management: There is no direct line management, but this position indirectly supervises all senior WASH staff and the WASH teams in the provinces of ME operation.This

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Request for expression of interest for consultancy in Technical Backstopping of Women Involved in Small Scale Income Generating Activities (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Vétérinaires Sans Frontières GermanyCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 16 Aug 2014TERMS OF REFERENCERequest for expression of interest for consultancy in Technical Backstopping of Women Involved in Small Scale Income Generating Activities1.BackgroundVSF Germany is an international Non-Governmental Organization, providing humanitarian aid and development assistance to pastoralists and vulnerable communities in areas where livestock is of importance. In the region, VSF Germany implements activities in South Sudan, the Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. With support in animal

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Various Positions - Justice and Community Security Programme in Syria (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Aktis StrategyCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Aktis Strategy is currently leading on implementation of the community engagement component of the Integrated Community Security Programme (ICSP) in Syria, jointly funded by the US Government, UK Government and Danish Government. The follow on programme to ICSP is called Access to Justice and Community Security (AJACS). The initial contract will be for an initial 6 month period but is intended to be renewed on a rolling contractual basis for 3 years.The programme will be a Security and Justice programme that

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Project Manager/Engineer - Infrastructure (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: LebanonClosing date: 08 Aug 2014KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:To work closely with both Area Programme Managers and Water Establishment to implement the project in line with the objectives laid out in the donor approved Logical Framework.Plan and Undertake a water supply network and hydraulic study.Select an engineering consultant and approve all submitted work.Ensure timeliness and quality of the procurement and tender procedures.Ensure the quality of the construction meets standard required by the water Establishment.Monitor the budget and ensure funds are spent

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Monitoring, Evaluating, Accountability and Learning Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: LebanonClosing date: 11 Aug 2014KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:Programme planning, development and quality:· Support country programme processes, particularly on logic of intervention (country program logical frameworks and MEAL plans), and contribute to ensuring adherence to Oxfam’s programme quality standards.· Lead on the development of logical frameworks and MEAL plans in project proposals, in consultation with the Funding Coordinator and program teams.· Responsible for estimating and setting MEAL resources in proposals’ budgets.· Act as focal point for Oxfam’s

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Knowledge and Communication Manager for HIV and AIDS NGO, Uganda. - Inter Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE UK) (Unpaid but fundrasing support, Uganda) (source: CharityJob)

Inter Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE UK), Uganda, Unpaid but fundrasing support KIFAD is a small community mobilization NGO in Nansana, Uganda, which supports people living with HIV and AIDS. KIFAD assist local people through offe...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Administrator for Kenya and Somalia Coordination Office (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: KenyaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014WORK CONTEXTCesvi has in Nairobi its fully structured Coordination Office from which the projects in Kenya and Somalia are managed and supervised. Each coutry has a designated Country Representative, whereas the administration is centralized. Cesvi Coordination Office employes more than 250 National Staff, both Kenyan and Somali, and 7 Expatriates. Annual budget Coordination Office Euros 4/5 millions.The projects’ sector focus is as follows: Kenya: development project focusing on children; Central

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Direct Marketing Manager (Acquisition) - Flow Caritas (£42400 per annum + Excellent B, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Flow Caritas, City of London, London, £42400 per annum + Excellent B Title: Direct Marketing Manager (Acquisition)Salary: £42,400Location: LondonContract: PermanentCloses: Tuesday 19th AugustInterviews: Monday 1st Septe...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Education in Development Generalist - Brussels (source: CfBT Education Trust)

TENDER - Education Advisory Services to the European Commission&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;KEY EXPERT - Education in Development Generalist. Full-time, Brussels based, you will work closely with the DEVCO team to improve the quality of design and implementation of EU education support in developing countries. You will have at least 5 years of professional experience covering education sector development, education polici ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burkina Faso: UN EXPERT EN RENFORCEMENT DU SYSTEME DE SANTE (H/F) - BURKINA FASO (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: Burkina FasoClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Nous recherchons : UN EXPERT EN RENFORCEMENT DU SYSTEME DE SANTE (H/F)Pays d’affectation:Burkina Faso, basé à Diapaga/FadaDurée du contrat: 1.5 mois à compter du 25 Aout 2014Finalité du poste:Suite aux diagnostics du système de santé réalisés en Mai 2014 dans les districts sanitaires (DS) de Diapaga et Fada, un atelier de programmation a été planifié afin d’élaborer un plan d’action et de financement adressant les goulots d’étranglements priorisés. Ces ateliers seront planifiés et réalisés sous le leadership

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finance Manager - Goodman Masson (£42000 - £45000 per annum + be, London) (source: CharityJob)

Goodman Masson, London, £42000 - £45000 per annum + be A large International Development Charity are seeking a Senior Finance Business Partner for their International Programmes team.This is an ideal role ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: A HEALTH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING EXPERT - AFGHANISTAN (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 15 Sep 2014We are looking for: A HEALTH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING EXPERTCountry:Afghanistan, based in Kabul and Balkh (Mazar-e-Sharif)Length of Contract: 3 months, starting as soon as possibleResponsibilities:Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director, the expert in health system strengthening (HSS) is in charge to lead and facilitate the joint diagnosis and programming in Balkh with ACF partners following the method in the manual and tools: “ HSS from diagnosis to programming a step by step approach”.More specially,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Information Manager, Co-Lead Education Cluster (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MaliClosing date: 11 Aug 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 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Officer - West Africa & Latin America, Marie Stopes International, London; £33000.00 - £38000.00 (source: BOND)

Programme Officer - West Africa & Latin America, Marie Stopes International, London; £33000.00 - £38000.00 Marie Stopes International has a permanent Programme Officer opportunity in our West Africa and Latin America department, based in London. This role will facilitate effective project management, financial and narrative reporting and compliance, as well as...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Country Director - Pakistan, Trocaire, Islamabad, Pakistan (source: BOND)

Country Director - Pakistan, Trocaire, Islamabad, Pakistan The Pakistan Country Director is ultimately responsible for all of Trócaire’s work in the country. Our programmes seek to address injustices related to gender-based violence, land and livelihoods, as well as respond to recurrent natural and man-made...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Deputy Programme Director - Former Soviet Union (FSU), Amnesty International Secretariat, London; £53352.00 (source: BOND)

Regional Deputy Programme Director - Former Soviet Union (FSU), Amnesty International Secretariat, London; £53352.00 As the Deputy Programme Director (DPD) you will lead on the development and implementation of the regional strategies and operational plans across the former Soviet Union, providing political advice, undertaking field travel and managing work and crisis...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultancy: Advocacy Support in Zambia - Concern Worldwide UK (Negotiable, Zambia) (source: CharityJob)

Concern Worldwide UK, Zambia, Negotiable Concern Worldwide has been working in Zambia since 2003 implementing livelihoods, HIV and AIDS and nutrition programmes with a range of partners from ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Project Manager (Cocoa and Nuts) maternity cover - Twin (Competitive, dependent on expe, Hackney, London) (source: CharityJob)

Twin, Hackney, London, Competitive, dependent on expe Twin is looking for an experienced and capable Senior Project Manager to head up its programmes in cocoa and nuts for a period of 10 months covering a...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: FINANCE MANAGER (Republic of South Sudan) Ref. 30/14-15 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: South SudanClosing date: 12 Aug 2014At Oxfam Intermón, 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 and accounting management, the compliance with legal framework in the country, the internal regulations and the quality

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

UK & CAMBODIA | Exp. Accountant for Int. Education Charity | 1012 weeks | Aug Sept - A f I D (Accounting for International Development) (Unpaid Voluntary Role, All International) (source: CharityJob)

A f I D (Accounting for International Development), All International, Unpaid Voluntary Role Our partner has been working for decades to bring about change across the developing world where they teach the value of education to those who would ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Nutrition Programme Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 12 Aug 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 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Special Events Fundraising Volunteer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 24 Aug 2014Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organisation providing immediate assistance and long-term relief to people suffering from the consequences of man-made and natural disasters. Action Against Hunger has been one of the leading organisations in the treatment of malnutrition since its creation in 1979, and has programmes in over 45 countries around the world focusing on nutrition, food security, water &amp; sanitation, and basic health.We have an excellent

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Emergency Response Personnel Safety and Security Adviser - Save the Children (GBP31,475 plus GBP2,500 hardsh, All International) (source: CharityJob)

Save the Children, All International, GBP31,475 plus GBP2,500 hardsh Save the Children&rsquo;s origins lie in emergency response, and this has remained central to our work ever since. Our approach integrates our emerge...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Knowledge Management & Learning Lead - Oxfam GB (£36,830 - £47,180 per annum, Oxford, Oxfordshire) (source: CharityJob)

Oxfam GB, Oxford, Oxfordshire, £36,830 - £47,180 per annum The role As Oxfam&rsquo;s Knowledge Management and Learning Lead you will provide leadership for Oxfam GB and Oxfam International&rsquo;s vision to b...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Emergency Response Personnel -Safety and Security Adviser- French speaking (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children UKClosing date: 19 Aug 2014Save 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) plays a key part with Save the Children’s humanitarian strategy. Members of the ERP scheme are

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Malawi: Procurement Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Ayala ConsultingCountry: MalawiClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Ayala Consulting offers unique professional opportunities to gain experience in social protection, work with high-profile international organizations and national governments, and aid poor and vulnerable populations.The Procurement Officer will be responsible for planning and controlling the finance function of the program. This position is for a minimum 1 year assignment.Ayala ConsultingAyala Consulting specializes in the design and implementation of Social Protection programs including Conditional/Unconditional Cash

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CARE USACountry: SomaliaClosing date: 14 Aug 2014The Youth Development Specialist will provide overall technical expertise for the youth development component of a USAID funded Somali Youth Leaders Initiative (SYLI) program. S/he will be responsible for preparation of project designs; and implementation of cross-sectoral youth assessments, youth livelihoods, technical and vocational education training, youth civic participation, grant management or other related areas.Responsibilities and Tasks• Economic Opportunities for youth• Contract Management and compliance adherence•

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: South SudanClosing date: 12 Aug 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 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guatemala: Communications Officer - Antigua, Guatemala (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Constru CasaCountry: GuatemalaClosing date: 18 Aug 2014About Constru Casa:Constru Casa is a non-profit organization, founded in 2004, that aims to improve the quality of life among Guatemalans living in extreme poverty through the provision of basic housing, support programs and community development projects related to health and education.We work in collaboration with two overseas foundations, Stichting Constru Casa in Holland and Friends of Constru Casa in the USA. These foundations, in addition to international foundations and organizations, generous donors and volunteers,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: SOUTH ASIA DEPUTY DIRECTOR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Commission of JuristsCountry: Nepal, ThailandClosing date: 17 Aug 2014The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights. The ICJ is recruiting a Deputy Director to manage its South Asia Programme. The ICJ programme on Asia and the Pacific is run from its Regional office in Bangkok, Thailand, and from the South Asia office in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Deputy Director manages the work of the South Asia programme. The position can be based

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: SOUTH ASIA DEPUTY DIRECTOR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Commission of JuristsCountry: Nepal, ThailandClosing date: 17 Aug 2014The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights. The ICJ is recruiting a Deputy Director to manage its South Asia Programme. The ICJ programme on Asia and the Pacific is run from its Regional office in Bangkok, Thailand, and from the South Asia office in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Deputy Director manages the work of the South Asia programme. The position can be based

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Water Sector, Chief of Party, Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Tetra TechCountry: JordanClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Tetra Tech ARD, a leading US-based international development consulting firm, headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified Chief of Party candidates for a potential USAID-funded water project in Jordan. The project’s objective is to improve water sector management and governance through supporting the Government of Jordan and Jordanian water and sanitation utilities and service providers in sector and institutional reform, policy development and implementation, and capacity

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Legal Adviser, Middle East &amp; North Africa Programme (MENA) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Commission of JuristsCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 24 Aug 2014The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.The ICJ is recruiting a Legal Adviser to contribute to the implementation of the programme of work in the MENA region from the International Secretariat in Geneva. The MENA Programme aims to strengthen the rule of law and to protect human rights in the MENA region, including by promoting constitutional and legal reforms,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Admin/HR manager, Nutrition Emergency Team (NET) – South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Reports to: Deputy Country Director (Programs)Location: Juba, South Sudan – with frequent travel throughout South SudanLength of assignments: 6 monthsAction Against Hunger is part of the ACF International network which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, &amp; food security. ACF-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 7 countries. ACF-USA, has over $45 million in programs, approx. 55 staff based in NYC, 100

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Associate Director, Food Security Monitoring &amp; Evaluation (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children - USCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Aug 2014The Associate Director supports monitoring and evaluation of the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods’ (DHL) large USAID/Food for Peace-funded Title II portfolio. S/he leads development of M&amp;E systems and processes, for building M&amp;E capacity both in the department and for food security programs in the field. S/he supports partnerships with universities and other research organizations to develop our evidence base and writes proposals to support the department’s food security research agenda.The

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emergency Logistician, Nutrition Emergency Team (NET) – South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Reports to: Deputy Country Director (Programs)Location: Juba, South Sudan – with frequent travel throughout South SudanLength of assignments: 6 monthsAction Against Hunger is part of the ACF International network which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, &amp; food security. ACF-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 7 countries. ACF-USA, has over $45 million in programs, approx. 55 staff based in NYC, 100

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Expert(e) en Qualité/accréditation en Santé (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Belgian Technical CooperationCountry: SenegalClosing date: 16 Aug 2014****Lieu d’affectation :**** basé à Dakar avec de nombreux déplacements à l’intérieur du pays, notamment, dans les districts pilotes (50% du temps de travail)****Durée du contrat :**** 10 mois****Date probable d’entrée en fonction :****le plus rapidement possible****Package salarial mensuel**** :entre 5.488,11 euros et 7.653,68 euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages liés au statut d'expatrié: primes d’éloignement et de pénibilité). Le salaire est calculé en fonction de la composition

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Associate Vice President, Humanitarian Response (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children - USCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Aug 2014Save the Children USA is embarking on an exciting phase in humanitarian response. Our goal is to become the leading NGO responding to humanitarian crises for children worldwide. We've joined forces with Save the Children International, Merlin, and other Save the Children members to deliver full spectrum programming. We are looking for an Associate Vice President, Humanitarian Response to help us shape our 2016 -2108 strategy as well as manage a robust humanitarian response department. We need your

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Nutrition Specialists (3), Nutrition Emergency Team (NET) – South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Reports to: Deputy Country Director (Programs)Location: Juba, South Sudan – with frequent travel throughout South SudanLength of assignments: 6 monthsAction Against Hunger is part of the ACF International network which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, &amp; food security. ACF-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 7 countries. ACF-USA, has over $45 million in programs, approx. 55 staff based in NYC, 100

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Project managers (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 08 Sep 2014Chemonics seeks multiple project managers based in Washington, D.C., for our Afghanistan regional business unit. The managers will support our dynamic portfolio and new business efforts in the region. The successful candidates will exemplify leadership and diplomacy and bring proactive problem-solving skills. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.Responsibilities include:?Provide day-to-day support to project teams and the client,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Nutrition Advisor - The Manoff Group - Mozambique (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; The Manoff Group Location:&nbsp; Mozambique The Manoff Group, Inc. is recruiting a Senior Nutrition Advisor for a potential five-year project in Mozambique. Hiring is contingent on contract award. &nbsp; Submission Instructions:&nbsp; Qualified applicants are invited to send a CV and a cover letter to manoffgroup@manoffgroup.com.&nbsp;

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Morocco: Director Center of Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility - Morocco (219255-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: MoroccoClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Please note: Moroccan National strongly preferred for this role.This position is funded for 18 months with potential for extension pending funding availability.PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization whose goal is to reduce suffering, poverty and oppression by helping the people of the world to develop secure, productive and just communities. In partnership with various organizations of the private sector, the government and civil society, Mercy Corps is setting

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Project management associates (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 08 Sep 2014Chemonics seeks project management associates for its Afghanistan regional business unit to support its dynamic and growing portfolio. Ideal candidates will exemplify leadership and diplomacy and bring demonstrated and proactive problem-solving skills.Responsibilities include:Provide day-to-day support to project teams, including communicating and assisting with field office requestsRecruit and field consultantsLiaise with home-office support divisions on contract-related procurements, accounting, personnel

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: NET Coordinator, Nutrition Emergency Team (NET) – South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Reports to: Deputy Country Director (Programs)Location: Juba, South Sudan – with frequent travel throughout South SudanLength of assignments: 6 monthsAction Against Hunger is part of the ACF International network which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, &amp; food security. ACF-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 7 countries. ACF-USA, has over $45 million in programs, approx. 55 staff based in NYC, 100

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Temporary Program Officer (source: Open Society Institute)

The Regional Policy Initiative on Afghanistan & Pakistan seeks a temporary program officer.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Consultant for Social Protection (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 12 Aug 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 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Libya: Finance Specialist - Libya (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Foundation for Election SystemsCountry: LibyaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position: Finance SpecialistDivision: E&amp;ALocation: LibyaAbout IFES:IFES is an international, nonprofit organization that supports the building of democratic societies.IFES provides targeted technical assistance to strengthen transitional democracies. Founded in 1987 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, IFES has developed and implemented comprehensive, collaborative democracy solutions in more than 120 countries.Project Description:The Accountant/Finance Specialist will assist

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic: Finance &amp; Administration Manager - Czech Republic (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Foundation for Election SystemsCountry: Czech RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position: Finance &amp; Administration ManagerDivision: E&amp;ALocation: Czech RepublicAbout IFES:IFES is an international, nonprofit organization that supports the building of democratic societies.IFES provides targeted technical assistance to strengthen transitional democracies. Founded in 1987 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, IFES has developed and implemented comprehensive, collaborative democracy solutions in more than 120 countries.Project Description:In early

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Finance &amp; Administration Manager - Yemen (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Foundation for Election SystemsCountry: YemenClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position: Finance &amp; Administration ManagerDivision: MENALocation: Sana’a, YemenAbout IFES:IFES is an international, nonprofit organization that supports the building of democratic societies.IFES provides targeted technical assistance to strengthen transitional democracies. Founded in 1987 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, IFES has developed and implemented comprehensive, collaborative democracy solutions in more than 120 countries.Project Description:The Finance and Administration

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Fundraising Manager based in Cardiff to cover Wales - Alzheimer's Society (£40,479 per annum, Cardiff) (source: CharityJob)

Alzheimer's Society, Cardiff, £40,479 per annum With 2000 employees, over 7000 volunteers and a rapidly growing range of local support services, Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society is one of the most influent...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: HR - Recruitment Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Foundation for Election SystemsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position:HR - Recruitment SpecialistDivision:Human ResourcesLocation:Washington, DCAbout IFES:IFES is an international, nonprofit organization that supports the building of democratic societies by providing targeted technical assistance to strengthen transitional democracies. Founded in 1987 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, IFES has developed and implemented comprehensive, collaborative democracy solutions in more than 120 countries.Project Description:The

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Fundraising Manager – Bristol to cover our South region - Alzheimer's Society (£40,479 per annum, Bristol, Avon) (source: CharityJob)

Alzheimer's Society, Bristol, Avon, £40,479 per annum With 2000 employees, over 7000 volunteers and a rapidly growing range of local support services, Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society is one of the most influent...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Esther Benjamins Trust: Donor Development Manager (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£30,000 pro rata:The Esther Benjamins Trust:A dynamic and experienced fundraiser to expand our small committed donor base of 1,500 supporters.London (Central), London (Greater)

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Country Administrator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MalteserCountry: South SudanClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, works in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas for people in need, regardless of their religion, origin or political affiliation. Its mission is to provide emergency relief as well as to implement rehabilitation measures and to facilitate the link between emergency relief and sustainable development. Christian values and the humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence form the basis of its work in the

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique: Senior Nutrition Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Manoff GroupCountry: MozambiqueClosing date: 31 Dec 2014The Manoff Group, Inc. is recruiting a Senior Nutrition Advisor for a potential five-year project in Mozambique. Hiring is contingent on contract award.Known as the Strengthening Agribusinesses and Fostering Rural Alimentation Project, one focus area of this planned U.S. Agency for International Development initiative is improving nutritional status and promoting healthy behaviors (particularly related to nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene) in households, especially among children and women. To this end, the Senior

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: New Business Analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Aug 2014Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 70 projects in 35 countries and total revenues

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior New Business Analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Aug 2014Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 70 projects in 35 countries and total revenues

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Child Protection Specialist, P-4, Kinshasa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 20 Aug 2014OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMMEUNICEF DRC programmatic cycle 2013-2017 seeks to fulfil childrens rights and protecting children through reinforcing the safety networks for vulnerable children (victims of violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect, and stigmatization) by ensuring access to services for child victims of, or affected by, armed conflicts, and by promoting positive social standards. Under the Governments leadership, this component will be coordinated and implemented in cooperation

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Fundraising Manager – based in Belfast to cover Northern Ireland - Alzheimer's Society (£40,479 per annum, Belfast, Belfast) (source: CharityJob)

Alzheimer's Society, Belfast, Belfast, £40,479 per annum With 2000 employees, over 7000 volunteers and a rapidly growing range of local support services, Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society is one of the most influent...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finance &amp; Operations Director, Ghana (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Winrock InternationalClosing date: 15 Aug 2014POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT****Finance &amp; Operations Director,****GhanaEffective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Finance &amp; Operations Director for an anticipated WASH for Health program in Ghana. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.GENERAL:Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Senior Project Officer P4 (Education), Support services to Member States (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 28 Aug 2014The International Bureau of Education (IBE) is the UNESCO institute specializing in the contents, methods and structures of education. Its overall mission is to contribute to the attainment of quality of Education for All (EFA) implying, among other things, the implementation of comprehensive systemic interventions supporting Member States in processes of education and curriculum change and development.During 2011, UNESCO developed the General Education Quality Analysis Framework

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: TECHNICAL ADVISER, POLICY AND PLANNING (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CfBT Education TrustCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 05 Aug 2014The principle objective of this consultancy is to support capacity development, technical guidance and support to the MOE in Galmudug.SCOPE OF WORKThe Technical Adviser will work with and support the MOE in technical advisory and capacity building and institutional reform role in a wide range of areas. These include Planning, Policy Research &amp; analysis, Data gathering &amp; analysis and Monitoring &amp; evaluation of the Ministry’s formal and non-formal education programmes, specifically:Support MOE to undertake

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Fundraising Manager Based in York to cover our North region - Alzheimer's Society (£40,479 per annum, York, North Yorkshire) (source: CharityJob)

Alzheimer's Society, York, North Yorkshire, £40,479 per annum With 2000 employees, over 7000 volunteers and a rapidly growing range of local support services, Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society is one of the most influent...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Consultancy: Transforming the Gender in Humanitarian Action Training Toolkit (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Norwegian Refugee CouncilCountry: WorldClosing date: 10 Aug 2014The GenCap Project deploys Senior Gender Advisers in an inter-agency capacity to support the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the Humanitarian Country Team (HCTs), cluster coordinators, other programming staff (international and national) and national governments.There has been a recurrent demand from partners in the field for a stand-alone training on gender integration into humanitarian action which would enable humanitarian practitioners to have an increased understanding of Gender Equality Programming (GEP) and

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Consultant to evaluate reconstruction and housing related humanitarian aid in Haiti (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GEOtestCountry: HaitiClosing date: 05 Aug 2014GEOtest is searching for a French speaker evaluator for a short-term contract to evaluate humanitarian aid in reconstuction and housing in Haiti.Projet: Evaluation mi-parcours du Programme d’Appui à la Reconstruction et à l’Aménagement de Quartiers - HaïtiPosition: Expert d’évaluation, spécialisé en logement/réaménagement de quartiers/ infrastructures de base/ lien entre l’assistance humanitaire, la réhabilitation et le développementLieu de la prestation: République d’Haïti, principalement Port-au-Prince avec un déplacement

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Fundraising Manager Based Nottingham to cover our Central region - Alzheimer's Society (£40,479 per annum, Nottingham, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE) (source: CharityJob)

Alzheimer's Society, Nottingham, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, £40,479 per annum With 2000 employees, over 7000 volunteers and a rapidly growing range of local support services, Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society is one of the most influent...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: Consultant : Ebola Response Manager - Guinea (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: GuineaClosing date: 07 Aug 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 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Team Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Options Consultancy ServicesCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 11 Aug 2014Team Leader for health systems strengthening for urban health project in Dhaka, BangladeshAbout usOptions Consultancy Services Limited (Options) was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. Options is a leading provider of technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors. We work in partnership with national and state governments, international development agencies, the private sector and civil society to strengthen programmes and policies to

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Institutional Strengthening Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Options Consultancy ServicesCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 11 Aug 2014Institutional Strengthening Advisor for health systems strengthening for urban health project in Dhaka, BangladeshAbout usOptions Consultancy Services Limited (Options) was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. Options is a leading provider of technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors. We work in partnership with national and state governments, international development agencies, the private sector and civil society to strengthen programmes

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Data Management Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Options Consultancy ServicesCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 11 Aug 2014Data Management Advisor for health systems strengthening for urban health project in Dhaka, BangladeshAbout usOptions Consultancy Services Limited (Options) was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. Options is a leading provider of technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors. We work in partnership with national and state governments, international development agencies, the private sector and civil society to strengthen programmes and

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Fundraising Manager – based at Thomas More Square – E1W to cover Greater London - Alzheimer's Society (£45,539 per annum, London) (source: CharityJob)

Alzheimer's Society, London, £45,539 per annum With 2000 employees, over 7000 volunteers and a rapidly growing range of local support services, Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society is one of the most influent...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Demand-side Financing Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Options Consultancy ServicesCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 11 Aug 2014Demand-side Financing Advisor for health systems strengthening for urban health project in Dhaka, BangladeshAbout usOptions Consultancy Services Limited (Options) was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. Options is a leading provider of technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors. We work in partnership with national and state governments, international development agencies, the private sector and civil society to strengthen programmes

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

occupied Palestinian territory: Shelter Project Manager, Palestine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Norwegian Refugee CouncilCountry: occupied Palestinian territoryClosing date: 09 Aug 2014JOB PURPOSEThe Shelter Project Manager will contribute to the achievement of NRC’s objectives in Palestine and be responsible for the overall planning and implementation of the Shelter programme. The Shelter Program Coordinator will also provide support to the Shelter Cluster.Job descriptionFUNDRAISINGIn cooperation with the Country Director, secure sufficient funding for the Shelter programme, and ensure close cooperation with donor agencies.Prepare applications and budgets to relevant

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Country Director Pakistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: TrócaireCountry: PakistanClosing date: 21 Aug 2014Job Title: Country Director- PakistanLocation: Islamabad, PakistanDepartment: InternationalDate: July 2014Ref No:Description of the unit / department:Trócaire is one of Ireland’s leading agencies working for global justice and promoting human development.The International Department is responsible for Trócaire’s programme work on several countries worldwide.Background to the Role: Trócaire’s country team in Pakistan aims to deliver results for poor people, achieving change through development, humanitarian and advocacy

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guatemala: Regional Sales and Marketing Director (Central America) (source: Relief Web)

Country: GuatemalaClosing date: 29 Aug 2014The Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) is a non-profit social marketing organization, operating in Central America (from Belize to Panama). PASMO is a network member ofPopulation Services International (PSI), 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

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: TB Technical Expert Consultancy, Guinea (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: GuineaClosing date: 30 Aug 2014PSI is seeking a consultant to provide TB technical assistance for the Global Fund Tuberculosis Project in Guinea. Specifically, the consultant would sit within the National Anti-Tuberculosis department of the Ministry of Health of Guinea (Programme National de Lutte Antituberculeuse (PNLAT)) for one year to help strengthen the technical implementation of the TB program (including MDR-TB). This person will report to the Country Representative of PSI/Guinea.RESPONSIBILITIES: The TB technical expert consultant will

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Female* Operations Manager - ADVANCE (NJC Scale 44 - 47 £40,877 - £4, Hammersmith and Fulham, London) (source: CharityJob)

ADVANCE, Hammersmith and Fulham, London, NJC Scale 44 - 47 £40,877 - £4 ADVANCE is a nationally recognised women&rsquo;s charity based in West London, providing crisis intervention, risk assessment, advocacy and support fo...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Training Coordinator - Raleigh International (£18,540 to £21,115, Westminster, London) (source: CharityJob)

Raleigh International, Westminster, London, £18,540 to £21,115 Training Co-ordinator Raleigh International is recruiting for a Training Co-ordinator to coordinate the scheduling and staffing of our UK based asses...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Treasurer of Board of Trustees (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Family for Every ChildCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Family for Every Child is a diverse, global network of 16 hands-on national organisations, working with the millions of children in extended family care, in institutions, in detention, on the streets, as well as with those without adequate care within their own families.We are looking for an experienced and capable Treasurer who can make a significant contribution at what is a critical time of development and growth. Over the next year the Board will support the Assembly

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Trustee with International HR expertise (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Family for Every ChildCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Family for Every Child is a unique and diverse, global network of 16 hands-on national organisations, working with the millions of children in extended family care, in institutions, in detention, on the streets, as well as with those without adequate care within their own families. As a network we are seeking to bring together our knowledge and understanding of children in very difficult circumstances to achieve change nationally, regionally and internationally in the care

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Request for Proposal (RFP): Consultancy to support TB/HIV activities: 2014/HTM/HIV/005 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Health OrganizationClosing date: 29 Aug 2014The WHO programme on HIV is located in the HIV, TB and Malaria Cluster (HTM). The HIV programme is guided by the Global Health Strategy for HIV 2011-15. The objective of the Department of HIV is to lead an effective, organization wide HIV effort to support member states in the implementation of the strategy.The Treatment and Care (WHO/HIV/TAC) unit is one of the core technical areas within the Department of HIV. Through its leadership and convening role, WHO/TAC promotes the dissemination and supports the adaptation of global

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Coordinator, Natural Resources Group (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Institute for Environment and DevelopmentCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 29 Aug 2014The Natural Resources Group are looking for a part-time Coordinator to provide administrative, finance and communications support to both the Water and Legal Tools teams in our Edinburgh office.The Natural Resources Group seeks to promote sustainable governance of natural resources by building capacity and promoting informed decision-making in communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our priority is local control and management of

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Physician Assistant - Clinical Associate Mentor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American International Health AllianceCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 01 Jan 2015Job Title: Physician Assistant to serve as Clinical Associate MentorThe American International Health Alliance’s Volunteer Healthcare Corps (VHC) is recruiting experienced Physician Assistants to serve as Clinical Associate Mentors throughout South Africa. Mentors help equip Clinical Associates students with the essential knowledge and skills they need to provide quality healthcare services to the people of South Africa.Launched in 2008 by the Department of Health, South African Clinical Associates

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Rwanda: Part-time Signature Programme Senior Advocacy Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: RwandaClosing date: 06 Aug 2014BACKGROUND:Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in seven regions in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 50 staff. SCI Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire a qualified, committed and experienced national to fill the following position.PURPOSE OF POSITION:Reporting

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Social Work Organizational Development Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American International Health AllianceCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 01 Oct 2014Job Title: Social Work Organizational Development SpecialistIn partnership with Save the Children’s Systems Transformed for Empowered Action and Enabling Response (STEER) project, AIHA will help scale up the movement to create professional cadres of social workers at the community level in the five project states. AIHA is strengthening existing institutions and working in concert with state and local governments, as well as local community-based organizations (CBOs), to provide a community-level

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Advisor, Early Childhood Development (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 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. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 areas affected by conflict. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict-affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies.Scope:This position

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Panama: Consultoria:Implement estrategia de Comunicación y Abogacía (source: Relief Web)

Country: PanamaClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Plan, Save the Children, Visión Mundial y El Consejo Noruego para refugiados conformaron un consorcio para la implementación del proyecto DIPECHO XI denominado "Protegiendo grupos vulnerables en Centro América a través de la incorporación de principios humanitarios de protección en preparativos y repuesta". Este proyecto fue aprobado en el marco de la convocatoria para el Plan de Acción 2014-2015 del programa DIPECHO. Se implementara actividades hasta Octubre 2015.Esta consultoría se desarrollara en sintonía con 4 otros procesos paralelos y

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Country Logistics Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: IraqClosing date: 12 Aug 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 health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Protection Working Group Co-chair (source: Relief Web)

Country: IraqClosing date: 12 Aug 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 health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Panama: Consultoria:Plan de Desarollo para la incorporación en act GIR (source: Relief Web)

Country: PanamaClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Plan, Save the Children, Visión Mundial y El Consejo Noruego para refugiados conformaron un consorcio para la implementación del proyecto DIPECHO XI denominado "Protegiendo grupos vulnerables en Centro América a través de la incorporación de principios humanitarios de protección en preparativos y repuesta". Este proyecto fue aprobado en el marco de la convocatoria para el Plan de Acción 2014-2015 del programa DIPECHO. Se implementara actividades hasta Octubre 2015.Esta consultoría se desarrollara en sintonía con 4 otros procesos paralelos y

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: WorldClosing date: 17 Aug 2014The Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) is a recruitment and conversion program geared to attract mid-career level professionals with expertise and working experience in functional areas where the organization wants to enhance its internal capacity to meet the operational requirements.Selected candidates will join the programme at levels P2, P3, P4, or P5, depending on their experience and academic achievement, on a cohort program, and will be assigned to their posts after having completed a comprehensive

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Coordinator, Ajoung Thok (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014IRC began working in South Sudan in 1989. South Sudan declared independence in July 2011 following decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance and self-determination. The security situation remains fragile and testing operational challenges abound. IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, and field offices in Lakes, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements programs in primary health care,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Malawi HIV & Community Health Programme - Frontier (, Malawi) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Malawi, Experience the "warm heart of Africa" when you visit Malawi, a country of benevolent, friendly people, vast expanses of sun-drenched wildlife reserves...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Coordinator, Yida (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014IRC began working in South Sudan in 1989. South Sudan declared independence in July 2011 following decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance and self-determination. The security situation remains fragile and testing operational challenges abound. IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, and field offices in Lakes, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements programs in primary health care,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Coordinator, Aweil (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014IRC began working in South Sudan in 1989. South Sudan declared independence in July 2011 following decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance and self-determination. The security situation remains fragile and testing operational challenges abound. IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, and field offices in Lakes, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements programs in primary health care,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Coordinator, Mingkaman (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014IRC began working in South Sudan in 1989. South Sudan declared independence in July 2011 following decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance and self-determination. The security situation remains fragile and testing operational challenges abound. IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, and field offices in Lakes, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements programs in primary health care,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Academic Pharmacist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American International Health AllianceCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 01 Oct 2014Job Title: Academic PharmacistHost site: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityLength of assignment: 3-6 months, full-time positionSouth Africa is in need of mid-level health workers to provide services in areas where there are few practicing health professionals. The Pharmacy Technical Assistant (Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Support) and Pharmacy Technician qualifications (Advanced Certificate in Pharmacy Technical Support) at Higher Education and Training Facilities (universities) were

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Coordinator, Ganyliel (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014IRC began working in South Sudan in 1989. South Sudan declared independence in July 2011 following decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance and self-determination. The security situation remains fragile and testing operational challenges abound. IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, and field offices in Lakes, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements programs in primary health care,

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Panama: Consultoria: Elaboración e implementación Mod Gestion cambio (source: Relief Web)

Country: PanamaClosing date: 13 Aug 2014Plan, Save the Children, Visión Mundial y El Consejo Noruego para refugiados conformaron un consorcio para la implementación del proyecto DIPECHO XI denominado "Protegiendo grupos vulnerables en Centro América a través de la incorporación de principios humanitarios de protección en preparativos y repuesta". Este proyecto fue aprobado en el marco de la convocatoria para el Plan de Acción 2014-2015 del programa DIPECHO. Se implementara actividades hasta Octubre 2015.Esta consultoría se desarrollara en sintonía con 4 otros procesos paralelos y

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Humanitarian Journalism Trainer - West Bank (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Internews NetworkClosing date: 30 Aug 2014Location: Ramallah, West Bank (&#42;Travel to Gaza may be required – depending on humanitarian access)&#42;Start Date: ASAPThe Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJT) will work to support the INTERNEWS Humanitarian Country Team by offering technical communications expertise. The HJT will be deployed with Internews for an initial period of 6 weeks(with a possible extension of another 6 to 8 weeks depending on available funding).SCOPE OF WORKThe Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJA) will contribute to Internews’ in-country emergency

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Viet Nam: 02 National Consultants (01 team leader and 01 team member) on developing PRAP Development Guidelines (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: Viet NamClosing date: 13 Aug 2014UNDP Vietnam seeks 02 National Consultants (01 team leader and 01 team member) on developing PRAP Development Guidelines.The objective of the assignment is to accelerate and provide support to improve the provincial REDD+ Planning Process in long term as a part of implementation guidance of National REDD+ Action Plan (NRAP).The selection will be based on a competitive basis and will comply with UNDP procurement regulations.How to apply:Interested offerors are invited to submit CVs and financial proposals

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: Director, African Union Liaison and pan-African Advocacy (source: Relief Web)

Country: EthiopiaClosing date: 12 Aug 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 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fundraising Manager - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£40,000 - £45,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £40,000 - £45,000 Our client supports people who have experienced homelessness by providing them with a home, and meaningful work, in a community setting. At present ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Humanitarian Communications Specialist - West Bank (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Internews NetworkClosing date: 30 Aug 2014Location: Ramallah, West Bank (&#42;Travel to Gaza may be required – depending on humanitarian access)&#42;Start Date: ASAPThe Humanitarian Communications Specialist (HCS) will work to support the INTERNEWS Humanitarian Country Team by offering technical communications expertise. The HCS will be deployed with Internews for an initial period of 6 weeks(with a possible extension of another 6 to 8 weeks depending on available funding).SCOPE OF WORKRepresentation and Advocacy:Represent INTERNEWS at key coordination and inter-agency

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya Orphanage & Maasai Mara Safari - Frontier (, Kenya) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Kenya, Kenya is a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Magnificent wildlife roam across vast Rift Valley pl...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Deputy Chief of Party/Food Science Team Lead, Bangladesh (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: BangladeshClosing date: 30 Aug 2014For over 50 years and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 46 projects in 31 countries and

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Chief of Party, Bangladesh (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: BangladeshClosing date: 30 Aug 2014For over 50 years and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 46 projects in 31 countries and

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya Teaching & Maasai Mara Safari - Frontier (, Kenya) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Kenya, Kenya is a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Magnificent wildlife roam across vast Rift Valley pl...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Coordinateur Administration et Finances - RDC - Handicap international -DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 15 Aug 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap

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