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

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

24 Jul 2014 13:48:48 GMT

Reducing vulnerability of island coasts

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

24 Jul 2014 13:44:07 GMT

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

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

24 Jul 2014 13:33:07 GMT

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

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

24 Jul 2014 13:11:19 GMT

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

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

24 Jul 2014 12:55:38 GMT

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

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

24 Jul 2014 11:18:06 GMT

Beyond storms & droughts: the psychological impacts of climate change

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

18 Jul 2014 11:19:50 GMT

Climate cooperation with technology investments and border carbon adjustment

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

18 Jul 2014 11:03:18 GMT

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

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

18 Jul 2014 10:38:02 GMT

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

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

18 Jul 2014 10:24:38 GMT

Mali climate vulnerability mapping

<p>This report presents the results of a climate vulnerability mapping exercise that intended to assist with strategic planning in Mali. The approach utilizes a spatial vulnerability index comprising 18 indicators that are grouped into three vulnerability components: climate exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. The purpose of this mapping exercise is to highlight hotspots of particularly high relative vulnerability within Mali due to constellations of high climatic stress, high sensitivity (or susceptibility), and low adaptive capacity. The results for current vulnerability show that relatively large swaths of northern Mali are hotspots, yet these areas are thinly settled with only 6 per cent of Mali&rsquo;s population.</p>

17 Jul 2014 14:03:39 GMT

Climate change: implications for the energy sector

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

17 Jul 2014 13:55:29 GMT

Assessing green industrial policy: the India experience

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

17 Jul 2014 12:58:57 GMT

Migration and the environment - Population Bulletin special issue

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

17 Jul 2014 11:54:42 GMT

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

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

17 Jul 2014 11:41:25 GMT

Options and proposals for the international governance of geoengineering

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

17 Jul 2014 11:32:16 GMT

Towards a global energy transformation

<p>This report argues the case for a global energy transformation: a move away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy sources, towards 100 per cent renewable energy. It also advocates for a decentralized and locally managed supply, increased efficiency, and a reduction in absolute consumption. It warns that an energy transformation will not happen without friction, because ownership and power structures have to be fundamentally restructured. The report argues that long-established structures and elites problematize the challenges of an energy transformation and sustain the existing system and their own (market) power with corresponding narratives. It states that the success of an energy transformation will depend on whether a broad alliance of civil society, politics, science, and industry develops a convincing alternative and positive narratives &ndash; and implements them against resistances.</p>

16 Jul 2014 16:13:39 GMT

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions under the UNFCCC

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

16 Jul 2014 16:06:30 GMT

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

<p>This paper documents a significant impact of climate variation on urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa. It explains that this happens by lowering farm incomes, reduced moisture availability encourages migration to nearby cities, while wetter conditions slow migration. The paper also provides evidence for rural/urban income links. In countries with a larger industrial base, it is argued that reduced moisture shrinks the agricultural sector and raises total incomes in nearby cities. However, if local cities are entirely dependent on servicing agriculture so their fortunes move with those of agriculture, reduced moisture tends to reduce local urban incomes. Finally, the paper argues that climate induces employment changes within the rural sector itself. Drier conditions induce a shift out of farm activities, especially for women, into non-farm activities, and especially out of the workforce. Overall, these findings are taken to imply a strong link between climate and urbanization in Africa.</p>

16 Jul 2014 14:41:49 GMT

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

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

15 Jul 2014 10:46:13 GMT

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

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

10 Jul 2014 11:32:16 GMT

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

<p>The Supporting Sub-Saharan African Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET) project aims to support six African cities in three countries &ndash; Ghana, Uganda and South Africa &ndash; with sustainable energy transitions. One of the first steps in this project is to develop an evidence base of their energy systems to support scenario-based planning exercises to explore the impacts of different sustainable energy interventions. Selecting an appropriate software tool must conform to the objectives and scope, as well as the context of the study. An objective of this project is to pass the models developed over to partner academic institutions, and possibly municipalities that have no previous experience in energy modelling, building capacity and expertise, so that maintenance, development and improvement of the models can continue and yield benefits into the future. This document explains some of the considerations in selecting an appropriate modelling tool for the SAMSET project.</p>

09 Jul 2014 14:50:25 GMT

Uttarakhand: Development and Ecological Sustainability

<p>This report aims to contribute to the debate following the massive floods and landslides in June 2013 which led to Uttarakhand&rsquo;s worst disaster in living memory. There has been debate as to whether human activities in the name of economic development had aggravated the impact of the disaster. Official estimates of the dead and missing people after the disaster was over 6,000 people although public perception puts the numbers significantly higher.</p><p>The report concludes that India&rsquo;s Himalayan states must heed the lessons emerging from the 2013 Uttarakhand tragedy especially in the context of the repeated indications of climate change. It argues that ecologically sustainable development is the basic prerequisite for disaster mitigation. Equitable development will reduce the vulnerable populations and communities and civil society organisations must be active partners in this alongside governments.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

09 Jul 2014 14:43:54 GMT

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

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

09 Jul 2014 14:33:58 GMT

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

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

09 Jul 2014 14:09:43 GMT

Green growth in practice: lessons from country experiences

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

09 Jul 2014 13:43:49 GMT

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

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

09 Jul 2014 13:28:05 GMT

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

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

09 Jul 2014 13:07:17 GMT

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

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

08 Jul 2014 11:36:10 GMT

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

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

08 Jul 2014 10:10:31 GMT

Southern Africa’s dryland forests and climate change adaptation

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

08 Jul 2014 10:00:13 GMT

Governance: linchpin of dryland natural resource management

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

08 Jul 2014 09:41:57 GMT

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

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

08 Jul 2014 09:34:36 GMT

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

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

07 Jul 2014 15:57:07 GMT

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

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

07 Jul 2014 15:41:18 GMT

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

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

07 Jul 2014 15:27:05 GMT

Building flexibility and ambition into a 2015 climate agreement

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

07 Jul 2014 14:42:43 GMT

Assessing and forecasting groundwater development costs in Sub-Saharan Africa

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

01 Jul 2014 11:32:11 GMT

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

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

27 Jun 2014 12:30:41 GMT

Insights on NAMA development: MitigationMomentum phase 1

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

27 Jun 2014 10:35:04 GMT

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

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

27 Jun 2014 10:23:04 GMT

El Niño and Indian droughts - a scoping exercise

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

27 Jun 2014 10:12:25 GMT

Climate displacement and resilient communities: case of Manati, Colombia

<p>This document presents the methodology of psycho-social intervention that was implemented among 90 families in a shelter in Manat&iacute;, Atl&aacute;ntico Department in Colombia, who were victims of flooding produced by the &ldquo;La Ni&ntilde;a&rdquo; phenomena (2010-1011) and who were displaced as a result. The document also explores the importance of the psycho-social dimension, both as a strategy for prevention and attention to populations affected by disasters and to achieve greater resilience in climate vulnerable communities. Finally, the document makes a series of recommendations to integrate these dimensions into climate policies and risk management in Colombia by presenting the key issues for implementing effective policies for climate displacement and creation of resilient communities.</p><p>This document is viewed through a PDF flipbook.</p>

25 Jun 2014 16:29:18 GMT

The future framework for disaster risk reduction: a guide for decision-makers

<p>This guide argues that we need an international framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and building resilience because of the every greater social and economic impacts of disasters. It argues that the post-2015 agreement for DRR should be anchored primarily in the development discussion, representing a shift from its foundations in the humanitarian sphere. It states that the successor to the existing Hyogo Framework for Action has to situate DRR within sustainable development and that only through the inclusion of specific and dedicated commitments to national financing for DRR can sustained progress be made in reducing disaster losses. The guide recommends the inclusion of all groups of people in DRR decisions, including the most marginalised. It argues that the successor to the HFA must do more to support effective DRR in complex contexts, such as those affected by conflict, by being explicit about the need to support governance strengthening as a starting point to building disaster resilience.</p>

25 Jun 2014 16:22:19 GMT

Prioritising support for locally controlled forest enterprises

<p>This book offers an assessment of the likely impacts of small-enterprise support across different forest subsectors in eight countries (Nepal, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Mexico, Tanzania, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Researchers assessed the economic prospects of each locally controlled forest subsector and then evaluated the likely impacts against specific impact criteria. There is also an analysis of the divergences and similarities between countries, it also draws out lessons, and makes policy recommendations. These recognise two priority areas of support for locally controlled forest enterprises: ongoing support for capacity development in business management; and research into, and development of, appropriate mixes of enterprise options within multifunctional mosaics at a landscape scale that also restore the ecosystems upon which future prosperity will be based.</p>

25 Jun 2014 15:49:26 GMT

Bundelkhand drought: a retrospective analysis and way ahead

<p>This study attempts to identify the areas prone to different types of drought -&nbsp;meteorological, hydrological and agricultural droughts. The report presents a scientific analysis of the spatial, temporal and typological distribution of drought at district level for the period during 1998-2009 in the region of Bundelkhand. It offers an analysis based on interaction with officials of disaster management authority, statistical data and existing literature has been carried out for drought impact and mapping the ongoing mitigation measures. The report is concludes with a set of strategic recommendations for improving livelihood and reducing the drought vulnerability of Bundelkhand.</p>

24 Jun 2014 13:11:09 GMT

The environmental crime crisis: threats to sustainable development from illegal exploitation and trade in wildlife and forest resources

<p>This report focuses on the consequences of environmental crime. It argues that the situation has worsened to the extent that illegal trade in wildlife&rsquo;s impacts are now acknowledged to go well beyond strictly environmental impacts &ndash; by seriously undermining economies and livelihoods, good governance, and the rule of law. It also argues that wildlife and forest crime, including charcoal, provides potentially significant threat finance to militias and terrorist groups.</p><p>The report argues that a fuller understanding of the phenomenon of illegal wildlife trade is necessary to design and further strengthen &ndash; and accelerate &ndash; an effective strategy to successfully tackle the issue at all levels and with all means possible. Also that a global and holistic response needs to be implemented to support national, regional and international efforts by strengthening and synchronizing actions targeting coherent environmental legislation, poverty alleviation and demand reduction.</p>

24 Jun 2014 12:58:19 GMT

Gender and the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme: Assessment and Action Plan

<p>This report summarises two key documents produced by Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) as part of the drive to address gender. The first, a Gender Assessment of the programme, was carried out in 2012 to assess the level and degree that the programme addressed gender. The Gender Action Plan, which covers 2013&ndash;2014, was developed soon afterwards to address the recommendations arising from the Assessment.</p><p>The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme is the largest climate change adaptation initiative in the Pacific region, with activities in 14 countries and territories. One of the major lessons learned throughout the PACC programme is the importance of integrating gender into climate change adaptation activities. Gender was mostly overlooked during the initial stages of the programme, but significant efforts have since been made to address this shortcoming and integrate gender across programme activities.</p>

24 Jun 2014 12:45:15 GMT

International and donor agency portfolio evaluations: Trends in monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation programmes

<p>Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) monitoring and evaluation (M&amp;E) is a rapidly-evolving field; as investments in CCA increase, donors and development agencies are seeking to assess the effectiveness and appropriateness of the activities they fund.</p><p>This Evaluation Review is an interpretive literature review based on the published portfolio evaluations of selected international agencies which finance or extend key technical assistance to CCA in Asia and the Pacific. It reflects on these higher level evaluations in order to an outline of trends in CCA design, monitoring and evaluation (DME). This paper identifies trends in how selected major international agencies have approached CCA programmes, and particularly their M&amp;E components.</p>

24 Jun 2014 12:33:21 GMT

Current status of social forestry in climate change mitigation and adaptation in the ASEAN region

<p>Produced by The Center for People and Forests, this situational report examines the current status of social forestry in climate mitigation and adaptation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and aims to update the Initial Baseline Assessment on Social Forestry and Climate Change published in 2010. Additionally, the paper seeks to facilitate information sharing within the region, and the continued development of policies and programmes through providing up-to-date information to all stakeholders. Covering eight countries in the ASEAN region, the research for the report was collected through desk-based research, reviews of national laws and policies, and technical reports. </p><p>The report found that forest cover in the ASEAN region is slightly less than 200 million ha, with deforestation resulting in the loss of around 1.2 million ha annually. Indonesia and Myanmar are experiencing the greatest rate of loss, while Vietnam and the Philippines actually increased the amount of forest coverage. Average temperature rise, sea-level rise, and increased and more severe extreme weather events have all been noted, while precipitation has greater regional variation. Seasonal patterns are also becoming increasingly difficult to predict. Social forestry programmes have continued to grow since 2010, with the area of land allocated to local people having increased by more than 2 million ha to a 2013 total of 8.8 million ha. This is particularly notable in Cambodia, where the figure has increased by 61 per cent, and in Thailand by 154.2 per cent. In terms of actual transference of land however, progress is slow, with less than 10% of allocated lands having been transferred in Indonesia, Myanmar, and Cambodia.</p><p> In terms of adaptation and mitigation, considerable progress has been made in the region. The majority of countries have a climate change strategy supported by high-level offices, though implementation of these strategies still require significant scaling-up. A number of factors impede the rapid expansion of social forestry, including legal frameworks, complex land allocation processes, overly restrictive and bureaucratic rules, and limited financial capacity at the local level. Allocating better quality land to generate greater social and economic benefits, simplifying allocation processes, and extra support for adaptation and resilience building would go a long way to resolving the issues that have arisen. If progress in this direction can be achieved, the report suggests that there is great potential for social forestry to contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as meeting the basic, immediate needs of the local communities themselves.</p>

24 Jun 2014 11:05:42 GMT

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Payments for nature values: market and non-market instruments

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

17 Jun 2014 17:30:42 GMT

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

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

16 Jun 2014 14:22:49 GMT

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

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

06 Jun 2014 14:44:36 GMT

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

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

06 Jun 2014 10:51:28 GMT

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

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

23 May 2014 15:19:21 GMT

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

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

21 May 2014 18:01:57 GMT

Pacific Integrated Island Management Principles, case studies and lessons learned

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

14 May 2014 15:51:39 GMT

Population and poaching of African rhinos across African range states

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

14 Apr 2014 20:53:45 GMT

Poverty, poaching and trafficking: what are the links?

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

11 Apr 2014 10:46:55 GMT

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

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

28 Mar 2014 18:00:41 GMT

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

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

26 Mar 2014 19:32:47 GMT

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

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

26 Mar 2014 19:03:05 GMT

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

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

22 Mar 2014 14:52:19 GMT

Governing Africa’s mangroves: a sustainable future

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

07 Mar 2014 12:35:10 GMT

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

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

31 Jan 2014 13:08:54 GMT

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

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

24 Jan 2014 11:50:30 GMT

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

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

15 Jan 2014 15:36:42 GMT

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

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

09 Jan 2014 12:50:19 GMT

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

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

07 Jan 2014 12:49:13 GMT

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

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

02 Jan 2014 12:20:29 GMT

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

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

05 Dec 2013 16:43:52 GMT

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

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

22 Nov 2013 10:12:39 GMT

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

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

04 Nov 2013 18:52:37 GMT

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

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

30 Aug 2013 13:30:36 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2013 01:56:06 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2013 00:22:42 GMT

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

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

13 Aug 2013 09:10:13 GMT

Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change

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

10 May 2013 08:02:21 GMT

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

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

21 Jan 2013 16:14:01 GMT

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

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

12 Dec 2012 09:01:19 GMT

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

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

22 Nov 2012 09:00:59 GMT

Prospects and Constraints of Madhupur National Park Management

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

31 Oct 2012 09:01:00 GMT

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

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

12 Sep 2012 21:34:15 GMT

Global environmental outlook 5: environment for the future we want

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

15 Jun 2012 09:49:30 GMT

Reefs at Risk Revisted

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

23 Mar 2012 09:05:49 GMT

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

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

20 Mar 2012 09:05:00 GMT

Integrating protected areas into climate planning

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

28 Feb 2012 01:38:52 GMT

Geographical indications, in situ conservation and traditional knowledge

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

27 Feb 2012 21:44:42 GMT

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

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

25 Feb 2012 21:42:22 GMT

Sundarbans: future imperfect climate adaptation report

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

20 Feb 2012 17:53:34 GMT

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

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

26 Sep 2011 16:57:09 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2011 08:11:25 GMT

Agriculture biodiversity and food security: two sides of a coin

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

25 Aug 2011 12:29:04 GMT

Climate change and biodiversity: IPCC technical paper V

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

31 Aug 2010 11:40:57 GMT

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

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

08 Apr 2010 16:00:41 GMT

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

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

18 Jan 2010 11:40:45 GMT

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

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

11 Nov 2009 12:37:10 GMT

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

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

09 Oct 2009 11:58:50 GMT

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

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

08 Oct 2009 13:28:15 GMT

Rights-based approaches: exploring issues and opportunities for conservation

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

20 Jul 2009 13:40:12 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Expert Workshop on Adaptation Financing and Implementation, June 2014

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

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:25:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:58:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Air pollution, the invisible killer - Insights Blog

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:22:00 GMT

Material resources, productivity and the environment

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

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

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:56:00 GMT

Climate Resilience in Development Planning: Experiences in Colombia and Ethiopia

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

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross-country Evidence

Risk finance is essential for new ventures to commercialise new ideas and grow, especially in emerging sectors. Yet very little is known about the drivers and characteristics of risk finance in the green sector. This paper aims to fill this gap by providing a detailed description of risk finance in the green sector across 29 countries and identifying the role that policies might have in shaping high-growth investments.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development

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

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:56:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:04:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Video: How should governments prepare for floods?

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

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

Environment at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:26:00 GMT

OECD biotechnology newsletter updates

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2013: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Insights Blog: OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:57:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:40:00 GMT

OECD Programme on Water Governance

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:06:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:25:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Environment Action Programme Task Force: 2013 annual meeting

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:32:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

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

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

Responding to key well-being challenges in Austria

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

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:34:00 GMT

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth, July 2013

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

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

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

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:51:00 GMT

Avoiding death by diesel, blog post by Simon Upton

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

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:37:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Why biodiversity matters

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

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

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Программа «EaP GREEN»: Первое заседание Координационного комитета

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

China’s exceptional economic expansion has led to rising energy demand and pollution as well as other environmental pressures. Strong efforts by the government have moderated emissions of some types of air and water pollution from high levels but others, including greenhouse gas emissions, continue to rise. Poor air and water quality threaten human health, create other costs and reduce well-being.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

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

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

World Water Day: Big problems but there are solutions

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

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:53:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

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

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Environmental Innovation in Germany - Environment Working Paper No. 53

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

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:44:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

UN Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18)

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

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

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

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Is there life on Mars?

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

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:49:00 GMT

COP11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:16:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

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

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

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

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:31:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Is this as good as it gets?

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

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 17:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:32:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

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

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

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

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Durban Climate Change Conference

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

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

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

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

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

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollution

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

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

Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energy

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

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

Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon tax

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

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

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

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

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

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

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

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

Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

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

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

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World Business

Banks named in silver-fix lawsuit

Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia are accused of attempting to rig the price of silver, in a lawsuit filed in the US.

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:24:48 GMT

Russia's surprise interest rate rise

Russia's central bank has unexpectedly said it will raise its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension".

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:21 GMT

Brazil frees up $13bn for economy

In a bid to stimulate the sluggish economy, the Brazilian central bank announces plans to reduce the amount commercial banks have to keep in reserve.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:14:40 GMT

BSkyB pays £5bn to create Sky Europe

BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:07 GMT

US firm withdraws Mothercare offer

US retailer Destination Maternity withdraws a takeover offer for Mothercare, saying it was clear shareholders wanted a "significant increase" in the offer.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:04:29 GMT

UK economy back at pre-crisis level

The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:42:48 GMT

Amazon reports $126m quarterly loss

Amazon reports a loss of $126m in the second quarter and warns of slowing sales.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:49:59 GMT

Obama urges action over tax scheme

US President Barack Obama urges lawmakers to end a tax loophole that allows US companies to avoid paying US corporate taxes.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:03:13 GMT

RBS shares surge on surprise profit

Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland have jumped 11% after it said it expects pre-tax profits to double to £2.65bn for the first half of the year.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:23:31 GMT

McDonald's halts nuggets sales in HK

Fast-food chain McDonald's suspends sale of chicken nuggets in Hong Kong over the out of date meat scandal at a Chinese supplier.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:36:18 GMT

IMF lowers global growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4% but the UK's forecast is raised.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:50:10 GMT

Ghana protests over rising prices

Thousands of workers across Ghana take to the streets to protest about the rise in the cost of living and call for petrol subsidies to be restored.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:16 GMT

SA to block land sales to foreigners

The South African government is fast-tracking a bill to block land sales to foreigners, which could come into effect in 2019.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:34:50 GMT

GM profits hit by recall problems

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

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:33:05 GMT

Barclays challenges US fraud case

Barclays challenges legal action brought by US prosecutors alleging fraud in its "dark pool" trading operations.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:35:28 GMT

VIDEO: 'Passion' is the key to good blogging

'If you want to be a good blogger, your passion should be for your art and your blog,' says Malini Agarwal.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:40:11 GMT

VIDEO: Can Tunisia stamp out smuggling?

High tariffs on many goods in Tunisia make it profitable to bring everything in across the border, as Leana Hosea reports.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:39:20 GMT

VIDEO: Questions over flight path oversight

The loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has raised questions over how flight paths are regulated.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:56:06 GMT

VIDEO: Goods held in port for wealthy client

Mark Lobel reports on foreign investors re-building ties with Iran in anticipation of an easing of trade restrictions on the country.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:17 GMT

VIDEO: 'I couldn't get a taxi... so I created an app'

Brazilian Tallis Gomes explains how a failed attempt to hail a cab drove him to create smartphone app Easy Taxi.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:30:38 GMT

VIDEO: How safe is the 'internet of things'?

Increasingly, technology companies are integrating the internet with other devices, such as household appliances or cars. But are there security risks?

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:59:04 GMT

VIDEO: Akubra hats: Keeping it in the family

For more than 130 years one family has been making Australia's most famous range of hats - Akubra.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:03:14 GMT

VIDEO: Creating a world class sat-nav firm

How Michal Stencl created one of the world's biggest sat-nav companies in Slovakia.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:31:37 GMT

Herbalife dodges "death blow"

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman fails to land his promised "death blow" on diet shake company, Herbalife.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:55 GMT

British holidaymakers return to Spain

The number of people taking their holidays in Spain reaches record levels, according to the country's tourism ministry.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:49 GMT

Google quizzed over deleted links

Watchdogs are told that Google has complied with more than 45,000 requests for links to be erased from its European search results.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:56:29 GMT

Boeing profits from sales boost

US aerospace giant Boeing earnings rise 52%, boosted by a "strong" quarter for commercial aircraft sales.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:08 GMT

Shipment warning hits Harley-Davidson

Shares in Harley-Davidson fall more than 6% after the motorbike maker says it will ship fewer bikes this year than previously forecast.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:01:16 GMT

Alstom charged with corruption

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

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:21:59 GMT

Spanish unemployment below 25%

The unemployment rate in Spain falls below 25% for the first time in two years, as the economy begins to grow.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:32 GMT

Ex-Portuguese bank boss arrested

Ricardo Salgado, the former boss of the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES) is arrested in Lisbon.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:59 GMT

Emirates finalises $56bn 777X order

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:52:19 GMT

SABMiller to sell Tsogo Sun stake

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:18:33 GMT

SA strike forces GM plant closure

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

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:38 GMT

Qualcomm disputes China phone sales

US chipmaker Qualcomm claims some Chinese companies are misrepresenting sales to minimise their payments.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:59 GMT

LG Electronics sees big profit jump

LG Electronics sees a big jump in second quarter profit, due to turnaround in its mobile phone division.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:55:59 GMT

South Korea unveils $40bn stimulus

South Korea unveils a $40bn stimulus package to help boost the economy after the latest figures show a slowdown in growth.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:13:04 GMT

Labour considers sport betting levy

A betting levy to help fund community facilities and treat gambling addiction is among proposals considered by Labour in a "long-term innovative plan for sport".

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:51:52 GMT

Real Madrid 'most valuable team'

Real Madrid has topped an annual Forbes list of the world's most valuable sports teams.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:30 GMT

Fifa partner surrenders in Brazil

Ray Whelan, the British boss of a World Cup hospitality firm, surrenders to a Brazilian judge amid a probe into alleged illegal ticket sales.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:13:21 GMT

Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:43:02 GMT

African countries adopt hi-tech tourism

Africa's tourism industry is booming thanks to resurgent national economies, rising visitor numbers and more effective use of technology.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:22:32 GMT

Joining up Ghana's healthcare to save lives

Mothers and babies in sub-Saharan Africa are at greater risk than anywhere else in the world - can text messaging make a difference?

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:02:51 GMT

A company born out of frustration

Easy Taxi founder Tallis Gomes explains how the difficulties of hailing a cab in Rio de Janeiro led him to create his smartphone app.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:50:25 GMT

Akubra: Keeping it in the family

Akubra has been run by one family for five generations and their handsome felt hats, which are made with rabbit fur, are very much a part of Australia's national identity.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:24:38 GMT

Slovakia's successful app entrepreneur

Aged just eight, Michal Stencl knew he wanted to be a computer programmer - now he runs a firm selling one of world's most popular apps.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:34:10 GMT

Bentley set for record sales in 2014

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:35:27 GMT

Vauxhall announces 550 new jobs

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:02:04 GMT

GM recalls another 8.4 million cars

Embattled US car giant General Motors says it will recall another 8.4 million cars whose ignition switch defects have been linked to at least three deaths.

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:06:35 GMT

The bakery in the middle of a desert

Why two Spanish sisters started a bakery in a desert

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:01:16 GMT

Germany's super-shy super-rich

Why do Germany's super-rich so often keep their heads down?

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:31:29 GMT

Sharp falls in China property market

Sharp falls in China's property market

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:45:48 GMT

Thwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlers

Squaring up to Senegal's cattle rustlers

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:11:56 GMT

Business gurus answer your questions

Business gurus reply to your questions

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:13:05 GMT

The rise of solo dining

The restaurants that love solo diners

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:08 GMT

From an orphanage to entrepreneur

From living in an orphanage to a self-made millionaire

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:57 GMT

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UAE, Saudi lighting market value hits USD2.5b in 2013

(MENAFN) Lighting sector in the UAE and Saudi Arabia accounted for 70 percent of the GCC lighting market in 2013, which worth USD2.5 billion, according to Gulf News.The significant...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:52:41 GMT

Residential prices boost 17 percent in H1 in Abu Dhabi

(MENAFN) Abu Dhabi's residential property saw a rise in sales prices by average of 17 percent in the first six months of the current year, according to Gulf News.JLL said that the ...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:24:36 GMT

Dubai Deyaar profit up 129 percent in Q2

(MENAFN) Dubai-based developer Deyaar Development said its consolidated net profit reached USD17 million in the second quarter of the current year, according to Gulf News.Second pr...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:18:49 GMT

Radiant During Ramadan

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:36:20 GMT

A competition with a rich history

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:36:10 GMT

Marjabi to take part in junior athletics worlds

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Ali al Marjabi will be the lone participant from Oman at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon in the US, which will be held from July ...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:36:10 GMT

Coaches satisfied with Mansoor's performance at youth sailing worlds

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:36:09 GMT

ORT set for Belgian challenge

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:36:07 GMT

Musandam-Oman Sail team gears up for a busy season

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:36:07 GMT

Team Oman Sail battles for podium

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:36:05 GMT

Export Development Group of Ithraa holds 1st meeting

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:56 GMT

ITA board meeting clears 2015 budget

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:55 GMT

MSM30 gains on positive earnings reports

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The MSM30 index closed Wednesday's trading up by 0.23 per cent at 7200.70. The market reacted to numerous results announcements. Volumes of securities trade...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:54 GMT

Nawras net profit grows 23 in H1

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:54 GMT

Ahlibank's first-half net profit up 5 to RO13mn

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Ahlibank reported a net profit of RO13.1mn for the six months ended June 30, 2014, up five per cent from RO12.5mn in the corresponding period of the previou...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:53 GMT

Royal Pardon issued for 169 prisoners

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander, has issued a Royal Pardon to 169 prisoners who were convicted in different cases. Those pardoned ...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:51 GMT

Sultanate, Japan hold consultative meeting

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The foreign ministries of the sultanate and Japan held their first political dialogue and consultations on Tuesday. The Omani side was chaired by Sayyid Bad...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:50 GMT

Experts predict boom time

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As the government invests heavily in infrastructure and with a slew of world-class hotels in the pipeline, experts agree that the future is bright for touri...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:49 GMT

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

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

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:35:40 GMT

Dubai International's passenger traffic boosts 6.2 percent

(MENAFN) Dubai International saw a 6.2 percent growth in passenger traffic in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period 2013, according to the Emirates 24/7.Passengers pas...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:57:36 GMT

New dates for Plastivision Arabiaspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Po Centre Sharjah will continue to partner with the All India Plastics Manufacturers Association or Aipma the oldest and the largest apex body of the plast...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:50 GMT

First physical delivery of plastics futures contract done by DCCCspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E DCCC which acts as the clearing house for the DGCX is the central counterparty for each trade carried out on the exchange.The Dubai Commodities Clearing ...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:48 GMT

Ajman Bank to distribute DMCC coinsspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E UAE Gold Bullion Coins are available in four denominations weighing 1oz 1/2oz 1/4oz and 1/10oz.The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre or DMCC has announced t...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:46 GMT

SIB launches Splendid Summer Offerspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Arjah Islamic Bank or SIB has launched its Splendid Summer Offer a new highly-competitive personal finance product with the lowest rates ever starting from...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:43 GMT

Six Emirati families get new Avanzaspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Med at making reliable and affordable mobility available to a larger segment of the society the initiative empowers members of the UAE community with the r...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:41 GMT

Busy Eid for Abu Dhabi hotelsspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Cupancies set to be increased as competition has never been so tough Emirates Palace like other hotels in Abu Dhabi have revved up their offers for Eid. &m...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:41 GMT

Dubai retailers look to continue brisk businessspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Tailers are anticipating another year of enthusiastic buying and selling as all major malls in the emirate witness an increase footfall this summer.Fashion...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:40 GMT

Bank of Baroda marks 107th foundation dayspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ma Moorthy garlanded the portrait of Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III and lit a lamp to mark the celebration of 107th foundation day.Bank of Baroda recently celeb...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:40 GMT

Gulf Intl Bank posts 50.2m first-half profitspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) T interest income at $76.Gulf International Bank reported a consolidated net income after tax of $50.2 million for the six months ended June 30 2014 compar...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:39 GMT

ABC Islamic Bank gains up 25 at 7.5mspan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Erating expenses increased to $3.ABC Islamic Bank on Saturday announced that its net profit for the first half of 2014 was $7.5 million 25 per cent higher ...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:38 GMT

Experts to begin difficult probe into Air Algerie crash

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ficials who had already reached the remote barren area described a scene of total devastation littered with twisted and charred fragments of the plane.Inve...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:26 GMT

Attacks kill Ukraine mayor target another

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Eg Bayev mayor of the central-eastern city of Krementchuk was killed not far from his home the interior ministry said.Two Ukrainian mayors have been target...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:25 GMT

Hawkers are victims of nimby syndrome

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ny residents are opposed to hawkers on footpath in their neighbourhood.It is A city that has for decades beckoned migrants from all over the country many o...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:24 GMT

Cleansing of Kerala MLA hostel begins

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ople living in five rooms allotted to ex-MLAs were evicted under the operation carried out by officials led by Legislature Secretary on the orders of Speak...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:24 GMT

Nigeria on red alert after it confirms first Ebola death

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Alth ministry says a 40-year-old Liberian man died at a private hospital in Lagos from the disease which has now killed more than 650 people.Nigeria was on...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:23 GMT

Government does volte-face on Narmada dam

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Llowing protests by the green brigade the Narendra Modi-led federal government which had only last month allowed the Gujarat government to raise the gigant...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:22 GMT

Metro Musings: A man without a car

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Blic transport is a convenient and affordable option for many people but it can be hard to adjust to when youre so used to driving finds Mohamad Kadry When...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:20 GMT

Hrithik Katrina happy with response to Bang Bang teaser

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E team of Bang Bang including Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are overwhelmed with the response to the movies teaser which attracted over 2.The film&rsquo;...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:19 GMT

I want to keep challenging myself: Salman Khan

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Lman Khan opens up to City Times about what gives him a kick in real life and why its important to keep learning in life as well as films I&rsquo;m just zo...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:18 GMT

Key to healthy ageing hidden in balanced diet

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Scientists across the world are searching for some clues on how to achieve healthy ageing a trio of ageing experts has called for moving forward with strat...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:24:17 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:18:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:46:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 July 2014

OECD annual inflation edges up to 2.1% in May 2014

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Smarter research spending would boost French innovation, says OECD

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

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:48:00 GMT

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

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

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:59:00 GMT

Andorra commits to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:47:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:37:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:01:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - First quarter of 2014, OECD

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:21:00 GMT

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

Modest decline in OECD unemployment rate in April 2014

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, June 2014

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

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Mongolia should persist with systematic anti-corruption reforms

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:49:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

Tajikistan should step up its fight against corruption

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:43:00 GMT

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 17:34:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 12:41:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 20 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 15 May 2014 17:23:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.5% in March 2014

Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, May 2014

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:00 GMT

Clarification on media reports regarding 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 May 2014

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

Fri, 09 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Countries commit to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:40:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:38:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:32:00 GMT

International community continues making progress on tax transparency

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:38:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Governments endorse new OECD Guidelines on applying VAT across borders

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment increases to 7.6% in February 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2014

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:00 GMT

Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

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

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:36:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 April 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.4% in February 2014

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Sovereign borrowing set to fall in 2014, says OECD

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

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:25:00 GMT

Inclusive Growth and Urbanisation in China

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:59:00 GMT

China: Structural reforms for inclusive growth

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

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:51:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:22:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:52:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 March 2014

OECD annual inflation increases slightly to 1.7% in January 2014

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:52:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Norway launches Wednesday 5 March 2014

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

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:34:00 GMT

OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 launches in Berlin

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

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:32:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

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

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:04:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:47:00 GMT

OECD delivers new single global standard on automatic exchange of information

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

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.6% in December 2013

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:45:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:27:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:36:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:41:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2014

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:58:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 February 2014

OECD annual inflation nudges up to 1.6% in December 2013

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:02:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:44:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Hungary launches Monday 27 January 2014

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

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Employment situation, third quarter 2013, OECD

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

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:44:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:00 GMT

OECD appoints new directors for economic policy

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

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Denmark launches Monday 20 January 2014

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:01:00 GMT

Russian economy growing but further reforms needed, says OECD

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in November 2013.

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Norway high up the aid donor table but could improve allocation

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:28:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, January 2014

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 January 2014

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:08:00 GMT

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

OECD Unit labour costs stable in the third quarter of 2013

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:38:00 GMT

Tax revenues continue to rise across the OECD

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:12:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:14:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:46:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Israel launches Sunday 8 December 2013

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Slovenia joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Making fiscal decentralisation work

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

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Forum moves towards automatic exchange of tax information and transparency

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

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A boost to transparency and international tax co-operation

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:34:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Switzerland launches Thursday 21 November 2013

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

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:11:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General welcomes Liechtenstein’s moves toward transparency

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Governments can do more to regain trust, says OECD report

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

France : Reinforcing competitiveness is key to boosting jobs and growth

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:00 GMT

Hungary deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:23:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD to launch PISA test for schools in England in 2014

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Andorra deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan should be more proactive against corruption

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombia’s accession process

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Chile strengthening international tax co-operation, OECD says

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

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:30:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombian accession process in Bogotá on 25 October

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:07:00 GMT

Poland joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:58:00 GMT

New Zealand not immune from foreign bribery, says OECD

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Latvia’s membership

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

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Switzerland signs Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:21:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Press Conference: Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia 2014

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica signs OECD agreement to boost investment

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

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT

England should expand provision of postsecondary vocational programmes, says OECD

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

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Colombia’s Membership

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:36:00 GMT

OECD countries address the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:55:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows, OECD says

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

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:34:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Ireland launches Thursday 12 September 2013

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:35:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:16:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:08:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:45:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Interim Economic Assessment

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:29:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

OECD appoints new Deputy Secretary-General

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD, ILO call on G20 labour ministers to reinforce cooperation

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

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:44:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT

More competition essential for future of mobile innovation, says OECD

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

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:48:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:24:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery Elects New Chair

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, July 2013

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:15:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:19:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 July 2013

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

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Health spending continues to stagnate, says OECD

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

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:03:00 GMT

Do lobbyists have too much influence?

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Poland needs strategy to meet growing risk of foreign bribery

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

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Migration picking up but rising unemployment hurting immigrants

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

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:01:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2013, OECD

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

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:30:00 GMT

OECD-FAO预计全球农业生产增速放缓

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

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

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

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:57:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to action plan to tackle youth joblessness

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

Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

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

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of New Zealand launches Wednesday 5 June 2013

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

Wed, 29 May 2013 17:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

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

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 May 2013 20:54:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 May 2013 17:06:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 May 2013 15:23:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Thu, 23 May 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Russia: Progress made in improving the quality of official statistics but challenges remain

Russia’s official statistics are compiled with a high a degree of professionalism and now have a solid legal basis, but their scope, timeliness and international comparability needs to be improved, according to an initial assessment by the OECD.

Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02:00 GMT

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

Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, after a 0.3% increase in the previous quarter. This is the first contraction of GDP in the OECD area since the very sharp decline in the first quarter of 2009 (minus 2.3%).

Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:00 GMT

Tax Commissioners unite to fight tax fraud

The Forum on Tax Administration - Tax Commissioners from 45 countries - has been meeting in Moscow for the past two days. And released this comuniqué.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary General to participate in ITF Summit 22 May 2013 in Leipzig

The OECD will present its latest work on achieving sustainable transportation during the International Transport Forum’s annual Summit on Wednesday 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

Wed, 15 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Mexico launches Thursday 16 May 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Mexico, to be published on Thursday 16 May 2013, looks at how structural reforms carried out over the past few years have improved the country’s economic performance and increased its resilience in the face of external shocks.

Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Forum on Tax Administration

Ritz Carlton, Moscow, 16 – 17 May 2013

Tue, 14 May 2013 14:04:00 GMT

Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest

Income inequality increased by more in the first three years of the crisis to the end of 2010 than it had in the previous twelve years, before factoring in the effect of taxes and transfers on income, according to new OECD data.

Tue, 14 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Rotterdam/Amsterdam: competing in the global economy

Monday 13th May 2013, 14:30 – 15:30Hotel New York, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Fri, 10 May 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Portuguese Prime Minister to visit OECD

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho addressed the OECD Council of Ambassadors and met with senior OECD officials to discuss ways to boost productivity, improve skills and create jobs, and the role of the state in supporting inclusive growth.

Thu, 09 May 2013 18:19:00 GMT

Australia: Can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently

Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income. It is the eighth most generous country in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors. Australia’s goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 – a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy.

Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Korea should boost support for laid-off workers

Korea should strengthen its social safety net and improve support for laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 18:04:00 GMT

Italia: il nuovo Governo deve proseguire sulla scia delle recenti riforme

L'Italia ha compiuto notevoli progressi rafforzando le finanze pubbliche e adottando una vasta serie di riforme destinate ad incoraggiare la crescita economica. Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell'OCSE, il nuovo Governo deve garantire il rafforzamento di tali progressi e il perseguimento della medesima strada.

Thu, 02 May 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Belgium launches Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Brussels

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Belgium, to be published on Tuesday 7 May 2013, looks at the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis and actions that can help it boost growth and create jobs.

Thu, 02 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Italy: New government must build on recent reforms

Italy has made considerable progress in strengthening its public finances and adopting wide-ranging reforms to boost economic growth. The new government must build on past achievements and ensure that they are sustained and reinforced, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

The OECD awards first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows for education quality and equity

The OECD has named four researchers as the first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows: João Galvão Bacchetto, of Brazil; Przemysław Biecek of Poland; Gabriela Miranda Moriconi of Brazil; and William Schmidt of the United States.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Увеличение вложений в инфраструктуру и инновации поможет значительно расширить аграрный сектор Казахстана, согласно ОЭСР

Повышение конкурентоспособности казахстанского аграрного сектора, как часть более широкой задачи диверсификации национальной экономики, требует увеличения инвестиций в транспортную инфраструктуру, аграрную науку, развитие систем безопасности продовольствия, говорится в только что опубликованном обзоре ОЭСР.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Kazakhstan can boost farm sector with investment in infrastructure and innovation, says OECD

Greater investment in transport infrastructure, agricultural research and food safety systems is needed to help Kazakhstan boost the long-term competitiveness of its farm sector and meet wider economic diversification objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of Italy – Thursday 2 May 2013, Rome

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Italy, to be published on Thursday 2 May 2013, looks at the challenges facing the new government and at the steps which need to be taken to strengthen public finances, boost growth and reduce unemployment.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:31:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Reforms essential to make Ireland’s pension system fairer

Ireland should make its pension system simpler and fairer so that everyone gets sufficient income for a decent standard of living in retirement, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Japan is poised for expansion but must curb government debt

Japan is poised for an economic expansion, but long-term growth prospects remain contingent on additional efforts to revitalise the economy and reduce unsustainable levels of public debt, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Financing small business: a key to economic recovery

Access to finance remains a key challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and a stumbling block to recovery in most countries, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:55:00 GMT

OECD reports new developments in tax information exchange

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria has presented a report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that highlights measures to ensure that all taxpayers pay their fair share.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Japan launches Tuesday 23 April 2013 in Tokyo

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan, to be published on Tuesday 23 April 2013, discusses how the country can best meet the challenges of restoring public finances and boosting growth.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Denmark: good hospitals but primary health care must improve

The Danish central government and regions are leading international efforts to reform hospital systems, improving quality and safety by gathering specialists into major hospitals and closing smaller ones.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Strengthen evaluation to improve student learning, says OECD

Education systems around the world are increasingly measuring the performance of teachers and schools as part of their drive to help students do better and improve results. Rising demand for higher education standards and a trend towards greater school autonomy in some countries are among the factors behind this new focus, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency shifts focus to effectiveness of information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (referred to as "the Global Forum"), has released its peer review reports for Belize, Finland, Iceland, Nauru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Malaysia joins OECD agreement on mutual acceptance of chemical safety data

Malaysia has joined the OECD system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, ensuring that its non-clinical safety data related to the protection of human health and the environment will be accepted by all 40 countries adhering to MAD.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Slovenia to be released Tuesday 9 April 2013

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Slovenia – to be published on Tuesday 9 April 2013 - looks at the action needed to pull the country out of recession and tackle the banking crisis. It also looks at improving public finances and strengthening growth over the long term.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:43:00 GMT

Costa Rica refuerza la transparencia fiscal

Costa Rica ha depositado su instrumento de ratificación del Convenio sobre asistencia administrativa mutua en el ámbito de la fiscalidad, el acuerdo multilateral más amplio que existe en lo referente a cooperación fiscal e intercambio de información.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica strengthens tax transparency

Rica has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most comprehensive multilateral agreement available for tax-cooperation and exchange of information.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets

Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. A moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to February 2013, compared with 1.7% in the year to January 2013. This slight increase in the annual rate of inflation masks opposing movements in energy and food prices.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy is improving but Europe lags behind, says OECD

Global economic activity is picking up, but the continuing crisis in the euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise

New data show that across OECD countries the average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 35.6 per cent in 2012. It increased in 19 out of 34 countries, fell in 14, and remained unchanged in 1.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

2013 Global Forum on Development 4-5 April 2013

The OECD’s annual Global Development Forum will focus on ways to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, with Olusengun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, will open the Forum at 13:00 on Thursday 4 April. They will be joined by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committeee, Eric Solheim.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Ireland: Boosting local jobs and growth – international experts meet in Dublin and Kilkenny

Cutting unemployment and fostering new sources of economic growth will be the focus of an international meeting of local development experts and practitioners in Dublin and Kilkenny on the 26 and 27 March 2013.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Speeding up reforms will foster more inclusive and greener growth in China

China has made tremendous progress toward achieving inclusive growth, but major reforms are needed to ensure a fourth decade of rapidly converging living standards and a greener economy, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:09:00 GMT

Regrettably low awareness in the private sector is an obstacle to the fight against foreign bribery in the Czech Republic

The Czech government must urgently engage with the private sector to raise awareness, says a new OECD report. The awareness of the Czech foreign bribery offence remains regrettably low among companies, despite the recent adoption of a comprehensive corporate liability regime that holds Czech companies liable for this crime.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:09:00 GMT

Denmark must investigate foreign bribery more proactively

Denmark’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been weak. Only 13 foreign bribery allegations have surfaced, and sanctions have been imposed in just one case that falls under the Convention. Law enforcement authorities have not been sufficiently proactive, and cases have been prematurely closed without complete investigations. Denmark must take more investigative steps and make greater efforts to gather evidence from abroad.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:58:00 GMT

经合组织称加快改革进程必将促进中国经济增长更加包容更加绿色

经合组织最新一期的《中国经济调查》指出,尽管中国在实现包容性增长方面成效显著,但为确保第四个十年更快地向更高生活水平靠拢,并使经济更加“绿色”,中国仍需采取重大措施深入改革。

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD releases first comprehensive guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives.Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazil: better co-ordination needed to support sustained and equitable growth

Brazil’s economic growth has been supported in recent years by important government investment and social programmes that mobilise resources across the country. These programmes could help Brazil to meet its goals of sustaining economic growth and fostering social development, while reducing regional disparities.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Brasil: é preciso melhorar a coordenação para apoiar o crescimento sustentado e equitativo

Nos últimos anos, o crescimento econômico do Brasil teve o apoio de importantes investimentos e programas sociais do governo, que mobilizaram recursos em todo o país. Esses programas podem ajudar o Brasil a atingir seus objetivos de crescimento econômico sustentado e promover o desenvolvimento social, reduzindo as disparidades regionais.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary-General’s official visit to China (21st - 26th March 2013)

The Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, was in Beijing to attend the China Development Forum, to present the third OECD economic survey of China and to hold bilateral meetings with key representatives of China's authorities, business and academic world.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:05:00 GMT

France must do more to boost competitiveness and create jobs

France has avoided the most severe impacts of the global economic crisis and turmoil in the euro area, but must now take action to boost competitiveness and create jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of China launches Friday 22 March 2013 in Beijing

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China, to be published on Friday 22 March 2013, discusses the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy in recent years and its resilience to the turbulent international environment.

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of France launches Tuesday 19 March 2013 in Paris

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France, to be published on Tuesday 19 March 2013, discusses policies to relaunch the French economy, restore public finances and address the long-term challenges facing the country.

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:28:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Norway should reform its welfare system to help people with mental health issues stay in work

Norway should overhaul its approach to mental health issues in the workplace in order to help more people find a job or stay in work, and cut high and rising public spending, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:35:00 GMT

Sweden: Tackling mental health problems is critical to boosting job prospects of young Swedes

Sweden should make greater efforts to prevent and address mental health problems among people under the age of 30, in order to boost their job prospects and reduce government spending on health care and out-of-work benefits, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Progress made but step up economic reforms to achieve full potential

South Africa must step up efforts to foster strong, inclusive economic growth that creates jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa. Priorities include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms, notably to improve education.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:43:00 GMT

La ripresa post disastro quale opportunità di cambiamento, secondo l’OCSE

Prendendo ad esempio l’Abruzzo, il cui capoluogo, L’Aquila, è stato distrutto da un terremoto quattro anni fà, un nuovo rapporto dell’OCSE raccomanda una serie di misure volte ad accelerare la ripresa delle regioni colpite da catastrofi naturali, rendendole più attrattive per residenti, turisti e investitori.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Recovering from disaster can be an opportunity for change, says OECD

Through the example of Abruzzo, whose capital L’Aquila was destroyed by an earthquake four years ago, a new OECD report recommends policies that can speed the recovery of regions hit by natural disasters, making them more attractive to residents, tourists and investors.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to assist Tunisia in investment reform and infrastructure projects

The OECD, together with the African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, will assist the Tunisian authorities in implementing a new law on public-private partnerships(PPPs)and a new investment code in order to increase transparency, openness and predictability for investors.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:44:00 GMT

OECD government borrowing set to rise slightly in 2013

The gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are projected to increase slightly to around USD 10.9 trillion in 2013, up from the already high level of USD 10.8 trillion in 2012, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho as new members

Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 119th and 120th members of the Global Forum, they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of South Africa launches Monday 4 March 2013 in Pretoria

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa, to be published on Monday 4 March 2013, discusses advances in recent years toward a range of economic and social objectives, as well as further actions needed to achieve the country’s full potential.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:27:00 GMT

OECD urges countries to harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research and save lives

Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Labour market reforms in Denmark must tackle mental health issues

Ongoing reforms of Denmark’s disability benefits and flexjobs are promising, but a stronger focus on helping people with their mental health issues is needed for the reforms to contribute to a sustainable decline in the high rate of unemployment, according to a new OECD report. Past labour market reforms failed because underlying mental health problems of the jobless remained unaddressed.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:48:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Denmark to launch on 25 February 2013 in Copenhagen

The OECD will present its first-ever review of mental health and work challenges in Denmark during a seminar open to media in Copenhagen on Monday 25 February 2013.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:22:00 GMT

«Структурые реформы как никогда ранее важны для уверенного и сбалансированного восстановления экономики», - утверждает ОЭСР

Согласно последнему докладу ОЭСР «На пути к росту» структурные реформы являются для государств мощным инструментом для форсирования экономического роста, создания рабочих мест, и обеспечения быстрого восстановления баланса в экономике.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery

Structural reforms offer governments a powerful tool to boost economic growth, create jobs and bring about a strong and balanced economic recovery, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax

Global solutions are needed to ensure that tax systems do not unduly profit multinational enterprises, leaving citizens and small businesses with bigger tax bills.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment

The amount of cross border portfolio investment exceeds 35 trillion USD. To encourage growth and cross-border investment more than 3000 tax treaties around the world based on the OECD Model reduce source taxation on a reciprocal basis.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Выпуск в свет доклада ОЭСР «На пути к росту 2013»: пресс-конференция 15 февраля в 14.30 в Москве

ОЭСР представит новый выпуск первостепенного экономического доклада «На пути к росту» в пятницу 15 февраля.

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Release of OECD’s Going for Growth 2013: News Briefing on Friday 15 February at 14:30 p.m. in Moscow

The OECD will present the 2013 edition of its flagship economic policy publication Going for Growth on Friday 15 February. This year’s report, which launches on the eve of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Moscow, identifies and assesses progress countries have made on key reforms that can help their economies rebound from the global economic crisis

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:23:00 GMT

OECD Conference on Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness - 13-14 February 2013 – Open to media

Some developed economies now invest more in ideas, skills, software and research and development than in physical capital like machines and buildings. This shift towards knowledge-based capital creates new challenges for governments and business in areas ranging from tax policies and the protection of intellectual property rights to boosting investment in ideas and data.

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:53:00 GMT

UK: Boosting growth and tackling inequality are key to recovery

Britain must continue to pursue pro-growth, as well as inequality-reducing structural reforms in order to recover from the nation’s deepest recession in nearly a century, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Korea must strengthen social cohesion to boost growth and equity, says OECD

Korea should build on its strong economy and well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of a fast-ageing population and to tackle rising income inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Labour migration: Germany is open to graduates but immigration is difficult for medium-skilled workers

Germany is one of the OECD countries with the lowest barriers to immigration for high-skilled workers. However, long-term labour migration is low in comparison with other countries.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Las perspectivas económicas de Colombia son favorables, pero sigue habiendo grandes desafíos, dice la OCDE

Según la última Evaluación económica de Colombia de la OCDE, la economía colombiana es vigorosa y las perspectivas son favorables, pero el país debe esforzarse por lograr que la actual prosperidad debida a las materias primas contribuya al crecimiento sostenible e inclusivo a largo plazo.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

Colombia's economic outlook is strong, but deep challenges remain, OECD says

The Colombian economy is strong and the outlook is promising, but the country must do more to ensure that the ongoing commodities boom contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth over the long-term, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Assessment of Colombia.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of UK Wednesday 6 February 2013 in London

The OECD’s latest economic survey of the United Kingdom, to be published on Wednesday 6 February 2013, looks at some of the major policy challenges facing the country including recovering from recession, boosting growth and reducing inequality.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

OECD report on Social Cohesion in Korea to launch Tuesday 5 February 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will launch a report on social cohesion at an 11.00 a.m. news conference in Korea on Tuesday 5 February 2013.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:50:00 GMT

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation

An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:22:00 GMT

België moet geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen op het werk proactiever aanpakken, zegt de OESO

Belgische bedrijven, ziekenfondsen en arbeidsbemiddelingsdiensten dienen proactiever te zijn om mensen met geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen te helpen aan het werk te blijven of een baan te vinden, volgens een nieuw OESO-rapport.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

Belgium should be more proactive in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, says OECD

Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:03:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Eventos de la OCDE en Colombia

Presentación de la Evaluación Económica, jueves 31 de enero de 2013 en BogotáSeminario sobre la Economía de Colombia, 1 de febrero en la Universidad de los Andes

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:17:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

BLI Brochure Russian Version

BLI Brochure Russian Version

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:21:00 GMT

OECD to launch Russian version of its Better Life Index at the Gaidar Forum

The OECD will participate in the Gaidar Forum in Moscow 16-19 January and will launch the Russian version of its award-winning Better Life Index [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ru/].

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:07:00 GMT

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland should reform funding for professional education and training

Switzerland should reform its funding arrangements for professional education and training system by implementing a new intercantonal funding agreement, and piloting additional funding measures, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

México debe mejorar su gobernabilidad, financiamiento y regulación del agua, dice el Secretario General de la OCDE, Angel Gurría

México enfrenta grandes desafíos en materia de gestión de agua. Para empezar, las cuencas hidrológicas padecen un grave estrés hídrico; la calidad de los ríos, lagos y acuíferos está disminuyendo; mientras que las inundaciones, sequías y huracanes son cada vez más frecuentes.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by absence of foreign bribery convictions in Spain

Spain’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with not a single prosecution out of only seven investigations in 13 years since joining the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Spain must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and strengthen its legal framework for fighting bribery by addressing gaps in its Penal Code, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:40:00 GMT

Netherlands must significantly step up its foreign bribery enforcement, says OECD

The Netherlands is failing to vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and must do more to enforce its foreign bribery laws. Fourteen out of 22 foreign bribery allegations have not triggered the opening of an investigation, calling into question the Netherlands’ ability and proactivity in investigating and prosecuting this crime.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:27:00 GMT

Austria’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak, but could pick up soon says OECD

The OECD Working Group on Bribery regrets that Austria has not had a conviction of bribing foreign public officials despite a number of allegations, 13 years after ratifying the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. However, enforcement appears to be picking up, with one case being tried, two more cases soon to be tried, and four ongoing investigations.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Gesetze gegen Auslandsbestechung in Österreich unzureichend umgesetzt – OECD setzt auf baldige Verbesserung

Die OECD-Arbeitsgruppe gegen Bestechung bedauert, dass in Österreich bisher noch kein Urteil wegen der Bestechung von ausländischen Amtsträgern ergangen ist, obwohl seit der Ratifizierung des entsprechenden OECD-Übereinkommens vor 13 Jahren eine Reihe von Vorwürfen vorlag.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013

OECD and WTO to present new approach for measuring global trade10.00 – 11.00 a.m. 16 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says OECD

Progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, over the past decade but much remains to be done in many countries. Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Competitiveness of the port-city of Marseille-Fos

Wednesday 19 December, 14:00-16:002nd floor of J1 Hangar - IFEP officeClose to the port of Marseille office, place de la Joliette, Marseille

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:28:00 GMT

Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, OECD says

The Australian economy is robust and faces a solid short-term outlook, but it must continue adapting to ensure that its privileged place in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to long-term sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:25:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Sweden launches Monday 17 December 2012 in Stockholm

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Sweden, to be published on Monday 17 December 2012, discusses the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis as well as its capacity to cope with further external shocks, notably those posed by the continuing crisis in the euro area.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Colombia se adhiere a la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho

El 19 de enero de 2013 Colombia se convertirá en el 40º estado en formar parte en la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Colombia will become the 40th Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 19 January 2013.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Greater gender equality essential for economic recovery

New evidence showing how gender equality is essential for a fairer society and stronger global economy, will be presented by the OECD at a Gender Forum in Paris on 17 December 2012.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:39:00 GMT

Australia’s unique approach to helping the unemployed has delivered good results but challenges remain, says OECD

Australia’s labour market reforms over the past 15 years have boosted employment and cut welfare benefit dependency.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT

OECD Events in Australia

The OECD will launch two new publications in Australia next week: a Review of Labour Market Policies and an Economic survey.

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:22:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee Statement

OECD Steel Committee Statement

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Luxembourg launches Thursday 13 December 2012

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Luxembourg, to be published on Thursday 13 December 2012, discusses how the country’s finance-driven economy has weathered the global economic crisis.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:06:00 GMT

Ministers pledge to finance effective development

Development ministers from OECD and emerging economies met in London 4 - 5 December for the High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee(DAC).

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:33:00 GMT

Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says OECD

Vibrant and dynamic urban centers are among the main drivers of national growth and employment, but OECD’s new report Promoting Growth in All Regions highlights that even less wealthy regions have the potential to bolster stronger, greener, and more inclusive economies.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, OECD says

The Slovak Republic recovered strongly from the global economic crisis and is weathering well the storm that has struck its main European trading partners. The challenges going forward will be restoring public finances while driving down unemployment and fostering long-term inclusive growth, says the latest Economic Survey.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:45:00 GMT

Guatemala, plenamente comprometida con el intercambio internacional de información fiscal

Guatemala ha firmado la Convención sobre Asistencia Administrativa Mutua en Materia Fiscal, lo que permite su exclusión de la lista de países que todavía no han implementado sustancialmente la norma fiscal internacional

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:51:00 GMT

Brazil: Enhancing audit reporting is key to the integrity of government accounts

Brazil’s supreme audit institution – the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) – has began a process to reform its audit of the Accounts of the President of the Republic to enhance transparency and accountability of federal budget execution.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:31:00 GMT

Guatemala: commits to international exchange of tax information

Guatemala has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters allowing it to be removed from the list of countries that have not yet substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT

Luxembourg: a generous aid donor

Luxembourg allocated 0.97% of its gross national income, or USD 413 million, to official development assistance in 2011.“Luxembourg is the Development Assistance Committee’ s third most generous donor as a portion of its economy – after Sweden and Norway – and it has a high quality programme” says Brian Atwood, Chair of the DAC. “We commend Luxembourg’s commitment to keeping its ODA at 1% of GNI until 2014”.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Progress made on immigrant integration but more efforts needed on education and jobs, finds OECD

OECD countries have made much progress over the past decade in helping immigrants integrate in society. But much remains to be done, notably in improving how well immigrant children do at school and in finding work, and in immigrant women’s access to employment, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, OECD says

Spain is immersed in a prolonged recession that has been compounded by the continuing crisis in the euro area. The path to recovery has been launched, but will require full implementation of reforms and some additional measures to restore confidence in the financial sector, redress public finances and bring down high unemployment, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:30:00 GMT

Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD

The global economy is expected to make a hesitant and uneven recovery over the coming two years. Decisive policy action is needed to ensure that stalemate over fiscal policy in the United States and continuing euro area instability do not plunge the world back into recession, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Asia/Pacific region: Improving the quality of its healthcare

Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:00:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Water in Latin America and the Caribbean: better governance can improve access

In Latin American and Caribbean countries the population is growing faster than the world average, intensifying land use and increasing urbanisation. The region is also prone to the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters, putting further pressure on natural resources.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Responding to the crisis: what are OECD countries doing to strengthen their public finances?

OECD countries are intensifying their fiscal consolidation efforts, introducing additional measures and extending the time horizon to implement them. Most have announced fiscal consolidation of more than 3% of GDP over the period 2009-15, according to the OECD’s Restoring Public Finances 2012.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Agua en América Latina y el Caribe: Mejor gobernabilidad puede mejorar el acceso, dice la OCDE

En países latinoamericanos, la población crece a un ritmo mayor que el promedio mundial, lo cual intensifica el uso de la tierra y aumenta la urbanización. La región también es propensa a los impactos negativos del cambio climático y de los desastres naturales.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:24:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released Tuesday 27 November 2012

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major world economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 GMT) on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Nuevas políticas para PYMES se requieren para impulsar el crecimiento en América Latina, según la OCDE y la CEPAL

Aunque las perspectivas permanecen relativamente positivas, están sujetas a la incertidumbre y volatilidad del contexto externo, por lo que los gobiernos de América Latina deben actuar ahora para fortalecer el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región y contrarrestar estos riesgos, señala el informe Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2013 producido conjuntamente por el Centro de Desarrollo de la OCDE y la CEPAL.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:48:00 GMT

Health spending in Europe falls for the first time in decades

Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:01:00 GMT

New SME policies needed to boost Latin America's growth, say OECD and ECLAC

Latin American governments must act now to strengthen growth and development and counter these risks, according to the 2013 Latin American Economic Outlook, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre and ECLAC.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Public social spending rising in most OECD countries

Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:07:00 GMT

Global Forum on Public Governance: Better Governance for Inclusive Growth

The financial and economic crises demonstrate that most governments need to change the way they run their countries. Though some have a better track record of reform than others, all can do more to create inclusive, open and responsible governance that can reduce inequality and promote economic growth.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:30:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues are rising, but still low and varied among countries

Tax revenues in Latin American countries are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries, but are rising slowly. Revenue Statistics in Latin America shows that the average tax revenue to GDP ratio in the 15 Latin American countries covered by the report increased from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010, after falling from a high point of 19.7% in 2008.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:20:00 GMT

Health: men faring worse than women in hospitalisations for diabetes

New OECD data show that men are more likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of poor management of diabetes than women, even when there are no significant differences in the number of men and women living with diabetes.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:12:00 GMT

Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years, says OECD

The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

G20 ministers welcome OECD disaster risk assessment and financing framework

G20 Finance Ministers have welcomed a new OECD/G20 framework designed to help governments develop financial strategies for disaster risk management.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:02:00 GMT

Development: Finland should not back-track on its aid commitments, says OECD

Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:09:00 GMT

OECD improves tool to predict the hazards of chemicals

Governments and the chemical industry spend millions of dollars every year testing the safety of chemicals that people use in their everyday lives. Computer modelling, through the OECD-designed QSAR Toolbox software, now replaces many of the tests traditionally done in the laboratory. This allows regulators and industry to save money and use fewer animals to predict the hazardous properties of chemicals.

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Investment: G20 governments must step up efforts to resist protectionism, says OECD, WTO, UNCTAD report

The OECD, WTO and UNCTAD have called on G20 governments to step up efforts to resist protectionism in the face of continuing high unemployment and a weak economic recovery.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, met with the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD

The President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, met the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD on Monday 29th October.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency welcomes new members and reviews 12 countries

At the Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, delegates from 81 jurisdictions and 11 international organisations evaluated whether all Forum members are exchanging tax information effectively.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:53:00 GMT

OECD and ATAF strengthen tax co-operation with Africa

The OECD and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) have signed a Memorandum of Co-operation, agreeing to work together to improve tax systems in Africa.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by lack of foreign bribery convictions, but encouraged by recent efforts by the Australian Federal Police

Australia’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with just a single case leading to prosecutions out of 28 referrals in 13 years. Cases may have been closed prematurely. Australia must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Tax: Revenues rising slowly across the OECD

In most OECD countries tax revenues are continuing to rise in relation to GDP from the 2008-09 declines seen at the beginning of the crisis, according to OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics. OECD countries collected about 34.0% of GDP in taxes in 2011, compared with 33.8% in 2010.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned at lack of foreign bribery convictions in France, but recognises recent efforts to ensure independence of prosecutors

France should intensify its efforts to combat the bribery of foreign public officials. Only five convictions – of which one, under appeal, involves a company – have been handed down in twelve years.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:33:00 GMT

Measuring well-being needs to be at the heart of policy-making, says OECD World Forum

A major step forward towards putting the measurement of well-being at the heart of policy-making was taken at a four-day international conference which ended in New Delhi today.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:05:00 GMT

OECD launches online portal to boost product safety

The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mexico: President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto visit to the OECD

On October 18, Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto ended his European tour with a visit to OECD headquarters in Paris where he delivered a keynote address on Mexico’s challenges and its role in a changing global landscape, followed by a press conference with the Secretary-General.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Burkina Faso and Cameroon as new members

Burkina Faso and Cameroon have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As 112th and 113th members of the Global Forum they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:35:00 GMT

OECD news conference to launch global product recall portal, Friday 19 October 2012, Brussels

The OECD will host a news conference to launch its new global portal on product recalls during the International Product Safety Week 2012 at 11.00 AM on Friday 19 October at the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels.

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:42:00 GMT

Israel: excellent primary health care, but hospitals must improve

Israel has world class-primary care services and should now focus efforts on bringing its hospitals up to the same high international standards, according to the OECD’s Health Care Quality Review of Israel.

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

OECD World Forum in New Delhi - News briefingTuesday 16 October 2012

Assessing the progress and failings of our societies requires a far broader set of measures than just economic indicators. This is why international experts, NGO representatives and politicians in fields as diverse as the environment, development, health, education, business and social affairs will be meeting in New Delhi from 16-19 October 2012.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Indonesia can boost food security through investment, trade and subsidy reform, says OECD

Indonesia can improve national food security by facilitating greater investment in agriculture, opening agri-food markets to greater international trade, reforming input subsidies and food aid schemes and moving away from self-sufficiency policy objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Middle East and North Africa : Boosting support for women’s entrepreneurship will pay off in jobs and growth, says OECD

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should create urgently needed jobs for the 2.5 million people entering the labour market each year and improve their policies to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in order to reduce structural unemployment, says a new OECD report.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:21:00 GMT

IT sector booms during downturn, says OECD

Internet firms continue to drive growth and job creation in the IT industry, with fast-rising demand for mobile services helping to boost revenue and investment in research and development, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Pakistan as new member

Pakistan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 111th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Estonia must reform to ward against boom/bust cycles, OECD says

Estonia recovered forcefully from the global economic crisis but growth has since slowed, highlighting the need for further reforms that reduce exposure to external shocks and ensure against future boom/bust cycles, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Estonia.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:28:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes budget proposal and economic reforms announced by the Spanish Government

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the Spanish government's budget and the economic policy measures announced yesterday.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012 at Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, Thursday 4 October 2012

Cyber attacks on business, governments and infrastructure are rising fast, costing the global economy billions of dollars each year. Boosting international co-operation to strengthen internet governance and ensure the continuing free flow of information over the Internet is essential.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:33:00 GMT

Indonesia should improve governance, productivity and tax collection to promote inclusive growth

Indonesia has improved its macro-economic and structural policies over the last 15 years. Its economy, with strong and stable growth rates of 5–6.6%, is catching up with other countries in the region and allowing Indonesia to focus on its development agenda.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Economy: OECD’s Gurría urges Italy to maintain reform momentum

Italy has made a major effort to speed up long-overdue economic reforms but it is now essential to maintain the momentum, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today in Rome.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Economia: Il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE raccomanda all'Italia di proseguire con le riforme

L'Italia ha fatto enormi sforzi per accelerare le riforme economiche che dovevano essere attuate da lungo tempo, ma è oggi essenziale proseguire su questa via, ha affermato oggi il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Pension fund assets at record high but investment returns negative in 2011, says OECD

Pension fund assets in OECD countries hit a record USD 20.1 trillion in 2011 but return on investment fell below zero, with an average negative return of -1.7%s, according to the OECD’s latest Pension Markets in Focus. The report says that weak equity markets and low interest rates drove the poor performance.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:50:00 GMT

News conference to report on Indonesia’s economy and regulatory system

Launch of the Economic Survey of Indonesia and Review of Regulatory Reforms

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Italy: Gurría and Monti to address Rome conference on competitiveness, growth and jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will address a major conference on structural reform in Italy on Monday 24 September at the Sala Polifunzionale of the Presidenza del Consiglio in Rome.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:46:00 GMT

Agriculture : Support to agriculture at historic lows, says OECD

Government support to agriculture in OECD countries fell to 19% of total farm receipts in 2011, a record low driven by developments in international commodity markets, rather than by explicit policy changes, according to the report Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Economic crisis and weak outlook hit R&D, says OECD

Business spending on research and development has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with nearly all OECD countries seeing a fall in investment which could impact innovation and long-term growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012 to launch 19 September 2012 in Brussels and Washington, DC

The OECD will present its latest estimates of public support to agriculture during seminars in Brussels and Washington DC on 19 September 2012.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:00 GMT

Education spending rising but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries, says OECD

Governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Economy: European recession slowing global economy, says OECD

The global economy has slowed, with key European countries entering a recession that is now impacting worldwide, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.Interim Economic Assessment

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: OECD calls for reform of postsecondary vocational education and training in Denmark

Denmark should build on the strengths of its vocational and educational training programme to ensure that young people enter the labour market with the skills companies need and to meet the national goal of having 60% of young people enter higher education by 2020, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea should improve its vocational education programmes, says OECD

Korea should reform its vocational education and training programmes to ensure that students leave college with the skills and expertise that companies need in today’s rapidly changing labour market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:30:00 GMT

Education: OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012 to be published Tuesday 11 September

The 2012 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 11 September 2012. Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Tax: OECD welcomes multilateral efforts to improve international tax compliance and transparency

The OECD welcomed today a new model international tax agreement designed to improve cross-border tax compliance and boost transparency.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland tops fixed broadband ranking, while Korea leads in wireless broadband

Switzerland tops for the first time the OECD fixed broadband ranking, with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9). The OECD average is 25.6, according to new OECD statistics.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMT

Tax: OECD updates OECD Model Tax Convention to extend information requests to groups

The OECD has updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, which sets out the international standard on exchange of information. The standard provides for information exchange on request, where the information is “foreseeably relevant” for the administration of the taxes of the requesting party, regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum welcomes Kazakhstan as new member

Kazakhstan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 110th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:58:00 GMT

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:15:00 GMT

Tax: Ghana Signs Tax Cooperation Agreement

Ghana has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD. Ghana is the second African country, after South Africa, to sign the Convention since it was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Effective management and incentives can rebuild fisheries sector, says OECD at EXPO 2012

Governments looking to boost their fisheries sector should review their policies to create incentives for economically and environmentally sustainable fisheries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:30:00 GMT

Agriculture: Increased productivity and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security OECD and FAO publish new Agricultural Outlook

Food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:09:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Health: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

Growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases, according to OECD Health Data 2012.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:36:00 GMT

Economy: The United States needs to foster education and innovation to keep its cutting edge

The United States should do more to foster innovation and provide more equitable access to high-quality education in order to maintain its status as the world's most vibrant and productive economy, according to OECD's latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

Tourism experts from international organisations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:19:00 GMT

Sweden's enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak

More than twelve years after making foreign bribery a crime, Sweden needs to make much greater efforts to actively enforce its anti-bribery legislation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Slovak Republic must urgently introduce effective legislation holding companies liable for foreign bribery, says OECD

20/06/2012 - The Slovak Republic must urgently meet its obligations under the Convention it signed 12 years ago and introduce an effective corporate liability regime so that Slovak companies are held accountable for the bribery of foreign public officials in cross-border business deals, says a new OECD report.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: Joining forces to fight financial crime and illicit activities

Financial crimes, including corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, are a threat to all countries, both developing and developed. The sums are vast. Estimates have put total proceeds from all illicit activities at 3.6% of global GDP.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:29:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:45:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2012, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew 0.8% in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to preliminary estimates. This small pick-up in aggregate G20 GDP growth still masks diverging patterns among the world's largest economies however.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: Compact cities: the way of the future

Governments faced with growing populations and dwindling natural rescources have two choices: they can let urban sprawl continue to eat up useful land or they can plan compact cities that will be good for the economy and the environment.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: G20 collaboration to improve agriculture productivity growth is key to feeding 9 billion people

G20 governments under successive Presidencies have sought to improve international collaboration in support of a more productive and sustainable global food and agriculture system.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage essential, says OECD

Governments will need to raise retirement ages gradually to address increasing life expectancy in order to ensure that their national pension systems are both affordable and adequate, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, June 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend continue to point to divergence between economies.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

Slovenia's rich and diverse environment is under pressure from the country’s expanding economy. OECD’s first Environmental Performance Review of Slovenia says that greening growth, including though green tax reform, better use of public and private finance, could help Slovenia.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, OECD says

Start-up rates in most countries are edging back toward their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that ch

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 countries should rely on open markets to reboot global growth

G20 governments should prevent further deterioration in their collective trade and investment policy stance and focus on promoting open markets to re-boot growth in the world economy, according to the OECD, WTO and UNCTAD.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Design policies to ensure growth is socially inclusive, says OECD-World Bank report

Economic policy should be better designed to bring about more inclusive growth, ensuring that the benefits of increased prosperity are shared more evenly across society, according to a new report from the OECD and the World Bank.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Colombia and Mexico sign international tax, human rights and clean business standards

Colombia and Mexico are a step closer to beneffiting from cross border tax co-operation and information sharing. Colombia has signed, and Mexico has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tunisia and Morocco join multilateral business integrity and green growth instruments

Tunisia and Morocco signed up today to a series of international instruments in areas ranging from business integrity to international investment and green growth. Adherence to these instruments is an expression of a long-standing co-operation between countries in North Africa and the OECD.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tackle gender gap to boost growth, says OECD

Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Global economy recovering, but major risks remain, says OECD

The global economy is recovering, but confidence is extremely uneven across different regions, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. European governments must take greater action to ensure that the crisis in the euro area does not derail the recovery.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Skills Strategy to boost jobs and growth

The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministers must focus on young jobseekers

Young people continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with nearly 11 million 15 to 24 -year-olds out of work in OECD countries in early 2012. Youth unemployment in the OECD area in March 2012 was 17.1%, close to its November 2009 peak of 18.3%

Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invitation: Workshop OECD/AJEF on "Skills Strategy" - Tuesday 19 June at 13h00 (Paris time)

How to optimise the skills of the labour market to anticipate business demand and promote growth and social cohesion in these times of record unemployment?

Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, May 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to regained momentum in the OECD area but with divergence between economies.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders

The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders/ Inspecteurs des impôts sans frontières – a new initiative to help developing countries bolster their domestic revenues by making their tax systems fairer and more effective.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Korea: a strong national urban strategy could drive resilient economic growth

Korea has weathered the shocks triggered by the global recession and its economy is recovering more quickly and vigorously than most other OECD countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

More parent and community engagement would boost quality in early childhood education and care in England

The report highlights strategies from other countries that could serve as a model for England as it develops its early childhood education and care programme.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Further reforms needed to sustain Korean growth and social cohesion

Korea recovered faster and more vigorously from the global crisis than most OECD countries, but strong economic growth alone will not be enough to address the fundamental challenges posed by its rapidly ageing population and rising inequality, according to the latest Economic Survey of Korea.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Sweden needs an independent committee to oversee National Pension Funds

Sweden should establish an independent committee of experts to oversee its National Pension Funds and set a clear, measurable financial objective for investments to ensure their long-term viability, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: the average tax burden on earnings in OECD countries continues to rise

The average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased in 26 out of 34 OECD countries in 2011 according to the new OECD Taxing Wages publication. Tax payers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Slovak Republic were among those hit with the largest increases.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Health: the high cost of diabetes

Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

EU development co-operation: improving but still cumbersome

The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Credit crunch squeezing entrepreneurs and small businesses more than big firms

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) requesting loans between 2007 and 2010 faced higher interest rates than for large companies. Loan conditions for SMEs included shortened maturities and increased demands for collateral, suggesting that banks considered smaller firms to be a higher risk.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for reform of governance of state-owned firms in the Middle East and North Africa

Middle Eastern and North African countries should reform the governance of their state-owned enterprises to bring about greater public accountability and improve their efficiency, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax evasion: Pressure to end tax evasion grows as the Global Forum publishes new reviews

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

UK increases enforcement of foreign bribery, but concerns remain about transparency and resources

The United Kingdom has significantly boosted its foreign bribery enforcement efforts but needs to be more transparent when resolving cases.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary has improved legal framework for fighting foreign bribery, but must do more to detect and prosecute

Hungary’s law banning bribery of foreign public officials is relatively good on paper but lacks effective application, according to a new OECD report. Hungary must strengthen detection and prosecution of individuals and companies involved in foreign bribery.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: OECD’s Gurría welcomes labour market reforms

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the Italian government for launching parliamentary discussions on a wide-ranging package of labour market reforms.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Finland should boost staff skills to improve its early childhood education and care services, says OECD

Finland gives its young children a better start in education than most OECD countries.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Further reform needed to raise growth prospects in Poland

Poland has been a strong performer across the OECD through the global economic crisis, growing much faster than most other countries and making impressive steps toward reducing the income gap with its European Union partners, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, OECD says

Euro area finance ministers meeting this week need to boost the firepower of the European stability funds to at least one trillion euros in order to restore market confidence, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD to simplify transfer pricing rules

Meeting at OECD’s first Global Forum on Transfer Pricing, tax officials from 90 countries agreed on the need to simplify transfer pricing rules, strengthen the guidelines on intangible issues and improve the efficiency of dispute resolution.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD's Gurría comments on UK budget

In response to the presentation of the 2012/13 U.K. Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has expressed support for the government’s plans for continued fiscal consolidation aiming at eliminating the fiscal deficit by 2016/17.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for new approach to tackle teacher shortage

With many countries facing shortages of qualified teachers in key subjects, governments need to make the profession more attractive to talented graduates, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary must stabilise its economy for a durable recovery, OECD says

Swift action is needed to stabilise the Hungarian economy and put growth on a sound footing for a durable recovery, according to the latest Economic Survey of Hungary. Strengthening the credibility and predictability of domestic policies and undertaking much-needed fiscal consolidation will be key.

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: More effective action needed to cut water pollution from farming

OECD governments have made little overall progress in reducing water contamination from farming over the past decade. More rigorous policies are needed to reduce the use of pesticides and encourage sustainable management of water quality in agriculture.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: The Chicago Tri-State metro area is a powerful region – policy makers must work together to maintain a global pole position and fully realise the region’s potential

Chicago is at a tipping point: despite economic strengths, it faces considerable challenges to compete in the “Premier League” of world-class cities, warns the OECD’s review of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD recommends action on international tax loopholes

Aggressive tax planning – untaxed income, multiple deductions and other forms of international tax arbitrage - is a growing concern for all governments.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Focus on strategic agricultural investments to reduce poverty in developing countries, OECD says

Agricultural policies to reduce poverty in developing countries should focus on strategic investments to raise productivity and benefit from high food prices, according to a new OECD study.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: India ratifies Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

India has ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD that was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, OECD says

The pace of reform has accelerated in those OECD countries where it is needed most, says the latest Going for Growth report. It identifies the specific action needed to help governments steer their economies out of the crisis, stimulate growth and create jobs.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Experts maintain commitment to expanding and updating tractor safety standards

Experts, manufacturers and government officials meeting in Paris this week reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining safety standards in farm machinery by expanding and updating the OECD’s harmonised tests and codes.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: signs international tax agreement to tackle tax evasion

Greece has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement that was developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and that is open for signature to all countries.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD’s Gurría welcomes support package

The Secretary-General says the package will provide the necessary confidence and breathing space for Greece to work on its recovery and for Europe to address its sovereign debt crisis.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday?

More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth - Transition to a knowledge based economy will require further reform and investment, OECD says

Germany recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. Public finances are sound, but further reforms are needed to transform its growth model to thrive as a knowledge-based economy.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Migration: integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed

Labour market integration of immigrants in Switzerland is generally successful: three quarters of immigrants in Switzerland are in employment – more than in any other OECD country

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Spain’s reforms to strengthen finances and boost jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said Spain’s comprehensive reform programme is a major step forward in strengthening the country’s banking system and its public finances, as well as creating a more dynamic labour market.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, February 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs) point to a positive change in momentum for the OECD as a whole, driven primarily by the United States and Japan, but similar signs are beginning to emerge in a number of other developed economies.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Statement by OECD ‘s Gurria after meeting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Italy has embarked on an ambitious, much needed reform programme to strengthen its public finances, to restore growth and to improve the competitiveness of the Italian economy.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico, says OECD

Mexico should quickly reform the laws and regulations governing its telecommunications sector to boost competition and investment and drive growth across the economy, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

India signs international tax agreement

India has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement which promotes international co-operation while respecting the rights of taxpayers.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Rising tax revenues: a key to economic development in Latin American countries

Increased domestic resource mobilization is widely accepted as crucial for countries to successfully meet the challenges of development and achieve higher living standards for all their people.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Urgent reform key to securing Asia’s pension systems, says OECD

Asia’s pension systems need modernising urgently to deliver secure, sustainable and adequate retirement incomes for today’s workers in the context of the rapid population ageing that will occur over the next two decades, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

External factors threaten Swiss economic recovery, OECD says

Switzerland has made a broadly balanced recovery from the economic crisis, but slower activity in Europe and pressures on the Swiss franc weigh on the near-term outlook, according to the latest Economic Survey of Switzerland.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Spain’s development aid much improved, but still needs more focus

Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending in the past year, including to development co-operation, its aid has almost doubled since 2003. Spain still has plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD

29/03/2012 - Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD, and should encourage preschool teachers to keep improving their qualifications throughout their career and attract more young people, especially men, to the profession

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Swedish labour migration reform working well but needs more monitoring, says OECD

Sweden’s 2008 reform of its labour migration policy, now one of the most open in the OECD, has helped businesses hire foreign workers quickly and cheaply, without hurting conditions for local workers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Uruguay’s tax transparency improving, says OECD’s Gurría

Uruguay has signed 7 new agreements providing for the exchange of tax information, showing its willingness to implement the global standards.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Employment: mental health issues rising in workplace, says OECD

Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee signals growing uncertainty over industry outlook

The outlook for the global steel market has become more uncertain, according to industry and government officials at the OECD’s Steel Committee meeting in Paris on 5-6 2011 . Policies to support open markets for raw materials are key, they said.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Italian government measures to strengthen public finances

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed the measures adopted by the Italian government to address fiscal sustainability while boosting growth and equity.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Society: Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic should further develop its framework programme for preschool education, says OECD

The Czech Republic should build on the strengths of its preschool education framework to further enhance the quality of its early childhood education and care services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:43:00 GMT

Tax revenues stabilise in OECD countries in 2010

OECD countries acknowledge that taxes must play a role in the process of fiscal consolidation as they battle unprecedented budget deficits. In 2010, the majority of OECD governments have stabilised their tax to GDP, with the average ratio moving up slightly from 33.8% in 2009 to 33.9% in 2010.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says OECD

Though overall medical care is improving, efforts to prevent and better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma would improve results and lower costs, according to the OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reform urgently needed to ensure long-term growth in Czech Republic, says OECD

The Czech economy’s export-driven recovery is slowing as weak activity Europe curbs exports. Swift implementation of new reforms is needed to ensure sustainable, inclusive long-term growth and better resilience to external shocks, according to the latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: The Slovak Republic should integrate environment into its economic development

As the Slovak Republic strives to increase productivity and competitiveness in the recovery from the financial crisis, the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Slovak Republic recommends that it strengthen environmental policies.

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: OECD supports Israeli initiative to develop a green growth plan

In recent years Israel has strengthened its environmental policies and now should develop a green growth plan that combines environmental, economic and social policies.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum Publishes Report to the G20 on Tax Transparency

Tax Transparency 2011: Report on Progress, a report prepared by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, was delivered to the G20 in Cannes and is now available to journalists.&

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: G20 countries strengthen international tax co-operation

"Tax co-operation and compliance are of crucial importance for all countries and citizens - and not only in times of a tight fiscal and budgetary environment,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría from the Cannes G20 Summit.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reforms are essential for Brazil to build on recent success, says OECD

The Brazilian economy has made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, but further reforms are necessary to boost long-term growth, spur investment and further reduce poverty, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Brazil.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum delivers concrete results to the Cannes G20 Summit

“Governments have signed more than 700 agreements to exchange tax information. These agreements have already yielded €14 billion in additional revenues, to 20 countries, from more than 100 000 tax payers who had hidden assets offshore.”

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

The OECD acknowledges progress made, and says Mexico should further prioritise fighting foreign bribery

Mexico has improved, but needs to give greater priority to the criminal enforcement of bribery and ensure that its criminal law enforcement authorities have all the resources and expertise they need to seriously investigate all allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Korea making notable progress on fighting foreign bribery; further improvements needed, says OECD

Korea has improved its information and intelligence gathering capacity in foreign bribery cases, but should be more proactive in investigating allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 finance ministers agree new principles to boost financial consumer protection

G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles on financial consumer protection developed by the OECD. “Without consumer trust and confidence we could jeopardise the basis for global economic recovery and growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: Switzerland’s health system is high-performing but must prepare for the future

The Swiss health system is one of the world’s best but must adapt to deal with rising costs and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a new OECD/WHO report.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Ireland coming out of the crisis, but challenges remain

The Irish economy still faces tough challenges as the country exits from a deep recession and banking crisis, but its long-term prospects now appear better than many of the other hard hit European countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches new report on measuring well-being

A new OECD report, How's Life, offers a comprehensive picture of what makes up people’s lives in 40 countries worldwide. This is part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond GDP.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax reform can create jobs

High unemployment rates, in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, have governments scrambling to create jobs. A new OECD report suggests that well-targeted tax reforms can encourage employers to hire more people and the jobless to look for employment.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministerial: Joint Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

"200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Jurisdictions move towards full tax transparency

Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: OECD's Gurría welcomes draft debt deficit law

The OECD’s welcomes the announcement by the Spanish government last Friday August 26th about having agreed with the opposition parties in Parliament to enshrine a set of deficit limits in the Constitution.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Governments concerned that some corporations unfairly claim losses to avoid taxes

The economic crisis means global corporate losses have increased significantly. Though most of these claims are justified, some corporations use ‘aggressive tax planning’ to avoid taxes. Governments are working together to detect and deter these undue tax advantages.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD's Gurría welcomes Italy fiscal plan

The OECD welcomes the comprehensive package approved by the Italian government at the weekend.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Migration falls again but will pick up with recovery, says OECD

International migration fell in 2009, reflecting lower demand for workers in OECD countries for the second consecutive year after a decade of growth, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Austria: Strengthening domestic sources of growth would secure place as ‘Champions League’ economy

Austria should eliminate subsidies which encourage early retirement and target social transfers more effectively, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption: Luxembourg must implement without delay its legislation against the bribery of foreign public officials, says OECD

Luxembourg must step up its efforts to detect and prosecute cases of bribery of foreign public officials, particularly now that its legal framework has been strengthened, in compliance with the Anti-Bribery Convention

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: spending continues to outpace economic growth in most OECD countries

Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption : OECD recognises Norway’s commitment to the fight against foreign bribery and recommends further improvements

Norway has made significant progress in its efforts against the bribery of foreign public officials in recent years, according to a new OECD report. But more could be done to strengthen enforcement, including by focusing on the confiscation from companies of the proceeds of bribery.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría congratulates new IMF head Lagarde

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as the IMF’s next Managing Director.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea tops new OECD PISA survey of digital literacy

Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

Despite Portugal’s economic and political challenges, it is still committed to improving the environment. The government sees green investment in its stimulus package and green tax reform as part of the solution to the national budget deficit.

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Iceland: Better coordination among authorities needed to tackle foreign bribery, says OECD

Iceland must do more to ensure its law enforcement authorities are coordinated and adequately resourced to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crime, including foreign bribery, says the OECD in a new report.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Economic Development

Country profile: South Korea

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:28:47 GMT

India's caste-offs

India's economy is in overdrive. But, as the Today programme's Mike Thomson explains, hundreds of millions of its people still live in abject poverty.

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:48:46 GMT

Timeline: United States of America

A chronology of key events

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:12:35 GMT

Regions and territories: Bermuda

An overview of Bermuda, including key facts, political leaders and notes on the media

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:13:29 GMT

Japan country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 13:42:56 GMT

Benin country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:13:13 GMT

Timeline: Switzerland

A chronology of key events

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:38:59 GMT

Timeline: China

A chronology of key events

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:53:45 GMT

China country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:51:05 GMT

Country profile: Mauritius

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:34:02 GMT

Timeline: Sao Tome and Principe

A chronology of key events

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:10:47 GMT

Country profile: Equatorial Guinea

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:40:09 GMT

Country profile: Zambia

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:32:08 GMT

Iceland country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 07:58:20 GMT

Calls for 'old-fashioned' revolution

Using "good old-fashioned" farming techniques will help deliver a sustainable green revolution in Africa.

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:24:59 GMT

Profile: G8

Key facts about the group of leading industrialised countries

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:02:15 GMT

A bad reputation

We're all told to watch our carbon footprint these days, but some so-called "environmental nasties" are not as bad as you might think - at least from a carbon point of view, says Mike Berners-Lee.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:46:19 GMT

Footing the World Cup bill

The World Cup is billed as a lucrative affair, but David Goldblatt considers whether South Africa will really reap financial rewards.

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:18:52 GMT

Brazil: Key facts and figures

Key facts and figures from Brazil, showing wealth and population distribution, as well as its GDP growth.

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:15 GMT

London outside of 'top 30 cities'

London is the only UK city in a global top 50 for quality of living, but comes in at a lowly 39th spot, according to a survey.

Tue, 25 May 2010 22:55:47 GMT

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Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility

The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves.

For an alternative post-2015 development strategy

The UN project of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Summit in 2000 is to expire in 2015. Discussions on a new international post-2015 development approach have started and are pursued in New York, Geneva, and Brussels, and in many capitals all over the world by international organizations, governments and civil society. A personal contribution to the debate.

The great revenge of the North?

Plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States have sparked considerable debate. Among the main issues contested are the lowering of food-safty standards (hormone-treated beef, chlorine-washed chicken), the democratic deficit of the negotiation process, as well as the granting of far-reaching rights and legal privileges to international investors, undermining national law. However, Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP's implications for the "rest of the world," particularly for developing and emerging economies.

Nepal: The emergence of a resilient democracy

Three months after elections, a new cabinet was sworn in end of February in Kathmandu. The two largest parties have formed a coalition, with the new Prime Minister from the Congress Party, and 18 ministers from the Congress and UML parties. The mainstream Maoists voted in support but did not join an initially foreseen unity government. Where does the country stand at this moment?

Partnership in transatlantic trade and investment?

The negotiations between EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are in full swing. The project is not only intended to reduce tariffs between the world economy's two biggest trading blocs; its primary aim is to dismantle and/or harmonise a wide spectrum of regulations. Investment liberalisation and protection also will be central issues.

The youth bulge in Least Developed Countries

The number of young people of working age in the world's 49 poorest nations is increasing by 16 million per year, and in each one of 11 such countries it will climb by at least half a million per year, a new UNCTAD report says. The organization recommends that the governments of the globe's least developed countries (LDCs) intensify efforts to employ this vast resource - currently largely underemployed, or trapped in vulnerable, low-paid jobs.

Towards a vision for post-2015

This week, the UN General Assembly (GA) will assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - their progress and gaps - and officially launch the intergovernmental discussion on a new, sustainable development agenda - perhaps to be encapsulated as sustainable development goals (SDGs).

UNCTAD advocates new development strategies

Adjusting to the structural shifts in the world economy makes far-reaching changes in development strategies necessary. Against the background of a prolonged period of slow growth in developed countries, export-led development in the South is no longer viable, UNCTAD says.

Statement on the results of the BRICS meeting

The emerging economies in the BRICS group - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - urged the G20 to boost global demand and ensure that any changes in monetary policy are well flagged to minimize any disruptive "spillovers" that may result. The appeal reflected the concerns among developing nations over the prospect that the Fed will scale back its ultra-loose monetary policy, and a view that Europe is not doing enough to promote a demand-driven recovery. The BRICS also agreed to contribute $100 billion to a joint currency reserve pool.

Developmental regionalism and African enterprises

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2013, subtitled "Intra-African Trade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism", says that efforts to date to spur jointly reinforcing economic growth on the continent have relied on a "textbook" and "linear" approach to regional cooperation that does not fit with Africa's situation.

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Situation brief: impact of floods in Acholi-sub-region and the implications for post-conflict recovery

<p>This briefing paper presents preliminary findings and analysis pertaining to 2012 floods within Acholi sub-region, Uganda.</p><p>The paper notes that the post armed-conflict era has witnessed several new conflict dynamics and emerging conflict drivers all of which adversely affect realisation of the overall Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) objectives. The perennial flooding in some parts of the PRDP sub-regions is one such factor.</p><p>The author points that 2012 floods have destroyed houses, crops, animals, roads, bridges, health centers, schools, granaries, bee hives, fruit gardens, grazing land, and caused several losses of lives; thus re-displacing part of the vulnerable population and greatly reducing living standards.</p><p>The document recommends that:</p><ul><li>the government should dispatch immediate relief items like medicines and disinfectant for affected sub-regions to prevent disease outbreak</li><li>it should provide agricultural inputs and farm implements to enable replanting</li><li>humanitarian agencies should create emergency assistance programs to address immediate humanitarian needs</li><li>they should provide food aid for affected households, most of whom already face food insecurity, and support the reconstruction of community access roads</li><li>the PRDP district local governments should conduct widespread community sensitisation, particularly on public health issues and communal land use for grazing and other seasonal cultivations by flood-affected communities</li></ul>

27 Jul 2014 07:07:02 GMT

Re-examining peace and economic recovery in northern Uganda

<p>This paper represents a contextual analysis and situational updates relating to peace and economic recovery in Northern Uganda. The paper clarifies that the region is emerging from over two decades of conflict waged between the government and the rebels. However, much is still to be done. In this sense, the document highlights that many societies and communities in the north are still excluded from a range of economic, political and social factors.</p><p>The authors deem that dealing with consequences of violence requires reflection, analysis and time of the past and what the present and the future should be. Moreover, they underline that failure of the individuals penetrating through the systems and becoming part of the system, presents a risk of developing discontent and conflict regardless of the political motivations.</p><p>The paper concludes that a holistic nationwide campaign on anger management is needed, targeting all sections of the Ugandan population. Furthermore, it recommends that:</p><ul><li>the government should urgently improve the functionality of existing health facilities and where necessary establish new ones</li><li>it should strengthen and support land administration authorities through trainings on land management and dispute resolution as well increasing staffing to resolve land matters and other pressing recovery challenges</li><li>it is imperative for the government and other stakeholders to initiate and embark social entrepreneurship to support individuals to value collective productivity in a post-conflict situation</li></ul>

26 Jul 2014 13:13:50 GMT

“Land and investment”: balancing local and investor interest

<p>The contextual drivers for land grabbing in Northern Uganda are dependent on the speculative values attached to land and oil-related discoveries and investment opportunities in the region. This paper indicates that land dispute in Northern Uganda brought private investors, local government and central government officials together in an effort to deprive the indigenous or local/rightful owners of the land.</p><p>The paper figures that land disputes have become a common phenomenon in Acholi Sub &ndash;region, with disputes occurring at all levels, from family, clan, and communal land disputes, to high risk disputes between sub &ndash; counties, districts, and investors. Furthermore, most of the land transactions are characterised by a worrying lack of transparency, and the current land dispute between the investment companies and the locals stems from this situation.</p><p>The author concludes that:</p><ul><li>good governance principle should be the key in instituting and promoting a win-win situation</li><li>stakeholders must recognise that customary form of land ownership is the most relevant form of land tenure</li></ul><p>Recommendations include:</p><ul><li>institutional and local governance structures should involve all the interested parties in the process of acquiring land for investment and individual purposes</li><li>regulations for monitoring and control of land acquisitions, compensation and environmental protection measures should be clearly established and strengthened</li><li>civil society should engage to resolve/mediate in land related transactions/disputes to balance interests between different parties</li><li>when dealing with land issues in Acholi sub region, culture and custom must be recognised and dealt with accordingly</li></ul>

25 Jul 2014 21:44:42 GMT

“Challenges of post-conflict recovery!”

<p>This document highlights on issues of Peace Recovery Development Plan (PRDP) and health service delivery in northern Uganda.</p><p>The report reviews an assessment surrounding the recent influx of asylum seekers and refugees from South Sudan to Uganda and summarises its key findings as follows:</p><ul><li>rivalry over control of natural resources stands out as one of the major causes of the conflict in South Sudan</li><li>South Sudan inter-tribal conflicts and the resultant influx of Sudanese to the host communities had varied impact on the host communities across the different sectors</li><li>the divergence in culture and language as a practice and value between the host communities and the South Sudanese nationals tended to provide a repertoire through which each group responded or acted against each other</li><li>with the high influx of the South Sudanese, the health sector has been undesirably impacted</li></ul><p>In this sense, the paper notes that the region has been &lsquo;cursed&rsquo; by serious, life-threatening diseases and epidemics, from HIV/AIDS, to cholera, Ebola and now the Nodding Disease Syndrome. The last disease has put the people of northern Uganda in a dangerous situation, and this must call for a new wave of interventionism.</p><p>Furthermore, the author argues that:</p><ul><li>post conflict reconstruction and recovery must be a combination of physical and social aspects of human being aimed at addressing the causes of violent conflicts</li></ul><ul><li>focus, should also be geared at addressing the structural problems that deny the youth the opportunity to engage productively</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

24 Jul 2014 19:40:37 GMT

Success factors for women's and children's health: Policy and programme highlights from 10 fast-track cuontries

<p>There have been substantial achievements towards&nbsp;MDGs 4 and 5 (to reduce child mortality and&nbsp;improve maternal health) from 1990 (the baseline&nbsp;for the MDGs) to 2014. Despite this,&nbsp;every year 6.6 million children&nbsp;under five years of age die (44% as newborns) and&nbsp;289 000 maternal deaths occur, all from mainly&nbsp;preventable causes.&nbsp;There is a need for evidence on why some low- and&nbsp;middle-income countries (LMICs) do better than&nbsp;others in preventing maternal and child deaths, and&nbsp;on the strategies they use to accelerate progress.</p><p>To address this knowledge gap, discussions at the&nbsp;Partnership for Maternal, Newborn &amp; Child Health&nbsp;Partners&rsquo; Forum in 2010, led to a three-year&nbsp;multidisciplinary, multicountry series of studies on&nbsp;Success Factors for Women&rsquo;s and Children&rsquo;s Health&nbsp;(hereafter referred to as the Success Factors&nbsp;studies). This document provides the policy and programme highlights from 10 fast-track countries, including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, and Viet Nam.</p>

24 Jul 2014 15:11:18 GMT

Renewable energy technology: evolution and policy implications – evidence from patent literature

<p>This Global Challenges Report analyses the patent landscapes of four Climate Change Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs) (biofuels, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy) to inform policy discussions by providing empirical evidence of innovation trends and technology ownership. A broad market analysis of renewables and their policy frameworks are discussed in Section 2, followed by the usual scope and methodology section. The individual patent landscape analysis for each of the CCMTs is given in Sections 4 to 7, identifying and analysing the range of patent activity, patent filings trends, top technology owners, patent concentrations, and market trends. Each of these sections also includes anecdotal case studies to illustrate various features of the technology marketplaces and to situate the patent data into the context of market activity and business strategies.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:48:48 GMT

Reimagining mobile in South Africa: Lessons from year one

<p>This report explores the programmatic processes, successes and lessons learned by Mobile&nbsp;Alliance for Maternal Action South Africa (MAMA SA), an innovative public-private&nbsp;partnership that delivers vital health information to new and expectant mothers and their&nbsp;families through the use of mobile technology.</p><p>In South Africa, mobile technology is prolific. At the same time, the country&rsquo;s maternal&nbsp;and infant mortality is unacceptably high. The confluence of these factors signifies that&nbsp;South Africa could both benefit from and support a mobile health program for maternal,&nbsp;newborn and child health (MNCH).</p><p>Since launch in May 2013, MAMA SA has successfully engaged more than 350,000 women&nbsp;and their families. MAMA SA leverages four different technology channels and has built a&nbsp;consortium of organisations with technical and content expertise, access to clinical services,&nbsp;and proficiency in research. A partnership with the mobile service provider Vodacom&nbsp;provides free access to the MAMA mobile website to its more than 25 million customers.&nbsp;MAMA SA has also partnered with Generations&mdash;the most viewed soap opera on South&nbsp;African television, watched by over 10 million people daily&mdash;to promote MAMA services.<br />MAMA SA is in the process of collaborating with the South African Department&nbsp;of Health to launch a national pregnancy registry and maternal messaging project called&nbsp;&ldquo;Mom Connect&rdquo; in 2014.&nbsp;MomConnect aims to directly support mothers through&nbsp;personalised, stage-based information in the language of their choice, on their mobile phone.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:44:09 GMT

Reducing vulnerability of island coasts

<p>This paper is about the reducing the vulnerability of coasts through appropriate adaptation measures. This is the focus of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme which has four coastal zone demonstration projects, in the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa and Vanuatu. Three of the projects demonstrate &lsquo;climate-proofing&rsquo; of coastal infrastructure, and the fourth focuses on community-based integrated coastal management. The paper argues that Climate analysis is a key step in the early planning stages of climate-sensitive projects, alongside other essential assessments such as socio-economic assessment and cost&ndash;benefit analysis. It also argues that good strategic planning and governance is also essential to protect coasts, and gives examples of how the PACC projects are demonstrating ways to do this.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:44:07 GMT

Atlas of mortality and economic losses from weather, climate and water extremes (1970–2012)

<p>This report describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. It states these kinds of disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics. The Atlas aims to provide decision-makers with actionable information for protecting life and property and highlights the need for stronger efforts to report, standardise and analyse data on weather, climate, and water-related hazards to improve understanding of disasters and reinforce the platform for prevention.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:33:07 GMT

Political economy of Climate Compatible Development: artisanal fisheries and climate change in Ghana

<p>&lsquo;Climate compatible development&rsquo; increases prospects for policy processes that contribute to development, climate change adaptation and mitigation. This paper looks at the complex political economy of climate compatible development in Ghana&rsquo;s artisanal fisheries sector. It focuses on two contentious policy areas where there is potential for climate compatible development, namely the subsidized premix fuel provided to artisanal fishermen, and mangrove protection. Using case studies, the paper emphasizes the need to conceptualize climate compatible development as a process which is dynamic across space and time, such that potential for triple win outcomes is fluctuate to vary according to changing circumstances. It also argues that it is is necessary to recognize that pressures from a number of actors, including those at the grass roots, may demand short term improvements to current problems rather than aspiring to triple win outcomes in the long term, creating a major challenge for climate compatible development.</p>

24 Jul 2014 13:11:19 GMT

The effectiveness of climate finance: a review of the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program

<p>This working paper focuses on the Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP) which was designed to address a gap in the international climate finance architecture by making sure that finance is directed to help low income countries adopt low carbon energy technologies and use renewable energy to improve energy access. While the paper states that it is too early a stage in the SREP&rsquo;s implementation to make definitive conclusions on its effectiveness it does conclude that many of the programs in which it is investing are poised to result in important increases in renewable energy installed in country and the number of people with access to energy, although to date energy access has not been prioritised to the extent originally envisaged.</p>

24 Jul 2014 12:55:38 GMT

Understanding sustainable diets: a descriptive analysis of the determinants and processes that influence diets and their impact on health, food security, and environmental sustainability

<p>This study argues that the concept of sustainable diets presents an opportunity to advance sustainable development and work for the elimination of poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, and poor health outcomes. This study examines the determinants of sustainable diets, offers a descriptive analysis of these areas, and presents a causal model and framework from which to build. The major determinants of sustainable diets fall into five categories: 1) agriculture, 2) health, 3) sociocultural, 4) environmental, and 5) socioeconomic. The paper argues that when factors or processes are changed in 1 determinant category, such changes affect other determinant categories and, in turn, the level of &lsquo;sustainability&rsquo; of a diet. The complex web of determinants of sustainable diets makes it challenging for policymakers to understand the benefits and considerations for promoting, processing, and consuming such diets.</p>

24 Jul 2014 11:18:06 GMT

Certificates of customary ownership: a roundtable discussion on perceptions, implications, and challenges with stakeholders from Acholi Sub-region

<p>To elaborate some diverse perceptions surrounding the new initiative &ldquo;Area Land Committees&rdquo; (ALCs) in Uganda, the &ldquo;Refugee Law Project&rdquo; convened a roundtable discussion with stakeholders from all sectors of society in Acholi sub-region. The current paper reflects the outcome of that event.</p><p>The document deonstrates that in 2012, newly established ALCs in Uganda began accepting applications for Certificates of Customary Ownership (CCOs). The move was aimed to allay fears that the government wanted to grab locals&rsquo; land, yet critics have argued that CCOs will only escalate land grabbing and dispossession of the poor.</p><p>Key concerns include:</p><ul><li>widespread mistrust of land-grabbing by investors and governmental actors has led local communities to reject the CCO measure</li><li>the complexity and expense of CCOs may lead to manipulation of illiterate rural populations</li><li>new land associations and attempts to modify the CCO measure must comply with the existing laws and must recognise the ongoing issuance of CCOs in northern Uganda</li></ul><p>Possible action steps contain:</p><ul><li>the establishment of an Acholi Land Trust is a popular idea for protecting against large-scale land grabbing</li><li>modifying the CCO system to ensure that land is registered by the community may prevent individuals from selling land</li><li>providing a unified position paper that represent Acholi interests to the government</li></ul>

24 Jul 2014 09:08:43 GMT

Is it oil, land or investment triggering increasing land dispute in Lakang village of Amuru district?

<p>This report presents analysis on the ongoing large scale land acquisition practices and the implication on sustainable development among local communities in Lakang village, Amuru district in Northern Uganda.</p><p>The scenario in Lakang can be described by two secrets: the use of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Uganda People&rsquo;s Defence Forces (UPDF) to evict the locals out of the said customary land; and how the state can benefit from perceived rich mineral wealth in areas of Lakang without incurring huge cost of compensating the locals.</p><p>Findings are that:</p><ul><li>land conflict in Lakang has still remained unresolved and still continues to slow recovery and development</li><li>it is imperative that all stakeholders get involved in preventing this conflict from escalating into violence, by addressing key conflict drivers and triggers</li></ul><p>Recommendations contain:</p><ul><li>the state should be neutral and act in the interest of the locals by supporting their claims for a win-win agreement with the companies in the region</li><li>middlemen should not be allowed and given the opportunity to represent the locals at any forum including discussions with the government</li><li>the parliament should actively get involved in finding a peaceful resolution to the land dispute in Lakang</li><li>the UPDF and the police should play a critical role in protecting the lives and property of the locals in Lakang</li></ul>

22 Jul 2014 21:19:40 GMT

Thrown along the way: community perspectives on conflict drivers in the implementation of the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) for Northern Uganda

<p>Northern Uganda is one of the many regions in Uganda that has suffered from persistent armed conflicts; however, there have been strong commitments by the government to rebuilding the north. The current paper sheds light on the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) initiative, a stabilisation framework designed by the government as a strategy for eradicating poverty in that region.</p><p>The report draws on the perspectives from various stakeholder dialogues on major conflict issues that are currently unfolding in the implementation of the PRDP. In this respect, the paper brings to the fore several conflict risk factors that could cause a setback to peace recovery. These factors have been evident in the health and education sector, economically, socially and politically.</p><p>Key findings includes:</p><ul><li>poor quality and level of service delivery, and inadequate processes of rebuilding and empowering the communities</li><li>lack of transparency and accountability seen in delays in the provision of social services</li><li>lawlessness and reconciliation needs, and specifically the need for accountability</li></ul><p>Recommendations encompass:</p><ul><li>active and meaningful community involvement and participation in monitoring PRDP implementation</li><li>inclusion of local government, and greater information sharing about PRDP by central government</li><li>increased support/facilitation mostly accommodation, transport and communication for the police, especially at the community level</li><li>revisit the PPDA Act, and all the relevant laws and policies that guide and inform the procurement process</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

22 Jul 2014 10:11:17 GMT

The brunt of forceful evictions in post conflict societies

<p>Characterised by radicalisation and sectarianism, the dispute in Apaa, Uganda, still remains largely unresolved. This paper highlights that the eviction in Apaa has resulted in deaths and destruction of property and food items.</p><p>Findings contain:</p><ul><li>the people of Apaa face high risks because their incomes are low and very unreliable</li><li>the peace dividends and freedom from fear and want were negatively affected by the evictions</li><li>the eviction affected the status of food security negatively, denying the locals access to food</li><li>among the challenges that remain is whether it is possible for the victims to receive justice from the state</li><li>as a result, recovery from the shocks of the war in northern Uganda, eviction and development might be slow going</li></ul><p>Conclusions are that:</p><ul><li>the issues and concerns raised in the paper indicate that the extent of volatility and human suffering in the course of the eviction has been high and inhumane</li><li>it is evident that the evictions do not only have a short term effect but also a long term effect on the perception of the locals toward the state and governance principles</li><li>the peace and recovery of the affected victims is in balance and needs a number of targeted interventions</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

20 Jul 2014 19:45:16 GMT

“We need a culture of truth”: the role of civil society organisations in transitional justice

<p>The Refugee Law Project (RLP) recently met with a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) and key stakeholders to discuss transitional justice (TJ) and national reconciliation in Uganda. This report sheds light on the discussions held in that event.</p><p>The document underlines the following points:</p><ul><li>many CSOs working within the TJ framework are actually unaware they are working toward sustainable peace on a nationwide level</li><li>because of the violent history of post-independence Uganda, truth telling within the country as means to reconciliation is of great importance, and CSOs have a crucial role in this regard</li><li>the government was ineffective in dealing with the issue of reconciliation, and people have lost faith in their leaders following years of broken promises</li><li>assessments for victims is needed, and a collection of organisations and CSOs working with untreated wounds is required</li></ul><p>On the other hand, the following suggestions were put forward by the CSOs in attendance:</p><ul><li>CSOs to form a platform for advocating TJ</li><li>training CSOs and continuous capacity building</li><li>government should reconcile with the laws</li><li>government should support the victims</li><li>all traditional institutions should mediate and engage in TJ</li><li>introduction of projects to help the poor in the community</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

18 Jul 2014 20:26:49 GMT

South Africa Crime Quarterly: 20 years of criminal justice in South Africa

<p>This special edition reviews 20 years of criminal justice in South Africa, and questions common assumptions about violence, corruption and policing.&nbsp;</p><p>Articles include:</p><ul><li>The pitfalls of governing crime through the community</li><li>Political policing then&nbsp;and now</li><li>Responses to organised crime in a democratic South Africa</li><li>Upholding children&#39;s rights in the criminal justice system</li><li>Addressing corruption in South Africa</li></ul>

18 Jul 2014 13:41:34 GMT

Gaza and Israel: New Obstacles, New Solutions

<p>After rounds of pyrrhic victories and weak ceasefires, Israel and Hamas are again locked in combat, with at least 168 Palestinian deaths, mainly civilian, in less than a week and Israeli civilians seeking shelter from rocket salvos. The policy of isolating Hamas has proved counterproductive and made reviving Gaza not just a humanitarian necessity but a requirement for calm and stability. This&nbsp;briefing&nbsp;examines scenarios that could result from the fighting and outlines the conditions necessary to ensure a more stable cessation of violence.</p><p>The report&rsquo;s major findings and recommendations are:</p><ul><li>Anchoring a ceasefire in a political framework is the only way to prevent it from unravelling as fast as previous ones. No lasting arrangement can be reached without Egypt. Despite Hamas&rsquo;s poor relations with Egypt, the sooner Cairo accelerates its role, the sooner the conflict can end.&nbsp;</li><li>Israel should give the reconciliation agreement signed in April by Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) a chance to work. If implemented, it offers the best chance of alleviating Gaza&rsquo;s misery and therefore reducing Hamas&rsquo;s incentives to fight. The U.S., along with the European Union and regional allies, should encourage the Palestinian Authority (PA) to return to the Gaza Strip and assume the responsibilities of governance.&nbsp;</li><li>Hamas should ensure, in tacit cooperation with the new government, acceptance and maintenance of the ceasefire by all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.&nbsp;</li><li>The PA should help arrange for payment of the roughly 43,000 Gaza government employees hired under Hamas who are not receiving their salaries. PA security forces should be deployed at border crossings to facilitate the movement of goods to Gaza and of people to Israel and Egypt.&nbsp;</li><li>The U.S. should continue to support the reconciliation government, and Israel should cooperate with it to resolve Gaza&rsquo;s most pressing problems, including energy, water and sanitation.</li></ul>

18 Jul 2014 13:28:54 GMT

Highlighting the evidence gap: how cost-effective are interventions to improve early childhood nutrition and development?

<p>There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of early childhood interventions to improve the growth and development of children. Although, historically, nutrition and stimulation interventions may have been delivered separately, they are increasingly being tested as a package of early childhood interventions that improve outcomes over the life course. However, implementation at scale is seldom possible without first considering the relative cost and cost-effectiveness of these interventions. An evidence gap in this area may deter large-scale implementation, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. A literature review to establish what is known about the cost-effectiveness of early childhood nutrition and development interventions identified 15 relevant articles. Of these, nine were from studies set in high-income countries and six in low- and middle-income countries. The articles either calculated the cost-effectiveness of nutrition-specific interventions aimed at improving child growth, or parenting interventions (stimulation) to improve early childhood development. No articles estimated the cost-effectiveness of combined interventions. Comparing results within nutrition or stimulation interventions, or between nutrition and stimulation interventions was largely prevented by the variety of outcome measures used in these analyses. This article highlights the need for further evidence relevant to low- and middle-income countries. To facilitate comparison of cost-effectiveness between studies, and between contexts where appropriate, a move towards a common outcome measure such as the cost per disability-adjusted life years averted is advocated. Finally, given the increasing number of combined nutrition and stimulation interventions being tested, there is a significant need for evidence of cost-effectiveness for combined programmes. This too would be facilitated by the use of a common outcome measure able to pool the impact of both nutrition and stimulation activities.</p>

18 Jul 2014 12:46:34 GMT

Follow-up of post-discharge growth and mortality after treatment for severe acute malnutrition (FuSAM Study): a prospective cohort study

<p>Management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) plays a vital role in achieving global child survival targets. Effective treatment programmes are available but little is known about longer term outcomes following programme discharge.1024 children were admitted to an inpatient-based SAM treatment centre in Blantyre, Malawi, between July 2006 and March 2007. The outcomes of 899 of the child cohort were analysed one year or more after discharge. In total, 42% children died during or after treatment. 25% of deaths occurred after normal programme discharge (90 days or more after admission). Mortality was greatest among HIV seropositive children. Other risk factors included age (under 12 months); severity of malnutrition at admission; and disability. In survivors, weight-for-height and weight-for-age improved but height-for-age remained low. Although SAM mortality in this setting was unacceptably high, the study findings offer important lessons for future programming, policy and research. First is the need for improved programme evaluation: most routine reporting systems would have missed late deaths and underestimated total mortality due to SAM. Second, a more holistic view of SAM is needed: while treatment will always focus on nutritional interventions, it is vital to also identify and manage underlying clinical conditions such as HIV and disability. Finally early identification and treatment of SAM should be emphasised: the results suggest that this could improve longer term as well as short term outcomes. As international policy and programming becomes increasingly focused on stunting and post-malnutrition chronic disease outcomes, SAM should not be forgotten. Proactive prevention and treatment services are essential, not only to reduce mortality in the short term but also because they have potential to impact on longer term morbidity, growth and development of survivors.</p>

18 Jul 2014 12:20:38 GMT

Development and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh

<p>Inadequate energy and micronutrient intake during childhood is a major public health problem in developing countries. Ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) made of locally available food ingredients can improve micronutrient status and growth of children. The objective of this study was to develop RUSF using locally available food ingredients and test their acceptability. Two RUSF &ndash; one based on rice-lentil and the other on chickpea &ndash; were compared to Pushti packet (a cereal based food supplement). Although the two RUSFs did not differ in the amount consumed, there was a significant difference in consumption between chickpea-based RUSF and Pushti packet. The study results suggest that rice-lentil and chickpea-based RUSF are well accepted by children.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:29:02 GMT

Private sector, for-profit health providers in low and middle income countries: can they reach the poor at scale?

<p>The bottom of the pyramid concept suggests that profit can be made in providing goods and services to poor people, when high volume is combined with low margins. To-date there has been very limited empirical evidence from the health sector concerning the scope and potential for such bottom of the pyramid models. This paper analyses private for-profit (PFP) providers currently offering services to the poor on a large scale, and assesses the future prospects of bottom of the pyramid models in health. Only 10 large scale PFP providers were identified. The majority of these were in South Asia and most provided specialised services such as eye care. They pursued social rather than traditional marketing, partnerships with government, low cost/high volume services and cross-subsidisation between different market segments. There is very limited evidence to support the notion that large scale bottom of the pyramid models in health offer good prospects for extending services to the poor in the future. In order to be successful PFP providers often require partnerships with government or support from social health insurance schemes. Nonetheless, more reliable and independent data on such schemes is needed.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:23:36 GMT

Beyond storms & droughts: the psychological impacts of climate change

<p>This report divides the impacts of climate change on human wellbeing and health into three general categories: impacts on mental health, impacts on physical health, and impacts on community health. It concludes with two sets of recommendations designed to help readers put research findings into action. The first set of recommendations, &ldquo;Tips to Engage the Public on Climate Change,&rdquo; is targeted toward climate communicators and policymakers. The second set of recommendations, &ldquo;Tips to Prepare and Strengthen Communities&rdquo; is targeted towards people and organisations &ndash; from city planners and public health agencies to disaster relief organizations and faith-based communities &ndash; who are interested in strengthening communities&rsquo; response to climate impacts.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:19:50 GMT

Climate cooperation with technology investments and border carbon adjustment

<p>This paper looks at the climate policy question of whether early investments in low-carbon technologies are a useful first step towards a more effective climate agreement in the future. It introduces a climate cooperation model with endogenous research and development (R&amp;D) investments, where countries protect their international competitiveness via border carbon adjustments (BCA). It is argues that BCA raises the scope for cooperation and leads to non-trivial relation between countries&rsquo; prior R&amp;D investments and participation in the coalition. We find that early investments in R&amp;D render free-riding more attractive. Therefore, with delayed cooperation on emission abatement and ex-ante R&amp;D investments, the outcome is often characterized by high participation but inefficiently low technology investments and abatement.</p>

18 Jul 2014 11:03:18 GMT

What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study

<p>Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition. This study of individuals identified as influential within nutrition in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and India examines why particular individuals champion nutrition policy, and how they operate in the wider policy and political environments of their countries. Based on analysis of 89 interviews, we consider how individual (adult development) capacities, knowledge and motivations, and wider political economy considerations structure the ability of these leaders to think and act. We argue that only by locating individuals within this wider political economy can we begin to appreciate the range of strategies and avenues for influence (or constraints to that influence) that individual leaders employ and face. We review the literature in this area and suggest a number of ways in which we may support, nurture and develop nutrition leadership in future.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:43:25 GMT

Carbon forestry and Climate Compatible Development in Mozambique: a political economy analysis

<p>This working paper looks at the political economy of carbon forestry and REDD+ in Mozambique in view of goals for climate compatible development (CCD) -&nbsp;simultaneously addressing emission reduction, adaptation and development. The paper asks how debates and decisions on REDD+ in Mozambique may shape outcomes for different groups. Using a political economy framework, the paper considers actor perspectives, interests and interrelations in the broader institutional and political context in order to analyse and the prospects for carbon forestry and REDD+ to contribute climate compatible development in Mozambique. The paper concludes that a political economy analysis of REDD+ and carbon forestry options are an important complement to discussions around technical feasibility and economic affordability, and can in turn help expand the understanding of policy constraints and opportunities for REDD+/carbon forestry to support climate compatible development goals.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:38:02 GMT

Evaluating programmes through a climate adaptation lens: Reflections from coastal areas in Asia and the Pacific

<p>The paper highlights &lsquo;lessons learned&rsquo; from a small selection of climate change adaptation and resilience (CCAR) evaluations of programmes in high-risk coastal areas in Asia and the Pacific. The objective is to distil key lessons regarding monitoring and evaluation processes that are of interest to a broad professional audience. It examines the different ways, and the extent to which, CCAR perspectives are integrated into the design monitoring and evaluation processes of four programmes, and aims to demonstrate how this affects evaluation processes as well as opportunities for generating new knowledge. It also considers how programme evaluations can be better harnessed to contribute to the emerging evidence base on effective CCAR programming.</p><p>This is the third paper in the SEA Change / UKCIP Evaluation Review series which highlights and/or distils &lsquo;lessons learned&rsquo; from a selection of evaluation reports that are relevant to M&amp;E of climate change adaptation.</p>

18 Jul 2014 10:24:38 GMT

The contribution of malaria control to maternal and newborn health

<p>This latest report in the Roll Back Malaria&#39;s Progress &amp; Impact Series shares evidence that intermittent preventive malaria treatment during pregnancy and the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) can reduce by 18% the risk of dying from malaria within the first 28 days of life. Malaria control interventions have a profound impact on maternal and newborn health, averting an estimated 94,000 newborn deaths between 2009-2012. Contributors used the report to encourage greater partnership between health areas to expand access to services, maximize impact and increase value for money.</p>

18 Jul 2014 09:01:44 GMT

Managing solutions, not just problems: the role of civil society organisations in transitional justice

<p>This report summarises the main ideas presented in a meeting that brought together the Refugee Law Project with civil society organisations (CSOs) and key stakeholders in order to discuss transitional justice (TJ) and national reconciliation in Uganda.</p><p>The document notes that current transitional justice process in Uganda has become top-down process, led by government institutions and a few civil society actors mainly working in Kampala. However, it highlights the notion that without the government looking at the &ldquo;National Reconciliation Bill&rdquo; in a holistic manner, in which all of the country in encompassed instead of individual conflicts alone, peace will not be possible on a national level.</p><p>The author demonstrates that an emphasis was placed on forming a broad coalition in order to strengthen efforts on TJ and the &ldquo;National Reconciliation Bill&rdquo;, starting at the local community level. In addition, the paper underlines the following suggestions:</p><ul><li>need a council of imminent persons for wider and more effective community engagement</li><li>the process of TJ should involve young people and women (gender sensitive)</li><li>amnesty in its current form is defective and must be more inclusive</li><li>platform for civil society as a conveyor built to engage government; continue engagement, understanding, and demands to/from the government</li></ul><p>Furthermore, it was determined by the CSOs in attendance that they must continue working together on issues of TJ and national reconciliation, indicating the opportunity to network with other organisations working on the same themes.</p>

17 Jul 2014 19:59:51 GMT

Mali climate vulnerability mapping

<p>This report presents the results of a climate vulnerability mapping exercise that intended to assist with strategic planning in Mali. The approach utilizes a spatial vulnerability index comprising 18 indicators that are grouped into three vulnerability components: climate exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. The purpose of this mapping exercise is to highlight hotspots of particularly high relative vulnerability within Mali due to constellations of high climatic stress, high sensitivity (or susceptibility), and low adaptive capacity. The results for current vulnerability show that relatively large swaths of northern Mali are hotspots, yet these areas are thinly settled with only 6 per cent of Mali&rsquo;s population.</p>

17 Jul 2014 14:03:39 GMT

Climate change: implications for the energy sector

<p>This report concludes that energy demand is increasing globally, causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the energy sector also to increase. It argues that this trend is set to continue, driven primarily by economic growth and the rising population. It highlights the challenges presented by climate change for energy production and transmission but that adaptation options exist. It states that significant cuts in GHG emissions from energy can be achieved, including through switching to lower-carbon fuels, improving energy efficiency in transmission and distribution, increasing use of renewable and nuclear generation, introduction of carbon capture and storage (CCS), and reducing final energy demand. The report argues that stabilisation of emissions at levels compatible with the internationally agreed 2&deg;C temperature target will mean a fundamental transformation of the energy industry worldwide in the next few decades, on a pathway to complete decarbonisation. Incentivising investment in low-carbon technologies is highlighted as a key challenge for governments and regulators to achieve carbon reduction targets.</p>

17 Jul 2014 13:55:29 GMT

Assessing green industrial policy: the India experience

<p>This report addresses the topic of India&rsquo;s Green Industrial Policy. It analyses the domestic political motivations for policies that target the solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy sector in India. It is argued that the support offered to the industry has come at a relatively low cost, but has also resulted in a slow pace of development &ndash; growth has not been sustained. Impacts of renewable energy in the pursuit of energy security and access, avoided health costs for the local environment and in the abatement of GHG emissions are found. The industrial policy element, in comparison, is found to have fared poorly. The impacts on job creation are unclear, and there are large variations in the estimates. It is argued that there is much work to be done in spurring domestic R&amp;D and in ensuring long-term manufacturing competitiveness domestically and their ability to compete in the growing global marketplace for renewable energy.</p>

17 Jul 2014 12:58:57 GMT

Health and peace recovery: situation report on nodding syndrome case management

<p>This report is a follow up on the developments associated with Nodding Syndrome (NS) in northern Uganda. The report entails a summary of key issues, responses and challenges noted in the response to NS in the region.</p><p>The author figures that NS is largely recognised as a threat to families and households of affected victims in four northern districts. Correspondingly, the government of Uganda with support from development partners established several treatment centers in the region. However, there are still challenges being faced. These include: malnutrition, limited human resource, increasing operational costs and poor accommodation facilities for the NS patients.</p><p>Recommendations contain:</p><ul><li>the Ministry of Health together with the affected-district local governments need to increase on the number of medical personnel and other human resource to supplement the available ones for better case management</li><li>the central government should improve on the conditions of the health facilities especially wards meant for the NS patients</li><li>local community leaders, government and development partners should ensure that there is respect and protection of the rights of victims of NS some of whom have become prone to rape and unwanted pregnancies</li><li>individual households affected by NS appeal to the central government to strengthen the livelihood component of those affected through agricultural projects and provision of farm implements</li></ul><p>The paper concludes that there is good motive and objectivity towards eliminating the NS from post conflict northern Uganda.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

17 Jul 2014 12:50:16 GMT

Migration and the environment - Population Bulletin special issue

<p>As the evidence ofglobal climate change has accumulated, academics, policymakers, and the media have given more attention to migration as a result of environmental change. A major concern is whether climate change will displace large numbers of vulnerable people around the world.<br /><br />This Population Bulletin issue explores the relationship between migration and the environment and highlights recent research. This research uses new approaches to link demographic, social, and environmental science methods, enabling researchers to more explicitly link people to the environment on which they depend. This linking, combined with following people over time, permits researchers to determine how environmental change contributes to people&rsquo;s mobility and how migration results in environmental change.&nbsp; The research suggests that the popular narrative of &ldquo;environmental refugees&rdquo; is oversimplified and inaccurate.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

17 Jul 2014 11:54:42 GMT

The role of multilateral climate funds in mobilising private investment: A review of the CTF, GEF, SREP, PPCR and GEEREF

<p>This reports looks at multilateral climate funds (MCF) and private finance interventions (PFIs). MCFs are an example of how climate finance is being deployed to mobilise private investment. Many of these funds have an explicit goal of engaging the private sector, in part by attracting private finance to MCF investments. Although these funds do not currently provide information on funds mobilised through PFIs, they do in many cases disclose targeted volumes of finance and details of proposed financial structures. This working paper includes analysis of a dataset of 93 PFIs representing $30 billion in MCF, public and private investment, with every $1.00 of public finance aiming to mobilise on average $0.80 of private finance. It also begins to identify patterns in those PFIs that target high levels of private investment.</p>

17 Jul 2014 11:41:25 GMT

Options and proposals for the international governance of geoengineering

<p>This research offers proposals for the governance of the main currently discussed geoengineering concepts at the international climate policy level. Based on analysis of the existing regulatory framework and its gaps, the study identifies general options and specific recommended actions for the effective governance of geoengineering. First, the study explores whether and to what extent it is useful and feasible to have a single definition of geoengineering for governance purposes and analyses the existing governance of geoengineering in international law. Second, the authors seek to derive core elements of appropriate governance design from these objectives and criteria. Third, they assess which geoengineering techniques require international governance on the basis of the objectives and criteria. Fourth, governance gaps are identified where it is argued that the existing international framework does not correspond to our proposed core governance elements. Fifth, proposals are made to fill those gaps.</p>

17 Jul 2014 11:32:16 GMT

BRICS-cities and the issue of social mobility: attraction of capital and the right to the city

<p>The consolidation of a group of countries, like the BRICS nations,</p><p>as strong global players demonstrates to the whole world that mobility is a real possibility in the international arena. What the BRICS grouping does not make clear, however, is whether this mobility will result in profound systemic changes towards a more equal and democratic world.</p><p>This paper argues that social mobility does not always entail a reduction of social inequality and poverty. The author discusses, through the concept of BRICS-Cities, two different agendas of urban development in BRICS-Cities &ndash; attraction of capital and the right to the city &ndash; and the different connotations of social mobility arising from each of these agendas. The paper argues in favour of the complementarity of both agendas in order for the BRICS to become a vector for the consolidation of an inclusive and democratic order through the development of their cities.</p>

17 Jul 2014 11:25:20 GMT

Framing the World Cup: Competing Discourses of Favela Pacification as a Mega-Event Legacy in Brazil

In November of 2010, Brazilian military and police officers rolled through the streets ofComplexo de Alemão, Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, in an effort to ‘take back’ the communityfrom notorious drug traffickers in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 SummerOlympic Games. Given the pervasive rhetoric that the occupation of favelas by the ‘pacifying’Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (UPP) program is for these mega events, what are the effects ofthis framing, and how is it used and contested by multiple actors? What subjects are called intobeing as a ‘threat’ through discourses regarding the UPPs, and how does this rhetoric legitimateviolent practices of security by the state? Employing Judith Butler’s concepts of framing and theconstitutive outside, I argue that there are multiple and competing discourses that frame UPPmilitary police interventions, which have important legacy ramifications for Brazil’s megaevents. In general, many international popular media accounts highly decontextualize andexoticize the space of the favela, constituting a site of threatening, yet consumable, Otherness.The state tends to construct simplistic dichotomies of space and subjects as threatening in orderto legitimate its own actions. However, many favela inhabitants are reframing these constitutionsto undermine the state’s attempts at legitimation and bring into reflief the historical and socio-political continuities of Brazilian militarization.

17 Jul 2014 11:18:49 GMT

Evolving customary institutions in the Drylands: an opportunity for devolved natural resource governance in Kenya?

<p>Improved governance of natural resources is crucial for building climate resilient livelihoods and economies in Africa&rsquo;s drylands. This paper looks at why the authority and capacity of customary natural resource management institutions has been weakened, and how this impacts on resource governance and climate resilience. The case study included looks at a new hybrid form of customary/formal institution that is emerging as a response to the stagnation of development and increasing conflict around resource access.<br /><br />The paper demonstrates that legitimising and supporting customary institutions can be a more successful and sustainable approach to addressing the &lsquo;drylands development deficit&rsquo; than projects that focus on technical fixes or work in parallel to customary institutions.</p>

17 Jul 2014 10:15:59 GMT

Displacement and dispossession through land grabbing in Mozambique: the limits of international and national legal instruments — Refugee Studies Centre

<p>The scale and speed of coordinated land grabs over the past five years has created a new avenue through which people are being displaced and dispossessed of their lands.&nbsp; This paper looks at what limits international and national law in addressing displacement and dispossession due to land grabs in Mozambique.</p><p>The author argues that the limits of law to address displacement and dispossession are not due to a lack of institutionalising international good governance norms into domestic-level legal frameworks. Nor can the limits be attributed to state incapacity. Rather, the limits of law lie within the norm implementation process, wherein norms are conditioned by the local Mozambican governance context to serve domestic interests.</p>

17 Jul 2014 10:10:27 GMT

Towards a global energy transformation

<p>This report argues the case for a global energy transformation: a move away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy sources, towards 100 per cent renewable energy. It also advocates for a decentralized and locally managed supply, increased efficiency, and a reduction in absolute consumption. It warns that an energy transformation will not happen without friction, because ownership and power structures have to be fundamentally restructured. The report argues that long-established structures and elites problematize the challenges of an energy transformation and sustain the existing system and their own (market) power with corresponding narratives. It states that the success of an energy transformation will depend on whether a broad alliance of civil society, politics, science, and industry develops a convincing alternative and positive narratives &ndash; and implements them against resistances.</p>

16 Jul 2014 16:13:39 GMT

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions under the UNFCCC

<p>This paper aims to enhance the understanding of the concept of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). It discusses the technical and policy-related aspects of preparing, consulting, and communicating these contributions. It focuses on the question of what a contribution could include, and how this content can be determined.</p><p>The paper predicts that advanced countries, including all current Annex I countries, can be expected to focus their INDCs on precisely defined, economy wide, multi-year targets until 2025 and/or 2030, as well as the source, use and value of intended support. Other countries could concentrate on national energy efficiency or renewable targets, climate related governance structures and highlight policies and projects with their intended impacts. Countries with low capabilities could provide a selection of a few, yet ambitious policies and/or projects in their INDCs.</p>

16 Jul 2014 16:06:30 GMT

50 years of urbanization in Africa: examining the role of climate change

<p>This paper documents a significant impact of climate variation on urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa. It explains that this happens by lowering farm incomes, reduced moisture availability encourages migration to nearby cities, while wetter conditions slow migration. The paper also provides evidence for rural/urban income links. In countries with a larger industrial base, it is argued that reduced moisture shrinks the agricultural sector and raises total incomes in nearby cities. However, if local cities are entirely dependent on servicing agriculture so their fortunes move with those of agriculture, reduced moisture tends to reduce local urban incomes. Finally, the paper argues that climate induces employment changes within the rural sector itself. Drier conditions induce a shift out of farm activities, especially for women, into non-farm activities, and especially out of the workforce. Overall, these findings are taken to imply a strong link between climate and urbanization in Africa.</p>

16 Jul 2014 14:41:49 GMT

South – Sudan crisis: impact on Northern Uganda

<p>From the time the current violent conflict started in South Sudan, the districts bordering South Sudan within Northern Uganda have been receiving refugees fleeing from the conflict in large numbers. This report assesses the situation on the ground inside the Ugandan border and looks at the immediate social-economic and political impact of the crisis within the refugee host districts.</p><p>The paper indicates that there has been a sharp increase in demand for local foodstuff and basic necessities in the Ugandan districts under study, while inadequate border security and the porous nature of Uganda&rsquo;s border pose a big security threat. In addition, the influx of South Sudanese refugees possess a big threat in the health sector since there is an increase in the population size without clear medical records.</p><p>Recommendations include:</p><ul><li>there is need for immediate police deployment in the border points and affected areas to boost capacities of the current manpower on the ground</li><li>refugee youth should be recruited to work alongside the officials as a means of instilling confidence among the refugee population</li><li>there is need for drugs of various assortments to be supplied in the sites, and counselling services should be provided especially on HIV/AIDS</li><li>on the long run, there is need for Uganda to support a peaceful resolution to the conflict and protection of civilians in a non-partisan manner</li></ul>

15 Jul 2014 21:05:15 GMT

Anticipating 2011

<p>This book chapter reviews the costs and potential benefits&nbsp;of the hosting of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Incorporating interviews with the respective host city managers of the event, the author seeks to assess what the impacts of previous hosting of mega events might mean for South Africa.</p><p>He offers a number of conclusions, including:</p><ul><li>2010 may have profound intangible benefits, in particular decreasing Afro-pessimism and celebrating African culture</li><li>However, in economic terms, it may well be that 2010 will be to the disadvantage of most South Africans and exacerbate and contribute to inequality</li><li>It is for these reasons that legacy politics will become ever more pronounced.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Jul 2014 15:49:34 GMT

Refugee economies: rethinking popular assumptions

<p>There is a lack of research that examines the economic lives of refugees and displaced&nbsp; populations. The limited research that exists is mainly focused on refugee livelihoods or economic impacts on the host state.&nbsp; The concept of &lsquo;refugee economies&rsquo; is used to represent the entire resource allocation system&nbsp; relating to a refugee community. It looks at refugees&rsquo; economic lives holistically and from&nbsp; the standpoint of the people themselves.&nbsp;</p><p>This study is based on extensive qualitative and quantitative research in Uganda, conducted using participatory methods. The quantitative data is based on a survey of 1,593 refugees in Nakivale and Kyangwali settlements, and Kampala. The data challenges five popular myths about refugees&rsquo; economic lives. It contests common assumptions that refugee economies are 1) isolated, 2) a burden, 3) homogenous, 4) technologically illiterate, and 5) dependent on humanitarian assistance.</p><p>The reports highlights that </p><ul> <li>refugees are networked within settlements,&nbsp;nationally, and transnationally. Both refugee and Ugandan traders connect refugee settlements to wider economic systems </li> <li>refugees often make a positive contribution to the host state economy. These contributions are <br />exemplified by the significant volume of exchange between refugees and Ugandan nationals, as <br />well as by refugees&rsquo; creation of employment opportunities for Ugandan nationals </li> <li>refugees are economically diverse and have significant levels of internal inequality. They <br />have a range of different livelihood activities; some are successful entrepreneurs </li> <li>refugees are users and, in some cases, creators of technology. They have higher levels of <br />internet use than the general population, use mobile phones extensively, and frequently <br />adapt their own appropriate technologies </li> <li>although many refugees do receive humanitarian assistance, most are more dependent on other <br />social relationships, aspire to receive other forms of support, and in many cases create sustainable livelihood opportunities for themselves </li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Jul 2014 11:28:59 GMT

Modernizing China in the Olympic spotlight: China’s national identity and the 2008 Beijing Olympiad

<p>The XXIX Olympiad is coming to Beijing at a critical juncture of the world<br />history of globalization and the Chinese history of grand socioeconomic&nbsp;<br />transformation. Following in the footsteps of its two East Asian neighbours,&nbsp;Japan and South Korea, who respectively hosted the Tokyo Olympiad in 1964&nbsp;and the Seoul Olympiad in 1988, the People&rsquo;s Republic of China (PRC) is&nbsp;determined to turn this sporting mega-event into the celebration of a Chinese&nbsp;renaissance and the harmonization of world civilizations under the theme slogan&nbsp;&lsquo;One World, One Dream&rsquo;. In the making is a new history &ndash; as the low politics&nbsp;of sport is conspicuously connected with the high politics of national identities&nbsp;and international relations in the spotlight of the upcoming Beijing Olympics&nbsp;in 2008.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Jul 2014 11:19:32 GMT

An exploration and critique of the use of mental health information within refugee status determination proceedings in the United Kingdom

<p>This study seeks to understand the composition, use and cultural orientation of mental health evidence within the UK&rsquo;s refugee status determination (RSD) process. It responds to an increasing importance placed on considering evidence about asylum seekers&rsquo; mental health within RSD, and a lack of available information about when this evidence is requested and submitted, who is authorised to prepare it, and what it should include. Recognising the cultural heterogeneity of the asylum-seeking population in the UK, this research also explores the extent to which differences in cultural understandings of mental health are accommodated. This exploration provides insight into the construction of &ldquo;truthful&rdquo; or &ldquo;valid&rdquo; mental health information within RSD.<br /><br />Therefore this study seeks to answer the following two research questions:</p><ul><li>when, how, and for what purpose is mental health information gathered within RSD?</li><li>to what extent does the RSD process accommodate varying cultural understandings of mental health?</li></ul><p>Analysing data gathered in response to these questions from a constructivist perspective reveals the decision makers&rsquo; understanding of &ldquo;credible&rdquo; and &ldquo;veracious&rdquo; evidence.</p>

15 Jul 2014 11:12:37 GMT

Will the BRICS provide the global public goods the world needs?

<p>The demand for global economic governance is increasing in a globalising and increasingly interlinked economy. Yet global governance, a global public good, is currently undersupplied &ndash; and this (e.g. lack of global rules on trade, finance and emissions) is harming development.</p><p>This report examines the role of BRICs and other groupings in providing global public goods in the future. The report first establishes that that global decision making on trade, climate and finance has been stalling the last decade in part because of the relative rise of BRICS / emerging markets vis-a-vis developed countries and the US in particular. This is evident from an examination of the stalemate in the trade and climate change negotiations. The authors find that the differences between the BRICS and the established powers have so far led to a vacuum in the provision of global governance public goods, which is concerning, but the details differ by types of rulemaking.</p>

15 Jul 2014 10:46:13 GMT

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Making the best of new energy resources in the United States

Since around 2007, the country has been enjoying an “energy renaissance” thanks to its abundant stocks of shale oil and gas. The resurgence in oil and gas production is beginning to create discernible economic impacts and has changed the landscape for natural gas prices in the United States, boosting competitiveness.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Green growth indicators

Policies that promote green growth need to be founded on a good understanding of the different factors that affect green growth, and appropriate information is needed to monitor progress and measure results.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:29:00 GMT

The Diesel Differential: Differences in the tax treatment of gasoline and diesel for road use

Diesel and gasoline account for around 95% of energy used for road transport in the OECD and for the largest share of revenue from taxes on energy. In 33 out of 34 OECD countries, diesel fuel is taxed at lower rates than gasoline both in terms of energy and carbon content.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:25:00 GMT

Consequences of climate change damages for economic growth – a dynamic quantitative assessment

This report focuses on the effects of climate change impacts on economic growth. The analysis finds that the effect of climate change impacts on annual global GDP is projected to increase over time, leading to a global GDP loss of 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060 for the most likely equilibrium climate sensitivity range.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

The Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) aimed to promote dialogue on the role of green investment banks, which are domestically-focused public institutions that use limited public capital to leverage or “crowd-in” private capital, including from institutional investors, for green infrastructure investment.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

Paris Policy Forum - Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia: from concept to implementation

The policy forum officially launches the conceptual framework to the public and offers an opportunity for participants to discuss the key issues for emerging Asia: housing, buildings and energy, land use and transport, water and waste management, green goods and services.

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

The ITF is an intergovernmental organisation within the OECD to tackle mobility issues for the 21st century. The Forum acts as a platform to advance transport policy and practice, with a view to ensuring transport's contribution to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being. The ITF 2014 annual Summit is being held in Leipzig, Germany on 21-23 may 2014.

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

Twenty years ago climate change was viewed as just an environmental issue. Today it is squarely an economic issue. Climate change poses significant risks to our economic systems that could result in very large damages. To mitigate these risks we need to radically transform our economies and societies to stop global warming.

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

The OECD’s 34 member countries today affirmed their common resolve to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the COP21 talks in Paris in 2015. OECD accession countries Colombia and Latvia joined the statement issued at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, attended by finance, economy, trade and other ministers.

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Webcast of OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies

Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross-country Evidence

Risk finance is essential for new ventures to commercialise new ideas and grow, especially in emerging sectors. Yet very little is known about the drivers and characteristics of risk finance in the green sector. This paper aims to fill this gap by providing a detailed description of risk finance in the green sector across 29 countries and identifying the role that policies might have in shaping high-growth investments.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

Find out about the Green Growth Platform and its upcoming activities

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 GMT

Greener Skills and Jobs

The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This paper suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

OECD LEED-Cedefop 2nd Green Skills Forum 2014 (Paris, France)

LEED and Cedefop organise the second edition of the Green Skills Forum which will bring together experts in innovation, employability and skills development and lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A call for zero emissions from the World Economic Forum in Davos

OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, gives his views in this blog from the World Economic Forum in Davos on the huge risk that carbon dioxide emissions pose to the economy and the environment.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

All issues of the OECD Green Growth Newsletter

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

Workshop: Potential of social enterprises for job creation and green economy - how to stimulate their start and development?

The last decade has seen considerable policy attention to the social economy and its contribution to employment, in particular as regards the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable workers and the provision of appropriate working conditions.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy

This LEED project aims to to define key indicators of area-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The objective is to define measurable indicators at regional/local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

The Swedish Tax on Nitrogen Oxide Emissions: Lessons in Environmental Policy Reform - Environment Policy Paper No. 2

This case study describes the approach taken to reduce NOx emissions from combustion plants, the challenges encountered and the social, environmental and economic impacts. It concludes by discussing the wider lessons that are raised for other governments seeking to develop similar policy responses.

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

The Political Economy of Fuel Subsidies in Colombia - Environment Working Paper No. 61

Colombia has made progress towards eliminating fuel and diesel subsidies and reducing discretionary spaces allowing for artificially low fuel prices, but challenges remain. This paper discusses the political economy of fuel subsidies in the country to understand why reform has been so slow.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

ITF Transport Outlook 2013

The ITF Transport Outlook 2013 presents and discusses global scenarios concerning the development of transport volumes through 2050. The analysis highlights the impact of alternative economic growth scenarios on passenger and freight flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation outside the OECD.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:06:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2013: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?

The 2013 Forum was held on 5-6 December and discussed how governments can improve their investment policy framework to reduce the risk and attract long-term private finance in support of green growth.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

Environmental policies and productivity growth - a critical review of empirical findings

This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the link between environmental policy stringency and productivity growth, and the various channels through which such effects can take place.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Green growth challenges and the need for an energy reform in Mexico

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:14:00 GMT

Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector

This report looks at the issue of tax crime in the fisheries sector, including frauds over taxes on profit and earnings, customs duties, VAT and social security, with examples from real cases.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:01:00 GMT

Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

The value of fishery resources lies in its ability to support public goals and objectives. If the fishery is expected to support economic, social and environmental objectives, it is important for fishery managers to recognise the primacy of these goals even if stock management remains their principle task. This handbook discusses the role of objectives and how to carry out an effective policy design and implementation process.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

This paper examines how institutional investors can access green infrastructure, the extent to which this is currently happening, and the barriers to scaling up these investment flows. Based on four case studies, broader lessons are drawn for governments on the policy settings which may support investment in green infrastructure by institutional investors.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

The Political Economy of British Columbia's Carbon Tax - Environment Working Paper No. 63

This paper reviews the political economy of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) tax in three periods: its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects. The BC launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, applied to all combustion sources of fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Green Growth Newsletter, October 2013

Headlines: 2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum, 5-6 December 2013; In Focus: Water – International Year of Water, World Water Week and the OECD's Work on Water; Promoting Green Investment in Costa Rica; Promoting Green Growth in Brandenburg; Making Growth Green and Inclusive – The Case of Cambodia; Latest publications and key upcoming events.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:26:00 GMT

Ireland's Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis - Environment Working Paper No. 59

This paper describes the features of the tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues, and draws conclusions regarding why it happened, and provides tentative insights for other countries in a similar situation.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Marine Biotechnology: Enabling Solutions for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability

This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:43:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

The OECD participated in this annual event held in Stockholm (1-5 September 2013) where two major reports "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters" were launched by the OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

Climate change and rising demand are making it harder to meet the world’s water needs. At World Water Week 2013, the OECD will explore how to better manage this vital resource.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Cambodia

Key questions for development planning today in countries include: Can developing countries strike a balance between economic growth, societal well-being and environmental protection? Can inclusive, green growth be a way forward? This report presents a case study on Cambodia designed to answer these questions.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:24:00 GMT

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth, July 2013

This workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group’s (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Restructuring the electricity sector and promoting green growth in Japan

The 2011 disaster and nuclear problems opened the door to a new energy policy, as they raisedfundamental questions about the electricity system’s ability to prevent and respond to accidents.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Greening growth in Luxembourg

With strong economic growth overall and an increasingly important role as a regional economic centre, Luxembourg is experiencing mounting environmental pressures. This is mainly a result of a growing population and a rapid increase in transport, which is dominated by the car, as the number of workers commuting within Luxembourg and from across the border has risen rapidly.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods Through Collective Action

Collective action is key to improving the agricultural environment given its effectiveness in dealing with agri-environmental externalities that are beyond the capacity of the individual farmer to manage. This study provides an extensive literature review and analyses 25 case studies from 13 OECD countries to examine how policies could and should be used to promote collective action.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

Evidence for the agricultural sectors of OECD countries from 1990 to 2010 shows improvements have been made in nutrient, pesticide, energy and water management, using less of these inputs per unit volume of output, according to this report. Environmentally beneficial practices by farmers, such as conservation tillage, improved manure storage, soil nutrient testing and drip irrigation, have also contributed to improvements.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Lithuania adheres to OECD Declaration on Green Growth

Following the delivery of the Strategy in May 2011, green growth will be mainstreamed in OECD analytical work to enrich guidance on a number of country, sector and issue-specific areas. This will involve integrating green growth considerations in Economic Surveys, Environmental Performance Reviews and Innovation Reviews.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:06:00 GMT

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation

This paper brings together information collected through Working Party on Nanotechnology discussions and projects. It relies in particular on preliminary results from a project on the responsible development of nanotechnology and outcomes of a symposium held in 2012.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:00 GMT

Blog: Climate Change and Health Beyond 2015 - The Sustainable Development Agenda

Health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development. Climate change affects health through a myriad of exposure pathways, each presenting simultaneously both challenges and opportunities for sustainable health and development.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:00 GMT

Blog: Putting green growth at the heart of development

The rapid pace of development in many developing countries raises the stakes for investments in development, but also begs reflection on the patterns or types of growth that are appropriate for a particular country context.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:53:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Ethiopia

This working paper reflects on green growth policy in Ethiopia – it explores green growth already in action – a range of on-the-ground activities which point to scale-up options for the future.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:27:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

New OECD report offers tips on how households can green their behaviour

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the economic crisis has taken its toll, and the survey shows that the environment is slipping down on the list of people’s priorities.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Putting green growth at the heard of development

Over the past 20 years, the global development landscape has changed dramatically. At the same time, we face unprecedented global challenges and growing instability, with looming financial and economic crises, and growing unemployment, food insecurity, political instability and environmental threats.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:44:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

Saving the environment falls into that category for many people, but the good news for the planet is that the OECD has identified a group of people who “believe that sacrifices will be necessary to solve environmental problems”.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

This publication explains why green growth is vital to secure a more sustainable future for developing countries. Covering 74 policies and measures from 37 countries and 5 regional initiatives, this publication outlines an action-oriented twin-track agenda to guide national and international policies and practices to successfully tackle green growth.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD ProgBlog - Financing our Future: Sustainable Development Financing Strategy

As discussions to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) build momentum, attention is starting to shift towards not only what the world should try to achieve, but also how to go about it.

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:48:00 GMT

OECD Forum 2013 issue on fostering sustainability

This year's forum focuses on three key themes: Promoting inclusive growth, Rebuilding trust and Fostering sustainability. The Forum brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. It feeds into the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda.

Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Investing in a sustainable future

Investment strategies almost never consider external costs to the environment when calculating potential returns. But incorporating environmental risk and sustainability into investor mindsets is possible– and urgent.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT

Report: Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux)

This paper discusses the results of the 2011-2012 OECD LEED study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:21:00 GMT

Green Growth in Cities

Green Growth in Cities presents the OECD Green Cities Programme’s main findings and policy recommendations, and provides a preliminary approach to measuring green growth in cities

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:20:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

Cities can generate growth and jobs while becoming greener – this is the message of the OECD’s new Green Growth in Cities report. Drawing on case studies of Paris, Chicago, Kitakyushu and Stockholm, the report identifies green policies that can respond to urban growth priorities and suggests how to implement and finance them.

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Cash-strapped governments will need private sector investment to meet sustainable transport objectives, OECD says

Boosting private sector investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will be essential as governments seek to meet long-term economic and environmental objectives at a time of constrained public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Ports: How to Get More Value for Money?

Ports are the nervous system of global trade. Over 80% of world cargo (by volume) is transported by sea. Our efforts to raise the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of ports can help boost trade, growth and jobs. It can also help us to promote green growth and development in the poorest regions, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 22 May 2013 14:07:00 GMT

Economic Survey of Mexico 2013

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Tue, 21 May 2013 14:38:00 GMT

Urbanisation and Green Growth in China

This working paper assesses national policy and governance mechanisms that can influence green growth in Chinese cities.

Fri, 17 May 2013 19:40:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

We can’t use terms like “inclusive” and “green” as window dressing for the pursuit of economic growth as an end in itself. A real and profound change in how we think about growth is needed–one that doesn’t let special interests get in the way of creating a just, fair and sustainable economy with clean energy for all.

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

Return from the dead?

Old ways of thinking won’t bring developed countries back to economic life. Weighed down by the legacy of the crisis, they also face deep challenges like a faltering labour supply and slowing innovation. And growth itself won’t be enough–it must also be stable, inclusive and green. The need for structural reforms has never been greater, but they will require difficult trade-offs.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:20:00 GMT

OECD/BIAC Workshop: Green Growth in the Agro-Food Chain: What Role for the Private Sector?

What is the role of the private sector in greening the agro-food chain? This OECD/BIAC workshop will examine such issues as the role of new technologies in increasing productivity and reducing waste, as well as developing private-public partnerships.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:43:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

China’s exceptional economic expansion has led to rising energy demand and pollution as well as other environmental pressures. Strong efforts by the government have moderated emissions of some types of air and water pollution from high levels but others, including greenhouse gas emissions, continue to rise. Poor air and water quality threaten human health, create other costs and reduce well-being.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Greening our Knowledge

Strong international cooperation on testing, exploring and refining measurement tools on green growth is essential to support implementation and assessment of policies in both developed and developing countries, said OECD Secretary-General.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

The European Union may be facing some difficult economic challenges, but that's no excuse for not acting now to create an economy based on resource efficiency and low-carbon development. The benefits are potentially enormous, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, more efficient use of energy and resources and rising growth and innovation.

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

What have we learned from attempts to introduce green-growth policies?

Long-term projections suggest that without policy changes, the continuation of business-as-usual economic growth and development will have serious impacts on natural resources and the ecosystem services on which human well-being depends.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:07:00 GMT

The price of oil – will it start rising again?

Following a sharp drop amidst the global economic crisis and a subsequent recovery, the spot price of crude oil has been broadly stable for the past couple of years. This paper discusses the factors that drive oil demand and supply and, hence, the price of the resource.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

In his speech to OECD Ambassadors, the President of Iceland discussed how Iceland could offer lessons on the nature of a clean energy economy; and presented some insights from Iceland's recent challenges in dealing with the financial crisis.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

Although the market for green goods and services is growing, the development of new business models is affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

New business models can help reduce environmental pollution, optimise the use of natural resources, increase productivity and energy efficiency, and provide a new source of economic growth. The development of new business models is also affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:33:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector: Proceedings of a Joint FAO/OECD Workshop

To help meet the challenges posed by climate change, the agriculture sector should increase its resilience. This book presents the summary and papers from a joint workshop by FAO and OECD that looked at how agriculture can build resilience for adaptation to climate change.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Korea’s National Green Growth Committee Meeting

Putting “Green” at the core of a country’s “Growth” strategy is intelligent public policy at its best! Korea understands that there is no trade-off between green and growth. Much to the contrary: there are strong synergies that can be exploited between pro-growth and pro-green policies.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:43:00 GMT

OECD calls for better alignment of energy policy, public finances and environmental goals

Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Report: Measuring the potential of local green growth - An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth in Africa: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future

Information on and background documents for the Green Growth African Regional Workshops, 15-18 January 2013. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

Mexico is faced with difficult trade-offs as it pursues its economic, social and environmental goals. Like other emerging economies Mexico is balancing the need to protect its natural resources with the need to address high levels of income inequality and poverty.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Conference: Innovation in skills development for SMEs competitiveness (Ankara, Turkey)

The conference discussed the results of the project as well as policy recommendations on training and skills development for the creation of an innovative and competitive SME sector in OECD countries.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Innovation In Tourism

This working paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyse the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in OECD countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector.

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Launch of the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development”

Secretary-General Angel Gurría launched the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development” at the 48th High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee in London.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Chile's OECD membership presents challenges both in the context of changing patterns of production and consumption, and in the framework of a more sustainable economy. Specifically, green growth emphasizes improving growth rates, particularly through greening existing industries, as well as through new eco-businesses.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Evidence from Patent Data - Environment Working Paper No. 50

This paper presents comparative data on innovation in selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the context of Africa. Such analysis informs policy aimed at encouraging international technology transfer and development of domestic innovation capacities.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Joint OECD-GGGI Workshop: Green growth development paths for a better future

Surrounding the 2012 GG-SD Forum, a joint OECD-GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) workshop took place on 22 November. The workshop featured a discussion among experts and policy makers from developing countries with the aim of sharing evidence and experience on how to create an enabling framework and design policy options for overcoming key challenges and prioritizing inclusive green growth opportunities.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:40:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

Noted actors in development share their views on what progress has been made from the past 50 years, the remaining challenges and the way toward a more efficient future in development.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The GGKP has been developed in partnership between the GGGI, the OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank, to help address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, and to help countries design and implement green growth policy.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

This new publication looks at how renewable energy can bring the greatest benefits to host regions.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:08:00 GMT

Measuring the potential of local green growth: An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

Secretary-General Angel Gurría addresses the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and others to discuss highlights of the forthcoming OECD report on local green growth, as part of our efforts to develop more effective tools for measuring cities’ progress and monitoring the impact of green policies.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:42:00 GMT

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2012

The second Forum – 3GF2012 – will be held in Denmark on 8-9 October 2012 under the thematic headline “Resource Efficiency and Growth”.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:41:00 GMT

Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

This paper presents an overview of practices and challenges related to financing green sustainable cities. Cities are essential actors in stimulating green infrastructure; and urban finance is one of the promising ways in which this can be achieved. Cities are key investors in infrastructure with green potential, such as buildings, transport, water and waste.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:09:00 GMT

Green transformation of small businesses: Achieving and going beyond environmental requirements - Environment Working Paper No. 47

This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs).

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

Climate change policies in Germany: make ambition pay

Germany reduced greenhouse gas emissions substantially but remains an important emitter. Ambitious targets for climate change mitigation have been fixed and a broad range of environmental measures are being implemented.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:00 GMT

The determinants of invention in electricity generation technologies: A patent data analysis - Environment Working Paper No. 45

This paper analyses the determinants of invention in efficiency-enhancing electricity generation technologies that have the potential to facilitate climate change mitigation efforts, including fossil fuel based technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, renewables and nuclear technologies.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany)

The Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Market Development for Green Cars

This report reviews government policies and attempts to provide a better understanding of the growing market for green vehicles as well as new analytical instruments to identify measures that could be designed to foster the uptake of green cars.

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:10:00 GMT

Towards green growth in Denmark: improving energy and climate change policies

Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:17:00 GMT

OECD and Rio+20

OECD’s contribution to the Rio+20 Conference focused on how to promote greener economies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment

This comprehensive review of compact city policies will provide food for thought for national, sub-national and municipal governments as they seek to address their economic and environmental challenges through the development and implementation of spatial strategies.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Achieving the “low carbon, green growth” vision in Korea

Korea, which has had the highest growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD area since 1990, adopted an ambitious Green Growth Strategy in 2009.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

Green Jobs

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

This report is part of the OECD work programme on eco-innovation policies. The objective of this work is to complement the knowledge base on eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and to provide empirical material for additional research on policy issues related to eco-innovation.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Green Growth Seminar

The costs and consequences of inaction would be colossal, in economic, environmental and human terms. The truth is that changing our model of growth and making it greener and more inclusive is the only credible strategy that we have.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green growth in action: Mexico

Mexico has taken action on a number of fronts to implement green growth policies, including integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation plans into their National Development Plan, and implementing energy price schemes that reflect the opportunity costs of consumption. Mexico is also developing its green growth indicators, using the OECD set of green growth indicators proposed in “Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture in a Global Context

To nourish the world population in 2050, we must increase food availability by 70 to 100%. This means that we need to engineer a shift towards policies that support innovation, productivity and sustainability and that provide farmers with the skills they need to grasp the opportunities of strong demand and high prices.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

This publication presents a major meta-analysis of 'value of a statistical life' (VSL) estimates derived from surveys where people around the world have been asked about their willingness to pay for small reduction in mortality risks.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

Inducing environmental innovation is a significant challenge to policy-makers. Efforts to design public policies that address these issues are motivated by the fact that innovations can allow for improved environmental quality at lower cost.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

"The success of green growth will depend on whether it is a shared global agenda. Many developing countries are not yet fully equipped to introduce new ‘greener’ policies and tap into the benefits of a green future", declared Mr Gurría at the Global Green Growth Summit.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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OECD Development Week 2014

The OECD Development Week (30 June, 1- 3 July 2014) is organised by the OECD Development Centre. High-level policy makers, representatives of the private sector, investors, civil society organisations, foundations and think tanks will gather at the OECD to look into current patterns of globalisation and explore more dynamic paths for inclusive and sustainable growth at global, regional and national levels.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:29:00 GMT

OECD Insights Blog: The transatlantic trade deal must work for the people, or it won’t work at all

Blog post by OECD TUAC, ETUC and AFL-CIO on why the transatlantic trade deal TTIP must work for the people, or it won’t work at all.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:28:00 GMT

Monitoring trade and investment measures

G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT

Aiming high: the values-driven economic potential of a successful TTIP deal

Guest post from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the OECD Insights blog discussing the economic potential of a successful TTIP deal.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

New evidence on Africa’s integration into global value chains

The African economy is undergoing diversification and becoming more integrated into the world economy. But whether the current pace of change is sufficient to achieve lasting structural transformation is another question.In order for GVCs to contribute positively to structural change, policy also needs to adapt.

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

African countries need to tap global markets more effectively to strengthen their economies, says new African Economic Outlook

By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:16:00 GMT

Expanding services trade offers major opportunities for growth and jobs, OECD says

The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), released during the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

International Business Dialogue 2014: Better Regulation to Enhance Trade

The objective of the International Business Dialogue 2014 is to collect input from the business community on regulatory impediments to trade and identify areas to improve international regulatory cooperation.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:08:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

Merchandise trade continues to pick-up across most major economies in fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs [pdf

This brand new report from the OECD examines the potential impact of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in Bali on trade costs.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:21:00 GMT

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be a positive thing, and not just for the EU and the US.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:25:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism

Mr Gurría said the trade facilitation agreement at the core of the new package would cut red tape and speed border crossings worldwide, offering an important boost to world trade and the global economy. "As OECD work has highlighted, the benefits of lowering costs for traders are significant, and are particularly welcome today, given the slow growth seen in so many countries," Mr Gurría said.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali: too good a prize to pass up

As the OECD's latest global economic forecast has confirmed, world trade is now growing at an extremely low rate. This brings into stark focus the need for trade negotiators at the WTO to cut a deal to bring a much-needed boost to world trade and the global economy.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2013

Merchandise trade imports and exports in G7 and BRICS economies grew by 1.4% during the third quarter of 2013, offsetting the contractions seen in the previous quarter.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:28:00 GMT

Premium and Interest Rates related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding

This page holds all the latest information related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding, including the latest interest rates.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:59:00 GMT

Global Value Chains offer major opportunity for growth and progress in advanced and developing economies, according to OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report to G20

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of world trade and investment, offering new prospects for growth, development and jobs, according to a new joint report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:27:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Launch of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013

We have come a long way since 2005, when we launched the Aid for Trade initiative in Hong Kong at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. Each successive global review has deepened our analysis and broadened our understanding of the dynamics of aid, trade, development and their interaction. In parallel, more and more partner countries and donors have come on board as the tangible results of our efforts become apparent.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:18:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

Measures Supporting Minerals and Primary Metals Extraction and Processing: Case Study: Australia

Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Road connectivity and the border effect: evidence from Europe

Several studies have reported a large negative effect of national borders on the volume of trade. We provide new estimates of the border effect for continental Europe using road rather than great circle – or "as-crows-fly" – distance.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:52:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework

The purpose of this OECD Study is to provide the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects, and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts). We have prepared case studies focusing on Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:15:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

The rise in international investment and trade in goods and services related to renewable energy has been rapid but not always smooth. This paper surveys, through the lenses of market-pull and technology-push policies, the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

The Construction of a New International Economic Order

To better integrate their economies into Global Value Chains, governments need a fine-tuned understanding of their dynamics and policies, and we have made considerable progress on this front. For example, we have learned that success in international markets depends as much on the capacity to import high-quality inputs as on the capacity to export: intermediate inputs account for over 2/3 of the goods and 70% of the services we trade.

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:51:00 GMT

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Why does it matter?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, if successfully concluded, would be the most significant bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:48:00 GMT

Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Market Monitor, June 2013

Early indications for world wheat, maize and rice production in 2013 point to record levels and an overall increase in supplies in the new 2013/14 marketing season.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:44:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

G20/ OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Global Value Chains

A wide range of stakeholders examined the progress made on measuring trade in value added terms and to extract and clarify the emerging policy implications that can be employed to stimulate strong, balanced and job-rich growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:48:00 GMT

The Costs and Challenges of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures

The costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures, according to this study. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement these measures has been made available to developing countries over the last decade.

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:00 GMT

The value of trade

The emergence of global value chains in manufacturing and services has revolutionised the way the world trades. It has also provided a valuable entry point for many developing economies into the global economy. Thanks to the combined efforts of the WTO and OECD, we now have a strong data-based understanding of these impacts, which will be vital to the design of effective trade policies.

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:35:00 GMT

Multilateralising Regionalism on Government Procurement

The potential multilateralisation of government procurement commitments in regional trade agreements (RTAs) presents many issues and challenges. To what extent do RTAs go beyond the 2012 revised Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), and how do they differ among trading partners? This report surveys 47 RTAs in force with government procurement provisions where an OECD member is a party.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:07:00 GMT

Global Production Networks and Employment: A Developing Country Perspective

International firms in developing economies tend to employ more workers and pay higher wages than firms dealing exclusively with the domestic market, according to this paper demonstrating the links between global value chains (GVCs)and labour market outcomes. Engagement in international activities provides greater opportunities for women to enter the formal employment market.

Tue, 14 May 2013 16:24:00 GMT

Global Value Chains and Developing Country Employment: A Literature Review

How do global value chains (GVCs) impact employment markets in developing countries? This paper reviews the literature on the subject, focusing on the labour market impacts of three processes that lie at the core of GVC development: importing, exporting, and foreign direct investment (FDI). Two case studies are presented

Tue, 14 May 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Trade Costs: What Have We Learned? A Synthesis Report

Understanding trade costs is essential for formulating policy interventions designed to reduce such costs. This report synthesises all OECD work on cost factors across the entire trade chain.

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:40:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

The Role of Services for Competitiveness in Manufacturing

What is the role of services in international merchandise trade, especially as new technology changes the way production is organised? This study analyses the relationship between competitiveness in manufacturing and the quality of key supporting services. Three primary indicators of competitiveness are considered: the degree of product differentiation, unit prices obtained in export markets and the duration of trade.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:28:00 GMT

Made in the world

The new OECD/WTO database on trade in value-added is not just about changing the numbers, but policymakers’ approaches too. It gives trade fresh importance, and a place high on the agenda of the UK’s G8 presidency.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:11:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

State-Owned Enterprises: Trade Effects and Policy Implications

With a growing integration via trade and investment, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have traditionally been oriented towards domestic markets increasingly compete with private firms in the global market place. This paper presents a conceptual discussion of how potential SOE advantages can generate cross-border effects.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:38:00 GMT

Summary Report: OECD International Business Dialogue 2013

Business representatives and policy makers provided lively debate and valuable insights on barriers to 21st century commerce when they met at this event at OECD headquarters in Paris. Read the main discussion points, online survey results and recommendations.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:55:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Export Restrictions: Benefits of Transparency and Good Practices

Transparent trade legislation, policies and practices benefit governments and business alike by reducing uncertainty and transaction costs, simplifying procedures and encouraging investment. This paper studies the information published online by 33 countries on their export restriction policies in the minerals sector, and presents a checklist of best practices for addressing gaps in the availability and accessibility of information.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:03:00 GMT

Mineral Resource Trade in Chile: Contribution to Development and Policy Implications

Instead of resorting to trade measures such as export restrictions, Chile manages its minerals sector through a combination of balanced taxation, stable investment measures, good management of tax revenue, exchange rate policy and initiatives aimed at producing a multiplier effect of economy-wide development, according to this study.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD International Business Dialogue 2013: Barriers to 21st Century Commerce - 4-5 March 2013

What obstacles do companies face in doing business internationally? This event brought together representatives from firms in various sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:09:00 GMT

Trade Facilitation Indicators: The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

Drawing on OECD trade facilitation indicators, this paper finds that the combined effect of comprehensive trade facilitation reform would reach almost 14.5% reduction of total trade costs for low income countries, 15.5% for lower middle income countries and 13.2% for upper middle income countries.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:27:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2012

Compared to the third quarter, the value of merchandise exports and imports for the G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT

The declining competitiveness of French firms reflects a generalised supply-side problem

This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment

Occupation-level analysis of short-term labour market impacts from trade can provide policy makers with better insights than industry-level studies, says this paper using a unique dataset based on harmonised labour force surveys from Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil and South Africa. For instance, occupation-level data shows that imports can be associated with higher wages and a lower probability of unemployment.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:13:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries

Agricultural trade can be a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty reduction, and development. However, efforts by developing countries to expand their agricultural trade are often hampered by domestic supply-side constraints such as lack of trade-related infrastructure. This report looks at some of the most important of these constraints, and features case studies from Indonesia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:22:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013

This OECD Policy Dialogue brought together a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, practitioners, academics, private sector and civil society - from developing and developed countries. Participants discussed what needs to be done to continue delivering aid for trade results in this changing international environment for trade and development.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:03:00 GMT

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds

This paper examines how three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) incorporate transparency into their regulatory regimes: CITES (endangered species, especially tropical timber), the Basel Convention (hazardous e-waste), and the Kimberley Process (conflict diamonds)

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2012

Merchandise trade continued to slow in most major economies in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Emergence of Global Value Chains: What Do They Mean for Business?

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría delivers remarks at the G20 Trade and Investment Promotion Summit held in Mexico City.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Taking Stock of Measures Restricting the Export of Raw Materials: Analysis of OECD Inventory Data

Governments appear increasingly inclined to apply border and domestic measures to restrict the export of raw materials. For industrial raw materials, the OECD is constructing an Inventory of measures that have been applied since 2009. The underlying survey covers some 100 countries, some 15 types of measures and most minerals, metals and wood. This paper analyses 2009-2010 data collected so far for the minerals and metals sector.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:59:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

Developing effective policies to reduce illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods requires a clear understanding of what drives this trade and the circumstances under which it thrives, says this report.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Video: "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar, 13 September 2012

Watch the Jobs Knowledge Platform webcast of the World Bank-OECD "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar on the JKPLive Facebook channel.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2012

Merchandise trade slowed in most major economies in the second quarter of 2012, with contractions in all major European economies, India, Russia and South Africa.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a More Open Trading System and Jobs Rich Growth - C-MIN(2012)9

Over the course of the last half century, the global expansion of trade has reshaped the world economy. Trade opening has enabled economies to reap the benefits of specialisation and focus more productively on what they do best, through the sectors where they demonstrate comparative advantage.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Out now: Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade interact with employment? This book features highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE), including regional, country and thematic studies.

Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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Major Partnerships Fundraising Executive - Hope and Homes for Children (Salary: £25,820 - £29,420, Islington, London) (source: CharityJob)

Hope and Homes for Children, Islington, London, Salary: £25,820 - £29,420 Major Partnerships Executive x 2 Hope and Homes for Children Salary: &pound;25,820 - &pound;29,420 Location: London Hours: 37.5 hours Contract type: P...

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Power Engineering Expert, Monitoring and Evaluation Program, Pakistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: PakistanClosing date: 23 Aug 2014Power Engineering Expert, Monitoring and Evaluation Program, PakistanCompany Profile: MSI is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey. 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 UK and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging political and

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

ILRI vacancy:Research Technician, GHG (closing date 7 August 2014) (source: ILRI)

Vacancy Number: RT/GHG/07/14 Department: Livestock Systems and the Evironment (LSE) Duration: 1 year fixed term contract International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Technician to support research within the Livestock GHG measurement and mitigation project. S/he will provide support for the investigation of the enteric and manurial greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Director of Communications - Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (£45,000 - £50,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, London, £45,000 - £50,000 The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women provides women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets with the skills, technology, networks and access...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Plan UK: Digital Strategy & Development Manager – Circa £47,000 (source: Third Sector Jobs)

Circa £47,000:Plan UK:Digital Strategy & Development Manager – Circa £47,000London (Central), London (Greater)

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Hope and Homes for Children: Major Partnerships Fundraising Executive x 2 (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£25,820 - £29,420 :Hope and Homes for Children:Major Partnerships Executive x 2Hope and Homes for ChildrenSalary: £25,820 - £29,420LondonHours: 37.5 hoursContract type: PermanentLondon (North), London (Greater)

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Associate Benefits Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide supervisory, technical, coordination and administrative support to various work assignments, projects and transactions required for more efficient and client-centered HR and benefits administration and services. (Closing Date: 8 August 2014)

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Operations Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

Performs secretarial, administrative and operational support services support for social sector work carried out in the division (e.g., Education), as well as CoP Secretariat functions. Undertakes other administrative functions as required. (Closing Date: 8 August 2014)

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Head of Team: Contracts and Agreements (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International HIV/AIDS AllianceCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Salary circa £49,000 per annum plus benefits of up to 16%Based Brighton, UKThe International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a world without AIDS. Since 1994, the Alliance and its partners have supported over 3,000 projects, in over 40 countries, reaching millions of people.The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is seeking a Head of Team (HoT): Contracts and Agreements

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA- Coordinateur Médical (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 10 Aug 2014L’ASSOCIATION AlimaL’association Alima (The Alliance for International Medical Action) a été créée en juin 2009 avec pour objectif de produire des secours médicaux de qualité lors des situations d’urgences tout en participant à la réduction de la fracture entre les moyens d’une médecine moderne et l’accessibilité à cette médecine pour une partie de la population. Pour ce faire, Alima met l’accent sur la recherche et l’ancrage dans les sociétés civiles des pays d’intervention en développant des projets en partenariat

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zimbabwe: Media and Advocacy Advisor, Zimbabwe (source: Relief Web)

Country: ZimbabweClosing date: 20 Aug 2014Media and Advocacy Advisor, ZimbabweAbout DAIDAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zimbabwe: Democracy and Electoral Cycle Advisor, Zimbabwe (source: Relief Web)

Country: ZimbabweClosing date: 20 Aug 2014Democracy and Electoral Cycle Advisor, ZimbabweAbout DAIDAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Project Manager, South Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 20 Aug 2014WORK CONTEXTCesvi operates in South Africa with a Social Programme and an Environmental Programme.Cesvi Social Programme takes form through a consolidated support for women and children who are the victims of domestic violence and abuse. The mainstay of these activities takes place in the House of Smiles, a hub of services in the Philippi township, Cape Town.Cesvi Environmental Programme supports the process of creation of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe)

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: Director, Integrated Humanitarian Response and Learning, Ethiopia (219236-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 23 Sep 2014PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps is an international non-profit humanitarian organization with the guiding principles of Accountability, Participation and Peaceful Change. In Ethiopia, Mercy Corps currently operates in the following sectors: Economic and Market Development, Urban Climate Change and Development, Natural Resource Management, Water and Sanitation, Resilience, Emergency Response and Nutrition. Mercy Corps Ethiopia adopts a community-led, market-driven approach and works with communities, the public, private

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Manager: Asia and Eastern Europe - International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Salary circa £42,000 per annum, Brighton, East Sussex) (source: CharityJob)

International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, East Sussex, Salary circa £42,000 per annum The International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a ...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

UK & UGANDA (Arua) | Mentor Accountant for Agricultural Dev. Charity | 46 Weeks | AugSept - A f I D (Accounting for International Development) (Unpaid Voluntary Role, All International) (source: CharityJob)

A f I D (Accounting for International Development), All International, Unpaid Voluntary Role In the picturesque northern region of Uganda, there are many rural communities who endure poverty on a daily basis due to the unpredictable nature of ...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Coordinator (Alternatives to Imprisonment EXTRA Project) - Penal Reform International (£35,527, Tower Hamlets, London) (source: CharityJob)

Penal Reform International, Tower Hamlets, London, £35,527 Project Coordinator (Alternatives to Imprisonment &ndash; EXTRA Project) Full-time fixed-term contract till 31 July 2016 Penal Reform International (P...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director, Global Safety &amp; Security (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. For more information visit www.Counterpart.orgCounterpart International

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Professional Volunteering Experiences in Mumbai - Atma (, India) (source: CharityJob)

Atma, India, Atma is looking for skilled volunteers to come to Mumbai and work withour dynamic and growing team. Atma is a non-profit which providesintensive suppo...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fiji: Technical Specialist, Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS), Suva, Fiji, Sub-Regional Office, ICS-11 (P-4) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: FijiClosing date: 12 Aug 2014We are pleased to announce the following vacancy:VACANCY NO: Job ID Job ID- 2624CLOSING DATE: 12 August 2014 (5:00 P.M, New York time)POST TITLE: Technical Specialist, Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS)CATEGORY: ICS-11 (equivalent to P-4)POST NUMBER: 91194POST TYPE: Non-RotationalDUTY STATION: Suva, FijiDURATION: One year (renewable)&#42;ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Sub-Regional Office (SRO)Organizational SettingThe Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS), Specialist is located in the Pacific

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: MdM recherche un CHARGE(E) DE PROJET "DOSSIER PATIENTS INFORMATISES" (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: FranceClosing date: 31 Oct 2014Médecins du Monde, association médicale militante de solidarité internationale, s'engage depuis plus de 30 ans à soigner les populations les plus vulnérables ici et là-bas, à témoigner des entraves constatées quant à l’accès aux soins, à obtenir des améliorations durables des politiques de santé pour tous.Association indépendante nous agissons au-delà du soin en dénonçant les atteintes à la dignité et aux droits humains et en nous battant pour améliorer la situation des populations précaires.En France, les actions de

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fiji: Technical Specialist, (Youth &amp; HIV- AIDS), Suva, Fiji, Sub-Regional Office, ICS-11 (P-4) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: Fiji, United States of AmericaClosing date: 12 Aug 2014We are pleased to announce the following vacancy:VACANCY NO: Job ID Job ID-2625CLOSING DATE: 12 August 2014 (5:00 P.M, New York time)POST TITLE: Technical Specialist, (Youth &amp; HIV- AIDS)CATEGORY: ICS-11 (equivalent to P-4)POST NUMBER: 35656POST TYPE: Non-RotationalDUTY STATION: Suva, FijiDURATION: One year (renewable)&#42;ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Sub-Regional Office (SRO)Organizational SettingThe Technical Specialist (Youth and HIV-AIDS) post is located in the Pacific Sub-Regional

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Programme Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: HaitiClosing date: 08 Aug 2014GOAL has been in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in January 2010 and has since then developed a programme portfolio targeting affected communities and supporting resilience building at household and community level. GOAL’s programmes have so far been in both the urban and rural contexts, in Port au Prince and Gressier, respectively. While continuing its support to the housing, water and sanitation needs of vulnerable families affected by the earthquake, GOAL is transitioning to a much longer-term programming approach linking relief

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: RESPONSABLE D'ACTION HUMANITAIRE (Tchad) Ref. 13/14-15 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: ChadClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Placée sous la responsabilité hiérarchique du Directeur de Pays, et sous responsabilité fonctionnelle du Coordinateur Régional D’Action Humanitaire pour Afrique de l’Ouest et le Maghreb à Barcelone, la personne sélectionnée sera responsable de contrôler, définir, proposer et diriger les défis humanitaires de Oxfam Intermon (OI) dans le pays, en analysant le contexte et en proposant des projets et des programmes pertinents. Le lieu de travail sera N’djamenaResponsabilitésSurveiller le contexte politique, économique et social,

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nicaragua: Nicaragua ICS Logistics Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ProgressioCountry: NicaraguaClosing date: 03 Aug 2014Based in Managua, Nicaragua, with regular travel throughout the countryFixed term contract, ending on 14 August 2015, full-time (40 hours per week)USD$1,300 gross per monthPlease note that we are only able to consider candidates who are nationalsor those with permanent residence in Nicaragua, and able to start the contract by mid-August, at the latest.Progressio is looking for a resourceful, hands-on and people-orientated individual, with an excellent knowledge of Nicaragua, who is looking for a challenging new role.You

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Deputy Country Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Lifeline FundCountry: UgandaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014Position: Deputy Country DirectorLocation: Lira, UgandaDuration: 1 year with a 3 month probationary periodReports to: Country Director/ Director of FinanceOrganizational Background: International Lifeline Fund (Lifeline) is an innovative humanitarian development organization dedicated to providing clean drinking water and fuel-efficient, clean cooking stoves to communities in Africa and Haiti. Lifeline has a bottom-up philosophy to development, encourages its staff to be entrepreneurial and proactive in

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Project Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Chemonics seeks a Washington-based director to provide technical oversight and administrative backstopping for two USAID-funded water sector programs in the Middle East: Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement (WISE) in Lebanon and Improving Water and Sanitation Services in the MENA Region (IWSMR). WISE aims to improve Lebanon’s capacity to manage water resources by providing technical assistance, infrastructure upgrades, and management support. IWSMR supports development and delivery of regionally recognized

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Branch Development Delegate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Red CrossCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians. With programs and partners in 70 countries, the American Red Cross working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network in order to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, reaching 100 million people annually.SUMMARY:The

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Logistics Expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V. (German Agro Action)Country: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Welthungerhilfe (www.welthungerhilfe.de) is one of the large and respected private organisations in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Germany. It carries out projects in 39 countries and campaigns for fairer cooperation with developing countries. If you are prepared to dedicate yourself to carrying out projects under sometimes difficult conditions and you match the requirements set out below, we look forward to receiving your application

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Information Management Officer- Logistics Cluster - P3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CANADEMCountry: PakistanClosing date: 28 Jul 2014CANADEM is seeking Canadian Citizens and Canadian Permanent Residentswith previous international experience who are available for an immediate deployment to Pakistan with WFP for a 3 month contract ASAP.Information Management Officer - Logistics Cluster-P3- Peshawar, PakistanTitle: Information Management Officer - Logistics ClusterDuration:3 monthsDuty station: Peshawar, PakistanDuties:The Logistics Cluster Lead Agency at country level is the agency or organisation that has been designated by the Resident and /or Humanitarian

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Senior Data Analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: UgandaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Project/Assignment Title:Senior Data AnalystLevel: GS7Duration:11 monthsDuty station:Kampala1. Purpose of Assignment:U-report continues to grow as does the demands on the program from government, NGOs, other UN agencies and UNICEF itself. To meet the information requirements being placed on U-report by partners at all levels, UNICEF Uganda requires an enthusiastic, hard-working, determined Data Analyst to ensure that data integrity is improved and that trends are identified and analysed effectively for publication

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Safety and Security Assessments Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014ICAP at Columbia University seeks to engage a consultant to perform assessments of and provide recommendations to strengthen the security measures in place at the ICAP South Sudan office, the draft ICAP South Sudan security plan and the existing ICAP Safety and Security Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).SCOPE OF WORKThe consultant will undertake the following activities:· Visit the ICAP South Sudan office in Juba, South Sudan to assess and provide recommendations

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Senior Communications Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: UgandaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Project/Assignment Title:Senior Communications AssociateLevel: GS7Duration:11 monthsDuty station:Kampala1. Purpose of Assignment:U-report continues to grow as does the demands on the program from government, NGOs, other UN agencies and UNICEF itself. The communications element of the program is fundamental to its success and as such UNICEF Uganda seeks to fill the position of a Senior Communications Associate to assist and support the Project Manager in the development and implementation of U-report’s marketing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Media Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: UgandaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Project/Assignment Title:Media CoordinatorLevel: GS7Duration:11 monthsDuty station:Kampala1. Purpose of Assignment:U-report continues to grow as does the demands on the program from government, NGOs, other UN agencies and UNICEF itself. The communications element of the program is fundamental to its success and as such UNICEF Uganda seeks to fill the position of a Senior Communications Associate to assist and support the Project Manager in the development and implementation of U-report’s marketing and communication

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Benin: Expert international en gestion des infrastructures &amp; équipements - Bénin (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Belgian Development AgencyCountry: BeninClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, la CTB recherche un (h/f) :Expert international en gestion des infrastructures &amp; équipementspour son programme d’appui au secteur de la santé au Bénin (PASS).Réf.: BEN/13/025-2Lieu d’affectation:Cotonou, BéninDurée du contrat:60 moisDate probable d’entrée en fonction: octobre 2014Package salarial mensuel: entre 5079,60 euros et 7224,55 euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages liés au statut d'expatrié: primes d’éloignement et

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Internal Auditor (International) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Islamic ReliefClosing date: 04 Aug 2014Location: Based in AfricaRef:IA(I)/HROD-A/0714Contract: One Year Fixed TermSalary: £22,032 per annum + Additional BenefitsWe currently have a vacancy for an Internal Auditor (International) who will be based in Africa. The Internal Auditor (International) will discharge work that supports IRW’s Audit Committee in providing independent assurance to the IRW Board on the state of the control environment and risk management arrangements within IRW.The Internal Auditor (International) will carry out independent appraisals of the effectiveness

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Program Officer, Education Programs Division (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 25 Aug 2014Program Officer, Education Programs DivisionLocation:Washington, DCReports To:Deputy Project DirectorDivision:Education Programs DivisionAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors,

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Deputy Director General (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Equal AccessCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Deputy Director, Nigeria TV Project, Equal Access NigeriaJOB DESCRIPTIONJob Title: Deputy Director GeneralLocation: Northern NigeriaTravel Requirements: Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, and field-based activities in Northern NigeriaProject: Equal Access-Nigeria TV ProjectREPORTING RELATIONSHIPS AND COORDINATION:Reports to: Director General, Equal Access-Nigeria AREWA24Technical Oversight:AREWA24 President; EA HQ Senior Program ManagerPROGRAM BACKGROUND:Equal Access (EA) is an international not for profit organization

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Research Intern for Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ECPAT InternationalCountry: ThailandClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Position: Research Intern for Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and TourismLocation: Bangkok, ThailandDuration: Six MonthsReports to: Director Global Study Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and TourismGrading: INTERNOVERALL PURPOSE OF THE INTERNSHIPThe ECPAT International internship programme is designed to provide an opportunity to eligible candidates to contribute to and learn about child protection issues, particularly children’s rights to live free of commercial sexual

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Legal Intern for China Study on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children with a special focus on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Touri (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ECPAT InternationalCountry: ThailandClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Position: Legal Intern for China Study on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children with a special focus on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and TourismLocation: Bangkok, ThailandDuration: Six MonthsReports to: Director Global Study Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and TourismGrading: INTERNOVERALL PURPOSE OF THE INTERNSHIPThe ECPAT International internship programme is designed to provide an opportunity to eligible candidates to contribute to and learn about child protection issues, particularly

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Regional Program Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Habitat for Humanity InternationalCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 31 Aug 2014The Regional Program Advisor either serves as a generalist providing a wide range of program support to a single country, or serves as a specialist providing a specific technical expertise to a number of countries.Interested candidates should visit: http://www.habitat.org/job/regional-program-advisorDUTIES/AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITYVision and PlanningActively promote, enhance, and maintain Habitat for Humanity’s mission focusServe as an advocate of Habitat’s ministry, encouraging participation

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Regional Program Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Habitat for Humanity InternationalCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 31 Aug 2014If you want to expand your nonprofit career growth, you need to compare the advancement opportunities in your current job with the development opportunities of a regional office.For example, take a look at this search. We are looking for a to help us keep track of our donor proposals, projects, and reports – these key components represent the fuel that keeps us moving forward and are vital to our operations. As a result, you will be connected to a wide network within our organization, both at the

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: REGIONAL MANAGER PROGRAM SUPPORT (source: Relief Web)

Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, ThailandClosing date: 08 Aug 2014CARE is seeking a talented Regional Manager Program Support. The purpose of this position is to assist Country Offices (CO) in the region to develop, strengthen and maintain relevant, effective and efficient management systems that improve operations and reduce risk.The position will be responsible for the support to COs in all areas of administration, procurement, inventory, property management, vehicle management, Information Technology (IT)/communication, Human Resources (HR),

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Head of Programs (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Refugee Committee InternationalCountry: South SudanClosing date: 08 Aug 2014POSITION: Head of ProgramsCOUNTRY PROGRAM: South SudanRESPONSIBLE TO: Country DirectorSTATUS: Full TimeSUPERVISORY CAPACITY: Sector Coordinators and County Program/Project Coordinators/ManagersDATE: July 2014Country Program DescriptionARC works with its partners and constituencies in 10 countries around the world to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. In support of vulnerable communities and IDPs in South Sudan, ARC manages a multi-sectoral

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Pool of national trainers: various project management courses (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Somaliland Development FundCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 02 Aug 2014SDF SecretariatSHORT TERM NATIONAL TRAINERS –VARIOUS PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSESThe Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency(&#42;DANIDA) and the Norwegian Government (Norway). In order to prepare senior staff of

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Pool of international trainers: Various project management courses (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Somaliland Development FundCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 02 Aug 2014SDF SecretariatSHORT TERM SENIOR TRAINERS –VARIOUS PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSESThe Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency(&#42;DANIDA) and the Norwegian Government (Norway). In order to prepare senior staff of

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Togo: Coordinateur Santé et Réadaptation (H/F) - TOGO (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: TogoClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Handicap International recherche un/une :Coordinateur Santé et Réadaptation (H/F), Togo-BéninPAYS : TOGO VILLE : Lomé, déplacements fréquents en région et au BéninDate de prise de poste : septembre 2014 Durée de la mission : 12 moisDate de clôture des candidatures : 18/08/2014 Référence de l’annonce : DIR-RÉA-URH-942Handicap International (HI) est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Social Media Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Not for SaleCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Aug 2014BackgroundNot For Sale supports survivors of human trafficking and at-risk populations around the world. Not For Sale Social Impact projects are innovative, replicable, and sustainable solutions to fight modern day slavery. Not For Sale believes that the social investment of trafficking survivors and at-risk and marginalized populations, such as employment, providing education and income generating technical skills are tools that address the issue at large and are crucial in the prevention, protection, and

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Panama: Communications Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent SocietiesCountry: PanamaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Organizational Context (where the job is located in the organization)The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through our 189 member National Societies. Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so with impartiality as to nationality, race,

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Head of Office (D-1) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: PakistanClosing date: 23 Aug 2014Special NoticeThis position is funded for a period of at least one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.Org. Setting and ReportingThe position is located

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Rapporteurs, Monitoring and Evaluation Program, Pakistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: PakistanClosing date: 23 Aug 2014Rapporteurs, Monitoring and Evaluation Program, PakistanCompany Profile: MSI is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey. 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 UK and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging political and economic climates

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Database Specialist-BecA Temporary (closing date 6 August 2014) (source: ILRI)

Vacancy Number: DS/BecA/08/14 Department: Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Duration: Temporary position &#8211; 3 months International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a database specialist within BecA-ILRI Hub for a 3 months position to allow data associated with the project to be stored and made available to researchers within BecA and collaborators in &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultant: Policy and Data Gap Analysis and Resource Toolkit on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Parliamentarians in Asia and the Pacifi (source: Relief Web)

Organization: The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and DevelopmentClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Consultant: Policy and Data Gap Analysis and Resource Toolkit on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Parliamentarians in Asia and the PacificJob open no: 2-CONS-JTF-2014Background:The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) is a regional non-governmental organization which serves as a coordinating body of twenty seven National Committees of Parliamentarians on Population and Development across Asia and the Pacific.For the past 30 years, AFPPD

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mongolia: Individual Consultant on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (source: Relief Web)

Country: MongoliaClosing date: 08 Aug 20141.Objectives and target1.1 BackgroundThe Government of Mongolia and UNICEF current Country Programme 2012-2016 supports Mongolia in addressing inequity in accordance with the National Development Strategy, the United National Development Assistance Framework and the Millenium Development Goals. The Country Programme has two key priority areas: 1) social-budgeting initiatives and support for the creation of pro-poor social and investment policies; and 2) integrated and inclusive interventions that address the multiple deprivations suffered by children

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Operations Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam NovibCountry: South SudanClosing date: 19 Aug 2014Partner with Oxfam NovibOperations ManagerLocation:South Sudan- MundriContract Type: National Fixed Term 1 Year RenewableAttractive Salary and BenefitsWho we are:WOYE Microfinance a partner with Oxfam Novib is one of the fast growing microfinance programs in South Sudan. It was initiated by MRDA in 2007 as a microcredit component of a Sustainable Livelihoods project. It is a self empowerment &amp; income generating activities program which mainly focuses on self –sustainability of the members &amp; the institution.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Mali Nord- Responsable Logistique (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: MaliClosing date: 03 Aug 2014L’ASSOCIATION AlimaL’association Alima (The Alliance for International Medical Action) a été créée en juin 2009 avec pour objectif de produire des secours médicaux de qualité lors des situations d’urgences tout en participant à la réduction de la fracture entre les moyens d’une médecine moderne et l’accessibilité à cette médecine pour une partie de la population. Pour ce faire, Alima met l’accent sur la recherche et l’ancrage dans les sociétés civiles des pays d’intervention en développant des projets en partenariat avec des acteurs

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Music Project Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationCountry: HaitiClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Description:The Music Program Officer will be responsible for managing and developing the Music Heals International (MHI), Music Education Program which focuses on giving access to a free and innovative program including curriculum developed by Little Kids Rock. The program will be targeting students at Ecole de L’Espoir (EE) and Community Development Campus (CDC) focusing on the community of Delmas 32. All Music education activities will be hosted and conducted through selected volunteer teachers. The music

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fiji: Team Leader Roads (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Secretariat of the Pacific CommunityCountry: FijiClosing date: 26 Aug 2014SPC invites applications for the position of Team Leader, Roads with the Economic Development Division, located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.Economic Development Division –The Economic Development Division is composed of two programmes, namely Energy and Transport. The Transport Programme comprises the work of SPC’s former Regional Maritime Programme along with the development of specific capacity in aviation.. The Transport Programme coordinates work on (i) developing policy and regulatory frameworks;

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: UN (E) ADMINISTRATEUR (TRICE) AU PROGRAMME EAU, HYGIENE ET ASSAINNISSEMENT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: GuineaClosing date: 07 Aug 2014UN (E) ADMINISTRATEUR (TRICE)AU PROGRAMME EAU, HYGIENE ET ASSAINNISSEMENTGrade :NO-BLieu d’affectation :BUREAU DE ZONE EST, KANKANType de contrat :Fixed Term (FT)Durée :1 an (renouvelable)Avis de Vacance n° :VA/2014/NO/005Date de clôture de la publication : 07 Aout 20141. Objet du poste, Principales Tâches et ResponsabilitésSous la supervision générale du chef du Bureau de Zone Est et de la supervision technique du Chef du programme Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement, l’Administrateur (trice) au Programme

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Djibouti: CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HEALTH, NUTRITION AND REPRODUCTIVE/HIV PROJECT INTENDED TO REFUGEES IN DJIBOUTI (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: DjiboutiClosing date: 13 Aug 2014The Representation of the United Nation High Commissioner for refugees in Djibouti launches a call forexpression of interest for the implementation of the health, nutrition and reproductive/HIV projectintended to refugees based camps in Ali Addeh and Holl-Holl and urban refugees in Djibouti during theyear 2015.The purpose of the Call for Expression of Interest is to solicit interest from existing or prospective partnersthat wish to participate in the Djibouti UNHCR operation and contribute complementary

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: UN (E) SPECIALISTE AU PROGRAMME EAU, HYGIENE ET ASSAINNISSEMENT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: GuineaClosing date: 07 Aug 2014UN (E) SPECIALISTE AU PROGRAMME EAU, HYGIENE ET ASSAINNISSEMENTGrade :NO-CLieu d’affectation :ConakryType de contrat :Fixed Term (FT)Durée :1 an (renouvelable)Avis de Vacance n° :VA/2014/NO/004Date de clôture de la publication : 07 Aout 20141. Objet du poste, Principales Tâches et ResponsabilitésSous la supervision générale du chef du programme Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement, le/la Spécialiste au programme Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement sera responsable de la planification, l’administration, la mise

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Chief of Refugee Status Determination (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014The past decade has seen significant changes in the nature of displacement. Due to a larger volume and an increasingly diverse composition of movements of persons seeking asylum, combined with the reluctance of many Governments to assume effective responsibility, UNHCR has been required to conduct individual RSD in a growing number of countries, registering an ever-increasing number of persons seeking international protection. UNHCR has not only had to increase its RSD activities in many existing mandate

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Senior Economist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014The Senior Economist is the designated focal point for providing economic analysis and strategic support on behalf of the Division of Programme Support &amp; Management (DPSM)/Operations Solutions &amp; Transitions Section (OSTS). S/he will guide country operations in developing, implementing, monitoring, and promoting programming based on substantive, relevant data analysis that incorporates a cost-effectiveness/efficiency or benefit component. Support will be provided to programming related to livelihoods

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultancy for AFPPD Parliamentarian Advocacy Manual / Job open no: 1-CONS-JTF-2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and DevelopmentClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Consultancy for AFPPD Parliamentarian Advocacy ManualJob open no: 1-CONS-JTF-2014Background:ICPD in its 20 years of program implementation has generated strong reactions from traditional institutions, such as churches and conformist politicians who see issues of sexuality, gender equity, youth education and rights as threatening to society itself. Yet, progressive policy makers to certain extent have succeeded in pushing for laws and legislation that has contributed in reducing maternal

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Position: Programme Assistant / Job open no: 2-PRG-APRO-2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and DevelopmentCountry: ThailandClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Position: Programme AssistantJob open no: 2-PRG-APRO-2014Background:The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) is a regional non-governmental organisation which serves as a coordinating body of twenty five National Committees of Parliamentarians on Population and Development across Asia and the Pacific.AFPPD seeks to generate support and cooperation among Asian and Pacific parliamentarians in the areas of population and development,

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Youth Assessment Senior Team Leader, Jordan/USAID Monitoring & Evaluation Support Project - MSI - Amman, Jordan (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Management Systems International (MSI) Location:&nbsp; Other / Non-US,&nbsp; Amman, Jordan Application Deadline (optional):&nbsp; September 24, 2014 Company Profile:&nbsp; Submission Instructions:&nbsp; Apply Here read more

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Communication Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: ThailandClosing date: 17 Aug 2014If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Internship in nutrition (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: KenyaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014BackgroundThe Regional Support Hub (RSH) in Nairobi provides operational support and advice to 13 core countries in East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region with the principal goal of pursuing the Global Strategic Priorities as they relate to the 23 specialist units of the Hub.Nutrition and Food Security are fundamental aspects of protecting and supporting the refugees in our care. Nutrition and food security are essential because they save refugee lives, particularly amongst the most

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Internship in food security (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: KenyaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014BackgroundThe Regional Support Hub (RSH) in Nairobi provides operational support and advice to 13 core countries in East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region with the principal goal of pursuing the Global Strategic Priorities.Nutrition and Food Security are fundamental aspects of protecting and supporting the refugees in our care. Nutrition and food security are essential because they save refugee lives, particularly amongst the most vulnerable groups such as children under five, pregnant

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Maldives: Contract to Develop the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for the Health Sector (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: MaldivesClosing date: 03 Aug 2014The 2004 Tsunami was the first major disaster that struck the Maldives in recent years. The Maldives suffered loss of lives and substantial damage. One-third of the population of almost 400,000 was directly affected by the tsunami and all but nine islands out of 194 were flooded. Eighty-two people died, including 37 children. (Evaluation Report, 2006)The health sector’s response to emergencies is not only expected to be effective and timely, but coherent and well-coordinated. A national plan of preparedness and

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Maldives: Long Term Individual Agreement (International) for a Content Editor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: MaldivesClosing date: 03 Aug 2014UNICEF advocacy for child rights in Maldives requires good communication not only with counterparts and the general public but also with the international community and donors. In order to be effective, many of the reports, publications, studies and evaluations prepared for counterparts, need also to be made available in English. Translations often require further polishing in order to meet the required standard. UNICEF is eliciting the services of highly skilled English editors to proofread and edit UNICEF draft

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Country Director (source: Relief Web)

Country: WorldClosing date: 27 Aug 2014Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Emergency response: Logistics Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: PhilippinesClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.In response to the current situation in the Philippines, Save the Children is in the process of putting together a team provide emergency response support. As part of this we are looking for a Logistics

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

SSAFE – Medical Instructor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CTG GlobalClosing date: 01 Aug 2014Position SSAFE – Medical InstructorProject UN Department of Safety &amp; SecurityPlace of Performance Hargeisa, Galkacyo, Garowe, Bossaso, MogadishuContract DurationSalaryTBAStarting DateASAPClosing DateOVERVIEW OF CTG GLOBALCTG Global is a Personnel Management Service Company specialised in Recruitment, Management Consultancy, and Human Resources in countries experiencing or emerging from armed conflict, natural disasters, or acute social and economic crisis worldwide. CTG Global provides tailored personnel management support

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Short Term Expert - Lead Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Democracy Reporting InternationalCountry: PakistanClosing date: 04 Aug 2014Position Title: Lead Consultant for developing Local Elections Framework Assessment (LEFA) for Islamabad Local Government billPosition Location: Islamabad, PakistanContract Period: August 2014-October 2014 (total working days: 25)Programme Background and Objectives:The overall objective of the European Union (EU) funded Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan (IP3) Project is to foster democratisation in Pakistan by building up the capacity of elected representatives and institutions. The

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ukraine: Team Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Democracy Reporting InternationalCountry: UkraineClosing date: 04 Aug 2014Position Title: Team LeaderPosition Location: Kiev, UkraineContract Period: As soon as possible (full-time for 15 months)Brief description of programme:Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide. DRI is recruiting a Team Leader (TL) to support DRI’s Programme Unit in managing a 15-month

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: UK &amp; UGANDA (Arua) | Mentor Accountant for Agricultural Dev. Charity | 4-6 Weeks | Aug-Sept (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Accounting for International DevelopmentCountry: Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 26 Sep 2014In the picturesque northern region of Uganda, there are many rural communities who endure poverty on a daily basis due to the unpredictable nature of agricultural businesses. Often families are reduced to subsistence farming to ensure they are fed; subsequently their livelihoods and standards of living suffer. Our partner hopes to put an end to this through developing agricultural businesses and training the communities in modern farming techniques.The

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Publications and Planning Manager - Overseas Development Institute (£38,155-£48,263 Pro Rata, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Overseas Development Institute, City of London, London, £38,155-£48,263 Pro Rata OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTEPublications and Planning ManagerContract: FTC &ndash; 12 months &ndash; 4 days per weekSalary: &pound;38,155-&pound;48,...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Outreach &amp; Communication Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: FilmAid InternationalCountry: KenyaClosing date: 20 Aug 2014About FilmAidFilmAid is a development and humanitarian communications organization that harnesses the power and influence of film and media to combat critical social issues. FilmAid creates multimedia content designed to inform, inspire and empower, uses a strategic and integrated approach to distribution including broadcast, mobile cinema, workshops, community-based screenings and digital media and works with communities to catalyze dialogue and drive social change.FilmAid designs and implements communications initiatives

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Public Health Promoter Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: OxfamCountry: South SudanClosing date: 17 Aug 2014JOB TITLE: Public Health Promoter Co-ordinatorInternational Division, Humanitarian DepartmentJOB FAMILY: Programme TechnicalLocation: Juba, South SudanSalary: £25,596 - £34,617 net (net = take home pay, in addition Oxfam will meet the tax liability of the post holder relating to Oxfam salary)LEVEL: Global Level C1Contract: Fixed-term 6 monthsHard to Work Allowance in addition to salary: £4000 per annum pro rata the contract length.OXFAM PURPOSE:To work with others to overcome poverty and sufferingTEAM PURPOSE:Oxfam’s

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Sri Lanka Programme Intern (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International AlertCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 06 Aug 2014Salary: £14,570 per annum, pro-rataBased: LondonDuration: 6 months with possibility of extension to 9 monthsWe are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our growing South Asia department and support the consolidation of our dynamic and ground-breaking work with Sri Lankan diaspora communities here in the UK. Working alongside our Sri Lanka programme in Colombo from London, you will support our diaspora and reconciliation programme, specifically providing support

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Call for Consultants (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Misean CaraClosing date: 20 Aug 2014MISEAN CARAOver the next year Misean Cara will conduct evaluations of projects in education, health including HIV/AIDS, income generation and livelihoods. Particular areas of focus will include assessing the development effectiveness of initiatives strongly focused on construction and use of international volunteers in development. Evaluations locations include Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Consultants based in these countries are encouraged to apply.How to apply:Misean Cara invites consultants experienced in these areas to

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Child Poverty Consultant: Operational Guidance on Child Poverty Measurement and Policy Responses (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 11 Aug 2014Terms of ReferenceChild Poverty Consultant: Operational Guidance on Child Poverty Measurement and Policy ResponsesBackground:UNICEF’s central mission has always been to reach the most deprived and most vulnerable children. This focus on equity rests on the normative and moral justifications of the Convention on the Rights of the Child but also on a strong empirical foundation that has established that child poverty undermines the necessary conditions for ensuring adult outcomes later in life.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Internship/traineeship Opportunity within the Peacekeeping Training Programme - Human Rights (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Institute for Training and ResearchCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Programme descriptionThe UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme (PTP) is a specialized programme in the framework of the Peace, Security and Diplomacy Unit of UNITAR, which offers a systematic and comprehensive preparation, through innovative and results-oriented trainings, in the fields of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Since its establishment in 2009, UNITAR PTP provides high-quality training comprised of both basic and advanced courses.UNITAR PTP is supported by an Advisory Board comprised

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Finance Manager-Kenya (Kakuma base) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Norwegian Refugee CouncilCountry: KenyaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Finance Manager - Kenya Norwegian Refugee CouncilThe Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 4000 committed

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Roving Country Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBClosing date: 15 Aug 2014The roleAs an Oxfam Roving Country Director you’ll be responsible for leading and managing Country Programmes in times of urgent gaps. You will be expected to manage all aspects of programming from short term crisis management to developing and implementing long-term strategic programme plans; from working on emergence programme design and implementation to high-level policy and representation work.You will have oversight of the Oxfam affiliates operating in the countries you are assigned to and you will be required to provide strong leadership

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Education Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesClosing date: 16 Aug 2014After two decades of conflict and turmoil in the Federal Republic of Somalia, one million of its citizens remain displaced in neighbouring countries, and more than a million are displaced within its borders. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has launched the Global Initiative on Somali Refugees (GISR) to rally the international community around the most challenging questions and imperatives of this protracted Somali refugee situation.In late 2013, a high level panel was organized under GISR with eminent

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Roving Training Officer – French and English Speaking - Temporary position (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Internal Displacement Monitoring CentreCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 24 Aug 2014BackgroundThe Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is the leading global monitor and an important advocate for the rights of internally displaced people (IDPs). IDMC provides comprehensive information and analysis on the situation of IDPs displaced by armed conflicts and violence in some 50 countries, with regard to their rights under international law, as restated in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. IDMC has also started to monitor

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Responsable Administratif, financier et logistique (RAF) Mali (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarité Thérapeutique et Initiatives contre le SidaCountry: MaliClosing date: 07 Sep 2014Le Responsable administratif, financier et logistique assure la coordination pays de l’ensemble des aspects administratifs, logistiques, ressources humaines et financiers des programmes de Solthis (en lien avec le siège). Il s’assure du respect, de la cohérence, de l’harmonisation et de l’appropriation par les équipes des procédures administratives.Basé à Bamako et sous la responsabilité hiérarchique du Chef de Mission, il encadre l’équipe administrative et logistique de la mission (1

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: Project Manager, Private Sector Development Team - Nepal (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Adam Smith InternationalCountry: NepalClosing date: 24 Aug 2014Vacancy type Permanent positionLocation NepalService areas(s) Private Sector DevelopmentSalary CompetitiveAbout UsAdam Smith International is an award-winning professional services business that delivers real impact, value and lasting change through projects supporting economic growth and government reform internationally. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments.About the Private Sector Development

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Project Manager, Private Sector Development Team - Nigeria (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Adam Smith InternationalCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 24 Aug 2014Vacancy type Permanent positionLocation Nigeria, Kano and AbujaService areas(s) Private Sector DevelopmentSalary Competitive packageAbout UsAdam Smith International is an award-winning professional services business that delivers real impact, value and lasting change through projects supporting economic growth and government reform internationally. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments.About

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Consultant : Child Protection in Emergency Specialist - Mali (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PlanCountry: MaliClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Plan Mali has an approved Country Strategic Plan (CSP) which is effective from July 2011 through June 2016. The strategic goal of the CSP is “Children and youth realize their rights to quality education, protection, health, participation, and an adequate standard of living in the spirit of equal opportunity for girls, boys, young women and young men in their families and their communities”. It is articulated by a set of clearly defined goals, objectives, key interventions, and strategies.****About the role:****This position is responsible

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Deputy Chief of Party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Project Background The Northern Karamoja Growth Health and Governance (GHG) is a USAID/FFP funded project with a total budget of $50,000,000 over 5 years. The goal of the project is to Improve Peace and Food Security in Northern Karamoja. The project is designed to respond to the scale down of emergency humanitarian efforts by focusing on a development-focused interventions focusing on economic, health and governance initiatives that will cement the gains from increased security and build foundation for broader self-sufficiency, while well

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Country Director, Afghanistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: War Child CanadaCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Start Date: ImmediatelyLocation: KabulContract: 1 year, renewableBackground: War Child Canada is a registered Canadian charity based in Toronto. Working with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice, War Child Canada also takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and the shared responsibility to act. War Child Canada currently works in Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Media Volunteer - WaterAid (, Lambeth, London) (source: CharityJob)

WaterAid, Lambeth, London, Today 2,000 children will die because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet and no clean water to drink. You can help us do something about it. W...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Mécanicien (2) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationCountry: HaitiClosing date: 31 Jul 2014A la suite du tremblement de terre de 2010, J/P HRO a mobilisé une réponse d’urgence efficace pour sauver des vies et gérer le camp de Pétion-ville, qui a accommodé près de 60,000 survivants sans abris. Elle a rapidement étendu ses services pour répondre aux besoins sur le terrain, en travaillant pour revitaliser les communautés haïtiennes locales à travers des programmes ciblés, y compris: la gestion des camps et la relocalisation des familles, des cliniques médicales, l'éducation, le développement communautaire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: Stagiaire Contrôle interne et transparence - Tchad 25/07/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: ChadClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Département: Finance/AuditPosition:Stagiaire Contrôle interne et transparenceDurée du contrat: 6 moisLieu: N’Djamena, TchadDate de démarrage: ASAPI. ACTEDACTED est une association de solidarité internationale française qui a pour vocation de soutenir les populations vulnérables de par le monde et de les accompagner dans la construction d’un futur meilleur en apportant une réponse adaptée à des besoins précis depuis 1993. ACTED vient en aide aux populations touchées par les crises

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Publications and Planning Mananger (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Overseas Development InstituteCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014****OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE********Publications and Planning Manager********Contract: FTC – 12 months – 4 days per week********Salary: £38,155-£48,263 Pro Rata********Ref: COMMS/11/14********The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.********ODI**** aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.Our

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Community Fundraising Programme Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: The Brooke Hospital for AnimalsClosing date: 06 Aug 2014Community Fundraising Programme ManagerSalary: circa £42,760 per annumLocation:Central London [with occasional travel possible]Benefits:25 days holiday, contributory pension, life assurance and moreContract type:PermanentJob reference:The RoleWe are looking for a highly skilled programme manager to lead a team of 2 Senior Community Fundraising Officers and to develop and implement the Community Fundraising team’s strategy to raise £412k in 2014/15. You should be a confident coach, be highly skilled at developing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: UN RESPONSABLE DE PROJET TERRAIN (H/F) - HAITI (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: HaitiClosing date: 25 Aug 2014Nous recherchons :UN RESPONSABLE DE PROJET TERRAIN (H/F)Pays d’affectation :Haïti – GonaïvesDurée du contrat: 12 mois à partir du 25/08/2014Responsabilités: Votre mission principale sera d’assurer la mise en œuvre du programme par la mise en place et par le suivi des activités afin de répondre aux besoins identifiés dans la zone d’intervention et notamment de maximiser l’impact du DFAP (Development Food Assistance Programme) – Kore Lavi :Participer à alimenter techniquement la réflexion sur la stratégie et

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Public Health Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Malaria ConsortiumCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 03 Aug 2014Location: LondonContract: 6 months maternity coverSalary: Up to £48,000 depending on experienceClosing date: 3rd August 2014Malaria Consortium have currently got an opening for a Senior Public Health Specialist to provide maternity cover for the long term post-holder for 6 months. The senior public health specialist will provide strategic and technical contributions specifically to operational research design, conduct, and interpretation, dissemination and application

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVISOR FOR MARKETS &amp; LIVELIHOODS (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CARE USACountry: KenyaClosing date: 09 Aug 2014CARE works in a variety of contexts from protracted crises to stable development settings and recognizes that a good comprehensive assessment of the underlying drivers of food and nutrition insecurity point to poverty, gender inequity, non-inclusive governance, poor adaptation to climate change and the inability to manage other economic and political shocks and stressors. The importance of each of these factors will vary by context. To address these drivers, CARE pursues a two-pronged approach that focuses on a sequence of 'nutrition-specific'

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Programme Officer: Eurasia Programme (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International AlertCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 25 Aug 2014Salary: £37,526 per annum, plus excellent benefitsLocation: LondonWe are looking for a Russian-speaking Senior Programme Officer to join our dynamic Eurasia team working on the South Caucasus, more specifically, to manage our strand of work on the Georgian-Abkhaz-South Ossetian conflict contexts. Working with the Caucasus Manager and Eurasia Senior Advisor, you will be responsible for strategy development, implementation and monitoring of projects within this strand of

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: Area Coordinator – South East Asia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri LankaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The Area Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of ACTED’s global mandate in the relevant area, and for the scope of activities developed within this mandate.Responsibilities :1. Ensure ACTED Representation in the area of activity- Representation vis-à-vis provincial authorities:Participate in official meetings to ensure maximum visibility vis-à-vis provincial authorities.- Representation vis-à-vis Donors:Establish and update contact

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Recruitment Officer - Skillshare International (£26,606, Leicester, Leicestershire) (source: CharityJob)

Skillshare International, Leicester, Leicestershire, £26,606 We are currently looking for a Recruitment Officer to join our International Citizen Service (ICS) team based in Leicester. The successful candidate ...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Proposal Development Officer- Asia Region 14-537 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Aug 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

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Emergency Programme Coordinator (source: CARE)

Duration: 6 month contractSalary: £32,914 per annum pro rataStart Date: ImmediateLocation: LondonRef: C629CARE International is a leading development and humanitarian charity supporting the poorest communities in 84 countries around the world.  Our aim is to bring sustainable and innovative solutions to complex poverty issues and last year we supported 997 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects to reach more than 83 million people.  Our mission is to create lasting change in poor communities and we put money where it is needed most.CARE International UK (CIUK) is recruiting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: Chargé de SIG REACH - Tchad 25/07/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: ChadClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Département:ProgrammePosition:Chargé de SIG - REACHDurée du contrat: 6 moisLieu: Ndjamena, TchadDate de démarrage: ASAPI. ACTEDACTED est une association de solidarité internationale française qui a pour vocation de soutenir les populations vulnérables de par le monde et de les accompagner dans la construction d’un futur meilleur en apportant une réponse adaptée à des besoins précis depuis 1993. ACTED vient en aide aux populations touchées par les crises grâce à une approche à la

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Compliance Specialist 14-546 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Country Logistics Manager - Middle East &amp; Northern Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Turkey, YemenClosing date: 31 Oct 2014I.Background on ACTEDACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Nutrition Cluster Co-lead (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 08 Aug 2014Location: Juba, South SudanContract duration: 12 monthsStarting date in-country: ASAPDirect Line Manager:DCD ProgramsTechnical Supervisor: Nutrition Technical Advisor with support from Nutrition CoordinatorStart date:ASAPObjective of the PositionThe Nutrition Cluster Co-lead will work with the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator and MOH counter parts and the Strategic Advisory Group to provide overall leadership for the Nutrition Cluster in South Sudan; and to facilitate the process of ensuring a coherent

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Communications Officer 14-548 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Desk Officer - Middle East &amp; North Caucasus 14-556 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Coordinateur des Opérations – Bamako – MALI - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: MaliClosing date: 31 Aug 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap International est une

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Consultant for Final Evaluation of Community Based Disater Risk Management (CBDRM) Programme (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: PakistanClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Concern has been implementing the USAID-funded Community Based Disaster Risk Management programme in Dadu, Muzaffargarh, Charsadda and Rajanpur districts of Pakistan.The overall purpose of the evaluation is to assess the degree to which the ‘Programme’ met the objectives as outlined in the programme proposal, with particular emphasis on appropriateness, timeliness, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the interventions carried out.Qualifications, Experience &amp; Specifications· Post-graduate

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Chargé de Monitoring et Evaluation – Nord Kivu – RDC - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 31 Aug 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Head of Technical Resources Unit - Beirut - Lebanon - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 30 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Finance Intern - East &amp; Horn of Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, South SudanClosing date: 31 Oct 2014I. Background on ACTEDACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Our interventions seek to cover

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Assistant Systems Accountant - VSO (£34,408-£36,596 per annum (Fle, Kingston, Surrey) (source: CharityJob)

VSO, Kingston, Surrey, £34,408-£36,596 per annum (Fle Introduction to VSO VSO is the world&rsquo;s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: South Sudan - Multiple Urgent Vacancies (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: South SudanClosing date: 20 Aug 2014****Contract Grade****: A or B depending on position (€26,546 - €39,723)****Contract Length****: 3 months minimum****Date Needed By****: Between now and January 2015****Accompanied / Unaccompanied****: All positions are unaccompanied****Exact Job Location****: Juba or Bentiu, Unity State depending on position****Reports To****: Dependent on position****Camp managers**** - To support Concern’s emergency response operations in South Sudan through effective site management of camps and informal settlements

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Physical Therapy Trainer - Amman - JORDAN - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 01 Oct 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Project Development Officer - Turkey (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 31 Oct 2014I. Background on ACTEDACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 30 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 4000 national staff. ACTED has a 100 million € budget for over 350

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: Higher education technical experts (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Chemonics seeks Indonesian education specialists for an anticipated USAID-funded higher education program in Indonesia. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of the Indonesian higher education system by cultivating linkages between U.S. and Indonesia higher education institutions, building capacity around workforce development, and increasing applied research in areas including science and technology. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.We

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: MIDWIFE COORDINATOR - Kenya/Somalia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 29 Aug 2014I - Context of the missionMédecins du Monde (MdM) is an international humanitarian organisation whose mission is to provide medical care for the most vulnerable populations, the world over, including France. It seeks to stimulate voluntary commitment from doctors, other health care providers, and from those whose expertise in other fields is needed for its activities, to enlist all competent support required for the achievement of its projects, and to seek at all times to encourage close working relationships with populations

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: MdM recherche un REFERENT LOGISTIQUE APPROVISIONNEUR/ACHETEUR (H/F) pour SES MISSIONS INTERNATIONALES (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: FranceClosing date: 31 Oct 2014Médecins du Monde, association médicale militante de solidarité internationale, s'engage depuis plus de 30 ans à soigner les populations les plus vulnérables ici et là-bas, à témoigner des entraves constatées quant à l’accès aux soins, à obtenir des améliorations durables des politiques de santé pour tous.Association indépendante nous agissons au-delà du soin en dénonçant les atteintes à la dignité et aux droits humains et en nous battant pour améliorer la situation des populations précaires.En France, les actions de

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: MdM recherche un REFERENT LOGISTIQUE (H/F) pour SES MISSIONS INTERNATIONALES (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: FranceClosing date: 31 Oct 2014Médecins du Monde, association médicale militante de solidarité internationale, s'engage depuis plus de 30 ans à soigner les populations les plus vulnérables ici et là-bas, à témoigner des entraves constatées quant à l’accès aux soins, à obtenir des améliorations durables des politiques de santé pour tous.Association indépendante nous agissons au-delà du soin en dénonçant les atteintes à la dignité et aux droits humains et en nous battant pour améliorer la situation des populations précaires.En France, les actions de

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION: Program Officer for Capacity Development (source: Guardian)

up to £45,000:OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION:The Program Officer will manage NRGI’s ‘knowledge hub program’ which involves partnerships with universities and think tanks to build partner’s capacity to deliver training, analysis and research.The post will be based in London, UK (a posting in NY will be considered only for outstanding candidates), with regular travel to NRGI’s countries of intervention.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Urban Development Specialist (Re-advertisement) (source: Asian Development Bank)

Leverage on technical knowledge to identify, develop, implement, and administer loans, technical assistance (TAs) projects, and non-lending products and services (NLPS) in the urban sector, with particular focus on urban water supply and sanitation, and environmental improvement in the developing member country (DMC). Contribute to the development of policy on the urban sector in the DMC. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical tasks. (Closing Date: 7 August 2014)

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Financing Partnership Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Support Afghanistan Resident Mission’s (AFRM’s) efforts on resource mobilization, processing, and administration of project/program operations, and coordination with headquarters (HQ) on operational matters. Specific tasks include (i) monitoring implementation of existing cofinancing partnerships, especially with core development partners of the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) such as DFID, Japan, and USAID and potential contributors; (ii) managing the day-to-day activities of the AITF; (iii) provide support in identifying cofinancing partnerships opportunities, advising on appropriate

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Associate Project Analyst (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide administrative and analytical support to the functions of portfolio management and project administration in general. (Closing Date: 7 August 2014)

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Resident Representative (source: Asian Development Bank)

Oversee and provide the primary operational interface between ADB and Government, other development partners, civil society and other stakeholders in Turkmenistan and maximize the efficiency and impact of ADB operations in the country. Oversee and place a strong emphasis on policy dialogue, capacity development, portfolio management, and donor coordination in view of the special challenges arising from the prevailing social and economic circumstances in Turkmenistan. (Closing Date: 7 August 2014)

Thu, 24 Jul 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: 31 Jul 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:This position is located in the Policy Development and Studies Branch (PDSB) of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at the Office of the Director in Geneva. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to a senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer within PDSB.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Serves as a policy officer;

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

UK & MALAWI | Accountant for Internal Audit with Social Dev. Org. | 3 weeks | AugSept - A f I D (Accounting for International Development) (Unpaid Voluntary Role, All International) (source: CharityJob)

A f I D (Accounting for International Development), All International, Unpaid Voluntary Role Our partner is one of the oldest and biggest churches in Malawi. It has 170 congregations and more than 1,000 prayer houses throughout the Northern re...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Water/Conservation Energy Change Specialist, Performance Evaluation of Public Action Project (PAP), Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 23 Aug 2014Water/Conservation Energy Change Specialist, Performance Evaluation of Public Action Project (PAP), Jordan Company 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 with

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Senior Management Positions (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MENTOR InitiativeCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 31 Jul 2014The MENTOR Initiative (MENTOR) is a “not for profit”, charitable, non-governmental organisation devoted to reducing death and suffering from malaria and other vector borne diseases in humanitarian crises. The MENTOR Initiative is currently providing on going emergency support to the most vulnerable communities in Liberia, Angola, Kenya, Somalia, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad and Syria.The Mentor Initiative is currently running a large scale emergency programme in Syria to implement Leishmaniasis control.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Volunteer, Banks & Corruption, Global Witness, London (source: BOND)

Volunteer, Banks & Corruption, Global Witness, London Want to help our campaign to stop tax evaders and corrupt dictators moving their dirty money around the world? Global Witness is an award-winning NGO based in London and we’re looking to recruit two volunteers to work with us over the summer. The

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Assistant To Executive Director and Senior Legal Manager, Global Witness, London (source: BOND)

Assistant To Executive Director and Senior Legal Manager, Global Witness, London Global Witness is looking for a highly organised and professional Executive Assistant to provide support to the Executive Director and Senior Legal Manager.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Director, The Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge (source: BOND)

Director, The Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge The Humanitarian Centre is seeking to appoint a Director to take it into its next phase of development.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Treasurer, The Marr-Munning Trust, Ealing, West London (source: BOND)

Treasurer, The Marr-Munning Trust, Ealing, West London Grantmaking trust supporting people and communities in the poorest parts of the world seeks a financial expert who wants to use their skills as our new voluntary Treasurer to help people to lift themselves out of poverty for good

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Officer for Capacity Development, Natural Resource Governance Institute, London (source: BOND)

Program Officer for Capacity Development, Natural Resource Governance Institute, London NRGI seeks a Program Officer for Capacity Development to manage and further develop NRGI’s flagship educational and capacity building programs targeting NRGI’s primary audiences, which include civil society, media, parliamentarians, government...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Coordinator, Yorkshire - Christian Aid (£25,000 - £29,000, South Yorkshire) (source: CharityJob)

Christian Aid, South Yorkshire, £25,000 - £29,000 An exciting opportunity to help fulfil Christian Aid&rsquo;s vision of an end to poverty by inspiring our church, group and volunteer networks through...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Physical Rehabilitation Technical Advisor - Beirut - LEBANON - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 06 Aug 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Support Services Coordinator - Beirut - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 01 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Head of Mission Assistant - LEBANON - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 01 Aug 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Programme Coordinator – Amman - Jordan - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 01 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE / SASA Adaptation) Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: JordanClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Application deadline: Thursday, August 7, 2014.The 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

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Chief of Party USAID Yemen - Monitoring and Evaluation Program (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc.Country: YemenClosing date: 31 Jul 2014COMPANY PROFILEInternational Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over eighty-five countries and has implemented over one hundred and fifty projects. IBTCI has served governments, private sector companies and several donor agencies in the practice area of Monitoring &amp; Evaluation (M&amp;E) across many sectors including education, health, economic growth and democracy &amp;

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zimbabwe: Consultancy Notice No. 11 Zim/2014: Revision of the Zimbabwe National eMTCT Strategic plan (2011-2015) -P4 Level (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: ZimbabweClosing date: 30 Jul 2014United Nations Children's FundZimbabwe Country Office – Consultancy AnnouncementPlease note that UNICEF does not charge a fee or require personal banking details at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees).If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 60 years, UNICEF has been working

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Prosthesis and Orthotics - Beirut - Lebanon - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 01 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Israel: Emergency Coordinator, Gaza (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommes Foundation Child ReliefCountry: Israel, occupied Palestinian territoryClosing date: 24 Aug 2014We are looking for our Emergency Unit in Palestine for aEmergency Coordinator, GazaPosition Start Date:ASAPProject Duration:3 months, possible extensionLocation: Jerusalem (with frequent travels to Gaza)Supervisor:Country RepresentativeTerre des hommes does not set closing dates for this position; recruitment is on-going until the position is filledContractual Conditions:Swiss salaried contract 3’577CHF (~2’860 €) &lt; &gt; 4’718 CHF (~3710 €) / net

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Assessment, monitoring, evaluation and learning coordinator – Beirut – LEBANON - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 01 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Members team Cordaid “Equitable Access to Education and Learning Project” (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CordaidClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Cordaid believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion divide societies, we connect people and communities. We stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders. We make a difference where it is most needed.Together with more than 800 organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: UN EXPERT CHARGÉ D’ÉTUDE IMPACT INTERVENTIONS MONÉTAIRES (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: ChadClosing date: 05 Aug 2014Nous recherchons :UN EXPERT CHARGÉ D’ÉTUDE IMPACT INTERVENTIONS MONÉTAIRES (H/F)Pays d’affectation:Tchad - MaoDurée du contrat: 40 jours à partir du 10 août 2014Finalité du poste: Réaliser sur le terrain une étude des impacts liés aux interventions d’urgence à modalité « transferts d’argents » dans le Kanem (Tchad)Responsabilités:Dans le respect des Termes de références fournis et en collaboration avec un expert socio-anthropologue, la personne chargée pour ce poste devra :- Mener l’étude sur le terrain.Ø

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Programme Manager EP &amp; R, South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Country: South SudanClosing date: 11 Aug 2014Cordaid believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion divide societies, we connect people and communities. We stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders. We make a difference where it is most needed.Together with more than 800 organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Manager (source: Open Society Institute)

The Open Society Scholarship Programs seek a program manager.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Child Protection Social Norms Officer TA NOB (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: SudanClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Vacancy No : UNICEF/Sudan/2014/023Post Title : Child Protection Social Norms OfficerContract type : Temporary AppointmentProposed level : NOBDuration : 364 daysDuty Station :Khartoum with frequent travel in all statesSupervisor :Child Protection Social Norms IR ManagerHow to apply:Interested candidates should submit their application, updated CVs, completed UN personal history form (which canbe downloaded from www.unicef.org/employ) to sudanhrvacancies@unicef.org, Applicants should indicate the vacancy

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: INTERNSHIP - DKH Regional Office West and Central Asia, Istanbul (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Diakonie KatastrophenhilfeCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 31 Jul 2014BACKGROUNDDiakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) Regional Office (RO) West and Central Asia is located in Istanbul, Turkey. DKH aims to increase and further strengthen relations with its implementing partners in focus countries, by providing program support. DKH partners are working on humanitarian assistance and Disaster Risk Reduction. For the year 2014, the focus countries are Northern Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey (Syria related); and Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Palestine (DRR related). The Regional Office is also

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emergency Health Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: South SudanClosing date: 21 Aug 2014GOAL has been delivering both humanitarian and development programmes in South Sudan since 1985. Currently GOAL South Sudan is operating across four field sites in South Sudan. In response to the on-going humanitarian crisis in South Sudan GOAL has set up an emergency response programme in Upper Nile State. The current programme is based out of Melut and Akoka and was started as a response to the influx of internally displaced people (IDPs) from this area following significant fighting in the region in the first few months of this

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: Central African RepublicClosing date: 24 Sep 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.Present in CAR since 2006 the IRC is currently

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Knowledge Area Practice Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: PakistanClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Location (Country and Base): ACF Field bases, PakistanContract duration: 3 monthsStarting date in-country: ASAPTraining requirements: SPSS, EPI-info, overall data &amp; analysis softwareDirect Line Manager: Field CoordinatorTechnical Supervisor: Head of Department, NutritionStart Date: ASAPEnd Date: Dec 2014Objective 1: To conduct a review of KAP surveys conducted in the last 3 years and provide recommendations on the way forward for the Pakistan mission.Review methodology, tools, and reports

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Assoc. Dir. Disaster Risk Reduction & Response (DR³) Field Operations Habitat for Humanity International, London, England - Habitat for Humanity International (, London) (source: CharityJob)

Habitat for Humanity International, London, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is currently seeking a talented individual for the role of Associate Director Disaster Risk Reduction and Re...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Northern Mariana Islands (The United States of America): Proposal Writer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment ProgramsCountry: Northern Mariana Islands (The United States of America)Closing date: 15 Aug 2014POSITION SUMMARY:ICAP is seeking proposal writers on a temporary consultancy basis with demonstrated skill, expertise, and experience in responding to solicitations from USAID, CDC, NIH, private foundations, and other bilateral donors. The proposal writer will work with the technical, program and proposal management team to help review solicitations, determine strategy for application, storyboard, and write the technical proposals.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Canada: Surge Support Volunteer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Canadian Red CrossCountry: CanadaClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking Surge Support Volunteers for the Emergencies and Recovery Team (ERT).Reporting to the Deputy Director, Operations, the ERT is seeking to recruit individuals who are able to assist in their day-to-day operations and who can be called upon, often with short notice, to provide

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Manager, Foundation Relations (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Plan USACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 23 Aug 2014The Senior Foundation Relations Manager is a key member of the Foundation Relations team within the Business Development Unit of Plan International USA. The Manager will support the growth of the foundation funding portfolio of Plan USA by managing the cultivation of top priority US-based foundation prospects and donors, with particular focus on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Manager will be responsible for relationship building, grant proposals, and donor stewardship of assigned accounts. Funding secured

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Chief of Global Quality Management (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AIDS Healthcare FoundationCountry: KenyaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014JOB DESCRIPTION CHIEF OF GLOBAL QUALITY MANAGEMENTJob Title: Chief of Global Quality Management Department: AdministrationReports to: The Bureau Chief, AfricaPosition Summary: The Chief of Global Quality is responsible for clinical supervision and leadership of clinical providers in the 4 bureaus. He/she is also required be experienced in assessing clinical competence and current best practices that will ensure quality of care delivered in all sites is maintained. The Chief of Global Quality is also responsible

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Global Chain Supply Fellow (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Meds and Food for KidsCountry: HaitiClosing date: 08 Aug 2014The MFK Fellowship offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in international development for an exciting young social enterprise. Fellows spend one to two years in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, working as liaisons between MFK’s US-based staff and the organization’s majority Haitian staff. During their time in Haiti, Fellows will be exposed to all activities related to the production and distribution of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), an energy-dense fortified paste that has become the gold standard for

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: UN (E) ADMINISTRATEUR (TRICE) AU PROGRAMME EAU, HYGIENE ET ASSAINNISSEMENT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: GuineaClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Grade :NO-BLieu d’affectation :BUREAU DE ZONE EST, KANKANType de contrat :Fixed Term (FT)Durée :1 an (renouvelable)Avis de Vacance n° :VA/2014/NO/005Date de clôture de la publication : 07 Aout 20141. Objet du poste, Principales Tâches et ResponsabilitésSous la supervision générale du chef du Bureau de Zone Est et de la supervision technique du Chef du programme Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement, l’Administrateur (trice) au Programme Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement contribue à la planification des programmes,

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Major Gifts Officer (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please visit

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: UN (E) SPECIALISTE AU PROGRAMME EAU, HYGIENE ET ASSAINNISSEMENT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: GuineaClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Grade :NO-CLieu d’affectation :ConakryType de contrat :Fixed Term (FT)Durée :1 an (renouvelable)Avis de Vacance n° :VA/2014/NO/004Date de clôture de la publication : 07 Aout 20141. Objet du poste, Principales Tâches et ResponsabilitésSous la supervision générale du chef du programme Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement, le/la Spécialiste au programme Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement sera responsable de la planification, l’administration, la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l'évaluation des programmes WASH au sein

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: Faculty Member (Social Statistics for a Diverse Society) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Institute of Crisis Management StudiesCountry: NepalClosing date: 06 Oct 2014Institute of Crisis Management Studies Introduction:The Institute of Crisis Management Studies is a newly established centre for academia focusing on management of crises, those occurring both as a result of human activity and natural causes. It offers a unique, multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Crisis Management, providing the very best national and international scholars, practitioners and experts currently engaged in the diverse areas pertaining to crisis. The ICMS also offers trainings, simulation

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Agronome Foodsecurity Bria (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI en RCADepuis 1974 COOPI travaille en RCA pour un développement harmonieux et complet, en faveur tant des individus que des communautés locales. En ce qui concerne les secteurs d’intervention, l'engagement vis-à-vis des réalités locales a encouragé COOPI à établir des plans et à implémenter des projets de développement dans le domaine social, économique, sanitaire, environnemental et de la formation. Les situations de conflit ont amené à la décision de se faire charge de projets

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Administrateurs Projets (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI en RCADepuis 1974 COOPI travaille en RCA pour un développement harmonieux et complet, en faveur tant des individus que des communautés locales. En ce qui concerne les secteurs d’intervention, l'engagement vis-à-vis des réalités locales a encouragé COOPI à établir des plans et à implémenter des projets de développement dans le domaine social, économique, sanitaire, environnemental et de la formation. Les situations de conflit ont amené à la décision de se faire charge de projets

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Paraguay: PARAGUAY - Coordinador de Proyecto emergencia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: ParaguayClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI es una Organización No Gubernamental, laica, apolítica, que trabaja a nivel internacional a través de proyectos de desarrollo e intervenciones de ayuda humanitaria en América del Sur, África, Oriente Medio y los Balcanes. Desde su fundación en Italia en 1965 se ha comprometido a combatir las injusticias y las causas que ocasionan pobreza, para contribuir a construir un futuro en el que se garanticen a todos, condiciones de vida adecuadas, derechos fundamentales, e igualdad de oportunidades.COOPI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Malawi: MALAWI - Consultant for research on DIPECHO (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: MalawiClosing date: 04 Aug 2014BackgroundCOOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale in partnership with the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Christian Aid and GOAL is implementing a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project titled “Bridging Disaster Risk Management with Resilience in Malawi’s Disaster Prone Districts” with support from European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG-ECHO) under the Disaster Preparedness Facility Dipecho. The Purpose of the action is to consolidate in a sustainable manner, progress achieved

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: MALI - Chef de Project ECHO (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: MaliClosing date: 04 Aug 2014Contexte MaliLe Mali est affecté par une crise politique, sécuritaire et humanitaire d’une ampleur et d’une complexité sans précèdent. Elle se caractérise, au niveau politico-militaire, par un conflit qui a touché 1 721 391 personnes dans le nord du pays, limitant leur accès aux infrastructures d’eau ainsi qu’aux services sociaux de base et il a occasionné le déplacement de 390 000, dont 240 000 personnes déplacées internes et 150 000 réfugiés maliens principalement au Burkina Faso, Niger et Mauritanie.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: TCHAD - Chef de Projet PADL Maro (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: ChadClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI au TchadCOOPI est au Tchad depuis 1994, avec des interventions en appui à la gestion du district sanitaire du Sila et au Sud. Dans les années suivantes les interventions de COOPI au Tchad se sont surtout concentrées dans le domaine du développement et principalement dans le Sud du pays. A partir du 1998, avec un projet co-financé par l’Union Européenne pour l’amélioration des services sanitaires de l’hôpital de Goz Beida (Région du Dar Sila), on a étendu l’intervention à l’Est du pays. Au cours des

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Administrateur Pays (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI est une organisation non gouvernementale italienne, indépendante et laïque, engagée dans la lutte contre les injustices sociales et la pauvreté dans le Sud du monde et dans la construction d'un futur dans lequel soient garantis pour tous de bonnes conditions de vie, le respect des droits et la parité des opportunités. Depuis 1965, COOPI a réalisé plus de 600 projets de développement et interventions d'urgence dans 50 pays , employant plus de 30 mille opérateurs locaux et assurant

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: RDC - Chef de Projet et Coordinateur de Zone Province Orientale (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 04 Aug 2014Projet : Prise en charge Intégrée et prévention de la malnutrition aiguë chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans et les femmes enceintes et allaitantes dans l zone de WambaLieu : Bunia – Pronvice Orientale (RDC)Bunia, où l’expatrié sera basé, est le chef de lieu de l’Ituri, un district de la Province Orientale, dans l’est de l’RDC. A présent la situation de sécurité est tranquille.L´insécurité dans les aires de santé autour de Wamba suite à deux évènements dont l’un le 05 février

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Kenya-Somalia Head of Mission (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: KenyaClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale is looking for a Head of Mission to coordinate Kenya-Somalia region.The Head of Mission must demonstrate capability directly related to the proposed Work, including technical qualifications, supervisory skills, relevant academic background, and demonstrated experience in African countries or similar operating environment. This role will be responsible for overseeing the technical and management expertise present on the field, liaising with the governmental institutions,

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Admin/log CHF Boda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 04 Aug 2014Projet/ProgrammeAssistance aux victimes prévention des violences et sécurité alimentaire des personnes affectées par le conflit à BodaResp. hiérarchique :Chef de Projet – Chef de MissionResp. fonctionnel :Administrateur PaysEquipe expats : 1 Psychologue – chef de projetEquipe nationale directement gérée : 1Budget: Financement CHFDurée projet : 10 moisFourchette salaire/Indemnité : Selon formation, expérience générale et spécifiqueDate dernière révision DdP : La description

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Chef de Projet Psychologue CHF BODA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 04 Aug 2014TDR projet CHF BODA, Lobaye« Assistance aux victimes et prévention des violences et sécurité alimentaire des personnes affectées par le conflit à Boda et ses alentours »Chef de Projet Protection expert psychosocialDans le cadre des Programmes CHF financés par OCHA, COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale – recherche un Chef de Projet expert en projets psychosociaux pour l’« Assistance aux victimes et prévention des violences et sécurité alimentaire des personnes affectées par le conflit

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Chef de projet protection Sud Est (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI en RCADepuis 1974 COOPI travaille en RCA pour un développement harmonieux et complet, en faveur tant des individus que des communautés locales. En ce qui concerne les secteurs d’intervention, l'engagement vis-à-vis des réalités locales a encouragé COOPI à établir des plans et à implémenter des projets de développement dans le domaine social, économique, sanitaire, environnemental et de la formation. Les situations de conflit ont amené à la décision de se faire charge de projets

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Coordonateur Programmes (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 04 Aug 2014COOPI en RCADepuis 1974 COOPI travaille en RCA pour un développement harmonieux et complet, en faveur tant des individus que des communautés locales. En ce qui concerne les secteurs d’intervention, l'engagement vis-à-vis des réalités locales a encouragé COOPI à établir des plans et à implémenter des projets de développement dans le domaine social, économique, sanitaire, environnemental et de la formation. Les situations de conflit ont amené à la décision de se faire charge de projets

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: NIGERIA - Humanitarian experts recruitment for emergency response (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 04 Aug 2014Nigeria is the country with the largest GDP of the whole African continent and it is currently living strong internal crisis due to several factors. In the coastal area, tensions are still ongoing, sometimes in a very violent way, and are related to environmental associations and to the kidnapping of several technicians who were working for oil extraction. In the south and in the centre of the country tensions are very strong too, and really violent, especially between farmers and breeders. But the two

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: RDC - Administrateur projet Katanga (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 04 Aug 2014TITRE DU POSTE: ADMINISTRATEUR PROJET – MALEMBA NKULU (KATANGA - RDC)Durée du contrat : 6 moisBasé à: Malemba NkuluProjet :Lutte contre les abus des Résolutions1612/1882, y compris les VS et les ENA en territoire de Malemba N'kulu et Prise en charge Intégrée et prévention de la malnutrition aiguë chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans et les femmes enceintes et allaitantes dans la zone de santé de MukangaDurée du projet : 6 moisDébut : 1 Août 2014Bailleur : Pooled FundDescrizione

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: RDC - Administrateur projet Bunia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COOPI - Cooperazione InternazionaleCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 04 Aug 2014TITRE DU POSTE: ADMINISTRATEUR PROJET – BUNIA (PO - RDC)Durée du contrat : 6 moisBasé à: BuniaProjet :Réponse à l’insécurité alimentaire aux ménages vulnerables, en situation d’urgence sur les axes Gety-Bukuringi/Boga-Tchabi/ses environs au Sud IrumuEtPrise en charge Intégrée de la malnutrition aiguë chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans et les femmes enceintes et allaitantes dans les zones de santé de Gety et BogaDurée du projet : 6 moisDébut : 1 Août 2014Bailleur

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: PM Child Protection - Immediate deployment (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: South SudanClosing date: 02 Aug 2014INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and unprotected people.INTERSOS in now implementing in the Republic of South Sudan several humanitarian projects in partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF and CHF. Intersos' intervention

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Management Accountant - Morgan Hunt (£32424 per annum + Excellent B, London) (source: CharityJob)

Morgan Hunt, London, £32424 per annum + Excellent B This is working for a very well known international human rights charity based in central London.External roles come up very rarely within this charit...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Business (Program) Development Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: KenyaClosing date: 05 Aug 2014Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Archivist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 07 Aug 2014Chemonics seeks an archivist for the Afghanistan regional business unit for a six-month long assignment. The purpose of archiving is to retain all valuable project records in a logical, coherent system and safe location for easy retrieval. The archivist will establish a complete account of what is contained in project's hard files and organize files in a logical and systematic manner in order to prepare project records for formal archiving process. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: South SudanClosing date: 05 Aug 2014Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Harris Hill: Management Accountant & Analyst (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£32k - 32.2k per year:Harris Hill:Qualified ACCA/CIMA/ACA Management Accountant & Analyst required for this very large and global International Development Charity based in their London Head office reporting into the senior management accountant.London (Central), London (Greater)

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultant to lead multi-sectoral workshops on the role of TBAs, CHCs and implementation of FGM/C Policy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Health Poverty ActionClosing date: 14 Aug 2014Health Poverty Action (HPA) is a British NGO working within the health sector across Africa, Asia and Latin America. We were established in Somaliland in 1994 and are currently active in three regions across the country (Maroodi Jeex, Togdheer and Sahil). Health Poverty Action is seeking to recruit an International Consultant to run a series of multi-sectoral workshops to create consensus on a clear National Somaliland Policy and Curricula on the role of Community Health Committees, the role of Traditional Birth Attendants and to

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Consultancy to Document the HPA Somaliland Referral Model for Reproductive Health (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Health Poverty ActionCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 14 Aug 2014Health Poverty Action (HPA) is a British result orientated health NGO that has been active in Somaliland since 1994. Currently HPA is implementing projects in three regions of Somaliland including the capital, the Maroodi Jeex Region. Health Poverty Action is seeking to recruit a Consultant to conduct Operational Research in HPA’s Research Model in Maroodi Jeex. The consultancy is expected to begin in August 2014. The consultant will be hired under the European Commission project entitled – Good health for all: Advocacy

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Rwanda: Project Support Intern (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools FoundationCountry: RwandaClosing date: 22 Aug 2014Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation (RLB),is a Dutch non-governmental organization working in Rwanda since 2004. The central mission of the organization is to target empower groups and individuals that form the target of hate speech and ensuing acts, and to strengthen the population as a whole. Through the use of entertainment &amp; education (mainly radio and TV programs) and grassroots empowerment activities, the societies RLB works with are given the knowledge of how

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Youth Assessment Senior Team Leader, Jordan/USAID Monitoring &amp; Evaluation Support Project, Amman Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 23 Aug 2014Youth Assessment Senior Team Leader, Jordan/USAID Monitoring &amp; Evaluation Support Project, Amman JordanCompany 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 with our

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Officer (source: OWSA)

The Hunger project is looking for Programme Officer in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Last date to apply- 2nd August 2014

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Coordinator (source: OWSA)

Positive Women Network Society invites applications for the post of Project Coordinator in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Last date of receiving applications- 26 July 2014

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response 14-559 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Short Term Technical Support, Maize and Groundnuts Value Chain Studies, Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) Project, Juba, South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: South SudanClosing date: 15 Aug 2014Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 60 projects in 30 countries and total

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Short Term Technical Support, Maize Grain Marketing Development, Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) Project, Juba, South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: South SudanClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 60 projects in 30 countries and total

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Short Term Technical Support, Cooperative Development, Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) Project, Juba, South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: South SudanClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 60 projects in 30 countries and total

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Security Desk Officer, Stabilisation Unit - Crown Agents CHASEOT (£28852, London) (source: CharityJob)

Crown Agents - CHASEOT, London, £28852 Job title: Security Desk Officer (SU) Location: CHASE OT, London Type of contract: Permanent Salary: &pound;25,852 Application deadline: 10 AUGUST 201...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Coordinator/Team Leader Forum 2015 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: COHREDCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Coordinator / Team Leader : Forum 2015COHRED is seeking an exceptional person who will make Forum 2015 the bestForum meeting ever … for health, equity and developmentThe Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) drives health, equity and socio-economic development by optimizing the production and use of research and innovation for health. We work globally but prioritize low income countries and populations. We provide technical support, practical tools, and global action. We work with institutions, countries, governments,

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Morocco: Consultant pour l’évaluation du programme d'assistance au retour volontaire et réintegration du Maroc(AVRR) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MoroccoClosing date: 10 Aug 2014APPEL A CONSULTATIONL’Organisation International pour les Migrations (OIM)Souhaite contracterDes Services de consultationpour procéder à une évaluation DE son programme d’ASSISTANCE AU RETOUR VOLONTAIRE ET A LA REINTEGRATION (AVRR) des Migrants en situation irrégulière au MarocLes candidats sont priés de faire parvenir leur offre au plus tard le dimanche 10 août 2014, à Rudolf Anich (ranich@iom.int) et Zakaria Ennasri (zennasri@iom.int).Le dossier devrait être composé au minimum de :Une

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: Impact Evaluation Management and Advisory Services for the UNICEF-IKEA Foundation Programme on “Improving Adolescents’ Lives in South Asia” (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: NepalClosing date: 20 Aug 2014UNICEF Regional office for south Asia intends to identify a consultancy firm which could conduct a major and complex impact evaluation related to adolescents’ interventions in three countries of the region (Afghanistan, India and Pakistan) over the course of the next 5 years. UNICEF Country and Region Offices will work together on the development of innovative interventions for adolescents with major financial support from the IKEA Foundation.How to apply:Interested firms/institution are required to send technical

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Chief, ICT Platform Section (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: JordanClosing date: 10 Aug 2014New technologies that DIST has recently implemented both at central date centers and in field locations enhances the functionality and reliability of UNHCR’s global ICT infrastructure and has enabled the introduction of new applications and tools. While UNHCR’s managed services and other outsourcing contracts for infrastructure and maintenance will ensure that these new platforms are well maintained and dependable, DIST needs to enhance its internal capacity to engineer and integrate the new technologies,

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Chief, ICT Business Systems (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Given the increasing dependence of UNHCR work processes on increasingly complex ICT software business systems, it is essential that UNHCR has continuous, integrated monitoring and oversight of these systems so as to ensure that these systems are maintained and progressively improved. This position will be responsible for maintenance, improvement and coordination of maintenance and improvement activities including level two and level three solutions processing for system glitches/malfunctions, disruption

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Senior Durable Solutions Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 10 Aug 2014The Senior Durable Solutions Officer is a designated focal point for solutions related issues in Somalia as they pertain to the return of Somali Refugees, and reports to the Representative. The incumbent has direct supervisory responsibility for durable solutions staff, which may include staff within the functional groups of durable solutions, reintegration, repatriation, and resettlement. She/he works closely with protection and programme staff, and ensures operational standards and practices in solutions

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Intern: Software Engineering, Technology Department (source: Relief Web)

Organization: National Democratic InstituteCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 22 Aug 2014Intern: Software Engineering, Technology DepartmentThe National Democratic Institute for International Affairs(NDI) seeks an Intern for 40 hours a week between the hours of, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The intern will assist with content management systems, systems administration, web development and research for web projects. The duration of the assignment is 3 to 6 months.The Intern will be a part of the Institute's Technology department. The Tech department is responsible

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: A video documentary: Highlighting potentials of persons with disabilities and older persons in disasters (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Age and Disability Task ForceCountry: PakistanClosing date: 11 Aug 2014Introduction of organisationIn September 2010, 11 likeminded national, International and disable people organizations (Expert organizations primarily facilitating older persons and/or persons with disabilities through their programs) joined their hands and formed Ageing &amp; Disability Task Force to make the difference in the lives of older persons and persons with disabilities in, during and after any form of disaster. ADTF is also working as sub cluster under protection cluster in Pakistan since its inception.Mission

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Medical Logistician (Re?announce) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 01 Aug 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/075Position/Title :Medical Logistician(Re?announce)No. of position : 1Duty Station :Myawaddy Township, Kayin StateClosing Date :01 August 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****01

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Logistics &amp; Procurement Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 01 Aug 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/129Position/Title :Logistics &amp; Procurement Assistant****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Bogalay Township, Ayeyarwaddy RegionClosing Date :01 August 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Medical Doctor ? HIV (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 01 Aug 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/128Position/Title :Medical Doctor ? HIV****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Mawlamyine Township, Mon StateClosing Date :01 August 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****01

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: National Health Coordinator (M&amp;E and Research) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 01 Aug 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/127Position/Title :National Health Coordinator (M&amp;E and Research)****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Yangon, MyanmarClosing Date :01 August 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****01

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: Consultancy services: registered organizations to conduct a Country Assessment of Essential Commodities and related Services for Children (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 29 Aug 2014REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL- (RFP-ETH- 2014 – 9113144)Topic: Consultancy services: A registered organizations- to conduct a Country Assessment of Essential Commodities and related Services for Children (CAEC) in Ethiopia.(4-5months)BackgroundThe credibility of UNICEF’s supply function is measured in terms of effective assessment and analysis, advocacy for national action and the closing of specific gaps in needs and access of essential commodities. The Supply Function evaluation, undertaken in 2006, emphasized the

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Energy Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SenegalClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Prevailing insecurity in West Africa, including the situation in Mali and recent insurgency activities, has created challenges to the populations in the Sahel region. The Mali situation is slowly improving, but the region is still under threat due to tensions in countries such as Nigeria. Additionally, the region is affected by drought and food insecurity.In humanitarian contexts, sustainable energy is a crosscutting issue with broad implications for self-reliance, protection, education, health, and environment,

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: Energy Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: ChadClosing date: 10 Aug 2014UNHCR Chad has been affected by a regular decrease of funding and need to change its strategy in order to cater for a constantly increased number of refugees. Following a series of consultations and workshops, UNHCR Strategy in Chad has been fundamentally changed towards an approach to ensure that more and more refugees become self-sufficient through an integrated livelihood strategy. This strategy has been established in conjunction with WFP in line with the Joint Programme, which also includes the FAO. In

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Officer – ODI/CAPE Budget Strengthening Initiative - Overseas Development Institute (£26,527- £31,187, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Overseas Development Institute, City of London, London, £26,527- £31,187 OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE Project Officer &ndash; ODI/CAPE Budget Strengthening InitiativeContract: FTC until March 2015Sa...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Senior Evaluation Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014PDES is currently reforming policy, methodological, and operational aspects of UNHCR’s evaluation function with the overall purpose of ensuring greater integration into the organization’s programme management cycle. The overall goal is to ensure wider evaluative coverage of both country operations and programmes, and strategic and horizontal policies. The immediate objective is it reinforce PDES capabilities with experienced and evaluation capacity.The essential requirements of this expert position

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Malaysia: Senior Protection Officer (Oversight &amp; Integrity) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: MalaysiaClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol. There is no legislative or administrative framework in place, which deals with asylum or refugee matters. In the absence of a national refugee/asylum framework, UNHCR performs all activities related to the reception, registration, documentation, status determination and resettlement of one of the world’s largest urban populations of asylum-seekers and refugees. The population continues to grow, with both new arrivals and a

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Senior Technical Shelter Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014While responding to people’s urgent need for protection and humanitarian assistance worldwide, one of UNHCR’s primary commitments is to continue to enhance the effective and timely delivery of emergency settlement and shelter solutions while ensuring that all sectoral responses uphold the technical integrity UNHCR strives to achieve and further cemented by the Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter (2014-2018).While continuing to deliver thousands of emergency shelters worldwide, UNHCR intends

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Research, Policy &amp; Practice Advisor- ref 083 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Liverpool School of Tropical MedicineCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 15 Aug 2014****Research, Policy and Practice Advisor (Ref 083)********ReBUILD Research Consortium********International Public Health********Salary: £34,565 to £38,907 (pro rata)****Fixed term contract until February 2017Part Time (0.7 FTE, 24.5 hours per week)ReBUILD is a consortium of 6 institutions working in the UK, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe with an aim to deliver new knowledge to inform the development of pro-poor health systems in

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Immunization Specialist (IPV), P-4, Temporary Appointment, 6 Months (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: KenyaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, NairobiTemporary Appointment (TA) –Immunization Specialist (IPV), P-4BackgroundOn 26 May 2012, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a resolution calling for the finalization of a comprehensive polio endgame strategy. In response, the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 was developed, in consultation with polio-affected countries, donors, vaccine manufacturers, partner agencies and expert adviso