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

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

21 Feb 2017 04:40:13 GMT

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

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

21 Feb 2017 04:30:44 GMT

The Future of rice security under climate change

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

21 Feb 2017 04:16:58 GMT

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

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

21 Feb 2017 03:38:43 GMT

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

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

21 Feb 2017 02:46:19 GMT

High and Dry: Climate change, water and the economy

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

10 Feb 2017 04:33:21 GMT

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

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

10 Feb 2017 04:15:50 GMT

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A new approach in support of food security and sustainable agriculture

<p>This FAO note gives a brief introduction to the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus conceptual framework as a useful way to describe and address the complex and interrelated nature of our global resource systems. It puts forward WEF as a conceptual approach:</p><ul><li>to better understand and systematically analyse the interactions between the natural environment and human activities</li><li>to help work towards a more coordinated management and use of natural resources across sectors and scales</li><li>to help identify and manage trade-offs andto build synergies allowing for more integrated and cost-effective planning, decision-making, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.</li></ul>

10 Feb 2017 04:05:24 GMT

Climate change and water: An overview from the World Water Development Report 3: Water in a changing world

<p>This World Water Assessment Programme Special Report brings together messages on water and climate change from the World Water Development Report 3: Water in a Changing World. Water in a Changing World shows that changes in our water resources are shaped to a great extent by a number of key externalities, among them climate change, and that decisions taken far from the conventionally defined water sector have a tremendous influence on water resources and how they are used or misused. The report also describes the dynamic linkages that interconnect changes in climate, the state of our water resources, demographic expansion and migration issues, food and energy shortages, and the continuing challenge of poverty. Rather than addressing these issues in isolation, it argues that a holistic approach is crucial if we are to solve the crises we face today and avoid worse crises tomorrow.</p>

10 Feb 2017 03:47:02 GMT

Water and Climate Blue Book

<p>Llaunched by the Morroccan government at COP22 in Marrakech, the blue book aims to raise international awareness on the vulnerability of water in the context of climate change and the urgency of action. It also speaks in favor of merging both agendas of water and climate, in order to ensure a total integration of water in the negotiations on climate change.</p><p>The book also presents concrete actions in the water field to cope with the impact of climate variability, actions which have already been launched or are being implemented, including the Water for Africa&nbsp;initiative. It is organized around chapters that highlight the challenges of water, its positioning within the adaptation and mitigation set of actions, and the recommendations to the international water community for a better water resilience to climate change and ensure sustainable development.</p>

10 Feb 2017 03:26:23 GMT

Climate change adaption readiness: lessons from the 2015/16 El Niño for climate readiness in Southern Africa

<div>Southern Africa is experiencing its worst drought in at least 35 years. The drought is associated with an acute El Niño cycle, a periodic weather phenomenon that affects weather patterns across large regions of the globe, including Southern Africa. While the El Niño cycle is not linked directly to broader climate change processes, an assessment of</div><div>the region’s responses to the current drought does provide insight into its capacity to respond to severe environmental stresses. Insights drawn from such an assessment allow for a deeper understanding of climate adaptation readiness in the region.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This paper concludes that there is a need to expedite the development of regional and national response plans to severe environmental stresses, and in particular to strengthen capacity to effectively implement and co-ordinate appropriate actions. At the national level, response capacity in numerous Southern African states remains low. Even in South Africa, where government capacity is the highest in the region, implementation delays and co-ordination challenges have hampered effective responses to the drought. Yet despite these problems, there have also been successes in regional and national responses to droughts and longer-term climate challenges. Such programmes and innovative responses can be scaled to achieve more far-reaching impacts and thereby further develop the region’s climate adaptation readiness.</div>

09 Feb 2017 09:59:25 GMT

Report on the nationally determined contributions survey conducted by the Nairobi Framework Partnership in 2016

<p>Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean urgently need financial support to green their power sectors and thereby implement their national climate action plans under the&nbsp;Paris Climate Change Agreement.</p><p>This is the key finding from this survey of 79 countries&nbsp;conducted by the secretariat of the UNFCCC on behalf of the&nbsp;Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP).</p><p>The central goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit the global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Transitioning the power sector to low carbon is crucial to meet this goal, as generating power using coal, gas and oil is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change.</p><p>The survey also found that whilst many countries are receiving some form of support to increase transparency (Measurement, Reporting and Verification) from international organizations, in most cases this support is not enough.</p><p>The survey clearly indicates that countries believe that making use of the UN’s&nbsp;Clean Development Mechanism (CDM),&nbsp;Standardized Baselines&nbsp;and&nbsp;Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)&nbsp;can help them to achieve their climate action commitments.</p><p>The Asian and African regions were found to be the ones requiring most urgent support for the development of carbon markets and economic instruments for mitigation action.</p>

07 Feb 2017 03:15:05 GMT

Resilience Resources: RABIT - Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact

<p>This page provides guidance materials relating to RABIT: the Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit.&nbsp; This enables the measurement of resilience baselines, and also measurement of the impact on resilience of development interventions; particularly introduction of ICTs.&nbsp; It focuses on resilience in low-income communities.</p>

03 Feb 2017 10:21:26 GMT

Impact of climate change on select value chains in Mozambique

<p>In Mozambique, where agriculture accounts for more than 25 percent of gross domestic product and employs about 80 percent of the country’s workforce, climate change has potential to reduce production of key crops and jeopardize both macroeconomic stability and the livelihoods of millions of people.</p><p>Despite this, the country, with just 16 percent of arable land under cultivation, has great potential to expand the agriculture sector. This report considers both sides of the challenge, detailing the likely impact of climate changes on three key crops (soy, pigeon pea and sesame) and analyzing opportunities to manage those risks across the value chain. Focused on the four central provinces, the report concludes with concrete recommendations for decision-makers.</p><div>This report demonstrates a strong likelihood of increased temperatures, extreme weather events and changes in rainfall patterns in Mozambique, together with evidence that some of these changes have already begun. In response, the agricultural system must adapt and become more resilient to these changes. The uncertainty associated with future climate is compounded by the fact that climate change is occurring on top of significant existing interannual variability in climate. Therefore, it is impossible to plan for a single future scenario or single set of on-the-ground agricultural interventions that will be effective in all areas of Mozambique in all years. In the end, it will be important to develop robust solutions that build national, community and individual resilience to respond to the entire suite of future climate scenarios.<br /><br /></div><div>One approach is to pair a package of locally relevant climate-smart agricultural practices with improved climate and weather information for decision-making. This way, farmers can decide what will be the most effective adaptive strategy in a specific year given their local context and constraints.</div>

03 Feb 2017 09:54:52 GMT

Decentralized climate change responses in uganda: climate change adaptation lacks local government funding

<p>This study explored ways in which Mali’s 25-year old decentralized governance system empowers local government to help communities adapt to the changing climate. The findings suggest that local development plans hold promise as a vehicle for engaging communities and integrating adaptation into local development planning, but that more needs to be done to strengthen the process. Centered in the southern regions of Mopti, Koulikoro and Sikasso, where most livelihoods derive from farming and livestock, the study also found that decentralized governance creates particular opportunities to facilitate problem-solving across villages and build external linkages to NGOs, donors and others. Such relationships are important as households increasingly compete for water and land for grazing and farming, and trees for charcoal and fuelwood. With higher temperatures and decreasing rainfall likely in these regions in the future, effective management of natural resources is vital to maintaining livelihoods and minimizing conflict.</p>

02 Feb 2017 10:34:24 GMT

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

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

30 Nov 2016 05:22:23 GMT

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

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

23 Sep 2016 12:53:59 GMT

Mesophotic coral ecosystems - a lifeboat for coral reefs?

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

23 Sep 2016 01:49:16 GMT

Climate change threatens Hawaiian forest birds

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

22 Sep 2016 10:23:43 GMT

CITES alone cannot combat illegal wildlife trade

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

09 Sep 2016 02:56:25 GMT

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

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

09 Sep 2016 02:48:52 GMT

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

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

18 Aug 2016 11:00:54 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:40:28 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:26:47 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:17:22 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:05:56 GMT

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

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

12 Jun 2016 09:06:59 GMT

Dry-season greening of Amazon forests

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

21 Mar 2016 07:31:29 GMT

Spotlight on publications: Brazil’s ethanol programme

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

16 Mar 2016 03:19:51 GMT

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

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

05 Mar 2016 04:09:22 GMT

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

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

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:58:00 GMT

Green investment banks

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

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:23:00 GMT

Mainstream biodiversity

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

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:47:00 GMT

Action on climate change

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

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:12:00 GMT

The water challenge: OECD's response

The OECD work on water analyses how water management can contribute to sustainable growth and development, with a focus on financing water services and infrastructure, managing water related risks (including scarcity and pollution), and urban water management. A new Recommendation on water has been adopted by the OECD Council on 13 December 2016.

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:50:00 GMT

Greater efforts needed to safeguard biodiversity

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

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:51:00 GMT

OECD at #COP22

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

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:33:00 GMT

Making climate finance work for women: Overview of bilateral ODA to gender and climate change

This brief is a contribution to the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) and a submission of recommendations for the renewal of the Lima Work Programme on Gender. It provides an overview of how well members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) are integrating gender equality into their bilateral aid to climate change.

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:58:00 GMT

Global Forum on Environment and Economic Growth

This Global Forum, held on 24-25 October 2016, aimed to shed light on the links between environment and economic growth, and the toolkits to quantify these links. It provided a platform to explore how a well-managed natural environment can contribute to economic growth and how an effective and efficient regulatory system can best be designed?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:52:00 GMT

3rd OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

Building on the success of the previous Green Investment Financing Forums, the OECD held its 3rd Forum on 13-14 October 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. This year’s edition focused on Asia – a region with rapidly growing economies, developing financial markets and colossal green investment needs.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:01:00 GMT

Effective Carbon Rates - OECD Insigths Blog

On the latest OECD Insights blog post, Mr. Kurt van Dender, Head of the Tax and Environment Unit at the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration explains the necessary requirements to deeply cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to implement the COP21 Paris Agreement.

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:55:00 GMT

OECD Meeting of Environment Ministers

‌Environment Ministers from OECD and key partner countries gathered in Paris on 28-29 September 2016 to discuss the environmental challenges facing the world and how to promote effective and efficient policy responses, under the guidance of the Chair, Minister Nick Smith (New Zealand) and the Vice-Chairs, Minister Irena Majcen (Slovenia) and Vice-Minister Marcelo Mena Carrasco (Chile).

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:41:00 GMT

Carbon pricing efforts are falling short, but even modest collective action can deliver significant progress, OECD says

Current carbon prices are falling short of the levels needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, but even moderate price increases could have a significant impact, according to new OECD research.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT

Air pollution: Tyre and brake fatigue compound an exhausting problem

Anyone else feeling exhausted by all this drum humming about air pollution? Indeed it appears the fumes won’t be dissipating any time soon as we consider the extent to which tyre and brake rubbish exacerbate the problem.

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:13:00 GMT

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Rio+20: A voice from Sheffield, UK

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

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

Rio+20: A voice from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Cities and Resilience

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollution

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

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

Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energy

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

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

Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon tax

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

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

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

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

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

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

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

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

Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

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

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

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World Business

BA owner IAG's profits hit by weak pound

The owner of British Airways and Iberia says sterling's weakness cost it 460m euros.

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:53:02 GMT

Trump's Treasury Secretary targets tax reform 'by August'

In his first TV interview Steven Mnuchin promises deregulation and tax cuts to boost growth.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:37:58 GMT

India police arrest 'world's cheapest smartphone' firm boss

A distribution company says many of the 251 Freedom handsets it paid for have not been delivered.

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:59:23 GMT

Royal Bank of Scotland reports ninth year of losses

The bank, which is 72%-owned by taxpayers, reports a £7bn loss and plans further cost savings.

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:52:16 GMT

Ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato gets 4.5 years for embezzlement

Mr Rato and 64 other bankers were accused of misusing corporate credit cards at Spain's two banks.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:05:42 GMT

Peugeot owner PSA sees profits nearly double

As its profits rise, the French carmaker says it will "develop" Vauxhall if it buys the brand.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:11:37 GMT

German budget surplus highest since 1990

Revenue outstripped expenditure last year by the largest amount since reunification.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:25:57 GMT

Barclays full-year profits almost treble to £3.2bn

"Strong progress" in restructuring helps the bank to report profits of £3.2bn.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:02:21 GMT

Federal Reserve may raise US rates 'fairly soon'

The US central bank suggests the strength of the economy may prompt an increase as soon as March.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:25:49 GMT

Qantas profits buffeted by competition headwinds

Shares in the Australian airline jump 5% despite posting lower half-year profits.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:43:50 GMT

Carlos Ghosn refocuses Nissan role

'Time is right' to step away from running Nissan to focus on Renault and Mitsubishi alliances.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:33:29 GMT

Australia Post chief resigns despite bumper profits

Ahmed Fahour's decision comes after widespread criticism that his pay was 10 times what the PM earned.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:35:29 GMT

WTO's new global trade deal comes into force

The WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement should cut trade costs and help developing nations the most.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:03:04 GMT

BBC World News business headlines

The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:45:28 GMT

Agile: What does the new boardroom buzzword mean?

Bosses talk about being "agile" as the new way to lead a company. But what does it actually mean?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:36:53 GMT

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As cheerful, family-friendly nonsense, it fits the bill

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Due to recent personal developments that need not be explained here at length (suffice to say that she's damnably cute and just started smiling), I can't brin...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:13:59 GMT

Qatar- The shape of things to come

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The wave of automation that swept away tens of thousands of American manufacturing and office jobs during the past two decades is now washing over the armed f...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:13:58 GMT

Rainbow Trout healthy and delicious

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Rainbow Trout is native to rivers, streams and other fresh waters in mountains. They are available year-round and are known for their delicate sweet taste and...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:13:58 GMT

EKWA marks Qatar National Sport Day

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Enamakkal Kettungal Welfare Association (EKWA) marked the Qatar National Sport Day at Al-Markhiya Stadium recently. EKWA members, their families and friends a...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:13:57 GMT

Aster Medical Centre to host Diabetes Expo'17 in Al Khor

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Aster Medical Centre, a division of Aster DM Healthcare, is organising a free, open-to-all event to raise awareness levels on diabetics amongst residents of Q...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:13:56 GMT

India- Infosys will probe allegations over Panaya acquisition

(MENAFN - NewsBytes) Infosys CEO writes to employees against &quot;libellous&quot; allegations 21 Feb 2017 Following allegations of fraudulent acquisition of Israeli...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:13:06 GMT

Pakistan: A victim of terror?

(MENAFN - NewsBytes) Pakistan facing terror brunt? Terror in Pak On 15 Feb, 7 people were killed in twin suicide attacks on Pakistani government officials in Mohma...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:13:06 GMT

EXCLUSIVE: NASA's Last Discovery Observed from Morocco

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:07:54 GMT

Morocco- A Family of Three Killed After House Collapse in Marrakech

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) The incident occurred at 9 p.m. According to the Wali of Marrakech, Abdelfatah Bjioui, it was caused by the latest rainfall. Medical sources reveale...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:07:39 GMT

Morocco- Canada: Proposal to Remove 'Islamophobia' from Motion 103 Defeated

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:07:39 GMT

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An inclusive South Africa needs more investment and jobs

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

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, first quarter 2015, OECD

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

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:19:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT

OECD establishes roadmap for membership with Costa Rica

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

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:00:00 GMT

Countries should address disruptive effects of the digital economy

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

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:01:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT

OECD establishes roadmap for membership with Lithuania

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

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:01:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, July 2015

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

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:23:00 GMT

Canada could do more to help laid-off workers

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

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT

Slow growth in health spending but Europe lags behind

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

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Relaunch productivity to boost growth and well-being

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

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:00:00 GMT

More effort needed on government integrity to help restore public trust

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

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:46:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:35:00 GMT

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Economic Development

The closing of democratic space for trade unions

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

Agenda for transformation, solidarity, democracy

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

Global economy faces major headwinds in 2016

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

The Latin American Left is losing ground

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

The World Bank's new Gender Equality strategy

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

Greece: Merkel's victory - a Pyrrhic victory?

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

Greek crisis out of control

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

Fight tax avoidance and reform investment policies

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

New labour standard for the informal economy

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

Rehabilitating the c word

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

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Is regulation working? Regulatory Impact Assessment

State regulation needs to be effective if it is to benefit developing countries by removing market failure and promoting sustainable development. Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) offers a method for improving regulation by systematically assessing potential or actual costs, benefits and impacts of new or existing regulatory measures. What guidelines are available to regulators in developing countries?

16 Feb 2004 12:00:00 GMT

Taming the market: can self-regulated ethical trade control globalisation?

Global trade brings benefits for some, but also exposes workers and producers in developing counties to the hunger of market forces. Hungry for profit, the globalising market can create badly paid, insecure jobs in unsafe conditions that pollute local communities. Self-regulation through ethical trade (ET) is a relatively new way in which businesses agree to limit and tame their own hunger to help improve social and environmental wellbeing. But what is needed to make ET work?

16 Feb 2004 12:00:00 GMT

Pushing the "problems" underground? Left behind learners in South Africa

According to the first post-apartheid national Census in 1996, 8.5% of South African children between the ages of 7 and 15 were not in school while approximately 16% of learners in Grades 1 to 7 were out of age (in school but older than their grade cohort by at least three years). From an educational point of view, these two groups of learners represent important lenses for marginality – children, who for whatever reasons, are unable to keep average pace with basic schooling.

27 Sep 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Talking in class: do children’s contributions count?

The talk in classrooms between teachers and children is important because it defines what knowledge will become a part of ‘school- related knowledge’ and whose voices will be allowed to shape this. But the value is in more than simply allowing children to speak and share their experiences.

27 Sep 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Jamaican boys behaving badly: changing schools to change male behaviour

Jamaica has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, mostly committed by young men. Their socialisation begins at home but continues in a society that holds strong stereotypes about male behaviour; homosexuality, for example, is still illegal in Jamaica. The dominant culture in many of the country’s comprehensive schools reflects the attitudes and expectations of wider society rather than presenting an alternative to it. As a result boys also learn to adopt a ‘macho’ and disruptive attitude within school.

27 Sep 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Postnatal depression and child development in South Africa

Is the rate of postnatal depression the same in the developing world as in Western cultures? Does it have a similar adverse impact on the mother-child relationship? Researchers from the UK University of Reading and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, examined these questions in Khayelitsha, South Africa.

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

From cradle to grave - does foetal growth influence adult health?

India is currently experiencing an epidemic of coronary heart disease and diabetes. Low weight and small size at birth are thought to increase the risk of developing these diseases in later life. So what steps can India take to improve foetal growth? Will bigger babies grow up with healthier hearts?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Safe delivery: preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Uganda

Up to 43 percent of babies born to HIV- positive mothers in developing countries become infected with the virus. In wealthier countries, intensive treatment of both mother and baby with the drug zidovudine (AZT) is used to reduce HIV transmission. Is there an alternative to this costly treatment in resource-poor settings?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Parents are the key to services for children with communication disabilities

How many children suffer from communication disabilities in Uganda? What services are available for these children? How can parents get more involved in their child's progress? Researchers from the UK Centre for International Child Health report on a study in three districts in Eastern Uganda.

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Money makes the war go round - finance, war and peace

Does the humanitarian community understand the relationship between finance, war and peace? How does the financial sector reinforce poverty and inequality and fuel conflict?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

NGOs and capacity building: for what and for whom?

Is much of the talk about ‘capacity building’ woolly theorizing? What happens when capacity building is pursued and funded as an end in itself? Is enough known about what it really entails? Donors and international NGOs have often understood it to be simply training in accountancy and financial management. What do the clients - southern NGOs - want and expect to develop capacity?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Foreign banks in emerging markets: a Turkish success story

As foreign banks enter emerging markets that were previously closed, what strategies should they use to gain a viable foothold? How does the presence of global financial institutions affect the level of competition and efficiency and the product range of the host country’s banking sector? What impact do the foreign banks have on the strategies of local banks?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Ethical trade futures: strategies for campaigners

High profile campaigns such as those directed at Shell and Nike have shown that NGOs can turn corporate unethical behaviour into a cost which business is keen to avoid. Where is this process heading? Are campaigners unwittingly assisting multinationals to consolidate their market share? Are campaigners improving conditions for multinational employees whilst having minimal impact on workers in export enterprises in developing countries?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Holy war to opium war? Adapting to globalisation

Can internal forms of war also be seen as economics by other means? Can a study of an Afghan village community on the margins of the global economy improve our understanding of the political economy of warlordism which sustains protracted conflict?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

Reactions to the Thai economic crisis: informed critique of globalisation or utopia?

Thailand’s economic meltdown in 1997 challenged assumptions of the inexorable triumph of globalisation. The recovery package promoted by the IMF galvanized an unlikely coalition of civil society actors to vehemently condemn the Thai model of capitalist industrialization. What does civil society have to offer in its place? How realistic are the proposed remedies?

06 Aug 2003 11:00:00 GMT

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OECD Green Growth Newsletter

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

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:00:00 GMT

Georgia adheres to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth

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

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:58:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2016

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

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:32:00 GMT

Urban green growth is about asking the right questions at the right time - Insights Blog

Are you a city-dweller, concerned about the challenges of urbanisation, resilience and inclusiveness? Cities and urban areas represent unrivalled concentrations of people, economic growth, commercial networks, and innovation – and have the potential to make a significant contribution to the transition towards a low-carbon world.

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:23:00 GMT

Webinar: Unlocking Green Growth Potential: Experiences from Colombia and Peru

Join the GGKP for a webinar on 1 November from 3:00pm - 4:30pm (Geneva time) to learn more about the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)'s Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) tool which helps countries find ways to turn risks into green growth opportunities, and the ways in which it has been applied to unlock green growth potential in Colombia and Peru.

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Indonesia, open government and the SDGs

"Indonesia is well placed to be a strong advocate for open government reforms, and to link such reforms to other multi-lateral reform efforts" - OECD Insights Blog by Luiz De Mello.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:50:00 GMT

Global Forum on Environment and Economic Growth

This Global Forum, held on 24-25 October 2016, aimed to shed light on the links between environment and economic growth, and the toolkits to quantify these links. It provided a platform to explore how a well-managed natural environment can contribute to economic growth and how an effective and efficient regulatory system can best be designed?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:52:00 GMT

3rd OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

Building on the success of the previous Green Investment Financing Forums, the OECD held its 3rd Forum on 13-14 October 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. This year’s edition focused on Asia – a region with rapidly growing economies, developing financial markets and colossal green investment needs.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:01:00 GMT

OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment

The scale of the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy is enormous – it is the biggest structural adjustment ever proposed in the field of international governance. The OECD Centre will catalyse and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient global economy through the development of effective policies, institutions and instruments for green finance and investment.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:34:00 GMT

Effective Carbon Rates - OECD Insigths Blog

On the latest OECD Insights blog post, Mr. Kurt van Dender, Head of the Tax and Environment Unit at the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration explains the necessary requirements to deeply cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to implement the COP21 Paris Agreement.

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:55:00 GMT

Fighting fish crime through global co-operation - OECD Insights blog

Together countries and organisations can support efforts to fight fisheries related crimes by sharing good practices, collaborating on projects and promoting effective inter-agency co-operation at national, regional and international level.

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:11:00 GMT

World Green Economy Summit - Dubai, UAE

The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) is an initiative by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority. As an institutional partner, the OECD's Matthew Griffiths will participate under the session "Clean Water to the World", in order to discuss how cross sector partnerships can help conserve and manage water in a responsible way, while using the technologies and models available to tackle regional and global water scarcity.

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:00:00 GMT

NAEC and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Way Forward - Insights Blog

Read the newest OECD's Insights blog based on the latest report from the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) "Debate the Issues: New Approaches to Economic Challenges".

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:43:00 GMT

Carbon pricing efforts are falling short, but even modest collective action can deliver significant progress, OECD says

Current carbon prices are falling short of the levels needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, but even moderate price increases could have a significant impact, according to new OECD research.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:05:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2016

G20 merchandise trade growth remains sluggish in Q3 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:25:00 GMT

Monitoring investment and trade measures

G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:49:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:36:00 GMT

Green shoots of recovery in entrepreneurship beginning to appear

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2016

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

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:25:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:03:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2016

Slowdown in global merchandise trade accelerates in Q1 2016

Tue, 31 May 2016 08:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:37:00 GMT

World trade: Why ministers must act

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

Wed, 25 May 2016 18:48:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:26:00 GMT

A Review of Public Policies relating to the Use of Environmental Labelling and Information Schemes (ELIS) - Environment Working Paper

This report provides a brief review of how national government policies and guidelines apply to or regulate the use of environmental labelling and information schemes (ELIS) in selected OECD countries. The report reviews definitions relevant to environmental claims and identifies four types of potentially false or misleading environmental claims.

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:16:00 GMT

Global trade in fake goods worth nearly half a trillion dollars a year - OECD & EUIPO

Imports of counterfeit and pirated goods are worth nearly half a trillion dollars a year, or around 2.5% of global imports, with US, Italian and French brands the hardest hit and many of the proceeds going to organised crime, according to a new report by the OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office.

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT

Trade facilitation and integrity go hand in hand? More than you think - OECD Insights blog

Is there a role for trade liberalisation and facilitation in zeroing in on corruption and supporting integrity in trade? Yes – and a greater one than you might think.

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:46:00 GMT

Tougher environmental laws do not hurt export competitiveness – OECD study

Countries that implement stringent environmental policies do not lose export competitiveness when compared against countries with more moderate regulations, according to a new OECD study that examines trade in manufactured goods between advanced and emerging economies.

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:00:00 GMT

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Employment

Finance Officer Global Humanitarian Team (INT3209)

<p>Are you willing to apply your financial knowledge and experience into the humanitarian aid context?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you have experience producing financial reports and the ability&nbsp;to work under pressure to tight deadlines?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If so, why don't you join us within one of the most exciting and challenging roles in our Finance department.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Global Humanitarian Finance Team seeks to facilitate good financial management in order to support the implementation of a high quality humanitarian programme.&nbsp;In this rewarding role you will be providing accounting and financial management support and ensuring the provision of accurate and timely financial information.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Essential Skills and Competencies (not comprehensive):</strong></p> <ul> <li>Accounting qualification or proven finance experience.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Ability to prioritise a complex workload and to work under pressure to tight deadlines. Excellent organisational skills.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>A high level of numeracy.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Computer literacy, particularly Excel.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Good communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively within a team.</li> </ul> <p><strong>To apply</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is an opportunity for an exceptional, dedicated, and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam's values and beliefs. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please visit our website.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation&nbsp;</em></p>

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:17:31 GMT

Executive Director

<div class="node-header"> <h2>Executive Director for Friends of the Earth Europe</h2> </div> <p><strong>Friends of the Earth Europe is seeking a new Executive Director</strong></p> <p>Based in Friends of the Earth Europe's office in Brussels, full time, 5 days a week, starting June 2017</p> <p><strong>Deadline for applications: 18:00 15th March 2017</strong></p> <p>---<br />This is an excellent opportunity to join one of the leading green environmental organisations in Brussels. Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. We unite more than 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups and are part of Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest grassroots environmental network.<br />The successful candidate will be given the task to galvanise the European network of Friends of the Earth to come together to deliver exciting and successful programmes and campaigns and build a pan-European movement in support of Friends of the Earth International's mission, vision, values and strategy and lead the European Office of Friends of the Earth in support of this goal.</p> <p><strong>Key Responsibilities</strong></p> <ul> <li>Develop and implement a new strategy for Friends of the Earth Europe.</li> <li>Develop and strengthen the Friends of the Earth Europe network.</li> <li>Ensure effective external campaigning combining grassroots mobilisation and advocacy.</li> <li>Lead organisational change as required and lead and manage the office to ensure successful delivery of the new strategy.</li> <li>Develop and implement a fundraising strategy.</li> <li>Represent Friends of the Earth Europe.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Essential Requirements</strong></p> <ul> <li>Demonstrable experience leading strategy development and implementation for a complex and diverse membership organisation.</li> <li>A successful track record of strategic leadership and participatory management within a complex operating environment, including inspiring, creating, building and sustaining teams to achieve outstanding results.</li> <li>Demonstrable experience of having conceived, planned, developed and delivered successful campaigns involving many partner organisations to deliver system change.</li> <li>Excellent communication skills and a good understanding of social, environmental and economic trends, along with the changing political context influencing Friends of the Earth's agenda.</li> <li>Fluency in English.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Desirable</strong></p> <ul> <li>An understanding of and experience in network development, community organising and capacity building.</li> <li>Demonstrable achievements in generating and securing external support and funds.</li> <li>All other language skills are an asset.</li> </ul> <p>Friends of the Earth Europe offers a highly motivating working environment in an international NGO and office located in an environmentally friendly building in Brussels (Mundo-B).</p> <p><strong>Remuneration</strong></p> <p>Friends of the Earth Europe offers an attractive benefits package, including a 13th month's salary, lunch vouchers, an additional 5 days of holidays per year, pension scheme, hospitalisation and comprehensive travel insurance. We also offer full coverage of train travel in case of commuting within Belgium.</p> <p>Conditions are according to Belgian employment legislation; hence the position is open solely to persons with the right to obtaining a work permit in the EU/Belgium.</p> <p>If you feel you meet our criteria, and feel inspired by the objectives and challenges of the position, then please register here to receive a recruitment pack: <a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/director-job-description-2017">http://www.foeeurope.org/director-job-description-2017</a></p>

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:45:17 GMT

Project Coordinator Protection and Education in Emergencies D.R. Congo

<p align="center"><span style="font-size: medium;"><em>&ldquo;</em><em>Hands-on with proven experience in child protection and education in emergency settings</em><em>&rdquo;</em></span></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Your challenge</strong></p> <p>As the Project Coordinator Protection and Education in Emergencies you bear the overall responsibility of the implementation of the ECHO funded actions targeting children affected by conflict in communities in Fizi, Shabunda and Kalehe Territories, South Kivu in DR Congo. You are responsible for the coherent implementation of the project in all sites, in close collaboration with the field teams.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Programme implementation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Responsible for timely implementation of the ECHO funded programme;</li> <li>Monitoring and evaluation of implementation and quality of the projects in compliance with donor requirements including quality reporting to donor;</li> <li>Identify donors and contribution to development of project proposals.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Management of staff and capacity building </strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Support management of, coordinate activities and build capacity of the implementation team;</p> </li> <li> <p>Asses and develop capacity of local partners, including community based actors.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Networking, representation and communication</strong></p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Ensure appropriate communications, information exchange and sharing within and between the project teams in the project locations and with OCHA and UNHCR in Bukavu;</p> </li> <li> <p>Maintain productive relationships with NGO&rsquo;s, communities, local governments, the UN and donors;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ensure delivery of quality communication products to inform the donor as well as the general public in the Netherlands.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Finance</strong></p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Ensure that the project&rsquo;s budget lines related to the activities are executed in a timely manner avoiding over or under spending;</p> </li> <li> <p>Assure that expenses on the activity budget lines are eligible and efficiently used.</p> <p><strong>Profile</strong></p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>4 + years of experience with project development and implementation within an international organization operating in an humanitarian and failed states context;</p> </li> <li> <p>3 + years of field experience with community development;</p> </li> <li> <p>2 + years of experience in protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP&rsquo;s);</p> </li> <li> <p>2 + years field experience with humanitarian coordination;</p> </li> <li> <p>1 + year field experience working in emergency interventions;</p> </li> <li> <p>Knowledge of child rights based programming;</p> </li> <li> <p>Thorough knowledge on child protection and education in emergency settings;</p> </li> <li> <p>Knowledge of participatory planning and programming methods;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to assess social/ political situations and to act in a diplomatic way in delicate situations;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to organize means &amp; staff to reach goals.</p> </li> <li> <p>Team player and hands-on mentality;</p> </li> <li> <p>Result focused and cost-conscious;</p> </li> <li> <p>Fluency in French (verbal and written) English and Swahili are an asset.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A more detailed job description is attached to the vacancy text on <a href="http://www.warchildholland.org/"><span style="color: #0000ff;">www.warchildholland.org</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Organization: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; War Child Holland</strong></p> <p><strong>Job location:&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 30 % at Bukavu and 70 % in the field locations at Shabunda, Mboko (Fizi) and Kalehe, South Kivu DR Congo</strong></p> <p><strong>Contract:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018, option to extend depending on funding</strong></p> <p><strong>Starting date:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1th of April 2017</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><em>D.R. Congo is an unaccompanied posting. </em><em>The expatriate is not allowed to bring a partner and/or children.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em>War Child offers a challenging job, within an inspiring and motivated team of people and the backup of a strong and professional organisation in The Netherlands. War Child offers good remuneration and excellent benefits. Please visit our website <a href="http://www.warchildholland.org/"><span style="color: #0000ff;">www.warchildholland.org</span></a> for more information on the organisation and the programme.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How to apply</strong></p> <p>Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply <strong>before the 15<sup>th</sup> of February 2017</strong>. Make sure to upload your English CV and cover letter by using following hyperlink: <a href="http://warchild.onlinevacatures.nl/en/Vacancy/Apply/75396"><span style="color: #0000ff;">http://warchild.onlinevacatures.nl/en/Vacancy/Apply/75396</span></a></p> </li> </ul> <p>Is this not your dream job? Support War Child by sharing this job with your network!</p> <p align="center"><em>The safety of children is essential to War Child. War Child does not tolerate or accept any form of abuse. This subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures.</em></p>

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:47:19 GMT

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor

<p><strong>Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor<br /> </strong>HealthNet TPO is looking for an experienced Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor to support meaningful quality programs that improve the health and wellbeing of communities in fragile states.</p> <p><strong>About us:<br /> </strong>HealthNet builds healthy communities with people at the bottom end of globalisation.&nbsp; Our mission is to implement welfare and health initiatives that lead to social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing. HealthNet operates in approximately 5 countries with more than 1.000 employees.</p> <p>The Amsterdam head office employs approximately 20 FTE&rsquo;s and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. The public health advisor is part of the Operations department made up of the Operations Director, International Program Manager, Regional Portfolio Officer, Project Management Assistant, Acquisition Coordinator and Technical Advisors. This department is responsible for the full project cycle and the management of the project and programme activities.</p> <p>The main objective of the Technical Advisors lies in the design and implementation of evidence based interventions and in the development of knowledge and expertise through the monitoring and evaluation of field activities. The Technical Advisors drive quality improvement and ensure the projects meet the agreed standards.</p> <p>HealthNet TPO employees technical experts each with a specialty related to one of the main four pillars being:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mental health / Psychosocial Support</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Public health / Health Systems Strengthening</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sexual and Reproductive Health &amp; Rights</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Social Inclusion</p> <p>These experts are based in Amsterdam, stationed abroad or roving.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your role: <br /> </strong>You provide direct support to project activities in the different countries. An important component of the job is to support the acquisition of new projects through proposal writing. In addition you develop interventions and strategies based on collected data, lessons learned and according to national and international criteria. You play a pro-active role in liaising between the operations of activities in the field and the organizational strategy and knowledge in the areas of your expertise, as developed within HealthNet TPO. Your tasks include:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Participate in the process of creating acquiring and implementing projects ranging from: the identification of specific intervention and funding opportunities to development of project proposals, negotiating with relevant authorities, recruiting appropriate staff and supporting the actual project activities;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Work with HQ colleagues to assure the preparation of work plans, reports and other documents required for the achievement of project results and arrange for workshops or sessions to revise work plans and achieve consensus;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Strive to ensure that the strategies and interventions are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Provide on-going support and technical assistance to specific projects;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contribute and participate in monitoring &amp; evaluation;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Support strategy development of the organisation (Annual Plan, Mid Term Policy) on area of expertise;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contribute to the development of organisational strategies and policies on area of expertise;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Support the development of guidelines, training manuals and other materials related to area of expertise;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contribute to/execute academic research related to area of expertise depending of needs and opportunities</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Drive knowledge exchange between various field locations and between the field and headquarters;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contributes actively to the dissemination of HealthNet TPO&rsquo;s experiences via off- and online channels by developing publications, communication materials, and campaigns, i.e. scientific papers, lectures, newsletters, leaflets, Annual Reports, film material, or articles for newspapers/ magazines, participation in seminars and conferences, and creates social media content;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Liaise, build and maintain relations with social and health institutions/authorities, collaborating NGOs and other (international) organisations working in the health domain as well as relevant network agencies.</p> <p><strong>You have/ are:&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Education.</span></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Master degree in&nbsp; Psychology or similar related post-graduate degree</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Experience</span></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All round Mental Health and Psychosocial Support expert, with a good understanding of (global) issues in this field;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At least 5 years&rsquo; relevant work experience, preferably with international projects;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8-10 years&rsquo; experience and proven skills in all aspects of Project Management including the utilization of tools such as Logical Framework, PCM, M&amp;E framework and Theory of Change</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent English writing skills, including proposal writing (French and Dutch are an advantage);</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ambition, drive and passion to further develop and champion effective practices&nbsp; in the area of expertise throughout the organisation;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prepared to travel frequently, at least 50% of time is spent at projects sites and in emergency settings, and maintain a flexible work schedule.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Specific Skills</span></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent communication skills, can convey ideas and complex concepts to others adapting the language and terminology appropriately to the needs of the audience.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent interpersonal skills</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Good organization skills</p> <p><strong>We offer: </strong></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An opportunity to use your expertise and contribute to our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living in fragile states.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Full time position with a duty station in Amsterdam with frequent travel abroad.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Starting as soon as possible.</p> <p><strong>More information?<br /> </strong>To apply, please send your CV and application letter (including your motivation) to: recruitment@hntpo.org by, February 21, 2017. When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: MHPSA</p> <p>For specific questions about this position, please contact our HR department via recruitment@hntpo.org or 020-6200005.</p> <p>For more information about HealthNetTPO, please visit www.healthnettpo.org</p>

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:56:10 GMT

Public Health Advisor

<p><strong>Public Health Advisor<br /> </strong>HealthNet TPO is looking for an experienced Public Health Advisor to support meaningful quality programs that improve the health and wellbeing of communities in fragile states.</p> <p><strong>About us:<br /> </strong>HealthNet builds healthy communities with people at the bottom end of globalisation.&nbsp; Our mission is to implement welfare and health initiatives that lead to social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing. HealthNet operates in approximately 5 countries with more than 1.000 employees.</p> <p>The Amsterdam head office employs approximately 20 FTE&rsquo;s and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. The public health advisor is part of the Operations department made up of the Operations Director, International Program Manager, Regional Portfolio Officer, Project Management Assistant, Acquisition Coordinator and Technical Advisors. This department is responsible for the full project cycle and the management of the project and programme activities.</p> <p>The main objective of the Technical Advisors lies in the design and implementation of evidence based interventions and in the development of knowledge and expertise through the monitoring and evaluation of field activities. The Technical Advisors drive quality improvement and ensure the projects meet the agreed standards.</p> <p>HealthNet TPO employees technical experts each with a specialty related to one of the main four pillars being:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mental health / Psychosocial Support</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Public health / Health Systems Strengthening</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sexual and Reproductive Health &amp; Rights</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Social Inclusion</p> <p>These experts are based in Amsterdam, stationed abroad or roving.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your role:<br /> </strong>You provide direct support to project activities in the different countries. An important component of the job is to support the acquisition of new projects through proposal writing. In addition you develop interventions and strategies based on collected data, lessons learned and according to national and international criteria. You play a pro-active role in liaising between the operations of activities in the field and the organizational strategy and knowledge in the areas of your expertise, as developed within HealthNet TPO. Your tasks include:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Participate in the process of creating acquiring and implementing projects ranging from: the identification of specific intervention and funding opportunities to development of project proposals, negotiating with relevant authorities, recruiting appropriate staff and supporting the actual project activities;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Work with HQ colleagues to assure the preparation of work plans, reports and other documents required for the achievement of project results and arrange for workshops or sessions to revise work plans and achieve consensus;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Strive to ensure that the strategies and interventions are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Provide on-going support and technical assistance to specific projects;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contribute and participate in monitoring &amp; evaluation;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Support strategy development of the organisation (Annual Plan, Mid Term Policy) on area of expertise;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contribute to the development of organisational strategies and policies on area of expertise;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Support the development of guidelines, training manuals and other materials related to area of expertise;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contribute to/execute academic research related to area of expertise depending of needs and opportunities</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Drive knowledge exchange between various field locations and between the field and headquarters;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contributes actively to the dissemination of HealthNet TPO&rsquo;s experiences via off- and online channels by developing publications, communication materials, and campaigns, i.e. scientific papers, lectures, newsletters, leaflets, Annual Reports, film material, or articles for newspapers/magazines, participation in seminars and conferences, and creates social media content;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Liaise, build and maintain relations with social and health institutions/authorities, collaborating NGOs and other (international) organisations working in the health domain as well as relevant network agencies.</p> <p><strong>You have/ are:&nbsp; <br /> </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Education.</span></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Master degree in&nbsp; Public Health or similar related post-graduate degree</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Experience</span></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All round public health expert, with a good understanding of (global) public health issues and health systems strengthening in low income countries, experience with hospital management is an advantage;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At least 5 years&rsquo; relevant work experience, preferably with international projects;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8-10 years&rsquo; experience and proven skills in all aspects of Project Management including the utilization of tools such as Logical Framework, PCM, M&amp;E framework and Theory of Change</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent English writing skills, including proposal writing (French and Dutch are an advantage);</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ambition, drive and passion to further develop and champion effective practices&nbsp; in the area of expertise throughout the organisation;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prepared to travel frequently, at least 50% of time is spent at projects sites and in emergency settings, and maintain a flexible work schedule.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Specific Skills</span></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent communication skills, can convey ideas and complex concepts to others adapting the language and terminology appropriately to the needs of the audience.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Good organization skills</p> <p><strong>We offer: </strong></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An opportunity to use your expertise and contribute to our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living in fragile states.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Full time position with a duty station in Amsterdam with frequent travel abroad.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Starting as soon as possible.</p> <p><strong>More information?<br /> </strong>To apply, please send your CV and application letter (including your motivation) to: recruitment@hntpo.org by, February 21, 2017. When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: PHA</p> <p>For specific questions about this position, please contact our HR department via recruitment@hntpo.org or 020-6200005.</p> <p>For more information about HealthNetTPO, please visit www.healthnettpo.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:55:20 GMT

Coaching Approach Quality Advisor - RWANDA

<p>In view of the the further development of its activities the BTC is currently looking for a (m/f):</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Coaching Approach Quality Advisor &ndash; RWANDA </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center">For the project: Support to Strategic Approach to Capacity Building 2013-2017</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Ref.: RWA/12/084-2</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Location</strong>: Kigali, Rwanda. He/she will work in the offices of the Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) in central Kigali.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Duration of the contract</strong>: 16 months</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Probable starting date:</strong> as soon as possible </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Monthly salary package:</strong> (category B417) between 5.088,91 euro and 7.245,50 euro (this includes the gross monthly salary and the expat benefits: hardship allowance and expat allowance). The salary is calculated, depending on the composition of the family and the number of years of relevant experience.</span></span></p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2>BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The mandate of the Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) is mainly to advise the Government of Rwanda on the implementation of institutional capacity development and human resource development strategies and how to match them with employment promotion. The CESB also has the mission of monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the national institutional capacity development and human resource development strategies and those related to employment promotion; and plays a role in the national institutional CD and HR development planning.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Among different capacity development approaches, the Government of Rwanda has chosen coaching as a sustainable approach to building skills and knowledge of local experts. Coaching relates primarily to performance improvement in a specific skills area. The Government of Rwanda is increasingly using coaching as a way to build relevant skills. However, a consistent, harmonized and useful framework that enables Government to measure the success of these initiatives is lacking. The goals, or at least the intermediate or sub-goals, are typically set with or at the suggestion of the coach. While the learner has primary ownership of the goal, the coach has primary ownership of the process. In most cases, coaching involves direct extrinsic feedback (i.e. the coach reports to the coachee what he or she has observed). With the coaching approach now being replicated in different institutions, projects and programs, CESB with the support of BTC, and with the strategic orientation given by the Capacity Development Policy, seeks an advisor for the coaching approach to provide quality assurance and strategic orientation of the coaching approach in Rwanda. </span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Function:</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">The Coaching Approach and Quality Assurance Advisor will serve as the overall technical Advisor for CESB with regards to the development, implementation and harmonization of the coaching approach. He/she will interact on a daily basis with all the coaches and supervisors of coaches in CESB and institutions in the priority sectors, to provide quality assurance and strategic orientation of the coaching approach in Rwanda. </span></p> <p>The responsibilities of the Coaching Approach and Quality Assurance Advisor will include the following areas:</p> <ul> <li>The development and implementation of a coaching approach</li> <li>The harmonization of&nbsp; delivery models to be applied by all coaches</li> <li>The quality assurance of the coaching practices in line with global best coaching practices in a sector based context.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Specifically, the coaching Approach Quality Assurance Advisor will undertake following tasks:</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Review, contextualize and update the Coaching Framework and Toolkit, focusing on the following:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <ol> <li> <p>A coaching strategy that guides the implementation of the coaching program</p> </li> <li> <p>An updated coaching framework aligned to global best practices and a process to keep it updated</p> </li> <li> <p>An updated coaching manual and toolkit and a process to keep it updated</p> </li> <li> <p>A user friendly pocket guide for coaches and coachees and a process to keep it updated</p> </li> <li> <p>Advisory support to institutions implementing coaching interventions including provision of strategic advice and recommendations.</p> </li> <li> <p>A comparative research on coaching initiatives across all sectors in Rwanda to gain and share knowledge and experiences on what makes coaching effective.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Support to Technical Coordination of the Coaching interventions</strong><strong> by:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </li> </ul> <ol> <li> <p>Providing technical support to all expert coaches in terms of approaches, techniques, tools and methodologies, with a priority on energy, decentralization, health, agriculture, mining and investment sectors</p> </li> <li> <p>Defining the coordination structure, clarity of processes and procedures&nbsp; for the effective coaching interventions, including the relationship with the other stakeholders and with a focus on the public sector</p> </li> <li> <p>Facilitating peer learning sessions for coaches on agreed upon schedule, to discuss experiences and document best practices and plan for continuous improvement</p> </li> <li> <p>Facilitating coaching thematic groups sessions with coachees to discuss experiences and document best practice and plan for continuous improvement</p> </li> <li> <p>Facilitating the coaching program capitalization sessions to document best practice and plan for continuous improvement</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Guide the Coaching&rsquo;s Monitoring and Evaluation </strong><strong>by undertaking following tasks:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <ol> <li> <p>Develop the M&amp;E framework for the coaching approach</p> </li> <li> <p>Develop and contextualize standard metrics for the coaching approach</p> </li> <li> <p>Support and advise coaches in the knowledge and skills (transfer) assessment</p> </li> <li> <p>Provide expert advice on professionalization of coaching assignments to be integrated in staff (counterparts) development approaches.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>EXPECTED DELIVERABLES</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </li> </ol> <table width="669" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p><strong>N&deg;</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p><strong>Deliverable</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p><strong>Indicative Timeline</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>1</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>Inception report&nbsp;&nbsp; ( including Project proposal to operationalize the national coaching approach)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 50 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>2</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>Research report on the coaching initiatives across sectors</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 150 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>3</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>Semester one progress reports (with focus on benefit realization)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 190 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>4</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>An updated coaching framework that takes into consideration the situational analysis and the global practice</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 240 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>5</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>An updated coaching toolkit that provides guidance on coaching programs for institutions and individuals.</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 320 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>6</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>Semester two progress reports (with focus on benefit realization)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 360 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>7</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>A Monitoring and evaluation framework that provides adequate and justifiable means to track the transfer of skills and knowledge ( including standard metrics for the coaching approach (both for the skills and knowledge transfer and organizational performance)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 420 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>8</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>Semester three progress reports (with focus on benefit realization)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 440 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>9</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>A user friendly pocket guide for coaches and coachees (with a generic Capacity Development benefits map for any coaching initiative)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>Within 470 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="54"> <p>10</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="378"> <p>End of contract report (with focus on benefit realization, sustainability measures for the coaching approach)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="236"> <p>&nbsp;Within 489 days after start of the employment contract</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Profile:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>At least a Master&rsquo;s Degree in any of the following: Human Resources Development and/or Change Management, Organizational Development, Organizational Psychology, Social sciences, Organizational Behaviour and/or Change Management or other related field;</li> <li>At least 5 years international experience as an organization development expert including coaching. By international experience we understand working experience outside the country of origin or having supervised a team composed of different nationalities;</li> <li>Demonstrated experience in developing coaching programs and ability to monitor delivery of similar programs;</li> <li>Extensive expertise and proven experience of HR Management &amp; Development;</li> <li>Certification in coaching is an asset.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Other skills and attributes</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Highly competent, mature, experienced and self-motivated person with integrity;</p> </li> <li> <p>Analytical, decisive, results oriented, innovative and gender sensitive;</p> </li> <li> <p>Proactive with ability to take initiatives;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to work under pressure and effectively work in teams;</p> </li> <li> <p>Strong facilitation skills with ability to guide and monitor performance;</p> </li> <li> <p>Excellent coaching skills and ability to transfer knowledge and skills to others;</p> </li> <li> <p>Excellent computer, writing and communication skills;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to uncover trends and patterns in coaching;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to interact with all levels of professionals and customers;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Interested?</strong></p> <p>Please apply <strong>no later than</strong> <strong>February 19<sup>th</sup></strong> <strong>2017</strong>, through our websitewww.btcctb.org.</p> <p>If you have any additional questions<strong>,</strong> don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact us at +32 (0)2/505 18 65.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul>

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:31:12 GMT

Research and Communications Internship (unpaid)

<p>ABColombia are looking to recruit a dynamic intern to work on issues related to human rights and development as part of the London-based ABColombia team. The person should either have experience of working in issues related to communications, human rights or development or a degree in human rights, development or a related subject. They should be fluent in English and have an advanced level of Spanish, and be flexible and able to work well in a small team. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in human rights advocacy and to develop skills in research, communications and general administrative tasks in a small on-profit environment.</p> <p>Part-time, unpaid internship. Travel expenses and lunch (up to &pound;10/day) will be reimbursed. </p> <p>Please send you CV and cover letter to <a href="mailto:abcolombia@abcolombia.org.uk">abcolombia@abcolombia.org.uk</a> (closing date: Wednesday, 15 February at midnight) </p>

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:25:34 GMT

Full-time Information Officer (London)

<p>We are looking for a dynamic Information Officer to be part of our small London-based office. The Information Officer will support the Programme and Advocacy Manager.</p> <p>The Information Officer will be responsible for managing the office administrative systems; information systems including monitoring news on Colombia in English and Spanish; assisting with fundraising, administering and maintaining the ABColombia website; providing logistical support for ABColombia events and publications; research, collation and maintenance of databases; to assist with analysis of the conflict and the peace process in Colombia, together with its implications for civil society, democracy, human rights and displacement. The role is designed to provide assistance to the Programme and Advocacy Manager.&nbsp;</p> <p>Salary scale: &pound;25,587-28,145 inclusive of London Weighting. Full-time, one year fixed term contract with possibility of renewal. </p> <p>Please email your CV and covering letter to <a href="mailto:events@abcolombia.org.uk">events@abcolombia.org.uk</a> (closing date: Monday, 20 February at 10:00am) </p>

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:11:53 GMT

Global Impact Evaluation Adviser - Program Strategy and Impact Team (INT3208)

<h1>ABOUT OXFAM</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Oxfam is a global movement of people who won&rsquo;t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won&rsquo;t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.</p> <h1>&nbsp;</h1> <h1>OUR TEAM</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Global Impact Evaluation Adviser will join a small, strong team of two other Global Impact Evaluation Advisers who form an important piece of Oxfam GB&rsquo;s Programme Quality Team. Broadly, the roles will work within the Programme Strategy and Impact Team (PSIT) of Oxfam GB. PSIT holds expertise and advisory capacity in Oxfam GB&rsquo;s core thematic areas of Women, Water, Work and Inequality as well as expertise in more foundational programme quality specialisms such as analysis, programme design, partnership approaches and monitoring, evaluation and learning. PSIT makes this expertise available to country, regional and global programme teams in order to help drive higher quality programme and learning in Oxfam, and ultimately ensure Oxfam programmes are able to achieve impact at scale for women and men facing poverty and inequality.&nbsp; PSIT works with people and systems across the Oxfam confederation including country, regional and global teams, Oxfam&rsquo;s knowledge hubs, regional, country and global advisers, funding teams, campaign teams and the humanitarian division to deliver on this vision.</p> <h1><br />WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Oxfam GB seeks to recruit a new Global Impact Evaluation Adviser who will play a key role in supporting and enhancing organisational efforts to rigorously evaluate and evidence the impact of selected projects.&nbsp;</p>

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:29:37 GMT

International Liaison Director

<p>Work at the intersection of tech, developing governments, and international institutions to bring innovative solutions to emerging cities.</p> <p>WhereIsMyTransport is a ground breaking &nbsp;tech platform transforming the way emerging cities approach transport, infrastructure, and urbanisation, backed by funders including the Omidyar Network and Goodwell Investments. We are looking for a passionate, energetic individual with experience in international granting institutions to connect cities, international institutions, and the private sector. You should have a strong interest in urban development, infrastructure and technology, public-private partnerships, and experience working in developing and emerging economies where we are most active.&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p>As a leading tech company, we work with some of the world&rsquo;s fastest growing cities to implement open solutions that make public transport more accessible, efficient, and data-driven. This new role is intended to act as a bridge between development aid agencies and international donors, and the cities working with us. Your primary work will be to help cities unlock the support of international institutions to implement our tangible, on-the-ground technological solutions to make existing transport infrastructure more sustainable and accessible in Africa, the Middle East, South-East Asia, and Latin America.</p> <p>You will orient at our Cape Town, South Africa campus for several months and then be permanently based in London, UK. Starting salary is &pound;45k/annum and negotiable based on experience. Candidates must already have the right to work in the United Kingdom.</p> <p><strong>You should expect to spend your time:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Travelling to, meeting with, and understanding the cities we work with and their existing institutional relationships and opportunities, understanding how WhereIsMyTransport can work with cities to raise the funds necessary for transformative improvements in their transport information systems</li> <li>Creating and implementing the WhereIsMyTransport strategy for donor engagement</li> <li>Developing plans, proposals, and grant applications with cities to help them access institutional funding and support</li> <li>Seeking out and cultivating institutional funding opportunities to connect to cities and initiatives</li> <li>Serving as a high-profile ambassador for the company, building on WhereIsMyTransport&rsquo;s reputation as a leader in smart, technology-based solutions to utilise existing infrastructure in emerging cities</li> <li>Working with the Marketing &amp; Communications&nbsp;team to create materials for international institutions and stakeholders</li> </ul> <p><strong>You should have:</strong></p> <ul> <li>At least 3 years&rsquo; experience with an international NGO, funding institution, or development bank, preferably focused on transport</li> <li>Strong relationships within the institutional/donor community</li> <li>Experience working with governments, ideally at a municipal level</li> <li>Experience with grant writing and/or evaluation at an institutional level</li> <li>Familiarity with the urban, and ideally transport, sector</li> </ul> <p><strong>You should be:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Passionate about the mission of WhereIsMyTransport &ndash; unlocking the potential of technology to solve urban problems in the emerging world</li> <li>Comfortable travelling and working independently, public speaking, and working with individuals of diverse cultures and backgrounds</li> <li>An excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communicator&mdash;in English, and ideally also Spanish</li> <li>Able and excited to travel frequently</li> <li>Independent, motivated, and proactive&mdash;you will be providing significant follow up and support to both city and institutional contacts</li> <li>Basically fluent in tech or familiar with open, platform based technologies&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div> <div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div>

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:30:41 GMT

Festivals Operations Executive - Festivals Team (MKT0265)

<p><strong>The role</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In this diverse role, you will be working directly with festivals to understand their stewarding operations requirements and then making it happen. Working with a team of Oxfam staff, Oxfam freelancers, the festival and of course our incredible volunteers, you will pull together all the strands to create an incredible experience for our volunteers and a flawless service for our clients.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The successful candidate will have strong leadership and an aptitude for getting the job done to tight deadlines. The ability to prioritise is a must. Working with all levels of staff from festival directors to first-time volunteers you must be able to inspire and engage with people so that not only do they work together to achieve a common goal but do so with a clear understanding of the incredible impact they are having across the globe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be working as part of a team delivering a portfolio of festivals developing not only relationships with clients but also developing the skills and confidence of our volunteers so that they flourish into leadership roles. Deliver your portfolio of festivals and you&rsquo;ll take us another step closer to eradicating poverty for good.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What We&rsquo;re Looking For</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have boundless energy, the ability to motivate and encourage people, an eye for the smallest detail and most importantly, the drive and passion to get the job done then we want to hear from you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Highly organised and results driven you will work with our team and festivals to deliver incredible experiences for our volunteers and deliver a gold standard service to our clients.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have events/festival experience when it comes to onsite operations and the ability to handle pressure and solve problems whilst remaining unflappable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be a skilled communicator and a&nbsp;spokesperson for Oxfam Festivals and champion Festivals both across the organisation and externally, working collaboratively with colleagues from various teams to achieve maximum value and impact for Oxfam. You&rsquo;ll be the type of person who gets things done and gets the best out of people while doing so.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Oxfam</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There&rsquo;s enough wealth in this world to go around. It&rsquo;s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It&rsquo;s unjustifiable. It&rsquo;s not just their problem. It&rsquo;s ours too. And with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. In the last 15 years, extreme poverty has halved. We know in the next 15 we can eradicate it for good. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we&rsquo;re looking for yours. Be part of ending poverty for good.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Closing date: 13<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;February 2017</strong></p>

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:53:15 GMT

Festivals Marketing and Engagement Manager (MKT0264)

<p><strong>The role</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In this varied role, you will be working across the whole of Oxfam, engaging with our brand, communications and campaign/advocacy teams to create exceptional experiences for not only our volunteers but also the festival going public to engage them with the lifesaving work that Oxfam does day on day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The successful candidate will design and deliver a strong, clear and innovative marketing strategy enabling them to smash acquisition targets, deliver inspiring supporter journeys and introduce tens of thousands of people to the work that Oxfam is doing in our projects around the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll come up with fresh and innovative ideas to raise the Oxfam Festivals brand profile - eliciting interest from both existing and new supporters and festival clients. Deliver on these ambitious plans and not only will you develop a much-loved brand, you&rsquo;ll take us another step closer to eradicating poverty for good.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What We&rsquo;re Looking For</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>An experienced marketer, you will be passionate about relentlessly driving growth in supporter acquisition. You&rsquo;ll crave accountability and be experienced in designing and delivering successful marketing strategies and plans.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Highly organised and results driven you will have the potential and desire to take the marketing and engagement for Oxfam Festivals to the next level and lead the way in making it happen. Commercial, you will allocate the budget to achieve the maximum impact for people living in poverty.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be a skilled communicator and as a spokesperson for Oxfam festivals, you will champion our work both across the organisation and externally, working collaboratively with colleagues from various teams to achieve maximum value and impact for Oxfam.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be the type of person who makes things happen. With passion, you will influence those around you and our potential supporters to achieve the maximum we can for our much-cherished organisation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Oxfam</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There&rsquo;s enough wealth in this world to go around. It&rsquo;s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It&rsquo;s unjustifiable. It&rsquo;s not just their problem. It&rsquo;s ours too. And with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we&rsquo;re looking for yours.</p>

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:51:52 GMT

Principal Consultant - Climate Change - IOD PARC - based in Sheffield or Edinburgh

<p>IOD PARC is looking for a Principal Consultant (Climate Change) to lead its work on Climate Resilient and Low Carbon Development. IOD PARC works across a wide spectrum of approaches to tackling climate change in both international development and western contexts including through: mitigation; adaptation; resilience; and climate finance. They understand that climate change is a multi-disciplinary problem and they address it with a holistic approach that combines their expertise in related fields such as: migration; forestry; water; gender; and social protection.</p> <p>The Principal Consultant will build on their existing portfolio by securing and leading significant assignments.&nbsp; They will have a strong track record in the climate change or related sectors and a combination of complementary experience and skills sets in climate change, resilience, adaptation and/or monitoring and evaluation, and/or organisation development.</p> <h2>Salary</h2> <p>Competitive; with performance related bonus. Starting &ndash; &pound;50-55,000. Negotiable dependent on experience.</p> <h2>Person Specification</h2> <p><strong>Essential Experience</strong></p> <ul> <li>Demonstrable evidence of undertaking large pieces of consulting work in a complex client system</li> <li>Ability to maintain strong, credible relationships with an extensive network of contacts for identifying potential technical collaborators</li> <li>Ability to develop strong relationships leading to contractual engagement or partnerships in consulting assignments</li> <li>Experience of project management, including demonstrable evidence of the capability to manage and lead large multidisciplinary consulting projects and teams</li> <li>Ability to provide technical oversight of practice portfolio</li> <li>Ability to effectively manage ambiguity and uncertainty</li> <li>Experience in development contexts is essential; experience in fragile and/or post-conflict states is desirable.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Qualifications/ Education</strong></p> <ul> <li>A relevant Master&rsquo;s degree or similar post graduate qualification or a significant body of internationally recognised work</li> </ul> <p><strong>Key Skills</strong></p> <ul> <li>The work is carried out mostly in English, so the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in written and spoken English is essential</li> <li>Language skills in one or more international languages: Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish desirable</li> </ul> <p><strong>Personal Qualities</strong></p> <ul> <li>IOD PARC are looking for energised and engaging people who are efficient and professional; good at managing demanding clients and delivering on time to a high standard. In addition to significant technical skills, applicants will need the personal credibility and stature to present effectively and authoritatively while being able to communicate with others at all levels in client / partner / stakeholder organisations.</li> </ul> <h2>Application Instructions</h2> <p>To apply for this post, please read the Candidate Pack at&nbsp;<a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/principal-consultant-climate-change/#page">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/principal-consultant-climate-change/#page</a>&nbsp;and apply following the instructions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:08:00 GMT

Donor Compliance Officer

<h1>OUR TEAM</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Donor Compliance Officer forms part of the Contracts and Compliance Team, within the Programme Funding and Partnerships Department of Oxfam GB.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Programme Funding and Partnerships Department is responsible for generating approximately &pound;200 million of Oxfam GB&rsquo;s income from a broad range of institutional donor agencies &ndash; including bilateral donor governments, multilateral agencies, and international foundations. The department consists of approximately 35 staff based in Oxford and an extended team of more than 20 fundraising professionals located around the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Contracts and Compliance Team takes overall responsibility for ensuring that Oxfam GB has the systems, processes and training in place to support staff in meeting institutional donor compliance requirements. This is a critical role in the department because of the importance and centrality of donor contract management in maintaining Oxfam GB&rsquo;s cash flow, managing risk arising from non-compliance, and maintaining good external donor relationships. The team collaborates closely with other functions across the department, and organisation, in order to support effective resource mobilisation and donor contract management. The team works across the global programme funding functions to ensure improved standardisation and quality in donor contract management and compliance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Oxfam GB seeks to recruit a part-time Donor Compliance Officer to provide effective contract management and compliance support for restricted funds within the organisation, in particular around income tracking and ensuring quality information inputting and management of systems. This role will work closely alongside another Donor Compliance Officer (who also works part-time).</p>

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:28:48 GMT

Senior Finance Manager (FIN0271)

<div class="field body"> <p><strong>Be insightful. Be positive. And your financial knowledge, ideas an energy can really have an impact in helping to build a better future</strong></p> <p>We want to attract experienced finance professionals with knowledge of institutional donors' rules who are able to challenge conventional thought to influence stakeholders across different levels and disciplines and to adapt to and work within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.</p> <p>Working as part of the Programme Finance Team and reporting to the Head of Programme Finance, this is a rewarding role where you will lead the Restricted Funds finance team that provide direct financial management, analysis, contractual and compliance support to HQ programme teams and restricted programmes managed from Oxford. The team also provides advice and capacity building support on restricted funds management to the wider organisation.</p> <p><strong>Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience (not comprehensive)</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Recognised accountancy qualification (ACA , ACCA, CIMA) and relevant post qualification experience</p> </li> <li> <p>Knowledge and understanding of institutional donors&rsquo; rules in relation to programme funding and ways of working</p> </li> <li> <p>Well developed and demonstrable strategic planning, financial planning and organisational skills</p> </li> <li> <p>Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications and financial systems</p> </li> </ul> <p>Success however will not just depend on the technical skills - in a complex and dynamic environment like Oxfam, you will need:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills</p> </li> <li> <p>Demonstrable track record of achieving measurable results and working effectively as part of a team</p> </li> <li> <p>Proven track record in leading and motivating others and effective people management</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>To apply</strong></p> <p>This is an opportunity for an exceptional, dedicated, and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam's values and beliefs. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please visit our website.</p> <p><em>The nature of this role involves working with financial data. The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a basic Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.</em></p> <p><em>Due to the urgency of this role, we will be reviewing CVs and interviewing candidate in advance of the closing date. For this reason, interested candidates are asked to submit their application as soon as possible.</em></p> </div> <p><a name="field-how-to-apply"></a></p> <div class="field field-how-to-apply"> <div class="label">HOW TO APPLY:</div> </div>

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:08:55 GMT

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