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Mapping tree plantations with multispectral imagery: preliminary results for seven tropical countries

<p>Tree plantations continue to expand worldwide to meet demand for timber, wood fiber, fruits, and vegetable oils such as palm oil. Many countries report national statistics on the area of land in plantations, but the extent and locations of these plantations are often not documented. New corporate commitments to eliminate deforestation from agricultural supply chains have led to increased demand for detailed spatial information on plantation dynamics.</p><p>Recent advances in global land-cover mapping using Earth observation satellites offer a promising tool for mapping plantations. Several earlier efforts to use satellite imagery have yielded promising results. This study advances these efforts by mapping the location and extent of tree plantations in 2013 and 2014 in seven tropical countries through visual interpretation of moderate- and high-resolution satellite imagery and other ancillary spatial information. More than 45 million hectares of land in plantation systems were identified in these countries.</p><p>[adapted from abstract]</p>

12 Feb 2016 13:52:07 GMT

Proposal for a national energy policy for Belize

<p>This document outlines a proposed National Energy Policy for the Government of Belize.</p><p>The priority areas, overarching goal and specific objectives for the development of the energy sector can be summarized as security of supplies, environmental protection and competitiveness.</p><p>This policy document identifies seven key areas needed to attain them.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

10 Feb 2016 16:50:18 GMT

State of the Jamaican climate 2012: information for resilience building

<p>The report is intended to be an initial reference point for a description of Jamaica&rsquo;s climate, its variability and trends and future projections. It is to be used by key sectors and persons who wish to engage in climate change adaptation work with respect to Jamaica.</p><p>It is also an initial reference point for other sources of information which document how key sectors for Jamaica may be influenced by climate change.</p>

10 Feb 2016 16:45:13 GMT

Policy reform for sustainable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

<p>This article describes the potential of sustainable energy technologies including renewables and energy efficiency to significantly reduce fossil fuel use for electricity production in Latin America and the Caribbean.</p><p>It highlights the benefits of diversifying power generation resources and the role of policy and regulatory reform in helping level the playing field with regard to conventional fossil fueled systems.</p>

10 Feb 2016 16:21:37 GMT

Vulnerability and capacity assessment: impacts of climate change on Guyana’s agriculture sector final report

<p>The mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change Project began the processof provioding for the implementation of pilot vulnerability capacity Assessment in the water, agriculture and tourism sectors.</p><p>This study researched&nbsp;agricultural activities in three site areas in Guyana: The Wales Sugar Estate, the Mahaicony / Abary Rice Development Scheme (MARDS) and the island of Leguan.</p><p>The VCA study determined that many farmers are executing small and medium measures to cope with the frequency of flooding. However, due to limited financial resources many activities cannot be sustained to protect farmlands for prolonged periods.</p><p>Some notable examples of coping mechanisms include the raising of dams around farm land/empouldering; leveling of farmlands to increase runoff rates; regular cleaning of primary and secondary drainage; diversification of income generating activities; cultivation of flood tolerant high yielding varieties; merging farms into Co-ops so as to share administrative expenses and increasing the size of holdings so as to benefit from the economies.</p>

10 Feb 2016 16:12:28 GMT

Suitability maps for biofuels crops in Saint Kitt and Nevis

<p>The present report brings a detailed study about biofuel crops considering its land suitability in Saint Kitts and Nevis. It is important to mention that agriculture is very sensitive to climate and weather conditions, which determines the suitable p lant species or varieties for a given region, the agricultural systems to be adopted and the practices that are required to achieve high crop performance.</p><p>For these reasons, agrometeorological information, mainly climatological data, is essential for agricultural planning, which in concert with soil information will define the potential of an area for a specific agricultural activity.</p><p>Analysis of the land capability combines a study of land (properties) with the study of land-use and determines whether the compound requirements of land-use are adequately met by the compounded properties of the land.</p><p>The comparison of relevant land-use requirements with the associated land characteristics or land qualities is the essence of land-use systems. The outcome of this matching procedure forms the basis for assessing the capability of the land for the defined use.</p><p>Land capability expresses the inherent capacity of a land unit to support a defined land-use for a long period of time without deterioration</p><p>[Adapted from author abstract]</p>

10 Feb 2016 12:44:12 GMT

A Caribbean geothermal success story

<p>In the case of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the island is poised to develop its first commercial geothermal power plant and only the second geothermal plant of that type in 30 years within the Caribbean Region.</p><p>The results from the exploratory phase have confirmed the exis tence of a commercially viable geothermal resource which can address the high energy costs that currently exists not only for this country but for neighbouring territories.</p><p>Attaining the objectives listed in the development of its geothermal resource would also start the Region &rsquo;s Electrical Power Interconnection Grid with the addition of French territories by 2020.</p><p>[Adapted from report introduction]</p>

10 Feb 2016 12:22:17 GMT

Good agricultural practices for climate risk management in Grenada

<p>This report presents the Disaster Risk Management Framework in Grenada and the linkages to the agricultural sector as well as examples of good practice in this area.</p><p>The following principles became much more relevant and important to stakeholders as a result of this project.</p><ol><li>The need for proactive disaster planning that addresses all phases of the disaster cycle, and not limited exclusively to the response and recovery components of the disaster.</li><li>The importance of mainstreaming disaster planning and management in national development planning.</li><li>The urgent need for a well developed and managed agriculture sector disaster plan.</li><li>The importance of providing mechanisms for integrating the needs and views of the agriculture sector at all decision making levels.</li><li>The importance of building accountability and responsibility among the farming community for their own disaster management, particular their responsibility for mitigation, recovery and rehabilitation of their farming units.</li><li>The need to enhance the capacity of local non governmental organizations and community based groups to access resources for disaster planning and recovery.</li><li>The role of the Extension Department in supporting the adopting of mitigation practices and technologies among the farming community.</li></ol>

10 Feb 2016 11:48:24 GMT

Status of coral reefs of the Lesser Antilles: The French West Indies, The Netherlands Antilles, Anguilla, Antigua, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago

<p>Chapter on the status of coral reef health which have been produced using the data and information from many coral reef experts around the world.</p>

10 Feb 2016 11:02:58 GMT

Wise practice for coping with beach erosion: Grenada

<p>This booklet outlines the natural and human forces which impact beach erosion, the historic rate of change between 1985 and 1999 in Grenada, and practical steps to help.</p>

10 Feb 2016 10:56:00 GMT

Geographical information system-assisted water availability analysis for Grenada: map compendium

<p>Map compendium of water availability for Grenada, produced as part of the UNEP project, Promoting Rainwater Harvesting in Caribbean Small Island Developing States.</p><p>The data presented in the compendium is intended to assist planners in water sector development initiatives through identification of areas over Grenada that the researchers said will require investment in water augmentation measures (based on water availability) such as rainwater harvesting.</p><p>They note that the data presented are preliminary and will require validation through field observation.The analyses was restricted to mainland Grenada, given the lack of comparable rainfall data for Carriacou and Petit Martinique.</p>

10 Feb 2016 10:49:08 GMT

Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique land policy issues paper

<p>This report presents the findings from the synthesis of national land related issues in Grenada and establishes the baseline systemic and institutional capacity for land policy development. The report identifies the technical gaps, assesses the adequacy and efficiency of the existing instruments for land use management, and operations of key government agencies, and recommends best approaches for developing a land policy framework.</p><p>Key Recommendations include:</p><ol><li>Conduct a comprehensive review of all land related legislation and improve the mechanisms for their enforcement;</li><li>commission the National Land Agency;</li><li>revise and promulgate the draft Disaster Management Act and the Draft Environmental Management Act;</li><li>&nbsp;strengthen research, planning and data management capacity;</li><li>&nbsp;develop and implement a national land policy;</li><li>improve public awareness and education;</li><li>improve land use monitoring mechanisms;</li><li>strengthening the capacity of key agencies with responsibility for land administration and management.</li></ol>

10 Feb 2016 10:41:17 GMT

Integrating watershed and coastal areas management in the Caribbean small island developing states

<p>The capacity needs assessment examined the functions, procedures, products, data, tools and human resources available in each agency and uses this information to determine GIS and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) requirements in relation to the performance of the functions of the agency.</p><p>The assessment provides the basis for the conceptual design of a road map to guide the effective development and use of GIS for IWCAM in the wider Caribbean.</p><p>According to this rapid assessment of GIS capacity in the Caribbean, the state of GIS capacity varies across the Caribbean, from country to country, as well as within each country. At the regional level, different countries vary in their experiences with and applications of GIS.</p>

10 Feb 2016 10:31:58 GMT

Helpdesk report: Urban poverty in Nepal

This Helpdesk Report responds to the following query: What are the issues and trends in relation to urban poverty in Nepal? Include data on key trends as well as a qualitative overview of the issues pertaining to informal settlements, housing and access to services that make poor people more or less vulnerable to hazards. <br /><br />In presenting urban poverty trends and data in Nepal, key findings include: <br /><ul> <li>Urban poverty is becoming more pervasive in Nepal: The poverty rate is increasing in urban areas, whilst it is declining in rural areas. <br /></li> <li>Urban poverty rates vary substantially across Nepal: Urban areas in the hill ecological zone are the least poor with a poverty incidence of 8.7 per cent. This increases to 22 per cent in urban parts of the Tarai, whilst Kathmandu has a poverty rate of 11.5 per cent.</li> <li>Informal settlements are a relatively new phenomenon in Nepal and there is a poor understanding of the overall context of slums and squatter settlements. Informal settlements are increasing in number and growing in population. The slum population as a proportion of the urban population increased in absolute numbers from 1.2 million in 1990 to 3.1 million in 2009, before reducing again to 2.8 million in 2014. Squatter settlements are rising in fast-growing cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as in urban areas such as Dharan, Birganj, Bharatpur and Mechinagar. Additionally, increasing urban land and house prices are contributing to the growth of squatter settlements. The housing problem is particularly acute in the Kathmandu Valley. <br /></li> <li>The urban poor are vulnerable to natural hazards because of the location of informal settlements in marginal areas, the poor quality of housing, and the lack of assets to assist in their recovery. <br /></li></ul>In addition, the paper identifies several dimensions of poverty that impact upon the vulnerability of the urban poor, including: <br /><ul> <li>Property rights and security of tenure <br /></li> <li>Access to infrastructure and public utilities <br /></li> <li>Health <br /></li> <li>Social exclusion <br /></li> <li>Crime and violence.</li></ul>Further, the paper argues that a number of factors contribute to increasing the resilience of the urban poor. Social organisation within informal settlements, local level initiatives and self-help schemes are helping to reduce vulnerability of the urban poor. Squatters are relatively organised in demanding their rights, whilst locally established saving and credit groups and cooperatives are providing access to credit and financial assets. Government policies on urban poverty and informal settlements do not directly address the issue of land tenure, and no policy exists to prevent unnecessary evictions and violations of housing rights. There is a lack of public investment in slums and squatter areas, and housing development trends in Kathmandu largely ignore the urban poor.

08 Feb 2016 14:08:06 GMT

Helpdesk report: Disaster risk financing and insurance in the Pacific

This Helpdesk Report responds to the following query: What is the level of insurance availability and coverage against disaster risks at the household and business level across Pacific islands countries, and how does this compare internationally? What are the barriers to greater uptake of disaster risk insurance by households and the private sector, including small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Pacific? What are the best evidence-based solutions internationally, and how could these be related to the Pacific context? What other low cost business or household insurance approaches exist in Africa, Caribbean or elsewhere that provide a model for the Pacific? <br /><br />The Pacific region has low insurance penetration compared with other parts of the world. This paper explores insurance penetration and the challenges to insurance uptake in the region. Particularly significant barriers include affordability, inadequate disaster risk mitigation measures, insufficient baseline information for designing insurance products, limited availability of reinsurance, consumer awareness and cultural issues, lack of trust, inadequate building codes and certification mechanisms, lack of public asset registers, aid dependence, and weak mechanisms for distributing pay-outs. The paper also identifies approaches to broadening insurance coverage, providing selected examples of disaster risk insurance programmes. For example, the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility was the first multi-national parametric catastrophe insurance instrument established in 2007. In addition, programmes such as the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot and African Risk Capacity show evidence that they are also broadening coverage and distributing compensation for insured risks successfully.

08 Feb 2016 13:57:06 GMT

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Grenada national protected areas GAP assessment

<p>The objective of this analysis was to understand a baseline in 2007 of how well the system of protected areas represents Grenada&rsquo;s biodiversity and what actions could be taken to ensure good representation of that biodiversity.</p><p>It reviews the gap between convention targets and the data from protected areas. It identified threats to the conservation occurrences were evaluated by the development of a &ldquo;human footprint&rdquo; derived from mapped human activities such as roads, development, agriculture, hotels, marinas, ports, population density, fishing intensity, and other extractive industries. The threats were mapped out based on their range of impact and intensity level. The range of impact was expressed by the distance from the activity that the particular activity would still have an impact on biodiversity.</p>

14 Jan 2016 12:29:18 GMT

Fourth national report of Grenada to the convention on biological diversity

<p>Grenada in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme commissioned the elaboration of the Fourth National Report to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in accordance with Article 26 of the Convention and COP Decision VIII/14 in 2007.</p><p>The Sustainable Development Council was used as the forum for engaging&nbsp; various stakeholders to examine the biodiversity; its status, trends, and threats, and the environmental sustainability of the island and their potential impacts on resilience.</p><p>Work of the report recommenced in 2009. The materials used as the basis for the report was public policy documentation published by the Government of Grenada with the intent to ensure sound environmental management is fully integrated into the national policy framework.</p>

14 Jan 2016 12:08:52 GMT

Nature Index Costa Rica: an IPBES pilot project

<p>The &ldquo;Nature Index Costa Rica&rdquo; (NI-CR)&nbsp; has&nbsp; been&nbsp; a&nbsp; one-year&nbsp; pilot&nbsp; project&nbsp; to demonstrate and promote the&nbsp; capacity-building objectives of the Intergovernmental Platform on&nbsp; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica (INBio) in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) have tested the Norwegian Nature&nbsp; Index&nbsp; methodology&nbsp; and&nbsp; IT&nbsp; platform on&nbsp; Costa&nbsp; Rican&nbsp; forest&nbsp; ecosystems, in&nbsp; a&nbsp; collaboration with a number experts from Costa Rican institutions specialized in biodiversity assessments.<br />The NI-CR pilot project has</p><ul><li>demonstrated the relevance of the Nature Index for IPBES as a platform for international collaboration and mutual capacity-building in biodiversity assessment.</li><li>shown&nbsp; that&nbsp; the Nature Index methodology&nbsp; and&nbsp; IT-platform&nbsp; are a&nbsp; tool for &ldquo;gap&nbsp; analysis&ldquo; in biodiversity monitoring information in support of conservation area management.</li><li>shown the potential of Nature&nbsp; Index methodology to&nbsp; strengthen sustainability&nbsp; indicators reporting and natural capital accounting in Costa Rica.</li><li>illustrated the Nature Index platform&rsquo;s relevance for CBD national data clearinghouse.</li><li>demonstrated&nbsp; the potential&nbsp; of&nbsp; the Nature&nbsp; Index to&nbsp; coordinate&nbsp; national data&nbsp; and&nbsp; institutions across conservation sectors,&nbsp; in particular the potential to fill gaps in national level biodiversity safeguards reporting of REDD+.</li><li>identified a number of limitations, solutions, and opportunities in the current NI methodology which would facilitate scaling up of the pilot project findings to full implementation at national level and improve future transfer of NI to other countries.</li></ul>

30 Dec 2015 13:21:26 GMT

Plant variety protection in developing countries: A tool for designing a Sui Generis plant variety protection system: An alternative to UPOV 1991

<p>A new tool to assist developing countries in designing a &ldquo;custom made&rdquo; plant variety protection suitable for the seed and agricultural systems that prevail in developing countries has been published by an international group of NGOs.&nbsp;&nbsp; It was presented on the occasion of the Sixth Meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Rome, 5-9 October 2015.</p><p>Members of the World Trade Organization with the exception of least developed countries are required to make available some form of intellectual property protection for plant varieties. They have ample flexibility to design a sui generis (unique) system that is appropriate for their agricultural systems. &nbsp;</p><p>The 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 1991) offers a rigid model inappropriate for developing countries. It ignores the characteristics of the seed supply systems in those countries, where farmers produce a large part of the seeds and other propagating material, and limits farmers&rsquo; traditional practices of saving, exchanging and selling plant materials. These activities are crucial to preserving a diversified supply of seeds, adapted to local conditions and a changing environment as well as support farmers&rsquo; livelihoods.</p><p>UPOV 1991 requirements also undermine implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing.</p><p>Therefore the purpose of this tool is to present an alternative to UPOV 1991 taking into account the needs and realities of farmers in developing countries as well as alternative sui generis plant variety protection systems that exist in some developing countries. This tool is to support policy makers, civil society organisations and farmer organizations engaged in the development of a plant variety protection system.</p><p>Chapter 1 examines the origins of plant variety protection through intellectual property rights and UPOV. Chapter 2 elaborates on the requirements of the Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that has flexibilities available to WTO members as well as the context and provisions of other international instruments relevant to plant genetic resources. These currently include the CBD, its Nagoya Protocol and the ITPGRFA. Chapter 3 discusses the key features of UPOV 1991 and its implications for developing countries.</p><p>Chapter 4 proposes model provisions for key features that are essential to designing a sui generis plant variety protection regime and these may be adapted to national circumstances.&nbsp; Chapter 5 addresses the obstacles that developing countries may face in designing sui generis plant variety protection legislation, arguments against and in favour of non-UPOV- type of sui generis regimes, and recommendations for actions to be taken when developing a national law.</p>

23 Dec 2015 09:14:43 GMT

Climate adapted vilages. The Development Fund's model for local climate adaptation. Honduras

<p>The Climate Adapted Villages model aims to make farmers and local communities capable of organizing themselves, identifying climate threats and practicing climate smart agriculture, enabling them to adapt to the current consequences of a changing climate. The model focuses on building capacity and expertise in local communities, so that they can manage their own recourses and implement measures for climate change adaptation, in a systematic and effective way. Communities gain a strong ownership to the activities, and the method can be transferred of other areas. Many countries want to do something on climate adaptation, but hesitate to allocate money directly to poor people in rural areas. However, more climate adaptation measures should take place where people are the most vulnerable, i.e among poor people in rural areas.<br />The main focus of the CAV model is promoting a collective management of community resources such as forests, water, energy, soils, plants and animal diversity. A key element in CAV is to ensure that communities themselves participate, and take center stage throughout the processes, from the climate vulnerability assessment to the planning and further implementation of the adaptation plan.<br />The CAV model contains three main stages. The first stage, to know, means to gather knowledge and to analyze the problems (climate vulnerability assessment). A second stage, to do, addresses the planning and design of adaptation measures and their implementation. The third stage, to sustain, addresses sustainability issues, which go beyond the project period. It is about maintaining and securing the projects&rsquo; achievements in the long-run.</p>

22 Dec 2015 14:37:35 GMT

Final review of the project "REDD+ Readiness in south west Tanzania" implemented by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Tanzania Program

<p>The project&nbsp; was designed and implemented by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Tanzania Program to build capacity and knowledge for Tanzania to participate actively in REDD+ activities, with a focus on the montane forests of the Southern Highlands. The stated purpose of the project was&nbsp; &ldquo;to&nbsp;&nbsp; design&nbsp;&nbsp; and&nbsp;&nbsp; carry&nbsp;&nbsp; out a robust&nbsp;&nbsp; baseline&nbsp;&nbsp; study&nbsp;&nbsp; to&nbsp;&nbsp; provide&nbsp;&nbsp; methods&nbsp;&nbsp; for&nbsp;&nbsp; estimating deforestation, carbon sequestration, emissions and leakage in southwest Tanzania&rsquo;s four most important&nbsp; forests&nbsp; covering&nbsp; 52,680 hectares&rdquo;. In&nbsp; addition&nbsp; to contributing&nbsp; to&nbsp; the&nbsp; development&nbsp; of tools and collection of data for carbon monitoring, the project also aimed to reach over 100,000 people&nbsp; through&nbsp; economic&nbsp; incentives&nbsp; and&nbsp; address&nbsp; the&nbsp; drivers&nbsp; of&nbsp; deforestation&nbsp; through&nbsp; education and woodlot establishment. According to the project document it was anticipated that the project would provide an estimate of the levels of emission reductions that could be expected should the target forests be included in a national level REDD+ initiative. The project covered forests and 40 communities within the existing long-term sites of WCS and included Mt Rungwe Nature Reserve, Mporoto Ridge Forest Reserve, Livingstone Forest within Kitulo National Park in Mbeya Region and Mbizi catchment forest reserve in Rukwa Region.</p><p>Final Review of REDD+ Pilot Projects in Tanzania Report No. 3.</p>

15 Dec 2015 17:41:55 GMT

Locating human-wildlife interactions: Landscape constructions and responses to large carnivore conservation in India and Norway

<p>People&#39;s reactions to large carnivores take many forms, ranging from support and coexistence to resistance and conflict. While these reactions are the outcome of many different factors, in this paper we specifically explore the link between social constructions of landscapes and divergent responses to large carnivore presence. We compare case studies from four different landscapes shared by people and large carnivores, in India and Norway. We use social construction of landscapes as a key concept to explore responses to large carnivores in the context of ecological, economic, social, and cultural changes in these areas. Based on this comparison, we argue that the process of change is complex, with a plurality of responses from the groups affected by it. The response to large carnivore presence is influenced by many different factors, of which the interpretation of change-particularly landscape change-plays a significant role.</p>

26 Nov 2015 10:31:03 GMT

Access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing from their use (ABS) – state of implementation and research gaps

<p>Commissioned&nbsp; by&nbsp; the&nbsp; PBL&nbsp; Netherlands&nbsp; Environmental Assessment&nbsp; Agency the&nbsp; report provides an international&nbsp;&nbsp; review of the current&nbsp; situation&nbsp; in access and benefit sharing (ABS) related to genetic resources and the research needs in&nbsp; this&nbsp; field.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The&nbsp; report&nbsp; concludes&nbsp; that&nbsp; even&nbsp; if&nbsp; an&nbsp; international ABS regime has been in place for more than 20 years, implementation at the national level has&nbsp; been&nbsp; slow&nbsp; both&nbsp; in&nbsp; terms&nbsp; of&nbsp; enacting&nbsp; access&nbsp; legislation&nbsp; and&nbsp; legislation&nbsp; to support&nbsp;&nbsp; compliance&nbsp;&nbsp; with&nbsp;&nbsp; access&nbsp;&nbsp; legislation.&nbsp;&nbsp; A&nbsp;&nbsp; fairly&nbsp;&nbsp; large&nbsp;&nbsp; amount&nbsp;&nbsp; of bioprospecting&nbsp; activities&nbsp; have&nbsp; been&nbsp; generated&nbsp; but - apparently - few&nbsp; with&nbsp; a commercial intent and thus with few examples and low amounts of monetary benefits. Research on&nbsp; ABS&nbsp; has&nbsp; mainly been theoretical and less research has been&nbsp; conducted&nbsp; on&nbsp; ABS&nbsp; in&nbsp; practice.&nbsp; Main&nbsp; research&nbsp; gaps&nbsp; are:&nbsp; 1)&nbsp; Actual&nbsp; and potential&nbsp;&nbsp; contribution&nbsp;&nbsp; of&nbsp;&nbsp; ABS&nbsp;&nbsp; to&nbsp;&nbsp; conservation&nbsp;&nbsp; and&nbsp;&nbsp; sustainable&nbsp;&nbsp; use&nbsp;&nbsp; of biodiversity;&nbsp; 2)&nbsp; ABS,&nbsp; equity&nbsp; and&nbsp; standard&nbsp; setting;&nbsp; 3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ABS&nbsp; beyond&nbsp; genetic resources;&nbsp; 4)&nbsp; Business&nbsp; approaches&nbsp; to&nbsp; ABS;&nbsp; 5)&nbsp; Mapping&nbsp; the&nbsp; value&nbsp; chain&nbsp; of genetic/biological material from its collection to an end product.</p>

30 Oct 2015 19:44:14 GMT

Preparing for FOCAC VI: China - South Africa co-operation in conservation and renewable energy

<p>As China&rsquo;s development puts increasing pressure on the environment, various measures have been implemented both domestically and, increasingly, abroad in an attempt to limit the impact. China&rsquo;s environmental engagement at an international level, including the agreement between the United States (US) President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to cut carbon emissions (12 November 2014), signals the growing urgency of the issue.</p><p>Within the context of the China-South Africa engagement, there are also signs of this shift. Two key areas where this is evident are in China&rsquo;s growing role in conservation and the renewable energy sector. China&rsquo;s domestic demand for wildlife goods has motivated the Chinese government to sign a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with African governments. In the renewable energy sector again, Africa&rsquo;s energy needs and untapped capacity for electricity generation from renewable energy (RE) has created a vast potential market for global Chinese renewable energy firms. Both areas have become increasingly important topics within China-Africa relations, and feature on the Forum of China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) agenda.</p><p>This policy brief examines the role of these two themes as a way of demonstrating some of the concrete ways in which China-Africa interaction is evolving in a world where sustainable development has become key.</p><p>Recommendation:</p><ul><li><p>co-operation between South Africa and China illustrates that agreements made need to be specific to the issue of concern. The second MoU in 2013 was particularly aimed at curbing the scourge of rhino poaching through co-operation in law enforcement, compliance with international conventions and other relevant legislation. Since the agreement, the Chinese government have been more co-operative. Thus, more African governments affected by the poaching crisis need to enter into detailed agreements on environmental conservation and illegal wildlife trade in order for effective regulation and law enforcement</p></li><li><p>FOCAC should be used as a platform to address the problem where African governments, especially South Africa, can set the agenda regarding illegal wildlife trade and put hard pressure on their Chinese counterparts by bringing poachers to book</p></li><li><p>South Africa is a lucrative market for Chinese RE companies, but the local RE industry requires more skills and technical (technological) knowledge if it is to truly become sustainable on the long-term. More should be done on a bi-lateral basis to formalise the transfer of skills and technical knowledge between South African and Chinese actors in the RE sector. Technology transfer should be more clearly articulated in any new FOCAC agreements as a priority in China-Africa co-operation</p></li><li><p>the South African RE case has shown that a combination of laws and the provision of market security can stimulate economic investment in which African economies can themselves move up the value chain. South Africa with its relatively strong administrative capacity should provide assistance to fellow African states to follow suit</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

25 Aug 2015 14:18:47 GMT

Demonstrating 'respect' for the UNFCCC REDD+ safeguards: the importance of community-collected information

<p>This paper argues that stakeholder groups &ndash; specifically indigenous and local communities living in or directly dependent upon forests &ndash; can often offer an important source of knowledge and capacity.</p><p>It highlights that these people can support data gathering for safeguard information needs, especially in places where existing monitoring systems cannot do so comprehensively. The paper argues that their involvement is important for protecting their rights, and critical for minimising the risk that REDD+, or the safeguards, could fail to meet their objectives.</p><p>It is argued that community information on a small number of indicators, consolidated at a national scale, can be useful for assessing the effectiveness of all of the safeguards. Information gathering by adequately trained communities can be as cost effective and accurate as professional information gathering, allowing decision-makers under budget and capacity constraints to build confidently on existing community-based information systems.</p><p>[Adapted from source]</p>

11 Aug 2015 16:49:43 GMT

Integrating indigenous, local and modern knowledge for sustainable conservation and management of forest ecosystems in Nepal

<p>This paper reports on the documentation and assessment of different community based traditional and local forest and pasture management practices, drawn from five case examples in five districts of Nepal.</p><p>These cases cover aspects including evolution, innovations, and adaptation processes. Using field-based shared learning approaches, the paper explores the challenges and opportunities of integrating, synergising, and complementing indigenous practices with modern scientific knowledge and technologies.</p><p>Climate change, as the newest driver of deforestation, forest land degradation in Nepal, has been impacting forest ecosystem by fragmenting habitats, altering species composition, changing growing season, lowering biomass productivity, and increasing risks of fires and floods. The paper highlights that indigenous peoples and local communities have been coping with these changes by using their indigenous local knowledge, skills, and practices (ILKP) and making them more adaptive and resilient.</p><p>[Adapted from source]</p>

03 Aug 2015 16:20:39 GMT

Projected climate change and impact on bioclimatic conditions in Central and South-Central Asia

<p>This report summarizes a set of bioclimatic indicators and the expected impacts of climate change on bioclimatic conditions in Central and South-Central Asia.</p><p>It is intended to provide a basis for understanding the potential impacts of climate change across Central and South-Central Asia and a knowledge base for the design and implementation of agroforestry practices, environmental conservation efforts, and sustainable development.</p><p>Under all scenarios, the spatial analysis indicates quick and drastic change in bioclimatic conditions in the near to medium term, and predicts significant and increasing biophysical and biological perturbation for biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services, and agricultural and pastoral production systems.<br />The major conclusion of the report is a necessity to recognize the central role of a rapidly changing climate and environment across central and south-central Asia, and the need to plan for adaptation within almost all aspects of sustainable development and conservation planning, efforts and policy.</p><p>[Adapted from source]</p>

07 Jul 2015 14:58:47 GMT

The dynamics of large infrastructure development in conservation of the Serengeti Ecosystem - the case study of a road through Serengeti National Park. Phase 1 report.

<p>This report presents results from the first field surveys for the five Thematic Areas &ndash; Biodiversity (Zoology and Botany), Human and Animal Health (HAH), Environmental Science, and Socio-ecology - that was conducted along the proposed Serengeti road in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts. The project area comprises five sections, four of which are within community areas and one inside Serengeti National Park. The study is part of the capacity building project under &lsquo;Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services&rsquo; (IPBES) in Serengeti Ecosystem of Northern Tanzania.</p><p>The report highlights on background information to the study, objectives, research design and methodology, preliminary results, and important conclusions and predictions.</p>

13 May 2015 09:35:09 GMT

Factors affecting local ecological knowledge and perceived threats to the kori bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus) in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Northern Tanzania

<p>This study examines local tribal knowledge regarding the ecology of the kori bustard (<em>Ardeotis kori struthiunculus</em>) and assessed threats to this species in Northern Serengeti communities. A picture of an indigenous kori bustard was presented to survey participants in villages in the study area. General knowledge on the kori bustard was tested in relation to the bird&rsquo;s general habitat, nesting habitat, food and number of individuals in groups. Of the survey respondents, 56.7% knew the name of the kori bustard and were therefore included in further analyses. The Maasai tribe showed the greatest knowledge of the species, with 98% of individuals identifying the species correctly. Additionally, male survey participants were generally more knowledgeable than females. No differences among age groups or individuals with different education levels were found, suggesting that there is a local knowledge transfer of the species to all age groups regardless of educational level of respondents and that education is not an obstacle to the local knowledge. The study concludes that nature of activities e.g. nomadic and social life, gender and tribes were contributing factors to the knowledge of the kori bustard in the northern Serengeti.</p>

02 May 2015 19:19:54 GMT

Interim assessment of revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPS)

<p>On behalf of UNEP-WCMC and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, Balakrishna Pisupati and Christian Prip have conducted an interim assessment of 25 national biodiversity strategies and action plans submitted after the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the &quot;Aichi Targets&quot; at CBD COP 10 in 2010. The review was commissioned as an activity in the UNEP project &ldquo;Support to GEF eligible countries for achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 17 through a Globally Guided NBSAPs Update Process&rdquo;, funded by the Global Environment Facility. The assessment undertakes a preliminary review of how countries have considered the Strategic Plan of the CBD and the readiness to achieve the Aichi Targets at national level. Although the assessment is based on a limited number of NBSAPs developed after 2010 (25), indications are that most NBSAPs use the Aichi Targets as an overall framework to set national targets and/or national priorities for action. However, as was the case for pre-2010 NBSAPs, issues of a cross-cutting nature beyond the direct drivers of biodiversity loss have received limited attention. This also applies to legal preparedness and resource mobilization for biodiversity. The assessment provides specific examples of national actions suggested in the revised NBSAPs, and a set of generic recommendations for countries that are still to finalize their NBSAPs. The interim assessment will be followed up by a more comprehensive assessment when a larger number of CBD Parties have submitted revised NBSAPs.</p>

13 Apr 2015 18:13:44 GMT

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2016 ITF Annual Summit: Green and Inclusive Transport

The Annual International Transport Forum Summit is the unique platform for a global conversation on strategies for transport in the 21st century. It will take place in Leipzig, Germany from 18-20 May 2016, under the Presidency of Denmark under the theme "Green and Inclusive Transport ".

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:59:00 GMT

Financial instruments for managing disaster risks related to climate change

This article addresses the potential implications of climate change for the financial management of disaster risks. It outlines the contribution of insurance to reducing the economic disruption of disaster events and policy approaches to supporting the penetration of disaster insurance coverage and the capacity of insurance markets to absorb disaster risks.

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:09:00 GMT

Finance and climate: The transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy from a financial sector perspective

Climate change is a major political and economic challenge. This paper sketches out its relevance for the financial sector. Necessary low-carbon investments imply a significant yet manageable financing gap. Beyond capital mobilisation that has attracted most attention until now, the main challenge is ensuring a transition-consistent capital reallocation.

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:07:00 GMT

Decarbonising the global economy: The direction of travel after COP21 - Live video

The IEA is pleased to announce the second event in its new distinguished speaker series, Big IdEAs, which brings global leaders and decision makers to the IEA to share their views on a range of global issues. On Friday 29 January starting at 11h30, Professor Sir David King, the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, will speak on "Towards decarbonising the global economy".

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:35:00 GMT

Social Costs of Morbidity Impacts of Air Pollution - Environment Working Paper

Outdoor air pollution is a major determinant of health worldwide. The objective of this paper is to inform the development of improved estimates of the social costs of human morbidity impacts resulting from outdoor air pollution in two components; namely to develop a core set of pollutant-health end-points to be covered when estimating the costs of morbidity, and to review current estimates of the cost of morbidity from air pollution.

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:30:00 GMT

COP21 was decades in the making, so how do we make future decades work for climate? Insights blog

Given the years of preparation – and for some OECD colleagues, a life’s work – my hope was for an enduring, ambitious text, helping us to avoid climate catastrophe. My expectation was far less grand, more closely aligned to the reality of getting 195 countries to adopt an agreement with legal force.

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:50:00 GMT

Sector-level approach to estimating mobilised private climate finance: The case of renewable energy - Environment Working Paper

In order to help address climate finance-related information needs under the UNFCCC, this paper explores the extent to which currently-available secondary data make it possible to estimate private finance mobilised by developed countries for climate action in developing countries.

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:55:00 GMT

How OECD and IEA contributed to COP21 - Insights blog

With the world welcoming the new comprehensive global climate agreement at COP21 aiming to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, it is worth noting the significant contribution that the OECD family has made. These contributions were aptly summarized in a useful joint statement by the secretariats of OECD, IEA, International Transport Forum and Nuclear Energy Agency right after COP21 kicked off.

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:57:00 GMT

Statement by the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on COP21 Agreement

This is a watershed day for the world and especially heartening for the OECD as one of the first international bodies to call for zero net emissions in the second half of the century, for a price on carbon and for greater efforts to channel finance into the low carbon economy.

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:59:00 GMT

OECD at #COP21

World leaders faced a fundamental dilemma: take strong action to address the risks associated with climate change, or see the ability to limit this threat slip from their grasp. Check out how the OECD contributed to get a successful outcome on 12 December at COP21 in Paris.

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:22:00 GMT

Climate disclosure: knowledge powers change

Everybody is interested in the impacts of what companies are doing and the environmental practices and impacts of doing business are coming under increasing scrutiny. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría looks at how both governments and investors are ready to scale up climate disclosure and the use of climate information.

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:11:00 GMT

Israel Policy Brief: Improving the Effectiveness of Environmental Taxation

Despite a relatively good performance on several points compared to other countries, there is still scope for improving the effectiveness of Israel’s taxation policy from an environmental perspective.

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:30:00 GMT

Climate change mitigation: We must do more

Countries everywhere have committed to fighting climate change but many are still subsidising fossil fuels, investing little in green technologies, failing to put a realistic price on carbon, and allowing transport emissions to grow. Much more can and should be done.

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 15:50:00 GMT

Higher price on carbon needed to effectively tackle climate change

OECD urges efforts to better price carbon as new analysis finds that 90% of CO2-emissions are priced below EUR 30 per tonne, a low-end estimate of climate damage, and 60% are not priced at all. Effective Carbon Rates in the OECD and Selected Partner Economies calculates effective carbon rates (ECR) on CO2-emissions from energy use for 41 countries which together use 80% of global emissions.

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:00:00 GMT

Statement by OECD-IEA-ITF-NEA for COP21

The world looks to the Paris Conference of the Parties to deliver a new climate agreement that transforms our development pathway. Success at COP21 can drive and accelerate the transition to a cleaner, healthier and more secure future, locking-in sustainable economic growth and development.

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:16:00 GMT

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Rio+20: A voice from Sheffield, UK

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

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

Rio+20: A voice from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Cities and Resilience

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollution

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

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

Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energy

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

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

Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon tax

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

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

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

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

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

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

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

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

Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

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

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

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World Business

Oil prices soar on hopes of output cut

Oil prices surged as much as 12% on Friday after fresh suggestions that Opec nations were set to cut oil production.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:21:27 GMT

Deutsche Bank announces bond buyback

Deutsche Bank announces that it is to buy back more than $5bn (£3.5bn) of its own debt.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:17:20 GMT

Superdry share sale to fund divorce

The founder of Superdry, Julian Dunkerton, sells just under £50m worth of shares to fund his divorce.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:46:44 GMT

Eurozone economy grows 1.5% in 2015

The economies of the 19 countries that use the euro expanded by 1.5% in 2015.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:35:31 GMT

EU probes cheap Chinese steel imports

The European Commission is opening three investigations into steel products made in China as cheap imports add to the woes of the UK steel industry.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:25:48 GMT

Independent to cease as print edition

The Independent and Independent on Sunday newspapers are to cease print editions in March, leaving an online-only edition, their owner says.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:01:28 GMT

RBS boss supports EU membership

The chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland tells BBC Newsnight he believes the UK financial sector would be better off inside the European Union.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:10:37 GMT

Rolls-Royce shares climb 14% on results

Shares in aero engine giant Rolls-Royce climbed 14% on Friday despite a 50% dividend cut and profits at the lower end of forecasts.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:42:50 GMT

GSK fined for deals with competitors

The pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and some generic drugs firms have been fined for being anti-competitive.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:42:58 GMT

Japanese shares plunge over global woes

Japan's markets trade sharply lower on Friday amid concerns over the global economy and a stronger yen against the dollar.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:11:40 GMT

Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2bn settlement

Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2bn (£2.2bn) to US authorities to settle claims that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds sold before the financial crisis.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:58:24 GMT

IMF boss Lagarde set for second term

International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, the first woman to hold the position, has been nominated for a second term at the helm.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:25:55 GMT

Spaniard pulls six-year sickie

A Spanish civil servant is fined after not going to work for at least six years, which was only noticed when he became eligible for a long service award.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:18:47 GMT

Burger King expands menu with hot dogs

Burger King announces that hot dogs will be the newest addition to its menus in the US.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:42:15 GMT

Google defends UK tax arrangements

Google's UK chief defends the search giant's tax arrangements in a hearing before MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:59:24 GMT

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Saudi Arabia to work on reducing emissions

(MENAFN) Saudi Arabia realizes the importance of renewable energy in the economic and social growth, and all people have the right to have reliable energy sources.Additionally, the...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:18:30 GMT

Germany to offer USD 566mn in credits to Iraq

(MENAFN) Germany will offer USD 566mn worth of credit to Iraq in order to help it with the sharp downturn in global oil prices and its will do it best.Furthermore, Germany will sta...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:16:50 GMT

Qatar's consumption will grow to 39.6 percent

(MENAFN) Qatar's investments of its GDP increased to 39.6 percent in Q2 last year from 32.4 percent in 2014 on stable government capital spending.Moreover, the nation's consumption...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:13:04 GMT

Suspected jihadist will not recover Swiss passport

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has upheld the decision of the Swiss Attorney General&rsquo;s Office to confiscate the Swiss passport and ...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:18:38 GMT

Turkey praises planned Syria cessation of hostilities

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Turkey has praised an agreement between major powers to cease hostilities in Syria to provide humanitarian aid as &ldquo;an important step&...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:51:08 GMT

Split over PYD continues between US Turkey

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The split betweenAnkaraand Washington over the designation of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) continues to rumble on though...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:51:06 GMT

Turkey to provide 1.5 million in health aid to Gaza

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Turkey has said it has transferred $1.5 million to the WHO&rsquo;s Palestine Representation in order to assist health institutions in Gaza....

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:51:06 GMT

Turkey Iran to boost dialogue says diplomat

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Turkey and Iran have agreed to continue &ldquo;enhancing dialogue&rdquo; a Foreign Ministry official told Anadolu Agency on Friday. Umit Y...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:21:58 GMT

Turkish FM: Russian airstrikes rule out Syria cease fire

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said peace could not be maintained in Syria unless Russia halts its airstrikes. Speaking to th...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:21:55 GMT

CIA: Islamic State has chemical weapons

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The director of the Central Intelligence Agency said Islamic State fighters in Syria have used chemical weapons. John Brennan said there ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:21:53 GMT

Display Next MENAFN Regional Business [menafn.com]

An inclusive South Africa needs more investment and jobs

South Africa has made impressive social progress over the past two decades, lifting millions of people out of poverty and broadening access to essential services like water, electricity and sanitation.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, first quarter 2015, OECD

OECD employment rate increases to 66.1% in first quarter of 2015

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:19:00 GMT

La OCDE establece la hoja de ruta para la adhesión de Costa Rica

La OCDE ha definido las pautas encaminadas a la adhesión de Costa Rica a la Organización, reforzando así su compromiso de dar cabida a nuevos países miembros.

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT

OECD establishes roadmap for membership with Costa Rica

The OECD set out a clear path for Costa Rica’s accession to the Organisation, reinforcing the OECD’s commitment to further extend its global membership.

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:00:00 GMT

Countries should address disruptive effects of the digital economy

Countries are making increased efforts to develop their digital economies in a way that will maximise social and economic benefits, but now need to address the risk of disruption in areas like privacy and jobs, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT

OECD holds three tax events in Addis to promote domestic resource mobilisation

The OECD is holding three tax events on the side-lines of the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:01:00 GMT

Tax Inspectors Without Borders:OECD and UNDP to work with developing countries to make tax audits more effective

The OECD and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a new initiative to help developing countries bolster domestic revenues by strengthening their tax audit capacities.

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT

OECD establishes roadmap for membership with Lithuania

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

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:01:00 GMT

Jobs outlook improving slowly but millions risk being trapped at bottom of economic ladder

The jobs recovery is slowly gathering pace, but employment will remain well below pre-crisis levels in many countries, especially in Europe, through to the end of 2016, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, July 2015

Composite leading indicators continue to point to growth convergence in most major economies

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:23:00 GMT

Canada could do more to help laid-off workers

Canada should improve the support its employment services offer to help laid-off workers find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT

Slow growth in health spending but Europe lags behind

Many European countries saw further reductions in health spending in 2013, according to OECD Health Statistics 2015. Health spending continued to shrink in Greece, Italy and Portugal in 2013. Most countries in the European Union reported real per capita health spending below the levels of 2009. Outside of Europe, health spending has been growing at around 2.5% per year since 2010.

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Relaunch productivity to boost growth and well-being

The slowdown in productivity over the past decade has added to concerns about the long-term economic outlook. But new OECD research shows that policy reforms can revive the diffusion of innovation and make better use of human talent to clear the path for higher and more inclusive productivity growth.

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:00:00 GMT

More effort needed on government integrity to help restore public trust

Countries need to do more to identify and reduce conflicts of interest and other breaches of integrity to help win back trust in national governments, which surveys suggest remains below pre-crisis levels, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:46:00 GMT

Contributions to GDP growth: first quarter 2015, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Private consumption, main driver of OECD GDP growth in the first quarter of 2015

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:35:00 GMT

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Economic Development

Global economy faces major headwinds in 2016

The world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17 as a number of cyclical and structural headwinds persist, says the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 report. Global growth is estimated at a mere 2.4% in 2015.

The Latin American Left is losing ground

Within a few weeks leftwing governments in Latin America have experienced a breath-taking decline. The Latin American (centre-) left forces suffered several strategic defeats. They occurred in the biggest Latin American economies. First in Argentina, than in Venezuela, and also in Brazil the days of an uncontested majority of left forces are definitely over now.

The World Bank's new Gender Equality strategy

14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.

Greece: Merkel's victory - a Pyrrhic victory?

The Euro Zone Summit on 12-13 July 2015 forced the Greek Syriza-led government into accepting practically all demands of the other euro zone states. In return, the Greek government received the prospect that negotiations on renewed credit programme might commence and the vague promise that longer grace and payment periods on the Greek debt might be considered.

Greek crisis out of control

Everything is possible. The crisis has reached such a precipitating dynamics, that nobody is able to fully control the process. There might still come a last minute muddling through compromise. But there might also be insolvency and a subsequent Grexit either by accident or by intention.

Fight tax avoidance and reform investment policies

Two crucial issues are dealt with in the new World Investment Report: A fundamental reform of the international investment regime and more coherence between international tax and investment policies. According to the authors of the report there must be no contradiction between the policy imperative of taking action against tax avoidance and facilitating productive investment in sustainable development.

New labour standard for the informal economy

At its 104th conference in the first half of June, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new international labour standard that is expected to help hundreds of millions of workers and economic units move out of informality and into the formal economy.

Rehabilitating the c word

What do the writer-activist Naomi Klein, the academic economist Thomas Piketty, the art curator Okwui Enwezor and the Catholic Pope have in common? A cosmopolitan lifestyle? Concern for humanity? A knack for controversy? All of that. But something more substantive too.

Alternatives to stagnation and decline in Europe

Austerity policies, imposed by the strong states throughout the euro area, but especially on the weaker states, have reduced millions of EU citizens to poverty and impaired even basic levels of social protection and employment rights in the crisis-struck countries. The EuroMemo Group presents alternatives.

On the cusp of a genuinely transformative agenda?

Four parallel but interrelated negotiation processes are currently underway in the multilateral sphere - on the post-2015 development agenda, on climate change, on an update of the women's agenda, and on financing for development. If all went well, there could be a unified, global agenda for sustainable development by December 2015. If not, the situation will continue to deteriorate.

Display Next WDEV World Economy & Development [wdev.eu]

Mapping tree plantations with multispectral imagery: preliminary results for seven tropical countries

<p>Tree plantations continue to expand worldwide to meet demand for timber, wood fiber, fruits, and vegetable oils such as palm oil. Many countries report national statistics on the area of land in plantations, but the extent and locations of these plantations are often not documented. New corporate commitments to eliminate deforestation from agricultural supply chains have led to increased demand for detailed spatial information on plantation dynamics.</p><p>Recent advances in global land-cover mapping using Earth observation satellites offer a promising tool for mapping plantations. Several earlier efforts to use satellite imagery have yielded promising results. This study advances these efforts by mapping the location and extent of tree plantations in 2013 and 2014 in seven tropical countries through visual interpretation of moderate- and high-resolution satellite imagery and other ancillary spatial information. More than 45 million hectares of land in plantation systems were identified in these countries.</p><p>[adapted from abstract]</p>

12 Feb 2016 13:52:07 GMT

Transforming state-citizen relations in food security schemes: the computerized ration card management system in Kerala

<p>This paper looks at the application of ICTs to the improvement of state-citizen relations in a developing country context. It argues that, to maximise responsiveness of the government, ICTs need to target the structural problems in state-citizen relations, from which unresponsiveness of the state to citizens is generated. Failure, as portrayed here, arises from the fact that ICTs, rather than being used for tackling the causes of issues in government responsiveness, tend to be conceived and utilised primarily as a means for acquiring political consensus.</p><p>This argument is illustrated through a case study of computerisation of the ration card procedure in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where a typical problem of state unresponsiveness &ndash; mirrored by a burgeoning amount of unattended ration card applications &ndash; is matched by a typical e-government solution, i.e. digitalisation of the process of document release.</p><p>The case study reveals that, while the structural problems of the process of ration card delivery in Kerala lie within two crucial nodes, namely poverty status determination and verification of applications, the digital solution devised by the government addresses predominantly the front-end, politically appealing node constituted by citizen application for a ration card. This strategy, which leaves untouched the crucial nodes of state unresponsiveness, turns out in citizen dissatisfaction on the long run. Implications are both theoretical, as a cause for failure is identified and deconstructed in the domain of ICT4D, and practical, as an orientation to structural problems is recommended for policymakers that engage in ICT-based government reform.</p>

11 Feb 2016 16:20:08 GMT

The growth of micro and small, cluster based furniture manufacturing firms and their implications for poverty reduction in Tanzania

<p>Micro, small, and medium manufacturing enterprises (MSMEs) offer good examples of firm clustering and incipient entry points for industrial development in Tanzania. This study analyses the growth of cluster-based, micro and small furniture-manufacturing firms located in the Keko, Buguruni-Malapa, and Mbezi Beach kwa Komba industrial clusters. The results of quantitative growth indicators show that on average the furniture manufacturing firms in the studied clusters grew, and real payments to<br />the firm owners and workers grew as well.</p><p>The analysis shows that real values of payments to the firm owners and workers have positive implications for poverty reduction since the values placed the firm owners and workers above the basic and food poverty lines for Tanzania in general and for Dar es Salaam in particular. Firm owners<br />as well as workers believe that the income earned as a result of firm growth helped to reduce poverty. They note that the income generated from firm growth helps to reduce poverty by increasing their spending power, thereby increasing their demand for other goods and services in the economy through the multiplier effect.</p><p>Consistent with the literature on agglomeration economics, which describes the costs and benefits of firm clustering, the current study reveals that firms benefit from clustering, and firm owners are aware of the importance of being in clusters. Moreover, firm owners feel that they are better off in clusters when compared to the quality of those scattered array of firms that operate alone. Interfirm sales, purchases of raw materials and inputs, subcontracting, lending machinery, marketing of furniture products, and training workers through apprenticeships were all found to be the major methods by which firms interact with one another. The firm owners acknowledge the clusters<br />as being catalysts for firm growth because the arrangements allow firms to cooperate with each other.</p><p>This finding suggests that the degree of cooperation among entrepreneurs in industrial clusters is critical for the development of these industrial clusters. While there is huge growth potential for those furniture manufacturing firms that are organised in clusters, insufficient business skills, poor infrastructure within the industrial clusters, technological backwardness, and other challenges constrain the current growth of furniture manufacturing firms. These obstacles to growth need to be addressed strategically.</p>

11 Feb 2016 15:07:05 GMT

Economic profiling of the creative industries: a desk review

<p>The UN&rsquo;s Creative Economy Report 2010 notes the increasing acceptance of the role of the creative economy as a leading sector in generating economic growth, employment and trade, and that creative industries are among the most dynamic sectors of the world economy&ndash;offering new, high growth opportunities for developing countries. Yet we hardly hear discussions of art, culture and creativity in terms of economic development in Zambia.</p><p>Presently, there is a dearth of information in relation to the contribution creative industries are actually making to our economy overall. This is partly because the creative sector is largely informal, often dynamic and fluid in nature and there is very little statistical information available.</p><p>Using exploratory data mining techniques, this study is an attempt to glean data from official data sources to examine the economic importance of the creative industries in Zambia. This is in order to help both policymakers and industry professionals to communicate key concepts, share reliable data and make the case for greater investment in the sector.</p>

11 Feb 2016 14:59:06 GMT

Mining tax in Zambia

<p>With some of the worst poverty statistics in Africa, Zambia appears to have&nbsp; little to show for a century of mining. &nbsp;But &nbsp;given good policies, the country&rsquo;s considerable mineral wealth clearly represents a real opportunity &nbsp;to &nbsp;grow &nbsp;the &nbsp;economy &nbsp;and &nbsp;tackle &nbsp;poverty. &nbsp;Following &nbsp;the &nbsp;recovery &nbsp;of &nbsp;the &nbsp;mining &nbsp;industry since &nbsp;privatisation, and with booming world &nbsp;copper prices, there &nbsp;has been considerable public debate over how to ensure &nbsp;that &nbsp;an &nbsp;appropriate share of mineral resource revenues accrues to the government. &nbsp;</p><p>Debate is healthy and should lead to better policy, but only if it is well&nbsp; informed. &nbsp; While technical terms such as &ldquo;windfall tax&rdquo; are frequently used&nbsp; by participants in the debate, there is no common understanding of the term.&nbsp;</p>

11 Feb 2016 14:46:56 GMT

The birth death and survival of exports in Zambia 1999-2011

<p>This paper deals with the dynamics of Zambia&rsquo;s export performance, analyzing the birth, death and persistence of exporting in various products and destinations. The authors use a framework that has recently proliferated in international trade to decompose the growth of Zambia&rsquo;s exports into an &ldquo;intensive&rdquo; and &ldquo;extensive&rdquo; margin. Results show that the extensive margin is the dominant driver of export growth in Zambia. The paper attributes the poor performance of the intensive margin to the low survival among exporters that hardly lasts for more than a year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Findings imply that interventions to support new-exporting should be encouraged. But it also raises key questions on the sustainability of export growth in the long-run. Therefore, the authors propose that interventions should target improving the duration of survival among exporters and deepen their intensity of exporting once they are able to survive longer. In conclusion, there is urgent need to carefully understand the factors that are responsible for the high mortality among exporters within the first year of birth.</p>

11 Feb 2016 14:31:00 GMT

Shifting power? Assessing the impact of transparency and accountability initiatives

<p>Accountability and transparency initiatives have taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of the century. Many actors involved with them &ndash; as donors, funders, programme managers, implementers and researchers &ndash; are now keen to<br /> know more about what these initiatives are achieving.</p><p>This paper arises from a review of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives which gathered and analysed existing evidence, discussed how it could be improved, and evaluated how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. The paper takes the discussion further, by delving into what lies behind the methodological and evaluative debates currently surrounding governance and accountability work. It illustrates how choices about methods are made in the context of impact assessment designs driven by different objectives and different ideological and epistemological underpinnings.</p><p>The authors argue that these differences are articulated as methodological debates, obscuring vital issues underlying accountability work, which are about power and politics, not methodological technicalities. In line with this argument, there is a need to re-think what impact means in relation to accountability initiatives, and to governance and social change efforts more broadly. This represents a serious challenge to the prevailing impact paradigm, posed by the realities of unaccountable governance, unproven accountability programming and uncertain evidence of impact. A learning approach to evaluation and final impact assessment would give power and politics a central place in monitoring and evaluation systems, continually test and revise assumptions about theories of change and ensure the engagement of marginalised people in assessment processes. Such an approach is essential if donors and policy makers are to develop a reliable evidence base to demonstrate that transparency and accountability work is of real value to poor and vulnerable people.</p>

11 Feb 2016 14:15:07 GMT

Creating space for child participation in local governance in Tanzania: Save the Children and Children's Councils

<p>Children&rsquo;s right to be heard is internationally recognised by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Tanzania has ratified both of these international instruments, and the Tanzania Law of the Child Act 2009 recognises the right of children to participate in all decisions which affect them in the family, at school, and in their communities. Children, therefore, possess the right to participate in how their communities are governed by local government authorities. However, realising children&rsquo;s right to participate is challenging given deep-seated social views that children have limited status and capacity.</p><p>This brief summarises the principal findings of a study which examined children&rsquo;s councils supported by Save the Children as one avenue to promote children&rsquo;s participation in local governance in Tanzania. The research found that the councils were genuine, child-led organisations that have contributed to improving local service delivery to children. However, councils are operational in a limited number of districts, and, where councils are in place, local authorities are yet to consistently involve them in their decision-making processes.</p><p>Key points:</p><ul><li>children have the right to participate in how their communities are governed by local government authorities</li><li>children&rsquo;s councils have made children&rsquo;s problems more visible in their local areas. As a consequence, local governments have been made more aware of the challenges faced by children and their responsibility for improving child-related services</li><li>in terms of engagement with local authorities, &bull; the councils tend to be largely engaged for special events, e.g., the Day of the African Child, thus stalling further participation</li><li>factors inhibiting the effective involvement of &bull; councils in local government include the lack of accountability mechanisms and guidance on the functions of guardians, limited funds and limited political will</li><li>government needs to fast-track its commitment to child participation at the local level</li><li>this means extending the councils throughout the country and providing clear guidance on the roles of the councils, the involvement of adults, and the responsibility of the government and civil society in supporting councils</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

11 Feb 2016 13:56:55 GMT

From deprivation to distribution: is global poverty becoming a matter of national inequality

<p>The majority of the world&rsquo;s poor, by income and multi-dimensional poverty measures, live in countries classified by the World Bank as middle-income countries. Such patterns matter beyond the<br />thresholds of low-income countries and middle-income countries (LICs/MICs) set by the World Bank, because they reflect a pattern of rising average incomes and although the thresholds do not mean a sudden change in countries when a line is crossed in per capita income, substantially higher levels of average per capita income imply substantially more domestic resources available for poverty reduction.</p><p>This paper asks the following question: does the shift in global poverty towards middle-income countries (MICs) mean that global poverty is becoming a matter of national inequality? This paper argues that many of the world&rsquo;s extreme poor already live in countries where the total cost of ending extreme poverty is not prohibitively high as a percentage of GDP. And in the not-too-distant future, most of the world&rsquo;s poor will live in countries that do have the domestic financial scope to end at least extreme poverty and, in time, moderate poverty. This will likely pave the way for addressing poverty reduction as primarily a domestic issue rather than primarily an aid and international issue; and thus a (re)framing of poverty as a matter of national distribution and national social contracts and political settlements between elites, middle classes and the poor.</p>

11 Feb 2016 13:24:26 GMT

Where are 'pockets' of effective agencies likely in weak governance states and why? A propositional inventory

<p>It is well established that even in countries that have poor governance and weak public sectors exceptional, well-functioning government and governmentsupported agencies do exist. What has not been established is how and why these &lsquo;pockets of productivity&rsquo; are able to emerge. Some attribute their existence to exceptional leadership and good management. Others, while not doubting the importance of these internal factors, believe that these &lsquo;pockets&rsquo; are generated by their place in the country&rsquo;s political economy. The literature on this subject is dominated by case studies and the consequence is that a very large number of<br />hypotheses have been generated about what the political processes at work might be.</p><p>This paper inventories the array of available hypotheses and condenses them into five sets of mega-hypotheses. It also discusses how social scientists and practioners ought to think about something whose occurrence is idiosyncratic and therefore perhaps an exception to the normal causal patterns sketched by research.</p>

11 Feb 2016 12:43:38 GMT

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls: Engaging Men Through Accountable Practice

<p>EMAP is a one-year primary prevention intervention developed for humanitarian settings, created by the International Rescue Committee for. It provides staff in humanitarian settings with an evidence-based curriculum and field-tested approach for engaging men in transformative individual behaviour change, guided by the voices of women. The EMAP framework, Accountable Practice, provides a method and structure for honouring women&rsquo;s leadership and developing male engagement in a way that improves, rather than endangers, the lives of women and girls in conflict-affected settings. It consists of three separate manuals: an introductory guide, a training guide and an implementation guide, all available in English and French.&nbsp;</p>

10 Feb 2016 18:19:28 GMT

Living Peace Groups Implementation Manual and Final Project Report: GBV Prevention and Social Restoration in the DRC and Burundi - Promundo - EN

<p>This manual provides the resources and tools for organizations and practitioners in post-conflict settings based on work conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to sustainably engage men in gender-based violence prevention through Living Peace groups. The methodology is based on good practices with male social group-therapy programs and gender-transformative group educational programs developed by Promundo. The manual also addresses how to implement the mentioned programs, and summarises the results of the 2013 evaluation which affirmed strong positive changes in men&rsquo;s attitudes and behaviour.&nbsp;</p>

10 Feb 2016 18:15:56 GMT

Program HMD: A Toolkit for Action

<p>The Program HMD toolkit for action presents a shorter version of the approach contained in Promundo&rsquo;s Programs H and M. This toolkit seeks to make the model accessible by providing learning activities and case studies for discussion, with the aim of increasing the number of teachers, facilitators, youth workers, coaches, and health workers who can become gender equality activists &ndash; engaging young people to achieve lives free of inequalities, discrimination, and violence, and with full access to and knowledge about sexual health and other health services.&nbsp;</p>

10 Feb 2016 18:08:38 GMT

Play the free Breakaway football/soccer Game Online

<p>Breakaway is a free online video game co-produced by UNFPA launched during the World Cup in South Africa as part of the UN Secretary-General&#39;s UNITE Campaign to reach out to boys aged 8-11 with the aim of changing gender dynamics. The video can be a helpful resource for teaching purposes to introduce concepts of gender. More information about the campaign can be found here: <a href="http://breakawaygame.champlain.edu/">http://breakawaygame.champlain.edu</a> and here: <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/news/breaking-away-interactive-electronic-game-brings-gender-issues-play">http://www.unfpa.org/news/breaking-away-interactive-electronic-game-brings-gender-issues-play</a>. A facilitators guide in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese is available via this link: <a href="http://www.breakawaygame.com/info.php?lang=EN">http://www.breakawaygame.com/info.php?lang=EN</a>. The actual game is available here: <a href="http://www.breakawaygame.com/play.php?lang=EN">http://www.breakawaygame.com/play.php?lang=EN</a></p>

10 Feb 2016 17:57:33 GMT

SASA! | Raising Voices

<p>SASA! is a community mobilisation intervention developed in Uganda to prevent VAW and HIV/AIDS. SASA! is an evidenced-based methodology that takes a gender relational approach by working at multiple social levels with a range of stakeholders. The approach moves beyond having a focus only on individual relationships, which has shown to impact the wider community rather than being limited to individual participants. The SASA! website provides various strategy, learning and advocacy resources. There is also a video called &ldquo;Condom Commandos&rdquo; that presents soldiers in the Angolan army and women living beside the barracks using the SASA! approach, which can be seen here: <a href="https://vimeo.com/13184545">https://vimeo.com/13184545</a>.&nbsp;</p>

10 Feb 2016 17:50:35 GMT

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2016 ITF Annual Summit: Green and Inclusive Transport

The Annual International Transport Forum Summit is the unique platform for a global conversation on strategies for transport in the 21st century. It will take place in Leipzig, Germany from 18-20 May 2016, under the Presidency of Denmark under the theme "Green and Inclusive Transport ".

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:59:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

Read our latest February edition and all previous issues of the newsletter. The February issue takes a look back at the highlights of the 2015 Green Growth and Sustainable Forum, and recent publications and events related to Green Growth topics.

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:59:00 GMT

Kazakhstan signs OECD Green Growth Declaration

There are now 44 adherents to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Kazakhstan has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the declaration. Latest reports are now available on Brazil, Zambia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Korea and Latvia.

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:20:00 GMT

Social Costs of Morbidity Impacts of Air Pollution - Environment Working Paper

Outdoor air pollution is a major determinant of health worldwide. The objective of this paper is to inform the development of improved estimates of the social costs of human morbidity impacts resulting from outdoor air pollution in two components; namely to develop a core set of pollutant-health end-points to be covered when estimating the costs of morbidity, and to review current estimates of the cost of morbidity from air pollution.

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:30:00 GMT

OECD LEED Resilience Webinar: Transitioning to a Green Economy (26 January 2016)

The OECD LEED research project “Building resilience through greater adaptability to long-term challenges” aims to explore the link between local resilience and the capacity to adapt to long-term challenges such as ageing populations and the shift to a green economy. Join the webinar on 26 January 2016, 5 pm (Paris time).

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:00:00 GMT

The Importance of a Policy Coherence Lens for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals - Insights blog

The OECD defines policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) as an approach and policy tool to integrate the economic, social, environmental, and governance dimensions of sustainable development at all stages of domestic and international policy making. This blog details the OECD's PCSD framework and its goals.

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:30:00 GMT

Measuring Multidimensional Well-being and Sustainable Development - Insight blog

As part of the Better Life Index, Sustainable Development forms a multi-faceted key role in the way the OECD carries out its policy analysis. This latest blog from the OECD's Chief Statistician outlines how this is done.

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:05:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2015 - Enabling the next industrial revolution: Systems innovation for green growth

Achieving green growth requires ambitious transition management policies in key sectors such as energy, transport, water and agriculture. Provided that the pace of innovation in a number of these key areas is growing faster than ever before, the 2015 GGSD Forum examined how to foster the "next industrial revolution" by harnessing the potential of systems innovation policies to support green growth.

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:04:00 GMT

How OECD and IEA contributed to COP21 - Insights blog

With the world welcoming the new comprehensive global climate agreement at COP21 aiming to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, it is worth noting the significant contribution that the OECD family has made. These contributions were aptly summarized in a useful joint statement by the secretariats of OECD, IEA, International Transport Forum and Nuclear Energy Agency right after COP21 kicked off.

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:57:00 GMT

Statement by the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on COP21 Agreement

This is a watershed day for the world and especially heartening for the OECD as one of the first international bodies to call for zero net emissions in the second half of the century, for a price on carbon and for greater efforts to channel finance into the low carbon economy.

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:59:00 GMT

Israel Policy Brief: Improving the Effectiveness of Environmental Taxation

Despite a relatively good performance on several points compared to other countries, there is still scope for improving the effectiveness of Israel’s taxation policy from an environmental perspective.

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:30:00 GMT

A Californian enigma: Record-high agricultural revenues during the most severe drought in history

Drought in California has been in the headlines frequently these last three years, with startling pictures of empty reservoirs, rivers and canals, wildfires, disappearing snowpack and dry earth. Yet these dramatic effects have not stopped the agricultural sector from growing.

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 13:28:00 GMT

Higher price on carbon needed to effectively tackle climate change

OECD urges efforts to better price carbon as new analysis finds that 90% of CO2-emissions are priced below EUR 30 per tonne, a low-end estimate of climate damage, and 60% are not priced at all. Effective Carbon Rates in the OECD and Selected Partner Economies calculates effective carbon rates (ECR) on CO2-emissions from energy use for 41 countries which together use 80% of global emissions.

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:00:00 GMT

"Ecological Footprint" leaving a trail at OECD

This project is unique in that it explores how national-level policies impact household behaviour. Topics include energy use, food consumption, personal transport choices, waste generation and recycling, and water consumption. Yet the project does not specifically discuss the term “ecological footprint,” and it retains a macro-policy focus, targeting governments interested in learning which policies to implement.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:28:00 GMT

COP21: Climate change in figures

Average global temperature could rise by 3-6 degrees Celsius by 2100 if we don’t act. To keep the rise to 2 degrees Celsius, we need to have net zero emissions by the end of the century. Emissions would need to peak by 2030 to give us a fighting chance of achieving this.

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:21:00 GMT

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OECD Insights: Making Trade and Investment Work for People

Both the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the OECD New Approaches to Economic Challenges explicitly recognise that trade and investment are not goals in themselves, but are a means to an end. That desired end is stronger and more inclusive growth, better jobs for more people, and improved societal well-being.

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:16:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes WTO agreements

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the World Trade Organization and its members for their accomplishments at the 10th WTO Ministerial in Nairobi.

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:48:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2015

G20 total international merchandise trade continues to fall in Q3 2015

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:19:00 GMT

Monitoring investment and trade 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.

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Aid for Trade 10 years on - Keeping it Effective

This paper assesses the achievements and challenges of the WTO-led Aid for Trade initiative. After outlining the achievements, the paper discusses where to put the emphasis, how to expand partnerships, how to enhance effectiveness; and, most importantly, how to retain interest in using aid to make trade work for the poor.

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:11:00 GMT

OECD Technical Workshop on Foreign Direct Investment and Global Value Chains

The workshop will discuss the first results of the OECD Secretariat’s work on integrating FDI statistics into the analysis of Global Value Chains (OECD-WTO Trade in Value Added Initiative) to better account for foreign ownership.

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:06:00 GMT

Inclusive Global Value Chains: Policy options in trade and complementary areas for GVC integration by small and medium enterprises and low income developing countries

The new OECD-WBG report on "Inclusive Global Value Chains: Policy options in trade and complementary areas for GVC Integration by small and medium enterprises and low-income developing countries" was presented to G20 Trade Ministers in October 2015.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General Gurría hails TPP agreement

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement reached between governments in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:41:00 GMT

We need global policy coherence in trade and investment to boost growth

Mounting fears of another slowdown in the global economy call for bolder policy responses. Trade and investment are a case in point. The latest WTO forecasts suggest 2015 will be the fourth year running that global trade volumes grow less than 3%, barely at—or below—the rate of GDP growth. Before

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:13:00 GMT

Support to fossil fuels remains high and the time is ripe for change

Government support to fossil fuel consumption and production in OECD countries and key emerging economies remains high, at USD 160-200 billion annually, according to a new OECD report. This support is hampering global efforts to curb emissions and combat climate change.

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:49:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2015

G7 and BRIICS merchandise trade continues to slow in second quarter of 2015

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:50:00 GMT

Aid for Trade at a Glance 2015: Reducing trade costs for inclusive, sustainable growth

The 2015 joint OECD/WTO publication Aid for Trade at a Glance focusses on how reducing trade costs will help in achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:11:00 GMT

OECD publishes new analysis of local content requirements and their role in trade policy

OECD's latest research provides new evidence of the detrimental effects that local content requirements have on the imposing country’s own economy.

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:30:00 GMT

OECD Ministers reinforce importance of investment for strong, green and inclusive growth

The OECD’s Annual Meeting at Ministerial Level reinforced member governments’ support across a broad range of key OECD work.

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:24:00 GMT

Global trade costs could drop dramatically if countries implement WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, OECD says

Implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) could reduce worldwide trade costs by anywhere from 12.5% to 17.5%, according to new OECD analysis, with the greatest benefits accruing in developing countries.

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:18:00 GMT

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Employment

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager

<p>&pound;38,731 - &pound;41,881 gross pa depending on skills and experience (plus other benefits)<br />Fixed-term contract (until the end of March 2017), full-time (35 hours per week)<br />Based in Brixton, London</p> <p><br />The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager will play a crucial role in implementing Progressio&rsquo;s organisational monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) framework and ensuring high quality monitoring and evaluation work across our overseas programmes, including the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. S/he will provide support to country offices and policy and advocacy staff in ensuring that we and our partners can meaningfully demonstrate impact and enable us to reflect on our successes and incorporate lessons in our programmatic thinking and practice.</p> <p>The post holder will also be responsible for monitoring and reporting on Progressio&rsquo;s DFID Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA), coordinating Progressio&rsquo;s participation in various DFID learning groups and steering committees, and ensuring the delivery of PPA MEL-specific commitments.</p> <p>The successful candidate should have a degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience.</p> <p>Demonstrable experience of programme and project planning, implementation and participatory monitoring and evaluation in the international development field is essential. You should have experience of developing and using information systems for programme management and organisational learning, including developing mechanisms, forums and processes for facilitating the sharing of lessons and experiences between teams; of developing MEL organisational frameworks and leading on MEL systems development, and of working with people at a distance.</p> <p>You should have skills in the participatory monitoring and evaluation of development projects (both quantitative and qualitative); training skills; a good knowledge of current development thinking; of the role of capacity building and advocacy in bringing about social transformation; a grasp of gender analysis and dynamics, and analytical and research skills, including the ability to process large amounts of information. Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, including the ability to build relationships and represent Progressio; a team player with the ability to work with a wide range of people; initiative; an ability to manage own priorities effectively and work to tight deadlines, and effective written and verbal communication skills in English are also essential.</p> <p>An ability to undertake occasional overseas travel; cultural awareness and sensitivity in an inter-faith setting, and a personal commitment to Progressio&rsquo;s vision, values and goals is also required.</p> <p>It is essential that you complete an <strong>application form</strong> in full, as very specific information is required and will be used to decide whether or not you will be short-listed for interview. Please note that <strong>CVs/ resumes will not be considered</strong>.</p> <p>For further information and an application form visit: <a href="http://www.progressio.org.uk/jobs">www.progressio.org.uk/jobs</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Closing Date: <strong>28 February </strong></p> <p>Interviews: <strong>Week of 7 March</strong></p> <p>Please return the completed application form to: <a href="mailto:Recruitment@progressio.org.uk">Recruitment@progressio.org.uk</a>&nbsp;</p>

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:43:09 GMT

Strategic leadership roles in economic development with the Gatsby Foundation

<p><strong>Based:</strong>&nbsp; London or Nairobi or Dar es Salaam</p> <p><strong>Closing date:</strong>&nbsp; 7<sup>th</sup> March 2015</p> <p>Are you a private sector development/M4P specialist passionate about promoting sustainable economic development in Africa?&nbsp; Do you have strategic vision, a sharp analytical mind, and proven leadership skills, along with in-depth exposure to market systems approaches and operational experience leading sector development programmes? &nbsp;Would you like to work for an independent and innovative funder-implementer with big ambitions to transform key sectors, creating jobs and raising incomes for people across East Africa?</p> <p>The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is the private foundation of Lord David Sainsbury, with over &pound;1billion already donated or committed to charitable causes. In East Africa Gatsby focuses on driving sustainable economic growth through ambitious programmes that seek to transform economic sectors.&nbsp; We work in the Tanzanian cotton and textiles sectors, tea sectors in Tanzania and Rwanda, and the Kenyan and Tanzanian forestry sectors, as well as supporting two independent institutions dedicated to sector transformation: Kenya Markets Trust and Msingi.</p> <p>We take an analytical and business-like approach, drawing on industry experts, seeking to effect change in market systems.&nbsp; As a private foundation and funder-implementer we have the freedom to innovate and take risks, using grants, technical support, loans or equity as appropriate.&nbsp; We adopt a patient and pragmatic approach, recognising that change can take time, working with governments where needed to secure effective regulatory frameworks.</p> <p>Gatsby is now looking to fill several positions to strengthen our senior team.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Africa Programmes Directors:</strong> Based in London, Nairobi or Dar es Salaam, overseeing and setting the strategy of two or more large sector programmes. Minimum 12 years&rsquo; relevant experience.</li> <li><strong>Deputy Director/Senior Manager Monitoring, Evaluation &amp; Learning: </strong>Based in London, Nairobi or Dar es Salaam, providing technical support to programme teams and responsible for the quality of monitoring and learning across the portfolio. Minimum 8 years&rsquo; relevant experience.</li> <li><strong>Programme Manager/Senior Programme Managers:</strong>Based in London, Nairobi or Dar es Salaam. London roles support Programme Directors shape programmes or support cross-cutting functions, or EAC posts having responsibility for significant components of a large sector programmes.&nbsp; Minimum 5 years&rsquo; relevant experience.</li> </ul> <p>The ideal candidates will be strategic thinkers with sound judgement, private sector DNA and strategy consulting skills likely honed from a strategy consultancy background, although some experience and understanding of working with governments is highly desirable.</p> <p>Applicants must demonstrate:</p> <p>- An ability to understand sector dynamics and approaches to transform entire sectors</p> <p>- Strategic leadership &ndash; an ability to think ambitiously with a keenness to learn and innovate and an ability to combine thinking and analysis with programme delivery</p> <p>- An ability to influence change &ndash; with a record of building relationships at senior levels across the private sector, governments and donors.</p> <p>To find out more, please go to <a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/jobs">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/jobs</a> where you can download the Candidate Packs and apply online.&nbsp; Applications are welcome until the deadline of <strong>7th March 2016 (by midnight GMT).</strong></p>

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:27:41 GMT

Procurement Specialist

<p><strong>Philippines &ndash; Australia Public Financial Management Program (PFMP)</strong></p> <p><strong>Procurement Specialist</strong></p> <ul> <li>Be a part of designing the future of Philippines infrastructure connectivity</li> <li>Short term contract of 15 weeks</li> <li>Manila, Philippines</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Program</strong></p> <p>The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is in the early stages of planning a four year, AUD48 million initiative to support Philippine infrastructure connectivity. The goal of the investment will be to connect transport infrastructure at the national and regional levels to improve the efficiency of all value chains, including in agriculture and manufacturing.</p> <p>Coffey, as the managing contractor for PFMP, is currently seeking applications for a <strong>Procurement Specialist</strong>.</p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>The Procurement Specialist will develop a procurement strengthening strategy and procurement manual for The Philippines&rsquo; Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). The strategy will provide recommendations on both immediate and longer term approaches. This strategy will be informed by an assessment of current procurement practice at DOTC.</p> <p>The activity will assist DFAT in framing its longer term assistance to procurement through the proposed infrastructure Connectivity Program (to begin in 2017).</p> <p><strong>The Person</strong></p> <p>We are seeking a senior level Procurement Specialist for who has experience within an infrastructure /capital works agency at either national or state level; coupled with significant experience in developing successful reform strategies and/or program design, including developing training strategies. The ideal candidate will have expertise in conducting procurement assessments (e.g. using standard OECD/DAC assessment approaches); and in depth understanding of an OECD and/or emerging economy setting. Experience in the Philippines will be highly regarded.</p> <p><strong>How to Apply</strong></p> <p>The position is classified as C4 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. For full details please view via <a href="https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework.pdf">https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework.pdf</a></p> <p>For a detailed job description see <strong>www.coffey.com/careers</strong> using job reference number: <strong>493300</strong>.</p> <p>If you would like additional information regarding the program or have any queries, please contact <a href="mailto:internationaldevelopment@coffey.com">internationaldevelopment@coffey.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Applications close: 5.00pm (local time) Monday 15th February 2016.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:28:41 GMT

Planning and Budgeting Specialist

<p><strong>Philippines &ndash; Australia Public Financial Management Program (PFMP)</strong></p> <p><strong>Planning and Budgeting Specialist</strong></p> <ul> <li>Be a part of designing the future of Philippines infrastructure connectivity</li> <li>Short term contract of 8 weeks</li> <li>Manila, Philippines</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Program</strong></p> <p>The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is in the early stages of planning a four year, AUD48 million initiative to support Philippine infrastructure connectivity. The goal of the investment will be to connect transport infrastructure at the national and regional levels to improve the efficiency of all value chains, including in agriculture and manufacturing.</p> <p>Coffey, as the managing contractor for PFMP, is currently seeking applications for a Planning and Budgeting Specialist.</p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>The Planning and Budgeting Specialist will assist in the development of a draft program strategy for Component 1 of the Infrastructure Connectivity Program, which includes improved national level planning, budgeting, execution, and monitoring of transport-related infrastructure.</p> <p>This will include definition of high level objectives and end of program outcomes, and a draft theory of change that explains the mechanism through which the program will seek to effect change. To achieve this, the analysis will focus principally on diagnosis of key issues, and the possible entry points through which to address them. The analysis will not extend to identifying Program activities, other than identifying a small set of initial activities for immediate implementation through the Transition Program.</p> <p><strong>The Person</strong></p> <p>The ideal candidate will have significant senior level experience in planning and budgeting roles in a national or state government, in a central/oversight agency or a spending / line agency. Experience in both would be ideal. The Specialist would have a background in in developing successful reform strategies and/or program design. We are seeking someone with strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills; experience in the Philippines will be highly regarded.</p> <p><strong>How to Apply</strong></p> <p>The position is classified as C4 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. For full details please view via <a href="https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework.pdf">https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework.pdf</a></p> <p>For a detailed job description see <strong>www.coffey.com/careers</strong> using job reference number: <strong>493301</strong>.</p> <p>If you would like additional information regarding the program or have any queries, please contact <a href="mailto:internationaldevelopment@coffey.com">internationaldevelopment@coffey.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Applications close: 5.00pm (local time) Monday 15th February 2016.</strong></p>

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:14:57 GMT

PFM Specialist (Budget Execution/ External Audit)

<p><strong>Philippines &ndash; Australia Public Financial Management Program (PFMP)</strong></p> <p><strong>PFM Specialist (Budget Execution/ External Audit)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Be a part of designing the future of Philippines infrastructure connectivity</li> <li>Short term contract of 4 weeks</li> <li>Manila, Philippines</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Program</strong></p> <p>The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is in the early stages of planning a four year, AUD48 million initiative to support Philippine infrastructure connectivity. The goal of the investment will be to connect transport infrastructure at the national and regional levels to improve the efficiency of all value chains, including in agriculture and manufacturing.</p> <p>Coffey, as the managing contractor for PFMP, is currently seeking applications for a PFM Specialist (Budget Execution/ External Audit).</p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>The purpose of the assignment is to develop a draft program strategy for Component 1 of the Infrastructure Connectivity Program, which includes improved national level planning, budgeting, execution, and monitoring of transport-related infrastructure.</p> <p>This will include definition of high level objectives and end of program outcomes, and a draft theory of change that explains the mechanism through which the program will seek to effect change. To achieve this, the analysis will focus principally on diagnosis of key issues, and the possible entry points through which to address them. The analysis will not extend to identifying Program activities, other than identifying a small set of initial activities for immediate implementation through the Transition Program.</p> <p><strong>The Person</strong></p> <p>The ideal candidate will have significant senior level experience in a PFM role in an infrastructure / capital works agency at either national or state level. We are seeking a Specialist with experience in developing successful reform strategies and/or program design, including developing training strategies. Strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills are essential; with experience in the Philippines is highly regarded.</p> <p><strong>How to Apply</strong></p> <p>The position is classified as C4 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. For full details please view via <a href="https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework.pdf">https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework.pdf</a></p> <p>For a detailed job description see <strong>www.coffey.com/careers</strong> using job reference number: <strong>493302</strong>.</p> <p>If you would like additional information regarding the program or have any queries, please contact <a href="mailto:internationaldevelopment@coffey.com">internationaldevelopment@coffey.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Applications close: 5.00pm (local time) Monday 15th February 2016.</strong></p>

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:04:44 GMT

Computing Systems Analyst

<p>The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a <strong>Computing Systems Analyst</strong> to analyze, develop and implement systems to ensure ILRI&rsquo;s research computing infrastructure satisfies the needs of scientists, uses up-to-date technologies and achieves international standards for data sharing, archiving and management.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals&rsquo; alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ilri.org/" target="_blank">www.ilri.org</a></p> <p>ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cgiar.org/" target="_blank">www.cgiar.org</a></p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>This is an international Computing Systems Analyst position whose purpose is to strategically lead research computing at ILRI, reporting to the Head of the Research Methods Group (RMG) and the Program Leader for Animal Biosciences.</p> <p><strong>Responsibilities</strong></p> <ul> <li>Design and lead implementation of the strategy for research computing infrastructure, applications and services, keeping up-to-date with changes and advances relevant to ILRI&rsquo;s research activities.</li> <li>Take the lead in maintaining and further development of secure and robust systems to support research data storage, processing, display and distribution; in liaison with ILRI&rsquo;s ICT team.</li> <li>Communicate with researchers concerning updates, opportunities, requirements and changes made to the research-computing systems; in liaison with ILRI&rsquo;s ICT team.</li> <li>Develop more effective ways of using and configuring applications and make them available for use across the ILRI campuses; in liaison with ILRI&rsquo;s ICT team.</li> <li>Maintain and develop robust systems for backup of user and application data on the research-computing platform.</li> <li>Provide infrastructure and systems support to spatial and non-spatial data management systems at ILRI.</li> <li>Manage the installation, configuration and maintenance of scientific applications on the research-computing platform.</li> <li>Mentor and assist Bioscience Directorate &amp; Biosciences East and Central Africa (BecA-ILRI) team members with hardware and software for sequencing data capture, processing, storage and analysis.</li> <li>Manage the &ldquo;Research Computing &ndash; Systems&rdquo; team within RMG.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Requirements </strong></p> <ul> <li>An MSc in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems or a BSc with comparable experience.</li> <li>At least 5 years relevant experience managing *nix systems.</li> <li>Significant experience in management of high-performance computing cluster environments, including design and development of systems.</li> <li>Significant experience in a scientific-computing environment, preferably bioinformatics &ndash; applied research preferable.</li> <li>Experience in the provisioning and management of virtual machines.</li> <li>Experience with scripting for automation, batch processing, etc.</li> <li>Knowledge of relational databases and database-driven applications.</li> <li>Experience working in an international research environment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Post location: </strong>The position is based at ILRI&rsquo;s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.</p> <p><strong>Position level</strong>: The position level is 4A.</p> <p><strong>Duration:</strong> 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.</p> <p><strong>Benefits:</strong> ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.</p> <p><strong>Applications: </strong>Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae with full details of current remuneration: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate&rsquo;s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: <strong>CSA/10/2015 </strong>should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.</p> <p>All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal:&nbsp;<a href="https://ilri.simplicant.com/jobs/19243-computing-systems-analyst/detail" target="_blank">Computing Systems Analyst</a>&nbsp;Screening of applications will start on&nbsp;19&nbsp;February<strong>&nbsp;</strong>2016, until the position is filled</p> <p>We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.</p> <p>To find out more about ILRI visit our website at <a href="http://www.ilri.org" target="_blank">http://www.ilri.org</a></p> <p>To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at <a href="http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/">http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/</a></p> <p><strong><em>ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong><a href="http://www.ilri.org/jobs">More ILRI jobs</a></p> <p><a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=ilrijobs">Subscribe by email to ILRI jobs alert</a></p>

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:30:14 GMT

Communications and Media Advisor-Nigeria (IFES)

<table id="CRCareers_tblJobDescrDetail" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="HeaderStyle" colspan="2">Communications and Media Advisor-Nigeria</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <table border="0" cellpadding="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Location:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">Nigeria, Abuja</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Division:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">Communications</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Status:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">Consultant</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Position Number:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">C16:002</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="JDHeaderStyle" colspan="2">Project Description:</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="MainBodyText" colspan="2"> <p><span>I</span><span>FES seeks an experienced Communications and Media Advisor to work with INEC on public communications and media relations. This position will work closely with the INEC and IFES COP to improve communications and media strategies, contributing to credible and peaceful election processes.</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="JDHeaderStyle" colspan="2">Job Responsibilities:</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="MainBodyText" colspan="2"> <p><span>Under the guidance of the Chief of Party, the Communications and Media Advisor will be responsible for the following tasks:<br /></span></p> <ul> <li><span>Undertake an assessment of INEC&rsquo;s communications and reporting methodologies, systems, and media relationships strategies;</span></li> <li><span>Support INEC in finalizing its communication policy</span></li> <li><span>Train INEC officials on strategic communications and develop plan for communications and reporting procedures within headquarters and between state offices;</span></li> <li><span>Assist INEC to develop and implement communications systems to convey accurate information to voters before, during, and after election days, and address issues effectively through the national media;</span></li> <li><span>Assist INEC staff with developing communicating plans, procedures and guidelines for liaising with various governmental organizations and security agencies;</span></li> <li><span>Assist in contingency planning and developing communication crisis strategies with relevant INEC departments;</span></li> <li><span>Assist INEC in developing strategies and guidelines of effective use of new media;</span></li> <li><span>Implement strategic communications training and capacity-building activities for INEC staff;</span></li> <li><span>Assist INEC in developing and incorporating strategic communications guidelines into training of electoral officials, ad-hoc staff and security agents;</span></li> <li><span><span>Carry out any other tasks at the request of the IFES COP;</span></span></li> <li><span>Provide a consolidated final report.</span></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="JDHeaderStyle" colspan="2">Qualifications:</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="MainBodyText" colspan="2"> <p><span>&bull; University degree or advanced education / certified training in Communications/Public Relations or related field</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience in Strategic Communications</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Prior experience in working with Electoral Commission/s on Communications Matters</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Prior experience working in West Africa preferred</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Sensitivity to local political environment and customs</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Proven ability to plan and ensure targets are met</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Experience in organizing off site trainings as well as doing on-the- job trainings;</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Ability and experience in producing evaluation reports and strategic communication plans and documents</span></p> <p><span>&bull; Experience with new media tools</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:40:56 GMT

ICT and Voter Registration Advisor-Nigeria (IFES)

<table id="CRCareers_tblJobDescrDetail" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="HeaderStyle" colspan="2">ICT and Voter Registration Advisor-Nigeria</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <table border="0" cellpadding="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Location:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">Nigeria, Abuja</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Division:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">Program Management</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Status:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">Consultant</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="CaptionStyle">Position Number:</td> <td class="MainBodyText">C16:003</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="JDHeaderStyle" colspan="2">Project Description:</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="MainBodyText" colspan="2"> <p><span>IFES&rsquo; Nigeria office seeks an experienced ICT and Voter Registration Advisor to work with INEC on number of IT and VR related issues. This position will work closely with the INEC and IFES COP to assess status of the election technology used by the Commission, assess and advise on cleaning of the VR databases, assist IFES COP and Program Staff in development of dedicated solution for EOSC&rsquo;s, other ICT and VR related matters identified by IFES Nigeria office.</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="JDHeaderStyle" colspan="2">Job Responsibilities:</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="MainBodyText" colspan="2"> <p><span>Under the guidance of the Chief of Party, ICT and Voter Registration Advisor will be responsible for the following tasks:<br /></span></p> <ul> <li><span>Review INEC Voter Registry status, Permanent Voter Card (PVC) printing and distribution process as well as current status of the Continued Voter Registration (CVR) process;</span></li> <li><span>Assess the process of usage of Electronic Card Reader Machines;</span></li> <li><span>Review and assess current status of VR databases and data consolidation methods;</span></li> <li><span>Assess INEC ICT Systems and advise on possible amendments and changes of the processes;</span></li> <li><span>Assess INEC hardware and software infrastructure used for various ICT projects including VR and EMS;</span></li> <li><span>Provide expert advice to various Departments of INEC including ICT, VR, Operations and Planning and Monitoring regarding best ICT practices;</span></li> <li><span>Provide expert advice in best practices of maintaining and possibly consolidating large Voter Registration Databases;</span></li> <li><span>Provide INEC Senior Management with assessment of possibilities of consolidation of various ICT platforms used by the Commission including the possibility of consolidation of EMS (Election Management System), EOSC (Electoral Operations Support Center) and ERM (Election Risk Management) platforms</span></li> <li><span>Provide advice and on-the-job support to the INEC ICT and Planning and Monitoring Departments in the enhancements and structure of EMS system;</span></li> <li><span>Provide advice and on-the-job support to the INEC ICT Department in the area of E-transmission of Election Results;</span></li> <li><span>Support INEC Operations Department and IFES Program staff in development of dedicated ICT system for EOSC (Electoral Operations Support Center);</span></li> <li><span>In coordination with COP, develop roadmap for IFES further possible medium and long term assistance to INEC in areas of VR and ICT;</span></li> <li><span>Provide a consolidated final report</span></li> </ul> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="JDHeaderStyle" colspan="2">Qualifications:</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="MainBodyText" colspan="2"> <ul> <li><span>High level of experience in Software / Web / Database development using the VS.NET and SQL Server Platform;</span></li> <li><span>5-10 years of experience working in developing countries/economies;</span></li> <li><span>5 years of experience in a mentoring capacity;</span></li> <li><span>Experience organizing and leading trainings as well as providing on-the-job support;</span></li> <li><span>Advanced IT qualifications, with particular reference to database development;</span></li> <li><span>Experience working in African continent preferred;</span></li> <li><span>Fluency in English (oral and written) required;</span></li> <li><span>Excellent interpersonal and mentoring skills;</span></li> <li><span>Strong diplomatic and negotiating skills;&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Ability to detect problems and produce acceptable solutions.&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:39:08 GMT

Business Development & Funding Coordinator

<p><strong>The Role</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a member of the Jordan Country Programme Country Management Team (CMT), the post holder will lead the development, implementation and review of the country programmes&rsquo; fundraising strategy; build business relationships with a range of donors and Oxfam Affiliates, identify strategic funding opportunities and lead the development of high quality concept notes and proposals. The post holder will also lead and manage the funding team (External Liaison Officer and Funding Officer) which is responsible for ensuring compliance with Oxfam and Government of Jordan grant management requirements.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the MECIS Region</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS) region implements and manages programmes in&nbsp;Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Russia, Tajikistan, Armenia and Georgia.</p> <p>Programmes within the MECIS region reflect Oxfam&rsquo;s approach to work across the globe. We support self-reliance, not dependency, and to complement our work on the ground we strive to secure lasting change through our campaigning.</p> <p>We also put women at the heart of all we do. The majority of people living in poverty are women and girls, and so this focus helps us to achieve our mission to overcome poverty and suffering.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Useful Information</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contract Length</strong>: 24 months contract</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Benefits</strong>: Oxfam offers staff a comprehensive benefits package including annual leave entitlements, sick pay provision, medical cover plus opportunities for learning and development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information and to apply please visit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1T0aQTF">http://bit.ly/1T0aQTF</a></p>

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:38:53 GMT

Programme Support Internship

<p>An exciting new internship at a leading international development organisation, this position will support programme management and new business acquisition activities.</p> <p>This position will be perfect for an enthusiastic graduate or enrolled University student looking to gain real experience in the international development sector, and valuable hands-on and practical experience of the operations of an international development organisation. The successful candidates will be given the opportunity to work as part of the Programme Management and Business Development team and have the opportunity to expand their understanding of both functions.</p> <p>The selected candidate will support the implementation of one or more of our programmes. This will include consultant and long-term staff administration and logistics, processing and monitoring purchase orders as well as expenditure against budget analyses. Additionally, the selected candidates will support the identification of new opportunities for HPI, and support initiatives to ensure HPI is well-positioned to bid, including playing an important role in the submission of Expressions of Interest and Technical Proposals.</p> <p>Please visit <a href="http://www.healthpartners-int.co.uk/">http://www.healthpartners-int.co.uk</a> for more information.</p> <p>&nbsp;Please apply with a supporting statement and CV by email to <a href="mailto:recruitment@healthpartners-int.co.uk">recruitment@healthpartners-int.co.uk</a> with the position title in the subject line. References will be required.</p> <p>Please note that only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted and that only applications from those who are eligible to work in the UK will be considered. International candidates will only be considered if they hold a current work permit for the UK at the time of application</p>

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:51:21 GMT

Programme Manager– ECHO Health Cluster Support

<p><strong>Maternity Cover &ndash; 12 month fixed term contract</strong></p> <p>We are looking for an experienced and professional Programme Manager to join us and manage a high profile programme, aimed at improving health coordination for all humanitarian actors in the highest graded emergencies globally.</p> <p>Working in more than 120 countries, we do whatever it takes to create breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Our UK and Global Programmes department delivers humanitarian and development programmes, builds partnerships with institutional donors &ndash; including governments, multi-laterals and trusts &ndash; and drives lasting change. Together, we save children&rsquo;s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.</p> <p>As Programme Manager you will manage the continuation of the health cluster support project whilst also leading on proposal development for new programme funding and actively seek funding for programme continuation. You will continue to manage the inter agency programme in close collaboration with the WHO and lead on the deployment of inter-agency surge personnel and supporting the Global Health Cluster&rsquo;s Capacity Building work. In addition you will:</p> <ul> <li>Manage the programme officer and three Humanitarian Surge Personnel deployed through the Health Cluster programme</li> <li>Be responsible for all financial and narrative reporting to both ECHO and OFDA donors</li> <li>Actively participate on the Global Health Cluster Capacity Building Task Team and Information Management Task Team</li> <li>Support and engage with the Global Health Cluster work plan</li> <li>Ensure clear coordination, communication and regular updates and meetings with consortium members</li> <li>Maintain oversight of all deployments for deployable staff and ensure records of deployments and activities are kept up to date.</li> </ul> <p>To be successful you will have experience working globally in an INGO environment with a proven track record in proposal development, grant management and consortium management. You should also have experience of successfully writing new programmes and securing funding. In addition you will:</p> <ul> <li>Be a confident public speaker with excellent inter personal skills and experience of remote line management of staff</li> <li>Have a proven track record in managing complex consortium projects</li> <li>Have a strong understanding of humanitarian programme design, quality programming and effective delivery</li> <li>Have strong skills in the usage of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel, project management tools and other financial systems</li> <li>Have a good understanding of humanitarian aid architecture and relevance of the cluster approach</li> <li>Have field experience with good understanding of challenges working in insecure and remote locations.</li> </ul> <p><strong>At Save the Children our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.</strong></p> <p><strong>To apply please visit our website. <br /> <br /> Closing date: 14<sup>th</sup> February 2016</strong></p> <p><strong>Start date: 28<sup>th</sup> April 2016</strong></p>

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:24:03 GMT

Agribusiness Consultant

<p>Business &amp; Finance Consulting (BFC) (www.bfconsulting.com), a Swiss consultancy with an excellent international profile in development finance, invites applications for the position of the Agribusiness Consultant position within our on-going project in Armenia. <br /><br />Duty station: Armenia<br /><br />Job responsibilities<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Conduct analysis of selected value chains with regard to opportunities and issues<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Prepare analytical notes on selected agricultural topics<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Identify opportunities to strengthen selected value chains<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Initiate and build partnerships between value chain actors and FASA <br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Contribute to the development and launch of value chain financing schemes<br /><br />Requirements<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;University degree in Finance and/or Banking;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;At least 5 years of experience in banks or microfinance institutions;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Practical working experience in the Armenian agricultural and food processing sectors, specifically in grapes, fruits, vegetable sectors (dairy is an advantage)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Knowledge of and experience in financing agriculture and SME is an advantage<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Strong analytical and writing skills<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Experience in building business partnerships <br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Well-developed network of contacts in the agricultural sector and among food processing plants supplied by local inputs<br /><br />We are looking for a highly motivated, proactive, and result oriented professional. This position provides an opportunity for qualified candidates to move into a consulting role over time. <br />Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV and a cover letter online at http://bfconsulting.com/about/vacancies/.<br /><br />The deadline for applications is February 29, 2016, COB.<br /><br />Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your application!<br /><br /></p>

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:25:14 GMT

Agricultural Analyst

<p>Business &amp; Finance Consulting (BFC) (www.bfconsulting.com), a Swiss consultancy with an excellent international profile in development finance, invites applications for the position of the Agricultural Analyst position in Armenia. <br /><br />Duty station: Armenia<br /><br />Job responsibilities<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Conduct analysis of selected value chains with regard to opportunities and issues<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Prepare analytical notes on selected agricultural topics<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Identify opportunities to strengthen selected value chains<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Contribute to the development and launch of value chain financing schemes<br /><br />Requirements<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;University degree in Finance and/or Banking;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;At least 5 years of experience in banks or microfinance institutions;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Practical working experience in the Armenian agricultural and food processing sectors, specifically in grapes, fruits, vegetable sectors (dairy is an advantage)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Knowledge of and experience in financing agriculture and SME is an advantage<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Strong analytical and writing skills<br /><br /><br />We are looking for a highly motivated, proactive, and result oriented professional. This position provides an opportunity for qualified candidates to move into a consulting role over time. <br />Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV and a cover letter online at http://bfconsulting.com/about/vacancies/.<br /><br />&nbsp;<br />The deadline for applications is February 29, 2016, COB.<br /><br />Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your application!</p>

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:24:14 GMT

Economic/Policy Analyst

<p>NRGI seeks a full-time Economic/Policy Analyst that will be a member of the Tanzanian Team leading on policy research, analysis on the impact of resource revenue on socio-economic development; institutional arrangements and financing of the National Oil Company. He/She will lead on delivery of&nbsp;&nbsp; NRGI&rsquo;s technical assistance to the government and support delivery of such technical assistance to parliamentarians, CSOs and the Media in a way that will help Tanzania manage its natural gas and mineral wealth more effectively and derive long term benefits to the country and the people.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Analyst will liaise with NRGI technical staff in Tanzania, L&amp;E technical based in NY and Ghana.</p>

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:00:59 GMT

Chief of Party, Moldova

<p>For over 50 years 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 34 projects in 26 countries and revenues of approximately $174 million.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Chief of Party, Moldova </strong></p> <p>We are currently seeking Chief of Party candidates for the Moldova Agriculture Competitiveness (MAC) follow-on. This activity will target market diversification for a sub&shy;set of high value agricultural products, with significant efforts oriented towards tapping into the EU and Middle East markets.</p> <p><strong>Responsibilities: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Provide oversight for proposed project activities.</li> <li>Lead overall planning, implementation, and management of project.</li> <li>Establish administrative framework to monitor and ensure progress towards goals and objectives.</li> <li>Manage relationships with counterparts at various levels of government, NGOs, private sector associations, and stakeholders from international development projects.</li> <li>Ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables.</li> <li>Supervise the preparation of work plans, and financial and logistical documents.</li> <li>Serve as the key liaison with HQ, government officials, USAID, and the private sector.</li> <li>Recommend, approve, and implement operational policies, procedures, and schedules within limits of authority. &nbsp;</li> <li>Ensure clear lines of communications to keep staff informed of relevant information.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Qualifications: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Must have track record of successful value chain development, with preferable experience brokering mid- to large-scale deals with food companies.</li> <li>Advanced degree in relevant field.</li> <li>Previous COP, Team Lead, or Senior Project Manager experience for a large and complex project required.</li> <li>Prior experience in Romania, Eastern Europe, Moldova, Russia, or Central Asia preferred.</li> <li>Successful experience in managing or developing public-private partnerships. &nbsp;</li> <li>Proven ability to work with USAID, MCC and other major international donors.</li> <li>Familiarity with the political and economic dynamics in Moldova.</li> <li>Fluency in English required.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please apply online at http://acdivoca.bosmaxhire.net/cp/?E5556C361D43515B7E59192F77501F6900627B4E. No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.</p>

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