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The challenges of climate change: children on the front line

<p>This report seeks to broaden and deepen understanding of child rights dimensions in the climate change discourse.</p><p>The report argues that due to the accelerating global threats to children there is an urgent need to incorporate a comprehensive child rights approach, including directly involving children, in adaptation and mitigation efforts. Made up of articles from a range of experts, the report details explains how climate-related deaths of children in developing countries are brought on by changing patterns of major disease vectors and natural disasters, by food insecurity and lack of access to drinking water and sanitation facilities. The report concludes by looking ahead to 2015; a year of opportunity in which the world embarks on an ambitious agenda to end poverty, halt climate change and promote the rights of the child.</p>

29 Aug 2014 16:16:22 GMT

Climate variability, adaptation strategies and food security in Malawi

<p>This study has a focus on climate adaptation strategies for farmers in Malawi.</p><p>This paper assesses farmers&rsquo; incentives and conditioning factors that hinder or promote adaptation strategies and evaluates its impact on crop productivity by utilizing household level data collected in 2011 from nationally representative sample households in Malawi. The study distinguishes between (i) exposure to climatic disruptions, (ii) bio-physical sensitivity to such disruptions, (iii) household adaptive capacity in terms of farmers&rsquo; ability to prepare and adjust to the resulting stress, and, finally, (iv) system-level adaptive capacity that serve as enabling factors for household-level adaptation. We employ a multivariate probit (MVP) and instrumental variable technique to model farming practice selection decisions and their yield impact estimates.</p>

29 Aug 2014 16:04:43 GMT

Environment and humanitarian action: increasing effectiveness, sustainability and accountability

<p>This study examines the integration of environmental considerations into humanitarian operations.</p><p>Key conclusions can be summarised into four categories: system-wide accountability and responsibility; mainstreaming environment at system and field level; advocacy and evidence; and funding environment in humanitarian action.</p><p>The study explores the current state of integration of environmental considerations into humanitarian operations and recommends collective action to improve the effectiveness, accountability, and sustainability of humanitarian action. It examines some of the achievements to date and proposes&mdash;based on extensive consultations &mdash; how the future agenda might be defined. Lessons and experiences of what has and has not worked to integrate environment into humanitarian operations are considered, building a case to support timely and consistent mainstreaming of environmental considerations during humanitarian action. The report argues that a failure to integrate will have negative impacts, causing environmental degradation and destruction, and ultimately lessening the survival and recovery prospects for the victims of conflict and disasters.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:52:53 GMT

Getting caught with our plants down: the risks of a global crop yield slowdown from climate trends in the next two decades

<p>This paper argues that climate change could have a large impact on crop yields and food security.</p><p>This paper estimates the risks that climate trends over the next 10 or 20 years could have large impacts on global yields of wheat and maize, with a focus on scenarios that would cut the expected rates of yield gains in half. The paper also finds that global warming has also greatly increased the chance of climate trends large enough to halve yield trends over a 10 year period, with a roughly 1 in 4 chance for maize and 1 in 6 chance for wheat. Estimated risks are slightly larger when using climate projections from a large ensemble of a single climate model that more fully explores internal climate variability, than a multi-model ensemble that more fully explores model uncertainty.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:36:52 GMT

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

<p>This report assesses the vulnerability to climate change of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.</p><p>It argues that cities must be at the centre of efforts to address the challenge of climate change, both to mitigate its causes and to adapt to its anticipated effects. This is because in urban areas, with higher population density, climate change will exacerbate and compound existing climate vulnerabilities, especially for the urban poor. It highlights that in Papua New Guinea urban populations are often located in hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. The report argues that the poorest are almost always the most vulnerable, as they have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:26:53 GMT

Global-to-local modelling of land use dynamics in Vietnam

<p>This paper presents the preliminary results of two hypothetical futures for Vietnam, a High Climate Impact and a High Economic Growth Scenario.</p><p>The results of the study are taken to show that the structure of the Vietnamese economy, land distribution, and the composition of the food consumption basket are little affected by the scenarios. Impacts are, however, visible across sectors, with important inter-sectoral linkages between primary and processing industrial sectors. For example, climate change, primarily modelled via yields, is shown to slow down the economy. An increased demand for land by crops at the cost of livestock and commercial (production) forestry pushes up land prices with knock-on effects for the rest of the economy. Food security deteriorates across the globe and in Vietnam, with substitution towards cheaper imports. Pursuing higher economic growth by increasing yields and technological progress in manufacturing and agriculture sectors can turn these developments around and minimise land price increases.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:08:55 GMT

Energy and water: the vital link for a sustainable future

<p>Access to water and energy of the right quality and at an affordable price underpins poverty eradication and improved health. Water is used in energy production and energy in the provision of and treatment of water. However, if we don&rsquo;t manage the water resources wisely, the possibility to secure energy for all is at risk. The global demand for freshwater is under-going rapid changes and is projected to grow by 55 per cent between 2000 and 2050.</p><p>The chapters in this paper were prepared for World Water Week 2014, and titles include:</p><ul><li><p>Water and energy: a necessary evolution from dialogue to partnership?</p></li><li><p>The growing thirst for energy: is shale gas part of the solution, or part of the problem</p></li><li><p>Sustainable hydropower in the context of water and energy security</p></li><li><p>Forest, water, and carbon storage: creating synergies and balancing trade-offs in view of climate change</p></li><li><p>Water and energy in the urban setting</p></li><li><p>For better, for worse: the eternal interdependence of energy and water</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 09:45:32 GMT

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

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

28 Aug 2014 09:52:34 GMT

Urban development: structured learning guide

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

28 Aug 2014 09:42:49 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2014 11:19:12 GMT

Climate change and human health in cities

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

27 Aug 2014 10:49:58 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2014 10:28:59 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2014 17:00:33 GMT

Governing extreme droughs: enabling community-based aaptation in Marathwada

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

26 Aug 2014 16:19:40 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2014 16:14:41 GMT

Community-based adaptation and differential vulnerability

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

26 Aug 2014 16:09:34 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2014 16:00:58 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2014 15:39:42 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2014 15:11:55 GMT

Climate change, food security and trade linkages in South Asia

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

23 Aug 2014 09:02:47 GMT

Assessing the costs of climate change and adaptation in South Asia

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

21 Aug 2014 15:54:26 GMT

How healthy are the children of Indian Sundarbans?

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

21 Aug 2014 15:26:47 GMT

Temporal Change Detection (2001-2008) Study of Sundarban

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

21 Aug 2014 15:08:52 GMT

Indian Sundarbans Delta: a vision

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

21 Aug 2014 14:50:31 GMT

Learning the hard way? Adapting to climate risk in Tanzania

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

20 Aug 2014 20:05:26 GMT

Cross-sectoral approaches help build water resilience – reflections

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

13 Aug 2014 13:43:36 GMT

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

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

13 Aug 2014 13:33:49 GMT

Norway's fair share of an ambitious climate effort

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

13 Aug 2014 08:54:48 GMT

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

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

12 Aug 2014 16:31:48 GMT

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

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

12 Aug 2014 16:17:01 GMT

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

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

12 Aug 2014 16:02:30 GMT

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

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

12 Aug 2014 15:43:21 GMT

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

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

12 Aug 2014 15:21:08 GMT

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

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

12 Aug 2014 15:09:49 GMT

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

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

12 Aug 2014 09:50:23 GMT

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

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

07 Aug 2014 09:31:28 GMT

What drives wind and solar energy investment in India and China

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

06 Aug 2014 15:29:49 GMT

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

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

05 Aug 2014 13:59:51 GMT

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

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

05 Aug 2014 13:50:00 GMT

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

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

05 Aug 2014 12:52:41 GMT

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

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

05 Aug 2014 12:34:31 GMT

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

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

04 Aug 2014 15:43:24 GMT

The IPCC and treatment of uncertainties: topics and sources of dissensus

<p>The researchers for this paper reviewed published literature that outline disagreement or dissensus on the guidance note in the IPCC assessment process, structured as three distinct topics. First, whether the procedure is reliable and leads to robust results. Second, whether the broad scope of diverse problems, epistemic approaches, and user perspectives allow for consistent and appropriate application. Third, whether the guidance note is adequate for the purpose of communicating clear and relevant information to users. Overall, the researchers found greater emphasis placed on problems arising from the procedure and purpose of the assessment, rather than the scope of application. The paper argues that,&nbsp;since a procedure needs to be appropriate for its purpose and scope, a way forward entails not only making deliberative processes more transparent to control biases.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:55:22 GMT

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

<p>This executive summary highlights that Africa&rsquo;s climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt. It argues that climate change will have widespread impacts on African society and Africans&rsquo; interaction with the natural environment. These include an effect on food security, water availability and human health. The report explores these impacts in more depth and argues that, given the interdependence between countries in today&rsquo;s world, the impacts of climate change on resources or commodities in one place will have far-reaching effects on prices, supply chains, trade, investment and political relations in other places. Thus, climate change will progressively threaten economic growth and human security.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:49:32 GMT

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Lami Town, Republic of Fiji

<p>This abridged report looks at the climate vulnerability of Lami Town in the Republic of Fiji. Urban communities in Fiji are located in highly hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. The poorest people have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster.</p><p>This report gives an overview of Fiji and the city of Lami Town. It also explores city wide vulnerability, the vulnerability of people, places and sections, identifies some key adaptation options and offers some recommendations for practical actions.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:39:32 GMT

Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience (Human Development Report 2014)

<p>This report makes the case that the sustained enhancement of individuals&rsquo; and societies&rsquo; capabilities is necessary to reduce persistent vulnerabilities &ndash; many of them structural and many of them tied to the life cycle. These include vulnerabilities to climate change and its consequences. The report argues that climate change is one of the most critical challenges to development. It says that the under-provision of climate stability and the manifestation of vulnerability to extreme weather events and food crises have been a recurring threat in different regions of the world. The report argues that urgent actions are needed on this front but that there are some promising actions at the subnational level, but multilateral action is key to a comprehensive approach.</p>

29 Jul 2014 14:07:04 GMT

On-farm treatment options for wastewater, greywater and fecal sludge with special reference to West Africa

<p>This paper focuses on the on-farm treatment of waste water, particularly in West Africa, and argues that while although it can hardly replace conventional treatment, it can contribute to risk reduction, especially if combined with other barriers such as safe irrigation practices and post-harvest crop washing. It argues that &lsquo;small-scale&rsquo; and &lsquo;low cost&rsquo; are not necessarily roadblocks for setting up effective farm-based treatment systems. The larger challenge identified is to understand how best to facilitate any required behaviour change by farmers to adjust their farming practices. It says that participatory on-farm research will be needed to study risk perceptions and awareness, as well as production factors influencing the adoption of treatment options, such as tenure security and additional cost, and land or labour requirements. Interventions which can build on farmers&rsquo; current practices, such as on-farm storage ponds or river bank filtration, will probably have the highest potential of acceptance.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:53:43 GMT

Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context

<p>This training manual provides guidance to train grassroots facilitators to better engage stakeholders and promote equity in forest-based climate change and forest management practices. It aims to extend the practice and process of active participation towards effective engagement, through which equity can be improved. The manual argues that in order to improve the equity conditions in any process, it is critical to understand power dynamics at both the local and global levels and that this is especially relevant in all REDD+ or other forest-based climate change mitigation mechanisms or initiatives for which the parameters and rules are defined at the global, national and local levels but are implemented by communities who have limited opportunities to articulate their views at the different levels and thus limited (if any) room to influence the discourse, the processes or the interventions.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:33:31 GMT

Options of the 2015 agreement under the Durban Platform process: focusing on legal form of the agreement, nationally determined contributions, and finance

<p>This research report focuses on the 2015 international climate change agreement and the Durban Platform. It looks at the results of an online questionnaire carried out in January 2014. The Durban Platform decision reached at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Durban, South Africa. It launched &quot;a new process to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC,&quot; which would be &quot;applicable to all Parties.&quot;</p><p>The survey focused on the legal form or legal architecture of the 2015 agreement, as well as the legal nature of commitments related to mitigation and finance. Most respondents expected the agreement package to include a legal instrument such as a protocol and a series of non-legal instruments such as COP decisions. The report groups responses into six types of agreement packages.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:24:37 GMT

Green economies in the Caribbean: Perspectives, priorities and an action learning agenda

<p>This paper summarises early explorations by the Green Economy Action Learning Group (GE ALG), which aims to help governments and other stakeholders develop a practical Caribbean vision of an inclusive and resilient &lsquo;green&rsquo; economy. It highlights that growing financial, climate and social challenges in the Caribbean have sparked the search for new economic pathways that would better serve the region. The paper brings together background papers from ALG members, showcasing regional, national, local and sector perspectives on green economy progress, needs and prospects. An &lsquo;action learning&rsquo; agenda is proposed as a way to evolve green economy pathways in three areas: SMMEs; &lsquo;triple bottom line&rsquo; reporting across public and private sectors; and multi-stakeholder mechanisms for developing green economy policy.</p>

29 Jul 2014 13:07:54 GMT

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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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Global Forum on Environment 2014 - New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food-Nexus

The Forum will be held on 27-28 November 2014 in Paris and has identified three areas that can contribute to more integrated policy-making: improving knowledge of the interactions between the different dimensions; sending the right policy and price signals to users and financiers; and plugging the nexus into the broader development agenda, in particular in the context of post-2015 discussions.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:29:00 GMT

The water challenge: OECD's response

Without new policies, by 2050, freshwater availability will be further strained, with 2.3 billion more people than today projected to be living in river basins experiencing severe water stress. Just news: The OECD is participating in the Stockholm World Water Week from 31 August-5 September 2014.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Think Green: education and environmental awareness

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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08:00 GMT

Productivity measurement with natural capital and bad outputs

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

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:20:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:48:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:08:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:56:00 GMT

Moving beyond rhetoric: Responsibility in practice

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

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:08:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Expert Workshop on Adaptation Financing and Implementation, June 2014

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

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:25:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:07:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:58:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Air pollution, the invisible killer - Insights Blog

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:22:00 GMT

Material resources, productivity and the environment

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

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

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:56:00 GMT

Climate Resilience in Development Planning: Experiences in Colombia and Ethiopia

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

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development

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

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:56:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:04:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Video: How should governments prepare for floods?

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

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

Environment at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:26:00 GMT

OECD biotechnology newsletter updates

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Insights Blog: OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:57:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:40:00 GMT

OECD Programme on Water Governance

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:06:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:25:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Environment Action Programme Task Force: 2013 annual meeting

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:32:00 GMT

National policy dialogue (NPD) in Turkmenistan

NPD in Turkmenistan

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:24:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

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

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

Responding to key well-being challenges in Austria

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

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:34:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

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

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:51:00 GMT

Avoiding death by diesel, blog post by Simon Upton

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

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:37:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Why biodiversity matters

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

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

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Программа «EaP GREEN»: Первое заседание Координационного комитета

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

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

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

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

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

World Water Day: Big problems but there are solutions

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

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:53:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

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

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Green Growth in Africa Workshop January 15-18 2013: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future

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

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Environmental Innovation in Germany - Environment Working Paper No. 53

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

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:44:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

UN Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18)

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

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

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

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Is there life on Mars?

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

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:49:00 GMT

COP11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:16:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

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

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

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

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:31:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Is this as good as it gets?

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

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 17:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:32:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

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

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

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

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Durban Climate Change Conference

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

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

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

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

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

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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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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China factory growth misses forecast

China's manufacturing activity misses expectations in August, indicating that the country's economy may be losing momentum.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:13:05 GMT

Barclays sells Spanish businesses

Barclays Bank sells Spanish businesses for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:00:37 GMT

UK businesses 'want new EU deal'

Most British businesses want the UK to renegotiate its relationship with the EU, according to a British Chambers of Commerce survey.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:58:18 GMT

Airport expansion 'critical' for UK

A single, larger hub airport where passengers can transfer to a range of destinations - is "critical" to the UK's long-term economic growth, says the CBI.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:43:31 GMT

Russian rouble falls to new low

The Russian rouble falls to a record low against the dollar as investors fear further sanctions against the nation.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:59:01 GMT

Brazil's economy enters recession

A contraction of 0.6% in Brazil's economy between April and June, and a revision of the first quarter, places the country in recession, latest figures show.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:54:17 GMT

India's growth hits two year high

India's economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:52:51 GMT

IMF voices 'confidence' in Lagarde

The International Monetary Fund reaffirms its support for its leader Christine Lagarde despite her being investigated in a high-profile case in France.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:08:23 GMT

Euro inflation nears five-year low

The eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3% in August, near a five-year low, adding to fears of a deflationary spiral in the region.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:53:36 GMT

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:31:24 GMT

Tesco shares drop on profit warning

Shares in the struggling supermarket Tesco fall to an 11-year low after the group cut its profit forecast and dividend.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:50:11 GMT

Russia warns of Ukraine gas shortage

Russia sees a risk that winter gas shortages could force Ukraine to divert supplies of Russian gas meant for EU customers.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:22:48 GMT

Japan's economy signals weakness

Japan's economy shows signs of stagnation and weakness as households spent less and factory output stays flat in July.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:11:54 GMT

Virgin Australia trebles losses

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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:41:26 GMT

Google trials drone deliveries

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:23 GMT

US economic growth revised upwards

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:40:57 GMT

EU widens aid to dairy exporters

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:46:22 GMT

VIDEO: Lesotho's water is 'liquid gold'

Could the water resources in Lesotho pull its people out of poverty? Lerato Mbele reports.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:54:44 GMT

VIDEO: Israel tourism feels the strain

Israeli hoteliers are demanding millions of dollars in compensation from the state over the Gaza conflict, and Palestinian businesses are also suffering.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:27:56 GMT

VIDEO: What next for worker pay in Asia?

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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:13:12 GMT

VIDEO: Is video gaming a spectator sport?

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

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:20:03 GMT

VIDEO: Russia ban bites Polish apple crop

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

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:11:38 GMT

VIDEO: From mountaineer to tour operator

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

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:52:09 GMT

VIDEO: Venezuela to fingerprint shoppers

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

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:21:32 GMT

VIDEO: The beer hunter of Mauritius

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

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:11:10 GMT

High-powered hairdryers under threat

High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:01:07 GMT

The etiquette of reclining seats on flights

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

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:11:32 GMT

McDonald's in Moscow court appeal

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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:17:54 GMT

Alibaba profits up ahead of flotation

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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:13:35 GMT

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:47:41 GMT

Germanwings pilots set to strike

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:04:11 GMT

France's jobless total rises again

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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:01:03 GMT

Germany to fight 'benefit tourism'

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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:50:44 GMT

Investments in Zimbabwe 'plunging'

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

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:26:58 GMT

South Africa economy avoids recession

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

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:22:04 GMT

Cast of South African soap sacked

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

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:41:47 GMT

Malaysia Airlines expects more losses

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:31 GMT

Qantas reports record annual loss

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:24:28 GMT

Philippines sees economy pick up

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:31:10 GMT

Rangers confirm £4m share issue plan

Rangers make new shares available to current shareholders and admit poor uptake could hinder payments to creditors.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:56:51 GMT

England Women's Sevens turn pro

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

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:03:37 GMT

Villa appoint Fox as chief executive

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

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:24:55 GMT

Could your clothing save your life?

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

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:03:09 GMT

Galileo: We know where you are

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

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:10:12 GMT

Windows XP upgrade proves tricky

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

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:11:45 GMT

Cleaning up Mali's rubbish

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

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:02:37 GMT

From mountaineer to tour operator

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

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:19:31 GMT

Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs

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

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:51 GMT

Russia to start car scrappage scheme

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

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:24:10 GMT

UK car production rises in July

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

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:44:44 GMT

China fines 12 Japan car parts firms

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

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:59:19 GMT

Smile please, but hold your breath

Smile please, but hold your breath

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:23:44 GMT

How do you break up an 'old lady'?

How do you safely scrap an 'old lady'?

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:02:57 GMT

World War One: Industrial innovation and suspicion

What industry learned from World War One

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:38:23 GMT

Has the humble password had its day?

What new technologies can reliably establish our identities?

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:33:44 GMT

Georgian wines toast EU sales boost

Why Georgia's winemakers hope to boost EU sales

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:57:19 GMT

Can Qantas fix its financial troubles?

Can Qantas fix its financial troubles?

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:22 GMT

Chile launches its biggest wind farm

Energy-hungry Chile launches its biggest wind farm

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:26:18 GMT

Tunisia's first video games boss

'I want to build something with a global reach'

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:01:11 GMT

Celebrating the joy of craftsmanship

The Italian city that as been making violins for centuries

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:01:10 GMT

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Various projects enhance tourist potential in Duqm

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Special Economic Zone at Duqm is witnessing implementation of many tourism projects that strengthen the potentials of the zone to attract tourists and i...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:38:08 GMT

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

(MENAFN - Arab News) BEIRUT: Clashes erupted between Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels and UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampm...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:32:51 GMT

World's first digital currency from Ecuador central bank

(MENAFN - Arab News) QUITO: Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank which some analysts believe could be a first ste...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:32:50 GMT

Morocco keeps flying to Ebola-hit states in 'solidarity'

(MENAFN - AFP) Morocco, the last country to maintain regular scheduled flights to Ebola-hit nations after Air France halted departures, is carrying on through "solidarity", an airl...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:34:54 GMT

Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

(MENAFN - Arab News) KYOTO Japan: Closing in on his 104th birthday a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt telling him:...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:28:03 GMT

Cricket: Sri Lanka overpower Pakistan to win ODI series

(MENAFN - Arab News) DAMBULLA: Seamer Thisara Perera claimed 4-34 and Tillakartane Dilshan hit an unbeaten 50 as Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by seven wickets in the final one-dayer...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:27:55 GMT

EU's Barroso warns Ukraine crisis near 'point of no return'

(MENAFN - Arab News) BRUSSELS: EU Commission head Jose Manual Barroso warned on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was reaching the point of no return after reports Russian troops...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:27:48 GMT

Egypt court gives 8 Brotherhood leaders life sentences

(MENAFN - Arab News) CAIRO: A Cairo court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie and seven others to life in prison on charges of planning riots murder an...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:27:40 GMT

Ruthless activities of IS 'against islamic principles'

(MENAFN - Arab News) KOZHIKODE: The ISIS or their self proclaimed Khalifates/Islamic state does not represent Islam by any means Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed general secretary of All In...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:25:34 GMT

Watania regulators approve selling 60.53 percent stake

(MENAFN) Takaful Co (Watania) said that UAE regulators had approved the sale of 60.53 percent of the firm to MB UAE Investments and an affiliate of MB, The Peninsula Qatar reported...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:20:53 GMT

Qatar Airways orders 80 Airbus A350 XWB jets

(MENAFN) Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350 xtra widebody aircraft, which are set to be delivered before the end of this year, Khaleej Times reported.The A350 MSN005 develop...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:20:20 GMT

Flydubai's network covers 80 destinations

(MENAFN) Flydubai announced the addition of three new East African routes, bringing the total number of destinations in the carrier"s network to 80, Khaleej Times reported.With the...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:19:45 GMT

Four int'l firms bid Saudi Aramco's project

(MENAFN) Four companies have expressed interest in bidding for work on Aramco"s gas project in Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom encourages plans to develop challenging shale deposits, A...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:19:13 GMT

Back to school: Students aim to scale new heights

(MENAFN - Arab News) An estimated 5.6 million boys and girls will go to school in the Kingdom when schools reopen after the summer and Ramadan vacations on Sunday.In a statement to...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:54:41 GMT

Al-Asheikh: Name and shame fraudsters

(MENAFN - Arab News) Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh called for drafting a list of those who are involved in forging real estate deeds valued at SR400 billion. 'Their names shoul...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:54:38 GMT

Sharif denies asking army to mediate

(MENAFN - Arab News) ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has denied asking army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have ca...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:54:35 GMT

Domestic aides: KSA team in Lanka talks

(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia has offered its expertise in training Sri Lankan domestic aides to hone their skills before they come for employment in the Kingdom.Saad Al-Badaah...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:54:32 GMT

KSA 'does not fund or support IS murderers'

(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia had not and would not support or fund criminals who have unleashed a reign of terror in many areas of the region said Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf th...

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:54:29 GMT

Freed Pak academic taught Taleban captors' kids

(MENAFN - Arab News) PESHAWAR: A Pakistani academic freed after four years in Taleban captivity on Friday told how he taught the militants' children maths and English and met their...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:26 GMT

Aussie premier to visit India for 'uranium deal'

(MENAFN - Arab News) SYDNEY: Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday he will visit India next week where he will reportedly sign an agreement allowing the export of uran...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:26 GMT

Lankans to get their own 'Bridge on River Kwai'

(MENAFN - Arab News) KITULGALA: Its detonation is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history.Now 57 years after it was blown to smithereens authorities in Sri Lanka plan to reb...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:25 GMT

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal

(MENAFN - Arab News) DAKAR/CONAKRY: The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday while riots broke out in ...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:24 GMT

UK raises terror threat level to severe

(MENAFN - Arab News) LONDON: Britain raised the country's terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely. Home Se...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:23 GMT

Pro-Russia separatists in control of coastal town

(MENAFN - Arab News) NOVOAZOVSK Ukraine: Pro-Russia separatists relaxed and well-equipped held firm control on Friday of the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk a day after Ukrain...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:22 GMT

Two Filipinos sentenced to death in Vietnam

(MENAFN - Arab News) HANOI: A Philippine man and woman have been sentenced to death in Vietnam for smuggling nearly five kilograms of cocaine into the communist country reports sai...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:21 GMT

7 NATO allies to create new rapid reaction forcereport

(MENAFN - Arab News) BRUSSELS Belgium: Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defenses in response to...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:20 GMT

United Nations slams 'brutal' killings in Iraq

(MENAFN - Arab News) NUSA DUA Indonesia/UN: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed 'brutal killings of civilians' by IS rebels in northern Iraq saying the group was tea...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:11 GMT

Libyan interim government submits resignation

(MENAFN - Arab News) TRIPOLI Libya: Libya's interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected Parliament it said on Friday raising the possibility that a more inclu...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:10 GMT

World pressurizes Hamas to disarm

(MENAFN - Arab News) GAZA CITY Palestine: Prospects of a final deal on a long-term Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas were seen as shaky on Friday after its leader ruled out Israe...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:09 GMT

Turkey's PM announces new government

(MENAFN - Arab News) ANKARA: Turkey's new government with PM Ahmet Davutoglu at the helm wasted no time in the formation of the newly-minted Cabinet which was announced less than 2...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:09 GMT

US has no military strategy 'yet' for IS

(MENAFN - Arab News) DAMASCUS/WASHINGTON: The number of refugees from the conflict in Syria now tops three million the UN said Friday as US President Barack Obama admitted he still...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:08 GMT

UN was told Golan peacekeepers seized 'for their protection'

(MENAFN - Arab News) UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Friday said it had been informed that the Islamist militants who seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Go...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:07 GMT

Etihad Airways begins new ambulance service for employees

(MENAFN - Arab News) An ambulance service for Etihad Airways began operations in Abu Dhabi Thursday as part of the airline's commitment to provide world-class medical emergency res...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:05 GMT

Alissa Universal Motors wins gold award for aftersales services

(MENAFN - Arab News) Alissa Universal Motors the official agent of Isuzu Motors in Riyadh won the gold award for aftersales services in the Middle East and the Gulf. It was present...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:04 GMT

Carrera returns in enriched lady collection

(MENAFN - Arab News) A half-century after its dramatic arrival on the motor-racing scene the Carrera returns in an enriched lady collection more feminine than ever .The new Carrera...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:04 GMT

Mazagan BeachGolf Resort targets Saudi tourists with summer packages

(MENAFN - Arab News) On the sidelines of the recent Ministerial Discussion Forum on the future of tourism in MENA region Moroccan Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said that Morocco w...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:03 GMT

Home Centre offers back to school decor solutions

(MENAFN - Arab News) As students gear up to make a fresh start in the new academic year Home Centre offers a new back to school collection which includes useful merchandise in room...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:02 GMT

FMP introduces new Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos to Saudi market

(MENAFN - Arab News) Future Modern Products (FMP) a major distributor in Saudi Arabia of Samsung Electronics Company Ltd.'s mobiles claimed to be a global leader in digital media ...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:01 GMT

Zad National to build sweets factory at KAEC

(MENAFN - Arab News) King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) recently announced a new land plot signing with Zad National Ltd. for the purchase of 22000 sqm in KAEC's Industrial Valley-...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:00 GMT

Philippine economy rebounds joins Asia top performers

(MENAFN - Arab News) MANILA: The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia authorities sai...

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:28:37 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:43:00 GMT

OECD and China expand cooperation in PISA education programme

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

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, August 2014

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

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:02:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:22:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 29 July 2014

OECD annual inflation stable at 2.1% in June 2014

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, first quarter 2014, OECD

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

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:45:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:30:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Governments must address the vulnerability of social institutions, OECD says

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:33:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.4% in May 2014

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:52:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, July 2014

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

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:39:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:59:00 GMT

Small businesses continue to face finance constraints despite economic recovery

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:46:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 July 2014

OECD annual inflation edges up to 2.1% in May 2014

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Smarter research spending would boost French innovation, says OECD

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

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:48:00 GMT

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

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

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:59:00 GMT

Andorra commits to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:47:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:37:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:01:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - First quarter of 2014, OECD

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:21:00 GMT

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

Modest decline in OECD unemployment rate in April 2014

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, June 2014

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

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Mongolia should persist with systematic anti-corruption reforms

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:49:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

Tajikistan should step up its fight against corruption

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:43:00 GMT

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 17:34:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 12:41:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 20 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 15 May 2014 17:23:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.5% in March 2014

Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, May 2014

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:00 GMT

Clarification on media reports regarding 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 May 2014

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

Fri, 09 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Countries commit to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:40:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:38:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:32:00 GMT

International community continues making progress on tax transparency

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:38:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Governments endorse new OECD Guidelines on applying VAT across borders

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment increases to 7.6% in February 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2014

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:00 GMT

Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

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

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:36:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 April 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.4% in February 2014

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Sovereign borrowing set to fall in 2014, says OECD

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

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:25:00 GMT

Inclusive Growth and Urbanisation in China

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:59:00 GMT

China: Structural reforms for inclusive growth

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

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:51:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:22:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:52:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 March 2014

OECD annual inflation increases slightly to 1.7% in January 2014

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:52:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Norway launches Wednesday 5 March 2014

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

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:34:00 GMT

OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 launches in Berlin

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

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:32:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

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

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:04:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:47:00 GMT

OECD delivers new single global standard on automatic exchange of information

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

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.6% in December 2013

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:45:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:27:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:36:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:41:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2014

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:58:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 February 2014

OECD annual inflation nudges up to 1.6% in December 2013

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:02:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:44:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Hungary launches Monday 27 January 2014

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

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Employment situation, third quarter 2013, OECD

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

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:44:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:00 GMT

OECD appoints new directors for economic policy

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

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Denmark launches Monday 20 January 2014

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:01:00 GMT

Russian economy growing but further reforms needed, says OECD

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in November 2013.

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Norway high up the aid donor table but could improve allocation

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:28:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, January 2014

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 January 2014

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:08:00 GMT

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

OECD Unit labour costs stable in the third quarter of 2013

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:38:00 GMT

Tax revenues continue to rise across the OECD

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:12:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:14:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:46:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Israel launches Sunday 8 December 2013

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Slovenia joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Making fiscal decentralisation work

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

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Forum moves towards automatic exchange of tax information and transparency

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

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A boost to transparency and international tax co-operation

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:34:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Switzerland launches Thursday 21 November 2013

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

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:11:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General welcomes Liechtenstein’s moves toward transparency

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Governments can do more to regain trust, says OECD report

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

France : Reinforcing competitiveness is key to boosting jobs and growth

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:00 GMT

Hungary deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:23:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD to launch PISA test for schools in England in 2014

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Andorra deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan should be more proactive against corruption

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombia’s accession process

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Chile strengthening international tax co-operation, OECD says

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

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:30:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombian accession process in Bogotá on 25 October

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:07:00 GMT

Poland joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:58:00 GMT

New Zealand not immune from foreign bribery, says OECD

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Latvia’s membership

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

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Switzerland signs Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:21:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Press Conference: Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia 2014

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica signs OECD agreement to boost investment

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

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT

England should expand provision of postsecondary vocational programmes, says OECD

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

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Colombia’s Membership

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:36:00 GMT

OECD countries address the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:55:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows, OECD says

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

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:34:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Ireland launches Thursday 12 September 2013

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:35:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:16:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:08:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:45:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Interim Economic Assessment

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:29:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

OECD appoints new Deputy Secretary-General

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD, ILO call on G20 labour ministers to reinforce cooperation

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

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

В преддверии совещания министров труда стран Группы двадцати в Москве МОТ и ОЭСР представят обновленные данные о ситуации на рынках труда этих стран.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:44:00 GMT

OECD and ILO to release labour market update ahead of G20 Labour Ministerial in Moscow

The OECD and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will publish updated G20 labour market data on Wednesday 17 July 2013 ahead of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Moscow.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Business start-up rates remain sluggish, new OECD data shows

Business start-up rates remain below pre-crisis levels – particularly in the Euro area – indicating that entrepreneurs may continue to be suffering from restrictive lending conditions, according to new OECD data released in the latest issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT

More competition essential for future of mobile innovation, says OECD

OECD countries must ensure mobile markets remain open and competitive in order to sustain innovation and meet rising demand for data services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Launch of OECD's Employment Outlook 2013 - Paris, Tuesday 16 July 2013

Ahead of the G20 Labour Ministers’ Meeting in Moscow on 17 July, the OECD will release the Employment Outlook 2013 at 11.00 CET/Paris time on Tuesday 16 July 2013.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:48:00 GMT

OECD: Postsecondary education key to maintaining global standing of U.S. workforce

The United States should improve postsecondary career and technical training provisions to help students transition smoothly into education programs and the labor market, according to a new OECD report published today.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: July 2013

The OECD unemployment rate was stable at 8.0% in April 2013, unchanged from the previous month.

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:24:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery Elects New Chair

The OECD Working Group on Bribery has designated Slovenian national Drago Kos to serve as the Group’s new Chair.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, July 2013

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to diverging patterns across major economies. The CLIs point to moderate improvements in growth in most major OECD economies but in large emerging economies the CLIs point towards stabilising or slowing momentum.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

France - a good donor but must ensure that poor countries get the aid they need

France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion in 2012, making it the 4th largest member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in terms of the volume of aid. However, this represents 0.46% of French Gross National Income (GNI) – below France’s international commitment. The review recommends that France plan to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio as soon as possible.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Advanced vocational training in Germany provides sought-after skills but needs compulsory standards in teaching and examination

The transition from school to work in Germany is remarkably smooth. An excellent vocational education and training (VET) system ensures that young people are well-prepared when they enter the labour market and can find jobs that match their qualifications.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:15:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

Real GDP in the OECD area rose by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with flat growth registered in the previous quarter. Private consumption was the main contributor to overall GDP growth with 0.3 percentage point, while net exports and stockbuilding contributed 0.1 percentage point each.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD report on vocational training in Austria calls for continued diversity and increased co-ordination

There are few OECD countries where vocational education and training (VET) is held in such high regard or takes so many forms as in Austria. Some 60 percent of young Austrians aged between 25 and 34 have completed a VET course below tertiary level (vocational school or technical college).

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:19:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Austrian economy recovering, but trade-offs on the horizon, OECD says

Austria has achieved high levels of economic growth and well-being, but must address serious demographic, environmental and globalisation challenges if future generations are to share the same prosperity, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Austria.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 July 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.5% in the year to May 2013 compared with 1.3% in the year to April 2013.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Health spending continues to stagnate, says OECD

After falling sharply in 2010, health spending remained flat across OECD countries in 2011 as the economic crisis continued to have an impact, particularly in those European countries hardest hit by the crisis, according to OECD Health Data 2013.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Value of education rises in crisis but investment in this area is falling, says OECD

The jobs gap between well-educated young people and those who left school early has continued to widen during the crisis. A good education is the best insurance against a lack of work experience, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Norway should improve incentives to encourage people to work longer, says OECD

Norway is better placed to cope with population ageing than most other countries. But it could still do more to improve incentives and opportunities for people to stay working longer which would help ensure the country’s long-term future, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:03:00 GMT

Do lobbyists have too much influence?

Do lobbyists have too much influence?OECD headquarters, Paris27 June 2013

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Better civil justice systems can boost investment, competition, innovation and growth, OECD says

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Norge bør styrke insentivene til å jobbe lengre for eldre arbeidstakere, sier OECD

Norge er bedre rustet til å møte aldringen av befolkningen enn de fleste andre land. Mer kan likevel gjøres for å øke mulighetene og insentivene til å jobbe lenger, og dermed styrke landets langsiktige utvikling, ifølge en ny rapport fra OECD.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

Unit labour costs (ULCs) in OECD countries decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with a rise of 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. This was driven by lower growth of labour compensation per unit of labour input (0.3% compared with 0.9% in the previous quarter), and increased labour productivity growth (0.4% compared with minus 0.2%).

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:00 GMT

Portugal needs proactive enforcement to tackle severe foreign bribery risks, says OECD

Portugal’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low. Not a single prosecution has resulted from 15 allegations of Portuguese companies bribing foreign officials in high-risk countries.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Poland needs strategy to meet growing risk of foreign bribery

The current Polish framework for fighting foreign bribery is still inadequate to fully meet foreign bribery risks resulting from Poland’s growing economy, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on health spending in Brussels on 26 June 2013

Public spending on health and long-term care has been rising faster than GDP in the OECD area for several decades. New OECD research suggests that the upward trend now also extends to major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s Education at a Glance 2013 to be published Tuesday 25 June

The 2013 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 25 June 2013.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD reports to G8 on global system of automatic exchange of tax information

The OECD has presented to G8 leaders the steps needed to create a fairer and more transparent global tax system.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:00 GMT

We must take better care of the elderly, say OECD and the European Commission

The number of people over 80 will double by 2050 rising from 3.9% of the population to 9.1% in 2050 across OECD countries and from 4.7% to 11.3% across 27 EU members. Estimates are that up to half of them will need help to cope with their daily needs. Yet even today governments are struggling to deliver high-quality care to elderly people with reduced physical and mental abilities, says a new OECD/EC report, A good life in old age? .

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on civil justice systems in Rome on 21 June 2013

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Migration picking up but rising unemployment hurting immigrants

Migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:01:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2013, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 0.6% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates. However, the aggregate G20 GDP growth rate continues to mask diverging patterns across the world’s largest economies.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD to present work on global food security and agricultural innovation in Brussels Wednesday 19 June 2013, during a seminar hosted by CEPS, from 12h30 to 14h30

Around 850 million people worldwide are undernourished, mostly living on less than a dollar a day. Two-thirds of the world’s poor live in rural areas where farming is the principal economic activity.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Mexico must invest more in disaster risk prevention to support sustainable development

Mexico regularly faces a wide range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tropical storms and floods. Over the years, the National Civil Protection System has improved its institutional and operational preparedness to manage these disruptive events. But more can be done to avoid future losses and at the same time support sustainable economic development.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:30:00 GMT

OECD-FAO预计全球农业生产增速放缓

OECD和FAO发布的新报告指出,预计未来十年全球农业生产年平均增长率为1.5%,与之相比,2003年到2012年的年增长率为2.1%。

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5% a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO today.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook to be released 6 June – news conference in Beijing

How will global agriculture develop over the coming decade and what role will China play? With limited expansion of farmland and rising production costs, will supply be able to keep pace with demand to ensure food security?

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:57:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to action plan to tackle youth joblessness

OECD governments have committed to stepping up their efforts to tackle high youth unemployment and strengthen their education systems to better prepare young people for the world of work.

Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of New Zealand launches Wednesday 5 June 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of New Zealand, to be published on Wednesday 5 June 2013, looks at how the country can build on its growing economic momentum and create more equitable and sustainable long-term growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 17:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

Global economy advancing but pace of recovery varies, says OECD Economic Outlook

The global economy is moving forward, but divergence between countries and regions reflects the uneven progress made toward recovery from the economic crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. Historically high unemployment remains the most serious challenge facing governments.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Austria, Luxembourg and Singapore among countries signing-on to end tax secrecy

As a further sign of international efforts to crack down on tax offenders, 12 more countries have signed, or committed to sign, the OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. In addition, another 6 countries have ratified the Convention.

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT

ОЭСР выпускает в свет версию 3.0 «Индекса лучшей жизни»: удовлетворенность жизнью, здоровье и образование возглавляют рейтинг

Организация Экономического Сотрудничества и Развития (ОЭСР) представляет версию 3.0 новаторского Индекса лучшей жизни (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org ) – интерактивного онлайн-инструмента, который позволяет создать собственный индекс лучшей жизни в соответствии с приоритетностью каждого из 11 аспектов, которые ОЭСР определила как важнейшие составляющие благосостояния.

Tue, 28 May 2013 20:54:00 GMT

OECD launches Better Life Index 3.0: Life satisfaction, health, education top list

The OECD today launched a 3.0 version of its pioneering Better Life Index, an interactive tool that allows people to create their own index according to their priorities in 11 areas that the OECD has identified as essential for well-being. The updated version contains the latest underlying statistics, country data, user findings and a translation into Spanish.

Tue, 28 May 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Statistics: Experts to continue work of Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on measuring progress

A High Level Expert Group is to be set up to continue the work of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Tue, 28 May 2013 15:23:00 GMT

New approach to globalisation and global value chains needed to boost growth and jobs, says OECD

Technological advances, less costly shipping and trade liberalisation have transformed the way in which companies make products and distribute them worldwide. Governments that become more open to trade and investment, and encourage innovation will help firms better integrate the global value chains that are driving growth in increasingly interconnected economies, according to new OECD research.

Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Thu, 23 May 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Russia: Progress made in improving the quality of official statistics but challenges remain

Russia’s official statistics are compiled with a high a degree of professionalism and now have a solid legal basis, but their scope, timeliness and international comparability needs to be improved, according to an initial assessment by the OECD.

Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02:00 GMT

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

Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, after a 0.3% increase in the previous quarter. This is the first contraction of GDP in the OECD area since the very sharp decline in the first quarter of 2009 (minus 2.3%).

Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:00 GMT

Tax Commissioners unite to fight tax fraud

The Forum on Tax Administration - Tax Commissioners from 45 countries - has been meeting in Moscow for the past two days. And released this comuniqué.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary General to participate in ITF Summit 22 May 2013 in Leipzig

The OECD will present its latest work on achieving sustainable transportation during the International Transport Forum’s annual Summit on Wednesday 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

Wed, 15 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Mexico launches Thursday 16 May 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Mexico, to be published on Thursday 16 May 2013, looks at how structural reforms carried out over the past few years have improved the country’s economic performance and increased its resilience in the face of external shocks.

Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Forum on Tax Administration

Ritz Carlton, Moscow, 16 – 17 May 2013

Tue, 14 May 2013 14:04:00 GMT

Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest

Income inequality increased by more in the first three years of the crisis to the end of 2010 than it had in the previous twelve years, before factoring in the effect of taxes and transfers on income, according to new OECD data.

Tue, 14 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Rotterdam/Amsterdam: competing in the global economy

Monday 13th May 2013, 14:30 – 15:30Hotel New York, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Fri, 10 May 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Portuguese Prime Minister to visit OECD

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho addressed the OECD Council of Ambassadors and met with senior OECD officials to discuss ways to boost productivity, improve skills and create jobs, and the role of the state in supporting inclusive growth.

Thu, 09 May 2013 18:19:00 GMT

Australia: Can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently

Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income. It is the eighth most generous country in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors. Australia’s goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 – a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy.

Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Korea should boost support for laid-off workers

Korea should strengthen its social safety net and improve support for laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 18:04:00 GMT

Italia: il nuovo Governo deve proseguire sulla scia delle recenti riforme

L'Italia ha compiuto notevoli progressi rafforzando le finanze pubbliche e adottando una vasta serie di riforme destinate ad incoraggiare la crescita economica. Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell'OCSE, il nuovo Governo deve garantire il rafforzamento di tali progressi e il perseguimento della medesima strada.

Thu, 02 May 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Belgium launches Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Brussels

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Belgium, to be published on Tuesday 7 May 2013, looks at the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis and actions that can help it boost growth and create jobs.

Thu, 02 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Italy: New government must build on recent reforms

Italy has made considerable progress in strengthening its public finances and adopting wide-ranging reforms to boost economic growth. The new government must build on past achievements and ensure that they are sustained and reinforced, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

The OECD awards first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows for education quality and equity

The OECD has named four researchers as the first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows: João Galvão Bacchetto, of Brazil; Przemysław Biecek of Poland; Gabriela Miranda Moriconi of Brazil; and William Schmidt of the United States.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Увеличение вложений в инфраструктуру и инновации поможет значительно расширить аграрный сектор Казахстана, согласно ОЭСР

Повышение конкурентоспособности казахстанского аграрного сектора, как часть более широкой задачи диверсификации национальной экономики, требует увеличения инвестиций в транспортную инфраструктуру, аграрную науку, развитие систем безопасности продовольствия, говорится в только что опубликованном обзоре ОЭСР.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Kazakhstan can boost farm sector with investment in infrastructure and innovation, says OECD

Greater investment in transport infrastructure, agricultural research and food safety systems is needed to help Kazakhstan boost the long-term competitiveness of its farm sector and meet wider economic diversification objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of Italy – Thursday 2 May 2013, Rome

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Italy, to be published on Thursday 2 May 2013, looks at the challenges facing the new government and at the steps which need to be taken to strengthen public finances, boost growth and reduce unemployment.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:31:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Reforms essential to make Ireland’s pension system fairer

Ireland should make its pension system simpler and fairer so that everyone gets sufficient income for a decent standard of living in retirement, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Japan is poised for expansion but must curb government debt

Japan is poised for an economic expansion, but long-term growth prospects remain contingent on additional efforts to revitalise the economy and reduce unsustainable levels of public debt, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Financing small business: a key to economic recovery

Access to finance remains a key challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and a stumbling block to recovery in most countries, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:55:00 GMT

OECD reports new developments in tax information exchange

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria has presented a report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that highlights measures to ensure that all taxpayers pay their fair share.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Japan launches Tuesday 23 April 2013 in Tokyo

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan, to be published on Tuesday 23 April 2013, discusses how the country can best meet the challenges of restoring public finances and boosting growth.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Denmark: good hospitals but primary health care must improve

The Danish central government and regions are leading international efforts to reform hospital systems, improving quality and safety by gathering specialists into major hospitals and closing smaller ones.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Strengthen evaluation to improve student learning, says OECD

Education systems around the world are increasingly measuring the performance of teachers and schools as part of their drive to help students do better and improve results. Rising demand for higher education standards and a trend towards greater school autonomy in some countries are among the factors behind this new focus, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency shifts focus to effectiveness of information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (referred to as "the Global Forum"), has released its peer review reports for Belize, Finland, Iceland, Nauru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Malaysia joins OECD agreement on mutual acceptance of chemical safety data

Malaysia has joined the OECD system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, ensuring that its non-clinical safety data related to the protection of human health and the environment will be accepted by all 40 countries adhering to MAD.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Slovenia to be released Tuesday 9 April 2013

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Slovenia – to be published on Tuesday 9 April 2013 - looks at the action needed to pull the country out of recession and tackle the banking crisis. It also looks at improving public finances and strengthening growth over the long term.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:43:00 GMT

Costa Rica refuerza la transparencia fiscal

Costa Rica ha depositado su instrumento de ratificación del Convenio sobre asistencia administrativa mutua en el ámbito de la fiscalidad, el acuerdo multilateral más amplio que existe en lo referente a cooperación fiscal e intercambio de información.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica strengthens tax transparency

Rica has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most comprehensive multilateral agreement available for tax-cooperation and exchange of information.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets

Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. A moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to February 2013, compared with 1.7% in the year to January 2013. This slight increase in the annual rate of inflation masks opposing movements in energy and food prices.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy is improving but Europe lags behind, says OECD

Global economic activity is picking up, but the continuing crisis in the euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise

New data show that across OECD countries the average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 35.6 per cent in 2012. It increased in 19 out of 34 countries, fell in 14, and remained unchanged in 1.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

2013 Global Forum on Development 4-5 April 2013

The OECD’s annual Global Development Forum will focus on ways to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, with Olusengun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, will open the Forum at 13:00 on Thursday 4 April. They will be joined by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committeee, Eric Solheim.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Ireland: Boosting local jobs and growth – international experts meet in Dublin and Kilkenny

Cutting unemployment and fostering new sources of economic growth will be the focus of an international meeting of local development experts and practitioners in Dublin and Kilkenny on the 26 and 27 March 2013.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Speeding up reforms will foster more inclusive and greener growth in China

China has made tremendous progress toward achieving inclusive growth, but major reforms are needed to ensure a fourth decade of rapidly converging living standards and a greener economy, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:09:00 GMT

Regrettably low awareness in the private sector is an obstacle to the fight against foreign bribery in the Czech Republic

The Czech government must urgently engage with the private sector to raise awareness, says a new OECD report. The awareness of the Czech foreign bribery offence remains regrettably low among companies, despite the recent adoption of a comprehensive corporate liability regime that holds Czech companies liable for this crime.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:09:00 GMT

Denmark must investigate foreign bribery more proactively

Denmark’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been weak. Only 13 foreign bribery allegations have surfaced, and sanctions have been imposed in just one case that falls under the Convention. Law enforcement authorities have not been sufficiently proactive, and cases have been prematurely closed without complete investigations. Denmark must take more investigative steps and make greater efforts to gather evidence from abroad.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:58:00 GMT

经合组织称加快改革进程必将促进中国经济增长更加包容更加绿色

经合组织最新一期的《中国经济调查》指出,尽管中国在实现包容性增长方面成效显著,但为确保第四个十年更快地向更高生活水平靠拢,并使经济更加“绿色”,中国仍需采取重大措施深入改革。

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD releases first comprehensive guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives.Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazil: better co-ordination needed to support sustained and equitable growth

Brazil’s economic growth has been supported in recent years by important government investment and social programmes that mobilise resources across the country. These programmes could help Brazil to meet its goals of sustaining economic growth and fostering social development, while reducing regional disparities.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Brasil: é preciso melhorar a coordenação para apoiar o crescimento sustentado e equitativo

Nos últimos anos, o crescimento econômico do Brasil teve o apoio de importantes investimentos e programas sociais do governo, que mobilizaram recursos em todo o país. Esses programas podem ajudar o Brasil a atingir seus objetivos de crescimento econômico sustentado e promover o desenvolvimento social, reduzindo as disparidades regionais.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary-General’s official visit to China (21st - 26th March 2013)

The Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, was in Beijing to attend the China Development Forum, to present the third OECD economic survey of China and to hold bilateral meetings with key representatives of China's authorities, business and academic world.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:05:00 GMT

France must do more to boost competitiveness and create jobs

France has avoided the most severe impacts of the global economic crisis and turmoil in the euro area, but must now take action to boost competitiveness and create jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of China launches Friday 22 March 2013 in Beijing

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China, to be published on Friday 22 March 2013, discusses the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy in recent years and its resilience to the turbulent international environment.

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of France launches Tuesday 19 March 2013 in Paris

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France, to be published on Tuesday 19 March 2013, discusses policies to relaunch the French economy, restore public finances and address the long-term challenges facing the country.

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:28:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Norway should reform its welfare system to help people with mental health issues stay in work

Norway should overhaul its approach to mental health issues in the workplace in order to help more people find a job or stay in work, and cut high and rising public spending, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:35:00 GMT

Sweden: Tackling mental health problems is critical to boosting job prospects of young Swedes

Sweden should make greater efforts to prevent and address mental health problems among people under the age of 30, in order to boost their job prospects and reduce government spending on health care and out-of-work benefits, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Progress made but step up economic reforms to achieve full potential

South Africa must step up efforts to foster strong, inclusive economic growth that creates jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa. Priorities include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms, notably to improve education.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:43:00 GMT

La ripresa post disastro quale opportunità di cambiamento, secondo l’OCSE

Prendendo ad esempio l’Abruzzo, il cui capoluogo, L’Aquila, è stato distrutto da un terremoto quattro anni fà, un nuovo rapporto dell’OCSE raccomanda una serie di misure volte ad accelerare la ripresa delle regioni colpite da catastrofi naturali, rendendole più attrattive per residenti, turisti e investitori.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Recovering from disaster can be an opportunity for change, says OECD

Through the example of Abruzzo, whose capital L’Aquila was destroyed by an earthquake four years ago, a new OECD report recommends policies that can speed the recovery of regions hit by natural disasters, making them more attractive to residents, tourists and investors.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to assist Tunisia in investment reform and infrastructure projects

The OECD, together with the African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, will assist the Tunisian authorities in implementing a new law on public-private partnerships(PPPs)and a new investment code in order to increase transparency, openness and predictability for investors.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:44:00 GMT

OECD government borrowing set to rise slightly in 2013

The gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are projected to increase slightly to around USD 10.9 trillion in 2013, up from the already high level of USD 10.8 trillion in 2012, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho as new members

Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 119th and 120th members of the Global Forum, they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of South Africa launches Monday 4 March 2013 in Pretoria

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa, to be published on Monday 4 March 2013, discusses advances in recent years toward a range of economic and social objectives, as well as further actions needed to achieve the country’s full potential.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:27:00 GMT

OECD urges countries to harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research and save lives

Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Labour market reforms in Denmark must tackle mental health issues

Ongoing reforms of Denmark’s disability benefits and flexjobs are promising, but a stronger focus on helping people with their mental health issues is needed for the reforms to contribute to a sustainable decline in the high rate of unemployment, according to a new OECD report. Past labour market reforms failed because underlying mental health problems of the jobless remained unaddressed.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:48:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Denmark to launch on 25 February 2013 in Copenhagen

The OECD will present its first-ever review of mental health and work challenges in Denmark during a seminar open to media in Copenhagen on Monday 25 February 2013.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:22:00 GMT

«Структурые реформы как никогда ранее важны для уверенного и сбалансированного восстановления экономики», - утверждает ОЭСР

Согласно последнему докладу ОЭСР «На пути к росту» структурные реформы являются для государств мощным инструментом для форсирования экономического роста, создания рабочих мест, и обеспечения быстрого восстановления баланса в экономике.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery

Structural reforms offer governments a powerful tool to boost economic growth, create jobs and bring about a strong and balanced economic recovery, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax

Global solutions are needed to ensure that tax systems do not unduly profit multinational enterprises, leaving citizens and small businesses with bigger tax bills.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment

The amount of cross border portfolio investment exceeds 35 trillion USD. To encourage growth and cross-border investment more than 3000 tax treaties around the world based on the OECD Model reduce source taxation on a reciprocal basis.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Выпуск в свет доклада ОЭСР «На пути к росту 2013»: пресс-конференция 15 февраля в 14.30 в Москве

ОЭСР представит новый выпуск первостепенного экономического доклада «На пути к росту» в пятницу 15 февраля.

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Release of OECD’s Going for Growth 2013: News Briefing on Friday 15 February at 14:30 p.m. in Moscow

The OECD will present the 2013 edition of its flagship economic policy publication Going for Growth on Friday 15 February. This year’s report, which launches on the eve of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Moscow, identifies and assesses progress countries have made on key reforms that can help their economies rebound from the global economic crisis

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:23:00 GMT

OECD Conference on Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness - 13-14 February 2013 – Open to media

Some developed economies now invest more in ideas, skills, software and research and development than in physical capital like machines and buildings. This shift towards knowledge-based capital creates new challenges for governments and business in areas ranging from tax policies and the protection of intellectual property rights to boosting investment in ideas and data.

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:53:00 GMT

UK: Boosting growth and tackling inequality are key to recovery

Britain must continue to pursue pro-growth, as well as inequality-reducing structural reforms in order to recover from the nation’s deepest recession in nearly a century, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Korea must strengthen social cohesion to boost growth and equity, says OECD

Korea should build on its strong economy and well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of a fast-ageing population and to tackle rising income inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Labour migration: Germany is open to graduates but immigration is difficult for medium-skilled workers

Germany is one of the OECD countries with the lowest barriers to immigration for high-skilled workers. However, long-term labour migration is low in comparison with other countries.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Las perspectivas económicas de Colombia son favorables, pero sigue habiendo grandes desafíos, dice la OCDE

Según la última Evaluación económica de Colombia de la OCDE, la economía colombiana es vigorosa y las perspectivas son favorables, pero el país debe esforzarse por lograr que la actual prosperidad debida a las materias primas contribuya al crecimiento sostenible e inclusivo a largo plazo.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

Colombia's economic outlook is strong, but deep challenges remain, OECD says

The Colombian economy is strong and the outlook is promising, but the country must do more to ensure that the ongoing commodities boom contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth over the long-term, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Assessment of Colombia.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of UK Wednesday 6 February 2013 in London

The OECD’s latest economic survey of the United Kingdom, to be published on Wednesday 6 February 2013, looks at some of the major policy challenges facing the country including recovering from recession, boosting growth and reducing inequality.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

OECD report on Social Cohesion in Korea to launch Tuesday 5 February 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will launch a report on social cohesion at an 11.00 a.m. news conference in Korea on Tuesday 5 February 2013.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:50:00 GMT

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation

An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:22:00 GMT

België moet geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen op het werk proactiever aanpakken, zegt de OESO

Belgische bedrijven, ziekenfondsen en arbeidsbemiddelingsdiensten dienen proactiever te zijn om mensen met geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen te helpen aan het werk te blijven of een baan te vinden, volgens een nieuw OESO-rapport.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

Belgium should be more proactive in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, says OECD

Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:03:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Eventos de la OCDE en Colombia

Presentación de la Evaluación Económica, jueves 31 de enero de 2013 en BogotáSeminario sobre la Economía de Colombia, 1 de febrero en la Universidad de los Andes

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:17:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

BLI Brochure Russian Version

BLI Brochure Russian Version

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:21:00 GMT

OECD to launch Russian version of its Better Life Index at the Gaidar Forum

The OECD will participate in the Gaidar Forum in Moscow 16-19 January and will launch the Russian version of its award-winning Better Life Index [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ru/].

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:07:00 GMT

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland should reform funding for professional education and training

Switzerland should reform its funding arrangements for professional education and training system by implementing a new intercantonal funding agreement, and piloting additional funding measures, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

México debe mejorar su gobernabilidad, financiamiento y regulación del agua, dice el Secretario General de la OCDE, Angel Gurría

México enfrenta grandes desafíos en materia de gestión de agua. Para empezar, las cuencas hidrológicas padecen un grave estrés hídrico; la calidad de los ríos, lagos y acuíferos está disminuyendo; mientras que las inundaciones, sequías y huracanes son cada vez más frecuentes.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by absence of foreign bribery convictions in Spain

Spain’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with not a single prosecution out of only seven investigations in 13 years since joining the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Spain must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and strengthen its legal framework for fighting bribery by addressing gaps in its Penal Code, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:40:00 GMT

Netherlands must significantly step up its foreign bribery enforcement, says OECD

The Netherlands is failing to vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and must do more to enforce its foreign bribery laws. Fourteen out of 22 foreign bribery allegations have not triggered the opening of an investigation, calling into question the Netherlands’ ability and proactivity in investigating and prosecuting this crime.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:27:00 GMT

Austria’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak, but could pick up soon says OECD

The OECD Working Group on Bribery regrets that Austria has not had a conviction of bribing foreign public officials despite a number of allegations, 13 years after ratifying the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. However, enforcement appears to be picking up, with one case being tried, two more cases soon to be tried, and four ongoing investigations.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Gesetze gegen Auslandsbestechung in Österreich unzureichend umgesetzt – OECD setzt auf baldige Verbesserung

Die OECD-Arbeitsgruppe gegen Bestechung bedauert, dass in Österreich bisher noch kein Urteil wegen der Bestechung von ausländischen Amtsträgern ergangen ist, obwohl seit der Ratifizierung des entsprechenden OECD-Übereinkommens vor 13 Jahren eine Reihe von Vorwürfen vorlag.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013

OECD and WTO to present new approach for measuring global trade10.00 – 11.00 a.m. 16 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says OECD

Progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, over the past decade but much remains to be done in many countries. Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Competitiveness of the port-city of Marseille-Fos

Wednesday 19 December, 14:00-16:002nd floor of J1 Hangar - IFEP officeClose to the port of Marseille office, place de la Joliette, Marseille

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:28:00 GMT

Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, OECD says

The Australian economy is robust and faces a solid short-term outlook, but it must continue adapting to ensure that its privileged place in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to long-term sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:25:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Sweden launches Monday 17 December 2012 in Stockholm

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Sweden, to be published on Monday 17 December 2012, discusses the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis as well as its capacity to cope with further external shocks, notably those posed by the continuing crisis in the euro area.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Colombia se adhiere a la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho

El 19 de enero de 2013 Colombia se convertirá en el 40º estado en formar parte en la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Colombia will become the 40th Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 19 January 2013.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Greater gender equality essential for economic recovery

New evidence showing how gender equality is essential for a fairer society and stronger global economy, will be presented by the OECD at a Gender Forum in Paris on 17 December 2012.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:39:00 GMT

Australia’s unique approach to helping the unemployed has delivered good results but challenges remain, says OECD

Australia’s labour market reforms over the past 15 years have boosted employment and cut welfare benefit dependency.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT

OECD Events in Australia

The OECD will launch two new publications in Australia next week: a Review of Labour Market Policies and an Economic survey.

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:22:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee Statement

OECD Steel Committee Statement

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Luxembourg launches Thursday 13 December 2012

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Luxembourg, to be published on Thursday 13 December 2012, discusses how the country’s finance-driven economy has weathered the global economic crisis.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:06:00 GMT

Ministers pledge to finance effective development

Development ministers from OECD and emerging economies met in London 4 - 5 December for the High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee(DAC).

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:33:00 GMT

Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says OECD

Vibrant and dynamic urban centers are among the main drivers of national growth and employment, but OECD’s new report Promoting Growth in All Regions highlights that even less wealthy regions have the potential to bolster stronger, greener, and more inclusive economies.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, OECD says

The Slovak Republic recovered strongly from the global economic crisis and is weathering well the storm that has struck its main European trading partners. The challenges going forward will be restoring public finances while driving down unemployment and fostering long-term inclusive growth, says the latest Economic Survey.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:45:00 GMT

Guatemala, plenamente comprometida con el intercambio internacional de información fiscal

Guatemala ha firmado la Convención sobre Asistencia Administrativa Mutua en Materia Fiscal, lo que permite su exclusión de la lista de países que todavía no han implementado sustancialmente la norma fiscal internacional

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:51:00 GMT

Brazil: Enhancing audit reporting is key to the integrity of government accounts

Brazil’s supreme audit institution – the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) – has began a process to reform its audit of the Accounts of the President of the Republic to enhance transparency and accountability of federal budget execution.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:31:00 GMT

Guatemala: commits to international exchange of tax information

Guatemala has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters allowing it to be removed from the list of countries that have not yet substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT

Luxembourg: a generous aid donor

Luxembourg allocated 0.97% of its gross national income, or USD 413 million, to official development assistance in 2011.“Luxembourg is the Development Assistance Committee’ s third most generous donor as a portion of its economy – after Sweden and Norway – and it has a high quality programme” says Brian Atwood, Chair of the DAC. “We commend Luxembourg’s commitment to keeping its ODA at 1% of GNI until 2014”.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Progress made on immigrant integration but more efforts needed on education and jobs, finds OECD

OECD countries have made much progress over the past decade in helping immigrants integrate in society. But much remains to be done, notably in improving how well immigrant children do at school and in finding work, and in immigrant women’s access to employment, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, OECD says

Spain is immersed in a prolonged recession that has been compounded by the continuing crisis in the euro area. The path to recovery has been launched, but will require full implementation of reforms and some additional measures to restore confidence in the financial sector, redress public finances and bring down high unemployment, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:30:00 GMT

Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD

The global economy is expected to make a hesitant and uneven recovery over the coming two years. Decisive policy action is needed to ensure that stalemate over fiscal policy in the United States and continuing euro area instability do not plunge the world back into recession, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Asia/Pacific region: Improving the quality of its healthcare

Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:00:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Responding to the crisis: what are OECD countries doing to strengthen their public finances?

OECD countries are intensifying their fiscal consolidation efforts, introducing additional measures and extending the time horizon to implement them. Most have announced fiscal consolidation of more than 3% of GDP over the period 2009-15, according to the OECD’s Restoring Public Finances 2012.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Agua en América Latina y el Caribe: Mejor gobernabilidad puede mejorar el acceso, dice la OCDE

En países latinoamericanos, la población crece a un ritmo mayor que el promedio mundial, lo cual intensifica el uso de la tierra y aumenta la urbanización. La región también es propensa a los impactos negativos del cambio climático y de los desastres naturales.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:24:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released Tuesday 27 November 2012

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major world economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 GMT) on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Nuevas políticas para PYMES se requieren para impulsar el crecimiento en América Latina, según la OCDE y la CEPAL

Aunque las perspectivas permanecen relativamente positivas, están sujetas a la incertidumbre y volatilidad del contexto externo, por lo que los gobiernos de América Latina deben actuar ahora para fortalecer el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región y contrarrestar estos riesgos, señala el informe Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2013 producido conjuntamente por el Centro de Desarrollo de la OCDE y la CEPAL.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:48:00 GMT

Health spending in Europe falls for the first time in decades

Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:01:00 GMT

New SME policies needed to boost Latin America's growth, say OECD and ECLAC

Latin American governments must act now to strengthen growth and development and counter these risks, according to the 2013 Latin American Economic Outlook, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre and ECLAC.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Public social spending rising in most OECD countries

Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:07:00 GMT

Global Forum on Public Governance: Better Governance for Inclusive Growth

The financial and economic crises demonstrate that most governments need to change the way they run their countries. Though some have a better track record of reform than others, all can do more to create inclusive, open and responsible governance that can reduce inequality and promote economic growth.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:30:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues are rising, but still low and varied among countries

Tax revenues in Latin American countries are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries, but are rising slowly. Revenue Statistics in Latin America shows that the average tax revenue to GDP ratio in the 15 Latin American countries covered by the report increased from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010, after falling from a high point of 19.7% in 2008.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:20:00 GMT

Health: men faring worse than women in hospitalisations for diabetes

New OECD data show that men are more likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of poor management of diabetes than women, even when there are no significant differences in the number of men and women living with diabetes.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:12:00 GMT

Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years, says OECD

The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

G20 ministers welcome OECD disaster risk assessment and financing framework

G20 Finance Ministers have welcomed a new OECD/G20 framework designed to help governments develop financial strategies for disaster risk management.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:02:00 GMT

Development: Finland should not back-track on its aid commitments, says OECD

Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:09:00 GMT

OECD improves tool to predict the hazards of chemicals

Governments and the chemical industry spend millions of dollars every year testing the safety of chemicals that people use in their everyday lives. Computer modelling, through the OECD-designed QSAR Toolbox software, now replaces many of the tests traditionally done in the laboratory. This allows regulators and industry to save money and use fewer animals to predict the hazardous properties of chemicals.

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Investment: G20 governments must step up efforts to resist protectionism, says OECD, WTO, UNCTAD report

The OECD, WTO and UNCTAD have called on G20 governments to step up efforts to resist protectionism in the face of continuing high unemployment and a weak economic recovery.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, met with the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD

The President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, met the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD on Monday 29th October.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency welcomes new members and reviews 12 countries

At the Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, delegates from 81 jurisdictions and 11 international organisations evaluated whether all Forum members are exchanging tax information effectively.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:53:00 GMT

OECD and ATAF strengthen tax co-operation with Africa

The OECD and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) have signed a Memorandum of Co-operation, agreeing to work together to improve tax systems in Africa.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by lack of foreign bribery convictions, but encouraged by recent efforts by the Australian Federal Police

Australia’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with just a single case leading to prosecutions out of 28 referrals in 13 years. Cases may have been closed prematurely. Australia must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Tax: Revenues rising slowly across the OECD

In most OECD countries tax revenues are continuing to rise in relation to GDP from the 2008-09 declines seen at the beginning of the crisis, according to OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics. OECD countries collected about 34.0% of GDP in taxes in 2011, compared with 33.8% in 2010.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned at lack of foreign bribery convictions in France, but recognises recent efforts to ensure independence of prosecutors

France should intensify its efforts to combat the bribery of foreign public officials. Only five convictions – of which one, under appeal, involves a company – have been handed down in twelve years.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:33:00 GMT

Measuring well-being needs to be at the heart of policy-making, says OECD World Forum

A major step forward towards putting the measurement of well-being at the heart of policy-making was taken at a four-day international conference which ended in New Delhi today.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:05:00 GMT

OECD launches online portal to boost product safety

The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mexico: President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto visit to the OECD

On October 18, Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto ended his European tour with a visit to OECD headquarters in Paris where he delivered a keynote address on Mexico’s challenges and its role in a changing global landscape, followed by a press conference with the Secretary-General.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Burkina Faso and Cameroon as new members

Burkina Faso and Cameroon have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As 112th and 113th members of the Global Forum they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:35:00 GMT

OECD news conference to launch global product recall portal, Friday 19 October 2012, Brussels

The OECD will host a news conference to launch its new global portal on product recalls during the International Product Safety Week 2012 at 11.00 AM on Friday 19 October at the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels.

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:42:00 GMT

Israel: excellent primary health care, but hospitals must improve

Israel has world class-primary care services and should now focus efforts on bringing its hospitals up to the same high international standards, according to the OECD’s Health Care Quality Review of Israel.

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

OECD World Forum in New Delhi - News briefingTuesday 16 October 2012

Assessing the progress and failings of our societies requires a far broader set of measures than just economic indicators. This is why international experts, NGO representatives and politicians in fields as diverse as the environment, development, health, education, business and social affairs will be meeting in New Delhi from 16-19 October 2012.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Indonesia can boost food security through investment, trade and subsidy reform, says OECD

Indonesia can improve national food security by facilitating greater investment in agriculture, opening agri-food markets to greater international trade, reforming input subsidies and food aid schemes and moving away from self-sufficiency policy objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Middle East and North Africa : Boosting support for women’s entrepreneurship will pay off in jobs and growth, says OECD

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should create urgently needed jobs for the 2.5 million people entering the labour market each year and improve their policies to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in order to reduce structural unemployment, says a new OECD report.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:21:00 GMT

IT sector booms during downturn, says OECD

Internet firms continue to drive growth and job creation in the IT industry, with fast-rising demand for mobile services helping to boost revenue and investment in research and development, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Pakistan as new member

Pakistan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 111th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Estonia must reform to ward against boom/bust cycles, OECD says

Estonia recovered forcefully from the global economic crisis but growth has since slowed, highlighting the need for further reforms that reduce exposure to external shocks and ensure against future boom/bust cycles, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Estonia.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:28:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes budget proposal and economic reforms announced by the Spanish Government

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the Spanish government's budget and the economic policy measures announced yesterday.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012 at Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, Thursday 4 October 2012

Cyber attacks on business, governments and infrastructure are rising fast, costing the global economy billions of dollars each year. Boosting international co-operation to strengthen internet governance and ensure the continuing free flow of information over the Internet is essential.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:33:00 GMT

Indonesia should improve governance, productivity and tax collection to promote inclusive growth

Indonesia has improved its macro-economic and structural policies over the last 15 years. Its economy, with strong and stable growth rates of 5–6.6%, is catching up with other countries in the region and allowing Indonesia to focus on its development agenda.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Economy: OECD’s Gurría urges Italy to maintain reform momentum

Italy has made a major effort to speed up long-overdue economic reforms but it is now essential to maintain the momentum, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today in Rome.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Economia: Il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE raccomanda all'Italia di proseguire con le riforme

L'Italia ha fatto enormi sforzi per accelerare le riforme economiche che dovevano essere attuate da lungo tempo, ma è oggi essenziale proseguire su questa via, ha affermato oggi il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Pension fund assets at record high but investment returns negative in 2011, says OECD

Pension fund assets in OECD countries hit a record USD 20.1 trillion in 2011 but return on investment fell below zero, with an average negative return of -1.7%s, according to the OECD’s latest Pension Markets in Focus. The report says that weak equity markets and low interest rates drove the poor performance.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:50:00 GMT

News conference to report on Indonesia’s economy and regulatory system

Launch of the Economic Survey of Indonesia and Review of Regulatory Reforms

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Italy: Gurría and Monti to address Rome conference on competitiveness, growth and jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will address a major conference on structural reform in Italy on Monday 24 September at the Sala Polifunzionale of the Presidenza del Consiglio in Rome.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:46:00 GMT

Agriculture : Support to agriculture at historic lows, says OECD

Government support to agriculture in OECD countries fell to 19% of total farm receipts in 2011, a record low driven by developments in international commodity markets, rather than by explicit policy changes, according to the report Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Economic crisis and weak outlook hit R&D, says OECD

Business spending on research and development has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with nearly all OECD countries seeing a fall in investment which could impact innovation and long-term growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012 to launch 19 September 2012 in Brussels and Washington, DC

The OECD will present its latest estimates of public support to agriculture during seminars in Brussels and Washington DC on 19 September 2012.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:00 GMT

Education spending rising but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries, says OECD

Governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Economy: European recession slowing global economy, says OECD

The global economy has slowed, with key European countries entering a recession that is now impacting worldwide, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.Interim Economic Assessment

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: OECD calls for reform of postsecondary vocational education and training in Denmark

Denmark should build on the strengths of its vocational and educational training programme to ensure that young people enter the labour market with the skills companies need and to meet the national goal of having 60% of young people enter higher education by 2020, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea should improve its vocational education programmes, says OECD

Korea should reform its vocational education and training programmes to ensure that students leave college with the skills and expertise that companies need in today’s rapidly changing labour market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:30:00 GMT

Education: OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012 to be published Tuesday 11 September

The 2012 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 11 September 2012. Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Tax: OECD welcomes multilateral efforts to improve international tax compliance and transparency

The OECD welcomed today a new model international tax agreement designed to improve cross-border tax compliance and boost transparency.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland tops fixed broadband ranking, while Korea leads in wireless broadband

Switzerland tops for the first time the OECD fixed broadband ranking, with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9). The OECD average is 25.6, according to new OECD statistics.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMT

Tax: OECD updates OECD Model Tax Convention to extend information requests to groups

The OECD has updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, which sets out the international standard on exchange of information. The standard provides for information exchange on request, where the information is “foreseeably relevant” for the administration of the taxes of the requesting party, regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum welcomes Kazakhstan as new member

Kazakhstan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 110th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:58:00 GMT

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:15:00 GMT

Tax: Ghana Signs Tax Cooperation Agreement

Ghana has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD. Ghana is the second African country, after South Africa, to sign the Convention since it was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Effective management and incentives can rebuild fisheries sector, says OECD at EXPO 2012

Governments looking to boost their fisheries sector should review their policies to create incentives for economically and environmentally sustainable fisheries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:30:00 GMT

Agriculture: Increased productivity and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security OECD and FAO publish new Agricultural Outlook

Food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:09:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Health: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

Growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases, according to OECD Health Data 2012.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:36:00 GMT

Economy: The United States needs to foster education and innovation to keep its cutting edge

The United States should do more to foster innovation and provide more equitable access to high-quality education in order to maintain its status as the world's most vibrant and productive economy, according to OECD's latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

Tourism experts from international organisations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:19:00 GMT

Sweden's enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak

More than twelve years after making foreign bribery a crime, Sweden needs to make much greater efforts to actively enforce its anti-bribery legislation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Slovak Republic must urgently introduce effective legislation holding companies liable for foreign bribery, says OECD

20/06/2012 - The Slovak Republic must urgently meet its obligations under the Convention it signed 12 years ago and introduce an effective corporate liability regime so that Slovak companies are held accountable for the bribery of foreign public officials in cross-border business deals, says a new OECD report.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: Joining forces to fight financial crime and illicit activities

Financial crimes, including corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, are a threat to all countries, both developing and developed. The sums are vast. Estimates have put total proceeds from all illicit activities at 3.6% of global GDP.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:29:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:45:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2012, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew 0.8% in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to preliminary estimates. This small pick-up in aggregate G20 GDP growth still masks diverging patterns among the world's largest economies however.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: Compact cities: the way of the future

Governments faced with growing populations and dwindling natural rescources have two choices: they can let urban sprawl continue to eat up useful land or they can plan compact cities that will be good for the economy and the environment.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: G20 collaboration to improve agriculture productivity growth is key to feeding 9 billion people

G20 governments under successive Presidencies have sought to improve international collaboration in support of a more productive and sustainable global food and agriculture system.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage essential, says OECD

Governments will need to raise retirement ages gradually to address increasing life expectancy in order to ensure that their national pension systems are both affordable and adequate, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, June 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend continue to point to divergence between economies.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, OECD says

Start-up rates in most countries are edging back toward their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

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

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 countries should rely on open markets to reboot global growth

G20 governments should prevent further deterioration in their collective trade and investment policy stance and focus on promoting open markets to re-boot growth in the world economy, according to the OECD, WTO and UNCTAD.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Design policies to ensure growth is socially inclusive, says OECD-World Bank report

Economic policy should be better designed to bring about more inclusive growth, ensuring that the benefits of increased prosperity are shared more evenly across society, according to a new report from the OECD and the World Bank.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Colombia and Mexico sign international tax, human rights and clean business standards

Colombia and Mexico are a step closer to beneffiting from cross border tax co-operation and information sharing. Colombia has signed, and Mexico has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tunisia and Morocco join multilateral business integrity and green growth instruments

Tunisia and Morocco signed up today to a series of international instruments in areas ranging from business integrity to international investment and green growth. Adherence to these instruments is an expression of a long-standing co-operation between countries in North Africa and the OECD.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tackle gender gap to boost growth, says OECD

Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Global economy recovering, but major risks remain, says OECD

The global economy is recovering, but confidence is extremely uneven across different regions, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. European governments must take greater action to ensure that the crisis in the euro area does not derail the recovery.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Skills Strategy to boost jobs and growth

The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministers must focus on young jobseekers

Young people continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with nearly 11 million 15 to 24 -year-olds out of work in OECD countries in early 2012. Youth unemployment in the OECD area in March 2012 was 17.1%, close to its November 2009 peak of 18.3%

Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invitation: Workshop OECD/AJEF on "Skills Strategy" - Tuesday 19 June at 13h00 (Paris time)

How to optimise the skills of the labour market to anticipate business demand and promote growth and social cohesion in these times of record unemployment?

Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, May 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to regained momentum in the OECD area but with divergence between economies.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders

The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders/ Inspecteurs des impôts sans frontières – a new initiative to help developing countries bolster their domestic revenues by making their tax systems fairer and more effective.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Korea: a strong national urban strategy could drive resilient economic growth

Korea has weathered the shocks triggered by the global recession and its economy is recovering more quickly and vigorously than most other OECD countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

More parent and community engagement would boost quality in early childhood education and care in England

The report highlights strategies from other countries that could serve as a model for England as it develops its early childhood education and care programme.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Further reforms needed to sustain Korean growth and social cohesion

Korea recovered faster and more vigorously from the global crisis than most OECD countries, but strong economic growth alone will not be enough to address the fundamental challenges posed by its rapidly ageing population and rising inequality, according to the latest Economic Survey of Korea.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Sweden needs an independent committee to oversee National Pension Funds

Sweden should establish an independent committee of experts to oversee its National Pension Funds and set a clear, measurable financial objective for investments to ensure their long-term viability, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: the average tax burden on earnings in OECD countries continues to rise

The average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased in 26 out of 34 OECD countries in 2011 according to the new OECD Taxing Wages publication. Tax payers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Slovak Republic were among those hit with the largest increases.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Health: the high cost of diabetes

Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

EU development co-operation: improving but still cumbersome

The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Credit crunch squeezing entrepreneurs and small businesses more than big firms

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) requesting loans between 2007 and 2010 faced higher interest rates than for large companies. Loan conditions for SMEs included shortened maturities and increased demands for collateral, suggesting that banks considered smaller firms to be a higher risk.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for reform of governance of state-owned firms in the Middle East and North Africa

Middle Eastern and North African countries should reform the governance of their state-owned enterprises to bring about greater public accountability and improve their efficiency, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax evasion: Pressure to end tax evasion grows as the Global Forum publishes new reviews

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

UK increases enforcement of foreign bribery, but concerns remain about transparency and resources

The United Kingdom has significantly boosted its foreign bribery enforcement efforts but needs to be more transparent when resolving cases.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary has improved legal framework for fighting foreign bribery, but must do more to detect and prosecute

Hungary’s law banning bribery of foreign public officials is relatively good on paper but lacks effective application, according to a new OECD report. Hungary must strengthen detection and prosecution of individuals and companies involved in foreign bribery.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: OECD’s Gurría welcomes labour market reforms

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the Italian government for launching parliamentary discussions on a wide-ranging package of labour market reforms.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Finland should boost staff skills to improve its early childhood education and care services, says OECD

Finland gives its young children a better start in education than most OECD countries.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Further reform needed to raise growth prospects in Poland

Poland has been a strong performer across the OECD through the global economic crisis, growing much faster than most other countries and making impressive steps toward reducing the income gap with its European Union partners, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, OECD says

Euro area finance ministers meeting this week need to boost the firepower of the European stability funds to at least one trillion euros in order to restore market confidence, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD to simplify transfer pricing rules

Meeting at OECD’s first Global Forum on Transfer Pricing, tax officials from 90 countries agreed on the need to simplify transfer pricing rules, strengthen the guidelines on intangible issues and improve the efficiency of dispute resolution.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD's Gurría comments on UK budget

In response to the presentation of the 2012/13 U.K. Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has expressed support for the government’s plans for continued fiscal consolidation aiming at eliminating the fiscal deficit by 2016/17.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for new approach to tackle teacher shortage

With many countries facing shortages of qualified teachers in key subjects, governments need to make the profession more attractive to talented graduates, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary must stabilise its economy for a durable recovery, OECD says

Swift action is needed to stabilise the Hungarian economy and put growth on a sound footing for a durable recovery, according to the latest Economic Survey of Hungary. Strengthening the credibility and predictability of domestic policies and undertaking much-needed fiscal consolidation will be key.

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: More effective action needed to cut water pollution from farming

OECD governments have made little overall progress in reducing water contamination from farming over the past decade. More rigorous policies are needed to reduce the use of pesticides and encourage sustainable management of water quality in agriculture.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: The Chicago Tri-State metro area is a powerful region – policy makers must work together to maintain a global pole position and fully realise the region’s potential

Chicago is at a tipping point: despite economic strengths, it faces considerable challenges to compete in the “Premier League” of world-class cities, warns the OECD’s review of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD recommends action on international tax loopholes

Aggressive tax planning – untaxed income, multiple deductions and other forms of international tax arbitrage - is a growing concern for all governments.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Focus on strategic agricultural investments to reduce poverty in developing countries, OECD says

Agricultural policies to reduce poverty in developing countries should focus on strategic investments to raise productivity and benefit from high food prices, according to a new OECD study.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: India ratifies Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

India has ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD that was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, OECD says

The pace of reform has accelerated in those OECD countries where it is needed most, says the latest Going for Growth report. It identifies the specific action needed to help governments steer their economies out of the crisis, stimulate growth and create jobs.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Experts maintain commitment to expanding and updating tractor safety standards

Experts, manufacturers and government officials meeting in Paris this week reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining safety standards in farm machinery by expanding and updating the OECD’s harmonised tests and codes.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: signs international tax agreement to tackle tax evasion

Greece has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement that was developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and that is open for signature to all countries.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD’s Gurría welcomes support package

The Secretary-General says the package will provide the necessary confidence and breathing space for Greece to work on its recovery and for Europe to address its sovereign debt crisis.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday?

More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth - Transition to a knowledge based economy will require further reform and investment, OECD says

Germany recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. Public finances are sound, but further reforms are needed to transform its growth model to thrive as a knowledge-based economy.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Migration: integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed

Labour market integration of immigrants in Switzerland is generally successful: three quarters of immigrants in Switzerland are in employment – more than in any other OECD country

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Spain’s reforms to strengthen finances and boost jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said Spain’s comprehensive reform programme is a major step forward in strengthening the country’s banking system and its public finances, as well as creating a more dynamic labour market.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, February 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs) point to a positive change in momentum for the OECD as a whole, driven primarily by the United States and Japan, but similar signs are beginning to emerge in a number of other developed economies.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Statement by OECD ‘s Gurria after meeting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Italy has embarked on an ambitious, much needed reform programme to strengthen its public finances, to restore growth and to improve the competitiveness of the Italian economy.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico, says OECD

Mexico should quickly reform the laws and regulations governing its telecommunications sector to boost competition and investment and drive growth across the economy, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

India signs international tax agreement

India has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement which promotes international co-operation while respecting the rights of taxpayers.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Rising tax revenues: a key to economic development in Latin American countries

Increased domestic resource mobilization is widely accepted as crucial for countries to successfully meet the challenges of development and achieve higher living standards for all their people.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Urgent reform key to securing Asia’s pension systems, says OECD

Asia’s pension systems need modernising urgently to deliver secure, sustainable and adequate retirement incomes for today’s workers in the context of the rapid population ageing that will occur over the next two decades, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

External factors threaten Swiss economic recovery, OECD says

Switzerland has made a broadly balanced recovery from the economic crisis, but slower activity in Europe and pressures on the Swiss franc weigh on the near-term outlook, according to the latest Economic Survey of Switzerland.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Spain’s development aid much improved, but still needs more focus

Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending in the past year, including to development co-operation, its aid has almost doubled since 2003. Spain still has plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD

29/03/2012 - Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD, and should encourage preschool teachers to keep improving their qualifications throughout their career and attract more young people, especially men, to the profession

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Swedish labour migration reform working well but needs more monitoring, says OECD

Sweden’s 2008 reform of its labour migration policy, now one of the most open in the OECD, has helped businesses hire foreign workers quickly and cheaply, without hurting conditions for local workers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Uruguay’s tax transparency improving, says OECD’s Gurría

Uruguay has signed 7 new agreements providing for the exchange of tax information, showing its willingness to implement the global standards.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Employment: mental health issues rising in workplace, says OECD

Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee signals growing uncertainty over industry outlook

The outlook for the global steel market has become more uncertain, according to industry and government officials at the OECD’s Steel Committee meeting in Paris on 5-6 2011 . Policies to support open markets for raw materials are key, they said.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Italian government measures to strengthen public finances

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed the measures adopted by the Italian government to address fiscal sustainability while boosting growth and equity.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Society: Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic should further develop its framework programme for preschool education, says OECD

The Czech Republic should build on the strengths of its preschool education framework to further enhance the quality of its early childhood education and care services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:43:00 GMT

Tax revenues stabilise in OECD countries in 2010

OECD countries acknowledge that taxes must play a role in the process of fiscal consolidation as they battle unprecedented budget deficits. In 2010, the majority of OECD governments have stabilised their tax to GDP, with the average ratio moving up slightly from 33.8% in 2009 to 33.9% in 2010.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says OECD

Though overall medical care is improving, efforts to prevent and better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma would improve results and lower costs, according to the OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reform urgently needed to ensure long-term growth in Czech Republic, says OECD

The Czech economy’s export-driven recovery is slowing as weak activity Europe curbs exports. Swift implementation of new reforms is needed to ensure sustainable, inclusive long-term growth and better resilience to external shocks, according to the latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum Publishes Report to the G20 on Tax Transparency

Tax Transparency 2011: Report on Progress, a report prepared by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, was delivered to the G20 in Cannes and is now available to journalists.&

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: G20 countries strengthen international tax co-operation

"Tax co-operation and compliance are of crucial importance for all countries and citizens - and not only in times of a tight fiscal and budgetary environment,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría from the Cannes G20 Summit.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reforms are essential for Brazil to build on recent success, says OECD

The Brazilian economy has made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, but further reforms are necessary to boost long-term growth, spur investment and further reduce poverty, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Brazil.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum delivers concrete results to the Cannes G20 Summit

“Governments have signed more than 700 agreements to exchange tax information. These agreements have already yielded €14 billion in additional revenues, to 20 countries, from more than 100 000 tax payers who had hidden assets offshore.”

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

The OECD acknowledges progress made, and says Mexico should further prioritise fighting foreign bribery

Mexico has improved, but needs to give greater priority to the criminal enforcement of bribery and ensure that its criminal law enforcement authorities have all the resources and expertise they need to seriously investigate all allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Korea making notable progress on fighting foreign bribery; further improvements needed, says OECD

Korea has improved its information and intelligence gathering capacity in foreign bribery cases, but should be more proactive in investigating allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 finance ministers agree new principles to boost financial consumer protection

G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles on financial consumer protection developed by the OECD. “Without consumer trust and confidence we could jeopardise the basis for global economic recovery and growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: Switzerland’s health system is high-performing but must prepare for the future

The Swiss health system is one of the world’s best but must adapt to deal with rising costs and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a new OECD/WHO report.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Ireland coming out of the crisis, but challenges remain

The Irish economy still faces tough challenges as the country exits from a deep recession and banking crisis, but its long-term prospects now appear better than many of the other hard hit European countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches new report on measuring well-being

A new OECD report, How's Life, offers a comprehensive picture of what makes up people’s lives in 40 countries worldwide. This is part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond GDP.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax reform can create jobs

High unemployment rates, in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, have governments scrambling to create jobs. A new OECD report suggests that well-targeted tax reforms can encourage employers to hire more people and the jobless to look for employment.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministerial: Joint Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

"200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Jurisdictions move towards full tax transparency

Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: OECD's Gurría welcomes draft debt deficit law

The OECD’s welcomes the announcement by the Spanish government last Friday August 26th about having agreed with the opposition parties in Parliament to enshrine a set of deficit limits in the Constitution.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Governments concerned that some corporations unfairly claim losses to avoid taxes

The economic crisis means global corporate losses have increased significantly. Though most of these claims are justified, some corporations use ‘aggressive tax planning’ to avoid taxes. Governments are working together to detect and deter these undue tax advantages.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD's Gurría welcomes Italy fiscal plan

The OECD welcomes the comprehensive package approved by the Italian government at the weekend.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Migration falls again but will pick up with recovery, says OECD

International migration fell in 2009, reflecting lower demand for workers in OECD countries for the second consecutive year after a decade of growth, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Austria: Strengthening domestic sources of growth would secure place as ‘Champions League’ economy

Austria should eliminate subsidies which encourage early retirement and target social transfers more effectively, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption: Luxembourg must implement without delay its legislation against the bribery of foreign public officials, says OECD

Luxembourg must step up its efforts to detect and prosecute cases of bribery of foreign public officials, particularly now that its legal framework has been strengthened, in compliance with the Anti-Bribery Convention

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: spending continues to outpace economic growth in most OECD countries

Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption : OECD recognises Norway’s commitment to the fight against foreign bribery and recommends further improvements

Norway has made significant progress in its efforts against the bribery of foreign public officials in recent years, according to a new OECD report. But more could be done to strengthen enforcement, including by focusing on the confiscation from companies of the proceeds of bribery.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría congratulates new IMF head Lagarde

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as the IMF’s next Managing Director.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea tops new OECD PISA survey of digital literacy

Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

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

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Iceland: Better coordination among authorities needed to tackle foreign bribery, says OECD

Iceland must do more to ensure its law enforcement authorities are coordinated and adequately resourced to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crime, including foreign bribery, says the OECD in a new report.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Economic Development

Country profile: South Korea

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:28:47 GMT

India's caste-offs

India's economy is in overdrive. But, as the Today programme's Mike Thomson explains, hundreds of millions of its people still live in abject poverty.

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:48:46 GMT

Timeline: United States of America

A chronology of key events

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:12:35 GMT

Regions and territories: Bermuda

An overview of Bermuda, including key facts, political leaders and notes on the media

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:13:29 GMT

Japan country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 13:42:56 GMT

Benin country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:13:13 GMT

Timeline: Switzerland

A chronology of key events

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:38:59 GMT

Timeline: China

A chronology of key events

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:53:45 GMT

China country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:51:05 GMT

Country profile: Mauritius

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:34:02 GMT

Timeline: Sao Tome and Principe

A chronology of key events

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:10:47 GMT

Country profile: Equatorial Guinea

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:40:09 GMT

Country profile: Zambia

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:32:08 GMT

Iceland country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 07:58:20 GMT

Calls for 'old-fashioned' revolution

Using "good old-fashioned" farming techniques will help deliver a sustainable green revolution in Africa.

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:24:59 GMT

Profile: G8

Key facts about the group of leading industrialised countries

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:02:15 GMT

A bad reputation

We're all told to watch our carbon footprint these days, but some so-called "environmental nasties" are not as bad as you might think - at least from a carbon point of view, says Mike Berners-Lee.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:46:19 GMT

Footing the World Cup bill

The World Cup is billed as a lucrative affair, but David Goldblatt considers whether South Africa will really reap financial rewards.

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:18:52 GMT

Brazil: Key facts and figures

Key facts and figures from Brazil, showing wealth and population distribution, as well as its GDP growth.

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:15 GMT

London outside of 'top 30 cities'

London is the only UK city in a global top 50 for quality of living, but comes in at a lowly 39th spot, according to a survey.

Tue, 25 May 2010 22:55:47 GMT

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Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility

The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves.

For an alternative post-2015 development strategy

The UN project of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Summit in 2000 is to expire in 2015. Discussions on a new international post-2015 development approach have started and are pursued in New York, Geneva, and Brussels, and in many capitals all over the world by international organizations, governments and civil society. A personal contribution to the debate.

The great revenge of the North?

Plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States have sparked considerable debate. Among the main issues contested are the lowering of food-safty standards (hormone-treated beef, chlorine-washed chicken), the democratic deficit of the negotiation process, as well as the granting of far-reaching rights and legal privileges to international investors, undermining national law. However, Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP's implications for the "rest of the world," particularly for developing and emerging economies.

Nepal: The emergence of a resilient democracy

Three months after elections, a new cabinet was sworn in end of February in Kathmandu. The two largest parties have formed a coalition, with the new Prime Minister from the Congress Party, and 18 ministers from the Congress and UML parties. The mainstream Maoists voted in support but did not join an initially foreseen unity government. Where does the country stand at this moment?

Partnership in transatlantic trade and investment?

The negotiations between EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are in full swing. The project is not only intended to reduce tariffs between the world economy's two biggest trading blocs; its primary aim is to dismantle and/or harmonise a wide spectrum of regulations. Investment liberalisation and protection also will be central issues.

The youth bulge in Least Developed Countries

The number of young people of working age in the world's 49 poorest nations is increasing by 16 million per year, and in each one of 11 such countries it will climb by at least half a million per year, a new UNCTAD report says. The organization recommends that the governments of the globe's least developed countries (LDCs) intensify efforts to employ this vast resource - currently largely underemployed, or trapped in vulnerable, low-paid jobs.

Towards a vision for post-2015

This week, the UN General Assembly (GA) will assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - their progress and gaps - and officially launch the intergovernmental discussion on a new, sustainable development agenda - perhaps to be encapsulated as sustainable development goals (SDGs).

UNCTAD advocates new development strategies

Adjusting to the structural shifts in the world economy makes far-reaching changes in development strategies necessary. Against the background of a prolonged period of slow growth in developed countries, export-led development in the South is no longer viable, UNCTAD says.

Statement on the results of the BRICS meeting

The emerging economies in the BRICS group - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - urged the G20 to boost global demand and ensure that any changes in monetary policy are well flagged to minimize any disruptive "spillovers" that may result. The appeal reflected the concerns among developing nations over the prospect that the Fed will scale back its ultra-loose monetary policy, and a view that Europe is not doing enough to promote a demand-driven recovery. The BRICS also agreed to contribute $100 billion to a joint currency reserve pool.

Developmental regionalism and African enterprises

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2013, subtitled "Intra-African Trade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism", says that efforts to date to spur jointly reinforcing economic growth on the continent have relied on a "textbook" and "linear" approach to regional cooperation that does not fit with Africa's situation.

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Child Marriage in South Asia

<p>Child marriage is a human rights crisis occurring on an alarming scale in South Asia. South Asia accounts for almost half of all child marriages that occur globally. Child marriage does not constitute a single rights violation; rather, every instance of it triggers a continuum of violations that continues throughout a girl&rsquo;s life.</p><p>Governments in South Asia have an absolute legal obligation to eliminate child marriage. The extensive repercussions of child marriage violate the international and constitutional obligations of states to protect children&#39;s rights. The persistence of child marriage in South Asia indicates the widespread failure of governments to address one of the most critical human rights issues facing women and girls in the region.</p><p>This briefing paper primarily focuses on violations of women&rsquo;s and girls&rsquo; reproductive rights and right to be free from sexual violence arising from child marriage in six South Asian countries &ndash; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This publication is intended to serve as a resource for those interested in using international and constitutional legal norms to establish government accountability for child marriage through human rights advocacy and litigation. It is also meant to serve as a critical resource for government officials.</p><p>The most important finding identified in this briefing paper is that, by failing to enact and enforce laws that clearly and consistently prohibit child marriage, governments in the region are complicit in the grave violations of human and constitutional rights experienced by married girls. These governments are responsible for perpetuating legal and practical barriers that make girls vulnerable to child marriage, and deny effective legal remedies to those trapped in such marriages.</p>

31 Aug 2014 19:14:45 GMT

Women’s Social Security and Protection in India

<p>What are the real-life situations and challenges relating to Indian women&rsquo;s social security and protection, and what can be done to improve them?</p><p>This publication documents the Conference on Women&rsquo;s Social Security and Protection in India (6&ndash;7 May 2013), held at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. The main objective of the conference was to identify and unpack various perspectives on the issue of social security for women in India by bringing together a diverse range of participants from government, trade unions, women&rsquo;s organisations and UN agencies.</p><p>The various conference participants pointed to the existence of a number of government-sponsored schemes for promoting the social welfare of women; and for achieving other goals &ndash; such as poverty amelioration, reduction in malnutrition and provision of healthcare and basic services, with a special focus on women. However, it was argued, these social security programmes still do not reach the most vulnerable sections of society, especially marginalised women, due to various systemic failures.</p><p>With a view towards addressing these issues and ensuring the efficient delivery of social security schemes for women, efforts were made to raise questions and seek possible answers and solutions to them during the course of the conference.</p><p>The participants shortlisted certain recommendations and suggestions for future action to ensure social security for all female workers. These recommendations are delineated at the conclusion of this publication in the form of a Charter of Demands.</p>

31 Aug 2014 18:42:56 GMT

Dr. John Nyamu Talks about Access to Abortion in Kenya

<p>In 2010, Kenya passed a new constitution that expands the right to abortion. However, many doctors in public health facilities are unaware or misinformed about this, and refuse to perform abortive procedures.</p><p>In this video, the International Women&rsquo;s Health Coalition (IWHC) President Fran&ccedil;oise Girard interviews Dr. John Nyamu, Executive Director of Reproductive Health Services, about the current situation in Kenya and his work to expand access to safe abortion services there.</p><p>Dr. Nyamu had been imprisoned for allegedly providing abortion services. This spurred pro-choice organisations to form an alliance and campaign for a constitutional provision that permits abortion under certain circumstances. &nbsp;</p><p>While safe abortions have been available in the private sector for over thirty years, poor women have been seeking illegal and unsafe abortions, which often result in the injury and death of pregnant women. He ends by saying that this is why there is a high incidence of maternal death in Kenya.</p>

31 Aug 2014 17:44:36 GMT

Prof. Joseph Karanja talks about unsafe abortion in Kenya

<p>In this video, Professor Joseph Karanja, MD speaks about abortion in Kenya. He describes the case of a patient who arrived at a public hospital with post-abortion symptoms. Her uterus had to be removed because the illegal abortion she underwent had damaged it beyond repair. The woman&rsquo;s treatment was expensive, and she was not able to pay for it. Dr. Karanja says this is a common and tragic occurrence. He selected reproductive health services as his area of specialty to help prevent and address problems such as unsafe abortion.&nbsp;</p>

31 Aug 2014 17:08:44 GMT

Rape Victims as Criminals: Illegal Abortion after Rape in Ecuador

<p><span style="line-height:1.6em">This 26-page report found that Ecuador&rsquo;s criminal code limits women&rsquo;s and girls&rsquo; reproductive rights by prohibiting abortion with few exceptions, even in the case of pregnancies that result from sexual violence. The criminal code imposes penalties including prison terms ranging from one to five years for women and girls who obtain abortions. Medical professionals who provide them are subject to harsher penalties. These penalties drive some women and girls to have illegal and unsafe abortions, thwarting Ecuador&rsquo;s efforts to reduce maternal mortality and injury.</span></p><p>[source abstract]</p>

31 Aug 2014 16:05:05 GMT

Religious-Based Political Parties and Groups Continue to Resist Women’s SRHRs in Brazil

<p>What abortion legislation currently exists in Brazil? What role have religious groups played in advancing or impeding women&rsquo;s rights in Brazil?</p><p>Brazil has been discussing possible legislation known as &ldquo;Estatuto do Nascituro&rdquo; - the Statute of the Unborn Child. In this interview, the Brazilian Executive Coordinator of Catholics for the Right to Decide&nbsp; (CDD/BR) Ros&acirc;ngela Talib talks about about how this, and other similar proposals, will affect women&rsquo;s sexual and reproductive and health rights (SRHRs). She also discusses the particular challenges that religious-based political parties bring to women&rsquo;s struggle for these rights.</p><p>Authored by the&nbsp;<em>Frente Parlamentar Mista em Defesa da Vida</em>&nbsp;(Mixed Parliamentary Front in Defense of Life, the Statute of the Unborn Child is a draft bill that recognises the embryo as a human being. It ensures the protection of foetuses fertilised&nbsp;<em>in vitro</em> &ndash; prohibiting the manipulation, freezing, disposal and sale of human embryos.</p><p>It also establishes measures to ensure psychological counselling for pregnant women who are rape survivors and choose to continue the pregnancy, guiding them towards a possible adoption. Identified assailants/fathers will be required to pay alimony. In cases where assailants are unidentified, the State shall be responsible for paying pensions &ndash; a &quot;rape aid fund&rdquo; &ndash; until the children reach adulthood. In cases of foetal malformation, the bill ensures that, &ldquo;all existing therapeutic and prophylactic means to redress or minimize the disability, independently of expected extra-uterine survival.&rdquo;</p>

31 Aug 2014 15:52:58 GMT

Socorristas en Red - Socorro Rosa: A feminist practice for the right to choose in Argentina

<p>Abortion is illegal in Argentina, with three exceptions: when the pregnancy was the result of a rape or abuse against a woman with a mental disability, and when the pregnant woman&rsquo;s life or health are at risk. However, even these cases often end up before the courts, and women continue to undergo surgical clandestine abortions that put their lives at risk. In this article,&nbsp;feminist activist Dahiana Belfiori talks about the feminist collective <em>Socorristas en Red - Socorro Rosa</em> (pink relief)&nbsp;that is implementing safe accompaniment for women opting for medical abortion.</p><p>The network was created in early 2012, after several informal meetings between individual feminists and collectives active in the National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion. Many of the members had been doing accompaniment in an isolated, ad-hoc way, and saw the need to organise and share information, knowledge and experience around these practices, as well as to streamline&nbsp;criteria and build knowledge about their&nbsp;work.</p><p>[adapted from source]</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

31 Aug 2014 13:08:28 GMT

The Catholic Church at the United Nations: Church or State?

<p>The Holy See is the&nbsp;ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome.&nbsp;Ever since it was informally accepted into the United Nations in 1964, questions have been raised about the Holy See&rsquo;s status and role at the UN. As the UN became more influential in international policymaking, and the Holy See stepped up its opposition to the global expansion of reproductive health services, the questions have become more pertinent and pointed.</p><p>Many, especially those working for internationally focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who have seen first-hand the impact of the Holy See&rsquo;s role at the UN, now feel that the Holy See should not continue in its exalted place at the UN&rsquo;s table.</p><p>This paper reflects on the the Holy See&rsquo;s questionable denomination as a state, the process that led it to be accepted into the UN, and how it has used its status to impose its minority views on entire populations, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.</p><p>But it&rsquo;s not just NGOs that have questioned the nature of the Holy See&rsquo;s statehood. Pope John Paul II, speaking with Vladimir Putin in 2003, said, &ldquo;Look out the window. What kind of state do I have here? You can see my whole state right from this window.&rdquo; The pope acknowledged that it requires some effort to square the current reality of the Holy See, the government of a territorial holding known as Vatican City, with the common understanding of what a state is.</p><p>In fact, over the centuries, many have tried to answer the question: What kind of a state is the Holy See, if it is a state at all? The Catholic church&rsquo;s long history is undeniable. But how did the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic church, come to enjoy unique access to UN proceedings&mdash; a position held by no other religion&mdash;that gives it a voice at international conferences and in the General Assembly on some of the most sensitive issues of our time?</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

31 Aug 2014 11:46:23 GMT

Seeing is Believing: Questions about Faith-Based Organizations That Are Involved in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

<p>Faith-based organisations have long been on the front lines of healthcare provision, and they receive enormous amounts of public money to do so. Unfortunately, many of these providers do not provide a full range of preventative care, especially advice on the use of and access to condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. This report raises some important questions and provides some proposals for how we might move forward towards more transparency and, as a result, more comprehensive prevention efforts&mdash;especially for higher risk populations.</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

31 Aug 2014 11:27:30 GMT

Anticoncepción de Emergencia: católicas y católicos a favor, obispos en contra

<p>Catholics for Choice y el Consorcio Internacional sobre la Anticoncepci&oacute;n de Emergencia anuncian el lanzamiento de la versi&oacute;n en espa&ntilde;ol de su publicaci&oacute;n, &lt;&lt;Anticoncepci&oacute;n de Emergencia: cat&oacute;licas y cat&oacute;licos a favor, obispos en contra&gt;&gt;. En este art&iacute;culo, estas organizaciones expertas exponen en detalle las formas en que, las actitudes de la mayor&iacute;a del pueblo cat&oacute;lico a favor de la anticoncepci&oacute;n de emergencia no obstante, los obispos Cat&oacute;licos siguen oponiendo y dificultando el acceso a este m&eacute;todo anticonceptivo. El art&iacute;culo tambi&eacute;n informa sobre las m&uacute;ltiples formas en que activistas, autoridades p&uacute;blicas y proveedores de salud en varios pa&iacute;ses del mundo est&aacute;n luchando por el libre acceso a la anticoncepci&oacute;n de emergencia.</p><p>[resumen del fuente]</p>

31 Aug 2014 11:09:35 GMT

Sexuality, Culture and Politics - A South American Reader

<p>Although mature and vibrant, Latin American scholarship on sexuality still remains largely invisible to a global readership. In this collection of articles translated into English from Portuguese and Spanish, South American scholars explore the values, practices, knowledge, moralities and politics of sexuality in a variety of local contexts.</p><p>Contributors to this reader have produced fresh and situated understandings of the relations between gender, sexuality, culture and society across the region. Topics in this volume include: sexual politics and rights, sexual identities and communities, eroticism, pornography and sexual consumerism, sexual health and well-being, intersectional approaches to sexual cultures and behavior, sexual knowledge, and sexuality research methodologies in Latin America.</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

31 Aug 2014 10:46:11 GMT

Iran’s subsidy reform from promise to disappointment

<p>In December 2010, Iran implemented an ambitious subsidy reform program for energy; however, three years later, the program has stalled and energy prices are once again well below their global levels. The current paper reveals that two factors explain the failure of the program to continue after its successful implementation.</p><p>The paper illustrates that the Iranian government set the level of cash transfers well above new revenues from the price increases, and printed money to pay for the deficit. The resulting inflation eroded public support for the program and caused the parliament to freeze further price adjustments. On the other hand, international sanctions targeting Iran&rsquo;s oil exports caused oil exports to fall by half and disrupted industrial production. The resulting crisis put further energy price increases on the back burner.</p><p>The main lessons drawn from Iran&rsquo;s experience are that:</p><ul><li>the longer the reform is postponed the more painful it will become</li><li>energy price reforms can reduce poverty and inequality provided that an appropriate mechanism is devised to use the savings from the reform to compensate the poor</li><li>the main benefit of energy price reform is to increase efficiency in the use of energy; to encourage investment in energy-saving equipment, the government must commit to preventing the erosion of energy price in the long run</li><li>cash transfers are an important part of the reform package but they must be self-financing and not depend on the general budget</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

30 Aug 2014 21:40:09 GMT

Training Manual on Gender Budget Analysis (GBA)

<p>This training manual is divided into six sections: an introduction, four training modules and a concluding session. Each module explains its training aims and learning outcomes. They include practical exercises numbered consecutively from 1-14. The four modules can be used as the basis for a 2-day training. Alternatively, one or a combination of modules can be used for shorter training sessions. The emphasis is on adapting the training to suit the needs of the target group.</p>

30 Aug 2014 02:41:20 GMT

Gender budgets make more cents: country studies and good practice

Over 50 countries in the world have gender budget initiatives of some kind. This book builds on a previous publication, 'Gender Budgets Makes Cents,' which provides an overview of gender-responsive budget (GRB) initiatives; and describes the conceptual framework, evolution of the work and lessons learned. This book is a response to the need to document 'good practice' in gender budget work from across the globe. It provides detailed country information and analysis on GRBs. One of the strongest messages of this book is that how one tackles gender budget work must be strongly influenced by the political, economic, social and cultural situation in a country. There is no single blueprint, or recipe, for successful gender budget work. The chapter on the Andean region, for example, which gives examples of initiatives in three countries, reveals some of the differences that can emerge both between and within countries even when initiatives form part of a single project. The book contains ten stories of engagement in gender budget work. For the most part, the countries chosen are not well known for their gender budgeting activities, such as Tanzania and Uganda. All of the chapters are written by practitioners – by people who are, or have been, actively involved in the activities they describe. [adapted from source]

30 Aug 2014 02:22:36 GMT

Gender Budgets Transparency and Accountability Project: Preparation of government budgets

<p>Produced by the Development Initiatives Network, as part of the Gender Budget Transparency and Accountability Project, this factsheet preparation of government budgets in Nigeria. It covers topics such as:</p><ul><li>Budget cycle and institutions;</li><li>Budget conception;</li><li>Budget preparation;</li><li>Budget composition;</li><li>Budget calendar;</li><li>Public participation; and the</li><li>Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).</li></ul><p>This document was produced with financial assistance from the European Union (EU).<br />&nbsp;</p>

30 Aug 2014 01:15:54 GMT

Gender Budget Transparency and Accountability Project: Legislative participation in government budget processes in Nigeria

<p>Produced by the Development Initiatives Network, as part of the Gender Budget Transparency and Accountability Project, this factsheet explains the basics of legislative participation in government budget processes in Nigeria. It covers topics such as:</p><ul><li>Budget approval;</li><li>Budget amendment;</li><li>Public participation; and</li><li>Budget Monitoring.</li></ul><p>This document was produced with financial assistance from the European Union (EU).<br />&nbsp;</p>

30 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT

Equality Path: planning and budgeting with a gender lens

<p>An increasing number of countries are introducing measures in their planning and budgeting processes to address more effectively the persisting inequalities between women and men and boys and girls in all sectors. This video features the GRB experiences in India, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Mali and Bolivia.<br /><br />[source abstract]</p>

30 Aug 2014 00:24:44 GMT

UN Women website: Gender Responsive Budgeting

<p>How can gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) initiatives create enabling policy frameworks, build capacity and strengthen monitoring mechanisms to support accountability to women?</p><p>GRB consists of government planning, programming and budgeting that contributes to the advancement of gender equality and the fulfilment of women&#39;s rights. It entails identifying and reflecting needed interventions to address gender gaps in sector and local government policies, plans and budgets. GRB also aims to analyse the gender-differentiated impact of revenue-raising policies and the allocation of domestic resources and Official Development Assistance.</p><p>This website provides governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), parliaments and academics with resources for understanding and applying GRB.&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">It is divided into the following sections: UN Women initiatives; suggested readings; find a GRB expert; news, media and events; and resources.</span></p><p>Resources can be searched by language (including Spanish, Portuguese, French and Arabic), country/region. They can also be searched by resource type, as well as the following themes:</p><ul><li>Public finance and management system;</li><li>Taxation;</li><li>Human rights/CEDAW;</li><li>Parliament;</li><li>Local level GRB;</li><li>Sectoral application of GRB;</li><li>Aid effectiveness;</li><li>Financing for gender equality;</li><li>Financing women&#39;s priorities in post-conflict context; and</li><li>Gender markers</li></ul>

29 Aug 2014 23:57:06 GMT

Gender Budgeting and Democratic Governance: Experience from Africa and Europe

<p>This publication is based on a workshop of African and European civil society organisations (CSOs), which took place in Bonn, Germany in September 2010. It was organised by the Association of German Development NGOs (VENRO), the umbrella organisation of development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany. This event is part of the VENRO project &lsquo;Prospects for Africa &ndash; Europe&#39;s Policies&rsquo;, which seeks an active civil society contribution to the implementation of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership.<br /><br />This workshop report provides case studies of gender budgeting from Uganda, South Africa and Austria. It also provides a general discussion on links between gender budgeting and good governance and (gender) democracy; and on challenges to implementing gender budgeting work.<br /><br />The following papers are included in this publication:</p><ul><li>&lsquo;Gender Budgeting and Good Governance&rsquo; by Prof. Dr. h. c. Christa Randzio-Plath</li><li>&lsquo;Gender Budgeting and (Gender) Democracy: What are the Linkages?&rsquo; by Marion B&ouml;ker</li><li>&lsquo;Experience with Gender Budgeting from Uganda&rsquo; by Patricia Munabi Babiiha</li><li>&lsquo;Experience with Gender Budgeting from South Africa&rsquo; by Patricia Nyman</li><li>&lsquo;Experience with Gender Budgeting from Austria&rsquo; by Dr. Elfriede Fritz</li><li>&lsquo;Challenges in Implementing Gender Budgeting: A Workshop Account&rsquo; by Merle Bilinski<br />&nbsp;</li></ul>

29 Aug 2014 23:26:06 GMT

Multiple pathways to gender-sensitive budget support in the education sector: Analysing the effectiveness of sex-disaggregated indicators in performance assessment frameworks and gender working groups in (education) budget support to Sub-Saharan Africa countries

<p>Since the turn of the century, changes in aid policies and instruments have taken place with the goal of promoting aid and development effectiveness. The reform agenda, which is most clearly laid down in the 2006 Paris Declaration (PD), centres on principles of ownership, harmonization, alignment, managing for results, and accountability. In line with the PD principles, donors have replaced their traditional projects with more programme-oriented aid and budget support. One of the issues was that, at least initially, the gender dimension was largely neglected.<br /><br />In order to correct for the initial gender blindness of the Paris Declaration and related aid modalities as general and sector budget support, it has been proposed to integrate a gender dimension into budget support entry points. This paper studies the effectiveness of (joint) gender working groups, and the integration of sex-disaggregated indicators and targets, in performance assessment frameworks in the context of education sector budget support delivered to a sample of 17 Sub-Saharan African countries over the period 2005-10.<br /><br />The findings of this study tie in closely with the outcomes of a 2012 OECD/DAC study demonstrating that international targets for gender equality in education have been effective in focusing donor efforts on reducing enrolment gaps between girls and boys. According to this study, similar global commitments and targets with respect to gender equality in the economic and productive sectors could help to intensify donor efforts in these critical areas where gender-based inequalities often tend to be even more pronounced than in the education sector.</p>[adapted from source]

29 Aug 2014 22:48:50 GMT

Why the unemployment rate is a misleading indicator of labor market health in Egypt

<p>This paper argues that unemployment rate is a poor indicator of the cyclical performance of labour market, where it focuses attention on the plight of the well-off, not those who are the most vulnerable to poor labour market conditions.</p><p>The paper demonstrates that unemployment rate is primarily driven by the age and education structure of the population, rather than by economic fluctuations. In this context, it clarifies that unemployed people are primarily educated, middle and upper class, and new entrants into the labour market - a relatively advantaged segment of society.</p><p>Identically, the document notes that there are a number of other measures of labour market health, such as under-employment, types of employment, hours of work, and levels of earnings that are far better measures of labour market health. Furthermore, these are more sensitive to the conditions facing the poor and less educated.</p><p>The authors concentrate on the case of labour market in Egypt and conclude that:</p><ul><li>instead of focusing on unemployment in Egypt, policymakers and researchers should track, study, and craft labour market policies based on indicators that are sensitive to those who inhabit a less privileged position in the Egyptian labour market</li><li>indeed, only with better measures of labour market health can the state of the labour market be assessed and effective policies crafted</li></ul>

29 Aug 2014 21:57:18 GMT

The challenges of climate change: children on the front line

<p>This report seeks to broaden and deepen understanding of child rights dimensions in the climate change discourse.</p><p>The report argues that due to the accelerating global threats to children there is an urgent need to incorporate a comprehensive child rights approach, including directly involving children, in adaptation and mitigation efforts. Made up of articles from a range of experts, the report details explains how climate-related deaths of children in developing countries are brought on by changing patterns of major disease vectors and natural disasters, by food insecurity and lack of access to drinking water and sanitation facilities. The report concludes by looking ahead to 2015; a year of opportunity in which the world embarks on an ambitious agenda to end poverty, halt climate change and promote the rights of the child.</p>

29 Aug 2014 16:16:22 GMT

Climate variability, adaptation strategies and food security in Malawi

<p>This study has a focus on climate adaptation strategies for farmers in Malawi.</p><p>This paper assesses farmers&rsquo; incentives and conditioning factors that hinder or promote adaptation strategies and evaluates its impact on crop productivity by utilizing household level data collected in 2011 from nationally representative sample households in Malawi. The study distinguishes between (i) exposure to climatic disruptions, (ii) bio-physical sensitivity to such disruptions, (iii) household adaptive capacity in terms of farmers&rsquo; ability to prepare and adjust to the resulting stress, and, finally, (iv) system-level adaptive capacity that serve as enabling factors for household-level adaptation. We employ a multivariate probit (MVP) and instrumental variable technique to model farming practice selection decisions and their yield impact estimates.</p>

29 Aug 2014 16:04:43 GMT

Environment and humanitarian action: increasing effectiveness, sustainability and accountability

<p>This study examines the integration of environmental considerations into humanitarian operations.</p><p>Key conclusions can be summarised into four categories: system-wide accountability and responsibility; mainstreaming environment at system and field level; advocacy and evidence; and funding environment in humanitarian action.</p><p>The study explores the current state of integration of environmental considerations into humanitarian operations and recommends collective action to improve the effectiveness, accountability, and sustainability of humanitarian action. It examines some of the achievements to date and proposes&mdash;based on extensive consultations &mdash; how the future agenda might be defined. Lessons and experiences of what has and has not worked to integrate environment into humanitarian operations are considered, building a case to support timely and consistent mainstreaming of environmental considerations during humanitarian action. The report argues that a failure to integrate will have negative impacts, causing environmental degradation and destruction, and ultimately lessening the survival and recovery prospects for the victims of conflict and disasters.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:52:53 GMT

Getting caught with our plants down: the risks of a global crop yield slowdown from climate trends in the next two decades

<p>This paper argues that climate change could have a large impact on crop yields and food security.</p><p>This paper estimates the risks that climate trends over the next 10 or 20 years could have large impacts on global yields of wheat and maize, with a focus on scenarios that would cut the expected rates of yield gains in half. The paper also finds that global warming has also greatly increased the chance of climate trends large enough to halve yield trends over a 10 year period, with a roughly 1 in 4 chance for maize and 1 in 6 chance for wheat. Estimated risks are slightly larger when using climate projections from a large ensemble of a single climate model that more fully explores internal climate variability, than a multi-model ensemble that more fully explores model uncertainty.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:36:52 GMT

South Africa’s regional policy: the link between normative anchors and economic diplomacy in SADC

<p>South Africa&rsquo;s foreign policy identity is grounded in the values of good governance, democracy and human rights, as a consequence of its own transition to democratic rule in 1994. However, the past two decades have witnessed lacunae in the manner in which these values have been articulated in its economic diplomacy in Southern Africa.</p><p>This paper argues that South Africa&rsquo;s economic diplomacy interacts with the normative anchors of Pretoria&rsquo;s foreign policy within a framework that is informed by South Africa&rsquo;s own history and world view, as well as by the regional context in which it operates. It argues that the regional context and the constraints this imposes on South Africa have led to an inconsistent and potentially weak linkage between the country&rsquo;s norms and its economic diplomacy as two interactive sides in the country&rsquo;s regional policy.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:29:37 GMT

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

<p>This report assesses the vulnerability to climate change of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.</p><p>It argues that cities must be at the centre of efforts to address the challenge of climate change, both to mitigate its causes and to adapt to its anticipated effects. This is because in urban areas, with higher population density, climate change will exacerbate and compound existing climate vulnerabilities, especially for the urban poor. It highlights that in Papua New Guinea urban populations are often located in hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. The report argues that the poorest are almost always the most vulnerable, as they have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:26:53 GMT

ORIE Nigeria Research Summary: Qualitative Impact Evaluation - governance and social contexts for nutrition interventions

<p>This briefing note summarises the findings of qualitative research on the governance and social contexts for nutrition interventions in Northern Nigeria. The research provides an evaluation &lsquo;baseline&rsquo; for the UK Aid funded Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:14:47 GMT

Global-to-local modelling of land use dynamics in Vietnam

<p>This paper presents the preliminary results of two hypothetical futures for Vietnam, a High Climate Impact and a High Economic Growth Scenario.</p><p>The results of the study are taken to show that the structure of the Vietnamese economy, land distribution, and the composition of the food consumption basket are little affected by the scenarios. Impacts are, however, visible across sectors, with important inter-sectoral linkages between primary and processing industrial sectors. For example, climate change, primarily modelled via yields, is shown to slow down the economy. An increased demand for land by crops at the cost of livestock and commercial (production) forestry pushes up land prices with knock-on effects for the rest of the economy. Food security deteriorates across the globe and in Vietnam, with substitution towards cheaper imports. Pursuing higher economic growth by increasing yields and technological progress in manufacturing and agriculture sectors can turn these developments around and minimise land price increases.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:08:55 GMT

Gender inequality and maternal and child nutrition in Northern Nigeria

<p>This summary provides an overview of how gender inequality impacts maternal and child nutrition in Northern Nigeria. The research had two main purposes: (1) to increase understanding of the pathways by which gender inequality is linked with poor maternal and child nutritional outcomes and (2) to formulate a set of gender-related questions which the Operations Research and Impact Evaluation (ORIE) research project will address in order to provide information on how to address gender-related issues that influence maternal and child nutrition and the uptake of health and nutrition services.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:06:11 GMT

ORIE Nigeria Quantitative Impact Evaluation Baseline Report

<p>This report presents the findings from the baseline survey of the quantitative impact evaluation of the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) Programme interventions in Northern Nigeria. The household survey data collection was conducted in June 2013 and a final round of data collection is scheduled for June 2016. Both baseline and endline survey data will be used to estimate the collective impact of the WINNN Programme interventions that are focused at the level of the Local Government Area &ndash; Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF).</p>

29 Aug 2014 14:57:22 GMT

The Other Asian Enigma: Explaining the Rapid Reduction of Undernutrition in Bangladesh

<p>South Asia has long been synonymous with persistent and unusually high rates of child undernutrition &mdash; the so - called Asian enigma . Yet contrary to this stereotype , Bangladesh has manage d to sustain a rapid reduction in the rate of child undernutrition for at least two decades. In this paper we aim to understand the sources of this unheralded success with the aspiration of deriv ing policy - relevant lessons from Bangladesh&rsquo;s experience. To do s o we employ a regression analysis of five rounds of Demographic and Health Surveys covering the period from 1997 to 2011. Statistical decompositions suggest that five broad factors explain slightly more than half of the improvement in height - for - age z scores and stunting rates: rapid gains in both maternal and paternal education , wealth accumulation , increased utilization of or access to prenatal and neonatal health services , reductions in open defecation, and demographic changes in the form of reduced fertility rates and longer birth intervals. Most of these broader economic and social improvements can be plausibly linked to pro - poor economic policies and community - led development schemes, and for the most part the results are robust to various sensitiv ity analyses. However, it is also notable that our statistical model leaves a substantial share of Bangladesh&rsquo;s success an unexplained enigma</p>

29 Aug 2014 14:40:19 GMT

Why Worry About the Politics of Childhood Undernutrition?

<p>Undernutrition affects over 2 billion people; but most of the global policy focus has been on technical solutions rather than an understanding of nutrition politics. This paper reviews existing literature on nutrition politics and policy. We identify a number of recurring themes surrounding knowledge; politics, and capacities. While the literature on nutrition politics and policy is growing; we demonstrate how there are a number of gaps in our understanding that might be addressed from wider development scholarship on politics and related issues such as power and the state, participation, and accountability.</p>

29 Aug 2014 14:25:29 GMT

A systematic assessment of the current capacity to act in nutrition in West Africa: cross-country similarities and differences

<p>Although it is widely accepted that lack of capacity is one of the barriers to scaling up nutrition in West Africa, there is a paucity of information about what capacities exist and the capacities that need to be developed to accelerate progress toward improved nutrition outcomes in the region. Objective This systematic assessment of the current capacity to act in nutrition in the West Africa region and exploration of cross-country similarities and differences collected data from 13 West African countries. Important similarities and differences in capacity assets and gaps emerged across all the surveyed countries. There was strong momentum to improve nutrition in nearly all the surveyed countries. Most of the countries had a set of policies on nutrition in place and had set up multisectoral, multi-stakeholder platforms to coordinate nutrition activities, although much remained to be done to improve the effectiveness of these platforms. Many initiatives aimed to reduce undernutrition were ongoing in the region, but there did not seem to be clear coordination between them. Insufficient financial resources to implement nutrition activities were a major problem in all countries. The bulk of financial allocations for nutrition was provided by development partners, even though some countries, such as Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal, had a national budget line for nutrition. Sporadic stock-outs of nutrition supplies were reported in most of the countries as a result of a weak logistic and supply chain system. They also had a critical shortage of skilled nutrition professionals. There was limited supervision of nutrition activities, especially at lower levels. Nigeria and Ghana emerged as the countries with the greatest capacities to support the expansion of a nutrition workforce, although a significant proportion of their trained nutritionists were not employed in the nutrition sector. None of the countries had in place a unified nutrition information system that could guide decision-making processes across the different sectors. There is an urgent need for a shift toward wider reforms for nutrition capacity development in the West Africa region. Addressing these unmet needs is a critical first step toward improved capacity for action in nutrition in the region.</p>

29 Aug 2014 14:19:01 GMT

Nutrition in emergencies: Do we know what worrks?

<p>Nutrition actions in emergencies continue to be critical to mortality reduction and to achieving broader humanitarian as well as livelihood goals in institutionally fragile environments. In the past decade, numerous innovations have enhanced the prevention and treatment of many forms of malnutrition; these include wider adoption of new food products, protocols for their use, and programming guidelines. The quality and scale of interventions has improved despite many challenges, resulting in fewer avoidable deaths and growing success in the management of severe and moderate wasting, as well as micronutrient deficiencies. Indeed, many lessons learned in emergencies have the potential to inform non-emergency programming. As such, there is a need for more explicit attention to emergency needs and activities in global target-setting developmental agendas. However, as caseloads and costs continue to grow, there are calls for more evidence-based guidance on the best combination of approaches to use in different contexts. Best practice is still constrained by evidence gaps, due in large part to the difficulties of research in humanitarian contexts. Nevertheless, sound empirical research must be prioritized on the efficacy, effectiveness and costs of various single and combined approaches.</p>

29 Aug 2014 14:06:44 GMT

NEEP-gap-analysis_external-dissemination-7-24-141.pdf

<p>Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Programme (NEEP) aims to address knowledge gaps on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of maternal and child nutrition interventions and how they can be delivered at scale. To this end, a process to identify and prioritise evaluation activities that address evidence gaps was conducted at the program start. NEEP&rsquo;s Gap Analysis identifies the high-priority areas for investment in evidence-building for nutrition and describes the methods used in determining these gap areas.</p>

29 Aug 2014 13:43:40 GMT

Energy and water: the vital link for a sustainable future

<p>Access to water and energy of the right quality and at an affordable price underpins poverty eradication and improved health. Water is used in energy production and energy in the provision of and treatment of water. However, if we don&rsquo;t manage the water resources wisely, the possibility to secure energy for all is at risk. The global demand for freshwater is under-going rapid changes and is projected to grow by 55 per cent between 2000 and 2050.</p><p>The chapters in this paper were prepared for World Water Week 2014, and titles include:</p><ul><li><p>Water and energy: a necessary evolution from dialogue to partnership?</p></li><li><p>The growing thirst for energy: is shale gas part of the solution, or part of the problem</p></li><li><p>Sustainable hydropower in the context of water and energy security</p></li><li><p>Forest, water, and carbon storage: creating synergies and balancing trade-offs in view of climate change</p></li><li><p>Water and energy in the urban setting</p></li><li><p>For better, for worse: the eternal interdependence of energy and water</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 09:45:32 GMT

Open Budgets Portal: Gender Budgeting

<p>This section of the World Bank website presents documentation on gender budgeting. The first headline showcases budget-related gender initiatives carried out by international organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations (UN). The second headline presents a series of documents and papers related to gender budgeting.</p>

29 Aug 2014 06:16:40 GMT

Integrating gender equality dimensions into public financial management

<p>This issues brief is on the integration of a gender equality perspective into public financial management (PFM). It introduces the what, why, where and how of both PFM and gender-responsive budgeting (GRB); outlines opportunities and challenges for implementing GRB; suggests ways of using GRB techniques; includes a comprehensive list of material for further reading.<br /><br />The authors find there is more advocacy than action taking place. They make the case that it is time to implement GRB because it is a form of financial management that seeks to ensure an efficient allocation of resources based on the identified needs; and can offer a win-win situation by both strengthening gender equality and enhancing economic growth.<br /><br />This publication is part of a series on aid effectiveness and the Paris Declaration principles prepared by the DAC Network on Gender Equality for programme managers and thematic advisors in donor agencies and partner country institutions. Civil society organisations may also find this resource to be useful in their discussions with governments and donor agencies.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 06:02:50 GMT

Gender Cafe: Gender Responsive Budgeting and Planning, a comparative perspective on Cameroon, Mali and Senegal

<p>In Cameroon, it is around a coffee and without taboo that partners and stakeholders discussed how to ensure gender responsive budgeting and planning (GRB/P) is put in place, and significantly contributes to building gender equality, not to mention, contributing to progress within the broader development efforts of African nations.<br /><br />In addition to its activities in the country, UN Women in Cameroon opened a new avenue of bringing about change, by means of an innovative form of dialogue &ndash; the &lsquo;Gender Caf&eacute;&rsquo;. The first two editions of the Gender Caf&eacute; took place in the spring of 2014. The second session was dedicated to Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB), and acted as a platform for Mali and Senegal to provide their lessons learnt, in terms of GRB and Gender Responsive Planning. Over 80 participants from partners&rsquo; organisations and stakeholders, civil society and bilateral partners, media, and the Government met to increase awareness around the subject, speak loud and clear about the situation in Cameroon, as well as sharing their own experiences and advice.</p><p>Her Excellency, Miss Abena Ondoa, born Obama Marie Th&eacute;r&egrave;se, Minister of the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family in Cameroon, remarked that the second edition was, &ldquo;a real eye opener and a session full of lessons for us. The Gender Caf&eacute; must continue because it helps us think about best practices and alternatives, new ways to look at our situation.&rdquo; As well as this, the Minister drew conclusions from the other countries presenting their thoughts, including that &ldquo;the institutionalisation of GRB/P in Mali shows how gender gaps can be addressed through budgeting in all line Ministries and reporting within the finance bill on the advancement of the investments made to promote gender equality. I thank UN Women again, for this initiative.&rsquo;</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

29 Aug 2014 05:30:09 GMT

Macro, mezzo and micro-level analysis of gender responsive budgeting in Rwanda

<p>This study focuses on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) as an alternative approach for equitable allocation of gender resources for men, women, boys and girls in Rwanda. It uses a purposive sampling technique to identify 115 respondents from institutions and gender machineries in Rwanda. Face-to-face interviews and focus group discussions were utilised to gather primary data base.<br /><br />The empirical results indicated that the Rwandan government has integrated and adapted GRB methodology into the national accounting system for the allocation of gender resources. This study found that there are distortions of information and inconsistency in preparation of gender budget statements, as well as imbalance of allocation of gender resources at the micro-level in Rwanda.<br /><br />This study suggests the need for capacity building to strengthen the skills of economists, planners and budget officers bestowed with the obligation of engendering the national budget. This study further opines that the government of Rwanda should set benchmarks to guide the allocation of gender resources at all levels (macro, mezzo and micro).<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 05:13:12 GMT

Gender Responsive Budgeting and Aid Effectiveness Knowledge Briefs

<p>This series investigated how gender responsive budgeting (GRB) tools and strategies had been used in the context of aid modalities, such as general budget support (GBS) and sector budget support (SBS). Research was carried out in ten countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Morocco, Nepal, Mozambique, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.<br /><br />The research aimed to increase national partners&rsquo; and European Union decision-makers&rsquo; understanding of the opportunities for using GRB to ensure that aid contributes to the achievement of gender equality goals. The knowledge briefs aim to provide guidance on using GRB tools to integrate a gender dimension into new modalities of aid financing, so that these adequately support the implementation of governments&rsquo; gender equality commitments.<br /><br />The target audiences are: programmers and policy makers working for national governments, the European Commission, and bilateral donors. The series consists of five separate briefs following an introduction to gender responsive budgeting and aid effectiveness:</p><ul><li>Guidance sheet on &lsquo;How can aid be gender responsive in the context of the new aid modalities?</li><li>Lessons from gender responsive budgeting initiatives&rsquo;</li><li>Brief on &lsquo;How do donors collectively address gender issues in their aid management practices at country level?&rsquo;</li><li>Brief on &lsquo;How do Individual donors address gender Issues in their policy, programming, and financing?&rsquo;</li><li>Summaries of country reports</li></ul><p>This series of knowledge briefs (available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) has been produced on the basis of research carried out under the European Commission-supported programme &lsquo;Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda&rsquo;.<br />&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 05:01:28 GMT

Integrating gender responsive budgeting into the aid effectiveness agenda reports

<p>These research reports&nbsp;(one composite report and ten country reports) have been generated as part of&nbsp;the UNIFEM programme, &#39;Integrating gender responsive budgeting into the aid effectiveness agenda&#39;. The three-year programme&nbsp;funded by the European Commission (EC) was launched in 2008 and consists of research and programmatic technical assistance.</p><p>The investigation was intended to deepen the under standing of national partners and European Union (EU) decision makers of the opportunities for using gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) to enhance accountability to gender equality in aid effectiveness.</p><p>In the first stage of the programme, research was carried out in ten developing countries (Mozambique, Morocco, India, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nepal, Cameroon, Peru and Ethiopia) in July 2008. The research aimed to investigate how GRB tools and strategies have been used in the context of currently used aid modalities-specifically general budget support (GBS) and sector budget support (SBS). The ten countries were selected by UNIFEM and EC on the basis of criteria such as the existence of GRB work, the use of GBS or SBS, and the presence of budget reform processes.</p><p>[adapted from GSDRC summary - <a href="http://www.gsdrc.org/go/display&amp;type=Document&amp;id=5339&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=gsdrc&amp;utm_source=newsfeed">http://www.gsdrc.org</a>]</p>

29 Aug 2014 04:20:03 GMT

Gender budgeting as an instrument for educational attainment in Kenya

<p>Gender issues have continued to play a key role in the formulation of public policy across sectors worldwide. It is notable that gender gaps in many developing countries remain a challenge in the education sector. The purpose of policies is to guide action towards some identified practical goals; policies lose meaning when they remain unimplemented. Moreover, it is important to understand the process of policy formulation and implementation because it is crucial to the final outcomes.</p><p>In contemporary education theory and practice, feminist thought provides invaluable direction on gender policies that seek to enhance inclusiveness and equality in education &ndash; so that they do not discriminate against girls and women or any minority groups.</p><p>The purpose of the study is to establish the impact of gender budgeting on accessibility to quality education by the girl child. The study identifies a wide range of factors that have led to gender disparities in Kenya. It also reveals that significant positive changes in the education sector have occurred, much more is required.</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

29 Aug 2014 04:05:39 GMT

Guideline for gender sensitive budgeting on girls education in Ethiopia

<p>Development partners, including UNICEF, have been supporting the Ethiopian Government so that the country could achieve universal access to education by 2015. The current support is focused on mobilising leadership committed to girls&#39; education (locally, nationally and regionally) by developing the necessary tools for gender sensitive budgeting and participatory plan of action in budgets at district, regional and national levels.<br /><br />These guidelines have been developed to address the current gaps in gender-sensitive budgeting for girls&#39; education. It is believed these guidelines would assist the different stakeholders involved in the process of planning and budgeting to recognise and address female and male needs and interests; and provide them with opportunities through planning and budgeting.<br /><br />This publication presents a guiding framework for concerned higher, middle and local government stakeholders to undertake gender budgeting for education. The guide is also designed to mobilise leadership committed to girls&#39; education by developing the necessary tools for gender-sensitive budgeting and participatory action plans.<br /><br />This guide was prepared by the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) and Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with United Nations Children&#39;s Fund (UNICEF) and The British Council.<br />&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 03:50:30 GMT

Introducing the concept of Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting in Sierra Leone

<p>UN Women, in collaboration with the Organization for Inclusive Development (OfID),&nbsp;has partnered with UNFPA and the Ministries of Local Government and Finance to deliver a training on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRB) to senior professionals responsible for institutional planning, budgeting and tracking of implementation of local and central government resources in Freetown. This Training of Trainers pilot aimed at improving the budget performance of 16 Managers and Directors from government&rsquo;s ministries, departments and agencies.<br /><br />Enhancing participants&#39; understanding of GRB tools, UN Women Representative in Sierra Leone, Dr Mary Okumu, provided an overview of the global GRB framework and its importance and relevance to all levels of development. She said that GRB was a tool for increasing government accountability in delivering gender equality and women&#39;s empowerment goals through the global programme of Financing for Equality. She stressed the need to make the budget systems, processes and allocations more transparent and participatory as a measure towards greater accountability to citizens by, demonstrating budget performance.<br /><br />&ldquo;Though we are Economists and Financial Planners, we see the need of gaining skills and tools in GRB as an urgent task because our donors now insist that they want to see central and local budgets that are gender responsive&rdquo; said Adams Tommy, a Senior Economist from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED). In his opening statement, Mr Tommy expressed enthusiasm to be part of the very first learning team and said that his Ministry so badly wanted to learn about Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting that they initiated the training, mobilised the resources and invited UN Women to come and share their technical expertise in this priming programming area.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 03:11:28 GMT

Impact of gender-responsive budgeting

<p>&ldquo;What is the evidence on the impact of gender-responsive budgeting on gender outcomes and on resource distribution within government bodies, in developing countries? Where possible, identify the key requirements for success and lessons learned in gender-responsive budgeting.&rdquo;</p><p>According to this report, gender-responsive budgeting has contributed to changing budgets and priorities in line with gender equality. However, expecting such changes from gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) alone is not prudent. Frequently cited cases in developing countries include India, Tanzania and South Africa, as well as Mexico and other Latin American countries with participatory budgets.</p><p>Obstacles include: lack of sex-disaggregated data and data on gender relations; limited capacity and resources for carrying out the complex task of gendered budget analysis; gender budgeting has predominantly focused on expenditure, with little action on revenue, etc.</p><p>Enabling factors to GRB that this report highlights include the following:</p><ul><li>Securing sustained support for gender-responsive budgeting;</li><li>Engendering the entire budget process and economic policy;</li><li>Ensuring practical feasibility;</li><li>Building capacities;</li><li>Supporting women&#39;s participation in planning and budgeting; and</li><li>Linking gender issues with other structural inequalities.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 02:45:16 GMT

Gender Budgeting in Nigeria 2012-2015: Working with parliament and civil society to improve the lives of women and girls

<p>This programme is designed to support women Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly of Nigeria, where they comprise just 9% of members. Jointly funded by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DFID), the programme also works with civil society and Nigeria&#39;s National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS).</p><p>This publication gives an overview with links to resources concerning the Gender Budgeting in Nigeria 2012-2015 programme: &lsquo;Working with parliament and civil society to improve the lives of women and girls&rsquo;.</p>

29 Aug 2014 01:40:13 GMT

An overview of changing scenario of economic empowerment through gender budgeting

<p>According to this article, the mainstream of &lsquo;women in development&rsquo; planning is critical in determining the extent to how much women could participate and obtain benefit from development process. This involves understanding the relationship between macroeconomic policies, and central and state budgets, in the context of economic reforms; and understanding the numerous ways in which they influence women&rsquo;s lives. The author finds that it makes economic sense to make national budgets gender sensitive, as it is more effective for targeting government expenditure to women-specific activities.</p><p>The present study addresses India&rsquo;s union and state level scenario towards the Women Component Plan (WCP) as a gender budgeting tool. It analyses outlay/expenditure under the component plan for the period 1997-98 to 2011- 12. Under WCP, both central and state governments are required to ensure that a minimum 30% of funds are earmarked for women under various schemes of women-related ministries/departments.</p><p>The author finds that the outlay/expenditure under WCP has been fluctuating during this period. Another finding is the apparent reduction in 2007-08 in Gender Budget allocation for women.</p>

29 Aug 2014 00:27:10 GMT

Budgeting to end gender inequalities in the education sector

<p><span style="line-height:1.6em">This paper explains how gender responsive budgeting tools can help address persistent gender inequalities in the education sector. Drawing on country experiences and a broad analysis of education sector financing, it argues that there are ways to sustain and further efforts to respond to gender disparities in education sector &ndash; even in the current economic and financial climate.</span></p><p>Government responses to the demands for achieving gender equitable outcomes in the education sector are usually within the remit of ministries of education. Planning, budgeting and monitoring processes, whether at the sector or the programme level, are therefore key instruments for identifying sector priorities, and ensuring that the necessary interventions, resources, and measures are implemented.&nbsp;</p><p>Since data on national averages often disguise huge intra-regional disparities, these interventions have to be evidence-based and context specific. The authors find that the effective integration of a gender perspective in sectoral interventions is predicated on:</p><ul><li>Identifying adequate programmes and interventions and matching them with sex-disaggregated targets, performance indicators and consequent budget allocations.</li><li>Adopting a two-track approach for designing and financing interventions: based on gender analysis and the identification of clear measures that ensure equitable outcomes; as well as addressing gender-specific challenges to improve female enrolment, retention and completion rates.</li></ul><p>This paper explores a number of issues in education financing; and discusses key instruments used in local and national plans and budgets. The section on gender-sensitive monitoring and oversight of education sector budgets encompasses the following:</p><ul><li>Public Expenditure Reviews</li><li>Benefit incidence analysis</li><li>Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS)</li><li>Citizen report cards</li><li>Community scorecards</li><li>Service oversight and management committees</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 23:55:05 GMT

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:00 GMT

Making the best of new energy resources in the United States

Since around 2007, the country has been enjoying an “energy renaissance” thanks to its abundant stocks of shale oil and gas. The resurgence in oil and gas production is beginning to create discernible economic impacts and has changed the landscape for natural gas prices in the United States, boosting competitiveness.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Green growth indicators

Policies that promote green growth need to be founded on a good understanding of the different factors that affect green growth, and appropriate information is needed to monitor progress and measure results.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:29:00 GMT

The Diesel Differential: Differences in the tax treatment of gasoline and diesel for road use

Diesel and gasoline account for around 95% of energy used for road transport in the OECD and for the largest share of revenue from taxes on energy. In 33 out of 34 OECD countries, diesel fuel is taxed at lower rates than gasoline both in terms of energy and carbon content.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:25:00 GMT

Consequences of climate change damages for economic growth – a dynamic quantitative assessment

This report focuses on the effects of climate change impacts on economic growth. The analysis finds that the effect of climate change impacts on annual global GDP is projected to increase over time, leading to a global GDP loss of 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060 for the most likely equilibrium climate sensitivity range.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

Paris Policy Forum - Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia: from concept to implementation

The policy forum officially launches the conceptual framework to the public and offers an opportunity for participants to discuss the key issues for emerging Asia: housing, buildings and energy, land use and transport, water and waste management, green goods and services.

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

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

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Webcast of OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies

Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

Find out about the Green Growth Platform and its upcoming activities

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 GMT

Greener Skills and Jobs

The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This paper suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

OECD LEED-Cedefop 2nd Green Skills Forum 2014 (Paris, France)

LEED and Cedefop organise the second edition of the Green Skills Forum which will bring together experts in innovation, employability and skills development and lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

Workshop: Potential of social enterprises for job creation and green economy - how to stimulate their start and development?

The last decade has seen considerable policy attention to the social economy and its contribution to employment, in particular as regards the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable workers and the provision of appropriate working conditions.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy

This LEED project aims to to define key indicators of area-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The objective is to define measurable indicators at regional/local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

ITF Transport Outlook 2013

The ITF Transport Outlook 2013 presents and discusses global scenarios concerning the development of transport volumes through 2050. The analysis highlights the impact of alternative economic growth scenarios on passenger and freight flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation outside the OECD.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:06:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

Environmental policies and productivity growth - a critical review of empirical findings

This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the link between environmental policy stringency and productivity growth, and the various channels through which such effects can take place.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Green growth challenges and the need for an energy reform in Mexico

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:14:00 GMT

Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector

This report looks at the issue of tax crime in the fisheries sector, including frauds over taxes on profit and earnings, customs duties, VAT and social security, with examples from real cases.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:01:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

The value of fishery resources lies in its ability to support public goals and objectives. If the fishery is expected to support economic, social and environmental objectives, it is important for fishery managers to recognise the primacy of these goals even if stock management remains their principle task. This handbook discusses the role of objectives and how to carry out an effective policy design and implementation process.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Green Growth Newsletter, October 2013

Headlines: 2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum, 5-6 December 2013; In Focus: Water – International Year of Water, World Water Week and the OECD's Work on Water; Promoting Green Investment in Costa Rica; Promoting Green Growth in Brandenburg; Making Growth Green and Inclusive – The Case of Cambodia; Latest publications and key upcoming events.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:26:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Marine Biotechnology: Enabling Solutions for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability

This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:43:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

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

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Cambodia

Key questions for development planning today in countries include: Can developing countries strike a balance between economic growth, societal well-being and environmental protection? Can inclusive, green growth be a way forward? This report presents a case study on Cambodia designed to answer these questions.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:24:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Restructuring the electricity sector and promoting green growth in Japan

The 2011 disaster and nuclear problems opened the door to a new energy policy, as they raisedfundamental questions about the electricity system’s ability to prevent and respond to accidents.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Greening growth in Luxembourg

With strong economic growth overall and an increasingly important role as a regional economic centre, Luxembourg is experiencing mounting environmental pressures. This is mainly a result of a growing population and a rapid increase in transport, which is dominated by the car, as the number of workers commuting within Luxembourg and from across the border has risen rapidly.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods Through Collective Action

Collective action is key to improving the agricultural environment given its effectiveness in dealing with agri-environmental externalities that are beyond the capacity of the individual farmer to manage. This study provides an extensive literature review and analyses 25 case studies from 13 OECD countries to examine how policies could and should be used to promote collective action.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Lithuania adheres to OECD Declaration on Green Growth

Following the delivery of the Strategy in May 2011, green growth will be mainstreamed in OECD analytical work to enrich guidance on a number of country, sector and issue-specific areas. This will involve integrating green growth considerations in Economic Surveys, Environmental Performance Reviews and Innovation Reviews.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:06:00 GMT

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation

This paper brings together information collected through Working Party on Nanotechnology discussions and projects. It relies in particular on preliminary results from a project on the responsible development of nanotechnology and outcomes of a symposium held in 2012.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:00 GMT

Blog: Climate Change and Health Beyond 2015 - The Sustainable Development Agenda

Health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development. Climate change affects health through a myriad of exposure pathways, each presenting simultaneously both challenges and opportunities for sustainable health and development.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:00 GMT

Blog: Putting green growth at the heart of development

The rapid pace of development in many developing countries raises the stakes for investments in development, but also begs reflection on the patterns or types of growth that are appropriate for a particular country context.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:53:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Ethiopia

This working paper reflects on green growth policy in Ethiopia – it explores green growth already in action – a range of on-the-ground activities which point to scale-up options for the future.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:27:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Putting green growth at the heard of development

Over the past 20 years, the global development landscape has changed dramatically. At the same time, we face unprecedented global challenges and growing instability, with looming financial and economic crises, and growing unemployment, food insecurity, political instability and environmental threats.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:44:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD ProgBlog - Financing our Future: Sustainable Development Financing Strategy

As discussions to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) build momentum, attention is starting to shift towards not only what the world should try to achieve, but also how to go about it.

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:48:00 GMT

OECD Forum 2013 issue on fostering sustainability

This year's forum focuses on three key themes: Promoting inclusive growth, Rebuilding trust and Fostering sustainability. The Forum brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. It feeds into the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda.

Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Investing in a sustainable future

Investment strategies almost never consider external costs to the environment when calculating potential returns. But incorporating environmental risk and sustainability into investor mindsets is possible– and urgent.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT

Report: Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux)

This paper discusses the results of the 2011-2012 OECD LEED study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:21:00 GMT

Green Growth in Cities

Green Growth in Cities presents the OECD Green Cities Programme’s main findings and policy recommendations, and provides a preliminary approach to measuring green growth in cities

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:20:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Ports: How to Get More Value for Money?

Ports are the nervous system of global trade. Over 80% of world cargo (by volume) is transported by sea. Our efforts to raise the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of ports can help boost trade, growth and jobs. It can also help us to promote green growth and development in the poorest regions, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 22 May 2013 14:07:00 GMT

Economic Survey of Mexico 2013

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Tue, 21 May 2013 14:38:00 GMT

Urbanisation and Green Growth in China

This working paper assesses national policy and governance mechanisms that can influence green growth in Chinese cities.

Fri, 17 May 2013 19:40:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

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

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

Return from the dead?

Old ways of thinking won’t bring developed countries back to economic life. Weighed down by the legacy of the crisis, they also face deep challenges like a faltering labour supply and slowing innovation. And growth itself won’t be enough–it must also be stable, inclusive and green. The need for structural reforms has never been greater, but they will require difficult trade-offs.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:20:00 GMT

OECD/BIAC Workshop: Green Growth in the Agro-Food Chain: What Role for the Private Sector?

What is the role of the private sector in greening the agro-food chain? This OECD/BIAC workshop will examine such issues as the role of new technologies in increasing productivity and reducing waste, as well as developing private-public partnerships.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:43:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

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

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Greening our Knowledge

Strong international cooperation on testing, exploring and refining measurement tools on green growth is essential to support implementation and assessment of policies in both developed and developing countries, said OECD Secretary-General.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

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

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

What have we learned from attempts to introduce green-growth policies?

Long-term projections suggest that without policy changes, the continuation of business-as-usual economic growth and development will have serious impacts on natural resources and the ecosystem services on which human well-being depends.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:07:00 GMT

The price of oil – will it start rising again?

Following a sharp drop amidst the global economic crisis and a subsequent recovery, the spot price of crude oil has been broadly stable for the past couple of years. This paper discusses the factors that drive oil demand and supply and, hence, the price of the resource.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

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

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

Although the market for green goods and services is growing, the development of new business models is affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

New business models can help reduce environmental pollution, optimise the use of natural resources, increase productivity and energy efficiency, and provide a new source of economic growth. The development of new business models is also affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:33:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector: Proceedings of a Joint FAO/OECD Workshop

To help meet the challenges posed by climate change, the agriculture sector should increase its resilience. This book presents the summary and papers from a joint workshop by FAO and OECD that looked at how agriculture can build resilience for adaptation to climate change.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Korea’s National Green Growth Committee Meeting

Putting “Green” at the core of a country’s “Growth” strategy is intelligent public policy at its best! Korea understands that there is no trade-off between green and growth. Much to the contrary: there are strong synergies that can be exploited between pro-growth and pro-green policies.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:43:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Report: Measuring the potential of local green growth - An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth in Africa Workshop January 15-18 2013: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future

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

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Conference: Innovation in skills development for SMEs competitiveness (Ankara, Turkey)

The conference discussed the results of the project as well as policy recommendations on training and skills development for the creation of an innovative and competitive SME sector in OECD countries.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Innovation In Tourism

This working paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyse the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in OECD countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector.

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:36:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Chile's OECD membership presents challenges both in the context of changing patterns of production and consumption, and in the framework of a more sustainable economy. Specifically, green growth emphasizes improving growth rates, particularly through greening existing industries, as well as through new eco-businesses.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Joint OECD-GGGI Workshop: Green growth development paths for a better future

Surrounding the 2012 GG-SD Forum, a joint OECD-GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) workshop took place on 22 November. The workshop featured a discussion among experts and policy makers from developing countries with the aim of sharing evidence and experience on how to create an enabling framework and design policy options for overcoming key challenges and prioritizing inclusive green growth opportunities.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:40:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

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

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The GGKP has been developed in partnership between the GGGI, the OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank, to help address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, and to help countries design and implement green growth policy.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

This new publication looks at how renewable energy can bring the greatest benefits to host regions.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:08:00 GMT

Measuring the potential of local green growth: An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

Secretary-General Angel Gurría addresses the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and others to discuss highlights of the forthcoming OECD report on local green growth, as part of our efforts to develop more effective tools for measuring cities’ progress and monitoring the impact of green policies.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:42:00 GMT

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2012

The second Forum – 3GF2012 – will be held in Denmark on 8-9 October 2012 under the thematic headline “Resource Efficiency and Growth”.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:41:00 GMT

Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

This paper presents an overview of practices and challenges related to financing green sustainable cities. Cities are essential actors in stimulating green infrastructure; and urban finance is one of the promising ways in which this can be achieved. Cities are key investors in infrastructure with green potential, such as buildings, transport, water and waste.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:09:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

Climate change policies in Germany: make ambition pay

Germany reduced greenhouse gas emissions substantially but remains an important emitter. Ambitious targets for climate change mitigation have been fixed and a broad range of environmental measures are being implemented.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany)

The Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Market Development for Green Cars

This report reviews government policies and attempts to provide a better understanding of the growing market for green vehicles as well as new analytical instruments to identify measures that could be designed to foster the uptake of green cars.

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:10:00 GMT

Avoiding debt traps: financial backstops and structural reforms

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

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:11:00 GMT

Towards green growth in Denmark: improving energy and climate change policies

Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:17:00 GMT

OECD and Rio+20

OECD’s contribution to the Rio+20 Conference focused on how to promote greener economies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment

This comprehensive review of compact city policies will provide food for thought for national, sub-national and municipal governments as they seek to address their economic and environmental challenges through the development and implementation of spatial strategies.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Achieving the “low carbon, green growth” vision in Korea

Korea, which has had the highest growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD area since 1990, adopted an ambitious Green Growth Strategy in 2009.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

Green Jobs

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

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

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Green Growth Seminar

The costs and consequences of inaction would be colossal, in economic, environmental and human terms. The truth is that changing our model of growth and making it greener and more inclusive is the only credible strategy that we have.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green growth in action: Mexico

Mexico has taken action on a number of fronts to implement green growth policies, including integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation plans into their National Development Plan, and implementing energy price schemes that reflect the opportunity costs of consumption. Mexico is also developing its green growth indicators, using the OECD set of green growth indicators proposed in “Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture in a Global Context

To nourish the world population in 2050, we must increase food availability by 70 to 100%. This means that we need to engineer a shift towards policies that support innovation, productivity and sustainability and that provide farmers with the skills they need to grasp the opportunities of strong demand and high prices.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

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

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

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

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Development Week 2014

The OECD Development Week (30 June, 1- 3 July 2014) is organised by the OECD Development Centre. High-level policy makers, representatives of the private sector, investors, civil society organisations, foundations and think tanks will gather at the OECD to look into current patterns of globalisation and explore more dynamic paths for inclusive and sustainable growth at global, regional and national levels.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:29:00 GMT

OECD Insights Blog: The transatlantic trade deal must work for the people, or it won’t work at all

Blog post by OECD TUAC, ETUC and AFL-CIO on why the transatlantic trade deal TTIP must work for the people, or it won’t work at all.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:28:00 GMT

Monitoring trade and investment measures

G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT

Aiming high: the values-driven economic potential of a successful TTIP deal

Guest post from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the OECD Insights blog discussing the economic potential of a successful TTIP deal.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

New evidence on Africa’s integration into global value chains

The African economy is undergoing diversification and becoming more integrated into the world economy. But whether the current pace of change is sufficient to achieve lasting structural transformation is another question.In order for GVCs to contribute positively to structural change, policy also needs to adapt.

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

African countries need to tap global markets more effectively to strengthen their economies, says new African Economic Outlook

By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:16:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

International Business Dialogue 2014: Better Regulation to Enhance Trade

The objective of the International Business Dialogue 2014 is to collect input from the business community on regulatory impediments to trade and identify areas to improve international regulatory cooperation.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:08:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

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

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs [pdf

This brand new report from the OECD examines the potential impact of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in Bali on trade costs.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:21:00 GMT

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be a positive thing, and not just for the EU and the US.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:25:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali: too good a prize to pass up

As the OECD's latest global economic forecast has confirmed, world trade is now growing at an extremely low rate. This brings into stark focus the need for trade negotiators at the WTO to cut a deal to bring a much-needed boost to world trade and the global economy.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2013

Merchandise trade imports and exports in G7 and BRICS economies grew by 1.4% during the third quarter of 2013, offsetting the contractions seen in the previous quarter.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:28:00 GMT

Premium and Interest Rates related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding

This page holds all the latest information related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding, including the latest interest rates.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:59:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:27:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Launch of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013

We have come a long way since 2005, when we launched the Aid for Trade initiative in Hong Kong at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. Each successive global review has deepened our analysis and broadened our understanding of the dynamics of aid, trade, development and their interaction. In parallel, more and more partner countries and donors have come on board as the tangible results of our efforts become apparent.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:18:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Road connectivity and the border effect: evidence from Europe

Several studies have reported a large negative effect of national borders on the volume of trade. We provide new estimates of the border effect for continental Europe using road rather than great circle – or "as-crows-fly" – distance.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:52:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework

The purpose of this OECD Study is to provide the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects, and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts). We have prepared case studies focusing on Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:15:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

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

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

The Construction of a New International Economic Order

To better integrate their economies into Global Value Chains, governments need a fine-tuned understanding of their dynamics and policies, and we have made considerable progress on this front. For example, we have learned that success in international markets depends as much on the capacity to import high-quality inputs as on the capacity to export: intermediate inputs account for over 2/3 of the goods and 70% of the services we trade.

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:51:00 GMT

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Why does it matter?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, if successfully concluded, would be the most significant bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:48:00 GMT

Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Market Monitor, June 2013

Early indications for world wheat, maize and rice production in 2013 point to record levels and an overall increase in supplies in the new 2013/14 marketing season.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:44:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

G20/ OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Global Value Chains

A wide range of stakeholders examined the progress made on measuring trade in value added terms and to extract and clarify the emerging policy implications that can be employed to stimulate strong, balanced and job-rich growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:48:00 GMT

The Costs and Challenges of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures

The costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures, according to this study. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement these measures has been made available to developing countries over the last decade.

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:00 GMT

The value of trade

The emergence of global value chains in manufacturing and services has revolutionised the way the world trades. It has also provided a valuable entry point for many developing economies into the global economy. Thanks to the combined efforts of the WTO and OECD, we now have a strong data-based understanding of these impacts, which will be vital to the design of effective trade policies.

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:35:00 GMT

Multilateralising Regionalism on Government Procurement

The potential multilateralisation of government procurement commitments in regional trade agreements (RTAs) presents many issues and challenges. To what extent do RTAs go beyond the 2012 revised Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), and how do they differ among trading partners? This report surveys 47 RTAs in force with government procurement provisions where an OECD member is a party.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:07:00 GMT

Global Production Networks and Employment: A Developing Country Perspective

International firms in developing economies tend to employ more workers and pay higher wages than firms dealing exclusively with the domestic market, according to this paper demonstrating the links between global value chains (GVCs)and labour market outcomes. Engagement in international activities provides greater opportunities for women to enter the formal employment market.

Tue, 14 May 2013 16:24:00 GMT

Global Value Chains and Developing Country Employment: A Literature Review

How do global value chains (GVCs) impact employment markets in developing countries? This paper reviews the literature on the subject, focusing on the labour market impacts of three processes that lie at the core of GVC development: importing, exporting, and foreign direct investment (FDI). Two case studies are presented

Tue, 14 May 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Trade Costs: What Have We Learned? A Synthesis Report

Understanding trade costs is essential for formulating policy interventions designed to reduce such costs. This report synthesises all OECD work on cost factors across the entire trade chain.

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:40:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

The Role of Services for Competitiveness in Manufacturing

What is the role of services in international merchandise trade, especially as new technology changes the way production is organised? This study analyses the relationship between competitiveness in manufacturing and the quality of key supporting services. Three primary indicators of competitiveness are considered: the degree of product differentiation, unit prices obtained in export markets and the duration of trade.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:28:00 GMT

Made in the world

The new OECD/WTO database on trade in value-added is not just about changing the numbers, but policymakers’ approaches too. It gives trade fresh importance, and a place high on the agenda of the UK’s G8 presidency.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:11:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

State-Owned Enterprises: Trade Effects and Policy Implications

With a growing integration via trade and investment, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have traditionally been oriented towards domestic markets increasingly compete with private firms in the global market place. This paper presents a conceptual discussion of how potential SOE advantages can generate cross-border effects.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:38:00 GMT

Summary Report: OECD International Business Dialogue 2013

Business representatives and policy makers provided lively debate and valuable insights on barriers to 21st century commerce when they met at this event at OECD headquarters in Paris. Read the main discussion points, online survey results and recommendations.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:55:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Export Restrictions: Benefits of Transparency and Good Practices

Transparent trade legislation, policies and practices benefit governments and business alike by reducing uncertainty and transaction costs, simplifying procedures and encouraging investment. This paper studies the information published online by 33 countries on their export restriction policies in the minerals sector, and presents a checklist of best practices for addressing gaps in the availability and accessibility of information.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:03:00 GMT

Mineral Resource Trade in Chile: Contribution to Development and Policy Implications

Instead of resorting to trade measures such as export restrictions, Chile manages its minerals sector through a combination of balanced taxation, stable investment measures, good management of tax revenue, exchange rate policy and initiatives aimed at producing a multiplier effect of economy-wide development, according to this study.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD International Business Dialogue 2013: Barriers to 21st Century Commerce - 4-5 March 2013

What obstacles do companies face in doing business internationally? This event brought together representatives from firms in various sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:09:00 GMT

Trade Facilitation Indicators: The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

Drawing on OECD trade facilitation indicators, this paper finds that the combined effect of comprehensive trade facilitation reform would reach almost 14.5% reduction of total trade costs for low income countries, 15.5% for lower middle income countries and 13.2% for upper middle income countries.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:27:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2012

Compared to the third quarter, the value of merchandise exports and imports for the G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT

The declining competitiveness of French firms reflects a generalised supply-side problem

This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment

Occupation-level analysis of short-term labour market impacts from trade can provide policy makers with better insights than industry-level studies, says this paper using a unique dataset based on harmonised labour force surveys from Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil and South Africa. For instance, occupation-level data shows that imports can be associated with higher wages and a lower probability of unemployment.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:13:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries

Agricultural trade can be a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty reduction, and development. However, efforts by developing countries to expand their agricultural trade are often hampered by domestic supply-side constraints such as lack of trade-related infrastructure. This report looks at some of the most important of these constraints, and features case studies from Indonesia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:22:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013

This OECD Policy Dialogue brought together a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, practitioners, academics, private sector and civil society - from developing and developed countries. Participants discussed what needs to be done to continue delivering aid for trade results in this changing international environment for trade and development.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:03:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2012

Merchandise trade continued to slow in most major economies in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Emergence of Global Value Chains: What Do They Mean for Business?

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría delivers remarks at the G20 Trade and Investment Promotion Summit held in Mexico City.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Taking Stock of Measures Restricting the Export of Raw Materials: Analysis of OECD Inventory Data

Governments appear increasingly inclined to apply border and domestic measures to restrict the export of raw materials. For industrial raw materials, the OECD is constructing an Inventory of measures that have been applied since 2009. The underlying survey covers some 100 countries, some 15 types of measures and most minerals, metals and wood. This paper analyses 2009-2010 data collected so far for the minerals and metals sector.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:59:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

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

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Video: "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar, 13 September 2012

Watch the Jobs Knowledge Platform webcast of the World Bank-OECD "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar on the JKPLive Facebook channel.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2012

Merchandise trade slowed in most major economies in the second quarter of 2012, with contractions in all major European economies, India, Russia and South Africa.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a More Open Trading System and Jobs Rich Growth - C-MIN(2012)9

Over the course of the last half century, the global expansion of trade has reshaped the world economy. Trade opening has enabled economies to reap the benefits of specialisation and focus more productively on what they do best, through the sectors where they demonstrate comparative advantage.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Out now: Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade interact with employment? This book features highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE), including regional, country and thematic studies.

Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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International - Water Resources Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Formulate and implement projects and programs in water resources development and management in line with ADB’s Water Policy and the Water Operational Plan 2010-2020, as well as economic cooperation program and other sub-regional cooperation programs. Promote sustainable water resources management applying the concepts such as the integrated water resource management, participatory irrigation management, and public private partnership through in investment projects and non-lending products and services as mission leader or member. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients,

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Senior Human Resource Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

To undertake standard administrative procedures in HR Policy and Program Division (BPPP) for varied work areas. (Closing Date: 15 September 2014)

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

To carry out technical, administrative, and coordinating function, and help support the activities of theProcurement Committee (PC) and the Procurement Support Unit (PSU). (Closing Date: 15 September 2014)

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: INSO Iraq-Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International NGO Safety OrganisationCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Sep 2014INSO is a global charity dedicated exclusively to issues of humanitarian safety and to the operation of NGO Safety Offices (NSO) in violent or insecure contexts. INSO Iraq aims to support security awareness and security management capabilities amongst NGOs operating within the Iraq context.We are now seeking an experienced individual to join our team as the INSO Director who will based in the region and will have countrywide responsibilities and oversight. The Director provides the strategic and management

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: INSO Iraq-Safety Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International NGO Safety OrganisationCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Sep 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 Iraq aims to support security awareness and security management capabilities amongst NGOs operating throughout the country.We are now seeking 2 experienced individuals to join our team as Safety Advisors (SA) who will based in Erbil. The Safety Advisor leads the delivery of INSO’s core support services in his/her area of responsibility

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Business Development Specialist, Contracts (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 03 Oct 2014About CRS:Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.Background:This Business Development Specialist – Contracts position is part of the Resource Acquisition Department’s Business

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director, Food Security and Contracts Unit (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 03 Oct 2014About CRS:Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.Background:CRS’ Resource Acquisition Department provides strategic leadership and direct support to the agency’s cultivation

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: National Research Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Aga Khan FoundationCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private international, nonprofit, and non-denominational development agency. It seeks sustainable solutions to long term problems of poverty, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource poor areas across the world. Concentrating its efforts in health, education, rural development and strengthening civil society sectors, AKF’s approach is based on long-term commitment that is maintained through political and social uncertainty.Aga

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Fiji: RE-ADVERTISEMENT-Consultancy for Evaluation of the Reproductive Health Training Programme for the Pacific Region, Suva, Fiji, PSRO (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: FijiClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Consultancyfor Evaluation of the Reproductive HealthTraining Programme for the Pacific RegionSeptember - 30 November 2014RE-ADVERTISEMENTOpening for ConsultancyDuty Station: Suva - FijiDeadline for applications: 5 September 2014Duration of Period: One MonthOrganization Unit UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office, Suva, FijiTERMS OF REFERENCE1.IntroductionFollowing the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) as Cairo, Egypt in 1994, objectives and program actions have been developed

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Emergency Psychosocial Coordinator 14-693 (source: Relief Web)

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

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) Charge Nurse 14-694 (source: Relief Web)

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

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Ebola Treatment Center Medical Coordinator 14-667 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 27 Sep 2014International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Republic of Tanzania: Senior Gender Advisor, Feed the Future Tanzania (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Gender Resources Inc.Country: United Republic of TanzaniaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014ABOUT GENDER RESOURCES:GRI advances gender equality and women’s empowerment so that all people – women, men, boys, and girls – have equal abilities and opportunities to lead more fulfilling lives. We utilize innovative practices in adult education, communication technology, and results-based program management to achieve programs with tangible impacts for real people. Incorporated in 2012, GRI is a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) based in San Francisco, California.JOB SUMMARY:GRI is currently

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sierra Leone: Senior Technical Advisor Malaria Program/Global Fund Liaison (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Sciences for HealthCountry: Sierra LeoneClosing date: 28 Nov 2014OVERVIEW:The Leadership, Management and Governance Project (LMG) is a global five-year Cooperative Agreement awarded by USAID/Washington, designed to strengthen and expand the people-centered capacity building strategy pioneered under the previous Leadership, Management, and Sustainability Program. The LMG Project’s objective is to support health systems strengthening by addressing the gap in leadership, management and governance capacity of policy makers, health care providers and program managers

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Consultant, HR Transformation and Strategy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: ItalyClosing date: 13 Sep 2014WFP is committed to transforming its Human Resources function to a strategic business partner. To achieve this, we are seeking more outstanding professionals to contribute to a key moment in WFP’s history - for the first time we are setting up a strategic HR capability to enable WFP to meet its vision of zero hunger.As the Consultant, HR Transformation and Strategy working in the office of the Director of Human Resources, you will be an integral part of the executive HR team by helping define, structure and implement

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burkina Faso: UN RESPONSABLE LOGISTIQUE, ADMINISTRATION ET RESSOURCES HUMAINES (H/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: Burkina FasoClosing date: 20 Sep 2014Nous recherchons :UN RESPONSABLE LOGISTIQUE, ADMINISTRATION ET RESSOURCES HUMAINES (H/F)Pays d’affectation:Burkina Faso basé à DiapagaDurée du contrat: 12 mois à pourvoir à compter du 22 septembre 2014Responsabilités : Sous la supervision du Coordinateur terrain, vous avez pour mission générale d’assurer la gestion logistique, financière et RH de la base dans le respect des procédures définies pour la mission et des règles ACF pour assurer le meilleur soutien aux programmes.Plus précisément, vous êtes

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mozambique: Head of Programmes - Mozambique (source: Relief Web)

Country: MozambiqueClosing date: 19 Sep 2014Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan’s stated Global Strategic Goal (2011-15) is to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised, with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits. Plan aims to achieve this goal by working in partnership with others and through high performing teams whose behaviours reflect the corporate values. Plan has a global income of around $800m.Plan has been working in Mozambique since 2006 helping children to access their rights

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh: Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: BangladeshClosing date: 05 Sep 2014OPEN TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATESClassification: Official, Grade P3Type of Appointment : Special short term, Nine months with possibility of extensionEstimated Start Date : As soon as possibleClosing Date: September 05, 2014Reference Code: SVN2014/81(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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Programme Support Officer (Project Development, Monitoring and Evaluation) (Three positions) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: JordanClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Duty Station:IOM Iraq in Amman, JordanClassification: Official, Grade P2Type of Appointment: Special short term, Nine months with possibility of extensionEstimated Start Date: As soon as possibleReference Code: SVN2014/88(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, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 15 Sep 2014BACKGROUNDThe International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organisations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. The IRC delivers emergency aid, protects children, provides health care, prevents and responds to violence against women and girls, safeguards human rights and helps

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: A LOGISTICS HEAD OF DEPARTMENT - IRAQ (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: IraqClosing date: 20 Sep 2014We are looking for:A LOGISTICS HEAD OF DEPARTMENTCountry:Kurdistan Regional Government / Iraq based in Erbil.Length of Contract: 6 months, starting from the 20th of SeptemberGeneral objective:Secure sound logistical performance and coordination at mission level in order to provide programs with optimum supportResponsibilities:Contribute to the definition of mission strategyCoordinate logistics at national level from ErbilCollaborate with headquarters in the management of international transportPut in place

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Programme Support Officer (Project Development, Monitoring and Evaluation) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: IraqClosing date: 04 Sep 2014OPEN TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATESPosition Title: Programme Support Officer (Project Development, Monitoring and Evaluation) Duty Station : Erbil, Iraq Classification : Official, Grade P2 Type of Appointment : Special short term,Nine months with possibility of extension Estimated Start Date : As soon as possibleClosing Date: September 04, 2014Reference Code: SVN2014/86(O)-EXTEstablished in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Researcher - Central Africa (source: Relief Web)

Country: SenegalClosing date: 16 Sep 2014Researcher - Central AfricaDakarPermanent contract (35 hours per week)Salary: €50,926 per annumResearcher - Central AfricaThe 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. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why we’ve opened a regional office in Dakar. And why we need your research expertise with us on the ground.About the roleOur Central Africa

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Security Advisor (Based in the UK, with worldwide travel) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mines Advisory GroupCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 12 Sep 2014£45,768 - £51,780per annum, plus contributory pensionAbout MAG:MAG saves lives and builds futures by working with others to reclaim land contaminated with the debris of conflict, to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and to create safe and secure conditions for development. MAG shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for our work to ban landmines. Our vision is a safe and secure future

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Health Technical Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Refugee Committee InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:The Health Technical Advisor (HTA) serves as a member of ARC's Technical Team and is stationed at ARC HQ in Minneapolis. Under the guidance of the PDQ Senior Manager, the HTA provides timely, relevant and substantive technical guidance and support to ensure the effective development and implementation of quality health programs, based on best practices and responsive to the major health burdens affecting targeted countries/populations. The HTA consults

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Campaigner - West Africa (source: Relief Web)

Country: SenegalClosing date: 16 Sep 2014Campaigner - West AfricaDakarPermanent contract (35 hours per week)Salary: €38,197 per annumAbout the roleWe're looking for a campaigner to contribute to our campaign against human rights violations in West Africa. Working as part of Amnesty International's new Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar, you will work on a range of projects, including our global campaign on access to contraception and maternal health services in Burkina Faso and justice for those affected by conflict in Mali. You will act as a focal point providing

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: A FINANCE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT - ETHIOPIA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 20 Sep 2014We are looking for:A FINANCE HEAD OF DEPARTMENTCountry:Ethiopia, Flying (Gambella and Addis)Length of Contract: 6 months starting as soon as possibleGeneral objective: Under the supervision of the Country Director, you will responsible to ensure sound and transparent administration of funds by providing accounting and financial management consistent with the ACF financial management framework[1] and local legislationResponsibilities:More precisally, you will be in charge to:Contribute to the definition

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ireland: Humanitarian Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: IrelandClosing date: 30 Sep 2014GOAL is an international humanitarian agency established in 1977 and currently operational in 15 countries world-wide. GOAL has an annual budget of approximately US $ 100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Irish Government, UK Government, USAID and the European Union.This role will form part of GOAL’s Humanitarian Department, which currently has four main objectives:To respond efficiently and effectively to sudden on-set disasters or protracted crises;To provide technical support to GOAL’s on-going humanitarian

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Administrator, Afghanistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 30 Nov 2014REQUIRED COMPETENCIESDegree in Economics, Business Studies, Accounting (or High School Diploma with 5 years of experience in accounting)Minimum 1 year experience in a developing country as administrator and or finance managerExperience in Administrative and accounting proceduresKnowledge of ECHO administrative and procurement proceduresExperience in supervising and collaborating with multi-cultural staffStrong leadership, supervisory and people skills as well as experience with NGO procedures,

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Human Resource Adviser

Unique development opportunity Full time to 1 December 2015 Based in Bougainville The Program The PNG Provincial and Local-level Governments Program (PLGP) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and PNG to support and improve the quality of decentralised service delivery to the people of PNG through technical support provided to provincial governments and key national agencies. The PLGP is seeking applications for a Human Resource Adviser to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) to support the gradual process of instituting autonomy arrangements in Bougainville.&nbsp; The

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Advisor- Nutrition/Child Health (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Malaria and Child Survival Department (MCSD). The mission of the MCSD is to provide PSI’s country programs with relevant and timely support to improve child health. The position will lead PSI’s efforts to expand health impact through launching and scaling up programs in nutrition and broader areas of child health. The full-time position is based at PSI HQ in Washington D.C. with 30% travel and reports to the Director, Malaria and Child Survival.RESPONSIBILITIESThis position leads the development

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zambia: Proposal - Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director, Social and Behavior Change Communications - Zambia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: University Research Co.Country: ZambiaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014University Research Co., LLC (URC)Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods and conducting operations research to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zambia: Proposal - Chief of Party - Zambia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: University Research Co.Country: ZambiaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014University Research Co., LLC (URC)Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods and conducting operations research to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ecuador: PROMOTOR/A COMUNITARIO/A (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Jesuit Refugee ServiceCountry: EcuadorClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Perfil requeridoPersonas refugiadas, o ecuatorianas que cumplan con las siguientes condiciones:Que conozca a cabalidad los barrios donde laborará.Con experiencia en Gestión comunitaria, trabajo social o promoción comunitariaQue no tenga ninguna relación con partidos o movimientos políticos.Que tenga disponibilidad de laborar tiempo completo.Necesario que tenga conocimientos sobre sistemas de computación/estadística (ej. Excel).Estudios o experiencia en Gestión Social/Trabajo Social Comunitario/ Psicología

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Training Facilitator,(Home based (subject to travel if required)),Deadline:5 September 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: KenyaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Download PDF VersionCONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 29 August 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITATDUTY STATION: Home based (subject to travel if required)FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Training FacilitatorDURATION: 14 working days (2014-2015)CLOSING DATE: 5 September 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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Publications &amp; Research Intern (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Freedom HouseCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Publications and Research InternLocation: New York, NYFreedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.Position SummaryThe

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Human Resource Adviser (source: Relief Web)

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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Communications Analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CAMRIS InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Opportunity in Washington, DCThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID)has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered with IAP World Services Inc. (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:Title: Communications AnalystOffice of Science and Technology, United States Agency for International Development (USAID/OST)Application Deadline:Open until filledGENERAL DESCRIPTION:&#42;The recruitment for this career ladder position will

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Health Information Systems/Health Management Information Systems Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CAMRIS InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Opportunity in Washington, DCThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered with IAPWorld Services Inc. (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:Title:Health Information Systems/Health Management Information Systems AdvisorOffice of HIV/AIDS/SPER, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID/GH/OHA)Application Deadline:Open until filledINTRODUCTION:The

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ecuador: TÉCNICOS/AS EN ATENCIÓN JURÍDICA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Jesuit Refugee ServiceCountry: EcuadorClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Descripción del cargo:Personal técnico que realiza atención jurídica a la población con necesidad de protección internacional (PNPI).Funciones:Realizar atención jurídica mediante asesoría, orientación y/o patrocinio de casos, en materia de asilo, regularización migratoria, acceso a derechos, de manera directa, tanto en la oficina como en misiones a las comunidades.Acompañar a los beneficiarios a las diferentes instituciones cuando sea pertinente.Realizar esfuerzos de incidencia jurídica en materia de movilidad

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Organisational Management & Human Resource Development Adviser

Provincial and Local-level Government Program Full time to 1 Dec 2015 Based in Bougainville Unique development opportunity &nbsp; The Program The PNG Provincial and Local-level Governments Program (PLGP) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and PNG to support and improve the quality of decentralised service delivery to the people of PNG through technical support provided to provincial governments and key national agencies.&nbsp; The PLGP is seeking applications for a Human Resource Adviser to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) to support the gradual

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: Grants Officer / Gestionnaire des subventions (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: ChadClosing date: 28 Oct 2014An English description will follow.Le International Rescue Committee (IRC) répond aux plus graves crises humanitaires dans le monde et aide les victimes à survivre et reconstruire leurs vies. Fonde en 1933 a la demande de Albert Einstein, IRC offre une aide humanitaire d'urgence et une assistance aux refugies qui ont été forces de fuir a cause de la guerre ou d'une catastrophe naturelle. A ce jour, IRC travail dans près de 40 pays et 22 villes des Etats-Unis pour restaurer la sécurité, la dignité et

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Director - West Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundClosing date: 12 Sep 2014The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (SFCG) is a leading international non-governmental organization dedicated to the peaceful transformation of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and 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. Using diverse tools and methodologies, SFCG enables parties in conflict to understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Officer (source: Open Society Institute)

The Open Society Human Rights Initiative seeks a program officer.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Africa Team Assistant (Part-Time) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Search for Common GroundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 12 Sep 2014The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and 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 of approximately 500

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: PROGRAM AND CONFERENCE SUPPORT PSUP, CONSULTANT, (Nairobi),Deadline: 02 September 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: KenyaClosing date: 02 Sep 2014Download PDF VersionCONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 27 August 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITATDUTY STATION: NairobiFUNCTIONAL TITLE: Program and Conference Support PSUP, ConsultantDURATION: Timeframe: 6 working months. The consultancy will commence on September 15th 2014 and end on March 14th, 2015.CLOSING DATE: 02 September 2014BACKGROUNDUN-HABITAT is the lead agency for the Millennium Development Goal 7c and 7d aiming for access to water and sanitation and the significant improvement

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Organisational Management and Human Resource Development Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CoffeyCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Unique development opportunity Full time to 1 December 2015 Based in Bougainville The Program The PNG Provincial and Local-level Governments Program (PLGP) is a partnership between the governments of Australia and PNG to support and improve the quality of decentralised service delivery to the people of PNG through technical support provided to provincial governments and key national agencies. The PLGP is seeking applications for a Human Resource Adviser to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) to support

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Finance Director, Pact Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PactCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 29 Sep 2014Position Title: Finance Director, Pact MyanmarRequisition Number: 14-0108Location: Yangon, MyanmarDepartment: FinanceAnticipated Start Date: December 1, 2014Position Summary:Pact Myanmar is one of Pact’s largest and most complex country programs, and coordinates a well-funded integrated community resilience program spanning multiple sectors including health, livelihoods and governance activities. Pact Myanmar is currently funded by USAID, Chevron and Coca Cola, and expects to grow in coming years as Myanmar enters a period

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: Field GIS officer - Ebola outbreak, West Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CartONGCountry: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra LeoneClosing date: 13 Sep 20141. ContextIn March 2014, cases of hemorrhagic fever were observed around the Gueckedou region in Guinea. Fearing the later confirmed possibility of an Ebola outbreak, MSF started deploying massively international staff to respond to the possible emergency. Over the first days of the response, before confirmation that the disease actually was Ebola, it was decided that a GIS officer would be deployed to support the medical team and work closely together with the epidemiologist. This was a first for MSF as

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Alternative Care Specialist ( Ebola Response) - P3- Monrovia, Liberia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CANADEMCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 01 Sep 2014CANADEM is seeking individuals with previous UN and international experience who are available for an immediate deployment to Liberia with UNICEF for a 3 month contract ASAP.Position Title:Alternative Care Specialist (Ebola Response)Location:Monrovia, LiberiaDuration : 3 monthsTERMS OF REFERENCEChild Protection in Emergency Short Term Contract (P3): Alternative Care SpecialistReports to: Chief of Child ProtectionPURPOSEThe second outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has left many in need of humanitarian assistance,

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Psychosocial Specialist (Ebola Response) - P3- Monrovia, Liberia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CANADEMCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 01 Sep 2014CANADEM is seeking individuals with previous UN and international experience who are available for an immediate deployment to Liberia with UNICEF for a 3 month contract ASAP.Position Title:Psychosocial Specialist (Ebola Response)Location:Monrovia, LiberiaDuration : 3 monthsTERMS OF REFERENCEChild Protection in Emergency Short term Contract (P3): Psychosocial SpecialistReports to: Chief of Child ProtectionDuration: 3 monthsBased in: Monrovia (3 days per week in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Health).PURPOSEThe

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Intern: Software Engineering, Technology (source: Relief Web)

Organization: National Democratic InstituteCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Intern: Software Engineering, Technology DepartmentThe National Democratic Institute for International Affairs(NDI) seeks an Intern for 40 hours a week between the hours of, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The intern will assist with content management systems, systems administration, web development and research for web projects. The duration of the assignment is 3 to 6 months.The Intern will be a part of the Institute's Technology department. The Tech department is responsible

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan: Logistics Manager, Mid-term Performance Evaluation for the Building Local Capacity for Development (BLCD) Project, Azerbaijan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: AzerbaijanClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Logistics Manager, Mid-term Performance Evaluation for the Building Local Capacity for Development (BLCD) Project, AzerbaijanCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ghana: Monitoring &amp; Evaluation Specialist, Local Governance and Decentralization Program, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: GhanaClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Monitoring &amp; Evaluation Specialist, Local Governance and Decentralization Program, Sekondi-Takoradi, GhanaCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Monitoring and Evaluation Training Consultant (Southern Africa) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ProgressioClosing date: 18 Sep 2014BackgroundProgressio is a member of the International Citizen Service (ICS) consortium, which has been running since 2011. Progressio sends young adult volunteers (aged 18-25) to five countries in Southern Africa and Central America on 10-week placements. They work in groups of UK and national volunteers alongside local partner organisations. The programme has three objectives:Project outcomes in the communities where the volunteers workThe personal development of the volunteersActive citizenship of the volunteers once they have finished

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

CARE International UK: Supporter Care Officer (source: Third Sector Jobs)

per annum:CARE International UK:Duration: PermanentSalary: £22,069 per annumStart Date: ImmediateLocation: LondonRef: C645Lambeth, London (Greater)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: Project Director, Addressing Child Labor in Ethiopia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: FHI 360Country: EthiopiaClosing date: 30 Sep 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 for the position

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Supporter Care Officer (source: CARE)

Duration: PermanentSalary: £22,069 per annum Start Date: ImmediateLocation: LondonRef: C645 Are you a confident communicator with a passion for supporter care? It’s never been a more exciting time to join CARE International UK’s Direct Marketing team, with increased investment and a commitment to growth, we aim to increase our income by 60% over the next five years and you could be part of the team that makes this happen.We are looking for a supporter care professional with great administrative skills, a keen eye for detail and a great communicator. With first class customer service

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Development Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Freedom HouseCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.Position SummaryThe Development Associate will assist the Development

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Monitoring and Evaluation Training Consultant (Central America) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ProgressioClosing date: 18 Sep 2014BackgroundProgressio is a member of the International Citizen Service (ICS) consortium, which has been running since 2011. Progressio sends young adult volunteers (aged 18-25) to five countries in Southern Africa and Central America on 10-week placements. They work in groups of UK and national volunteers alongside local partner organisations. The programme has three objectives:Project outcomes in the communities where the volunteers work.The personal development of the volunteers.Active citizenship of the volunteers once they have finished

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: RCA - Mission d’évaluation externe (EHA) – Kabo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 07 Sep 2014Pays :RCALieu :KaboDate de démarrage souhaitée :15 Octobre 2014Durée de la mission :22 joursTemps réservé pour l’écriture du rapport :5 joursTdr en cours de validation par le bailleur.MISSIONPour en savoir plus sur la mission de Solidarités International (SI) en RCA: http://www.solidarites.org/fr/nos-missions/rep-centreafricainePrésentation de la zone d’interventionDepuis plusieurs années, les populations de la sous-préfecture de Kabo, traditionnellement un bassin de production agricole,

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: ALIMA- RDC - Coordinateur Financier des Ressources Humaines (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) Financier et des Ressources Humaines, pour ses programmes en RDC.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_29-COFIRH-RDC...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence “COFIRH RDC» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ecuador: Dynamic Accountant] (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Accounting for International DevelopmentCountry: Ecuador, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Our partner works with the poorest families in the impoverished districts of Quito in order to bring about the best possible environment conducive to the early stages of a child’s development. This is not just about learning, but also focuses on the importance of nutrition and enjoying their childhood as well to create balanced, well rounded individuals who are able to fulfil their potential in life. The organisation only works with the poorest

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: ALIMA - RCA - Bimbo - Infirmier Superviseur (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Infirmier (e) Superviseur, pour ses programmes de réponse à l’urgence en RCA.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28-Infirmier-...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence “Infirmier Superviseur Bimbo» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Disaster Response Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Islamic ReliefCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Location: Birmingham, UKRef:OSM/IPD-HD/0814Contract: PermanentSalary: £39,270 per annumIslamic Relief Worldwide is looking to recruit a Disaster Response Manager, based in our Birmingham office. The Disaster Response Manager will work in conjunction with Head of the Humanitarian Department, Heads of Regions, Regional Humanitarian Staff and Country Directors, and will lead on disaster response team once disaster strikes. The post holder also will also manage the team of

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: HR Administrator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Overseas Development InstituteCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 14 Sep 2014OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTEHuman Resources AdministratorContract: 6 month FTCLocation: LondonSalary: £21,184 – £26,791 per annumRef: HR/03/14The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.About usODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.We are seeking a Human Resources Administrator

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Recrutement d'un Spécialiste en protection de l’enfant (pratiques néfastes/ participation des enfants et des jeunes) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: SenegalClosing date: 13 Sep 2014Avis d'appel de candidaturesL’UNICEF Bureau Pays recrute pour sa Section Protection de l’Enfant:Titre du poste : Spécialiste en protection de l’enfant (pratiques néfastes/ participation des enfants et des jeunes)Catégorie et Grade : NO C de la grille de classification des Nations UniesType de contrat : Contrat Temporaire d’une durée de 364 joursLieu d’affectation : DakarMissionL’appui technique vise non seulement à coordonner mais aussi à améliorer le suivi des interventions du programme d’abandon

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Senior Programme Officer P-5 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Food and Agriculture OrganizationCountry: ItalyClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Organizational SettingThe Office of Support to Decentralization (OSD) provides programmatic and operational guidance, support and facilitation to the Decentralized Offices (DOs) Network, and serves as their advocate at headquarters. The office ensures synergy and coordination among DOs, across regions, and between these and headquarters Departments and Offices.The post is located in the Field Programme and CPF Coordination and Support Unit, one of two groups in the Division. This Unit is responsible for

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Deputy Administrative Coordinator – Manila - PHILIPPINES - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 09 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Through its Emergency Response Department (ERD)is committed to:-Emergency livelihoods

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nicaragua: Country Director Nicaragua (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V.Country: NicaraguaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014The “Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland (ASB)” is a German aid and welfare organisation with more than 300 branches at national, regional, district and municipal level all over Germany.More than 1.1 million members provide a broad social basis for our organisation and more than 20,000 employees as well as over 17,000 volunteers form part of the ASB ensuring a high level of quality in areas such as rescue services, civil protection and social services. Since its foundation in 1888, the ASB has

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Burkina Faso: CHEF DE MISSION EN CHARGE DE L’ADMINISTRATION (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Bioforce InstituteCountry: Burkina FasoClosing date: 17 Sep 2014Crée en 1983, l’Institut Bioforce est une association qui accompagne les acteurs engagés auprès des populations moins favorisées pour faire émerger un monde plus solidaire où l’homme sera en capacité d’agir.L’Institut joue un rôle structurant par ses formations et ses certifications, pour l’amélioration de la performance logistique des systèmes, le soutien aux acteurs nationaux de la réponse aux crises, et l’appui à des initiatives locales de développement.Bioforce développe également des programmes d’information

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Call for EOI for the final external evaluation of the African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PlanClosing date: 16 Sep 2014The African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP) aims at improving the lives of children in Africa and the fulfilment of their rights. To achieve this goal, the project aims at promoting the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) through: a strengthened African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); and increased engagement of African civil society organisations with the Committee.The project would like to undertake a final evaluation that will provide SIDA, the implementing

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Program and Reporting Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MHAIR Educational and Human Rights Organization (MEHR)Country: AfghanistanClosing date: 10 Sep 2014DUTIESPROGRAMCollect and synthesize data from the field, and draft reports for Program ManagerIn coordination with field staff, assist with the organization and planning of field activities.Assist with supervising the project staff on daily activities.Assist with monitoring the implementation of the activities at field level and report on the findings.Follow up the implementation of the Project Management framework for all projectsMaintaining an in-depth insight on donors

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cabo Verde: International Consultant - Integrating climate change risks and opportunities into national country programming: Food Security and (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: Cabo VerdeClosing date: 17 Sep 2014****INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT PROCUREMENT NOTICE********ADVERTISEMENT********Country: CAPE VERDE********Description of the assignment: International Consultant - Integrating climate change risks and opportunities into national country programming: Food Security and Agriculture Plans********Project name: Building Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Climate Change in the Water Sector in Cape Verde. UNDP/CIDA Fast Start Climate Change Facility********Period of assignment/services:****25 working days. Home

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cabo Verde: Consultancy Services for the Elaboration/Preparation of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: Cabo VerdeClosing date: 18 Sep 2014The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites you to submit a Proposal to this Request for Proposal (RFP) for the above-referenced subject.This RFP includes the following documents:Section 1 – This Letter of InvitationSection 2– Instructions to Proposers (including Data Sheet)Section 3– Terms of ReferenceSection 4– Proposal Submission FormSection 5– Documents Establishing the Eligibility and Qualifications of the ProposerSection 6– Technical Proposal FormSection 7– Financial Proposal

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Constitutional Expert vacancy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: National Democratic InstituteCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014The National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) Somalia program is seeking a Legal Advisor and Constitutional Expert to support to the Ministry of Constitution, Federal Affairs and Democratization of Puntland in an advisory capacity. Based on the current strategic plan of the Ministry and aligned to Puntland’s 5-years strategy plan as well as the peace- and state-building goals of the New Deal Compact, the person in this position will assist the Ministry to take stock of the recent failed democratization experiment

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Digital Operations Intern (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Sight Savers InternationalCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 07 Sep 2014Our 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 improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Sightsavers offers a great place to work within easy reach of London and Brighton.Digital Operations Intern (12 month fixed term contract) Location: Haywards Heath, UK Salary: £13,854 per annumSightsavers is on the hunt for a Digital Operations

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Web Editor/ Social Media Editor (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 29 Sep 2014Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, wesupport the right of every individual to be free.Position SummaryFreedom House seeks a Web Editor/Social Media Editor who will focus on web and

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Voice to the People Project - Call for consultant for mid term evaluation (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Christian AidCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 11 Sep 2014Terms of Reference for independent consultant for V2P Project Mid-Term EvaluationSeptember - October 2014Contract type: Short-term consultancyProgramme/Team: V2P Project, Governance teamLocation: Anambra State, NigeriaPeriod: 20 daysContact: Talatu Aliyu - taliyu@christian-aid.orgGSM : 08035930713BackgroundChristian Aid Nigeria (CA) is implementing a DFID-funded governance programme ‘Voice to the People’ (V2P) which will deliver strong results in the area of community-driven accountability in Anambra State. The project

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Malaysia: Programme Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: PS The ChildrenCountry: MalaysiaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014Position Title:Programme OfficerDuty Station: Petaling Jaya, MalaysiaEstimated Starting Date: As Soon As PossibleClassification: ProgrammeType of Appointment: Duration : 1 year with Possible extensionReports to: Executive DirectorPerson Specification :General Functions: Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, Programme Officer based in PSC Office, Malaysia will be responsible for the following tasks in PS The Children office operations:RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES :A) Program and Project

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Monitoring, Evaluation and Information Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Development Alternatives, Inc.Country: KenyaClosing date: 12 Sep 2014Seeking: Monitoring, Evaluation and Information ManagerAre you a Kenyan with Monitoring and Evaluation Experience?Do you enjoy travel and adventure?Do you want to make a difference and work on an exciting program for Somalia?If you would you like to join a dynamic team working on stabilization initiatives for Somalia, please read on!USAID Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS) programThe Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS) program is funded by USAID and implemented by Development

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Managing Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Uganda Village ProjectCountry: UgandaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Uganda Village Project (UVP) promotes public health and sustainable development in the rural communities of this marginalized district in southeast Uganda. As an international nonprofit organization, we work directly with community members, community based organizations (CBOs) and local government to utilize local knowledge and maximize community ownership. Our core program, "Healthy Villages," is an innovative, grassroots approach to addressing rural healthcare and public health in Uganda. Its goal is to improve the

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands: Management Assistant to Executive Director (Amsterdam) - Volunteer Position (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Fairfood InternationalCountry: NetherlandsClosing date: 11 Sep 2014Name: Management Assistant to Executive Director - Volunteer Position &#42;(Part time 24 hours per week)&#42;Department: Executive BoardFairfood International is a non-profit global advocacy group with its head office based in Amsterdam and hubs located in several parts of the world. Fairfood encourages food and beverage companies worldwide to address socio-economic and environmental sustainability issues within their supply chains. Fairfood International envisions a future with a fair and sustainable food

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Intern/ Resident Consultant - External Relations and Advocacy (Short – term) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Planned Parenthood FederationCountry: KenyaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Africa Regional Office is looking to fill the position of Intern/ Resident Consultant - External Relations and Advocacy (Short – term).The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the world’s largest non-governmental organization working in the field of sexual and reproductive health information and services. It has 6 Regional Offices, (Western Hemisphere based in New York, East and South East Asia and Oceania Region in Malaysia,

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 23 Sep 2014REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL.Open for International organisation only- RFP- ETH-2014-9113922.UNICEF Ethiopia Office is seeking Request for Proposals from International organisation/firm to provide services- to develop integrated urban sanitation and hygiene strategy and Integrated Urban Sanitation Strategic Action plan.Specific Tasks.i) To develop a comprehensive Integrated Urban Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy - IUSHS that can be adopted and implemented in all Ethiopian towns in collaboration and harmonization

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Programme Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Planned Parenthood FederationCountry: KenyaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Africa Regional Office is looking to fill the position of Programme Assistant.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the world’s largest non-governmental organization working in the field of sexual and reproductive health information and services. It has 6 Regional Offices, (Western Hemisphere based in New York, East and South East Asia and Oceania Region in Malaysia, Arab World Region in Tunis, South Asia Region in India,

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Resource Mobilization Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Planned Parenthood FederationCountry: KenyaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Africa Regional Office is looking to fill the position of Resource Mobilization Advisor.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the world’s largest non-governmental organization working in the field of sexual and reproductive health information and services. It has 6 Regional Offices, (Western Hemisphere based in New York, East and South East Asia and Oceania Region in Malaysia, Arab World Region in Tunis, South Asia Region

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Health Sector Consultant (National Health Survey) – SE Asia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Montrose AfricaCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 05 Sep 2014MONTROSE is an international development project management and consultancy company providing support to clients operating in the developing world. Specialized in the sectors of health, education, rural livelihoods and private sector development, our clients include bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations and other development stakeholders.We are seeking an experienced senior level consultant to apply for an important short-term assignment. The assignment will

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Senior Prosecution Advisor – Family and Sexual Violence (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Government of AustraliaCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 17 Sep 2014Attorney-General's DepartmentClosing date: Wednesday, 17 September 2014Job Title: Senior Prosecution Advisor – Family and Sexual ViolenceDivision: International Crime Cooperation DivisionBranch: International Strategy and SGP DeployeesJob Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-timeSalary: $115,778 - $131,869Location: Port Moresby, Papua New GuineaClassification: Executive Level 2Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999Position No: 3187/SGPPlease quote reference number 3187/SGP.To obtain a copy of the

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Lake Tumba Program Manager/Landscape Leader - DRC (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Wide Fund For NatureCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Lake Tumba Program Manager/Landscape Leaderin the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The position is based in Mbandaka (DRC) but requires frequent trips to Kinshasa (the Capital City).We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978. WWF has embarked on ambitious, field-based conservation

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Director-Southern Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: OxfamClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Closing date for applications: 24th September 2014 @ 17:00 BSTInterviews: Week beginning 13th October 2014Location: Southern Africa, preferably South Africa, with some degree of flexibilityContract Type: Fixed Term ContractContract Length: 18 monthsSalary &amp; Benefits: Competitive Salary &amp; Benefits PackagePurpose of the Job: To shape a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.Oxfam, one of the leading global development organizations, mobilizes the power of people against poverty. We are a diverse confederation of 17 strongly interconnected

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

occupied Palestinian territory: UN Women proposal writing consultant in the oPt (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN WomenCountry: occupied Palestinian territoryClosing date: 30 Aug 2014The Proposal Writing Consultant will be hired to develop the programme document in consultation with the four participating UN agencies and in line with the SDG-F guidelines, key government ministries and civil society organizations:the main tasks the consultant will undertake are the following:Review the SDG-F guidelines and previously submitted concept note;Draft the work plan for the assignment including key dates of primary actions, consultation meetings with stakeholders, in addition to other required

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Salonga Program Manager/Landscape Leader Democratic Republic of Congo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Wide Fund For NatureCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Salonga Program Manager/Landscape Leaderin the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The position is based in Monkoto, DRC with frequent trips to Kinshasa (40% of time).We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978.The WWF has embarked on ambitious, field-based conservation programs across

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Human Resources Specialist, P-3, DHR, New York (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Purpose of the PositionUnder the guidance of the Chief of Regular Recruitment, the incumbent of this post will support the implementation of UNICEF's Medium Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) by partnering with a subset of client managers to focus on all aspects of recruitment and selection - including workforce planning, sourcing, recruitment strategies, and partnering with senior HR managers and staff in the implementation of these plans, ensuring the delivery of timely and quality HR Recruitment support

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Education Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AVSICountry: LebanonClosing date: 10 Sep 2014**Duty Station:**50% Country Office (Jounieh, Beirut), 50% Field Offices (Nabatiyeh, Marjayoun, Saida)Period:12 monthsStarting Date:October 1st, 2014Main objective:The project will support access to quality education in Kesrwan and South areas for Syrian refugees and Lebanese vulnerable children enrolled in more than 30 selected public schools and provide non-formal education, training for teachers and psycho-social support for refugee children and families living in Informal Tented Settlements.The project manager will be

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist

Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking a Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist for an anticipated Department of State Evaluation and Monitoring Project based in Washington, D.C.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, management consulting, and human and institutional development

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mediators and dialogue facilitors Central African Republic

We are looking for 5 highly qualified Mediators and dialogue facilitators for Central African Republic (CAR). Who are we? Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has operated in C.A.R since 2007. DRC has recently scaled up its emergency activities in its areas of operation to respond to the growing needs of displaced and other conflict-affected populations. Besides immediate assistance, DRC has launched Social Cohesion and Mediation initiatives both in Bangui and in several CAR provincial Prefectures in order to address root causes of the conflict and the increasing divide between communities. Mediation

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Country Director Liberia

&nbsp; Monrovia, with frequent travel to DRC field offices in Liberia &nbsp; Background The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been present in south east Liberia since 1998. Since 2006 DRC has been pursuing a regional strategy determined and shaped by the displacement patterns stemming from the conflicts in the West Africa region. With the aim of building up protection capacities for people in displacement and of working towards durable solutions upon return, DRC strives to have a presence in refugee/IDP producing areas and communities as well as in refugee/IDP receiving and hosting areas and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gender Adviser - Consultancy in DR Congo

We are looking for a highly-qualified gender advisor to support the launch of the project &ldquo;Promotion of Resolution 1325 in displacement affected communities in Kitchanga, North Kivu,&rdquo; funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) in Sweden. The external gender advisor will be responsible for training teams in gender issues and evaluating protection challenges related to gender in and around Kitchanga, North Kivu. &nbsp; The overall objective of the FBA project is the empowerment of women and their participation in peace and security forums in and around the town on Kitchanga in North

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gender Adviser - Consultancy in DR Congo

We are looking for a highly-qualified gender advisor to support the launch of the project &ldquo;Promotion of Resolution 1325 in displacement affected communities in Kitchanga, North Kivu,&rdquo; funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) in Sweden. The external gender advisor will be responsible for training teams in gender issues and evaluating protection challenges related to gender in and around Kitchanga, North Kivu. &nbsp; The overall objective of the FBA project is the empowerment of women and their participation in peace and security forums in and around the town on Kitchanga in North

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

VSO Hospital Management Information Systems

About VSO: VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place. Role Overview: The objective of this placement is to build the capacity of the SNNPR Health Bureau in terms of effective and efficient implementation of the HMIS which is already developed. The goal of the HMIS is to improve the health of the population by

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

VSO Hospital Management Information Systems Expert

About VSO: VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place. &nbsp; Role Overview: The objective of this placement is to build the capacity of the SNNPR Health Bureau in terms of effective and efficient implementation of the HMIS which is already developed. The goal of the HMIS is to improve the health of the population

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: 14-682 Emergency Response Nurse (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:• Provide direct patient care in diagnostic and treatment in emergency primary healthcare• Identify the educational needs of community health workers and supervise on daily basis.• Monitor and supervise health care delivery by local counterparts and community health workers.• Ensure that patients have up to date patient cards and are accurately registered and recorded for reporting and case management.• Oversee clinic staff and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: 14-660 Finance Administrative Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: 14-663 Emergency WASH Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Position Summary &amp; Responsibilities: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

VSO Welding & Fabrication Advisor

About VSO: VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.Role Overview: The Ideal volunteer for this position will work collaboratively with VETA (Vocational Education and Training Authority) teachers in Tanzania within a welding and fabrication workshop providing advice, coaching and supporting other workshops in

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Head of Finance and Operations - Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung DiseaseCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Head of Finance and Operations Officer, MyanmarThe International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is an international scientific organisation headquartered in Paris, France since 1920. It has regional and country offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and South-East Asia regions. For more information about The Union visit www.theunion.orgThe Union Office in Myanmar is one of the principal providers of antiretroviral treatment

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Senior External Relations Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

To coordinate and arrange media related events and activities of the Department of External Relations (DER) held at/outside Headquarters (HQ); assist in preparing and coordinating media related materials supported by the team for Management and senior staff; coordinate the team's inputs on work planning and budget; and provide administrative support. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Operations Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

Performs a full range of secretarial duties for three to four international staff. Coordinates administrative activities for the assigned units. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Economics Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide technical support for the economic research work of the department, including the flagship Asian Development Outlook (ADO), through quantitative economic research/analysis, economic database management, technical assistance (TA) processing and administration, and administrative work. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Economics Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide technical support for the economic research work of the department, including the flagship Asian Development Outlook (ADO), through quantitative economic research/analysis, economic database management, technical assistance (TA) processing and administration, and administrative work. (Closing Date: 12 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Transport Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Identify, develop, implement and administer loans/grants, technical assistance (TA), and non-lending products and services in the transport sector. Formulate and articulate sector policies and strategies, engaging Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) governments in policy dialogue, and conducting ADB’s activities to support sector policy and reforms. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical tasks. (Closing Date: 11 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Facilities Planning and Management Assistant (Re-advertisement) (source: Asian Development Bank)

To assist in the effective implementation of the Energy, Environment, Health and Safety Management System (E2HSMS) specifically in the coordination, collection and verification of resource conservation, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) data on environment, health and safety; provide support in problem/root cause analysis, report writing and presentation, communication and liaison within OAS and with other departments and external agencies. (Closing Date: 11 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Risk Management Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of policies, methodologies, analytics and procedures pertaining to ADB's credit, market, and enterprise-wide risk and contribute to the production of related reports, recommendations and policy responses. (Closing Date: 11 September 2014)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Program Coordinator / Medical Program Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MalteserCountry: ThailandClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, works in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas for people in need, regardless of their religion, origin or political affiliation. Its mission is to provide emergency relief as well as to implement rehabilitation measures and to facilitate the link between emergency relief and sustainable development. Christian values and the humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence form the basis of its work in the

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: Coopérant/e Spécialiste en Sécurité Alimentaire et Adaptation au Changement Climatique (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ProgressioCountry: HaitiClosing date: 14 Sep 2014Ouanaminthe, République d’Haïti (avec voyages en République Dominicaine)Convention de coopération d’un an renouvelableLangue française requise et engagement à apprendre le créoleLe/la coopérant/e travaillera sur le renforcement des capacités de Solidarite Fwontalye, contribuant à la conformation de la structure dans le domaine de la sécurité alimentaire et la gestion des ressources naturelles du Département de Transformation Sociale, développant pour cela, avec l'équipe, les outils nécessaires à l’identification de stratégies

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Technical Advisor Level III, Senior Communications Advisor - Global Health Fellows Program II - Washington, DC, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Global Health Fellows Program II Location:&nbsp; Washington, DC, United States Application Deadline (optional):&nbsp; September 18, 2014 Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development Submission Instructions:&nbsp;

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: Information &amp; Communications Technology - Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Asean Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster ManagementCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 09 Sep 2014The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional-intergovernmental organisation founded in 1967, to promote peace and stability, sustain economic growth, shared prosperity and social progress. It comprises ten countries of Southeast Asia.The ASEAN Leaders at their 19th ASEAN Summit on 17 November 2011 officially launched the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management, popularly referred to as the AHA Centre.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Advisor, Protection &amp; Rule of Law (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict around the world. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones around the world. Our programs are focused on achieving long term solutions for people affected by conflict. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership and innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ukraine: Humanitarian field coordinator, Eastern Ukraine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: UkraineClosing date: 11 Sep 2014People in Need (PIN) is the Czech Republic based NGO working in relief and development sectors. See more at www.peopleineed.cz. In early August 2014 PIN opened humanitarian response in Eastern Ukraine and the program is rapidly expanding. Focus is given on the assistance to the IDPs, returnees and population living in the contested areas in the sectors of food security, shelter and NFIs, early recovery and health. PIN is currently looking for medium-term term field engagement of experienced field coordinators.Start-up date:

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Chief of Party, Education (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: LebanonClosing date: 27 Oct 2014Application deadline: Monday, September 1st, 2014.Since its inception in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been a global leader in emergency response and providing durable solutions for conflict- and crisis-affected populations. IRC launched its Lebanon program in September 2012, and has a presence in four regions (North, Bekaa, Mt. Lebanon, South) and five sectors: education, economic recovery and development, women's protection and empowerment, child protection, and protection.Position

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Female Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Eaves, London; £28,770 (source: BOND)

Female Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Eaves, London; £28,770 Contribute toward strengthening the Poppy Project’s ability to demonstrate the impact of our programmes with existing and prospective donors...

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultant - Governance Review, Gorta - Self Help Africa, Dublin, Ireland (source: BOND)

Consultant - Governance Review, Gorta - Self Help Africa, Dublin, Ireland Self Help Africa and Gorta are seeking a consultant to undertake a review of their Governance, this Autumn.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior/ Principal Consultant - Livelihoods & Social Protection, Itad Ltd, Hove (source: BOND)

Senior/ Principal Consultant - Livelihoods & Social Protection, Itad Ltd, Hove Itad is looking for a Senior or Principal Consultant to join our Livelihoods & Social Protection team. Itad Ltd is a specialist management consultancy in international development based in Hove (UK).

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Team Assistant – Security and Human Rights, Amnesty International Secretariat, London (source: BOND)

Team Assistant – Security and Human Rights, Amnesty International Secretariat, London Amnesty International are looking for a bright, committed, and enthusiastic person to support the Stop Torture campaign team within the Campaigns Programme.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Women's Protection &amp; Empowerment (WPE) Senior Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: IraqClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.IRC established programs

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Protection Project Manager - CAR (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 13 Sep 2014ROLE, TASK AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe Project Manager is in charge of the implementation and the supervision of a protection project targeting the Internally Displaced People (IDP) . S/he is also responsible of developing response plans to humanitarian needs that may result from conflict escalation in the area and early recovery programs in the area of intervention. Specifically s/he will be responsible:· Supervise the provision of protection assistance to the target population through a strong community-based

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Desk Study Review on the Somali Compact and Displacements

&nbsp; Background and context As of mid-2014, there are an estimated 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia and more than 950,000 registered Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Many of these persons have been displaced for years and have been displaced multiple times. The search for durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in the Horn of Africa (HoA) is a key humanitarian and development concern. This is a regional/cross border issue, with a strong political dimension and dynamic, which demands a multi-sectoral response that goes beyond the

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Forest Peoples Programme: Communications and Publications Officer (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£20,000 - £25,000:Forest Peoples Programme:This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an international NGO that promotes the rights of indigenous and tribal forest peoples.Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Health Coordinator CAR - Urgent research - Immediate deployment (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 13 Sep 2014The International Coordinator Health &amp; Nutrition guarantees the correct overall management of the assigned project, management of budget and personnel, and he ensures the realization of the activities foreseen and the highest quality standard in all the operations carried out under her/his responsibility.The Medical Coordinator is responsible for the management, economic and financial administration of the Health and Nutrition activities. Specifically:· To organize the mobile clinic activities along the

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Awards Compliance Manager - Haiyan Response (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 09 Sep 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Humanitarian Affairs Officer P-4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 04 Sep 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This position is located in the Inter-cluster Coordination Support Section of the Program Support Branch of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Inter-cluster Coordination Support Section.RESPONSIBILITIES:Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Serves as a senior

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Logistics Manager - Haiyan Response (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 23 Sep 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager - DRC (219295-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 27 Oct 20143-month contract (extension of contract up to 5 years contingent upon successful completion of transition plan and program approval)PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:Mercy Corps has been present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since September 2007, helping populations in North Kivu and Orientale Provinces work toward building a more peaceful and hopeful future. Mercy Corps has more than 200 team members in 5 locations and is implementing emergency and longer-term development programs with

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Child Protection Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 23 Sep 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Emergency Response Team Leader - Erbil, Iraq (219292-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: IraqClosing date: 27 Oct 2014This position is for 6 months period.GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:The Emergency Response Team Leader is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of emergency food, non-food items, WASH and shelter interventions for families affected by conflict or natural disaster and possibly host community households. Position includes overall management of daily program activities and management of program staff, ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results as well

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist - Aden, Yemen (219291-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: YemenClosing date: 27 Oct 2014PROGRAM SUMMARY:During this critical period in Yemen, Mercy Corps is not only providing humanitarian assistance but also working closely with its Yemeni partners and local communities to implement programs that emphasize long term development and resilience building. It is essential that Mercy Corps have strong systems in place to monitor, evaluate, and measure the impact of its work. The information gathered through these activities both helps Mercy Corps to strengthen its programming and assists us in remaining accountable

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme Manager-Rakhine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 09 Sep 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Desk Study Review on the Somali Compact and Displacements (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Desk Study Review on the Somali Compact and DisplacementsBackground and contextAs of mid-2014, there are an estimated 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia and more than 950,000 registered Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Many of these persons have been displaced for years and have been displaced multiple times. The search for durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in the Horn of Africa (HoA) is a key humanitarian and development concern. This is a regional/cross

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Humanitarian Operations Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 09 Sep 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Education in Emergencies (EiE) Programme Manager - Rakhine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 09 Sep 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Civitas Maxima Marketing and Fundraising Intern Vacancy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Civitas MaximaCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 01 Sep 2014About Civitas Maxima:Civitas Maxima (CM) coordinates a network of national and international lawyers and investigators who work for the interest of victims of international crimes. It operates in situations where no legal action to bring the perpetrators to justice has been successful and works in close partnership with the Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP) based in Monrovia. CM represents victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.CM was registered in September

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Head, Counselling Unit, P4 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: ItalyClosing date: 17 Sep 2014The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is committed to transforming its Human Resources function to a strategic business partner. To achieve this, we are seeking more outstanding professionals to contribute to a key moment in WFP’s history - for the first time we are setting up a strategic HR capability to enable WFP to meet its vision of zero hunger.We are currently seeking to fill the position of Head, Staff Counseling Unit (P4), which will become

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cameroon: Nutrition Manager 14-650 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: CameroonClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private,voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of lifethrough health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Officer East Asia (219290-927)

&nbsp; PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: Mercy Corps has operations in East Asia in Mongolia, China, Myanmar, Indonesia, East-Timor and the Philippines. These are a disparate collection of countries with many different challenges and opportunities that are undergoing dramatic transitions that have the potential to create significant opportunity for development and change. These transitions are fraught with difficulties and their outcomes will not be clear for years to come. Mercy Corps is well placed to play a meaningful role in supporting forces for positive change. Our path to being relevant and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Emergency Response Team Leader - Erbil, Iraq (219292-927)

&nbsp; This position is for 6 months period. &nbsp; GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: The Emergency Response Team Leader is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of emergency food, non-food items, WASH and shelter interventions for families affected by conflict or natural disaster and possibly host community households. Position includes overall management of daily program activities and management of program staff, ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results as well as engagement with senior management on the strategic

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist - Aden, Yemen (219291-927)

&nbsp; PROGRAM SUMMARY: During this critical period in Yemen, Mercy Corps is not only providing humanitarian assistance but also working closely with its Yemeni partners and local communities to implement programs that emphasize long term development and resilience building. It is essential that Mercy Corps have strong systems in place to monitor, evaluate, and measure the impact of its work. The information gathered through these activities both helps Mercy Corps to strengthen its programming and assists us in remaining accountable to communities and donors alike. &nbsp; GENERAL POSITION

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Grants Officer 14-553 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: JordanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Team Assistant - Security and Human Rights (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 05 Sep 2014Team Assistant – Security and Human RightsLondonFixed Term Contract (4 months, 17.5 hours per week)Amnesty International are looking for a bright, committed, and enthusiastic person to support the Stop Torture campaign team within the Campaigns Programme.About the roleThe campaign focuses on safeguards to torture and working towards the world-wide eradication of torture. Providing daily support to a team of campaigners, you will coordinate the team's administrative and communications

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Field Manager (source: Relief Web)

Country: IraqClosing date: 13 Sep 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Sr. Specialist for Agriculture and Agribusiness (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Relief and DevelopmentCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Summary:International Relief and Development (IRD) is hiring a Senior Agriculture and Agribusiness Specialist (SAAS). The Senior Agriculture Specialist is responsible for helping to build the Food and Agriculture Systems Unit (SFAS) in agriculture, agribusiness, and food security by developing the unit’s knowledge management products and service solutions to increase sales, improve marketing, and demonstrate IRD’s thought and technical leadership. The SAAS will help grow IRD’s services

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Economic Strengthening Technical Director, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking an Economic Strengthening Technical Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.Position Title: Economic Strengthening Technical Director, OVC

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Evidence Building Technical Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 28 Nov 2014Job Title:Evidence Building Technical DirectorRequisition Number:D1933Area of Interest:Other Position Type:Full Time Location:United States/Baltimore Job Description:About CRS:Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Monitoring, Evaluation &amp; Learning Director, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&amp;L) Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Uganda nationals are highly encouraged to apply.Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Director, Finance &amp; Operations, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Finance and Operations Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Uganda nationals are highly encouraged to apply. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.The USAID Better Outcomes

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Deputy Chief of Party, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.The USAID Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Chief of Party, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Country: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Uganda nationals are highly encouraged to apply.The USAID Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda program aims to improved health, nutrition, education

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Economic Strengthening Technical Director, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World LearningCountry: UgandaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking an Economic Strengthening Technical Director for a USAID-funded Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda, pending award. Expected duration: 5 years. Successful candidates will be based in Uganda and travel regularly throughout the country. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.To apply:Please visit our website www.worldlearning.org and click

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Communications Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 18 Sep 2014The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Communications, learning, and knowledge management coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a communications, learning, and knowledge management coordinator for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Senior grants officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a senior grants officer for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impact of an insurgency in parts

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Operations manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks an operations manager for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impact of an insurgency in parts

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Deputy chief of party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a deputy chief of party for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. TISplus aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium- and longer-term development, USAID, through TISplus, will implement quick-impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impact of an insurgency in parts

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Chief of party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated USAID-funded Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TISplus) program. This program aims to increase Somalia's stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion. As Somalia looks to move from crisis and stabilization to medium and longer-term development, USAID through TISplus will implement quick impact stabilization activities to support nascent government infrastructure and mitigate the impacts of an insurgency in parts of

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director of Operations (source: Relief Web)

Organization: The Water TrustCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014The Water TrustDirector of OperationsFounded in 2008, The Water Trust (TWT) is a New York City based NGO dedicated to helping the world’s rural poor gain lasting access to clean water, sanitation and better hygiene practice. Today our geographic focus is Uganda, East Africa. Our founders come from the finance industry and from this context have built TWT with a results and business oriented culture that emphasizes transparency, accountability, sustainability and data driven decision-making. We believe

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: Internship/Volunteer Legal Department (source: Relief Web)

Organization: FIBGARCountry: SpainClosing date: 31 Oct 2014International Foundation Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR)- www.fibgar.org -The International Foundation Baltasar Garzón is a private foundation social, non-profit founded in 2011, for human rights and the Universal jurisdiction.JOB DESCRIPTIONThe Foundation is looking for a young professional degree in law, specializing in human rights, international criminal law and transitional justice which are incorporated as a volunteer to the Legal Department of the headquarters in Madrid from FIBGAR to collaborate in the activities of the legal

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: UN (E) CONSULTANT(E) NATIONAL (E) POUR LA GESTION DES BASES DE DONNEES DES INTERVENTIONS SUR LA RIPOSTE CONTRE EBOLA EN GUINEE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: GuineaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Un (e) Consultant(e) NATIONAL (E) pour lA GESTION des Bases de donnees des interventions sur la riposte contre Ebola en GuinéeGrade :NOBLieu d’affectation : CONAKRY et interieur du paysType de contrat :SSA (Consultant)Durée :6 moisAvis de Vacance n° :VA/2014/SSA/010Date de clôture de la publication : 04 Septembre 20141. Objet du poste, Principales Tâches et ResponsabilitésLe/la consultant (e) travaillera directement sous la supervision du Coordonnateur Ebola à UNICEF. Il travaille au sein d’un Comité

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Lake Tumba Program Manager/Landscape Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Wide Fund For NatureCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 18 Sep 2014The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the world. We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978.The WWF has embarked on ambitious, field-based conservation programs across the Congo Basin. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), WWF is active in several landscape-scale sites, including the Lake Tumba

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Communications Officer – Bioinnovate Program (closing date 12 September 2014) (source: ILRI)

The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, seeking to recruit a Communications Officer as part of the Program Management Team. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of information within the Program, its projects and stakeholders and the general public The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finance and Administration Manager, Vietnam Evaluation, Monitoring and Survey Services, Hanoi, Vietnam (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalClosing date: 27 Sep 2014Finance and Administration Manager,****Vietnam Evaluation, Monitoring and Survey Services****, Hanoi, VietnamCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ghana: Project Director, Evaluate for Health, Ghana (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: GhanaClosing date: 27 Sep 2014Project Director, Evaluate for Health, GhanaCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: DIRECTOR, HAIYAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM (D-HERP) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Lutheran World ReliefCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 26 Sep 2014The Director, Haiyan Emergency Response Program (D-HERP) will provide managerial and technical oversight of all components of LWR’s response to Typhoon Haiyan. S/he will be responsible for ensuring LWR’s projects meet the highest standards of implementation, including sub grantee’s compliance, quality monitoring and reporting, and provision of technical assistance. The D-HERP will also lead the strategic transition from relief to development through sustainable livelihood recovery including mobilizing resources

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: ALIMA - NIGER - Coordinateur Projet (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: NigerClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) Projet, pour ses programmes au Niger.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28Coordinateu...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur Projet Dakoro» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Chad: ALIMA - TCHAD - Coordinateur Logistique (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: ChadClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) Logistique, pour ses programmes au Tchad.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28-Coordinate...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur Logistique N' Djaména» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: ALIMA - MALI - Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: MaliClosing date: 30 Aug 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) des Ressources Humaines pour ses programmes au Mali.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28-CORH-MALI1...How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines Mali» avant le 30 septembre 2014.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: ALIMA - NIGER - Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: NigerClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Coordinateur (rice) des Ressources Humaines pour ses programmes au Niger.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014_08_28-CORH-NIGER....How to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Coordinateur des Ressources Humaines Niger» avant le 30 septembre 2014

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: CONSULTANT - DESK ANALYSIS OF TDH DOCUMENTS ON COMMUNITIES ROLE IN CHILD PROTECTION (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Terre des hommes Foundation Child ReliefCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 30 Sep 2014****TERMS OF REFERENCE********CONSULTANT - DESK ANALYSIS OF TDH DOCUMENTS ON COMMUNITIES ROLE IN CHILD PROTECTION****BackgroundChild protection is one of the domain of intervention of Tdh. By protection Terre des hommes refers to the protection of all the rights of the child as recognised by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the field, the organisation implements in partnership with national actors at all levels, various vertical thematic projects aiming at:Protecting

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Medical Officer or Chief Pharmacist; and Senior Technical Advisor, Access to Medicines and Supplies (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmeriCaresCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014ABOUT AMERICARES:Confront crisis. Create change.In the simplest of terms, that is the mission of AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization committed to saving lives and building healthier futures with people in crisis in the United States and around the world.Since 1982, AmeriCares has worked to address the health and humanitarian needs of people in communities affected by poverty and disaster. Together with its global network of partners, AmeriCares has helped millions of people

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Advocacy &amp; Policy Specialist, NO-3-Fixed Term, Post # 89204 - Sana'a - Announcement # 22/2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: YemenClosing date: 10 Sep 2014INTERNAL/EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 22/2014If you are a committed, creative Yemeni and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading child rights organization. UNICEF would like to hear from you.Post Title : Advocacy &amp; Policy SpecialistContract type : Fixed Term AppointmentLevel of Post : NO-3Duration : One Year, renewableNo of posts : One PostDuty Station : Sana’a post # 89204PURPOSE:Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Communication, the incumbent

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, M&amp;E Support Project, South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: SudanClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, M&amp;E Support Project, South SudanCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: Chief of Party, Global Fund Malaria Program, Niger (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: NigerClosing date: 01 Oct 2014Position Title:Chief of Party I: Global Fund Malaria ProgramWorkplace: Niamey, NigerBand:DSupervisor: Deputy Country Representative (DCR)About CRS:Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.Context:The

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Evaluation of the Support Provided by the Global Nutrition Cluster to National Coordination Platforms (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: WorldClosing date: 19 Sep 2014We would like to inform you that United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) have launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Evaluation of the Support Provided by the Global Nutrition Cluster to National Coordination Platforms.Should you be interested in accessing the complete RFPS package, please register your company in the UNICEF online e-tendering system IF NOT YET REGISTERED and express your interest in this specific project.General Background to the Global Nutrition ClusterThe Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zambia: Call for Expression of Interest: Strategic evaluation of the Zambia education project (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Sight Savers InternationalCountry: ZambiaClosing date: 15 Sep 2014Sightsavers is looking for external evaluators to conduct a strategic evaluation of its Inclusive Education Program in Zambia and is calling for an expression of interest to undertake the evaluation.The Inclusive Education Programme, funded by the EU and Sightsavers to the tune of £588,319 over a three year period, commenced operations in March 2011 and is set to end in December 2014. The project aimed to target primary school age children who are blind, have low vision or refractive errors in 6 districts of

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: AN ADMINISTRATION MANAGER - IRAQ (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: IraqClosing date: 20 Sep 2014We are looking for:AN ADMINISTRATION MANAGERCountry:The Kurdistan Regional Government, based in ErbilLength of Contract: 3 months (possible extension) starting from the 25th of September 2014General objective: Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, you will be responsible to ensure sound accounting and financial management of the base according to the procedures defined for the base and within the ACF financial management framework. You will have to provide HR management at base level in accordance with

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: PROCUREMENT MANAGER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: HaitiClosing date: 28 Sep 2014****KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:****Preparation and PlanningConsult with Deputy Country Representative (DCR-Prog.) and Deputy Country Representative Operations (DCR-Ops) to identify the main types of goods and services that will be needed in near term based on the current portfolio of programs and operations, and use this to conduct regular market assessments of best sources and prices.Proactively consult with peer agencies and private sector to identify new potential suppliers that can be added to our updated Approved

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: VSO Hospital Management Information Systems Expert (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Voluntary Service OverseasCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 01 Sep 2014About VSO: VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.Role Overview: The objective of this placement in Tanzania, is to build the capacity of the SNNPR Health Bureau in terms of effective

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: VSO Welding &amp; Fabrication Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Voluntary Service OverseasCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 01 Sep 2014About VSO: VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.Role Overview: The Ideal volunteer for this position in Ethiopia, will work collaboratively with VETA (Vocational Education and

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Counter-Trafficking (CT) Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 10 Sep 2014I.SVN Number : SVN/IOMSO/076/2014Position title: Counter-Trafficking (CT) ConsultantPosition grade: Ungraded equivalent to 3,500 USD PMType of Contract: Short term contract under third partyDuty station: Garowe, PuntlandDuration of Assignment: Six months with possibility of extensionOrganizational unit: Capacity Building for Migration Management and Counter-Trafficking (CBMM&amp;CT)II. Organizational Context and Scope Focusing on Puntland that hosts key migratory routes since 2012,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Economic Growth and Livelihood Specialists (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GRM InternationalCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 12 Sep 2014Recruiting Specialists to Join our Economic Growth &amp; Livelihoods PracticeGRM Futures Group is currently recruiting for the following roles to be part of our successful Economic Growth &amp; Livelihoods practice area:Research Consultants (3-5 years’ relevant experience)Specialists (over 5 years’ experience)Senior Specialists: (over 12 years’ experience)What we are looking for…We are looking for talented individuals, with a track record in consulting and management,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Project Manager, Afghanistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 10 Oct 2014REQUIRED COMPETENCIESMaster’s Degree in development cooperation/ political science, economics or any other University Master’s Degree related to development cooperationPrevious field experience in school education, human and child rights, capacity building and ToT (minimum 1 year)Demonstrated experience in project development and conducting assessment (minimum 2 years)Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, to meet deadlines and keep the project’s files and documentsGood

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Project Manager - Health Sector Coordinator, Myanmar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Oct 2014REQUIRED COMPETENCIESHealth background with Master’s Degree in Public HealthProven experience in management of health projects and/or programs (minimum 3 years) both in emergency and development context (Malaria, TB, MNCH, HIV/AIDS)Proven tracks of success in project identification and in drafting proposal (minimum 2 years) with special focus on both emergency response and developmentProven experience in financial planning and accountingGood communication skillsExcellent leadership, management,

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Salonga Program Manager/Landscape Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Wide Fund For NatureCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 18 Sep 2014The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the world. We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978.We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa since 1978.The WWF has embarked on ambitious, field-based

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Programme Development Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Plan UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 21 Sep 2014The post is Programme Development Officer and you’ll be in the Programmes department.As a Programme Development Officer you will be working closely with resource mobilisation teams in Country Offices and Regional Offices. You will scope and evaluate new opportunities from new and existing institutional donors in Plan countries. You will lead on the development of new high-quality proposals and tenders for institutional donors (particularly the EC, DFID, Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Digital Project Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Sight Savers InternationalCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 07 Sep 2014Job purposeWorking as part of the Digital Team, the job holder will be responsible for providing a flexible and multi-disciplinary range of services to the organisation, in particular assisting the Digital Project Manager in a wide range of roles.Principal accountabilities:1.Provide day to day support to the Digital Project Manager with any digital operational tasks relating to the successful delivery of digital projects (50% of time)2.Assist with any tasks

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Health Officer (3) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH... Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Meru and Wajir – Bungoma and Turkana being the new entrants in 2014. We work through partners in

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Chief of Party (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programs of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In February 2014, we

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Finance and Operations Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programs of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In February 2014, we

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands Antilles (The Netherlands): Garden Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Saba Reach FoundationCountry: Netherlands Antilles (The Netherlands)Closing date: 01 Sep 2014Saba Reach Foundation seeks to create and provide alternative social and educational opportunities which are meant to enhance the personal and professional development and employability of individuals forming part of the Saban community.The SRF Social Workplace Organoponics Farm functions as a sheltered working environment providing career employment to otherwise unemployable individuals who are given both practical and theoretical agricultural education and confidence building responsibilities

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Programme Manager - Health and Nutrition ( Kibera) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Programme Officer - Health and Nutrition (Kibera) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: KenyaClosing date: 04 Sep 2014Save the Children has received a grant from the EC for the implementation of MNCH, nutrition and family planning programme in Kibera informal settlement of Nairobi County in collaboration with Carolina for Kibera and Family Health Options Kenya. The programme seeks to contribute to a reduction in maternal, newborn and child mortality by increasing utilization of quality Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services among communities in informal settlements in Kenya, and bolstering the government’s commitment to MNCH.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Regional SMART Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: KenyaClosing date: 08 Sep 2014Job title : Regional SMART CoordinatorJob location : Action contre la Faim Canada, Nairobi OfficeDirect supervisor: Director of OperationsType of position: Full timeContext and responsibilitiesAction Contre la Faim – Canada (ACF-CA) is part of the international ACF International Network which provides humanitarian relief to over 45 countries worldwide, for the nutrition, water and sanitation, and food security sectors.Tasks and ResponsibilitiesSince 2007, ACF-Canada has been leading initiatives in SMART

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT