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Final Report: Climate for development in Africa (ClimDev) – Climate sciences and services for Africa - strategic research opportunities for ClimDev

<p>The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The programme is seeking to deploy climate science in ways that lead to climate resilient development.</p><p>ClimDev-Africa is contributing to this vision by supporting activities that enhance the scientific base and observational infrastructure; strengthen partnerships between government institutions, private sector, civil society and vulnerable communities; and improve frameworks for decision-making, awareness and advocacy.</p><p>The purpose of this report is to present the ClimDev Partnership with a much narrower set of strategic research options by which ACPC and AfDB in particular could establish a unique presence in the realm of climate research and resilience planning. As a result, hitherto under-represented sectors and regions would be better equipped to manage risks as well as maximise development opportunities presented by climate variability and change.</p><p>A gap analysis was undertaken using different sources of evidence drawn from bibliographic metrics, previous research prioritisation exercises, peer-reviewed and grey literature, meta-analysis of web-based material, conference proceedings, ClimDev reports and proposal short-listing, an inventory of climate data requests, case studies and consultations with African experts.</p>

28 Aug 2014 09:52:34 GMT

Urban development: structured learning guide

<p>The purpose of this booklet is to support advisers in DFID to strengthen their knowledge of urban development themes by providing signposts to quality assured references, grey literature and other useful learning materials. This structured learning guide will enable DFID advisers from any cadre to improve their understanding of key policy and programming issues, but is particularly aimed at infrastructure, climate change and environment, and livelihoods advisers. The guide covers the thematic areas listed below:</p><ul><li>urban poverty &ndash; including resilience.</li><li>urban services &ndash; including water and sanitation, health and education issues.</li><li>urbanisation and growth &ndash; including evidence on pro-poor growth and issues of inequality.</li><li>urban planning &ndash; including participatory approaches to slum improvement such as slum dweller federations, small towns, mega-cities and secondary towns.</li><li>urban governance &ndash; including citizen inclusion, urban management and funding.</li><li>urban livelihoods &ndash; formal and informal, including social protection mechanisms, opportunities for the urban poor, rural-urban links, migration and urban food security.</li><li>cities and climate change</li><li>cities and disaster planning &ndash; including flood protection.</li><li>housing and Lland</li><li>women and urbanisation &ndash; including economic opportunities for women.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 09:42:49 GMT

Documentation of research on climate change and human health in southern Africa

<p>This report focuses on climate change and human health in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.</p><p>This report promotes the idea of establishing a knowledge sharing and research network in the region, with special reference to climate change and health, water and food security. The study was commissioned to map out research results and key institutions in the SADC region where work on climate change and human health is being carried out or was carried out in the past. The basis of the report is that a healthy population provides the required labour force for development and reduces the dependence ratio of a population resulting in economic growth. On the other hand a strong economy is able to invest in health thereby improving the population health status.</p>

27 Aug 2014 11:19:12 GMT

Climate change and human health in cities

<p>This chapter presents issues and case studies relevant to human health in cities under climate change induced conditions.</p><p>It argues that almost all the impacts of climate change have direct or indirect consequences for human health and that for a number of reasons city dwellers &ndash; especially those in low- and middle income nations &ndash; are especially vulnerable. The chapter discusses the most relevant conclusions from the health chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, looking at its application to cities. It presents an overview of urban health outcomes and their climate-related drivers and discusses the factors that can modify the impacts, including examples.</p><p>The chapter is taken from <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/climatology-and-climate-change/climate-change-and-cities-first-assessment-report-urban-climate-change-research-network">Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network</a>, which was published in 2011.</p>

27 Aug 2014 10:49:58 GMT

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation preparedness in southern Africa: Zimbabwe country report

<p>This report is about the state of knowledge on climate change vulnerability and adaptation preparedness in Zimbabwe.</p><p>The report is aimed at supporting the demands of state and non-state southern African actors for climate change adaptation finance and the efficient administration of such funds. It argues that Zimbabwe currently has no specific policy response to climate change and that responses are fragmented, whereas they should be mainstreamed. The report also argues that there is a weak capacity to implement policies and strategies related to climate change adaptation. The report finds that public awareness, especially as it relates to adaptation, is lacking in Zimbabwe and that while many farmers are aware of climate change, many still view its effects in the light of normal seasonal climatic variability. It is also argued that an extensive effort is needed to integrate gender issues into Zimbabwe&rsquo;s response to climate change.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

27 Aug 2014 10:28:59 GMT

The cost of managing forest carbon under REDD+ initiatives: A case of Kolo Hills Forests in Kondoa District, Dodoma, Tanzania

<p>Countries considering participating in a REDD+ mechanism need information on what it would cost them to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This study was conducted to estimate the cost of managing forest carbon under REDD+ initiatives in Kolo Hills Forest, Kondoa, Tanzania. Socioeconomic and biophysical information was collected through structured questionnaires, focus group discussions, and forest inventory, respectively. Results show that the community participated in managing the forest by undertaking a range of activities such as tree planting, patrolling, and fire protection. The estimated total cost was USD 418,349.38 while the average cost was USD 79.06/ha. The average carbon stored was 19.75 tC ha&minus;1, which is equivalent to 72.48 tCO2 ha&minus;1. Costs incurred by managing the forest in relation to tCO2 stored were USD 1.0485 tCO2 e&minus;1ha&minus;1. The project was found to be economically feasible at 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% discount rates with NPVs of USD 107,102,331.83, USD 33,986,255.86, USD 10,312,945, and USD 1,245,905.11, respectively. The internal rate of return was 21.21% which is much higher than the World Bank rate of 15.8% and the Tanzania rate of 14.8%. We therefore conclude that the decision to undertake this REDD+ project was worthwhile and should be favoured against the &ldquo;do nothing&rdquo; alternative.</p>

26 Aug 2014 17:00:33 GMT

Governing extreme droughs: enabling community-based aaptation in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 4 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:19:40 GMT

Participatory assessment of adaptation options: climate chenge and extreme drought in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 3 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:14:41 GMT

Community-based adaptation and differential vulnerability

<p>Policy brief no. 2 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:09:34 GMT

Water resources, agriculture, and drought. Understanding the context of drought in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 1 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:00:58 GMT

Opportunities for support to System of Rice Intensification in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi

<p>There is a great potential for increasing the production of rice in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. Many of the constraints on rice production are similar for the three countries. Common problems are low quality of seeds, lack of access to inputs, poorly functioning irrigation schemes, poor soil fertility management, weed infestation, low yields and low technical capacity. When System of Rice Intensification (SRI) was compared to traditional rice cultivation more than a doubling of yield is often found. However, these yield increases in the ongoing schemes are not necessarily only attributable to the SRI principles, but rather because of improved management practices like improved seed and better fertilization and weed control. The current socio-economic conditions for intensifying rice are also not very favourable as there is limited access to credit, limited availability of fertilizer, fluctuating prices and poor market access.<br />SRI is relatively more developed in Tanzania and Malawi than in Zambia but, in general, it is found on a very limited scale. There is no special policy to promote SRI in any of the countries. In Tanzania, SRI is being promoted under the &ldquo;Big Result Now&rdquo; program.</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:39:42 GMT

Real-time evaluation of Norway’s international climate and forest initiative. Synthesising Report 2007-2013

<p>This report presents the findings of a real-time evaluation of Norway&rsquo;s<br />International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) support of efforts to reduce<br />emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, taking into account forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:11:55 GMT

Climate change, food security and trade linkages in South Asia

<p>This briefing paper examines the linkages between climate change, food security and trade in South Asia.</p><p>The paper clarifies that the South Asian region is particularly vulnerable to climate change owing to overly utilisation of natural resources. At the same time, South Asian countries are largely dependent on agriculture for employment and subsistence. As a result, trade policies at the national and regional levels are an important tool for ensuring food security.</p><p>The document underlines that no single country in the region has significant comparative advantage for production of all cereals. However, efforts to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in environmental goods and services may reduce the costs and increase the availability of climate-related technologies and goods.</p><p>Recommendations encompass:</p><ul><li>there is a dire need to design suitable trade policies at national level &nbsp;</li><li>agreements should be implemented at regional level along with a process of trade liberalisation by facilitating market access of exported products</li><li>participatory approach should be followed by policymakers when planning and implementing food security policies and programmes to achieve food security</li><li>inclusive growth model should be approached for regional balanced growth</li><li>governments should frame region-based policies for protecting environmental degradation and these should be implemented assiduously</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

23 Aug 2014 09:02:47 GMT

Assessing the costs of climate change and adaptation in South Asia

<p>This report predicts significant economic losses in South Asia as the region faces the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by global climate change. Economic losses are predicted in in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, water, coastal and marine, and tourism. According to the report&#39;s findings the total climate change cost in South Asia will increase over time and will be prohibitively high in the long term. Without global deviation from a fossil-fuel-intensive path, South Asia could lose an equivalent 1.8% of its annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2050, which will progressively increase to 8.8% by 2100.</p>

21 Aug 2014 15:54:26 GMT

How healthy are the children of Indian Sundarbans?

<p>This report highlights the vulnerability of children in the Indian Sundarbans to health shocks. This is due to under-nutrition and the high prevalence of common communicable diseases. It focuses Patharpratima, as a representative block of the Sundarbans.</p><p>The study identifies a huge gap in the protection of child health rights in the Sundarbans. It argues that the key challenges to make the system more responsive to children&#39;s basic health needs are influenced by several factors working within the following five domains: Climate, Topography, Society, Livelihood and Formal health care structure. It is argued that the challenges in these domains work together and produce a strong spiraling effect to resist the development process, especially in the context of health sector initiatives. It states that the time has now come to acknowledge the uniqueness of the health care needs of this region and focus on them with special attention.</p>

21 Aug 2014 15:26:47 GMT

Temporal Change Detection (2001-2008) Study of Sundarban

<p>This focuses on the Sunderban region and works to identify, map and classify vulnerable islands using satellite imageries/data (time series analysis). It looks at land use and land cover status for the period between 2001 and 2008 and estimates temperature rise over land and sea, provides an assessment of rainfall and cyclone trend over the island system and an estimation of sea level rise. It also explores change in forest cover for the period between 2001 and 2008. This report summarises key findings of the study.</p>

21 Aug 2014 15:08:52 GMT

Indian Sundarbans Delta: a vision

<p>This document highlights the need for climate change adaptation solutions in the Indian Sundarbans Delta and proposes an alternative scenario to the &lsquo;business as usual&#39;.</p><p>This document argues that highly informed policy decisions are necessary to guide action to cope with pressures of predicted changes in the Sundarbans ecoregion, including population growth and climate change. It highlights the need for new adaptive solutions to prevent exposing the population to these impacts and to reduce their vulnerability. It is argued that the pattern of governance in the Indian Sundarbans Delta has struggled to keep up with the management and development challenges posed. It concludes that, in the absence of the needed new adaptive solutions, this environmentally and economically important area is rapidly heading towards an uncertain future.</p>

21 Aug 2014 14:50:31 GMT

Learning the hard way? Adapting to climate risk in Tanzania

<p>We use recent panel data on Tanzanian farm households to investigate how previous exposure to weather shocks affects the impact of a current shock. Specifically, we investigate the impact of droughts on agricultural outcomes and investments in children&rsquo;s health, measured by their short- and long-term nutritional status. As expected, we find hat droughts negatively impact yields, with the impact increasing in the severity of the shock, and that severe droughts have a negative impact on short-term nutritional out-comes of children. We also find suggestive evidence that the more shocks a household has experienced in the past, the less crop yields are affected by a current shock. This suggests that households are able to learn from their past shock experience, and could imply that households are able to adapt to climate risk. Our results also suggest that the impact of a shock depends on when the household last experienced a shock. In terms of child health, we are not able to detect any clear effect of previous shock exposure on the impact of a current shock, nor do we find any impact on long run nutritional outcomes.</p>

20 Aug 2014 20:05:26 GMT

Cross-sectoral approaches help build water resilience – reflections

<p>This journal article identifies potential strategies for the achievement of water resilience in the face of challenges such as population growth, climate change and urbanisation.</p><p>These are: 1) to ensure sustainable utilisation of ecosystems and their services; 2) to ensure that interventions for increased resilience are tailor-made to local conditions; 3) to broaden livelihood opportunities in order to make income-generating activities less dependent on only one sector or resource; and 4) to facilitate interactions between rural and urban areas and processes. The combined pressure from these and other processes on water, energy and ecosystem services call for cross-sectoral approaches to increase the resilience of society, with particular aim to reduce hydro-climatic hazards and secure water availability of sufficient quantity and quality.</p>

13 Aug 2014 13:43:36 GMT

Integrating climate change and urban risks into the VCA: Ensure effective participatory analysis and enhanced community action

<p>This publication explores the vulnerability and capability assessment (VCA) in light of growing institutional VCA experience and changing risk patterns, in particular to assess its relevance in addressing issues linked to climate change and to conducting a VCA in an urban area. The VCA is composed of a set of participatory tools and&nbsp;approaches which aim to&nbsp;enable Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers to work together with communities and identify their vulnerabilities, risks, capacities and priorities. It highlights many different issues, including how the VCA is perceived, training and practitioners&rsquo; capacity, communities&rsquo; expectations and the fact that VCA standards (of preparation, design, outcomes and evaluation) vary considerably across the Red Cross Red Crescent; at times, the research found that the VCA process was not used to effectively contribute to informed planning of activities.</p>

13 Aug 2014 13:33:49 GMT

Norway's fair share of an ambitious climate effort

<p>This report is focused on mitigation, although an equitable approach to adaptation is of course equally important. It uses a flexible and transparent framework for equitable effort sharing that is drawn directly from the UNFCCC&rsquo;s core equity principles. The analysis is done using the Climate Equity Reference Calculator, an online tool and database that allows the user to select specific equity-related settings relating to Responsibility and Capacity and other key parameters, and then to use straightforward, standard quantitative indicators to calculate the implied national fair shares of the global mitigation effort. The analysis is based on a range of alternative input selections informed by ethical and empirical considerations that are discussed in more detail within the report.<br />Norway&rsquo;s situation as an exceptionally wealthy country whose prosperity has derived in considerable part from the extraction of fossil fuels puts it in a position of having considerable Responsibility for the climate problem as well as Capacity to help address it. As defined and calculated in the report below, Norway has nearly 1% of the global Responsibility and Capacity, even though it has less than 0.1% of the world&rsquo;s population. This suggests that Norway&rsquo;s fair share of the global mitigation effort would be more than 320 million tonnes CO2-eq in 2030, if the world is to be on a course that is likely to keep warming below 2&deg;C.<br />It is infeasible for this entire effort to be undertaken wholly within Norway, as it would imply an emission reduction of nearly 600% below 1990 levels by 2030. However, Norway could fulfill this fair share through a combination of extremely ambitious mitigation efforts domestically of roughly 50%, along with international technological and financial support for mitigation efforts in other countries to achieve roughly 270 MtCO2eq worth of mitigation action.</p>

13 Aug 2014 08:54:48 GMT

Of promise, progress, perils & prioritization: gender in the Green Climate Fund

<p>This report looks at the progress made towards the Green Climate Fund&#39;s aim of a gender-sensitive approach.</p><p>This report looks at some of the specific decisions taken at the 7th Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting. It aims to address some of the questions around how the GCF is working towards fulfilling its promises of a gender sensitive approach to funding. The GCF was established by a UNFCCC decision in 2010 as part of the convention&rsquo;s financing mechanism to &ldquo;promote the paradigm shift towards low-carbon and climate resilient development pathways&rdquo; in developing countries in the context of sustainable development. The report argues that climate change is not gender-neutral and that many women in developing countries are already severely affected.</p>

12 Aug 2014 16:31:48 GMT

Pan-Arab Renewable Energy Strategy 2030: Roadmap of actions for implementation

<p>This report presents the results of the study that covered 22 Arab states and asseses their renewable energy sector.</p><p>It provides an updated overview of the renewable energy situation in the countries, an assessment of the region&rsquo;s renewable energy resource potential, current installed renewable energy capacity and project pipeline, national renewable energy targets, institutional and market frameworks for renewable energy deployment, and an assessment of local manufacturing potential. An overview of renewable energy financing in the region and support policies for private sector investment is also presented. The report analyses the main gaps concerning renewable energy deployment in the region. A set of actions is proposed as a roadmap for individual Arab countries to fill their gaps and help achieve their national targets. The report argues that more is possible beyond the national targets of the power sector as well as in the end-use sectors.</p>

12 Aug 2014 16:17:01 GMT

Study of the vulnerability of coastal areas of the Algerian Basin with the GIS

<p>This journal article studies the impact of climate change, high population density and pollution on the coast of the Bay of Algiers.</p><p>The paper also looks at the potential exposure to risks of erosion and seawater intrusion. The aim of the work is to determine the coastal vulnerability index, based on physical, geomorphological and hydrodynamic factors, coupled a study of groundwater vulnerability. It aims to determine where there are areas of high vulnerability and indexes them. It argues that vulnerability will increase in the medium to long time if there is no additional funding.</p><p>The study used the Geographical Information System (GIS) to project future maps on the state of the coastal system.</p>

12 Aug 2014 16:02:30 GMT

Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: rapid climate change threat and vulnerability assessment

<p>This study explores the assessment of risk posed buy climate change to infrastructure with a specific focus on a project in Vietnam.</p><p>The Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project consists of two bridges and an interconnecting road that will form part of a strategic transportation link connecting provinces of the delta to Ho Chi Minh City. This study aims to provide an additional assessment of the potential risks posed by climate change to the bridges and roads, and to suggest adaptation options that may be incorporated into the detailed designs. This report argues that, in the context of climate change, it is usually not economical or technically possible to completely climate proof infrastructure against all possible climate change projections and that engineers, together with climate scientists, need to establish a clear evidence base of how climate change may impact the assets and surrounding environment and then assess what level of additional risk is acceptable.</p>

12 Aug 2014 15:43:21 GMT

Agricultural Water management technology expansion and impact on crop yields in northern Burkina Faso (1980-2010): a review

<p>Exploring the links between adoption of agricultural water management interventions and livelihoods in northern Burkina Faso</p><p>This 30-year study synthesizes evidence, at the sub-national scale of region, across northern Burkina Faso, of adoption rates of agricultural water management interventions, compared with indicators of impact on livelihoods in the form of yield changes, poverty indices and food security. The study concludes that agricultural water management interventions, such as soil and water conservation or small-scale irrigation around small-scale water reservoirs, have repeatedly shown benefits to yields, soil fertility and water availability &ndash; at the field and experimental farm scale. It is assumed that these benefits will result in better and more sustainable livelihoods.</p>

12 Aug 2014 15:21:08 GMT

Microfinance for ecosystem-based adaptation: options, costs and benefits

<p>With a focus on smallholder farmers, this report explores the microfinance options for the promotion of ecosystem-based, climate change adaptation options.</p><p>It selects 40 principles which may be implemented independently or in conjunction to support small-holder producers in adapting to climate change effects. The ultimate goal is to integrate ecosystem-based adaptation options within the microfinance context.</p><p>The Microfinance for Ecosystem-based-Adaptation to Climate Change project, which runs until 2017 and is led by the FS-UNEP Centre, aims to provide customised technical assistance and funding to microfinance institutions to spur innovative financial products and services tailored to rural populations that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.</p>

12 Aug 2014 15:09:49 GMT

Science for humanitarian emergencies and resilience (SHEAR) scoping study: Annex 2 - The current status of early warning systems and risk assessments in Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia – A literature review

<p>The report forms part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) scoping study, which aims to provide the UK Government&rsquo;s Department for International Development (DFID) with evidence-based recommendations on future research priorities for risk assessments and early warning systems. The focus is on weather-related hazards (i.e. cyclones, floods, droughts and landslides) for humanitarian and development purposes in low-income countries across Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean.<br /><br />Overall 190 papers, reports and online resources were reviewed with a fairly even coverage across each region and on early warning systems, risk assessments and analytical tools, and on how information is used to inform decision making. International data sets show that the total numbers of people affected by weather related emergencies and disasters are greatest in South Asia but the Caribbean islands stand out as having particularly high &lsquo;risks to people&rsquo; and economic damage from hurricanes and flooding per capita. Floods and droughts are important in Africa and although landslide risks affect fewer people they are locally important in Nepal, India and in some Caribbean islands.<br /><br />The review highlights specific opportunities to improve both early warning systems and risk assessments in each region, particularly with regards to (i) flood forecasting and the communication of drought forecasts in Africa (ii) drought and flood forecasting in the Caribbean and (iii) early warning systems for landslides in Nepal, an important hazard in terms of fatalities. These findings will be considered alongside other evidence from surveys and end-user and expert workshops to inform the SHEAR programme.</p>

12 Aug 2014 09:50:23 GMT

Economic stability to Papua New Guinea by contribution in reducing carbon emissions through support of DC

<p>Exploring how Papua New Guinea, although suffering the impacts of climate change, can reduce emissions and promote economic growth.</p><p>Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a small country adversely affected by the impacts of climate change. This paper explores a method to support the nation in achieving the goal of emission reduction. The areas affected include agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism which have a major contribution towards the GDP of PNG. The paper highlights PNG&rsquo;s low economic growth rate and argues that there is the need to pay special attention paid to cooperation between nations and that there should be financial support for small island nations to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The paper also discusses various negotiating points on which the reduction of emissions and promotion of economic growth could be achieved mutually and amicably.</p>

07 Aug 2014 09:31:28 GMT

What drives wind and solar energy investment in India and China

<p>While&nbsp;China and India are responsible for the biggest growth in carbon emissions, China is now the largest global investor in renewable energy and India saw the highest growth rate in recent times between 2010 and 2011.</p><p>This paper looks at what the primary drivers of investment in wind and solar energy in India and China are. It argues that while the primary driver of all investment is a perceived business opportunity, renewable energy investments differ in important ways. Most pertinently, unlike in many other sectors, business opportunities often arise because government provides financial incentives.</p><p>Understanding the drivers of green investments in the two countries is important for four reasons:</p><ul><li>how China and India meet their energy needs is crucial for growth and poverty reduction</li><li>their decisions will influence those made by other developing countries</li><li>what happens in India and China will also affect the options and incentives facing policymakers in developed countries</li><li>taken together these direct and indirect effects may be pivotal in determining whether it proves possible to shift the world onto a sustainable development path</li></ul>

06 Aug 2014 15:29:49 GMT

Socio-economic assessment of Hihifo district, the pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project in Tonga

<p>How can communities in Hihifo, Tonga, protect and manage their water resources, in order to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate variability and change?</p><p>This report presents the findings of a socio-economic assessment (SEA) that was carried out in Hihifo district, Tongatapu in late 2010 and early 2011. The purpose of the assessment was to examine the current socio-economic situation in Hihifo, the current situation regarding water supply, and the health situation, as well as capturing the attitudes and experiences of people with regard to climate change impacts. Data were collected through a household survey and a focus group discussion.</p><p>Ways forward identified by which priority issues could be addressed were: put a water meter in every household; establish solar water pumps for village water supply; construct additional water tanks; improvement in water communities&rsquo; governance; and improvements in transparency and closeness between the water consumer and the water committee.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

05 Aug 2014 13:59:51 GMT

Financing recovery for resilience: enhancing the coverage, capitalization and coherence of pooled financing mechanisms for recovery to strengthen synergies between humanitarian, development and climate finance

<p>This study asks whether the financing of recovery efforts is consistent with the international architecture in place to promote the transition from crisis to sustainable development in fragile and conflict-affected states.</p><p>The recommendations of the study are based on a mapping and comparative analysis of humanitarian, development and climate adaptation pooled financing mechanisms at the global and country levels. Findings are taken to reveal that the current financing practice reinforces rather than bridges a silo approach towards recovery efforts. The study highlights practical steps to enhance the effectiveness of country-level development pooled financing mechanisms for recovery.</p>

05 Aug 2014 13:50:00 GMT

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

<p>This executive summary explores the impacts of climate change on South Asia and presents key findings from the IPCC&rsquo;s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).</p><p>The report extracts South Asia-specific data, trends and analysis directly from AR5 and highlights key opportunities to achieve adaptation, mitigation and development. It argues that in South Asia, climate change is impacting on human health in several ways. The incidence of many diseases increases at higher temperatures: the pathogens and parasites that cause disease multiply faster while studies have shown an association between diarrheal outbreaks and a combination of higher temperatures and heavy rainfall. Cholera outbreaks in coastal populations in South Asia have also been associated with increased temperatures and algal blooms. Meanwhile, climate phenomena, such as the El Ni&ntilde;o, have been associated with cholera epidemics in Bangladesh.</p>

05 Aug 2014 12:52:41 GMT

Does climate information matter? A proposed monitoring and evaluation framework for participatory assessment of the impact of climate services for male and female farmers

<p>A gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation framework to assess the value of climate information and advisory services for smallholder farming communities, including case studies from Kenya, India and Senegal.</p><p>The proposed monitoring and evaluation (M&amp;E), for use in communities across the developing world, is based on three primary goals for conducting an evaluation of climate services for farmers: 1) to inform design of a new climate service project; 2) to identify gaps in climate service delivery, and improve project effectiveness and service delivery quality; and 3) to assess impact of provided services for farmers, hypothesized to benefit from the climate service. A multi-step process was developed for climate service impact evaluation, including a pre-assessment (PA) toolkit of ethnographic and evaluative tools, followed by guidelines for baseline data collection, monitoring, and evaluation of climate service projects</p>

05 Aug 2014 12:34:31 GMT

Adapting to climate change through land and water management in Eastern Africa: Results of pilot projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania

<p>This publication presents the results of the &lsquo;strengthening capacity for climate change adaptation in land and water management&rsquo; project and focuses its activities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. It aims to increase in resilience to climate change through the adoption of technologies which improve soil health and fertility and facilitate water conservation, through better diversification of sources of livelihood and income, and backed by strong institutional networks. From these pilots, the paper argues that it is clear that adaptation should be perceived as a continuum of approaches, ranging from activities that aim to address the drivers of vulnerability to measures explicitly targeting climate change impacts. Although it is stated that it is still early to determine the full effectiveness of the activities, the findings are taken to show improvements in food security and livelihoods, which contribute to increasing the farmers&rsquo; resilience to climate change.</p>

04 Aug 2014 15:43:24 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

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

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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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Think Green: education and environmental awareness

Education plays a crucial role in raising awareness of environmental challenges and shaping the attitudes and behaviours that can make a difference. A recently released Trends Shaping Education Spotlight looks at the role of education in both preparing and providing our citizens with the skills needed for a sustainable and productive future.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08:00 GMT

Productivity measurement with natural capital and bad outputs

This paper presents a productivity growth measure that explicitly accounts for natural capital as an input factor and for undesirable goods, or “bads”, as an output of the production process.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:20:00 GMT

Personal tax treatment of company cars and commuting expenses: Estimating the fiscal and environmental costs

Company cars form a large proportion of the car fleet in many OECD countries and are also influential in determining the composition of the wider vehicle fleet. When employees provided with a company car use that car for personal purposes, personal income tax rules value the benefit in a number of different ways.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:48:00 GMT

Exploring Potential Data Sources for Estimating Private Climate Finance - Environment Working Paper

The paper reviews a number of commercial and public data sources to examine their potential for increasing coverage and understanding of the volume and characteristics of private climate finance beyond renewable energy projects. Such information is needed to assess progress towards the global transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:08:00 GMT

Research Co-operation between Developed and Developing Countries in the Area of Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity

Climate change and biodiversity loss have increasingly become the subject of international policy deliberations. It is widely recognised that strong and effective international co-operation is required to address these issues. Co-operation in science and technology between developed and developing countries is considered to be of particular importance.

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:56:00 GMT

Moving beyond rhetoric: Responsibility in practice

This Global Forum plays an important role as the tool for on-going dialogue on responsible business conduct. I am pleased to announce that today, Ministers from over 20 countries are coming together to discuss how to integrate responsibility considerations throughout government policies. Their work will contribute to protect internationally recognised fundamental rights and to ensure good governance, fair regulations, and transparency.

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:08:00 GMT

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

Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts: Conceptual Frameworks, Modelling Approaches and Research Needs - Environment Working Paper No. 66

This paper presents a framework to include feedbacks from climate impacts on the economy in integrated assessment models. The proposed framework uses a production function approach, which links climate impacts to key variables and parameters used in the specification of economic activity. The paper pays particular attention to the challenges of distinguishing between damages and the costs of adapting to climate change.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:07:00 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

National policy dialogue (NPD) in Turkmenistan

NPD in Turkmenistan

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:24:00 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 Workshop January 15-18 2013: 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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Japan's economy signals weakness

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Virgin Australia trebles losses

Virgin Australia posts an after-tax loss of A$355.6m ($332.6m; £200.5m) for the full year ending in June, triple the firm's previous year's losses for the period.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:41:26 GMT

Tesco cuts its profit forecast

The struggling supermarket Tesco cuts its profit forecast and the new chief executive's start date has been brought forward to Monday.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:51:13 GMT

Google trials drone deliveries

Google reveals it has built and tested its own drones as part of a plan to make automated deliveries to remote homes as well as disaster-hit zones.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:23 GMT

US economic growth revised upwards

The US economy grew at annual pace of 4.2% in the second quarter, revised official figures show, faster than the previous estimate of 4%.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:40:57 GMT

EU widens aid to dairy exporters

The EU announces emergency help for dairy producers hit by the Russian ban on food imports from the EU.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:46:22 GMT

Malaysia Airlines expects more losses

Malaysia Airlines says the full financial impact of the two tragedies to hit the company will be seen in the second half of the year.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:31 GMT

US supermarket sale ends bitter feud

The US supermarket chain Market Basket agrees to sell to former boss Arthur T Demoulas, ending a months-long strike amongst workers and customers.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:46:40 GMT

India launches bank accounts for all

Indian PM Narendra Modi launches a plan to provide a bank account for every household, in a landmark initiative to help the poor.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:48:30 GMT

FBI probes JP Morgan 'cyber-attack'

The FBI says it is investigating reports in the US media of recent cyber-attacks against several US banks.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:40:33 GMT

Russia to start car scrappage scheme

Russia says it will introduce a new scrappage scheme worth 10bn roubles to try to boost flagging car sales.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:24:10 GMT

Germanwings pilots set to strike

Pilots at low-cost airline Germanwings will strike on Friday if an agreement is not reached with parent Lufthansa over retirement plans, their union says.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:04:11 GMT

Nigeria launches electronic ID cards

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan formally launches a national electronic identity card, which can also be used to make payments.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:45:51 GMT

Deutsche Bank in mis-reporting fine

Germany's Deutsche Bank is fined £4.7m by UK regulators for inaccurately reporting transactions between November 2007 and April 2013.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:12:01 GMT

Strike disrupts Argentine capital

Sections of Argentina's General Confederation of Labour are holding a 36-hour strike, which has caused disruption in the capital Buenos Aires.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:24:11 GMT

Pro-independence firms hit back

An open letter signed by more than 200 business figures says the case for Scottish independence “has been made”.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:36:55 GMT

VIDEO: What next for worker pay in Asia?

A new survey has shown that while salaries across the Asia Pacific are set to increase by an average of 7% next year, the higher cost of living will probably chew up most of the extra money.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:13:12 GMT

VIDEO: Is video gaming a spectator sport?

Video game fans descend on Coventry for the UK's biggest gaming festival but is watching others play really a spectator sport?

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:20:03 GMT

VIDEO: Russia ban bites Polish apple crop

Russian EU food sanctions hit just before the Polish apple crop harvests leaving farmers with a glut of unsold fruit.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:11:38 GMT

VIDEO: From mountaineer to tour operator

Hassan Sadpara is a mountaineering hero but has found it difficult to turn his climbing success into a successful business.

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:52:09 GMT

VIDEO: Venezuela to fingerprint shoppers

President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:21:32 GMT

VIDEO: The beer hunter of Mauritius

Oscar Olsen, the "beer hunter", says he wants to start a beer revolution across Africa.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:11:10 GMT

VIDEO: The Aussie surfer turned entrepreneur

Matt Grainger explains how he has managed to turn his passion for surfing into a profitable business.

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:09:10 GMT

VIDEO: Kenya looks to avoid oil tax tangles

Kenya's government wants to take advantage of lucrative deals for exploiting new oil deposits and mining, but wants to avoid legal tangles.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:27:21 GMT

The etiquette of reclining seats on flights

When is it acceptable to lean back at 30,000ft, asks Jon Kelly.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:11:32 GMT

Cast of South African soap sacked

The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:41:47 GMT

McDonald's in Moscow court appeal

McDonald's says it will appeal against a court ruling in Moscow ordering the closure for 90 days of four of its Russian outlets.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:17:54 GMT

Alibaba profits up ahead of flotation

Profits at Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have nearly tripled, latest filings reveal, ahead of the firm's planned US stock market debut later this year.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:13:35 GMT

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:47:41 GMT

France's jobless total rises again

The number of people looking for work in France rises 0.8% in July, as PM Manuel Valls promises business leaders to speed up reform.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:01:03 GMT

Germany to fight 'benefit tourism'

The German government announced proposals to tackle alleged abuses of the benefits system by migrants from elsewhere in the European Union.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:50:44 GMT

IMF's Lagarde under investigation

IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:46:19 GMT

Investments in Zimbabwe 'plunging'

Investment in Zimbabwe more than halved in the first six months of 2014, the country's central bank chief announces as President Mugabe visits China.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:26:58 GMT

South Africa economy avoids recession

South Africa avoids falling into recession after second-quarter GDP figures show the economy grew by 0.6% during the April-to-June period.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:22:04 GMT

Downgrade hits South African banks

Shares in South Africa’s largest banks have fallen after being downgraded by the credit ratings agency Moody’s.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:22 GMT

Qantas reports record annual loss

Australia's national flag carrier Qantas reports a net loss of A$2.8bn for the year ending in June - a record annual loss for the airline.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:24:28 GMT

Philippines sees economy pick up

The Philippine economy grew faster than expected in the three months to June, expanding by 6.4% from a year earlier.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:31:10 GMT

China probes executives at VW unit

China's corruption watchdog is investigating one former and one current executive at one of Volkswagen's joint ventures for "seriously violating the law".

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:53:39 GMT

England Women's Sevens turn pro

England's top female rugby players will be paid for the first time as the Women's Sevens squad turns professional.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:03:37 GMT

Villa appoint Fox as chief executive

Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:24:55 GMT

Coventry to return to Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena after agreeing a two-year deal with the company that runs the stadium.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:32:31 GMT

Could your clothing save your life?

Clothing embedded with high-tech sensors that can detect epilepsy, breast cancer, a heart attack and monitor your general health and well-being - could your wardrobe save your life?

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:03:09 GMT

Galileo: We know where you are

With the planned launch of two spacecraft aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana, Europe is pushing ahead with its Galileo network of navigation satellites.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:10:12 GMT

Windows XP upgrade proves tricky

Cost, complications and computer code clashes have afflicted firms that have migrated away from the ageing Windows XP operating system.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:11:45 GMT

Cleaning up Mali's rubbish

Entrepreneurs are trying to find ways to collect rubbish in Mali's capital city Bamako but they have nowhere to process it.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:02:37 GMT

Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs

As an increasing amounts of travellers visit Myanmar, a growing number of young entrepreneurs are setting up tourism sector companies.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:51 GMT

The man 'behind a million babies'

Markus Frind, the entrepreneur behind the world's biggest dating site, has been so successful that he claims his company has helped to create more than one million babies.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:00:49 GMT

UK car production rises in July

More than 130,000 cars were made in the UK last month, a rise of 2.8% compared with last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:44:44 GMT

China fines 12 Japan car parts firms

China levies a record fine totalling 1.24bn yuan ($202m; £121m) on twelve Japanese car parts companies for price-fixing.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:59:19 GMT

Google cars 'designed to speed'

Google's driverless cars are programmed to occasionally exceed speed limits by up to 10mph, says the project's lead engineer.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:56:27 GMT

World War One: Industrial innovation and suspicion

What industry learned from World War One

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:55:03 GMT

Has the humble password had its day?

What new technologies can reliably establish our identities?

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:29:18 GMT

Georgian wines toast EU sales boost

Why Georgia's winemakers hope to boost EU sales

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:57:19 GMT

Can Qantas fix its financial troubles?

Can Qantas fix its financial troubles?

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:22 GMT

Chile launches its biggest wind farm

Energy-hungry Chile launches its biggest wind farm

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:26:18 GMT

Tunisia's first video games boss

'I want to build something with a global reach'

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:01:11 GMT

Celebrating the joy of craftsmanship

The Italian city that as been making violins for centuries

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:01:10 GMT

Chinese move into US luxury property

Chinese buyers are snapping up US luxury real estate

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:41:30 GMT

From mountaineer to tour operator

Going from mountaineer to tour operator

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:19:31 GMT

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Eight Killed As Vehicle Falls into Drain

Eight persons were today killed and three others injured when a vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down into a drain in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, India's News (PT...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:40:57 GMT

UAE's SCT container volumes up 14 percent in H1

(MENAFN) Gulftainer, the largest privately owned terminal operator in the Middle East, posted a 14 percent growth in container volumes in the January-June period at its Sharjah Con...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:19:03 GMT

Omani Al Hassan Engineering wins USD68m contract in Sohar

(MENAFN) Al Hassan Engineering Company, one of Oman's leading engineering and construction contractor, won a contract from Dealim-Petrofac Srip to develop a project in Sohar, Times...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:03:18 GMT

Emirates Sky Cargo launches operations to LA

(MENAFN) Emirates Sky Cargo, Emirates' freight division, announced adding Los Angeles to its network, thus joining Chicago, Atlanta and Houston in Emirates Sky Cargo's US freighter...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:39:22 GMT

Dubai's DP World net profit up 26 percent in H1

(MENAFN) DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, registered an increase of 26 percent in net profit in the January-June period, Gulf Business reported.The company post...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:36:37 GMT

IMF chief Christine Lagarde under investigation

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The source said Lagarde who earlier was questioned by magistrates in Paris under her existing status as a witness considered their decision to investigate ...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:44 GMT

Modi slams whispering campaign against home minister

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Rajnath Singh gave an emotional statement to the media saying he would quit public life if reports about his adult son proved to be true.Indian Prime Minis...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:41 GMT

Work-shirkers in in Indian tax dept to face music

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) As part of Prime Minister Modis Clean India Campaign the CBDT also asked its controlling and administrative officers to conduct surprise checks of the staf...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:40 GMT

PM should apply wisdom on tainted MPs says Indian SC

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Top court says people with criminal record are not expected to become part of government.India&rsquo;s top court said Wednesday lawmakers with criminal bac...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:37 GMT

Indian PM Narendra Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Narendra Modi travels to Japan on Saturday for a five-day visit his first major bilateral trip since taking over in May.India is hoping to win Japanese bac...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:33 GMT

Season II of 24 will be as thrilling as first one promises Anil Kapoor

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Anil who featured in the eighth season of the US version of the show played Anti-Terrorist Unit chief Jai Singh Rathod in the desi version which he produce...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:19 GMT

Breaking Bad and Modern Family bag trophies at glitzy Emmy Awards

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) ABCs Modern Family won a fifth best comedy series Emmy tying the record set by Frasier while the final season of AMCs Breaking Bad captured the top drama a...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:17 GMT

Bipasha Basus double date with Dubai

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Bipasha will walk the ramp for India Fashion Week that is being held from 4-6 September at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.Bollywood hottie Bipasha Basu will be i...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:16 GMT

Katrina Kaif's sister to dance to 'Dal Makhani'

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Katrina Kaif keeps close watch on sister Izabelles debut movie Dr.Katrina Kaif&rsquo;s sister Izabelle loves Indian food specially Dal Makhani. So the team...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:15 GMT

Morais opens up on his novel 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) We speak to Hundred-Foot Journey author Richard C.A deep love of food and and an old friendship prompted journalist and author Richard C. Morais to write h...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:33:13 GMT

Montashir wins Aseel International Purebred Arabian Horse Cup

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The championship was held over three days under the patronage of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Aff...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:29 GMT

Peng allows China to forget Li Na absence

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Peng Shuai clinched a shock 6-3 6-4 win to clinch a fourth career victory over a top five player but first at a Grand Slam.Peng Shuai celebrates after defe...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:26 GMT

Raina lashes down as India thrash sorry England

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Suresh Raina scores a magnificent 74-ball 100 and stars in teams 133-run victory.Suresh Raina celebrates getting 100 runs not out during their One Day Inte...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:26 GMT

Two youths on trial over harassing woman on beach

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A 19-year-old Afghan faced the molestation charge while his teenage accomplice was referred to the Juvenile Court.A 19-year-old jobless Afghan man stood tr...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:23 GMT

Two workers die in Sharjah lift collapse at under-construction building

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The police said the victims could not be identified immediately as they were working illegally with the company contracted to construct the building.Two wo...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:22 GMT

Banking on social media for maximum engagement

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Expert discusses how social media can boost audience engagement and create better returns for organisations.A live Facebook page real-time tweets and a pos...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:20 GMT

Emraan Hashmi goes back to his roots in Raja Natwarlal

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Bollywood hero Emraan Hashmi and Pakistani actress Humaima Malik reach Dubai to promote the 'con film with a lot of emotions'.Dubai: Emraan Hashmi and Huma...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:19 GMT

438 reports of damage to property filed via RTA app

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The RTA launched the Madinati app to serve the community and to help transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.The Roads and Transport Authority ...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:19 GMT

Travel series to be produced under MyDubai

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The #MyDubai Trip is a social travel series that documents the journey of some of the most influential Instagrammers from around the world as they experien...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:18 GMT

Dubai girl wins beauty contest in Philippines

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) 26-year-old Indian-Filipino beauty Parul Shah won the 51st edition of the Binibining Pilipinas" competition which started in January.&ldquo;Born and brough...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:17 GMT

Each school in Dubai to have traffic controller

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Comprehensive back-to-school plan put in place by Dubai Police.The Dubai Police have assigned a traffic controller for every school in preparation for the ...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:32:16 GMT

Dubai's foreign trade falls 3.7 percent in H1

(MENAFN) Dubai's foreign trade fell 3.7 percent in the January-June period, reaching USD178 billion compared to USD184.80 in the same period last year, Saudi Gazette reported.Durin...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:07:37 GMT

Kuwait combined companies' profits down 1.3 percent in H1

(MENAFN) According to a report by the National Bank of Kuwait, the combined profits of listed Kuwaiti companies were unimpressive during the January-June period, Saudi Gazette repo...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:06:34 GMT

Ras Al Khaima tourism revenue hit USD118.7m in H1

(MENAFN) According to a report by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, the city attracted around 3330.048 visitors in the January-June period, which amounted to revenue of...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:07:05 GMT

Qatar Airways adds flights to Al Madina route

(MENAFN) Qatar Airways announced launching additional daily flights to Madinah Al Munawara, starting October 26, thus increasing the number of flights on this route to 14 weekly se...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:05:29 GMT

Suez project: Egypt seeks expat support

(MENAFN - Arab News) The Egyptian government is planning to turn to Egyptian nationals working in the Kingdom to secure funds for the expansion of the prestigious Suez Canal.Egypti...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:44:07 GMT

Two-day weekend stays

(MENAFN - Arab News) The Labor Ministry has denied reports that it was withdrawing the 40-hour work week and two-day weekend system in the private sector after coming under pressur...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:44:06 GMT

Saudi initiative to boost GCC ties

(MENAFN - Arab News) Three top Saudi officials visited Doha and Manama on Wednesday and held talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:44:05 GMT

Gaza war has no winners and leaves much unresolved

(MENAFN - Arab News) JERUSALEM: Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated division...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:44:05 GMT

Blatche residency issue puts Philippines Asiad gold medal bid in peril

(MENAFN - Arab News) MANILA: The Philippines' gold medal bid in basketball in the Asian Games in South Korea next month is suddenly in peril.Troubling news has reached this basketb...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:33:58 GMT

Kuwait- KPC signs USD2bln-worth oil supply deal with Petron Singapore

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) signed Wednesday a USD 2 billion-worth crude oil supply contract with Petron Singapore Tradi...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:18:41 GMT

Regional, Islamic organizations welcome ceasefire agreement in Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday welcomed the ceasefire agree...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:16:18 GMT

EU calls for an end to Gaza blockade by Israel

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The EU Wednesday welcomed the ceasefire agreement in Gaza and said that the humanitarian situation there must now be urgently addressed. It als...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:15:53 GMT

Egypt, Sudan inaugurate first common land route

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Egypt and Sudan officially inaugurated their first joint major land route on Wednesday in the presence of senior officials from the two neighbo...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:14:36 GMT

UNSC strongly condemns downing of UNMISS helicopter in S. Sudan

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Security Council late Wednesday "condemned in the strongest terms" the downing yesterday, near Bentiu, Unity State (South Sudan) of an UNMI...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:13:33 GMT

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Launch of OECD's Employment Outlook 2014 – Press conference, Paris, Wednesday 3 September

Ahead of the G20 Labour Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, on 10 September, the OECD will release the Employment Outlook 2014 at 11.00 CET/Paris time on Wednesday 3 September.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

OECD GDP up 0.4% in the second quarter of 2014 but with mixed patterns across countries

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:43:00 GMT

OECD and China expand cooperation in PISA education programme

The OECD and China have announced that they will expand their cooperation in PISA, following the successful implementation of PISA 2009 and 2012 in Shanghai.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, August 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:02:00 GMT

Global Forum releases new compliance ratings on tax transparency for 10 jurisdictions

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published today 13 new peer review reports demonstrating progress toward implementation of the international standard for exchange of information on request. The Global Forum also issued compliance ratings for 10 jurisdictions.

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:22:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 29 July 2014

OECD annual inflation stable at 2.1% in June 2014

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

OECD appoints Mari Kiviniemi and Stefan Kapferer as Deputy Secretaries-General

Mari Kiviniemi, Finland’s former Prime Minister, and Stefan Kapferer, currently State Secretary at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, have been appointed Deputy Secretaries-General of the OECD.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:00 GMT

La OCDE da a conocer la versión completa del estándar global para el intercambio automático de información

Dando un paso importante hacia una mayor transparencia y poniendo fin al secreto bancario en materia fiscal, la OCDE dio a conocer hoy la versión completa de un nuevo estándar global para el intercambio de información entre jurisdicciones

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

OECD releases full version of global standard for automatic exchange of information

Taking an important step towards greater transparency and putting an end to banking secrecy in tax matters, the OECD today released the full version of a new global standard for the exchange of information between jurisdictions.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Global value chains offer opportunities for growth, jobs and development, but more must be done so all countries and firms can participate equally, according to a new OECD-WTO-World Bank Group report

Global Value Chains (GVCs) are a dominant feature of the world economy that impact growth, jobs and development, but numerous challenges remain to ensure that all countries and all firms have the opportunity to participate and benefit.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

Japan’s aid guided by clear vision and priorities but should focus on countries and people most in need

Japan has increased its spending on overseas development assistance (ODA) and is showing more global leadership, but needs to pay more attention to where it is spending the money and increase its focus on results and transparency.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, first quarter 2014, OECD

OECD employment rate rises for the fourth consecutive quarter to 65.6% in first quarter of 2014

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:45:00 GMT

Recent labour market reforms have yet to fulfil their promise, says OECD

The UK labour market weathered the recent recession moderately well. After a relatively limited fall, total employment recovered and it recently reached 30 million for the first time, even if a number of the new jobs created are low productivity and low paid.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD and FAO see lower farm prices; livestock and biofuels outpacing crop production

The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:30:00 GMT

Turkey: Macroeconomic stability and structural reform key to strong and inclusive growth, OECD says

Turkey’s economy will grow stronger in the coming years, but remains overly dependent on domestic consumption funded by foreign finance, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Turkey.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:00 GMT

Türkiye: Makroekonomik istikrar ve yapısal reformlar, üretim yapısının güçlenmesi için hayati.

OECD Türkiye Ekonomik İnceleme Raporuna göre; Türkiye ekonomisi önümüzdeki yıllarda büyümeye devam edecek ancak, ekonominin dış kaynak ile fonlanan iç tüketime aşırı bağımlılığı halen devam etmekte.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Governments must address the vulnerability of social institutions, OECD says

Future generations will pay a high price if countries fail to reform pension, health care and unemployment schemes, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:33:00 GMT

First OECD PISA financial literacy test finds many young people confused by money matters

Around one in seven students in the 13 OECD countries and economies that took part in the first OECD PISA international assessment of financial literacy are unable to make even simple decisions about everyday spending, and only one in ten can solve complex financial tasks.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.4% in May 2014

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:52:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, July 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT

Mental healthcare under-resourced in too many countries, says OECD

Governments need to step up their efforts to improve mental health care which remains poorly resourced and under-prioritised in too many countries, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Permangono le difficoltà di accesso al credito per le PMI nonostante la ripresa economica

Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell’Organizzazione per la cooperazione e lo sviluppo economico (OCSE), le condizioni di accesso al credito per le Piccole e Medie Imprese (PMI) rimangono un motivo di preoccupazione in molti paesi.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:39:00 GMT

Italy needs to improve immigrant integration in society and work, says OECD

Italy should step up its efforts to help immigrants and their children integrate into society and learn the skills they need to improve their job prospects and earnings, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:59:00 GMT

Small businesses continue to face finance constraints despite economic recovery

Financing conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain a pressing concern in many countries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 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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Government Responsiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

<p>When citizens exercise voice, what is it that makes their voices count, or not count? If citizens&rsquo; voices count, governments are being responsive. In the past fifteen years many development and social change programmes have sought to make or strengthen the connections between citizens exerting voice and governments responding to their voices. Some research has been done on what produces greater responsiveness to citizens&rsquo; voices, but the meaning of responsiveness has not been adequately defined or explored.<br /><br />Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.</p><p>The think-piece from Making all Voices Count first sets out the implications of findings and reflections for the field of transparency and accountability and, within that, the sub-field of tech-enabled transparency and accountability initiatives (&lsquo;T4T&amp;A&rsquo;) The focus then shifts to the implications for Making All Voices Count and similar programmes, and finally, to implications for research and the creation and use of evidence in this field.</p>

28 Aug 2014 15:18:02 GMT

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening

<p>Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.</p><p>This think-piece focuses on &lsquo;voice&rsquo; within the Making All Voices Count framework. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what &lsquo;voice&rsquo; is and how it can be supported, with a particular focus on what this means for the &lsquo;Making All Voices Count&rsquo; programme.</p><p>This paper is divided into two sections. The first explores the implications of the findings of the Review of Experience and e-Dialogue for research and practice on &lsquo;voice&rsquo;, identifying key questions and debates. The second discusses the implications of these for the &lsquo;Making All Voices Count&rsquo; programme.</p>

28 Aug 2014 15:08:19 GMT

The question of inclusiveness

<p>Inclusiveness is a persistent theme in development thinking and practice. Concerns about who to include, and therefore who to exclude, how and at what level, lie at the heart of initiatives aimed at supporting expression, representation and influence. As such, inclusiveness is a central value of the Making All Voices Count programme, with clear links to how voices can be amplified, what forms voices can take and how they are&nbsp; mediated, and what result they attain in terms of government responsiveness.</p><p>This think-piece draws from a review of experience and an exchange of ideas that happened in the context of an e-dialogue between practitioners and scholars in late January 2014. The review took in scholarly work and grey literature (including, in some cases, ideas expressed in blogs) on patterns of differential access to ICTs in developing countries, lessons emerging from the previous and latest generation of ICT-mediated citizen engagement initiatives.<br /><br />The author examines emerging and persistent debates about inclusiveness in attempts to promote citizen voice. It aims to capture where the conversation is at and which lessons are applicable from past and recent experience with inclusiveness in ICT-mediated citizen engagement.</p>

28 Aug 2014 14:57:49 GMT

Fostering new ideas for social inclusion and accountable responsive governance

<p>The Making All Voices Count programme aims to foster and support new ideas to improve governance and achieve greater social justice. Key to Making All Voices Count&rsquo;s approach to this challenge is to support innovation through a focus on brokering knowledge and new relationships, building evidence for practice, and learning.</p><p>This think-piece draws from a review of experience and an exchange of ideas that happened in the context of an e-dialogue between practitioners and scholars in late January 2014. The review took in scholarly work and grey literature (including, in some cases, ideas expressed in blogs) exploring different forms of innovation and the conditions which are most conducive to the type of innovation most relevant to the mission of &ldquo;Making All Voices Count&rdquo;.</p><p>In this document, the author</p><ul><li>explores what type of innovation Making All Voices Count should be supporting</li><li>explores who and how innovators innovate, and the roles different champions play in innovation systems</li><li>examines the importance of openness, learning and iteration</li><li>draws out implications for the field of transparency and accountability, the Making All Voices Count programme, and Making All Voices Count&rsquo;s Research and Evidence component</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 14:51:07 GMT

South Africa and China: the making of a partnership

<p>South Africa&ndash;China relations are developing at a steady pace, from the onset of formal diplomatic ties in 1998 to the multi-faceted partnership we see today. Its various elements include historical links, diplomatic relations, multilateral co-operation, trade and investment, and public media engagement. At the same time, there are differences between the two countries that continue to shape ties and distinguish them from China&rsquo;s relations with other African countries.<br /><br />South Africa is a diversified economy with relatively strong institutional structures and is home to a vibrant civil society; China is seen as a key competitor in sectors South Africa views as strategic, as well as being an investor in resources that enjoy a favourable trade balance. Sharing a similar global vision, the two emerging countries are working towards closer strategic co-operation that takes account of the structure of bilateral economic ties, domestic diversity and overlapping interests.<br /><br />This paper examines the South Africa&ndash;China relationship through a survey of its diplomatic partnership, economic ties and broader community relations.</p>

28 Aug 2014 12:29:15 GMT

Unlocking the Doha impasse: imperative of a balanced Bali Package

<p>This paper argues that while the Doha Round is deadlocked, there is still a possibility that the WTO members will be able to reach an agreement on specific issues. The paper discusses three possible areas of convergence: agriculture, trade facilitation and LDC issues.</p><p>The authors demonstrate that WTO members in the 8th ministerial conference of the organisation reiterated their faith in the Doha Round. Furthermore, concerning agriculture, the document indicates that all sides declared that the other&rsquo;s concerns are legitimate and deserve a hearing.</p><p>Identically, regarding trade facilitations, the document notes that while a multilateral agreement on trade facilitation undoubtedly presents benefits, divergent views on &ldquo;costs of trade facilitation&rdquo; and certain technical issues are impeding progress. Also, in terms of LDCs, new proposals from the LDC group on specific LDC-issues are still awaited by other member countries.</p><p>Recommendations include:</p><ul><li>emerging countries need to realise that as they progress along the development trajectory, they will have to align their levels of rights and obligations with those of developed countries</li><li>rich countries also need to recognise the inherent advantages they have in the area of trade and the pre-existing disparity of some of the existing rules, so transitional periods are required for developing economies</li><li>both developed and emerging countries should fulfill their responsibility towards the poor by helping them build the capacity to address the challenges of globalisation</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 09:52:43 GMT

Final Report: Climate for development in Africa (ClimDev) – Climate sciences and services for Africa - strategic research opportunities for ClimDev

<p>The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The programme is seeking to deploy climate science in ways that lead to climate resilient development.</p><p>ClimDev-Africa is contributing to this vision by supporting activities that enhance the scientific base and observational infrastructure; strengthen partnerships between government institutions, private sector, civil society and vulnerable communities; and improve frameworks for decision-making, awareness and advocacy.</p><p>The purpose of this report is to present the ClimDev Partnership with a much narrower set of strategic research options by which ACPC and AfDB in particular could establish a unique presence in the realm of climate research and resilience planning. As a result, hitherto under-represented sectors and regions would be better equipped to manage risks as well as maximise development opportunities presented by climate variability and change.</p><p>A gap analysis was undertaken using different sources of evidence drawn from bibliographic metrics, previous research prioritisation exercises, peer-reviewed and grey literature, meta-analysis of web-based material, conference proceedings, ClimDev reports and proposal short-listing, an inventory of climate data requests, case studies and consultations with African experts.</p>

28 Aug 2014 09:52:34 GMT

Urban development: structured learning guide

<p>The purpose of this booklet is to support advisers in DFID to strengthen their knowledge of urban development themes by providing signposts to quality assured references, grey literature and other useful learning materials. This structured learning guide will enable DFID advisers from any cadre to improve their understanding of key policy and programming issues, but is particularly aimed at infrastructure, climate change and environment, and livelihoods advisers. The guide covers the thematic areas listed below:</p><ul><li>urban poverty &ndash; including resilience.</li><li>urban services &ndash; including water and sanitation, health and education issues.</li><li>urbanisation and growth &ndash; including evidence on pro-poor growth and issues of inequality.</li><li>urban planning &ndash; including participatory approaches to slum improvement such as slum dweller federations, small towns, mega-cities and secondary towns.</li><li>urban governance &ndash; including citizen inclusion, urban management and funding.</li><li>urban livelihoods &ndash; formal and informal, including social protection mechanisms, opportunities for the urban poor, rural-urban links, migration and urban food security.</li><li>cities and climate change</li><li>cities and disaster planning &ndash; including flood protection.</li><li>housing and Lland</li><li>women and urbanisation &ndash; including economic opportunities for women.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 09:42:49 GMT

Women, gender and the evolving tactics of Boko Haram

<p>The Islamic terrorist group known as Boko Haram has been active in Nigeria since 2002. Nigeria has experienced resurgence in Boko Haram militancy, including more sophisticated attacks and jihadist ideology, since 2010. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announced a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in May 2013, and this was met with increased incidences of gender-based kidnapping and violence.<br /><br />This article addresses Boko Haram&rsquo;s increasing use of gender-based violence (GBV) and targeting of women. It argues that 2013 marked a significant evolution in Boko Haram&rsquo;s tactics, with a series of kidnappings, in which one of the main features was the instrumental use of women. This was in response to corresponding tactics by the Nigerian security forces. The Nigerian government has violently opposed Boko Haram, and in July 2009 successfully quashed an uprising by the group across northeastern Nigeria, resulting in the deaths of 800 Boko Haram members, including leader Mohammed Yusuf. One year later, Boko Haram&rsquo;s new leader, Abubakar Shekau, announced in a statement released to journalists that, &ldquo;jihad has begun&rdquo;.<br /><br />Additionally, the analysis provides evidence of a shift by Boko Haram to include women in its operations, in response to increased pressure on male operatives. It also considers the gendered rationale for instrumentalising women within the framework of Boko Haram&rsquo;s ideology and culture, arguing for a greater appreciation of how gender factors in the group&rsquo;s violence.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

28 Aug 2014 04:56:07 GMT

Status of action against commercial exploitation of children: Nigeria

<p>This report focuses on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Nigeria. It provides a comprehensive baseline of information on various manifestations of CSEC in the country, as well as an assessment of the achievements and challenges, including the participation of children and young people themselves, in efforts to eliminate CSEC.<br /><br />The report follows the framework of the Stockholm Agenda for Action, in that it recommends action by governments, in partnership with civil society, in the following categories: coordination and cooperation, prevention, protection, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration, and child participation.<br /><br />It gives a comprehensive overview of CSEC in Nigeria, highlighting issues such as child prostitution, pornography, and the connections between tourism and sexual exploitation. It then advocates for countries to implement national action plans that address these problems. Nigeria&rsquo;s past and existing action plans are examined, and recommendations made for improvement are made; these include: better coordination and cooperation on the local, national, regional and international levels; more training and education, improved legislation, and vulnerability reduction.<br /><br />Finally, for each broad recommendation this report makes, it categorically lists priority actions required to ensure their successful implementation.<br />&nbsp;</p>

28 Aug 2014 04:16:37 GMT

Economic opportunities and obstacles for women and girls in Northern Nigeria

<p>What obstacles and opportunities for enterprise and employment are there for women and girls in Northern Nigeria?<br /><br />This report highlights nine contradictions to the commonly held notion that most reports paint of women in the region &ndash; that they lack power and agency. Women appear to have more control over their incomes; men are more in favour of women earning incomes and controlling the income they earn; and women can move about more freely, both within and outside their communities, than was previously imagined.<br /><br />The report makes a number of key findings regarding obstacles to female involvement in economic activities, including that nearly all women or girls were involved in economic activities in the informal sector, and that their lack of capital and/or credit was a barrier to economic engagement. Skills and vocational training are providing economic advantages for girls. Another way to build the economic potential of women and girls in Nothern Nigeria is through collective action programmes.<br /><br />The report calls for policy-makers to build on the generally positive attitude towards women as income earners; and makes key recommendations for facilitating the effectiveness of girls&rsquo; and women&rsquo;s economic endeavours, supporting their empowerment and skills acquisition, and engaging more men in the growth and expansion of women&rsquo;s enterprise.</p>

28 Aug 2014 03:37:53 GMT

Meet the Arewa girl

<p>Data often tells you what is happening to girls, but it rarely presents the context &ndash; the why and how &ndash; and what girls themselves are thinking.<br /><br />This handbook is the result of conversations with about 1,500 girls and 3,000 adults over the course of two years. It contains unique insights about northern Nigerian girls&#39; perceptions of family, friends media, education, employment and marriage; and distils the issues that need to be addressed in order to unleash the potential of girls living in this region. The term Arewa which means &lsquo;north&rsquo; in the Hausa language.<br /><br />A variety of research methods were used, including the following:</p><ul><li>Baseline survey conducted in 2012 (4,300 respondents, including 900 girls);</li><li>In-depth interviews with parents, men, boys, and girls;</li><li>Desk reviews of national data;</li><li>Ethnographic studies, including girl-led peer-to-peer research;</li><li>Girl-led learning journeys in 3 northern Nigerian communities, with researchers observing and interacting with a girl in her environment;</li><li>Faith leaders roundtable discussions; and</li><li>Radio and Mobile Q&amp;A&rsquo;s &ndash; girls&rsquo; stories were gathered from their communities, and prominent themes discussed live on radio, with opportunities for listeners to dial in or SMS their responses.</li></ul><p>By offering an introduction to the Arewa girl&rsquo;s world, tips for developing programs that can make a real difference in her life, and specific calls to action to various actors &ndash; funders, change makers, policymakers, innovators, culture shapers, and amplifiers &ndash; it is hoped that others will better understand who the Arewa girl is, what she needs, and most importantly, what can be done to improve her circumstances.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

28 Aug 2014 02:49:19 GMT

Oral Statement from WOCON - To the 56th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

<p>This statement was delivered by Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi, Executive Director of the&nbsp;Women&rsquo;s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (date). She begins by describing the disadvantages sub-Saharan African rural women face, such as extreme poverty, gender-based violence and the trafficking of women and girls.&nbsp;Their economic powerlessness makes the women voiceless in the affairs of their communities and their respective nations at large, resulting in their underrepresentation in decision-making positions.<br /><br />The statement goes on to commend the strides taken by governments in their commitments under the various international and regional instruments and covenants that promote women&rsquo;s development. However, there is concern that the implementations of these commitments have not had the desired impacts on rural women. Therefore, the statement makes the following recommendations to governments:<br /><br />&bull; Ensure periodic monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of policies and programmes targeting rural women to ascertain their effectiveness.<br /><br />&bull; Provide adequate budgetary allocations to government institutions and agencies charged with the implementation of these policies, such as the gender ministries or ministries of women&rsquo;s affairs.<br /><br />&bull; Provide basic amenities and infrastructure such as portable water, electricity, primary health facilities and schools in rural areas.<br /><br />&bull; Design poverty alleviation schemes with the participation of rural women at the planning and implementation stages, incorporating the special needs of rural women in joint collaborative efforts between government and civil society organisations (CSOs) for maximal effects and grassroots reach.<br /><br />&bull; Strategic and constructive steps should be taken by governments, their agencies and CSOs to ensure that rural women have access to information technology, life skills, modern agricultural implements and renewable energy to improve their standard of living, and expose them to international economies.<br /><br />&bull; Protect rural women against gender violence, discrimination and societal abuse.<br /><br />In closing, the statement says that addressing the poverty of rural women will, in turn, reduce significantly the incidence of gender violence, and enhance the participation of rural women in decision making. The sustainable development of women cannot be achieved unless the necessary tools for the economic and political empowerment of rural women, who constitute the majority of women, are available and accessible to them.<br />&nbsp;</p>

28 Aug 2014 02:40:39 GMT

Trends in enrollment, graduation and staffing of science and technology education in Nigeria tertiary institutions: a gender participation perspective

<p>There is little empirical data on gender participation in science and technology (S&amp;T) education in Nigeria. This study examines the enrolment, graduation and staffing pattern of men and women in S&amp;T fields in tertiary institutions from 1997 to 2006; the specific motivational factors for S&amp;T education; and factors influencing their choice of career. After presenting the findings, the authors make recommendations for continued developing appropriate policy interventions.<br /><br />The study utilised a structured questionnaire and personal interviews to obtain primary data from 2,110 females in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the field of engineering and natural sciences in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Secondary data were collected from firms and institutional directories. Descriptive statistics, a quantitative method of analysis, was also used.<br /><br />The following are amongst the conclusions and recommendations:</p> <ul> <li>The result of the survey suggests that female secondary school students have increased awareness, interest and capability to cope or excel in S&amp;T courses at the tertiary level.</li> <li>Agriculture was the least desired S&amp;T course in tertiary institutions.</li> <li>The enrolment and graduation pattern in S&amp;T courses within the span of 10 years revealed that female enrolment and graduation was lower than that of males.</li> <li>The rate of employment of male S&amp;T based staff outnumbered that of females.</li> <li>The authors recommend government intervention to set up initiatives that will encourage greater participation of girls in studying S&amp;T courses. Such measures could include immediate employment after graduation, scholarships and bursary awards, and female admission quotas.</li> <li>A motivating factor for some of the female students was the presence of role models or mentors who encouraged them to select S&amp;T courses. Most of these role models are females, which suggests that there is the need to publicise and celebrate the successes of female S&amp;T professionals and achievers, as this will encourage the younger ones to follow in their footsteps.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 02:25:20 GMT

Gender issues in basic education and national development in Nigeria

<p>This paper examines factors inhibiting gender equality in the Nigerian education sector, focusing on access to education as well as the learning process. Over the years, education in Nigeria has been primarily oriented toward closing the enrolment gap between girls and boys, while insufficient attention has been paid to retention and achievement. Providing a quality, relevant education leads to improved enrolment and retention, but also helps to ensure that boys and girls are able to fully realise the benefits of education. The primary focus on girls&rsquo; access to education may overlook boys&rsquo; educational needs. This approach also fails to confront the norms and behaviours that perpetuate inequality.<br /><br />The authors find that little has been done to enforce the recommendations, policies and programmes to improve girl-child education in Nigeria. The offer the following recommendations:</p><ul><li>Government should put in place the necessary legal instruments endorsed by the legislative arm of government to prohibit and prosecute those that encourage gender bias to girl-child education.</li><li>The issue of early marriage should be discouraged; this can be through the passage of the child rights bill in all the states of the federation.</li><li>Individuals, communication networks and non-governmental organisations should campaign through mass media, rallies, seminars, workshops and conferences to discuss the needs and way forward for girl-child education.</li><li>It is vital for religious leaders and organisations to preach the needs for formal education as a necessary tool for advancing spiritual fulfilment.</li><li>Financial support (scholarships, etc.) should be given to females to encourage them to progress in their educational pursuits.</li><li>There should be greater focus on: retaining girls in schools, gender-sensitive rural development programs; creating opportunities for marginalised women by means of alternative schooling (neighbourhood mobile classes); and working to bring about a cultural revolution towards gender equality in all aspects.</li><li>In order to be effective, the strategies of such programmes should consider region-specific problems, causes and traditions.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 02:10:04 GMT

Women participation in the political process in Nigeria

<p>The paper focuses on several issues regarding gender disparity in Nigeria&lsquo;s political process. The authors researched related materials on women&rsquo;s participation in governance since pre-colonial times to present day.<br /><br />The study finds that the low representation of women in Nigerian politics results from a confluence of factors, such as large-scale marginalisation, both in voting exercises and allocation of political offices, as well as political violence and the social stigma that politics is a &ldquo;dirty game&rdquo;. Other factors identified in this paper are the practice of patriarchy (hierarchy and gender distribution of responsibilities), money, religion (Christianity and Islam), intra- and inter-party factors, lack of humility and respect, as well as insufficient education and industrialisation.<br /><br />Within the context of this paper, the ideology of empowerment goes beyond political empowerment, for only those with economic power can compete for political positions. The authors find a need for a &ldquo;political collective behaviour revolution&rdquo; that surpasses the 35% affirmative plan promised by the present government.<br /><br />They conclude that, if the factors responsible for gender marginalisation persist, Nigeria&lsquo;s quest for accelerated development may be impeded. The study recommends that, in order to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), both men and women must be adequately part of decision-making at all levels of government, thereby guaranteeing the representation of gender issues as they affect both sexes. In the authors&rsquo; view, Nigerian women must see themselves as one, and speak in one voice, in order to occupy their rightful place in all spheres of life.<br />&nbsp;</p>

28 Aug 2014 01:56:47 GMT

Socio-Economic Development and the Girl-Child Education: a Look at Jos North Local Government, Plateau State

<p>The problem of girl child education in Nigeria&rsquo;s Jos North Local Government Area has socio-economic aspects related to traditional gender roles. The research presented in this article examines girl child education and its impacts, with the view of finding out why few women are educated in Jos North metropolis.<br /><br />Some parents withdraw their daughters from school for economic reasons or because of local customs and religion. While the education of boys is regarded as useful investment, because it is believed that a boy propagates the family name, whereas spending money girls&rsquo; education is often regarded as a waste. Early marriage also contributes to inequality in education. Girls who went to school refused early marriage.<br /><br />This&nbsp;article&nbsp;concludes that the education of girls in Jos North and Nigeria at large will continue to trail that of boys education if corrective policy actions are not taken. Failure to address the issue will further widen the gender gap in education. Moreover, the desired level of development in Jos North can only be attained when girl-child education is given adequate attention.<br /><br />The author makes recommendations to encourage and intensify efforts to improve girl-child education, particularly in Jos North LGA, including:</p><ul><li>Government at all levels should take appropriate, legislative, budgetary and other necessary measures towards the full realisation of the right of every child to free quality education, especially the girl-child.</li><li>Government and NGOs should immediately commence a child-seeking mapping exercise with the participation of communities and schools to determine which children are out of school, the reasons why, and bring them back to school.</li><li>Greater investments in girls and support for their families should be made.</li><li>Gender disparities should be reduced to the barest minimum through gender budgeting, maximising programmes that have an impact on girls/women.</li><li>The Government must intensify efforts to discourage child labour through education.</li><li>Early marriages that rob girls of any academic pursuits must be discouraged.</li><li>Adequate and sustained advocacy for the girl-child by female organisations and women in leadership will help in bridging the gap in girl-child education.</li><li>Constructive engagement of community leaders, town criers and urban elites who have very close contact with the gender groups should be intensified.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 01:29:31 GMT

Our bodies, their battle ground Boko Haram and gender-based violence against Christian women and children in North-Eastern Nigeria since 1999

<p>Over the years, gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria has been primarily examined from cultural, traditional and socio-economic perspectives, neglecting political-religious related insurgency like that of Boko Haram. The research presented in this paper addresses GBV against Christian women and children in the context of the Boko Haram uprising since 1999, when Nigeria returned to a multiparty democracy, in order to examine the origins of Boko Haram&rsquo;s ideological articulation in justifying their attacks against institutions and individuals.<br /><br />This paper examines directly or indirectly perpetrated by Boko Haram members, as well as GBV due to the situation created by the Boko Haram conflict. The research includes the nature, types and degree of violence against Christian women and children. The researchers consider the views of women; the ideological motivations, conflict strategies and mobilisation processes that are at the root of this GBV; and the views of the wider community, especially those of some top government functionaries.<br /><br />In-depth analysis of the data exposes the different types of GBV against Christian women and children not talked about in the media or policy circles in Nigeria. It also indicates the fear amongst ordinary Christian women, who are mostly unwilling to talk about their experiences to protect themselves and their loved ones from being targeted. Further conclusions presented in this paper include the following:</p><ul><li>Bureaucratic processes and the financial implications remain the greatest obstacles in exposing the truth of coordinated GBV that have taken place since the Boko Haram uprising.</li><li>Different state governments, particularly Bauchi state, are involved in supporting GBV against Christian women and children.</li></ul><p>The authors suggest areas for further research, including the day-to-day violent discrimination against Christians in northern Nigeria; the increase in environmental desertification and deforestation in northern Nigeria which has precipitated vicious clashes between Muslim herdsman settling in indigenous Christian communities in central Nigeria, sometimes with the support of some northern state governments; and the emergence of ethnic militias (not Christian militias) organised by ethnic groups with Christian majority.</p>

28 Aug 2014 01:16:10 GMT

Securing land rights in rural communities of Nigeria: policy approach to the problem of gender inequality

<p>In Africa, the pursuit of gender equality in inheritance rights remains one of the most difficult challenges due to its entrenched patriarchal characteristics. This is also the case in the rural communities of South-Eastern Nigeria. This article investigates gender discrimination in the region, among the Igbo ethnic group, with regard to land property rights; and makes policy recommendations to overcome the failures of past intervention efforts, many of which considered this problem as too culturally sensitive.<br /><br />Laws protecting women&rsquo;s rights are often ignored at the village level. For example, Section 43 of the Nigerian Constitution guarantees every Nigerian (man or woman) the right to acquire and own immovable property, and the Nigerian Land Use Act of 1978 also confers general powers upon men and women to own real property. However, customary law in Nigeria&rsquo;s rural communities restricts women&rsquo;s inheritance rights, thereby perpetuating female poverty and subordination. Furthermore, violating the land rights of women generates competition and social conflicts between men and women, which have implications for peace, social cohesion and development.<br /><br />The following are among the conclusions of this study:</p><ul><li>Access to natural resources in rural communities of South-Eastern Nigeria has remained a major form of economic domination by men, which has left women, particularly widows, highly vulnerable.</li><li>Moving away from long-held beliefs and customs toward respecting gender equity requires dialogue involving all stakeholders.</li><li>Change must also affect structures that generate conflict through deprivation, exclusion and other forms of injustice.</li><li>Peaceful conflict transformation that involves the development of perspectives through dialogue with all parties (at many levels) changes the way men and women think about womanhood or widowhood, and helps them move toward positive peace.</li><li>An inclusive and better gender-sensitive approach in policy making would improve the effectiveness of, and compliance with, legal and socio-economic reforms.</li><li>The equal rights of men and women to land are essential for ensuring sustainable rural development, social equity, economic growth and any effort to address gender inequalities.</li><li>Policy reform to ensure the effective, equitable and sustainable use of land in Nigeria will bring about poverty reduction and development.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 00:34:38 GMT

Religious interpretations, gender discrimination and politics in Africa: case study of Nigeria

<p>How do religious interpretations shape gender conceptions and impact women&rsquo;s participation politics in Nigeria? This study addresses these issues, focusing on the participation of women in Nigeria&rsquo;s 2011 general election.<br /><br />The author argues that the intrusion and diffusion of patriarchal interest, sustained through religious fundamentalism, and tacitly reinvented in most religious doctrines, forms the bedrock for the marginalisation of the women. Furthermore, religious interpretations of certain portions of Holy Books fuel popular narratives regarding women&rsquo;s submission to men. Nevertheless, some of these religious texts and dogma have, particularly in recent times, become highly contested. However, the sustenance of patriarchy, mainly through religious fundamentalism, still significantly influences the persistence of unequal gender relations. This reinforces the claim that religious interpretations are the social instruments through which cultural norms, values, ideals, and aspirations are transmitted into the public space.<br /><br />To contextualise this claim, the paper investigates the role played by heterodox religious interpretations in restraining women from contesting major political and elective positions in the Nigerian 2011 general election. The following are among the conclusions:</p><ul><li>Despite interventions made to increase Nigerian women&rsquo;s political participation, especially by the federal government through its National Gender Policy, the number of women that emerged victorious in the 2011 general election was less than the number of victorious female candidates in the 2003 and 2007 general elections.</li><li>Nigerian men continue to overshadow political activities, while the women only succeed in taking up lesser elective and political positions.</li><li>Nigerian politics of &#39;godfatherism&#39;, which is largely rooted on patriarchy and promoted through religious interpretations, continues to shrink available spaces for women&rsquo;s engagement in political processes due to the high risks and violence involved.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 00:21:14 GMT

Gender equality for sustainable development in Nigeria

<p>In Nigeria, patriarchal gender roles are clearly defined and deeply entrenched. This paper argues that there can never be gender equality in life; a man and a woman can never be equal, but can work together in mutual respect for sustainable development. The author discusses Nigerian gender relations in the home, community, workplace and politics, as well as different perceptions of equality, equity and feminism.<br /><br />Traditionally, Nigerian girls are made to believe that her ultimate ambition is marriage and childbearing. As more girls are in school now, more women excel in various professions, business and politics, and are contributing greatly to national development.<br /><br />Many Nigerian women scholars have rejected Western brands of feminism, proposing more culturally suitable ideologies and coining terms to draw attention to the marginalisation of women and the need for its elimination. The author of this article created &lsquo;Focus Feminism&rsquo;, which urges women to focus on themselves, and eliminate intra-gender conflicts and oppression, so as to have the moral justification for confronting an external oppressor-man. None of these Nigerian postulations advocate gender equality, but a complementarity that would ensure that each individual is given an opportunity and freedom for self-actualisation. As the author explains, they understand that, in Nigerian culture, any woman who decides to confront men will fail. The implication, therefore, is that from the family to the public sphere, gender equality is an unattainable goal.<br /><br />Some of the structures that hinder progress for women in Nigeria (such as widowhood rites and rights of passage) are gradually being demolished. The author concludes that the focus of sustainable development in the country should be on the gradual destruction of the social structures that inhibit or devalue women. The recognition of each gender first and foremost as a human entity is a positive step towards healthy living and development in the nation. The author recommends that adherents of gender equality focus on equal opportunities for empowerment and self-actualisation for every individual, irrespective of gender.</p>

28 Aug 2014 00:11:53 GMT

The role of religion in women's movements: the campaign for the domestication of CEDAW in Nigeria

<p>In 1985, the Nigerian government ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In 1998, following the return to democracy after 30 years of military rule, a movement of civil society organisations formed to promote the domestication of CEDAW into Nigerian law. In 2006, a bill was presented to the National Assembly, but was voted out the next year, ostensibly due to religious opposition. This report presents the findings of a study into the way in which the Nigerian women&#39;s movement engaged with religion during the course of this campaign, examining the key debates around CEDAW among the faith communities.<br /><br />Following the introduction, the authors give an overview of the status of women in contemporary Nigeria, women&#39;s agendas for social change, and dialectics of women&#39;s rights and religion. Next, a brief history of the campaign for the domestication of CEDAW in Nigeria is provided. Then, an analysis of the actors, strategies and engagements with religion in the CEDAW campaign is detailed. The research involved a literature review and fieldwork with a qualitative approach to understanding the perspectives and experiences of secular and faith-based activists and religious leaders.<br /><br />The study found that the net effect of both Christianity and Islam on the national-level CEDAW domestication bid was negative, yet religious groups exerted and continue to exert some positive influence, which may facilitate constructive engagements between future faith and women&#39;s rights agendas. The author highlights the following implications for future work in this area:</p><ul><li>Secular and faith-based organisations believe that a more pragmatic approach to domesticating CEDAW might be to extricate its more contentious aspects and incorporate the remainder in a partial bill, or include them piecemeal in a variety of national laws; and focus on the African Union (AU) Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (2004) as a more acceptable alternative.</li><li>Campaigners need to identify potential sources of opposition to proposed legal reform, seek to address their concerns and solicit their support (including elected representatives, religious leaders and organisations, men and grassroots women&#39;s organisations).</li><li>Sensitisation workshops on CEDAW, the AU protocol and the National Gender Policy should be held to generate support for the campaign among media personnel.</li></ul><p>This working paper is part of a series produced by the Religions and Development Research Programme Consortium, an international research partnership exploring relationships between major world religions, development in low-income countries and poverty reduction.<br />&nbsp;</p>

27 Aug 2014 23:58:48 GMT

Patriarchy and gender inequality in Nigeria: the way forward

<p>The patriarchal nature of traditional Nigerian society, which enables men to dominate women, continues to negatively impact the participation of women in formal and information decision-making. Taking an historical approach, this paper examines the conceptual and material bases of patriarchy and gender inequality in Nigeria. The author discusses a number of socio-cultural, economic and political factors involved in various dimensions of gender inequality and discrimination. This study finds that the following circumstances perpetuate the inadequate representation of women in Nigerian society, and pose serious threats to Nigeria&#39;s quest for democratic consolidation and sustainable development: lack of access to well-developed education and training systems for women&#39;s leadership; undue dominance of men in the socio-political sphere, including imbalances in political appointments; and poverty.<br /><br />In order to redress gender inequality in Nigeria, the author emphasises the need to challenge the influences of patriarchy, and promote women&#39;s rights in domestic production, paid employment, culture and religion, sexuality, male violence and governance. The author recommends that the United Nations General Assembly reaffirm is Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), making it compulsory for all nations to adopt its cardinal objectives, and employing stricter sanctions for violating the convention. Additionally, the relevant clauses of the Beijing Platform for Action, giving specific rights to women, should be reactivated. Further recommendations for change include:<br /><br />- Domestic production: challenge patriarchal division of labour in the home; advocate for equitable distribution of housework; promoting fatherhood responsibilities; and include of domestic work in GDP.</p><ul><li>Paid employment: challenge stereotypes and fighting discrimination against women; and promote the entry of women into male-dominated or reserved professions.</li><li>Culture and religion: combat cultural practices that oppress women (female genital mutilation, widowhood practices, etc.); promote the education of girls and women-sensitive interpretations of religion; challenge gender stereotypes in the media, practices that promote son preference and predispose women to malnutrition; etc.</li><li>Sexuality: promote the sexual and reproductive rights of women; challenge practices that predispose women to sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS; etc.</li><li>Male violence: combat violence against women; and promote new conceptualisations of masculinity and femininity.</li><li>State: challenge the patriarchal arrangement of the state and violence in the state, as well as neoliberalism and fundamentalism; promote women-friendly constitutions and legal frameworks, and budget redistribution in favour of women; support the affirmative action of women and other marginalised groups; etc.</li></ul>

27 Aug 2014 23:45:38 GMT

Changing status of women and the phenomenon trafficking of women for transactional sex in Nigeria: a qualitative analysis

<p>This paper examines the changing status of Bini women occasioned by the upsurge and endemic nature of the trafficking of women for the purpose of transactional sex. It engaged ethnographic methods of data collection with the use of family-based interviews, focus group discussions using vignette stories, life histories, and key informant interviewing. Data were analysed based on the themes that emerged.<br /><br />Findings reveal that &#39;successfully&#39; trafficked Bini women enjoyed high socio-economic status in their families of procreation, especially where family members were the direct recipients of the proceeds from transactional sex. Most mothers of &#39;successfully&#39; trafficked victims wielded greater influence in the family of procreation than was the case in the traditional Benin family structure, prior to the era of trafficking in the study area.<br /><br />In addition, girl children that are &#39;successful&#39; victims of trafficking are highly revered by their older male siblings, as long as they sent &ldquo;hard currency&quot; from overseas. The paper concludes that many uneducated women still perceive trafficking and transactional sex as empowering initiatives to protect women from the oppressive culture, which hinders their access to critical economic resources, but privileges the male gender.<br /><br />[adapted from author abstract]</p>

27 Aug 2014 23:31:22 GMT

Levelling the field: improving opportunities for women farmers in Africa

<p>While agriculture across sub-Saharan Africa forms the backbone of many nations&#39; economies, women are largely locked out of land ownership, access to credit and productive farm inputs, as well as support from extension services. This report seeks to focus international attention on the impediments that African women farmers face, presenting the clearest evidence to date on the breadth and depth of the resulting gender gap in agricultural production. The report brings together data from national statistics offices, with assistance from the Living Standards Measurement Study &ndash; Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) programme, to profile six countries: Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Niger and Ethiopia. Detailed analysis examines the possible reasons behind the gender gap in each country, leading to concrete policy proposals to redress the constraints women farmers face.<br /><br />The LSMS-ISA programme contrasts with prior available evidence in that the surveys are nationally representative and contain information at the level of individual farm managers and plots, thus allowing for a rich and detailed assessment of gender dynamics. The authors apply decomposition analysis (a statistical method usually used in labour economics) to the agricultural sector, yielding new insights on the effects of various factors on women&rsquo;s farming productivity. Each country profile provides detailed gender disaggregated analysis and policy priorities.<br /><br />Among the key findings of the study is that productivity gaps range from 13% in Uganda, up to 25% in Malawi. However, when accounting for plot-size and geographic differences, the gaps grow even starker, ranging from 23% in Tanzania to 66% in Niger. Contrary to the conclusions of previous, more methodologically limited studies, the results of this study show that, even when women and men have equal access to any given input, productivity gaps remain; this signals that broader norms, market failures, or institutional constraints influence the effectiveness of these resources for women. In northern Nigeria, plots farmed by women produce 27% less per hectare than men. In the south, an initially significant gender gap disappears after key productive factors are accounted for. This indicates that, if women in southern Nigeria had access to similar agricultural inputs as men, the productivity gap may disappear.<br /><br />The report recommends that a &ldquo;challenge fund&rdquo; be created to support the piloting and scaling up of effective policies. Also, national agriculture plans with a clear focus on the different needs of male and female farmers should be supported. Finally, the report&#39;s findings should be considered in relation to donor programmes, including the use of gender analysis to inform programme design, and the collection of sex-disaggregated data as part of monitoring and evaluation processes.</p>

27 Aug 2014 19:08:21 GMT

Adolescent girls in Northern Nigeria: financial inclusion and entrepreneurship opportunities profile

<p>Globally, adolescent girls are often marginalised and disengaged from both local and national decision-making, leaving them isolated and powerless to affect change. Without opportunities, girls are more vulnerable to becoming disillusioned, which can lead to risky behaviour and exploitation. Yet, information on adolescent girls in Northern Nigeria is minimal.<br /><br />Through this assessment, Mercy Corps profiled 1,800 adolescent girls (ages 15 to 19) across the North Western States of Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa to identify key barriers and opportunities for financial inclusion and entrepreneurship. This included mapping school enrolment and marriage rates, examining access and demand for formal and informal products and support, determining potential sectors for growth for entrepreneurship, assessing the relevance and applicability of mobile banking (m-banking), and determining a means of increasing the financial capability of girls.<br /><br />Among the findings from the study are that one-third of respondents either currently run their own business or have small economic activities in the informal sector and in female-dominated industries. Girls who run their own enterprise expressed a higher rate of control over their income than the overall assessment respondents, with more than 94% reporting either full (52%) or at least partial control (42%) over how their income is spent. Three-fourths of respondents want to grow their businesses or start a business, while 73% of these same girls would want or need their business to be located in or around their home.<br /><br />While Nigerian law requires the presentation of a birth certificate or passport to open a savings account or apply for credit, only slightly more than half of the respondents have a birth certificate with 30% having no formal identification. To plug this gap, 40% of girls participate in savings and credit groups. The majority of groups are small, with 10 or fewer members, with the majority of girls participating to raise money to start their own business or small economic activity (69%).<br /><br />With regard to the opportunities to engage with adolescent girls, the study recommends integrating financial education and entrepreneurial skills into school curriculum for in-school girls and savings groups and &lsquo;Safe Space&rsquo; groups for out-of-school girls. One key opportunity to increase financial inclusion for adolescent girls is the strengthening and expansion of savings habits, and the increase of formal savings opportunities. Another opportunity is through micro-franchising, which bridges the gap between entrepreneurship and employment through established companies offering a &lsquo;business-in-a-box&rsquo; and training on how to operate a business.<br /><br />[adapted from author]</p>

27 Aug 2014 18:39:46 GMT

Safe spaces prototyping: a human-centered design approach

<p>Emerging from a human-centered project involving 32 girl co-designers in Nigeria, this guidebook for prototyping the establishment of safe spaces for women and girls began by listening to the girls and some of the people in their lives. The inclusion of relatives and teachers in the design of safe spaces is crucial for selecting ideas that are both important and fun for the girls, and embraced by the wider community.<br /><br />A series of interviews, visits, and draft concepts with storyboards led to the design and implementation of two ideas in the example project presented: &lsquo;water-talks&rsquo; and &lsquo;marriage preparation&rsquo;. The process of testing these ideas involved 140 girls, split evenly between those in and out of school, and between the ages of 10-15, and 16-19. The two ideas were tested over four days, and four local mentors were trained to facilitate the process further.<br /><br />&lsquo;Water talks&rsquo; are a suite of activities based around the collection of water, a job traditionally done by women, and a context in which many girls feel comfortable. This idea was well liked by the girls, though less so by their families, and was relatively easy to prototype. &lsquo;Marriage preparation&rsquo; is a theme designed to delay early marriage, built on the assumption that the local community will sign a contract to ensure that girls are not married until they have completed their year-long course. This provided the girls with a venue for interaction, and positive public certification within the context of preparing girls to be &lsquo;valuable&rsquo; wives &ndash; a key issue in northern Nigeria. This idea was well received by families, but required more preparation. Additionally, it works well as a &lsquo;Trojan Horse&rsquo; model of packaging sensitive topics within a popular theme.<br /><br />The guidebook presents advice for future prototyping based on feedback from the project, broken down into six categories: people and partners; planning and preparation; curriculum and content; location and environment; the sessions themselves; and follow-up evaluation. Each section has a series of questions that practitioners should ask themselves when designing and prototyping safe spaces, as well as advice on methodology. Also included are example session plans, curriculum goals and approaches for empowering girls, as well as templates and suggestions for branding and certificates of achievements.</p>

27 Aug 2014 17:33:46 GMT

The role of women and girls in peace initiatives in Nigeria

Do women and girls participate conflict management activities and peace building initiatives in Nigeria?The aim of this publication is to discuss the ways in which Nigerian women have participated in peace initiatives, and also identify the obstacles that have prevented them from such involvement. Using existing literature, the publication finds that women participate in peace initiatives through various mechanisms, including different types of civil society organisations (CSOs), ad-hoc activism in response to specific violence incidences, etc.This publication also identifies the following among the hindrances to Nigerian women's participation: discriminatory social norms, gender-based violence (GBV), religious interpretations to exclude women from public life, violence in conflict, etc.

27 Aug 2014 15:09:40 GMT

Gender Roles in Urban Crop Production in Imo State, Nigeria.

<p>Promoting urban agriculture has become important in developing countries as a strategy for poverty alleviation. This study, done in Imo state, Nigeria, aims to understand the agricultural practices and associated gender dynamics in developing countries. The results show that a noticeable majority of urban farmers are females of mean age (40 years old). Mixed crop cultivation is the primary cropping system used with Cassava, with maize and Telfaria being the top three food crops grown. While both adult men and women are involved in obtaining land for production, the whole family is involved in fertilisation and harvesting. Weeding and processing seem to mainly involve females, while the use of herbicides and insecticides primarily involve men.</p>

27 Aug 2014 13:55:29 GMT

Socio economic gender inequality in Nigeria: A review of theory and measurements

<p>This article attempts to synthesise a number of different views of gender inequality, followed by a discussion on various indicators used to measure it. It claims that women lag behind men in the majority of socio-economic indicators, and constitute the majority of the poor, unemployed and socially disadvantaged groups. It further argues that conceptions based solely on productive differences, such as those propagated by traditional neoclassical theorists and institutions, are not sufficient to explain gender inequality.<br /><br />The article recommends that the political economy view of power and self-interest enshrined at household, community and government levels should be considered when defining gender gaps. Furthermore, it suggests that collective self-interests and power within institutions should motivate men and women to allocate the resources under their control to such activities that best enable them to fulfill their obligations.<br /><br />[adapted from abstract]</p>

27 Aug 2014 13:49:45 GMT

Women's voices in northern Nigeria: hearing the broader narratives

<p>Women&rsquo;s rights have been a constant focus in the Muslim and Hausa speaking region in the Northern Nigeria. This has intensified after the recent kidnapping of more than 200 girls by the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram. However, the article argues that the grim picture presented by reports of low literacy, high maternal mortality, early and child marriage, and seclusion (purdah) is incomplete; and ignores the underlying potential of the activism of the local women. Women-for-women organisations in the region have strongly resisted female marginalisation in their area over many years. The increasing use of gender-based violence (GBV) in Northern Nigeria necessitates external agencies in the region making concerted efforts to understand the local cultural context; as well as requiring the movement to be led by women of the region themselves.</p>

27 Aug 2014 13:39:23 GMT

Poverty and gender inequality in asset ownership among households in Southern Nigeria

<p>This study concerns gender inequality in the ownership of certain assets among households in Southern Nigeria. With the aid of a structured questionnaire, data were obtained from 60 households using the multistage sampling technique. Results of the analysis are presented using histograms.<br /><br />The results show considerable gender differentiation in the ownership of land, home, business and savings. The degree of gender differentiation in the ownership of consumer durables reveal that women in most households own appliances associated with domestic labour, whereas men have a near monopoly in the ownership of transport vehicles, refrigerators and media sets.<br /><br />Results also indicate that, in the majority of the households, poultry are owned by women; and there is a high degree of gender disparity with respect to the share of male and female homeowners. Policies should ensure that women have secure access to land and other vital resources.</p>

27 Aug 2014 13:27:14 GMT

Gender and Information Communication Technologies (ICTS) in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects

<p>Despite the emphasis placed on the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in Nigeria, women are often underrepresented in terms of access and use. Gender differences in ICT use in Nigeria are linked to patterns of discrimination in the society at large, as well as with patterns of power relations within the home.<br /><br />This paper examines the challenges and prospects of ICT utilisation among women in Nigeria. These challenges include: lack of infrastructure, education and skills; urban-bias; as well as sociocultural and economic challenges.<br /><br />The study concludes that, in order to address these gender gaps in ICTs in Nigeria, women must be helped to overcome technophobia; women should be provided with educational and economic empowerment opportunities; government ICT policies and programmes must address the needs of women; and civil society should be part and parcel of this crusade for the betterment of women and the society at large.</p>

27 Aug 2014 12:12:41 GMT

Documentation of research on climate change and human health in southern Africa

<p>This report focuses on climate change and human health in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.</p><p>This report promotes the idea of establishing a knowledge sharing and research network in the region, with special reference to climate change and health, water and food security. The study was commissioned to map out research results and key institutions in the SADC region where work on climate change and human health is being carried out or was carried out in the past. The basis of the report is that a healthy population provides the required labour force for development and reduces the dependence ratio of a population resulting in economic growth. On the other hand a strong economy is able to invest in health thereby improving the population health status.</p>

27 Aug 2014 11:19:12 GMT

Climate change and human health in cities

<p>This chapter presents issues and case studies relevant to human health in cities under climate change induced conditions.</p><p>It argues that almost all the impacts of climate change have direct or indirect consequences for human health and that for a number of reasons city dwellers &ndash; especially those in low- and middle income nations &ndash; are especially vulnerable. The chapter discusses the most relevant conclusions from the health chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, looking at its application to cities. It presents an overview of urban health outcomes and their climate-related drivers and discusses the factors that can modify the impacts, including examples.</p><p>The chapter is taken from <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/climatology-and-climate-change/climate-change-and-cities-first-assessment-report-urban-climate-change-research-network">Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network</a>, which was published in 2011.</p>

27 Aug 2014 10:49:58 GMT

Trade and exchange rates: effects of exchange rate misalignments on tariffs

<p>The genesis of the GATT and IMF in 1940s created a clear line between the GATT and IMF: one was to be responsible for trade liberalisation, and the other for exchange-rate. The current paper argues that this artificial construction created an illusion that trade could be separated from exchange rates.</p><p>The paper points that the effects of exchange misalignments are distorting many rules and instruments negotiated under the WTO (the GATT successor), such as antidumping, subsidies, safeguards, and rules of origin. However, at present, multilateral trade negotiations face a serious impasse and one can question how the WTO can solve the exchange rate issue. Yet the main problem is that exchange-rate issues were never really incorporated into WTO rules.</p><p>Identically, the authors underline that tariffs are an instrument for trade protection and one of the main negotiating subjects included in WTO rounds. Consequently, they suggest that exchange rate misalignments can be tariffied through the calculation of a tariff equivalent. This means that the effect of the exchange rate can be transferred to imported and exported goods&rsquo; prices.</p><p>The document highlights that following the methodology of tariffication for exchange-rate misalignments, the results will be an extra tariff to be added over the negotiated tariffs of countries with undervalued currencies. Nevertheless, this would represent a new barrier against imports.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

27 Aug 2014 10:44:30 GMT

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation preparedness in southern Africa: Zimbabwe country report

<p>This report is about the state of knowledge on climate change vulnerability and adaptation preparedness in Zimbabwe.</p><p>The report is aimed at supporting the demands of state and non-state southern African actors for climate change adaptation finance and the efficient administration of such funds. It argues that Zimbabwe currently has no specific policy response to climate change and that responses are fragmented, whereas they should be mainstreamed. The report also argues that there is a weak capacity to implement policies and strategies related to climate change adaptation. The report finds that public awareness, especially as it relates to adaptation, is lacking in Zimbabwe and that while many farmers are aware of climate change, many still view its effects in the light of normal seasonal climatic variability. It is also argued that an extensive effort is needed to integrate gender issues into Zimbabwe&rsquo;s response to climate change.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

27 Aug 2014 10:28:59 GMT

Report on Nigeria’s Compliance with its Human Rights Obligations in the Area of Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health

<p>This stakeholder report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group of the UN Human Rights Council was submitted for its 17th session (2013) by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs): the US-based Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), based in Nigeria.<br /><br />The report shows that, although Nigeria is a party to multiple human rights treaties that protect reproductive and sexual health rights of women and girls, it has failed to meet many of its treaty obligations. The main areas of concern are, lack of access to quality maternal health care; inadequate provision of family planning services and information; lack of access to safe abortion and post-abortion care services; inadequate HIV treatment and prevention; continued sexual and physical violence against women and girls; and continued prevalence of harmful practices of early marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).<br /><br />The report puts forward various recommendations to the Human Rights Council to address the situation. Key to these is that Nigeria should domesticate the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and carry out all provisions as mandated in the convention. This includes addressing the country&rsquo;s high maternal mortality rates, and allocating adequate resources to improving health services and infrastructure.</p>

27 Aug 2014 08:47:43 GMT

16 Days Campaign Analytical Summary 2013

<p>The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is an international global advocacy campaign, coordinated since 1991 by the Center for Women&rsquo;s Global Leadership (CWGL). The event runs annually for sixteen days between 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10th December (Human Rights Day) as a way of highlighting the continued marginalisation of and violence against women as human rights issues, and demanding action.<br /><br />This paper provides an analytical summary of the 2013 Campaign. The umbrella theme of the year was, &ldquo;From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let&rsquo;s Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women.&rdquo; Within this theme, many actions across the globe focused on domestic violence linked to small arms. The main activities focused on community mobilisation; information sharing and coalition building; media and art; and policy advocacy.<br /><br />Some regions focused on building economic and social rights or gender based violence more broadly. Within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, for example, many actions were centred around the sub-theme, &quot;Violence perpetrated by state actors.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

27 Aug 2014 08:29:38 GMT

The cost of managing forest carbon under REDD+ initiatives: A case of Kolo Hills Forests in Kondoa District, Dodoma, Tanzania

<p>Countries considering participating in a REDD+ mechanism need information on what it would cost them to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This study was conducted to estimate the cost of managing forest carbon under REDD+ initiatives in Kolo Hills Forest, Kondoa, Tanzania. Socioeconomic and biophysical information was collected through structured questionnaires, focus group discussions, and forest inventory, respectively. Results show that the community participated in managing the forest by undertaking a range of activities such as tree planting, patrolling, and fire protection. The estimated total cost was USD 418,349.38 while the average cost was USD 79.06/ha. The average carbon stored was 19.75 tC ha&minus;1, which is equivalent to 72.48 tCO2 ha&minus;1. Costs incurred by managing the forest in relation to tCO2 stored were USD 1.0485 tCO2 e&minus;1ha&minus;1. The project was found to be economically feasible at 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% discount rates with NPVs of USD 107,102,331.83, USD 33,986,255.86, USD 10,312,945, and USD 1,245,905.11, respectively. The internal rate of return was 21.21% which is much higher than the World Bank rate of 15.8% and the Tanzania rate of 14.8%. We therefore conclude that the decision to undertake this REDD+ project was worthwhile and should be favoured against the &ldquo;do nothing&rdquo; alternative.</p>

26 Aug 2014 17:00:33 GMT

Governing extreme droughs: enabling community-based aaptation in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 4 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:19:40 GMT

Participatory assessment of adaptation options: climate chenge and extreme drought in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 3 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:14:41 GMT

Community-based adaptation and differential vulnerability

<p>Policy brief no. 2 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:09:34 GMT

Water resources, agriculture, and drought. Understanding the context of drought in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 1 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:00:58 GMT

Opportunities for support to System of Rice Intensification in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi

<p>There is a great potential for increasing the production of rice in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. Many of the constraints on rice production are similar for the three countries. Common problems are low quality of seeds, lack of access to inputs, poorly functioning irrigation schemes, poor soil fertility management, weed infestation, low yields and low technical capacity. When System of Rice Intensification (SRI) was compared to traditional rice cultivation more than a doubling of yield is often found. However, these yield increases in the ongoing schemes are not necessarily only attributable to the SRI principles, but rather because of improved management practices like improved seed and better fertilization and weed control. The current socio-economic conditions for intensifying rice are also not very favourable as there is limited access to credit, limited availability of fertilizer, fluctuating prices and poor market access.<br />SRI is relatively more developed in Tanzania and Malawi than in Zambia but, in general, it is found on a very limited scale. There is no special policy to promote SRI in any of the countries. In Tanzania, SRI is being promoted under the &ldquo;Big Result Now&rdquo; program.</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:39:42 GMT

Appraisal of the programme document ‘Promoting transboundary collaboration in the Central Albertine Rift in order to reduce unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and contribute to economic development’.

<p>Appraisal of a programme document Submitted by the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) to the Norwegian Embassy in Kampala 2013.</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:27:32 GMT

Real-time evaluation of Norway’s international climate and forest initiative. Synthesising Report 2007-2013

<p>This report presents the findings of a real-time evaluation of Norway&rsquo;s<br />International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) support of efforts to reduce<br />emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, taking into account forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:11:55 GMT

Social-ecological changes in a Quilombola community in the Atlantic Forest of Southeastern Brazil

<p>Through a combined adaptive cycle and political ecology approach, this article explores how the Afro-Brazilian Quilombolas of Bombas, living inside the protected area of PETAR, respond to and shape social-ecological changes in the Atlantic Forest. Field data reveal that both environmental restrictions and social policies of state transfer payments and food packages have contributed to decreased engagement in agricultural practices, loss of traditional knowledge, and reduced agro-biodiversity. The claim to land rights based on a <em>Quilombola</em> identity and recent negotiations with forest authorities insinuate a shift of this trend. Contrary to dominant conservation narratives, the findings indicate that small-scale shifting cultivation practices by the Quilombolas have the potential to increase structural ecological complexity of the Atlantic Forest. The article therefore argues that legalization of settlement and subsistence activities is important not only for livelihood security and social cohesion of Bombas inhabitants, but also possibly for biodiversity conservation.</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:04:31 GMT

Social protection for the elderly as a development strategy: a case study of Kenya’s old persons cash transfer programme

<p>Kenya has made progressive investments in social protection for the ageing, providing lessons and existing opportunities for similar programmes. In Kenya, there has been a paradigm shift from universal social protection schemes targeted at formal employees to inclusive schemes including both formal and informal sectors, corporations and individuals. Additionally, the Kenya Government priorities mapped out under the Vision 2030 development blue print includes the social pillar among other initiatives.<br /><br />This paper discusses a cash transfer programme for social protection as a development strategy for the ageing in Kenya using a political economy approach within an environment of increasingly policy institutional support. The paper further proposes a transformative thinking for planning social protection for the elderly by targeting the youth.<br /><br />The main recommendations are that there is need for comprehensive approaches on SP to include informal sectors&rsquo; investment schemes, private sector engagement as seen in emerging social insurance schemes, guaranteeing old age safety in terms of basics and recreational facilities.</p><p>There is also need to nurture SP efforts amongst younger generations through targeted programmes, continued sensitisation and support mechanisms and further move from poverty alleviation to transformative social policies, from conventional safety nets to social livelihood transformations.</p><p>The paper concludes that Social protection development strategies are contributing to poverty reduction and achievement of MDGs. These strategies should be pegged on national economic performance and further be designed to cushion beneficiaries by inculcating elements of transformative social transfers to address challenges in design and implementation. The design should minimisepossible dependency and other undesired outcomes. There is also need for evidence-based policy dialogue and research, continuously collect and collate data on impact of existing programmes.</p>

26 Aug 2014 13:52:26 GMT

Directions in development: understanding changes in poverty

<p>This report brings together different methods to decompose the contributions to poverty reduction. A simple approach quantifies the contribution of changes in demographics, employment, earnings, public transfers, and remittances to poverty reduction. A more complex approach quantifies the contributions to poverty reduction from changes in individual and household characteristics, including changes in the sectoral, occupational, and educational structure of the workforce, as well as changes in the returns to individual and household characteristics.</p><p>Understanding Changes in Poverty implements these approaches and finds that labor income growth that is, growth in income per worker rather than an increase in the number of employed workers was the largest contributor to moderate poverty reduction in 21 countries experiencing substantial reductions in poverty over the past decade. Changes in demographics, public transfers, and remittances helped, but made relatively smaller contributions to poverty reduction. Further decompositions in three countries find that labor income grew mainly because of higher returns to human capital endowments, signaling increases in productivity, higher relative price of labor, or both. Understanding Changes in Poverty will be of particular relevance to development practitioners interested in better understanding distributional changes over time. The methods and tools presented in this book can also be applied to better understand changes in inequality or any other distributional change.</p>

26 Aug 2014 13:29:49 GMT

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:00 GMT

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

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 Workshop January 15-18 2013: 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

Avoiding debt traps: financial backstops and structural reforms

In this paper we develop a simple analytical framework to analyze “good” and “bad equilibria” in public-debt and growth dynamics.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:11:00 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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Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

ITC, OECD, UNCTAD, UNECE on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions of ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, WBG and WCO reaffirm their support in a comprehensive and coordinated manner to such economies in implementing the TFA - in close collaboration with the WTO and the donor community.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Global value chains offer opportunities for growth, jobs and development, but more must be done so all countries and firms can participate equally, according to a new OECD-WTO-World Bank Group report

Global Value Chains (GVCs) are a dominant feature of the world economy that impact growth, jobs and development, but numerous challenges remain to ensure that all countries and all firms have the opportunity to participate and benefit.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

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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Papua New Guinea: Facility Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GRM InternationalCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 12 Sep 2014Facility ManagerEducation Capacity Development FacilityPapua New GuineaYour opportunity to contribute to ongoing improvements in the PNG national education systemYour chance to apply your skills and experience to assist with the building of capacity in the PNG national education systemThis role is based in Port Moresby, PNGThe Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides support to the elementary, primary, secondary and post-secondary sections of the PNG education sector, using a range of

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Social Sector Economist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Provide technical inputs and analyses in the identification, design, development, processing and evaluation of loan and Technical Assistance (TA) projects in the Human and Social Development Division’s regional member countries and ensure economic soundness and consistency with policies and strategies to further development in the social sector. Undertake activities to administer loan and TA projects, and non- lending products and services (NLPS) in the sector. Contribute to the development and evaluation of policy in the social sector (e.g. education, health and social protection) in Developing

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

To provide analytical, statistical and/or administrative support to the strategic programming and management of the department’s technical assistance (TA) program and portfolio; provide support in the department’s work planning and Office of the Director General's (RSOD's) management of administrative budget, knowledge databases and websites, calendar, and external invitations. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Organisational Management and Human Resource Development Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CoffeyCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Unique development opportunity Full time to 1 December 2015 Based in Bougainville The Program The PNG Provincial and Local-level Governments Program (PLGP) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and PNG to support and improve the quality of decentralised service delivery to the people of PNG through technical support provided to provincial governments and key national agencies. The PLGP is seeking applications for a Human Resource Adviser to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) to support

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: 14-682 Emergency Response Nurse (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:• Provide direct patient care in diagnostic and treatment in emergency primary healthcare• Identify the educational needs of community health workers and supervise on daily basis.• Monitor and supervise health care delivery by local counterparts and community health workers.• Ensure that patients have up to date patient cards and are accurately registered and recorded for reporting and case management.• Oversee clinic staff and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: 14-660 Finance Administrative Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: 14-663 Emergency WASH Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Head of Finance and Operations - Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung DiseaseCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Head of Finance and Operations Officer, MyanmarThe International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is an international scientific organisation headquartered in Paris, France since 1920. It has regional and country offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and South-East Asia regions. For more information about The Union visit www.theunion.orgThe Union Office in Myanmar is one of the principal providers of antiretroviral treatment

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Transport Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Identify, develop, implement and administer loans/grants, technical assistance (TA), and non-lending products and services in the transport sector. Formulate and articulate sector policies and strategies, engaging Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) governments in policy dialogue, and conducting ADB’s activities to support sector policy and reforms. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical tasks. (Closing Date: 11 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Facilities Planning and Management Assistant (Re-advertisement) (source: Asian Development Bank)

To assist in the effective implementation of the Energy, Environment, Health and Safety Management System (E2HSMS) specifically in the coordination, collection and verification of resource conservation, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) data on environment, health and safety; provide support in problem/root cause analysis, report writing and presentation, communication and liaison within OAS and with other departments and external agencies. (Closing Date: 11 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Risk Management Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of policies, methodologies, analytics and procedures pertaining to ADB's credit, market, and enterprise-wide risk and contribute to the production of related reports, recommendations and policy responses. (Closing Date: 11 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Senior External Relations Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

To coordinate and arrange media related events and activities of the Department of External Relations (DER) held at/outside Headquarters (HQ); assist in preparing and coordinating media related materials supported by the team for Management and senior staff; coordinate the team's inputs on work planning and budget; and provide administrative support. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Performs a full range of secretarial duties for three to four international staff. Coordinates administrative activities for the assigned units. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Economics Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide technical support for the economic research work of the department, including the flagship Asian Development Outlook (ADO), through quantitative economic research/analysis, economic database management, technical assistance (TA) processing and administration, and administrative work. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Economics Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide technical support for the economic research work of the department, including the flagship Asian Development Outlook (ADO), through quantitative economic research/analysis, economic database management, technical assistance (TA) processing and administration, and administrative work. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Program Coordinator / Medical Program Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MalteserCountry: ThailandClosing date: 14 Sep 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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Coopérant/e Spécialiste en Sécurité Alimentaire et Adaptation au Changement Climatique (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ProgressioCountry: HaitiClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Ouanaminthe, République d’Haïti (avec voyages en République Dominicaine)Convention de coopération d’un an renouvelableLangue française requise et engagement à apprendre le créoleLe/la coopérant/e travaillera sur le renforcement des capacités de Solidarite Fwontalye, contribuant à la conformation de la structure dans le domaine de la sécurité alimentaire et la gestion des ressources naturelles du Département de Transformation Sociale, développant pour cela, avec l'équipe, les outils nécessaires à l’identification de stratégies

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Technical Advisor Level III, Senior Communications Advisor - Global Health Fellows Program II - Washington, DC, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Global Health Fellows Program II Location:&nbsp; Washington, DC, United States Application Deadline (optional):&nbsp; September 18, 2014 Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development Submission Instructions:&nbsp;

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: Information &amp; Communications Technology - Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Asean Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster ManagementCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 09 Sep 2014The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional-intergovernmental organisation founded in 1967, to promote peace and stability, sustain economic growth, shared prosperity and social progress. It comprises ten countries of Southeast Asia.The ASEAN Leaders at their 19th ASEAN Summit on 17 November 2011 officially launched the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management, popularly referred to as the AHA Centre.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Advisor, Protection &amp; Rule of Law (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict around the world. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones around the world. Our programs are focused on achieving long term solutions for people affected by conflict. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership and innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ukraine: Humanitarian field coordinator, Eastern Ukraine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: UkraineClosing date: 11 Sep 2014People in Need (PIN) is the Czech Republic based NGO working in relief and development sectors. See more at www.peopleineed.cz. In early August 2014 PIN opened humanitarian response in Eastern Ukraine and the program is rapidly expanding. Focus is given on the assistance to the IDPs, returnees and population living in the contested areas in the sectors of food security, shelter and NFIs, early recovery and health. PIN is currently looking for medium-term term field engagement of experienced field coordinators.Start-up date:

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Chief of Party, Education (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: LebanonClosing date: 27 Oct 2014Application deadline: Monday, September 1st, 2014.Since its inception in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been a global leader in emergency response and providing durable solutions for conflict- and crisis-affected populations. IRC launched its Lebanon program in September 2012, and has a presence in four regions (North, Bekaa, Mt. Lebanon, South) and five sectors: education, economic recovery and development, women's protection and empowerment, child protection, and protection.Position

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Women's Protection &amp; Empowerment (WPE) Senior Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: IraqClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.IRC established programs

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Protection Project Manager - CAR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 13 Sep 2014ROLE, TASK AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe Project Manager is in charge of the implementation and the supervision of a protection project targeting the Internally Displaced People (IDP) . S/he is also responsible of developing response plans to humanitarian needs that may result from conflict escalation in the area and early recovery programs in the area of intervention. Specifically s/he will be responsible:· Supervise the provision of protection assistance to the target population through a strong community-based

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Forest Peoples Programme: Communications and Publications Officer (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£20,000 - £25,000:Forest Peoples Programme:This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an international NGO that promotes the rights of indigenous and tribal forest peoples.Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Health Coordinator CAR - Urgent research - Immediate deployment (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 13 Sep 2014The International Coordinator Health &amp; Nutrition guarantees the correct overall management of the assigned project, management of budget and personnel, and he ensures the realization of the activities foreseen and the highest quality standard in all the operations carried out under her/his responsibility.The Medical Coordinator is responsible for the management, economic and financial administration of the Health and Nutrition activities. Specifically:· To organize the mobile clinic activities along the

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Awards Compliance Manager - Haiyan Response (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 09 Sep 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,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 04 Sep 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Inter-cluster Coordination Support Section of the Program Support Branch of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Inter-cluster Coordination Support Section.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Serves as a senior

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Logistics Manager - Haiyan Response (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 23 Sep 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,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager - DRC (219295-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 27 Oct 20143-month contract (extension of contract up to 5 years contingent upon successful completion of transition plan and program approval)PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps has been present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since September 2007, helping populations in North Kivu and Orientale Provinces work toward building a more peaceful and hopeful future. Mercy Corps has more than 200 team members in 5 locations and is implementing emergency and longer-term development programs with

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Child Protection Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 23 Sep 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,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Emergency Response Team Leader - Erbil, Iraq (219292-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: IraqClosing date: 27 Oct 2014This position is for 6 months period.GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:The Emergency Response Team Leader is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of emergency food, non-food items, WASH and shelter interventions for families affected by conflict or natural disaster and possibly host community households. Position includes overall management of daily program activities and management of program staff, ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results as well

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist - Aden, Yemen (219291-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: YemenClosing date: 27 Oct 2014PROGRAM SUMMARY:During this critical period in Yemen, Mercy Corps is not only providing humanitarian assistance but also working closely with its Yemeni partners and local communities to implement programs that emphasize long term development and resilience building. It is essential that Mercy Corps have strong systems in place to monitor, evaluate, and measure the impact of its work. The information gathered through these activities both helps Mercy Corps to strengthen its programming and assists us in remaining accountable

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme Manager-Rakhine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 09 Sep 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,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Desk Study Review on the Somali Compact and Displacements (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Desk Study Review on the Somali Compact and DisplacementsBackground and contextAs of mid-2014, there are an estimated 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia and more than 950,000 registered Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Many of these persons have been displaced for years and have been displaced multiple times. The search for durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in the Horn of Africa (HoA) is a key humanitarian and development concern. This is a regional/cross

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Humanitarian Operations Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 09 Sep 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,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Education in Emergencies (EiE) Programme Manager - Rakhine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 09 Sep 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,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Civitas Maxima Marketing and Fundraising Intern Vacancy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Civitas MaximaCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 01 Sep 2014About Civitas Maxima:Civitas Maxima (CM) coordinates a network of national and international lawyers and investigators who work for the interest of victims of international crimes. It operates in situations where no legal action to bring the perpetrators to justice has been successful and works in close partnership with the Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP) based in Monrovia. CM represents victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.CM was registered in September

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Head, Counselling Unit, P4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: ItalyClosing date: 17 Sep 2014The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is committed to transforming its Human Resources function to a strategic business partner. To achieve this, we are seeking more outstanding professionals to contribute to a key moment in WFP’s history - for the first time we are setting up a strategic HR capability to enable WFP to meet its vision of zero hunger.We are currently seeking to fill the position of Head, Staff Counseling Unit (P4), which will become

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cameroon: Nutrition Manager 14-650 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: CameroonClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private,voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of lifethrough health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Officer East Asia (219290-927)

&nbsp; PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: Mercy Corps has operations in East Asia in Mongolia, China, Myanmar, Indonesia, East-Timor and the Philippines. These are a disparate collection of countries with many different challenges and opportunities that are undergoing dramatic transitions that have the potential to create significant opportunity for development and change. These transitions are fraught with difficulties and their outcomes will not be clear for years to come. Mercy Corps is well placed to play a meaningful role in supporting forces for positive change. Our path to being relevant and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Emergency Response Team Leader - Erbil, Iraq (219292-927)

&nbsp; This position is for 6 months period. &nbsp; GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: The Emergency Response Team Leader is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of emergency food, non-food items, WASH and shelter interventions for families affected by conflict or natural disaster and possibly host community households. Position includes overall management of daily program activities and management of program staff, ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results as well as engagement with senior management on the strategic

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist - Aden, Yemen (219291-927)

&nbsp; PROGRAM SUMMARY: During this critical period in Yemen, Mercy Corps is not only providing humanitarian assistance but also working closely with its Yemeni partners and local communities to implement programs that emphasize long term development and resilience building. It is essential that Mercy Corps have strong systems in place to monitor, evaluate, and measure the impact of its work. The information gathered through these activities both helps Mercy Corps to strengthen its programming and assists us in remaining accountable to communities and donors alike. &nbsp; GENERAL POSITION

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Grants Officer 14-553 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: JordanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Team Assistant - Security and Human Rights (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Team Assistant – Security and Human RightsLondonFixed Term Contract (4 months, 17.5 hours per week)Amnesty International are looking for a bright, committed, and enthusiastic person to support the Stop Torture campaign team within the Campaigns Programme.About the roleThe campaign focuses on safeguards to torture and working towards the world-wide eradication of torture. Providing daily support to a team of campaigners, you will coordinate the team's administrative and communications

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Field Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: IraqClosing date: 13 Sep 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,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Sr. Specialist for Agriculture and Agribusiness (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Relief and DevelopmentCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Summary:International Relief and Development (IRD) is hiring a Senior Agriculture and Agribusiness Specialist (SAAS). The Senior Agriculture Specialist is responsible for helping to build the Food and Agriculture Systems Unit (SFAS) in agriculture, agribusiness, and food security by developing the unit’s knowledge management products and service solutions to increase sales, improve marketing, and demonstrate IRD’s thought and technical leadership. The SAAS will help grow IRD’s services

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Economic Strengthening Technical Director, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking an Economic Strengthening Technical Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.Position Title: Economic Strengthening Technical Director, OVC

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Evidence Building Technical Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 28 Nov 2014Job Title:Evidence Building Technical DirectorRequisition Number:D1933Area of Interest:Other Position Type:Full Time Location:United States/Baltimore Job Description:About CRS:Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Monitoring, Evaluation &amp; Learning Director, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&amp;L) Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Uganda nationals are highly encouraged to apply.Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Finance and Operations Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Uganda nationals are highly encouraged to apply. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.The USAID Better Outcomes

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Deputy Chief of Party, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.The USAID Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Chief of Party, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Country: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Uganda nationals are highly encouraged to apply.The USAID Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda program aims to improved health, nutrition, education

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Economic Strengthening Technical Director, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking an Economic Strengthening Technical Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.To apply:Please visit our website www.worldlearning.org and click

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Communications Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 18 Sep 2014The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Communications, learning, and knowledge management coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a communications, learning, and knowledge management coordinator for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Senior grants officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a senior grants officer for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impact of an insurgency in parts

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Operations manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks an operations manager for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impact of an insurgency in parts

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Deputy chief of party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a deputy chief of party for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impact of an insurgency in parts

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Chief of party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. This program aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium and longer-term development, USAID through TISplus will implement quick impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impacts of an insurgency in parts of

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director of Operations (source: Relief Web)

Organization: The Water TrustCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014The Water TrustDirector of OperationsFounded in 2008, The Water Trust (TWT) is a New York City based NGO dedicated to helping the world’s rural poor gain lasting access to clean water, sanitation and better hygiene practice. Today our geographic focus is Uganda, East Africa. Our founders come from the finance industry and from this context have built TWT with a results and business oriented culture that emphasizes transparency, accountability, sustainability and data driven decision-making. We believe

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: Internship/Volunteer Legal Department (source: Relief Web)

Organization: FIBGARCountry: SpainClosing date: 31 Oct 2014International Foundation Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR)- www.fibgar.org -The International Foundation Baltasar Garzón is a private foundation social, non-profit founded in 2011, for human rights and the Universal jurisdiction.JOB DESCRIPTIONThe Foundation is looking for a young professional degree in law, specializing in human rights, international criminal law and transitional justice which are incorporated as a volunteer to the Legal Department of the headquarters in Madrid from FIBGAR to collaborate in the activities of the legal

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: UN (E) CONSULTANT(E) NATIONAL (E) POUR LA GESTION DES BASES DE DONNEES DES INTERVENTIONS SUR LA RIPOSTE CONTRE EBOLA EN GUINEE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: GuineaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Un (e) Consultant(e) NATIONAL (E) pour lA GESTION des Bases de donnees des interventions sur la riposte contre Ebola en GuinéeGrade :NOBLieu d’affectation : CONAKRY et interieur du paysType de contrat :SSA (Consultant)Durée :6 moisAvis de Vacance n° :VA/2014/SSA/010Date de clôture de la publication : 04 Septembre 20141. Objet du poste, Principales Tâches et ResponsabilitésLe/la consultant (e) travaillera directement sous la supervision du Coordonnateur Ebola à UNICEF. Il travaille au sein d’un Comité

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Lake Tumba Program Manager/Landscape Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Wide Fund For NatureCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 18 Sep 2014The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the world. We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978.The WWF has embarked on ambitious, field-based conservation programs across the Congo Basin. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), WWF is active in several landscape-scale sites, including the Lake Tumba

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Communications Officer – Bioinnovate Program (closing date 12 September 2014) (source: ILRI)

The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, seeking to recruit a Communications Officer as part of the Program Management Team. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of information within the Program, its projects and stakeholders and the general public The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finance and Administration Manager, Vietnam Evaluation, Monitoring and Survey Services, Hanoi, Vietnam (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalClosing date: 27 Sep 2014Finance and Administration Manager,****Vietnam Evaluation, Monitoring and Survey Services****, Hanoi, VietnamCompany 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.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ghana: Project Director, Evaluate for Health, Ghana (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: GhanaClosing date: 27 Sep 2014Project Director, Evaluate for Health, GhanaCompany 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 of the most challenging

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: DIRECTOR, HAIYAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM (D-HERP) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Lutheran World ReliefCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 26 Sep 2014The Director, Haiyan Emergency Response Program (D-HERP) will provide managerial and technical oversight of all components of LWR’s response to Typhoon Haiyan. S/he will be responsible for ensuring LWR’s projects meet the highest standards of implementation, including sub grantee’s compliance, quality monitoring and reporting, and provision of technical assistance. The D-HERP will also lead the strategic transition from relief to development through sustainable livelihood recovery including mobilizing resources

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: ALIMA - NIGER - Coordinateur Projet (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: NigerClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) Projet, pour ses programmes au Niger.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28Coordinateu...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur Projet Dakoro» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: ALIMA - TCHAD - Coordinateur Logistique (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: ChadClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) Logistique, pour ses programmes au Tchad.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28-Coordinate...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur Logistique N' Djaména» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: ALIMA - MALI - Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: MaliClosing date: 30 Aug 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) des Ressources Humaines pour ses programmes au Mali.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28-CORH-MALI1...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines Mali» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: ALIMA - NIGER - Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: NigerClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) des Ressources Humaines pour ses programmes au Niger.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28-CORH-NIGER....How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines Niger» avant le 30 septembre 2014

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: CONSULTANT - DESK ANALYSIS OF TDH DOCUMENTS ON COMMUNITIES ROLE IN CHILD PROTECTION (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommes Foundation Child ReliefCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 30 Sep 2014****TERMS OF REFERENCE********CONSULTANT - DESK ANALYSIS OF TDH DOCUMENTS ON COMMUNITIES ROLE IN CHILD PROTECTION****BackgroundChild protection is one of the domain of intervention of Tdh. By protection Terre des hommes refers to the protection of all the rights of the child as recognised by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the field, the organisation implements in partnership with national actors at all levels, various vertical thematic projects aiming at:Protecting

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Medical Officer or Chief Pharmacist; and Senior Technical Advisor, Access to Medicines and Supplies (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmeriCaresCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014ABOUT AMERICARES:Confront crisis. Create change.In the simplest of terms, that is the mission of AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization committed to saving lives and building healthier futures with people in crisis in the United States and around the world.Since 1982, AmeriCares has worked to address the health and humanitarian needs of people in communities affected by poverty and disaster. Together with its global network of partners, AmeriCares has helped millions of people

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Advocacy &amp; Policy Specialist, NO-3-Fixed Term, Post # 89204 - Sana'a - Announcement # 22/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: YemenClosing date: 10 Sep 2014INTERNAL/EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 22/2014If 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 : Advocacy &amp; Policy SpecialistContract type : Fixed Term AppointmentLevel of Post : NO-3Duration : One Year, renewableNo of posts : One PostDuty Station : Sana’a post # 89204PURPOSE:Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Communication, the incumbent

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, M&amp;E Support Project, South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: SudanClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, M&amp;E Support Project, South SudanCompany 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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: Chief of Party, Global Fund Malaria Program, Niger (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: NigerClosing date: 01 Oct 2014Position Title:Chief of Party I: Global Fund Malaria ProgramWorkplace: Niamey, NigerBand:DSupervisor: Deputy Country Representative (DCR)About CRS:Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.Context:The

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Evaluation of the Support Provided by the Global Nutrition Cluster to National Coordination Platforms (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: WorldClosing date: 19 Sep 2014We would like to inform you that United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) have launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Evaluation of the Support Provided by the Global Nutrition Cluster to National Coordination Platforms.Should you be interested in accessing the complete RFPS package, please register your company in the UNICEF online e-tendering system IF NOT YET REGISTERED and express your interest in this specific project.General Background to the Global Nutrition ClusterThe Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zambia: Call for Expression of Interest: Strategic evaluation of the Zambia education project (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Sight Savers InternationalCountry: ZambiaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Sightsavers is looking for external evaluators to conduct a strategic evaluation of its Inclusive Education Program in Zambia and is calling for an expression of interest to undertake the evaluation.The Inclusive Education Programme, funded by the EU and Sightsavers to the tune of £588,319 over a three year period, commenced operations in March 2011 and is set to end in December 2014. The project aimed to target primary school age children who are blind, have low vision or refractive errors in 6 districts of

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: AN ADMINISTRATION MANAGER - IRAQ (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: IraqClosing date: 20 Sep 2014We are looking for:AN ADMINISTRATION MANAGERCountry:The Kurdistan Regional Government, based in ErbilLength of Contract: 3 months (possible extension) starting from the 25th of September 2014General objective: Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, you will be responsible to ensure sound accounting and financial management of the base according to the procedures defined for the base and within the ACF financial management framework. You will have to provide HR management at base level in accordance with

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: PROCUREMENT MANAGER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: HaitiClosing date: 28 Sep 2014****KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:****Preparation and PlanningConsult with Deputy Country Representative (DCR-Prog.) and Deputy Country Representative Operations (DCR-Ops) to identify the main types of goods and services that will be needed in near term based on the current portfolio of programs and operations, and use this to conduct regular market assessments of best sources and prices.Proactively consult with peer agencies and private sector to identify new potential suppliers that can be added to our updated Approved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: VSO Hospital Management Information Systems Expert (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Voluntary Service OverseasCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 01 Sep 2014About VSO: VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.Role Overview: The objective of this placement in Tanzania, is to build the capacity of the SNNPR Health Bureau in terms of effective

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: VSO Welding &amp; Fabrication Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Voluntary Service OverseasCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 01 Sep 2014About VSO: VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.Role Overview: The Ideal volunteer for this position in Ethiopia, will work collaboratively with VETA (Vocational Education and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Counter-Trafficking (CT) Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014I.SVN Number : SVN/IOMSO/076/2014Position title: Counter-Trafficking (CT) ConsultantPosition grade: Ungraded equivalent to 3,500 USD PMType of Contract: Short term contract under third partyDuty station: Garowe, PuntlandDuration of Assignment: Six months with possibility of extensionOrganizational unit: Capacity Building for Migration Management and Counter-Trafficking (CBMM&amp;CT)II. Organizational Context and Scope Focusing on Puntland that hosts key migratory routes since 2012,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Economic Growth and Livelihood Specialists (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GRM InternationalCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 12 Sep 2014Recruiting Specialists to Join our Economic Growth &amp; Livelihoods PracticeGRM Futures Group is currently recruiting for the following roles to be part of our successful Economic Growth &amp; Livelihoods practice area:Research Consultants (3-5 years’ relevant experience)Specialists (over 5 years’ experience)Senior Specialists: (over 12 years’ experience)What we are looking for…We are looking for talented individuals, with a track record in consulting and management,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Project Manager, Afghanistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 10 Oct 2014REQUIRED COMPETENCIESMaster’s Degree in development cooperation/ political science, economics or any other University Master’s Degree related to development cooperationPrevious field experience in school education, human and child rights, capacity building and ToT (minimum 1 year)Demonstrated experience in project development and conducting assessment (minimum 2 years)Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, to meet deadlines and keep the project’s files and documentsGood

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Project Manager - Health Sector Coordinator, Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Oct 2014REQUIRED COMPETENCIESHealth background with Master’s Degree in Public HealthProven experience in management of health projects and/or programs (minimum 3 years) both in emergency and development context (Malaria, TB, MNCH, HIV/AIDS)Proven tracks of success in project identification and in drafting proposal (minimum 2 years) with special focus on both emergency response and developmentProven experience in financial planning and accountingGood communication skillsExcellent leadership, management,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Salonga Program Manager/Landscape Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Wide Fund For NatureCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 18 Sep 2014The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the world. We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978.We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978.The WWF has embarked on ambitious, field-based

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Organization: Plan UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 21 Sep 2014The post is Programme Development Officer and you’ll be in the Programmes department.As a Programme Development Officer you will be working closely with resource mobilisation teams in Country Offices and Regional Offices. You will scope and evaluate new opportunities from new and existing institutional donors in Plan countries. You will lead on the development of new high-quality proposals and tenders for institutional donors (particularly the EC, DFID, Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Digital Project Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Sight Savers InternationalCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 07 Sep 2014Job purposeWorking as part of the Digital Team, the job holder will be responsible for providing a flexible and multi-disciplinary range of services to the organisation, in particular assisting the Digital Project Manager in a wide range of roles.Principal accountabilities:1.Provide day to day support to the Digital Project Manager with any digital operational tasks relating to the successful delivery of digital projects (50% of time)2.Assist with any tasks

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Health Officer (3) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH... Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Meru and Wajir – Bungoma and Turkana being the new entrants in 2014. We work through partners in

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Chief of Party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programs of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In February 2014, we

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Finance and Operations Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programs of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In February 2014, we

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands Antilles (The Netherlands): Garden Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Saba Reach FoundationCountry: Netherlands Antilles (The Netherlands)Closing date: 01 Sep 2014Saba Reach Foundation seeks to create and provide alternative social and educational opportunities which are meant to enhance the personal and professional development and employability of individuals forming part of the Saban community.The SRF Social Workplace Organoponics Farm functions as a sheltered working environment providing career employment to otherwise unemployable individuals who are given both practical and theoretical agricultural education and confidence building responsibilities

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Programme Manager - Health and Nutrition ( Kibera) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Programme Officer - Health and Nutrition (Kibera) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Save the Children has received a grant from the EC for the implementation of MNCH, nutrition and family planning programme in Kibera informal settlement of Nairobi County in collaboration with Carolina for Kibera and Family Health Options Kenya. The programme seeks to contribute to a reduction in maternal, newborn and child mortality by increasing utilization of quality Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services among communities in informal settlements in Kenya, and bolstering the government’s commitment to MNCH.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Regional SMART Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: KenyaClosing date: 08 Sep 2014Job title : Regional SMART CoordinatorJob location : Action contre la Faim Canada, Nairobi OfficeDirect supervisor: Director of OperationsType of position: Full timeContext and responsibilitiesAction Contre la Faim – Canada (ACF-CA) is part of the international ACF International Network which provides humanitarian relief to over 45 countries worldwide, for the nutrition, water and sanitation, and food security sectors.Tasks and ResponsibilitiesSince 2007, ACF-Canada has been leading initiatives in SMART

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Austria: Programme Officer Asia, Europe, and Middle East (full time – one year limited with the possibility of extension) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CARE ÖsterreichCountry: AustriaClosing date: 19 Sep 2014CARE is one of the largest independent international non-profit non-governmental relief and development organization fighting global poverty. We are working in more than 80 countries worldwide. Over 9,400 CARE staff are helping to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and to become self-sufficient. CARE is often one of the first to deliver emergency aid to survivors of natural disasters and war and, once the immediate crisis is over, we help people rebuild their lives and follow-up with development programs. A special

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Crown Agents USACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking aMid-Level Evaluation Specialistfor an anticipated Department of State Evaluation and Monitoring Project based in Washington, D.C.Our BusinessCrown Agents is an international development company employing over 600 personnel worldwide with a presence in more than 40 countries, subsidiaries in 12 countries, and permanent staff working on the ground in 22 corporate offices in Africa, Asia Latin America, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Crown

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: International Consultant: Assessment &amp; Review of Gender Mainstreaming (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014UNICEF Indonesia welcomes applications from qualified candidates for the terms of reference below. Interested applicants should submit electronically their complete curriculum vitae, updated P11 form **accompanied by a **copy of advanced university degree and/or any other relevant university certificates, degrees addressed to: jakartahr@unicef.org(Please quote the reference number for which you are applying for in the subject line:VR-14-047 International Consultant: Assessment &amp; Review of Gender MainstreamingClosing

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Statistician - Washington, DC (US CITIZENS ONLY) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: IT ShowsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 02 Sep 2014The selected candidate for this position will participate in and in some cases leads work involving data analysis on a wide variety of issues from designing and selecting samples to tabulating and analyzing results, documenting the results, and providing advice to agency investigative and audit teams regarding specific recommendations. With the aid of mathematical techniques, the statistician interprets data and communicates results to agency auditors and investigators. She/He will ensure that statistical concepts

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Benin: Chief Security Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Consortium of International Agricultural Research CentersCountry: BeninClosing date: 31 Aug 2014The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships. AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium. It is also an intergovernmental association of African member countries. TheCenter was created in 1971 by 11 African countries. Today its membership comprises 25 countries.The Africa Rice

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: SECURITY OFFICER (Filipino Nationals Only) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 15 Oct 2014ACF is an international non-governmental, private, apolitical, non-religious and non-profit organization created in 1979. Its goal is to combat hunger and dangerous situations that threaten men, women and children. Currently 500 expats and more than 5,000 employees are working for ACF in more than forty-six countries working in projects concerning four areas of focus: nutrition, health, food security and water and sanitation.IS SEEKING A SECURITY OFFICERGENERAL OBJECTIVEThe Security Officer is in charge ofreducing

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Safety and Security Coordinator (Head of Security) - KRG (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: IraqClosing date: 31 Oct 2014SCOPE OF WORKThe Safety and Security Coordinator (SSC) in KR-I will advise on, update and implement the KR-I Security Management Plan, under the supervision of the DDO in Iraq. Additionally, the SSC will build acceptance of IRC’s presence and humanitarian efforts within the region, including hostile areas by liaising extensively with local stakeholders. The SSC will be based in Erbil, but will travel frequently to Dohuk and Sulymanyeh. The SSC will maintain a technical reporting relationship with the Regional

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Republic of Tanzania: Volunteer position: Man on the Land (source: Relief Web)

Organization: So They CanCountry: United Republic of TanzaniaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014www.sotheycan.orgEXPERIENCE AFRICA Who wants to plough Africa? An exciting opportunity for an energetic and progressive man of the land exists in our Tanzanian farming project. The position is for a financially supported volunteer for a period of 3-12 mths neg. Experience in small scale crop and livestock farming, knowledgeable in farming equipment, a general handyman person with a desire to do something different. Some business acumen would also be beneficial. Please contact keri@sotheycan.org for more

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Information Management Support Intern (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.BackgroundAs an important function of its mandate, IOM is the Cluster Lead Agency for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for natural disaster-induced

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: Medical Director 14-565 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: ChadClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Man on the Land

EXPERIENCE AFRICA Who wants to plough Africa? An exciting opportunity for an energetic and progressive man of the land exists in our Tanzanian farming project. The position is for a financially supported volunteer for a period of 3-12 mths neg. Experience in small scale crop and livestock farming, knowledgeable in farming equipment, a general handyman person with a desire to do something different. Some business acumen would also be beneficial. Please contact keri@sothey&nbsp;can.org&nbsp;for more info.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Human Resource Job Performance Evaluation Expert, Good Governance Program, Georgia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 27 Sep 2014Human Resource Job Performance Evaluation Expert, Good Governance 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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Mediators and dialogue facilitors Central African Republic (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 15 Sep 2014We are looking for 5 highly qualified Mediators and dialogue facilitators for Central African Republic (CAR).Who are we?Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has operated in C.A.R since 2007. DRC has recently scaled up its emergency activities in its areas of operation to respond to the growing needs of displaced and other conflict-affected populations. Besides immediate assistance, DRC has launched Social Cohesion and Mediation initiatives both in Bangui and in several CAR provincial Prefectures in order

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Directeur Pays, Haïti (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 25 Sep 2014****CORDAID****Cordaid est une organisation Catholique néerlandaise pour l’appui au développement et les urgences. Cordaid travaille avec des partenaires locaux dans des pays en Afrique, en Asie, en Europe Centrale et Orientale, aux Caraïbes et en Amérique Latine. Cordaid est une entreprise sociale qui donne un appui aux projets de développement et d’aide d’urgence sans discrimination, sur le plan de la religion et/ou des convictions politiques. Memisa, Mensen in Nood, Kinderstem, Mikrokrediet et Bond Zonder Naam font partie de Cordaid. Le siège de Cordaid se trouve

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Charity People: Individual Engagement Officer (Direct Marketing) £35K (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£30000 - £35000 per annum:Charity People:Leading International Development Charity based near Waterloo are looking for a strong Direct Marketer to work on a variety of exciting projects.London (Central), London (Greater)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Country Director Liberia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Monrovia, with frequent travel to DRC field offices in LiberiaBackgroundThe Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been present in south east Liberia since 1998. Since 2006 DRC has been pursuing a regional strategy determined and shaped by the displacement patterns stemming from the conflicts in the West Africa region. With the aim of building up protection capacities for people in displacement and of working towards durable solutions upon return, DRC strives to have a presence in refugee/IDP producing areas and communities

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Chief of Party - WASH, Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Country: SudanClosing date: 03 Sep 2014With Plan International serving as lead organisation, Plan Sudan are currently recruiting a Chief of Party (COP) to lead a £12 million, five year WASH programme in Kassala, Gedaref and the Red Sea States.Primary responsibilities include providing overall leadership, management, and general technical direction of the programme, assuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and ensuring programme performance. The COP bears ultimate responsibility for the achievement of programme requirements and adherence to donor regulations, serving

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Gender Adviser - Consultancy in DR Congo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 10 Sep 2014Gender Adviser - Consultancy in DR CongoWe are looking for a highly-qualified gender advisor to support the launch of the project “Promotion of Resolution 1325 in displacement affected communities in Kitchanga, North Kivu,” funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) in Sweden. The external gender advisor will be responsible for training teams in gender issues and evaluating protection challenges related to gender in and around Kitchanga, North Kivu.The overall objective of the FBA project

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Value Chain Portfolio Lead, Mozambique

Since 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 in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 47 projects in 33 countries and total revenues of $173 million. &nbsp; Value Chain Portfolio Lead, Mozambique &nbsp; We

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liaison Officer, Civil Society Delegations to UNITAID Board

The Civil Society delegations to UNITAID Board are seeking a new Liaison Officer to coordinate the communications and representation activities of Board members representing NGOs and affected Communities on the Board of UNITAID. UNITAID is a multilateral institution using long-term, sustainable funding to impact the market for and increase access to medicines, diagnostics, and prevention commodities, for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The post is hosted at Oxfam GB, and is a fixed term contract to 31st&nbsp;January 2015. &nbsp; The Liaison Officer role is a varied and exciting post, coordinating

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liaison Officer, Civil Society Delegations to UNITAID Board

The Civil Society delegations to UNITAID Board are seeking a new Liaison Officer to coordinate the communications and representation activities of Board members representing NGOs and affected Communities on the Board of UNITAID. UNITAID is a multilateral institution using long-term, sustainable funding to impact the market for and increase access to medicines, diagnostics, and prevention commodities, for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The post is hosted at Oxfam GB, and is a fixed term contract to 31st&nbsp;January 2015. &nbsp; The Liaison Officer role is a varied and exciting post, coordinating

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Programme Manager, Syria

The Role: As Senior Programme Manager you will lead Oxfam programmes in Syria, support the design, and initiation and implementation of all programmes. Your work will involve assessment, planning, networking, and implementation of programmes in line with the Oxfam&rsquo;s strategy in Syria. The Rewards Your salary will be paid net Min. &pound;25,596 - Max. &pound;34,617. This role also attracts R&amp;R (Rest &amp; Recuperation). In addition there is an attractive benefits package including pension, medical and hard to work allowance of &pound;4,000 net per annum. About the MECIS Region The

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Public-Reproductive Health Specialist, Assessment of the PAIMAN and FALAH Programs, Pakistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: PakistanClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Public-Reproductive Health Specialist, Assessment of the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborn and Family Advancement for Life and Health Programs, PakistanCompany 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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Lead Evaluator- Public Health Specialist, Assessment of the PAIMAN and FALAH Programs, Pakistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: PakistanClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Public/Reproductive Health Specialist, Assessment of the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborn and Family Advancement for Life and Health Programs, PakistanCompany 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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uzbekistan: Supervisory Grant/Agreement Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CAMRIS InternationalCountry: UzbekistanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014CAMRIS InternationalCAMRIS International (CAMRIS) is a growing international development and research firm with experience working in more than 80 countries. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. CAMRIS applies a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field. Our clients include US government agencies,

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CAMRIS InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014CAMRIS InternationalBackground:CAMRIS International (CAMRIS) is a growing international development and research firm with experience working in more than 80 countries. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. CAMRIS applies a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field. Our clients

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Contract Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CAMRIS InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014CAMRIS InternationalCAMRIS International (CAMRIS) is a growing international development and research firm with experience working in more than 80 countries. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. CAMRIS applies a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field. Our clients include US

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: ‘Conflict and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education’ Regional Project Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: UgandaClosing date: 11 Sep 2014Level: NOCDuration: 3.5 MonthsDuty Station: KampalaObjectives:The main objective of the position is to oversee and coordinate all aspects of the organisation and implementation of a Uganda-hosted project bringing together Education Officials from 14 Eastern and Southern African countries to strengthen their capacity to plan and manage their education system in ways that mitigate the impact of crises in all their forms. Purpose of Assignment and Scope of Work:To coordinate all aspects of preparation and delivery

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Senior Treasury Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead certain functions in the Asian Development Fund (ADF) Financial Management and Reporting in safeguarding ADB’s financial strength by formulating sound financial policy framework and by optimizing ADB’s balance sheet through asset and liability management (ALM) decisions and transactions for ADF, Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR) and other special funds. Conduct and lead financial analysis and contribute to the preparation of Treasury Department’s (TD) papers related to the ADF financial resource and risk management as well as the implementation of the policies. Manage certain functions in

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

CIFOR Vacancy – Driver – (Closing date: 9 September 2014) (source: ILRI)

Vacancy Number: A/053/14 Institute: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Duration: 1 year fixed term contract The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) seeks to recruit a Driver who will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia office. The Center: The Center for International Forestry Research is a non-profit, global facility dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Recruiter (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CAMRIS InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014CAMRIS InternationalThis proposal position is contingent on funding.Background:CAMRIS International (CAMRIS) is a growing international development and research firm with experience working in more than 80 countries. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. CAMRIS applies a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Humanitarian Affairs Officer / FTS Manager P-4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 03 Sep 2014BACKGROUND: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is seeking a qualified individual to oversee management of the Financial Tracking Service (FTS). FTS records and tracks funding contributions to humanitarian operations against identified requirements. It is a humanitarian programme cycle management tool that promotes transparency and accountability.ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Appeal Coordination

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

HR Coordinator Duty Station: Juba, SOUTH SUDAN

Who are we? The Danish Refugee Council has been in South Sudan since 2004 working with refugees, internally displaced people and returnees. In 2012, DRC opened its operations in Upper Nile State (Maban County) to respond to the large influx of refugees coming from Blue Nile State in Sudan and in early 2013 DRC expanded its operations to Unity State and is currently managing a refugee camp (Ajoung Thok) for new refugees from South Kordofan. In additional DRC is responding to the current humanitarian crisis of internal displacement. DRC is the camp manager of several camps in the northern states

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Capacity Development/ Instructional Design Specialist (closing date: 30 September 2014) (source: ILRI)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Capacity Development / Instructional Design Specialist to enhance ILRI’s contribution to the capacity development and learning aspects of several of its CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) and programs. ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Supervisory Information Specialist/Information Support Unit Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CAMRIS InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014CAMRIS InternationalThis proposal position is contingent on funding.CAMRIS International (CAMRIS) is a growing international development and research firm with experience working in more than 80 countries. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. CAMRIS applies a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Sub Field Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: WorldClosing date: 09 Sep 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, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Digital Communications Officer

Full-time (37.5 hours), London-based &pound;32,061 plus 9% employer pension contribution Fixed-term contract until 31 March 2016 25 days annual leave + 3 Christmas office closure days + UK bank holidays Season ticket loan/Childcare voucher scheme/Bike hire purchase scheme Closing date: 9am (UK time) Monday 22 September 2014 Interviews: week commencing 29 September 2014 Are you passionate about all things digital? Know how to spot a good story? And want to work for a friendly internationally-focused NGO? We are looking for a Digital Communications Officer who is used to juggling a number

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Social Franchise Technical Advisor-Guatemala* (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 26 Sep 2014The Social Franchise Technical Advisor will lead our regional strategy and operations for social franchising in LAC. We are looking for someone who understands franchising and is able to manage change. Over the past five years, PSI has launched several social franchises across the Latin America region. PASMO currently operates its social franchise, Red Segura, in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The franchise has recently expanded to the Dominican Republic, and will soon expand into Honduras, and possibly other countries in the region. Additionally, the Technical

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Manager (Global Fund, DFID) -South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 26 Sep 2014PSI South Sudan seeks candidates for the position of Project Manager (Global Fund &amp; DFID). This individual will lead PSI’s Program Management Unit (PMU) which oversees the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) malaria grant and a complimentary DFID integrated community case management (iCCM) grant. Together these programs represent a consortium of 7 NGOs as well as the Ministry of Health/ National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), South Sudan. Activities include country-wide distribution of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets, capacity

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Communications and Publications Officer, Forest Peoples Programme, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire (excellent Direct Train Links For Oxford/Worcester - 30mins); £20,000 - £25,000 (source: BOND)

Communications and Publications Officer, Forest Peoples Programme, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire (excellent Direct Train Links For Oxford/Worcester - 30mins); £20,000 - £25,000 We are looking for a brilliant Communications and Publications Officer to support the development of our print publications and digital media. You will also help implement aspects of the wider communications strategy.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programmes Officer, World Jewish Relief, London; £21,000 (source: BOND)

Programmes Officer, World Jewish Relief, London; £21,000 This is an exciting time for World Jewish Relief’s programme work and the position will play a supporting role in the Programmes team, strengthening the impact, outcomes and accountability of its international grants. Under the guidance of the Director...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programmes Manager, World Jewish Relief, London; £32,000 (source: BOND)

Programmes Manager, World Jewish Relief, London; £32,000 WJR is looking for a dynamic, capable and energetic individual to manage and strengthen our key flagship portfolio of programmes supporting older people across the regions we work in, ensuring they are leading healthy and dignified lives, and taking...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Trusts/Statutory Fundraising Officer, British Red Cross, Moorgate, London; £26,342 - £33,747 (source: BOND)

Trusts/Statutory Fundraising Officer, British Red Cross, Moorgate, London; £26,342 - £33,747 An opportunity has arisen for a statutory fundraiser with international development experience to join the British Red Cross. The successful applicant will play a central role in supporting the British Red Cross’ relationship with the Department for...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Disability Advisor “Age & Disability Capacity Building Project”, HelpAge International, Camden, London; £33,528 (source: BOND)

Disability Advisor “Age & Disability Capacity Building Project”, HelpAge International, Camden, London; £33,528 The ADCB programme is a global initiative and will be implemented through the Age and Disability (A&D) Consortium led by HelpAge International. The primary function of the Disability Advisor is to provide technical expertise and support on disability.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Development Officer, Plan UK, Old Street, London; £35,224 - £37,078 (source: BOND)

Programme Development Officer, Plan UK, Old Street, London; £35,224 - £37,078 As a Programme Development Officer you will be working closely with resource mobilisation teams in Country Offices and Regional Offices.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

M&E Advisor, refugee response Duty Station: Juba (roving) ,SOUTH SUDAN

Who are we? The Danish Refugee Council has been working in Sudan since 2004 and was subsequently present in South Sudan when it gained independence in 2011. The DRC South Sudan programme's current focus is on supporting forcibly displaced and conflict-affected people, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees, to access their rights in a safe and secure environment. Currently DRC is operational in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBeG), Unity and Upper Nile States. &nbsp; Despite the ongoing and intensifying IDP crisis in South Sudan, DRC has maintained its refugee response

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: HR Coordinator Duty Station: Juba, SOUTH SUDAN (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: South SudanClosing date: 12 Sep 2014Who are we?The Danish Refugee Council has been in South Sudan since 2004 working with refugees, internally displaced people and returnees. In 2012, DRC opened its operations in Upper Nile State (Maban County) to respond to the large influx of refugees coming from Blue Nile State in Sudan and in early 2013 DRC expanded its operations to Unity State and is currently managing a refugee camp (Ajoung Thok) for new refugees from South Kordofan. In additional DRC is responding to the current humanitarian crisis of

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Organization: Conciliation ResourcesCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 22 Sep 2014Full-time (37.5 hours), London-based£32,061 plus 9% employer pension contributionFixed-term contract until 31 March 201625 days annual leave + 3 Christmas office closure days + UK bank holidaysSeason ticket loan/Childcare voucher scheme/Bike hire purchase schemeClosing date: 9am (UK time) Monday 22 September 2014Interviews: week commencing 29 September 2014Are you passionate about all things digital? Know how to spot a good story? And want to work for a friendly

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Liaison Officer, Civil Society Delegations to UNITAID Board (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 07 Sep 2014The Civil Society delegations to UNITAID Board are seeking a new Liaison Officer to coordinate the communications and representation activities of Board members representing NGOs and affected Communities on the Board of UNITAID. UNITAID is a multilateral institution using long-term, sustainable funding to impact the market for and increase access to medicines, diagnostics, and prevention commodities, for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The post is hosted at Oxfam GB, and is a fixed term contract

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Study of the Asia Humanitarian Impact Development and Donorship (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-UKClosing date: 08 Sep 2014ACF-UK is currently recruiting a consultant and an internfor a 3-month study: “Asia Humanitarian Impact Development and Donorship”. ACF aims to undertake a strategic review on how to develop the missions in the Asia region. An intern will be engage throughout the course of the study, supplemented by a part-time consultant based in the region. The study will focus on the ACF-France Asia missions.The start date of the study is intended for 15 September and should run through to December 2014.The full Terms of Reference and application

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation &amp; Learning (PMEL) Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 22 Sep 2014The roleIn this role, as part of the new Programme Strategy and Impact Team, you will provide strategic leadership and drive improvements to the quality and impact of Oxfam’s influencing and campaigning interventions at national, regional and global levels in an integrated way that builds capacity, strengthens knowledge management, and improves programme practice. You will work with Global and Regional Advisors to understand how programmes operate and draw on your insight and skills

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: SOCIOLOGICAL INPUTS FOR ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS PROJECT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et SolidaritésCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 30 Nov 20141 Background Information1.1.1 The Central Highlands ProgrammeA Consortium of 3 French NGOs, GERES, MADERA, and Solidarités International, are implementing a three-year rural development programme in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan. The Central Highlands Programme (CHP), funded by the French Development Agency for a duration of 3 years, targets the improvement of living conditions and standards through agriculture and livestock, energy efficiency, natural management,

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan: Field Expert, Mid-term Performance Evaluation for the Building Local Capacity for Development Project, Azerbaijan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: AzerbaijanClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Field Expert, Mid-term Performance Evaluation for the Building Local Capacity for Development Project, AzerbaijanCompany Profile:MSI is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 30-year history of helping to deliver development results across the developing world. In 2008, we became the America’s operation of the international development arm of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Senior Programme Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 28 Aug 2014The Role:As Senior Programme Manager you will lead Oxfam programmes in Syria, support the design, and initiation and implementation of all programmes. Your work will involve assessment, planning, networking, and implementation of programmes in line with the Oxfam’s strategy in Syria.The RewardsYour salary will be paid net. This role also attracts R&amp;R (Rest &amp; Recuperation). In addition there is an attractive benefits package including pension, medical and hard to work allowance of £4,000 net per annum.About

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Area &amp; Logistics Coordinator - Speculative (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014The Area and Logistics Coordinator is responsible, as the most senior field staff, for all GOAL programme activities in the project location including being responsible to provide all necessary logistical support to enable field project activities to proceed with maximum efficiency while adhering to GOAL’s logistics procedures. This role should have a good top-level knowledge and understanding of all activities in their location, in particular they should be aware of the constraints faced by their team and be actively working with

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Volunteer Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Country: HaitiClosing date: 30 Sep 2014JOB DESCRIPTIONPosition Title: Volunteer and Intern Coordinator (Unpaid Position)Supervisor:Human Resources ManagerLine Management:N/ADepartment: Human ResourcesLocation of Position: Delmas 48The volunteer coordinator is responsible for the recruitment, orientation and oversight of all J/P HRO volunteers and interns. S/he is directly responsible for the management and day-to-day monitoring of volunteer and intern programs.Responsibilities and Duties:The volunteer coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the volunteer

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: M&amp;E Advisor, refugee response Duty Station: Juba (roving), SOUTH SUDAN (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: South SudanClosing date: 06 Sep 2014Who are we?The Danish Refugee Council has been working in Sudan since 2004 and was subsequently present in South Sudan when it gained independence in 2011. The DRC South Sudan programme's current focus is on supporting forcibly displaced and conflict-affected people, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees, to access their rights in a safe and secure environment. Currently DRC is operational in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBeG), Unity and Upper Nile States.Despite the ongoing and

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

CCCM / Camp Manager – Central African Republic

Background Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is providing assistance to conflict affected population, through our presence and operations in most major humanitarian emergencies. In support of our objective to continue delivering high quality assistance, DRC is offering the opportunity for motivated, experienced and dedicated Emergency profiles, to join one of the world&rsquo;s leading humanitarian NGO.&nbsp; Overall objective The CM will be part of the emergency response team in CAR and be an essential part of programming and implementation of emergency operations. The aim of DRC&rsquo;s Emergency

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Dafur Women Action Group Internships (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Darfur Women Action GroupClosing date: 08 Sep 2014DWAG Volunteers/InternshipsOpportunities: Fall 2014- The start date for the internship is immediately after the interview and selection processDarfur Women Action Group (DWAG) takes a unique approach to fight and prevent genocide. DWAG believes that the most vital approach to sustainably end genocide is the empowerment of local communities. DWAG works to empower and foster leadership and community among those who are historically excluded in order to foster positive change in their communities.DWAG is current seeking interested

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Stagiaire Ingénieur (source: Relief Web)

Country: HaitiClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Description du PosteTitre du Poste:Stagiaire IngénieurSuperviseur: Chef de projet Amélioration des QuartiersSupervisera: N/ALieu de travail: Port-au-Prince, Delmas 32, HaïtiDescription:Dans le cadre de son projet de reconstruction des quartiers défavorisés de Port-au-Prince (PREKAD), J/P HRO recherche un stagiaire ingénieur pour assister à la réalisation du volet construction. Ce volet construction consiste en la construction de 45 unités de logements en copropriété dans une zone restreinte de Delmas 32.L’équipe du projet est actuellement

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Country Director, Somalia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AdesoCountry: KenyaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014We know the world is changing given this global context of extraordinary and increasing strains on natural resources, population grown, increased civil conflict and natural disasters. Much of the world live and struggle to not just thrive but to survive in this environment on a daily basis.Adeso has built a strong reputation for being an expanding and vibrant African-based international organization, working with communities to create environments in which Africans can flourish. We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Specialist Marketing Social (source: Relief Web)

Organization: OxfamCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 15 Sep 2014OFFRE D’EMPLOI : Specialist Marketing Social,Bukavu, RDCType de contrat : Contrat à durée déterminée ( 11 Mois)Salaire :Entre 21 768 to £31 014 annuel net de toute retenue et impôts plus avantages/bénéfices compétitifsContexte :La RDC est parmi les pays les plus grands, les plus complexes et les plus pauvres d’Afrique. Oxfam y met en œuvre l’un de ses plus vastes programmes, fournissant une aide d’urgence et du développement, et plaçant la RDC comme pays prioritaire pour son action de plaidoyer humanitaire.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Marketing Intern (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014BACKGROUND:The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them achieve self-sufficiency.SCOPE OF WORK:The Marketing Intern(s) will work

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Programme Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: South SudanClosing date: 09 Sep 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, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: MEAL Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 09 Sep 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, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Grants Officer 14-553 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: JordanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: CCCM / Camp Manager – Central African Republic (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 07 Sep 2014CCCM / Camp Manager – Central African RepublicBackgroundDanish Refugee Council (DRC) is providing assistance to conflict affected population, through our presence and operations in most major humanitarian emergencies. In support of our objective to continue delivering high quality assistance, DRC is offering the opportunity for motivated, experienced and dedicated Emergency profiles, to join one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGO.Overall objectiveThe CM will be part of the emergency

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Digital Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Malala FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014The Malala Fund empowers girls through education to achieve their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities. Working in four countries, the Fund joins with local partners to invest in innovative solutions, advocate for quality education and amplify the voices of girls to demand change.The Digital Manager of the Malala Fund will create, build and maintain the organization's digital platforms and community. Working closely with all departments, the Digital Manager is responsible for developing

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: MdM recherche un COORDINATEUR GENERAL - Afrique francophone (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: WorldClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Médecins du Monde, association médicale militante de solidarité internationale, s'engage depuis plus de 30 ans à soigner les populations les plus vulnérables ici et là-bas, à témoigner des entraves constatées quant à l’accès aux soins, à obtenir des améliorations durables des politiques de santé pour tous.Association indépendante nous agissons au-delà du soin en dénonçant les atteintes à la dignité et aux droits humains et en nous battant pour améliorer la situation des populations précaires.A l’international, MdM travaille

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: MdM recherche un COORDINATEUR ADMINISTRATIF (H/F) pour la République Démocratique du Congo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing 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.A

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Food Assistance Program Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children - USClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Save the ChildrenSummaryThis role provides support to the Deputy Response Team Leader-Programs in the areas of planning, implementing and reporting on food assistance interventions (with a focus on commodity management and distribution), as well as technical assistance to, and management of, food program staff members ensuring the delivery of the quality food assistance programs meeting the required standards of Save the Children (SC) and its donor(s). The post-holder will also seek to build the capacity of staff at the country

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: Médecins Sans Frontières Logistique recherche un(e) Référent Biomédical (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières LogistiqueCountry: FranceClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Médecins Sans Frontières Logistique - association loi 1901 satellite de Médecins Sans Frontières - est une centrale d’achat et de distribution humanitaire à but non lucratif qui pourvoit depuis l’Europe une part importante de l’approvisionnement des missions des différentes sections opérationnelles de MSF (France, Suisse, Espagne, …). Proposant des produits couvrant les besoins particuliers de l’action humanitaire (médicaments, nourriture spécialisée, matériel et équipement médical et non médical), elle

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Urban Sanitation Programme Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: HaitiClosing date: 11 Sep 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, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Content Writer and Material Development Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Foundation for Election SystemsCountry: PakistanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Position:Content Writer and Material Development ConsultantDivision:E&amp;ALocation:PakistanAbout 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 Support

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Senior Transition Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Democracy InternationalCountry: South SudanClosing date: 10 Sep 2014Democracy International is seeking a Senior Transition Advisor to serve in an anticipated USAID-funded program in South Sudan. This position will be based in Juba, South Sudan.Responsibilities:The Senior Transition Advisor will play a critical interlocutor role between Democracy International, USAID, and USAID implementing partners in South Sudan. The STA will be responsible for attending meetings as needed with the Government of South Sudan, potential partners, stakeholders, donors, and other actors as requested

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: US Agency for International DevelopmentCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 09 Sep 2014Request for Personal Service ContractorUSAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster AssistancePosition Title: Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN), New York City, NYSolicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-14-000054Salary Level: GS-15 Equivalent: $129,523 - $157,100Issuance Date: August 26, 2014Closing Date: September 9, 2014Closing Time: 5:00 P.M. EDTDear Prospective Applicants:The United States Government (USG), represented by the

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Goal Uganda postions in Wash and Livelihoods (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: UgandaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014JOB ADVERTIncreasing self-reliance and supporting access to basic servicesGOAL Uganda country project focuses on two of GOAL’s three strategic sectors: Health (including WASH and health accountability programming); and Livelihoods. GOAL Uganda mainstreams HIV, gender, child protection and the environment/DRR across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach, and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with local civil society organisations, private sector partners and District Local Government to

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Cohort Research Team Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Operational Research and Impact Evaluation ProjectCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) is a United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) funded nutrition programme being implemented by a consortium of UNICEF, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger. The DFID-funded Operations Research &amp; Impact Evaluation (ORIE) Project evaluates the impact of the WINNN programme and ORIE is being implemented by a consortium of four UK-based organisations led by Oxford Policy Management.Members of the ORIE

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Consultancy: Development of the National Teacher Training Institute Management Plan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Government of SomaliaCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Ministry of Education and Higher StudiesRepublic of SomalilandCall for Expression of Interest (EOI)Individual Consultant for the Development of the National Teacher Training Institute Management PlanTerms of ReferenceBackgroundTeacher training programs in Somaliland are currently offered as degree/diploma courses of universities and these courses are designed primarily as in-service training for the practicing teachers to upgrade their knowledge and skills in pedagogy and subject-matters. Pre-service teacher

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Poland: CHIEF, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UNIT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in EuropeCountry: PolandClosing date: 16 Sep 2014Background:This is a re-advertisement of the post of Chief, ICT Unit.Candidates who initially applied for the advertisement will be considered and do not need to re-apply.The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Recruitment Coordinator (source: Open Society Institute)

The Office of Human Resources seeks a recruitment coordinator.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Arab Emirates: Recruitment Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CTG GlobalCountry: United Arab EmiratesClosing date: 15 Sep 2014TERMS OF REFERENCEPositionRecruitment AssistantPlace of Performance Dubai, UAEStarting Date ASAPOVERVIEW OF CTG GLOBALCTG Global is a managed service company specializing in Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Human Resources support services and Monitoring &amp; Evaluation in post disaster and post conflict countries around the world.CTG Global provides services to humanitarian organizations, government, non-governmental organizations and corporates that enables public and private sectors to focus on their

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Tajikistan: Legal Education Reform Long-Term Legal Specialist, Tajikistan (Volunteer) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Bar AssociationCountry: TajikistanClosing date: 31 Oct 2014ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in over 60 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.JOB SUMMARYThe American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) seeks

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: Consultancy services: to design, develop, install and support implementation of school management information system at school (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 19 Sep 2014REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL- Only for Local FIRM/ORGANISATIONRef- (RFP-2014-9114029)1. Topic: Consultancy services: todesign, develop, install and support implementation of school management information system at school for( Phase I : 7 months and Phase II 10 months)2. BackgroundEMIS has been functional in Ethiopia for a long period of time. Great improvement has been noted in collecting education data and publishing basic statistics in education annually. MoE has currently educational statistics application software

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Serbia: Strategic Planner (consultant) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SerbiaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014General BackgroundThe search for durable solutions is at the forefront of UNHCR’s responsibility towards refugees and other persons of concern. Resolving long-standing displacement situations requires reaching out beyond the humanitarian community. Engaging closely with national and local ministries and government, and development agencies is essential in order to link displaced communities with development and peacebuilding processes, to provide them with legal status, and to help them become socially

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Chef de projet (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for Project ServicesCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Contexte général Le rôle de l’UNOPS est d’assister ses partenaires du système des Nations Unies ainsi que d’autres bailleurs, le gouvernement congolais, et le secteur privé, dans leurs missions en faveur de l’établissement de la paix, de la gestion des désastres et des urgences et de la création de modes de développement durable en République démocratique du Congo et en Afrique Centrale. A ce titre, la capacité de l’UNOPS à mettre sur pied des Projets complexes dans des environnements

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Regional Migration Health Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: KenyaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014OPEN TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATESClassification : Official, Grade P4Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extensionEstimated Start Date : As soon as possibleReference Code: VN2014/54(O)-EXTEstablished in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: Policy &amp; Advocacy Officer 2014-2 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Salud por DerechoCountry: SpainClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Job Offer – PAO_2014-2“Policy &amp; Advocacy Officer”ABOUT SALUD POR DERECHOwww.saludporderecho.orgSalud por Derecho is a human rights organization focused on defending the right to health. Through political advocacy, awareness-raising and social mobilization, in Spain and at the European and global levels, we work so that all people are able to exercise their right to health.Our work is focused on three lines of action: (1) promoting more and better health R&amp;D in an innovation system that is needs-driven and

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: International Development Opportunities for Accountants Worldwide | 2 Weeks -12 Months (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Accounting for International DevelopmentCountry: WorldClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Your accountancy skills could be used to save lives. By volunteering with AfID you are able to play a part in ensuring the sustainability of our charity partners abroad, who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged communities across the world. Their efforts have prevented suffering, transformed communities and given people the tools they need to take control of their lives.Accounting for International Development (AfID) has worked with over 300 charities, NGOs and social

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: JordanClosing date: 01 Oct 2014World Vision - Syria Response in Jordan , is looking for: Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser:PURPOSE OF POSITION:A fourth year into the Syria crisis the humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable groups. Children constitute half of the affected population inside and outside Syria.More than half a million Syrian refugees are in the country of Jordan and require immediate and continued support together with the Jordanian host communities.This position will work on implementing

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Coordinator - South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MENTOR InitiativeCountry: South SudanClosing date: 08 Sep 2014The MENTOR Initiative (MENTOR) is an international non-governmental organisation devoted to reducing death and suffering from malaria in humanitarian crises. The MENTOR Initiative is currently providing on going emergency support to the most vulnerable communities in Liberia, Angola, Kenya, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Chad.The Field Coordinator for the South Sudan field base will be directly responsible for the coordination of the field base located in one of the northern States where MENTOR is

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Construction Engineer (GPE) NO-3 - Fixed Term, Post # 89210- Sana'a - Announcement # 21/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: YemenClosing date: 07 Sep 2014INTERNAL/EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 21/2014If 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 : Construction Engineer (GPE)Contract type : Fixed Term AppointmentLevel of Post : NO-3Duration : One Year, renewableNo of posts : One PostDuty Station : Sana’a post # 89210PURPOSE:Under the direct supervision of the education specialist GPE (Global Partnership

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Strategic Communications Manager-Trainer, USAID's Development Outreach and Communications Training Project, Washington, DC (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Strategic Communications Manager-Trainer, USAID’s Development Outreach and Communications Training Project, Washington, DCCompany 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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Emergency Response Officer - Protection (CAR) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Agency for Overseas DevelopmentCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 03 Sep 2014Salary: £29,920, per annum, pro rata for nine monthsBased: BanguiContract: 9 MonthsClosing date: 3 September 2014Job profileTo implement a protection mainstreaming approach into emergency programming in Central African Republic providing;Technical trainingMentoringSupport to implementing partner staffContribute to the delivery of effective and high quality humanitarian assistance, resilience and protectionAdvocate for protection sensitive programming that mitigates

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: Project Officer « Inclusion of children with disabilities in humanitarian action » - Lyon (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: FranceClosing date: 10 Sep 2014Country:FranceStarting date:as soon as possibleClosing date for application:03.09.2014City