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

<p>The report of which this is a summary is the Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It assesses literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change. The report also assesses mitigation options at different levels of governance and in different economic sectors, and the societal implications of different mitigation policies, but does not recommend any particular option for mitigation.</p><p>This Summary for Policymakers follows the structure of the Working Group III report. It explores approaches to climate change mitigation, trends in stocks and flows of greenhouse gases and their drivers, mitigation pathways and measures in the context of sustainable development and mitigation polities and institutions.</p>

27 Jun 2014 12:30:41 GMT

Insights on NAMA development: MitigationMomentum phase 1

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

27 Jun 2014 10:35:04 GMT

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

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

27 Jun 2014 10:23:04 GMT

El Niño and Indian droughts - a scoping exercise

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

27 Jun 2014 10:12:25 GMT

Climate displacement and resilient communities: case of Manati, Colombia

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

25 Jun 2014 16:29:18 GMT

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

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

25 Jun 2014 16:22:19 GMT

Prioritising support for locally controlled forest enterprises

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

25 Jun 2014 15:49:26 GMT

Bundelkhand drought: a retrospective analysis and way ahead

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

24 Jun 2014 13:11:09 GMT

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

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

24 Jun 2014 12:58:19 GMT

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

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

24 Jun 2014 12:45:15 GMT

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

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

24 Jun 2014 12:33:21 GMT

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

<p>This report covers eight ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People&rsquo;s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam). The information in this report was collected through desk based research and reviews of national laws and policies, technical reports and other relevant materials. The information on forest cover and social forestry is based primarily on the latest data from national governments.</p><p>The report finds that forest cover in the ASEAN region is slightly less than 200 million ha, or approximately 46 per cent of the total land area. Deforestation in the region as a whole is estimated to result in the loss of 1.2 million ha of forest per year on average, with Indonesia and Myanmar experiencing the highest rates of deforestation. On the other hand, Viet Nam and the Philippines report increases in forest cover.</p>

24 Jun 2014 11:05:42 GMT

Disaster resilience topic guide

<p>This topic guide focuses on resilience to natural hazards such as droughts, flooding and cyclones, with emphasis on humanitarian action, in fragile and conflict-afflicted states as well as in other contexts. It argues that there is emerging evidence that disaster resilience has been effective in saving lives and protecting infrastructure, livelihoods, social systems and the environment, and that building disaster resilience is more cost-effective and sustainable than the present combination of disaster relief and development aid. It argues that in practical terms, resilience is neither an alternative to intervention nor a new paradigm that stands alone, but an increasingly important component of a holistic approach to reducing the impact of disasters on the most vulnerable. The guide provides a set of suggestions, from evidence explored, of tools and approaches that can be useful for building disaster resilience.</p>

24 Jun 2014 10:59:34 GMT

Scaling up and replicating effective climate finance interventions

<p>This paper explores how scale-up and replication of effective climate finance interventions efficiently mobilise private climate finance. This paper uses the term &ldquo;climate finance intervention&rdquo; to refer to public interventions used to mobilise private finance that supports climate mitigation or adaptation activities, or both, in developing countries. The interventions examined in the paper have already been, or are being, scaled up or replicated. Scaling-up and replication of such climate finance interventions could be an efficient way to increase the private sector&rsquo;s interest in mobilisation of climate finance, and thus to make progress towards the USD 100 bn per year goal by 2020. The paper draws lessons from selected mitigation and available adaptation case studies at project- and programme-levels as well as from experience with international climate funds.</p>

24 Jun 2014 10:33:22 GMT

Final report: Science for humanitarian emergencies and resilience (SHEAR) scoping study

<p>This scoping study was prepared to provide evidence in support of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) research programme (from the&nbsp;UK Government&rsquo;s Department for International Development, DFID) on risk assessments and early warning systems. The main focus of the programme is on weather-related hazards (e.g. cyclones, floods, droughts, landslides) for humanitarian and development purposes in low-income countries across Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. The study was based on:</p><ul> <li>stakeholder surveys aimed at practitioners, and researchers, working in the three regions</li> <li>a UK workshop together a series of small international meetings and a number of one-to-one interviews</li> <li>a comprehensive literature review</li> <li>a number of case studies on community based risk assessment and early warning systems</li> <li>a desk study on relevant initiatives, gaps and needs in the Caribbean</li></ul><p>This report is accompanied by seven standalone Annexes as follows:<br /></p><ul> <li> Annex 1 - Results of a stakeholder survey</li> <li> Annex 2 - Literature review </li> <li> Annex 3 - Community-based case studies covering the three regions</li> <li> Annex 4 - Current initiatives and research priorities in the Caribbean</li> <li> Annex 5 &ndash; Workshop report, London 9 December 2013. This was attended by approximately 40 UK-based researchers and some users of information</li> <li> Annex 6 - Notes from a Caribbean workshop and stakeholder engagement.</li> <li> Annex 7 - Notes from African workshop</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul> </ul>

20 Jun 2014 15:39:43 GMT

Assessing the impact of ICF programmes on household and community resilience to climate variability and climate change

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) Resilience Framework describes the resilience of a system or process to specific shocks and stresses, in terms of its capacity to deal with these shocks and stress, and in terms of how it responds to them (bounces back better, to previous state, worse or not at all). The factors that influence resilience will vary according to the system or process with whose resilience we are concerned, the shocks and stresses to which it is exposed, and the environmental and policy contexts in which it operates. To measure resilience, we need to understand it in terms of these contextual factors.<br /><br />This report details the findings of a short assignment on the measurement of resilience commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as part of DFID&rsquo;s support to the UK&rsquo;s International Climate Fund (ICF). The purpose of the assignment was to review existing methodologies for measuring resilience and to present a methodology for the measurement of resilience that allows ICF projects to report against certain ICF Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), specifically KPI4 (numbers of people with improved resilience as a result of project support).

20 Jun 2014 15:15:54 GMT

Building resilience for food & nutrition security

<p>This paper seeks to enhance understanding of resilience processes, activities, and outcomes by examining initiatives to enhance resilience capacity that are designed and implemented by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The paper begins with a review of the evolution in thinking about the concept of resilience that has occurred over the past five years. This is followed by a review of the wide range of strategies and interventions employed by NGOs to build resilience capacity. The paper then presents several case studies that highlight NGO efforts to enhance resilience either by focusing on a specific vulnerable population and shock or by integrating, sequencing, and layering activities to support and protect core programming goals (for example, food and nutrition security, poverty reduction) while contributing overall to enhanced resilience capacity. Finally, the paper reviews measurement issues related to resilience, the challenges encountered by NGOs, and lessons learned. The paper concludes with a number of recommendations for improving NGO resilience programming</p>

18 Jun 2014 15:36:41 GMT

Alongside the UNFCCC: Complementary venues for climate action

<p>Climate change is a multi-faceted challenge that is intrinsically connected to a broad range of other issue areas, and it must be addressed on multiple fronts. In considering the global response to climate change post-2020, it is important to consider not only the central role of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), but also the potential roles of other international regimes and initiatives, and links among them. This paper provides a brief overview of relevant non-UNFCCC venues and suggests some broad issues for policymakers.</p>

18 Jun 2014 15:23:55 GMT

Land use in a future climate agreement

<p>This paper explores options for including land use in a future (post-2020) climate change agreement as anticipated by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). Options are considered with an eye toward reaching agreement under the ADP, keeping in mind the level of ambition of global efforts, and the need to accelerate the reduction of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.</p><p>The paper discusses the features of land use that have differentiated its treatment from that of other sectors and assesses options to address these features in a future agreement. It examines options to increase the coverage and mitigation effectiveness of land-use contributions, and explores requirements for increasing the clarity, transparency and understanding of these contributions. Finally, the paper examines options for creating incentives in the land-use sector that will increase mitigation ambition.</p>

18 Jun 2014 15:20:02 GMT

Barbados’ Green Economy Scoping Study

<p>As a small island developing state, Barbados faces special challenges in relation to its small size, remoteness from large markets, and high vulnerability to economic and natural shocks. Barbados also has a high dependence on imported fossil fuels and relatively fragile ecosystems. This report argues that the green economy concept offers the possibility of reducing these vulnerabilities, enhancing resource efficiency and improving livelihoods. It highlights the importance of ensuring that green efforts do not displace ecological and environmental impacts in space or time (i.e. shifting impacts from one country to another or from one generation to another). It states that the Barbados approach to conceptualising green economy has been to actively seek out the opinions of stakeholders (business, labour, NGOs and policymakers).</p>

18 Jun 2014 15:11:34 GMT

Forest carbon stocks in woody plants of Tara Gedam Forest: Implication for climate change mitigation

<p>The overall objective of this study was to estimate the carbon stock potentials of Tara Gedam forest, Ethiopia, as potential sink for climate change mitigation. Forest plays an important role in the global carbon cycle as carbon sinks of the terrestrial ecosystem. The data was collected from the field by measuring plants with a DBH of &gt;5cm and the carbon stocks of each plant were analysed. The highest carbon stock was found in the western aspect and the lowest in northwest aspect. Altitudinal gradient, slope and aspect were the three environmental factors that affect the different carbon pools of the forest and this study concluded that the forest should be conserved and protected in a sustainable way for further carbon sinks.</p>

18 Jun 2014 15:00:13 GMT

Carbon majors funding loss and damage

<p>This discussion paper outlines the case for the &lsquo;Carbon Majors&rsquo; &ndash; 90 entities which include Chevron, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, BP, Gazprom, and Shell &ndash; to provide funding via the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage for poor communities all over the world.<span style="line-height:1.6em">&nbsp;A 2013 report on the Carbon Majors, published in the&nbsp;</span>Climatic Change journal,<span style="line-height:1.6em">&nbsp;stated that 63 percent of carbon emissions in the atmosphere have come from the coal, oil, and gas extracted and cement manufactured by the Carbon Majors. This report argues that there is a case for financial assistance as these entities have made massive profits while billions of people are already suffering from climate change.</span></p>

18 Jun 2014 14:52:12 GMT

Measuring, reporting and verifying climate finance: International state of play and future perspectives

<p>The paper provides a brief introduction to and background information on the measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate finance and outlines he current state of developments on MRV of climate finance and ongoing work at the international level. It also discusses key challenges and guiding principles of putting it into operational practice and provides some recommendations for further reflection.</p>

16 Jun 2014 16:17:15 GMT

From the ground up: Changing the conversation about climate change

<p>This report argues that effective communication on climate change is crucial to action. But while a wealth of information is produced every year, it is not always accessible to those who need it most. The briefing draws on data from a survey of more than 33,000 people in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. The briefing aims to inform ongoing global policy initiatives to highlight to role of communication in climate change adaptation. It offers insights and solutions for coping with changing weather. It argues that the world&rsquo;s most vulnerable communities would benefit from media and communication initiatives to help them respond.</p>

16 Jun 2014 16:05:07 GMT

Climate change and rural communities in the Greater Mekong Subregion: A framework for assessing vulnerability and adaptation options

<p>This study has a focus on rural communities in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) who are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to their dependence on rainfed agriculture. To improve adaptation planning for agrarian communities, the report argues that there is a need to better understand their climate vulnerability through an appropriate assessment methodology.</p><p>This study identified common elements among adaptation strategies for the upland rural communities in three study sites in Lao People&rsquo;s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Thailand and Viet Nam. They are the need for livelihood diversification, improved land and risk management practices, financing resources for alternative livelihoods, and transfer of knowledge to farmers in transition from the reliance on upland rice.</p>

16 Jun 2014 15:55:21 GMT

Climate and Development Outlook: Bangladesh Special Edition

<p>This bulletin features a range of recent results and learning from the Climate &amp; Development Knowledge Network&rsquo;s (CDKN&rsquo;s) programme to strengthen climate resilient development in Bangladesh. CDKN is working with the Government, research institutes and civil society organisations to ensure that the US$10 billion the Government has invested in support to make the country less vulnerable and put in place a comprehensive national action plan to tackle climate change reaches the ground.</p><p>The report includes a column on how Bangladesh should focus on putting its substantial climate policies into action, the stories behind the numbers on climate-related migration in Bangladesh, an overview of activity around community-based adaptation in Bangladesh and a feature on the Government&rsquo;s international leadership in addressing climate-related loss and damage.</p>

16 Jun 2014 14:41:13 GMT

Climate change and conflict in the Sahel: A policy brief on findings from Niger and Burkina Faso

<p>This report analyses the potential linkages between climate impacts and conflict in two countries in Niger and Burkina Faso. Both countries have histories of droughts and food insecurity and are marked by three factors that analysts have found strongly correlated with instability and conflict: they are very low-income and landlocked, and their governments rely on sizable revenues from mineral exports. Rapid population growth produces further stresses.</p><p>This policy brief presents the political, economic, and demographic setting relevant to stability and instability for each country. It examines the recent and projected climate trends and vulnerabilities, as well as key institutional weaknesses. The brief concludes by identifying institutional gaps and areas of promise, as well as options for action that can build resilience and reduce conflict in each country.</p>

16 Jun 2014 14:30:59 GMT

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

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

16 Jun 2014 14:22:49 GMT

Strategies for mitigating climate change in agriculture: Abridged report

<p>This publication is the abridged version of the report ‘Strategies for mitigating climate change in agriculture: recommendations for philanthropy’. The report was designed to identify greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation options in the agricultural sector. It provides a snapshot of the global mitigation potential in the year 2030, compared to a hypothetical baseline in which no additional mitigation from agriculture is attempted, beyond current adoption and intensification trends. The analysis is intended to enhance understanding of the relative magnitude and feasibility of mitigation opportunities. The agriculture sector accounts for approximately one-fifth of GHG emissions when considering the full life cycle of production, including deforestation. This ratio can be higher in developing countries where agriculture and forestry sectors together often constitute the majority of total emissions. Despite this, climate negotiators and policy makers have historically paid little attention to the agricultural sector in efforts to slow climate change. According to the authors of this publication, constructive debate on agriculture and climate change is hampered by a false dichotomy between food security and environmental health. Furthermore, fears about mitigation practices reducing yields may be inhibiting the integration of the food security and livelihoods agenda with that of the climate and environmental community. This publication provides a series of recommendations that focus on GHG mitigation options while also supporting the food security and climate resiliency needs: <br/>1. Shift consumption patterns. This report estimates that nearly three gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (Gt CO2e) per year could be mitigated through changes in diets and reductions in food waste in 2030 compared with a business-as-usual scenario. It is important to address rising meat consumption, particularly beef. Among other promising interventions are reducing levels of food waste and loss around the world, and curtailing the use of food crops for biofuels. A range of actions – including policy changes, behavioural change, and infrastructure investments – can help address these issues. <br/> 2. Focus on key agricultural producers that can achieve major productivity gains. Demand-side interventions need to be paired with efforts to improve the efficiency of production. Priority focus areas should include: reducing enteric fermentation emissions from Brazil’s cattle population and India’s dairy herd; increasing the efficiency of nutrient use on China’s croplands; reducing rice emissions in Southeast Asia; and improving stored manure practices in industrialised livestock systems. <br/> 3. Pursue catalytic, cross-cutting interventions. There are several high leverage opportunities that are gaining traction and should be examined in more detail: standards and guidelines for low emissions agricultural investments that steer money away from high emissions agricultural activities; greater transparency and accountability in corporate supply chains would strengthen the climate-oriented investments and commitments of major food and agribusinesses; and reform of agricultural subsidies in major agricultural economies, particularly the E.U. and U.S. <br/> 4. Take a rational approach to agricultural carbon sequestration. One way to prioritise support for increased soil carbon sequestration is to identify those geographies where soil carbon content is particularly low and where the links to food security, poverty reduction, and productivity gains are strongest. The croplands of Sub-Saharan Africa and the grazing lands of Brazil are two geographies where carbon sequestration would support broader efforts to improve soil fertility and forage productivity, for the long-term benefit of producers. Additionally, this report recommends continued, long-term investments in research and development of promising new practices, specifically biochar, as well as improved data on soil types, soil carbon contents and fluxes, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa.</p>

16 Jun 2014 14:15:55 GMT

After the storm: Haiti’s coming food crisis

<p>The 2012 hurricane season generated profound impacts on Haiti&rsquo;s population by reducing food security and limiting basic service provision. This paper highlights a number of possible entry-points to mitigate future risks of hunger.</p><p>The author clarifies that agriculture is the backbone of Haiti&acute;s economy, particularly outside of the country&acute;s primary cities; thus, when disasters hit, Haiti&acute;s rural population is especially exposed to food insecurity. Nevertheless, the looming crisis can be mitigated by interventions that strengthen Haiti&rsquo;s agricultural infrastructure from the ground up while promoting sustainable solutions that build on the strengths of Haiti&rsquo;s rural communities.</p><p>Policy implications encompass:</p><ul><li>strategies that promote cash in exchange for work and facilitate remittances are extremely effective at reducing prolonged hunger</li><li>micro-insurance for small farms and creative methods of distributing seeds and farming supplies as partial payment for participants in &ldquo;cash for work&rdquo; programs are also viable options</li><li>indigenous leaders and forms of community organising can be integrated into assessment and planning activities, and resources can be fairly distributed to the intended beneficiaries without excessive waste</li></ul><p>However, the document underlines that this demands the will of international donors, NGOs, indigenous community associations, and the Haitian government to act, rather than react, to prevent the coming food crisis.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Jun 2014 21:20:18 GMT

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project. Blue carbon in Abu Dhabi – protecting our coastal Heritage

<p>The Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project, facilitated by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was a one-year project, which commenced in November 2012. Supportive to AGEDI&rsquo;s mandate and as one of the projects within the Eye on the Earth Oceans and Blue Carbon Special Initiative, the project was designed to deliver data sharing on a local level, support and encourage adaptation on a regional level and contribute to knowledge on the international stage.</p><p>Abu Dhabi was the ideal setting for such a project due to its innovative concepts and commitment to informed decision-making, in particular with regards the environment. In just over 40 years, Abu Dhabi has evolved from a small fishing community to the largest of the seven Emirates of the UAE. With the vision and direction from His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the environment has become an intrinsic part of the heritage and traditions of the people of the UAE. This national affinity to the sea led to the initiation of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project, with the aim of exploring the values coastal and marine ecosystems provide in the UAE, and to help preserve the Emirate&rsquo;s environment and cultural heritage.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

13 Jun 2014 13:44:36 GMT

Assessing drought displacement risk for Kenyan, Ethiopian and Somali pastoralists

<p>This study represents an initial attempt to assess patterns of displacement related to droughts in selected countries of the Horn of Africa, specifically the border regions of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.</p><p>The analysis is based on a mathematical model, IDMC&rsquo;s innovative Pastoralist Livelihoods and Displacement Simulator, a real-time tool that estimates displacement outcomes based on interactions between climate and human-induced factors. The study explores several scenarios to identify potential impacts of climate change and demographic trends and to test the effectiveness of measures to prevent and respond to droughts. Therefore, the primary intended audience for this paper are those in national and regional governments responsible for reducing and managing disaster risks &ndash; drought in particular &ndash; and for protecting the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).</p>

06 Jun 2014 15:51:36 GMT

Eastern Africa - forest carbon projects study

<p>This study looks at four forest carbon projects in eastern Africa and explores the to understand the challenges and successes of such projects that combine climate change, biodiversity conservation and community development objectives, and to understand their applicability to future USAID program development, including those related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). The study findings are reported, comparing the four projects in the body of with respect to: Measurement, Reporting and Verification for carbon standards (MRV); financial costs, risks and benefits, and co-benefits; natural resource management practices; biodiversity conservation; and intersection with host-country government policies (including REDD+).</p>

06 Jun 2014 15:15:55 GMT

Understanding land use in the UNFCCC

<p>This guide aims to increase the technical understanding of the treatment of land use under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The land use is defined as land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) and agriculture, sometimes referred to collectively as agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU). The guide aims to explain key decisions under the UNFCCC related to land use reporting and accounting (e.g. forest-related reference levels, natural disturbances, etc.). The guide provides information on how issues are applied in practice and examples to illustrate the challenges around reporting and accounting of land use.</p>

06 Jun 2014 15:07:56 GMT

Water, food and energy nexus challenges

<p>This paper aims to provide an overview of the main challenges associated with increasing demand for agricultural products as a result of population growth and changing consumption patterns. It presents projections for food, fiber and fodder under &lsquo;business as usual&rsquo; scenarios, based on several existing data sets and recent relevant publications. The report also explores the implications for land management, perspectives on water use, the impact of climate change on agriculture, energy requirements in agriculture, the impact on greenhouse gas emissions, issues around agriculture and water quality and impacts on markets.</p><p>[Full document can be accessed via the PDF link on the web page]</p>

06 Jun 2014 14:57:24 GMT

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

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

06 Jun 2014 14:44:36 GMT

Perceptions of climate change and adaptation to microclimate change and variability among smallholder farmers in Mhakwe Communal Area, Manicaland province, Zimbabwe

<p>This study seeks to assess smallholder farmers&#39; perceptions of climate change and also their adaptive strategies at the microscale in Mhakwe Communal Area in Zimbabwe. The study was carried out using a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. A sample of 43 smallholder farmers was selected. The study found that government agencies and non-governmental organisations were providing information about climate change and variability to smallholder farmers. Farmers practiced a number of adaptation strategies such as timing in planting, zero tillage, mulching, agroforestry and gardening. The study recommended that external agencies should focus on strengthening existing adaptive strategies. It also argued that there is need to scale-up programmes on capacity building with regards to dissemination of analysed weather and climate data.</p>

06 Jun 2014 14:36:35 GMT

Climate change and sustainable water management in central Asia

<p>This working paper explores adaptation options in Central Asia. It describes the results of research conducted by a technical assistance in Central Asia. The research combined field observations with satellite-based data and created models to demonstrate the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Aral Sea Basin. The adaptation options explored can be summarised in three broad categories: 1) Expanding the supply of water available in the future, 2) Increasing the productivity of water and 3) Reducing future demand for water.</p><p>The paper argues that climate change will put additional challenges on decision makers to manage water resources in a beneficial way both to the environment and human life and that solutions are possible when decision makers act adequately, resources are available and actions are taken in common understanding of all countries.</p>

06 Jun 2014 14:28:08 GMT

Synergies across a REDD+ landscape: Non-carbon benefits, joint mitigation and adaptation, and an analysis of submissions to the SBSTA

<p>This brief draws from the scientific literature on non-carbon benefits and joint mitigation and adaptation, evaluates recent submissions to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) on these issues, and intends to inform the negotiations on these approaches. It highlights that international policy makers are currently exploring methodological matters associated with non-carbon benefits and joint mitigation and adaptation approaches as they relate to REDD+. The brief argues that although few pilot projects are exploring these issues, emerging evidence shows how these approaches can be implemented on the ground. It is suggested that Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and observers consider the synergies among safeguards, non-carbon benefits, and mitigation and adaptation as critical to providing some of the best REDD+ results.&nbsp;</p>

05 Jun 2014 16:18:49 GMT

Monitoring & evaluation for climate change adaptation and resilience: A synthesis of tools, frameworks and approaches (Second edition)

<p>This report provides a synthesis and summary of frameworks for the monitoring and evaluation (M&amp;E) of climate change adaptation and resilience (CCAR) interventions, with a specific focus on international development projects and programmes. It aims to provide an easy-to-read synthesis of current adaptation and resilience M&amp;E resources, frameworks, and approaches. Also to provide analysis of the &lsquo;state of play&rsquo; of adaptation and resilience M&amp;E guidance, identifying key themes and reflecting upon gaps and future priorities. The report provides an assessment of each resource in terms of its purpose, a summary of content and approach, its potential application, and the contribution it makes to our broader understanding of adaptation M&amp;E. The <a href="http://eldis.org/go/home&amp;id=66147&amp;type=Document#.U5CSFPldV1A">first edition</a> of this report was published in October 2013; this second version has been revised and updated to include new materials.</p>

05 Jun 2014 16:04:49 GMT

Impact of climate change on agriculture and food crops: Options for climate smart Agriculture and local adaptation in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

<p>This paper identifies some of the innovations in water use efficiency and water management at crop levels such as mulching, water diversification measures and agro-forestry system which are being used by a few successful farmers. The paper highlights that the impact of climate change on agriculture may manifest in the form of deficit in yields from rain-fed agriculture (due to water stress and temperature change) and reductions in crop growth period (e.g. changing pattern of onset of rain days and the changing nature of dry spells).</p><p>Particular interventions focused on in the paper include dripping irrigation for (mainly cash crop) agriculture, rainwater harvesting, identification (and re-introduction) of some drought resistant crop varieties, building a sustainable local seed systems, participatory breeding, livestock adaptation measures and improvement of existing agroforestry as well as knowledge management.</p>

05 Jun 2014 15:25:46 GMT

A conceptual flash flood early warning system for Africa, based on terrestrial microwave links and flash flood guidance

<p>This journal article describes a conceptual flash flood early warning system for developing countries, with a particular focus on the system that is currently being developed for Kenya. The conceptual&nbsp;system uses rainfall intensity data from terrestrial microwave communication links and the geostationary Meteosat Second Generation satellite &ndash; two systems that are already in place and operational. The system will be maintained and operated through a public-private partnership, which includes a mobile telephone operator, a national meteorological service and an emergency relief service. The mobile telephone operator acts as both the supplier of raw input data and the disseminator of early warnings. It is argued that the early warning system could significantly reduce the number of fatalities due to flash floods, improve the efficiency of disaster risk reduction efforts and play an important role in strengthening the resilience to climate change of developing countries in Africa.</p>

05 Jun 2014 15:06:17 GMT

Practices to reduce milk carbon footprint on grazing dairy farms in southern Uruguay: Case studies

<p>This study aimed to quantify the carbon footprint of milk produced on 24 grazing-based dairy farms in southern Uruguay. According to the researchers, the total milk production, milk yield per cow and dry matter intake explained most of the variation in carbon footprint. They argue that strategies that provide the highest milk production per ha using high yielding cows and a high portion of lactating cows in the herd were identified as the best management practices for reducing carbon footprint. They argue that low forage intake in Uruguay is often a consequence of low yielding pastures and high stocking rates. Overall, this study concluded that a reduction in carbon footprint is not achieved through increased concentrate intake unless forage consumption is also unconstrained. Improved pasture and feeding management can be used to reduce the carbon footprint of milk produced in Uruguay.</p>

05 Jun 2014 14:52:37 GMT

Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2014

<p>This report examines progress in the development and deployment of key clean energy technologies. It argues that although the deployment of solar photovoltaics, onshore wind and electric vehicles is still increasing rapidly, their growth rates are slowing. It highlights that growth of coal-fired power generation exceeds that of all non-fossil fuels combined. It argues that there is an inadequate political and financial commitment to long-term sustainability of the global energy system. The report provides specific recommendations to governments on how to scale up deployment of these key technologies toward a secure, clean and competitive energy future.</p>

05 Jun 2014 14:41:36 GMT

The Solar Energy Centre: an approach to village scale power supply . The Solar Transition pilot project in Kenya

<p>Access to electricity has a positive impact on a wide range of factors influencing rural communities, from improved health, to access to communication and information, to better educational facilities, economic prosperity and improved standard of living. However, finding ways to expand energy services to marginalizeed households in developing countries is one of the most pressing challenges facing the world today.</p><p>The village energy centre model, developed by the Solar Transitions project, targets provision of affordable and accessible basic lighting and electricity services for off-grid communities through an approach where all services are housed in one centre approximate to the community. The system design attempts to minimize the number of centralized batteries required to reduce future battery replacement costs. To achieve sustainability and enable expansion, the centre is designed to be operated by local residents on financial principles.</p>

04 Jun 2014 13:15:41 GMT

The development implications of the fracking revolution

<p>A larger number of countries are exposed to a potential trade shock emerging from a change in US oil imports including Angola, Congo, and Nigeria. An increase in fracking in China with the same size in the trade shock would double the effect. The total estimated effects from a reduction in US oil imports from African countries amount to US$32 billion. The net impacts on exporters will depend on their ability to find other markets, and the conditions under which they do so.</p><p>The primary objective of this report is to examine the economic impacts (actual and potential) on developing countries of current transformations in global energy markets associated with the growth in exploitation of shale gas and tight oil.</p><p>The fracking revolution is also likely to have major geopolitical impacts. The US and China stand to benefit from the prospect of greater energy independence. Europe will be faced with an imperative</p><p>to reduce its dependence on energy imports from Russia and elsewhere, and will face various options for doing this. Russia, the Middle East and OPEC are expected to lose in political terms. For non-oil exporting developing countries the economic impacts can be expected to be broadly positive, through growth effects and reductions in the cost of importing energy.</p>

03 Jun 2014 11:02:14 GMT

A review of droughts in the African continent: a geospatial and long-term perspective

<p>This paper presents a review and analysis of the available literature and information on droughts to build a perspective on geospatial and temporal variation of droughts in Africa. The study is based on the review and analysis of droughts occurred during 1900&ndash;2013 as well as evidence available from past centuries based on studies on the lake sediment analysis, tree-ring chronologies and written and oral histories and future predictions from the global climate change models. The paper argues that the available evidence from the past shows that the African continent is likely to face extreme and widespread droughts in future. This evident challenge is likely to aggravate due to slow progress in drought risk management, increased population and demand for water and degradation of land and environment. Thus, the paper argues that there is a clear need for increased and integrated efforts in drought mitigation to reduce the negative impacts of droughts anticipated in future.</p>

02 Jun 2014 15:07:19 GMT

Design, monitoring, and evaluation in a changing climate: Lessons learned from agriculture and food security programme evaluations in Asia

<p>This paper is the first in a series of Evaluation Reviews, which are intended to highlight and distil findings from published evaluations of climate change related programme interventions. This paper is aimed at sharing some design, monitoring, and evaluation (DME) &lsquo;lessons learned&rsquo; that are pertinent to Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), which have been drawn from a small selection of agriculture/food security (AFS) programmes across Asia. The paper is organised into five sections. It begins with a brief overview of climate change in Asia and the implications for agriculture and food security, and discuss the purpose, audience, and methodology of this paper. It then outlines short synopses of the four example programmes, and derive key lessons that are pertinent to those monitoring and evaluating climate adaptation interventions. The paper finishes with a conclusion and recommendations.</p>

02 Jun 2014 14:58:00 GMT

The state of the world fisheries and aquaculture: opportunities and challenges

<p>This report gives a global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues. The report finds that global fish production has grown steadily in the last five decades, with food fish supply increasing at an average annual rate of 3.2 percent, outpacing world population growth. In developing countries, fish consumption tends to be based on locally and seasonally available products, with supply driving the fish chain. However, fuelled by rising domestic income and wealth, consumers in emerging economies are experiencing a diversification of the types of fish available owing to an increase in fishery imports.</p><p>When it comes to climate change, the report describes six studies launched by the FAO in an attempt to start filling in the gape of relevant information about its impact on fisheries and aquaculture systems. The case studies looked at fisheries and aquaculture systems located across the world.</p>

02 Jun 2014 14:50:27 GMT

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014

<p>The State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014 report takes the position that while international negotiations may be slow, countries and cities are moving on climate pricing. A total of eight new carbon markets opened in 2013, and another launched in early 2014. With these additions, the world&rsquo;s emissions trading schemes are valued at about US$30 billion. China now houses the second largest carbon market in the world, covering the equivalent of 1,115 million tons of carbon dioxide, after the EU ETS, with its 2,039 MtCO2e cap in 2013. The report also argues that carbon taxation is &lsquo;gaining ground.&rsquo; New carbon taxes were introduced in Mexico and France in 2013. The report encourages countries, sub-national jurisdictions, and companies to join a growing coalition of first movers supporting carbon pricing.</p>

02 Jun 2014 14:28:04 GMT

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Payments for nature values: market and non-market instruments

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

17 Jun 2014 17:30:42 GMT

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

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

16 Jun 2014 14:22:49 GMT

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

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

06 Jun 2014 14:44:36 GMT

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

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

06 Jun 2014 10:51:28 GMT

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

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

23 May 2014 15:19:21 GMT

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

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

21 May 2014 18:01:57 GMT

Pacific Integrated Island Management Principles, case studies and lessons learned

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

14 May 2014 15:51:39 GMT

Population and poaching of African rhinos across African range states

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

14 Apr 2014 20:53:45 GMT

Poverty, poaching and trafficking: what are the links?

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

11 Apr 2014 10:46:55 GMT

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

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

28 Mar 2014 18:00:41 GMT

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

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

26 Mar 2014 19:32:47 GMT

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

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

26 Mar 2014 19:03:05 GMT

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

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

22 Mar 2014 14:52:19 GMT

Governing Africa’s mangroves: a sustainable future

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

07 Mar 2014 12:35:10 GMT

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

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

31 Jan 2014 13:08:54 GMT

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

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

24 Jan 2014 11:50:30 GMT

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

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

15 Jan 2014 15:36:42 GMT

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

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

09 Jan 2014 12:50:19 GMT

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

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

07 Jan 2014 12:49:13 GMT

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

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

02 Jan 2014 12:20:29 GMT

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

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

05 Dec 2013 16:43:52 GMT

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

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

22 Nov 2013 10:12:39 GMT

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

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

04 Nov 2013 18:52:37 GMT

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

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

30 Aug 2013 13:30:36 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2013 01:56:06 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2013 00:22:42 GMT

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

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

13 Aug 2013 09:10:13 GMT

Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change

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

10 May 2013 08:02:21 GMT

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

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

21 Jan 2013 16:14:01 GMT

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

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

12 Dec 2012 09:01:19 GMT

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

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

22 Nov 2012 09:00:59 GMT

Prospects and Constraints of Madhupur National Park Management

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

31 Oct 2012 09:01:00 GMT

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

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

12 Sep 2012 21:34:15 GMT

Global environmental outlook 5: environment for the future we want

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

15 Jun 2012 09:49:30 GMT

Reefs at Risk Revisted

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

23 Mar 2012 09:05:49 GMT

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

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

20 Mar 2012 09:05:00 GMT

Integrating protected areas into climate planning

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

28 Feb 2012 01:38:52 GMT

Geographical indications, in situ conservation and traditional knowledge

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

27 Feb 2012 21:44:42 GMT

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

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

25 Feb 2012 21:42:22 GMT

Sundarbans: future imperfect climate adaptation report

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

20 Feb 2012 17:53:34 GMT

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

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

26 Sep 2011 16:57:09 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2011 08:11:25 GMT

Agriculture biodiversity and food security: two sides of a coin

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

25 Aug 2011 12:29:04 GMT

Climate change and biodiversity: IPCC technical paper V

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

31 Aug 2010 11:40:57 GMT

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

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

08 Apr 2010 16:00:41 GMT

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

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

18 Jan 2010 11:40:45 GMT

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

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

11 Nov 2009 12:37:10 GMT

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

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

09 Oct 2009 11:58:50 GMT

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

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

08 Oct 2009 13:28:15 GMT

Rights-based approaches: exploring issues and opportunities for conservation

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

20 Jul 2009 13:40:12 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:56:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:25:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:58:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Air pollution, the invisible killer - Insights Blog

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:22:00 GMT

Material resources, productivity and the environment

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

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

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:56:00 GMT

Climate Resilience in Development Planning: Experiences in Colombia and Ethiopia

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

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development

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

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:56:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:04:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Video: How should governments prepare for floods?

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

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

Environment at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:26:00 GMT

OECD biotechnology newsletter updates

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Insights Blog: OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:57:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:40:00 GMT

OECD Programme on Water Governance

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:06:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:25:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Environment Action Programme Task Force: 2013 annual meeting

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:32:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

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

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

Responding to key well-being challenges in Austria

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

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:34:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

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

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:51:00 GMT

Avoiding death by diesel, blog post by Simon Upton

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

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:37:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Why biodiversity matters

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

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

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Программа «EaP GREEN»: Первое заседание Координационного комитета

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

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

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

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

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

World Water Day: Big problems but there are solutions

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

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:53:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

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

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Environmental Innovation in Germany - Environment Working Paper No. 53

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

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:44:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

UN Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18)

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

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

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

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Is there life on Mars?

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

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:49:00 GMT

COP11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:16:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

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

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

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

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:31:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Is this as good as it gets?

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

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 17:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:32:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

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

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

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

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Durban Climate Change Conference

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

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

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

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

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

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Rio+20: A voice from Sheffield, UK

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

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

Rio+20: A voice from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Cities and Resilience

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollution

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

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

Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energy

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

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

Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon tax

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

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

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

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

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

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

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

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

Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

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

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

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World Business

Yahoo buys app analytics firm Flurry

Yahoo acquires an app analytics firm, Flurry, in an attempt to help boost its advertising revenue from smartphones.

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Credit Suisse posts quarterly loss

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse reports its biggest quarterly loss in almost six years after being hit by its settlement with US authorities over tax evasion charges.

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China signs Venezuela oil deal

Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed an oil deal with Venezuela, as part of a four-day tour of Latin America.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:44:39 GMT

Netflix profits double to $71m

Online video service Netflix reports profits of $71m in the second quarter, more than double compared with the same period a year ago.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:39:39 GMT

Royal Mail sees parcels revenue fall

Royal Mail warns of lower revenues from its parcels business, but says it should still be able to meet its targets for the year.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:43:09 GMT

Criminal probe targets forex market

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) launches a criminal investigation into allegations of price rigging in the foreign exchange market.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:43:19 GMT

China suspends KFC's meat supplier

Authorities in Shanghai suspend the operations of a meat supplier suspected of selling expired meat to fast food chains including McDonald's and KFC.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:20:03 GMT

Tesco boss feels 'relief' over exit

Tesco says chief executive Philip Clarke expresses his 'enormous relief' over leaving the company.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:49:42 GMT

Seoul to ban ride-sharing app Uber

Seoul is planning to ban mobile phone ride-sharing app Uber just as the company aims to accelerate its expansion in Asia.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:06:06 GMT

China's Huawei sees sales jump 19%

Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone maker Huawei reports a 19% jump in sales to 135.8bn yuan ($21.9bn; £12.8bn) for the first six months of the year.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:31:12 GMT

US widow wins $23.6bn tobacco payout

A US court orders the country's second largest cigarette company to pay huge damages to the wife of a smoker who died of lung cancer.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:39:16 GMT

Oil and gas boost Reliance profits

Reliance Industries, one of India's largest conglomerates, reports a sharp rise in profits thanks in part to a turnaround in its oil and gas business.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:43:22 GMT

Malaysia Airlines' future in doubt

Shares in Malaysia Airlines closed down 11% following the crash of flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, raising questions about the airline's future.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:05:07 GMT

Brazilian engineer Odebrecht dies

Norberto Odebrecht, the founder of one of Latin America's largest engineering conglomerates, dies at the age of 93.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:31:32 GMT

Lagarde warns of market optimism

IMF head Christine Lagarde warns that financial markets maybe a little too upbeat given high levels of unemployment and debt in European economies.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:03:56 GMT

Sky buys 70% stake in Bake Off firm

Sky has bought a 70% stake in the production company behind programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and Benefits Street.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:15:52 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:30:38 GMT

VIDEO: Akubra hats: Keeping it in the family

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:03:14 GMT

VIDEO: Creating a world class sat-nav firm

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

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:31:37 GMT

VIDEO: Zambia's dynamic Chinese romance

China and Zambia have strong trade and business links, but the romance has not been without controversy.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:51:23 GMT

VIDEO: Humanoid robot opens bottles

Honda has launched the latest generation of its humanoid robot ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility).

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:03:37 GMT

VIDEO: Zanzibar's Islamic banks on the rise

Conventional banks in Zanzibar are tapping into a growing market for financial products and services that are compliant with Islamic law.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:56:50 GMT

VIDEO: Scorpion fighter jet goes on show

The Scorpion jet, which went from drawing board to first flight in 23 months, is on display at the Farnborough Airshow.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:38:32 GMT

VIDEO: Inside the latest Boeing Dreamliner

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst took a tour of a 787 Dreamliner at the Farnborough Airshow.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:06:39 GMT

VIDEO: 'The Italian Mark Zuckerberg'

Matteo Achilli is taking his recruitment company global, while he is still at university.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:18:08 GMT

VIDEO: The race to build Endomondo

Endomondo chief executive Mette Lykke explains how she has turned the firm into a profitable business in seven years.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:42:42 GMT

Airbnb logo faces Twitter backlash

Airbnb's new logo has been criticised and mocked by social media users, although others have praised the rebrand.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:47:51 GMT

Blogger fined for restaurant review

A French judge rules against a blogger whose restaurant review is deemed too prominent in Google search results.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:15:39 GMT

Murdoch's Time Warner offer rebuffed

US media giant Time Warner has rejected an initial takeover approach from rival 21st Century Fox estimated at $80bn (£46.6bn).

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:17:23 GMT

Bank of America profits drop 43%

Bank of America reports a 43% drop in its second-quarter profits as mortgage revenue falls and legal costs increase.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:41:20 GMT

Fed warns on social media stocks

The US Federal Reserve warns of "stretched valuations" in social media and biotechnology firms as part of chair Janet Yellen's semi-annual report in front of Congress.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:14:53 GMT

Eurostar passenger numbers up by 2%

Cross-channel train operator Eurostar says passenger numbers rose by 2% in the first half of the year to five million.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Novartis to work on Google eye lens

Google and Novartis agree to work on developing a "smart" contact lens to monitor sugar levels in the tears of diabetics.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:54:08 GMT

Meaty fine for German sausage makers

German sausage makers are facing a hefty fine for running a price-fixing cartel over many years.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:02:56 GMT

Emirates finalises $56bn 777X order

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:52:19 GMT

SABMiller to sell Tsogo Sun stake

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:18:33 GMT

SA strike forces GM plant closure

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

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:38 GMT

Samsung finds China 'child labour'

Samsung Electronics says it has found "evidence of suspected child labour" at the factory of its Chinese supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:44:25 GMT

Infosys sees quarterly profits rise

Infosys, India's second-largest IT services firm, reports a 21% increase in quarterly profit and maintains its revenue growth forecast.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:14:29 GMT

Malaysian banks in mega-merger talks

Three of Malaysia's biggest lenders are in talks about a possible merger that would create the country's biggest banking group.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:30:13 GMT

Real Madrid 'most valuable team'

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

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:30 GMT

Fifa partner surrenders in Brazil

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

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:13:21 GMT

Man Utd signs £750m Adidas kit deal

Adidas will pay £75m a season to make Manchester United's kit for the next 10 years, after Nike ended its 13-year partnership.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:25:09 GMT

African countries adopt hi-tech tourism

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

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:22:32 GMT

Joining up Ghana's healthcare to save lives

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

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:02:51 GMT

Ivory Coast stallholders turn to digital marketplace

Online marketplaces are giving Ivory Coast stallholders a new platform on which to sell their goods, potentially increasing customer numbers and profits.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:00:42 GMT

How to ask for $250m

The dos and don'ts of pitching for business investment, what venture capitalists look for, and what they run from.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:21:02 GMT

Chasing the silver dollar

With the world's population getting older, the BBC's Jane O'Brien meets some of the growing number of entrepreneurs targeting the "silver dollar" - elderly customers.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:09:43 GMT

Would you get a tattoo of a company logo?

Chuck Runyon, the boss of fast-growing US gym chain Anytime Fitness, explains why more than 2,000 people have been inspired to get tattoos of the company's logo.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:02:14 GMT

Bentley set for record sales in 2014

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:35:27 GMT

Vauxhall announces 550 new jobs

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:02:04 GMT

GM recalls another 8.4 million cars

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

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:06:35 GMT

Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?

How drones may be used to fight wildlife poaching in Africa

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:43:02 GMT

A company born out of frustration

How one man's failure to get a cab drove him to try to fix the problem

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:50:25 GMT

Akubra: Keeping it in the family

The family firm behind the famous Aussie headwear

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:24:38 GMT

Slovakia's successful app entrepreneur

'I wanted to make products for people'

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:34:10 GMT

From bad to worse?

Further sanctions on Russia will hit an already ailing economy

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:15:53 GMT

How to make your fortune from writing

How to make a fortune writing about stuff you love

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:28:07 GMT

EU and US trade talks make 'painstaking progress'

Why are US-EU trade talks so controversial?

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:21:50 GMT

Which conflict zones do planes fly over?

Who decides where it's safe to fly?

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:14:15 GMT

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UAE's Mubadala to sign a cooperation deal with Somalia

(MENAFN) Mubadala Petroleum has signed a cooperation deal with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Gulf News reported.In the first h...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:24:52 GMT

Qatar General Insurance profits decrease to USD14.75m in H1

(MENAFN) Qatar General Insurance announced posting a net profit of USD14.75 million form January to June of 2014, QNA reported.The first half's figures showed a drop of 92.75 perce...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:36:57 GMT

Profit of Qatar General Insurance drops 92.75 percent in H1

(MENAFN) Net profit of Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Company was estimated at USD14.75 million in the first half of the current year, according to the Peninsula Qatar.Tha...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:34:00 GMT

Qatar's Muntajat, Milaha sign 2-year agreement

(MENAFN) Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) and Qatar Navigation (Milaha) have recently signed a 2-year contract for the time charter of...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:26:05 GMT

Saudi Dar Al-Arkan income grows 17 percent in Q2

(MENAFN) Dar Al-Arkan, Saudi Arabia's largest real estate developer by market value, saw a 17 percent growth in net income in the second quarter of the current year, but still lowe...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:09:29 GMT

Kuwait's Al Mazaya profit up 631 percent in H1

(MENAFN) Net profit of Kuwait's Al Mazaya Holding Group was estimated at USD10.97 Million in the first six months of the current year, which is 631 percent higher than the same per...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:55:47 GMT

UAE's Hala opens new office in UAE

(MENAFN) Hala Travel Management (HTM) has recently launched its first office in Dubai, located in the Etihad Travel Mall on Shaikh Zayed Road, according to Gulf News.Hala Tavel, wh...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:47:40 GMT

Batelco, Mobily sign agreement

(MENAFN) Batelco and Mobily have recently signed an agreement to enable Batelco offer a 4G high-speed mobile Internet while roaming in Saudi Arabia, according to Gulf Daily News.Ba...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:47:20 GMT

UAE's Etisalat profit up 26 percent in Q2

(MENAFN) UAE-based Etisalat reported a 26 percent growth in its profit in the second three months of the current year, as its majority stake in Maroc Telecom strengthened it, accor...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:38:00 GMT

Diversion work on USD545m Dubai Canal starts

(MENAFN) Work on the initial phase of the major traffic diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road for the Dubai Canal project, which worth USD545 million, has been started by Dubai"s transpo...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:43:40 GMT

Oman awards projects worth USD1601.17m in H1

(MENAFN) The Tender Board of Oman awarded projects worth more than USD1601.17 million in the first half of 2014, compared to last year which was USD2227.04 million, according to Ti...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:35:15 GMT

China, GCC trade flourishes in 2014

(MENAFN) The trade relationship between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has boosted to a level high in several sectors, not only in oil trade, according to Arab News.J...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:11:40 GMT

SABIC profit up 7 percent in Q2

(MENAFN) Net profit of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) was estimated at USD3.43 billion in the first six months of 2014, according to Arab News.The company's profit, wh...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:30:23 GMT

Bourse Company to offer model for privatisation in Kuwait - Chairman

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Convening the Kuwait Bourse Company Constituent General Assembly on Sunday goes on line with the orientation of the Kuwait Capital Market Autho...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:25:52 GMT

Kuwait- His Highness The Amir urges int'l community to stop Israeli aggression on Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has urged the international community to stop the ongoing Israeli aggression on t...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:24:51 GMT

65 members from Assad's forces killed in Homs

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) At least 65 members from Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime forces were killed in eastern Homs, which has been witnessing fierce battles...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:23:50 GMT

Israel continuing aggression on Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Carrying on its bloody aggression on the Gaza Strip, Israel has killed scores of Palestinians in a brutal massacre in eastern Gaza.At least 100...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:22:49 GMT

Israeli army admits 13 soldiers killed in Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Israeli occupation army admitted Sunday that at least 13 soldiers of its forces were killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza St...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:22:23 GMT

Iraq- Ban condemns systematic persecution of minorities in Mosul

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday condemned "in the strongest terms" the systematic persecution of minority populations in Mosul, Iraq...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:21:40 GMT

Kuwait- Mutlaa housing project (Design) costs KD 2 mln - PAHW

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) said on Sunday that it has concluded a contract with an international and local consultancy con...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:20:45 GMT

Qatari, Palestinian leaders discuss Israeli aggression on Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held talks with visiting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday on the Israeli mil...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:19:54 GMT

Tunisian gov't suspends terrorism-linked societies

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Tunisian government's crisis committee, tasked with monitoring security situation in the country, decided Sunday to immediately suspend soc...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:18:56 GMT

Obama worried over rising deaths in Gaza, sends Kerry to Mideast to seek ceasefire

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) President Barack Obama Sunday expressed serious concerns over the growing number of Palestinian civilian deaths in Gaza and loss of Israeli sol...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:18:25 GMT

Kuwait- PIFSS chief regrets union's refusal of initiative to suspend strike

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Director General of Public Institute for Social Security (PIFSS) Hamad Al-Humaidhi on Sunday regretted the Institute's labor union's refusal of...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:17:01 GMT

Qatari Amir, Ban discuss hostilities in Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held talks with visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Sunday on the Israeli aggression on Gaza ...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:15:39 GMT

Egypt- Al-Sisi vows retribution for those behind Al-Wadi terrorist attack

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi on Sunday vowed to retribute those behind the terrorist attack that killed 22 border troops."Their blood ...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:15:01 GMT

Hamas military wing announces abduction of Israeli soldier N. Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Ezz-Eddin Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas Movement, said it kidnapped an Israeli soldier during a battle with the Israeli forces...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:14:29 GMT

New Israeli air raids kill four more Palestinians in Gaza

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a house in Bani Suhaila town, south Gaza Strip, on Sunday, killing three members of same family and wou...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:14:07 GMT

Syrian shell injures three people N. Lebanon

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Intense shelling from the Syrian side of the borders reached several eastern Lebanese towns along the Great River on Sunday evening injuring th...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:11:28 GMT

Jordan conveys Arab request for UNSC emergency session on Gaza - Amb. Al-Otaibi

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Jordan conveyed a request on behalf of the Arab Group to the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session regarding the deteriorating situa...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:11:00 GMT

UN chief lambasts Israeli massacre in Shujaieh

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned as an "atrocious action" the killing of dozens of Palestinians in Al-Shujaieh district of ...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:10:36 GMT

Qatar choose to battle handball big boys Spain and Slovenia

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Defending champions €ŽSpain and European giants Slovenia were yesterday drawn in the same group of the 24th Men's Handball World Championships which will b...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:55:56 GMT

Qatar- QIB makes global spending on cards secure

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), Qatar's leading and safest Islamic Bank, has brought in a new level of security to protect customers' credit and debit cards from...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:52:31 GMT

Qatar- Muntajat signs 2-year deal with Milaha

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) signed a 2-year contract with Qatar Navigation (Milaha) for the time charte...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:51:23 GMT

Bahrain opposition faces suspension for three months

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Bahrain has filed a lawsuit to suspend Al Wefaq's activities for three months after the largest Shia opposition group allegedly violated the kingdom's law ...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:50:48 GMT

Hamas military wing claims capture of an Israeli soldier

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas group claimed yesterday night that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Ga...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:49:33 GMT

Qatar- Ooredoo hosts top Islamic scholar for Ramadan talk

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Ooredoo hosted a Ramadan lecture for its employees by globally recognised Islamic scholar Dr Yasir Qadhi (pictured). The lecture at Ooredoo's HQ1 building ...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:45:05 GMT

Qatar Museums opens 'Pearls' expo in Brazil

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) 'Pearls' exhibition, organised by Qatar Museums (QM), opened at Museu de Arte Brasileira (Brazilian Museum of Art) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday.It runs ...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:44:05 GMT

Qatar- Rota renovates KG classrooms, outdoor playground of school

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) More than 80 Reach Out To Asia (Rota) volunteers and secondary grade students from Bangladesh M H M School gathered in the past week to renovate one of the...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:42:13 GMT

Woqod signs deals for seven petrol stations across Qatar

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Fuel (Woqod) has signed seven contracts with two local companies for the construction of fuel stations in different areas of Qatar. The deals were si...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:40:30 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:18:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:46:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 July 2014

OECD annual inflation edges up to 2.1% in May 2014

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Smarter research spending would boost French innovation, says OECD

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

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:48:00 GMT

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

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

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:59:00 GMT

Andorra commits to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:47:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:37:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:01:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - First quarter of 2014, OECD

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:21:00 GMT

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

Modest decline in OECD unemployment rate in April 2014

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, June 2014

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

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Mongolia should persist with systematic anti-corruption reforms

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:49:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

Tajikistan should step up its fight against corruption

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:43:00 GMT

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 17:34:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 12:41:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 20 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 15 May 2014 17:23:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.5% in March 2014

Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, May 2014

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:00 GMT

Clarification on media reports regarding 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 May 2014

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

Fri, 09 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Countries commit to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:40:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:38:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:32:00 GMT

International community continues making progress on tax transparency

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:38:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Governments endorse new OECD Guidelines on applying VAT across borders

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment increases to 7.6% in February 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2014

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:00 GMT

Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

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

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:36:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 April 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.4% in February 2014

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Sovereign borrowing set to fall in 2014, says OECD

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

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:25:00 GMT

Inclusive Growth and Urbanisation in China

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:59:00 GMT

China: Structural reforms for inclusive growth

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

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:51:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:22:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:52:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 March 2014

OECD annual inflation increases slightly to 1.7% in January 2014

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:52:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Norway launches Wednesday 5 March 2014

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

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:34:00 GMT

OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 launches in Berlin

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

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:32:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

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

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:04:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:47:00 GMT

OECD delivers new single global standard on automatic exchange of information

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

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.6% in December 2013

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:45:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:27:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:36:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:41:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2014

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:58:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 February 2014

OECD annual inflation nudges up to 1.6% in December 2013

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:02:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:44:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Hungary launches Monday 27 January 2014

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

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Employment situation, third quarter 2013, OECD

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

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:44:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:00 GMT

OECD appoints new directors for economic policy

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

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Denmark launches Monday 20 January 2014

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:01:00 GMT

Russian economy growing but further reforms needed, says OECD

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in November 2013.

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Norway high up the aid donor table but could improve allocation

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:28:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, January 2014

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 January 2014

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:08:00 GMT

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

OECD Unit labour costs stable in the third quarter of 2013

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:38:00 GMT

Tax revenues continue to rise across the OECD

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:12:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:14:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:46:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Israel launches Sunday 8 December 2013

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Slovenia joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Making fiscal decentralisation work

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

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Forum moves towards automatic exchange of tax information and transparency

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

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A boost to transparency and international tax co-operation

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:34:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Switzerland launches Thursday 21 November 2013

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

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:11:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General welcomes Liechtenstein’s moves toward transparency

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Governments can do more to regain trust, says OECD report

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

France : Reinforcing competitiveness is key to boosting jobs and growth

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:00 GMT

Hungary deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:23:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD to launch PISA test for schools in England in 2014

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Andorra deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan should be more proactive against corruption

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombia’s accession process

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Chile strengthening international tax co-operation, OECD says

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

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:30:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombian accession process in Bogotá on 25 October

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:07:00 GMT

Poland joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:58:00 GMT

New Zealand not immune from foreign bribery, says OECD

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Latvia’s membership

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

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Switzerland signs Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:21:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Press Conference: Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia 2014

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica signs OECD agreement to boost investment

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

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT

England should expand provision of postsecondary vocational programmes, says OECD

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

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Colombia’s Membership

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:36:00 GMT

OECD countries address the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:55:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows, OECD says

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

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:34:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Ireland launches Thursday 12 September 2013

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:35:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:16:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:08:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:45:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Interim Economic Assessment

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:29:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

OECD appoints new Deputy Secretary-General

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD, ILO call on G20 labour ministers to reinforce cooperation

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

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

В преддверии совещания министров труда стран Группы двадцати в Москве МОТ и ОЭСР представят обновленные данные о ситуации на рынках труда этих стран.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:44:00 GMT

OECD and ILO to release labour market update ahead of G20 Labour Ministerial in Moscow

The OECD and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will publish updated G20 labour market data on Wednesday 17 July 2013 ahead of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Moscow.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Business start-up rates remain sluggish, new OECD data shows

Business start-up rates remain below pre-crisis levels – particularly in the Euro area – indicating that entrepreneurs may continue to be suffering from restrictive lending conditions, according to new OECD data released in the latest issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT

More competition essential for future of mobile innovation, says OECD

OECD countries must ensure mobile markets remain open and competitive in order to sustain innovation and meet rising demand for data services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Launch of OECD's Employment Outlook 2013 - Paris, Tuesday 16 July 2013

Ahead of the G20 Labour Ministers’ Meeting in Moscow on 17 July, the OECD will release the Employment Outlook 2013 at 11.00 CET/Paris time on Tuesday 16 July 2013.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:48:00 GMT

OECD: Postsecondary education key to maintaining global standing of U.S. workforce

The United States should improve postsecondary career and technical training provisions to help students transition smoothly into education programs and the labor market, according to a new OECD report published today.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: July 2013

The OECD unemployment rate was stable at 8.0% in April 2013, unchanged from the previous month.

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:24:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery Elects New Chair

The OECD Working Group on Bribery has designated Slovenian national Drago Kos to serve as the Group’s new Chair.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, July 2013

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to diverging patterns across major economies. The CLIs point to moderate improvements in growth in most major OECD economies but in large emerging economies the CLIs point towards stabilising or slowing momentum.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

France - a good donor but must ensure that poor countries get the aid they need

France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion in 2012, making it the 4th largest member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in terms of the volume of aid. However, this represents 0.46% of French Gross National Income (GNI) – below France’s international commitment. The review recommends that France plan to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio as soon as possible.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Advanced vocational training in Germany provides sought-after skills but needs compulsory standards in teaching and examination

The transition from school to work in Germany is remarkably smooth. An excellent vocational education and training (VET) system ensures that young people are well-prepared when they enter the labour market and can find jobs that match their qualifications.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:15:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

Real GDP in the OECD area rose by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with flat growth registered in the previous quarter. Private consumption was the main contributor to overall GDP growth with 0.3 percentage point, while net exports and stockbuilding contributed 0.1 percentage point each.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD report on vocational training in Austria calls for continued diversity and increased co-ordination

There are few OECD countries where vocational education and training (VET) is held in such high regard or takes so many forms as in Austria. Some 60 percent of young Austrians aged between 25 and 34 have completed a VET course below tertiary level (vocational school or technical college).

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:19:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Austrian economy recovering, but trade-offs on the horizon, OECD says

Austria has achieved high levels of economic growth and well-being, but must address serious demographic, environmental and globalisation challenges if future generations are to share the same prosperity, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Austria.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 July 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.5% in the year to May 2013 compared with 1.3% in the year to April 2013.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Health spending continues to stagnate, says OECD

After falling sharply in 2010, health spending remained flat across OECD countries in 2011 as the economic crisis continued to have an impact, particularly in those European countries hardest hit by the crisis, according to OECD Health Data 2013.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Value of education rises in crisis but investment in this area is falling, says OECD

The jobs gap between well-educated young people and those who left school early has continued to widen during the crisis. A good education is the best insurance against a lack of work experience, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Norway should improve incentives to encourage people to work longer, says OECD

Norway is better placed to cope with population ageing than most other countries. But it could still do more to improve incentives and opportunities for people to stay working longer which would help ensure the country’s long-term future, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:03:00 GMT

Do lobbyists have too much influence?

Do lobbyists have too much influence?OECD headquarters, Paris27 June 2013

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Better civil justice systems can boost investment, competition, innovation and growth, OECD says

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Norge bør styrke insentivene til å jobbe lengre for eldre arbeidstakere, sier OECD

Norge er bedre rustet til å møte aldringen av befolkningen enn de fleste andre land. Mer kan likevel gjøres for å øke mulighetene og insentivene til å jobbe lenger, og dermed styrke landets langsiktige utvikling, ifølge en ny rapport fra OECD.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

Unit labour costs (ULCs) in OECD countries decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with a rise of 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. This was driven by lower growth of labour compensation per unit of labour input (0.3% compared with 0.9% in the previous quarter), and increased labour productivity growth (0.4% compared with minus 0.2%).

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:00 GMT

Portugal needs proactive enforcement to tackle severe foreign bribery risks, says OECD

Portugal’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low. Not a single prosecution has resulted from 15 allegations of Portuguese companies bribing foreign officials in high-risk countries.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Poland needs strategy to meet growing risk of foreign bribery

The current Polish framework for fighting foreign bribery is still inadequate to fully meet foreign bribery risks resulting from Poland’s growing economy, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on health spending in Brussels on 26 June 2013

Public spending on health and long-term care has been rising faster than GDP in the OECD area for several decades. New OECD research suggests that the upward trend now also extends to major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s Education at a Glance 2013 to be published Tuesday 25 June

The 2013 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 25 June 2013.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD reports to G8 on global system of automatic exchange of tax information

The OECD has presented to G8 leaders the steps needed to create a fairer and more transparent global tax system.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:00 GMT

We must take better care of the elderly, say OECD and the European Commission

The number of people over 80 will double by 2050 rising from 3.9% of the population to 9.1% in 2050 across OECD countries and from 4.7% to 11.3% across 27 EU members. Estimates are that up to half of them will need help to cope with their daily needs. Yet even today governments are struggling to deliver high-quality care to elderly people with reduced physical and mental abilities, says a new OECD/EC report, A good life in old age? .

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on civil justice systems in Rome on 21 June 2013

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Migration picking up but rising unemployment hurting immigrants

Migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:01:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2013, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 0.6% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates. However, the aggregate G20 GDP growth rate continues to mask diverging patterns across the world’s largest economies.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD to present work on global food security and agricultural innovation in Brussels Wednesday 19 June 2013, during a seminar hosted by CEPS, from 12h30 to 14h30

Around 850 million people worldwide are undernourished, mostly living on less than a dollar a day. Two-thirds of the world’s poor live in rural areas where farming is the principal economic activity.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Mexico must invest more in disaster risk prevention to support sustainable development

Mexico regularly faces a wide range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tropical storms and floods. Over the years, the National Civil Protection System has improved its institutional and operational preparedness to manage these disruptive events. But more can be done to avoid future losses and at the same time support sustainable economic development.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:30:00 GMT

OECD-FAO预计全球农业生产增速放缓

OECD和FAO发布的新报告指出,预计未来十年全球农业生产年平均增长率为1.5%,与之相比,2003年到2012年的年增长率为2.1%。

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5% a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO today.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook to be released 6 June – news conference in Beijing

How will global agriculture develop over the coming decade and what role will China play? With limited expansion of farmland and rising production costs, will supply be able to keep pace with demand to ensure food security?

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:57:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to action plan to tackle youth joblessness

OECD governments have committed to stepping up their efforts to tackle high youth unemployment and strengthen their education systems to better prepare young people for the world of work.

Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of New Zealand launches Wednesday 5 June 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of New Zealand, to be published on Wednesday 5 June 2013, looks at how the country can build on its growing economic momentum and create more equitable and sustainable long-term growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 17:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

Global economy advancing but pace of recovery varies, says OECD Economic Outlook

The global economy is moving forward, but divergence between countries and regions reflects the uneven progress made toward recovery from the economic crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. Historically high unemployment remains the most serious challenge facing governments.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Austria, Luxembourg and Singapore among countries signing-on to end tax secrecy

As a further sign of international efforts to crack down on tax offenders, 12 more countries have signed, or committed to sign, the OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. In addition, another 6 countries have ratified the Convention.

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT

ОЭСР выпускает в свет версию 3.0 «Индекса лучшей жизни»: удовлетворенность жизнью, здоровье и образование возглавляют рейтинг

Организация Экономического Сотрудничества и Развития (ОЭСР) представляет версию 3.0 новаторского Индекса лучшей жизни (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org ) – интерактивного онлайн-инструмента, который позволяет создать собственный индекс лучшей жизни в соответствии с приоритетностью каждого из 11 аспектов, которые ОЭСР определила как важнейшие составляющие благосостояния.

Tue, 28 May 2013 20:54:00 GMT

OECD launches Better Life Index 3.0: Life satisfaction, health, education top list

The OECD today launched a 3.0 version of its pioneering Better Life Index, an interactive tool that allows people to create their own index according to their priorities in 11 areas that the OECD has identified as essential for well-being. The updated version contains the latest underlying statistics, country data, user findings and a translation into Spanish.

Tue, 28 May 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Statistics: Experts to continue work of Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on measuring progress

A High Level Expert Group is to be set up to continue the work of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Tue, 28 May 2013 15:23:00 GMT

New approach to globalisation and global value chains needed to boost growth and jobs, says OECD

Technological advances, less costly shipping and trade liberalisation have transformed the way in which companies make products and distribute them worldwide. Governments that become more open to trade and investment, and encourage innovation will help firms better integrate the global value chains that are driving growth in increasingly interconnected economies, according to new OECD research.

Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Thu, 23 May 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Russia: Progress made in improving the quality of official statistics but challenges remain

Russia’s official statistics are compiled with a high a degree of professionalism and now have a solid legal basis, but their scope, timeliness and international comparability needs to be improved, according to an initial assessment by the OECD.

Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02:00 GMT

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

Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, after a 0.3% increase in the previous quarter. This is the first contraction of GDP in the OECD area since the very sharp decline in the first quarter of 2009 (minus 2.3%).

Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:00 GMT

Tax Commissioners unite to fight tax fraud

The Forum on Tax Administration - Tax Commissioners from 45 countries - has been meeting in Moscow for the past two days. And released this comuniqué.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary General to participate in ITF Summit 22 May 2013 in Leipzig

The OECD will present its latest work on achieving sustainable transportation during the International Transport Forum’s annual Summit on Wednesday 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

Wed, 15 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Mexico launches Thursday 16 May 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Mexico, to be published on Thursday 16 May 2013, looks at how structural reforms carried out over the past few years have improved the country’s economic performance and increased its resilience in the face of external shocks.

Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Forum on Tax Administration

Ritz Carlton, Moscow, 16 – 17 May 2013

Tue, 14 May 2013 14:04:00 GMT

Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest

Income inequality increased by more in the first three years of the crisis to the end of 2010 than it had in the previous twelve years, before factoring in the effect of taxes and transfers on income, according to new OECD data.

Tue, 14 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Rotterdam/Amsterdam: competing in the global economy

Monday 13th May 2013, 14:30 – 15:30Hotel New York, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Fri, 10 May 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Portuguese Prime Minister to visit OECD

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho addressed the OECD Council of Ambassadors and met with senior OECD officials to discuss ways to boost productivity, improve skills and create jobs, and the role of the state in supporting inclusive growth.

Thu, 09 May 2013 18:19:00 GMT

Australia: Can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently

Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income. It is the eighth most generous country in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors. Australia’s goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 – a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy.

Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Korea should boost support for laid-off workers

Korea should strengthen its social safety net and improve support for laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 18:04:00 GMT

Italia: il nuovo Governo deve proseguire sulla scia delle recenti riforme

L'Italia ha compiuto notevoli progressi rafforzando le finanze pubbliche e adottando una vasta serie di riforme destinate ad incoraggiare la crescita economica. Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell'OCSE, il nuovo Governo deve garantire il rafforzamento di tali progressi e il perseguimento della medesima strada.

Thu, 02 May 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Belgium launches Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Brussels

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Belgium, to be published on Tuesday 7 May 2013, looks at the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis and actions that can help it boost growth and create jobs.

Thu, 02 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Italy: New government must build on recent reforms

Italy has made considerable progress in strengthening its public finances and adopting wide-ranging reforms to boost economic growth. The new government must build on past achievements and ensure that they are sustained and reinforced, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

The OECD awards first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows for education quality and equity

The OECD has named four researchers as the first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows: João Galvão Bacchetto, of Brazil; Przemysław Biecek of Poland; Gabriela Miranda Moriconi of Brazil; and William Schmidt of the United States.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Увеличение вложений в инфраструктуру и инновации поможет значительно расширить аграрный сектор Казахстана, согласно ОЭСР

Повышение конкурентоспособности казахстанского аграрного сектора, как часть более широкой задачи диверсификации национальной экономики, требует увеличения инвестиций в транспортную инфраструктуру, аграрную науку, развитие систем безопасности продовольствия, говорится в только что опубликованном обзоре ОЭСР.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Kazakhstan can boost farm sector with investment in infrastructure and innovation, says OECD

Greater investment in transport infrastructure, agricultural research and food safety systems is needed to help Kazakhstan boost the long-term competitiveness of its farm sector and meet wider economic diversification objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of Italy – Thursday 2 May 2013, Rome

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Italy, to be published on Thursday 2 May 2013, looks at the challenges facing the new government and at the steps which need to be taken to strengthen public finances, boost growth and reduce unemployment.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:31:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Reforms essential to make Ireland’s pension system fairer

Ireland should make its pension system simpler and fairer so that everyone gets sufficient income for a decent standard of living in retirement, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Japan is poised for expansion but must curb government debt

Japan is poised for an economic expansion, but long-term growth prospects remain contingent on additional efforts to revitalise the economy and reduce unsustainable levels of public debt, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Financing small business: a key to economic recovery

Access to finance remains a key challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and a stumbling block to recovery in most countries, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:55:00 GMT

OECD reports new developments in tax information exchange

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria has presented a report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that highlights measures to ensure that all taxpayers pay their fair share.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Japan launches Tuesday 23 April 2013 in Tokyo

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan, to be published on Tuesday 23 April 2013, discusses how the country can best meet the challenges of restoring public finances and boosting growth.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Denmark: good hospitals but primary health care must improve

The Danish central government and regions are leading international efforts to reform hospital systems, improving quality and safety by gathering specialists into major hospitals and closing smaller ones.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Strengthen evaluation to improve student learning, says OECD

Education systems around the world are increasingly measuring the performance of teachers and schools as part of their drive to help students do better and improve results. Rising demand for higher education standards and a trend towards greater school autonomy in some countries are among the factors behind this new focus, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency shifts focus to effectiveness of information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (referred to as "the Global Forum"), has released its peer review reports for Belize, Finland, Iceland, Nauru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Malaysia joins OECD agreement on mutual acceptance of chemical safety data

Malaysia has joined the OECD system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, ensuring that its non-clinical safety data related to the protection of human health and the environment will be accepted by all 40 countries adhering to MAD.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Slovenia to be released Tuesday 9 April 2013

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Slovenia – to be published on Tuesday 9 April 2013 - looks at the action needed to pull the country out of recession and tackle the banking crisis. It also looks at improving public finances and strengthening growth over the long term.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:43:00 GMT

Costa Rica refuerza la transparencia fiscal

Costa Rica ha depositado su instrumento de ratificación del Convenio sobre asistencia administrativa mutua en el ámbito de la fiscalidad, el acuerdo multilateral más amplio que existe en lo referente a cooperación fiscal e intercambio de información.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica strengthens tax transparency

Rica has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most comprehensive multilateral agreement available for tax-cooperation and exchange of information.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets

Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. A moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to February 2013, compared with 1.7% in the year to January 2013. This slight increase in the annual rate of inflation masks opposing movements in energy and food prices.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy is improving but Europe lags behind, says OECD

Global economic activity is picking up, but the continuing crisis in the euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise

New data show that across OECD countries the average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 35.6 per cent in 2012. It increased in 19 out of 34 countries, fell in 14, and remained unchanged in 1.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

2013 Global Forum on Development 4-5 April 2013

The OECD’s annual Global Development Forum will focus on ways to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, with Olusengun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, will open the Forum at 13:00 on Thursday 4 April. They will be joined by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committeee, Eric Solheim.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Ireland: Boosting local jobs and growth – international experts meet in Dublin and Kilkenny

Cutting unemployment and fostering new sources of economic growth will be the focus of an international meeting of local development experts and practitioners in Dublin and Kilkenny on the 26 and 27 March 2013.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Speeding up reforms will foster more inclusive and greener growth in China

China has made tremendous progress toward achieving inclusive growth, but major reforms are needed to ensure a fourth decade of rapidly converging living standards and a greener economy, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:09:00 GMT

Regrettably low awareness in the private sector is an obstacle to the fight against foreign bribery in the Czech Republic

The Czech government must urgently engage with the private sector to raise awareness, says a new OECD report. The awareness of the Czech foreign bribery offence remains regrettably low among companies, despite the recent adoption of a comprehensive corporate liability regime that holds Czech companies liable for this crime.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:09:00 GMT

Denmark must investigate foreign bribery more proactively

Denmark’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been weak. Only 13 foreign bribery allegations have surfaced, and sanctions have been imposed in just one case that falls under the Convention. Law enforcement authorities have not been sufficiently proactive, and cases have been prematurely closed without complete investigations. Denmark must take more investigative steps and make greater efforts to gather evidence from abroad.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:58:00 GMT

经合组织称加快改革进程必将促进中国经济增长更加包容更加绿色

经合组织最新一期的《中国经济调查》指出,尽管中国在实现包容性增长方面成效显著,但为确保第四个十年更快地向更高生活水平靠拢,并使经济更加“绿色”,中国仍需采取重大措施深入改革。

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD releases first comprehensive guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives.Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazil: better co-ordination needed to support sustained and equitable growth

Brazil’s economic growth has been supported in recent years by important government investment and social programmes that mobilise resources across the country. These programmes could help Brazil to meet its goals of sustaining economic growth and fostering social development, while reducing regional disparities.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Brasil: é preciso melhorar a coordenação para apoiar o crescimento sustentado e equitativo

Nos últimos anos, o crescimento econômico do Brasil teve o apoio de importantes investimentos e programas sociais do governo, que mobilizaram recursos em todo o país. Esses programas podem ajudar o Brasil a atingir seus objetivos de crescimento econômico sustentado e promover o desenvolvimento social, reduzindo as disparidades regionais.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary-General’s official visit to China (21st - 26th March 2013)

The Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, was in Beijing to attend the China Development Forum, to present the third OECD economic survey of China and to hold bilateral meetings with key representatives of China's authorities, business and academic world.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:05:00 GMT

France must do more to boost competitiveness and create jobs

France has avoided the most severe impacts of the global economic crisis and turmoil in the euro area, but must now take action to boost competitiveness and create jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of China launches Friday 22 March 2013 in Beijing

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China, to be published on Friday 22 March 2013, discusses the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy in recent years and its resilience to the turbulent international environment.

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of France launches Tuesday 19 March 2013 in Paris

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France, to be published on Tuesday 19 March 2013, discusses policies to relaunch the French economy, restore public finances and address the long-term challenges facing the country.

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:28:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Norway should reform its welfare system to help people with mental health issues stay in work

Norway should overhaul its approach to mental health issues in the workplace in order to help more people find a job or stay in work, and cut high and rising public spending, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:35:00 GMT

Sweden: Tackling mental health problems is critical to boosting job prospects of young Swedes

Sweden should make greater efforts to prevent and address mental health problems among people under the age of 30, in order to boost their job prospects and reduce government spending on health care and out-of-work benefits, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Progress made but step up economic reforms to achieve full potential

South Africa must step up efforts to foster strong, inclusive economic growth that creates jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa. Priorities include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms, notably to improve education.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:43:00 GMT

La ripresa post disastro quale opportunità di cambiamento, secondo l’OCSE

Prendendo ad esempio l’Abruzzo, il cui capoluogo, L’Aquila, è stato distrutto da un terremoto quattro anni fà, un nuovo rapporto dell’OCSE raccomanda una serie di misure volte ad accelerare la ripresa delle regioni colpite da catastrofi naturali, rendendole più attrattive per residenti, turisti e investitori.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Recovering from disaster can be an opportunity for change, says OECD

Through the example of Abruzzo, whose capital L’Aquila was destroyed by an earthquake four years ago, a new OECD report recommends policies that can speed the recovery of regions hit by natural disasters, making them more attractive to residents, tourists and investors.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to assist Tunisia in investment reform and infrastructure projects

The OECD, together with the African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, will assist the Tunisian authorities in implementing a new law on public-private partnerships(PPPs)and a new investment code in order to increase transparency, openness and predictability for investors.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:44:00 GMT

OECD government borrowing set to rise slightly in 2013

The gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are projected to increase slightly to around USD 10.9 trillion in 2013, up from the already high level of USD 10.8 trillion in 2012, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho as new members

Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 119th and 120th members of the Global Forum, they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of South Africa launches Monday 4 March 2013 in Pretoria

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa, to be published on Monday 4 March 2013, discusses advances in recent years toward a range of economic and social objectives, as well as further actions needed to achieve the country’s full potential.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:27:00 GMT

OECD urges countries to harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research and save lives

Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Labour market reforms in Denmark must tackle mental health issues

Ongoing reforms of Denmark’s disability benefits and flexjobs are promising, but a stronger focus on helping people with their mental health issues is needed for the reforms to contribute to a sustainable decline in the high rate of unemployment, according to a new OECD report. Past labour market reforms failed because underlying mental health problems of the jobless remained unaddressed.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:48:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Denmark to launch on 25 February 2013 in Copenhagen

The OECD will present its first-ever review of mental health and work challenges in Denmark during a seminar open to media in Copenhagen on Monday 25 February 2013.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:22:00 GMT

«Структурые реформы как никогда ранее важны для уверенного и сбалансированного восстановления экономики», - утверждает ОЭСР

Согласно последнему докладу ОЭСР «На пути к росту» структурные реформы являются для государств мощным инструментом для форсирования экономического роста, создания рабочих мест, и обеспечения быстрого восстановления баланса в экономике.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery

Structural reforms offer governments a powerful tool to boost economic growth, create jobs and bring about a strong and balanced economic recovery, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax

Global solutions are needed to ensure that tax systems do not unduly profit multinational enterprises, leaving citizens and small businesses with bigger tax bills.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment

The amount of cross border portfolio investment exceeds 35 trillion USD. To encourage growth and cross-border investment more than 3000 tax treaties around the world based on the OECD Model reduce source taxation on a reciprocal basis.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Выпуск в свет доклада ОЭСР «На пути к росту 2013»: пресс-конференция 15 февраля в 14.30 в Москве

ОЭСР представит новый выпуск первостепенного экономического доклада «На пути к росту» в пятницу 15 февраля.

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Release of OECD’s Going for Growth 2013: News Briefing on Friday 15 February at 14:30 p.m. in Moscow

The OECD will present the 2013 edition of its flagship economic policy publication Going for Growth on Friday 15 February. This year’s report, which launches on the eve of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Moscow, identifies and assesses progress countries have made on key reforms that can help their economies rebound from the global economic crisis

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:23:00 GMT

OECD Conference on Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness - 13-14 February 2013 – Open to media

Some developed economies now invest more in ideas, skills, software and research and development than in physical capital like machines and buildings. This shift towards knowledge-based capital creates new challenges for governments and business in areas ranging from tax policies and the protection of intellectual property rights to boosting investment in ideas and data.

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:53:00 GMT

UK: Boosting growth and tackling inequality are key to recovery

Britain must continue to pursue pro-growth, as well as inequality-reducing structural reforms in order to recover from the nation’s deepest recession in nearly a century, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Korea must strengthen social cohesion to boost growth and equity, says OECD

Korea should build on its strong economy and well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of a fast-ageing population and to tackle rising income inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Labour migration: Germany is open to graduates but immigration is difficult for medium-skilled workers

Germany is one of the OECD countries with the lowest barriers to immigration for high-skilled workers. However, long-term labour migration is low in comparison with other countries.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Las perspectivas económicas de Colombia son favorables, pero sigue habiendo grandes desafíos, dice la OCDE

Según la última Evaluación económica de Colombia de la OCDE, la economía colombiana es vigorosa y las perspectivas son favorables, pero el país debe esforzarse por lograr que la actual prosperidad debida a las materias primas contribuya al crecimiento sostenible e inclusivo a largo plazo.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

Colombia's economic outlook is strong, but deep challenges remain, OECD says

The Colombian economy is strong and the outlook is promising, but the country must do more to ensure that the ongoing commodities boom contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth over the long-term, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Assessment of Colombia.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of UK Wednesday 6 February 2013 in London

The OECD’s latest economic survey of the United Kingdom, to be published on Wednesday 6 February 2013, looks at some of the major policy challenges facing the country including recovering from recession, boosting growth and reducing inequality.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

OECD report on Social Cohesion in Korea to launch Tuesday 5 February 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will launch a report on social cohesion at an 11.00 a.m. news conference in Korea on Tuesday 5 February 2013.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:50:00 GMT

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation

An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:22:00 GMT

België moet geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen op het werk proactiever aanpakken, zegt de OESO

Belgische bedrijven, ziekenfondsen en arbeidsbemiddelingsdiensten dienen proactiever te zijn om mensen met geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen te helpen aan het werk te blijven of een baan te vinden, volgens een nieuw OESO-rapport.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

Belgium should be more proactive in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, says OECD

Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:03:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Eventos de la OCDE en Colombia

Presentación de la Evaluación Económica, jueves 31 de enero de 2013 en BogotáSeminario sobre la Economía de Colombia, 1 de febrero en la Universidad de los Andes

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:17:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

BLI Brochure Russian Version

BLI Brochure Russian Version

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:21:00 GMT

OECD to launch Russian version of its Better Life Index at the Gaidar Forum

The OECD will participate in the Gaidar Forum in Moscow 16-19 January and will launch the Russian version of its award-winning Better Life Index [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ru/].

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:07:00 GMT

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland should reform funding for professional education and training

Switzerland should reform its funding arrangements for professional education and training system by implementing a new intercantonal funding agreement, and piloting additional funding measures, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

México debe mejorar su gobernabilidad, financiamiento y regulación del agua, dice el Secretario General de la OCDE, Angel Gurría

México enfrenta grandes desafíos en materia de gestión de agua. Para empezar, las cuencas hidrológicas padecen un grave estrés hídrico; la calidad de los ríos, lagos y acuíferos está disminuyendo; mientras que las inundaciones, sequías y huracanes son cada vez más frecuentes.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by absence of foreign bribery convictions in Spain

Spain’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with not a single prosecution out of only seven investigations in 13 years since joining the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Spain must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and strengthen its legal framework for fighting bribery by addressing gaps in its Penal Code, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:40:00 GMT

Netherlands must significantly step up its foreign bribery enforcement, says OECD

The Netherlands is failing to vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and must do more to enforce its foreign bribery laws. Fourteen out of 22 foreign bribery allegations have not triggered the opening of an investigation, calling into question the Netherlands’ ability and proactivity in investigating and prosecuting this crime.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:27:00 GMT

Austria’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak, but could pick up soon says OECD

The OECD Working Group on Bribery regrets that Austria has not had a conviction of bribing foreign public officials despite a number of allegations, 13 years after ratifying the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. However, enforcement appears to be picking up, with one case being tried, two more cases soon to be tried, and four ongoing investigations.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Gesetze gegen Auslandsbestechung in Österreich unzureichend umgesetzt – OECD setzt auf baldige Verbesserung

Die OECD-Arbeitsgruppe gegen Bestechung bedauert, dass in Österreich bisher noch kein Urteil wegen der Bestechung von ausländischen Amtsträgern ergangen ist, obwohl seit der Ratifizierung des entsprechenden OECD-Übereinkommens vor 13 Jahren eine Reihe von Vorwürfen vorlag.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013

OECD and WTO to present new approach for measuring global trade10.00 – 11.00 a.m. 16 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says OECD

Progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, over the past decade but much remains to be done in many countries. Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Competitiveness of the port-city of Marseille-Fos

Wednesday 19 December, 14:00-16:002nd floor of J1 Hangar - IFEP officeClose to the port of Marseille office, place de la Joliette, Marseille

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:28:00 GMT

Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, OECD says

The Australian economy is robust and faces a solid short-term outlook, but it must continue adapting to ensure that its privileged place in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to long-term sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:25:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Sweden launches Monday 17 December 2012 in Stockholm

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Sweden, to be published on Monday 17 December 2012, discusses the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis as well as its capacity to cope with further external shocks, notably those posed by the continuing crisis in the euro area.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Colombia se adhiere a la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho

El 19 de enero de 2013 Colombia se convertirá en el 40º estado en formar parte en la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Colombia will become the 40th Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 19 January 2013.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Greater gender equality essential for economic recovery

New evidence showing how gender equality is essential for a fairer society and stronger global economy, will be presented by the OECD at a Gender Forum in Paris on 17 December 2012.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:39:00 GMT

Australia’s unique approach to helping the unemployed has delivered good results but challenges remain, says OECD

Australia’s labour market reforms over the past 15 years have boosted employment and cut welfare benefit dependency.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT

OECD Events in Australia

The OECD will launch two new publications in Australia next week: a Review of Labour Market Policies and an Economic survey.

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:22:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee Statement

OECD Steel Committee Statement

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Luxembourg launches Thursday 13 December 2012

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Luxembourg, to be published on Thursday 13 December 2012, discusses how the country’s finance-driven economy has weathered the global economic crisis.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:06:00 GMT

Ministers pledge to finance effective development

Development ministers from OECD and emerging economies met in London 4 - 5 December for the High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee(DAC).

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:33:00 GMT

Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says OECD

Vibrant and dynamic urban centers are among the main drivers of national growth and employment, but OECD’s new report Promoting Growth in All Regions highlights that even less wealthy regions have the potential to bolster stronger, greener, and more inclusive economies.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, OECD says

The Slovak Republic recovered strongly from the global economic crisis and is weathering well the storm that has struck its main European trading partners. The challenges going forward will be restoring public finances while driving down unemployment and fostering long-term inclusive growth, says the latest Economic Survey.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:45:00 GMT

Guatemala, plenamente comprometida con el intercambio internacional de información fiscal

Guatemala ha firmado la Convención sobre Asistencia Administrativa Mutua en Materia Fiscal, lo que permite su exclusión de la lista de países que todavía no han implementado sustancialmente la norma fiscal internacional

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:51:00 GMT

Brazil: Enhancing audit reporting is key to the integrity of government accounts

Brazil’s supreme audit institution – the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) – has began a process to reform its audit of the Accounts of the President of the Republic to enhance transparency and accountability of federal budget execution.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:31:00 GMT

Guatemala: commits to international exchange of tax information

Guatemala has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters allowing it to be removed from the list of countries that have not yet substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT

Luxembourg: a generous aid donor

Luxembourg allocated 0.97% of its gross national income, or USD 413 million, to official development assistance in 2011.“Luxembourg is the Development Assistance Committee’ s third most generous donor as a portion of its economy – after Sweden and Norway – and it has a high quality programme” says Brian Atwood, Chair of the DAC. “We commend Luxembourg’s commitment to keeping its ODA at 1% of GNI until 2014”.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Progress made on immigrant integration but more efforts needed on education and jobs, finds OECD

OECD countries have made much progress over the past decade in helping immigrants integrate in society. But much remains to be done, notably in improving how well immigrant children do at school and in finding work, and in immigrant women’s access to employment, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, OECD says

Spain is immersed in a prolonged recession that has been compounded by the continuing crisis in the euro area. The path to recovery has been launched, but will require full implementation of reforms and some additional measures to restore confidence in the financial sector, redress public finances and bring down high unemployment, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:30:00 GMT

Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD

The global economy is expected to make a hesitant and uneven recovery over the coming two years. Decisive policy action is needed to ensure that stalemate over fiscal policy in the United States and continuing euro area instability do not plunge the world back into recession, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Asia/Pacific region: Improving the quality of its healthcare

Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:00:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Responding to the crisis: what are OECD countries doing to strengthen their public finances?

OECD countries are intensifying their fiscal consolidation efforts, introducing additional measures and extending the time horizon to implement them. Most have announced fiscal consolidation of more than 3% of GDP over the period 2009-15, according to the OECD’s Restoring Public Finances 2012.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Agua en América Latina y el Caribe: Mejor gobernabilidad puede mejorar el acceso, dice la OCDE

En países latinoamericanos, la población crece a un ritmo mayor que el promedio mundial, lo cual intensifica el uso de la tierra y aumenta la urbanización. La región también es propensa a los impactos negativos del cambio climático y de los desastres naturales.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:24:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released Tuesday 27 November 2012

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major world economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 GMT) on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Nuevas políticas para PYMES se requieren para impulsar el crecimiento en América Latina, según la OCDE y la CEPAL

Aunque las perspectivas permanecen relativamente positivas, están sujetas a la incertidumbre y volatilidad del contexto externo, por lo que los gobiernos de América Latina deben actuar ahora para fortalecer el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región y contrarrestar estos riesgos, señala el informe Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2013 producido conjuntamente por el Centro de Desarrollo de la OCDE y la CEPAL.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:48:00 GMT

Health spending in Europe falls for the first time in decades

Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:01:00 GMT

New SME policies needed to boost Latin America's growth, say OECD and ECLAC

Latin American governments must act now to strengthen growth and development and counter these risks, according to the 2013 Latin American Economic Outlook, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre and ECLAC.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Public social spending rising in most OECD countries

Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:07:00 GMT

Global Forum on Public Governance: Better Governance for Inclusive Growth

The financial and economic crises demonstrate that most governments need to change the way they run their countries. Though some have a better track record of reform than others, all can do more to create inclusive, open and responsible governance that can reduce inequality and promote economic growth.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:30:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues are rising, but still low and varied among countries

Tax revenues in Latin American countries are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries, but are rising slowly. Revenue Statistics in Latin America shows that the average tax revenue to GDP ratio in the 15 Latin American countries covered by the report increased from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010, after falling from a high point of 19.7% in 2008.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:20:00 GMT

Health: men faring worse than women in hospitalisations for diabetes

New OECD data show that men are more likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of poor management of diabetes than women, even when there are no significant differences in the number of men and women living with diabetes.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:12:00 GMT

Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years, says OECD

The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

G20 ministers welcome OECD disaster risk assessment and financing framework

G20 Finance Ministers have welcomed a new OECD/G20 framework designed to help governments develop financial strategies for disaster risk management.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:02:00 GMT

Development: Finland should not back-track on its aid commitments, says OECD

Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:09:00 GMT

OECD improves tool to predict the hazards of chemicals

Governments and the chemical industry spend millions of dollars every year testing the safety of chemicals that people use in their everyday lives. Computer modelling, through the OECD-designed QSAR Toolbox software, now replaces many of the tests traditionally done in the laboratory. This allows regulators and industry to save money and use fewer animals to predict the hazardous properties of chemicals.

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Investment: G20 governments must step up efforts to resist protectionism, says OECD, WTO, UNCTAD report

The OECD, WTO and UNCTAD have called on G20 governments to step up efforts to resist protectionism in the face of continuing high unemployment and a weak economic recovery.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, met with the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD

The President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, met the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD on Monday 29th October.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency welcomes new members and reviews 12 countries

At the Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, delegates from 81 jurisdictions and 11 international organisations evaluated whether all Forum members are exchanging tax information effectively.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:53:00 GMT

OECD and ATAF strengthen tax co-operation with Africa

The OECD and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) have signed a Memorandum of Co-operation, agreeing to work together to improve tax systems in Africa.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by lack of foreign bribery convictions, but encouraged by recent efforts by the Australian Federal Police

Australia’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with just a single case leading to prosecutions out of 28 referrals in 13 years. Cases may have been closed prematurely. Australia must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Tax: Revenues rising slowly across the OECD

In most OECD countries tax revenues are continuing to rise in relation to GDP from the 2008-09 declines seen at the beginning of the crisis, according to OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics. OECD countries collected about 34.0% of GDP in taxes in 2011, compared with 33.8% in 2010.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned at lack of foreign bribery convictions in France, but recognises recent efforts to ensure independence of prosecutors

France should intensify its efforts to combat the bribery of foreign public officials. Only five convictions – of which one, under appeal, involves a company – have been handed down in twelve years.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:33:00 GMT

Measuring well-being needs to be at the heart of policy-making, says OECD World Forum

A major step forward towards putting the measurement of well-being at the heart of policy-making was taken at a four-day international conference which ended in New Delhi today.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:05:00 GMT

OECD launches online portal to boost product safety

The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mexico: President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto visit to the OECD

On October 18, Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto ended his European tour with a visit to OECD headquarters in Paris where he delivered a keynote address on Mexico’s challenges and its role in a changing global landscape, followed by a press conference with the Secretary-General.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Burkina Faso and Cameroon as new members

Burkina Faso and Cameroon have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As 112th and 113th members of the Global Forum they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:35:00 GMT

OECD news conference to launch global product recall portal, Friday 19 October 2012, Brussels

The OECD will host a news conference to launch its new global portal on product recalls during the International Product Safety Week 2012 at 11.00 AM on Friday 19 October at the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels.

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:42:00 GMT

Israel: excellent primary health care, but hospitals must improve

Israel has world class-primary care services and should now focus efforts on bringing its hospitals up to the same high international standards, according to the OECD’s Health Care Quality Review of Israel.

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

OECD World Forum in New Delhi - News briefingTuesday 16 October 2012

Assessing the progress and failings of our societies requires a far broader set of measures than just economic indicators. This is why international experts, NGO representatives and politicians in fields as diverse as the environment, development, health, education, business and social affairs will be meeting in New Delhi from 16-19 October 2012.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Indonesia can boost food security through investment, trade and subsidy reform, says OECD

Indonesia can improve national food security by facilitating greater investment in agriculture, opening agri-food markets to greater international trade, reforming input subsidies and food aid schemes and moving away from self-sufficiency policy objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Middle East and North Africa : Boosting support for women’s entrepreneurship will pay off in jobs and growth, says OECD

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should create urgently needed jobs for the 2.5 million people entering the labour market each year and improve their policies to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in order to reduce structural unemployment, says a new OECD report.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:21:00 GMT

IT sector booms during downturn, says OECD

Internet firms continue to drive growth and job creation in the IT industry, with fast-rising demand for mobile services helping to boost revenue and investment in research and development, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Pakistan as new member

Pakistan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 111th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Estonia must reform to ward against boom/bust cycles, OECD says

Estonia recovered forcefully from the global economic crisis but growth has since slowed, highlighting the need for further reforms that reduce exposure to external shocks and ensure against future boom/bust cycles, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Estonia.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:28:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes budget proposal and economic reforms announced by the Spanish Government

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the Spanish government's budget and the economic policy measures announced yesterday.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012 at Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, Thursday 4 October 2012

Cyber attacks on business, governments and infrastructure are rising fast, costing the global economy billions of dollars each year. Boosting international co-operation to strengthen internet governance and ensure the continuing free flow of information over the Internet is essential.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:33:00 GMT

Indonesia should improve governance, productivity and tax collection to promote inclusive growth

Indonesia has improved its macro-economic and structural policies over the last 15 years. Its economy, with strong and stable growth rates of 5–6.6%, is catching up with other countries in the region and allowing Indonesia to focus on its development agenda.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Economy: OECD’s Gurría urges Italy to maintain reform momentum

Italy has made a major effort to speed up long-overdue economic reforms but it is now essential to maintain the momentum, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today in Rome.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Economia: Il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE raccomanda all'Italia di proseguire con le riforme

L'Italia ha fatto enormi sforzi per accelerare le riforme economiche che dovevano essere attuate da lungo tempo, ma è oggi essenziale proseguire su questa via, ha affermato oggi il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Pension fund assets at record high but investment returns negative in 2011, says OECD

Pension fund assets in OECD countries hit a record USD 20.1 trillion in 2011 but return on investment fell below zero, with an average negative return of -1.7%s, according to the OECD’s latest Pension Markets in Focus. The report says that weak equity markets and low interest rates drove the poor performance.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:50:00 GMT

News conference to report on Indonesia’s economy and regulatory system

Launch of the Economic Survey of Indonesia and Review of Regulatory Reforms

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Italy: Gurría and Monti to address Rome conference on competitiveness, growth and jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will address a major conference on structural reform in Italy on Monday 24 September at the Sala Polifunzionale of the Presidenza del Consiglio in Rome.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:46:00 GMT

Agriculture : Support to agriculture at historic lows, says OECD

Government support to agriculture in OECD countries fell to 19% of total farm receipts in 2011, a record low driven by developments in international commodity markets, rather than by explicit policy changes, according to the report Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Economic crisis and weak outlook hit R&D, says OECD

Business spending on research and development has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with nearly all OECD countries seeing a fall in investment which could impact innovation and long-term growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012 to launch 19 September 2012 in Brussels and Washington, DC

The OECD will present its latest estimates of public support to agriculture during seminars in Brussels and Washington DC on 19 September 2012.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:00 GMT

Education spending rising but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries, says OECD

Governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Economy: European recession slowing global economy, says OECD

The global economy has slowed, with key European countries entering a recession that is now impacting worldwide, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.Interim Economic Assessment

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: OECD calls for reform of postsecondary vocational education and training in Denmark

Denmark should build on the strengths of its vocational and educational training programme to ensure that young people enter the labour market with the skills companies need and to meet the national goal of having 60% of young people enter higher education by 2020, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea should improve its vocational education programmes, says OECD

Korea should reform its vocational education and training programmes to ensure that students leave college with the skills and expertise that companies need in today’s rapidly changing labour market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:30:00 GMT

Education: OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012 to be published Tuesday 11 September

The 2012 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 11 September 2012. Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Tax: OECD welcomes multilateral efforts to improve international tax compliance and transparency

The OECD welcomed today a new model international tax agreement designed to improve cross-border tax compliance and boost transparency.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland tops fixed broadband ranking, while Korea leads in wireless broadband

Switzerland tops for the first time the OECD fixed broadband ranking, with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9). The OECD average is 25.6, according to new OECD statistics.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMT

Tax: OECD updates OECD Model Tax Convention to extend information requests to groups

The OECD has updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, which sets out the international standard on exchange of information. The standard provides for information exchange on request, where the information is “foreseeably relevant” for the administration of the taxes of the requesting party, regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum welcomes Kazakhstan as new member

Kazakhstan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 110th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:58:00 GMT

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:15:00 GMT

Tax: Ghana Signs Tax Cooperation Agreement

Ghana has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD. Ghana is the second African country, after South Africa, to sign the Convention since it was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Effective management and incentives can rebuild fisheries sector, says OECD at EXPO 2012

Governments looking to boost their fisheries sector should review their policies to create incentives for economically and environmentally sustainable fisheries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:30:00 GMT

Agriculture: Increased productivity and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security OECD and FAO publish new Agricultural Outlook

Food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:09:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Health: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

Growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases, according to OECD Health Data 2012.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:36:00 GMT

Economy: The United States needs to foster education and innovation to keep its cutting edge

The United States should do more to foster innovation and provide more equitable access to high-quality education in order to maintain its status as the world's most vibrant and productive economy, according to OECD's latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

Tourism experts from international organisations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:19:00 GMT

Sweden's enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak

More than twelve years after making foreign bribery a crime, Sweden needs to make much greater efforts to actively enforce its anti-bribery legislation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Slovak Republic must urgently introduce effective legislation holding companies liable for foreign bribery, says OECD

20/06/2012 - The Slovak Republic must urgently meet its obligations under the Convention it signed 12 years ago and introduce an effective corporate liability regime so that Slovak companies are held accountable for the bribery of foreign public officials in cross-border business deals, says a new OECD report.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: Joining forces to fight financial crime and illicit activities

Financial crimes, including corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, are a threat to all countries, both developing and developed. The sums are vast. Estimates have put total proceeds from all illicit activities at 3.6% of global GDP.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:29:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:45:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2012, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew 0.8% in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to preliminary estimates. This small pick-up in aggregate G20 GDP growth still masks diverging patterns among the world's largest economies however.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: Compact cities: the way of the future

Governments faced with growing populations and dwindling natural rescources have two choices: they can let urban sprawl continue to eat up useful land or they can plan compact cities that will be good for the economy and the environment.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: G20 collaboration to improve agriculture productivity growth is key to feeding 9 billion people

G20 governments under successive Presidencies have sought to improve international collaboration in support of a more productive and sustainable global food and agriculture system.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage essential, says OECD

Governments will need to raise retirement ages gradually to address increasing life expectancy in order to ensure that their national pension systems are both affordable and adequate, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, June 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend continue to point to divergence between economies.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, OECD says

Start-up rates in most countries are edging back toward their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

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

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 countries should rely on open markets to reboot global growth

G20 governments should prevent further deterioration in their collective trade and investment policy stance and focus on promoting open markets to re-boot growth in the world economy, according to the OECD, WTO and UNCTAD.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Design policies to ensure growth is socially inclusive, says OECD-World Bank report

Economic policy should be better designed to bring about more inclusive growth, ensuring that the benefits of increased prosperity are shared more evenly across society, according to a new report from the OECD and the World Bank.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Colombia and Mexico sign international tax, human rights and clean business standards

Colombia and Mexico are a step closer to beneffiting from cross border tax co-operation and information sharing. Colombia has signed, and Mexico has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tunisia and Morocco join multilateral business integrity and green growth instruments

Tunisia and Morocco signed up today to a series of international instruments in areas ranging from business integrity to international investment and green growth. Adherence to these instruments is an expression of a long-standing co-operation between countries in North Africa and the OECD.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tackle gender gap to boost growth, says OECD

Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Global economy recovering, but major risks remain, says OECD

The global economy is recovering, but confidence is extremely uneven across different regions, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. European governments must take greater action to ensure that the crisis in the euro area does not derail the recovery.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Skills Strategy to boost jobs and growth

The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministers must focus on young jobseekers

Young people continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with nearly 11 million 15 to 24 -year-olds out of work in OECD countries in early 2012. Youth unemployment in the OECD area in March 2012 was 17.1%, close to its November 2009 peak of 18.3%

Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invitation: Workshop OECD/AJEF on "Skills Strategy" - Tuesday 19 June at 13h00 (Paris time)

How to optimise the skills of the labour market to anticipate business demand and promote growth and social cohesion in these times of record unemployment?

Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, May 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to regained momentum in the OECD area but with divergence between economies.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders

The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders/ Inspecteurs des impôts sans frontières – a new initiative to help developing countries bolster their domestic revenues by making their tax systems fairer and more effective.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Korea: a strong national urban strategy could drive resilient economic growth

Korea has weathered the shocks triggered by the global recession and its economy is recovering more quickly and vigorously than most other OECD countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

More parent and community engagement would boost quality in early childhood education and care in England

The report highlights strategies from other countries that could serve as a model for England as it develops its early childhood education and care programme.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Further reforms needed to sustain Korean growth and social cohesion

Korea recovered faster and more vigorously from the global crisis than most OECD countries, but strong economic growth alone will not be enough to address the fundamental challenges posed by its rapidly ageing population and rising inequality, according to the latest Economic Survey of Korea.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Sweden needs an independent committee to oversee National Pension Funds

Sweden should establish an independent committee of experts to oversee its National Pension Funds and set a clear, measurable financial objective for investments to ensure their long-term viability, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: the average tax burden on earnings in OECD countries continues to rise

The average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased in 26 out of 34 OECD countries in 2011 according to the new OECD Taxing Wages publication. Tax payers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Slovak Republic were among those hit with the largest increases.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Health: the high cost of diabetes

Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

EU development co-operation: improving but still cumbersome

The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Credit crunch squeezing entrepreneurs and small businesses more than big firms

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) requesting loans between 2007 and 2010 faced higher interest rates than for large companies. Loan conditions for SMEs included shortened maturities and increased demands for collateral, suggesting that banks considered smaller firms to be a higher risk.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for reform of governance of state-owned firms in the Middle East and North Africa

Middle Eastern and North African countries should reform the governance of their state-owned enterprises to bring about greater public accountability and improve their efficiency, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax evasion: Pressure to end tax evasion grows as the Global Forum publishes new reviews

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

UK increases enforcement of foreign bribery, but concerns remain about transparency and resources

The United Kingdom has significantly boosted its foreign bribery enforcement efforts but needs to be more transparent when resolving cases.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary has improved legal framework for fighting foreign bribery, but must do more to detect and prosecute

Hungary’s law banning bribery of foreign public officials is relatively good on paper but lacks effective application, according to a new OECD report. Hungary must strengthen detection and prosecution of individuals and companies involved in foreign bribery.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: OECD’s Gurría welcomes labour market reforms

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the Italian government for launching parliamentary discussions on a wide-ranging package of labour market reforms.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Finland should boost staff skills to improve its early childhood education and care services, says OECD

Finland gives its young children a better start in education than most OECD countries.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Further reform needed to raise growth prospects in Poland

Poland has been a strong performer across the OECD through the global economic crisis, growing much faster than most other countries and making impressive steps toward reducing the income gap with its European Union partners, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, OECD says

Euro area finance ministers meeting this week need to boost the firepower of the European stability funds to at least one trillion euros in order to restore market confidence, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD to simplify transfer pricing rules

Meeting at OECD’s first Global Forum on Transfer Pricing, tax officials from 90 countries agreed on the need to simplify transfer pricing rules, strengthen the guidelines on intangible issues and improve the efficiency of dispute resolution.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD's Gurría comments on UK budget

In response to the presentation of the 2012/13 U.K. Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has expressed support for the government’s plans for continued fiscal consolidation aiming at eliminating the fiscal deficit by 2016/17.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for new approach to tackle teacher shortage

With many countries facing shortages of qualified teachers in key subjects, governments need to make the profession more attractive to talented graduates, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary must stabilise its economy for a durable recovery, OECD says

Swift action is needed to stabilise the Hungarian economy and put growth on a sound footing for a durable recovery, according to the latest Economic Survey of Hungary. Strengthening the credibility and predictability of domestic policies and undertaking much-needed fiscal consolidation will be key.

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: More effective action needed to cut water pollution from farming

OECD governments have made little overall progress in reducing water contamination from farming over the past decade. More rigorous policies are needed to reduce the use of pesticides and encourage sustainable management of water quality in agriculture.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: The Chicago Tri-State metro area is a powerful region – policy makers must work together to maintain a global pole position and fully realise the region’s potential

Chicago is at a tipping point: despite economic strengths, it faces considerable challenges to compete in the “Premier League” of world-class cities, warns the OECD’s review of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD recommends action on international tax loopholes

Aggressive tax planning – untaxed income, multiple deductions and other forms of international tax arbitrage - is a growing concern for all governments.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Focus on strategic agricultural investments to reduce poverty in developing countries, OECD says

Agricultural policies to reduce poverty in developing countries should focus on strategic investments to raise productivity and benefit from high food prices, according to a new OECD study.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: India ratifies Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

India has ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD that was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, OECD says

The pace of reform has accelerated in those OECD countries where it is needed most, says the latest Going for Growth report. It identifies the specific action needed to help governments steer their economies out of the crisis, stimulate growth and create jobs.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Experts maintain commitment to expanding and updating tractor safety standards

Experts, manufacturers and government officials meeting in Paris this week reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining safety standards in farm machinery by expanding and updating the OECD’s harmonised tests and codes.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: signs international tax agreement to tackle tax evasion

Greece has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement that was developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and that is open for signature to all countries.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD’s Gurría welcomes support package

The Secretary-General says the package will provide the necessary confidence and breathing space for Greece to work on its recovery and for Europe to address its sovereign debt crisis.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday?

More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth - Transition to a knowledge based economy will require further reform and investment, OECD says

Germany recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. Public finances are sound, but further reforms are needed to transform its growth model to thrive as a knowledge-based economy.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Migration: integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed

Labour market integration of immigrants in Switzerland is generally successful: three quarters of immigrants in Switzerland are in employment – more than in any other OECD country

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Spain’s reforms to strengthen finances and boost jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said Spain’s comprehensive reform programme is a major step forward in strengthening the country’s banking system and its public finances, as well as creating a more dynamic labour market.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, February 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs) point to a positive change in momentum for the OECD as a whole, driven primarily by the United States and Japan, but similar signs are beginning to emerge in a number of other developed economies.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Statement by OECD ‘s Gurria after meeting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Italy has embarked on an ambitious, much needed reform programme to strengthen its public finances, to restore growth and to improve the competitiveness of the Italian economy.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico, says OECD

Mexico should quickly reform the laws and regulations governing its telecommunications sector to boost competition and investment and drive growth across the economy, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

India signs international tax agreement

India has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement which promotes international co-operation while respecting the rights of taxpayers.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Rising tax revenues: a key to economic development in Latin American countries

Increased domestic resource mobilization is widely accepted as crucial for countries to successfully meet the challenges of development and achieve higher living standards for all their people.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Urgent reform key to securing Asia’s pension systems, says OECD

Asia’s pension systems need modernising urgently to deliver secure, sustainable and adequate retirement incomes for today’s workers in the context of the rapid population ageing that will occur over the next two decades, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

External factors threaten Swiss economic recovery, OECD says

Switzerland has made a broadly balanced recovery from the economic crisis, but slower activity in Europe and pressures on the Swiss franc weigh on the near-term outlook, according to the latest Economic Survey of Switzerland.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Spain’s development aid much improved, but still needs more focus

Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending in the past year, including to development co-operation, its aid has almost doubled since 2003. Spain still has plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD

29/03/2012 - Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD, and should encourage preschool teachers to keep improving their qualifications throughout their career and attract more young people, especially men, to the profession

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Swedish labour migration reform working well but needs more monitoring, says OECD

Sweden’s 2008 reform of its labour migration policy, now one of the most open in the OECD, has helped businesses hire foreign workers quickly and cheaply, without hurting conditions for local workers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Uruguay’s tax transparency improving, says OECD’s Gurría

Uruguay has signed 7 new agreements providing for the exchange of tax information, showing its willingness to implement the global standards.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Employment: mental health issues rising in workplace, says OECD

Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee signals growing uncertainty over industry outlook

The outlook for the global steel market has become more uncertain, according to industry and government officials at the OECD’s Steel Committee meeting in Paris on 5-6 2011 . Policies to support open markets for raw materials are key, they said.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Italian government measures to strengthen public finances

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed the measures adopted by the Italian government to address fiscal sustainability while boosting growth and equity.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Society: Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic should further develop its framework programme for preschool education, says OECD

The Czech Republic should build on the strengths of its preschool education framework to further enhance the quality of its early childhood education and care services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:43:00 GMT

Tax revenues stabilise in OECD countries in 2010

OECD countries acknowledge that taxes must play a role in the process of fiscal consolidation as they battle unprecedented budget deficits. In 2010, the majority of OECD governments have stabilised their tax to GDP, with the average ratio moving up slightly from 33.8% in 2009 to 33.9% in 2010.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says OECD

Though overall medical care is improving, efforts to prevent and better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma would improve results and lower costs, according to the OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reform urgently needed to ensure long-term growth in Czech Republic, says OECD

The Czech economy’s export-driven recovery is slowing as weak activity Europe curbs exports. Swift implementation of new reforms is needed to ensure sustainable, inclusive long-term growth and better resilience to external shocks, according to the latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum Publishes Report to the G20 on Tax Transparency

Tax Transparency 2011: Report on Progress, a report prepared by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, was delivered to the G20 in Cannes and is now available to journalists.&

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: G20 countries strengthen international tax co-operation

"Tax co-operation and compliance are of crucial importance for all countries and citizens - and not only in times of a tight fiscal and budgetary environment,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría from the Cannes G20 Summit.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reforms are essential for Brazil to build on recent success, says OECD

The Brazilian economy has made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, but further reforms are necessary to boost long-term growth, spur investment and further reduce poverty, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Brazil.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum delivers concrete results to the Cannes G20 Summit

“Governments have signed more than 700 agreements to exchange tax information. These agreements have already yielded €14 billion in additional revenues, to 20 countries, from more than 100 000 tax payers who had hidden assets offshore.”

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

The OECD acknowledges progress made, and says Mexico should further prioritise fighting foreign bribery

Mexico has improved, but needs to give greater priority to the criminal enforcement of bribery and ensure that its criminal law enforcement authorities have all the resources and expertise they need to seriously investigate all allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Korea making notable progress on fighting foreign bribery; further improvements needed, says OECD

Korea has improved its information and intelligence gathering capacity in foreign bribery cases, but should be more proactive in investigating allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 finance ministers agree new principles to boost financial consumer protection

G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles on financial consumer protection developed by the OECD. “Without consumer trust and confidence we could jeopardise the basis for global economic recovery and growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: Switzerland’s health system is high-performing but must prepare for the future

The Swiss health system is one of the world’s best but must adapt to deal with rising costs and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a new OECD/WHO report.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Ireland coming out of the crisis, but challenges remain

The Irish economy still faces tough challenges as the country exits from a deep recession and banking crisis, but its long-term prospects now appear better than many of the other hard hit European countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches new report on measuring well-being

A new OECD report, How's Life, offers a comprehensive picture of what makes up people’s lives in 40 countries worldwide. This is part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond GDP.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax reform can create jobs

High unemployment rates, in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, have governments scrambling to create jobs. A new OECD report suggests that well-targeted tax reforms can encourage employers to hire more people and the jobless to look for employment.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministerial: Joint Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

"200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Jurisdictions move towards full tax transparency

Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: OECD's Gurría welcomes draft debt deficit law

The OECD’s welcomes the announcement by the Spanish government last Friday August 26th about having agreed with the opposition parties in Parliament to enshrine a set of deficit limits in the Constitution.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Governments concerned that some corporations unfairly claim losses to avoid taxes

The economic crisis means global corporate losses have increased significantly. Though most of these claims are justified, some corporations use ‘aggressive tax planning’ to avoid taxes. Governments are working together to detect and deter these undue tax advantages.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD's Gurría welcomes Italy fiscal plan

The OECD welcomes the comprehensive package approved by the Italian government at the weekend.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Migration falls again but will pick up with recovery, says OECD

International migration fell in 2009, reflecting lower demand for workers in OECD countries for the second consecutive year after a decade of growth, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Austria: Strengthening domestic sources of growth would secure place as ‘Champions League’ economy

Austria should eliminate subsidies which encourage early retirement and target social transfers more effectively, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption: Luxembourg must implement without delay its legislation against the bribery of foreign public officials, says OECD

Luxembourg must step up its efforts to detect and prosecute cases of bribery of foreign public officials, particularly now that its legal framework has been strengthened, in compliance with the Anti-Bribery Convention

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: spending continues to outpace economic growth in most OECD countries

Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption : OECD recognises Norway’s commitment to the fight against foreign bribery and recommends further improvements

Norway has made significant progress in its efforts against the bribery of foreign public officials in recent years, according to a new OECD report. But more could be done to strengthen enforcement, including by focusing on the confiscation from companies of the proceeds of bribery.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría congratulates new IMF head Lagarde

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as the IMF’s next Managing Director.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea tops new OECD PISA survey of digital literacy

Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

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

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Iceland: Better coordination among authorities needed to tackle foreign bribery, says OECD

Iceland must do more to ensure its law enforcement authorities are coordinated and adequately resourced to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crime, including foreign bribery, says the OECD in a new report.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Economic Development

Country profile: South Korea

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:28:47 GMT

India's caste-offs

India's economy is in overdrive. But, as the Today programme's Mike Thomson explains, hundreds of millions of its people still live in abject poverty.

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:48:46 GMT

Timeline: United States of America

A chronology of key events

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:12:35 GMT

Regions and territories: Bermuda

An overview of Bermuda, including key facts, political leaders and notes on the media

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:13:29 GMT

Japan country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 13:42:56 GMT

Benin country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:13:13 GMT

Timeline: Switzerland

A chronology of key events

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:38:59 GMT

Timeline: China

A chronology of key events

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:53:45 GMT

China country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:51:05 GMT

Country profile: Mauritius

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:34:02 GMT

Timeline: Sao Tome and Principe

A chronology of key events

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:10:47 GMT

Country profile: Equatorial Guinea

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:40:09 GMT

Country profile: Zambia

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:32:08 GMT

Iceland country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 07:58:20 GMT

Calls for 'old-fashioned' revolution

Using "good old-fashioned" farming techniques will help deliver a sustainable green revolution in Africa.

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:24:59 GMT

Profile: G8

Key facts about the group of leading industrialised countries

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:02:15 GMT

A bad reputation

We're all told to watch our carbon footprint these days, but some so-called "environmental nasties" are not as bad as you might think - at least from a carbon point of view, says Mike Berners-Lee.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:46:19 GMT

Footing the World Cup bill

The World Cup is billed as a lucrative affair, but David Goldblatt considers whether South Africa will really reap financial rewards.

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:18:52 GMT

Brazil: Key facts and figures

Key facts and figures from Brazil, showing wealth and population distribution, as well as its GDP growth.

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:15 GMT

London outside of 'top 30 cities'

London is the only UK city in a global top 50 for quality of living, but comes in at a lowly 39th spot, according to a survey.

Tue, 25 May 2010 22:55:47 GMT

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Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility

The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves.

For an alternative post-2015 development strategy

The UN project of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Summit in 2000 is to expire in 2015. Discussions on a new international post-2015 development approach have started and are pursued in New York, Geneva, and Brussels, and in many capitals all over the world by international organizations, governments and civil society. A personal contribution to the debate.

The great revenge of the North?

Plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States have sparked considerable debate. Among the main issues contested are the lowering of food-safty standards (hormone-treated beef, chlorine-washed chicken), the democratic deficit of the negotiation process, as well as the granting of far-reaching rights and legal privileges to international investors, undermining national law. However, Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP's implications for the "rest of the world," particularly for developing and emerging economies.

Nepal: The emergence of a resilient democracy

Three months after elections, a new cabinet was sworn in end of February in Kathmandu. The two largest parties have formed a coalition, with the new Prime Minister from the Congress Party, and 18 ministers from the Congress and UML parties. The mainstream Maoists voted in support but did not join an initially foreseen unity government. Where does the country stand at this moment?

Partnership in transatlantic trade and investment?

The negotiations between EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are in full swing. The project is not only intended to reduce tariffs between the world economy's two biggest trading blocs; its primary aim is to dismantle and/or harmonise a wide spectrum of regulations. Investment liberalisation and protection also will be central issues.

The youth bulge in Least Developed Countries

The number of young people of working age in the world's 49 poorest nations is increasing by 16 million per year, and in each one of 11 such countries it will climb by at least half a million per year, a new UNCTAD report says. The organization recommends that the governments of the globe's least developed countries (LDCs) intensify efforts to employ this vast resource - currently largely underemployed, or trapped in vulnerable, low-paid jobs.

Towards a vision for post-2015

This week, the UN General Assembly (GA) will assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - their progress and gaps - and officially launch the intergovernmental discussion on a new, sustainable development agenda - perhaps to be encapsulated as sustainable development goals (SDGs).

UNCTAD advocates new development strategies

Adjusting to the structural shifts in the world economy makes far-reaching changes in development strategies necessary. Against the background of a prolonged period of slow growth in developed countries, export-led development in the South is no longer viable, UNCTAD says.

Statement on the results of the BRICS meeting

The emerging economies in the BRICS group - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - urged the G20 to boost global demand and ensure that any changes in monetary policy are well flagged to minimize any disruptive "spillovers" that may result. The appeal reflected the concerns among developing nations over the prospect that the Fed will scale back its ultra-loose monetary policy, and a view that Europe is not doing enough to promote a demand-driven recovery. The BRICS also agreed to contribute $100 billion to a joint currency reserve pool.

Developmental regionalism and African enterprises

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2013, subtitled "Intra-African Trade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism", says that efforts to date to spur jointly reinforcing economic growth on the continent have relied on a "textbook" and "linear" approach to regional cooperation that does not fit with Africa's situation.

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Gender in peacekeeping: A practitioners' manual for police gender advisers in peacekeeping missions

This guide aims to help strengthen understanding of gender equality, peace and security and gender-based violence, using international best practices. The guide also provides concrete elements and tools for applying a gender perspective in day-to-day work. Doing so will not only contribute to the effectiveness of this work, but will also be an important factor in ensuring its success. <br />The guide includes sections covering:<br /><ul> <li>Applying a gender perspective</li> <li>Gender perspectives in peace and security</li> <li>Children in armed conflict</li> <li>Sexual and gender-based violence</li> <li>Protection of civilians</li> <li>Ethics, code of conduct, and sexual exploitation and abuse. </li></ul>

03 Jul 2014 15:50:02 GMT

The National Solidarity Programme: assessing the effects of community-driven development in Afghanistan

This paper describes the results of an impact evaluation of the National Solidarity Programme, a community-driven development programme in Afghanistan that created democratic village councils and funded small-scale development projects. Using a randomized controlled trial across 500 villages, the authors find that the programme had a positive effect on access to drinking water and electricity, acceptance of democratic processes, perceptions of economic wellbeing, and participation of and attitudes towards women. Effects on perceptions of local and national government performance and material economic outcomes were, however, more limited or short-lived. The research also finds that the programme negatively impacted the quality of local governance as perceived by male villagers.

03 Jul 2014 15:28:10 GMT

The pacification of the favelas: mega-events, global competitiveness and the neutralization of marginality

Rio de Janeiro is preparing to host two major sporting events in the coming years: the 2014 FIFA World Football Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Local authorities are promoting these mega events as an opportunity to increase the global competitiveness of the city. But in order to attract private capital from the global economy it is not enough for Rio to showcase the city as capable of organizing and implementing these events. Rather, the authorities must also demonstrate that what has been considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world can now become a safe place for business. To do so, what has been promoted as a new model of ‘community policing’ the UPP (Pacifying Police Units) has been implemented since 2008 in 107 favelas. The majority of the favelas involved in the program are situated around the sites where these mega events will take place and around other wealthy areas of the city. This article analyses the relation between mega events, global competitiveness and the neutralization of local marginality.

01 Jul 2014 15:15:47 GMT

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

<p>The report of which this is a summary is the Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It assesses literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change. The report also assesses mitigation options at different levels of governance and in different economic sectors, and the societal implications of different mitigation policies, but does not recommend any particular option for mitigation.</p><p>This Summary for Policymakers follows the structure of the Working Group III report. It explores approaches to climate change mitigation, trends in stocks and flows of greenhouse gases and their drivers, mitigation pathways and measures in the context of sustainable development and mitigation polities and institutions.</p>

27 Jun 2014 12:30:41 GMT

Insights on NAMA development: MitigationMomentum phase 1

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

27 Jun 2014 10:35:04 GMT

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

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

27 Jun 2014 10:23:04 GMT

El Niño and Indian droughts - a scoping exercise

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

27 Jun 2014 10:12:25 GMT

Food provision in schools in low and middle income countries: developing an evidenced based programme framework

<p>This paper aims to develop an evidence based rationale for school feeding programmes. The paper clarifies that school feeding is a popular programme that has been used to support the education, health and nutrition of children living in vulnerable food-insecure areas. However, it is a complex intervention that requires an evidence base in order to allows careful trade-offs among targeting approaches, feeding modalities, and costs.</p><p>The document finds that:</p><ul><li>school feeding programs can help to get children into school and help to keep them there through enhancing enrolment and reducing absenteeism</li><li>once the children are in school, the programs can contribute to their learning, through avoiding hunger and enhancing cognitive abilities</li><li>these effects may be potentiated by complementary actions, especially deworming and providing micronutrients</li></ul><p>The paper underlines that the design of the school feeding intervention has considerable implications across the supply chain in terms of specifying the quality and quantity of the demand for food from school feeding. Consequently, policy makers and implementers can benefit from careful examination of the context, and trade trade-offs associated with the different design options of school feeding.</p><p>In the final analysis, the author highlights that building the evidence base on the agricultural and community level benefits of school feeding, as well as tackling the issue of cost-effectiveness and metrics, are important areas of future research.</p>

26 Jun 2014 21:23:14 GMT

Implications of community-based legal aid regulation on women’s land rights

<p>Improving women&rsquo;s ability to securely access land is recognised as an effective means to increase gender equality and advance other key social and economic development goals. Despite progressive laws in many African countries, gender disparities commonly persist in women&rsquo;s access and ownership of land.<br /><br />Although legal empowerment of women can help to strengthen their claims to land, developing country governments commonly lack the capacity to offer legal services. Civil society is increasingly stepping in to fill the wide gap in legal service provision, with the aim of empowering marginalised groups and individuals to exercise their legal rights. Although legal aid has wide application, this brief looks on the consequences of regulating services provided at the community level to support women&rsquo;s land rights, with a special focus on Tanzania.</p><p>The authors recommend areas for further investigation to inform future legal aid policy and regulations in Tanzania and beyond:</p><ul><li><p>evaluate the implications for geographic coverage and program quality by defining at least two distinct tiers of paralegals to provide legal services at different levels of decentralisation</p></li><li><p>identify the appropriate educational criterion for each tier of paralegal that will identify individuals with the facility to access training materials and complete reporting requirements</p></li><li><p>undertake additional research to establish distinct, paralegal training curricula that consider topic breadth versus relevance according to the services provided in each tier. Curricula for community paralegals should be based on analysis of the cost-effectiveness of initial training investments versus regular periodic training</p></li><li><p>for additional insight on modalities to reduce paralegal attrition, conduct analysis on the cost effectiveness of paralegal compensation to assess the implications on programme quality and sustainability</p></li></ul>

26 Jun 2014 15:12:40 GMT

Cross-border violence as an External Stress: Policy responses to cross-border dynamics on the border between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia

<p>One of the key issues identified in the new policy literature on external stress is the incidence of cross-border violence and the current lack of efficient and permanent mechanisms supported by international organisations, governments and civil society to deal with the violence.</p><p>The focus of this research is the border region between C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Ivoire and Liberia. The protracted violence which has affected the region for many years stems from the internal conflicts which afflicted both countries at different times, and which had regional dynamics and implications. Western C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Ivoire acted as a proxy battleground in the first Liberian civil war (1989&ndash;96), and the region is the birthplace of the military and political crisis that affected C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Ivoire from 2002 onwards. An inaccessible and neglected region, it has acted as a training ground and base for rebel groups and security forces, and it is local people who have borne the brunt of the insecurity.</p><p>The authors offer a number of recommendations on how to improve the situation. These include:</p><ul><li>Security forces in both countries should receive UN training in civil&ndash;military relations &ndash;&nbsp;if possible, jointly. CSOs,&nbsp;should be involved in&nbsp;training programmes in order to build sustainable relationships beyond them<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Joint border security meetings should be enhanced through consistent joint border&nbsp;security patrols and information sharing&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li>UN, EU and donor missions should connect more directly with local populations in&nbsp;the design and review of responses and programming for the region, and in ongoing&nbsp;<br />monitoring of the security situation</li></ul>

26 Jun 2014 14:45:36 GMT

Pan-Africanism, the African Peer Review Mechanism and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance: what does the future hold?

<p>Since Africa&rsquo;s independence 50 years ago, its democratisation momentum has been marked by both progress and reversals. With Africa&rsquo;s independence in the late 1950s/early 1960s and up to the late 1980s/early 1990s, the democracy project was not at the top of the national, regional or continental agendas of nation-building, or regional<br />and continental integration. The democracy project became a cornerstone of nation formation, state-building and continental integration agendas much more so in the period late 1980s/early 1990s to date, especially with the transformation of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) into the African Union (AU). Significantly, it was during the AU era that both the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) became key aspects of African integration anchored to the twin doctrines of pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.<br /><br />As the APRM enters its second decade, the way forward for its effective implementation and stronger interface with ACDEG should be informed by five main strategic imperatives:</p><ul><li>more effort and energy need to be invested in ensuring that all 54 member states of the AU accede to the mechanism and undergo governance reviews</li><li>concerted efforts need to be made to implore all APRM countries to sign, ratify and implement ACDEG, while also lobbying and advocating for the universal ratification of the charter by all AU member states</li><li>given their significance in entrenching a culture of domestic accountability, the implementation of both the APRM and ACDEG must ensure a balanced role for both state and non-state actors in order to guard against state-centrism, and promote broader citizen engagement with these continental governance initiatives</li><li>the sustainability of the APRM and ACDEG, in the long run, should be predicated upon stronger institutional and operational synergies between the AU&rsquo;s African Governance Architecture (AGA) and the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) because sustainable human development is unattainable without democracy and peace.</li><li>AU member states should mobilise domestic resources for the effective implementation of National Programmes of Action (NPoAs) and domestication or implementation of ACDEG rather than depending on external donor contributions, as this may have deleterious&nbsp; consequences for national ownership of these initiatives</li></ul>

26 Jun 2014 09:35:33 GMT

Home Grown School Feeding and social protection

<p>This paper argues that Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programmes have great potential to deliver various social protection benefits, not only for schoolchildren and their families but also for food supplying farmers.</p><p>The paper proposes an analytical framework for exploring the social protection impacts of home-grown school feeding &ndash; disaggregating impacts into &ldquo;provision&rdquo;, &ldquo;prevention&rdquo;, &ldquo;promotion&rdquo; and &ldquo;transformation&rdquo;, and analysing the impacts by primary and secondary beneficiaries. However, it indicates that the relative complexity of HGSF compared to conventional school feeding programmes complicates the calculation of cost-effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the programmes.</p><p>The paper finds that there is a large and well substantiated evidence base for HGSF nutritional, educational and household food security impacts on primary beneficiaries &ndash; school-aged children. Nevertheless, much less is known about the impacts of HGSF on the newly created &ldquo;secondary&rdquo; beneficiary groups, such as local farmers, suppliers and caterers.</p><p>The document concludes that there is a need to generate more empirical evidence of the consequences for social protection outcomes. Possible research questions could include:</p><ul><li>which procurement models are most empowering of local communities, and who are the secondary beneficiaries under each model?</li><li>under what conditions can HGSF support the &ldquo;graduation&rdquo; of poor food supplying farmers into food security and self-reliance?</li><li>what are the implications of different procurement models for employment creation and income generation?</li></ul>

25 Jun 2014 19:17:43 GMT

Climate displacement and resilient communities: case of Manati, Colombia

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

25 Jun 2014 16:29:18 GMT

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

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

25 Jun 2014 16:22:19 GMT

Prioritising support for locally controlled forest enterprises

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

25 Jun 2014 15:49:26 GMT

Engaging communities: evaluating social accountability in school feeding programmes

<p>This paper addresses the question of how implementers of Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) systems can create and operationalise feedback systems between communities, governments and external partners to ensure programmes are meeting communities&rsquo; needs.</p><p>The paper argues that community participation and downward accountability depend on a system of actors, institutions, and incentives, and in order to ensure that the programme responds to a community problem, essential stakeholders need to be involved in four steps. These include: defining needs, designing the intervention or service, day-to-day programme management, and evaluating the success of the intervention.</p><p>Recommendations encompass:</p><ul><li>be as context-specific as possible when designing strategies to solve problems</li><li>strengthening ties between school feeding and agriculture at all levels</li><li>develop transparent and consistent procurement procedures across country programmes and partners, and design a readily accessible complaints procedure</li><li>build more effective communications systems between the national and local levels</li><li>involve the communities in all parts of the monitoring and evaluation (M&amp;E) process, and treat M&amp;E processes as two-way communication and an opportunity to improve programming</li></ul><p>Additionally, the paper reviews two case studies about Ghana and Mali. Concerning Ghana, the document recommends that Ghana School Feeding Programme should support putting a representative of a farmer-based organisation on School Implementation Committees. Identically, in case of Mali, it recommends improving coordination between the various partners that support the canteens. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

24 Jun 2014 20:05:52 GMT

Ageing, poverty and neoliberalism in urban South India

<p>Using the example of old age poverty in the Indian city of Chennai, formerly Madras, this research situates old age poverty and inter-generational relations within a multi-level framework that ranges from global economic forces to household resource allocation, taking in government policy, public discourse and gender and age discrimination.</p><p>It demonstrates that a high level of economic growth does not necessarily improve the welfare of the urban poor in developing countries; rather, it can increase economic pressures, as have the recent declines in the economic growth rate in India, and these pressures fall hardest on older people. It demonstrates how conceptualisations of &lsquo;the worker&rsquo;, &lsquo;the aged&rsquo;, &lsquo;the family&rsquo;, &lsquo;the urban economy&rsquo;, and &lsquo;work&rsquo; in policy and planning can misconceive both what older people do and what they are capable of. Rather than ameliorating old age frailty and enhancing wellbeing in old age, such policy and planning can hasten frailty and, by failing to acknowledge the paid and unpaid work of the older urban poor, fails to support the needs and rights of workers making an important contribution to India&rsquo;s economy.</p><p>The research presents campaigners and policy makers with evidence on the determinants of old age poverty and makes a case for policies and implementation strategies that enhance older people&rsquo;s economic independence and self-determination. As urbanisation and population ageing become acknowledged as dominant issues for developing countries, this study will provide an important baseline for comparative research and policy development.</p>

24 Jun 2014 14:58:34 GMT

Ageing, well-being and development: A comparative study of Brazil and South Africa

<p>Brazil and South Africa represent different models of social policies for addressing ageing. Their success in promoting the well-being of older people in disadvantaged settings shows that there is no single &ldquo;best practice&rdquo; approach.</p><p>This study examines the well-being, livelihoods and social inclusion of older people in Brazil and South Africa with a view to throwing light on the linkages existing between ageing, well-being and development in developing countries.<br /><br />The research focuses on the dynamics of well-being among lower-income households with older people in the two countries, and on the impact of social policies reaching older people. It provides a comparative study over time and across countries.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>The main findings from the study are:</p><ul><li>on average, levels of well-being experienced by older people in South Africa and Brazil have improved over time</li><li>pension income, especially non-contributory pension income, remains essential to the well-being, livelihoods and economic inclusion of older people in the two countries</li><li>the upward trend in well-being levels among older people nets out important changes at the household level over time.</li><li>between 2002 and 2008, some households exited poverty while others fell into poverty.</li></ul>

24 Jun 2014 14:48:17 GMT

Bundelkhand drought: a retrospective analysis and way ahead

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

24 Jun 2014 13:11:09 GMT

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

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

24 Jun 2014 12:58:19 GMT

Responsibility to protect (RtoP): Toolkit for civil society actors and multidimensional peace support personnel in West Africa

<p>This toolkit on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) was designed to introduce the concept topractitioners and policy makers in West Africa, as well as deepen their knowledge of its development and practice. It aims to achieve this through seven targeted training sessions to be delivered over three days using a combined methodology of brainstorming, mini-lectures and quizzes, open discussions, group work and case study exercises. In the final session, participants have the opportunity to make presentations on how the activities of their affiliate organisations can promote RtoP in West Africa. These presentations should provide an assessment of the interest and understanding conveyed by the training and serve as a basis to strengthen support for RtoP and consolidate efforts to promote it in West Africa</p>

24 Jun 2014 12:57:15 GMT

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

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

24 Jun 2014 12:45:15 GMT

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

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

24 Jun 2014 12:33:21 GMT

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

<p>This report covers eight ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People&rsquo;s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam). The information in this report was collected through desk based research and reviews of national laws and policies, technical reports and other relevant materials. The information on forest cover and social forestry is based primarily on the latest data from national governments.</p><p>The report finds that forest cover in the ASEAN region is slightly less than 200 million ha, or approximately 46 per cent of the total land area. Deforestation in the region as a whole is estimated to result in the loss of 1.2 million ha of forest per year on average, with Indonesia and Myanmar experiencing the highest rates of deforestation. On the other hand, Viet Nam and the Philippines report increases in forest cover.</p>

24 Jun 2014 11:05:42 GMT

Disaster resilience topic guide

<p>This topic guide focuses on resilience to natural hazards such as droughts, flooding and cyclones, with emphasis on humanitarian action, in fragile and conflict-afflicted states as well as in other contexts. It argues that there is emerging evidence that disaster resilience has been effective in saving lives and protecting infrastructure, livelihoods, social systems and the environment, and that building disaster resilience is more cost-effective and sustainable than the present combination of disaster relief and development aid. It argues that in practical terms, resilience is neither an alternative to intervention nor a new paradigm that stands alone, but an increasingly important component of a holistic approach to reducing the impact of disasters on the most vulnerable. The guide provides a set of suggestions, from evidence explored, of tools and approaches that can be useful for building disaster resilience.</p>

24 Jun 2014 10:59:34 GMT

Scaling up and replicating effective climate finance interventions

<p>This paper explores how scale-up and replication of effective climate finance interventions efficiently mobilise private climate finance. This paper uses the term &ldquo;climate finance intervention&rdquo; to refer to public interventions used to mobilise private finance that supports climate mitigation or adaptation activities, or both, in developing countries. The interventions examined in the paper have already been, or are being, scaled up or replicated. Scaling-up and replication of such climate finance interventions could be an efficient way to increase the private sector&rsquo;s interest in mobilisation of climate finance, and thus to make progress towards the USD 100 bn per year goal by 2020. The paper draws lessons from selected mitigation and available adaptation case studies at project- and programme-levels as well as from experience with international climate funds.</p>

24 Jun 2014 10:33:22 GMT

Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) quarterly bulletin - April 2014

<p>Thi issue inlcudes: international partner highlights; country spotlight on Ecuador, Guyana, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru and Suriname; global malaria news, events and meetings.</p>

24 Jun 2014 10:18:03 GMT

Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) quarterly bulletin - January 2014

<p>This issue includes country spotlights on Brazil and Colombia, international partner highlights, events and meetings and global malaria news.</p>

24 Jun 2014 10:08:27 GMT

Amazon Malaria Initiative: progress in prevention and control

<p>The United States Agency for international Development (USAID) launched the Amazon malaria initiative (AMI) in 2001 to improve the prevention and control of malaria in the Amazon basin.<br /> <br /> Ami is a collaborative effort that brings together participating countries and international technical partners. Ministries of health and national malaria control programmes (nmCPs) are essential partners that carry out malaria prevention and control activities in countries of the Amazon basin and Central America, and collaborate in an ongoing exchange of information and expertise. International technical partners cooperate with the countries in a variety of complementary roles.</p><p>This document gives an overview of&nbsp; AMI&rsquo;S multi-pronged approach.</p><ul> <li>improvement of access to quality diagnosis and treatment</li> <li>epidemiological surveillance</li> <li>monitoring of efficacy of antimalarial medicines</li> <li>prevention and containment of resistance to antimalarial medicines</li> <li>vector surveillance and control</li> <li>integrated vector management</li> <li>quality assurance and control of pharmaceuticals and other antimalarial supplies</li> <li>health systems strengthening</li> <li>ommunication, advocacy, and networking</li></ul><p>&nbsp; </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

24 Jun 2014 09:59:27 GMT

Tips for lowering the temperature in pharmacies and and maintaining medication quality

<p>Pharmacies that serve health clinics located in tropical areas need infrastructure that will help lower their inside air temperature. It is very important that drugs being stored not reach temperatures above 30&deg;C, remembering that certain drugs must be stored at temperatures below 25&deg;C. Higher temperatures tend to change medication quality, which can harm patients who need the drugs. This guide provides instruction on how to modify a pharmacy in a simple and inexpensive manner in order to reduce the inside air temperature by up to 4&deg;C.</p>

24 Jun 2014 09:32:34 GMT

How do governments become great?

<p>Governments can play great roles in their countries, regions, and cities; facilitating or leading the resolution of festering problems and opening new pathways for progress. Examples are more numerous than one might imagine and raise an important question: &lsquo;how do governments become great?&rsquo;. This paper identifies ten cases of great governments to answer four dimensions of this question: What kinds of interventions or changes help governments achieve greatness? Who leads these interventions or changes, and how? When do the interventions occur, and why? How are these changes sustained and implemented to ensure they yield results? The paper suggests two sets of answers to these concerns, combining such into rival theories that could explain how governments get great: &lsquo;solution- and leader-driven change&rsquo; and &lsquo;problem-driven iterative adaptation&rsquo;. It proposes using these two theories in future research about how governments foster the kinds of achievements one could call great and argues this research should employ a version of theory-guided process tracking (TGPT) called &lsquo;systematic process analysis&rsquo;.</p>

24 Jun 2014 09:15:58 GMT

A comparison of supply chains for school food: exploring operational trade-offs across implementation models

<p>School feeding is a complex form of intervention that is delivered in various, context-specific models or configurations. This paper indicates that an increasing need for support and understanding of the different models and modalities has been expressed by governments to aid the design of school feeding programs.</p><p>The paper notes that supply chain management is a key factor for program delivery and performance of school feeding. Therefore, it introduces a standardised framework for the analysis of school feeding supply chains that allows meaningful comparisons of programs across different implementation models.</p><p>The framework is intended to describe the key supply chain relationships of school feeding, that is, the flow of goods, funds and information between the supply chain actors. Still, the paper did not attempt to map the details of all the stakeholder relationships across the system, nor focus on agriculture value chains for school feeding programmes - these remain important areas of further work.</p><p>The authors highlight that a follow-up to their paper may involve a detailed analysis of implementation models and country cases. In this sense, qualitative and quantitative data will lead to more insights on various supply chain models. Furthermore, additional insights may come from private sector examples with similar supply chains.</p>

23 Jun 2014 20:41:38 GMT

Evaluating the costs of the school nutrition project in Bangladesh

<p>School health and nutrition programmes provide the foundation for children&rsquo;s physical, cognitive and educational development. The purpose of this analysis is to examine the Dubai Cares/GAIN-Assisted School Nutrition Project in Bangladesh.</p><p>The findings of the paper highlight how the intended project provides an example of an innovative school feeding model, combining emphasis on high quality meals service delivery with strong community engagement. Yet, questions remain as to whether this start-up investment is a model related constraint, and how would support costs vary over longer project lifetime. In this respect, the document suggests that sizeable support investments would be tailed-off as the project mature, though a more detailed analysis of these issues is warranted. Still, the authors identify a number of follow-up analytical activities. These encompass modelling support cost structure as programme matures, including a cost analysis within annual programme monitoring activities and understanding emerging value chain development opportunities.</p><p>Equally important, the document reviews the cluster kitchen model in the context of the project; however, it demonstrates important trade-offs in terms of the model vis-&agrave;-vis other implementation models, including issues of resource intensiveness, economies of scale and quality control. Nonetheless, the document underlines that quantifying these trade-offs within the operational performance benchmarking framework developed in the paper is an opportunity for further work.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

23 Jun 2014 17:46:43 GMT

Osun state home grown school feeding program: improving sustainability through increased local farmer participation

<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The primary goals of Osun&rsquo;s school feeding program (SFP) in Nigeria are reducing hunger and improving business prospects for the local agriculture sector. The major challenges, however, include securing ongoing funding and increasing local smallholder farmer participation. The current paper explores various options that allow Osun&rsquo;s SFP to accomplish its goals while ensuring no disruption to the delivery of nutritious meals to the schools. Particularly, the paper highlights five key integrated areas that could facilitate the increase of small farmer participation in the SFP:</p><ul><li>as an incentive for participation in the SFP, government subsidises can be provided to small farmer co-operatives for space in regional storage facilities</li><li>the menu designed and mandated by the SFP should be redesigned for flexibility that accounts for seasonality and regionally grown crops</li><li>in order to minimise disruption to the current system, an effective way to assimilate farmers is to facilitate negotiations with food vendors at co-op level</li><li>benefits for participating in the program should be relayed to the farmers through effective awareness and educational initiatives</li><li>it is recommended that the current governing systems for Osun&rsquo;s SFP be redesigned to allow for increased accountability at both the school feeding program level and government agency level</li></ul><p>The authors believe that such improvements will enable the program to be sustainable in the future.</p>

22 Jun 2014 05:02:56 GMT

South Africa's National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP): case study

<p>The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) in South Africa is a large government sponsored programme reaching over 8 million learners in primary and secondary schools. The emphasis of the programme is on the provision of the daily balanced and diverse cooked meal, with nutrition education and sustainable food production being the other two pillars of the programme.</p><p>The current paper points that the three main objectives of the NSNP are clear and generally well understood by all stakeholders. However, the author finds that:</p><ul><li>there are indications that the energy value of the meals is inadequate, which will need further investigation/improvement</li><li>it is possible that the role of schools could be further leveraged to support the health and nutrition of orphans and vulnerable children</li><li>more attention should be paid on the quality of meals that are served; many schools have very poor equipment for the preparation that impact the quality of the meals served</li><li>there is room for improvement in the implementation of the NSNP when it comes to promoting sustainable food production in schools and involving small scale farmers</li></ul><p>Furthermore, the document recommends that there should be purposeful planning for strengthening and better integration of the three components of the NSNP. In addition, the achievements of the programme needs to be better communicated to politicians, businesses and the general public.</p>

21 Jun 2014 11:37:31 GMT

Final report: Science for humanitarian emergencies and resilience (SHEAR) scoping study

<p>This scoping study was prepared to provide evidence in support of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) research programme (from the&nbsp;UK Government&rsquo;s Department for International Development, DFID) on risk assessments and early warning systems. The main focus of the programme is on weather-related hazards (e.g. cyclones, floods, droughts, landslides) for humanitarian and development purposes in low-income countries across Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. The study was based on:</p><ul> <li>stakeholder surveys aimed at practitioners, and researchers, working in the three regions</li> <li>a UK workshop together a series of small international meetings and a number of one-to-one interviews</li> <li>a comprehensive literature review</li> <li>a number of case studies on community based risk assessment and early warning systems</li> <li>a desk study on relevant initiatives, gaps and needs in the Caribbean</li></ul><p>This report is accompanied by seven standalone Annexes as follows:<br /></p><ul> <li> Annex 1 - Results of a stakeholder survey</li> <li> Annex 2 - Literature review </li> <li> Annex 3 - Community-based case studies covering the three regions</li> <li> Annex 4 - Current initiatives and research priorities in the Caribbean</li> <li> Annex 5 &ndash; Workshop report, London 9 December 2013. This was attended by approximately 40 UK-based researchers and some users of information</li> <li> Annex 6 - Notes from a Caribbean workshop and stakeholder engagement.</li> <li> Annex 7 - Notes from African workshop</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul> </ul>

20 Jun 2014 15:39:43 GMT

Assessing the impact of ICF programmes on household and community resilience to climate variability and climate change

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) Resilience Framework describes the resilience of a system or process to specific shocks and stresses, in terms of its capacity to deal with these shocks and stress, and in terms of how it responds to them (bounces back better, to previous state, worse or not at all). The factors that influence resilience will vary according to the system or process with whose resilience we are concerned, the shocks and stresses to which it is exposed, and the environmental and policy contexts in which it operates. To measure resilience, we need to understand it in terms of these contextual factors.<br /><br />This report details the findings of a short assignment on the measurement of resilience commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as part of DFID&rsquo;s support to the UK&rsquo;s International Climate Fund (ICF). The purpose of the assignment was to review existing methodologies for measuring resilience and to present a methodology for the measurement of resilience that allows ICF projects to report against certain ICF Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), specifically KPI4 (numbers of people with improved resilience as a result of project support).

20 Jun 2014 15:15:54 GMT

From research to result: transforming peasant agriculture? Mid-term review of EPINAV Programme, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. Final report.

<p>Norway&rsquo;s Embassy in Dar es Salaam contracted a mid-term review (MTR) of the Programme &quot;<em>Enhancing Pro-Poor Innovations in Natural Resources and Agricultural Value Chains&quot; (EPINAV), </em>implemented by Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in collaboration with Norway&rsquo;s University of Life Sciences (NMBU). This report presents the MTR&rsquo;s main findings, conclusions and suggestions.</p>

20 Jun 2014 14:27:14 GMT

Engaging the private sector in Africa's peaceful development

<p>The potential is untapped for governments and donors to explore scaling up their engagement with the business community in the pursuit of more peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Recent high-level summitry has given new impetus to engage business in shaping and delivering the development agenda. However, African policy making has only just begun to explore how the high-growth &lsquo;Africa rising&rsquo; phenomenon could be enhanced by leveraging the developmental impact of business activity. Moreover, considerable ambivalence remains among policymakers, donors and corporate strategists. This briefing stresses that an exploration of what drives greater engagement; what is involved in more explicit cross-sector cooperation in addressing barriers to greater peace and prosperity; and what &lsquo;appropriate&rsquo; relationships would look like, is both necessary and timely.</p><p>The author offers a number of recommendations, including:</p><ul><li>Governments should develop&nbsp;transparent and accountable&nbsp;<br />platforms that will systematically engage business in the design and&nbsp;delivery of national development&nbsp;plans<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Governments should work to&nbsp;ensure that small and medium&nbsp;enterprises (or their umbrella&nbsp;groups and, where appropriate,&nbsp;labour groups) are included in&nbsp;these platforms<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Donors should strengthen&nbsp;efforts to link foreign investment projects to local&nbsp;private sector development through inclusive local content&nbsp;and hiring programmes.</li></ul>

20 Jun 2014 13:49:04 GMT

South-south technology transfer: criteria for evaluation of public policies in the BRICS countries

<p>This Policy Brief reviews the existing literature concerned with analytical and conceptual models to evaluate technology transfer (TT) practices in cooperation projects, aiming at contributing to the formulation of effective public policies for the technological development in the BRICS countries.</p><p>The first section deals with the definition of the concept and the means by which TT may occur. Then it defines the evaluation criteria to the effectiveness of TT processes, highlighting the opportunities and challenges of South-South cooperation. Finally, it provides some recommendations for the elaboration of public policies for TT among the BRICS.</p><p>Key recommendations:</p><ul><li><p>One of the most important factors in the absorption of new technologies is the ability to learn, i.e., the human capital base. This base could be enhanced through policies to promote the flow of students, workers and researchers between the BRICS, with incentives policy to encourage their return to the origin country. The creation of a special type of visa for citizens residing in the BRICS countries would facilitate this flow, serving as a TT channel with great potential, which should be further explored</p></li><li><p>favorable internal conditions are crucial to the full conclusion of TT processes. Thus, a network between universities, research centers, government agencies and laboratories, nonprofit organisations, etc. should be created within the BRICS. This network would create the registration of institutions and researchers (their demands and technological expertise) and contribute to the elaboration of a database of remote access that would facilitate and encourage the technological cooperation among the BRICS</p></li></ul>

20 Jun 2014 13:05:42 GMT

Brazil: a new powerhouse without military strength?

<p>Brazil&rsquo;s development assistance to Africa demonstrates that its action abroad is based on soft power tools, especially when dealing with countries of the South, benefiting from its image as successful economic and social development model, remaining faithful to its national principles like non-intervention and respect of sovereignty and exporting efforts that worked at a domestic level.</p><p>The objective of this paper is to find out whether Brazil can challenge (if so how far) the realist conception of power according to which military capacity is a fundamental asset for a state to be elevated as a power on the international scene and whether its economic potential and soft power instruments can enable Brazil to play a strategic role worldwide. We will briefly introduce the realist definition of power before establishing a status-to-date of Brazil&rsquo;s limited material capabilities, though acknowledging the modernisation process of its armed forces for dissuasion purposes. The author looks at some of Brazil&rsquo;s economic features before focusing on a de tailed examination of three instances where Brazil&rsquo;s soft power is acting, enabling the country to enhance its position as a global political actor: the Tehran Declaration, its participation in UN (Peacekeeping Operations) PKOs and its &ldquo;diplomacy of generosity&rdquo; towards Africa.</p>

20 Jun 2014 12:10:18 GMT

Hosting the 2010 World Cup: what have we learned? Some South African reflections

<p>This policy brief provides a brief glimpse into the complexities and contradictions that often emerge in the run-up to, and the hosting of, mega-events in &lsquo;rising powers&rsquo; of the South. The focus is on South Africa&rsquo;s hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, concluding with brief reflections on similarities and differences with Brazil&rsquo;s bid to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Both countries represent the possibility of massive new markets&ndash;more so in the Brazilian case&ndash;juxtaposed against glaring(and especially in the South African case) growing inequalities.</p><p>The paper notes the pride of the country in the achievemment of their soccer team and of the country's ability to successfully host a mega event, despite tabloid media hype criticsm and some logistical prorblems.<br /> <br /> The more contentious dimension relates to the more tangible aspects of hosting an event of this magnitude and whether the enormous costs could be said to justify such incredible expense particularly in a society as unequal as ours. The South African case seems to echo much of the mega-events literature's scepticism of the anticipated long-term returns frequently and optimistically trumpeted by the research consultancies hired by state and business elites.</p>

20 Jun 2014 11:20:53 GMT

Not just in transit: Drugs, the state and society in West Africa

<p>In an increasingly interconnected world, West&nbsp;Africa has become an attractive destination for&nbsp;transnational organized crime. Drug cartels have&nbsp;collaborated with local partners to turn the region&nbsp;into a significant transit route to Europe and&nbsp;North America for illicit drugs produced in South&nbsp;America and Asia. West Africa has long produced&nbsp;cannabis, mainly for local consumption, but is&nbsp;now also becoming a producer and exporter&nbsp;of synthetic drugs such as amphetamine-type&nbsp;stimulants (ATS).</p><p>This report examines the increase in drug trafficking and consumption in West Africa and their impact on state and society. It offers a number of recommendations including:</p><ul><li>Treat drug use as a public health issue with socio-economic<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Actively confront the political and governance challenges that&nbsp;incite corruption within governments, the security services and the&nbsp;judiciary, which traffickers exploit.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Develop, reform and/or harmonise drug laws on the basis&nbsp;<br />of existing and emerging minimum standards and pursue&nbsp;<br />decriminalization of drug use and low-level non-violent drug&nbsp;<br />offences.<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Strengthen law enforcement for more selective deterrence&nbsp;<br />focusing on high-level targets.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

20 Jun 2014 11:07:02 GMT

China's engagement in Africa: responding to growing tensions and contradictions

<p>China&rsquo;s involvement in Africa goes back more than fifty years. However, over the past decade or so its presence on the continent has been growing at a remarkable rate. Since 2000, China-Africa trade has increased twenty-fold, and Chinese direct investment in Africa more than thirty-fold.<br /><br />The aim of this Policy Brief is to point out some of the growing tensions and contradictions that have emerged in relation to China&rsquo;s increased engagement in Africa, and that have received attention in local and international media reports. These focus on four specific areas:</p><ul><li>the quality of infrastructure built by Chinese companies</li><li>the choice and definition of priority infrastructure investments</li><li>the practices of Chinese companies on the ground; and</li><li>the institutional complexity of Chinese development cooperation</li></ul><p>Responding to and addressing some of these tensions and contradictions will be key for defining China&rsquo;s future role in the development of the African continent, and as a development actor in general.</p><p><br />Given the Chinese government&rsquo;s concerns about improving its global image as a trusted development cooperation partner, there are at least three things that it could do to start responding to these tensions and contradictions:</p><ul><li><p>improve its guidelines and oversight capacity over Chinese companies implementing infrastructure projects or more generally operating in African countries and globally, to ensure that they follow adequate labour and environmental standards, and other relevant quality standards</p></li><li><p>modify and improve its planning and appraisal approaches, so that the identification of projects to be financed and built generates sustainable infrastructure that responds to broad country priorities</p></li><li><p>reform and streamline aid management structures and the overall institutional framework of Chinese development cooperation, to ensure better coordination and information flows. The idea of establishing a single agency in charge of managing Chinese aid should be further explored</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

20 Jun 2014 10:52:48 GMT

Solidarity among brothers? Brazil in Africa: trade, investment and cooperation

<p>South-South cooperation (SSC) emerged as a key Brazilian foreign policy instrument in the beginning of Lula&rsquo;s presidency in 2003 and has generally been sustained by the government of President Dilma Rousseff. From the beginning, Brazil has emphasized SSC in Africa despite not having articulated an explicit foreign policy towards the region.<br /><br />The reconfiguration of Brazil&rsquo;s international relations, shifting towards an emphasis on the African continent over the past decade has manifested itself in increased trade and a growing presence of Brazilian businesses on the continent, both of which have occurred alongside development cooperation. While development cooperation has been highlighted as a &lsquo;horizontal&rsquo; approach based on &lsquo;solidarity&rsquo;, the economic interaction between Brazil and its African partners appears to be based on other motivations and practices.<br /><br />This Policy Brief discusses the different strands of Brazilian intervention in Africa, noting some specific challenges and contradictions, and highlighting the necessity of opening a debate regarding the reform of the institutional and regulatory framework guiding such intervention, in order to guarantee better coherence and efficacy of Brazilian foreign policy in the region.</p><p>The brief argues that the Brazilian government continues to promote technical cooperation as part of its broader international strategy to position itself as a global actor that belongs to the South and maintains intense solidarity with developing countries. At the same time, however, the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), like other public bodies, has experienced a drastic budget reduction.<br /><br />The greatest challenge for the future of Brazilian engagement with Africa will be the reconciliation of objectives and practices of development cooperation and economic cooperation (trade and investment), and the promotion of an approach that considers the priorities and necessities of the African countries in which Brazil intervenes.</p><p>A first step in the right direction could be the definition of a regulatory framework for international cooperation &ndash; which could include the creation of a new agency &ndash; and the establishment of a specific strategy regarding Brazilian intervention in Africa in its various forms.</p>

20 Jun 2014 10:23:10 GMT

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

<p>This 45 minute film features interviews with leading experts in the fields of theology,philosophy and ethics who examine Catholic traditions,teachings and beliefs on the following key issues:</p><p>&bull; Abortion &amp; Contraception</p><p>&bull; HIV &amp; AIDS</p><p>&bull; Sex &amp; Sexuality</p><p>&bull; Religion in Public Policy.</p><p>It also includes a <a href="http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/SecretHistory/discussionguide.pdf">discussion guide.</a></p>

20 Jun 2014 10:05:10 GMT

Implementing the responsibility to protect: new directions for international peace and security?

<p>The international peace and security architecture is undergoing a profound renovation in the twenty first century. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine is being re-evaluated from political and operational perspectives, while the Responsibility while Protecting (RwP), a Brazilian initiative, can be a new direction for international peace and security.</p><p>A workshop organised in 2012 in Brasilia to review the conceptual and practical implications of R2P and RwP generated critical reflections on the opportunities and challenges presented by R2P and RwP. The current paper summarises the discussions made in that workshop. &nbsp;</p><p>The document indicates that participants agreed about the importance of:</p><ul><li>better controlling the narrative on RwP, making sure it is compatible with R2P and, above all, continuing engaging with the concept</li><li>recognising that while RwP is an important public good, it still needs backing, and this means constructively addressing changes from both proponents and dissenters</li><li>overcoming the gap between discourse and practice in relation to prevention &ndash; prevention needs investment, not only funding but also in terms of political support</li><li>moving from anecdotal reporting to authoritative and credible mechanisms to analyse situations on the ground using solid empirical data and analytics</li><li>underlining the need for the south countries to move beyond spreading good practices to more proactive engagement</li></ul><p>Furthermore, all participants agreed that more discussion is needed to identify effective and legitimate alternatives to deal with twenty-first century wars.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

20 Jun 2014 09:41:02 GMT

BRICS and the challenges of fighting inequality

<p>The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa&nbsp; - are protagonists in the spread of hopes throughout the globe to reduce poverty and social inequality, as well as the construction of a new world order.</p><p>The existence of a group of countries like the BRICS demonstrates to the whole world that mobility is a real possibility in the international arena. What it does not make clear, however, is whether this mobility will result in profound systemic changes towards an equal and more democratic world.<br /><br />This document contains four analyses of key issues for the understanding of BRICS and its world, and the possibilities of changes brought to the fore by the joint action of these five countries. The objective of this document is to strengthen the debate between civil society organizations in the BRICS countries on key issues to combat inequality and to promote sustainable development.</p>

20 Jun 2014 09:17:34 GMT

Economics behind forced labour trafficking: comprehensive case studies of child domestic labour and commercial sexual exploitation

<p>Millions of children and young women are trafficked around the world for forced labour. Trafficking for forced labour as we define in our paper is not restricted to any particular form or industry - it takes place for commercial sexual exploitation, child labour or bonded labour. Despite trafficking being prohibited as per the Constitution of India, it remains a large-scale lucrative industry.<br /> <br /> The purpose of this paper is to bring to the forefront a comprehensive analysis for public awareness, lobbying and advocacy against the garish realities of forced labour, focusing on child domestic labor (CDL) and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). A main objective was also to conduct a data-driven statistical analysis to effectively highlight the characteristics, extent, mechanisms and movement of money involved in CDL and CSE.</p>The key points from the research are: <br /><ul> <li>the cost of human trafficking on the economy are staggering. For example, just the unnoticed illegal monetary pool of anywhere between US$ 35 to US$ 360 billion is generated through the exploitation of victims of child domestic labour and commercial sexual exploitation in India - accounting for approx. 2 to 20% of India's GDP</li> <li>sample consisted of 420 cases of child domestic labour and 196 cases of commercial sexual exploitation victims (differential level of details)</li> <li>child Domestic Labour (CDL) - is we extrapolate from our analysis of the total number of CDL in India in India then approx. 2 to 5 million children are likely kidnapped into CDL - a gruesomely large number, which is currently going unnoticed</li> <li>commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) - our analysis shows that on a conservative estimate the amount of illegal money generated for just one victims of CSE in a brother per year via CSE can range between INR 3 - 14 lakhs, amounting to US$ 30 - US$ 343 billion per year from brothels only in India </li></ul>

19 Jun 2014 15:14:21 GMT

Future oil revenues and political dynamics in West and East Africa: a slippery slope?

<p>Over the next decade, at least 12 African nations will become major oil exporters. This paper attempts to model the likely interaction between political dynamics and windfall oil rents in a number of soon-to-be oil-dependent economies in Africa. Using a theoretical framework designed by North, Wallis and Weingast, and a game theoretic model<br />developed by Robert Bates, it examines the potential impact of these rents in four countries, namely Ghana, Liberia, Uganda and Tanzania, conditioned on the nature of the current political equilibrium. Only when these dynamics are properly understood can credible policies be designed to overcome the difficulties normally associated with oil dependence.<br /><br />The paper finds that the nominal existence of democracy is by itself insufficient to propel countries towards economic dynamism and meaningful political inclusion. Only in instances where ratios of oil rent to government revenue are low and existing institutions relatively strong is equilibrium political stability likely to be maintained. In almost all instances, oil rents disrupt political incentives in a way that is likely to undermine economic performance.</p><p>Ghana is a potential exception but the bulge of youth unemployment and relatively limited access to economic opportunities outside the extractive industries remain a cause for concern. In the light of these findings, policy practitioners should aim to design policies for oil rent management that understand political equilibria and neither disrupt these equilibria<br />towards instability in the short run nor entrench a predatory elite over the long run.</p>

19 Jun 2014 12:48:41 GMT

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Green growth indicators

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:53:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

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

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Webcast of OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies

Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

Find out about the Green Growth Platform and its upcoming activities

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 GMT

Greener Skills and Jobs

The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This paper suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

OECD LEED-Cedefop 2nd Green Skills Forum 2014 (Paris, France)

LEED and Cedefop organise the second edition of the Green Skills Forum which will bring together experts in innovation, employability and skills development and lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

All issues of the OECD Green Growth Newsletter

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

Workshop: Potential of social enterprises for job creation and green economy - how to stimulate their start and development?

The last decade has seen considerable policy attention to the social economy and its contribution to employment, in particular as regards the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable workers and the provision of appropriate working conditions.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy

This LEED project aims to to define key indicators of area-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The objective is to define measurable indicators at regional/local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

ITF Transport Outlook 2013

The ITF Transport Outlook 2013 presents and discusses global scenarios concerning the development of transport volumes through 2050. The analysis highlights the impact of alternative economic growth scenarios on passenger and freight flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation outside the OECD.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:06:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

Environmental policies and productivity growth - a critical review of empirical findings

This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the link between environmental policy stringency and productivity growth, and the various channels through which such effects can take place.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Green growth challenges and the need for an energy reform in Mexico

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:14:00 GMT

Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector

This report looks at the issue of tax crime in the fisheries sector, including frauds over taxes on profit and earnings, customs duties, VAT and social security, with examples from real cases.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:01:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

The value of fishery resources lies in its ability to support public goals and objectives. If the fishery is expected to support economic, social and environmental objectives, it is important for fishery managers to recognise the primacy of these goals even if stock management remains their principle task. This handbook discusses the role of objectives and how to carry out an effective policy design and implementation process.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Green Growth Newsletter, October 2013

Headlines: 2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum, 5-6 December 2013; In Focus: Water – International Year of Water, World Water Week and the OECD's Work on Water; Promoting Green Investment in Costa Rica; Promoting Green Growth in Brandenburg; Making Growth Green and Inclusive – The Case of Cambodia; Latest publications and key upcoming events.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:26:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Marine Biotechnology: Enabling Solutions for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability

This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:43:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

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

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Cambodia

Key questions for development planning today in countries include: Can developing countries strike a balance between economic growth, societal well-being and environmental protection? Can inclusive, green growth be a way forward? This report presents a case study on Cambodia designed to answer these questions.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:24:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Restructuring the electricity sector and promoting green growth in Japan

The 2011 disaster and nuclear problems opened the door to a new energy policy, as they raisedfundamental questions about the electricity system’s ability to prevent and respond to accidents.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Greening growth in Luxembourg

With strong economic growth overall and an increasingly important role as a regional economic centre, Luxembourg is experiencing mounting environmental pressures. This is mainly a result of a growing population and a rapid increase in transport, which is dominated by the car, as the number of workers commuting within Luxembourg and from across the border has risen rapidly.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods Through Collective Action

Collective action is key to improving the agricultural environment given its effectiveness in dealing with agri-environmental externalities that are beyond the capacity of the individual farmer to manage. This study provides an extensive literature review and analyses 25 case studies from 13 OECD countries to examine how policies could and should be used to promote collective action.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Lithuania adheres to OECD Declaration on Green Growth

Following the delivery of the Strategy in May 2011, green growth will be mainstreamed in OECD analytical work to enrich guidance on a number of country, sector and issue-specific areas. This will involve integrating green growth considerations in Economic Surveys, Environmental Performance Reviews and Innovation Reviews.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:06:00 GMT

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation

This paper brings together information collected through Working Party on Nanotechnology discussions and projects. It relies in particular on preliminary results from a project on the responsible development of nanotechnology and outcomes of a symposium held in 2012.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:00 GMT

Blog: Climate Change and Health Beyond 2015 - The Sustainable Development Agenda

Health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development. Climate change affects health through a myriad of exposure pathways, each presenting simultaneously both challenges and opportunities for sustainable health and development.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:00 GMT

Blog: Putting green growth at the heart of development

The rapid pace of development in many developing countries raises the stakes for investments in development, but also begs reflection on the patterns or types of growth that are appropriate for a particular country context.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:53:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Ethiopia

This working paper reflects on green growth policy in Ethiopia – it explores green growth already in action – a range of on-the-ground activities which point to scale-up options for the future.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:27:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Putting green growth at the heard of development

Over the past 20 years, the global development landscape has changed dramatically. At the same time, we face unprecedented global challenges and growing instability, with looming financial and economic crises, and growing unemployment, food insecurity, political instability and environmental threats.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:44:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD ProgBlog - Financing our Future: Sustainable Development Financing Strategy

As discussions to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) build momentum, attention is starting to shift towards not only what the world should try to achieve, but also how to go about it.

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:48:00 GMT

OECD Forum 2013 issue on fostering sustainability

This year's forum focuses on three key themes: Promoting inclusive growth, Rebuilding trust and Fostering sustainability. The Forum brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. It feeds into the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda.

Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Investing in a sustainable future

Investment strategies almost never consider external costs to the environment when calculating potential returns. But incorporating environmental risk and sustainability into investor mindsets is possible– and urgent.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT

Report: Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux)

This paper discusses the results of the 2011-2012 OECD LEED study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:21:00 GMT

Green Growth in Cities

Green Growth in Cities presents the OECD Green Cities Programme’s main findings and policy recommendations, and provides a preliminary approach to measuring green growth in cities

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:20:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Ports: How to Get More Value for Money?

Ports are the nervous system of global trade. Over 80% of world cargo (by volume) is transported by sea. Our efforts to raise the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of ports can help boost trade, growth and jobs. It can also help us to promote green growth and development in the poorest regions, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 22 May 2013 14:07:00 GMT

Economic Survey of Mexico 2013

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Tue, 21 May 2013 14:38:00 GMT

Urbanisation and Green Growth in China

This working paper assesses national policy and governance mechanisms that can influence green growth in Chinese cities.

Fri, 17 May 2013 19:40:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

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

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

Return from the dead?

Old ways of thinking won’t bring developed countries back to economic life. Weighed down by the legacy of the crisis, they also face deep challenges like a faltering labour supply and slowing innovation. And growth itself won’t be enough–it must also be stable, inclusive and green. The need for structural reforms has never been greater, but they will require difficult trade-offs.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:20:00 GMT

OECD/BIAC Workshop: Green Growth in the Agro-Food Chain: What Role for the Private Sector?

What is the role of the private sector in greening the agro-food chain? This OECD/BIAC workshop will examine such issues as the role of new technologies in increasing productivity and reducing waste, as well as developing private-public partnerships.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:43:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

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

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Greening our Knowledge

Strong international cooperation on testing, exploring and refining measurement tools on green growth is essential to support implementation and assessment of policies in both developed and developing countries, said OECD Secretary-General.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

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

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

What have we learned from attempts to introduce green-growth policies?

Long-term projections suggest that without policy changes, the continuation of business-as-usual economic growth and development will have serious impacts on natural resources and the ecosystem services on which human well-being depends.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:07:00 GMT

The price of oil – will it start rising again?

Following a sharp drop amidst the global economic crisis and a subsequent recovery, the spot price of crude oil has been broadly stable for the past couple of years. This paper discusses the factors that drive oil demand and supply and, hence, the price of the resource.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

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

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

Although the market for green goods and services is growing, the development of new business models is affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

New business models can help reduce environmental pollution, optimise the use of natural resources, increase productivity and energy efficiency, and provide a new source of economic growth. The development of new business models is also affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:33:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector: Proceedings of a Joint FAO/OECD Workshop

To help meet the challenges posed by climate change, the agriculture sector should increase its resilience. This book presents the summary and papers from a joint workshop by FAO and OECD that looked at how agriculture can build resilience for adaptation to climate change.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Korea’s National Green Growth Committee Meeting

Putting “Green” at the core of a country’s “Growth” strategy is intelligent public policy at its best! Korea understands that there is no trade-off between green and growth. Much to the contrary: there are strong synergies that can be exploited between pro-growth and pro-green policies.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:43:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Report: Measuring the potential of local green growth - An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Conference: Innovation in skills development for SMEs competitiveness (Ankara, Turkey)

The conference discussed the results of the project as well as policy recommendations on training and skills development for the creation of an innovative and competitive SME sector in OECD countries.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Innovation In Tourism

This working paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyse the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in OECD countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector.

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:36:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Chile's OECD membership presents challenges both in the context of changing patterns of production and consumption, and in the framework of a more sustainable economy. Specifically, green growth emphasizes improving growth rates, particularly through greening existing industries, as well as through new eco-businesses.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Joint OECD-GGGI Workshop: Green growth development paths for a better future

Surrounding the 2012 GG-SD Forum, a joint OECD-GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) workshop took place on 22 November. The workshop featured a discussion among experts and policy makers from developing countries with the aim of sharing evidence and experience on how to create an enabling framework and design policy options for overcoming key challenges and prioritizing inclusive green growth opportunities.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:40:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

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

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The GGKP has been developed in partnership between the GGGI, the OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank, to help address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, and to help countries design and implement green growth policy.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

This new publication looks at how renewable energy can bring the greatest benefits to host regions.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:08:00 GMT

Measuring the potential of local green growth: An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

Secretary-General Angel Gurría addresses the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and others to discuss highlights of the forthcoming OECD report on local green growth, as part of our efforts to develop more effective tools for measuring cities’ progress and monitoring the impact of green policies.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:42:00 GMT

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2012

The second Forum – 3GF2012 – will be held in Denmark on 8-9 October 2012 under the thematic headline “Resource Efficiency and Growth”.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:41:00 GMT

Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

This paper presents an overview of practices and challenges related to financing green sustainable cities. Cities are essential actors in stimulating green infrastructure; and urban finance is one of the promising ways in which this can be achieved. Cities are key investors in infrastructure with green potential, such as buildings, transport, water and waste.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:09:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

Climate change policies in Germany: make ambition pay

Germany reduced greenhouse gas emissions substantially but remains an important emitter. Ambitious targets for climate change mitigation have been fixed and a broad range of environmental measures are being implemented.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:00 GMT

The determinants of invention in electricity generation technologies: A patent data analysis - Environment Working Paper No. 45

This paper analyses the determinants of invention in efficiency-enhancing electricity generation technologies that have the potential to facilitate climate change mitigation efforts, including fossil fuel based technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, renewables and nuclear technologies.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany)

The Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Market Development for Green Cars

This report reviews government policies and attempts to provide a better understanding of the growing market for green vehicles as well as new analytical instruments to identify measures that could be designed to foster the uptake of green cars.

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:10:00 GMT

Towards green growth in Denmark: improving energy and climate change policies

Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:17:00 GMT

OECD and Rio+20

OECD’s contribution to the Rio+20 Conference focused on how to promote greener economies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment

This comprehensive review of compact city policies will provide food for thought for national, sub-national and municipal governments as they seek to address their economic and environmental challenges through the development and implementation of spatial strategies.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Achieving the “low carbon, green growth” vision in Korea

Korea, which has had the highest growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD area since 1990, adopted an ambitious Green Growth Strategy in 2009.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

Green Jobs

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

This report is part of the OECD work programme on eco-innovation policies. The objective of this work is to complement the knowledge base on eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and to provide empirical material for additional research on policy issues related to eco-innovation.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Green Growth Seminar

The costs and consequences of inaction would be colossal, in economic, environmental and human terms. The truth is that changing our model of growth and making it greener and more inclusive is the only credible strategy that we have.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green growth in action: Mexico

Mexico has taken action on a number of fronts to implement green growth policies, including integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation plans into their National Development Plan, and implementing energy price schemes that reflect the opportunity costs of consumption. Mexico is also developing its green growth indicators, using the OECD set of green growth indicators proposed in “Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture in a Global Context

To nourish the world population in 2050, we must increase food availability by 70 to 100%. This means that we need to engineer a shift towards policies that support innovation, productivity and sustainability and that provide farmers with the skills they need to grasp the opportunities of strong demand and high prices.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

This publication presents a major meta-analysis of 'value of a statistical life' (VSL) estimates derived from surveys where people around the world have been asked about their willingness to pay for small reduction in mortality risks.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

Inducing environmental innovation is a significant challenge to policy-makers. Efforts to design public policies that address these issues are motivated by the fact that innovations can allow for improved environmental quality at lower cost.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

"The success of green growth will depend on whether it is a shared global agenda. Many developing countries are not yet fully equipped to introduce new ‘greener’ policies and tap into the benefits of a green future", declared Mr Gurría at the Global Green Growth Summit.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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OECD Development Week 2014

The OECD Development Week (30 June, 1- 3 July 2014) is organised by the OECD Development Centre. High-level policy makers, representatives of the private sector, investors, civil society organisations, foundations and think tanks will gather at the OECD to look into current patterns of globalisation and explore more dynamic paths for inclusive and sustainable growth at global, regional and national levels.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:29:00 GMT

OECD Insights Blog: The transatlantic trade deal must work for the people, or it won’t work at all

Blog post by OECD TUAC, ETUC and AFL-CIO on why the transatlantic trade deal TTIP must work for the people, or it won’t work at all.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:28:00 GMT

Monitoring trade and investment measures

G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT

Aiming high: the values-driven economic potential of a successful TTIP deal

Guest post from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the OECD Insights blog discussing the economic potential of a successful TTIP deal.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

New evidence on Africa’s integration into global value chains

The African economy is undergoing diversification and becoming more integrated into the world economy. But whether the current pace of change is sufficient to achieve lasting structural transformation is another question.In order for GVCs to contribute positively to structural change, policy also needs to adapt.

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

African countries need to tap global markets more effectively to strengthen their economies, says new African Economic Outlook

By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:16:00 GMT

Expanding services trade offers major opportunities for growth and jobs, OECD says

The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), released during the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

International Business Dialogue 2014: Better Regulation to Enhance Trade

The objective of the International Business Dialogue 2014 is to collect input from the business community on regulatory impediments to trade and identify areas to improve international regulatory cooperation.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:08:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

Merchandise trade continues to pick-up across most major economies in fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs [pdf

This brand new report from the OECD examines the potential impact of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in Bali on trade costs.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:21:00 GMT

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be a positive thing, and not just for the EU and the US.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:25:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism

Mr Gurría said the trade facilitation agreement at the core of the new package would cut red tape and speed border crossings worldwide, offering an important boost to world trade and the global economy. "As OECD work has highlighted, the benefits of lowering costs for traders are significant, and are particularly welcome today, given the slow growth seen in so many countries," Mr Gurría said.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali: too good a prize to pass up

As the OECD's latest global economic forecast has confirmed, world trade is now growing at an extremely low rate. This brings into stark focus the need for trade negotiators at the WTO to cut a deal to bring a much-needed boost to world trade and the global economy.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2013

Merchandise trade imports and exports in G7 and BRICS economies grew by 1.4% during the third quarter of 2013, offsetting the contractions seen in the previous quarter.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:28:00 GMT

Premium and Interest Rates related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding

This page holds all the latest information related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding, including the latest interest rates.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:59:00 GMT

Global Value Chains offer major opportunity for growth and progress in advanced and developing economies, according to OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report to G20

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of world trade and investment, offering new prospects for growth, development and jobs, according to a new joint report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:27:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Launch of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013

We have come a long way since 2005, when we launched the Aid for Trade initiative in Hong Kong at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. Each successive global review has deepened our analysis and broadened our understanding of the dynamics of aid, trade, development and their interaction. In parallel, more and more partner countries and donors have come on board as the tangible results of our efforts become apparent.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:18:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

Measures Supporting Minerals and Primary Metals Extraction and Processing: Case Study: Australia

Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Road connectivity and the border effect: evidence from Europe

Several studies have reported a large negative effect of national borders on the volume of trade. We provide new estimates of the border effect for continental Europe using road rather than great circle – or "as-crows-fly" – distance.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:52:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework

The purpose of this OECD Study is to provide the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects, and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts). We have prepared case studies focusing on Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:15:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

The rise in international investment and trade in goods and services related to renewable energy has been rapid but not always smooth. This paper surveys, through the lenses of market-pull and technology-push policies, the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

The Construction of a New International Economic Order

To better integrate their economies into Global Value Chains, governments need a fine-tuned understanding of their dynamics and policies, and we have made considerable progress on this front. For example, we have learned that success in international markets depends as much on the capacity to import high-quality inputs as on the capacity to export: intermediate inputs account for over 2/3 of the goods and 70% of the services we trade.

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:51:00 GMT

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Why does it matter?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, if successfully concluded, would be the most significant bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:48:00 GMT

Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Market Monitor, June 2013

Early indications for world wheat, maize and rice production in 2013 point to record levels and an overall increase in supplies in the new 2013/14 marketing season.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:44:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

G20/ OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Global Value Chains

A wide range of stakeholders examined the progress made on measuring trade in value added terms and to extract and clarify the emerging policy implications that can be employed to stimulate strong, balanced and job-rich growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:48:00 GMT

The Costs and Challenges of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures

The costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures, according to this study. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement these measures has been made available to developing countries over the last decade.

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:00 GMT

The value of trade

The emergence of global value chains in manufacturing and services has revolutionised the way the world trades. It has also provided a valuable entry point for many developing economies into the global economy. Thanks to the combined efforts of the WTO and OECD, we now have a strong data-based understanding of these impacts, which will be vital to the design of effective trade policies.

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:35:00 GMT

Multilateralising Regionalism on Government Procurement

The potential multilateralisation of government procurement commitments in regional trade agreements (RTAs) presents many issues and challenges. To what extent do RTAs go beyond the 2012 revised Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), and how do they differ among trading partners? This report surveys 47 RTAs in force with government procurement provisions where an OECD member is a party.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:07:00 GMT

Global Production Networks and Employment: A Developing Country Perspective

International firms in developing economies tend to employ more workers and pay higher wages than firms dealing exclusively with the domestic market, according to this paper demonstrating the links between global value chains (GVCs)and labour market outcomes. Engagement in international activities provides greater opportunities for women to enter the formal employment market.

Tue, 14 May 2013 16:24:00 GMT

Global Value Chains and Developing Country Employment: A Literature Review

How do global value chains (GVCs) impact employment markets in developing countries? This paper reviews the literature on the subject, focusing on the labour market impacts of three processes that lie at the core of GVC development: importing, exporting, and foreign direct investment (FDI). Two case studies are presented

Tue, 14 May 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Trade Costs: What Have We Learned? A Synthesis Report

Understanding trade costs is essential for formulating policy interventions designed to reduce such costs. This report synthesises all OECD work on cost factors across the entire trade chain.

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:40:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

The Role of Services for Competitiveness in Manufacturing

What is the role of services in international merchandise trade, especially as new technology changes the way production is organised? This study analyses the relationship between competitiveness in manufacturing and the quality of key supporting services. Three primary indicators of competitiveness are considered: the degree of product differentiation, unit prices obtained in export markets and the duration of trade.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:28:00 GMT

Made in the world

The new OECD/WTO database on trade in value-added is not just about changing the numbers, but policymakers’ approaches too. It gives trade fresh importance, and a place high on the agenda of the UK’s G8 presidency.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:11:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

State-Owned Enterprises: Trade Effects and Policy Implications

With a growing integration via trade and investment, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have traditionally been oriented towards domestic markets increasingly compete with private firms in the global market place. This paper presents a conceptual discussion of how potential SOE advantages can generate cross-border effects.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:38:00 GMT

Summary Report: OECD International Business Dialogue 2013

Business representatives and policy makers provided lively debate and valuable insights on barriers to 21st century commerce when they met at this event at OECD headquarters in Paris. Read the main discussion points, online survey results and recommendations.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:55:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Export Restrictions: Benefits of Transparency and Good Practices

Transparent trade legislation, policies and practices benefit governments and business alike by reducing uncertainty and transaction costs, simplifying procedures and encouraging investment. This paper studies the information published online by 33 countries on their export restriction policies in the minerals sector, and presents a checklist of best practices for addressing gaps in the availability and accessibility of information.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:03:00 GMT

Mineral Resource Trade in Chile: Contribution to Development and Policy Implications

Instead of resorting to trade measures such as export restrictions, Chile manages its minerals sector through a combination of balanced taxation, stable investment measures, good management of tax revenue, exchange rate policy and initiatives aimed at producing a multiplier effect of economy-wide development, according to this study.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD International Business Dialogue 2013: Barriers to 21st Century Commerce - 4-5 March 2013

What obstacles do companies face in doing business internationally? This event brought together representatives from firms in various sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:09:00 GMT

Trade Facilitation Indicators: The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

Drawing on OECD trade facilitation indicators, this paper finds that the combined effect of comprehensive trade facilitation reform would reach almost 14.5% reduction of total trade costs for low income countries, 15.5% for lower middle income countries and 13.2% for upper middle income countries.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:27:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2012

Compared to the third quarter, the value of merchandise exports and imports for the G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT

The declining competitiveness of French firms reflects a generalised supply-side problem

This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment

Occupation-level analysis of short-term labour market impacts from trade can provide policy makers with better insights than industry-level studies, says this paper using a unique dataset based on harmonised labour force surveys from Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil and South Africa. For instance, occupation-level data shows that imports can be associated with higher wages and a lower probability of unemployment.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:13:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries

Agricultural trade can be a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty reduction, and development. However, efforts by developing countries to expand their agricultural trade are often hampered by domestic supply-side constraints such as lack of trade-related infrastructure. This report looks at some of the most important of these constraints, and features case studies from Indonesia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:22:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013

This OECD Policy Dialogue brought together a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, practitioners, academics, private sector and civil society - from developing and developed countries. Participants discussed what needs to be done to continue delivering aid for trade results in this changing international environment for trade and development.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:03:00 GMT

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds

This paper examines how three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) incorporate transparency into their regulatory regimes: CITES (endangered species, especially tropical timber), the Basel Convention (hazardous e-waste), and the Kimberley Process (conflict diamonds)

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2012

Merchandise trade continued to slow in most major economies in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Emergence of Global Value Chains: What Do They Mean for Business?

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría delivers remarks at the G20 Trade and Investment Promotion Summit held in Mexico City.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Taking Stock of Measures Restricting the Export of Raw Materials: Analysis of OECD Inventory Data

Governments appear increasingly inclined to apply border and domestic measures to restrict the export of raw materials. For industrial raw materials, the OECD is constructing an Inventory of measures that have been applied since 2009. The underlying survey covers some 100 countries, some 15 types of measures and most minerals, metals and wood. This paper analyses 2009-2010 data collected so far for the minerals and metals sector.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:59:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

Developing effective policies to reduce illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods requires a clear understanding of what drives this trade and the circumstances under which it thrives, says this report.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Video: "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar, 13 September 2012

Watch the Jobs Knowledge Platform webcast of the World Bank-OECD "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar on the JKPLive Facebook channel.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2012

Merchandise trade slowed in most major economies in the second quarter of 2012, with contractions in all major European economies, India, Russia and South Africa.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a More Open Trading System and Jobs Rich Growth - C-MIN(2012)9

Over the course of the last half century, the global expansion of trade has reshaped the world economy. Trade opening has enabled economies to reap the benefits of specialisation and focus more productively on what they do best, through the sectors where they demonstrate comparative advantage.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Out now: Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade interact with employment? This book features highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE), including regional, country and thematic studies.

Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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Employment

Jordan: Technical Advisor I, MSE Component Lead (source: Relief Web)

Organization: FHI 360Country: JordanClosing date: 20 Aug 2014FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.There is a critical need for economic development efforts

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Economist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead, contribute, and provide support for the design, development and administration of natural resources, climate change, and agriculture programs and projects. Process and administer loan, grant and technical assistance (TA) projects. Facilitate policy dialogue with the SARD developing member countries’ governments, bilateral and multilateral development partners, private sector, and civil society including research and development institutions on programs and projects. Promote regional cooperation for sustainable natural resources, environmental management, climate change, and food security.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: National HR Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 04 Aug 2014As a key member of the Country Office Human Resources team and in close collaboration with the HR and Administration Director, you will be responsible for supporting and advising the country programme on the various HR processes and systems. This includes support and advice in setting up or enhancing Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development, employee orientation and induction, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits and Employee Relations.How to apply:Interested candidates are required to submit

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Consultant – UNACLA,(Nairobi),Deadline:25 July, 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: KenyaClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Download PDF versionCONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 17 July, 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:UN-HABITATDUTY STATION:NairobiFUNCTIONAL TITLE:Consultant – UNACLADURATION:2 months (August 15-October 15)CLOSING DATE:25 July, 2014BACKGROUNDThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: UMOJA Support Assistant (GS-5),(Nairobi),Deadline: 02 August 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: KenyaClosing date: 02 Aug 2014Download PDF VersionCONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (Re-Advertisement)Issued on: 18 July 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:UN-HABITATDUTY STATION:NairobiFUNCTIONAL TITLE:UMOJA Support Assistant (GS-5)DURATION:Up to Six MonthsCLOSING DATE:02 August 2014BACKGROUND:The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: GLTN Capacity Development Consultancy,(Home based with the possibility of travel),Deadline:06 August 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: KenyaClosing date: 06 Aug 2014Download PDF VersionCONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssue: 17 July 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:UN-HabitatDUTY STATION:Home based with the possibility of travelFUNCTIONAL TITLE:GLTN Capacity DevelopmentConsultancyDURATION:1 September 2014 – 31 August 2015 (a minimum of 10 and maximum of 120 days per consultant within this timeframe)CLOSING DATE06 August 2014BACKGROUNDThe Land and GLTN Unit, within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to develop

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Global Land Valuation Expert,(Consultant),,(Nairobi),Deadline:31 July 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: KenyaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Download PDF VersionCONSULTANCY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssue: 17 July 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:UN-HABITAT-Land and Global Land Tool NetworkDUTY STATION:NairobiFUNCTIONAL TITLE:Global Land Valuation ExpertGRADE:ConsultantDURATIONAugust - December 2014CLOSING DATE:31 July 2014BACKGROUNDThe Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, has the mandate to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive approaches

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Visibility Coordinator - DEVCO in Syria, based in Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near EastCountry: JordanClosing date: 05 Aug 2014UNRWAis a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Membership unit Manager (volunteer position) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: NORLHACountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 29 Aug 2014www.norlha.org Norlha est une ONG suisse, apolitique, laïque et sans but lucratif, basée à Lausanne. Afin desoutenir les relations externes et l’équipe de direction, nous sommes à la recherche d’un­eMembership unit Manager (H/F)Poste de stage / bénévolat à temps partiel (30% ou plus)Ce poste offre une excellente opportunité pour renforcer son expérience en gestion des membres, communication &amp; relations publiques dans l’aide au développement au sein d'une ONG dynamique et organisée et bénéficiant des conseils d’experts

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Development Officer, to work with Volunteer Chair of our Circle of Benefactors - East Anglian Air Ambulance (£26,000, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) (source: CharityJob)

East Anglian Air Ambulance, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, £26,000 Advertisement Development Officer Location: Cambridge preferred (any EAAA location can be considered) &pound;26,000 Special Conditions: some weekend, ...

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Experienced Area Fundraising Manager Suffolk - East Anglian Air Ambulance (£26,000 - £30,000 depending on, Ipswich, Suffolk) (source: CharityJob)

East Anglian Air Ambulance, Ipswich, Suffolk, £26,000 - £30,000 depending on Areas Fundraising Manager Location: Ipswich &pound;26,000 - &pound;30,000 per annum depending upon experience Special Conditions: some weekend, eveni...

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: EOD Trainer/Mentor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CTG GlobalCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014TERMS OF REFERENCEPosition:EOD Mentor/TrainerPlace of Performance SomaliaContract Duration 6 MonthsStarting Date ASAPOVERVIEW OF CTG GLOBALCTG Global is a Human Resources Service Company specializing in Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Human Resources support services and Monitoring &amp; Evaluation in post disaster and post conflict countries around the world.CTG Global provides services to humanitarian organizations, government, non-governmental organizations, businesses, security companies and individuals that

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Procurement Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Civilian Technical Assistance ProgrammeCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 09 Aug 20141. Organizational ContextThe Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority provides aviation and transportation services that are safe, efficient, cost-effective and integral to the economic development of the country. Due to the specialist skills needed to run the ACAA, the organization relies on outsourcing certain duties to professional aviation service providers. In order to outsource cost-effectively, the ACAA requires a procurement specialist to train its staff and to oversee high value outsourcing

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Solomon Islands: Programme Assistant - Mine Action (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CTG GlobalCountry: Solomon IslandsClosing date: 31 Jul 2014TERMS OF REFERENCEPosition:Programme Assistant (Mine Action)Place of Performance SomaliaContract Duration TBAStarting Date ASAPOVERVIEW OF CTG GLOBALCTG Global is a Human Resources Service Company specializing in Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Human Resources support services and Monitoring &amp; Evaluation in post disaster and post conflict countries around the world.CTG Global provides services to humanitarian organizations, government, non-governmental organizations, businesses, security companies and

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: COUNTRY DIRECTOR GERES AFGHANISTAN (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et SolidaritésCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 31 Aug 20141. BackgroundGERES - Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités - is a French non-profit NGO created in 1976 after the first Oil Shock.Environmental conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, reducing energy poverty, and improving livelihood of the poor are the main focus areas for GERES. The GERES team is particularly involved in the implementation, in partnership with local stakeholders and communities, of engineering solutions for development

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Senior Accountant (volunteer) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: NORLHACountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 31 Aug 2014REF.: FIN Senior AccountantNorlha is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious NGO based in Lausanne, Switzerland, that supports remote and poor communities in the Himalayas to improve their lives in terms of food security, livelihoods and gender equality. Norlha currently has projects in Nepal, Bhutan and China. In order to reinforce the Finance Department, Norlha is looking for a:Senior AccountantContract type: volunteer position or internship (part-time 30% -50%)MissionSupport Finance Director and have primary responsibility

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Gender Programme Officer Nepal (source: Relief Web)

Organization: NORLHACountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 15 Aug 2014REF.: GPON-O0714 – Gender Programme Officer NepalNorlhais a non-profit, non-political, non-religious NGO based in Lausanne, Switzerland, that supports remote and poor communities in the Himalayas to improve their lives in terms of food security, livelihoods and gender equality. Norlha currently has projects in Nepal, Bhutan and China. In order to promote gender equality throughout all these projects Norlha is looking for a:Gender Program Officer Nepal (F/M)Contract type: volunteer position or internship (part-time or full-time)Mission

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Trusts and Statutory Fundraiser (Maternity Cover) - Flow Caritas (£32000 - £40000 per annum, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Flow Caritas, City of London, London, £32000 - £40000 per annum Title: Senior Trusts and Statutory Fundraiser (Maternity Cover)Salary: £32,000-£40,000Location: LondonContract: 9 Month Maternity CoverCloses: Thursda...

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Rwanda: Chief Operating Officer, Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Partners in HealthCountry: RwandaClosing date: 01 Aug 2014Title:Chief Operating Officer (COO)Reports to: Executive DirectorLocation: Rwinkwavu, RwandaOrganizational Profile:Partners In Health (PIH) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, MA, whose mission is to provide quality health care for the poor and marginalized in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Dominican Republic, and Navajo Nation. In addition, PIH has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia,

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Procurement Specialist

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking a Procurement Specialist for the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project in Arlington, VA. Our Business Crown Agents is an international development company employing over 600 personnel worldwide with a presence in more than 40 countries, subsidiaries in 12 countries, and permanent staff working on the ground in 22 corporate offices in Africa, Asia Latin America, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.&nbsp; Crown Agents provides direct assistance,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Expert international en développement institutionnel et organisationnel

Lieu d&rsquo;affectation: Cotonou, B&eacute;nin Dur&eacute;e du contrat: 60mois &nbsp; Date probable d&rsquo;entr&eacute;e en fonction: octobre 2014 Package salarial mensuel: entre 5079,60 euros et 7224,55 euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages li&eacute;s au statut d'expatri&eacute;: primes d&rsquo;&eacute;loignement et de p&eacute;nibilit&eacute;). Le salaire est calcul&eacute; en fonction de la composition de m&eacute;nage et de l&rsquo;exp&eacute;rience professionnelle pertinente. &nbsp; &nbsp; CONTEXTE Le programme d&rsquo;appui au secteur sant&eacute;, nomm&eacute;

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea-Bissau: Resource Mobilisation Manager, Guinea Bissau (source: Relief Web)

Country: Guinea-BissauClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Resource Mobilisation Manager, Guinea BissauOne of Plan’s global strategic priorities is to grow and diversify its sources of income. Plan Guinea Bissau are seeking a Resource Mobilization Manager (RMM) to oversee the implementation of the Country Resource Mobilization Strategy, support the achievement of the country target and learning regarding the funding portfolio, whilst increasing Country Office capacity to acquire and implement appropriate grants to donor standards in order to support sustainable growth.We are looking for a target driven

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Deputy Country Director / Country Representative - Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MedairCountry: JordanClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Role and ResponsibilitiesManage all aspects of the implementation and development of the programme and support functions to facilitate the implementation of the Syria Crisis Response programme strategy, with a particular emphasis on the Jordan component.Project OverviewIn response to the Syrian Crisis, Medair’s programme is delivering emergency assistance to Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, and to Syrian IDPs when possible. We have projects in the sectors of Health, Nutrition, WASH, Shelter and Cash

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

HHA Fundraiser - Haiti Hospital Appeal (£28k +, West Wickham, Kent) (source: CharityJob)

Haiti Hospital Appeal, West Wickham, Kent, £28k + The Haiti Hospital Appeal is a UK based NGO, providing lifesaving health care to some of the worlds poorest people, without any discrimination. We are...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Donor Care Officer (Giving Communications) - Tearfund (£21,928 per annum, Teddington, Middlesex) (source: CharityJob)

Tearfund, Teddington, Middlesex, £21,928 per annum We are looking for a new team member to join our Donor Care Team. Based in the Teddington head office, you will responsible for helping to strengthen ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Portfolio Manager West Africa (Fluent French speaking is essential) - World Vision (£30,776 p.a + good range of be, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire) (source: CharityJob)

World Vision, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, £30,776 p.a + good range of be As the world&rsquo;s largest overseas aid charity, we strive to deliver real change for millions of children in the hardest places in the world. Our m...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: The Medair Relief &amp; Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) - November 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MedairCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 13 Sep 2014Role and ResponsibilitiesIf you have professional experience that matches one or more of the Medair sectors but you cannot see any current jobs that fit your profile, apply directly for the Medair ROC, our “Relief and Recovery Orientation Course”. We will try and match your profile to our upcoming field vacancy needs and if there is a good match, we will consider you for this or a future ROC. Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

PROGRAMME FUNDING EXECUTIVE (Maternity cover) - Send a Cow (£25,000, Bath, Avon) (source: CharityJob)

Send a Cow, Bath, Avon, £25,000 For 25 years Send a Cow has been helping thousands of African families and orphans grow enough food to eat, sell their produce and develop small busin...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Research Assistant - Sightsavers (£26,500 per annum, Haywards Heath, West Sussex) (source: CharityJob)

Sightsavers, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, £26,500 per annum Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society. Each year, we ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Refugee Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: KenyaClosing date: 24 Aug 2014Nairobi, KenyaPermanentSalary: $48,254The mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. Our East African regional office will work to ensure respect for human rights, and for equal and just societies throughout a vast and diverse geographical area. You’ll contribute to this by supporting our work on refugee rights.About the roleBased in Nairobi, you’ll work with the East, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes teams to

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Marketing and Community Fundraising Manager - Age UK Lancashire (£24,893 to £26,539, Chorley, Lancashire) (source: CharityJob)

Age UK Lancashire, Chorley, Lancashire, £24,893 to £26,539 Marketing and Community Fundraising Manager Base: Chorley Scale SO 1pt 29 - 31, &pound;24,893 &ndash; &pound;26,539 35 hours per week An exciting opp...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Oasis Community Farm Waterloo Site Manager - Oasis Trust (£29,430 (Inclusive of London A, Lambeth, London) (source: CharityJob)

Oasis Trust, Lambeth, London, £29,430 (Inclusive of London A Oasis Hub Waterloo, comprising a Primary and Secondary school, Church, Foodbank, Debt Advice Centre and Coffee shop, is preparing to add a Community F...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Disaster Response Manager Syria - Tearfund (£32,000, Lebanon) (source: CharityJob)

Tearfund, Lebanon, £32,000 We are looking for an experienced Disaster Response Manager to implement an effective strategy for Tearfund&rsquo;s Syria Crisis Appeal Programme in t...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Business Development Executive - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£16.50 ph, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £16.50 ph Are you looking to combine your creativity, business development skills and passion for the not for profit sector? Would you like to use these skills...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Expert international en architecture

Dans le cadre du d&eacute;veloppement de ses activit&eacute;s, la CTB recherche un (h/f): &nbsp; Expert international en architecture - sp&eacute;cialiste des structures sanitaires &nbsp; &laquo;&nbsp;Programme d&rsquo;Appui &agrave; la R&eacute;alisation d&rsquo;Etudes et d&rsquo;Expertise - PAREE 2&nbsp;&raquo; &nbsp; R&eacute;f.: SEN/10/023-3B &nbsp; &nbsp; Lieu d&rsquo;affectation: Dakar (Minist&egrave;re de la Sant&eacute; et de l&rsquo;Action Sociale, Direction des Infrastructures, des Equipements et de la Maintenance &ndash; DIEM -, avec de nombreux d&eacute;placements dans les

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Service Manager - Hyndburn Citizens Advice Bureau (£25,000 (gross) per annum plus, Accrington, Lancashire) (source: CharityJob)

Hyndburn Citizens Advice Bureau, Accrington, Lancashire, £25,000 (gross) per annum plus The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing information and advice, and by influencing policym...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

GOVERNANCE AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER - Nottinghamshire Hospice (£27,625 per annum, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE) (source: CharityJob)

Nottinghamshire Hospice, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, £27,625 per annum GOVERNANCE AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday) Closing date: mid-day Friday 25 July 2014 Interview date: week commencing 4 ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fundraising Manager, Events - Jewish Care (£40,000 per annum, Greater London) (source: CharityJob)

Jewish Care, Greater London, £40,000 per annum Jewish Care is the largest health and social care charity providing services for the benefit of the UK&rsquo;s Jewish community in London and the Sout...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Development Coordinator, Capital Campaigns and Corporate Partnerships - Sadler's Wells (Salary range £19k - £21k pa de, Islington, London) (source: CharityJob)

Sadler's Wells, Islington, London, Salary range £19k - £21k pa de As the UK's leading dance house, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells is committed to presenting the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. We prod...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION: Director of Fundraising (source: Guardian)

£62,659:FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION:As our Director of Fundraising, you will be responsible for leading a high performing team of five that is already contributing 15% of the Foundation’s income, and you will develop our first Foundation wide fundraising strategy.London

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Financial Control Officer (Re-advertisement) (source: Asian Development Bank)

Coordinate, facilitate and maintain sound accounting/internal controls over financial reporting; prepare financial statements and other reports; and develop and implement the accounting policies and procedures to ensure financial statements and accounting related analysis and reports effectively and efficiently. (Closing Date: 1 August 2014)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Associate Procurement Analyst (source: Asian Development Bank)

The position is responsible for: (i) the review and analysis of submission documents for engagement of consulting firms under Executing Agency (EA)-administered Loan/Grant consulting services projects; (ii) monitoring of the recruitment of consultants financed by loan/grants by maintaining the Consultant Recruitment Activity Monitoring (CRAM) system and Loan Consulting Unit (LCU) monitoring tool; (iii) capacity development of project staff in reviewing loan consulting submissions and officials from EAs on the preparation of submission documents; (iv) provision of recommended solutions to address

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Risk Management Analyst (source: Asian Development Bank)

Provide support in the development, implementation and maintenance of policies, methodologies, analytics and procedures pertaining to ADB's credit risk, and IT systems used in risk management. (Closing Date: 1 August 2014)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

EVSFunded Volunteer Placement - Look East Wild Earth (All expenses covered, Georgia) (source: CharityJob)

Look East Wild Earth, Georgia, All expenses covered EVS - Funded volunteer placement, Georgia (full remuneration plus allowance provided) Look East Wild Earth (LEWE) and the Caucasus Environmental NGO N...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Alcohol Substance Misuse Practitioner - Phoenix Futures (£24,320 rising to £25,600 afte, Kensington and Chelsea, London) (source: CharityJob)

Phoenix Futures, Kensington and Chelsea, London, £24,320 rising to £25,600 afte Foundation66, as part of the Phoenix Group, works with people affected by alcohol and drugs to empower them to make changes and to achieve their goals...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Housing Support Worker - Phoenix Futures (£20,852.50 rising to £21,950 a, Lewisham, London) (source: CharityJob)

Phoenix Futures, Lewisham, London, £20,852.50 rising to £21,950 a Foundation66, as part of the Phoenix Group, works with people affected by alcohol and drugs to empower them to make changes and to achieve their goal...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Digital Marketing Officer Maternity Cover - Carers Trust (£28,572 per annum, plus £3,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Carers Trust, London, £28,572 per annum, plus £3,000 Digital Marketing Officer &ndash; Maternity Cover Salary: &pound;28,572 per annum, plus &pound;3,000 Inner London Weighting per annum Contract: Fixed ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Child and Families Support Service Coordinator - The Children's Society (£26,572- £30,269pa pro rata, ) (source: CharityJob)

The Children's Society, , £26,572- £30,269pa pro rata Child and Families Support Service Co-ordinator 22.5 hours per week &pound;26,572 - &pound;30,269 per annum To develop, lead and co-ordinat...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

UK Community Network Coordinator (Fixed Term 1 Year) - Oasis Trust (£29,430 inclusive of London Al, Westminster, London) (source: CharityJob)

Oasis Trust, Westminster, London, £29,430 inclusive of London Al Full -time, 40 hours/week, London-based STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global organisation, working across civil society, engaging with government and busines...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Evaluation of “Humanitarian Support to Vulnerable Populations in Pakistan” (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 28 Jul 2014ACF-UK is currently recruiting a consultant with multi-sectoral experience (implementation of FSL/WaSH/Nutrition programmes) for the external evaluation of the Humanitarian Support to Vulnerable Populations in Pakistan.The start date of the evaluation is intended for September and should run through to mid-October 2014. This will comprise of approximately 25 days of work.The full Terms of Reference and application requirements can be found on the ACF-UK website.The deadline for applications is the 28 July 2014.How to apply:Please visit, http://www.acfin-hr.net/jobs/positions.php?hq=18

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Syria Response Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: TearfundCountry: LebanonClosing date: 03 Aug 2014We are looking for an experienced Response Manager to implement an effective strategy for Tearfund’s Syria Crisis Appeal Programme in the context of Tearfund’s corporate outcomes and vision.You will have responsibility to facilitate all aspects of Tearfund’s involvement in the Syria Crisis Appeal Programme including:Managing quality control of programming through; Identification of suitable partners &amp; projects, assessment of project proposals, monitoring of project implementation and promotion of quality standardsBuilding

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Intern, Ethical Review (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent SocietiesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 30 Jul 2014BackgroundThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 189 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Organizational ContextThe RCRC engages in a wide variety of initiatives and projects,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Project Worker - St Mungo's Broadway (£24,961 - £28,312 pa, Newham, London) (source: CharityJob)

St Mungo's Broadway, Newham, London, £24,961 - £28,312 pa Please note that this post is opened to women only under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1 Fixed-term contract until December 2016 We are look...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Intern Nutrition (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent SocietiesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014BackgroundThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 189 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Organizational ContextThe position is located in the Health Department at the Geneva Secretariat.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Events and Fundraising Manager - Harris Hill (£26k - 35k per year, London) (source: CharityJob)

Harris Hill, London, £26k - 35k per year Urgent interim role requiring an experienced Fundraising & Events Manager to join a Cultural Arts Charity based in Central London.A great opportunity ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Development Officer - Legatum Institute (Up to £30,000 per annum, London) (source: CharityJob)

Legatum Institute, London, Up to £30,000 per annum The Legatum Institute is a charitable public policy think-tank whose mission is to help people lead more prosperous lives. The Institute defines prosp...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Expert international en architecture - spécialiste des structures sanitaires (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Belgian Development AgencyCountry: SenegalClosing date: 05 Aug 2014Dans le cadre du développement de ses activités, la CTB recherche un (h/f):Expert international en architecture - spécialiste des structures sanitaires« Programme d’Appui à la Réalisation d’Etudes et d’Expertise - PAREE 2 »Réf.: SEN/10/023-3B****Lieu d’affectation:**** Dakar (Ministère de la Santé et de l’Action Sociale, Direction des Infrastructures, des Equipements et de la Maintenance – DIEM -, avec de nombreux déplacements dans les provinces, notamment dans les districts prioritaires de chaque région

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Volunteer and Activities Manager – Charity - The Orders of St John Care Trust (Competitive Salary, Gloucester, Gloucestershire) (source: CharityJob)

The Orders of St John Care Trust, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Competitive Salary This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to take leadership on volunteering, activities and events within Gloucestershire. The Orders of St ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Senior Officer, Emergency Appeals and Donor Research (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent SocietiesCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014BackgroundThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 189 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Organizational ContextThis position is located in the Strategic Partnerships Unit, one

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Payroll Officer - Hudson (£25800 - £29886 per annum, London) (source: CharityJob)

Hudson, London, £25800 - £29886 per annum For a large, international not for profit organisation based in central London, we are currently recruiting for a Payroll Officer on a permanent basis...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Business Support Officer - Harris Hill Charity Recruitment (£32.8k - 36.3k per year, London) (source: CharityJob)

Harris Hill Charity Recruitment, London, £32.8k - 36.3k per year An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Business Support Officer at a national charity to support fundraisers and managers while overseeing th...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Public Speaker - The Sreepur Village (, Flexible Location) (source: CharityJob)

The Sreepur Village, Flexible Location, What will you be doing? You will be an ambassador for The Sreepur Village, Bangladesh and will help build relationships and raise awareness by talking...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Eden Brown: Team Coordinator / PA (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£13.00 - £14.00 per hour:Eden Brown:This is an exciting opportunity to work for a well known International Development Charity based in the City of London. They are looking for a Team Coordinator.London (Central), London (Greater)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Team Coordinator / PA - Eden Brown (£13.00 - £14.00 per hour, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Eden Brown, City of London, London, £13.00 - £14.00 per hour This is an exciting opportunity to work for a well known International Development Charity based in the City of London. They are looking for a Team Co...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: WASH Technical Advisor – W/M – Dohuk – Kurdistan irakien (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Croix-Rouge FrançaiseCountry: IraqClosing date: 01 Aug 2014MISSION CONTEXTMid-2013, the French Red Cross (FRC) has launched operations to assist the Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict that has been affecting the country for 3 years. There are today more than 2,3 million people that have crossed the border to neighboring countries, living in camps or in host communities. The humanitarian needs involved by the magnitude of this crisis are substantial and call for an increasing response.On the sides of the National Societies, the FRC is involved to contribute to this response

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Projet Coordinator - Community Service Volunteers (£15,237, Cleveland) (source: CharityJob)

Community Service Volunteers, Cleveland, £15,237 We have successfully secured funding from Hartlepool CCG &amp; Stockton Borough Council through the VCSE Health Improvement Initiatives to develop a V...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Volunteer Online Researcher - The Sreepur Village (, Home-based) (source: CharityJob)

The Sreepur Village, Home-based, Do you have good organisational skills and enjoy researching information? Are you interested in helping our fundraising team research target audiences...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emeregency Health Officers Junior Level (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: South SudanClosing date: 23 Jul 2014Terms of Reference for Consultants &amp; Individual ContractorsTitle of ConsultancyEmergency Health Specialist (RRM)Purpose Planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of emergency health responses to mitigate the current crisis in South Sudan trough the Rapid Response MechanismConsultancy Classification Level Junior level Health Expert (1 NOB)Location Mobile. Juba based between missions. Duration 11 months Start Date As soon as possible, the latest 1st August. Funding Source (WBS, Grant and GL Code)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Emeregency Health Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: South SudanClosing date: 23 Jul 2014Terms of Reference for Consultants &amp; Individual ContractorsTitle of ConsultancyEmergency Health Specialist (RRM)Purpose Planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of emergency health responses to mitigate the current crisis in South Sudan trough the Rapid Response MechanismConsultancy Classification Level Mid-level Health Expert (1P3, 3 NOC)Location Mobile. Juba based between missions.Duration 11 months Start Date As soon as possible, the latest 1st August. Funding Source (WBS, Grant and GL Code)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Telephone Support Volunteer - The Sreepur Village (, Flexible Location) (source: CharityJob)

The Sreepur Village, Flexible Location, Do you have a friendly telephone manner and good admin skills? Do you feel passionately about the injustice of global poverty and the rights of women ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

UK & INDIA | Outgoing Accountant for Career Development Enterprise | 3 Weeks | JulyAug - A f I D (Accounting for International Development) (Unpaid Voluntary Role, All International) (source: CharityJob)

A f I D (Accounting for International Development), All International, Unpaid Voluntary Role Our partner works with a diverse range of students to develop their vocational skills and support them through the transition from education to employ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sensory Loss Workers, Intermediate Care - Action on Hearing Loss (£25,000, Wales) (source: CharityJob)

Action on Hearing Loss, Wales, £25,000 Action on Hearing Loss Cymru is the charity which reaches and supports more than half a million people in Wales who are deaf, have hearing loss or tin...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Community Fundraiser - Target Ovarian Cancer (£24-£26,000 per annum (depende, Islington, London) (source: CharityJob)

Target Ovarian Cancer, Islington, London, £24-£26,000 per annum (depende Target Ovarian Cancer is a dynamic and fast moving charity dedicated to achieving a long and good life for every woman with ovarian cancer. Our work i...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

High Value Gifts Fundraiser - Target Ovarian Cancer (£28K - £30K pa, Islington, London) (source: CharityJob)

Target Ovarian Cancer, Islington, London, £28K - £30K pa Target Ovarian Cancer is a dynamic and fast moving charity dedicated to achieving a long and good life for every woman with ovarian cancer. Our work i...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finance and Business Manager - Change (£30,000, Leeds, West Yorkshire) (source: CharityJob)

Change, Leeds, West Yorkshire, £30,000 Summary: Bring your wide-ranging skills to this key, high-profile role with CHANGE, the leading Human Rights organisation for disabled people. Descrip...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Corporate Development Manager - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£31,479 - £36,442, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £31,479 - £36,442 Our client, one of the world&rsquo;s most prestigious institutions, is currently looking for a Corporate Development Manager to join their team. You ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation) P-3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 01 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kinshasa. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer (HAO) reports to the Head of the Coordination Section (P-4).The post supports OCHA’s work in coordinating the planning, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian response in DRC. The HAO has lead responsibility for planning, monitoring

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Reporting and Monitoring &amp; Evaluation Specialist (219226-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: IraqClosing date: 16 Sep 2014PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps has been present in the Middle East since the 1980s and currently has offices in Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya. Mercy Corps has been operating in Iraq since 2003 and currently implements programs with funding from the USAID, US Department of State, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the UN and others. While much of Mercy Corps’ work in Iraq to date has focused on addressing the emergency needs of the Iraqi people, increasingly Mercy Corps is focusing

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Program Advisor High Security Environments, Turkey (219225-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 16 Sep 2014PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps has been present in the Middle East since the 1980s and currently has offices in Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya. Mercy Corps has been working in Syria since 2008. With the protracted conflict and ever-increasing Humanitarian Crisis in Syria, Mercy Corps is working with local partners and business leaders to respond to the growing and highly complex needs for thousands of Syrians.GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:The Program Advisor High Security Environment

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Canada: Finance Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Plan CanadaCountry: CanadaClosing date: 01 Aug 2014Finance ManagerRole: Full Time PermanentDepartment: FinanceReports To: Senior Manager, Financial ControllerComp. Band: 3AResponsibilitiesThis role requires strong management and organizational skills together with technical accounting knowledge (Canadian GAAP):Accounting Operations:• Manage the day to day accounting operations of Plan Canada• Steward the recording of all transactions with completeness, accuracy and appropriate documentation• Ensure the timely processing of payables, payments, intercompany

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Integrated Care Service Manager - Age UK Warwickshire (Salary £ 27,419 - £29,060 pro-, Warwickshire) (source: CharityJob)

Age UK Warwickshire, Warwickshire, Salary £ 27,419 - £29,060 pro- Leamington / Atherstone Hours 30hrs per week minimum &ndash; flexible working available We are seeking a candidate for the above post who can grow ou...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Safety and Security Manager, Yemen (219224-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: YemenClosing date: 16 Sep 2014Program SummaryMercy Corps has been present in the Middle East since the 1980s and currently has offices in Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen. Mercy Corps opened its office in Yemen in 2010. Currently, Mercy Corps Yemen (MCY) has 3 offices, in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden. From these locations, programs are implemented throughout Sana’a, Taiz, Aden, Abyan and Lahj Governorates. MCY is currently assisting vulnerable communities with youth, food security, community rehabilitation, water, sanitation and hygiene

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ghana: "Project Fives...Alive!" Strategic Planning - 3 Month Opportunity (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Institute for Healthcare ImprovementCountry: GhanaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014IHI is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 25 years, we have partnered with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, we are the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Head of Technical Resources Unit - Beirut - Lebanon - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 14 Oct 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Program Manager - Child Protection, Amman Jordan (219200-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: JordanClosing date: 16 Sep 2014PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Syrian refugees and asylum seekers began fleeing the insecurity and entering the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as early as March 2011. As of January 2014, UNHCR has registered around 600,000 Syrian refugees residing in Jordan. Most are in towns and villages in and around northern cities including Irbid, Ramtha, Mafraq, Amman and Zarqa. Thousands of others are in transit camps in Cyber City, King Abdullah Park and Zaatari camp. A new camp in Al Azraq is planned to open in April. Over 55% of registered

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Associate Director, Monitoring, Research and Evaluation (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Women for Women InternationalCountry: KenyaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014****Background****In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. Women for Women International works in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Malawi: Director for Pending Project on Improving Newborn Outcomes in Malawi (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Institute for Healthcare ImprovementCountry: MalawiClosing date: 15 Aug 2014IHI is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 25 years, we have partnered with an ever-growing community of visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Together, we build the will for change, seek out innovative models of care, and spread proven best practices. When it comes to raising the quality of health for all, IHI sees boundless possibilities, and

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Associate Director, Social Empowerment (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Women for Women InternationalCountry: KenyaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Mission Statement of Women for Women InternationalIn countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. Women for Women International works in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Junior Evaluation Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc.Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 23 Jul 2014International Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a US based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over eighty-five countries and has implemented over one hundred and fifty projects. IBTCI has served governments, private sector companies and several donor agencies in several practice areas and is a leader in providing Monitoring &amp; Evaluation, services in non-permissive environments.IBTCI is recruiting

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: Chief of Party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: NepalClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Position:Chief of PartyProject: Community Mobilization for Reading, Girls’ Empowerment and Safe SchoolsLocation: NepalReports To:Division DirectorAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Regional Program Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Creative Associates InternationalCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 30 Jul 2014Regional Program ManagerNigeriaCommunities in TransitionBackgroundCreative Associates International is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, DC, the firm has a field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director, Monitoring, Research and Evaluation (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Women for Women InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014****Background****In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. Women for Women International works in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc.Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 23 Jul 2014International Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a US based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over eighty-five countries and has implemented over one hundred and fifty projects. IBTCI has served governments, private sector companies and several donor agencies in several practice areas and is a leader in providing Monitoring &amp; Evaluation, services in non-permissive environments.IBTCI is recruiting

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Evaluation Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc.Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 23 Jul 2014International Business &amp; Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a US based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over eighty-five countries and has implemented over one hundred and fifty projects. IBTCI has served governments, private sector companies and several donor agencies in several practice areas and is a leader in providing Monitoring &amp; Evaluation, services in non-permissive environments.IBTCI is recruiting

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Associate Director, Southern California (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human Rights WatchCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 08 Aug 2014FULL-TIME JOB VACANCYASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIADevelopment and Outreach Department(Los Angeles Office)Application Deadline: Open until filledHuman Rights Watch (“HRW’)is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate Director of Development and Outreach in Southern California. This position will report to the Director of Southern California.ResponsibilitiesServe as City Director for the 60-member Santa Barbara Committee and provide administrative and fundraising

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burkina Faso: PMEL MANAGER (Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou) Ref. 25/14-15 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: Burkina FasoClosing date: 30 Jul 2014A Oxfam Intermón, nous croyons en la justice et la solidarité et nous travaillons pour changer le monde. A partir d'une vision intégrale, nous agissons dans environ 50 pays en Afrique, Amérique Latine et Asie, où nous travaillons sur plus de 500 projets de Développement et d'Action Humanitaire et où nous promouvons le commerce équitable, le plaidoyer et la mobilisation sociale.Objectif du postePour notre mission dans le pays du Burkina Faso, nous recherchons un/e PMEAL :Placée sous la responsabilité hiérarchique

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: South Sudan - Deputy Head of Mission - Juba (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: South SudanClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Posted on: 18/07/2014Desired start date: ASAPDuration of the mission:6 monthsLocation: Based in JubaMISSION:SI is operating in South Sudan since 2006, and it developed activities in emergency and post emergency context, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas. Its expertise in running emergency WaSH intervention is highly acknowledged by all WaSH actors and donors.SI’s South Sudan mission grew very quickly in 2012 and the trend continued in 2013 as a consequence of the emergency interventions launched

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Psychiatrist Trainer 14-529 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Corporate and Major Gifts Fundraiser - World Jewish Relief (£26,000, Barnet, London) (source: CharityJob)

World Jewish Relief, Barnet, London, £26,000 We are looking for an outstanding individual to develop and drive World Jewish Relief&rsquo;s Corporate portfolio, including the Wealth Planning Netwo...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Marketing Officer - World Jewish Relief (£26,000, Barnet, London) (source: CharityJob)

World Jewish Relief, Barnet, London, £26,000 We are looking for an ambitious, driven and motivated individual to provide vital support to the marketing team. As a key member of the team you will ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Grants Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationCountry: HaitiClosing date: 01 Aug 2014J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) evolved as an organization since its inception in January 2010, transitioning from an emergency to a development context. Hence, the need for J/P HRO’s structure to adapt accordingly in order to support new monitoring and reporting needs, as well as efficiency imperatives. J/P HRO is seeking for: One (1) Grants Assistant based in its office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Summary:The Program Development/Grants Assistant calls for a highly motivated young professional to

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: INSO Administration Coordinator-CAR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International NGO Safety OrganisationCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 15 Aug 2014INSO is a global charity dedicated exclusively to issues of humanitarian safety and to the operation of NGO Safety Offices (NSO) in volatile or insecure contexts. INSO CAR aims to support security awareness and security management capabilities amongst NGOs within the Central African Republic.We are now seeking an experienced individual to join our team an Administration Coordinator who will based out of Bangui for a short term period. The Administration Coordinator will have the responsibility

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Reporting and Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist (219226-927)

&nbsp; PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: &nbsp; Mercy Corps has been present in the Middle East since the 1980s and currently has offices in Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya. Mercy Corps has been operating in Iraq since 2003 and currently implements programs with funding from the USAID, US Department of State, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the UN and others. While much of Mercy Corps&rsquo; work in Iraq to date has focused on addressing the emergency needs of the Iraqi people, increasingly Mercy Corps is focusing its efforts on helping Iraq build a new future

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Safety and Security Manager, Yemen (219224-927)

&nbsp; Program Summary &nbsp; Mercy Corps has been present in the Middle East since the 1980s and currently has offices in Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen. Mercy Corps opened its office in Yemen in 2010. Currently, Mercy Corps Yemen (MCY) has 3 offices, in Sana&rsquo;a, Taiz and Aden. From these locations, programs are implemented throughout Sana&rsquo;a, Taiz, Aden, Abyan and Lahj Governorates. MCY is currently assisting vulnerable communities with youth, food security, community rehabilitation, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as education and child protection

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Manager - Child Protection, Amman Jordan (219200-927)

&nbsp; PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: Syrian refugees and asylum seekers began fleeing the insecurity and entering the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as early as March 2011. As of January 2014, UNHCR has registered around 600,000 Syrian refugees residing in Jordan. Most are in towns and villages in and around northern cities including Irbid, Ramtha, Mafraq, Amman and Zarqa. Thousands of others are in transit camps in Cyber City, King Abdullah Park and Zaatari camp. A new camp in Al Azraq is planned to open in April. Over 55% of registered refugees are children under 18 years old. They have often been

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Grants Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationCountry: HaitiClosing date: 01 Aug 2014J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) evolved as an organization since its inception in January 2010, transitioning from an emergency to a development context. Hence, the need for J/P HRO’s structure to adapt accordingly in order to support new monitoring and reporting needs, as well as efficiency imperatives. J/P HRO is seeking for: One (1) Grants Manager based in its office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Summary:The Program and Organizational Development (POD) Department, which comprises 3 units (the Program

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: Responsable de Proyecto DRI (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médicos del MundoCountry: SpainClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Misión:Bajo la supervisión del Director de la Red Internacional, se encargará de desarrollar la capacidad de financiación de las actividades de las asociaciones de la red.Funciones:Coordina a los responsables de las asociaciones miembros de la red internacional de Médicos del Mundo con respecto a todo lo relativo a la búsqueda de financiaciones.Evalúa la capacidad de financiación pública y privada (entre ellos el marketing directo) de las asociaciones de la red.Identifica el vínculo con las distintas asociaciones

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Côte d&#039;Ivoire: Senior Civil Affairs P-5 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Operation in Côte d&#039;IvoireCountry: Côte d&#039;IvoireClosing date: 23 Jul 2014The Senior Civil Affairs Officer reports to the Principal Civil Affairs Officer for the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI). The Principal Civil Affairs is the first reporting officer. The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator is the second reporting officer.ResponsibilitiesWithin delegated authority, the Senior Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: •Supports the Principal Civil Affairs

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ecuador: Internship in the Protection Unit, UNHCR Field Office Ibarra - Ecuador (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: EcuadorClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Ecuador has the largest refugee population in Latin America, most of them people fleeing from the internal armed conflict in the neighbouring Colombia. As of March 2012, the Ecuadorian Government had recognized 56398 refugees in Ecuador, 60 per cent of them live in urban areas while most of the remaining 40 per cent stay near the border in remote areas, with scarce development, limited basic services and little infraestructure. Ecuador shares a long border (640 Km) with Colombia, strecthing from the Pacific

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Associate / Agriculture Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Abt AssociatesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Organization OverviewAbt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.The International

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Resource Mobilization, Management and Communications Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Medical Mission BoardCountry: KenyaClosing date: 01 Aug 2014This position will play a key role in supporting CMMB Kenya to plan, develop (including writing), manage, direct and maintain the Organization grant base and other resource platforms. The position holder will assist the Country Director in publicizing CMMB Kenya initiatives and programs.Resource Mobilization (Core function)Develop and implement a fully integrated fundraising and partnership resource mobilization and development strategy.Identify and respond to grant opportunities and maintain a grant tracking

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Communications Specialist II (source: Relief Web)

Organization: FHI 360Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 17 Aug 2014FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Field Coordinator - South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Jul 2014Salary: 25,596 to 34,617 GBP per annum, net (pro rata to the contract length) with location allowances and benefits, as applicable. Net salary means that Oxfam GB will meet the tax liabilities of post-holder in addition to net salary.Contract Type: Fixed Term, approximately 6 monthsHours: Full Time 40 hours per weekLocation: The role could be based in various field locations in South SudanOxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Working at Oxfam is so much more than just a job. As an Oxfam employee,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Education Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CANADEMCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 20 Jul 2014CANADEM is seeking individuals with previous international experience who are available for an immediate deployment to Nigeria with UNICEF for a 6 month contract ASAP.Post title: Education Specialistlevel: P3TERMS OF REFERENCEEDUCATION SPECIALISTSECTION: BASIC EDUCATION SECTION, UNICEF ABUJA, NIGERIASECTION APurpose of Assignment: IntroductionBorno State is in the far north-eastern corner of Nigeria. Its boundaries form parts of Nigeria's international borders with Niger on the north and Cameroon on the east and

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cameroon: Fundraising &amp; Partnership Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Wide Fund For NatureCountry: CameroonClosing date: 15 Aug 2014We are looking for a FUNDRAISING &amp; PARTNERSHIP OFFICER who will be responsible for raising funds for our Cameroon Country Programme Office, in close collaboration with WWF Network. The incumbent will also have to ensure quality and consistency in relationships with donors.Working closely with the National Director and the Fundraising Manager to identify and build relationships with country based donors, seek, initiate and act on opportunities to strategically engage, involve and develop donor relationships;Assist

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Leader, youth employment and enterprise great opportunity in creative and flexible setting - Shape (£26,820 - £29,643 plus benefit, Camden, London) (source: CharityJob)

Shape, Camden, London, £26,820 - £29,643 plus benefit Shape is a disability-led arts organisation working to improve access to culture for disabled people. We develop opportunities for disabled artists, t...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Compliance Specialist 14-546 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life throughhealth interventions and related activities that build local

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burundi: Africa Program International Summer Internship (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundCountry: BurundiClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Founded in 1982, SFCG works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.Using innovative tools and working at different levels of society, we engage in a pragmatic long-term process of conflict transformation. Our toolbox includes media

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sierra Leone: Africa Program International Summer Internship (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundCountry: Sierra LeoneClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Founded in 1982, SFCG works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.Using innovative tools and working at different levels of society, we engage in a pragmatic long-term process of conflict transformation. Our toolbox includes

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Attaché(e) to the Executive Director - IMPACT Initiatives 18/07/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Department:IMPACT InitiativesPosition: Attaché(e) to the Executive DirectorContract:CDILocation: Geneva, SwitzerlandStarting Date ASAPI. Background on IMPACT InitiativesIMPACT Initiatives is a Geneva-based Association which promotes more effective humanitarian action through programs implemented at global and country levels. Through its REACH initiative (www.reach-initiative.org) IMPACT supports humanitarian planning with dedicated Assessment and Data Management teams which operate in 13 countries.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Operations Manager, P-3, Maseru (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundClosing date: 01 Aug 2014Purpose of the PositionAs the head of operations of a small-sized office, the incumbent will be accountable for management of cost effective, efficient and secure operations, in support of management, administration and implementation of the country programmes. Manage the office's operations (Finance, HR, ICT, Supply ) related functions in accordance with strategy, plans and decisions made by Regional Management Team and Country Programme Management Teams.Key Expected ResultsEffective operations of financial, human resource

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programmes Development and Fundring Officer - Flow Caritas (£31000 - £33000 per annum, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Flow Caritas, City of London, London, £31000 - £33000 per annum Title: Programmes Development and Fundring OfficerSalary: £31, 000-£33,000Location: City of LondonContract: 11 month fixed term contract (with possibl...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Volunteer J/P Museum Curator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationCountry: HaitiClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Reports to:Country DirectorDuration:2 weeks-3 monthsLocation of position: Port-au-Prince,Haiti and remote supportDescription:J/P HRO is looking to create a small ‘museum’ type space to chronicle its growth as an organization, to exhibit key ‘pieces’ of its history, and to share information regarding its activities with a wide audience including local residents, other NGO partners, Haitian Government officials, and international visitors.Responsibilities:Create a ‘vision statement’ for the J/P HRO

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultancy Baseline - KAP Survey (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundClosing date: 30 Jul 2014About Search for Common GroundFounded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We use a multi-faceted approach, using dialogue, media initiatives and working with communities, local government partners, civil society, to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.SFCG has been

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Strategy & Partnership Manager (Yorkshire & the Humber), Homeless Link - Homeless Link (£29,316 pa plus benefits, Yorkshire and The Humber) (source: CharityJob)

Homeless Link, Yorkshire and The Humber, £29,316 pa plus benefits Organisation: Homeless Link Location: Working from home located in Yorkshire and the Humber Contract type: 6 month fixed term contract (maternity cov...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Head of Business Development - TPP (£36650 - £38690 per annum, London) (source: CharityJob)

TPP, London, £36650 - £38690 per annum A fantastic role working for an inspirational youth charity has arisen, leading and managing the Business Development Manager. With a direct income re...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Full Time Internship in the Programme Department (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Femmes Africa SolidaritéCountry: SenegalClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Regional Office, Dakar-SenegalJune 2014 – December 2014BackgroundFemmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) is a women’s NGO founded in 1996 by African women leaders who advocate for the mainstreaming of gender perspectives into peace, security and development in Africa and the empowerment of African women to assume a leadership role in conflict resolution and peace building. FAS has an International Secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland, a Liaison Office in New York, United States and a Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal.Internship:FAS

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultant pour une etude final (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundClosing date: 30 Jul 2014A propos de Search for Common GroundFondée en 1982, Search for Common Ground vise à transformer la manière dont le monde gère les conflits, pour s’éloigner des approches de confrontation et rechercher des solutions à travers la collaboration. Nous utilisons une approche à plusieurs facettes, utilisant le dialogue et les médias, et en travaillant avec les communautés, le gouvernement local et la société civile, pour trouver des moyens appropriés de renforcer les capacités de la société à gérer les conflits de manière constructive:

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: COUNTRY DIRECTOR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: WorldClosing date: 18 Aug 2014COUNTRY DIRECTORObjectiveThe country Director is in charge of overall mission management and to develop Emergency Response. His or her duties include, but are not limited to, strategy development, Project Cycle Management, supervision of the technical, logistics and admin departments, HR management, security management and external relations.Strategy and Project Cycle Management.Logistics and Administration.Security Management.External Relations.ProfilePostgraduate studies in International Cooperation/DevelopmentMinimum

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: General call for applications - Wash (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: WorldClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Action Against Hunger- Canada is looking for experienced humanitarians ready to work abroad, to extend our pool of available expatriates. Experience of 2 years in humanitarian field is necessary.Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian aid organisation providing immediate assistance and long-term relief to people suffering from the consequences of man-made and natural disasters. Action Against Hunger has been one of the leading organisations in the treatment of malnutrition since its creation in 1979,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Appel à candidatures – Eau et Assainissement (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Action Contre la Faim – Canada est à la recherche de professionnels ayant un minimum de 2 ans d’expérience dans le milieu humanitaire, qui soient prêts à partir en mission à l’international afin d’agrandir son bassin d’expatriés disponibles.Action Contre la Faim – Canada fait partie du réseau international Action Contre la Faim fournissant des secours humanitaires dans plus de 47 pays du monde dans les secteurs de la nutrition, de la sécurité alimentaire ainsi que de l’eau et de l’assainissement. Depuis sa création en 1979, ACF

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Policy Development and Drawdown of Powers Adviser

Policy Development and Drawdown of Powers Adviser Provincial and Local-level Government Program &bull; Full time to 1 Dec 2015&bull; Based in Bougainville&bull; Unique development opportunity The ProgramThe PNG Provincial and Local-level Governments Program (PLGP) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and PNG to support and improve the quality of decentralised service delivery to the people of PNG through technical support provided to provincial governments and key national agencies. The PLGP is seeking applications for a Policy Development and Drawdown of Powers Adviser to

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Appel à candidatures - Nutrition (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: WorldClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Action Contre la Faim – Canada est à la recherche de professionnels ayant un minimum de 2 ans d’expérience dans le milieu humanitaire, qui soient prêts à partir en mission à l’international afin d’agrandir son bassin d’expatriés disponibles.Action Contre la Faim – Canada fait partie du réseau international Action Contre la Faim fournissant des secours humanitaires dans plus de 47 pays du monde dans les secteurs de la nutrition, de la sécurité alimentaire ainsi que de l’eau et de l’assainissement. Depuis sa création

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: General call for applications - Nutrition (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: WorldClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Action Against Hunger- Canada is looking for experienced professionals ready to work abroad, to extend our pool of available expatriates. Experience of 2 years in humanitarian field is necessary.Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian aid organisation providing immediate assistance and long-term relief to people suffering from the consequences of man-made and natural disasters. Action Against Hunger has been one of the leading organisations in the treatment of malnutrition since its creation in 1979,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Resourcing & Recruitment Officer - Morgan Hunt (£12 - £16 per hour, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

Morgan Hunt, City of London, London, £12 - £16 per hour Morgan Hunt, a multi award winning Public Sector Recruitment consultancy are currently looking to source candidates to work as a Resourcing Officer in...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Canada: Assistant(e) aux Ressources Humaines (stage de 3 mois) – temps plein (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: CanadaClosing date: 18 Sep 2014Assistant(e) aux Ressources Humaines (stage de 3 mois) – temps pleinDate de début : 29 septembre 2014Fondée en France en 1979, Action contre la faim (ACF)/ Action Against Hunger est une des plus importantes organisations humanitaires internationales dans le monde et la seule à concentrer ses activités à la lutte contre la malnutrition. Notre travail sur la nutrition et ses causes sous-jacentes conduit à un changement profond et positif dans les communautés les plus vulnérables avec lesquelles nous travaillons. La

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Manager - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£28,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £28,000 This leading youth and education charity based in Central London is presently seeking an excellent Programme Manager to manage the charity's volunteer...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Conference Organiser - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£27,500 - £35,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £27,500 - £35,000 Are you looking to lead on a dynamic events programme? If so read on&hellip; An exciting new vacancy has arisen for a Conference Organiser to join a l...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finance Internship - Camfed International (Voluntary for 3 months and if, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) (source: CharityJob)

Camfed International, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Voluntary for 3 months and if Job Title: Finance and Accounting Internship Hours: 37.5 hours per week Remuneration: 1st three months: reasonable public transport costs and da...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Referral Line Worker - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£9.86 per hour (inclusive of h, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £9.86 per hour (inclusive of h Our client is working towards ending rough sleeping in London for good. They offer a website and telephone referral service which will enable the publ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Deputy Project Director, Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: KenyaClosing date: 17 Aug 2014PSI/MCSD is seeking an interim Deputy Project Director, while the current Deputy Director is on maternity leave (November – March 2014) to coordinate the project partnership and oversee day-to-day operations of the program in countries where PSI is the lead. This will include overseeing and managing the program budget, workplans and deliverables.This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the Project Director with approximately 30% travel.PSI and its partners, FIND, Malaria Consortium (MC)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Fundraising Coordinator - Charity People Ltd (£27000 - £30000 per annum + fa, Bristol, Avon) (source: CharityJob)

Charity People Ltd, Bristol, Avon, £27000 - £30000 per annum + fa Regional Fundraising Co-ordinatorSocial Welfare CharityC£27,000-£31,000 per annum + fantastic benefits Full time, permanent roleBristolOur client is a...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Support Worker - women@thewell (£25,845, Camden, London) (source: CharityJob)

women@thewell, Camden, London, £25,845 Women@the well was established in 2008 to provide holistic support to vulnerable women who are involved in street based prostitution, are rough sleepi...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Volunteer and Client Services Support Worker (Maternity cover) - women@thewell (£25,845 (pro rata), Camden, London) (source: CharityJob)

women@thewell, Camden, London, £25,845 (pro rata) Women@the well was established in 2008 to provide holistic support to vulnerable women who are involved in street based prostitution, are rough sleepi...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Viet Nam: International consultant 3.3 – Amendment of the Penal Code, focusing on environment offences (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: Viet NamClosing date: 10 Aug 2014UNDP Vietnam seeks 01 qualified Senior International Expert for Comparative Study on “Criminal Sanctions and Other Legal Instruments to Enforce Enviromental Law”.The aim of this project is to address differences and similarities in the practice with respect to environmental criminal law in the various countries. Further an evaluation will be made using comparative law and addressing international tendencies.The selection will be based on a competitive basis and will comply with UNDP procurement regulations.How

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Migration Policy Officer (Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (MICIC)) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 01 Aug 2014OPEN TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATESClassification : Official, Grade P2Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extensionEstimated Start Date : As soon as possibleReference Code: VN2014/68(O)-EXTEstablished in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Support Administration Coordinator - Turkey/Syria (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MENTOR InitiativeCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 03 Aug 2014The MENTOR Initiative (MENTOR) is a “not for profit”, charitable, non-governmental organisation devoted to reducing death and suffering from malaria and other vector borne diseases in humanitarian crises. The MENTOR Initiative is currently providing on going emergency support to the most vulnerable communities in Liberia, Angola, Kenya, Somalia, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad and Syria.The Support Administration Coordinator will support the MENTOR Finance and Administration Co-ordinator in Turkey and

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Development and Funding Officer - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£31,800 - £33,200, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £31,800 - £33,200 Our client, an exciting and innovative international development organisation is looking for a Programme and Development Funding Officer for a role wh...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: TÉCNICOS PROYECTOS WASH AMÉRICA LATINA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Grupo TragsaCountry: SpainClosing date: 18 Jul 2014TRAGSATEC precisa incorporar 28 técnicos especialistas en Proyectos WASH en Cooperación Internacional para diferentes países de America Latina.Se necesita que los candidatos tengan más de 5 años de experiencia en proyectos WASH y en proyectos de cooperación internacional, incluyendo captación, potabilización, suministro, saneamiento y depuración de aguas.Las personas seleccionadas deberán planificar, evaluar y realizar un seguimiento de los programas bilaterales en el sector WASH en Cooperación.SE OFRECE:Contratación

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Viet Nam: International consultant 3.2.1 – Thematic study on criminalization/de-criminalization (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: Viet NamClosing date: 10 Aug 2014UNDP Vietnam seeks 01 qualified Senior International Expert for Comparative Study on “decriminalisation and criminalization in the process of criminal law reform”.· The research will adopt a comparative legal analysis approach to examine different approaches, principles and procedures--defining and classifying acts and/or behaviors, considering harmful (‘criminalization’) or reversely no longer harmful to the society (‘decriminalization’)-- that underpin the studied country(s)’s decision about criminalization

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Policy Development and Drawdown of Powers Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CoffeyCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 03 Aug 2014Policy Development and Drawdown of Powers AdviserProvincial and Local-level Government ProgramFull time to 1 Dec 2015Based in BougainvilleUnique development opportunityThe ProgramThe PNG Provincial and Local-level Governments Program (PLGP) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and PNG to support and improve the quality of decentralised service delivery to the people of PNG through technical support provided to provincial governments and key national agencies. The PLGP is seeking applications

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN REGIONAL COORDINATOR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Pax ChristiClosing date: 01 Aug 2014LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN REGIONAL COORDINATORInternational Consultancy - Long Term AgreementABOUT PAX CHRISTI INTERNATIONALPax Christi International is a plural faith-based worldwide peace network. It promotes a vision of just peace which is rooted in the Gospel and includes a global framework of structures and systems advancing the fullness of a dignified life for all people and their communities, unquestioned respect for human rights, and ecological sustainability. Pax Christi firmly believes that peace is possible and that vicious

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

New Partnerships Manager - Harris Hill (£33.5k per year + Benefits, London) (source: CharityJob)

Harris Hill, London, £33.5k per year + Benefits An opportunity has arisen for a New Partnerships Manager at a fantastic charity to develop a sector-led strategy to identify and secure new income and...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Donor Development Manager - Help for Heroes (£25,000 TO £30,000 + London w, Greater London) (source: CharityJob)

Help for Heroes, Greater London, £25,000 TO £30,000 + London w Our mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and enable those who have made s...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique: Information Management Specialist II (Consultant) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MozambiqueClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Functional Title: Information Management Specialist II Duty Station: Xai Xai City and Maputo City, Mozambique Duration: 3 months (with possibility of extension) Contract Type: Consultant Estimate Start Date: As soon as possibleContext: IOM Mozambique is implementing two projects that require a high-­?level of Information Management capacity during 2014 and 2015:Improving Human Security for Relocated IDPs in Mozambique through Integrated Emergency Protection Measures a. Involves a database

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Designer - “Africa 4.0” Report (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 25 Jul 20141. Background:UNICEF 4.0, a report on global trends and their implications for children, uses consensus forecasting to outline the broad trends that are likely to affect the world’s children in the decades to come. This report, and its summary version, Child Outlook, have been a useful contribution to UNICEF’s re-positioning in a globalized, hyper-connected world, so that it can better respond to the needs, issues and threats that children will face in the years to come. There are, however, considerable

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Deputy Country Representative for Finance (source: Relief Web)

Closing date: 16 Aug 2014PSI Madagascar seeks dynamic applicants for Deputy Country Representative for Finance. The position will be based in Antananarivo and reports to the Country Representative.RESPONSIBILITIESRepresent the organization in all financial aspects before external parties including: funders, auditors, local government and PSI headquarters in Washington, DC.Maintain sound accounting systems that give reasonable assurance that records and controls are sufficient to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial information for expenditure monitoring and information.Develop

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Viet Nam: International consultant 2.2 - Assessment on women’s access to judicial services (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: Viet NamClosing date: 10 Aug 2014UNDP Vietnam seeks 01 qualified International expert to work in team with national experts on an assessment of ensuring gender equality and woman’s rights in access to judicial services in Viet Nam.The objectives of this assignment are:· To conduct an assessment on current situation of gender equality and women’s rights in access to judicial services provided within the MOJ’s mandate, including but not limited to: judicial administrative services such as civil status registration (e.g. adoption, child support,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Consultancy - Establishment of Regional Newborn Learning Lab (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: UgandaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children's lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world's largest independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mongolia: A WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT - MONGOLIA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: MongoliaClosing date: 31 Aug 2014We are looking for:A WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE HEAD OF DEPARTMENTCountry:MONGOLIA – Ulan BatorLength of Contract: 6,5 months from October, the 15thObjectives of the post:To guarantee the quality, relevance and scaling of WASH strategy and interventions at the mission, in conformity with ACF and international standards and national policiesResponsibilities:Ø Contribute to defining the country strategy as well as the strategy and positioning of the WASH technical departmentØ Coordinate the identification

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Community Support Worker (Driver Essential) Deafblind Charity - Sense (£14,235 - £16,239 (pro-rata), West-Midlands) (source: CharityJob)

Sense, West-Midlands, £14,235 - £16,239 (pro-rata) We would like to hear from you if you have experience of working with people with a sensory impairment and /or learning disabilities. Sense is a natio...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: A PSYCHOLOGIST - MENTAL HEALTH &amp; CARE PRACTICES PROGRAMME MANAGER - MYANMAR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 18 Sep 2014We are looking for: A PSYCHOLOGIST - MENTAL HEALTH &amp; CARE PRACTICES PROGRAMME MANAGERCountry: Myanmar – Sittwe, Rakhine StateLength of Contract: 12 months, starting on December 15thGeneral objective: Under the supervision of the Filed Coordinator, you will be in charge to manage the Mental Health and Care Practices (MHCP) program.Responsibilities:More specially, you will have to:Contribute to define the mental health and care practices strategyManage the project cycle in MHCP programMeet the objectives

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Executive Secretary and Office Manager - Embrace the Middle East (£26,393 plus pension, Amersham, Buckinghamshire) (source: CharityJob)

Embrace the Middle East, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, £26,393 plus pension The international development charity Embrace the Middle East is looking for a full-time Executive Secretary and Office Manager to work in our small a...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Head of Secretariat (Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (MICIC)) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 01 Aug 2014OPEN TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATESClassification : Official, Grade P4Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extensionEstimated Start Date : As soon as possibleReference Code: VN2014/67(O)-EXTEstablished in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Senior Officer Education (4 Positions) - Nakasongola, Nakaseke and Gulu (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: UgandaClosing date: 25 Jul 2014EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIESSave the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES - Islamic Help (30K-40K, Birmingham, West-Midlands) (source: CharityJob)

Islamic Help, Birmingham, West-Midlands, 30K-40K ISLAMIC HELP DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES Islamic Help is a UK-based international relief and development agency set up in 2003, working in 15...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: UN MEDECIN (H/F) - RCA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Nous recherchons : UN MEDECIN (H/F)Pays d’affectation: République Centrafricaine – Basé à BanguiDurée du contrat: 7 mois, à pourvoir à compter du 08 septembre 2014Finalité du poste et responsabilités :Sous la supervision du Responsable de Département Nutrition et santé, vous avez pour responsabilité d’améliorer la qualité de prise en charge Medico-Nutritionnelle des UNT. Le médecin expert passera 60% au CPB, 20% à l’UNT St Joseph et 20% à l’UNT Bimbo de son temps en tant que médecin formateur

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Job Broker Employer Engagement - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£15.38 per hour (£17.24 inclus, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £15.38 per hour (£17.24 inclus As a leading organisation working in homelessness, our client has a strong commitment to developing tailored pathways for their clients to remove them...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Community Sponsorship Officer (8 Positions) Wakiso (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: UgandaClosing date: 25 Jul 2014EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIESSave the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: MENA Internship (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014The Organization:Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CARE USACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 01 Aug 2014CARE is seeking a Global Human Resources Generalist (GHRG). The GHRG is responsible for supporting our international operations and/or US based departments through the provision of policy advice/guidance and technical assistance on all aspects of human resources, recruitment, performance management, and employee relations. S/he will also act as first contact for all employment issues, do troubleshooting and work in partnership with other units in HR to provide timely response and proactive advice to clients. Where

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Partnership Advisor (1 Position) - Kampala (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: UgandaClosing date: 25 Jul 2014EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIESSave the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Assistant Financial Controller (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: South SudanClosing date: 09 Aug 2014DescriptionGeneral Description of the Programme:GOAL South Sudan (SS) started working in Twic County in 1998, running an emergency relief project due to a famine throughout Bahr el Ghazal state. GOAL SS now runs public health programmes in Twic, Agok and Upper Nile State. Public health activities include curative primary health care, based on the management of primary health clinics; preventative health care including HIV/AIDS messaging, malaria control and hygiene promotion; nutrition and food security, water and sanitation

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uzbekistan: Senior Non-Key Expert :Parents’ Club Expert (in the field of inclusive education) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: UzbekistanClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Technical Assistance to the Project Inclusive Education for Childrenwith Special Needs in UzbekistanEuropeaid Service Contract Number: 2014/338-454TERMS OF REFERENCE: Senior Non-Key Expert - Parents’ Club ExpertProject backgroundUzbekistan started the process of integration of children with special needs into mainstream educational institutions soon after independence. The country participates in a number of important international agreements such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified in 1992),

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uzbekistan: Senior Non-Key Expert : Quality Assurance Expert (Field of Inclusive Education) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: UzbekistanClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Technical Assistance to the Project Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs in UzbekistanEuropaid Service Contract Number (2014/338-454)TERMS OF REFERENCESenior Non-Key Expert - Quality Assurance ExpertProject backgroundUzbekistan started the process of integration of children with special needs into mainstream educational institutions soon after independence. The country participates in a number of important international agreements such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified in 1992),

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uzbekistan: SHORT TERM EXPERT :Psychological Medical Commissions Training Expert (Field of Inclusive Education) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: UzbekistanClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Project backgroundUzbekistan started the process of integration of children with special needs into mainstream educational institutions soon after independence. The country participates in a number of important international agreements such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified in 1992), the Dakar Framework for Action[1], and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (signed in 2009).In recent years the government has introduced and continues to implement reforms on both legislative

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Marketing & Stewardship Manager - Cancer Research UK (£32000 - £34000 per annum + ex, Islington, London) (source: CharityJob)

Cancer Research UK, Islington, London, £32000 - £34000 per annum + ex Are you a creative, organised and driven marketing / stewardship expert with a keen interest in major gift events, looking to develop your career in M...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Volunteer: Curriculum Development, Editing, Teaching (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mote OoCountry: ThailandClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Mote Oo Education works with civil society organisations and post secondary schools in Myanmar and on the Thai-Burma border. We develop context-appropriate teaching and learning materials, curriculum and training programmes to help them actively participate in Myanmar's democratic transition.We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced volunteers to work with our partner programmes. We want self-reliant, adaptable people who can fit into challenging environments and provide guidance and assistance to future community leaders,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Emergency Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Polish Humanitarian Action - Polska Akcja HumanitarnaCountry: WorldClosing date: 27 Jul 2014Polish Humanitarian Action is looking for an Emergency Coordinator for its emergency programme worldwide.General information:Position: Emergency Coordinator;Location: based in Warsaw, Poland (headquarters); deployable worldwide;Job term: Permanent/Full-time;Starting date: ASAPWhat PAH is aboutPolish Humanitarian Action is a non-governmental organization consisting of people who want to make the world a better place. For over 20 years, we have been providing relief in big and small

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer – Markets Based Livelihoods (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 17 Aug 2014Fair and sustainable markets can support people living in poverty to grow their power, influence, and economic condition. Join Oxfam's Programme Strategy and Impact team and help us enhance the impact of our global programmes on market-based livelihoods.Oxfam is looking for an experienced, analytical team player with a background in market-based livelihoods. Your experience might come from a variety of places – work with social enterprises, other NGOs, in government, academia or business.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Gender and Diversity Coordinator-Grade D2 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent SocietiesCountry: KenyaClosing date: 27 Jul 2014The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is organized into four Business Groups in Geneva and five Business Groups in the field, namely the Zone Offices for Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA).The Africa Zone Business Group is organized through regional representations covering the National Societies in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Coast, Sahel and Central Africa

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Corporate Head of Internal Audit &amp; Compliance (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ArkCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 01 Aug 2014Location: Based in Dubai eventually but initially based in Istanbul (with flexibility to travel in MENA region)Tasks and ActivitiesAs part of the Corporate Services Team the Corporate Head of Internal Audit will contribute to the governance and operational development of the ARK group across the MENA region. He/she will serve as the principle point of contact on grant management and compliance issues. He/she will lead the review of any new grant/contract mechanisms to ensure adherence to donor requirements, acceptability of cost

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Regional Portfolio Manager (West Africa) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 03 Aug 2014Regional Portfolio Manager (West Africa)Based Milton Keynes, Bucks£30,776 p.a + good range of benefitsAs the world’s largest overseas aid charity, we strive to deliver real change for millions of children in the hardest places in the world. Our mission is to inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world’s poorest children and to bring governments, local authorities, community groups, businesses and individuals together to tackle the causes of injustice

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: UN DIRECTEUR STRATÉGIE ET ANALYSE (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: FranceClosing date: 18 Aug 2014Nous recherchons pour la Direction Générale :UN DIRECTEUR STRATÉGIE ET ANALYSE (H/F)Basé à Paris 17èmeMission : A la tête d’une équipe pluridisciplinaire de 4 personnes, vous aurez pour mission d’appuyer le Directeur Général dans le développement d’une structure exécutive efficace, en étant notamment en charge de l’analyse stratégique, de la gestion des projets transversaux, ainsi que des relations académiques.Plus précisément, vous aurez les responsabilités suivantes :Ø Manager les différentes fonctions de

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Planning Co-ordinator, Campaigns and Communications (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014Location: LondonType: PermanentWorking Hours: 35 per weekSalary: £36,240Amnesty International (AI) is at the forefront of human rights. Committed to eradicating injustice, we’re always reaching out to potential supporters. Our global campaigns and communications agenda allows us to do just that by bolstering support that helps us to create brighter futures right across the world. Leading the programming and delivery of this agenda, your contribution will be critical.ABOUT THE ROLE:In

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Re-advertisement - Finance &amp; Admin Officer - SCORES (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AdesoCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 01 Aug 2014ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXTAdeso is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization. At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

India: UK &amp; INDIA | Outgoing Accountant for Career Development Enterprise | 3 Weeks | July-Aug (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Accounting for International DevelopmentCountry: India, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 29 Aug 2014Our partner works with a diverse range of students to develop their vocational skills and support them through the transition from education to employment. This includes helping them to gain a better understanding on the aspects of leadership that will be expected of them when their time to step into full-time employment comes around.Through this scheme our partner hopes to play an instrumental part in rapidly building a core group of highly skilled

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Logistic Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommesCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Vacancy AnnouncementLogistic Assistant(For Filipino Nationals Only)Tdh programme in Eastern and Western Samar operates in four main target municipalities: Balangkayan, Hernani, Marabut and Basay through an integrated Shelter/WASH and Livelihood intervention.Tdh invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of “Logistic Assistant”.Duty station: Marabut, Western Samar with frequent visits to project areasResponsible to: Logistic and Administration ManagerWorking with: The logistic and administration

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: ASEAN Advocacy Programme Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Asian Forum for Human Rights and DevelopmentCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Employment Duration 2 years, contract renewable· (Subject to 3 months probation at the beginning of contract) Salary &amp; Benefits · USD 800-900 per month depending on experience Closing date 31 July 2014 Interview Dates 1 - 10 August 2014About the OrganisationAs a membership-based regional human rights organisation, FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect all human rights, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation between human rights defenders and organisations

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Financial Analyst - International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Salary circa £37,000 per annum, Brighton, East Sussex) (source: CharityJob)

International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, East Sussex, Salary circa £37,000 per annum The International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommesCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Vacancy AnnouncementMonitoring and Evaluation Officer(For Filipino Nationals Only)Tdh programme in Eastern and Western Samar operates in four main target municipalities: Balangkayan, Hernani, Marabut and Basey through an integrated Shelter/WASH and Livelihood intervention.Tdh invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of “Monitoring and Evaluation Officer”Duty station: Borangan City with frequent visits to project areasReports to: Programme CoordinatorOverall Job Purpose:Under the

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Consultancy: Research – Social Workers in Thailand (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: ThailandClosing date: 10 Aug 2014UNICEF Thailand Country Office is seeking an individual consultant to conduct research on Social Workers in Thailand. The goal of this work stream is to accelerate the development of the social work system in Thailand and increase significantly the overall number of professional social workers in order to service the most vulnerable and at risk populations, including children.Under the joint guidance of UNICEF Thailand’s Social Policy and Child Protection Sections, the objective of this consultancy is to collaborate

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Project Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommesCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Vacancy AnnouncementProject Coordinator for Western SamarTdh programme in Eastern and Western Samar operates in four main target municipalities: Balangkayan, Hernani, Marabut and Basey through an integrated Shelter/WASH and Livelihood intervention.Tdh invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of “Project Coordinator for Western Samar.”Duty station: Borongan, Eastern Samar with frequent visits to project areasResponsible to: TdhProgramme CoordinatorWorking with: Livelihood and Shelter

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Project Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommesCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 25 Jul 2014Vacancy Announcement Project Coordinator for Western SamarTdh programme in Eastern and Western Samar operates in four main target municipalities: Balangkayan, Hernani, Marabut and Basey through an integrated Shelter/WASH and Livelihood intervention.Tdh invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of “Project Coordinator for Western Samar.”Duty station: Borongan, Eastern Samar with frequent visits to project areasResponsible to: TdhProgramme CoordinatorWorking with: Livelihood and Shelter

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Fundraising Manager (Supporter Care) - TPP (£44800 - £49300 per annum, City of London, London) (source: CharityJob)

TPP, City of London, London, £44800 - £49300 per annum A Leading youth charity is seeking an experienced Fundraising Manager starting asap based in central London.The purpose of the role is to lead on the ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Canada: Senior Manager, Financial Controller (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Plan CanadaCountry: CanadaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Senior Manager, Financial ControllerRole: Full Time Permanent Department: Finance Reports To: Director, Finance Comp. Band: 3BThis role demands strong team management skills and leadership of the accounting operations and financial governance of the organization. Technical accounting knowledge (Canadian GAAP) is also a requirement.Accounting Operations: • Management responsibility for the accounting operations of Plan Canada and the complete, timely and appropriate recording of all transactions. • Manage &amp; maintain

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: ACCOUNTANT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Potato CenterCountry: UgandaClosing date: 25 Jul 2014The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Accountant to support its project/research activities in potato and sweetpotato in Uganda.The Center:CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on genetic resources of potatoes, sweetpotato, and other Andean roots and tubers, crop genetic enhancement and improvement, integrated crop management and sustainable management of natural resources.The Position:The

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Security Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: South SudanClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Salary: 21,768 - 31,014 GBP per annum net + hard to work allowance of 4,000 GBP per annum (Net means Oxfam meets tax and social security liabilities in addition to take home pay)Contract Type: Fixed Term – 1 yearHours: Full Time – 40 per weekOxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. As an Oxfam employee, you will join a team of professionals that is part of the international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries. As part of a global movement for change, we are working together

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: DME Specialist (Design, Monitoring &amp; Evaluation Specialist) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 03 Aug 2014Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist£30,776 p.a + good range of benefitsAs the world’s largest overseas aid charity, we strive to deliver real change for millions of children in the hardest places in the world. Our mission is to inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world’s poorest children and to bring governments, local authorities, community groups, businesses and individuals together to tackle the causes of injustice and poverty – and to transform

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Specialist Services Manager Restorative Justice - Victim Support (£24,722 per annum increasing t, Cheshire) (source: CharityJob)

Victim Support, Cheshire, £24,722 per annum increasing t We have an exciting opportunity to join Victim Support and play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witness...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

FUNDRAISING OFFICER - ChildHope UK (, London) (source: CharityJob)

ChildHope UK, London, ChildHope supports children and young people who face the worst forms of injustice, violence and abuse, in Africa, Asia and South America. We work cl...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guide Communicator Deputy Manager - Kent Association for the Blind (£24,415 - £26,376, Canterbury, Kent) (source: CharityJob)

Kent Association for the Blind, Canterbury, Kent, £24,415 - £26,376 Guide Communicator Deputy Manager &pound;24,415 - &pound;26,376 &bull; (Maternity Cover 9-12 month contract) &bull; Canterbury based Kent Association ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International HIV/AIDS Alliance: Senior Financial Analyst (source: Third Sector Jobs)

Salary circa £37,000 per annum, plus benefits of up to 16%:International HIV/AIDS Alliance:The Senior Financial Analyst will play a key role in analysing management information, statistics, modelling and maintaining systems integrity.Brighton, East Sussex

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: MEDICAL FIELD OFFICER (For Filipino Nationals Only) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Committee of the Red CrossCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 02 Aug 2014The Medical Field Officer will be in charge of implementation of the ICRC activities in cooperation with National TB Control Program of the DOH, DILG, BJMP, and DOJ. The Medical Field Officer will report to the ICRC Health Program Manager.Main tasks:• Provides effective technical and operational support to the ICRC TB Program including planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and related activities• Develops and liaises with networks of governmental health authorities

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Consultant en Hydrolectricit, Bureau du Ministre la Scurit Energtique(BMSE), Port-au-Prince, Hati (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: HaitiClosing date: 16 Aug 2014Consultant en Hydroélectricité, Bureau du Ministre à la Sécurité Energétique(BMSE), Port-au-Prince, HaïtiProfil d’Entreprise: Management Systems International (MSI) est une entreprise de développement international basée à Washington DC avec plus de 30 ans de contribution aux résultats dans le monde en développement. En 2008, MSI est devenu le siège des opérations américaines de la branche développement international de Coffey International Limited. Depuis ce rattachement aux bureaux affiliés en Angleterre

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Conseiller Technique Psychosocial – Bamako – Mali - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: MaliClosing date: 31 Jul 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap International est une

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Chef de Projet Psychosocial - Tombouctou - Mali - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: MaliClosing date: 31 Jul 2014PRESENTATION DE HANDICAP INTERNATIONALHandicap International est une organisation de solidarité internationale indépendante et impartiale, qui intervient dans les situations de pauvreté et d’exclusion, de conflits et de catastrophes. Œuvrant aux côtés des personnes handicapées et des populations vulnérables, elle agit et témoigne, pour répondre à leurs besoins essentiels, pour améliorer leurs conditions de vie et promouvoir le respect de leur dignité et de leurs droits fondamentaux.Handicap International est une

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Country Director - Central African Republic (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 29 Jul 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Financial Analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International HIV/AIDS AllianceCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 06 Aug 2014Salary circa £37,000 per annum plus benefits of up to 16%The International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a world without AIDS. Since 1994, the Alliance and its partners have supported over 3,000 projects, in over 40 countries, reaching millions of people.We are seeking a Senior Financial Analyst to join our high-performing Finance team at the Brighton Secretariat,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burkina Faso: PMEAL Manager (Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou) Ref. 25/14-15 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam IntermónCountry: Burkina FasoClosing date: 30 Jul 2014A Oxfam Intermón, nous croyons en la justice et la solidarité et nous travaillons pour changer le monde. A partir d'une vision intégrale, nous agissons dans environ 50 pays en Afrique, Amérique Latine et Asie, où nous travaillons sur plus de 500 projets de Développement et d'Action Humanitaire et où nous promouvons le commerce équitable, le plaidoyer et la mobilisation sociale.Objectif du postePour notre mission dans le pays du Burkina Faso, nous recherchons un/e PMEAL :Placée sous la responsabilité hiérarchique

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Training Manager Health, Safety and Safeguarding - The Prince's Trust (£26,800 - £31,140 per annum, b, Flexible Location) (source: CharityJob)

The Prince's Trust, Flexible Location, £26,800 - £31,140 per annum, b This role will be based in London, Birmingham or Leeds We are looking for an outstanding applicant with experience of working in Health, Safety and Sa...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: TECHNICAL ADVISOR BASIC NEEDS - Beirut - Lebanon - Handicap International - DAU (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: LebanonClosing date: 31 Jul 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Consultant en charge de la formation, de la promotion des nergies renouvelables et de la coopration externe (Bureau du Ministre la Scurit Energ (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: HaitiClosing date: 16 Aug 2014Consultant en charge de la formation, de la promotion des énergies renouvelables et de la coopération externe (Bureau du Ministre à la Sécurité Energétique), Port-au-Prince, HaïtiProfil d’Entreprise:Management Systems International (MSI) est une entreprise basée à Washington D.C qui se spécialise dans le développement international, fournissant un appui technique à court et à long terme. Depuis sa création en 1981, MSI a pris de l’ampleur, et a augmenté ses capacités techniques, gérant plus de 70 projets

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Officer - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£25,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £25,000 Our client, a membership organisation that exists to enhance leadership and management in higher education, is looking for a skilled administrator to ...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Alumni Relations Officer - University of Birmingham (£25,013, Birmingham, West-Midlands) (source: CharityJob)

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West-Midlands, £25,013 This post is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of Alumni Relations initiatives within a number of Schools within the Colleg...

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: MdM recherche un COORDINATEUR ADMINISTRATIF (H/F) pour la République Centrafricaine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Médecins du Monde, association médicale militante de solidarité internationale, s'engage depuis plus de 30 ans à soigner les populations les plus vulnérables ici et là-bas, à témoigner des entraves constatées quant à l’accès aux soins, à obtenir des améliorations durables des politiques de santé pour tous.Association indépendante nous agissons au-delà du soin en dénonçant les atteintes à la dignité et aux droits humains et en nous battant pour améliorer la situation des populations précaires.A l’international,

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cameroon: URGENCE OUVERTURE MISSION CAMEROUN – Chef de Mission (H/F) - Garoua Boulai (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: CameroonClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Date de rédaction : 18/07/2014Date de prise de fonction souhaitée : ASAPDurée de la mission : 5 mois, renouvelable selon financementsLocalisation : Garoua Boulai, Région de l’Est, CamerounMISSIONLe Cameroun est actuellement confronté à une grave crise de réfugiés en provenance de la République Centrafricaine (RCA). Au 30 juin 2014, 107 000 réfugiés de RCA étaient enregistrés au Cameroun, principalement dans les régions de l’Est et de l’Adamaoua. L'assistance à ces réfugiés constitue un défi en raison de

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior International Advisor

Senior International Advisor Permanent Full-time, 35 hrs per week &pound;39,500 &ndash; 45,700 p.a. dependent on experience Home-based, with occasional travel to Reading CfBT&rsquo;s International Development and Education group provides education technical and policy advice, capacity development, and evidence-based research to governments, non-governmental organisations, donors and private sector organisations involved with education reform across the world, but particularly focusing on low-income countries including conflict-affected contexts. To meet the needs of our growing client base,

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Greenpeace USA Chief Development Officer (DC/SF)

Chief Development Officer (DC/SF) Greenpeace USA San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC On this page &nbsp; Job - June 5, 2014 Greenpeace, the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future seeks a highly ambitious, innovative, entrepreneurial, and seasoned development professional to manage and inspire our 500-person strong fundraising staff and hundreds of thousands of supporters across the United States to give their

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Program Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: MaliClosing date: 31 Jul 2014INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and unprotected people.INTERSOS, in the framework of its activities in the Maliis currently selecting candidates for the following position.JOB TITLE: Program ManagerDUTY STATION: MaliSTARTING

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cambodia Marine Conservation and Diving - Frontier (, Cambodia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Cambodia, Travel to the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover a land of dramatic landscapes, diverse marine life, captivating cultural and histor...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cambodia Island Community Development - Frontier (, Cambodia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Cambodia, Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical ...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Head of Mission - Thailand - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: ThailandClosing date: 31 Jul 2014Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation. It operates

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cambodia Island Beach Conservation - Frontier (, Cambodia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Cambodia, Cambodia&rsquo;s coastal paradise is home to some of the most spectacular diving and gorgeous beaches in the world. The crystal clear waters host a we...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Regional Portfolio Officer: South East Asia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the Children UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 27 Jul 2014Save the Children works in 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.The purpose of the Regional Portfolio Officer – South East Asia is to:Work in conjunction with the country offices in China, Philippines, DPRK and Indonesia; lead on the timely creation of proposals, contracts and reports in support of quality delivery of the end to end grant cycle.Contribute to the development of new business practices

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Consultancy - Project Management Manual Editor, Amman, Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near EastCountry: JordanClosing date: 25 Jul 2014UNRWAis a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Organization Learning Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Sciences for HealthCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 16 Oct 2014Overall ResponsibilitiesThe primary function of the Organizational Learning (OL) Specialist is to support the Organizational Learning team to maximize the value of MSH’s knowledge exchange tools, ensuring employees can quickly find the information they need to do their jobs, manage their lives as employees, connect to other users, and improve employee engagement. The OL Specialist provides communication and capacity building support related to knowledge exchange resources and tools, specifically

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Head, Field Legal Office (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near EastCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 19 Aug 2014UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services,

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cambodia Teaching in Siem Reap - Frontier (, Cambodia) (source: CharityJob)

Frontier, Cambodia, Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical ...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: UN RESPONSABLE DE DEPARTEMENT EAU, ASSAINISSEMENT ET HYGIENE / RCA (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 31 Aug 2014Nous recherchons : UN RESPONSABLE DE DEPARTEMENT EAU, ASSAINISSEMENT ET HYGIENE (H/F)Pays d’affectation:République Centrafricaine - BanguiDurée du contrat: 6 mois à partir du 01 octobre 2014Finalité du poste: Garantir la qualité, la pertinence et la mise à l’échelle de la stratégie et des interventions EAH sur la mission, dans le respect des standards ACF et internationaux et des politiques nationales.Responsabilités :Contribuer à la définition de la stratégie pays, et à la définition de

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: National HR Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 31 Jul 2014As a key member of the Country Office Human Resources team and in close collaboration with the HR and Administration Director, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting and advising the country programme on the various HR processes and systems. This includes support and advice in setting up or enhancing Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development, employee orientation and induction, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits and Employee Relations.How to apply:Interested candidates are required

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Assistant Controller (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of the division’s vision, goals, strategies and work plan in support of overall ADB goals. Oversee the quality of work and ensure the achievement of objectives of the division as regards financial reporting, internal control integrated framework and oversight function, safeguarding trust funds, administering loans, accounting for financial products, authorizing administrative expenses, improving business processes and developing policies and procedures. Support external and internal relations, coordination and consultation initiatives for the

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Public Management Specialist (Re-advertisement) (source: Asian Development Bank)

Support the implementation of ADB's Second Governance and Anticorruption Action Plan (GACAP II) and Capacity Development Medium Term Framework and Action Plan through provision of direct and corporate support to ADB’s regional departments. Ensures the quality of relevant knowledge products and learning programs in the area of governance, capacity development and anticorruption and their dissemination through internal and external networks, training delivery and other knowledge management tools. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Country Program Manager Afghanistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam NovibCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 28 Jul 2014Oxfam is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.We are looking for aCountry Program Manager AfghanistanKabul, Afghanistan (with frequent travel)Unaccompanied posting for 1 yearAs the Managing Affiliate (MA) for Oxfam in Afghanistan, Oxfam Novib (ON) is responsible for leading humanitarian preparedness and response; directing advocacy, lobby and campaigning; supporting country office operations and managing security. In collaboration with local partners and other Oxfam

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

occupied Palestinian territory: Humanitarian Affairs Officer P-4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: occupied Palestinian territoryClosing date: 24 Jul 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jerusalem, Occupied Palestinian Territories, with travel to field locations in the oPt, including Gaza as well as NY HQ’s. Under the overall guidance of OCHA CRD New York (MENA Section), the Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Office in Jerusalem.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Major Donor and Trusts Manager - Prospectus (charity recruitment) (£37,000, London) (source: CharityJob)

Prospectus (charity recruitment), London, £37,000 We have an exciting opportunity for a major donor and trusts fundraising manager to join a well respected children's charity. The focus of the role w...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lao People&#039;s Democratic Republic (the): Short Term Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Health Poverty ActionCountry: Lao People&#039;s Democratic Republic (the)Closing date: 23 Jul 2014REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTSHORT-TERM CONSULTANCY(Attapeu Province, Lao PDR)Health Poverty Action (HPA) is looking for a qualified individual or consultancy firm to conduct a short-term study on the nutritional habits of ethnic groups in Attapeu province to help improve the targeting of key nutrition interventions for an EC and DFID co-funded Programme aiming to improve child nutrition in remote rural communities in Attapeu Province, Lao PDR.The Specific Objective

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programmes Co-ordinator, FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, Central London (source: BOND)

Programmes Co-ordinator, FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, Central London Evaluating safe routes to school programmes in Africa; designing and delivering advocacy campaigns for public health; supporting award-winning road safety initiatives that are saving lives in Latin America and SE Asia. These are some of the ways you

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer – Markets Based Livelihoods , Oxfam GB, Oxford, United Kingdom (source: BOND)

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer – Markets Based Livelihoods , Oxfam GB, Oxford, United Kingdom Fair and sustainable markets can support people living in poverty to grow their power, influence, and economic condition. Join Oxfam’s Programme Strategy and Impact team and help us enhance the impact of our global programmes on market-based liveli

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Funding Executive (maternity cover), Send a Cow, Bath (source: BOND)

Programme Funding Executive (maternity cover), Send a Cow, Bath We are seeking a Programme Funding Executive to cover maternity leave for up to 8 months. Building on your existing experience in raising funds from institutional donors, you will be support the management of large donor funding contracts, developin

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Commercial Director , The Fairtrade Foundation, London (source: BOND)

Commercial Director , The Fairtrade Foundation, London As our Commercial Director you will be responsible for leading a large talented and dedicated Commercial team and driving sales of Fairtrade certified products to deliver life changing producer impact. This will be achieved by building even greater...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Director of Fundraising, The Fairtrade Foundation, London (source: BOND)

Director of Fundraising, The Fairtrade Foundation, London As our Director of Fundraising, you will be responsible for leading a high performing team of five that is already contributing 15% of the Foundation’s income, and you will develop our first Foundation wide fundraising strategy. As our current...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chief Operating Officer , ClientEarth, E8 3QW (source: BOND)

Chief Operating Officer , ClientEarth, E8 3QW The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). While the CEO focuses on high level strategy, fundraising and profile raising, the COO will be responsible for the day to day running of ClientEarth. The COO will hav

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Planning Co-ordinator, Campaigns and Communications, Amnesty International Secretariat, London (source: BOND)

Planning Co-ordinator, Campaigns and Communications, Amnesty International Secretariat, London Amnesty International (AI) is at the forefront of human rights. Committed to eradicating injustice, we’re always reaching out to potential supporters. Our global campaigns and communications agenda allows us to do just that by bolstering support th

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Campaign Specialist, WWF-UK, Woking, Surrey (source: BOND)

Campaign Specialist, WWF-UK, Woking, Surrey Are you brilliant at campaign strategy and a kick-ass communicator? We need an outstanding campaigner to lead the successor to our Virunga campaign for WWF-UK.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Trustees, Vision Aid Overseas, Crawley, West Sussex (source: BOND)

Trustees, Vision Aid Overseas, Crawley, West Sussex We are currently looking to recruit two Trustees, to fill vacancies and join the Board from October 2014.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Refugee Officer, Amnesty International UK, Nairobi, Kenya (source: BOND)

Refugee Officer, Amnesty International UK, Nairobi, Kenya Based in Nairobi, you’ll work with the East, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes teams to ensure that their information on refugees is accurate and their interventions timely. That means maintaining a broad overview of relevant political and human rights...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Rwanda: Senior climate change and research advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: RwandaClosing date: 30 Jul 2014Chemonics seeks a senior climate change and research advisor for the ongoing USAID-funded Rwanda LAND Project. The advisor will support programming and climate change adaptation activities related to land use and management. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.Responsibilities include:Work with local research organizations to build capacity to design and implement rigorous empirical researchUse research to develop coherent policy recommendationsForge

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Bangladesh - Field Coordinator - Teknaf (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 11 Aug 2014MISSIONSOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL opened its mission in Bangladesh at the end of 2007, just after SIDR cyclone hit the country. During six years, SI has implemented programs in emergency response followed by early recovery and reconstruction.SI’s intervention and strategy in the country is to target the primary needs of crisis affected