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Climate data and projections: supporting evidence-based decision-making in the Caribbean

<div>Governments in the Caribbean recognise climate variability and change to be the most significant threat to sustainable development in the region. Policies and strategies, such as the regional framework for achieving development resilient to climate change and its implementation plan, acknowledge the scale of the threat and provide a plan that aspires to safeguard regional prosperity and meet development goals. To do this, decision-makers need effective tools and methods to help integrate climate change considerations into their planning and investment processes. To build resilience, decision-makers can benefit from access to appropriate climate change data that are specific to their geographical location and relevant to their planning horizons.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The CARibbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), gives access to climate data that have been downscaled, making them relevant for use in the Caribbean region. The project also provides tools that allow decision-makers to better understand the potential impacts of drought, tropical storms, rainfall and temperature changes. Caribbean decision-makers, researchers andscientists can access this data freely, through the CARIWIG website.<div>&nbsp;</div><div>This policy brief provides an overview of CARIWIG data and information and how they can be used, pointing to illustrative examples of how they have been applied in several Caribbean countries. It also provides decision-makers with the tools necessary to make effective climate decisions in the face of uncertainty.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Key messages:</div><div><ul><li>Climate data and projections that are relevant to the Caribbean region are available through the online CARIWIG portal</li><li>Historical climate data and future projections are available for a range of climate variables</li><li>A suite of simulation tools, including a weather generator, a tropical storm model and a regional drought analysis tool are also freely available</li><li>these resources are useful for decision makers. When combined with other data and information, they can help to build a picture of potential impacts to key economic sectors in the Caribbean</li><li>a series of case studies shows how these resources have been applied to real-world situations in Caribbean countries</li><li>the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is providing training and support on how to use CARIWIG outputs</li><li>CDKN-funded projects provide methods and tools for decision makers to take proactive action to build climate resilience, despite the uncertainty that comes with future climate projections</li></ul></div></div>

24 Mar 2017 01:45:23 GMT

Electricity supply in South Africa: Path dependency or decarbonisation?

<p>Renewable energy technologies have experienced an exponential growth in South Africa, thanks to the procurement of large-scale power plants. However, South Africa’s electricity sector still lacks a level playing field. Significant vested interests have maintained overwhelming support for centralised, coal-based electricity generation, preventing the development of renewable energy technologies to their optimal potential. Active efforts are required to enhance the transformation of electricity supply in the country by truly incorporating the low-carbon transition in electricity planning, opening the policy space for the development of embedded generation, and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.</p><p>The electricity sector in South Africa is a highly contested space. The emergence of renewable energy technologies (along with energy efficiency and other demand-side management opportunities) has generated healthy revitalisation and disturbance of the status quo in the industry. Discussions around other technologies, such as gas-to-power and nuclear energy, are also adding to this vibrant dynamics. Significant vested interests are still at play alongside massive state support to maintain the domination of the coal industry over the electricity supply industry in South Africa. <br /><br />Active efforts are required to provide a level playing field for all energy technologies and enhance the transformation of electricity supply in the country. This includes truly incorporating the low-carbon transition in electricity planning, open the policy space for the development of embedded generation and phase out fossil fuel subsidies.</p>

14 Mar 2017 02:06:58 GMT

Innovative risk finance solutions – Insights for geothermal power development in Kenya and Ethiopia

<p>Geothermal development is on the rise in many regions of the world.&nbsp;However, the high costs of field development, coupled with the high risks associated with resource exploration and drilling, still pose a significant barrier to private sector financing.</p><p>Insurance can mitigate the risks to investors&nbsp;and increase flows of private finance to the industry.</p><p>A project by Parhelion, a private sector insurance and risk company focused on climate finance, funded by CDKN, aimed to improve the technical capacity of Kenya’s and Ethiopia’s local insurance industries for using geothermal risk mitigation instruments.</p><p>A consultative process with relevant stakeholders in these countries yielded insights and recommendations for international, multilateral and bilateral institutions that are looking to support geothermal resource development. The analysis was enriched by E3G’s expertise in analysing climate finance flows.</p><p>The study found that international, multilateral and bilateral institutions should:</p><ul><li><strong>Support technical assistance and capacity building</strong>, which takes into account the needs of all relevant stakeholders involved within specific country and market contexts.</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Provide targeted concessional finance&nbsp;</strong>by taking into account all possible risk mitigation instruments during project development, and by envisioning the leverage of private finance as early as possible.</li></ul><ul><li>U<strong>se insurance&nbsp;</strong><strong>instruments</strong>&nbsp;to target specific, well defined risks: this can offer very high leverage ratios on the use of public funds, and crowd in private sector insurance capital.</li></ul>

02 Mar 2017 01:44:39 GMT

Climate impacts on agriculture and tourism – the case for climate resilient investment in the Caribbean

<p>For the Caribbean, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem. The threats it poses are neither distant nor abstract – they are already apparent. In recent years, hurricanes have caused major damage in countries such as Jamaica, Grenada and Cuba; severe flooding has hit Belize and Guyana; and droughts affect much of the east of the region. The small island state of Saint Lucia alone has faced 27 natural disasters between 1980 and 2008, with total economic damage reaching an estimated US$2.5 billion. The need for investment to build climate resilience in the Caribbean has never been greater.</p><p>These impacts are putting considerable strain on the finances of national governments, businesses and citizens, and threaten regional prosperity and development. The Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance has said that climate change is already reversing some of the gains on poverty alleviation and economic growth that have been made in the Caribbean.</p><p>Over the past decade, research funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has provided fresh insight into the nature of the climate threat to the Caribbean. Researchers have developed regionally downscaled climate change projections and climate visualisation tools providing information that can be used to make informed decisions at the subregional level. This information has been used in conjunction with a range of other tools, and has been applied to real-life situations in Caribbean nations including Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Belize and Cuba.</p><p>Focusing on the agriculture and tourism sectors, this document identifies some of the most pressing issues and climate vulnerabilities facing Caribbean states. It makes the case that climate resilience investment by governments, businesses and development partners is urgently needed to</p><p><strong>Key messages</strong></p><ul><li>&nbsp;Climate variability and change are already having severe impacts on key sectors including agriculture and tourism.</li><li>These impacts are reversing economic growth, exacerbating poverty and undermining the future prosperity of Caribbean countries.</li><li>CDKN research has provided locally appropriate climate change projections that give fresh insight into the vulnerability of key sectors.</li><li>Adaptation investment in the agriculture sector is needed to account for projected changes in rainfall and growing seasons, and occurrence of extreme events, especially drought.</li><li>Adaptation investment in the tourism sector is also needed to build resilience to rising seas, bleached coral reefs, water scarcity and gradual temperature increase.</li><li>There are many potential adaptation measures that can be applied by governments, businesses, individuals and development partners.</li><li>Financial support is needed to support adaptation action as high up-front costs are a barrier to local adaptation efforts.</li><li>Effectively prioritising adaptation options can maximise their value and lead to positive co-benefits for individuals, businesses and society.</li></ul>

28 Feb 2017 05:42:54 GMT

Driving, connecting and communicating: The many roles of national government in climate adaptation planning

<p>Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to the Caribbean’s future prosperity. The impacts of climate change on economically important sectors such as tourism, agriculture and fishing threaten Caribbean nations’ ability to achieve their economic and social development goals. By 2050, the costs to the region are expected to reach US$22 bn each year; this represents 10% of regional gross domestic product, based on 2004 figures.&nbsp;Paying for recovery efforts after natural disasters causes significant budgetary pressures and diverts funds from other pressing development issues such as health and education. However, responding to climate challenges is highly complex. Climate change has cross-cutting impacts that span sectors and spatial scales, and involves multiple stakeholders. Delivering effective climate change adaptation is therefore a question of governance.</p><p>Bottom-up, community-level approaches are important in meeting the challenges that climate change poses, but in isolation they are insufficient. National governance frameworks must foster community action, but also provide the enabling environment for large investments and transformative change at scale. The challenge that national governments face is to coordinate adaptation interventions at both national and local levels by engaging multiple organisations and individuals.</p><p>Targeted primarily at Caribbean policy-makers, this&nbsp;<em>Information Brief&nbsp;</em>draws on the experience of three CDKN-funded projects that have taken place in the region over the last decade. It identifies ‘best practice’ lessons on governance, highlights examples from applied case studies in Caribbean countries, and recommends tools and methods that can be applied to make governance frameworks more effective at delivering climate compatible development. It is also a gateway to the reports and tools that have been produced under these CDKN-funded projects.</p><p><strong>Key messages</strong></p><ul><li>Policy and governance arrangements at the national level are vital for climate adaptation. Local action is im&shy;portant but is insufficient in isolation.</li><li>National governments provide stra&shy;tegic oversight and access to climate finance, and have the capacity and authority to drive climate action.</li><li>Climate change considerations should be integrated into policies and plans across government departments. The CCORAL tool allows decision-makers to do this.</li><li>Institutional arrangements are vital to help translate government policy into action. Governments can use the ARIA toolkit to assess their institutional adaptive capacity as a first step to strengthening these frameworks.</li><li>Government institutions are vital in stimulating action at the local level. Networked governance arrangements can help to build movements for cli&shy;mate resilience that translate national priorities into local action and inte&shy;grate local needs into national policy.</li></ul>

28 Feb 2017 05:15:12 GMT

Africa’s climate: helping decision-makers make sense of climate information

<div>African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s development challenges.</div><div><br />This report is designed as a guide for scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners on the continent. The research in this report, written by leading experts in their fields, presents an overview of climate trends across central, eastern, western, and southern Africa, and is distilled into a series of factsheets that are tailored for specific sub-regions and countries. Some of these capture the current state of knowledge, while others explore the ‘burning scientific questions’ that still need to be answered.</div>

24 Feb 2017 01:53:41 GMT

Zombie energy: climate benefits of ending subsidies to fossil fuel production

<div>Ending subsidies to fossil fuel production is often a missing piece of comprehensive climate action plans. To implement the 2015 Paris Agreement and keep climate change well below 2oC, the world needs both supply-side policies (such as removal of fossil fuel production subsidies, moratoriums and “no-go zones” or coal phase-out) and demand-side policies (such as carbon pricing, removal of fossil fuel consumption subsidies, or fuel and energy efficiency standards).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>This report sheds light on the potential climate benefits of the removal of fossil fuel production subsidies in terms of both greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and the oil, gas and coal reserves that could become uneconomical to produce. The paper explains how different production subsidies currently unlock “zombie energy” from fossil fuel deposits that would not be commercially viable to produce without government support. It also presents new modelling of the global removal of certain subsidies to fossil fuel production.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The report is structured as follows:</div><div><ul><li>chapter 1 explains why fossil fuel production subsidies matter for climate change. The chapter also defines and categorises fossil fuel production subsidies</li><li>chapter 2 outlines how different subsidies influence investment decisions related to fossil fuel production</li><li>chapter 3 discusses modelling of a removal of fossil fuel production subsidies and inputs of the GSI-IF (p) global model</li><li>chapter 4 presents results of new modelling that shows how much coal, oil and gas could become uneconomical to produce—and the GHG emission reductions that would result—if certain fossil fuel production subsidies are removed globally</li></ul></div><div>The report concludes with a summary of the findings as well as opportunities for further research on the climate benefits of fossil fuel subsidy removal.</div></div>

24 Feb 2017 01:33:43 GMT

National climate change governance: topic guide

<div>The full brunt of cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be felt over the years to come but climate change impacts are already here. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years on record (since 1880) have occurred since 2001. At the same time, Hallegatte et al. (2016) estimate that, without the rapid implementation of pro-poor, climate-informed development policies, climate change impacts could result in 100 million more people in extreme poverty by 2030. The world’s poor are more vulnerable to loss of critical assets, health risks and food insecurity from drought or price shocks. To address these risks, development policies must consider climate risk scenarios while expanding ‘no-regrets’ social protection programmes that provide benefits to vulnerable populations under different climate scenarios.</div><div><br />This Topic Guide looks at climate change governance and the political economy of climate policy development and implementation at the national scale. Its primary purpose is to help Department for International Development (DFID) staff better support country partners in implementing climate and sustainable development policy that is equitable, effective and coherent and that can adapt to changing circumstances. It highlights national procedural, policy, institutional, political, economicand social-behavioural challenges and identifies potential entry points for addressing them. It is intended for both climate change and governance advisors, hence covers issues and concepts that will be very familiar to one group but not necessarily the other.</div>

24 Feb 2017 01:24:14 GMT

Driving, connecting and communicating: the many roles of national government in climate adaptation planning

<div>Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to the Caribbean’s future prosperity. The impacts of climate change on economically important sectors such as tourism, agriculture and fishing threaten Caribbean nations’ ability to achieve their economic and social development goals. By 2050, the costs to the region are expected to reach US$22 bn each year; this represents 10% of regional gross domestic product, based on 2004 figures.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Paying for recovery efforts after natural disasters causes significant budgetary&nbsp; pressures and diverts funds from other pressing development issues such as health and&nbsp; education. However, responding to climate challenges is highly complex. Climate change has cross-cutting impacts that span sectors and spatial scales, and involves multiple stakeholders. Delivering effective climate change adaptation is therefore a question of governance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Key messages:</div><div><ul><li><div>policy and governance arrangements at the national level are vital for climate adaptation. Local action is important but is insufficient in isolation</div></li><li><div>national governments provide strategic oversight and access to climate finance, and have the capacity and authority to drive climate action</div></li><li><div>climate change considerations should be integrated into policies and plans across government departments. The CCORAL tool allows decision-makers to do this</div></li><li><div>iInstitutional arrangements are vital to help translate government policy into action. Governments can use the ARIA toolkit to assess their institutional adaptive capacity as a first step to strengthening these frameworks</div></li><li><div>government institutions are vital in stimulating action at the local level. Networked governance arrangements can help to build movements for climate resilience that translate national priorities into local action and integrate local needs into national policy</div></li></ul></div>

21 Feb 2017 04:40:13 GMT

Climate impacts on agriculture and tourism: the case for climate resilient investment in the Caribbean

<div>For the Caribbean, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem. The threats it poses are neither distant nor abstract – they are already apparent. In recent years, hurricanes have caused major damage in countries such as Jamaica, Grenada and Cuba; severe flooding has hit Belize and Guyana; and droughts affect much of the east of the region.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The small island state of Saint Lucia alone has faced 27 natural disasters between 1980 and 2008, with total economic damage&nbsp; reaching an estimated US$2.5 billion. The need for investment to build climate resilience in the Caribbean has never been greater.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Key messages:<br /><div><ul><li>climate variability and change are already having severe impacts on key sectors including agriculture and tourism</li><li>these impacts are reversing economic growth, exacerbating poverty and undermining the future prosperity of Caribbean countries</li><li>CDKN research has provided locally appropriate climate change projections that give fresh insight into the vulnerability of key sectors</li><li><div>adaptation investment in the agriculture sector is needed to account for projected changes in rainfall and growing seasons, and</div><div>occurrence of extreme events, especially drought</div></li><li><div>adaptation investment in the tourism sector is also needed to build resilience to rising seas, bleached coral reefs, water scarcity and gradual temperature increase</div></li><li><div>there are many potential adaptation measures that can be applied by governments, businesses, individuals and development</div><div>partners</div></li><li><div>financial support is needed to support adaptation action as high up-front costs are a barrier to local adaptation efforts</div></li><li><div>effectively prioritising adaptation options can maximise their value and lead to positive co-benefits for individuals, businesses and society</div></li></ul></div></div>

21 Feb 2017 04:30:44 GMT

The Future of rice security under climate change

<div>Food systems are climate and weather dependent; heat stress and changes in rainfall patterns and relative humidity are likely to regulate crop yields. Elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) are likely to directly and indirectly bring new challenges to the stability and sustainability of global food production including rice.</div><div><br />This report provides a brief overview of projected rice security indicated by future potential yield under elevated carbon dioxide levels. This research aims to identify the downscaled impact of climate change on rice production which includes climate change impact assessment at sub-national levels in the world’s top three rice exporters namely Thailand, Vietnam and India. <br /><br />This paper also identifies some of the downscaled impacts of climate change that may continue to affect rice production in these regions until the end of the 21st century. The authors also identify public actions and policy responses in India, Thailand and Vietnam.</div>

21 Feb 2017 04:16:58 GMT

Weather-index based crop insurance as a social adaptation to climate change and variability in the Upper West Region of Ghana: developing a participatory approach

<div>Climate change and variability are major challenges to rain-fed crop production in Africa. This paper presents a report on a pilot project to test a concept for operationalising weather-index crop insurance as a social adaptation to the climate change and variability problem in the Upper West Region of Ghana. An analysis of long-term weather variables showed rising temperature of 1.7oC over a period of 53 years as well as major shifts in rainfall patterns. Farmers face a new reality that cannot be addressed with their indigenous knowledge alone.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>The aim of this paper is to record this process and to put the results into recent context, through discussing them through the lens of insurance operations and research in Ghana. Ensuing discussions showed that although all stakeholders considered the participatory design tools to be meritorious, a number of logistical challenges were identified that need to be addressed for effective scaling.</div><div><br />The study also highlighted the high spatial variability of rainfall in the Upper West region of Ghana, showing the necessity of satellite-derived rainfall products. Finally, the framework suggested in this report highlights the complexity and the institutional structures required to implement an effective insurance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In effect, this simple study has exposed the complexities and intricacies that must be overcome in establishing a sustainable insurance scheme in Ghana.</div></div>

21 Feb 2017 03:38:43 GMT

Repositioning Chinese development finance in Latin America: opportunities for green finance

<div>China is one of the largest creditors of Latin American and the Caribbean and has loaned the region more than $125 billion since 2005. However, the&nbsp; composition of China’s financing in the region has been concentrated in commodity related sectors that are currently on the decline. <br /><br />This policy brief notes the extent to which Chinese finance is concentrated in new green economy sectors, and finds that China is not taking full opportunity of the potential in this sector. Moreover, as the global commodity boom has declined, much of China’s investments in the region have been exposed to significant risk, including prominent environmental and social risks. Despite great strides whereby the Chinese government has established a series of guidelines on greening overseas investment over the last few years, China’s development banks and companies are lacking the policies and staffing to identify and fully mitigate such risks. <br /><br />This policy brief reviews the green profile of Chinese development finance in LAC and analyses environment related risks and policies for Chinese overseas investment. It also outlines the opportunities of green finance in LAC and how blending instruments can mobilise green financial flows that are beneficial for both China and LAC.</div>

21 Feb 2017 02:46:19 GMT

High and Dry: Climate change, water and the economy

<p>This World Bank reports finds that water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could hinder economic growth, spur migration, and spark conflict. However, most countries can neutralize the adverse impacts of water scarcity by taking action to allocate and use water resources more efficiently.</p><p>Key Findings</p><ul><li>Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6% of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict.</li><li>The combined effects of growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will see demand for water rising exponentially, while supply becomes more erratic and uncertain.</li><li>Unless action is taken soon, water will become scarce in regions where it is currently abundant - such as Central Africa and East Asia - and scarcity will greatly worsen in regions where water is already in short supply - such as the Middle East and the Sahel in Africa. These regions could see their growth rates decline by as much as 6% of GDP by 2050 due to water-related impacts on agriculture, health, and incomes.</li><li>Water insecurity could multiply the risk of conflict. Food price spikes caused by droughts can inflame latent conflicts and drive migration. Where economic growth is impacted by rainfall, episodes of droughts and floods have generated waves of migration and spikes in violence within countries.</li><li>The negative impacts of climate change on water could be neutralized with better policy decisions, with some regions standing to improve their growth rates by up to 6% with better water resource management.</li><li>Improved water stewardship pays high economic dividends. When governments respond to water shortages by boosting efficiency and allocating even 25% of water to more highly-valued uses, such as more efficient agricultural practices, losses decline dramatically and for some regions may even vanish.</li><li>In the world’s extremely dry regions, more far-reaching policies are needed to avoid inefficient water use. Stronger policies and reforms are needed to cope with deepening climate stresses.</li><li>Policies and investments that can help lead countries to more water secure and climate-resilient economies include:</li><ul><li>Better planning for water resource allocation</li><li>Adoption of incentives to increase water efficiency, and</li><li>Investments in infrastructure for more secure water supplies and availability.</li></ul></ul><div>[author's summary]</div>

10 Feb 2017 04:33:21 GMT

Sustainable development and the water–energy–food nexus: A perspective on livelihoods

<p>The water–energy–food nexus is being promoted as a conceptual tool for achieving sustainable development. Frameworks for implementing nexus thinking, however, have failed to explicitly or adequately incorporate sustainable&nbsp;<em>livelihoods</em>&nbsp;perspectives. This is counterintuitive given that livelihoods are key to achieving sustainable development. In this paper we present a critical review of nexus approaches and identify potential linkages with sustainable livelihoods theory and practice, to deepen our understanding of the interrelated dynamics between human populations and the natural environment. Building upon this review, we explore the concept of ‘environmental livelihood security’ – which encompasses a balance between natural resource supply and human demand on the environment to promote sustainability – and develop an integrated nexus-livelihoods framework for examining the environmental livelihood security of a system. The outcome is an integrated framework with the capacity to measure and monitor environmental livelihood security of whole systems by accounting for the water, energy and food requisites for livelihoods at multiple spatial scales and institutional levels. We anticipate this holistic approach will not only provide a significant contribution to achieving national and regional sustainable development targets, but will also be effective for promoting equity amongst individuals and communities in local and global development agendas. [authors abstract]</p>

10 Feb 2017 04:15:50 GMT

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The Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing: User-country measures and implementation in India

<p>User-measure requirements are the cornerstone of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity. These have come about as the result of hard, persistent pressure from developing countries on developed countries to take co-responsibility in making the access and benefit sharing regime functional. The degree of national implementation of the user measure requirements will thus be an important indicator of the success of the Nagoya Protocol. This report reviews these requirements and the situations as regards national implementation so far. It reviews the&nbsp; status and options for India in its implementation and notes some future challenges.</p>

30 Nov 2016 05:22:23 GMT

The ocean and us: how healthy marine and coastal ecosystems support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

<p>The ocean has been a cornerstone of human development throughout the history of civilization. People continue to come to the coasts to build some of the largest cities on the planet, with thriving economies, culture and communities. Ocean and coastal ecosystems provide us with resources and trade opportunities that greatly benefit human well-being.</p><p>These benefits are often taken for granted as we fail to recognize their underlying value. In our narrow pursuit of progress through purely economic and social development we often fail to protect the health of our marine system that we depend upon. Today, however, we increasingly realize the importance of healthy ecosystems for sustainable development that is reflected in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the United Nations. We can no longer afford to apply an antagonistic paradigm between development and conservation. The SDG framework provides the world with the opportunity to transform how we think about the ‘Oceans and Us’.</p><p>This publication highlights the critical contribution of healthy marine and coastal ecosystems to achieving the SDGs and describes the role of credible and accessible data, well communicated knowledge generated through dialogue with users, in supporting informed decision-making.</p>

23 Sep 2016 12:53:59 GMT

Mesophotic coral ecosystems - a lifeboat for coral reefs?

<p>The shallow coral reefs that we all know, are like the tip of an iceberg - they are the more visible part of an extensive coral ecosystem that reaches into depths far beyond where most people visit.&nbsp; The invisible reefs, known as mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) are widespread and diverse, however they remain largely unexplored in most parts of the world.&nbsp; With the global climate heating up, the world’s shallow coral reefs are predicted to experience increasing levels of catastrophic bleaching. This report asks the question – can MCEs provide a “life boat” for shallow coral reefs that are suffering decimation from rising sea surface temperatures and other anthropogenic impacts?</p><p>Picture a coral reef — most people will probably imagine brightly coloured corals, fish and other animals swimming in well-lit shallow waters. In fact, the coral reefs that live close to the surface of the sea — the ones that we can swim, snorkel, or dive near and see from space — are only a small portion of the complete coral reef ecosystem. Light-dependent corals can live in much deeper water (up to a depth of 150 m in clear waters). The shallow coral reefs from the surface of the sea to 30–40&nbsp; m below are more like the tip of an iceberg; they are the more visible part of an extensive coral ecosystem that reaches into depths far beyond where most people visit. These intermediate depth reefs, known as mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs), are the subject of this report.</p>

23 Sep 2016 01:49:16 GMT

Climate change threatens Hawaiian forest birds

<p>In Hawai'i, geograpahic isolation has prevented the natural establishment of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and many insect species, such as biting mosquitoes. Isolation has also facilitated the spectacular evolutionary radiation of Hawaiian honeycreepers from a single small flock of North American finches into more than 50 species and subspecies of endemic forest birds.</p><div data-canvas-width="66.57703962794942">With the arrival of humans came the clearing of forests and the introduction of non-native species and their diseases. More than 40 mosquito species have been intercepted in Hawai‘i, and six have become established, most recently in 2004.</div><div data-canvas-width="66.57703962794942">&nbsp;</div><div data-canvas-width="66.57703962794942"><div data-canvas-width="138.95338297265158">As global warming raises air temperatures, their seasonal high elevation refuge will shrink and eventually disappear. It is likely that the spread of mosquitoes and avian malaria (as well as avian pox) into the high elevations of Hawai'i will eventually lead to the extinct ion of many, perhaps all, of the honeycreepers that currently survive in these areas.</div></div><div data-canvas-width="138.95338297265158">&nbsp;</div><div data-canvas-width="138.95338297265158"><div data-canvas-width="205.90692343899823">Unfortunately, the rate of warming in Hawai‘i may not give these birds enough time to develop resistance. Without human assistance, global warming combined with avian malaria may overwhelm Hawai'i honeycreepers and other forest bird species.</div></div>

22 Sep 2016 10:23:43 GMT

CITES alone cannot combat illegal wildlife trade

<p>The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will address the growing threat from illegal trade at its forthcoming Conference of the Parties (CoP17). CITES is a regulatory treaty that is neither self-executing nor legally binding unless its provisions are reproduced in member states’ laws. Approximately half the parties still need to develop legislation to strengthen their implementation of the convention; 10 of the 17 parties designated by the CITES Secretariat as needing priority attention are in Africa. There is thus opportunity to harmonise legal frameworks for more effective CITES implementation. While parties improve their environmental laws, the secretariat can foster transregional consensus on trade controls, improve synergy with other conventions in the context of environmental crime, prioritise support to CITES scientific and management authorities in high- biodiversity countries, especially those subject to trade suspensions for non-compliance, and recommend raising penalties for illegal transactions in wildlife commodities known to finance conflict.</p>

09 Sep 2016 02:56:25 GMT

The 2016 World Conservation Congress: exploring a win–win agenda for people and the planet

<div data-canvas-width="523.7833333333333">The World Conservation Congress (WCC), one of the world’s largest environmental gatherings, is convened every four years under the auspices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to find collaborative solutions to conserve global biodiversity and ecosystems, and harness the solutions nature offers to global development challenges.<br /><br /></div><div data-canvas-width="522.8166666666668">The WCC convenes in Honolulu, Hawai’i from 1–10 September 2016. The congress will include the IUCN’s 1 300 member organisations from across 161 countries, all seeking to develop the conservation and governance responses necessary to tackle the drivers of biodiversity loss. At the WCC, IUCN members representing government, the private sector and civil society will vote on motions and resolutions that lay out the global conservation agenda for the next four years. The 100 proposed motions are aligned with the overarching objectives of valuing and conserving nature, ensuring the effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development.</div><div data-canvas-width="522.8166666666668">&nbsp;</div><div data-canvas-width="522.8166666666668">Recommendations:</div><div data-canvas-width="522.8166666666668"><ul><li>the IUCN, and its 2017-2020 Programme, must support the overarching objectives of the post-2015 UN development agenda and seek to establish an international framework for ecosystem-based climate action</li><li>African stakeholders must call for clearly identified roles and responsibilities, and associated action plans, to enhance the ownership of resolutions and support their implementation</li><li>African members must ensure consolidated voting positions, aligned with rigorous scientific data, which highlight the continent’s most important and vulnerable ecosystems and biodiversity</li></ul></div><div data-canvas-width="522.8166666666668">&nbsp;</div><div data-canvas-width="522.8166666666668">&nbsp;</div><div data-canvas-width="522.8166666666668">&nbsp;</div>

09 Sep 2016 02:48:52 GMT

Global climate change impacts on Pacific Islands terrestrial biodiversity: a review

<p>The islands of the Pacific region hold three of the 35 global biodiversity hotspots with large numbers of endemic species. Global climate change will exacerbate the challenges faced by the biodiversity of this region . In this review, the authors identify trends in characteristics for 305 terrestrial species threatened by climate change and severe weather according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). We then review the literature on observed and potential impacts of climate change on terrestrial biodive rsity , focusing on the species'€™ characteristics that were identified. High - elevation ecosystems such as cloud montane forests are projected to disappear entirely by the year 2100 , with corresponding global losses of their endemic biodiversity. Sea level ri se threatens restricted range species on small low - lying atolls. Shifts in distribution may be possible for generalist species , but r ange shifts will be difficult for species with small distributions, specialized habitat requirements, slow dispersal rates , and species at high elevations.</p><p>Accurate assessments of climate change impacts on biodiversity of the region are difficult because of confusion about nomenclature , the many species unknown to science, the lack of baseline data on species'€™ ecology and distributions, and lack of fine resolution elevation data for very small islands. Furthermore, synergistic interactions of climate change with other threats like habitat loss and invasive species have not been comprehensively assessed. Addressing these knowledge gaps will be difficult for Pacific island nations due to limited financial resources and expertise.</p>

18 Aug 2016 11:00:54 GMT

The State of Biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean: a mid-term review of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

<p>Global Biodiversity Outlook-4, the mid-term review of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, provided a global assessment of progress towards the attainment of the Plan’s global biodiversity goals<br />and associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets, but contained limited regional information. <br /><br />This report builds on and complements the global GBO-4 assessment. It is the second edition of the State of Biodiversity in<br />the Latin America and the Caribbean report and serves as a near mid-term review of progress towards the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 for the Latin America and the Caribbean region.<br /><br />The report draws on a set of regional indicators, information from fifth national reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), other national and regional reports, case studies and published literature, to provide a target-by-target review of progress towards the twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets. As much as possible, global indicators for Aichi Biodiversity Targets have beenbroken down to regional level and some additional analyses of existing global information have been undertaken with key national institutions in the region. However, limitations in data have meant that some datasets, which do not extend past 2011, have been included to illustrate that relevant information exists, but further efforts to update this information are needed.</p><p>The key messages about the state of biodiversity in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and the pressures upon it, which have emerged from this assessment are:<br /><br /></p><ul><li>declines in species abundance and high risks of species extinctions continue</li><li>rates of habitat loss in Latin America and the Caribbean have slowed but remain high</li><li>certain pressures associated with rapid economic growth and social inequities are impacting the region’s natural resources</li><li>agricultural expansion and intensification to increase both livestock, arable and commodities production continue</li><li>the region is undergoing major infrastructure development of dams and roads</li><li>the impacts on biodiversity of high concentrations of population in urban areas are particularly significant within the region</li><li>country economies within the region are very highly dependent on natural resources</li><li>resource extraction for minerals and hydrocarbons has, in some cases, led to locally devastating direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity such as vegetation removal, water and soil pollution and contamination</li><li>transboundary and local air pollution is now recognised as an environmental factor in human health in the region</li><li>climate change induced impacts on coral reefs and montane habitats within the region are now being observed</li></ul>

16 Aug 2016 04:40:28 GMT

The State of Biodiversity in Asia and the Pacific: a mid-term review of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

<p>Global Biodiversity Outlook-4 (GBO-4), the mid-term review of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, provided a global assessment of progress towards the attainment of the Plan’s global biodiversity goals and associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets, but contained limited regional information. <br /><br />This report builds on and complements the global GBO-4 assessment. This is the second edition of The State of Biodiversity in Asia and the Pacific report and serves as a near mid-term review of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for the Asia Pacific region.<br /><br />The report draws on a set of regional indicators, information from fifth national reports to the CBD, other government reports, case studies and published literature, to provide a target by target review of progress towards the twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets. As much as possible, global indicators for Aichi Biodiversity Targets have been broken down to regional level and some additional analyses of existing global information have been undertaken. However, limitations in data have meant that some datasets which do not extend past 2011 have been included to illustrate that relevant information exists, but that further efforts to update this information are needed.</p><p>The key messages about the state of biodiversity in the region, and the pressures upon it, which have emerged from this assessment are:</p><ul><li>the exceptional biodiversity in Asia and the Pacific continues to decline</li><li>combinations of human-induced factors are a key driver of biodiversity loss</li><li>Asia and the Pacific continue to experience deforestation and forest degradation</li><li>rapid growth in demand for wildlife products is fuelling unsustainable trade, with impacts inside and outside of the region</li><li>invasive alien species create particular pressures on the oceanic islands</li><li>marine ecosystems are vulnerable to growth in commercial and artisanal fisheries</li><li>te negative impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems are exacerbating the effects of other pressures on Asia and the Pacific’s biodiversity</li></ul>

16 Aug 2016 04:26:47 GMT

The State of Biodiversity in West Asia: a mid-term review of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

<p>Global Biodiversity Outlook-4 (GBO-4), the mid-term review of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 , published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), provides a global assessment of progress towards the attainment of the Plan’s biodiversity goals and associated twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets, but contains limited regional information.</p><p>This second edition of the State of Biodiversity in West Asia report builds on and complements the global GBO-4 assessment, serving as a near mid-term review of progress towards the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 for the West Asia region specifically. This report draws on a set of regional indicators, information from fifth national reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), other government reports, case studies and published literature, to provide a target by target review of progress towards the twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets. As much as possible, global indicators for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets have been broken down to regional level and additional analyses of existing global information have been undertaken.</p><p>The key messages about the state of biodiversity in West Asia, and the pressures upon it, which have emerged from this assessment are:<br /><br /></p><ul><li>available biodiversity and ecosystem service information for the region is limited, which has made the reporting task challenging, and in many cases data are too poor and fragmentary to allow robust conclusions</li><li>the major drivers of biodiversity decline have seen a rapid increase, including urban expansion, the spread of intensive agricultural systems and cultivation of marginal land resulting from considerable population growth. Such changes necessitate reliance on resources imported from elsewhere in the world, meaning that West Asia’s ecological footprint is growing sharply and now exceeds the global average</li><li>the volatile political situation in parts of the region means&nbsp; conservation work has been unable to proceed in the countries or areas experiencing significant internal and international conflicts and political instability in recent years</li><li>protected areas networks in West Asia are limited in both coverage and management effectiveness</li><li>wildlife crime linked to hunting is a continuing problem with ineffective enforcement of regulations and legislation</li><li>water scarcity, driven by rapidly rising demand, is threatening the survival of the region’s wetland habitats</li><li>multiple anthropogenic and climatic pressures are interacting to threaten the integrity of marine ecosystems</li><li>the region is likely to be one of the hardest hit by the direct and indirect impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, sea temperature rise, increasing water scarcity and ground water salinity, and desertification</li></ul>

16 Aug 2016 04:17:22 GMT

The State of Biodiversity in Africa: a mid-term review of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

<p>Global Biodiversity Outlook-4, the mid-term review of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 , provided a global assessment of progress towards the attainment of the Plan'€™s global biodiversity goals and associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets, but contained limited regional information. This report builds on and complements the global GBO-4 assessment. It is the second edition of the State of Biodiversity in Africa report and serves as a near mid-term review of progress towards the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 for the African region.</p><p>This report draws on a set of regional indicators, information from fifth national reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), other government reports, case studies and published literature, to provide a target by target review of progress towards the twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets. As much as possible, global indicators for Aichi Biodiversity Targets have been broken down to regional level and some additional analyses of existing global information have been undertaken. However, limitations in data have meant that some datasets which do not extend past 2011 have been included to illustrate that relevant information exists, but that further efforts to update this information.</p><div data-canvas-width="233.58124999999998">The key messages about the state of biodiversity in Africa, and the pressures upon it, which have emerged from this assessment are:</div><div data-canvas-width="295.27616666666665"><ul><li>overall, biodiversity in Africa continues to decline, with ongoing losses of species and habitats</li><li>ongoing loss of biodiversity in Africa is driven by a combination of human-induced factors</li><li>Africa’s freshwater ecosystems and their biodiversity are especially threatened</li><li>Africa continues to experience deforestation and forest degradation</li><li>the negative impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems are exacerbating the effects of all these pressures</li><li>nonetheless the report identifies a number of important responses which have taken place since 2011</li><li>African countries are working collaboratively to address particular Aichi Biodiversity Targets</li><li>there is a growing portfolio of international support for African countries to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets</li><li>African countries are using ecosystem service valuation and investment in REDD+ to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets</li><li>many African countries have already achieved their 17% terrestrial protected area targets, and many others are working towards this target on land, as well as on the 10% marine protected areas target on the sea</li><li>Africa is making increasing use of ecosystem-based conservation and restoration of natural resources</li></ul></div>

16 Aug 2016 04:05:56 GMT

Seeing through fishers' lenses: Exploring marine ecological changes within Mafia Island Merine Park, Tanzania

<p>nsights from traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the marine environment are difficult to integrate into conventional science knowledge (CSK) initiatives. Where TEK is integrated into CSK at all, it is usually either marginalized or restricted to CSK modes of interpretation, hence limiting its potential contribution to the understanding of social-ecological systems. This study uses semi-directive interviews, direct observations, and structured open-ended questionnaires (n = 103) to explore TEK of marine ecological changes occurring within the Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania, and factors contributing to these changes. It illuminates TEK insights that can be valuable in parallel with CSK to provide a more nuanced understanding of ecological changes. In some areas, fishers observed coral reef growth, increased fish abundance, and increased sea temperatures, whereas in others, they reported decreases in sea level, coral cover, fish abundance, catch composition, catch quantities, and fish size. They associated these changes with interrelated factors emanating from environmental processes, conservation outcomes, marketing constraints, population dynamics, and disappearance of cultural traditions. Utilizing TEK without restricting it to CSK modes of interpretation has the potential to improve CSK initiatives by promoting complementarity and mutual enrichment between the two kinds of knowledge, thereby contributing new insights that may enhance adaptive management and resilience in social-ecological systems.</p>

12 Jun 2016 09:06:59 GMT

Dry-season greening of Amazon forests

<p>Evidence from ecological studies, eddy flux towers, and satellites shows that many tropical forests &lsquo;green up&rsquo; during higher sunlight annual dry seasons, suggesting they are more limited by light than water. Morton et al.reported that satellite-observed dry-season green up in Amazon forests is an artefact of seasonal variations in sun- sensor geometry.</p><p>However, here these researchers argue that even after artefact correction, data from Morton et al. show statistically significant increases in canopy greenness during the dry season. Integrating corrected satellite with ground observations indicates that dry-season forest greening is prevalent in Amazonia, probably reflecting large-scale seasonal upregulation of photosynthesis by canopy leaf dynamics.</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

21 Mar 2016 07:31:29 GMT

Spotlight on publications: Brazil’s ethanol programme

<p>This Spotlight highlights some of the key publications that study, analyse and document Brazil&rsquo;s ethanol programme. The publications focus on the following specific issues: Brazilian government policies to promote the sector; sustainability issues; expansion, land use and agro-ecological zoning of sugarcane; bagasse, cogeneration and bioelectricity; and advanced biofuels. Together these resources highlight the current key issues surrounding the sector, offering a useful entry for readers from other regions who wish to understand the Brazilian experience with ethanol.</p>

16 Mar 2016 03:19:51 GMT

Traditional gender roles of men and women in natural resource conservation among the vhavenda people in Zimbabwe: implications for sustainable development

<p>Natural resource conservation is key to the concept of sustainable development, yet environmental pressures continue to increase, including soil degradation, water availability, and nutrient cycling. Within natural resource conservation, women play an equally essential, yet differentiated, role as men. This means that analysis of gender interactions in relation to environmental management is imperative for sustainable development. To this end, this journal paper explores&nbsp;the traditional gender roles of men and women in the conservation of natural resources among the vhavenda people in Zimbabwe. It seeks to draw lessons regarding participation, particularly of women, that can inform wider sustainable development efforts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>African feminism and post- colonial theory were used as theoretical frameworks to analyse the practices of the vhavenda, while a Harvard analytic framework and the social relation approach to gender analysis were used as tools to map the gender roles in their conservation activities. The research also used a phenomenological research approach as part of the purely qualitative study, to ensure that understanding emerged directly from the experiences of the men and women themselves. In-depth, unstructured interviews were conducted with respondents aged seventy and above, with five females and three males interviewed in the Beit-Bridge district in south west Zimbabwe. This demographic was chosen for their extensive knowledge of traditional methods.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The research revealed that the type of resources that were of concern to the vhavenda people included soil, water, and specific plant species that were important sources of firewood, timber, and food. Certain trees are conserved for sacred and cultural reasons, with rules as to who can cut down trees, and how. Conservation of water was not gendered, with both men and women participating in actions such as fencing off water-sources from animals. Soil degradation prevention takes precedence over correction, with men cutting terraces to prevent soil erosion, and women planting grasses. Animal species conservation depended on availability, importance, and use, while the study also revealed that although women and men had different uses and benefits from natural resources, there was an ethic of cooperation, dialogue, and collaboration among men and women when it comes to resource conservation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The study recommends that natural resource conservation in the context of sustainable development, that is, using modern technologies and methods, needs to embrace some of the practices of the vhavenda. these include complementarity, cooperation, inclusiveness, dialogue, and negotiation between men and women. In promoting equal participation between genders, this approach will help to overcome some of the barriers of participation seen elsewhere, especially unequal gender relations that cause gendered subordination.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

05 Mar 2016 04:09:22 GMT

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OECD project on Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition

The OECD is undertaking a major project on the economic growth and investment implications of the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy in the context of theGerman G20 Presidency. The final report from the project, entitled "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth", will be launched in the margins of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 23 May 2017.

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:04:00 GMT

Green Talks Live: Green finance and investment

On 28 April, join Robert Youngman of the OECD Environment Directorate to discuss policies, instruments and institutions to address challenges in mobilising green finance and investment. What policy levers can governments and public finance institutions use to improve the risk-return profile of low-carbon investments and create pipelines of bankable projects?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:30:00 GMT

Mainstream biodiversity

The OECD has been working on the economies and policies for biodiversity for more than two decades, providing a platform for exchanging knowledge and good practice insights. The OECD is helping countries with analysis for more environmentally-effective, cost-efficient and distributionally-equitable policies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Find out more.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:49:00 GMT

Blogs and articles related to environment

Read what OECD bloggers have to say about topics as varied as air pollution, biodiversity, climate, environmental policies, green growth, investment, waste and water. Join the discussion on our latest blog: Can green bonds fuel the low-carbon transition?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:02:00 GMT

The water challenge

With widespread competing demands on water, maintaining environmental sustainability and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of society must both be addressed. The OECD provides policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD countries, covering a wide range of issues. Explore the policy areas below to access the latest OECD work in each area.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:06:00 GMT

Climate change adaptation and financial protection: Synthesis of key findings from Colombia and Senegal - Environment Working Paper

Developing countries are disproportionately affected by the rising trend of losses from climate-related extreme events. This paper uses case studies of Colombia and Senegal to examine how countries are using financial protection as part of their approaches to managing climate risks; it also identifies emerging priorities for development co-operation providers in supporting financial protection against climate risks.

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:47:00 GMT

Action on climate change

The OECD has a long experience of exchanging knowledge and good practices through effective, policy-orientated and collaborative initiatives. The OECD is helping countries with policy analysis and guidance to implement NDCs and prepare their action plans on climate change mitigation and adaptation. How is the OECD supporting action on climate change? Find out more.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:12:00 GMT

Environmental pressures rising in New Zealand

New Zealanders enjoy a high environmental quality of life and access to pristine wilderness. However, New Zealand’s growth model, based largely on exploiting natural resources, is starting to show its environmental limits with increasing greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Korea needs to put green growth vision into action

Korea has improved access to environmental services and become a world leader in climate change mitigation technology.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Estonia should reduce its oil shale reliance for greener growth

Estonia needs to move faster to reduce its dependence on oil shale so it can advance towards a greener economy and reduce air pollution and waste generation, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:00:00 GMT

More private capital for infrastructure investment in Asia?

Since the financial crisis, infrastructure investment has moved up the political agenda in most countries – now also including the USA. Asia is often seen as the world’s infrastructure laboratory, with massive construction of transport and energy projects. This article discusses infrastructure investment, private finance, and institutional investors in Asia from a global perspective.

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:23:00 GMT

Green investment banks

To leverage the impact of relatively limited public resources, over a dozen national and sub-national governments have created public green investment banks (GIBs) and GIB-like entities.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:23:00 GMT

The Potential Benefits of Transboundary Co-operation in Georgia and Azerbaijan: Kura River Basin - Environment Working Paper

This study was one of the first attempts to evaluate and quantify the benefits of transboundary co-operation between Georgia and Azerbaijan. A specific framework for inventorying these benefits, taking into account all the different dimensions of transboundary water management, was built and applied to the major transboundary water bodies.

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:50:00 GMT

Greater efforts needed to safeguard biodiversity

The world must ramp up its efforts to use natural resources more sustainably and conserve biological diversity and the ecosystems on which we depend for human life, the OECD today told participants at the COP13 Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:51:00 GMT

OECD at #COP22

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) was held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016. Check out the OECD's contributions and our programme of side events to the conference.

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:33:00 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

French elections: Euro jumps after French vote

The euro hits five-month high and Asian share markets rise after the first round of the French election.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:55:09 GMT

Jimmy Choo puts itself up for sale

The luxury shoe maker, which has seen slowing sales growth, is seeking offers from potential bidders.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:35:35 GMT

IMF meeting drops anti-protectionism pledge

But the global body believes protectionist policies could choke off improving global growth.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:58:15 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

In a raft of decrees, King Salman fires his civil service minister and makes his son US ambassador.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:39:53 GMT

Elliott Management: The hedge fund not afraid of a fight

Paul Singer's Elliott Management, famous for its pursuit of Argentine debt, is calling for shake-ups at several companies.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:58:24 GMT

Exxon Mobil denied permission to resume Russian oil work

Donald Trump says US oil firms, including Exxon Mobil, cannot resume drilling in Russia.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:47:11 GMT

United Airlines to tie executive pay to customer satisfaction

Boss Oscar Munoz will no longer become company chairman after the passenger ejection incident.

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:29:14 GMT

American Airlines suspends employee after clash over pram

An American Airlines employee is removed from duty after the ugly exchange in San Francisco.

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:12:30 GMT

Tesla recalls 53,000 cars over brake issue

Some Model X and Model S vehicles are affected, but there have been no reports of accidents.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:16:42 GMT

Trump launches investigation into steel dumping

Investigation is designed to stop countries from exporting artificially cheap steel to the US.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:41:27 GMT

UK taxpayer gets back its Lloyds £20bn

The government has sold most of its 43.4% stake in the bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:01:52 GMT

UK extends Fox/Sky takeover inquiry

Election means competition regulators are given more time to investigate Fox's bid for Sky.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:29:35 GMT

US discriminating against Chinese firms, says TCL boss

The boss of electronics firm TCL tells the BBC a takeover would have gone through if his company was European.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:42:08 GMT

BBC World News business headlines

The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:24:32 GMT

CEO Secrets: Put family first, says manufacturer.

Harvey Bowden, the boss of Harvey Water Softeners, says it's vital to put family before business.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:03:12 GMT

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Qatar's Nakilat posts QR191mn revenue in Q1

(MENAFN) Nakilat recorded its fiscal results for the first quarter of the year with a net profit of QR191mn compared to QR240mn of the same period in 2016.Additionally, the lower p...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:35:08 GMT

World Bank, AIIB sign cooperation framework

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) WASHINGTON, April 23 (KUNA) -- The World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) t...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:30:10 GMT

Saudi, Egyptian FMs reaffirm common views over regional conflicts

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) RIYADH, April 23 (KUNA) -- Saudi and Egyptian Foreign Ministers, Adel Al-Jubeir and Sameh Shukri respectively, said Sunday they shared common v...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:30:10 GMT

Centrist Macron, far-rightist Le Pen win 1st round of French presidential elections

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) PARIS, April 23 (KUNA) -- Centrist, independent Emmanuel Macron and far-rightist National Front leader Marine Le Pen emerged victorious in the ...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:30:10 GMT

Kuwait's Italy Amb. opens Amir shooting Cup

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ROME, April 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Ambassador in Rome Sheikh Ali Khaled Al-Sabah opened Sunday His Highness the Amir of Kuwait International Sho...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:30:01 GMT

Kuwait- Homeland security chief says don't know how to stop homegrown terrorists

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) WASHINGTON, April 23 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly stressed Sunday that there are "so many aspects" of terrorists, suc...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:30:00 GMT

Kuwait- His Highness PM holds dinner banquet for Palestinian leader

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, April 23 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah held a dinner banquet in honor of visiting...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:29:59 GMT

Kuwait- Arab Media Forum officially kicks off 14th edition

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, April 23 (KUNA) -- Under the patronage of and in the presence of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sa...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:29:59 GMT

Kuwait- Socialist Group in EP: France has spoken for change

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, April 23 (KUNA) -- The President of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament (EP) Gianni Pittella said Sunday "this evening, th...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:29:58 GMT

Kuwait- His Highness the Amir meets Coptic Pope Tawadros II

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, April 23 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received on Sunday Tawadros II, the Pope of Alexandria...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:29:58 GMT

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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

Enthronisation of an ultra-presidential regime?

At first glance, everyday life seems not to have changed in Istanbul. The streets are congested; people hurry to the ferry or the bus. For weeks, there has been no terror attack. Nevertheless, there are some visible changes. There are much more policemen in the streets. In some days, the Istiklal Caddesi, the main shopping street on the European side, seems to be under a state of siege. At every street corner, there is police van with the blue light switched on.

Financing for development? Mostly not!

Recent disturbing trends in international finance have particularly problematic implications, especially for developing countries. The new United Nations report, World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017 (WESP 2017), is the only recent report of a multilateral inter-governmental organization to recognize these problems, especially as they are relevant to the financing requirements for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The end of US hegemony

The Trump government signals unequivocally the end of international US hegemony. An international hegemon is able to define rules that find relatively broad acceptance internationally and plays a role in safeguarding international economic stability. The Trump government announced measures that go against the present economic rules while not proposing new ones.

Global employment crisis: 2030 Agenda under threat

The global deficit in quality jobs and deteriorating economic conditions in a number of regions threatens to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, warns a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) 2016.

The closing of democratic space for trade unions

Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.

Agenda for transformation, solidarity, democracy

The year 2015 was marked on the one hand by the inability of the European Union (EU) to emerge from the crisis, and on the other by a dramatic rise in the number of people taking flight from their homes and from their homelands, because of wars and terrorist attacks, in many cases caused by the destructive policies of the EU and of its member states.

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.

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Rethinking infrastructure in Africa: a governance approach

<p>Infrastructure deficits have long been recognised as being central to Africa’s developmental malaise. This paper looks at the state of the continent’s infrastructure, with a focus on the actions that governments can take to spur its development. In other words, it attempts this analysis from the perspective of governance. By any measure, Africa is on average less well provisioned with infrastructural assets (roads, railways, power grids, communication networks, water and sanitation systems) than any other part of the world. Much of what does exist has been degraded by unsatisfactory maintenance. The most comprehensive estimate is that an amount of some $93 billion annually will be needed until 2020 to achieve the necessary development. Funding continues to fall short of this, although the sums available are growing. Africa’s governments, bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector are all investing large amounts in infrastructure. Funding is no longer the defining problem in relation to Africa’s infrastructure development, and questions of governance need to be accorded greater recognition.</p><div class="fb-quote fb_iframe_widget">&nbsp;</div><p>Studies demonstrate that gains are to be had through better project preparation, greater efficiencies and so on. Adequate maintenance is particularly important. These actions would help secure better infrastructure without significantly greater outlays. Achieving them would, however, require sometimes tough and politically unpopular decisions – making appropriate governance choices are therefore critical. Managing infrastructure construction and maintenance across borders is central to Africa’s infrastructure needs. With so many countries landlocked, cross-border links are imperative for their economic fortunes. This is a complex issue, and resolving it demands that governments and regional institutions cooperate with one another, imposing another set of governance choices. The paper concludes by noting the need to shift debate around Africa’s infrastructure to the governance obstacles it needs to confront. It suggests that governance action could be taken in seven areas to help achieve this: finance; policy, planning and project preparation; efficiency; the regulatory environment; private sector involvement; engagement of Africa’s people; and a focus on regional integration.</p>

21 Apr 2017 09:57:46 GMT

Assessing food value chain pathways, linkages and impacts for better nutrition of vulnerable groups

<p>In addition to targeting health and other areas related to undernutrition, a key priority is also the transformation of the agriculture and food sector. While patterns of crop and livestock production are widely expected to affect nutrition and the health of vulnerable groups, the evidence base for a positive impact, albeit growing, is still limited and sometimes inconclusive.</p><p>This article offers insights into assessing the effectiveness of post farm-gate agri-food value chains at improving the nutrition intake of vulnerable groups. It develops a conceptual framework integrating the value chain concepts with agriculture and nutrition, and identifies key outcomes and requirements for value chains to be successful at delivering substantive and sustained consumption of nutrient-dense foods by poor households. Other frameworks linking value chains with nutrition have been published, but this article provides the analytical lens to assess post-farm-gate value chains.</p><p>To achieve improvements in the intake of nutritious foods by the target populations food must be: safe to eat on a sustained basis; nutrient dense at the point of consumption; and consumed in adequate amounts on a sustained basis. This shifts the focus to the role of public actions and policy in terms of shaping the functioning of food value chains.</p><p>By assessing the limits of what business can and cannot contribute in a given market context, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders will be more capable of creating an appropriate institutional environment that shapes how value chains operate for the benefit of vulnerable target groups, designing and implementing effective policies and strategies with respect to the role and use of market-based interventions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

20 Apr 2017 09:58:21 GMT

Gendered practices of remittances in Bangladesh: a poststructuralist perspective

<p>Bangladesh belongs to the top-ten remittance-receiving countries of the world with a yearly earning of US$15 billion. Comprising around ninety percent of the Bangladeshi overseas labour flow, men leave behind their spouses and children due to the high cost of migration and laws within the destination country. Compared to their men, few women migrate independently, since female migration involves unsettling the patriarchal gender order which sees men as main providers and women as carers of the household and also considers women to be insecure and unprotected abroad. In both the cases of male and female migration, however, stay put men and women come to have an important function in remittance management, but not necessarily in the same way. It is in this context that this working paper explores the relationships between remittances and men and women’s diverse, complex and, in some ways, conflicting identities in Bangladeshi households that depend on overseas earnings.</p><p>Building on the post-structuralist theorisation of gender as 'doing' or 'performativity', this paper analyses remittances' influence on the type of work, ideas and norms deemed suitable by males and females within migrant households and the organisation of gendered responsibilities within families. In doing so, the paper undertakes a systematic study of men and women's different roles, responsibility and access to and control over resources recognising the complex nature of intra-household relations. The underlying assumption is that gender is a fluid category which is to be examined beyond the status and power of the sexes. <br /><br />The paper examines several situations to understand the role of remittance practices in shaping of fragmented, discontinuous and multiple gender roles and subjectivities. These are: a) men's remitting in a nuclear household, b) women's remitting in a nuclear household, c) the remittance practices of unmarried men and women from joint families and, d) the uses of remittances across different types of households. <br /><br />The study reveals that when men migrate as the main provider of the family, the migrant and his wife become the long-distance provider and de-factor manager respectively. In contrast, female remitters, despite being the main earner, cannot perform as a complete provider, as their husbands retain control over their remittances and also because of the complexities arises as men fail to perform their expected roles. Again, the gender role and position of unmarried female remitters - whose primary allegiance lies with the natal home - are mainly shaped by their economic contribution to the household coffers, whereas unmarried male remitters’ subjectivity is influenced by the patriarchal norms of generational hierarchy. Investment and the use of remittances for girls' marriage and boys' employment at home and abroad have specific gendered implications, as shown in the paper, since it helps to maintain and reproduce the dominant gender ideologies of men as providers and women as carers of their household.</p>

04 Apr 2017 12:30:46 GMT

South Africa’s local content policies: challenges and lessons to consider

<p>South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) identifies local content as a strategic industrial policy instrument to leverage the power of public procurement; reduce the country’s trade deficit; address market failures; foster infant industries; and increase the <br />government’s tax base (the dti, 2016). Although local content is a commonly used industrial policy lever, there is no formally agreed definition of what local or content means, and this makes implementing the policy difficult. <br /><br />The main problem with local content policies in South Africa is they are not leading to the desired level of procurement from local manufacturers. This problem persists for several reasons. Local producers often fail to compete against foreign suppliers on both quality and price, unless they are given more time to increase, improve and modify their capacity and capabilities to suit specifications. However, procurement regulations allow no space for negotiations between procurers and suppliers, leading to non-compliance by many local suppliers or total exclusion from the process. Moreover, transaction costs of locally manufactured goods are usually higher than foreign-sourced goods. The relevant systems required to measure and monitor imports and compliance on local content and procurement are inadequate, compounding the difficulty of monitoring and evaluating the policy. <br /><br />Key findings from the research suggest no overarching cost and quality data on local content exists. Therefore, programmes should be established to provide suppliers with timely information on specifications, price, and quality, so that local producers can comply, and have sufficient forewarning and upgrading support. Systems to monitor imports and compliance need to be put in place, including providing a clear regulatory and legislative framework that provides a simple and concise definition of local content. <br /><br />This policy brief assesses the key challenges and lessons that determine the success and failure of local content policies in South Africa. In particular, it analyses the economic rationale for using local content policies. Furthermore, the brief highlights the reasons <br />local content policies are not effecting the desired level of local procurement and why the problem persists, and suggests possible solutions.</p>

04 Apr 2017 11:03:59 GMT

Wanted: good governance - protection of minorities and human rights in Northern Iraq

<p>Dealing with the aftermath of the current situation in northern Iraq requires a a mid-and a long-term strategy. Both have to recognize limitations that are due to the cyclical re-occurence of conflict and that mirror specific historical and socio-political circumstances. The success of mid-term strategies to tackle the stream of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) will depend in large part on the convincing development of long-term positive scenarios for the future of Iraq, introducing noticeable political and socio-economic change.</p><p>In the mid-term, promoting good governance practices, the protection of human rights, integration of refugees and ethnoreligious minorities with aid projects that benefit both the displaced and host communities ought to be rewarded. In the long-term, a sustainable conflict resolution as well as a solution for the withdrawal of international actors must be found even if the current political realities and military strategies in the country impede this and increase the need for external aid.</p><p>Recommendations:</p><div><ul><li>create inclusive economic incentives - camps can only be a strictly short-term solution. In the mid-term, cash-for-rent schemes under the roof of an international organisation such as the United Nations are necessary. Add rent subsidies from the beginning and combine vocational training, higher education and cash-for-work schemes in parallel to create inclusive economic incentives in the long run</li><li>promote small- and medium-sized enterprises with a conflict-sensitiveapproach - connect profound conflict and market analyses to (re-)build sustainable livelihood activities and markets. Rather than returning to an inefficient economic system, small- and medium-sized enterprises ought to be promoted</li><li>apply a needs-based community approach that addresses IDPs, refugees and hosts alike - foster local integration and reintegration policies of regional governments by creating the necessary additional infrastructure (housing/education/health) in destination communities as a compensation for the solidarity of hosting populations rather than increasing social tensions by targeting specific groups—such as vulnerable persons</li><li>link the protection of human rights with the delivery of assistance - reward minority/human rights guarantees, (re-) integration projects and good government practice by making them a prerequisite for assistance</li><li>foster reconciliation activities between host communities and the displaced - frame all activities with inter-community trust-building activities intended to foster reconciliation.Infrastructure projects should create spaces that connect hosts and displaced persons while respecting traditional structures of ethno-religious co-existence amongst different communities</li><li>make psychosocial support mandatory - Traumata are prevalent and have to be addressed in all projects by providing respective psychosocial support.</li></ul></div>

04 Apr 2017 03:44:46 GMT

Family support for older persons in Thailand: challenges and opportunities

<div>Population ageing and the wellbeing of older persons are major emerging challenges for families, communities, and government in Thailand as in much of Asia. Traditionally, support and care for the elderly are met within the family. Adult children are important providers of material support as well as other forms of assistance to their older-age parents. The state and communities typically provide limited care services for the older population. Currently, Thailand is facing demographic and socioeconomic changes that pose significant challenges for the roles that family members, especially adult children, play in providing support for the elderly.</div><div><br />The Thai government has been giving very serious attention to population ageing issues. This was clearly indicated by the adoption of the Second National Plan for Older Persons covering 2002-2021, the prominence of aging issues in the 2012-16 National Economic and Social Development Plan, and a 2015 establishment of the Department of Older Persons with expanded authority to carry out programs to support elderly Thais. Importantly, the Old Age Allowance program was expanded in 2009 into a universal social pension for persons aged 60 and older who lacked other pension coverage. At the same time, there has been a significant increase in public awareness regarding population ageing in the last decade. Furthermore, efforts to strengthen community support for older persons have also</div><div>arisen in various parts of the country.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>The key objective of this position paper is to empirically examine how family cares for older persons in various aspects (such as material and social support as well as personal care) and what challenges and opportunities are facing the family. <br /><br />The position paper is organised into the following sections: 1) demographics of ageing; 2) availability of children and old-age living arrangements; 3) material support for older persons; 4) social support; 5) personal care support; 6) older persons’ contributions and; 7) discussion and conclusion; 8) policy recommendations.</div></div>

04 Apr 2017 02:29:46 GMT

Legal status and deprivation in India’s urban slums: an analysis of two decades of National Sample Survey Data

<div>In India, 52–98 million people live in urban slums, and 59% of slums are “non-notified” or lack legal recognition by the government. In this paper, the authors use data on 2,901 slums from four waves of the National Sample Survey (NSS) spanning almost 20 years to test the hypothesis that non-notified status is associated with greater deprivation in access to basic services, thereby increasing vulnerability to poor health outcomes. <br /><br />To quantify deprivation for each slum, tha paper constructs a basic services deprivation score (BSDS), which includes variables that affect health, such as access to piped water, latrines, solid waste disposal, schools, and health centers. <br /><br />In a regression analysis, the authors find a robust association between non-notified status and greater deprivation after controlling for other variables. Analysis reveals a progressive reduction in deprivation the longer a slum has been notified. In addition, data from the 2012 NSS show that, despite suffering from greater deprivation, non-notified slums were much less likely to receive financial aid from government slum improvement schemes. <br /><br />Findings suggest that legally recognizing non-notified slums and targeting government aid to these settlements may be crucial for improving health outcomes and diminishing urban disparities.</div>

04 Apr 2017 02:07:42 GMT

Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa

<p>This issue of the Open Access IDS Bulletin examines the impact of decentralisation at the local level through detailed case studies of five countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. The issue deals with all three of the main aims for decentralisation reforms in Africa: improved service delivery, democracy and participation, and a reduction in central government expenditure. It analyses micro, comparative stories by accumulating evidence on how decentralisation works differently within each featured country, and the factors that are responsible for differential outcomes.</p><p>Contributors are mostly African scholars who live under the region’s decentralised systems and study them with a proximate lens often denied to visiting scholars. Their research questions, on their countries’ respective policy agendas, are joined by the common belief that more innovative methods should be applied to these questions in order to get at better explanations.</p><p>While decentralisation is an important issue, systematic analyses of its outcomes are limited. This&nbsp;IDS Bulletin&nbsp;represents first efforts to use more innovative and incisive methods to understand decentralisation and its impact.</p>

31 Mar 2017 12:10:22 GMT

Public value perspective for gender budgeting: evidence from Egypt

<div>Budgeting for the provision of public service for women has gained a lot of interest all over the world. Developing countries have been part of this global trend. Studies on growth found that gender inequality deprives developing countries from boosting growth. However, in many cases services for women failed to meet expectations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Inadequacy of budget resources comes at the top to justify this failure. However, weakness in budgetary and political institutions may add other dimensions. Weakness of planning and implementing the budget, and reporting its results is a critical factor for failure in delivering public values that satisfy the society’s developmental aspiration. Additionally, the weakness of political institutions to reconcile conflicting individual values and voice up the collective citizens’ preferences may also be another source of failure to produce gender services as it should be. Moreover, failu re to deliver may signal to the political inability to utilise public assets in the proper mix, timing, and networking. Whatsoever the combination of weak institutions, it alerts to a failure of operationalisation of public values&nbsp; to produce public services beyond the issue of adequacy of public resources.<br /><br /></div><div>This article aims to discuss gender budgeting, beyond the adequacy challenge, through a conceptual framework that recognises weakness of budgetary and political institutions. We argue that while gender values may be strongly placed in the ethics of the society, nevertheless they often lack an informed governance framework to position them properly in the utilitarian set of objectives of the budgetary system. Gender issues are perceived from the perspective of the rights approach to budgeting; however, they are not situated in the growth and sustainability framework of the budget.</div>

31 Mar 2017 04:32:16 GMT

South–South peacebuilding: lessons and insights from Turkey and South Africa’s support to fragile states

<div>Emerging actors, such as providers of South–South cooperation (SSC), are increasingly playing a role in peacebuilding, particularly in fragile states and conflict-affected areas. While there is much discussion on the role of emerging donors in sustainable development, there is little empirical evidence on their contribution to peacebuilding and state building. Joint research by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Center for International Cooperation (CIC) analysed the features of South African and Turkish assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia respectively, to unpack what sets these emerging economies apart from Western powers operating in similar environments. <br /><br />This paper compares the peacebuilding approaches of South Africa and Turkey and attempts to assess their effectiveness in relation to the approaches of traditional donors. Evidence from the two case studies shows that, while operating under different paradigms, principles and drivers, Southern providers not only bring substantive support to fragile states but also get different types of results and responses from host countries. While it is still difficult to discern a clear ‘Southern peacebuilding model’, emerging economies play an important role in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and accountable institutions, in their region and internationally.</div>

31 Mar 2017 04:14:43 GMT

Economic integration and development partnerships: Southern perspectives

<div>As part of its work programme on capacity-building among developing countries on global and regional economic issues RIS has been conducting its flaghship Capacity-Building Programme on International Economic Issues and Development Policy (IEIDP) under the ITEC/SCAAP programme of the Ministry of External Affairs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The programme is aimed to inculcate in participants enhanced understanding on challenges and opportunities associated with the processes of globalization and development. It is also designed to expose the participants to the growing complexities of global economic issues and negotiations and to build their analytical skills to deal with them. In this year’s programme, conducted from 13 February-10 March 2017, 33 participants from 25 countries took part.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The participants enthusiastically engaged in technical sessions and group discussions. They identified critical areas to deliberate upon and eventually come up with status papers highlighting regional and global contexts and country experiences.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Based on individual areas of expertise and inclination, they formed five thematic groups. This report comprises of contributions from each group:</div><ul><li>Drivers and Experience of Regional Integration in Asia and Africa</li><li>South-South Cooperation: Select Country Experiences</li><li>Financing for Development: Developing Countries’ Perspectives</li><li>Economic Growth of Developing Countries in the Globalization Context:&nbsp; Lessons from some Developing Countries</li><li>SDGs in Post-Truth: Do SDGs Matter for Developing Countries?</li></ul><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div>

28 Mar 2017 12:16:17 GMT

Balancing coal mining and conservation in South-West Ethiopia

<div>Ethiopia is confronted by the challenges of a growing population and a diminishing natural resources base. The country’s economic growth has relied heavily on agriculture, but progress in this sector has been hampered by the lack of access to agricultural inputs like fertiliser. Ethiopia has devised a range of development strategies for meeting agricultural and energy needs through the extraction of coal resources.<br /><br /></div><div>Exploiting the considerable coal deposits found in Ethiopia’s south-western Afromontane forests would produce coal phosphate fertiliser and electricity in the coming decades. However, the forests are sites of exceptional biodiversity. With these conflicting interests in an area of high biodiversity, Ethiopia now faces pressure from competing uses of forestland, forcing the government to identify ecologically and economically feasible approaches to reconcile biodiversity conservation and coal extraction.</div>

28 Mar 2017 11:09:37 GMT

Civil society’s role in shaping Zimbabwe’s diamond governance

<div>Zimbabwe confirmed that alluvial diamonds had been discovered in the Marange area in Mutare District in 2006. However, as in many otherAfrican countries, the promise diamond mining holds for economic growth has been eroded by a lack of transparency and accountability. The country’s diamond sector has been bedevilled by smuggling, opaque licensing, human rights abuses, self-enrichment by executives and public officials, and extremely limited accrual of diamond revenues to the fiscus, among others. Civil society monitoring and lobbying at local, national and international levels has played a critical role in improving the governance of Zimbabwe’s diamond sector.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This briefing highlights the actions civil society has taken to promote transparency and accountability in Zimbabwe’s diamond sector. It concludes that civil society has contributed significantly towards better diamond sector governance in Zimbabwe in the last 10 years. It has also helped to broaden the view of what constitute conflict diamonds among international bodies such as the Kimberley Process (KP) Certification Scheme, the World Diamond Council (WDC) and the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB).</div>

28 Mar 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Patterns and drivers of internal migration among youth in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam

<div>There is general consensus in literature on migration that migrants are primarily young people. During the transition to adulthood, young people make important choices regarding education, labour force participation, and family formation.<br /><br /></div><div>Using a unique panel dataset on youth born in 1994-95 in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam, this working paper investigates how life-course transitions to adulthood relate to patterns and predictors of internal migration in low- and middle-income countries. It documents patterns on prevalence, frequency, timing, reasons and streams of migration, employment at destination, subjective well-being, and migration aspirations. <br /><br />The paper then describes the factors associated with young men and women’s decision to migrate, and the reasons for migrating. The results suggest that there is a significant share of migrants between 15 and 19 years old across all four countries, and they are very likely to move more than once. In all countries, migrants are more likely to move after the school-age years, between ages 17 and 18.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These patterns on frequency and timing of moves provide new evidence that young individuals migrate very often even before having finished school, which is key to understanding educational performance. The patterns on the reasons for moving provide evidence that young people move for a variety of reasons that go beyond the economic-related: family formation and family reunion are also important motives for migrating, especially in the studied age range. The migration streams presented show that these youth do not necessarily follow rural-urban migration as it is generalised in literature, and they shed light on the dynamics of the less studied rural-rural migration. The results suggest that at this age, migration is a household strategy: although migrants do not necessarily contribute remittances to their previous household, they are often receiving them from their caregiver.</div><div><br />Choices made during the transition to adulthood shape young people’s migration patterns, and migrants are therefore a very heterogeneous group as there are systematic differences in their characteristics depending on their reasons for moving. This is important because understanding this puts us in a better position to propose more effective policies that target young migrants’ well-being in developing countries.</div>

28 Mar 2017 10:25:53 GMT

Indigenous participation in resource development: a paradigm shift

<div>Indigenous Peoples as a demographic are amongst the poorest and most marginalized on the planet. Many have been displaced and exist in territories where extreme conditions make sustainable economic development challenging, with infrastructure, water and energy costlyand unstable. Often, traditional ways of life are no longer able to get them out of the poverty which they face. Government programs to a large degree have proven ineffective and can serve to perpetuate the inequality and marginalization that persists. As a result, many communities have looked elsewhere for solutions. While the old paradigm in resource development at best did little to close the gap in territorial inequality of these marginalized communities, new tools are emerging that are developed through community participation, rooted in collaboration and empowerment. Resource development today more than ever before presents opportunities for both sides to enrich each other’s lives and that of the global collective.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Resource development exists in some of the most remote parts of the globe, often alongside Indigenous Peoples. It brings with it billions of dollars in investment, jobs, business opportunities, programs and attention to often times forgot regions of the world. While successful examples of resource development bridging the inequality gap have historically been few and far between, instead fostering a slew of socialand environmental problems and perpetuating inequality, we are seeing more and more success stories. Resource development, if done right, can transform societies even the poorest economies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This paper will suggest that through Indigenous participation in resource development, a new model based on true collaboration is born which can be a powerful solution to territorial inequality. This paper will look at new opportunities and models in resource development that can serve to empower communities and reduce inequality through best practice examples and case studies from the Canadian context and the potentials that exist elsewhere, particularly in Latin America. It will highlight factors that have been seen to exacerbate the problematique such as land rights, resettlement and the environment. Lastly, it will look at regions which have proactively developed and implemented regional development strategies around mining such as Northwest Territories (NWT), in areas of historically marginalized Indigenous groups, using mining to transform territorial inequality into a competitive edge.</div>

28 Mar 2017 03:47:42 GMT

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Blogs and articles related to environment

Read what OECD bloggers have to say about topics as varied as air pollution, biodiversity, climate, environmental policies, green growth, investment, waste and water. Join the discussion on our latest blog: Can green bonds fuel the low-carbon transition?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:02:00 GMT

Korea needs to put green growth vision into action

Korea has improved access to environmental services and become a world leader in climate change mitigation technology.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Estonia should reduce its oil shale reliance for greener growth

Estonia needs to move faster to reduce its dependence on oil shale so it can advance towards a greener economy and reduce air pollution and waste generation, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Network on Agricultural Total Factor Productivity and the Environment

The OECD Network on Agricultural Total Factor Productivity and the Environment convenes experts from relevant countries to facilitate dialogue and, where possible, co-operative research efforts that aim to develop a better framework for cross-country total factor productivity comparisons.

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:03:00 GMT

Finance and productivity: A literature review

This paper surveys a broad range of studies and highlights the main findings of the empirical literature regarding business finance and productivity.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:46:00 GMT

Finance and productivity: A literature review

This paper surveys a broad range of studies and highlights the main findings of the empirical literature regarding business finance and productivity.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:34:00 GMT

Pollution havens? Energy prices are not key drivers of offshoring

New evidence on the effect of energy prices on outward FDI can provide some reassurance in light of concerns about Pollution Havens.

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:26:00 GMT

Green investment banks

To leverage the impact of relatively limited public resources, over a dozen national and sub-national governments have created public green investment banks (GIBs) and GIB-like entities.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:23:00 GMT

Call for Papers: Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

The Fifth GGKP Annual Conference will be hosted by the World Bank on the topic of sustainable infrastructure, to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant.The scientific committee therefore calls for contributions on any aspect of the infrastructure agenda, particularly for developing countries, with a focus on sustainability. Deadline for preliminary versions by 15 June 2017.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:06:00 GMT

Pesca y acuicultura en Colombia

Este informe preparado por la OCDE apoya la revisión de Colombia asumida por el comité de pesca de la OCDE como parte del proceso de acceso de Colombia a la OCDE. Esta es la traducción al español del reporte original.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:59:00 GMT

Malaysia’s economic success story and challenges

Malaysia has sustained over four decades of rapid, inclusive growth, reducing its dependence on agriculture and commodity exports to become a more diversified, modern and open economy.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:26:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

Read our latest December edition and all previous issues of the newsletter. The December issue draws your attention to the OECD work on Mainstreaming Biodiversity, highlights recent Green Growth news such as the launch of GGKP’s BIG-E Database and Georgia’s adherence to the OECD Green Growth Declaration. It also highlights the OECD’s most recent publications.

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:18:00 GMT

Increased investment in renewable energy is key to spur sustainable growth in Emerging Asia

Despite a challenging global environment, the growth prospects of Emerging Asia (Southeast Asia, China and India) remain robust over the medium term, according to the latest edition of the OECD Development Centre’s Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India.

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:00:00 GMT

Georgia adheres to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth

There are now 45 Adherents to the 2009 OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Georgia has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the Declaration.

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:58:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2016

This year's Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) focuses on the theme “Urban green growth, spatial planning and land-use”. Land use and spatial planning policies have implications for both the environment and the economy. Overall, consideration will be given to the potential for regional, rural and urban policy to contribute to green growth.

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:32:00 GMT

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The Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award – Economic Club of Minnesota

The OECD Secretary-General spoke to the Economic Club of Minnesota about what must be done to make the trade system that has benefited so many work for everyone.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT

Towards a Better Globalisation: How Germany can respond to the critics

Citizens in many countries are expressing dissatisfaction with how they believe trade, technology and immigration are affecting their daily lives. While much of this discontent can be traced back to the global economic crisis, its root causes are more complex. What can be done at the Global, European and German level?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:40:00 GMT

One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake

Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications hardware weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2016

G20 merchandise trade growth picks up in Q4 2016

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:28:00 GMT

Forthcoming release of new Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) data in 2017/2018

In Q1 2017 there will be a "light" update of the TiVA/ICIO introducing two new countries, Morocco and Peru and in Q1 2018 a "major" update will occur.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:05:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2016

G20 merchandise trade growth remains sluggish in Q3 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:25:00 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.

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:49:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the signature of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA)

“I congratulate Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on the signature of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). The deal comes at a crucial time when slowing trade growth and low investment are contributing to the weakness of the global economy.

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:36:00 GMT

Green shoots of recovery in entrepreneurship beginning to appear

The post-crisis recovery in entrepreneurial activity remains mixed across countries, but new data released today by the OECD provides tentative signs of a turning point, with trends in enterprise creation rates pointing upwards in most economies.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2016

G20 merchandise trade in Q2 2016 shows first modest growth since early 2014

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:25:00 GMT

OECD Workshop on Greening Regional Trade Agreements: Opportunities and Insights from International Experience

The OECD will convene its 6th Workshop on Regional trade agreements and the environment on 10 June 2016, at the OECD Headquarters. The focus of the workshop will be on chapters of regional trade agreement (RTAs) that are concerned mainly with issues other than the environment, such as market access, investment, or government procurement, TBT, regulatory coherence or dispute settlement.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:03:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2016

Slowdown in global merchandise trade accelerates in Q1 2016

Tue, 31 May 2016 08:32:00 GMT

Business brief: The ascendancy of digital trade: A new world order?

We are so used to all things digital that we can sometimes lose sight of just how enormous the phenomenon has become, and how disruptive it can be.

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:37:00 GMT

World trade: Why ministers must act

Creeping protectionism is alive and well. Last year’s monitoring report on trade for the G20 reminded us that of the nearly 1,500 trade-restrictive measures imposed by G20 countries since 2008, fewer than 400 have been removed. The stock of these barriers continues to grow, despite a pledge by the G20 to reduce protectionism.

Wed, 25 May 2016 18:48:00 GMT

Multiplication of Environmental Labelling and Information Schemes (ELIS): Implications for Environment and Trade - Environment Working Paper

This report explores potential effects of the recent rapid growth in Environmental Labelling Information Schemes (ELIS) around the world, with a focus on the implications of ELIS multiplication for environmental effectiveness and international trade.

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:26:00 GMT

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Employment

Country Director, DRC - CARE USA

<ul> <li>Are you looking for a challenging, fascinating role in one of world&rsquo;s most highly regarded International NGOs?</li> <li>Are you good at building teams, managing change, and networking and new business development?</li> <li>Do you have in-country experience and a sound understanding of the historical, economic, humanitarian and political context of the DRC?</li> <li>You will need to be bilingual in French and English and have the ability to communicate effectively across a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.</li> </ul> <p>If so read on &ndash; this is a life-changing opportunity for the right person, where you could make a real difference by improving the lives of the poor and most vulnerable.</p> <p>CARE has worked globally for over 70 years, saving lives, defeating poverty and achieving social justice. They put women and girls at the centre because they know that they cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.</p> <p>The Country Director will be based in Kinshasa, and will be CARE&rsquo;s senior representative in the DRC. You will lead a senior management team and be able to motivate and develop your staff.</p> <p>You will be responsible for managing emergency programming and operations, establishing partnerships with donors and government, working for a complex and challenging region.</p> <p>Donors include USIAD, DFID, Norway, The Netherlands and a number of foundations.</p> <p>There is huge potential but there are also major unresolved issues &ndash; which are culturally and politically very sensitive &ndash; with many difficulties to overcome.</p> <h2>Salary</h2> <p><strong>$110,000 per annum, plus international allowances</strong></p> <h2>Person Specification</h2> <p><strong>Essential Experience</strong></p> <ul> <li>Six to eight years in a senior management position in development field, more than eight years of experience desirable.</li> <li>Experience and knowledge of working in the DRC</li> <li>Bilingual &ndash; English and French</li> <li>Strategic and operational management:</li> <li>Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning;</li> <li>Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis;</li> <li>Demonstrated management skills in a complex international setting.</li> <li>People/relationship management</li> <li>Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership and interpersonal skills;</li> <li>Strong human resource management skills including capacity building, coaching and conflict management;</li> <li>Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting;</li> <li>Demonstrated interest in and ability to give feedback to, develop, motivate and lead a diverse team to achieve results;</li> <li>Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments.</li> <li>Financial management</li> <li>Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by ability to:</li> <li>Manage a complex budget;</li> <li>Effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations;</li> <li>Ensure donor compliance and reporting.</li> <li>Information/ knowledge management</li> <li>Ability to establish a learning culture within the CO and to facilitate knowledge sharing across CARE.</li> <li>External relationships / fundraising</li> <li>Experience in successfully managing various forms of partnerships with national and international NGOs, etc;</li> <li>Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts;</li> <li>Strong representation, influencing and negotiation skills.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Desirable experience</strong></p> <ul> <li>Demonstrated experience in programme design, implementation and evaluation;</li> <li>Experience of managing emergencies;</li> <li>Experience and knowledge of operationalising a rights-based approach;</li> <li>Experience in development of programme support systems and operational procedures;</li> <li>Demonstrated experience with proposal development with a range of international donors (i.e. USAID, EU, DFID, CIDA);</li> <li>Experience and skills in leading organisational change processes.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Qualifications/ Education</strong></p> <ul> <li>Required: Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in related field;</li> <li>Desired: Master&rsquo;s Degree in related field.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Additional Requirements</strong></p> <ul> <li>Expected to travel 30% of the time.</li> </ul> <h2>Application Instructions</h2> <p>To apply for this post,&nbsp;<strong>please access&nbsp;<a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-director-drc/#page">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-director-drc/#page</a>&nbsp;and follow the instructions on the page.</strong></p>

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:37:07 GMT

Technical Advisor/Disease & vector control

<h3 class="title">Company Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of advisors works with local partners to equip communities and businesses with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Several international donors fund our programmes. SNV has a +100 million euro annual turnover and is aiming for further growth.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Job Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV will be tendering for a donor funded programme in Uganda, which is expected to start around September 2017.</span></p> <p><span>The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is to contribute to a competitive, profitable, job-intensive, gender-responsive and environmentally-sustainable agricultural sector in Uganda, in order to alleviate poverty and improve food and nutrition security. In addition the project aims to use a holistic value chain approach in the targeted geographical areas, to leverage an increase in the overall performance (in terms of production volume, quality, value addition, increased employment and environmental sustainability) of the Ugandan meat value-chain.</span></p> <p><span>The purpose is to support both the public and the private sector, with a focus on smallholders and small beef-related agribusiness, to work together towards promotion of an environmentally-sustainable, climate-resilient, low-emission, local and regional meat industry - which respects as far as possible animal welfare practices and is responsive to the different needs of women and men, mainly in terms of food security, nutrition, and social welfare.</span></p> <p><span>The Technical Advisor/disease &amp; vector control and regulatory issues will work closely with the CTA and National project Coordinator, (s)he will act as their counterpart at the PMU, Livestock Management &amp; Research Institutions, Local Authorities, Private Sector, livestock keeping communities &amp; associations, the TA team members, and other relevant stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the project. (S)he will ensure effective planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the programme activities and provide overall technical guidance, capacity building, quality controls and information to the PMU staff, implementing partners, and local governments. In addition, the TA will ensure the relevance, quality and sustainability of all capacity building actions, and support to project field operations.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Qualifications</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <ul> <li><span>A University degree in veterinary sciences or a relevant, directly related technical field, or equivalent</span></li> <li>Good team management, interpersonal, facilitation and networking skills</li> <li>Good communication skills in written and spoken English and proven ability to draft high quality reports and communication notes</li> <li>Fully computer literate</li> <li>The TA is expected to have at least 10 years' experience in project implementation, of which at least 5 in a senior management position, leading teams of at least 10 persons.</li> <li>Exposed to EDF procedures or similar procedures of other development agencies proven project implementation, monitoring and reporting skills.</li> <li>Worked in or with private sector, local governments, communities and NGOs, and is conversant with their workings and challenges.</li> <li>The TA has experience in issues concerning disease and vector control and regulatory issues in commercial beef/meat or livestock systems.</li> </ul> </div> <h3 class="title">Additional Information</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>The intended start date is 1 September 2017 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 52 months from this date.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a highly professional and diverse working environment. For more information, please visit our website: www.snvworld.org</span></p> <p>Please send in your CV and application letter before&nbsp;<span>03</span><span>-05-2017</span></p> </div>

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:52:39 GMT

Technical Advisor/Production

<h3 class="title">Company Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of advisors works with local partners to equip communities and businesses with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Several international donors fund our programmes. SNV has a +100 million euro annual turnover and is aiming for further growth.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Job Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV will be tendering for a donor funded programme in Uganda, which is expected to start around September 2017.</span></p> <p><span>The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is to contribute to a competitive, profitable, job-intensive, gender-responsive and environmentally-sustainable agricultural sector in Uganda, in order to alleviate poverty and improve food and nutrition security. In addition the project aims to use a holistic value chain approach in the targeted geographical areas, to leverage an increase in the overall performance (in terms of production volume, quality, value addition, increased employment and environmental sustainability) of the Ugandan meat value-chain.</span></p> <p><span>The purpose is to support both the public and the private sector, with a focus on smallholders and small beef-related agribusiness, to work together towards promotion of an environmentally-sustainable, climate-resilient, low-emission, local and regional meat industry - which respects as far as possible animal welfare practices and is responsive to the different needs of women and men, mainly in terms of food security, nutrition, and social welfare.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>The Technical Advisor/Production will work closely with the CTA and National project Coordinator as their counterpart at the PMU, Livestock Management &amp; Research Institutions, Local Authorities, Private Sector, livestock keeping communities &amp; associations, the TA team members, and other relevant stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the project. (S)he will ensure effective planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the programme activities and provide overall technical guidance, capacity building, quality controls and information to the PMU staff, implementing partners, and local governments. In addition, the TA will ensure the relevance, quality and sustainability of all capacity building actions, and support to project field operations.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3 class="title">Qualifications</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <ul> <li><span>A University degree in agriculture/veterinary sciences/livestock management or a relevant, directly related technical field, or equivalent</span></li> <li><span>Good team management, interpersonal, facilitation and networking skills</span></li> <li><span>Good communication skills in written and spoken English and proven ability to draft&nbsp;</span>high quality reports and communication notes</li> <li>Fully computer literate.</li> <li><span>The TA is expected to have at least 10 years' experience in project implementation, of&nbsp;</span>which at least 5 in a senior management position, leading teams of at least 10 persons.</li> <li> <p><span>Exposed to EDF procedures or similar procedures of other development agencies&nbsp;</span>proven project implementation, monitoring and reporting skills.</p> </li> <li> <p>The TA has experience in production issues concerning commercial beef/meat or livestock systems.</p> </li> <li> <p>Worked in or with private sector, local governments, communities and NGOs, and is conversant with their workings and challenges.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <h3 class="title">Additional Information</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>The intended start date is 1 September 2017 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 52 months from this date.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a highly professional and diverse working environment. For more information, please visit our website: www.snvworld.org</span></p> <p>Please send in your CV and application letter before&nbsp;<span>03</span><span>-05-2017</span></p> </div>

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:51:41 GMT

Team Leader Strategic Planning & Budgetting

<h3 class="title">Company Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of advisors works with local partners to equip communities and businesses with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Several international donors fund our programmes. SNV has a +100 million euro annual turnover and is aiming for further growth.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Job Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV will be tendering for a donor funded programme in Rwanda, which is expected to start around September 2017.The overall objective of the project is to support the implementation of the government's economic development and poverty reduction strategy, thereby contributing to poverty eradication and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth.</span></p> <p><span>The purpose is to support the institutions in charge of the agriculture reform, particularly the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources Government of Rwanda and related implementing bodies, through technical assistance, skill transfer and capacity development in planning and implementing the agriculture sector strategy, and in particular its contribution to the food and nutrition security of households, broad-based agriculture value chain development, and the sustainable, climate smart, efficient and effective use of land and water resources.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Qualifications</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <ul> <li><span>Graduate or Post-graduate Degree in Agronomy or Agricultural Economy or Public.</span></li> <li><span>Administration or equivalent professional experience of at least 5 years.</span></li> <li><span>At least 12 years professional working experience in assisting, advising or implementing policy-based strategic planning in the agriculture sector</span></li> <li>6 years professional working experience in supporting institutional reforms in the agricultural sector.</li> <li>At least 3 years professional working experience as team leader.</li> <li><span>Experience with assisting, advising or evaluating agriculture sector budget support Programs.</span></li> <li><span>Similar experience in different African countries.</span></li> <li><span>Working experience in supporting fiscal decentralization in the agriculture sector.</span></li> <li><span>Working experience in implementing reforms of public finance management.</span></li> <li><span>Experience with the framework of upstream PFM in Rwanda</span></li> <li>At least C-1 level proficiency in English</li> <li>At least B-2 level proficiency in French.</li> </ul> </div> <h3 class="title">Additional Information</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>The intended start date is 1 September 2017 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 48 months from this date.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a highly professional and diverse working environment. For more information, please visit our website: www.snvworld.org</span></p> <p>Please send in your CV and application letter before 30<span>-04-2017</span></p> </div>

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:50:31 GMT

Country Director - Jordan

<p>Overview:<br />War Child UK works with children whose lives are affected by conflict and who live with a<br />combination of poverty, exclusion and insecurity. This includes children who have been<br />displaced by armed conflict, street children, child headed households, children conscripted<br />into armed groups, and children in conflict with the law. Our mission is to support and improve<br />the care and protection of vulnerable children whose lives have been disrupted by conflict.<br />We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war.<br />War Child UK has worked in Jordan since early 2013 working with partners to support<br />improvements in child protection and education, and is registered with the Ministry of Social<br />Development. Our programmes are focussed on the needs of children and their families who<br />have been displaced from the conflict in Syria, both in refugee camp and host community<br />settings. As the war in Syria enters its sixth year, the prolonged humanitarian crisis shows<br />no sign of abating. War Child has scaled up its programmes over the past two years, and we<br />now have a staff team of over 60 in Jordan, with 5 local partners, a 2017 budget of almost &pound;2<br />million, and a projected reach of up to 20,000 children, young people and their caregivers.<br />Purpose of Post:<br />We are recruiting a new Country Director to lead the team, build the programme and continue<br />the strong focus on innovation, advocacy and quality. The programme works with donors such<br />as the IKEA Foundation and is pursuing innovative programme interventions around tablet<br />War Child<br />Job Description &amp; Person Specification<br />based learning and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD). We have a close<br />funding and programme relationship with our sister agency War Child Holland, and our new<br />CD will participate in the journey to combine the two agencies&rsquo; international programmes under<br />one global structure.<br />You will have experience of leading and motivating teams in unstable environments, excellent<br />knowledge of regional politics and development trends, and a strong track record in resource<br />mobilisation and effectively managing organisational growth whilst ensuring programme<br />quality. You will demonstrate experience of building programmes with a focus on<br />accountability, and evidence of connecting programmes to wider advocacy agendas. Our CD<br />will represent War Child at the highest levels with donors, national authorities and agency<br />counterparts.<br />Key Responsibilities:<br />&bull; Team leadership: Lead the SMT, building a culture of shared responsibility. Ensure team<br />wellbeing and effective performance management<br />&bull; Representation: Ensure effective high level networking, profile and representation with<br />local and national authorities, donors and peer agencies.<br />&bull; Partner liaison: Work with national partners to achieve shared programme objectives<br />and build strong and accountable partnerships<br />&bull; Financial Management: Ensure rigorous financial and administrative management:<br />supply UK Finance Department with grant management and expenditure information in an<br />accurate manner on a monthly basis.<br />&bull; Security Management: Effectively manage all staff security within the guidelines of<br />security SOPs.<br />&bull; Child Safeguarding: Ensuring compliance by all staff and partners with WCUK&rsquo;s Child<br />Protection Policy and providing training to staff and partner staff when needed.<br />&bull; Programme Development: Participatory programme planning and development, in line<br />with WCUK&rsquo;s organizational strategy and programme quality vison, as well as<br />development of new proposals and liaising with in-country donors.<br />&bull; Grant Management, and Donor Compliance: Ensure timely quality reporting to donors<br />and compliance with donor requirements.<br />&bull; Reporting: Ensure adherence to organisational requirements, including child<br />safeguarding policy, minimum standards for quality programme cycle management and<br />regular programme reporting.<br />&bull; Fundraising: Contribute to efforts to identify and secure in-country funding from Jordan<br />based donors, and providing Programme Development Coordinators with the information<br />necessary to help develop proposals and report to donors, in line with donor schedules.<br />Provide final country level approval of concept papers, proposals and budgets.<br />A) JOB SPECIFICATION: TASK AND RESPONSIBILITES:<br />Programme Oversight and Risk Management<br />&bull; Ensure the complete monthly functioning of the Senior Management Team in order to<br />regularly review and mitigate programmatic, financial, security and HR risks, and make<br />high level decisions. Utilise the structure as an effective management tool. Share SMT<br />notes and updates risk registers with the London team.<br />&bull; Oversee the (re)development of the Jordan strategy, working closely with the Head of<br />Programmes to ensure it is a transparent and bottom up approach to strategy<br />development.<br />&bull; Support the WCUK team in Jordan to implement programmes as per grants<br />requirements and compliance, delivering and reporting of projects on time, on budget<br />and to the required standard<br />&bull; Ensure capacity building initiatives are built into projects working with local partner<br />organisations, and ensure learning and best practice is shared and developed. This<br />will evolve to include partnership management and transferred learning<br />&bull; Respond to any issues affecting the effective implementation of programmes in the<br />field, as requested by the Head of Programmes.<br />&bull; Develop, in consultation with the Head of Programmes and the local programme team,<br />a national advocacy strategy to draw grass-roots participation in projects with national<br />and international lobbying coordinated in the UK<br />&bull; Oversee internal and external evaluations of WCUK projects in Jordan, using these as<br />opportunities to elicit and document achievements, challenges, learning and<br />opportunities<br />Programme Development, Programme Quality and Fundraising<br />&bull; Ensure that a culture of learning, accountability and technical standards supports the<br />continual improvement of programme quality<br />&bull; Provide high level inputs into time frames and budgets as well as development of new<br />concept papers and liaison with in-country donors<br />&bull; Undertake programme planning and development in line with WCUK&rsquo;s organisational<br />strategy<br />&bull; Mobilise the support of government, NGO and community stakeholders, including<br />development of fundraising strategies in country with submission of proposals that<br />have to be signed-off by the London office<br />&bull; Work closely with the Head of Programmes, to develop and implement programmes in<br />consultation with all staff and stakeholders, in line with the Programmes Directorate<br />strategy, programme cycle management, country plan, and in accordance with War<br />Child&rsquo;s Programme Quality vision<br />&bull; Support the Head of Programmes and Programme Funding Coordinator (Asia/Middle<br />East) as required with input and information to assist with writing donor proposals, on<br />time and to the required standard.<br />&bull; Sign off and submit concept notes ensuring compliance with donor requirements and<br />synergy with strategic outputs<br />&bull; Review and approve narrative and financial donor reports in a timely manner with<br />feedback from Operations Team in the UK and sign-off from the Programmes Director<br />&bull; Negotiate grants and partnership agreements with in-country donors<br />&bull; Input into the &lsquo;Go/No-Go&rsquo; process linked to funding opportunities, to ensure<br />opportunities align to War Child&rsquo;s organisational strategy<br />&bull; Maintain strong oversight of budget costs to ensure they are realistic and provide good<br />coverage against staffing gaps.<br />Partner liaison<br />&bull; Work with the Programmes and HR team to ensure effective management and support<br />to local partners.<br />&bull; Lead on the management of compliance and child safeguarding related issues with<br />partners.<br />&bull; Work proactively to build relationships with War Child Holland and War Child Canada<br />colleagues, including but not limited to, the WCH Research team, Innovation team,<br />and the WCC Country Director in Amman.<br />Financial Management<br />&bull; Comply fully with War Child&rsquo;s finance policies and procedures and provide the Finance<br />Directorate (HQ, London) with financial requests and expenditure information reports<br />in an accurate manner on a monthly basis. Ensure final approval of all BVAs prior to<br />submission and be fully engaged with monthly BVA meetings to maintain strong<br />oversight of spend rates.<br />&bull; Ensure all expenditure is authorised and in line with the programme and project<br />budgets.<br />&bull; Maintain strong oversight of unrestricted budget allocations and expenditure, raising<br />any potential gaps above the annual unrestricted allowance to the Programmes<br />Director, with reasoning.<br />&bull; Ensure full compliance to donor standards; in particular, ensure time writing is<br />effectively implemented across the organisation to ensure accurate charging of staff<br />time on grants.<br />&bull; Work with the Finance team to ensure supporting documentation for all financial<br />transactions is according to WCUK internal rules and donor regulations.<br />Security Management<br />&bull; Responsible for ensuring compliance of security protocols within the team, and<br />maintain oversight of the country-security context at the tactical level<br />&bull; Report and record incidents to the UK-based Security Coordinator in liaison with the<br />Logistics + Security Manager in country.<br />&bull; Update at least annually and/or whenever appropriate, security and evacuation plans<br />in liaison with the UK-based Security Coordinator and Jordan-based Logistics and<br />Security Manager.<br />&bull; Ensure all national staff and visiting staff comply fully with WCUK&rsquo;s security policy and<br />procedures. Act as the primary security focal point during visits. Security is nonnegotiable<br />and overrides programme considerations.<br />Child Safeguarding<br />&bull; Responsible for managing organisational child safeguarding within the Jordan<br />Programme, including ensuring observance of child safeguarding guidelines by the<br />local team<br />&bull; Comply fully with WCUK&rsquo;s Child Safeguarding Policy.<br />&bull; Report all child safeguarding incidents to the Programmes Director and Child<br />Protection Officer (HQ, London), linking with the child safeguarding focal point in the<br />Jordan office.<br />&bull; Ensure, through the HR Manager, that all new staff are provided with induction training<br />on WCUK&rsquo;s Child Safeguarding policy and procedures, and sign the Child<br />Safeguarding policy. Ensure all staff receive annual refresher training on WCUK&rsquo;s<br />Child Safeguarding policy and procedures<br />Grant Management, Reporting and Donor Compliance<br />&bull; Provide final sign off on donor narrative and financial reports and ensure timely<br />submission of reports to HQ for review, and finally to the donor.<br />&bull; Facilitate visits to project sites by donor representatives and other War Child<br />representatives.<br />&bull; Fully communicate deadlines on all projects to ensure roles and responsibilities of<br />team members from different departments are clear ahead of reporting deadlines.<br />&bull; Maintain regular contact with the Head of Programmes to jointly review risks related to<br />donor compliance and effective grant management. Jointly develop mitigation<br />strategies.<br />&bull; Ensure adherence to organisational requirements, including regular programme<br />reporting.<br />&bull; Record quarterly reach figures for each project to submit to Programmes<br />Director/MEAL counterparts.<br />Communication and Representation<br />&bull; Represent the organisation to key donors, diplomats, multilateral organisations,<br />journalists and visitors.<br />&bull; Act as the high level focal point with Ministry officials predominantly Ministry of<br />Education and Ministry of Social development representatives. Ensure effective<br />negotiation and resolution of key challenges related to implementing programmes in<br />partnership with government agencies.<br />&bull; Ensure full participation on a monthly basis in the Jordan INGO Forum, of which WCUK<br />is a member.<br />&bull; Represent WCUK in external network meetings, to donors and government officials.<br />&bull; Provide interviews and articles representing WCUK&rsquo;s work in Jordan, as requested.<br />&bull; Circulate and inform staff of WCUK&rsquo;s communications strategy and external<br />messaging.<br />Human Resources and Team Management<br />&bull; Be overall responsible for the implementation of HR policies and procedures in Jordan<br />and ensure they comply with WCUK&rsquo;s HR policies and practices.<br />&bull; Develop and update HR and other related policies as required<br />&bull; Lead on the development of the organisational structure in Jordan as required, in<br />liaison with the UK HR team and Programmes colleagues.<br />&bull; Engage fully with staff initiatives, surveys and reviews. Work with external consultants<br />as required when working on salary scale reviews and other initiatives.<br />&bull; Line management of team of diverse local staff and expatriate staff conducting regular<br />supervision and support. This will include local and distance management of<br />geographically separate teams and overseeing the management of relationships with<br />local partner organisations.<br />&bull; Maintain learning and competency development amongst staff and partners through<br />identification of individual learning objectives, institution of regular training<br />programmes and competencies assessments.<br />&bull; Lead the recruitment and orientation of new local and international staff members.<br />&bull; Conduct/oversee all annual appraisals and quarterly supervision of all staff working<br />under the Jordan programme.<br />&bull; Work with the HR Manager to address HR issues including but not limited to staff<br />underperformance, cases of gross misconduct and legal challenges.<br />&bull; Ensure, through the HR Manager, all HR policies and practices are in line with local<br />labour laws.<br />B) PERSON SPECIFICATION &ndash; ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:<br />The Programmes Team is looking for a dynamic team builder who can engage the staff and<br />partners to build protective environments for children. He or she must have strong programme<br />management skills and can lead a team in a challenging operational environment.<br />Experience:<br />&bull; Significant experience of managing:<br />- Child protection, education and livelihoods projects<br />- Combining direct service delivery, capacity building, and advocacy<br />- Through direct implementation and partnerships with state and non-state actors<br />- In conflict-affected countries<br />&bull; Team leadership and management<br />&bull; The ability to think and manage strategically<br />&bull; Rigorous budget expenditure management<br />&bull; Sound knowledge of participatory approaches<br />&bull; Research and development<br />&bull; Development and management of partnerships with state and non-state actors<br />&bull; Capacity building state and non-state actors<br />&bull; Security management<br />&bull; Risk management<br />&bull; Excellent IT skills<br />&bull; Demonstrable successful track record in securing funding from institutional donors and<br />grant reporting<br />&bull; Grant management and reporting &ndash; experience of working on EC funded projects<br />would be an advantage<br />&bull; Setting up monitoring and evaluation systems, including the use of logical frameworks<br />Education:<br />&bull; Master&rsquo;s Degree in Humanitarian Studies, International Development, Social Work,<br />Psychology or related fields.<br />Legal:<br />&bull; Eligible to work in Jordan and travel to the countries in which War Child operates.<br />&bull; Clean driver&rsquo;s license<br />Competencies (Soft Skills):<br />&bull; Proactive<br />&bull; Excellent analytical skills with a systematic approach and an eye for detail<br />&bull; An effective problem solver<br />&bull; Measured and responsive<br />&bull; A self-starter<br />&bull; A good listener and thoughtful with excellent interpersonal skills<br />&bull; Sensitive to the diverse needs of a diverse team, while being able to take effective<br />decisions and negotiate commitment to them in the face of disagreement<br />&bull; Ability to be administratively self-sufficient and work in challenging operational<br />environment and a small, dynamic organisation with limited resources<br />&bull; Effective negotiator and diplomatic<br />&bull; Transparent and accountable<br />&bull; Willingness and ability to travel to War Child country programmes<br />&bull; Commitment to War Child&rsquo;s aims, values and mission<br />&bull; Proficiency in Arabic is desirable.<br />Desirable Criteria:<br />&bull; Experience and knowledge of working on projects assisting survivors of sexual<br />violence<br />&bull; Experience of working in Jordan or related country<br />&bull; Experience in the delivery and supervision of child protection or GBV projects in conflict<br />and post conflict environments<br />C) CONTRACT TERMS<br />Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week over 5 days (full-time)<br />Probation: 6 months<br />Start date: 10 July 2017<br />Travel: Within Jordan as required, occasional visits to region and UK.<br />Salary: &pound;47,696 &ndash; &pound;51,923 per annum (dependent on experience);<br />Plus 40 USD (Per Diem/Daily living allowance) when in country of post<br />Leave: 30 days per annum pro rata<br />Pension: Contribution to private pension of 5% of gross salary<br />Other: As defined in standard War Child contract terms<br />Application process<br />&bull; Download the War Child application form from https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are.<br />All applications must reach recruitment@warchild.org.uk by 07 May 2017. Please note<br />CVs will not be accepted.<br />&bull; Due to limited resources, War Child HR will contact only the shortlisted candidates<br />&bull; First round interviews will be held on w/c 15 May 2017.<br />&bull; Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of 3 favourable written references, (from your<br />most recent employer, any other previous employer and a character reference). War Child<br />reserves the right to call the referees, in case clarification is required post the receipt of<br />complete reference forms.<br />&bull; The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a DBS Police check and/or<br />international police check, a medical check for overseas travel purposes, be compliant and<br />sign up to War Child&rsquo;s Child Safeguarding Policy prior to a final offer being made.</p>

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:36:34 GMT

Training Assistant vacancy - INTRAC

<div> <h2>Location</h2> </div> <p>Central Oxford, UK.</p> <div> <h2>Reporting to</h2> </div> <p>Training Manager, working closely with the Training Team and other INTRAC staff.</p> <div> <h2>Salary</h2> </div> <p>&pound;19,500 (&pound;11,700 pro rata)</p> <div> <h2>Hours/days per week</h2> </div> <p>Part-time: 22.5 hours a week. We can offer flexible hours.</p> <div> <h2>Summary</h2> </div> <p>An exciting opportunity has opened up for the role of Training Assistant in INTRAC&rsquo;s Training Team. Training is one of INTRAC&rsquo;s core services. The Training Assistant is a key post that focuses primarily on coordinating the day-to-day running of the online and face-to-face open training. This is a great opportunity for someone who has an interest in learning, HR, training and administration and looking to begin a career in international development.</p> <div> <h2>About the role</h2> </div> <p align="left">One of INTRAC&rsquo;s core services is training: face-to-face (open) training in the UK, e-learning, and tailor-made training that we offer to civil society organisations globally. The Training Assistant is a key post that provides administrative and logistic support for the services.</p> <p align="left">The main role of the Training Assistant is to work closely with the Training Team and other staff to deliver the training programme in the UK and online. This includes coordinating the day-to-day logistics and all communications and administration with participants (from enquiry through to post course follow up).</p> <p align="left">The Training Assistant also works with trainers to organise, format and brand materials and process the evaluations of courses and works closely with our suppliers, including the training venue and printers. The Training Assistant plays a vital role in updating other teams across INTRAC on training events, ensuring cross-team collaboration, staff involvement and representation at our training events. This role is a good opportunity to occasionally work with and learn from INTRAC&rsquo;s highly experienced consultants and trainers.</p> <p align="left">The Training Assistant may also provide support to other teams in INTRAC when required which could include, for example, helping at INTRAC events, conferences, and webinars.</p> <div> <h2>Key responsibilities&nbsp;</h2> </div> <ol> <li>Coordinate the day-to-day administration and logistics of the face-to-face (open) training programme in the UK.</li> <li>Coordinate the day-to-day administration, logistics, set up and delivery, including providing technical support, of the online learning programme.</li> <li>Answer and forward e-mail and phone enquiries about training.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Specific tasks to include:</strong></p> <h2><span style="font-size: x-small;">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.intrac.org/how-we-work/training/upcoming-courses/">Face-to-face (open) training UK</a></span></h2> <ul> <li>Be the first point of contact for enquiries about INTRAC&rsquo;s face-to-face training.</li> <li>Ensure effective logistics before and during course implementation including: liaising with the venue, undertaking administrative preparation of course materials in liaison with the trainers, and supporting trainers to ensure the smooth running of all courses.</li> <li>Manage all applications from initial enquiry stage to participation and follow-up, ensuring high quality of service delivery and responsiveness to clients&rsquo;/participants needs.</li> <li>Support the development of needs assessment surveys, feedback and monitoring systems</li> <li>Provide analysis of the participants for reporting on face-to-face training (and online learning).</li> <li>Provide support on filing, organising and archiving training materials.</li> <li>Assist with any other tasks required to support the training department in terms of face-to-face open training.</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Online <span style="font-size: x-small;">learning</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Coordinate the day-to-day running of the course including managing all applications from enquiry stage to participation, and follow-up ensuring high quality of service delivery and responsiveness to clients/participants needs.</li> <li>Set up courses using INTRAC&rsquo;s webinar and learning management software (Blackboard Collaborate and Moodle) including updating set-up instructions and uploading course materials.</li> <li>Liaise with trainers and participants to provide logistical and technical support before, during and after the online learning course.</li> <li>Support trainers with formatting and branding of materials.</li> <li>Support tailor-made training courses that have an online component.</li> </ul> <div> <h2>Qualifications, competencies and experience &ndash; essential (E) desirable (D)</h2> </div> <ul> <li>Relevant work experience (at least one year of office experience) (E)</li> <li>Excellent IT and formatting skills (Microsoft Office). (E)</li> <li>Strong customer service skills (E)</li> <li>Strong interpersonal and communication skills (E)</li> <li>Experience with or willingness to learn how to use webinar software and e-learning platforms (E)</li> <li>Good numerical skills (E)</li> <li>Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative (E)</li> <li>Problem solving and decision making skills (E)</li> <li>Ability to work under pressure, to multi-task and prioritise (E)</li> <li>Efficient and organised with good attention to detail (E)</li> <li>Experience in organising events such as seminars, workshops or conferences (D)</li> <li>Understanding of the third sector (D)</li> <li>Knowledge of/interest in civil society strengthening, organisational development, capacity building, and/or work in developing countries (D)</li> </ul> <div> <h2>How to apply</h2> </div> <p><strong>Application deadline: </strong>23:59UK timeon7 May 2017</p> <p><strong>Interview date:&nbsp; </strong>16 May 2017</p> <p><strong>Available for immediate start. </strong></p> <p>To apply, please download the application documents available on our website: <a href="http://www.intrac.org/pages/en/opportunities.html">www.intrac.org</a>. Please send your completed INTRAC job application form, equal opportunities monitoring form, and a cover letter, in which you demonstrate your suitability for the role and why INTRAC should employ you, to <a href="mailto:info@intrac.org">info@intrac.org</a>. Please note: only complete applications that arrive on time will be considered. Due to limited resources, INTRAC will only be able to contact candidates that have been selected for interview.</p> <p>INTRAC strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who have the right to live and work in the UK.</p>

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:54:00 GMT

Advocacy & Communications Assistant

<p>Overview of Role<br />The Advocacy and Communications department consists of three teams &ndash; Policy and Advocacy, Press and PR, and Digital. The department is responsible for three major objectives in delivering War Child&rsquo;s strategy to 2019:<br />&bull; To secure greater political and financial support, and influence policy change, for children affected by armed conflict at national and international levels<br />&bull; To significantly raise War Child UK&rsquo;s media profile and brand awareness in the UK and internationally to enhance our reputation, credibility and impact<br />&bull; To considerably enhance War Child&rsquo;s digital footprint to increase supporter mobilization across fundraising and campaigns<br />The successful achievement of all these objectives requires administrative and logistical support &ndash; whether managing the Director&rsquo;s diary, updating and organising databases for data capture, helping to coordinate events or booking travel. As the team has more than doubled in size in the past year, these administrative and support<br />functions are currently being delivered by team members, but further capacity is needed which the Assistant will<br />help to deliver.<br />The Assistant will be working within a team dedicated to external public communications and advocating for<br />change. As such, it may be of interest to someone who is looking to gain exposure and experience of this kind of<br />work. However, the primary duties will relate to administration and logistics so it is important that any candidate<br />can demonstrate a high degree of competence in these areas.<br />The post will report directly to the Director of Advocacy and Communications.<br />Specific Responsibilities<br />The Advocacy and Communications Assistant will have the following specific responsibilities.<br />Support for the Director<br />&bull; Managing the diary of the Director of Advocacy and Communications<br />&bull; Supporting development of presentations and reports<br />Team Administration<br />&bull; Organising team meetings, booking rooms and taking notes and action points<br />&bull; Booking travel and accommodation for the team<br />&bull; Logging and filing team information<br />Financial administration<br />&bull; Managing contracts for commissioned work and ensuring all paperwork is completed<br />&bull; Managing invoices and raising purchase orders<br />&bull; Logging and tracking Directorate expenditure<br />&bull; Developing and managing consultancy contracts and tenders<br />Data management<br />&bull; Reviewing and updating databases across press, digital and advocacy &ndash; working with Salesforce where<br />needed<br />&bull; Working with team heads to track and record KPIs<br />Events and logistics<br />&bull; Developing and managing invite lists<br />&bull; Securing venues and liaising with suppliers<br />&bull; Coordinating materials and logistics<br />Person Specification<br />Mandatory criteria<br />&bull; Right to work in the UK<br />&bull; Commitment to the aims and objectives of War Child<br />Experience and knowledge<br />&bull; Experience of providing administrative support for individuals and teams &ndash; diary management,<br />arranging meetings, taking notes and following up on action points<br />&bull; Knowledge of and ability to use project management tools and systems<br />&bull; Experience of working with, navigating and updating databases<br />&bull; Knowledge of financial management systems and experience of keeping track of expenditure<br />&bull; Experience of tracking and monitoring performance indicators, gathering data and reporting<br />&bull; Experience of event coordination and logistical considerations<br />&bull; Excellent skills across all Microsoft applications &ndash; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook<br />Skills and Competencies<br />&bull; Understanding and appreciation of the importance of excellent administrative support<br />&bull; Capable of coming up with innovative solutions to administrative challenges<br />&bull; Highly organised and methodical, with strong time management skills<br />&bull; Ability to concisely summarise information and identify key points<br />&bull; Capable of quickly understanding and navigating new systems<br />&bull; An eye to detail, with the ability to spot inconsistencies and errors<br />&bull; Willingness to take initiative and rise to any tasks set<br />&bull; Great team player, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to support a range of staff<br />&bull; Ability to manage multiple tasks and work with manager to prioritise tasks<br />&bull; Willingness to learn and take on responsibilities outside direct brief where needed.<br />&bull; Interest in communications, campaigns and advocacy<br />Contract Terms<br />Post: 2 years fixed term<br />Working Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week<br />Probation: 6 months<br />Location: Linton House, 39-51 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RT, UK<br />Salary: &pound;19,900 - &pound;22,000 (dependent on experience)<br />Leave: 28 days&rsquo; pa pro-rata, increasing by one day for each year&rsquo;s service up to a maximum of<br />5 additional days<br />Pension: All eligible employees are automatically enrolled into a Group Personal Pension Plan.<br />Contributions will be made on a salary exchange basis as follows: employees<br />contribute a minimum of 3% of basic monthly salary to receive a contribution of 5%<br />from War Child.<br />Other: As defined in standard War Child contract terms<br />Application Process<br />&bull; Complete application form and submit to recruitment@warchild.org.uk<br />&bull; Please visit www.warchild.org.uk for a full application pack. No CVs are accepted.<br />&bull; Only applicants with the right to work in the UK should apply.<br />&bull; Due to limited resources War Child HR will contact only the shortlisted candidates<br />&bull; Application deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday 30th April 2017<br />&bull; First round interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held w/c 1st May 2017 or w/c 8th May 2017<br />&bull; There may be a second round of interviews in the same or following week<br />&bull; Any offer made to the successful candidate will be a provisional offer subject to written references<br />from your current employer, your previous employer and one character referee. We will also call these<br />referees for clarification.<br />&bull; The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a DBS Police check and/or international police<br />check, a medical check for overseas travel purposes, be compliant and sign up to War Child&rsquo;s Child<br />Safeguarding Policy prior to a final offer being made.</p>

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:03:39 GMT

Expert Household Nutrition

<h3 class="title">Company Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of advisors works with local partners to equip communities and businesses with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Several international donors fund our programmes. SNV has a +100 million euro annual turnover and is aiming for further growth.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Job Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV will be tendering for a donor funded programme in Rwanda, which is expected to start around September 2017.The overall objective of the project is to support the implementation of the government's economic development and poverty reduction strategy, thereby contributing to poverty eradication and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth.</span></p> <p><span>The purpose is to support the institutions in charge of the agriculture reform, particularly the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources Government of Rwanda and related implementing bodies, through technical assistance, skill transfer and capacity development in planning and implementing the agriculture sector strategy, and in particular its contribution to the food and nutrition security of households, broad-based agriculture value chain development, and the sustainable, climate smart, efficient and effective use of land and water resources.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Qualifications</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <ul> <li><span>Graduate- or Post-graduate Degree in Agronomy, Agriculture, Horticulture-or Nutrition or equivalent successful professional experience of at least 5 years.</span></li> <li>At least 6 years of successful professional working experience in agricultural or rural development projects dealing with nutrition issues.</li> <li>At least 3 years of successful professional working experience with designing, implementing and assessing Household nutrition, homestead food production.</li> <li><span>Working experience with establishing household food balance models.</span></li> <li><span>Similar experience in different African countries.</span></li> <li><span>Working experience with capacity building and training needs assessment</span></li> <li><span>Knowledge of the socio-economic, agro-economic, agro-ecological and technological characteristics of agriculture in Rwanda.</span></li> <li>At least C-1 level proficiency in English.</li> <li>At least B-2 level proficiency in French.</li> </ul> </div> <h3 class="title">Additional Information</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>The intended start date is 1 September 2017 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 48 months from this date.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a highly professional and diverse working environment. For more information, please visit our website: www.snvworld.org</span></p> <p>Please send in your CV and application letter before&nbsp;<span>25-04-2017</span></p> </div>

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:19:24 GMT

Expert local agriculture and smallholder farmers

<h3 class="title">Company Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of advisors works with local partners to equip communities and businesses with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Several international donors fund our programmes. SNV has a +100 million euro annual turnover and is aiming for further growth.</span></p> </div> <h3 class="title">Job Description</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>SNV will be tendering for a donor funded programme in Rwanda, which is expected to start around September 2017.The overall objective of the project is to support the implementation of the government's economic development and poverty reduction strategy, thereby contributing to poverty eradication and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth.</span></p> <p><span>The purpose is to support the institutions in charge of the agriculture reform, particularly the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources Government of Rwanda and related implementing bodies, through technical assistance, skill transfer and capacity development in planning and implementing the agriculture sector strategy, and in particular its contribution to the food and nutrition security of households, broad-based agriculture value chain development, and the sustainable, climate smart, efficient and effective use of land and water resources.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3 class="title">Qualifications</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <ul> <li>Graduate- or Post-graduate Degree in Agronomy or Agriculture Sciences or Agriculture Economy or Economy or Business Administration or equivalent professional experience of at least 5 years.</li> <li>At least 6 years of professional working experience with advising, assisting or assessing agriculture cooperatives, commodity-based producer associations in Sub-Saharan Africa.</li> <li><span>At least 3 years of professional experience in strengthening linkages between farmers and agribusinesses.</span></li> <li><span>At least 3 years of professional experience in enabling smallholder farmers to increase agricultural production and productivity.</span></li> <li>Knowledge of approaches to strengthen the organisation, service delivery and accountability of agriculture cooperatives and other types of farmer organisations.</li> <li><span>Similar experience in different African countries</span></li> <li>Working experience in strengthening community-based models (e.g. joint use of community land) that allow vulnerable and marginal (e.g. landless) groups to benefit from agriculture development.</li> <li> <p><span>At least C-1 level proficiency in English.</span></p> </li> <li> <p>At least B-2 level proficiency in French.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <h3 class="title">Additional Information</h3> <div class="wysiwyg"> <p><span>The intended start date is 1 September 2017 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 48 months from this date.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a highly professional and diverse working environment. For more information, please visit our website: www.snvworld.org</span></p> <p>Please send in your CV and application letter before&nbsp;<span>25-04-2017</span></p> </div>

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:18:30 GMT

Individual consultancy for assessment of the impact of fiscal decentralization on local public authorities` planning and budgeting of services for children and youth for UNICEF Moldova (Deadline Extended)

<p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">UNICEF Moldova is looking for a consultant&nbsp;to assess&nbsp;the impact of fiscal decentralization on local public authorities` planning and budgeting of services for children and youth.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Objective: </span></strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">The aim of this consultancy is to assist UNICEF Moldova in analyzing the year-on-year (2013-2017) development of local public spending on selected services for children and youth, as well as to assess the current practices of local public authorities (LPAs) in planning and budgeting for these services.</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">The ultimate use of the assessment will be two-fold. First, it shall be used to support the Government of Moldova in deciding on the best administrative and financing modalities for services for children going forward, particularly if there are any improvements that can be made to the existing mechanisms and system. Second, the assessment will consider the capacity needs of LPAs in order to arrive at a set of recommendations for how LPAs and the decentralization process as a whole can be supported through UNICEF&rsquo;s next Country Programme (2018-2022) activities so as to ensure positive outcomes for children.</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">HOW TO APPLY: </span></strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">To apply for this position and read more detailed information, please visit UNICEF web-page </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=503832"><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=503832</span></a></span><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Applications for this position must be received no later than on:&nbsp;<strong>24 April 2017.</strong></span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all backgrounds and minority groups, including persons with disabilities, to apply.</span></em></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">UNICEF is a global organization that seeks to improve the lives and health of children, especially the most vulnerable ones. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from</span></em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> <em>violence, exploitation, and AIDS. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Moldova visit:</em> </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="http://www.unicef.md/"><strong><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">http://www.unicef.md/</span></strong></a></span><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> <em>You can also follow us on</em> </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/UNICEFMoldova?hc_location=timeline"><strong><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">Facebook</span></strong></a></span><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> <em>and</em> </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://twitter.com/MoldovaUNICEF"><strong><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">Twitter</span></strong></a></span><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">.</span></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.</span></em></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">We would appreciate a wider circulation in order to reach a broader range of interested candidates! </span></strong></p>

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:08:53 GMT

RFP: Midterm Evaluation of the Project: Scaling WaterCredit Model

<p>Water.org requests proposals from qualified firms/consultants to conduct a midterm evaluation of a project aimed at scaling WaterCredit model and developing and testing new approaches to sustainable water and sanitation solutions in India and Indonesia.&nbsp;</p> <p>OVERVIEW</p> <h1><span style="font-size: small;">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; General instructions</span></h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>1. Water.org requests proposals to conduct a midterm evaluation of a project aimed at scaling WaterCredit model and developing and testing new approaches to sustainable water and sanitation solutions in India and Indonesia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2. The midterm evaluation will require the evaluator to facilitate and coordinate with Water.org staff and MFI partners for data collection in the program areas in India and Indonesia. The project requires the evaluator to submit the following deliverables:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>A kick-off meeting with Monitoring, Evaluation and Leaning team at Water.org to clarify roles and responsibilities in the evaluation process.</li> <li>An inception report, including a desk review and outline of evaluation approach, methodology and data collection instruments, facilitator guides (for qualitative interviews).</li> <li>Both raw and clean data collected by the evaluators and codebook (from household surveys) and a brief summary of coded data (from qualitative interviews).</li> <li>A draft evaluation report, submitted to Water.org for feedback.</li> <li>A final evaluation report, not to exceed 25 pages (excluding annexes).</li> <li>Presentation of the findings and recommendations to Water.org.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>3. Payments will be made in tranches based upon completion and approval of the deliverables outlined as above in Section 1, Part B of this document. Total amount invoiced for all deliverables should not exceed <strong>USD 40,000.</strong></p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;</strong>Water.org is not liable for any expenditure incurred by responding individuals/ firms prior to issuance of an executed contract with Water.org.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>5. Proposals must be typed and submitted only by email and must follow the format mentioned in section 4: Submissions Requirements. Unless agreed upon with Water.org, no changes or corrections to a response will be allowed after the deadline.</p> <p>&nbsp;6. Proposed schedule:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>April 30, 2017 &ndash; RFP submissions due by 5:00 PM CST</li> <li>May 10, 2017 &ndash; Results announced</li> <li>May 20, 2017 &ndash; Contract begins</li> <li>Jan 30, 2018 &ndash; Contract ends</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>7. The proposals must be submitted by email to Sambhu Singh Rathi at <a href="mailto:srathi@water.org%20">srathi@water.org </a>by April 30, 2017, at 5:00 PM CST.</p> <h1><span style="font-size: small;">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scope of work</span></h1> <p>&nbsp;<strong>A.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Overview</strong></p> <p>For 25 years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering sustainable solutions to the global water crisis.&nbsp; Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based solutions to provide universal access to safe water and sanitation, giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed millions of lives around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead.</p> <p>Through its flagship WaterCredit program, Water.org provides financial and technical assistance to local institutions (primarily microfinance institutions), building their capacity to offer WSS finance to customers at the base of the economic pyramid (BOP). These financial products are designed based on an analysis of local market demand. Philanthropic resources provide the up-front technical assistance financial institutions need to develop these new loan portfolios. The end result: more people empowered with safe water and toilets and a sustainable, local market built for those at the BOP. WaterCredit has reached 5.2 million people across nine countries. The average size of a WaterCredit loan is US$229, and the global average repayment of a WaterCredit loan since 2003 is 99 percent. Further, more than 90 percent of borrowers are women.</p> <p>Together with the IKEA Foundation, Water.org is implementing a four year initiative, from August 2015 &ndash; July 2019, to expand its WaterCredit activities and reach an estimated one million people with safe water and/or sanitation (300,000 in Indonesia and 700,000 in India). &nbsp;The overall purpose of the initiative is to improve people&rsquo;s lives through the construction of water and sanitation improvements and hygiene education. This initiative will expand upon the MFI-led WaterCredit model as well as develop and test new approaches to sustainable water and sanitation solutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>In India and Indonesia, Water.org has identified local microfinance institutions (MFIs) to further develop and scale sustainable financial products that empower those at the base of the pyramid (BOP) to invest in their own water and sanitation needs. This includes the construction of water improvements and/or toilets within their homes. Water.org is also supporting the local organizations in conducting education campaigns and build awareness of critical hygiene practices, enabling sustainable improvements in community health and well-being. In India, the project is being implemented by the MFIs in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. In Indonesia, the project is being implemented in East Java, West Java, Central Java and South Sulawesi.</p> <p>The aim of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which the initiative has met or is on track to meet overall goals, take inventory of lessons learned, build on experience, and make recommendations that will allow initial program results to be improved and built upon during the latter half of the program cycle. Apart from tracking progress of the WaterCredit model, the evaluation will also use the opportunity to assess and capture lessons learned to date on piloted alternative channels: community based water service model in Indonesia and sanitation supply model in India.</p> <p><strong>B.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Proposed evaluation questions</strong></p> <p>The midterm evaluation would seek to address the following evaluation questions:</p> <p><em>Program progress:</em></p> <ul> <li>What is the program status with respect to key target outputs?</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><em>WaterCredit model operations and sustainability:</em></p> <ul> <li>To what degree are the WaterCredit MFI partners progressing toward a financially and operationally sustainable water and sanitation portfolio?</li> <li>Has the program created an enabling environment to drive more capital toward addressing water and sanitation needs at the BOP?</li> <li>Is the program effective at increasing water and sanitation loan portfolio?</li> <li>What are the trends in scaling operations and outreach?</li> <li>Is the model effective in reducing the philanthropic costs per person?</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Program impact effectiveness:</em></p> <ul> <li>Is the program model effective at increasing awareness and causing behavior change related to water and sanitation practices?</li> <li>Is the water or sanitation improvement functional and in-use?</li> <li>To what degree are the households satisfied with the partner services, loan terms and product choices, and water and sanitation improvements?</li> <li>What types of positive and negative short-term impacts do the households experience from the program?</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Alternative channels program model:</em></p> <ul> <li>To what degree are the programs progressing towards the goals within their pilots?</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within the findings from the above, the evaluation will seek to answer the following questions:</p> <p><em>Areas of corrective action:</em></p> <ul> <li>What are the hurdles in successful implementation of the program?</li> <li>What is the quality and timeliness of data received by the program?</li> </ul> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Lessons learned:</em></p> <ul> <li>What are the lessons learned? What went well and why; what didn&rsquo;t go well and why?</li> <li>What partner activities are the most critical and why?</li> <li>What are the key challenges and successes to date?</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A final evaluation design including key evaluation questions will be developed in consultation with the evaluator after the selection process as part of the inception report.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Methodology and data collection</strong></p> <p>The evaluation will be conducted using a mixed methods approach based on data collected from a variety of sources in India and Indonesia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Program Monitoring Household Surveys</em>: The evaluating firm would be required to conduct Program Monitoring Household Surveys (PMHS) with a representative sample of loan borrowers <strong>only in India. </strong>Data from a similar survey from Indonesia will be made available to the evaluating firm for analysis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Key informant interviews:</em> Key informant interviews with selected personnel from MFI partner organization and Water.org in India and Indonesia would be conducted to capture more in-depth qualitative information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>MIS data and other documentation:</em> The data from the household surveys will be supplemented with information from Water.org&rsquo;s MIS system (WaterPortal), budget and financial reports, and other program documentation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>WaterCredit assessment tool:</em> In order to gauge partners&rsquo; progress towards an operational and sustainable WaterCredit loan portfolio, the WaterCredit assessment tool will be used. Developed by Water.org, the WaterCredit assessment tool is used to assess the water and sanitation portfolio over time, tracking its progression towards sustainability, both operationally and financially.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Sampling framework</strong></p> <p>The consultant shall provide a rigorous sampling framework for Program Monitoring Household Surveys that will be able to estimate both initiative and partner level outcomes. Water.org recommends employing a multistage stratified cluster random sampling strategy with stratification at the partner level. &nbsp;The results of the survey should be accurate at the 95% confidence level plus or minus 5 percentage points. Water.org will provide the list of MFI clients for sampling.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Survey questionnaire</strong></p> <p>A standard survey questionnaire for PMHS will be provided by Water.org and used for each MFI partner. The questionnaire will cover a range of topics consistent with the evaluation objectives and will primarily be closed ended for quantitative analysis. The questions may be modified by the Consultant in consultation with Water.org.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Digital data collection</strong></p> <p>Water.org uses mWater, a real time mobile data collection tool for surveys.&nbsp; The evaluating firm would be required to use mWater for survey development and data collection. If needed, the evaluating firm would be provided training on using mWater to manage surveys and collect data.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The evaluating firm will be responsible for acquiring mobile devices compatible with the mWater application. The most recent list of compatible devices can be found on the mWater website <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XWIov3ZaQgoFyfWo-CiZAKMNTJU_400Nh7IeAFgp9hM/edit">here</a>. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.</p> <h1><span style="font-size: small;">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Proposed schedule and key dates</span></h1> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>A tentative schedule of key deliverables and activities is presented in the table below:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p><strong>Activity</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p><strong>Date </strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>RFP submissions deadline</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>April 30</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Announce results of the selection process</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>May 10</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Finalize and start contract</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>May 20</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Draft data collection tools</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>May</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Pre-test tools</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>June</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Revise surveys and evaluation design</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>June</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Review and finalize the evaluation design</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>June</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Collect data</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>July&nbsp; &ndash; September</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Analyze data and synthesize findings</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>October</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Submit draft evaluation report</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>November</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Review draft report</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>December</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Submit final report</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>December</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="450"> <p>Disseminate report</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="285"> <p>January 30, 2018</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h1><span style="font-size: small;">4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Submission requirements</span></h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To be considered under this RFP, please submit the following:</p> <p><strong>A.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Technical Proposal</strong></p> <p>A narrative proposal (no more than 10 pages excluding annexes) should include the following sections:</p> <p>1. Evaluation Methodology: Describe your overall approach and evaluation methodology including, and not limited to, evaluation questions, evaluation design, sampling strategy, data collection and data analysis and logical framework.</p> <p>2. Relevant Experience: Provide details of projects of similar scope, complexity and nature you have worked on previously.</p> <p>3. Specific Expertise: Describe your level of knowledge and expertise specific to the Water and Sanitation and Microfinance sectors.</p> <p>4. Key Personnel and Staffing: Describe the key personnel and a staffing plan for the project. Include CVs (no more than 2 pages each and attached as annex) of key personnel who would be part of the proposed plan.</p> <p>5. Timeline: Include a detailed timeline of key activities.</p> <p><strong>B.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Financial proposal</strong></p> <p>The financial proposal should include a detailed budget and a budget narrative. Please use the attached excel budget workbook to prepare and submit the budget. The cost estimates used to prepare the budget should be presented in both US Dollars and local currency, as appropriate. Please note that the total budget for the assignment must not exceed USD 40,000.</p> <h1><span style="font-size: small;">5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Criteria for submission</span></h1> <p>Applicants may be individuals, groups of individuals with a designated team lead, or firms. Applicants must have at a minimum the following qualifications:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Proposed staffing plan includes at least one native or fluent English speaker as lead writer.</li> <li>Proposed staffing plan includes a sufficient number of qualified enumerators to collect the household surveys in the MFI partner geographies.</li> <li>Demonstrated experience in conducting a mixed methods evaluation.</li> <li>Demonstrated experience and familiarity with the WASH and/or microfinance sector.</li> <li>Demonstrated experience in conducting large scale household surveys.</li> </ul> <h1><span style="font-size: small;">6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Selection process</span></h1> <p>All proposals submitted by the deadline will be carefully reviewed by the Selection Committee based on established selection criteria. The selection process may involve phone interviews with applicants. The final decision will be based on the overall quality of the technical proposal and value for money. The Selection Committee reserves the right to reject any or may cancel any submission at any time prior to agreement if it is in the best interests of Water.org.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: small;">7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contact</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;Proposals and queries related to the RFP should be sent through email to:</p> <p>Sambhu Singh Rathi</p> <p>Senior Researcher</p> <p><a href="mailto:srathi@water.org">srathi@water.org</a></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>HOW TO APPLY:</strong></span></p> <p>1. Download the budget workbook from the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d5xifsfmhphs0gq/AAAmluM0ZKZPp3xqcQYhOuvea?dl=0</p> <p>2. Please email your proposals and budget workbook to Sambhu Rathi at srathi@water.org.</p>

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:23:23 GMT

Advisor, Land Release and Operational Efficiency in Mine Action

<p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Advisor, Land Release and Operational Efficiency in Mine Action</strong></span></p> <p class="Heading41"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p class="Heading41"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Location</span></strong></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Geneva, Switzerland, with regular travel to conflict-affected countries</span></p> <p class="Heading41"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Closing date for applications</span></strong></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">30<sup>th</sup> April 2017</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Start date</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: small;">As soon as possible. This is a staff position on a long-term basis</span><strong><br /></strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><strong>Context</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">The GICHD Risk Management division works to increase the operational efficiency and effectiveness of mine action. We provide advice and record/share best-practice to ensure standardized, safe and efficient survey and clearance operations. We focus on strengthening national capacities to enable greater ownership of operations and to confront long-term mine/ERW contamination, in line with national and global strategic priorities. Our research and training portfolio includes</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Land release: survey, detection and clearance methods and tools</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Stockpile destruction, explosive ordnance disposal and ammunition safety management</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Security liaison and cooperation</span></li> </ul> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Reporting to the Head of division and as a member of the land release and operational efficiency team, the Advisor oversees technical survey and clearance methods for manual, mechanical and animal detection systems (ADS) as well as survey and clearance technology matters for Humanitarian Demining.</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Responsibilities</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">The GICHD has an opportunity for an additional experienced mine action Advisor to join its Risk Management division. The Advisor, Land Release and Operational Efficiency will design, plan and implement or supervise the GICHD&rsquo;s related training, support and research activities that promote operational efficiency in mine action programmes. In addition, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team s/he will provide broader mine action expertise within the GICHD, carry out mine action evaluations and participate in broader programmes, fora and conferences.</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Her/his key responsibilities include:</span></p> <ul> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Plan and manage an outreach programme involving the development of nationally-adapted survey and clearance solutions to increase operational efficiency</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Plan and implement research&nbsp; in order to facilitate a fact-based promotion and improved training courses for non-technical survey, technical survey and clearance</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Develop and deliver training packages in relation to land release and operational efficiency in coordination with other RM team members</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Implement work plans that reinforce the objectives of the international conventions (APMBC, CCW, CCM)</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Draft publications on operational efficiency and broader mine action topics and disseminate reports from research</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Revise Standards and Guidelines</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Manage projects finances, consultants, narrative and financial reporting to donors</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Maintain and strengthen partnerships with United Nations agencies, operators and national authorities to facilitate outreach activities&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">The position is based in Geneva with a frequent travel requirement to the countries of focus, with a global scope. The position will also assist other projects as appropriate and will work in close collaboration with other Advisors in the Risk Management, Information Management and Strategies &amp; Standards divisions. The Advisors are also expected to represent GICHD in international events; provide general or technical presentations to partners and diplomatic representatives; and play an active role in the organisation&rsquo;s strategic management and in the reporting to GICHD&rsquo;s governance and donor institutions.</span></p> <p class="Default">&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Profile requirements</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Essential requirements</span></p> <ul> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Five to ten years of progressive experience in mine action operations and programme management, preferably in different countries/regions</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Substantial operational exposure to survey and clearance operations</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Experience with the development and delivery of training courses or in capacity development of local counterparts</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Exposure to mechanical and ADS operations</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Experience and competence in project management, including budget, financial monitoring and reporting</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Knowledge of Information management systems, including IMSMA</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Capacity and flexibility to review and develop new/improved approaches to survey and clearance and to challenge accepted methods</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Ability to research and write for non-technical publications, guides and reports</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Fluent English verbal and written, with the ability to communicate clearly and constructively with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse cultures important.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Working knowledge of Spanish, or another language practiced in mine-ERW affected countries, such as French, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Commitment to the continuous improvement of individual and organization-wide results</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Proven team-player with service-minded attitude</span></li> </ul> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Desirable requirements</span></p> <ul> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">A post-graduate degree or equivalent military diploma in a relevant subject of study</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Understanding and experience in mainstreaming gender and diversity issues</span></li> <li class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Knowledge and experience in the application of Quality management systems and/or Results-based management systems</span></li> </ul> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Applications</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">To apply please click on this link <a href="https://neospheres.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=30&amp;c=neospheres&amp;id=896&amp;source=eldis">GICHD Job Application Portal</a> and submit your candidacy through the online platform.</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Your application must be presented in English and include a CV of maximum 5 pages, a letter of motivation, your earliest date of availability and any other additional material you wish to present in support of your candidacy.</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>The GICHD implements a Gender and Diversity policy and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, nationals of mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements. </em></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>About us</strong></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">In a world where human security is still hindered by explosive hazards, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works to eliminate mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. To achieve this, the GICHD supports national authorities, international organisations and civil society in their efforts to improve the relevance and performance of mine action. Core activities include furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards, and developing in-country and international capacity. This support covers all aspects of mine action: strategic, managerial, operational and institutional. The GICHD works for mine action that is not an end in itself but contributes to the broader objective of human security &ndash; freedom from fear and freedom from want. This effort is facilitated by the GICHD's location within the Maison de la Paix in Geneva.</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">GICHD website www.gichd.org</span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-size: small;">Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and LinkedIn</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">For further information please contact us by e-mail <a href="mailto:hr@gichd.org">hr@gichd.org</a></span></p>

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:12:43 GMT

Psychiatric Consultant

<p>HealthNet TPO is looking for a Psychiatric Consult to support the Kabul Mental Health (KMH) Hospital.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About us:</strong><br /> HealthNet builds healthy communities with people at the bottom end of globalisation.&nbsp; Our mission is to implement welfare and health initiatives that lead to social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing.</p> <p>HealthNet is currently implementing a capacity building project in the KMH Hospital. This hospital is the only tertiary hospital in the country, providing specialized services in mental healthcare since 1986. Mental health problems significantly impair a person&rsquo;s ability to function and negatively affect basic daily living, relationship, work and overall quality of life. The hospital aims to provide a responsive, high quality mental healthcare with ultimate goal to help an individual to be an active member of society. The KMH hospital has 100 beds where sixty beds are used for mentally ill patients and forty beds are allocated to provide rehabilitation services to individuals suffering from drug addiction.&nbsp; The hospital has a work force of 130 staff, which comprises eight trainer psychiatrists (7 male, 1 female), fifteen trainee doctors, nineteen nurses, thirteen psychologists, five social workers and two occupational therapists. The project started in July 2016 and will end June 30, 2018.</p> <p><strong>Your role:</strong><br /> To support Psychiatry department of Kabul Mental Health Hospital to deliver quality mental health care. Tasks include:</p> <p>1. Conduct a Rapid Need Assessment of psychiatric department of KMH to explore facilitating factors and barriers in providing quality psychiatric care. The need assessment will particularly focus on identifying;</p> <p>&bull; &nbsp;training needs&nbsp; of psychiatry department staff <br /> &bull; &nbsp;requirements for the establishment of child/adolescent and emergency psychiatry units.<br /> &bull; &nbsp;procedures for the revision/implementation of existing curricula, SOPs and Pathways</p> <p>2. Develop guidelines for Electro-Convulsive therapy (ECT), Child and Adolescent MH care, Forensic MH services and MH emergency services.</p> <p>3. Develop clinical pathways for ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorder and mental retardation.</p> <p>4. Facilitate the implementation of the guidelines, protocols and clinical pathways.</p> <p>5. Establish Psychiatric emergency section, child and adolescent&nbsp; psychiatry unit and expand the existing forensic psychiatric unit within KMH</p> <p>6. Conduct supervision and on the job training to psychiatry department staff including trainees</p> <p>7. Conduct ward round/visits to assess the performance of psychiatric department in providing quality mental health care.</p> <p>8. Apply&nbsp; a Multi-Disciplinary Team&nbsp; (MDT) approach at KMH</p> <p>9. Develop liaison psychiatry manual for doctors working in EPHS</p> <p>&bull; &nbsp;Train EPHS doctors on liaison psychiatry</p> <p>10. Provide necessary guidance/technical support on specialized topics such as geriatric psychiatry, pharmacotherapy in the field of psychiatry and risk assessment and its management.</p> <p>11. Additional tasks and responsibilities include:</p> <p>&bull; &nbsp;Ensure collaboration with other team members</p> <p>&bull; &nbsp;Support&nbsp; OPD services</p> <p>&bull; &nbsp;Accompany MHH and Project staffs to relevant meeting and working groups to provide technical support.</p> <p>&bull; &nbsp;Prepare and submit monthly report, time sheet and end of consultancy report to project manager</p> <p><strong><br />You have/ are:&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>Education.</p> <p>&bull; Master degree in psychiatry</p> <p><strong>Experience</strong></p> <p>&bull; At least five years of working experience in the field of Psychiatry</p> <p>&bull; Experience in curricula drafting, training/capacity building , supervision, policy and strategy formulation,</p> <p>&bull; Having work experience in mental health hospital</p> <p>&bull; Working with NGOs and government departments</p> <p>&bull; Prior experience of similar setting and in the countries in the region</p> <p><strong>Specific Skills </strong></p> <p>&bull; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills</p> <p>&bull; Networking and relationship building skills</p> <p><strong>We offer: </strong></p> <p>&bull; An opportunity to use your expertise and contribute to our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living in fragile states.</p> <p>&bull; duty station in Kabul, Afghanistan</p> <p>&bull; Starting as soon as possible. The work will be divided in to missions of several months with a&nbsp;&nbsp; total maximum duration of 15 months. The end date of the project is June 30, 2018.</p> <p><strong>More information?<br /> </strong>To apply, please send your CV and application letter (including your motivation) to: recruitment@hntpo.org by, May 1, 2017. When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: PCAFG</p> <p>Applications may be reviewed on a regular basis and we may conduct the selection process prior to the closing date.</p> <p>For specific questions about this position, please contact our HR department via recruitment@hntpo.org or 020-6200005.</p> <p>For more information about HealthNetTPO, please visit www.healthnettpo.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:37:39 GMT

Clinical Psychology Consultant With a specialization in child and adolescent psychology

<p>HealthNet TPO is looking for a Clinical Psychology Consult with a specialization in child and adolescent psychology to support the Kabul Mental Health (KMH) Hospital.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About us: <br /> </strong>HealthNet builds healthy communities with people at the bottom end of globalisation. Our mission is to implement welfare and health initiatives that lead to social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing. HealthNet is currently implementing a capacity building project in the KMH Hospital. This hospital is the only tertiary hospital in the country, providing specialized services in mental healthcare since 1986. Mental health problems significantly impair a person&rsquo;s ability to function and negatively affect basic daily living, relationship, work and overall quality of life. The hospital aims to provide a responsive, high quality mental healthcare with ultimate goal to help an individual to be an active member of society. The KMH hospital has 100 beds where sixty beds are used for mentally ill patients and forty beds are allocated to provide rehabilitation services to individuals suffering from drug addiction. The hospital has a work force of 130 staff, which comprises eight trainer psychiatrists (7 male, 1 female), fifteen trainees&rsquo; doctors, nineteen nurses, thirteen psychologists, five social workers and two occupational therapists. The project started in July 2016 and will end June 30, 2018.</p> <p><strong>Your role:</strong></p> <p>&bull; Develop training plan for psychologists based on the findings of the needs assessment.&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; Provide training, mentoring and supervision to the psychologists based on the training plan.</p> <ul> <li>Assess and evaluate the performance of KMHH psychology department staff.</li> </ul> <p>&bull; Review clinical standards, and curricula and training materials used for psychologist working at the KMHH according to the program objectives.</p> <p>&bull; Make necessary revisions to the clinical standards and other existing training materials.</p> <p>&bull; Support conducting group and individual sessions.</p> <p>&bull; Support in the establishment of child and adolescent unit.</p> <p>&bull; Review hospital policies, procedures, structures and objectives and provide substantive feedback, guidance aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of hospital psychology services provided at the Kabul Mental Health Hospital.</p> <p>&bull; Lead developing and reviewing Psychology related&nbsp; procedures, guideline and pathways required as per project objectives and on request of project leadership and KMHH management in line with the project proposal</p> <p>&bull; Identify gap and provide training, supportive supervision and on the job training&nbsp; to help psychologists of KMHH gain knowledge and skills to provide quality hospital based psychology services.</p> <p>&bull; Assist in the development of job descriptions, and check lists and criteria for staff appraisal.</p> <p>&bull; Lead the development and implementation of forms and documentations needed for KMHH Provide technical support to all activities and events related to the work of the psychologists at KMHH.</p> <p>&bull; Provide monthly and quarterly progressive report to project manager</p> <p>&bull; Attend technical related meeting at hospital and MoPH to represent and support KMHH and Project staffs</p> <p>&bull; Ensure collaboration with other team members</p> <p><strong>You have/ are:&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>Education:</p> <p>&bull; Master degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in child and adolescent psychology, or Master's degree in Psychology and post-graduate diploma in child and adolescent mental health</p> <p>Experience:</p> <p>&bull; At least 3 years of working experience in the field of psychology, including child and adolescent psychology</p> <p>&bull; Experience in curricula drafting, training, supervision, policy and strategy formulation,</p> <p>&bull; Working experience with NGO, civil society and donors</p> <p>&bull; Experience in the capacity building</p> <p>&bull; Having work experience in hospital</p> <p>Specific Skills:</p> <p>&bull; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills</p> <p>&bull; Good organizational skills</p> <p><strong>We offer:</strong></p> <p>&bull; An opportunity to use your expertise and contribute to our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living in fragile states.</p> <p>&bull; The duty station in Kabul, Afghanistan</p> <p>&bull; Starting as soon as possible. The work will be divided in to missions of several months with a&nbsp;&nbsp; total maximum duration of 11 months. The end date of the project is June 30, 2018.</p> <p><strong>More information?<br /> </strong>To apply, please send your CV and application letter (including your motivation) to: recruitment@hntpo.org by, May 1, 2017. When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: CPCA.<br /> Applications may be reviewed on a regular basis and we may conduct the selection process prior to the closing date.</p> <p>For specific questions about this position, please contact our HR department via recruitment@hntpo.org or 020-6200005.</p> <p>For more information about HealthNetTPO, please visit www.healthnettpo.org</p>

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:33:45 GMT

Mental Health Nursing Consultant

<p>HealthNet TPO is looking for a Mental Health Nursing Consult to support the Kabul Mental Health (KMH) Hospital.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About us:</strong><br /> HealthNet builds healthy communities with people at the bottom end of globalisation.&nbsp; Our mission is to implement welfare and health initiatives that lead to social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing.</p> <p>HealthNet is currently implementing a capacity building project in the KMH Hospital. This hospital is the only tertiary hospital in the country, providing specialized services in mental healthcare since 1986. Mental health problems significantly impair a person&rsquo;s ability to function and negatively affect basic daily living, relationship, work and overall quality of life. The hospital aims to provide a responsive, high quality mental healthcare with ultimate goal to help an individual to be an active member of society. The KMH hospital has 100 beds where sixty beds are used for mentally ill patients and forty beds are allocated to provide rehabilitation services to individuals suffering from drug addiction. The hospital has a work force of 130 staff, which comprises eight trainer psychiatrists (7 male, 1 female), fifteen trainees&rsquo; doctors, nineteen nurses, thirteen psychologists, five social workers and two occupational therapists. The project started in July 2016 and will end June 30, 2018.</p> <p><strong>Your role:</strong></p> <p>&bull; Provide technical support to Mental Health Hospital (MHH) nursing department.<br /> &bull; Be able to assess and evaluate the performance of MHH nursing staff, and involve nursing department in planning, organizing and implementation of planned activities related to nursing department <br /> &bull; Lead already established nursing working group to support implementation of&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), guidelines, and clinical pathways. <br /> &bull; Take proactive role to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the nursing care. <br /> &bull; Develop psychiatric nursing curriculum for Kabul Mental Health hospital and support its implementation.<br /> &bull; Identify gap and provide training, supportive supervision and on the job training to help nursing staff gain knowledge and skills to provide quality mental health nursing care. <br /> &bull; Recommend solutions for issues that arise concerning the proposed in-service trainings and professional development of MHH nurses.<br /> &bull; Provide technical guidance for the development of other related program opportunities as requested by country and project management.<br /> &bull; Train 35 general nurses from regional/provincial hospitals (EPHS) on mental health nursing and liaison psychiatry.<br /> &bull; Provide monthly report, time sheet and end of consultancy report . to project manager<br /> &bull; Accompany MHH and Project staffs to technical related meeting at hospital and MoPH<br /> &bull; Ensure the collaboration with other team members</p> <p><strong>You have/ are:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Education.</p> <p>&bull; MSc or master&rsquo;s degree or higher in psychiatric/mental health nursing or MSc in nursing and post-graduate diploma in mental health</p> <p>Experience</p> <p>&bull; At least five years&nbsp; working experience in the field of psychiatric nursing<br /> &bull; Prior experience in the region is preferred<br /> &bull; Experience in training programs and working with NGOs is an advantage<br /> &bull; Having work experience in Mental health hospital</p> <p>Specific Skills</p> <p>&bull; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills <br /> &bull; Good organizational skills</p> <p><strong>We offer:</strong></p> <p>&bull; An opportunity to use your expertise and contribute to our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living in fragile states. <br /> &bull; The duty station in Kabul, Afghanistan <br /> &bull; Starting date is to be decided with the consultant. The work will be for a total maximum duration of 4, 5 month. The end date of the project is June 30, 2018.</p> <p><strong>More information?</strong><br /> To apply, please send your CV and application letter (including your motivation) to: recruitment@hntpo.org by, May 1, 2017. When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: MHNC. <br />Applications may be reviewed on a regular basis and we may conduct the selection process prior to the closing date.</p> <p>For specific questions about this position, please contact our HR department via recruitment@hntpo.org or 020-6200005.</p> <p>For more information about HealthNetTPO, please visit www.healthnettpo.org</p>

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:30:46 GMT

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