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Zambia country profile: Monitoring, reporting and verification for REDD+

<p>This report provides an overview of the national REDD+ strategy and institutional capacity for Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) of REDD+ as well as the current state of knowledge of various elements critical to MRV of REDD+ in Zambia including: Current drivers and rates of deforestation and forest degradation; a review of standing biomass, forest growth rates and carbon stock estimates; and data sets available for MRV in Zambia. The report also identifies knowledge and data gaps that need to be filled in order to develop an effective MRV system for REDD+ in the country. Key knowledge gaps, such as carbon stocks and growth rates within different forest types, are outlined as well as recommendations as to how knowledge gaps and capacity to implement MRV of REDD+ can be addressed.</p>

17 Oct 2014 15:20:30 GMT

Changing Small Island Developing States: A space perspective on environmental change in the Caribbean

<p>This publication focuses on high-resolution imagery processed to illustrate the impacts on Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean of climate change, sea-level rise, coral bleaching, uncontrolled urban and tourism development, severe deforestation and selected natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and landslides. Through a series of case studies the report, written in English and Spanish, documents environmental changes in estuaries, mangroves, corals, coastlines and forests; as well as different approaches to land use and conservation; urbanization, tourism infrastructure and industrialization and finally disasters from pre-event hazard maps to impacts such as flooding and landslides and finally reconstruction efforts.</p>

17 Oct 2014 15:14:35 GMT

Guidelines for the design and implementation of community-managed water storage in Tuvalu

<p>These guidelines were developed as part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project which aims to build resilience to drought by improving the Tuvalu&rsquo;s water resources management.</p><p>The publication details the process undertaken to design and build a community-managed water cistern in Lofeagai community, in the north of Funafuti Atoll. Lofeagai was selected for the PACC pilot demonstration project through a vulnerability and adaptation (V&amp;A) assessment and a stakeholder consultation process. This process identified Lofeagai as the most vulnerable community on Funafuti, followed by Tekavatoetoe. The project design stage included a socio-economic assessment (SEA) in the Lofeagai community, community consultations, and a cost&ndash;benefit analysis (CBA).</p>

17 Oct 2014 15:01:23 GMT

Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment – a survey instrument for the Hindu Kush Himalayas

<p>This publication describes the development and application of ICIMOD&rsquo;s Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment (PVA), a household survey tool designed to capture key elements of poverty, vulnerability, and adaptive capacity in mountain contexts for the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The tool combines general predictors of poverty with indicators that are particularly relevant in mountain contexts, where factors such as physical accessibility and a lack of access to basic facilities often exacerbate poverty and vulnerability to stresses such as those related to climate variability and change. The report argues that the PVA tool is particularly relevant in the context of development interventions aimed at building resilience and facilitating adaptation to climate variability and change. It argues that the PVA tool provides a vital foundation for the regular monitoring of poverty and vulnerability that will enable the success of development and adaptation interventions by governments and donors to be evaluated in a robust, empirically grounded manner.</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:53:46 GMT

Climate change and water resources in West Africa: an assessment of groundwater management

<p>This paper addresses the sustainability and potential impacts of climate change on rural groundwater management in West Africa.</p><p>It recommends starting at local levels and slowly build up larger and more formal organisations to share in the governance not only of groundwater but of all water resources, and to ensure that water resources are not permanently depleted. It argues that variations in the hydrogeology of West Africa fall into two main categories: the large sedimentary basins of the major rivers that have continuous aquifers, and the extensive areas of basement complex rocks with lateritic cover that provide limited groundwater in discontinuous aquifers.</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:09:51 GMT

The Chinyanja Triangle in the Zambezi River Basin, Southern Africa: status of, and prospects for, agriculture, natural resources management and rural development

<p>This paper, which focuses on the Chinyanja Triangle (CT), an area inside the Zambezi River Basin, characterises three distinct farming subsystems across rainfall gradients, namely maize-beans-fish, sorghum-millet-livestock and the livestock-dominated subsystem. It presents the socioeconomic characteristics, historical drivers of change, resources use and management (water, land, forestry) and the institutional disincentives affecting agricultural production and productivity in the region. The paper also attempts to identify major drivers of change, and inventorize key institutions in the region and suggests improved institutional arrangements for improving agricultural productivity, resilience and ecosystem health at farm, landscape and basin scales.</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:04:51 GMT

Primary Energy Demand of Renewable Energy Carriers: Part 1: Definitions, accounting methods and their applications with a focus on electricity and heat from renewable energies

<p>This paper addresses the different primary energy definitions, accounting methods, and their applications with a focus on electricity and heat generation from renewable energy. In addition to renewable energy sources, primary energy factors for electricity from waste, nuclear, and imported electricity are also discussed as these can be calculated in different ways.</p><p>This paper is the first part of a two paper series. In the second part of the study, the application of primary energy factors (PEF) in the three EU Directives - Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Renewable Energy Directive (RED) is discussed.</p>

17 Oct 2014 13:52:11 GMT

The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: a competencies framework

<p>This document aims to provide an overview of the essential knowledge, skills and resources required to engage on ten major REDD+ themes.</p><p>It consists of three sections: 1. Designing Capacity Building Programs to Meet the Needs of REDD+ Stakeholders, 2. Essential Knowledge and Skills, 3. Case Studies on the Design of Capacity Building Programs for REDD+. The document contains a set of guidelines and resources that will help the user to understand the target audience, to define the REDD+ themes of interest to this audience, and to develop a capacity building plan based on those needs. It examines REDD+ themes along the lines of a general competency statement, knowledge, skills, important things to remember, and resources and tools.</p>

17 Oct 2014 13:41:13 GMT

Status of forest carbon rights and implications for communities, the carbon trade, and REDD+ investments

<p>This brief presents research findings and examines the status of existing legal frameworks regarding Indigenous Peoples&rsquo; and local communities&rsquo; rights to trade forest carbon.</p><p>It argues that &nbsp;REDD+ has not been a catalyst of tenure reforms across low and middle income countries (LMICs), even though most countries with a REDD+ strategy have identified the clarification of tenure as a key component of their approach, and leading international REDD+ initiatives have committed to recognizing and advancing community tenure rights. The Rights and Resources Initiative research is taken to indicate that the increase in the area recognized as owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities was five times higher in the period 2002-2008 than 2008-2013, representing a slowdown in the recognition of rights on the ground.</p>

17 Oct 2014 13:29:40 GMT

The Little Green Data Book 2014

<p>The Little Green Data Book is a reference for key environmental data for over 200 economies. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, energy, emission and pollution, and water and sanitation. It provides country-relevant &lsquo;green&rsquo; metrics with the aim of giving a picture of environmental sustainability challenges. The selection of indicators includes some of those being used to monitor progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. It provides data by region, income level and mostly by country. The Book is a result of collaboration between the Development Data Group of the Development Economics Vice Presidency and the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department of the Sustainable Development Network Vice Presidency.</p>

16 Oct 2014 15:07:24 GMT

Fair company–community partnerships in palm oil development

<p>This discussion paper argues that palm oil production can lead to greenhouse gas emissions, land grabs and exploitation. But, it says that sustainable production, investment and sourcing can create benefits for the climate and communities.</p><p>The paper highlights four key principles for designing partnerships between communities and companies in palm oil that can benefit both: freedom of choice, accountability, improvement and respect for rights (FAIR). These principles for FAIR partnerships are intended to prompt a rethink of current development models. This paper calls on companies and financial institutions to invest in these types of partnerships.</p>

16 Oct 2014 14:57:54 GMT

Agroforestry, livestock, fodder production and climate change adaptation and mitigation in East Africa: issues and options

<p>This working paper argues that agroforestry and livestock-keeping both have the potential to promote anthropogenic climate change resilience and support each other in this context.</p><p>The paper discusses relevant issues in East Africa, where recent agroforestry interventions to support livestock keeping have included the planting of mostly-exotic tree-fodders, and where most parts of the region are expected to become drier in the next decades, although smaller areas may become wetter. It argues that wider cultivation and improved management of fodder trees provides adaptation and mitigation opportunities in the region, but these are generally not well quantified and there are clear opportunities for increasing productivity and resilience through diversification, genetic improvement, improved farm-input delivery and better modelling of future scenarios. The paper offers, with the example of current- and future-climate tree species distribution modelling, important areas for future research.</p>

16 Oct 2014 14:47:46 GMT

Measuring China’s environmental industry based on environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) accounting framework – a synthesis report

<p>This synthesis report presents the results of a study on measuring China&rsquo;s environmental industry, which aims to identify the feasibility of applying the environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) accounting framework there.</p><p>This report argues that measuring progress towards a green economy is a vital component of green economy strategies and that the EGSS accounting framework is considered as a key approach for quantifying the performance of the environmental sectors in the economy. It describes the development of China&rsquo;s environmental industry and its related statistics and moves on to introduce the EGSS framework and compares it with China&rsquo;s standard statistics. It provides a feasibility assessment of introducing EGSS into China, focusing on data collection from national regular statistics and Environmental Industry Survey. The report concludes by offering suggestions on how to apply EGSS framework in China as well as recommendations for further improvements.</p>

16 Oct 2014 14:27:25 GMT

Africa energy outlook - a focus on energy prospects in sub-Saharan Africa

<p>Sub-Saharan Africa&rsquo;s energy sector can be improved to unlock a better life for its citizens. This report describes one of the most poorly understood parts of the global energy system, offers an authoritative study of its future prospects, broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region and shows how investment in the sub-Saharan energy sector can stimulate rapid economic and social development across the region.</p><p>The report:</p><ul><li><p>explores how quickly modern energy might be brought to the huge population currently deprived of it</p></li><li><p>highlights key actions in the energy sector that can unleash more rapid economic and social development in sub-Saharan Africa</p></li><li><p>examines how existing and emerging oil and gas producers can maximise the value of their resources for economic development</p></li><li><p>evaluates the role of renewables in the region&rsquo;s energy future, and how important mini- and off-grid solutions can be in providing access to electricity</p></li><li><p>identifies the benefits that greater regional integration of the energy sector can bring, as well as mapping the future role of sub-Saharan Africa in the global energy system</p></li></ul>

14 Oct 2014 09:32:37 GMT

The role of education in responding to natural disasters

<p>The role for education in natural disaster management that appeared most frequently in the literature is teaching children risk reduction and management material. Children often spread learning to their families and communities and many believe that &lsquo;educating a child is educating a family&rsquo;. However, disaster preparedness education can be set up for communities also and not just restricted to the school environment.</p><p>The safety of school buildings is also a major consideration in looking at education and natural disaster linkages. Children spend up to 50 percent of their waking hours in school facilities and it is often the case that schools are not constructed or maintained to be disaster resilient. Additionally school buildings are often used by the wider community as a shelter in the event of a disaster.</p><p>This Helpdesk Report includes the following sections:</p><ul><li>information on India</li><li>case studies</li><li>disaster risk reduction</li><li>infrastructure</li><li>child-centred approaches to disaster management</li><li>network and organisation links</li></ul><p>Findings show that children play an important role both in reducing disaster risks and helping their communities become more resilient.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

09 Oct 2014 14:08:57 GMT

The second National Communication of Jamaica to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

<p>This Second National Communication (SNC) includes greenhouse gase&nbsp;(GHG) inventories for 2000‐05 (and reference year 2000), prepared using the updated 2006 IPCC inventory guidelines. The SNC also assesses climate change impacts for the key sectors of health, human settlements, and tourism, in addition to revisiting agriculture, water, and coastal zones, for the years 2015, 2030, and 2050. Although not required as a non‐Annex I Party, Jamaica&rsquo;s SNC also includes an assessment of potential mitigation options to reduce GHG emissions over 2009 to 2030 that will, just as importantly, improve energy efficiency. Finally, other activities in support of the Convention, such as awareness raising, a review of the national systematic observation systems, and a technology needs assessment, are also described.</p>

08 Oct 2014 13:24:27 GMT

Working Group Report Climate Change Impacts on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in the Insular Caribbean - Report of Working Group II, Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Insular Caribbean

<p>This report is based on a desk study of published and unpublished literature relating to climate change and its impact on coastal and marine biodiversity in the insular Caribbean.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">The authors identify&nbsp;several constraints and gaps in the existing knowledge and suggests a research&nbsp;agenda</span>&nbsp;focused on conservation and ecosystem resilience building.</p>

06 Oct 2014 16:44:09 GMT

Local preferences for REDD+ payment formats in Brazil, The Bolsa Floresta Programme, RDS Rio Negro

<p>Poverty and sustainable development impacts of REDD architecture is a multi-country project led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, UK) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Aas, Norway). The project aims to increase understanding of how different options for REDD+ design and policy at international, national and sub-national level will affect achievement of greenhouse gas emission reduction and co-benefits of sustainable development and poverty reduction.</p><p>As countries develop national REDD+ strategies, pilot projects are taking place. One of the key challenges that these pilot projects face is how to ensure that the benefits package offered to local communities in return for their commitments to forest stewardship matches their preferences, while still being realistic in terms of cost.</p><p>The objective of the field research that this study draws together was to understand how people perceive the costs and benefits of the Bolsa Floresta Program, one of the largest REDD+ pilot projects in the world. It explores people&#39;s preferences for changes in the design of the programme and its distribution of the benefits between different components.</p>

03 Oct 2014 16:25:43 GMT

Payment formats for REDD+ interventions: preferences and concerns in Aowin District, Ghana

<p>Poverty and sustainable development impacts of REDD architecture is a multi-country project led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, UK) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Aas, Norway). The project aims to increase understanding of how different options for REDD+ design and policy at international, national and sub-national level will affect achievement of greenhouse gas emission reduction and co-benefits of sustainable development and poverty reduction.</p><p>Ghana is in the process of getting ready to implement REDD+ interventions. REDD+ is envisaged to work by compensating communities for avoided deforestation. Therefore, an understanding of communities&rsquo; preferences for compensation is important to work out compensation packages that are meaningful for the community and that will enhance their livelihoods and contribute positively to their socio-economic and political conditions of existence.</p><p>This report presents the findings of a study undertaken to understand the types of compensation the community members aspire to, in return for avoiding deforestation and refraining from livelihood activities that could potentially lead to forest degradation, as well as for undertaking other positive mitigation activities.</p>

03 Oct 2014 16:18:03 GMT

Corruption risks and mitigating approaches in climate finance

<p>There are major governance and corruption challenges associated with climate finance, with huge amounts of money from a wide variety of sources flowing through new, complex and relatively untested funding mechanisms at international, national and local levels.</p><p>Yet, as climate governance is still in a formative stage, research on the corruption risks associated with climate finance is nascent and represents a rapidly evolving field of investigation. An important stream of research focuses on understanding the complex web of actors and institutions involved in climate finance decisions, the scale and nature of money flows, as well as where the money is coming from and where it is going. While there is an emerging body of research on national and global mechanisms, it is also important to explore the risks and opportunities presented by local-level climate financing, and to gain a better understanding on how the global, national and local levels relate to each other, so that various interests can be better balanced, articulated and integrated to promote greater responsibility and accountability in climate finance.</p><p>Research into the governance and accountability frameworks of the various actors involved and how these are implemented at the international, national and local levels, is also important in gaining a clearer picture of how best to mitigate corruption risks and identify emerging good practice.</p><p>Lessons learnt on best practice from development assistance as well as other sectors can help inform the debate.</p>

02 Oct 2014 17:33:27 GMT

Cattle and climate in Africa: how climate variability has influenced national cattle holdings from 1961–2008

<p>The role of cattle in developing countries is as a source of high-quality food, as draft animals, and as a source of manure and fuel. Cattle represent important contribution to household incomes, and in drought prone areas they can act as an insurance against weather risk. So far, no studies have addressed how historical variations in temperature and rainfall have influenced cattle populations in Africa. The focus of this study is to assess the historical impact of climate variability on national cattle holdings. We reconstruct the cattle density and distribution for two time periods; 1955&ndash;1960 and 2000&ndash;2005. Based on estimates from FAO and official numbers, we generated a time series of cattle densities from 1961&ndash;2008, and compared these data with precipitation and temperature anomalies for the same period. We show that from 1961&ndash;2008 rainfall and temperature have been modulating, and occasionally controlling, the number of cattle in Africa.</p>

02 Oct 2014 17:03:59 GMT

Pre-project: Climate change as an opportunity towards adaptive sustainable aquaculture (CADINAL)

<p>Cultured food fish currently accounts for nearly 50 % of the global consumption. India and Norway are the world&rsquo;s second and seventh largest aquaculture producers respectively, thus aquaculture is considered to be a sector which provides immense opportunities in both adaptation and mitigation under climate change realm in both countries. India and Norway is located in the tropical, and in the cold temperate zone respectively. Furthermore, freshwater aquaculture dominates in India, while in Norway marine water aquaculture dominates. While feed inputs for Indian carps mainly stems from agriculture, the salmon still depends on feeds input from fisheries. Thus the two countries aquaculture industries could be regarded as two extremities within world aquaculture, and a comparison will be highly valuable. The overall objective of this pre-project was to build a holistic and integrated knowledge base that would enable a future quantitative analysis of the dynamic two way interactions between climate change and the aquaculture sector. This report sums up the knowledge basis on the impacts of climate change on Norwegian aquaculture, assess the feasibility for an in-depth quantitative analysis on the impacts of climate change on Norwegian aquaculture, and sums up common research challenges between Norway and India. The knowledge basis on the impacts of climate change on Indian aquaculture is summed up in a separate report.</p>

02 Oct 2014 16:04:01 GMT

Review of support to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, REEEP - norad.no

<p>The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) was established after the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. REEEP is a public private partnership, registered as an NGO under Austrian law.</p><p>REEEP supports small projects promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. The organization sees itself as a catalyst for scaling up clean energy business models in developing countries and emerging markets. The organization plays a central role in promoting policy and regulations that provides incentives for and enables private sector investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.</p><p>REEEP operates through a mechanism of call for proposals, and seeks especially to scale-up successful business models for clean energy, through decentralized and off grid generation. So far, 185 projects have been approved in 58 countries.</p><p>Norway has supported REEEP since 2006, with a total amount of NOK 61.5 million. During the last two years REEEP has gone through some organizational changes, and developed a new strategy. In light of this Norway in partnership with Switzerland (one of REEEP&rsquo;s other main funders &ndash; EUR 2 mill.) decided to carry out a review of REEEP. The review should assess to what extent REEEP has reached its objectives, and to appraise REEEP&rsquo;s new strategy, which includes the establishment of a new Phased Finance Facility in collaboration with the Climate Technology Initiative&rsquo;s (CTI) Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN). The review report intends to inform future decisions on continued support to REEEP.</p><p>Norad was tasked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out the review of REEEP.</p>

01 Oct 2014 17:10:06 GMT

Contribution Analysis: Norwegian Embassy support to indigenous peoples in Brazil 2002 -2013

<p>The purpose of this study is twofold: (a) to acquire knowledge and draw lessons about the nature, organisation and achievements of the Norwegian Indigenous Support Programme in Brazil (NISPB), and (b) to inform future strategies, policies and interventions in this area of development cooperation.<br />The study covers the project period from 2002-2012/2013 and focuses on the current 18 projects that have been supported through 17 civil society partner organisations. The overall methodological framework is a human rights approach known as PANTHER, an acronym for the human rights principles Participation, Accountability, Non-Discrimination, Transparency, Human Dignity, Empowerment and Rule of Law.</p>

01 Oct 2014 17:01:25 GMT

Fair share: climate finance to vulnerable countries

<p>This briefing argues that the international community has failed to put in place, at sufficient scale, either the financing or the delivery mechanisms needed to strengthen the resilience and enhance the adaptation capabilities of vulnerable people. As a result, it argues that government and household budgets in the poorest countries are paying for a&nbsp;threat that originates principally in richer countries. Drawing on research from three countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this paper highlights the significant public expenditure on adaptation that is taking place through national budgets. It argues that this expenditure represents a considerable burden on a limited revenue base. A new approach to supporting national action on climate change is proposed whereby public climate finance from the international community would, at a minimum, match the level of domestic public spending relevant to climate change in those countries acknowledged to be the most vulnerable.</p>

01 Oct 2014 13:22:53 GMT

Assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards at subnational level: provincial estimates for the Philippines

<p>Vulnerability to natural hazards is measured like hazard frequencies that reflect the predisposition of a system to extreme events at a certain instant of time. The measurement of vulnerability is found useful in the conception of disaster preparedness and positioning regions or countries for aid support.</p><p>In recent years, there has been a growing literature on measuring vulnerability at the level of subnational regions, provinces, cities, districts, and even communities. The rationale for this assessment is to bring attention to local vulnerabilities and highlight the various domains of vulnerability including income vulnerability, vulnerability of environment, and governance and human resource fragilities. These are translated into local scales that can be readily understood by those exposed to the natural hazards themselves.</p><p>This Policy Note presents the results of provincial vulnerability assessment in the Philippines and discusses the concepts and issues that define local vulnerability.</p>

30 Sep 2014 15:47:16 GMT

The impact of natural disasters on income and poverty: framework and some evidence from Philippine households

<p>Although understanding the impact of natural disasters on income and poverty at the household level is important for disaster-prone and poverty-stricken countries, empirical works on the subject have been limited so far. A major reason behind this is that standard national household surveys generally do not include the collection of data and information on natural disasters. In the Philippines, however, the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Household Profile Survey has started to include selected natural disaster-related data and information among those that it collects and monitors.</p><p>This Policy Note provides a framework for analyzing the impact of natural disasters on household income and household poverty and empirically estimates the effects of natural disasters on household income using 2011 CBMS data for Pasay City, Metro Manila. It summarises some of the results and findings of a recent study conducted by PIDS and funded by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).<br /><br />The framework explains that after the physical impact, the social impact of a natural disaster on the households follows, which is determined by the physical impact, as well as household recovery resources or coping mechanisms, extra assistance, and sociodemographic and economic factors. Both the occurrence and frequency of typhoons and/or floods have significant negative effects on household per capita income as the case of Pasay City has shown.</p>

30 Sep 2014 13:15:31 GMT

Pacific media and climate change toolkit: Activities manual

<p>This manual includes activities to improve journalists&#39; climate change reporting and interview techniques. The material aims to support journalists&#39; ability to effectively communicate stories linking climate change to broader environmental issues in the Pacific. It aims to provide a &lsquo;one-stop-shop&rsquo; of information on climate change, as well as an activity toolkit that can help absorb and reflect on the information provided. Topics include assessing national change coverage of an environmental issue, advice on climate change interviews and sources, developing contact lists, jargon, localising global environmental news, climate change and waste and empowering communities.</p>

29 Sep 2014 13:55:51 GMT

Downstream voices: wetland solutions to reducing disaster risk

<p>This report makes the case for addressing ecosystem degradation as one of the root causes of risk and vulnerability and for opting for ecosystem-based solutions as a way to reduce disaster risk and build community resilience. It focuses on water-related hazards in particular, as they make up a vast majority of risks, and are often exacerbated by inadequate water and natural resource management. It argues that, until recently, the world&rsquo;s response to inevitable climate change was based on producing ever more precise forecasts of what would happen locally then working out how to &#39;adapt&#39;&nbsp;to the change. The report argues that there is a growing realisation that we will never know in any detail what is coming down the track.&nbsp;</p>

29 Sep 2014 13:44:26 GMT

Building climate resilience: a training manual for community based climate change adaptation

<p>This training manual aims to provide climate change adaptation trainers and learners with a practice-based adaptation knowledge, and a process to assess, analyze, and plan for focused climate change adaptation initiatives within their work profiles. The manual is sectioned into four training modules, setting a common understanding around climate change concepts, vocabulary and sectorial adaptation frameworks, then moving to more integrated knowledge regarding enabling environments for community adaptation and resilience building. Each module is comprised of several learning sessions and each session has a step-by-step facilitation guide noting important concepts and knowledge to stress, and key information and advice on how to deliver the session.</p>

29 Sep 2014 13:28:29 GMT

Expectations for a new climate agreement

<p>With the objective of stimulating timely and open discussion of the current attempt to formulate a new climate agreement &ndash; to be reached 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP-21) in Paris during November of 2015 &ndash; analysis is conducted of the expected developments in the lead-up negotiations. Based on the assumption that the architecture of the agreement will likely involve voluntary pledges and ex-post review (akin to the Copenhagen Accord), the domestic policies and measures expected to underlie national negotiating positions are described. Applying a global economic model, the effect of these Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on global greenhouse gas emissions is assessed. The paper argues that an agreement likely achievable at COP-21 will succeed in a useful bending the curve of global emissions. It predicts that the likely agreement will not, however, produce global emissions within the window of paths to 2050 that are consistent with frequently proposed climate goals, raising questions about follow-up steps in the development of a climate regime.</p>

29 Sep 2014 11:56:36 GMT

Linking food security, climate adaptation and carbon management: a case study from Indonesia

<p>This paper explores how food security, adaptation and carbon management objectives can be achieved at the local level? Constraints and opportunities are discussed from a local context in Indonesia.</p><p>This paper argues that without significant efforts in stabilising global carbon in all sectors, the atmosphere will be increasingly insecure for humans and the environment. It highlights the negative impacts of climate change on food production and the even more serious challenge that this will post in 2050. To ensure that climate adaptation, food security and climate mitigation objectives are mutually achieved, the paper argues that local level intervention is necessary. It argues that local level action where efforts achieving food security through mutual adoption of climate adaptation (e.g. drought and soil erosion management through land and water conservation measures) and carbon mitigation.</p>

29 Sep 2014 11:39:00 GMT

Coasts at risk: an assessment of coastal risks and the role of environmental solutions

<p>This report examines the risks that nations face from vulnerability and exposure to coastal hazards, identifies where environmental degradation contributes to these risks and explores where environmental solutions can contribute to risk reduction. Risk is defined as the interaction between a natural hazard event (including the adverse impacts of climate change) and the vulnerability of societies. This report applies an indicator-based approach to assessing the risk that coastal nations face with respect to natural hazards. It recommends a new level of cooperation between aid, development, and conservation agencies and groups is needed. It argues that there is great need and opportunity in further integration to meet risk reduction and environmental conservation management objectives.</p>

29 Sep 2014 11:21:07 GMT

Integrated national policy approaches to climate-smart agriculture: Insights from Brazil, Ethiopia, and New Zealand

<p>This paper explores how three countries &ndash; Brazil, Ethiopia, and New Zealand &ndash; are using integrated policy approaches to address the linked challenges of climate change, unsustainable agriculture, and food insecurity.</p><p>To explore the major technical and institutional components that are fundamental to national climate-smart agriculture (CSA) policy, each of these three countries are reviewed for their role in the global food and climate systems, their major national climate and agriculture policies, and their investments in capacity building and policy innovation. Recommendations are provided for national policy makers and international institutions. The report concludes that the three countries illustrate the major technical and institutional components that governments will need to support as well as strategies governments can use to garner assistance from international institutions.</p>

29 Sep 2014 11:11:08 GMT

Key indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014: 45th edition

<p>This annual statistical publication presents the latest available indicators for the 48 regional ADB members. It contains analyses and statistical tables on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and eight other economic, financial, social, and environmental themes. &nbsp;It also includes a special chapter&mdash;&lsquo;Poverty in Asia: A Deeper Look&rsquo;&mdash;that reviews the direction and pace of Asia&rsquo;s poverty. Data for the MDG indicators, regional trends and tables, and country tables are obtained mainly from two sources: ADB&rsquo;s statistical partners among its regional members, and international statistical agencies.</p>

29 Sep 2014 11:00:24 GMT

Green economy in Amapá State, Brazil: Progress and perspectives

<p>This report discusses the opportunities presented by the Amap&aacute; State government&rsquo;s intention to make the transition to a green economy. It explores initial progress in green policy and activity, and associated dynamics in the political economy, and lays out a broad but feasible set of sectoral and cross-sectoral policy options. The paper also offers an initial assessment of a pioneer, inclusive scheme of payments to small producers for forest-based environmental services: Pro-extrativismo Programme. It draws on lessons from Amazonas state that can help to inform Amap&aacute;&rsquo;s green economy strategy and concludes with recommendations for further technical collaboration, and for priorities in sectoral policy and cross-sectoral enabling conditions, with a focus on government leadership.</p>

29 Sep 2014 10:52:51 GMT

Environment and regional trade agreements

<p>This report examines trends in the use of environmental provisions in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and identifies factors which may explain the presence or absence of these provisions. Analysis of the environmental provisions in RTAs is taken to reveal an upward trend. While basic provisions remain the most common types found in RTAs, the incidence of more substantive provisions has increased significantly in recent years. Among these, environmental co-operation has been the most common type. The report argues that several factors may have contributed to this evolution, including countries extending their political mandates for RTAs, for example to include provisions for compliance with multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), as well as a general accumulation of experience with the use of environmental provisions.</p>

29 Sep 2014 10:47:02 GMT

The way forward in international climate policy: key issues and new ideas 2014

<p>This collection of papers is intended to highlight specific opportunities, thinking frames and directions that could help move towards climate-compatible, sustainable and equitable development. The ideas and approaches outlined in these papers were presented and discussed at the Global Climate Policy Conference in London in May 2014. The aim of this event was to bring together climate researchers, original thinkers and negotiators to discuss and deliberate on new potential approaches that might catalyse action within and outside the UN negotiations. It is hoped that these ideas could help to address the climate problem in a fair and effective manner, while being as efficient as possible.</p>

29 Sep 2014 10:41:28 GMT

Urban China: Toward efficient, inclusive, and sustainable urbanization

<p>This report includes six priority areas for a new model of urbanisation:<br />1. Reforming land management and institutions: The report says currently the amount of farmland available is close to the &#39;red line&#39;&nbsp;of 120 million hectares, which is considered to be the minimum necessary to ensure food security.<br />2. Reforming the hukou household-registration system to provide equal access to quality services for all citizens and create a more mobile and versatile labour force.<br />3. Placing urban finances on a more sustainable footing, while creating financial discipline for local governments.<br />4. Reforming urban planning and design: For example by cities making better use of existing urban land through flexible zoning.<br />5. Managing environmental pressures: Including stronger enforcement of environmental laws.<br />6. Improving local governance: The performance evaluation system of local officials could be adjusted to give greater incentives for a more efficient, inclusive and sustainable urbanization process.</p>

29 Sep 2014 10:05:48 GMT

Pathways to deep decarbonization: Interim 2014 report

<p>This interim 2014 report by the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project (DDPP) summarizes preliminary findings of the pathways developed by the DDPP Country Research Teams with the objective of achieving emission reductions consistent with limiting global warming to less than 2&deg;C. The DDPP is a knowledge network comprising 15 Country Research Teams and several Partner Organizations who develop and share methods, assumptions, and findings related to deep decarbonization. Each DDPP Country Research Team develops illustrative pathway analysis for the transition to a low-carbon economy, with the intent of taking into account national socio-economic conditions, development aspirations, infrastructure stocks, resource endowments, and other relevant factors. The interim 2014 report focuses on technically feasible pathways to deep decarbonization.</p>

29 Sep 2014 09:47:52 GMT

Making it happen: Oxfam’s proposals for the post-2015 framework

<p>This paper puts forwards Oxfam&rsquo;s proposals for what new goals and targets should be included in the post-2015 development agenda, and how they can be designed to bring about lasting change.</p><p>The briefing argues that, as the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) comes to an end, two major injustices continue to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger: inequality and climate change. It argues that the post-2015 framework that succeeds the MDGs must address these twin challenges through stand-alone goals to eradicate extreme economic inequality and to ensure climate-resilient and sustainable low-carbon development, as well as in targets throughout the framework that address both.</p>

29 Sep 2014 09:35:14 GMT

Beyond reforestation: An assessment of Vietnam’s REDD+ readiness

<p>This working paper argues that as the Government of Vietnam is showing great interest and commitment to REDD+, it is important to examine the country&rsquo;s &lsquo;readiness&rsquo; based on the functions that need to be fulfilled.</p><p>The paper finds that Vietnam&rsquo;s reforestation experience does not foretell REDD+ readiness. Its readiness level as perceived by in-situ stakeholders only ranged from low to medium across all functions. It argues that, for the country to move beyond its current state of REDD+ readiness, activities should focus on indicators where it is weak while strengthening those that are already advancing, and post reforestation issues should be resolved. Failure to address them will mean an uphill implementation of REDD+. The paper concludes with specific recommendations for Vietnam to advance its REDD+ readiness that might be useful for other countries that share similar issues with Vietnam.</p>

29 Sep 2014 09:26:38 GMT

GEO Small Island Developing States Outlook

<p>This report provides four integrated themes for action to support SIDS become the environmental economies of the future.</p><p>It predicts that economics losses to SIDS could become &lsquo;overwhelming&rsquo; as extreme weather increases and sea levels rise. It highlights other challenges for SIDS as well as action already being taken by many SIDS such as regional activities providing SIDS with early warning systems and climate adaptation plans and the pursuit of domestic renewable energy sources. The report provides an integrated narrative for the potential future of SIDS based on an analysis of realizable opportunities, case studies and policy actions. It connects the need for improved basis services such as waste management, affordable energy and food security, to the sustainable management of natural resources, the development of a diversity of small to medium enterprises to support the blue-green economy and key sectors such as tourism, and access to technology and financing.</p>

29 Sep 2014 09:14:04 GMT

Assessing local preferences for payment formats in REDD+ interventions: A case study of the Ongo Community Forest

<p>The government of Uganda has over time been actively engaged in ensuring the sustainable utilisation of its forestry resources. This has been undertaken by different players including the national forestry sector, forest-neighbouring communities and private individuals owning forested land. Different complementary policies and legal instruments have been implemented or drafted to facilitate strategies for achieving this.<br />In addition to the prevailing policy/legal provisions, different initiatives are underway to explore REDD+ architecture including benefit-sharing mechanisms and the types and levels of participation by the different players in REDD+ processes. The Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST), a non-profit environmental conservation organisation, is in the process of implementing a REDD+ pilot project in some community forests of Masindi District.<br />As part of a Norad-funded project focusing on poverty and sustainable development impacts of REDD architecture, a research team from Makerere University in collaboration with ECOTRUST conducted a two-stage process to investigate payment formats and undertake choice experiments in the Ongo community. The process was guided by methodologies and field protocols developed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the University of Life Sciences (UMB).<br />The fieldwork was conducted during March and April 2013 across four villages found in Kasenene Parish, Budongo sub-County in Masindi District: Abangi, Onieni, Ogadra and Kibali. These villages surround a communally owned forest, the Ongo Community Forest, which is located about 54km from Masindi Town off Masindi&ndash;Butiaba Road covering an approximate area of 192 hectares. The main livelihood of the community members is subsistence farming, growing mainly maize, cassava, millet, beans, rice, sweet potatoes, bananas and groundnuts. In addition, the main cash crops in the area are tobacco and rice.<br />This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the Norwegian Government through Norad, as part of a multi-country project coordinated by IIED in partnership with UMB on Poverty and Sustainable Development Impacts of REDD Architecture, also known as POVSUSREDD.</p>

26 Sep 2014 16:15:02 GMT

Views and preferences for compensation under REDD+ in Tanzania: Kilosa pilot project case study

<p>Since 2008, Tanzania has been working to create a national REDD+ strategy. Nine REDD pilot projects have been put in place in different areas of the country, with the main aim being to gain experience and learn more about what constitutes good practice for REDD+, in order to influence Tanzania&rsquo;s national REDD strategy. In 2012, a report describing the experiences and lessons of (equitable) benefit-sharing from these pilot projects was published.<br />This is one of the pilot projects for the Poverty and sustainable development impacts of REDD architecture: options for equity growth and the environment project, and is being carried out by the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) in collaboration with the Tanzania Community Forest Network (Mtandao wa Jamii wa Usimamizi wa Misitu Tanzania, or MJUMITA) in Kilosa (and Lindi) districts.<br />One of the project aims is to look at pro-poor REDD architecture. As such, the Kilosa pilot site is now the focus for exploring local people&rsquo;s perceptions of different payment formats, their views on benefit sharing, and their understanding of terms such as sustainability. This will contribute to the discussion around costs and benefits of REDD+ activities and especially on how to design a pro-poor payment system in Tanzania. The information presented in this report was gathered by carrying out a series of focus group discussions (FGDs) in four selected REDD pilot villages in Kilosa District in December 2012. The information gathered in the FGDs also fed into a choice experiment on the same topics. The choice experiment was conducted at a later stage and the results are presented in a separate report.</p><p>This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the Norwegian Government through Norad, as part of a multi-country project coordinated by IIED in partnership with UMB on Poverty and Sustainable Development Impacts of REDD Architecture, also known as POVSUSREDD.</p>

26 Sep 2014 16:06:17 GMT

Climate change, crop production and child under nutrition in Ethiopia; a longitudinal panel study

<p>Background: The amount and distribution of rainfall and temperature influences household food availability, thus increasing the risk of child under nutrition. However, few studies examined the local spatial variability and the impact of temperature and rainfall on child under nutrition at a smaller scale (resolution). We conducted this study to evaluate the effect of weather variables on child under nutrition and the variations in effects across the three agro ecologies of Ethiopia.<br />Methods: A longitudinal panel study was conducted. We used crop productions (cereals and oilseeds), livestock, monthly rainfall and temperature, and child under nutrition data for the period of 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004. We applied panel regression fixed effects model.<br />Results: The study included 43 clusters (administrative zones) and 145 observations. We observed a spatio temporal variability of rainfall, stunting and underweight. We estimated that for a given zone, one standard deviation increase in rainfall leads to 0.242 standard deviations increase in moderate stunting. Additionally, a one standard deviation increase temperature leads to 0.216 standard deviations decrease in moderate stunting. However, wasting was found to be poorly related with rainfall and temperature. But severe wasting showed a positive relationship with the quadratic term of rainfall.<br />Conclusions: We conclude that rainfall and temperature are partly predicting the variation in child stunting and underweight. Models vary in predicting stunting and underweight across the three agro ecologic zones. This could indicate that a single model for the three agro ecologies may not be not applicable.</p>

23 Sep 2014 16:06:29 GMT

10 big ideas for making energy efficiency bankable in India

<p>This report argues that in a continent that is starved for energy and infrastructure, it is an enigma that India&rsquo;s markets for energy efficiency have yet to take off. It argues that India&rsquo;s energy deficit cannot be accomplished without due focus on energy efficiency and presents 10 ideas to make this sector bankable. It argues that they are all practical and implementable in the immediate term and do not require large executing budgets, but they do require technical expertise, political will and persistent follow up. These ideas are also multi-disciplinary&mdash;they provide solutions to prohibitive perceptions of risk in investing and financing energy efficiency, the lack of reliable base lines and poor policy incidence.</p>

22 Sep 2014 14:53:07 GMT

Irrigation schemes and weather extremes: the challenge for Zimbabwe

<p>This case study of an irrigation project implemented by Oxfam and the government of Zimbabwe in Ruti, in Gutu district of Masvingo province, indicates that local adaptation efforts can go a long way, but there is still a danger that people may lose out and their efforts be frustrated unless they are part of a wider supportive political and economic framework. The paper highlights that smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe have always faced extreme weather variability, periodically throwing lives into disarray, ruining livelihoods and increasing poverty. Yet with the right kind of support, hardworking smallholder farmers can achieve remarkable increases in production, realize great improvements to their lives and become much more resilient to weather extremes. However, the paper makes the point that climate change is going to bring more shocks in the shape of even greater extremes &ndash; both more frequent and serious droughts and more intense rainfall.</p>

22 Sep 2014 14:47:04 GMT

The Last Straw: food security in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and the additional burden of climate change

<p>This report provides a regional overview of food security in the mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region under changing environmental and socio-economic conditions, and presents options to improve policy, actions, and knowledge to help improve food security in the region. Starting with a snapshot of agriculture and food security in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the report then looks at some of the key global and local drivers influencing food security, including world markets, climate change, and social changes. It highlights that the Hindu Kush Himalayas has extremely varied social and ecological environments and often the mountainous areas of these countries have more in common with each other than with the other parts of their own countries. Despite facing similar challenges, however, there is often a lack of regional perspectives on common issues.</p>

22 Sep 2014 14:40:15 GMT

Climate and environmental change: views from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility

<p>IDS paper exploring the views of low income people in developing countries of the relationship between climate change, food security, and food price volatility.</p><p>Prepared to complement the Oxfam and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) report ‘Help Yourself’, this IDS paper explores the views of people living on low and precarious incomes of the relationship between climate change and food price volatility. Drawn from qualitative research in 23 sites and across 10 countries (from South America, Africa, and Asia), the research takes in rural as well as urban locales. While the views presented offer a relatively unmediated insight into how people view the causal connections between food security and the environment across varied social and ecological settings, it should be noted that the research was not specifically designed for this question, and so does not represent a rigorous examination. The views in the paper are organised around both short-term, climate-related events or shocks, as well as longer-term environmental changes directly shaping food security, particularly changes in local agriculture and livelihood patterns, and their associated adaptations. The first section concerns livelihoods and climate-related events, with several communities understanding all too well the impact on livelihoods and food prices that can come with floods (particularly in Asia), and other climatic events. Section two concerns longer-term environmental impacts such as drought, identified as a key explanation for price hikes in Burkino Faso, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The future of farming and farmers is the subject of section three which highlights a widespread withdrawal from work on the land, with young people viewing it as a livelihood of last resort. Finally, adaptation to drought is discussed in section four, and changing work patterns are further explored in section five. Four key points stand out as worthy implications for further consideration: <ul><li>Those facing the greatest hardship and livelihood impacts are discussing climate and environmental change widely, suggesting an appetite, and opportunity, for people to mobilise and be better informed around these issues </li><li>The connections between uncertain harvests, food markets, and food insecurities appears well understood </li><li>Water emerges consistently as a core concern connecting climate, environment, and food<li>Climate change and environmental degradation, and the responses and adaptations to both, appear to exacerbate power and wealth inequalities, particular around the control of water.</p>

22 Sep 2014 14:34:46 GMT

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The Little Green Data Book 2014

<p>The Little Green Data Book is a reference for key environmental data for over 200 economies. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, energy, emission and pollution, and water and sanitation. It provides country-relevant &lsquo;green&rsquo; metrics with the aim of giving a picture of environmental sustainability challenges. The selection of indicators includes some of those being used to monitor progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. It provides data by region, income level and mostly by country. The Book is a result of collaboration between the Development Data Group of the Development Economics Vice Presidency and the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department of the Sustainable Development Network Vice Presidency.</p>

16 Oct 2014 15:07:24 GMT

Working Group Report Climate Change Impacts on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in the Insular Caribbean - Report of Working Group II, Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Insular Caribbean

<p>This report is based on a desk study of published and unpublished literature relating to climate change and its impact on coastal and marine biodiversity in the insular Caribbean.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">The authors identify&nbsp;several constraints and gaps in the existing knowledge and suggests a research&nbsp;agenda</span>&nbsp;focused on conservation and ecosystem resilience building.</p>

06 Oct 2014 16:44:09 GMT

No longer tracking greenery in high altitudes: pastoral practices of Rupshu nomads and their implications for biodiversity conservation

<p>Nomadic pastoralism has thrived in Asia&rsquo;s rangelands for several millennia by tracking seasonal changes in forage productivity and coping with a harsh climate. This pastoralist lifestyle, however, has come under intense transformations in recent decades due to socio-political and land use changes. One example is of the high-altitude trans-Himalayan rangelands of the Jammu and Kashmir State in northern India: major socio-political reorganisation over the last five decades has significantly impacted the traditional pasture use pattern and resources. We outline the organizational transformations and movement patterns of the Rupshu pastoralists who inhabit the region. We demonstrate the changes in terms of intensification of pasture use across the region as well as a social reorganisation due to accommodation of Tibetan refugees following the Sino-Indian war in 1961 to 1962. We focus in particular on the Tso Kar basin - an important socio-ecological system of livestock herding and biodiversity in the eastern Ladakh region. The post-war developmental policies of the government have contributed to these modifications in traditional pasture use and present a threat to the rangelands as well as to the local biodiversity. In the Tso Kar basin, the number of households and livestock has almost doubled while pasture area has declined by half. These changes have potentially negative consequences for the long-term resilience of nomadic pastoralism as well as for the survival of rare local wildlife. To increase the pastoralist standard of living, having fewer pastoralists may be the only solution, and alternative livelihood options may bring this about. Development programmes should concentrate on enhancing opportunities for herders so that there is a greater diversity of employment opportunities and potentially better chances for the persistence of biodiversity.</p>

02 Oct 2014 16:22:37 GMT

Contribution Analysis: Norwegian Embassy support to indigenous peoples in Brazil 2002 -2013

<p>The purpose of this study is twofold: (a) to acquire knowledge and draw lessons about the nature, organisation and achievements of the Norwegian Indigenous Support Programme in Brazil (NISPB), and (b) to inform future strategies, policies and interventions in this area of development cooperation.<br />The study covers the project period from 2002-2012/2013 and focuses on the current 18 projects that have been supported through 17 civil society partner organisations. The overall methodological framework is a human rights approach known as PANTHER, an acronym for the human rights principles Participation, Accountability, Non-Discrimination, Transparency, Human Dignity, Empowerment and Rule of Law.</p>

01 Oct 2014 17:01:25 GMT

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

<p>Given the alarming pace, level of sophistication, and globalized nature that illegal trade in wildlife has now notoriously achieved, UNEP initiated a Rapid Response Assessment to provide some of the latest data, analysis, and broadest insights into the phenomenon. Tackling illegal wildlife trade demands this examination of the relationship between the environmental resources at stake, their legal and illegal exploitation, the loopholes that exacerbate the situation, the scale and types of crimes committed, and the dynamics of the demand driving the trade.<br />In the international community, there is now growing recognition that the issue of the illegal wildlife trade has reached significant global proportions. Illegal wildlife trade and environmental crime involve a wide range of flora and fauna across all continents, estimated to be worth USD 70&ndash;213 billion annually. This compares to a global official development assistance envelope of about 135 billion USD per annum. The illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenues and lost development opportunities, while benefiting a relatively small criminal fraternity.<br />This report focuses on the far-reaching consequences of the environmental crime phenomenon we face today. The situation has worsened to the extent that illegal trade in wildlife&rsquo;s impacts are now acknowledged to go well beyond strictly environmental impacts &ndash; by seriously undermining economies and livelihoods, good governance, and the rule of law Even the security and safety of countries and communities is affected: the report highlights how wildlife and forest crime, including charcoal, provides potentially significant threat finance to militias and terrorist groups. Already recognized as a grave issue in DRC and Somalia by the UN Security Council, the assessment reveals that the scale and role of wildlife and forest crime in threat finance calls for much wider policy attention, well beyond those regions.</p>

26 Sep 2014 16:32:39 GMT

Natural systems and climate change resilience in the Lower Mekong Basin: future directions for biodiversity, agriculture and livelihoods in a rapidly changing environment

<p>This report finds that despite the diversity of livelihoods and ecosystems In the Lower Mekong Basin, most sectors&rsquo; resilience to climate change is dependent on health natural ecosystems.</p><p>This report draws on climate change and natural systems work in the Mekong region to summarise findings and lessons for smallholder farms and landscape management. It highlights that Mekong farms and their surrounding areas are integrated systems in which all the habitats, species and their genetics interact with each other and the physical environment, and contribute to farm productivity. The report argues that farming ecosystems consist of human modified and natural environments which both provide services and products essential to farming livelihoods and subsistence. Understanding and carefully managing that relationship is essential to the sustainability of Mekong farms, to continued poverty reduction and to building adaptive capacity to climate change.</p>

17 Sep 2014 09:40:45 GMT

Payments for nature values: market and non-market instruments

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

17 Jun 2014 17:30:42 GMT

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

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

16 Jun 2014 14:22:49 GMT

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

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

06 Jun 2014 14:44:36 GMT

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

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

06 Jun 2014 10:51:28 GMT

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

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

23 May 2014 15:19:21 GMT

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

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

21 May 2014 18:01:57 GMT

Pacific Integrated Island Management Principles, case studies and lessons learned

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

14 May 2014 15:51:39 GMT

Population and poaching of African rhinos across African range states

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

14 Apr 2014 20:53:45 GMT

Poverty, poaching and trafficking: what are the links?

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

11 Apr 2014 10:46:55 GMT

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

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

28 Mar 2014 18:00:41 GMT

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

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

26 Mar 2014 19:32:47 GMT

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

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

26 Mar 2014 19:03:05 GMT

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

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

22 Mar 2014 14:52:19 GMT

Governing Africa’s mangroves: a sustainable future

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

07 Mar 2014 12:35:10 GMT

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

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

31 Jan 2014 13:08:54 GMT

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

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

24 Jan 2014 11:50:30 GMT

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

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

15 Jan 2014 15:36:42 GMT

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

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

09 Jan 2014 12:50:19 GMT

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

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

07 Jan 2014 12:49:13 GMT

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

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

02 Jan 2014 12:20:29 GMT

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

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

05 Dec 2013 16:43:52 GMT

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

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

22 Nov 2013 10:12:39 GMT

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

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

04 Nov 2013 18:52:37 GMT

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

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

30 Aug 2013 13:30:36 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2013 01:56:06 GMT

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

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

27 Aug 2013 00:22:42 GMT

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

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

13 Aug 2013 09:10:13 GMT

Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change

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

10 May 2013 08:02:21 GMT

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

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

21 Jan 2013 16:14:01 GMT

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

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

12 Dec 2012 09:01:19 GMT

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

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

22 Nov 2012 09:00:59 GMT

Prospects and Constraints of Madhupur National Park Management

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

31 Oct 2012 09:01:00 GMT

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

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

12 Sep 2012 21:34:15 GMT

Global environmental outlook 5: environment for the future we want

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

15 Jun 2012 09:49:30 GMT

Reefs at Risk Revisted

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

23 Mar 2012 09:05:49 GMT

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

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

20 Mar 2012 09:05:00 GMT

Integrating protected areas into climate planning

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

28 Feb 2012 01:38:52 GMT

Geographical indications, in situ conservation and traditional knowledge

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

27 Feb 2012 21:44:42 GMT

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

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

25 Feb 2012 21:42:22 GMT

Sundarbans: future imperfect climate adaptation report

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

20 Feb 2012 17:53:34 GMT

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

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

26 Sep 2011 16:57:09 GMT

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

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

26 Aug 2011 08:11:25 GMT

Agriculture biodiversity and food security: two sides of a coin

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

25 Aug 2011 12:29:04 GMT

Climate change and biodiversity: IPCC technical paper V

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

31 Aug 2010 11:40:57 GMT

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

To be held on 27-28 November 2014, the forum will focus on four areas that can contribute to more integrated policy making. Topics for discussion will include the need to understand long-term impacts of the nexus on growth; ways to improve coherence between national, regional and local planning and priorities; the importance of promoting private sector investment in the nexus; and...

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:29:00 GMT

Economics and Policies for Biodiversity: OECD's Response

Biodiversity is fundamental to sustaining life, providing critical ecosystem services, such as food security, water purification, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation, that are essential to support human well-being and economic growth. Event: OECD participation at the Convention on Biological Diversity (8-16 October).

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:12:00 GMT

Inducing Private Finance for Renewable Energy Projects: Evidence from Micro-Data

This paper analyses the effects of government policies on flows of private finance for investment in renewable energy. It also examines whether direct provision of public finance for a project increases the volume of private finance raised. The analysis covers 87 countries, six renewable energy sectors (wind, solar, biomass, small hydropower, marine and geothermal).

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:55:00 GMT

Behold the power of fungus... and biodiversity offsets - Insights blog

When you think of biodiversity conservation, you probably think of the classic images: the polar bear, the lion, the elephant, the giraffe. The ecological community likes to call them charismatic megafauna, with only a hint of satire.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:32:00 GMT

The Role of National Ecosystem Assessments in Influencing Policy Making

An ecosystem assessment is a social process through which the findings of science concerning the causes of ecosystem change, their consequences for human well-bring, and the management and policy options are evaluated. The main objective of the paper is to draw insights from experience in the UK, Japan, Spain and Portugal of theadded value to policy making of undertaking national level ecosystem assessments.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:04:00 GMT

Tax Preferences for Environmental Goals: Use, Limitations and Preferred Practices

This paper reviews the use of tax preferences to achieve environmental policy objectives. Tax preferences involve using the tax system to adjust relative prices with a view to influencing producer or consumer behaviour in favour of goods or services that are considered to be environmentally beneficial.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Under-taxing drivers is bad for environment and health, OECD says

Advanced economies are pushing up carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air pollution by under-taxing company cars and diesel fuel, according to new OECD research.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Joint OECD-NBER Conference on Productivity Growth and Innovation in the Long Run

Despite large and growing investments in knowledge and innovation, productivity growth in many countries has slowed in recent years. At the same time, the urgent need for more rapid innovation (including its uptake and diffusion) in several key areas, such as in environment. This joint OECD-NBER workshop on 25-26 September 2014 will bring together academic experts to consider these challenges.

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:00:00 GMT

The post-2015 agenda must steer a transformational shift towards sustainable development

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approach their expiry date, we must focus our efforts on ensuring a brighter, more inclusive and sustainable future for all. We face a plethora of common issues: growing inequalities; changing consumption patterns and population dynamics; increasing natural resource scarcity; and ongoing illicit financial flows.

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:01:00 GMT

OECD participation in the UN Climate Summit

The UN Climate Summit took place on 23 September 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, chaired the session on "The Economic Case for Climate Action," where global leaders discussed The New Climate Economy Report: Better Growth, Better Climate, by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:34:00 GMT

The climate is changing, so should we - Insights Blog

The OECD Environment Directorate has produced two videos to explain key climate issues as the UN Climate Summit opens today at UN headquarters in New York.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:54:00 GMT

There’s no bailout option for climate - Insights Blog

Saving the Earth’s climate is sometimes compared to saving the world’s financial system following the crisis in 2007. But it’s not. The taxpayer saved the financial system by bailing it out a cost of trillions of dollars over a very short period, but there is no bailout option for the climate.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:30:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg push for cities to take lead on climate change

Angel Gurría and Michael R. Bloomberg reaffirmed today their commitment to support international cities’ efforts to lead in the global fight against climate change — and called for national support to make this happen.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:45:00 GMT

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

This event held on 16-17 September 2014 at the IEA is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:30:00 GMT

The time for tough decisions on climate change is now

Reversing the damage is within our grasp, but it will hinge on a strong international climate agreement and policies that make polluters pay. Op Ed by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Nick Stern, Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, The Guardian.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:40:00 GMT

The water challenge: OECD's response

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

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:32:00 GMT

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says Iceland has one of the world’s most pristine natural environments and its glaciers, volcanoes and hot underground springs bring major economic benefits via renewable energy and tourism.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:05:00 GMT

Think Green: education and environmental awareness

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

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08:00 GMT

Productivity measurement with natural capital and bad outputs

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

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:20:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:48:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:08:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:56:00 GMT

Moving beyond rhetoric: Responsibility in practice

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

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:08:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Expert Workshop on Adaptation Financing and Implementation, June 2014

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

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:25:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:07:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:58:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Air pollution, the invisible killer - Insights Blog

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:22:00 GMT

Material resources, productivity and the environment

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:05:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

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

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:56:00 GMT

Climate Resilience in Development Planning: Experiences in Colombia and Ethiopia

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

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:04:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Video: How should governments prepare for floods?

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

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

Environment at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:26:00 GMT

OECD biotechnology newsletter updates

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Insights Blog: OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:57:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:40:00 GMT

OECD Programme on Water Governance

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:06:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:25:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Environment Action Programme Task Force: 2013 annual meeting

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:32:00 GMT

National policy dialogue (NPD) in Turkmenistan

NPD in Turkmenistan

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:24:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

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

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

Responding to key well-being challenges in Austria

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

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:34:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

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

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:51:00 GMT

Avoiding death by diesel, blog post by Simon Upton

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

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:37:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Why biodiversity matters

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

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

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Программа «EaP GREEN»: Первое заседание Координационного комитета

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

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

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

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

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

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

World Water Day: Big problems but there are solutions

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

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:53:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

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

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Environmental Innovation in Germany - Environment Working Paper No. 53

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

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:44:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

UN Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18)

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

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

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

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Is there life on Mars?

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

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:49:00 GMT

COP11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:16:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

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

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

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

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:13:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

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

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:31:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Is this as good as it gets?

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

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 17:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:32:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

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

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

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

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Durban Climate Change Conference

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

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

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

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

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

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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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

Total boss dies in Moscow air crash

Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil company Total since 2007, has died after his plane crashed during take-off in Moscow.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:37:54 GMT

China growth slows to five-year low

China's economy grows at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, causing speculation the government may introduce more stimulus measures.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:20:21 GMT

Apple's iPhone sales boost earnings

Apple reports third-quarter earnings of $8.47bn (£5.24bn), beating analysts' expectations, helped by sales of its new iPhone models.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:32:40 GMT

AbbVie and Shire terminate merger

US firm AbbVie announces it has abandoned its talks with UK drugmaker Shire after a new US rule discouraging mergers that would lower a US firm's tax rate.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:26:33 GMT

Asia stocks fall after China data

Asian stocks fall after data shows China's economy grew 7.3% in the third quarter, its slowest pace in more than five years.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:28:29 GMT

IBM pays $1.5bn to offload chip unit

IBM is paying $1.5bn to offload its loss-making chip manufacturing division to Abu Dhabi owned GlobalFoundries as it announces a 17% profits fall.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:26:24 GMT

Lufthansa pilots' strike expanded

A Lufthansa pilots' strike hitting both short and long-haul services has affected the plans of 200,000 travellers.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:53:35 GMT

Adidas shares up on Reebok reports

Shares in sportswear giant Adidas jump 6% after a report says that a group of investors is considering a bid for the company's Reebok brand.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:14:48 GMT

Russian rouble weakens on downgrade

The Russian rouble weakens further against the dollar after Moody's downgrades its credit rating, blaming the economic damage caused by sanctions.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:23:34 GMT

UK growth 'to fall to 2.4% in 2015'

The UK economy will grow by 2.4% next year, well below the 3.1% growth expected this year, forecasting group EY Item Club says.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:04:23 GMT

Germany 'must increase investment'

The German government must increase investment to improve competitiveness, says finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:36:08 GMT

VIDEO: Inside Huawei's anechoic chamber

The BBC's Linda Yueh has a look inside Chinese technology giant Huawei's anechoic chamber, during a tour of their headquarters.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:40:34 GMT

VIDEO: Will robots replace humans?

In Singapore, both government research agencies and businesses are looking at new ways to use robots for wider commercial purposes.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:54:12 GMT

VIDEO: Can Google Glass be addictive?

Scientists say they have treated a man for internet addiction disorder, allegedly brought on by over use of Google Glass - Rory Cellan-Jones gives his reaction.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:28:01 GMT

VIDEO: The world's fastest ambulance?

The world's fastest ambulance has been revealed at the Gitex technology show in Dubai.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:05:03 GMT

VIDEO: Designed In China: The facts

Animated graphic illustrating the advances China is making from a manufacturer to a designer of goods and products

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:54:23 GMT

VIDEO: US independent bookshops fight back

Despite the growth of internet retail, some independent bookshops in the US are seeing an increase in popularity, reports the BBC's Victoria Fritz.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:48:22 GMT

VIDEO: The mystery of China's 'guanxi'

Relationships, or "guanxi", are a crucial part of doing business in China, but it is often misunderstood. Are Westerners right to think of it as something potentially corrupt?

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:52:26 GMT

VIDEO: The car that's powered by air

At the Paris Motor Show, Theo Leggett looks at the Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air - a concept car that brings a new meaning to the term "gas guzzler".

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:54:39 GMT

'Buy Russian' campaign defies food embargo

Russians put a brave face on the ban on Western food, but some businesses are suffering, Sarah Rainsford reports from Moscow.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:33:42 GMT

Is the oil crash a secret US war on Russia?

A New York Times columnist argues the US and Saudi Arabia are using lower oil prices to advance their foreign policy goals.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:11:42 GMT

Goldman Sachs profits leap 50%

US bank Goldman Sachs has reported a 50% jump in third-quarter profit after a sudden pickup in bond market activity helped to boost revenues.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:12:06 GMT

Buffett sells 245m Tesco shares

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who described his Tesco investment as a "huge mistake", offloads 245 million shares in the grocer.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:16:38 GMT

Bank of America sees profits dive

Bank of America reports a big drop in profits due to a multi-billion dollar settlement with US authorities.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:10:13 GMT

Germanwings pilots to strike

Pilots at Lufthansa's low cost airline Germanwings are to stage a 12-hour strike on Thursday in a row over retirement policies at the company.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:35:59 GMT

IndiGo signs record deal with Airbus

Indian budget airline IndiGo signs an agreement to buy 250 A320neo aircraft from Airbus in what is thought to be the largest number of jets sold by the European firm in a single order.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:39:29 GMT

Tata Steel to sell some UK plants

Tata Steel says it is planning to sell its Long Products division, which employs 6,500 people in the UK and Europe.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:10:41 GMT

Iranian investment scene 'improving'

As hundreds of investors and business people meet at The 1st Europe-Iran Forum in London there is a mood of cautious optimism.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:33:03 GMT

Oil prices slide on IEA report

Global oil prices fall further after the International Energy Agency reports higher output and cuts its forecast for growth in demand.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:56:26 GMT

Somalia's first cash machine opens

Somalia's first-ever cash withdrawal machine is installed in a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, allowing people to withdraw money in US dollars.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:54:21 GMT

Australia's Medibank plans share sale

Australia's government hopes to raise as much as $5.5bn Australian dollars ($4.8bn; £3bn) by selling shares in health insurer Medibank Private.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:21:24 GMT

Virgin Australia buys out Tigerair

Virgin Australia will buyout loss-making budget carrier Tiger Airways Australia for A$1 (£0.54), the airline said on Friday.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:49:09 GMT

Costco enters China with Alibaba

US warehouse retailer Costco is opening an online store in China through e-commerce giant Alibaba's Tmall website.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:07:17 GMT

Games helped city hotel rates rise

Glasgow hotels enjoyed a significant lift in room rates during July, helped by the Commonwealth Games.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:20:54 GMT

Ticket prices outstrip cost of living

The BBC Price of Football study finds some ticket prices in English football rising at almost twice the rate of the cost of living.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:01:18 GMT

NFL players can handle Wembley move

Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway says NFL players would cope with playing regularly in London.

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:19:50 GMT

The world's fastest ambulance

The world's fastest ambulance, the world's speediest border, a fully functional mobile courtroom - the UAE's smart government technology on show at Gitex.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:05:17 GMT

When does an app need regulating?

Healthcare apps and consumer devices seem to be springing up everywhere. But are they all properly regulated? And should you care?

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:57:39 GMT

'Air' plastic and mushroom cushions

Dell's head of packaging, Oliver Campbell, is a man on a mission. Under his tenure the company has introduced innovative eco-friendly packing - including plastic bags made from air.

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:34:35 GMT

The Chinese tycoon who loves animals

Huang Nubo, the founder of property and leisure giant Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group, explains his unique approach to business.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:19:15 GMT

Boom times for Ethiopia's coffee shops

As Ethiopia's economy continues to expand, business is growing strongly for coffee shops in the capital Addis Ababa.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:08:26 GMT

The man behind the eBay of Latin America

Marcos Galperin is the Argentine who set up MercadoLibre, the Latin American equivalent of ecommerce and auction website eBay.

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:37:04 GMT

Toyota to recall 1.75 million cars

Japanese carmaker Toyota issues a recall of 1.75 million cars worldwide over faulty brake installations and fuel component issues.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:10:20 GMT

UK new car sales hit 10-year high

New UK car sales had their strongest September in ten years, latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:11:18 GMT

Fiat boss adds to EU car market gloom

Sergio Marchionne, the head of Fiat-Chrysler car group, says Ford's profit warning this week has sent shockwaves through the industry.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:33:50 GMT

Connecting India's offline millions

Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring the internet to the country's masses

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:05:17 GMT

Singapore's charity in a mansion

Charity in a mansion from Singapore's rare philanthropists

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:09:43 GMT

The king of discount voucher codes

The man who has made millions from money off vouchers

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:26:34 GMT

Gaming final packs Seoul stadium

Gaming fans pack the League's championship final in Seoul

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:30:34 GMT

Why firms don't want you to be brilliant

Why being brilliant is not enough at work

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:21:57 GMT

Sugar cane offers sweet prospects

How Mauritius' sugar cane is proving flexible

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:36:33 GMT

Falling oil prices: Winners and losers

As oil prices fall, who will be the winners and losers?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:05:39 GMT

Is Europe's economic motor stalling?

Where did it all go wrong for Europe's biggest economy?

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:21:56 GMT

The element that causes arguments

The element that heats the Earth and gets everyone arguing

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:59:19 GMT

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Tunisia commends Kuwait's contribution to health care

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Tunisian Health Minister Dr. Mohammad ben Ammar commended Monday Kuwait's contributions to health domain, citing the Kuwaiti delegation's parti...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:33:34 GMT

Fatah urges UNSC to assume its responsibility for ending Israeli occupation

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Fatah Revolutionary Council (FRC) Monday warned UN Security Council (UNSC) against failure to assume its responsibility and put an end to I...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:32:29 GMT

Qatar, Azerbaijan sign two security cooperation deals

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Qatar and Azerbaijan signed two security cooperation agreements on the sidelines of the Milipol Qatar 2014, which opened on Monday at the Doha ...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:31:49 GMT

Cudlin begins season with two wins

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Defending champion Alex Cudlin started the new season of Qatar SuperBike Championship (QSBK) with two wins at Losail International Circuit on Saturday nigh...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:16:17 GMT

Qatar eye AFC U-19 final spot with Myanmar scalp

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Myanmar coach Gerd Zeise is sweating on the fitness of a trio of key players ahead of the hosts' AFC U-19 Championship semi-final with Qatar at Thuwunna Yo...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:15:11 GMT

Qatar book AFC U-19 final spot

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar secured a berth in the final of the AFC U-19 Championship after defeating hosts Myanmar 3-2 in extra time in yesterday's semi-final at the Thuwunna Y...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:14:18 GMT

Qatar Exchange index drops

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Exchange index swung back to red zone yesterday, losing 185.12 points (-1.41 percent) when the bourse closed at 12,962.67 points. The trading value d...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:13:03 GMT

UAE- Mezzan to sell 30pc of shares in first Kuwait IPO since 2009

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Mezzan Holding, a Kuwaiti producer and distributor of food and fast-moving consumer goods, said yesterday it would float 30 percent of its stock in an ini...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:12:28 GMT

US drops weapons for Kurds fighting IS

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Kurds battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobane welcomed a first US airdrop of weapons yesterday as neighbouring Turkey said it will help Ira...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:09:53 GMT

Israeli settlers quietly move into Jerusalem homes

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Israeli guards quietly occupied two purchased residential buildings in a Palestinian district of East Jerusalem yesterday, expanding a Jewish settler proje...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:09:06 GMT

Turkey lets Iraqi Peshmerga cross border

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane yesterday. Turkey dropped its refusal to allow Kurdish fighters over the border t...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:06:19 GMT

Qatar- First exhibition dedicated to the Prophet opens

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) 'Our Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH)', a first-of-its-kind exhibition in Qatar dedicated to the life of Prophet Mohammed, opened in Ezdan Mall yesterday....

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:05:44 GMT

Qatar 'aims to become a leader in innovative digital economy'

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar's aim is to become the best-connected country in the world and a leader in innovative digital economy, the Minister of Information and Communications...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:05:04 GMT

Qatar- Research firms occupied 95pc of QSTP in five years

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Companies dedicated to research have occupied 95 percent of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) within its five years of operations, said a senior off...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:04:22 GMT

Qatar- Sheikha Moza opens science parks forum

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) For the first time in the Arab World, the International Association of Science Parks World Conference (IASP2014) was convened in Doha yesterday.IASP2014, t...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:03:50 GMT

Qatar- Emir meets Azerbaijan Minister

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday met Azerbaijan's Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov and his delegation at Al Bahr ...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:03:00 GMT

TRA steps in to check illegal transfer of mobile phone numbers

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The sultanate's Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) has stepped in to check mobile phone users from unofficially transferring their phone numbers to others f...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:37:56 GMT

Speed radars behind fall in accidents, says ROP

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Speed radars have played a crucial role in reducing road accidents over the last few years said a senior ROP official during a presentation at the Traffic S...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:37:31 GMT

Jailed expat in Oman asked to pay RO9,000 as compensation after freak accident

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) An Indian expatriate employed with a car cleaning facility has been jailed following a freak mishap that cost his Bangladeshi colleague a limb and damaged t...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:37:05 GMT

Sohar Islamic adds SME financing to portfolio

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) In line with the government's initiative to boost the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector in the sultanate Sohar Islamic has announced another signific...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:45:07 GMT

MSM30 slips 0.66% turnover down 16%

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The benchmark MSM30 index consolidated on Monday closing down 0.66 per cent at 6901.17 after rebounding on Sunday.&nbsp; All the sub-indices posted loses wi...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:45:06 GMT

CMA attends GCC market regulators' meeting

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The sultanate participated in the fifth meeting of the ministerial committee of boards of GCC capital market regulators held in Kuwait.&nbsp; The official d...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:45:04 GMT

Oman's H1 total exports drop 9.6% imports decline 13.6%

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The total value of Oman's exports - including oil non-oil and re-exports - fell 9.6 per cent to RO10bn during the first half of 2014 against RO11bn in the s...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:45:02 GMT

Saudi stocks buck trend with healthy gains

(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia's benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index bucked the three-day prevailing downward trend and logged a sharp gain of 2.39 percent on Sunday.The index ope...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:06:18 GMT

Saudi- NCB pledges conversion to Islamic bank after pressure from scholars

(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: National Commercial Bank (NCB) has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Isl...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:06:15 GMT

Oman's projects market to post remarkable growth

(MENAFN) Oman's projects market is expected to grow as the Sultanate doubled its investment in turnkey projects over the next few years, Oman Observer presorted.However, by 2015 th...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:04:08 GMT

HE Prime Minister Inaugurates Milipol Qatar 2014

(MENAFN - QNA) Under the auspices of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani inaugu...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:02:18 GMT

HE Prime Minister Meets Commander of Turkey's Aegean Army

(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Commander of Aegean Army General...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:02:14 GMT

HE Prime Minister Meets Iran's Police Chief

(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Chief of Iran's National Police Forces Commander Ismael A...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:02:09 GMT

Israeli Forces Arrest Four Palestinians from Bethlehem and Hebron

(MENAFN - QNA) Israeli forces arrested early Monday four Palestinians from Bethlehem and Hebron districts, said security sources. Large Israeli troops raided the town of Taqou‘ t...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:02:01 GMT

20 million to vacation abroad by 2030

(MENAFN - Arab News) The number of Saudi vacationers spending their holidays abroad will increase sixfold by 2030 a local study revealed.The study carried out by a company speciali...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:23 GMT

Student's death in US: Cousin reveals details

(MENAFN - Arab News) Several relatives of Abdullah Alkadi the Saudi scholarship student in the US whose body was found late on Thursday more than a month after he went missing are ...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:22 GMT

King orders free treatment for people with special needs

(MENAFN - Arab News) Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has instructed the Ministry of Social Affairs to pay the treatment costs of people with disabilities at rehabil...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:20 GMT

S. Korea's Int'l Airline Traffic Grows 9.12 in Q3

(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Seoul October 20 (QNA) - South Korea's international airline traffic rose 9.1% from a year earlier in the third quarter partly on a rise in the number ...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:07 GMT

S. Korea Expects HighLevel Talks with N. Korea

(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Seoul October 20 (QNA) - South Korea still hopes for the resumption of high-level talks with North Korea late this month despite sharp military tension...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:53:59 GMT

Kuwait- 'Diet exercise role vital'

(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT Oct 19 (KUNA): Kuwait will mark Monday the World Osteoporosis Day with a plethora of activities to raise public awareness about the bone disease. Osteo...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:53:43 GMT

Al-Azmi 'wins' shot put silver

(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Oct 19 (KUNA): Saja Al-Azmi clinched Kuwait's first medal at the 2014 Asian Para Games on Sunday a silver medal in the women's F33 shot put. Al-A...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:53:30 GMT

Kuwait- His Highness Amir congratulates Qadsia SC on AFC Cup win

(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Oct 19 (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent on Sunday a congratulatory cable to Board Chairman of Qadsia SC ...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:53:28 GMT

Inarritu leaps off the 'ledge'

(MENAFN - Arab Times) MORELIA Mexico Oct 19 (Agencies): As Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu neared his 50th birthday he took stock of his string of acclaimed dark films and decided to d...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:53:09 GMT

Hijri New Year holiday on 25th Oct

(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Oct 19: The Hijri New Year holiday will fall on Saturday (Oct 25th) Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced on Sunday. All ministries institutio...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:52:41 GMT

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Understanding National Accounts – latest edition now out

The OECD has updated its key textbook explaining how economic activity is monitored and measured.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, met with the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD

The President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, met the Heads of five international economic organisations at the OECD on Friday 17th October to discuss the challenges facing the global economy.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:35:00 GMT

The OECD encourages the French government to pursue the ongoing structural reforms to boost growth

Full implementation of the structural reforms adopted and announced in France would boost potential annual economic growth by one third, or 0.4 percentage points per year over ten years, according to the OECD.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:06:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes passage of Latvian law on governance of state-owned enterprises

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today welcomed the passage into law of Latvia's “Public Persons Enterprises and Capital Shares Governance Law”.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:40:00 GMT

Korea: Promote inclusive growth through greater employer involvement in the employment and skills system, says OECD

Korea has made significant progress towards decentralising the management of employment and training programmes, but can still do more to create stronger links with employers at the local level, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD 검토 보고서, 고용주의 고용•직업훈련 시스템 참여 확대를 통한 포용적 성장을 한국 정부에 권고하다.

2014년 10월 15일 –한국 정부는 고용•직업훈련 프로그램을 지역 관리 방식으로 전환하는데 상당한 진전을 이루었지만 지역 차원에서 고용주와 프로그램의 연계성 강화를 위해 더 많은 노력을 경주할 필요가 있다고 새로 발표된 OECD 보고서는 권고했다.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, second quarter 2014, OECD

OECD employment rate stable at 65.6% in second quarter of 2014

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:49:00 GMT

Monaco deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today the Principality of Monaco’s commitment to strengthen international tax co-operation after it became the 84th jurisdiction participating in the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:02:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría congratulates Italy on new Jobs Act bill

The OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurria, congratulates Prime Minister Renzi on the passing by the Italian Senate of a bill enabling the government to elaborate a comprehensive reform of the labour market – the so-called Jobs Act.

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:17:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.3% in August 2014

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:15:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, October 2014

Composite leading indicators point to weakening growth in the Euro area and to stable growth in most other major economies

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:15:00 GMT

OECD bolsters relationship with Ukraine

The 34-member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development welcomed a Memorandum of Understanding between the OECD and Ukraine which will help Ukraine’s efforts to tackle corruption, strengthen its tax system and promote competitiveness.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Poorer regions struggling to catch up in advanced economies, says OECD

Living standards continue to diverge within many economically advanced countries as poorer regions struggle to catch up with richer ones. Half of the 34 OECD countries have seen the income gap between their best-off and worst-off regions widen since the 2008 crisis, according to new OECD research.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:00:00 GMT

How Was Life? shows long-term progress in key areas of well-being

People’s well-being has generally progressed since the early 20th century across a large part of the world, according to new research published by a consortium of economic historians (CLIO-INFRA) and produced in collaboration with the OECD and OECD Development Centre.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 30 September 2014

OECD annual inflation eases slightly to 1.8% in August 2014

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:30:00 GMT

Under-taxing drivers is bad for environment and health, OECD says

Advanced economies are pushing up carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air pollution by under-taxing company cars and diesel fuel, according to new OECD research.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Scotland’s vote to remain part of the UK

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed the result of yesterday’s referendum in Scotland.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:16:00 GMT

OECD and National Bureau of Economic Research Conference on Productivity Growth and Innovation in the Long Run. 25-26 September, Paris.

Increasing productivity is critical to achieving strong, sustainable and inclusive growth and well-being. Technological change and innovation are the key drivers of increased productivity, along with better skills and organisational change.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:13:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to discuss the Economic Case for Climate Action during UN Climate Summit

As part of the Climate Summit 2014 hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September in New York, the United Nations University (UNU) is hosting a thematic session on “The Economic Case for Climate Action” with global leaders and world renowned experts from China, India, Mexico, and the United States.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg push for cities to take lead on climate change

Angel Gurría and Michael R. Bloomberg reaffirmed today their commitment to support international cities’ efforts to lead in the global fight against climate change — and called for national support to make this happen.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:45:00 GMT

OECD releases first BEPS recommendations to G20 for international approach to combat tax avoidance by multinationals

The OECD released today its first recommendations for a co-ordinated international approach to combat tax avoidance by multinational enterprises, under the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project designed to create a single set of international tax rules to end the erosion of tax bases and the artificial shifting of profits to jurisdictions to avoid paying tax.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Governments must tackle regional variations in health care use, says OECD

Health care use varies widely across countries but can also vary as much or more within countries. Governments should do more to improve their health systems to prevent unnecessary interventions and ensure that everyone has the same access to quality healthcare, wherever they live, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:00 GMT

Global growth continuing at a moderate pace, OECD says

A moderate expansion is underway in most major advanced and emerging economies, but growth remains weak in the euro area, which runs the risk of prolonged stagnation if further steps are not taken to boost demand, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - Second quarter of 2014, OECD

G20 GDP growth picks up to 0.8% in second quarter of 2014

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:45:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2014

Merchandise trade broadly stable in the second quarter of 2014, with diverging patterns across major economies

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:04:00 GMT

Educational mobility starts to slow in industrialised world, says OECD

Access to education continues to expand worldwide but the socio-economic divisions between tertiary-educated adults and the rest of society are growing. Governments must do more to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to a good education early in life, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT

G20 faces persistent gaps in employment and job quality

A large and persistent shortfall in the number and quality of the jobs being created in G20 countries is affecting prospects for re-igniting economic growth, according to a report prepared by the ILO, the OECD and the World Bank Group for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting taking place in Melbourne this week.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:39:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate nudges up to 7.4% in July 2014

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:05:00 GMT

Spain is on the road to recovery, but challenges remain to ensure sustainable, inclusive growth, says OECD

Spain is emerging from a protracted recession, marked by a return to moderate growth and rising international competitiveness. Decisive banking and fiscal reforms, coupled with supportive monetary policy from the European Central Bank, have reduced financial tensions and improved public finance.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:16:00 GMT

OECD Interim Economic Assessment launches Monday 15 September 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

OECD Deputy Secretary-General and Acting Chief Economist Rintaro Tamaki will present the near-term prospects for the global economy on Monday 15 September 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (CET).

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, September 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to stable growth momentum in most major economies

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:44:00 GMT

OECD appoints Catherine L. Mann as new Chief Economist

OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Catherine L. Mann as the new OECD Chief Economist. Her appointment will reinforce the OECD’s commitment to identifying and promoting better policies for better lives around the world.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:17:00 GMT

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says Iceland has one of the world’s most pristine natural environments and its glaciers, volcanoes and hot underground springs bring major economic benefits via renewable energy and tourism.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:05:00 GMT

More action needed to move away from market-distorting farm support, says OECD

Government support for agriculture in OECD countries remained on a downward trend in 2013, yet much of this support is still in a form that distorts markets, according to the OECD’s latest agricultural policy monitoring report.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Jobs recovery to remain weak in 2015, says OECD

Unemployment will remain well above its pre-crisis levels next year in most OECD countries, despite modest declines over the rest of 2014 and in 2015, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Spain launches Monday 8 September 2014

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain, to be published on Monday 8 September 2014, assesses the country’s return to moderate growth and more sustainable public finances after the protracted recession.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:47:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 September 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.9% in July 2014

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:43:00 GMT

OECD and China expand cooperation in PISA education programme

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

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, August 2014

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

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:02:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:22:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 29 July 2014

OECD annual inflation stable at 2.1% in June 2014

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, first quarter 2014, OECD

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

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:45:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:30:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Governments must address the vulnerability of social institutions, OECD says

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:33:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.4% in May 2014

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:52:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, July 2014

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

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:39:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:59:00 GMT

Small businesses continue to face finance constraints despite economic recovery

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

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:46:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 July 2014

OECD annual inflation edges up to 2.1% in May 2014

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Smarter research spending would boost French innovation, says OECD

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

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:48:00 GMT

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

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

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:59:00 GMT

Andorra commits to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:30:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:47:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:37:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:01:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - First quarter of 2014, OECD

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:21:00 GMT

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

Modest decline in OECD unemployment rate in April 2014

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, June 2014

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

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:18:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Mongolia should persist with systematic anti-corruption reforms

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:49:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

Tajikistan should step up its fight against corruption

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:43:00 GMT

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD

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

Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 17:34:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 12:41:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 20 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 15 May 2014 17:23:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.5% in March 2014

Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, May 2014

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:00 GMT

Clarification on media reports regarding 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey

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

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 May 2014

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

Fri, 09 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Countries commit to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:40:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:13:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:47:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:38:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 05 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:20:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:32:00 GMT

International community continues making progress on tax transparency

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:38:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Governments endorse new OECD Guidelines on applying VAT across borders

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD

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

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment increases to 7.6% in February 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2014

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

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:00 GMT

Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

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

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:51:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:36:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 April 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.4% in February 2014

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Sovereign borrowing set to fall in 2014, says OECD

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

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:25:00 GMT

Inclusive Growth and Urbanisation in China

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:59:00 GMT

China: Structural reforms for inclusive growth

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

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:51:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:22:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

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

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:52:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 March 2014

OECD annual inflation increases slightly to 1.7% in January 2014

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:52:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Norway launches Wednesday 5 March 2014

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

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:34:00 GMT

OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 launches in Berlin

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

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:32:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

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

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:04:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:47:00 GMT

OECD delivers new single global standard on automatic exchange of information

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

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:29:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.6% in December 2013

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:45:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:27:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:36:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:41:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2014

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

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:58:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 February 2014

OECD annual inflation nudges up to 1.6% in December 2013

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:02:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:44:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Hungary launches Monday 27 January 2014

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

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Employment situation, third quarter 2013, OECD

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

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:44:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:00 GMT

OECD appoints new directors for economic policy

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

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Denmark launches Monday 20 January 2014

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:01:00 GMT

Russian economy growing but further reforms needed, says OECD

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

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

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in November 2013.

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Norway high up the aid donor table but could improve allocation

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:28:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, January 2014

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

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:22:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 January 2014

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:15:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:08:00 GMT

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

OECD Unit labour costs stable in the third quarter of 2013

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:49:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:38:00 GMT

OECD to release Review of Spain’s Labour Market Reforms

The OECD will release a review of Spain’s 2012 labour market reform at a press conference in Madrid at 10.30 AM on Wednesday 18 December 2013.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:36:00 GMT

Tax revenues continue to rise across the OECD

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

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:12:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:14:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:46:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:32:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Israel launches Sunday 8 December 2013

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:04:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Slovenia joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Making fiscal decentralisation work

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

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Forum moves towards automatic exchange of tax information and transparency

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

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A boost to transparency and international tax co-operation

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:34:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Switzerland launches Thursday 21 November 2013

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

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:11:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General welcomes Liechtenstein’s moves toward transparency

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Governments can do more to regain trust, says OECD report

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

France : Reinforcing competitiveness is key to boosting jobs and growth

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

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:00 GMT

Hungary deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:23:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD to launch PISA test for schools in England in 2014

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

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Andorra deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan should be more proactive against corruption

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:43:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombia’s accession process

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Chile strengthening international tax co-operation, OECD says

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

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:30:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombian accession process in Bogotá on 25 October

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:07:00 GMT

Poland joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:58:00 GMT

New Zealand not immune from foreign bribery, says OECD

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Latvia’s membership

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

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Switzerland signs Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

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

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:21:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Press Conference: Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia 2014

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:11:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica signs OECD agreement to boost investment

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

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT

England should expand provision of postsecondary vocational programmes, says OECD

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

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Colombia’s Membership

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:36:00 GMT

OECD countries address the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

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

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:55:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows, OECD says

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

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:34:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Ireland launches Thursday 12 September 2013

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:35:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:16:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:08:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:45:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Interim Economic Assessment

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

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:29:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

OECD appoints new Deputy Secretary-General

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT

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

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

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD, ILO call on G20 labour ministers to reinforce cooperation

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

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:44:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT

More competition essential for future of mobile innovation, says OECD

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

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:48:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:24:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery Elects New Chair

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, July 2013

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

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:15:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:19:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 July 2013

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

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Health spending continues to stagnate, says OECD

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

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:03:00 GMT

Do lobbyists have too much influence?

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Poland needs strategy to meet growing risk of foreign bribery

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

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:00 GMT

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

The number of people over 80 will double by 2050 rising from 3.9% of the population to 9.1% in 2050 across OECD countries and from 4.7% to 11.3% across 27 EU members. Estimates are that up to half of them will need help to cope with their daily needs. Yet even today governments are struggling to deliver high-quality care to elderly people with reduced physical and mental abilities, says a new OECD/EC report, A good life in old age? .

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on civil justice systems in Rome on 21 June 2013

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

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Migration picking up but rising unemployment hurting immigrants

Migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:01:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2013, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 0.6% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates. However, the aggregate G20 GDP growth rate continues to mask diverging patterns across the world’s largest economies.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD to present work on global food security and agricultural innovation in Brussels Wednesday 19 June 2013, during a seminar hosted by CEPS, from 12h30 to 14h30

Around 850 million people worldwide are undernourished, mostly living on less than a dollar a day. Two-thirds of the world’s poor live in rural areas where farming is the principal economic activity.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Mexico must invest more in disaster risk prevention to support sustainable development

Mexico regularly faces a wide range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tropical storms and floods. Over the years, the National Civil Protection System has improved its institutional and operational preparedness to manage these disruptive events. But more can be done to avoid future losses and at the same time support sustainable economic development.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:30:00 GMT

OECD-FAO预计全球农业生产增速放缓

OECD和FAO发布的新报告指出,预计未来十年全球农业生产年平均增长率为1.5%,与之相比,2003年到2012年的年增长率为2.1%。

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5% a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO today.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook to be released 6 June – news conference in Beijing

How will global agriculture develop over the coming decade and what role will China play? With limited expansion of farmland and rising production costs, will supply be able to keep pace with demand to ensure food security?

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:57:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to action plan to tackle youth joblessness

OECD governments have committed to stepping up their efforts to tackle high youth unemployment and strengthen their education systems to better prepare young people for the world of work.

Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of New Zealand launches Wednesday 5 June 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of New Zealand, to be published on Wednesday 5 June 2013, looks at how the country can build on its growing economic momentum and create more equitable and sustainable long-term growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 17:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

Global economy advancing but pace of recovery varies, says OECD Economic Outlook

The global economy is moving forward, but divergence between countries and regions reflects the uneven progress made toward recovery from the economic crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. Historically high unemployment remains the most serious challenge facing governments.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Austria, Luxembourg and Singapore among countries signing-on to end tax secrecy

As a further sign of international efforts to crack down on tax offenders, 12 more countries have signed, or committed to sign, the OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. In addition, another 6 countries have ratified the Convention.

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT

ОЭСР выпускает в свет версию 3.0 «Индекса лучшей жизни»: удовлетворенность жизнью, здоровье и образование возглавляют рейтинг

Организация Экономического Сотрудничества и Развития (ОЭСР) представляет версию 3.0 новаторского Индекса лучшей жизни (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org ) – интерактивного онлайн-инструмента, который позволяет создать собственный индекс лучшей жизни в соответствии с приоритетностью каждого из 11 аспектов, которые ОЭСР определила как важнейшие составляющие благосостояния.

Tue, 28 May 2013 20:54:00 GMT

OECD launches Better Life Index 3.0: Life satisfaction, health, education top list

The OECD today launched a 3.0 version of its pioneering Better Life Index, an interactive tool that allows people to create their own index according to their priorities in 11 areas that the OECD has identified as essential for well-being. The updated version contains the latest underlying statistics, country data, user findings and a translation into Spanish.

Tue, 28 May 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Statistics: Experts to continue work of Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on measuring progress

A High Level Expert Group is to be set up to continue the work of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Tue, 28 May 2013 15:23:00 GMT

New approach to globalisation and global value chains needed to boost growth and jobs, says OECD

Technological advances, less costly shipping and trade liberalisation have transformed the way in which companies make products and distribute them worldwide. Governments that become more open to trade and investment, and encourage innovation will help firms better integrate the global value chains that are driving growth in increasingly interconnected economies, according to new OECD research.

Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Thu, 23 May 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:55:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Russia: Progress made in improving the quality of official statistics but challenges remain

Russia’s official statistics are compiled with a high a degree of professionalism and now have a solid legal basis, but their scope, timeliness and international comparability needs to be improved, according to an initial assessment by the OECD.

Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02:00 GMT

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

Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, after a 0.3% increase in the previous quarter. This is the first contraction of GDP in the OECD area since the very sharp decline in the first quarter of 2009 (minus 2.3%).

Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:00 GMT

Tax Commissioners unite to fight tax fraud

The Forum on Tax Administration - Tax Commissioners from 45 countries - has been meeting in Moscow for the past two days. And released this comuniqué.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary General to participate in ITF Summit 22 May 2013 in Leipzig

The OECD will present its latest work on achieving sustainable transportation during the International Transport Forum’s annual Summit on Wednesday 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

Wed, 15 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Mexico launches Thursday 16 May 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Mexico, to be published on Thursday 16 May 2013, looks at how structural reforms carried out over the past few years have improved the country’s economic performance and increased its resilience in the face of external shocks.

Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Forum on Tax Administration

Ritz Carlton, Moscow, 16 – 17 May 2013

Tue, 14 May 2013 14:04:00 GMT

Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest

Income inequality increased by more in the first three years of the crisis to the end of 2010 than it had in the previous twelve years, before factoring in the effect of taxes and transfers on income, according to new OECD data.

Tue, 14 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Rotterdam/Amsterdam: competing in the global economy

Monday 13th May 2013, 14:30 – 15:30Hotel New York, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Fri, 10 May 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Portuguese Prime Minister to visit OECD

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho addressed the OECD Council of Ambassadors and met with senior OECD officials to discuss ways to boost productivity, improve skills and create jobs, and the role of the state in supporting inclusive growth.

Thu, 09 May 2013 18:19:00 GMT

Australia: Can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently

Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income. It is the eighth most generous country in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors. Australia’s goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 – a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy.

Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Korea should boost support for laid-off workers

Korea should strengthen its social safety net and improve support for laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 18:04:00 GMT

Italia: il nuovo Governo deve proseguire sulla scia delle recenti riforme

L'Italia ha compiuto notevoli progressi rafforzando le finanze pubbliche e adottando una vasta serie di riforme destinate ad incoraggiare la crescita economica. Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell'OCSE, il nuovo Governo deve garantire il rafforzamento di tali progressi e il perseguimento della medesima strada.

Thu, 02 May 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Belgium launches Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Brussels

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Belgium, to be published on Tuesday 7 May 2013, looks at the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis and actions that can help it boost growth and create jobs.

Thu, 02 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Italy: New government must build on recent reforms

Italy has made considerable progress in strengthening its public finances and adopting wide-ranging reforms to boost economic growth. The new government must build on past achievements and ensure that they are sustained and reinforced, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

The OECD awards first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows for education quality and equity

The OECD has named four researchers as the first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows: João Galvão Bacchetto, of Brazil; Przemysław Biecek of Poland; Gabriela Miranda Moriconi of Brazil; and William Schmidt of the United States.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Увеличение вложений в инфраструктуру и инновации поможет значительно расширить аграрный сектор Казахстана, согласно ОЭСР

Повышение конкурентоспособности казахстанского аграрного сектора, как часть более широкой задачи диверсификации национальной экономики, требует увеличения инвестиций в транспортную инфраструктуру, аграрную науку, развитие систем безопасности продовольствия, говорится в только что опубликованном обзоре ОЭСР.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Kazakhstan can boost farm sector with investment in infrastructure and innovation, says OECD

Greater investment in transport infrastructure, agricultural research and food safety systems is needed to help Kazakhstan boost the long-term competitiveness of its farm sector and meet wider economic diversification objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of Italy – Thursday 2 May 2013, Rome

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Italy, to be published on Thursday 2 May 2013, looks at the challenges facing the new government and at the steps which need to be taken to strengthen public finances, boost growth and reduce unemployment.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:31:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Reforms essential to make Ireland’s pension system fairer

Ireland should make its pension system simpler and fairer so that everyone gets sufficient income for a decent standard of living in retirement, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Japan is poised for expansion but must curb government debt

Japan is poised for an economic expansion, but long-term growth prospects remain contingent on additional efforts to revitalise the economy and reduce unsustainable levels of public debt, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Financing small business: a key to economic recovery

Access to finance remains a key challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and a stumbling block to recovery in most countries, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:55:00 GMT

OECD reports new developments in tax information exchange

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria has presented a report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that highlights measures to ensure that all taxpayers pay their fair share.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Japan launches Tuesday 23 April 2013 in Tokyo

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan, to be published on Tuesday 23 April 2013, discusses how the country can best meet the challenges of restoring public finances and boosting growth.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Denmark: good hospitals but primary health care must improve

The Danish central government and regions are leading international efforts to reform hospital systems, improving quality and safety by gathering specialists into major hospitals and closing smaller ones.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Strengthen evaluation to improve student learning, says OECD

Education systems around the world are increasingly measuring the performance of teachers and schools as part of their drive to help students do better and improve results. Rising demand for higher education standards and a trend towards greater school autonomy in some countries are among the factors behind this new focus, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency shifts focus to effectiveness of information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (referred to as "the Global Forum"), has released its peer review reports for Belize, Finland, Iceland, Nauru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Malaysia joins OECD agreement on mutual acceptance of chemical safety data

Malaysia has joined the OECD system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, ensuring that its non-clinical safety data related to the protection of human health and the environment will be accepted by all 40 countries adhering to MAD.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Slovenia to be released Tuesday 9 April 2013

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Slovenia – to be published on Tuesday 9 April 2013 - looks at the action needed to pull the country out of recession and tackle the banking crisis. It also looks at improving public finances and strengthening growth over the long term.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:43:00 GMT

Costa Rica refuerza la transparencia fiscal

Costa Rica ha depositado su instrumento de ratificación del Convenio sobre asistencia administrativa mutua en el ámbito de la fiscalidad, el acuerdo multilateral más amplio que existe en lo referente a cooperación fiscal e intercambio de información.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica strengthens tax transparency

Rica has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most comprehensive multilateral agreement available for tax-cooperation and exchange of information.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets

Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. A moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to February 2013, compared with 1.7% in the year to January 2013. This slight increase in the annual rate of inflation masks opposing movements in energy and food prices.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy is improving but Europe lags behind, says OECD

Global economic activity is picking up, but the continuing crisis in the euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise

New data show that across OECD countries the average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 35.6 per cent in 2012. It increased in 19 out of 34 countries, fell in 14, and remained unchanged in 1.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

2013 Global Forum on Development 4-5 April 2013

The OECD’s annual Global Development Forum will focus on ways to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, with Olusengun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, will open the Forum at 13:00 on Thursday 4 April. They will be joined by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committeee, Eric Solheim.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Ireland: Boosting local jobs and growth – international experts meet in Dublin and Kilkenny

Cutting unemployment and fostering new sources of economic growth will be the focus of an international meeting of local development experts and practitioners in Dublin and Kilkenny on the 26 and 27 March 2013.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Speeding up reforms will foster more inclusive and greener growth in China

China has made tremendous progress toward achieving inclusive growth, but major reforms are needed to ensure a fourth decade of rapidly converging living standards and a greener economy, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:09:00 GMT

Regrettably low awareness in the private sector is an obstacle to the fight against foreign bribery in the Czech Republic

The Czech government must urgently engage with the private sector to raise awareness, says a new OECD report. The awareness of the Czech foreign bribery offence remains regrettably low among companies, despite the recent adoption of a comprehensive corporate liability regime that holds Czech companies liable for this crime.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:09:00 GMT

Denmark must investigate foreign bribery more proactively

Denmark’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been weak. Only 13 foreign bribery allegations have surfaced, and sanctions have been imposed in just one case that falls under the Convention. Law enforcement authorities have not been sufficiently proactive, and cases have been prematurely closed without complete investigations. Denmark must take more investigative steps and make greater efforts to gather evidence from abroad.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:58:00 GMT

经合组织称加快改革进程必将促进中国经济增长更加包容更加绿色

经合组织最新一期的《中国经济调查》指出,尽管中国在实现包容性增长方面成效显著,但为确保第四个十年更快地向更高生活水平靠拢,并使经济更加“绿色”,中国仍需采取重大措施深入改革。

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD releases first comprehensive guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives.Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazil: better co-ordination needed to support sustained and equitable growth

Brazil’s economic growth has been supported in recent years by important government investment and social programmes that mobilise resources across the country. These programmes could help Brazil to meet its goals of sustaining economic growth and fostering social development, while reducing regional disparities.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Brasil: é preciso melhorar a coordenação para apoiar o crescimento sustentado e equitativo

Nos últimos anos, o crescimento econômico do Brasil teve o apoio de importantes investimentos e programas sociais do governo, que mobilizaram recursos em todo o país. Esses programas podem ajudar o Brasil a atingir seus objetivos de crescimento econômico sustentado e promover o desenvolvimento social, reduzindo as disparidades regionais.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary-General’s official visit to China (21st - 26th March 2013)

The Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, was in Beijing to attend the China Development Forum, to present the third OECD economic survey of China and to hold bilateral meetings with key representatives of China's authorities, business and academic world.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:05:00 GMT

France must do more to boost competitiveness and create jobs

France has avoided the most severe impacts of the global economic crisis and turmoil in the euro area, but must now take action to boost competitiveness and create jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of China launches Friday 22 March 2013 in Beijing

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China, to be published on Friday 22 March 2013, discusses the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy in recent years and its resilience to the turbulent international environment.

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of France launches Tuesday 19 March 2013 in Paris

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France, to be published on Tuesday 19 March 2013, discusses policies to relaunch the French economy, restore public finances and address the long-term challenges facing the country.

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:28:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

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

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Norway should reform its welfare system to help people with mental health issues stay in work

Norway should overhaul its approach to mental health issues in the workplace in order to help more people find a job or stay in work, and cut high and rising public spending, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:35:00 GMT

Sweden: Tackling mental health problems is critical to boosting job prospects of young Swedes

Sweden should make greater efforts to prevent and address mental health problems among people under the age of 30, in order to boost their job prospects and reduce government spending on health care and out-of-work benefits, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Progress made but step up economic reforms to achieve full potential

South Africa must step up efforts to foster strong, inclusive economic growth that creates jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa. Priorities include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms, notably to improve education.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:43:00 GMT

La ripresa post disastro quale opportunità di cambiamento, secondo l’OCSE

Prendendo ad esempio l’Abruzzo, il cui capoluogo, L’Aquila, è stato distrutto da un terremoto quattro anni fà, un nuovo rapporto dell’OCSE raccomanda una serie di misure volte ad accelerare la ripresa delle regioni colpite da catastrofi naturali, rendendole più attrattive per residenti, turisti e investitori.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Recovering from disaster can be an opportunity for change, says OECD

Through the example of Abruzzo, whose capital L’Aquila was destroyed by an earthquake four years ago, a new OECD report recommends policies that can speed the recovery of regions hit by natural disasters, making them more attractive to residents, tourists and investors.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to assist Tunisia in investment reform and infrastructure projects

The OECD, together with the African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, will assist the Tunisian authorities in implementing a new law on public-private partnerships(PPPs)and a new investment code in order to increase transparency, openness and predictability for investors.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:44:00 GMT

OECD government borrowing set to rise slightly in 2013

The gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are projected to increase slightly to around USD 10.9 trillion in 2013, up from the already high level of USD 10.8 trillion in 2012, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho as new members

Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 119th and 120th members of the Global Forum, they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of South Africa launches Monday 4 March 2013 in Pretoria

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa, to be published on Monday 4 March 2013, discusses advances in recent years toward a range of economic and social objectives, as well as further actions needed to achieve the country’s full potential.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:27:00 GMT

OECD urges countries to harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research and save lives

Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Labour market reforms in Denmark must tackle mental health issues

Ongoing reforms of Denmark’s disability benefits and flexjobs are promising, but a stronger focus on helping people with their mental health issues is needed for the reforms to contribute to a sustainable decline in the high rate of unemployment, according to a new OECD report. Past labour market reforms failed because underlying mental health problems of the jobless remained unaddressed.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:48:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Denmark to launch on 25 February 2013 in Copenhagen

The OECD will present its first-ever review of mental health and work challenges in Denmark during a seminar open to media in Copenhagen on Monday 25 February 2013.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:22:00 GMT

«Структурые реформы как никогда ранее важны для уверенного и сбалансированного восстановления экономики», - утверждает ОЭСР

Согласно последнему докладу ОЭСР «На пути к росту» структурные реформы являются для государств мощным инструментом для форсирования экономического роста, создания рабочих мест, и обеспечения быстрого восстановления баланса в экономике.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery

Structural reforms offer governments a powerful tool to boost economic growth, create jobs and bring about a strong and balanced economic recovery, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax

Global solutions are needed to ensure that tax systems do not unduly profit multinational enterprises, leaving citizens and small businesses with bigger tax bills.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment

The amount of cross border portfolio investment exceeds 35 trillion USD. To encourage growth and cross-border investment more than 3000 tax treaties around the world based on the OECD Model reduce source taxation on a reciprocal basis.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Выпуск в свет доклада ОЭСР «На пути к росту 2013»: пресс-конференция 15 февраля в 14.30 в Москве

ОЭСР представит новый выпуск первостепенного экономического доклада «На пути к росту» в пятницу 15 февраля.

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Release of OECD’s Going for Growth 2013: News Briefing on Friday 15 February at 14:30 p.m. in Moscow

The OECD will present the 2013 edition of its flagship economic policy publication Going for Growth on Friday 15 February. This year’s report, which launches on the eve of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Moscow, identifies and assesses progress countries have made on key reforms that can help their economies rebound from the global economic crisis

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:23:00 GMT

OECD Conference on Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness - 13-14 February 2013 – Open to media

Some developed economies now invest more in ideas, skills, software and research and development than in physical capital like machines and buildings. This shift towards knowledge-based capital creates new challenges for governments and business in areas ranging from tax policies and the protection of intellectual property rights to boosting investment in ideas and data.

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:53:00 GMT

UK: Boosting growth and tackling inequality are key to recovery

Britain must continue to pursue pro-growth, as well as inequality-reducing structural reforms in order to recover from the nation’s deepest recession in nearly a century, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Korea must strengthen social cohesion to boost growth and equity, says OECD

Korea should build on its strong economy and well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of a fast-ageing population and to tackle rising income inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Labour migration: Germany is open to graduates but immigration is difficult for medium-skilled workers

Germany is one of the OECD countries with the lowest barriers to immigration for high-skilled workers. However, long-term labour migration is low in comparison with other countries.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Las perspectivas económicas de Colombia son favorables, pero sigue habiendo grandes desafíos, dice la OCDE

Según la última Evaluación económica de Colombia de la OCDE, la economía colombiana es vigorosa y las perspectivas son favorables, pero el país debe esforzarse por lograr que la actual prosperidad debida a las materias primas contribuya al crecimiento sostenible e inclusivo a largo plazo.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

Colombia's economic outlook is strong, but deep challenges remain, OECD says

The Colombian economy is strong and the outlook is promising, but the country must do more to ensure that the ongoing commodities boom contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth over the long-term, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Assessment of Colombia.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of UK Wednesday 6 February 2013 in London

The OECD’s latest economic survey of the United Kingdom, to be published on Wednesday 6 February 2013, looks at some of the major policy challenges facing the country including recovering from recession, boosting growth and reducing inequality.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

OECD report on Social Cohesion in Korea to launch Tuesday 5 February 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will launch a report on social cohesion at an 11.00 a.m. news conference in Korea on Tuesday 5 February 2013.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:50:00 GMT

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation

An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:22:00 GMT

België moet geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen op het werk proactiever aanpakken, zegt de OESO

Belgische bedrijven, ziekenfondsen en arbeidsbemiddelingsdiensten dienen proactiever te zijn om mensen met geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen te helpen aan het werk te blijven of een baan te vinden, volgens een nieuw OESO-rapport.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

Belgium should be more proactive in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, says OECD

Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:03:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Eventos de la OCDE en Colombia

Presentación de la Evaluación Económica, jueves 31 de enero de 2013 en BogotáSeminario sobre la Economía de Colombia, 1 de febrero en la Universidad de los Andes

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:17:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

BLI Brochure Russian Version

BLI Brochure Russian Version

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:21:00 GMT

OECD to launch Russian version of its Better Life Index at the Gaidar Forum

The OECD will participate in the Gaidar Forum in Moscow 16-19 January and will launch the Russian version of its award-winning Better Life Index [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ru/].

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:07:00 GMT

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland should reform funding for professional education and training

Switzerland should reform its funding arrangements for professional education and training system by implementing a new intercantonal funding agreement, and piloting additional funding measures, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

México debe mejorar su gobernabilidad, financiamiento y regulación del agua, dice el Secretario General de la OCDE, Angel Gurría

México enfrenta grandes desafíos en materia de gestión de agua. Para empezar, las cuencas hidrológicas padecen un grave estrés hídrico; la calidad de los ríos, lagos y acuíferos está disminuyendo; mientras que las inundaciones, sequías y huracanes son cada vez más frecuentes.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by absence of foreign bribery convictions in Spain

Spain’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with not a single prosecution out of only seven investigations in 13 years since joining the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Spain must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and strengthen its legal framework for fighting bribery by addressing gaps in its Penal Code, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:40:00 GMT

Netherlands must significantly step up its foreign bribery enforcement, says OECD

The Netherlands is failing to vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and must do more to enforce its foreign bribery laws. Fourteen out of 22 foreign bribery allegations have not triggered the opening of an investigation, calling into question the Netherlands’ ability and proactivity in investigating and prosecuting this crime.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:27:00 GMT

Austria’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak, but could pick up soon says OECD

The OECD Working Group on Bribery regrets that Austria has not had a conviction of bribing foreign public officials despite a number of allegations, 13 years after ratifying the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. However, enforcement appears to be picking up, with one case being tried, two more cases soon to be tried, and four ongoing investigations.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Gesetze gegen Auslandsbestechung in Österreich unzureichend umgesetzt – OECD setzt auf baldige Verbesserung

Die OECD-Arbeitsgruppe gegen Bestechung bedauert, dass in Österreich bisher noch kein Urteil wegen der Bestechung von ausländischen Amtsträgern ergangen ist, obwohl seit der Ratifizierung des entsprechenden OECD-Übereinkommens vor 13 Jahren eine Reihe von Vorwürfen vorlag.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013

OECD and WTO to present new approach for measuring global trade10.00 – 11.00 a.m. 16 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says OECD

Progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, over the past decade but much remains to be done in many countries. Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Competitiveness of the port-city of Marseille-Fos

Wednesday 19 December, 14:00-16:002nd floor of J1 Hangar - IFEP officeClose to the port of Marseille office, place de la Joliette, Marseille

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:28:00 GMT

Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, OECD says

The Australian economy is robust and faces a solid short-term outlook, but it must continue adapting to ensure that its privileged place in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to long-term sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:25:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Sweden launches Monday 17 December 2012 in Stockholm

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Sweden, to be published on Monday 17 December 2012, discusses the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis as well as its capacity to cope with further external shocks, notably those posed by the continuing crisis in the euro area.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Colombia se adhiere a la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho

El 19 de enero de 2013 Colombia se convertirá en el 40º estado en formar parte en la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Colombia will become the 40th Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 19 January 2013.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Greater gender equality essential for economic recovery

New evidence showing how gender equality is essential for a fairer society and stronger global economy, will be presented by the OECD at a Gender Forum in Paris on 17 December 2012.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:39:00 GMT

Australia’s unique approach to helping the unemployed has delivered good results but challenges remain, says OECD

Australia’s labour market reforms over the past 15 years have boosted employment and cut welfare benefit dependency.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT

OECD Events in Australia

The OECD will launch two new publications in Australia next week: a Review of Labour Market Policies and an Economic survey.

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:22:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee Statement

OECD Steel Committee Statement

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Luxembourg launches Thursday 13 December 2012

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Luxembourg, to be published on Thursday 13 December 2012, discusses how the country’s finance-driven economy has weathered the global economic crisis.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:06:00 GMT

Ministers pledge to finance effective development

Development ministers from OECD and emerging economies met in London 4 - 5 December for the High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee(DAC).

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:33:00 GMT

Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says OECD

Vibrant and dynamic urban centers are among the main drivers of national growth and employment, but OECD’s new report Promoting Growth in All Regions highlights that even less wealthy regions have the potential to bolster stronger, greener, and more inclusive economies.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, OECD says

The Slovak Republic recovered strongly from the global economic crisis and is weathering well the storm that has struck its main European trading partners. The challenges going forward will be restoring public finances while driving down unemployment and fostering long-term inclusive growth, says the latest Economic Survey.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:45:00 GMT

Guatemala, plenamente comprometida con el intercambio internacional de información fiscal

Guatemala ha firmado la Convención sobre Asistencia Administrativa Mutua en Materia Fiscal, lo que permite su exclusión de la lista de países que todavía no han implementado sustancialmente la norma fiscal internacional

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:51:00 GMT

Brazil: Enhancing audit reporting is key to the integrity of government accounts

Brazil’s supreme audit institution – the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) – has began a process to reform its audit of the Accounts of the President of the Republic to enhance transparency and accountability of federal budget execution.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:31:00 GMT

Guatemala: commits to international exchange of tax information

Guatemala has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters allowing it to be removed from the list of countries that have not yet substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT

Luxembourg: a generous aid donor

Luxembourg allocated 0.97% of its gross national income, or USD 413 million, to official development assistance in 2011.“Luxembourg is the Development Assistance Committee’ s third most generous donor as a portion of its economy – after Sweden and Norway – and it has a high quality programme” says Brian Atwood, Chair of the DAC. “We commend Luxembourg’s commitment to keeping its ODA at 1% of GNI until 2014”.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Progress made on immigrant integration but more efforts needed on education and jobs, finds OECD

OECD countries have made much progress over the past decade in helping immigrants integrate in society. But much remains to be done, notably in improving how well immigrant children do at school and in finding work, and in immigrant women’s access to employment, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, OECD says

Spain is immersed in a prolonged recession that has been compounded by the continuing crisis in the euro area. The path to recovery has been launched, but will require full implementation of reforms and some additional measures to restore confidence in the financial sector, redress public finances and bring down high unemployment, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:30:00 GMT

Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD

The global economy is expected to make a hesitant and uneven recovery over the coming two years. Decisive policy action is needed to ensure that stalemate over fiscal policy in the United States and continuing euro area instability do not plunge the world back into recession, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Asia/Pacific region: Improving the quality of its healthcare

Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:00:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Responding to the crisis: what are OECD countries doing to strengthen their public finances?

OECD countries are intensifying their fiscal consolidation efforts, introducing additional measures and extending the time horizon to implement them. Most have announced fiscal consolidation of more than 3% of GDP over the period 2009-15, according to the OECD’s Restoring Public Finances 2012.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Agua en América Latina y el Caribe: Mejor gobernabilidad puede mejorar el acceso, dice la OCDE

En países latinoamericanos, la población crece a un ritmo mayor que el promedio mundial, lo cual intensifica el uso de la tierra y aumenta la urbanización. La región también es propensa a los impactos negativos del cambio climático y de los desastres naturales.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:24:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released Tuesday 27 November 2012

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major world economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 GMT) on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Nuevas políticas para PYMES se requieren para impulsar el crecimiento en América Latina, según la OCDE y la CEPAL

Aunque las perspectivas permanecen relativamente positivas, están sujetas a la incertidumbre y volatilidad del contexto externo, por lo que los gobiernos de América Latina deben actuar ahora para fortalecer el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región y contrarrestar estos riesgos, señala el informe Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2013 producido conjuntamente por el Centro de Desarrollo de la OCDE y la CEPAL.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:48:00 GMT

Health spending in Europe falls for the first time in decades

Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:01:00 GMT

New SME policies needed to boost Latin America's growth, say OECD and ECLAC

Latin American governments must act now to strengthen growth and development and counter these risks, according to the 2013 Latin American Economic Outlook, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre and ECLAC.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Public social spending rising in most OECD countries

Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:07:00 GMT

Global Forum on Public Governance: Better Governance for Inclusive Growth

The financial and economic crises demonstrate that most governments need to change the way they run their countries. Though some have a better track record of reform than others, all can do more to create inclusive, open and responsible governance that can reduce inequality and promote economic growth.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:30:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues are rising, but still low and varied among countries

Tax revenues in Latin American countries are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries, but are rising slowly. Revenue Statistics in Latin America shows that the average tax revenue to GDP ratio in the 15 Latin American countries covered by the report increased from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010, after falling from a high point of 19.7% in 2008.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:20:00 GMT

Health: men faring worse than women in hospitalisations for diabetes

New OECD data show that men are more likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of poor management of diabetes than women, even when there are no significant differences in the number of men and women living with diabetes.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:12:00 GMT

Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years, says OECD

The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

G20 ministers welcome OECD disaster risk assessment and financing framework

G20 Finance Ministers have welcomed a new OECD/G20 framework designed to help governments develop financial strategies for disaster risk management.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:02:00 GMT

Development: Finland should not back-track on its aid commitments, says OECD

Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:09:00 GMT

OECD improves tool to predict the hazards of chemicals

Governments and the chemical industry spend millions of dollars every year testing the safety of chemicals that people use in their everyday lives. Computer modelling, through the OECD-designed QSAR Toolbox software, now replaces many of the tests traditionally done in the laboratory. This allows regulators and industry to save money and use fewer animals to predict the hazardous properties of chemicals.

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Investment: G20 governments must step up efforts to resist protectionism, says OECD, WTO, UNCTAD report

The OECD, WTO and UNCTAD have called on G20 governments to step up efforts to resist protectionism in the face of continuing high unemployment and a weak economic recovery.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, met with the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD

The President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, met the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD on Monday 29th October.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency welcomes new members and reviews 12 countries

At the Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, delegates from 81 jurisdictions and 11 international organisations evaluated whether all Forum members are exchanging tax information effectively.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:53:00 GMT

OECD and ATAF strengthen tax co-operation with Africa

The OECD and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) have signed a Memorandum of Co-operation, agreeing to work together to improve tax systems in Africa.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by lack of foreign bribery convictions, but encouraged by recent efforts by the Australian Federal Police

Australia’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with just a single case leading to prosecutions out of 28 referrals in 13 years. Cases may have been closed prematurely. Australia must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Tax: Revenues rising slowly across the OECD

In most OECD countries tax revenues are continuing to rise in relation to GDP from the 2008-09 declines seen at the beginning of the crisis, according to OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics. OECD countries collected about 34.0% of GDP in taxes in 2011, compared with 33.8% in 2010.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned at lack of foreign bribery convictions in France, but recognises recent efforts to ensure independence of prosecutors

France should intensify its efforts to combat the bribery of foreign public officials. Only five convictions – of which one, under appeal, involves a company – have been handed down in twelve years.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:33:00 GMT

Measuring well-being needs to be at the heart of policy-making, says OECD World Forum

A major step forward towards putting the measurement of well-being at the heart of policy-making was taken at a four-day international conference which ended in New Delhi today.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:05:00 GMT

OECD launches online portal to boost product safety

The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mexico: President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto visit to the OECD

On October 18, Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto ended his European tour with a visit to OECD headquarters in Paris where he delivered a keynote address on Mexico’s challenges and its role in a changing global landscape, followed by a press conference with the Secretary-General.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Burkina Faso and Cameroon as new members

Burkina Faso and Cameroon have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As 112th and 113th members of the Global Forum they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:35:00 GMT

OECD news conference to launch global product recall portal, Friday 19 October 2012, Brussels

The OECD will host a news conference to launch its new global portal on product recalls during the International Product Safety Week 2012 at 11.00 AM on Friday 19 October at the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels.

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:42:00 GMT

Israel: excellent primary health care, but hospitals must improve

Israel has world class-primary care services and should now focus efforts on bringing its hospitals up to the same high international standards, according to the OECD’s Health Care Quality Review of Israel.

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

OECD World Forum in New Delhi - News briefingTuesday 16 October 2012

Assessing the progress and failings of our societies requires a far broader set of measures than just economic indicators. This is why international experts, NGO representatives and politicians in fields as diverse as the environment, development, health, education, business and social affairs will be meeting in New Delhi from 16-19 October 2012.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Indonesia can boost food security through investment, trade and subsidy reform, says OECD

Indonesia can improve national food security by facilitating greater investment in agriculture, opening agri-food markets to greater international trade, reforming input subsidies and food aid schemes and moving away from self-sufficiency policy objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Middle East and North Africa : Boosting support for women’s entrepreneurship will pay off in jobs and growth, says OECD

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should create urgently needed jobs for the 2.5 million people entering the labour market each year and improve their policies to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in order to reduce structural unemployment, says a new OECD report.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:21:00 GMT

IT sector booms during downturn, says OECD

Internet firms continue to drive growth and job creation in the IT industry, with fast-rising demand for mobile services helping to boost revenue and investment in research and development, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Pakistan as new member

Pakistan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 111th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Estonia must reform to ward against boom/bust cycles, OECD says

Estonia recovered forcefully from the global economic crisis but growth has since slowed, highlighting the need for further reforms that reduce exposure to external shocks and ensure against future boom/bust cycles, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Estonia.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:28:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes budget proposal and economic reforms announced by the Spanish Government

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the Spanish government's budget and the economic policy measures announced yesterday.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012 at Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, Thursday 4 October 2012

Cyber attacks on business, governments and infrastructure are rising fast, costing the global economy billions of dollars each year. Boosting international co-operation to strengthen internet governance and ensure the continuing free flow of information over the Internet is essential.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:33:00 GMT

Indonesia should improve governance, productivity and tax collection to promote inclusive growth

Indonesia has improved its macro-economic and structural policies over the last 15 years. Its economy, with strong and stable growth rates of 5–6.6%, is catching up with other countries in the region and allowing Indonesia to focus on its development agenda.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Economy: OECD’s Gurría urges Italy to maintain reform momentum

Italy has made a major effort to speed up long-overdue economic reforms but it is now essential to maintain the momentum, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today in Rome.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Economia: Il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE raccomanda all'Italia di proseguire con le riforme

L'Italia ha fatto enormi sforzi per accelerare le riforme economiche che dovevano essere attuate da lungo tempo, ma è oggi essenziale proseguire su questa via, ha affermato oggi il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Pension fund assets at record high but investment returns negative in 2011, says OECD

Pension fund assets in OECD countries hit a record USD 20.1 trillion in 2011 but return on investment fell below zero, with an average negative return of -1.7%s, according to the OECD’s latest Pension Markets in Focus. The report says that weak equity markets and low interest rates drove the poor performance.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:50:00 GMT

News conference to report on Indonesia’s economy and regulatory system

Launch of the Economic Survey of Indonesia and Review of Regulatory Reforms

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Italy: Gurría and Monti to address Rome conference on competitiveness, growth and jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will address a major conference on structural reform in Italy on Monday 24 September at the Sala Polifunzionale of the Presidenza del Consiglio in Rome.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:46:00 GMT

Agriculture : Support to agriculture at historic lows, says OECD

Government support to agriculture in OECD countries fell to 19% of total farm receipts in 2011, a record low driven by developments in international commodity markets, rather than by explicit policy changes, according to the report Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Economic crisis and weak outlook hit R&D, says OECD

Business spending on research and development has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with nearly all OECD countries seeing a fall in investment which could impact innovation and long-term growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012 to launch 19 September 2012 in Brussels and Washington, DC

The OECD will present its latest estimates of public support to agriculture during seminars in Brussels and Washington DC on 19 September 2012.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:00 GMT

Education spending rising but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries, says OECD

Governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Economy: European recession slowing global economy, says OECD

The global economy has slowed, with key European countries entering a recession that is now impacting worldwide, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.Interim Economic Assessment

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: OECD calls for reform of postsecondary vocational education and training in Denmark

Denmark should build on the strengths of its vocational and educational training programme to ensure that young people enter the labour market with the skills companies need and to meet the national goal of having 60% of young people enter higher education by 2020, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea should improve its vocational education programmes, says OECD

Korea should reform its vocational education and training programmes to ensure that students leave college with the skills and expertise that companies need in today’s rapidly changing labour market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:30:00 GMT

Education: OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012 to be published Tuesday 11 September

The 2012 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 11 September 2012. Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Tax: OECD welcomes multilateral efforts to improve international tax compliance and transparency

The OECD welcomed today a new model international tax agreement designed to improve cross-border tax compliance and boost transparency.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland tops fixed broadband ranking, while Korea leads in wireless broadband

Switzerland tops for the first time the OECD fixed broadband ranking, with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9). The OECD average is 25.6, according to new OECD statistics.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMT

Tax: OECD updates OECD Model Tax Convention to extend information requests to groups

The OECD has updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, which sets out the international standard on exchange of information. The standard provides for information exchange on request, where the information is “foreseeably relevant” for the administration of the taxes of the requesting party, regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum welcomes Kazakhstan as new member

Kazakhstan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 110th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:58:00 GMT

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:15:00 GMT

Tax: Ghana Signs Tax Cooperation Agreement

Ghana has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD. Ghana is the second African country, after South Africa, to sign the Convention since it was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Effective management and incentives can rebuild fisheries sector, says OECD at EXPO 2012

Governments looking to boost their fisheries sector should review their policies to create incentives for economically and environmentally sustainable fisheries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:30:00 GMT

Agriculture: Increased productivity and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security OECD and FAO publish new Agricultural Outlook

Food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:09:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

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

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Health: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

Growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases, according to OECD Health Data 2012.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:36:00 GMT

Economy: The United States needs to foster education and innovation to keep its cutting edge

The United States should do more to foster innovation and provide more equitable access to high-quality education in order to maintain its status as the world's most vibrant and productive economy, according to OECD's latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

Tourism experts from international organisations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:19:00 GMT

Sweden's enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak

More than twelve years after making foreign bribery a crime, Sweden needs to make much greater efforts to actively enforce its anti-bribery legislation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Slovak Republic must urgently introduce effective legislation holding companies liable for foreign bribery, says OECD

20/06/2012 - The Slovak Republic must urgently meet its obligations under the Convention it signed 12 years ago and introduce an effective corporate liability regime so that Slovak companies are held accountable for the bribery of foreign public officials in cross-border business deals, says a new OECD report.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: Joining forces to fight financial crime and illicit activities

Financial crimes, including corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, are a threat to all countries, both developing and developed. The sums are vast. Estimates have put total proceeds from all illicit activities at 3.6% of global GDP.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:29:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:45:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2012, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew 0.8% in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to preliminary estimates. This small pick-up in aggregate G20 GDP growth still masks diverging patterns among the world's largest economies however.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: Compact cities: the way of the future

Governments faced with growing populations and dwindling natural rescources have two choices: they can let urban sprawl continue to eat up useful land or they can plan compact cities that will be good for the economy and the environment.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: G20 collaboration to improve agriculture productivity growth is key to feeding 9 billion people

G20 governments under successive Presidencies have sought to improve international collaboration in support of a more productive and sustainable global food and agriculture system.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage essential, says OECD

Governments will need to raise retirement ages gradually to address increasing life expectancy in order to ensure that their national pension systems are both affordable and adequate, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, June 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend continue to point to divergence between economies.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, OECD says

Start-up rates in most countries are edging back toward their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

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

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 countries should rely on open markets to reboot global growth

G20 governments should prevent further deterioration in their collective trade and investment policy stance and focus on promoting open markets to re-boot growth in the world economy, according to the OECD, WTO and UNCTAD.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Design policies to ensure growth is socially inclusive, says OECD-World Bank report

Economic policy should be better designed to bring about more inclusive growth, ensuring that the benefits of increased prosperity are shared more evenly across society, according to a new report from the OECD and the World Bank.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Colombia and Mexico sign international tax, human rights and clean business standards

Colombia and Mexico are a step closer to beneffiting from cross border tax co-operation and information sharing. Colombia has signed, and Mexico has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tunisia and Morocco join multilateral business integrity and green growth instruments

Tunisia and Morocco signed up today to a series of international instruments in areas ranging from business integrity to international investment and green growth. Adherence to these instruments is an expression of a long-standing co-operation between countries in North Africa and the OECD.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tackle gender gap to boost growth, says OECD

Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Global economy recovering, but major risks remain, says OECD

The global economy is recovering, but confidence is extremely uneven across different regions, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. European governments must take greater action to ensure that the crisis in the euro area does not derail the recovery.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Skills Strategy to boost jobs and growth

The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministers must focus on young jobseekers

Young people continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with nearly 11 million 15 to 24 -year-olds out of work in OECD countries in early 2012. Youth unemployment in the OECD area in March 2012 was 17.1%, close to its November 2009 peak of 18.3%

Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invitation: Workshop OECD/AJEF on "Skills Strategy" - Tuesday 19 June at 13h00 (Paris time)

How to optimise the skills of the labour market to anticipate business demand and promote growth and social cohesion in these times of record unemployment?

Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, May 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to regained momentum in the OECD area but with divergence between economies.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders

The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders/ Inspecteurs des impôts sans frontières – a new initiative to help developing countries bolster their domestic revenues by making their tax systems fairer and more effective.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Korea: a strong national urban strategy could drive resilient economic growth

Korea has weathered the shocks triggered by the global recession and its economy is recovering more quickly and vigorously than most other OECD countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

More parent and community engagement would boost quality in early childhood education and care in England

The report highlights strategies from other countries that could serve as a model for England as it develops its early childhood education and care programme.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Further reforms needed to sustain Korean growth and social cohesion

Korea recovered faster and more vigorously from the global crisis than most OECD countries, but strong economic growth alone will not be enough to address the fundamental challenges posed by its rapidly ageing population and rising inequality, according to the latest Economic Survey of Korea.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Sweden needs an independent committee to oversee National Pension Funds

Sweden should establish an independent committee of experts to oversee its National Pension Funds and set a clear, measurable financial objective for investments to ensure their long-term viability, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: the average tax burden on earnings in OECD countries continues to rise

The average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased in 26 out of 34 OECD countries in 2011 according to the new OECD Taxing Wages publication. Tax payers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Slovak Republic were among those hit with the largest increases.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Health: the high cost of diabetes

Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

EU development co-operation: improving but still cumbersome

The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Credit crunch squeezing entrepreneurs and small businesses more than big firms

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) requesting loans between 2007 and 2010 faced higher interest rates than for large companies. Loan conditions for SMEs included shortened maturities and increased demands for collateral, suggesting that banks considered smaller firms to be a higher risk.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for reform of governance of state-owned firms in the Middle East and North Africa

Middle Eastern and North African countries should reform the governance of their state-owned enterprises to bring about greater public accountability and improve their efficiency, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax evasion: Pressure to end tax evasion grows as the Global Forum publishes new reviews

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

UK increases enforcement of foreign bribery, but concerns remain about transparency and resources

The United Kingdom has significantly boosted its foreign bribery enforcement efforts but needs to be more transparent when resolving cases.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary has improved legal framework for fighting foreign bribery, but must do more to detect and prosecute

Hungary’s law banning bribery of foreign public officials is relatively good on paper but lacks effective application, according to a new OECD report. Hungary must strengthen detection and prosecution of individuals and companies involved in foreign bribery.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: OECD’s Gurría welcomes labour market reforms

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the Italian government for launching parliamentary discussions on a wide-ranging package of labour market reforms.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Finland should boost staff skills to improve its early childhood education and care services, says OECD

Finland gives its young children a better start in education than most OECD countries.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Further reform needed to raise growth prospects in Poland

Poland has been a strong performer across the OECD through the global economic crisis, growing much faster than most other countries and making impressive steps toward reducing the income gap with its European Union partners, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, OECD says

Euro area finance ministers meeting this week need to boost the firepower of the European stability funds to at least one trillion euros in order to restore market confidence, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD to simplify transfer pricing rules

Meeting at OECD’s first Global Forum on Transfer Pricing, tax officials from 90 countries agreed on the need to simplify transfer pricing rules, strengthen the guidelines on intangible issues and improve the efficiency of dispute resolution.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD's Gurría comments on UK budget

In response to the presentation of the 2012/13 U.K. Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has expressed support for the government’s plans for continued fiscal consolidation aiming at eliminating the fiscal deficit by 2016/17.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for new approach to tackle teacher shortage

With many countries facing shortages of qualified teachers in key subjects, governments need to make the profession more attractive to talented graduates, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary must stabilise its economy for a durable recovery, OECD says

Swift action is needed to stabilise the Hungarian economy and put growth on a sound footing for a durable recovery, according to the latest Economic Survey of Hungary. Strengthening the credibility and predictability of domestic policies and undertaking much-needed fiscal consolidation will be key.

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: More effective action needed to cut water pollution from farming

OECD governments have made little overall progress in reducing water contamination from farming over the past decade. More rigorous policies are needed to reduce the use of pesticides and encourage sustainable management of water quality in agriculture.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: The Chicago Tri-State metro area is a powerful region – policy makers must work together to maintain a global pole position and fully realise the region’s potential

Chicago is at a tipping point: despite economic strengths, it faces considerable challenges to compete in the “Premier League” of world-class cities, warns the OECD’s review of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD recommends action on international tax loopholes

Aggressive tax planning – untaxed income, multiple deductions and other forms of international tax arbitrage - is a growing concern for all governments.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Focus on strategic agricultural investments to reduce poverty in developing countries, OECD says

Agricultural policies to reduce poverty in developing countries should focus on strategic investments to raise productivity and benefit from high food prices, according to a new OECD study.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: India ratifies Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

India has ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD that was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, OECD says

The pace of reform has accelerated in those OECD countries where it is needed most, says the latest Going for Growth report. It identifies the specific action needed to help governments steer their economies out of the crisis, stimulate growth and create jobs.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Experts maintain commitment to expanding and updating tractor safety standards

Experts, manufacturers and government officials meeting in Paris this week reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining safety standards in farm machinery by expanding and updating the OECD’s harmonised tests and codes.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: signs international tax agreement to tackle tax evasion

Greece has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement that was developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and that is open for signature to all countries.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD’s Gurría welcomes support package

The Secretary-General says the package will provide the necessary confidence and breathing space for Greece to work on its recovery and for Europe to address its sovereign debt crisis.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday?

More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth - Transition to a knowledge based economy will require further reform and investment, OECD says

Germany recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. Public finances are sound, but further reforms are needed to transform its growth model to thrive as a knowledge-based economy.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Migration: integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed

Labour market integration of immigrants in Switzerland is generally successful: three quarters of immigrants in Switzerland are in employment – more than in any other OECD country

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Spain’s reforms to strengthen finances and boost jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said Spain’s comprehensive reform programme is a major step forward in strengthening the country’s banking system and its public finances, as well as creating a more dynamic labour market.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, February 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs) point to a positive change in momentum for the OECD as a whole, driven primarily by the United States and Japan, but similar signs are beginning to emerge in a number of other developed economies.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Statement by OECD ‘s Gurria after meeting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Italy has embarked on an ambitious, much needed reform programme to strengthen its public finances, to restore growth and to improve the competitiveness of the Italian economy.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico, says OECD

Mexico should quickly reform the laws and regulations governing its telecommunications sector to boost competition and investment and drive growth across the economy, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

India signs international tax agreement

India has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement which promotes international co-operation while respecting the rights of taxpayers.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Rising tax revenues: a key to economic development in Latin American countries

Increased domestic resource mobilization is widely accepted as crucial for countries to successfully meet the challenges of development and achieve higher living standards for all their people.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Urgent reform key to securing Asia’s pension systems, says OECD

Asia’s pension systems need modernising urgently to deliver secure, sustainable and adequate retirement incomes for today’s workers in the context of the rapid population ageing that will occur over the next two decades, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

External factors threaten Swiss economic recovery, OECD says

Switzerland has made a broadly balanced recovery from the economic crisis, but slower activity in Europe and pressures on the Swiss franc weigh on the near-term outlook, according to the latest Economic Survey of Switzerland.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Spain’s development aid much improved, but still needs more focus

Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending in the past year, including to development co-operation, its aid has almost doubled since 2003. Spain still has plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD

29/03/2012 - Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD, and should encourage preschool teachers to keep improving their qualifications throughout their career and attract more young people, especially men, to the profession

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Swedish labour migration reform working well but needs more monitoring, says OECD

Sweden’s 2008 reform of its labour migration policy, now one of the most open in the OECD, has helped businesses hire foreign workers quickly and cheaply, without hurting conditions for local workers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Uruguay’s tax transparency improving, says OECD’s Gurría

Uruguay has signed 7 new agreements providing for the exchange of tax information, showing its willingness to implement the global standards.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Employment: mental health issues rising in workplace, says OECD

Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee signals growing uncertainty over industry outlook

The outlook for the global steel market has become more uncertain, according to industry and government officials at the OECD’s Steel Committee meeting in Paris on 5-6 2011 . Policies to support open markets for raw materials are key, they said.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Italian government measures to strengthen public finances

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed the measures adopted by the Italian government to address fiscal sustainability while boosting growth and equity.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Society: Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic should further develop its framework programme for preschool education, says OECD

The Czech Republic should build on the strengths of its preschool education framework to further enhance the quality of its early childhood education and care services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:43:00 GMT

Tax revenues stabilise in OECD countries in 2010

OECD countries acknowledge that taxes must play a role in the process of fiscal consolidation as they battle unprecedented budget deficits. In 2010, the majority of OECD governments have stabilised their tax to GDP, with the average ratio moving up slightly from 33.8% in 2009 to 33.9% in 2010.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says OECD

Though overall medical care is improving, efforts to prevent and better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma would improve results and lower costs, according to the OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reform urgently needed to ensure long-term growth in Czech Republic, says OECD

The Czech economy’s export-driven recovery is slowing as weak activity Europe curbs exports. Swift implementation of new reforms is needed to ensure sustainable, inclusive long-term growth and better resilience to external shocks, according to the latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum Publishes Report to the G20 on Tax Transparency

Tax Transparency 2011: Report on Progress, a report prepared by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, was delivered to the G20 in Cannes and is now available to journalists.&

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: G20 countries strengthen international tax co-operation

"Tax co-operation and compliance are of crucial importance for all countries and citizens - and not only in times of a tight fiscal and budgetary environment,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría from the Cannes G20 Summit.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reforms are essential for Brazil to build on recent success, says OECD

The Brazilian economy has made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, but further reforms are necessary to boost long-term growth, spur investment and further reduce poverty, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Brazil.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum delivers concrete results to the Cannes G20 Summit

“Governments have signed more than 700 agreements to exchange tax information. These agreements have already yielded €14 billion in additional revenues, to 20 countries, from more than 100 000 tax payers who had hidden assets offshore.”

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

The OECD acknowledges progress made, and says Mexico should further prioritise fighting foreign bribery

Mexico has improved, but needs to give greater priority to the criminal enforcement of bribery and ensure that its criminal law enforcement authorities have all the resources and expertise they need to seriously investigate all allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Korea making notable progress on fighting foreign bribery; further improvements needed, says OECD

Korea has improved its information and intelligence gathering capacity in foreign bribery cases, but should be more proactive in investigating allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 finance ministers agree new principles to boost financial consumer protection

G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles on financial consumer protection developed by the OECD. “Without consumer trust and confidence we could jeopardise the basis for global economic recovery and growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: Switzerland’s health system is high-performing but must prepare for the future

The Swiss health system is one of the world’s best but must adapt to deal with rising costs and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a new OECD/WHO report.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Ireland coming out of the crisis, but challenges remain

The Irish economy still faces tough challenges as the country exits from a deep recession and banking crisis, but its long-term prospects now appear better than many of the other hard hit European countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches new report on measuring well-being

A new OECD report, How's Life, offers a comprehensive picture of what makes up people’s lives in 40 countries worldwide. This is part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond GDP.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax reform can create jobs

High unemployment rates, in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, have governments scrambling to create jobs. A new OECD report suggests that well-targeted tax reforms can encourage employers to hire more people and the jobless to look for employment.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministerial: Joint Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

"200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Jurisdictions move towards full tax transparency

Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: OECD's Gurría welcomes draft debt deficit law

The OECD’s welcomes the announcement by the Spanish government last Friday August 26th about having agreed with the opposition parties in Parliament to enshrine a set of deficit limits in the Constitution.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Governments concerned that some corporations unfairly claim losses to avoid taxes

The economic crisis means global corporate losses have increased significantly. Though most of these claims are justified, some corporations use ‘aggressive tax planning’ to avoid taxes. Governments are working together to detect and deter these undue tax advantages.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD's Gurría welcomes Italy fiscal plan

The OECD welcomes the comprehensive package approved by the Italian government at the weekend.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Migration falls again but will pick up with recovery, says OECD

International migration fell in 2009, reflecting lower demand for workers in OECD countries for the second consecutive year after a decade of growth, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Austria: Strengthening domestic sources of growth would secure place as ‘Champions League’ economy

Austria should eliminate subsidies which encourage early retirement and target social transfers more effectively, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption: Luxembourg must implement without delay its legislation against the bribery of foreign public officials, says OECD

Luxembourg must step up its efforts to detect and prosecute cases of bribery of foreign public officials, particularly now that its legal framework has been strengthened, in compliance with the Anti-Bribery Convention

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: spending continues to outpace economic growth in most OECD countries

Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption : OECD recognises Norway’s commitment to the fight against foreign bribery and recommends further improvements

Norway has made significant progress in its efforts against the bribery of foreign public officials in recent years, according to a new OECD report. But more could be done to strengthen enforcement, including by focusing on the confiscation from companies of the proceeds of bribery.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría congratulates new IMF head Lagarde

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as the IMF’s next Managing Director.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea tops new OECD PISA survey of digital literacy

Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

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

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Iceland: Better coordination among authorities needed to tackle foreign bribery, says OECD

Iceland must do more to ensure its law enforcement authorities are coordinated and adequately resourced to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crime, including foreign bribery, says the OECD in a new report.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:28:47 GMT

India's caste-offs

India's economy is in overdrive. But, as the Today programme's Mike Thomson explains, hundreds of millions of its people still live in abject poverty.

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:48:46 GMT

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Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:38:59 GMT

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Wed, 04 Aug 2010 07:58:20 GMT

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Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:24:59 GMT

Profile: G8

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Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:02:15 GMT

A bad reputation

We're all told to watch our carbon footprint these days, but some so-called "environmental nasties" are not as bad as you might think - at least from a carbon point of view, says Mike Berners-Lee.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:46:19 GMT

Footing the World Cup bill

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Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:18:52 GMT

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Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:15 GMT

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London is the only UK city in a global top 50 for quality of living, but comes in at a lowly 39th spot, according to a survey.

Tue, 25 May 2010 22:55:47 GMT

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The illusion of the end of conflict is over. Delegates meeting at the United Nations are facing a world under attack, and responses are so far not matching the manifold crises, writes Martin Khor.

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Having avoided a deep depression, stabilized financial markets and recovered the ground lost during the crisis years, there is a growing belief in some policy circles that the global economy is back to normal. But UNCTAD's 2014 Trade and Development Report suggests that tight fiscal policy, flexibilisation of labour markets, active monetary policies and the reliance on buoyant asset prices cannot bring the world economy back to robust health.

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South Asia is home to about 22% of the global population; about one third of the population is extremely poor, accounting for about 45% of the global poor living on less than the infamous US$1.25 per day. 70% of the South Asia population lives on less than US$2 per day. With Gini coefficients hovering around 0.35, poverty while omnipresent is less unequal than in many countries of Africa and Latin America.

Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility

The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves.

For an alternative post-2015 development strategy

The UN project of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Summit in 2000 is to expire in 2015. Discussions on a new international post-2015 development approach have started and are pursued in New York, Geneva, and Brussels, and in many capitals all over the world by international organizations, governments and civil society. A personal contribution to the debate.

The great revenge of the North?

Plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States have sparked considerable debate. Among the main issues contested are the lowering of food-safty standards (hormone-treated beef, chlorine-washed chicken), the democratic deficit of the negotiation process, as well as the granting of far-reaching rights and legal privileges to international investors, undermining national law. However, Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP's implications for the "rest of the world," particularly for developing and emerging economies.

Nepal: The emergence of a resilient democracy

Three months after elections, a new cabinet was sworn in end of February in Kathmandu. The two largest parties have formed a coalition, with the new Prime Minister from the Congress Party, and 18 ministers from the Congress and UML parties. The mainstream Maoists voted in support but did not join an initially foreseen unity government. Where does the country stand at this moment?

Partnership in transatlantic trade and investment?

The negotiations between EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are in full swing. The project is not only intended to reduce tariffs between the world economy's two biggest trading blocs; its primary aim is to dismantle and/or harmonise a wide spectrum of regulations. Investment liberalisation and protection also will be central issues.

The youth bulge in Least Developed Countries

The number of young people of working age in the world's 49 poorest nations is increasing by 16 million per year, and in each one of 11 such countries it will climb by at least half a million per year, a new UNCTAD report says. The organization recommends that the governments of the globe's least developed countries (LDCs) intensify efforts to employ this vast resource - currently largely underemployed, or trapped in vulnerable, low-paid jobs.

Towards a vision for post-2015

This week, the UN General Assembly (GA) will assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - their progress and gaps - and officially launch the intergovernmental discussion on a new, sustainable development agenda - perhaps to be encapsulated as sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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Scoping study: local land registration practices in South Africa

<p>Recognition of what exists in informal settlement upgrading is particularly important in comparison with greenfields development. This report is intended to inform the work in the tenure theme area on securing and managing land rights in informal settlement upgrading processes in South Africa.</p><p>The paper finds evidence that communities and community structures have created their own land registration practices and that few, if any, are untouched by the hand of the state. The state has also initiated land registration practices primarily in opening municipal registers of informal settlement occupants.</p><p>The document argues that the de facto rights and claims of households should be identified in upgrading interventions, and accommodated, where possible. This preferably needs to be done in consultation with communities and community organisations.</p><p>Policy implications include:</p><ul><li>incremental upgrading approaches secure rights on a more gradual basis, and at first on a less individualised basis, which better accommodates what already exists</li><li>it should be noted that the impact of the state&rsquo;s presence on these existing forms of evidence can undermine tenure security; therefore, intervention should be light and sensible</li><li>once a basic tenure security is in place, the door can be opened to more collaborative state/community relationships for engaging on the more detailed and individualised aspects of tenure regularisation</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

20 Oct 2014 10:22:14 GMT

LANDfirst campaign strategy: policy, people, participation

<p>LANDfirst (LF) is an approach to settlement development that emphasises the provision of planned secure land with basic services as a first step towards a longer-term housing and settlement upgrading process. This document aims to define and locate campaigns as an advocacy tool for LF and propose a campaign strategy for it.</p><p>The paper states that there are various ways in which LF can approach advocacy campaigns. Nevertheless, it recommends the following combination of approaches:</p><ul><li>developing channels of communication to influence emerging policy and policy revision in the areas of land and housing, besides building platforms for engaging state and policy government debates</li><li>increasing the capacity of affected poor people to understand their rights in relation to the constitution and an established legal framework, and reinforcing legal rights underpinned by constitutional framework</li><li>building consensus between like-minded groups towards a common goal for LF, and developing platforms for networking and building common positions on issues</li></ul><p>The authors underscore that the inequalities that LF aims to tackle with regard to land and housing must be considered in the communications terrain. Therefore, more concerted efforts to have multilayered systems of consultation, communication and feedback, particularly with its &ldquo;beneficiary&rdquo; stakeholders must be considered. Moreover, the authors propose the creation of an LF learning network that would in essence function as a &ldquo;community of practice&rdquo; to help develop the LF model.</p>

19 Oct 2014 19:53:35 GMT

Towards managed land settlement: a review of 5 South African case studies

<p>The Managed Land Settlement (MLS) approach is about the provision of basic development products to all people in need of land for settlement development purposes no matter where they come from. The purpose of this report is to explore the lessons which can be learnt from programmes and projects which have adopted an MLS-like approach to Greenfields development in South Africa.</p><p>The paper presents a set of case studies and introduces some notable findings:</p><ul><li>in order for any programme to succeed, it requires wide and deep political support on the one hand, and it should be simple and widely acceptable on the other hand</li><li>inter government coordination is crucial when it comes to different departments being responsible for land access, infrastructure service delivery and housing</li><li>it is important that not only the officials are well versed in the policy, but also the professionals and services providers as well</li><li>the decision-makers need to be willing to think outside the box and allow for people on the ground to be creative in their approach to a project</li></ul><p>Still, the author argues that the incremental upgrade process in rural areas is a long term process as there is currently no enabling legislation which provides for individual title to be issued. Therefore, improvements to create better housing would be undertaken by the residents themselves.</p>

18 Oct 2014 19:29:31 GMT

THe struggle for property ownership in New Crossroads: the 'tandpyn' that won't go away

<p>This document explores the consequences of home ownership for poor citizens living in informal settlements in South Africa, focusing particularly on &ldquo;New Crossroads&rdquo; in Cape Town.</p><p>The paper reflects the findings of a socio-economic baseline study produced by a concerned NGO and focused on the community of New Crossroads. The study shows that residents in New Crossroads don&rsquo;t comprehend complex property-related concepts such as &ldquo;rates&rdquo; and accompanying home-ownership rights and obligations. As a result, they don&rsquo;t actively communicate with municipalities regarding property-related matters.</p><p>Findings include:</p><ul><li>an asset cannot simply be delivered from &ldquo;above&rdquo; without educating the recipients about the consequences arising from owing these assets</li><li>it&rsquo;s crucial for municipalities to communicate policy instruments on offer and engage at local level in order to ensure that policies become more widely known</li><li>the development of a community-based programme of action for New Crossroads and the identification of some priority issues to be tackled are highly recommended</li></ul><p>Lessons learned are that:</p><ul><li>it is essential for the government to listen, prioritise, and respond quickly to housing and service delivery challenges on the ground, before they flare up into violent protest</li><li>institutional instability and uncooperative governance have a considerable negative influence on residents&rsquo; ability to resolve civic challenges</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

17 Oct 2014 18:24:13 GMT

Zambia country profile: Monitoring, reporting and verification for REDD+

<p>This report provides an overview of the national REDD+ strategy and institutional capacity for Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) of REDD+ as well as the current state of knowledge of various elements critical to MRV of REDD+ in Zambia including: Current drivers and rates of deforestation and forest degradation; a review of standing biomass, forest growth rates and carbon stock estimates; and data sets available for MRV in Zambia. The report also identifies knowledge and data gaps that need to be filled in order to develop an effective MRV system for REDD+ in the country. Key knowledge gaps, such as carbon stocks and growth rates within different forest types, are outlined as well as recommendations as to how knowledge gaps and capacity to implement MRV of REDD+ can be addressed.</p>

17 Oct 2014 15:20:30 GMT

Eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV in Uganda by 2015 – what will it take?: Abridged version

<p>This document is an abridged version of the synthesis report titled &ldquo;Eliminating Mother‐to‐Child Transmission of HIV in Uganda by 2015: What will it take?&rdquo;. It presents a synthesis of knowledge on EMTCT in Uganda, building on international and local literature, statistics, case studies, key stakeholder perspectives and other knowledge.&nbsp;</p>

17 Oct 2014 15:14:44 GMT

Changing Small Island Developing States: A space perspective on environmental change in the Caribbean

<p>This publication focuses on high-resolution imagery processed to illustrate the impacts on Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean of climate change, sea-level rise, coral bleaching, uncontrolled urban and tourism development, severe deforestation and selected natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and landslides. Through a series of case studies the report, written in English and Spanish, documents environmental changes in estuaries, mangroves, corals, coastlines and forests; as well as different approaches to land use and conservation; urbanization, tourism infrastructure and industrialization and finally disasters from pre-event hazard maps to impacts such as flooding and landslides and finally reconstruction efforts.</p>

17 Oct 2014 15:14:35 GMT

Guidelines for the design and implementation of community-managed water storage in Tuvalu

<p>These guidelines were developed as part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project which aims to build resilience to drought by improving the Tuvalu&rsquo;s water resources management.</p><p>The publication details the process undertaken to design and build a community-managed water cistern in Lofeagai community, in the north of Funafuti Atoll. Lofeagai was selected for the PACC pilot demonstration project through a vulnerability and adaptation (V&amp;A) assessment and a stakeholder consultation process. This process identified Lofeagai as the most vulnerable community on Funafuti, followed by Tekavatoetoe. The project design stage included a socio-economic assessment (SEA) in the Lofeagai community, community consultations, and a cost&ndash;benefit analysis (CBA).</p>

17 Oct 2014 15:01:23 GMT

Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment – a survey instrument for the Hindu Kush Himalayas

<p>This publication describes the development and application of ICIMOD&rsquo;s Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment (PVA), a household survey tool designed to capture key elements of poverty, vulnerability, and adaptive capacity in mountain contexts for the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The tool combines general predictors of poverty with indicators that are particularly relevant in mountain contexts, where factors such as physical accessibility and a lack of access to basic facilities often exacerbate poverty and vulnerability to stresses such as those related to climate variability and change. The report argues that the PVA tool is particularly relevant in the context of development interventions aimed at building resilience and facilitating adaptation to climate variability and change. It argues that the PVA tool provides a vital foundation for the regular monitoring of poverty and vulnerability that will enable the success of development and adaptation interventions by governments and donors to be evaluated in a robust, empirically grounded manner.</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:53:46 GMT

Behaviour change communication responses to HIV/AIDS in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform the design of behaviour change communication for the epidemic: Abridged report

<p>Behaviour change communications (BCC) is especially important for HIV/AIDS prevention in that eliminating risky sexual practice is one of the surest ways of combating the spread of the disease. This document is an abridged edition of the KMCC synthesis report titled &quot;Behaviour change communication responses to HIV/AIDS in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform the design of behaviour change communication for the epidemic&quot;. It gives the key take-home points from the full report for those who need a quick policy briefing.&nbsp;</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:27:06 GMT

Climate change and water resources in West Africa: an assessment of groundwater management

<p>This paper addresses the sustainability and potential impacts of climate change on rural groundwater management in West Africa.</p><p>It recommends starting at local levels and slowly build up larger and more formal organisations to share in the governance not only of groundwater but of all water resources, and to ensure that water resources are not permanently depleted. It argues that variations in the hydrogeology of West Africa fall into two main categories: the large sedimentary basins of the major rivers that have continuous aquifers, and the extensive areas of basement complex rocks with lateritic cover that provide limited groundwater in discontinuous aquifers.</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:09:51 GMT

Fishing communities and HIV/AIDS in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform the response: Abridged report

<p>This document is an abridged version of the full synthesis report titled &quot;Most at Risk Populations &ndash; Fishing Communities and HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Synthesis of Information and Evidence to Inform the Response&quot;. &nbsp;It provides the key points from the&nbsp;synthesis of knowledge relating to HIV/AIDS in fishing communities in Uganda.&nbsp;</p><p>It concludes that&nbsp;&nbsp;the evidence shows that fishing communities experience, and are vulnerable to, high levels of HIV infection. There is an urgent need for coordinated interventions to address vulnerabilities and provide better access to HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation services for this neglected group.</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:05:43 GMT

The Chinyanja Triangle in the Zambezi River Basin, Southern Africa: status of, and prospects for, agriculture, natural resources management and rural development

<p>This paper, which focuses on the Chinyanja Triangle (CT), an area inside the Zambezi River Basin, characterises three distinct farming subsystems across rainfall gradients, namely maize-beans-fish, sorghum-millet-livestock and the livestock-dominated subsystem. It presents the socioeconomic characteristics, historical drivers of change, resources use and management (water, land, forestry) and the institutional disincentives affecting agricultural production and productivity in the region. The paper also attempts to identify major drivers of change, and inventorize key institutions in the region and suggests improved institutional arrangements for improving agricultural productivity, resilience and ecosystem health at farm, landscape and basin scales.</p>

17 Oct 2014 14:04:51 GMT

Primary Energy Demand of Renewable Energy Carriers: Part 1: Definitions, accounting methods and their applications with a focus on electricity and heat from renewable energies

<p>This paper addresses the different primary energy definitions, accounting methods, and their applications with a focus on electricity and heat generation from renewable energy. In addition to renewable energy sources, primary energy factors for electricity from waste, nuclear, and imported electricity are also discussed as these can be calculated in different ways.</p><p>This paper is the first part of a two paper series. In the second part of the study, the application of primary energy factors (PEF) in the three EU Directives - Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Renewable Energy Directive (RED) is discussed.</p>

17 Oct 2014 13:52:11 GMT

The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: a competencies framework

<p>This document aims to provide an overview of the essential knowledge, skills and resources required to engage on ten major REDD+ themes.</p><p>It consists of three sections: 1. Designing Capacity Building Programs to Meet the Needs of REDD+ Stakeholders, 2. Essential Knowledge and Skills, 3. Case Studies on the Design of Capacity Building Programs for REDD+. The document contains a set of guidelines and resources that will help the user to understand the target audience, to define the REDD+ themes of interest to this audience, and to develop a capacity building plan based on those needs. It examines REDD+ themes along the lines of a general competency statement, knowledge, skills, important things to remember, and resources and tools.</p>

17 Oct 2014 13:41:13 GMT

Status of forest carbon rights and implications for communities, the carbon trade, and REDD+ investments

<p>This brief presents research findings and examines the status of existing legal frameworks regarding Indigenous Peoples&rsquo; and local communities&rsquo; rights to trade forest carbon.</p><p>It argues that &nbsp;REDD+ has not been a catalyst of tenure reforms across low and middle income countries (LMICs), even though most countries with a REDD+ strategy have identified the clarification of tenure as a key component of their approach, and leading international REDD+ initiatives have committed to recognizing and advancing community tenure rights. The Rights and Resources Initiative research is taken to indicate that the increase in the area recognized as owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities was five times higher in the period 2002-2008 than 2008-2013, representing a slowdown in the recognition of rights on the ground.</p>

17 Oct 2014 13:29:40 GMT

What must change in fishing communities to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6 on combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases in Uganda?

<p>There is a need for a much larger and more coordinated effort by a wide range of organisations and stakeholders in Uganda to develop, resource and implement policies to reduce and counter the effects of HIV/AIDS in fishing communities, and to provide programmes and services. The National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan for Uganda&nbsp;highlights the need for an aggressive scale-up of proven prevention programs for most at risk populations (MARPs) including fishing communities.&nbsp;</p><p>This policy brief&nbsp;gives recommendations to policy makers on what they can do to help curb HIV rates among the populations of Ugandan fishing villages.</p>

17 Oct 2014 11:30:10 GMT

Most at risk populations – fishing communities and HIV/AIDS in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform the response

<p>This document is the first in a series of synthesis reports addressing underserved,&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">most-at-risk&nbsp;populations&nbsp;(MARPs).&nbsp;It&nbsp;synthesises&nbsp;knowledge relating to HIV/AIDS in fishing communities in Uganda, bringing&nbsp;together research in this area, highlighting gaps in knowledge and interventions, with the aim of informing better policy and programming decisions.</span></p><p>As a basis for this synthesis, the authors conducted a comprehensive literature review and interviews with key informants. The report identifies gaps and best practice while exploring the reasons why fishing communities in Uganda have high levels of HIV. There is an urgent need to target HIV prevention efforts to this susceptible and neglected group.</p>

17 Oct 2014 11:23:56 GMT

Behaviour change communication responses to HIV/AIDS in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform the design of behaviour change communication for the epidemic

<p>Behaviour change communications (BCC) is especially important for HIV/AIDS prevention in that eliminating risky sexual practice is one of the surest ways of combatting the spread of the disease. This synthesis&nbsp;brings together the history and lessons from BCC in Uganda with the aim of informing better policy and programming decisions.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">The authors conducted a comprehensive literature review and interviews with BCC specialists who have been active in campaigns across Uganda and Africa. The report identifies gaps and best practice in previous behaviour change communications efforts, aiming to inform future campaigns.</span></p>

17 Oct 2014 10:22:59 GMT

What is needed to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Uganda?

<p>The virtual elimination of mother to child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV/AIDS is within Uganda&#39;s grasp, but it requires concerted effort and strategic investment from all levels of policy makers. Based on the findings of the KMCC EMTCT Synthesis Report, this briefing note gives recommendations to policy makers in central and local Ugandan governments on what they can do to help eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.&nbsp;</p>

17 Oct 2014 10:07:37 GMT

Strategy for increasing supply of small-scale private dwelling rental in South Africa

<p>This report outlines a proposed strategy to harness the power of small-scale private landlords in order to increase the rate and scale of delivery of affordable, acceptable rental accommodation in South Africa&rsquo;s existing suburbs and townships.</p><p>The paper proposes two-pronged strategy: recognition and acceptance of, and support for, the small-scale rental sector; and acknowledgement of the potential of the small-scale rental sector to contribute to meeting future accommodation needs in South Africa&rsquo;s existing settlements.</p><p>The document states that core objectives of such a programme would include:</p><ul><li>the stimulation of the provision of affordable rental accommodation</li><li>engaging private actors</li><li>reducing the per-unit cost of housing provision to the state</li><li>gaining additional settlement benefits from existing expenditure on housing and urban infrastructure</li></ul><p>However, it highlights that:</p><ul><li>as with any urban settlement programme, policymakers must consider the implications of displacement of those who are already housed there</li><li>ill-conceived policy targeted at improving the small-scale rental sub-market could damage a necessary yet fragile housing ecosystem</li><li>a range of policy, planning and regulatory mechanisms exist, they must be used to facilitate the growth of the small-scale rental sector</li></ul><p>The author concludes that a new, specific and comprehensive strategy recognising and dealing with small-scale rental should be drafted and included in South Africa&rsquo;s human settlements plans.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

16 Oct 2014 20:55:19 GMT

The Little Green Data Book 2014

<p>The Little Green Data Book is a reference for key environmental data for over 200 economies. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, energy, emission and pollution, and water and sanitation. It provides country-relevant &lsquo;green&rsquo; metrics with the aim of giving a picture of environmental sustainability challenges. The selection of indicators includes some of those being used to monitor progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. It provides data by region, income level and mostly by country. The Book is a result of collaboration between the Development Data Group of the Development Economics Vice Presidency and the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department of the Sustainable Development Network Vice Presidency.</p>

16 Oct 2014 15:07:24 GMT

Fair company–community partnerships in palm oil development

<p>This discussion paper argues that palm oil production can lead to greenhouse gas emissions, land grabs and exploitation. But, it says that sustainable production, investment and sourcing can create benefits for the climate and communities.</p><p>The paper highlights four key principles for designing partnerships between communities and companies in palm oil that can benefit both: freedom of choice, accountability, improvement and respect for rights (FAIR). These principles for FAIR partnerships are intended to prompt a rethink of current development models. This paper calls on companies and financial institutions to invest in these types of partnerships.</p>

16 Oct 2014 14:57:54 GMT

Agroforestry, livestock, fodder production and climate change adaptation and mitigation in East Africa: issues and options

<p>This working paper argues that agroforestry and livestock-keeping both have the potential to promote anthropogenic climate change resilience and support each other in this context.</p><p>The paper discusses relevant issues in East Africa, where recent agroforestry interventions to support livestock keeping have included the planting of mostly-exotic tree-fodders, and where most parts of the region are expected to become drier in the next decades, although smaller areas may become wetter. It argues that wider cultivation and improved management of fodder trees provides adaptation and mitigation opportunities in the region, but these are generally not well quantified and there are clear opportunities for increasing productivity and resilience through diversification, genetic improvement, improved farm-input delivery and better modelling of future scenarios. The paper offers, with the example of current- and future-climate tree species distribution modelling, important areas for future research.</p>

16 Oct 2014 14:47:46 GMT

Measuring China’s environmental industry based on environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) accounting framework – a synthesis report

<p>This synthesis report presents the results of a study on measuring China&rsquo;s environmental industry, which aims to identify the feasibility of applying the environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) accounting framework there.</p><p>This report argues that measuring progress towards a green economy is a vital component of green economy strategies and that the EGSS accounting framework is considered as a key approach for quantifying the performance of the environmental sectors in the economy. It describes the development of China&rsquo;s environmental industry and its related statistics and moves on to introduce the EGSS framework and compares it with China&rsquo;s standard statistics. It provides a feasibility assessment of introducing EGSS into China, focusing on data collection from national regular statistics and Environmental Industry Survey. The report concludes by offering suggestions on how to apply EGSS framework in China as well as recommendations for further improvements.</p>

16 Oct 2014 14:27:25 GMT

The services sector in Africa

<p>Services are playing an increasingly important role in the modern economy, but while economists and policy makers focus on trade in merchandise goods they tend to spend significantly less time examining the services trade. The lack of detailed information as well as the complexities of the embodied services components, such as brand marketing within manufactures, makes it hard to quantify the international trade in services.<br /><br />This paper presents a preliminary examination of African services-trade data. Research highlights that this trade is substantial, yet data measurement and collection as well as the policy regimes surrounding the African services trade leave much to be desired. In an age of&nbsp; electronic transfers and intense scrutiny on international currency transfers the data reporting is in a state that could perhaps most politely be described as being in its infancy. Services (and indeed many aspects of investment interest, profits and dividends) are oft en referred to as &#39;invisibles&#39;, so it is not hard to see how their identification and measurement can be problematical.</p>

16 Oct 2014 12:11:12 GMT

Governance in Morocco: discourse, policies and reality

<p>In Morocco, internal demands for institutional reform backed by popular support have become a major lever in assisting to establish good governance in the country since early 2011. This was reflected in the King&rsquo;s speech in March 2011 and the constitutional amendment in July of the same year.</p><p>This paper deconstructs the prevailing discourse around the governance and legislative reforms aimed at establishing a system of good governance in Morocco. It assesses the reality of governance in Morocco and its future prospects, using good governance indicators such as the Worldwide Governance Indicators and components of the Arab Democracy Index issued by the Arab Reform Initiative.</p><p>Based on this analysis, implementation of the following recommendations would contribute to enhancing the status and practice of governance in all its dimensions in Morocco:<br />&bull;&nbsp;Extend the democratization process of the Moroccan political regime and the reach of the rule of law.<br />&bull;&nbsp;Work on changing the management culture of officials by spreading a culture of serving the public good, linking responsibility to accountability.<br />&bull;&nbsp;Establish an annual national prize for officials who embody the principles of good governance in the course of the performance of their duties.<br />&bull;&nbsp;Establish procedures that contribute to increased public oversight of officials, with the possibility of removing from office those officials involved in corruption and misuse of power.<br />&bull;&nbsp;Accelerate the enactment of laws that guarantee access to information, the submission of petitions, and legislative initiatives.</p><p>[Summary taken from author]</p>

16 Oct 2014 11:40:01 GMT

Kenya: democracy and political participation

<p>This discussion paper provides a comprehensive review of the state of democracy and popular participation in Kenya. It presents a narrative of a nation&rsquo;s ambition to journey into a new era of democratisation aided by a new constitution, which almost four years on, is yet to be fully implemented. It also evaluates and discusses the country&rsquo;s compliance with African and international law and best practice with regards to citizenship, participation in the political process, elections, political parties, local government, parliament, traditional authorities and development assistance.</p><p>[Summary adapted from source]</p>

16 Oct 2014 10:56:39 GMT

Barriers to infrastructure service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

<p>In Africa, spending on infrastructure falls $30 to $48 billion short of estimates of the spending needed for sustained inclusive economic growth. This spending shortfall is manifest in poor access to services. For example, about two-thirds of Africans lack access to electricity. A similar proportion lacks access to improved sanitation.</p><p>In Asia, service coverage is far from universal, but there are no reliable estimates of the gap in financing for infrastructure for the region as a whole. In India, the estimated gap between investments needed to reach targets for growth and access, and identified financing sources is $26 billion a year. For example, a quarter of the population of South Asia lacks electricity. Nearly a billion people lack improved sanitation.</p><p>What are the barriers to scaling up infrastructure? A review of the literature identifies many interlinked causes. Among these, the gap between the funds available and the funds required is the most important immediate cause, while challenges in the political economy are often root causes.</p><p>This report, produced by Castalia Strategic Advisors, provides a significant review of the gaps in infrastructure service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. By reviewing key publications from high-profile organisations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the report explores the size of infrastructure gaps, both in terms of service levels and financial terms, in order to identify barriers that stand in the way of scaling up infrastructure.</p>

16 Oct 2014 10:45:48 GMT

The 2014 general elections in Mozambique: analysis of fundamental questions

<p>This study seeks to bring together the various elements that outline the context for the 2014 general election in Mozambique. It highlights the process and historical context of the amendment of the electoral laws, marked by the further politicisation of the electoral bodies. The report describes the socio-economic and political context in which the elections will take place and provides a context for the voter registration process, voter participation and the role of the media in political processes in Mozambique. In addition, the study seeks to analyse the nature of the electoral bodies, and the implications of how they have been formed for the management of the 2014 elections.</p><p>[Summary adapted from source]</p>

16 Oct 2014 10:34:30 GMT

Just peace: achieving peace, justice and development in post-conflict Africa

<p>The political realities of post-conflict situations present hard choices in the peacebuilding and reconstruction processes. Most post-conflict societies face the dilemma of how to deal with past atrocities, especially genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Where the perpetrators are the winners of the war or elections, victors&rsquo; justice has usually been rendered against the vanquished. Yet, even where this is not the case, national judicial systems in most post-conflict societies cannot immediately handle wide-scale prosecutions for atrocities in accordance with international standards of due process, and, in cases where a political compromise has taken place, the question is usually whether to forego justice for the sake of peace. The answer is often to offer amnesty to the perpetrators of atrocities, effectively giving them impunity.</p><p>Prosecuting the perpetrators of atrocities in African states is necessary to deter future atrocities and vigilante justice, promote reconcil&not;iation, and inculcate a culture of compliance with the law. Prosecutions also facilitate the eventual establishment of a political culture that regards the commission of atrocities as unacceptable. From a victims&rsquo; perspective, it can be argued that justice delivered where the evidence is, and where the witnesses and victims reside, has a cathartic effect, promoting healing and post-conflict reconciliation more effectively than justice delivered in the remote confines of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The distance of the trial from their location denies victims the opportunity to see first-hand the justice being done in their names and also limits the number of witnesses who could be called before the court, which compromises the quality of evidence.<br />&nbsp;<br />More attention should be paid to addressing the social pathologies that lead to atrocities instead of maintaining a rigid focus on criminal prosecutions. Instead of focusing on criminal prosecution as curative medicine after the victims have already suffered, the international community should support Africa in addressing the urgent political, social, and economic problems that spark conflicts.</p><p>The ICC should be complemented by preventative and post-conflict peacebuilding measures to prevent violent conflict from arising, to manage conflict situations where they do arise, and to address the root causes of conflict. Peacebuilding involves complex, multidimensional, and interrelated engagements that collectively and cumulatively aim to bring about security, political stability, socioeconomic development, and reconciliation, that address both the consequences and the causes of conflict, and that lay the foundation for sustainable peace and development.</p><p>[Summary adapted from source]</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Oct 2014 18:27:05 GMT

Fragile reforms: World Bank and Asian Development Bank financing in fragile and conflict-affected situations

<p>Drawing from research into the delivery of five bank-financed projects covering infrastructure and other sectors, this study highlights a range of insights and opportunities to enhance how the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approach project financing in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The study documents how conflict-sensitive approaches are and are not used by the banks to minimise risks and support local peace and development outcomes, as well as some of the consequences for bank investments and project-affected communities.</p><p>The study argues that bank strategic commitments create the space for conflict-sensitivity to a degree; and that pockets of technical expertise for conflict-sensitive project financing exist within the banks, but that these capacities are insufficient as the banks prepare to scale up lending in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Specifically, the paper argues that improved capacity for conflict sensitivity is constrained by political dynamics. In effect, a conflict-sensitive approach to project financing is not automatically adopted in fragile and conflict-affected situations. In instances where conflict-sensitivity is adopted, it can be restricted to project design and may not be applied throughout project cycles.</p><p>Enhancing the conflict-sensitivity of project financing not only requires technical reforms to improve and make more coherent bank strategy, policies, procedures and practices. It also requires reforms that are more political, relating to bank shareholder government and management priorities regarding the allocation of core bank human and financial resources. Specifically, technical reforms need to be reinforced by political reforms that incentivise a shift in the bank&rsquo;s operating culture.</p><p>At their core, conflict sensitive approaches are designed to support progress towards peace. They support people in fragile and conflict-affected situations to anticipate and manage conflicts without violence, while achieving social change that improves their lives. Social change, albeit peacefully negotiated social change, can be perceived as a threat to established systems of order, power and interests. The perception of change as a threat can provoke opposition to initiatives designed to support peaceful change. Understanding the local context of these dynamics and negotiating the space for conflict-sensitive approaches within them requires expertise in conflict and fragility analysis, as well as staff with the skills and strategies to negotiate support for conflict-sensitivity with diverse stakeholders.<br />[Summary adapted from source]</p>

15 Oct 2014 17:09:10 GMT

Universal health coverage and non-communicable diseases: a mutually reinforcing agenda

<p>This policy brief analyses the relationships between Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). It covers the unique challenges the NCD epidemic poses to achieving UHC, and the role of UHC in strengthening the NCD response. It also explores the implications and possible position of health, NCDs and UHC in the post-2015 development agenda.&nbsp;</p><p>The key messages from the report include:</p><ul><li>UHC&nbsp;is a goal that&nbsp;all governments should commit to. It can help&nbsp;focus greater attention on coverage of quality&nbsp;services, health equity, and guaranteeing&nbsp;financial-risk protection.&nbsp;</li><li>The NCD epidemic poses unique challenges&nbsp;to the three dimensions of UHC. Access and&nbsp;availability to essential NCD services remains&nbsp;unacceptably low in many LMICs; major&nbsp;inequalities exist in terms of NCD risk, access to&nbsp;services, and health outcomes; and the epidemic&nbsp;imposes a huge economic burden on national&nbsp;budgets and can push households into poverty.</li><li>Attainment of UHC will be dependent on&nbsp;prioritising NCD prevention and control in UHC&nbsp;design and implementation. When achieved,&nbsp;UHC can provide a powerful vehicle to accelerate&nbsp;progress on NCD outcomes, inequalities, and&nbsp;socio-economic impact.&nbsp;</li><li>Lessons learnt from the NCD response&nbsp;can help support pathways to UHC. These&nbsp;include a focus on health promotion and&nbsp;prevention, multisectoral approaches,&nbsp;addressing the social determinants of health,&nbsp;and domestic innovative financing mechanisms&nbsp;(including taxation on unhealthy products).&nbsp;</li><li>For the post-2015 development agenda to&nbsp;be truly transformative for health, NCDs must&nbsp;be recognised as a priority and UHC must be&nbsp;articulated as a means to achieve improved&nbsp;health outcomes.&nbsp;</li></ul>

15 Oct 2014 16:25:03 GMT

Trade, employment and conflict: Evidence from the Second Intifada

<p>Do trade shocks affect conflict? The evidence on this question has so far focused primarily on commodity price shocks. This paper moves beyond this focus and uses data from the entire trade sector to find out whether changes in Palestinian trade in the second half of the 1990s affected the subsequent Palestinian uprising (&lsquo;second Intifada&rsquo;).</p><p>The findings support the opportunity cost hypothesis. An increase of USD 10 million in Palestinian exports of a sector employing 10 percent of the locality&rsquo;s private employment reduces conflict intensity in that locality by 2.1-2.8 percent. On the other hand, changes in Palestinian and Israeli imports have no significant impact on conflict.</p><p>This paper provides evidence that these trade shocks were determined by factors exogenous to Palestinian localities, including the emergence of new global suppliers and the unilateral trade opening of Israel, i.e. the main Palestinian export destination.</p><p>[Summary adapted from author]</p>

15 Oct 2014 16:21:45 GMT

The power these men have over us: sexual exploitation and abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia

<p>This research document provides findings on sexual exploitation and abuse in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, predominantly by personnel of the Ugandan People&rsquo;s Defence Forces (UPDF) at and around the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) headquarters, the AMISOM base camp, and at the camp of the Burundian National Defense Forces (BNDF) contingent in Mogadishu.&nbsp;The findings are based on 50 interviews including 21 interviews with survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse as well as interviews with witnesses, foreign observers including officials from troop contributing countries, and other military personnel.</p><p>The AMISOM leadership has started to take some measures to tackle the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse. In particular, AMISOM developed a draft policy on prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA policy) in 2013 and has also begun to put in place structures to follow-up on sexual exploitation and abuse. However, the draft policy will need to be significantly strengthened if it is to be effective. There are still no complaint mechanisms and little or no capacity to investigate abuses. Above all, there is not enough political will among AMISOM troop-contributing countries to make the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse a priority and proactively deploy the necessary resources to tackle the problem.</p><p>Troop-contributing countries should significantly reinforce their capacities to pursue investigations and prosecutions inside Somalia. They should send adequate numbers of trained investigators and prosecutors to Somalia and, where appropriate, hold courts martial inside Somalia. The AU and AMISOM need to foster an organizational culture of &ldquo;zero tolerance&rdquo; where force commanders do not turn a blind eye to unlawful activities on their bases. Commanding officers should do more to prevent, identify, and punish such behaviour. The AU should promptly set up conduct and discipline units within peace support operations and an independent and adequately resourced investigative unit that is staffed by independent and qualified members.</p><p>[Summary adapted from source]</p>

15 Oct 2014 15:45:49 GMT

Youth, peace and security in Uganda

<p>This study provides an insight into the situation of young people in Uganda by highlighting the challenges they face and their impact on peace and security. Since independence, young people have been impacted negatively by ethnic and political tensions, religious and social divisions, the decline in the economy, rising inequalities and corruption. In addition, young people have been marginalised and excluded from participating in political and public governance.</p><p>The study points to the potential of youth to contribute to peace and security. Young people are aware of other avenues available to address their marginalisation and exclusion, such as constructive dialogue at various levels and with various stakeholders such as government and government organs. They just need to be given an opportunity to acquire the requisite tools, such as education, skills and credit.</p><p>The study highlights a range of recommendations for different stakeholders. Recommendations for government include to strengthen already existing youth platforms, revisiting the education system and curriculum, encourage young people to engage in activities such as sports and drama, and&nbsp;to take up leadership roles.</p><p>[Summary adapted from source]</p>

15 Oct 2014 13:30:30 GMT

Small-scale private rental: a strategy for increasing supply in South Africa

<p>Small-scale rental is a significant provider of affordable, acceptable intermediate rental accommodation in South Africa. This report outlines a proposed strategy to harness the power of small-scale private landlords in order to increase the rate and scale of delivering such adequate accommodation in South Africa&rsquo;s existing suburbs and townships.</p><p>The paper demonstrates that small-scale rental meets a wide range of urban development objectives, including the use of existing human settlement investments and encouraging private sector activities. However, to harness this sub-sector, new approaches to accommodation policy and standards are needed. &nbsp;</p><p>As a result, the document suggests that a range of interventions are required by national, provincial and local governments. These interventions should culminate in the identification and implementation of pilot small-scale rental facilitation projects across a range of existing and new settlement types in South Africa. Nevertheless, the success of such a strategy will depend on the full participation of landlords and tenants, as well as private sector actors such as financial institutions and contractors.</p><p>All things considered, the author emphasises that any new rental sector strategy for South Africa must indicate the importance of, and mechanisms for, enhancing small-scale rental as a core component of the country&rsquo;s future housing strategy.</p>

14 Oct 2014 19:41:26 GMT

Vulnerability to Food Insecurity in Urban Slums: Experiences from-Nairobi, Kenya

<p>Food and nutrition security is critical for economic development due to the&nbsp;role of nutrition in healthy growth and human capital development. Slum residents,&nbsp;already grossly affected by chronic poverty, are highly vulnerable to different forms of&nbsp;shocks, including those arising from political instability.</p><p>This study describes the food&nbsp;security situation among slum residents in Nairobi, with specific focus on vulnerability&nbsp;associated with the 2007/2008 postelection crisis in Kenya. The study from which the&nbsp;data is drawn was nested within the Nairobi Urban Health and Demographic&nbsp;Surveillance System (NUHDSS), which follows about 70,000 individuals from close&nbsp;to 30,000 households in two slums in Nairobi, Kenya. The study triangulates data from&nbsp;qualitative and quantitative sources. It uses qualitative data from 10 focus group&nbsp;discussions with community members and 12 key-informant interviews with&nbsp;community opinion leaders conducted in November 2010, and quantitative data&nbsp;involving about 3,000 households randomly sampled from the NUHDSS database in&nbsp;three rounds of data collection between March 2011 and January 2012. Food security&nbsp;was defined using the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) criteria.</p>

14 Oct 2014 16:46:23 GMT

Developing cross-border production networks between North Eastern region of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar: a preliminary assessment

<p>The North Eastern Region (NER) of India is pivotal to India&rsquo;s growing economic and strategic partnership with Southeast and East Asia. The NER is also central to India&rsquo;s Look East Policy (LEP), and acts as a land-bridge between South and Southeast Asia. Not only natural resources, the NER also enjoys greater geo-economic space over other Indian regions.<br /><br />The NER shares borders with South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and with growing Southeast and East Asian countries like Myanmar and China, on the other. However, high transportation cost negates NER&rsquo;s advantages of having vast international border. Nevertheless, given its strategic location, the NER can be developed as a base for India&rsquo;s growing economic links, not only with Southeast Asia but also with Bangladesh and China.<br /><br />The report argues that trade flows can be improved by adopting two sets of strategies separately for Bangladesh and Myanmar:</p><ul><li>India-Bangladesh trade can be increased manifold through strengthening production networks, provided appropriate investments are made on two sides of the border on projects that give rise to trade complementarities. For instance, the NER, which is a hub of fresh fruits and vegetables can act as a source of raw materials for the food processing industry in Bangladesh Furthermore, Indian entrepreneurs and technologists can help strengthen the Bangladesh food processing industry by enabling further development of this sector</li><li><p>in case of trade with Myanmar, efforts would have to be made by both the NER states and the Government of India to address the supply-side bottlenecks at Moreh in Manipur. The Myanmar government has to take steps to improve the trade infrastructure at Tamu, particularly availability of electricity. Indian government may consider providing electricity to Tamu in Myanmar. The NER governments have been arguing that industrialisation must precede the opening up of trade. The government has argued that local industry such as agro-processing, horticulture, textiles, etc., must be encouraged through the employment-led expansion of the regional market, which can result in substitution of imported products by local produce, while at the same time servicing external demand</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

14 Oct 2014 11:54:47 GMT

Women’s empowerment and nutrition: what does the evidence tell us?

<p>Development programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and improving nutrition often&nbsp;<br />consider women&rsquo;s empowerment as an effective way to achieve impact. However, while&nbsp;<br />nutrition outcomes are often measured, effects on women&rsquo;s empowerment are not&nbsp;<br />always evaluated. This brief considers three interventions &ndash; cash transfers, agricultural&nbsp;<br />interventions, and microfi nance programmes &ndash; and refl ects on evidence of their impact&nbsp;<br />on women&rsquo;s empowerment, health- and nutrition-related behaviours, and fi nal outcomes.&nbsp;<br />While women&rsquo;s empowerment generally enables women to make better choices that can&nbsp;<br />result in changes in behaviours, other intermediating factors may dilute impact on fi nal&nbsp;<br />outcomes. There is hence considerable room for further research on pathways of impact&nbsp;<br />and the various conditions that may infl uence programme impacts.</p>

14 Oct 2014 11:04:49 GMT

Strengthening public health nutrition education in India

<p>Malnutrition remains a major challenge for public health and for human and economic&nbsp;<br />development in India. A lack of adequately trained public health professionals and&nbsp;<br />nutritionists means that this challenge is not being met. Due to resource constraints,&nbsp;<br />the most realistic way of improving this situation is to optimise the use of existing&nbsp;<br />infrastructure. The fi rst step to do this is to assess the current landscape of public health&nbsp;<br />nutrition (PHN) education in India. Based on a situation analysis and recent fi ndings from&nbsp;<br />qualitative studies undertaken by the Transform Nutrition capacity building team, at the&nbsp;<br />Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), this brief summarises recommendations for the&nbsp;<br />role of higher education in tackling malnutrition in India</p>

14 Oct 2014 10:20:03 GMT

Africa energy outlook - a focus on energy prospects in sub-Saharan Africa

<p>Sub-Saharan Africa&rsquo;s energy sector can be improved to unlock a better life for its citizens. This report describes one of the most poorly understood parts of the global energy system, offers an authoritative study of its future prospects, broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region and shows how investment in the sub-Saharan energy sector can stimulate rapid economic and social development across the region.</p><p>The report:</p><ul><li><p>explores how quickly modern energy might be brought to the huge population currently deprived of it</p></li><li><p>highlights key actions in the energy sector that can unleash more rapid economic and social development in sub-Saharan Africa</p></li><li><p>examines how existing and emerging oil and gas producers can maximise the value of their resources for economic development</p></li><li><p>evaluates the role of renewables in the region&rsquo;s energy future, and how important mini- and off-grid solutions can be in providing access to electricity</p></li><li><p>identifies the benefits that greater regional integration of the energy sector can bring, as well as mapping the future role of sub-Saharan Africa in the global energy system</p></li></ul>

14 Oct 2014 09:32:37 GMT

Achievement gap between indigenous and non-indigenous children in Peru: an analysis of Young Lives survey data

<p>In Peru, indigenous children obtain lower scores on academic tests, on average, than non-indigenous children. In this study, we investigate whether a test score achievement gap is found by the age of 5 and whether this gap increases by the age of 8.</p><p>While the literature has focused on the underlying family and children determinants of achievement gaps, this study uses an extension of the Oaxaca-Blinder technique to include community sorting effects and heterogeneity in community impact effects. Using the 2001 cohort of the Young Lives longitudinal survey for Peru, results show that:</p><ul><li>at the age of 5, indigenous children are far behind their non-indigenous counterparts in Spanish vocabulary (as measured by the PPVT), but less far behind in maths</li><li>over the first three years of school, however, indigenous children lose substantial ground relative to non-indigenous children, increasing the average gap to 0.49 standard deviations (of the distribution of testscores) in maths and 0.66 in vocabulary.</li></ul><p>Results suggest not only that parental education and a child&rsquo;s health are important determinants of the gap for maths and vocabulary, as previously found in the literature; but also that the vocabulary gap is due in part to community effects. The pathways considered yield valuable information for policymakers who are interested in developing policies to improve student learning among indigenous groups. These pathways are important for human capital formation and could potentially have long-term impacts on educational attainment and poverty in Peru.</p>

14 Oct 2014 09:18:18 GMT

Changing schools in Andhra Pradesh: the experiences of children and their caregivers

<p>Moving from one school to another is a significant event for children, marked by new experiences and challenges. Changing schools can be difficult in terms of the curriculum, language, physical facilities in the school, change of friendships and adjusting to new teachers. On the other hand, selecting a school in many cases is not about a single decision made by parents at point their child starts pre-school or primary. Instead, an increasing number of parents make multiple, successive choices, even during their children&rsquo;s earliest schooling.</p><p>This paper describes children&rsquo;s experiences of school mobility and attempts to fill the gap in the research on changing schools andchildren&rsquo;s experiences in the Indian context. The paper makes use of three different sets of data from Young Lives:</p><ul><li>the longitudinal data from the main household and child-level research carried out in 2002, 2006&ndash;07 and 2009 (in order to develop school histories of the children)</li><li>an extensive school survey conducted in 2010 (to study the quality and effectiveness of the education experienced by a sub-sample of Younger Cohort children, then aged 9&ndash;10), which uncovered that many children had changed school at least once by the age of 9</li><li>and a qualitative sub-study carried out in 2011 that looked into the processes of parental decision-making about schools, the factors that explained school mobility and the children&rsquo;s experiences of moving school</li></ul><p>It is argued that that the children&rsquo;s experiences and their adjustment to the new school environment often depended on where the child movedto and the factors that caused the change. Strategic and structural moves did not make it too difficult for the children, but reactive moves seemed to be hard for them. In cases of school change, the burden of adjusting to the new school very often fell on the child, with little help or support from the teacher, school or parents.</p><p>Any intervention aimed at helping children to manage school change should therefore take into consideration not only the school-level factors but also the family- and community-level factors that cause the move. Government schools and teachers need to be prepared to receive children into the later grades and facilitate a smooth transition.</p>

14 Oct 2014 09:05:22 GMT

An investigation Into an apparent increase in evictions from private rental housing

<p>In early 2009, it appeared that many evictions in South Africa&rsquo;s cities were being undertaken illegally on the part of the landlord or manager. The current study aims to provide government with the necessary information to take appropriate policy and measures regarding this phenomenon.</p><p>The paper states that in South Africa, an eviction can only be legal with a court order. However, illegal evictions appear to be commonplace and take various forms such as cutting off water and electricity, and bribing police and private security companies to evict people unlawfully. On the other hand, the document notes that the &ldquo;Emergency Housing Programme&rdquo; (EHP) is not being used in a manner that could address some of the social ills associated with eviction and homelessness, as is stipulated in the programme itself.</p><p>The authors argue for:</p><ul><li>better records to be kept on legal and illegal evictions, which would necessarily involve the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, local courts and sheriffs</li><li>&ldquo;Rental Housing Tribunal&rdquo; guidelines for determining rentals and identifying exploitative rentals need to be drawn up and clarified</li><li>monitoring of supply disconnection applications made to municipalities to guard against illegal cut-offs of water and electricity</li><li>reviewing the &ldquo;National Housing Code&rdquo; dealing with the EHP and considering the rental subsidies</li></ul>

13 Oct 2014 22:35:27 GMT

Nutritional status of children under five years and associated factors in Mbeere South District, Kenya

<p>Information on nutritional status of children under five years is an indicator of the nutritional situation in society. Identification of core factors&nbsp; influencing nutrition of this population supports plans to alleviate child malnutrition and its consequences.</p><p>This study sought to determine the nutritional status of children under five years and associated factors in Mbeere South District in Kenya. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted using a structured questionnaire. A total of 144 households was randomly sampled and the nutritional status of one child from each household assessed using anthropometric measurements.</p><p>Findings include:</p><ul><li>Up to 39% of the children were stunted; 7.1% were wasted; and 18.1% underweight.</li><li>The prevalence of stunting and wasting was significantly higher in boys than in girls (c =6.765, P =.034) and (c= 13.053, P = .036), respectively.</li><li>The individual dietary diversity score showed that the most consumed food group was cereals. Eggs and meat were the least consumed foods.</li><li>Low diversity scores were recorded for 41.9% of the children (&lt;4 food groups), 35.7% had medium scores (4-5 food groups); while 22.5% had high scores (6- 8 food groups).</li><li>There was significant association between household size and nutritional status (P =0.047).</li></ul><p>The findings indicate that malnutrition and dietary diversity are major challenges to good nutrition. Future interventions should focus on improving food access and availability for enhanced diet diversification for the rising population.</p>

13 Oct 2014 15:20:44 GMT

Strengthening implementation and utilization of nutrition interventions through research: a framework and research agenda

<p>Undernutrition among women and children contributes to almost half the global burden of child mortality in developing countries. The impact of nutrition on economic development has highlighted the need for evidence-based solutions and yielded substantial global momentum. However, it is now recognized that the impact of evidence-based interventions is limited by the lack of evidence on the best operational strategies for scaling up nutrition interventions. With the goal of encouraging greater engagement in implementation research in nutrition and generating evidence on implementation and utilization of nutrition interventions, this paper brings together a framework and a broad analysis of literature to frame and highlight the crucial importance of research on the delivery and utilization of nutrition interventions.</p><p>The paper draws on the deliberations of a high-level working group, an e-consultation, a conference, and the published literature.</p><p> It proposes a framework and areas of research that have been quite neglected, and yet are critical to better understanding through careful research to enable better translation of global and national political momentum for nutrition into public health impact.Strengthening implementation and utilization of nutrition interventions through research: a framework and research agenda.</p>

13 Oct 2014 13:47:49 GMT

Dietary assessment of vitamin A and iron among pregnant women at Ndhiwa Sub District Hospital - Kenya

<p>Vitamin A and iron deficiencies are among nutritional deficiencies of public health concern in the developing countries. Infants, children, pregnant and lactating women are at high risk of both deficiencies as a result of inadequate dietary intakes and associated physiological changes that cause increased demands for nutrients. Focus has in the past been on vitamin A and iron status of children below five years with little on maternal vitamin A and iron status and dietary habits. Studies on dietary intakes of these nutrients among pregnant women are limited in Kenya.</p><p>This study assessed vitamin A and iron consumption levels as well as relationship between vitamin A consumption level, iron consumption levels and nutritional status of pregnant women.</p><p>A descriptive analytical case study was carried out among 162 pregnant women who were accessed from Ndhiwa Maternal and Child Health (MCH clinic) and outpatient sections and recruited for the study through simple random sampling. Data was collected using a semi-structured questionnaire and focused group discussion on home visits.</p><p>The study found that most pregnant women (88%) did not meet their Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for vitamin A as indicated by intake of less than 800&mu;g per day. Majority (91.4%) did not meet their RDA for iron as indicated by consumption levels of less than 30mg per day. About 29% had BMI of 19.0-25.0. Other 61% had BMI of &lt;19.0 while 7% had BMI of 26.0-29.0 while 3% had BMI of &gt;29.0. Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) showed 29% had normal nutritional status (&ge;21 cm). 61% were under nourished (&lt;21 cm) while 10% were over nourished (&gt;26 cm).</p><p>There existed significant relationship between vitamin A consumption levels, iron consumption levels and nutritional status of the pregnant women (r&lt;1, P&lt;0.05). Most women had two meals a day with irregular consumption of vitamin A and iron rich foods.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

13 Oct 2014 10:57:10 GMT

Malnutrition amidst plenty: An assessment of factors responsible for persistent high levels of childhood stunting in food secure western Uganda

<p>In spite of favourable natural and human resource capacity, malnutrition remains an important health and welfare problem in Uganda especially among children below 5 years. Western Uganda has persistently registered highest levels of childhood malnutrition despite being referred to as &ldquo;the food basket&rdquo; of the country.</p><p>This study sought to establish the causes of persistent child undernutrition to guide design of effective nutritional policies and interventions. This was a cross -sectional study that used both quantitative and qualitative methods.</p><p>The major causes of stunting were:</p><ul><li>improper health and sanitation</li><li>poor child feeding practices</li><li>poor access to appropriate knowledge for health and nutrition</li><li>poor socio-economic variables of access to food</li><li>type of employment</li><li>distance to main roads and markets</li><li>housing facility</li><li>income flow regime</li><li>gender disparities</li><li>access to fuel for cooking.</li></ul><p>Overall, there is low intake of animal protein and generally constrained access to adequate amount of food required for normal growth and development. At multivariate level, the main risk factors included; lack of information on child health feeding, socio-economic capacity of household, poor hygiene practices, and preparation of special foods for children.</p><p>Results suggest that more emphasis needs to be put on community nutrition and health education with a focus on diet, hygiene, sanitation, social &ndash;economic and livelihood programs, improvement of health care services and diversification of interventions especially into poverty alleviation programs with a nutrition focus.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

13 Oct 2014 10:38:45 GMT

Nutritional enhancement of Ghanaian weaning foods using the orange flesh sweet potato (Ipomea Batatas)

<p>Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a public health problem in Ghana. Research on the orange flesh sweet potato root has been given prominence because of its high &beta;-carotene content as a means to enhance the nutritive value and vitamin A content of the traditional diets of Ghanaian children as a long-term intervention towards combating VAD.</p><p>The article concludes that Orange Flesh Sweetpotato (OFS) flour has the potential to be used at 25 per cent replacement level in the soy-fortified roasted maize meal formulation, and OFS is a useful ingredient with the potential to improve the &beta; -carotene or vitamin A content of such formulations.</p><p>This will help alleviate vitamin A deficiency of children in Ghana and other countrieswith similar problems. It is ,therefore, recommended that the orange flesh sweetpotato flour be used by mothers as an entry point for enhancing the traditional weaning food preparations.</p>

13 Oct 2014 10:14:46 GMT

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Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2014: Addressing the social implications of green growth

The 2014 Forum will examine the distributional consequences of implementing green growth strategies and their impact on employment, skills and income.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Japan-OECD Policy Forum on Urban Development and Green Growth

The Japan-OECD Policy Forum on Urban Development and Green Growth will address cities’ unique role in creating synergies between environmental and economic objectives to advance green growth. Asian cities in particular are at the centre of this challenge. This event is organised as a commemorative event for the 50th Anniversary of Japan's Accession to the OECD.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:00:00 GMT

The right kind of green growth

As part of its Green Growth Strategy, the OECD is developing a set of indicators for agriculture. A Preliminary Assessment has just been published, and a selection of indicators has been identified to capture key aspects of a low-carbon, resource-efficient agricultural sector.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:40:00 GMT

Tax Preferences for Environmental Goals: Use, Limitations and Preferred Practices

This paper reviews the use of tax preferences to achieve environmental policy objectives. Tax preferences involve using the tax system to adjust relative prices with a view to influencing producer or consumer behaviour in favour of goods or services that are considered to be environmentally beneficial.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:46:00 GMT

The post-2015 agenda must steer a transformational shift towards sustainable development

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approach their expiry date, we must focus our efforts on ensuring a brighter, more inclusive and sustainable future for all. We face a plethora of common issues: growing inequalities; changing consumption patterns and population dynamics; increasing natural resource scarcity; and ongoing illicit financial flows.

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:01:00 GMT

Blog: Building a case for green private investment by Simon Upton

If we are to meet the goal of keeping global warming to 2 degrees, governments need to engage now to get on the right track to achieve zero‑net greenhouse emissions from combustion of fossil fuels in the second half of this century. Given the urgency of doing so, why does our dependence on fossil fuels appear to be unshaken?

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:55:00 GMT

Nanotechnology and tyres: Greening industry and transport

The report presents the potential of new nanomaterials and highlights the remaining challenges for their safe and sustainable introduction in the tyre industry.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

All issues of the OECD Green Growth Newsletter

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:00 GMT

Making the best of new energy resources in the United States

Since around 2007, the country has been enjoying an “energy renaissance” thanks to its abundant stocks of shale oil and gas. The resurgence in oil and gas production is beginning to create discernible economic impacts and has changed the landscape for natural gas prices in the United States, boosting competitiveness.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Green growth indicators

Policies that promote green growth need to be founded on a good understanding of the different factors that affect green growth, and appropriate information is needed to monitor progress and measure results.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:29:00 GMT

The Diesel Differential: Differences in the tax treatment of gasoline and diesel for road use

Diesel and gasoline account for around 95% of energy used for road transport in the OECD and for the largest share of revenue from taxes on energy. In 33 out of 34 OECD countries, diesel fuel is taxed at lower rates than gasoline both in terms of energy and carbon content.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:25:00 GMT

Consequences of climate change damages for economic growth – a dynamic quantitative assessment

This report focuses on the effects of climate change impacts on economic growth. The analysis finds that the effect of climate change impacts on annual global GDP is projected to increase over time, leading to a global GDP loss of 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060 for the most likely equilibrium climate sensitivity range.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

Paris Policy Forum - Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia: from concept to implementation

The policy forum officially launches the conceptual framework to the public and offers an opportunity for participants to discuss the key issues for emerging Asia: housing, buildings and energy, land use and transport, water and waste management, green goods and services.

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

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

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

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

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

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

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Webcast of OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies

Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

Find out about the Green Growth Platform and its upcoming activities

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 GMT

Greener Skills and Jobs

The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This paper suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

OECD LEED-Cedefop 2nd Green Skills Forum 2014 (Paris, France)

LEED and Cedefop organise the second edition of the Green Skills Forum which will bring together experts in innovation, employability and skills development and lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

Workshop: Potential of social enterprises for job creation and green economy - how to stimulate their start and development?

The last decade has seen considerable policy attention to the social economy and its contribution to employment, in particular as regards the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable workers and the provision of appropriate working conditions.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy

This LEED project aims to to define key indicators of area-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The objective is to define measurable indicators at regional/local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

ITF Transport Outlook 2013

The ITF Transport Outlook 2013 presents and discusses global scenarios concerning the development of transport volumes through 2050. The analysis highlights the impact of alternative economic growth scenarios on passenger and freight flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation outside the OECD.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:06:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

Environmental policies and productivity growth - a critical review of empirical findings

This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the link between environmental policy stringency and productivity growth, and the various channels through which such effects can take place.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Green growth challenges and the need for an energy reform in Mexico

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:14:00 GMT

Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector

This report looks at the issue of tax crime in the fisheries sector, including frauds over taxes on profit and earnings, customs duties, VAT and social security, with examples from real cases.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:01:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

The value of fishery resources lies in its ability to support public goals and objectives. If the fishery is expected to support economic, social and environmental objectives, it is important for fishery managers to recognise the primacy of these goals even if stock management remains their principle task. This handbook discusses the role of objectives and how to carry out an effective policy design and implementation process.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

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

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Green Growth Newsletter, October 2013

Headlines: 2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum, 5-6 December 2013; In Focus: Water – International Year of Water, World Water Week and the OECD's Work on Water; Promoting Green Investment in Costa Rica; Promoting Green Growth in Brandenburg; Making Growth Green and Inclusive – The Case of Cambodia; Latest publications and key upcoming events.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:26:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Marine Biotechnology: Enabling Solutions for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability

This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:43:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

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

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

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

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

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

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Cambodia

Key questions for development planning today in countries include: Can developing countries strike a balance between economic growth, societal well-being and environmental protection? Can inclusive, green growth be a way forward? This report presents a case study on Cambodia designed to answer these questions.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:24:00 GMT

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

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

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

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

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Restructuring the electricity sector and promoting green growth in Japan

The 2011 disaster and nuclear problems opened the door to a new energy policy, as they raisedfundamental questions about the electricity system’s ability to prevent and respond to accidents.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Greening growth in Luxembourg

With strong economic growth overall and an increasingly important role as a regional economic centre, Luxembourg is experiencing mounting environmental pressures. This is mainly a result of a growing population and a rapid increase in transport, which is dominated by the car, as the number of workers commuting within Luxembourg and from across the border has risen rapidly.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods Through Collective Action

Collective action is key to improving the agricultural environment given its effectiveness in dealing with agri-environmental externalities that are beyond the capacity of the individual farmer to manage. This study provides an extensive literature review and analyses 25 case studies from 13 OECD countries to examine how policies could and should be used to promote collective action.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Lithuania adheres to OECD Declaration on Green Growth

Following the delivery of the Strategy in May 2011, green growth will be mainstreamed in OECD analytical work to enrich guidance on a number of country, sector and issue-specific areas. This will involve integrating green growth considerations in Economic Surveys, Environmental Performance Reviews and Innovation Reviews.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:06:00 GMT

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation

This paper brings together information collected through Working Party on Nanotechnology discussions and projects. It relies in particular on preliminary results from a project on the responsible development of nanotechnology and outcomes of a symposium held in 2012.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:00 GMT

Blog: Climate Change and Health Beyond 2015 - The Sustainable Development Agenda

Health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development. Climate change affects health through a myriad of exposure pathways, each presenting simultaneously both challenges and opportunities for sustainable health and development.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:00 GMT

Blog: Putting green growth at the heart of development

The rapid pace of development in many developing countries raises the stakes for investments in development, but also begs reflection on the patterns or types of growth that are appropriate for a particular country context.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:53:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Ethiopia

This working paper reflects on green growth policy in Ethiopia – it explores green growth already in action – a range of on-the-ground activities which point to scale-up options for the future.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:27:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Putting green growth at the heard of development

Over the past 20 years, the global development landscape has changed dramatically. At the same time, we face unprecedented global challenges and growing instability, with looming financial and economic crises, and growing unemployment, food insecurity, political instability and environmental threats.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:44:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

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

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD ProgBlog - Financing our Future: Sustainable Development Financing Strategy

As discussions to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) build momentum, attention is starting to shift towards not only what the world should try to achieve, but also how to go about it.

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:48:00 GMT

OECD Forum 2013 issue on fostering sustainability

This year's forum focuses on three key themes: Promoting inclusive growth, Rebuilding trust and Fostering sustainability. The Forum brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. It feeds into the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda.

Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Investing in a sustainable future

Investment strategies almost never consider external costs to the environment when calculating potential returns. But incorporating environmental risk and sustainability into investor mindsets is possible– and urgent.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT

Report: Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux)

This paper discusses the results of the 2011-2012 OECD LEED study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:21:00 GMT

Green Growth in Cities

Green Growth in Cities presents the OECD Green Cities Programme’s main findings and policy recommendations, and provides a preliminary approach to measuring green growth in cities

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:20:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

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

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Ports: How to Get More Value for Money?

Ports are the nervous system of global trade. Over 80% of world cargo (by volume) is transported by sea. Our efforts to raise the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of ports can help boost trade, growth and jobs. It can also help us to promote green growth and development in the poorest regions, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 22 May 2013 14:07:00 GMT

Economic Survey of Mexico 2013

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Tue, 21 May 2013 14:38:00 GMT

Urbanisation and Green Growth in China

This working paper assesses national policy and governance mechanisms that can influence green growth in Chinese cities.

Fri, 17 May 2013 19:40:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

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

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

Return from the dead?

Old ways of thinking won’t bring developed countries back to economic life. Weighed down by the legacy of the crisis, they also face deep challenges like a faltering labour supply and slowing innovation. And growth itself won’t be enough–it must also be stable, inclusive and green. The need for structural reforms has never been greater, but they will require difficult trade-offs.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:20:00 GMT

OECD/BIAC Workshop: Green Growth in the Agro-Food Chain: What Role for the Private Sector?

What is the role of the private sector in greening the agro-food chain? This OECD/BIAC workshop will examine such issues as the role of new technologies in increasing productivity and reducing waste, as well as developing private-public partnerships.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:43:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

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

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Greening our Knowledge

Strong international cooperation on testing, exploring and refining measurement tools on green growth is essential to support implementation and assessment of policies in both developed and developing countries, said OECD Secretary-General.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

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

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

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

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

What have we learned from attempts to introduce green-growth policies?

Long-term projections suggest that without policy changes, the continuation of business-as-usual economic growth and development will have serious impacts on natural resources and the ecosystem services on which human well-being depends.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:07:00 GMT

The price of oil – will it start rising again?

Following a sharp drop amidst the global economic crisis and a subsequent recovery, the spot price of crude oil has been broadly stable for the past couple of years. This paper discusses the factors that drive oil demand and supply and, hence, the price of the resource.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

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

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

Although the market for green goods and services is growing, the development of new business models is affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

New business models can help reduce environmental pollution, optimise the use of natural resources, increase productivity and energy efficiency, and provide a new source of economic growth. The development of new business models is also affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:33:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector: Proceedings of a Joint FAO/OECD Workshop

To help meet the challenges posed by climate change, the agriculture sector should increase its resilience. This book presents the summary and papers from a joint workshop by FAO and OECD that looked at how agriculture can build resilience for adaptation to climate change.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Korea’s National Green Growth Committee Meeting

Putting “Green” at the core of a country’s “Growth” strategy is intelligent public policy at its best! Korea understands that there is no trade-off between green and growth. Much to the contrary: there are strong synergies that can be exploited between pro-growth and pro-green policies.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:43:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Report: Measuring the potential of local green growth - An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Conference: Innovation in skills development for SMEs competitiveness (Ankara, Turkey)

The conference discussed the results of the project as well as policy recommendations on training and skills development for the creation of an innovative and competitive SME sector in OECD countries.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Innovation In Tourism

This working paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyse the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in OECD countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector.

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:36:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Chile's OECD membership presents challenges both in the context of changing patterns of production and consumption, and in the framework of a more sustainable economy. Specifically, green growth emphasizes improving growth rates, particularly through greening existing industries, as well as through new eco-businesses.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Joint OECD-GGGI Workshop: Green growth development paths for a better future

Surrounding the 2012 GG-SD Forum, a joint OECD-GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) workshop took place on 22 November. The workshop featured a discussion among experts and policy makers from developing countries with the aim of sharing evidence and experience on how to create an enabling framework and design policy options for overcoming key challenges and prioritizing inclusive green growth opportunities.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:40:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

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

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

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

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The GGKP has been developed in partnership between the GGGI, the OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank, to help address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, and to help countries design and implement green growth policy.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

This new publication looks at how renewable energy can bring the greatest benefits to host regions.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:08:00 GMT

Measuring the potential of local green growth: An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

Secretary-General Angel Gurría addresses the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and others to discuss highlights of the forthcoming OECD report on local green growth, as part of our efforts to develop more effective tools for measuring cities’ progress and monitoring the impact of green policies.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:42:00 GMT

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2012

The second Forum – 3GF2012 – will be held in Denmark on 8-9 October 2012 under the thematic headline “Resource Efficiency and Growth”.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:41:00 GMT

Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

This paper presents an overview of practices and challenges related to financing green sustainable cities. Cities are essential actors in stimulating green infrastructure; and urban finance is one of the promising ways in which this can be achieved. Cities are key investors in infrastructure with green potential, such as buildings, transport, water and waste.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:09:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

Climate change policies in Germany: make ambition pay

Germany reduced greenhouse gas emissions substantially but remains an important emitter. Ambitious targets for climate change mitigation have been fixed and a broad range of environmental measures are being implemented.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany)

The Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Market Development for Green Cars

This report reviews government policies and attempts to provide a better understanding of the growing market for green vehicles as well as new analytical instruments to identify measures that could be designed to foster the uptake of green cars.

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:10:00 GMT

Avoiding debt traps: financial backstops and structural reforms

In this paper we develop a simple analytical framework to analyze “good” and “bad equilibria” in public-debt and growth dynamics.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:11:00 GMT

Towards green growth in Denmark: improving energy and climate change policies

Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:17:00 GMT

OECD and Rio+20

OECD’s contribution to the Rio+20 Conference focused on how to promote greener economies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment

This comprehensive review of compact city policies will provide food for thought for national, sub-national and municipal governments as they seek to address their economic and environmental challenges through the development and implementation of spatial strategies.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Achieving the “low carbon, green growth” vision in Korea

Korea, which has had the highest growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD area since 1990, adopted an ambitious Green Growth Strategy in 2009.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

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

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy” provides an in-depth analysis of how green growth will reshape labour markets. It also describes the role that labour market and skill policies can play in maximising the benefits of economic greening for workers

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

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

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Green Growth Seminar

The costs and consequences of inaction would be colossal, in economic, environmental and human terms. The truth is that changing our model of growth and making it greener and more inclusive is the only credible strategy that we have.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green growth in action: Mexico

Mexico has taken action on a number of fronts to implement green growth policies, including integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation plans into their National Development Plan, and implementing energy price schemes that reflect the opportunity costs of consumption. Mexico is also developing its green growth indicators, using the OECD set of green growth indicators proposed in “Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture in a Global Context

To nourish the world population in 2050, we must increase food availability by 70 to 100%. This means that we need to engineer a shift towards policies that support innovation, productivity and sustainability and that provide farmers with the skills they need to grasp the opportunities of strong demand and high prices.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

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

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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OECD Global Forum on Trade 2014

The second Global Forum on Trade 2014 will be held at OECD in Paris on 4, November 2014.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:25:00 GMT

AMIS Market Monitor - News

Latest indications confirm the abundance of wheat supplies and improved production prospects for maize. The outlook for soybeans is equally positive. Although rice production prospects have been revised downwardsomewhat, availabilities remain ample. Against this background, international prices of AMIS cropsgenerally weakened in September.

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:42:00 GMT

OECD participating in the WTO Public Forum 2014

The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate will have an informational booth at this year's WTO Forum trade & people fair and will also host a panel discussion on trade and jobs.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:20:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2014

Merchandise trade broadly stable in the second quarter of 2014, with diverging patterns across major economies

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:04:00 GMT

Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

ITC, OECD, UNCTAD, UNECE on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions of ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, WBG and WCO reaffirm their support in a comprehensive and coordinated manner to such economies in implementing the TFA - in close collaboration with the WTO and the donor community.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Global value chains offer opportunities for growth, jobs and development, but more must be done so all countries and firms can participate equally, according to a new OECD-WTO-World Bank Group report

Global Value Chains (GVCs) are a dominant feature of the world economy that impact growth, jobs and development, but numerous challenges remain to ensure that all countries and all firms have the opportunity to participate and benefit.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Development Week 2014

The OECD Development Week (30 June, 1- 3 July 2014) is organised by the OECD Development Centre. High-level policy makers, representatives of the private sector, investors, civil society organisations, foundations and think tanks will gather at the OECD to look into current patterns of globalisation and explore more dynamic paths for inclusive and sustainable growth at global, regional and national levels.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:29:00 GMT

OECD Insights Blog: The transatlantic trade deal must work for the people, or it won’t work at all

Blog post by OECD TUAC, ETUC and AFL-CIO on why the transatlantic trade deal TTIP must work for the people, or it won’t work at all.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:28:00 GMT

Monitoring trade and investment measures

G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT

Aiming high: the values-driven economic potential of a successful TTIP deal

Guest post from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the OECD Insights blog discussing the economic potential of a successful TTIP deal.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

New evidence on Africa’s integration into global value chains

The African economy is undergoing diversification and becoming more integrated into the world economy. But whether the current pace of change is sufficient to achieve lasting structural transformation is another question.In order for GVCs to contribute positively to structural change, policy also needs to adapt.

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

African countries need to tap global markets more effectively to strengthen their economies, says new African Economic Outlook

By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:16:00 GMT

Expanding services trade offers major opportunities for growth and jobs, OECD says

The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), released during the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

International Business Dialogue 2014: Better Regulation to Enhance Trade

The objective of the International Business Dialogue 2014 is to collect input from the business community on regulatory impediments to trade and identify areas to improve international regulatory cooperation.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:08:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

Merchandise trade continues to pick-up across most major economies in fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs [pdf

This brand new report from the OECD examines the potential impact of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in Bali on trade costs.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:21:00 GMT

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be a positive thing, and not just for the EU and the US.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:25:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism

Mr Gurría said the trade facilitation agreement at the core of the new package would cut red tape and speed border crossings worldwide, offering an important boost to world trade and the global economy. "As OECD work has highlighted, the benefits of lowering costs for traders are significant, and are particularly welcome today, given the slow growth seen in so many countries," Mr Gurría said.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali: too good a prize to pass up

As the OECD's latest global economic forecast has confirmed, world trade is now growing at an extremely low rate. This brings into stark focus the need for trade negotiators at the WTO to cut a deal to bring a much-needed boost to world trade and the global economy.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2013

Merchandise trade imports and exports in G7 and BRICS economies grew by 1.4% during the third quarter of 2013, offsetting the contractions seen in the previous quarter.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:28:00 GMT

Premium and Interest Rates related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding

This page holds all the latest information related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding, including the latest interest rates.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:59:00 GMT

Global Value Chains offer major opportunity for growth and progress in advanced and developing economies, according to OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report to G20

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of world trade and investment, offering new prospects for growth, development and jobs, according to a new joint report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:27:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Launch of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013

We have come a long way since 2005, when we launched the Aid for Trade initiative in Hong Kong at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. Each successive global review has deepened our analysis and broadened our understanding of the dynamics of aid, trade, development and their interaction. In parallel, more and more partner countries and donors have come on board as the tangible results of our efforts become apparent.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:18:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

Measures Supporting Minerals and Primary Metals Extraction and Processing: Case Study: Australia

Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Road connectivity and the border effect: evidence from Europe

Several studies have reported a large negative effect of national borders on the volume of trade. We provide new estimates of the border effect for continental Europe using road rather than great circle – or "as-crows-fly" – distance.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:52:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework

The purpose of this OECD Study is to provide the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects, and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts). We have prepared case studies focusing on Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:15:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

The rise in international investment and trade in goods and services related to renewable energy has been rapid but not always smooth. This paper surveys, through the lenses of market-pull and technology-push policies, the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

The Construction of a New International Economic Order

To better integrate their economies into Global Value Chains, governments need a fine-tuned understanding of their dynamics and policies, and we have made considerable progress on this front. For example, we have learned that success in international markets depends as much on the capacity to import high-quality inputs as on the capacity to export: intermediate inputs account for over 2/3 of the goods and 70% of the services we trade.

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:51:00 GMT

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Why does it matter?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, if successfully concluded, would be the most significant bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:48:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

G20/ OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Global Value Chains

A wide range of stakeholders examined the progress made on measuring trade in value added terms and to extract and clarify the emerging policy implications that can be employed to stimulate strong, balanced and job-rich growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:48:00 GMT

The Costs and Challenges of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures

The costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures, according to this study. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement these measures has been made available to developing countries over the last decade.

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:00 GMT

The value of trade

The emergence of global value chains in manufacturing and services has revolutionised the way the world trades. It has also provided a valuable entry point for many developing economies into the global economy. Thanks to the combined efforts of the WTO and OECD, we now have a strong data-based understanding of these impacts, which will be vital to the design of effective trade policies.

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:35:00 GMT

Multilateralising Regionalism on Government Procurement

The potential multilateralisation of government procurement commitments in regional trade agreements (RTAs) presents many issues and challenges. To what extent do RTAs go beyond the 2012 revised Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), and how do they differ among trading partners? This report surveys 47 RTAs in force with government procurement provisions where an OECD member is a party.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:07:00 GMT

Global Production Networks and Employment: A Developing Country Perspective

International firms in developing economies tend to employ more workers and pay higher wages than firms dealing exclusively with the domestic market, according to this paper demonstrating the links between global value chains (GVCs)and labour market outcomes. Engagement in international activities provides greater opportunities for women to enter the formal employment market.

Tue, 14 May 2013 16:24:00 GMT

Global Value Chains and Developing Country Employment: A Literature Review

How do global value chains (GVCs) impact employment markets in developing countries? This paper reviews the literature on the subject, focusing on the labour market impacts of three processes that lie at the core of GVC development: importing, exporting, and foreign direct investment (FDI). Two case studies are presented

Tue, 14 May 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Trade Costs: What Have We Learned? A Synthesis Report

Understanding trade costs is essential for formulating policy interventions designed to reduce such costs. This report synthesises all OECD work on cost factors across the entire trade chain.

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:40:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

The Role of Services for Competitiveness in Manufacturing

What is the role of services in international merchandise trade, especially as new technology changes the way production is organised? This study analyses the relationship between competitiveness in manufacturing and the quality of key supporting services. Three primary indicators of competitiveness are considered: the degree of product differentiation, unit prices obtained in export markets and the duration of trade.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:28:00 GMT

Made in the world

The new OECD/WTO database on trade in value-added is not just about changing the numbers, but policymakers’ approaches too. It gives trade fresh importance, and a place high on the agenda of the UK’s G8 presidency.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:11:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

State-Owned Enterprises: Trade Effects and Policy Implications

With a growing integration via trade and investment, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have traditionally been oriented towards domestic markets increasingly compete with private firms in the global market place. This paper presents a conceptual discussion of how potential SOE advantages can generate cross-border effects.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:38:00 GMT

Summary Report: OECD International Business Dialogue 2013

Business representatives and policy makers provided lively debate and valuable insights on barriers to 21st century commerce when they met at this event at OECD headquarters in Paris. Read the main discussion points, online survey results and recommendations.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:55:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Export Restrictions: Benefits of Transparency and Good Practices

Transparent trade legislation, policies and practices benefit governments and business alike by reducing uncertainty and transaction costs, simplifying procedures and encouraging investment. This paper studies the information published online by 33 countries on their export restriction policies in the minerals sector, and presents a checklist of best practices for addressing gaps in the availability and accessibility of information.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:03:00 GMT

Mineral Resource Trade in Chile: Contribution to Development and Policy Implications

Instead of resorting to trade measures such as export restrictions, Chile manages its minerals sector through a combination of balanced taxation, stable investment measures, good management of tax revenue, exchange rate policy and initiatives aimed at producing a multiplier effect of economy-wide development, according to this study.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD International Business Dialogue 2013: Barriers to 21st Century Commerce - 4-5 March 2013

What obstacles do companies face in doing business internationally? This event brought together representatives from firms in various sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:09:00 GMT

Trade Facilitation Indicators: The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

Drawing on OECD trade facilitation indicators, this paper finds that the combined effect of comprehensive trade facilitation reform would reach almost 14.5% reduction of total trade costs for low income countries, 15.5% for lower middle income countries and 13.2% for upper middle income countries.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:27:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2012

Compared to the third quarter, the value of merchandise exports and imports for the G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT

The declining competitiveness of French firms reflects a generalised supply-side problem

This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment

Occupation-level analysis of short-term labour market impacts from trade can provide policy makers with better insights than industry-level studies, says this paper using a unique dataset based on harmonised labour force surveys from Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil and South Africa. For instance, occupation-level data shows that imports can be associated with higher wages and a lower probability of unemployment.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:13:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries

Agricultural trade can be a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty reduction, and development. However, efforts by developing countries to expand their agricultural trade are often hampered by domestic supply-side constraints such as lack of trade-related infrastructure. This report looks at some of the most important of these constraints, and features case studies from Indonesia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:22:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013

This OECD Policy Dialogue brought together a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, practitioners, academics, private sector and civil society - from developing and developed countries. Participants discussed what needs to be done to continue delivering aid for trade results in this changing international environment for trade and development.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:03:00 GMT

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds

This paper examines how three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) incorporate transparency into their regulatory regimes: CITES (endangered species, especially tropical timber), the Basel Convention (hazardous e-waste), and the Kimberley Process (conflict diamonds)

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2012

Merchandise trade continued to slow in most major economies in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Emergence of Global Value Chains: What Do They Mean for Business?

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría delivers remarks at the G20 Trade and Investment Promotion Summit held in Mexico City.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Taking Stock of Measures Restricting the Export of Raw Materials: Analysis of OECD Inventory Data

Governments appear increasingly inclined to apply border and domestic measures to restrict the export of raw materials. For industrial raw materials, the OECD is constructing an Inventory of measures that have been applied since 2009. The underlying survey covers some 100 countries, some 15 types of measures and most minerals, metals and wood. This paper analyses 2009-2010 data collected so far for the minerals and metals sector.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:59:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

Developing effective policies to reduce illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods requires a clear understanding of what drives this trade and the circumstances under which it thrives, says this report.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Video: "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar, 13 September 2012

Watch the Jobs Knowledge Platform webcast of the World Bank-OECD "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar on the JKPLive Facebook channel.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2012

Merchandise trade slowed in most major economies in the second quarter of 2012, with contractions in all major European economies, India, Russia and South Africa.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a More Open Trading System and Jobs Rich Growth - C-MIN(2012)9

Over the course of the last half century, the global expansion of trade has reshaped the world economy. Trade opening has enabled economies to reap the benefits of specialisation and focus more productively on what they do best, through the sectors where they demonstrate comparative advantage.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Out now: Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade interact with employment? This book features highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE), including regional, country and thematic studies.

Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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Yemen: Project Manager Protection (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: YemenClosing date: 31 Oct 2014INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and unprotected people.INTERSOSis present in Yemen since the beginning of 2008 with a project funded by UNHCR, in support of the refugees in Kharaz camp (Lahj Governorate) and Basateen

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Project Manager for “Beneficiaries’ Data Management” (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalClosing date: 31 Oct 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation. It operates

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Budget Child Rights Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: UgandaClosing date: 03 Nov 2014Terms of Reference for a Special Service Agreement- Individual ContractInternational ConsultantAssignment Title:Budget Child Rights ConsultantLevel: P4Location: KampalaDuration: 35 daysBackground and JustificationWith over 56 percent of the population below 18 years of age, and over 78 percent below the age of 35 years, Uganda’s vision to become a middle income country by 2040 remains highly contingent on Government’s ability to safeguard its children’s right to contribute to national development. Investing

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nepal: Country Director - Nepal (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Marie Stopes InternationalCountry: NepalClosing date: 09 Nov 2014Based in: Kathmandu, NepalSalary: Competitive salary and expat packageAbout the roleMarie Stopes International are recruiting a Country Director for our Nepal Programme. Based in Katmandu, the Country Director will be MSI's senior representative in the country, working closely with governments, donors and other key stakeholders to promote access to safe, affordable, reliable family planning and other sexual and reproductive health services.The progamme in Nepal employs c. 240 staff, with 36 clinics, 12 outreach

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: MdM recherche un REFERENT DETERMINANTS SOCIOCULTURELS (H/F) pour son Service d’Analyse, Appui et Plaidoyer (S2AP) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: FranceClosing date: 31 Jan 2015Médecins du Monde, association médicale militante de solidarité internationale, s'engage depuis plus de 30 ans à soigner les populations les plus vulnérables ici et là-bas, à témoigner des entraves constatées quant à l’accès aux soins, à obtenir des améliorations durables des politiques de santé pour tous.Association indépendante nous agissons au-delà du soin en dénonçant les atteintes à la dignité et aux droits humains et en nous battant pour améliorer la situation des populations précaires.En France, les actions de

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: DDG - Intern – Reporting and Communications (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Demining GroupCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 05 Nov 2014BackgroundDanish Deming Group (DDG) is a department under Danish Refugee Council (DRC). Danish Demining Group’s (DDG) mandate is to recreate a safe environment where people are free from the threat of landmines, explosive remnants of war and small arms and light weapons. DDG has operated in Somaliland since 1999 and in South Central Somalia since 2007 clearing mines and other explosive remnants of war. The organisation now implements an armed violence reduction (AVR) programme which includes the following types of

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Rural-Urban Migration Study (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 30 Oct 2014IntroductionIn 2013, PIN secured funding from the European Union Food Security Programme for Linking Relief to Rehabilitation and Development in Afghanistan. As part of this project, PINs seek to inform humanitarian/ development actors and policy makers on the causes and extent of rural-urban migration, driving factors in the phenomenon and map the financial activities of rural migrants, including remittances to families remaining in the rural areas and the uses of those remittances.A number of policy documents have

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Senior Policy Officer - Director-General’s / Executive Office (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Development Law OrganizationCountry: ItalyClosing date: 14 Nov 2014ABOUT IDLOThe International Development Law Organization (IDLO) enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. We contribute to creating stable and inclusive societies where every person can live free from fear and want, in dignity and under the rule of law. To learn more about IDLO, please visit our website www.idlo.int or follow us on Twitter @IDLOnews.ORGANIZATIONAL SETTINGS and

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands: Director, Global Initiatives / IDLO Representative to the Government of the Netherlands (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Development Law OrganizationCountry: NetherlandsClosing date: 14 Nov 2014ORGANIZATIONAL SETTINGThe Department of Global Initiatives drives IDLO’s program strategy and development. Located in IDLO’s Branch Office in the Netherlands, the Director of the Department is accredited as IDLO’s Representative to the government of the Netherlands.Working closely with other Programs and entities in IDLO, the Department plays a key role in encouraging new program initiatives, and implementing global and thematic programs. It coordinates the design of program strategies

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: A Head of Mission in Afghanistan. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 31 Oct 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Human Resources Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 02 Nov 2014Reference:RK/HRM/LACountry: LiberiaJob Title: Human Resources ManagerContract Grade: BContract Length: 6 monthsDate Needed By: ASAPNew Post or Replacement: New PostAccompanied / Unaccompanied: UnaccompaniedExact Job Location: Monrovia with travel to support programme areasReports To: Assistant Country Director SystemsJob Purpose:Under the line management of the ACDS, the Human Resources Manager will be responsible for managing the human resources function for Concern Liberia Programme based in Monrovia,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: WASH Advisor – Middle East Region (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Nov 2014International Medical Corps is a leading international humanitarian agency who responds to the population’s health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian settings, while also supporting the recovery of systems and services in transitional and development contexts. Currently, the technical team provides leadership and advisory support across International Medical Corps HQ departments, contributes to global policy and practice and direct technical support to country

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: WASH Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Nov 2014International Medical Corps is a leading international humanitarian agency who responds to the population’s health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian settings, while also supporting the recovery of systems and services in transitional and development contexts. Currently, the technical team provides leadership and advisory support across International Medical Corps HQ departments, contributes to global policy and practice and direct technical support to country

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: WASH IN HEALTH FACILITIES CONSULTANT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Nov 2014TERMS OF REFERENCELocation: London (some travel required which may include to West Africa)Start date: ASAPDuration: 6 monthsBACKGROUNDInternational Medical Corps is a leading international humanitarian agency who responds to the population’s health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian settings, while also supporting the recovery of systems and services in transitional and development contexts. Currently, the technical team provides leadership and advisory

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Advisor: Sexual and Reproductive Health (maternity cover) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International HIV/AIDS AllianceCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Nov 2014Salary circa £47,000 per annum (inclusive of market premium) plus benefits of up to 16%We are a global Alliance of 40 organisations dedicated to ending AIDS through community action. Our mission is to work with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. We are active in three geographic regions: Africa; Asia and Eastern Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1993, the Alliance and its partners have supported

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Relationship (Fundraising) Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 10 Nov 2014Are you an inspiring senior fundraiser who can inspire corporates, individual supporters and family foundation to give?We need a highly motivated and effective Relationship Manager to join a very exciting phase at International Medical Corps UK in driving forward a new fundraising income stream in line with a brand new exciting strategy to enable us to continue our successful work in 14 out of 16 crisis zones in the world.This is a full-time role, reporting to

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Return and Reintegration Project Assistant_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/176Position/Title :Return and Reintegration Project Assistant****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Yangon, MyanmarClosing Date : 31October 2014 (Friday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: National Project Officer (Counter? Trafficking and Migrant Protection)_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/175Position/Title :National Project Officer (Counter-Trafficking and Migrant Protection)****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Yangon, MyanmarClosing Date : 31October 2014 (Friday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Finance Director, The Freedom Fund, London (source: BOND)

Finance Director, The Freedom Fund, London The Freedom Fund seeks a strategic and highly-skilled executive leader and manager to direct and execute the fiscal responsibilities of the organization. The successful candidate will have non-profit financial know-how along with the ability to manage a...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Denmark: Supply Chain Specialist (Nutrition), P-3 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: DenmarkClosing date: 11 Nov 2014Purpose of the PositionUnder the supervision of the Supply Chain Manager (MNCH), and working closely with colleagues in SCSC and the Supply Division, the incumbent will support the development and use of supply chain management strategies in select countries for priority Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and other nutrition supply chains with direct impact on programme results.The incumbent will use his/her technical knowledge and specialized experience to develop tools and structured approaches to analyse

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Training Project Assistant_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Country: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/174Position/Title :Training Project Assistant****No****. of position : 7Duty Station :Loikaw, Demawso, Hpaswang, Hpruso, Shadaw, Balawkhe, Mese Township, Kayah StateClosing Date : 27October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby 27****October

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Security Guard_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/173Position/Title :Security Guard****No****. of position : 3Duty Station :Sittwe Township, Rakhine StateClosing Date : 27October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby 27****October

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Driver_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/172Position/Title :Driver****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Sittwe Township, Rakhine StateClosing Date : 27October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby 27****October 2014

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Logistics Clerk_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/171Position/Title :Logistics Clerk****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Sittwe Township, Rakhine StateClosing Date : 27October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby 27****October

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Fatherhood Program Patient Navigator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Project Concern InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 21 Nov 2014Job Summary:Under the direction of the Project Director of the CBHS+ Programs, the Fatherhood Program PN will assist in the development and implementation of the Fatherhood program for CBHS+ and provide outreach, needs assessment and individual or group management to fathers/male partners of the pregnant women in the project’s target area. This position is located at the PCI’s US &amp; Border Programs office. The position is full time.Key Duties and Responsibilities:Conduct outreach

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Logistics Assistant_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/170Position/Title :Logistics Assistant****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Sittwe Township, Rakhine StateClosing Date : 27October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby 27****October

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Head of Mission - South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: South SudanClosing date: 31 Oct 2014People in Need is seeking Head of Mission in South SudanPeople In Need (PIN) is a Czech NGO working strictly on independent and neutral bases with no political or religious agenda. In South Sudan, PIN has been operational since the end of 2012 with reintegration/ resilience focused programs in Central Equatoria and with livelihood recovery focused (mainly livestock) in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. During the current conflict related emergency, PIN is supporting IDPs in Juba. For more information go to: www.peopleinneed.czLocation:Juba,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Protection Program Officer, GBV Research (source: Relief Web)

Organization: HelpAge InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 10 Nov 2014HelpAge USA Protection Program Officer, GBV ResearchAbout HelpAge USA:HelpAge USA works as part of the HelpAge International network to support older refugees and internally displaced people. It works for and with older people to show humanitarian actors that older people have specific needs and specific capacities in emergencies and in displacement.Work Plan:The Protection Program Officer will lead a 2-year project focused on gathering prevalence data on gender-based violence against people

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Admin Clerk_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/169Position/Title :Admin Clerk****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Myawaddy Township, Kayin StateClosing Date : 27October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby 27****October

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Country Director - Theatre for a Change (TfaC) - Malawi (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Theatre for a Change (TfaC) Location:&nbsp; Malawi Application Deadline (optional):&nbsp; November 9, 2014 Theatre for a Change (TfaC) Malawi is a dynamic and expanding organisation, specialising in innovative approaches to improving sexual and reproductive health among marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: International Consultant Resource Person Winning Proposals and Fundraising Strategy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Linkages for Resilience &amp; DevelopmentCountry: PakistanClosing date: 26 Oct 2014Linkages for Resilience and Development (LRD) www.lrdint.orgIntroductionLinkages for Resilience &amp; Development (LRD) is striving to develop an international standard training program that aims to bring together experienced trainers and practitioners both from within and outside the country and provide a rich learning environment to its participants, to help them unfold concepts and learn practical ways to contribute more effectively. Winning Proposals and Fundraising Strategy course will

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: International Consultant, Resource Person-Grant Reporting (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Linkages for Resilience &amp; DevelopmentCountry: PakistanClosing date: 26 Oct 2014Organisation: Linkages for Resilience and Development (LRD) www.lrdint.orgIntroductionLinkages for Resilience &amp; Development (LRD) is striving to develop an international standard training program that aims to bring together experienced trainers and practitioners both from within and outside the country and provide a rich learning environment to its participants, to help them unfold concepts and learn practical ways to contribute more effectively. Grant reporting will be a major training

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Medical Doctor – HIV/TB_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/168Position/Title :Medical Doctor – HIV/TB****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Myawaddy Township, Kayin StateClosing Date :27 October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****27

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Digital Manager, ActionAid, London Or Johannesburg; £38,332 (source: BOND)

Digital Manager, ActionAid, London Or Johannesburg; £38,332 A senior specialist and member of the Communications Team responsible for delivery of activities with a significant impact on the success of departmental objectives and acting as an important relationship interface with ActionAid donors and partners

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Roving Finance Controller (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 19 Dec 2014The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.Upon

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Community Health Supervisor_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/167Position/Title :Community Health Supervisor****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Mawlamyinegyun Township, Ayeyarwaddy RegionClosing Date :27 October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****27

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Country Director, Theatre for a Change, Malawi, Malawi (source: BOND)

Country Director, Theatre for a Change, Malawi, Malawi We are seeking to appoint an inspiring leader to act as Country Director to ensure the programmes of Theatre for a Change Malawi are making significant positive impact on the sexual and reproductive health of the most marginalised and vulnerable gro

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: 14-792 Consultant-Training Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Procurement &amp; Logistics Assistant_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No : VA/14/166Position/Title :Procurement &amp; Logistics Assistant****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Yangon, MyanmarClosing Date :27 October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****27

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Advisor, Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014PSI applies its expertise in private sector engagement and market-based solutions to design, develop and implement water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs. PSI’s WASH portfolio includes:Implementation of market development programs in both urban and rural areas to ensure sustainable sanitation solutions for target populations.Promotion of healthy hygiene behaviors using social marketing and other innovative and consumer centric behaviour change communications; and,Marketing and distribution

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Payroll and Benefits Leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 20 Mar 2015Founded in 1965 as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific, today, Counterpart International is a global development 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that releases the power of the social sector around the world – through individuals, organizations, and networks. Counterpart International establishes partnerships with local organizations and citizen leaders, ensuring that they can accomplish their goals of building inclusive, sustainable communities. Counterpart’s areas of focus include

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Budget Assistant (IOM) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/113 (Re-announce)Position/Title :Budget AssistantNo**. of position : 1**Duty Station :Yangon, MyanmarClosing Date :27 October 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****27 October

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Campaigner, DRC, Global Witness, London (source: BOND)

Campaigner, DRC, Global Witness, London Global Witness is an international NGO that exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses. Our success

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: Health Communication Liaison Officer - Guinea (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Internews NetworkCountry: GuineaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014Health Communication Liaison Officer (HCLO) – GuineaLocation:Conakry, Guinea (French Speakers Required)Duration: 6 monthsAnticipated Start Date:Mid to Late November 2014Deadline for Applications:Ongoing until position is filledPROJECT BACKGROUNDGuinea is where the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was first diagnosed in March of this year. According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) by mid-October a total of 1472 reported Ebola cases have been reported with at least 843 deaths.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Social Marketing Technical Advisor, Somaliland (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: SomaliaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014What is the position?PSI is looking for a Technical Advisor (TA) for their growing Social Marketing program in Somaliland. Are you the perfect fit? Read on.The position is for the Social Marketing TA to lead the team to the next level in marketing and create even greater health impact in Somaliland through the private sector.What will you do?You will instill advanced Marketing and Business discipline thereby raising the bar on our Social Marketing and increase sustainability of our programs through the commercial

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sr. Research Service Analyst - Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Location:&nbsp; Baltimore, MD, United States Reference Number (optional):&nbsp; 61651 Salary Range (optional):&nbsp; $46,377 - $63,828 General Description: Submission

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: Humanitarian Journalism Trainer - Guinea (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Internews NetworkCountry: GuineaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJT) – GuineaLocation:Conakry and Nzérékoré, Liberia (Two trainers)Duration: 6 monthsAnticipated Start Date:Mid to Late NovemberDeadline for Applications:Ongoing until position is filledPROJECT BACKGROUNDGuinea is where the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was first diagnosed in March of this year. According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) by mid-October a total of 1472 reported Ebola cases have been reported with at least 843 deaths. On September

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Procurement and Supply Chain Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Tiyatien HealthCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 31 Dec 2014ABOUT LAST MILE HEALTH:Founded by survivors of Liberia’s civil war, Last Mile Health (LMH) is committed to saving lives in the world’s most remote villages. Working in remote jungle communities cut off from even basic life-saving health services, LMH is building a health system that reaches everyone—by bringing health care to villagers’ doorsteps. We train community members to be health practitioners for their villages and then we connect them with rural health clinics to offer every person access to the care they deserve.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Project Director: HIV/AIDS Care &amp; Support project – South Africa Country Programme (source: Relief Web)

Organization: mothers2mothersCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 24 Oct 2014m2m South Africa country programme is recruiting for a Project Director: HIV/AIDS Care &amp; Support for an anticipated CDC funded project.Purpose: The Project Director will be responsible for leadership of all aspects of m2m South Africa’s HIV/AIDS Care &amp; Support Services technical assistance project including technical oversight, strategic design and implementation and ensures results-oriented project execution and quality technical assistance to the South Africa Department of Health. The position will be based

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Verification &amp; Certification Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Humanitarian Accountability PartnershipCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 30 Oct 2014Ref. (VER-003)HAP International (HAP) is seeking a Verification and Certification Officer for its Secretariat in Geneva. This is your opportunity to join a dynamic team and membership organization which plays a critical role in promoting an international standard on quality and accountability in humanitarian action. The holder of this position is responsible for improving and administering the HAP verification scheme based on the principles of impartiality, competence, responsibility, openness,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Logistics Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Tiyatien HealthCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 31 Dec 2014ABOUT LAST MILE HEALTH:Founded by survivors of Liberia’s civil war, Last Mile Health (LMH) is committed to saving lives in the world’s most remote villages. Working in remote jungle communities cut off from even basic life-saving health services, LMH is building a health system that reaches everyone—by bringing health care to villagers’ doorsteps. We train community members to be health practitioners for their villages and then we connect them with rural health clinics to offer every person access to the care they deserve.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Netherlands: Assistant Compliance and Governance (Amsterdam) - Volunteer Position (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Fairfood InternationalCountry: NetherlandsClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Name: Assistant Compliance and Governance (Amsterdam) – Volunteer Position (Part-time – 24 to 32 hours per week)Department: Global OperationsFairfood is an Amsterdam-based non-profit organisation that envisions a fair &amp; sustainable food system able to adequately produce and provide nutritious food for everyone in a way that preserves the environment and natural resources for future generations, respects human rights and secures a thriving economy for all, thereby contributing to ending hunger and poverty.It

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guyana: Social Marketing Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: GuyanaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014The 2001 Declaration of Commitment to the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) by the Heads of State and Governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Meeting in Barbados, marked the launching of PANCAP. Since its inauguration, PANCAP has expanded to become a regional umbrella organisation that brings together national HIV programmes with international and regional organisations involved in the fight against AIDS in the Caribbean. The objectives of PANCAP are as follows:• To provide a unified

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: REQUEST FOR QUOTE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Islamic ReliefCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Oct 2014ISLAMIC RELIEFBACKGROUNDIslamic Relief is an international aid and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world's poorest people. It is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984.As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.Our vision: Inspired by our Islamic faith

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: REQUEST FOR QUOTE, CONSULTANCY ON EARLY AND FORCED MARRIAGES (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Islamic ReliefCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Oct 2014ISLAMIC RELIEFBACKGROUNDIslamic Relief is an international aid and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world's poorest people. It is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984.As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.Our vision: Inspired by our Islamic faith

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: REQUEST FOR QUOTE, CONSULTANCY ON FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Islamic ReliefCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Oct 2014ISLAMIC RELIEFBACKGROUND Islamic Relief is an international aid and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world's poorest people. It is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984.As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.Our vision: Inspired by our Islamic faith

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director, HIV and TB Programs (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Population Services Intl.Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014PSI’s mission is to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services. We are a leading global health organization with programs in 70 countries providing life-saving products, clinical services, and behavior change communications to address HIV, reproductive health, malaria, child survival, TB, sanitation, and non-communicable diseases.PSI believes in the power of markets and market mechanisms

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: HM Government’s Stabilisation Unit - Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) Team of Experts (source: Relief Web)

Country: WorldClosing date: 03 Nov 2014ABOUT THE STABILISATION UNITThe Stabilisation Unit is a tri-departmental unit that reports to the Department for International Development (DFID, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Its purpose is to help HMG respond to crises and address the causes of instability overseas. The Stabilisation Unit is an integrated civil-military operational unit, designed to be agile, responsive and well-equipped to operate effectively in high threat and high risk environments. It combines in-house staff expertise on security,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Global Markets Team, Malaria Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Clinton Health Access InitiativeCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. Based on the premise that business-oriented strategies can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: Monitoring &amp; Evaluation (M&amp;E) Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Shelter for LifeCountry: SenegalClosing date: 27 Oct 2014Shelter For Life International (SFL) is a Christian Relief and development organization with almost years of history in providing humanitarian assistance to post conflict countries. SFL is currently operational in Senegal, Afghanistan, Iraq and Tajikistan. SFL provides support and assistance in the following areas:Shelter and Population SettlementApplication of MicrocreditAgriculture Development and Food SecurityReconstruction of Public and Market Infrastructure; i.e. farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, food

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Bid &amp; Tenders Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 02 Nov 2014The post of Senior Bids &amp; Tenders Advisor will be part of a small team of technical specialists within the Programme Funding Department, and will be responsible for leading high value and/or complex global and country funding opportunities (both grants and/or commercial tenders). The Senior Bids &amp; Tenders Advisor will be responsible for leading on all aspects of bid assessment, bid process management, and (when necessary) programme development with strategic funding opportunities.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ukraine: Monitoring Officers - OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Ukraine (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in EuropeCountry: UkraineClosing date: 31 Dec 2014The Stabilisation Unit, on behalf of the FCO, is looking for applications from qualified individuals for the position of Monitoring Officer within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine.The role of the Monitoring Officer is to monitor and report regularly on the security situation in the area (including incidents, human rights, including gender and inter-ethnic relations) and facilitate dialogue on the ground through

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Deputy Director for Administration and Operations - Kericho (209597) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Henry M. Jackson FoundationCountry: KenyaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. (HJF) is seeking a Deputy Director for Administration and Operations - Kenya for the HIV Research program located in Kericho, Kenya. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP. Responsibilities:Provide support to the HIV Program leadership (i.e. HIV Program Director and Deputy Directors) in the day-to-day administrative activities and operations.Provide administrative oversight and support to the

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uzbekistan: Consultancy services of neonatal nurse to organize capacity building activities of Uzbekistan neonatal care, within the EU funded project (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: UzbekistanClosing date: 03 Nov 2014Background:UNICEF in collaboration with Ministry of Health and financial support from the European Union (EU) is implementing an MCH Project “Improvement of Mother and Child Health Services in Uzbekistan” phase II. One of the components of the project aims at upgrading the technical skills of health care providers especially on improving the quality of care.Overall Objective of the Phase II of the project is to support Uzbekistan in meeting the targets of the Millennium Development Goals numbers 4 and 5, with

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: ADMINISTRATION OFFICER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Swiss Agency for Development and CooperationCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 01 Nov 2014BackgroundThe Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Through its SDC office in Kabul, Switzerland has been engaged in development cooperation with Afghanistan for the last 10 years. SDC is funding a program consisting of Humanitarian Aid and Development with a focus on Governance and Livelihood improvement. Gender mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitive Programme Management CSPM

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: DOCUMENTING EXPERIENCES, FACTS AND LESSONS LEARNED ON UNICEF’S SUPPORT ON REDUCTION OF CHILD INJURIES FROM LANDMINES, EXPLOSIVE RENEMANTS OF WAR (ERW) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 03 Nov 20141.Summary and BackgroundUNICEF would like to conduct systematic documentation of the experiences, facts and lessons learned on reduction of child injuries from Landmines, ERW, Armed Violence and Weapons. Focus will be on five selected countries based on ongoing successes, innovations and programme commitment. The study will contribute to identifying areas where additional capacities are needed as part of the 2014-2017 UNICEF’s Strategic Plan.BackgroundWith the new UNICEF Strategic Plan for

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Senior Non-Key Expert for Livelihood (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Hulla &amp; Co Human Dynamics KG(http://humandynamics.org) is pleased to announce a job offer for the position of Senior Non-Key Expert (NKE) for Livelihood in the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project "Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA)” in Georgia.Objective of the project“Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of IDPs" is an EU-funded project implemented

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sr. Program Officer/Knowledge Management Advisor- K4Health - Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Location:&nbsp; Baltimore, MD, United States Reference Number (optional):&nbsp; 62628 Salary Range (optional):&nbsp; $64,765 - $89,124 General Description: Submission Instructions:&nbsp;

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Swiss Agency for Development and CooperationCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 01 Nov 2014BackgroundThe Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Through its SDC office in Kabul, Switzerland has been engaged in development cooperation with Afghanistan for the last 10 years. SDC is funding a program consisting of Humanitarian Aid and Development with a focus on Governance and Livelihood improvement. Gender mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitive Programme Management CSPM

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uzbekistan: Consultancy services of neonatologist to organize capacity building activities of Uzbekistan neonatal care, within the EU funded project (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: UzbekistanClosing date: 03 Nov 2014Consultancy services of neonatologist to organize capacity building activities of Uzbekistan neonatal care, within the EU funded project “Improvement of Mother and Child Health Services in Uzbekistan, phase II”Background:UNICEF in collaboration with Ministry of Health and financial support from the European Union (EU) is implementing an MCH Project “Improvement of Mother and Child Health Services in Uzbekistan” phase II. One of the components of the project aims at upgrading the technical skills of health

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Emergency Contraceptive Assessment Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: WellShare InternationalCountry: UgandaClosing date: 24 Oct 2014WellShare International’s (WellShare) mission is to improve the health of women, children and their communities around the world. WellShare currently implements programs in Uganda, where it has worked since 1982.Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are a critical component of contraceptive method choices for women. ECPs were approved by the Uganda Ministry of Health for distribution by village health teams (VHTs), but roll-out has been hampered due to: misinformation among both health workers and the community about

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Senior Non-Key Expert for Analysis (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Hulla &amp; Co Human Dynamics KG(http://humandynamics.org) is pleased to announce a job offer for the position of Senior Non-Key Expert (NKE) for Analysis in the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project "Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA)” in Georgia.Objective of the project“Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of IDPs" is an EU-funded project implemented

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Vehicle Rental &amp; Driver (source: Relief Web)

Organization: QandilCountry: IraqClosing date: 27 Oct 2014QANDILis a Swedish nongovernmental, not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization that was founded in 1991 in Stockholm. Its initial aim was to improve human rights for the Kurdish population in the Middle East. Initially focusing on disseminating information and raising awareness in Sweden, QANDIL’s operations gradually shifted to providing humanitarian aid in northern parts of Iraq as well. One of the well-known projects conducted by QANDIL was the construction of, and support to, a hospital in Halabja, after the chemical gas attack

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Senior Relief Project Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Norwegian People&#039;s AidCountry: IraqClosing date: 08 Nov 2014The position is based in Erbil with travel to other areas of operation as required.? Must have at least five years experience in development &amp;/or emergency work &amp; a relevant advanced educational degree? Good understanding of management of quality management &amp; practices, understanding of development concepts &amp; approaches? Commitment to working with the poor, vulnerable &amp; marginalized? Must be willing &amp; able to live &amp; work in remote areas &amp; work effectively under &amp; adapt

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Senior Development Project Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Norwegian People&#039;s AidCountry: IraqClosing date: 08 Nov 2014The position is based in Erbil/Iraq with travel to other areas of operation as required.? At least five years experience in development &amp; a relevant advanced educational degree? Good understanding of management &amp; practices, understanding of development concepts &amp; approaches? Written &amp; verbal proficiency in English essential, with Arabic or Kurdish a plus? Good interpersonal skills, good communication, organizational &amp; analytical skills &amp; ability to work well in a team? Good understanding

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Research & Evaluation Officer/HC3 Research Director - Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Location:&nbsp; Baltimore, MD, United States Reference Number (optional):&nbsp; 61874 General Description: Submission Instructions:&nbsp; For more information and to apply click here:https://hrnt.jhu.edu/jhujobs/job_view.cfm?view_req_id=61874&amp;view=sch

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Senior Non-Key Expert for Durable Housing Solutions (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Hulla &amp; Co Human Dynamics KG(http://humandynamics.org) is pleased to announce a job offer for the position of Senior Non-Key Expert (NKE) for Durable Housing Solutions (DHS) in the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project "Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA)” in Georgia.Objective of the project“Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of IDPs" is an EU-funded

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Junior Non-Key Expert for Durable Housing Solutions (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Hulla &amp; Co Human Dynamics KG(http://humandynamics.org) is pleased to announce a job offer for the position of Junior Non-Key Expert (NKE) for Durable Housing Solutions (DHS) in the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project "Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA)” in Georgia.Objective of the project“Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of IDPs" is an EU-funded

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Officer (source: OWSA)

Sabuj Sangha invites applications for Programme Offices in Kolkata, West Bengal. Last date to receive applications: November 15, 2014.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

3ie Request for Proposals: Systematic Reviews of humanitarian interventions (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Initiative for Impact EvaluationClosing date: 12 Nov 2014The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in association with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign of Disaster Assistance (OFDA) requests proposals for systematic reviews on two questions related to humanitarian interventions. These include:What is the efficiency and effectiveness of providing humanitarian non-food item in-kind distributions in the immediate aftermath and recovery period following natural disasters and political instability?What

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sr. Program Officer/Field Support Manager - Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Location:&nbsp; Baltimore, MD, United States Reference Number (optional):&nbsp; 61891 Salary Range (optional):&nbsp; $63,808 - $87,807 General Description: Submission Instructions:&nbsp;

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Junior Non-Key Expert for Training (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Hulla &amp; Co Human Dynamics KG(http://humandynamics.org) is pleased to announce a job offer for the position of Junior Non-Key Expert (NKE) for Training in the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project "Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA)” in Georgia.Objective of the projectThe overall objective of the Project “Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Country Director, the DRC (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Women for Women InternationalCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Organizational OverviewIn countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.Since 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 407,000 women in 8

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Admin Cum HR Manager (source: OWSA)

Mobility India invites applications for Admin cum Manager in Bangaore, Karnataka. Last date to receive applications: November 10, 2014.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Accountability Reporting and Transparency Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionClosing date: 05 Nov 2014&#42;Preferred Locations: Nairobi or Milton Keynes or any other locations within +- 3hrs GMT where WV is registered - no relocation available.This is your opportunity to use your experience in advisory or management roles with international organisations to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–a global network of people committed to enhance the well-being and protection of children everywhere by empowering them, their families and communities to

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Regional Director, EMEA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Women for Women InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Organizational BackgroundIn countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.Since 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 407,000 women in 8 conflict-affected

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Program Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Project Concern InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 21 Nov 2014Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of US&amp;BP, who is also the Principal Investigator (PI) of the US&amp;BP CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project ALCANCE (Spanish for ‘reach’): Advancing Latina Chronic Disease Prevention through Awareness, Networking, Collaboration and Education, the Program Manager (PM) is directly responsible for all project-related activities and supervision of staffto reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles and reduce health

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Specialist - Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Location:&nbsp; Baltimore, MD, United States Reference Number (optional):&nbsp; 59452 Salary Range (optional):&nbsp; $41,341 - $56,918 General Description: Submission Instructions:&nbsp;

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Senior Non-Key Expert for Training (source: Relief Web)

Country: GeorgiaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Hulla &amp; Co Human Dynamics KG(http://humandynamics.org) is pleased to announce a job offer for the position of Senior Non-Key Expert (NKE) for Training in the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project "Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA)” in Georgia.Objective of the projectThe overall objective of the Project “Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of IDPs" is to support the MRA

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Research & Evaluation Officer - Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, United States (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Location:&nbsp; Baltimore, MD, United States Reference Number (optional):&nbsp; 60866 Salary Range (optional):&nbsp; $75,305 - $103,529 General Description: Submission

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Georgia: Junior Non-Key Expert for Analysis (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Human DynamicsCountry: GeorgiaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Hulla &amp; Co Human Dynamics KG (http://humandynamics.org) is pleased to announce a job offer for the position of Junior Non-Key Expert (NKE) for Analysis in the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project "Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA)” in Georgia.Objective of the project“Forging ahead: Process-oriented Technical Assistance to the Ministry of IDPs" is an EU-funded project implemented

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Social Empowerment Manager, South Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Women for Women InternationalCountry: South SudanClosing date: 31 Oct 2014Organizational OverviewIn countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.Since 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 407,000 women in 8 conflict-affected countries,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Program Manager, Africa (Staff) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Bar AssociationCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is an international development program that promotes the rule of law by working with in-country partners to build sustainable institutions and societies that deliver justice, foster economic opportunity and ensure respect for human dignity. In collaboration with our in-country partners—including judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice, and human rights and civil society

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Accountability, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: SudanClosing date: 06 Nov 2014This is your opportunity to use your experience in design, monitoring and evaluation in INGO in a relief and/or development context to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–a global network of people committed to enhance the well-being and protection of children everywhere by empowering them, their families and communities to overcome the challenges of poverty and injustice.The Accountability, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor will provide

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Rwanda: Country Support Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Clinton Health Access InitiativeCountry: RwandaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014Clinton Health Access InitiativeFounded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works to broaden access to life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria patients in the poorest parts of the world. As part of this mission, CHAI’s “Access Programs” approach global public health challenges with market-based strategies, using simultaneous engagement on both the supply and demand sides of the market. On the supply side, CHAI engages with suppliers of

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Provincial Advisor, CRRI, Karbala, Iraq (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: IraqClosing date: 19 Nov 2014Provincial Advisor, CRRI, Karbala, IraqCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging political

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Provincial Advisor, CRRI, Kirkuk, Iraq (source: Relief Web)

Country: IraqClosing date: 19 Nov 2014Provincial Advisor, CRRI, Kirkuk, IraqCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging political and economic climates in the world, including

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Director of Programmes and Partnerships - International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: British Red CrossCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 29 Oct 2014Refusing to ignore people in crisisWe are looking for an inspirational leader to lead on the strategic development and management of our humanitarian programmes and partnerships across the world.In this newly created position, reporting to the International Director, you will lead the development and management of British Red Cross international support to disaster management, longer-term resilience programmes and capacity building partnerships. You and your team will oversee

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Monitoring and Learning Program Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: US Institute of PeaceCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014THE ORGANIZATIONThe United States Institute of Peace is an independent quasi-federal institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress to:Prevent and resolve violent international conflict;Promote post-conflict stability and development;Increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital.The Institute accomplishes its mission through direct engagement in peacebuilding efforts around the world, and by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources.SUMMARYThe Program

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: British Red CrossCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 20 Oct 2014Refusing to ignore people in crisisWe seek a consultant to carry out a Response and Recovery Review of the response to Typhoon Haiyan. The purpose of the Review is to inform future British Red Cross responses to large emergencies and to inform preparation needed by the British Red Cross in order to effectively respond in the future.RequirementIn November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines as one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall. With maximum winds

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Niger: Consultant chargé d’accompagner ODI-Niger dans l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre de son plan d’autonomisation (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CBMCountry: NigerClosing date: 30 Oct 2014Contexte de l’OrganisationL’ONG ODI-Niger est une organisation nationale de développement qui s'est engagée à contribuer à améliorer l’accessibilité et l’égalisation des chances des groupes vulnérables de sa zone d’intervention par la fourniture de services adéquats au plan sanitaire, éducatif, social, environnemental et économique. Ainsi, l’ONG ODI-Niger intervient dans les régions de Dosso, Niamey et Tillabéri, où elle couvre 27 communes dont 10 urbaines. Hormis les services d’intérêt communautaire, quelques 21 138 clients/patients

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zimbabwe: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: ZimbabweClosing date: 24 Oct 2014Monitoring and Evaluation Officer 5 months contract based in HarareOxfam takes action against poverty all over the world. That includes fighting the symptoms of poverty and inequality worldwide as well as campaigning globally for more just and fair societies. Join us as a key figure in our Zimbabwe team, and you’ll help us to have more impact than ever before.The role • Participate in the development of data collection tools for monitoring and evaluating OGB and partner programmes. • Participate in internal and external workshops

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

World: Blogger at Beyond Violence (unpaid) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Beyond ViolenceCountry: WorldClosing date: 28 Oct 2014Do you have experience or enthusiasm for writing blogs? Do you have a passion for combating violence in the world bit by bit as part of a global movement? Then Beyond Violence is precisely the organisation you will be interested in!Beyond Violence is centered around a web platform which seeks to engage people across countries and continents in the promotion of non-violent conflict transformation. Through online petitions, forum discussions, digital conferences, and many more ways we are impacting decision makers and key

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Communications Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: IntegraCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 07 Nov 2014Environmental Challenge Fund Communications SpecialistDuration: Two years (renewable for a third), Full-timeLocation: Washington, DCType: US work authorization requiredBackgroundIntegra Government Services International LLC (www.integrallc.com) is an international development firm dedicated to improving the lives of the poor by facilitating economic growth and human progress in the developing world.Integra seeks a full-time candidate to serve as a Communications Specialist on a USAID-funded project to

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Program Associate, Education Programs Division (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Research and Exchanges BoardCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014Position:Program Associate, Education Programs DivisionLocation:Washington DCReports To:Senior Program OfficerDivision:Education Programs DivisionAbout IREXIREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Deputy Chief of Party--Finance, Admin &amp; Compliance (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 20 Mar 2015SUMMARY: Counterpart International is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) of Finance, Compliance, and Admin for its 5-year, USAID funded, Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP). This is a full time position based in Kabul, Afghanistan and reporting to the Chief of Party. The Finance, Compliance, and Admin DCOP will be responsible for all aspects of financial project management as well as coordination of all financial activities, especially management of the sub-granting process. S/he should have extensive

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: Consultant, Criminal Justice Comparative Study: the Netherlands and France, Indonesia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 19 Nov 2014Consultant, Criminal Justice Comparative Study: the Netherlands and France, IndonesiaCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Egypt: Economist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GeopolicityCountry: EgyptClosing date: 30 Nov 2014Important Announcement –Geopolicity Inc is an established international management consultancy group based in the United Arab Emirates, specializing in political and economic intelligence in the fragile state context. Our clients include World Bank, DFID, European Commission, and United Nations among others. You can learn more about Geopolicity Inc. and our work at our website www.geopolicity.com alongside information on sample projects and publications.Geopolicity Inc. is currently seeking a Junior Economist Both positions

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Myanmar Country Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Institute of Rural ReconstructionCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The Myanmar Country Coordinator is responsible for exploring possibilities and coordinating IIRR activities in Myanmar. Reporting directly to the Director of the Regional Center for Asia, the post holder builds the profile of IIRR by introducing the organization to and building relationship with government agencies, non-government and civil society organization, UN agencies and other institutions relevant to IIRR work.Key responsibilitiesMarkets IIRR training courses and writeshops to

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Facilities Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Partners in HealthCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014Position: Facilities ManagerReports to: ETU DirectorLocation: LiberiaPartners In Health is leading an effort to combat the Ebola outbreak, working alongside two outstanding grassroots organizations—Last Mile Health in Liberia and Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone. These groups are already working to train health workers, identify sick patients, and deliver quality care. As the epidemic advances, these groups need support to provide comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment. In coalition with Last Mile Health

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Advisor: Sexual and Reproductive Health (maternity cover), International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton; £47,000 (source: BOND)

Senior Advisor: Sexual and Reproductive Health (maternity cover), International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton; £47,000 We are now seeking a committed individual who would like to work with us to achieve our mission in exciting and dynamic times. The post holder would join a high-performing External Relations Department which comprises the Programme Impact Unit; Policy...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Israel: African Refugee Status Determination Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: African Refugee Development CenterCountry: IsraelClosing date: 09 Nov 2014The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC)is a grassroots, community-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, in order to assist, protect and empower African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. To date, the ARDC has served over 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Eritrea, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast. Since January 2014 alone, the ARDC assisted 1000+ clients on matters

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Conflict and Humanitarian Policy Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Nonviolent PeaceforceCountry: South SudanClosing date: 07 Nov 2014Conflict &amp; Humanitarian Policy AdvisorSouth SudanNonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a dynamic international, non-governmental organization which works to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict and its aftermath, mostly through the deployment on the ground of multinational teams of civilians.In South Sudan, NP has 13 field teams providing thematically focused protection programming in child protection, gender based violence protection and prevention, displacement (IDPs, refugees

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Country Director - Zambia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Voluntary Service OverseasClosing date: 31 Oct 2014About VSOVSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.Role overviewIn this role, you will play a key role in leading and delivering VSOs strategy, “People First”.At VSO, we believe that people are the best agents of change and in this role

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Communication, Reporting and Advocacy International Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Food and Agriculture OrganizationClosing date: 01 Nov 2014General Description of task(s) and objectives to be achievedBACKGROUNDThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is looking for International Consultant(s) in communication and reporting to be based in FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa RNE (Cairo) or FAO Iraq (Erbil) or FAO Yemen (Sana’a) to address different communication/reporting/advocacy needs at regional and country level.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESUnder the overall guidance of the Assistant Director General and

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Programme Director for monitoring and accountability for multi-country family planning programme (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Options Consultancy ServicesCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 02 Nov 2014Role profileWe are seeking an experienced Programme Director for the upcoming DFID-funded programme ‘FP2020: monitoring and accountability at the national and local level’. The programme aims to ensure that country-level commitments made at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning are met. It will do this by supporting strategic national and local accountability mechanisms that build the capacity of a) civil society to advocate for, and, where appropriate, b) the

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Regional Manager: Asia and Eastern Europe, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton; £42,000 (source: BOND)

Regional Manager: Asia and Eastern Europe, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton; £42,000 The Regional Manager will be required to provide strategic direction in order to achieve the Alliance Strategy: HIV, Health and Rights 2013 – 2020, whilst ensuring that Alliance Linking Organisations and the HIV response are sustainable, focussing on...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nigeria: Consultant: Nigeria Maternal Mortality Research Study (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Abdul Jameel Latif Poverty Action LabCountry: NigeriaClosing date: 25 Oct 2014J-PAL is seeking qualified applicants for a consultancy position with the “Strengthening the Midwife Service Scheme with Community Focused Interventions: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Field Trial in Nigeria” project.This project is a randomized controlled trial evaluating several community-based interventions designed to decrease maternal mortality in rural communities in Jigawa State in northern Nigeria. The study is being implemented in 96 communities across the state and involves substantial

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Women's Empowerment M&amp;E Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Akola ProjectCountry: UgandaClosing date: 28 Oct 2014Akola Project is a non-profit and social business that empowers women by facilitating vocational training, employment opportunities, savings and loans associations, education programs, ministry programs and leadership development. Our mission is to empower marginalized women to transform the physical and spiritual livelihoods of their families and communities through economic development.The Women's Empowerment Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator role is a full-time paid position in our Jinja, Uganda office. This position

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Community Organizing Coordinator (COC) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CBCP - NASSACountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 28 Oct 2014(FOR FILIPINOS APPLICANTS ONLY)1- Position IdentificationJob Title: Project Officer -&#42;Community Organizing Coordinator (COC)&#42;Employment Status: Project BasedCoordinates with: NASSA Humanitarian Unit Staff; Diocesan Social and Action Centers’ Staff; and Development &amp; Peace Community Organizing Partners.Accountability:&#42;Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Program Manager&#42;Location:Manila(with frequent travelling)2- Primary Responsibility and Tasks:The Project Officer- Community Organizing Coordinator

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: ALIMA - DAKAR - Assistant chargé de support administratif volant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: SenegalClosing date: 30 Oct 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Assistante chargé (e) de support administratif volant , pour son siège opérationnel à Dakar.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014_10_17-Assistant-chargé-du-support-administratif-Dakar.pdfHow to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Assistant chargé de support administratif - Dakar » avant le 30 octobre

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: ALIMA - DAKAR - Assistant chargé de support administratif volant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALIMACountry: SenegalClosing date: 30 Oct 2014ALIMA recrute un(e) Assistante chargé (e) de support administratif volant , pour son siège opérationnel à Dakar.Pour visualiser le profil de poste, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:http://www.alimaong.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014_10_17-Assistant-chargé-du-support-administratif-Dakar.pdfHow to apply:Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à candidature@alima-ngo.org, en précisant dans l’objet du message la référence «Assistant chargé de support administratif - Dakar » avant le 30octobre

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cambodia: Consultant specialised in child protection (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Goutte d&#039;eau - A Child Support NetworkCountry: CambodiaClosing date: 24 Oct 2014Damnok Toek ("Drop of water" in English and "Goutte d’eau" in French) is a Cambodian organization working with vulnerable children and their families. Damnok Toek runs centre-based and day-care projects in Phnom Penh, Poipet and Neak Loeung. More information on the projects and beneficiaries is available on Damnok Toek's website: www.damnoktoek.org.Damnok Toek (DT) is currently seeking a consultant for a short-term assignment to carry out an assessment of the existing procedures and policies

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Dominican Republic: Chief of Party, Food for Progress, Dominican Republic (DR) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Land O&#039;Lakes International DevelopmentCountry: Dominican RepublicClosing date: 17 Dec 2014Chief of Party, Food for Progress, Dominican Republic (DR)Land O’Lakes International Development is receiving applications for a Chief of Party for an anticipated USDA project aimed at improving producer access to regional and international markets by enhancing food safety and quality standards for high value agricultural commodities in the Dominican Republic. The Chief of Party will provide strategic vision, management and direction to the project, and will be responsible for successful

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Base Manager - Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: TearfundCountry: SudanClosing date: 06 Nov 2014Contract: 24 monthsBased in Darfur, SudanUnaccompaniedAn exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual with proven budget/grants management and people management experience to join our operational programme in Darfur.The successful candidate will report to the Area Coordinator and be responsible for overseeing the management of HR, logistics and finance functions of a project area site. The post also holds specific line management responsibilities for project support staff including the Finance Officer, Logistics Officer

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Egypt: Chief of Party-Egypt (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: EgyptClosing date: 17 Mar 2015Founded in 1965, Counterpart International is a diverse, non-profit, international development organization dedicated to helping people in need in the areas of effective governance and institutions, food security and nutrition, and economic development. Counterpart does this by building the capacity of local partner nongovernmental organizations, lenders, businesses, governments and other institutions to solve their own self-defined economic, ecological, political, and social problems in ways that are sustainable,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sierra Leone: A FINANCE COORDINATOR - SIERRA LEONE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: Sierra LeoneClosing date: 20 Nov 2014We are looking for: A FINANCE COORDINATORContext:Sierra Leone, based in FreetownLength of contract: 12 to 24 months starting from the 1st of December 2014The position:Under the supervision of the Country Director, you will be responsible to ensure sound and transparent administration of funds by providing accounting and financial management consistent with the ACF financial management framework and local legislation.You will be in charge of:Contribute to the definition of mission strategy:creating the

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Specialist--Corp. Finance &amp; Accounting (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 17 Mar 2015SUMMARY:Technical Specialist – Corporate Finance will be responsible for providing technical financial and accounting support to the HQ Corporate Finance team. The Technical Specialist – Corporate Finance is responsible for the close out of legacy projects and assists the Director – HQ Finance in updating and developing the finance policies and procedures in compliance with donor requirements and other special projects as assigned by the Director – HQ Finance. The successful candidate will provide

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Programme Manager – International Development, The Baring Foundation, London; £40,000 (source: BOND)

Programme Manager – International Development, The Baring Foundation, London; £40,000 A new full-time position has been created to lead our International Development Programme. The initial focus of the Programme will be on Gender Development and LGBTI rights in a region of Africa, though this may change over time.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sierra Leone: Consultancy for Technical EiE Curriculum Review Support - Part Time (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Concern WorldwideCountry: Sierra LeoneClosing date: 27 Oct 2014The main objective of this consultancy is to provide support in technically reviewing curriculum materials for the Emergency Education Radio Programme.Specific Objectivesa) Technically review Scope and Sequence documentation for initial 3 month Early Grades Literacy and Numeracy radio programme.b) Technically review and support the development of content for radio based Literacy and Numeracy sessions for Early Grades.Specific tasksa) Review Scope and Sequence documentation for initial 3 month period (12

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Barbados: Technical Area Experts (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: BarbadosClosing date: 25 Oct 2014Counterpart International is seeking expressions of interest from qualified technical experts interested in working with Counterpart on an anticipated three-year Coastal Risk Assessment and Management Program in Barbados. The anticipated project is financed through Inter-American Development Bank via the Barbados Government’s Coastal Zone Management Unit. Counterpart seeks qualified technical experts in the areas following areas for potential short and long-term technical support and consulting roles. Exact nature

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ukraine: Finance and Awards Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenCountry: UkraineClosing date: 04 Nov 2014Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Program Officer, Asia (Staff) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Bar AssociationCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.Job SummaryThe ABA Rule of Law Initiative is seeking a full

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Barbados: Proposal Development Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: BarbadosClosing date: 24 Oct 2014Counterpart international is seeking a consultant to assist in the development of a proposal for an anticipated three-year Coastal Risk Assessment and Management Program in Barbados. The anticipated project is financed through Inter-American Development Bank via the Barbados Government’s Coastal Zone Management Unit. Principle duties will include the conducting of an in-depth assessment of specific areas or issues of special interest to the project, the identification of local partners, the identification of key

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: A PSYCHOLOGIST – MENTAL HEALTH AND CARE PRACTICES PROGRAM MANAGER (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014We are looking for: A PSYCHOLOGIST – MENTAL HEALTH AND CARE PRACTICES PROGRAM MANAGERContext: Liberia, based in Monrovia with regular visits in the Montserrado County to work on Ebola emergency contextLength of contract: 4 months (renewable), starting as soon as possibleThe position: Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, you will be responsible to implement, coordinate and monitor the “Mental Health and Psychosocial and Care Practices” in collaboration with the other ACF departments.More specially,

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Angola: Program Manager in Angola: Health Projects (source: Relief Web)

Organization: People in NeedCountry: AngolaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014People in Need is seeking for Program Manager in AngolaLocation:Bié, Huambo, Huila/Benguela provincesStarting date: 15/11/2014End date:30/09/2016People in Need (PIN) has been active in Angola since 2006. Team of 8 expatriates and approx. 70 local staff manage programs focusing on improving education, livelihoods and food security, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions and gender-based violence. PIN programs are managed from its head office in Kuito, Bié province and field office in Huambo province. For more

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: Behavior Change Implementation Specialist, Indonesia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Global Alliance for Improved NutritionCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. GAIN is a Swiss based international organization that mobilizes public-private partnerships and provides financial and technical support to deliver nutritious foods to those people most at risk of malnutrition. The organization is delivering improved nutrition to an estimated 700 million people in more than 30 countries, half of whom are women and children.Through its Maternal, Infant and

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

China: China Program Associate (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Asia CatalystCountry: ChinaClosing date: 09 Nov 2014Position type: Full time contract, 40 hours/week; 12-month commitmentLocation: Beijing, People’s Republic of ChinaReports to: Director of Capacity Building and Community InitiativesPay rate: [Associate-Beijing]; US $ 2,060 / month.Deadline for Applications: November 9, 2014Ideal start date: December 1, 2014Asia Catalyst works with community-based organizations (CBOs) from marginalized communities in East and Southeast Asia that promote the right to health. We train our partners to meet high standards of effective

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Denmark: Procurement Associate – Capacity Building, for GPRHCS (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: DenmarkClosing date: 31 Oct 20141. Organizational LocationThe Procurement Associate position is located in the Procurement Services Branch (PSB) in Copenhagen. This position is a Global Programme-funded position for capacity development activities for external partners (e.g. Governments) within the context of the Global Programme RHCS philosophy of strengthening national systems, thus delivered to the beneficiary countries’ governments and other external partners, such as NGOs.The position could entail supervision. The position will report to the

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Non Executive Directors, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (source: BOND)

Non Executive Directors, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxfordshire We seek individuals with board level or senior experience in similarly international and complex orgnisations, who have a broad range of experience in one or more of the following areas: a science based organization, an international business environment,...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Programme Manager PPA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Christian AidCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 02 Nov 2014Salary: £44,230 - £47,000Job Type: Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2016Job Reference : (0253)Are you an experienced programme manager? Do for have the drive, passion and communication skills to inspire people to develop effective relationships, set up and implement large or complex programmes, deliver results and achieve value for money? Do you have a passion for social justice and international development? If so would you like to use your skills working for an international

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Program Associate, Asia (Staff) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Bar AssociationCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 20 Nov 2014ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.JOB SUMMARYThe American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director, Proposal &amp; Report Development (Temporary) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s Fund - United States FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Manager, Product Marketing (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s Fund - United States FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Manager, Afghanistan Security Management Unit (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 24 Oct 2014Chemonics seeks a security manager based in Washington, D.C., to support our Afghanistan Regional Business Unit. The manager will help ensure the security of the region's dynamic portfolio and new business efforts. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership, diplomacy, and proactive problem-solving skills. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.Responsibilities include:• Manage regional incidents and emergencies in collaboration

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Communications Assistant (unpaid, voluntary position) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: War Child UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 03 Nov 2014See www.warchild.org.uk for a full description.War Child UK is looking for an exceptional volunteer to join our London head office. You must have the right to live and work in the UK.The Communications Assistant will support the Digital Manager in his work towards improving the quality and quantity of content posted to War Child’s website and social media channels, understanding our digital audiences and developing and implementing our communications strategy.If you have excellent

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Regional Manager: Asia and Eastern Europe (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International HIV/AIDS AllianceCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 06 Nov 2014Salary circa £42,000 per annum plus benefits of up to 16%The International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a world without AIDS. Since 1994, the Alliance and its partners have supported over 3,000 projects, in over 40 countries, reaching millions of people. There is much more to be done. The epidemic continues to result in the death of millions of people every

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Madagascar: Program Manager II - Strategic Growth &amp; Business Development (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Catholic Relief ServicesCountry: MadagascarClosing date: 01 Dec 2014Job Title:PM II-Strategic Growth and Business Development (SG &amp; BD)Dept/Location:SARO/Antananarivo, MadagascarReports To:Country RepresentativeAbout CRS:Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guinea: UN (E) ADMINISTRATEUR (TRICE) VIH/SIDA (source: Relief Web)

Country: GuineaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014UN (E) ADMINISTRATEUR (TRICE) VIH/SIDAGrade :NOBLieu d’affectation :ConakryType de contrat :Fixed Term (FT)Durée :1 an (renouvelable)Avis de Vacance n° :VA/2014/NO/012Date de clôture de la publication : 31 Octobre 20141. Objet du poste, Principales Tâches et ResponsabilitésSous la supervision générale du Spécialiste santé P-3 (VIH-SIDA/MCH) de la section survie et développement de l’enfant, l’Administrateur (trice) VIH/SIDA est responsable de la planification, de la mise en œuvre, du suivi et de l'évaluation du programme / projet (s) dans

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER (EDUCATION) – HARGEISA, SOMALILAND (source: Relief Web)

Country: SomaliaClosing date: 02 Nov 2014In mid-2010 CARE Somalia/Somaliland initiated a change in its program structure and strategy - from working in technical sectors to working in more holistic programs focusing on the needs of particular ‘impact groups’. CARE has identified a number of particularly vulnerable groups in Somaliland, one of which is vulnerable rural women which the position report to. The Rural Women programming impact group are women headed families, where the husband is either absent, disabled or otherwise unable to contribute to the household livelihood that are particularly

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Environmental Health Specialist (Asbestos Containing Materials) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Cardno Emerging MarketsCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The Australian Government is providing support under the Joint Understanding between Australia and Papua New Guineaon further bilateral cooperation on health, education and law and order to the Government of Papua New Guinea to develop key capital infrastructure investments in the health, education, law and justice and transport sectors. The Australian Government has committed to lead and undertake the upfront master planning, scoping, design and feasibility assessments associated with these infrastructure

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER (EDUCATION) – GAROWE, PUNTLAND (source: Relief Web)

Country: SomaliaClosing date: 02 Nov 2014CARE is an International NGO working in Somalia. CARE and its partners work with vulnerable communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and promote peace and development, through its strategic goal to reduce poverty by empowering women, enhancing access to resources and services, and improving governance. CARE is looking for suitable candidate to fill the position of Senior Project Officer (Education) for Rural Women Programto be based inGarowewith frequent travel to project areas.JOB SUMMARYThe overall responsibility of the SPO- Education

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER (EDUCATION) – RURAL WOMEN PROGRAM (source: Relief Web)

Country: SomaliaClosing date: 02 Nov 2014CARE is an International NGO working in Somalia. CARE and its partners work with vulnerable communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and promote peace and development, through its strategic goal to reduce poverty by empowering women, enhancing access to resources and services, and improving governance. CARE is looking for suitable candidate to fill the position of Senior Project Officer (Education) for Rural Women Programto be based inGarowewith frequent travel to project areas.JOB SUMMARYThe overall responsibility of the SPO- Education

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: AREA MANAGER – RURAL WOMEN PROGRAM (source: Relief Web)

Country: SomaliaClosing date: 02 Nov 2014CARE is an International NGO working in Somalia. CARE and its partners work with vulnerable communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and promote peace and development, through its strategic goal to reduce poverty by empowering women, enhancing access to resources and services, and improving governance. CARE is looking for suitable candidate to fill the position of Area Manager for Rural Women Programto be based inGarowewith frequent travel to project areas.1. JOB SUMMARYThe Area Manager has the overall responsibility for managing programme

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&amp;E) Adviser (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan RefugeesCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 15 Nov 2014General Responsibilities:The M&amp;E Adviser is a key position within the Grants and Monitoring Unit of the fundraising and communication Department. In close collaboration with the Grants and Monitoring Manager, and the Head of fundraising and communication, the incumbent will support DACAAR in the planning and execution of its M&amp;E activities, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards and feedback of M&amp;E information for learning, accountability and decision making purposes,

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Finance and Admin Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Afghanistan Research and Evaluation UnitCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 02 Nov 2014IntroductionThe Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent, Afghanistan-based research institute. Its purpose is to inform and influence policy and practice through conducting high-quality research, to actively disseminate the results, and to promote a culture of research and learning. To achieve its mission AREU engages with policy makers, civil society, researchers and students to promote their use of AREU’s research and its library, to strengthen their research capacity,

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Immunization Strategic Planning and Execution Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Clinton Health Access InitiativeCountry: KenyaClosing date: 17 Nov 2014The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI – formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) was established in 2002 to increase access to care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS and to strengthen health systems in resource-poor countries. Over the past few years, CHAI has expanded the scope to include access to high-quality treatment for malaria, new vaccines and essential treatments for common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. CHAI has also increasingly supported governments build

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Supporter Care Officer (source: CARE)

Supporter Care OfficerStarting salary: £22,069Ref: C656Are you a confident communicator with a passion for supporter care? It’s never been a more exciting time to join CARE International UK’s individuals fundraising team, with extra investment and a commitment to growth, we aim to increase our income by 60% over the next five years and you could be part of the team that makes this happen.We are looking for a supporter care professional with great administrative skills, a keen eye for detail and a great communicator. With first class customer service skills, you will be comfortable speaking

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior M&amp;E Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS FoundationClosing date: 01 Nov 2014TITLE:Senior Monitoring and Evaluation (M&amp;E) AdvisorLOCATION:Coast Province, Kenya"Sometimes in life there is that moment when it's possible to make a change for the better. This is one of those moments."-Elizabeth GlaserThe Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 15 countries and at more than 7,000 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Research Technician – Vaccine Biosciences (closing date: 31 October 2014) (source: ILRI)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Technician to focus on recombinant antibody technologies. S/he will be part of a group that comprises of senior technicians within the Vaccine Biosciences Department. ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa &#8230; Continue reading &#8594;

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Head of Programme (HoP) - based in Kabul, Afghanistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 26 Oct 2014Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is looking for an experienced Head of Programme (HoP), based in our country office in Kabul with regular field trips.Context and background of DRC in AfghanistanThree decades of conflict have left Afghanistan as one of the world’s poorest countries, despite modest progress reported in the health and education sector. According to the UNDP, life expectancy at birth is 44 years. Only 23 percent of the population enjoy access to safe water and 88 percent of Afghans do not have access

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consortium for Street Children: Advocacy Manager (source: Third Sector Jobs)

£35 - £37,000 depending on experience:Consortium for Street Children:CSC is looking for a talented Advocacy Manager to take the lead on implementing our CSC advocacy strategy at the highest policy levels.Shoreditch

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT