MDG’L 8: Global Partnership for Development

 

 

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http://www.common-fund.org/call-for-proposals/?

 

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“Call for Abstracts” 2nd Internatio​nal Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Developmen​t, September 9-11 2014

 

2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development

“Tackling a Key 21st Century Evaluation Challenge” – Washington, D.C. – September 9-11, 2014

Introduction

Several critical climate change and evaluation events have been scheduled for 2014 and 2015. First, the global community will transition from achieving targets related to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to prominently feature environment and climate change issues. Second, the long anticipated climate change agreement is expected to be reached in Paris at COP21 in December 2015. And third, prior to this event, the UN will host a high profile Heads of State’s Summit on Climate Change in New York in September 2014. Meantime, 2015 has been declaredInternational Year of Evaluation with several events planned around the world to raise the importance of evaluation to decision making and project and program formulation.
These events are expected to highlight the urgent need of tackling the devastating effects of climate change, as recently confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fifth Assessment Report. But these events also point to the crucial importance of evaluation and climate change evaluation in particular to the overall quest of ending poverty and achieving sustainable development.
Since the 2009 UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, there has been a relatively positive response to the call to increase climate finance and investment. This growth has resulted to a surge in demand for evaluative evidence that demonstrates what is working, why, how and under what circumstances. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut answers to these questions.
While climate change evaluation practice has made considerable progress in addressing difficulties linked to methodologies, approaches and adaptive tools to evaluate interventions, challenges are far from over. Some of these challenges are further compounded by the fact that climate change interventions take place at different scales in different environmental and socio-economic contexts and geographical regions of the world. Examined from the lens of the often complex interactions between climate change and other established development areas such as natural resources management (NRM) and food security, these dilemmas are further exacerbated.
The global evaluation and the climate change evaluation community in particular will have to deal with these difficulties in the 21stcentury.
In recognition of the need to urgently and collectively address these challenges so as to draw credible evidence capable of meeting current and future demand, the Climate-Eval Community of Practice, hosted by the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO) and other bilateral partners will organize the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development.
This will be held on September 9-11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The 2nd international conference will build upon the gains made by the first one held in Alexandria, Egypt in 2008. But unlike the 1st conference, this one pivots around emerging challenges of the evaluation of climate change mitigation and adaptation and the policies and its relations to established development areas.
Proceedings of this conference are timed to feed into the current and future rethinking of the international development architecture while specifically shading light on best practices, indicators, tools and approaches to evaluate climate change mitigation, adaptation and the nexus between climate change and development areas such as natural resources management (NRM), food security and other related development fields.

Specific Objectives of the conference

1)       To learn from recent efforts to evaluate the results and impact of policies and programs of climate change interventions, including the relationship to other development areas.

2)       To review and analyze new and emerging approaches and methods to evaluate climate change policies and interventions and to identify gaps and challenges for future work.

3)       To identify innovative and emerging learning and knowledge sharing strategies to enhance the utility of climate change and development evaluations.

4)       To provide additional support to strengthen capacity in developing countries to undertake evaluation of climate change interventions.

Call for Abstracts

Central to this conference will be – three parallel streams – in which the Steering Committee is – now seeking – abstracts for paper and poster contributions. Individual practitioners, associations, donors, and academes are welcome to submit proposals in the following streams:

1.      Policy and program level evaluations

2.      Evaluating climate change adaptation

3.      Evaluating climate change mitigation.

 

Contributions are invited that address the methodological challenges in these areas and/or that describe the demand for and the use made of this evaluation. Contributions that address interactions between mitigation and adaptation are encouraged. Interventions may also involve trade-offs between different development objectives or hold potential for realizing synergies among them. Evaluations that examine how these issues are dealt with in design and implementation and that assess the multiple outcomes are likely to be of wide interest.
Practitioners and other stakeholders are invited to propose special sessions to tackle topics such as knowledge brokerage. Meetings of representatives from professional associations, communities of practice and participants from regions are also envisaged.
Selection Criteria
The selection committee will be looking at contributions that, on one hand, clarify issues in climate change evaluation research and theory, and on the other, raise critical questions and issues that will define future practice. While proposing emerging and innovative evaluation paradigms, proposed papers should report critically on completed evaluations. Abstracts will be reviewed on the following broad criteria:

1.      Relevance (abstracts must be concise and coherently aligned with the conference themes and objectives as well as the target audience.

2.      Novelty and Innovation (abstract must show innovative information and/or present new or emerging developments in climate change evaluation).

3.      Advancement of Climate Change Evaluation Practice (abstract should present a significant contribution to the field of climate change and NRM evaluation and indicate how the submitted paper will contribute to the development of global knowledge)

4.      Overall Clarity and Quality of Abstract (abstracts should ensure easy understanding of issues and objectives of the paper)

5.      Originality and unpublished work (abstract must be original and should not have been previously published)

Papers will be reviewed by a selection committee to identify those that will be presented at the conference. Female and young climate change practitioners from developing countries are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.
Submission Procedure and Structure of Abstracts
 
A 400-words abstract (maximum) in Microsoft Word format should be emailed to dakana@thegef.org not later than Friday, May 30, 2014 and must include the following information:

1.      Name and title of presenting author

2.      Email and telephone contact details of presenting author

3.      Title of the paper

4.      Name, title and institutional affiliation of author

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations combine text, images and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation of evaluations. Poster sessions will offer practitioners the opportunity to visually present their work, network with peers, and assemble useful feedback from conference participants.
Submissions for poster sessions should be 400 words (maximum) and should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Final poster presentations should be 1.0 meter in width and 1.5 meter in height.

Exhibition presentations

An exhibition space consisting of stands that will display creative and innovative posters, brochures and other promotional and knowledge materials will be created. These stands will serve as channels for exchanging knowledge and experiences and also create opportunities for direct communication and outreach among participants, in addition to exhibiting structured dialogues.
Exhibition presentations should include a one page description of the goals of the exhibition, required materials, title, submitting association/organization and contact details.
Special Roundtable Sessions
These are flexible conference formats intended to allow extended discussion among small groups of conference participants on topics such as knowledge brokerage and other climate change evaluation related issues. Roundtables are unique opportunities for cross fertilization of ideas among peers with similar interest on common topics.
Proposals should be 400 words (maximum) should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
Sponsorship
On submitting full papers, practitioners and other stakeholders will be requested to indicate whether they require financial support to cover expenses (travel, accommodation and daily allowance) associated with their participation in the Conference.
Further questions concerning the submission of abstracts should be addressed to David Akana: dakana@thegef.org .
Submission Deadlines
The following important dates will serve as guide to practitioners / interested stakeholders in submitting abstracts:
Start of submission                                                                      Thursday, May 1, 2014
Abstracts Submission Deadline                                                  Friday, May 30, 2014
Notification of Final Acceptance                                              Monday, June 16, 2014
Submission of full paper manuscripts (2000 words)              Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Conference Dates                                                                        September 9-11, 2014

Visit Climate-Eval community of practice for more information: http://www.climate-eval.org/events/2014-conference

And for more information on the call for Abstracts, email David Akana at Climate-Eval: dakana@thegef.org

 

Best wishes,

Dennis Bours

Steering Committee Member of the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development.

http://climate.dennisbours.com

 

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UN CC: Learn Programme Leverages USD 1 Million in National Funds for Climate Change Teacher Training

Dear Climate Readers,
We would like to share with you some good news from the Dominican Republic. The National Council on Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMD) has announced that the country will invest a further 1 million USD from the national budget in climate change training for teachers in 2014-2016.
The training programme is based on a UN CC:Learn supported pilot phase during which 400 teachers were trained in 2013. An initial UN CC:Learn grant of 30,000 USD, provided by SDC, succeeded in leveraging 90,000 USD in national budgetary funds for teacher training.
The additional 1 million USD that has been announced for the expanded programme brings the total resources leveraged to 1,090,000 USD – a 36:1 ratio.
Watch a video about the teachers training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m80JQNHeEI8
 
About UN CC:Learn
UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change.
The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by UNITAR. An important aspect of UN CC:Learn is to support countries develop a National Climate Change Learning Strategy through a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process.
During the course of 2012-2013, Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda are participating as UN CC:Learn pilot countries. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government.

Teacher’s Training on Climate Change in Dominican Republic – UN CC:Learn
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New Release – Discussion Paper on Corporate Social Responsibi​lity

 

UNDP MDG Carbon has recently released a new Discussion Paper on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility as an enabler of Green Growth and Climate Action’ which looks at the role of UNDP and MDG Carbon in helping a host country to establish a CSR Agency, a CSR Strategy and a CSR Fund for sustainable development.

 

The discussion paper is intended primarily for policy makers, regulators, and implementing agencies to relook at the private sector initiatives under CSR as a driver for green growth and climate action as well to encourage the private sector and organizations interested in CSR to act with national / regional governments to align their CSR efforts with broader sustainable development goals.

 

Kindly download the Discussion Paper here.

 

Best regards,

Alexandra

E-mail : alexandra.soezer@undp.org

 

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New post on ReliefWeb blog – 10/04/2014

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum – Message Board

 

New article on the ReliefWeb blog:     ReliefWeb

Transforming humanitarian data into knowledge: Introducing the ReliefWeb API

 

Read the article on ReliefWeb: http://reliefweb.int/blogpost/transforming-humanitarian-data-knowledge-introducing-reliefweb-api

 

Are you developing innovative online products for humanitarians? Do you want to incorporate ReliefWeb content and data in your website or online application? Then the new ReliefWeb API may be just what you’re looking for.

It’s been eight months since we released the initial version of the API to a small number of interested developers. We were encouraged by the interest and feedback, but we also quickly realized that there was a lot more to APIs than just making it work – we needed to turn it into a real product.

So, we have been working with Development Seed and Phase2 to refine our API and developers’ resources. The result is ReliefWeb API version 1.0, which we are releasing to the public today.

For all our non-techie humanitarian users, API is short for “application programming interface”, and it allows applications to talk directly to the ReliefWeb database and retrieve information.

As many humanitarians know, ReliefWeb represents one of the most detailed sources of crises and disaster updates. With over 17 years’ worth of carefully selected and curated content, ReliefWeb is globally known as one of the most comprehensive, well-maintained and reliable sources of humanitarian information. We’ve already used our API to develop humanitarian information products such as the ReliefWeb Mobile site and our new Content Trends feature.

Now, it is now possible for our users to build effective humanitarian tools, like applications that analyze historical humanitarian data or websites that pull ReliefWeb content in real-time.

If you are a developer, we think you’ll find our new API to be full-featured, yet fast and easy to use. It requires minimal effort for common tasks and adheres to HTTP API standards and practices, and we’ve fully revamped the documentation. We hope that the API v.1.0 is developer-friendly and sustainable, and that it will inspire you to create useful information analysis tools for humanitarians.

Our new API features: The entire ReliefWeb database A developer portal with all information in one location Interactive documentation of major API features via Swagger.

We will be introducing our API to the developer community at this year’s Drupal NYC Camp at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Saturday 12 April. If you’re attending the conference, make sure you catch our session.

Of course, this is only really the beginning. We are excited to see what new applications you, the humanitarian community, will create. If you’re interested in utilising ReliefWeb’s API, then check out the ReliefWeb API developer portal.  All the information you need is there to get your project started.

If you have any technical questions or are seeking some API support, you can leave a message on our ReliefWeb API Google group. Our tech support team, along with the ReliefWeb API community, will endeavour to answer any queries you might have.

We’re also keen to hear your ideas and suggestions for innovative web applications for the humanitarian community and how you will use the new ReliefWeb API. Either leave a comment below or contact us at feedback@reliefweb.int

For questions about this list, please contact: feedback@reliefweb.int

 

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Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life”

5-11 April 2014 | Medellín, Colombia
The summary of this meeting is now available in PDF format at http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/sd/crsvol125num7e.pdf and in HTML format at http://www.iisd.ca/wuf/wuf7/html/crsvol125num7e.html

The seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) was held in Medellín, Colombia from Saturday, 5 April to Friday, 11 April 2014. With sessions held every two years, the Forum examines rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. This year’s session of the Forum, with the theme “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life,” drew over 22,000 participants from more than 140 countries representing governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), urban professionals, local authorities and academics. The WUF, convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), is a non-legislative technical forum.

The opening ceremony, on Monday, 7 April, was preceded by four assemblies, focused on the themes of gender equality, urban youth, business and children, as well as by a weekend of city and parallel exhibition events. During WUF7, participants met in dialogues, roundtables, special sessions and plenaries. They also took part in city events, side events, networking and cultural events and televised “urban talk” debates. As the host city, Medellín showcased many of its innovative urban transformations, including solutions for accessible mobility and for public and green spaces in the city.

The WUF7 Medellín Declaration will feed into the post-2015 development agenda process and preparations for the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016.

WUF7 concluded with a reminder of the need for sustainable urbanization in achieving sustainable development.

The WUF Bulletin is a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) <info@iisd.ca>, publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin © <enb@iisd.org>. This issue was written and edited by Paula Barrios, Ph.D., Kate Harris, Jennifer Lenhart, and Kate Neville, Ph.D. The Editor is Brett Wertz <brett@iisd.org>. The Director of IISD Reporting Services is Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI <kimo@iisd.org>. Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). IISD can be contacted at 161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0Y4, Canada; tel: +1-204-958-7700; fax: +1-204-958-7710. The opinions expressed in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IISD. Excerpts from the Bulletin may be used in other publications with appropriate academic citation. Electronic versions of the Bulletin are sent to e-mail distribution lists (in HTML and PDF format) and can be found on the Linkages WWW-server at <http://www.iisd.ca/>. For information on the Bulletin, including requests to provide reporting services, contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services at <kimo@iisd.org>, +1-646-536-7556 or 300 East 56th St., 11D, New York, New York 10022, USA.

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Dear All,

A Global Partnershi​p of Solidarity or Global Partnershi​ps for Wealth?

Today there will be a Thematic Debate on “The role of partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” organized by the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly.

In a statement released yesterday, the Campaign for Peoples Goals for Sustainable Development along with other civil society groups and social movements warn that “The privileging of the private sector’s role in partnerships poses the danger of corporations and their lobby-groups gaining unchecked influence over the agenda-setting and political decision-making by Governements.

If left unmanaged and unsupervised, these partnerships are likely to evolve to further serve corporate interests resulting in the privatization of public services to the detriment of the peoples’ right to basic services and universal social protection. Indeed it is strange to think that while governments deliberate over a new set of “sustainable development goals”, other negotiations are taking place that will further cement the ‘sovereign rights’ of corporations over state jurisdictions .”

If you want to sign-on to this statement, please send your organization’s name and country to secretariat@peoplesgoals.org

Paul Quintos IBON International 3rd Flr., IBON Center 114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City 1103 Philippines Telefax: +63 2 9276981
Skype ID: paul.quintos Websites: iboninternational.org peoplesgoals.org

 

–  Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org


Follow threats and take action to protect civil society – join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.org

 

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South Bulletin: Turbulence in Emerging Economies: From Easy Money to Hard Landing?

South Bulletin
6 May 2014
Published by the South Centre 

South Centre Website: http://www.SouthCentre.int (English, French, Spanish) (South Centre Blog and South Centre DigitalTV)

Dear Pamela Puntenney,

      Turbulence in Emerging Economies: From Easy Money to Hard Landing?

This issue of South Bulletin       focuses on the deepening economic problems in emerging economies. There       is a concern that emerging economies may be the ones facing the next       financial and economic crisis. The South Centre’s chief economist, Yilmaz       Akyuz, in his article, proposes urgent steps needed to avoid or deal with       a potential crisis in these economies.

The Centre’s Executive Director,       Martin Khor, in his article, also talks about new problems confronting       several developing countries which faced sharp currency depreciation and       capital outflows at the start of 2014. He also argues the case for       capital controls over capital outflows in countries facing potential       flight of capital to avoid a potential crisis.

China seems to be preparing to       play a bigger role in global economic affairs, but not at the cost of       giving up its developing country status. This was the impression made at       the conference Transformative Global Governance: China and the United       Nations, held in Shanghai on 13-14 January 2014. An article on this is in       the Bulletin.

Other articles in the bulletin       include:

  •  Latin       American and Caribbean Leaders Create a Zone of Peace and Unite Against       Poverty and Inequality
  • A step forward       for Asian Cooperation
  • Equity, climate       change and sustainable development – South Centre-Ecuador Side Event at       COP 19
  • WIPO at       Crossroads: Results of the General Assembly 2013
  • South Centre       pledges continued support to the G77 and China
  • G15 to be       engaged in post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Welcome to the       real world, by Humberto Campodonico

We hope you find this issue interesting, and we welcome your comments.             With best wishes,       Martin Khor       Executive       Director,                         South Centre and       Editor, South Bulletin

To download the entire South       Bulletin, please click here.       To read individual articles, please see below.

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fa9cf38799136b5660f367ba6&id=2c9fb37411&e=1e33eb2f1a

 

 

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  Mrs. Christina Rehbein strategy workshop   minutes strategy workshop 23114 final

 

Kristina Rehbein

Geschäftsführung
erlassjahr.de – Entwicklung braucht Entschuldung e.V.
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40477 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 (0)211/4693-218
Fax: +49 (0)211/4693-197
k.rehbein@erlassjahr.de
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Dear international friends,

We have launched our campaign to urge the Governor of the Irish Central Bank to “do the right thing” and to freeze the sale of the illegitimate Anglo bonds.
This is in response to pressure from the ECB in its annual report today (on p110) expressing concern about Ireland paying the Anglo debt (or IBRC debt as they call it) over a longer time period.
It would really help us:
1.If your country is in the eurozone or in EU, contact your Central Bank and urge them to support Ireland not to sell the bonds and to cancel the illegitimate Anglo debt
2. No matter what country you live in – email the Governor of the Irish Central Bank and urge him to “do the right thing” and freeze the sale of the bonds.
3. Carry out media work or education in your country calling for cancellation of the illegitimate Anglo debt
All the information about the campaign is here:

PATRICK HONOHAN: DO THE RIGHT THING!

7 Apr 2014

Freeze the sale of Anglo Bonds

 

The European Central Bank is piling pressure on Ireland to sell the illegitimate Anglo bond debt.This debt is the debt of gambling bankers. It was never our debt and it should not be paid. The debt originates from the bailout of the infamous Anglo Irish Bank – Irish Nationwide Building Society, through promissory notes given by the state to pay off the bondholders, even while this zombie bank was under criminal investigation. The debts of Anglo & Co – about € 30 billion – are worth nearly half the cost of the private banking debt made public in Ireland – € 64 billion, a staggering 40% of our national income. Last year Anglo & Co were hastily wound down, and as part of this ‘deal’, the promissory notes were converted to tradeable bonds, and placed with the Irish Central bank for sale on the markets.

If Patrick Honohan, the Governor of the Irish Central Bank, sells this unjust debt on the international markets, it will make it harder for us to refuse to pay the new holders of the debt – and we will be bound to pay interest to the new bondholders, adding insult to injustice.

Call Patrick Honohan at the Irish Central Bank: +353 1 2246000 and ask him to freeze the sale of the Anglo Bonds. Or email him at patrick.honohan@centralbank.ie and governor@centralbank.ie.

Tell him to do the right thing and not to sell the Anglo bonds.

Here is a draft message to help you…

Draft message:

Dear Governor Honohan,

I am contacting you to ask you to freeze the sale of the Anglo bonds – the bonds relating to Anglo Irish Bank -Irish Nationwide Building Society – which you call ‘floating rate treasury bonds’.

This debt was never the debt of the people of Ireland. It is the debt of a gambling bank now under criminal investigation. It should not be paid.

If you sell this unjust debt on the international markets, it will make it harder for us to refuse to pay the new holders of the debt. And we will be bound to pay interest to the new bondholders, adding insult to injustice.

Please do the right thing and freeze the sale of the Anglo bonds.

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Learn more about why Ireland should not sell the Anglo bonds:

In February 2013, amid huge public outrage at the promise to pay over € 30 billion to settle the Anglo debts, the Irish government changed the form of the debt but without in any way reducing the size of it. It was previously in ‘promissory note’ form – like an IOU – and the government changed it to sovereign bonds, a tradable form of debt now held at the Irish Central Bank. The Irish Central Bank is set to sell the bonds gradually to international markets but now the European Central Bank is pressuring Ireland to sell them faster. Check out our blog on the issue here.

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Hi all,

 

Thought this new working paper from the IMF would be of interest regarding the empirical record of the DSF

 

Best

Sargon

 

New item in your series of interest:

Working Paper No. 14/48: Assessing Bias and Accuracy in the World Bank-IMF’s Debt Sustainability Framework for Low-Income Countries Author/Editor: Andrew Berg ; Enrico Berkes ; Catherine A. Pattillo ; Andrea Presbitero ; Yorbol Yakhshilikov Summary: The World Bank and the IMF have adopted a debt sustainability framework (DSF) to evaluate the risk of debt distress in Low Income Countries (LICs). At the core of the DSF are empirically-based thresholds for each of five different measures of the debt burden (the “debt threshold approach” DTA). The DSF contains a rule for aggregating the information contained in these five different variables which we label the “worst-case aggregator” (WCA) in view of the fact that the DSF considers a breach of any one of the thresholds sufficient to indicate a high risk of debt distress. However, neither the DTA nor the WCA has heretofore been subject to empirical testing. We find that: (1) the DTA loses information relative to a simple proposed alternative; (2) the WCA is too conservative (predicting crises too often) in terms of the loss function used in the DSF; and (3) the WCA is less accurate than some simple proposed alternative aggregators as a predictor of debt distress.

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=41444.0

DISCLAIMER: This Working Paper should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF. The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy. Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate.

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I was an author on a section of the WG2 IPCC report (along with George Luber who had a more substantial role and
perhaps other anthropologists as well). Yes, there has definitely been a discursive shift from the last report and its for the
better. The new report makes a stronger case for the magnitude of problems that humans face, as well as the urgent need
for solutions.
For a more manageable read, here is the summary document for policymakers
_________
Rick Stepp
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Florida

 

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Final Evaluation of an Apprentice​ship Project in Bangladesh

From: Haider Nazia EDA HAINA [mailto:nazia.haider@eda.admin.ch]
Sent: 2014-04-28 11:06:38
Subject: Final Evaluation of an Apprenticeship Project in Bangladesh

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached a draft ToR for an upcoming evaluation, scheduled to
take place this summer (July – August 2014, preferably) in Bangladesh. More
information about the project is available on the following website:
http://www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/bangladesh/en/Home/Employment_and_Income_Generation/Skills_Development/CoEL

For this task, SDC is searching for an international consultant. If
you/your agency is interested in the task, please email me at
nazia.haider@eda.admin.ch with your updated resume, consultancy charges,
and availability by Wednesday, 30 April 2014. If shortlisted, I will send
you other documents required to complete the proposal. Please note that we
are seeking this support from various agencies through a closed tender and
will shortlist according to internal criteria.

Kind regards,

Nazia

Nazia Haider
Senior Programme Officer

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Embassy of Switzerland

Bay’s Edgewater, 8th Floor, Plot 12, North Avenue, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212,
Bangladesh
Tel.  +88 02 881 23 92/94, Ext: 123
Fax  +88 02 882 34 97
nazia.haider@eda.admin.ch
www.sdc.org.bd

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Dear David and other friends,

It sounds very interesting to us in Kerala. We started a similar process in
Kerala in 2012  in relation with the ‘Additional Skill Acquisition
Programme (ASAP) (www.asapkerala.gov.in ). The objective of the programme
is to provide additional skill training to the students at Higher Secondary
Schools and arts and science Under Graduate Collages in the state to
enhance their labour market acceptability.

At present we have 33 Skill Development Centres to provide industry sector
specific skill training  and we plan to develop this centres into Community
Skill Parks (CSP). All the courses are being developed, delivered, assessed
and certified with the active participation of the industry in accordance
with the occupation standards and qualification packs being developed by
sector skill councils and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) (
www.nsdcindia.org)

Do we have  forum colleagues from www.psdc.org.my to get more information
on their experiences?

Warm regards
P. Anil Prasad
Under Secretary (Lifelong Learning)
Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP)
Higher Education Department, Government of Kerala
3rd Floor, Trans Towers
Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala, India Pin Code 695014
Phone +91 471 2772513
Official e-mail : aprasad@asapkerala.gov.in

Project website: www.asapkerala.gov.in
Personal home pages
www.wikieducator.org/User:Anil_Prasad
www.apletters.blogspot.com

 

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Linear and circular economy

From: Rafael Barrio Lapuente [newdidactics@gmail.com]
Sent: 2014-04-25 12:13:39
Subject: Linear and circular economy

The proposals of circular economy had a significant role in the meeting of
the World Economic Forum in Davos 2013. I attach the link to the report
http://www.weforum.org/reports/towards-circular-economy-accelerating-scale-across-global-supply-chains

The essence of circular economy is to design products with no waste
products that facilitate disassembly and reuse…

The idea of Cradle to Cradle (Remaking the Way We Make Things) developed by
chemist Michael Braungart and architect William McDonough ranked as the
next industrial revolution

Traditionally the main slogan of environmentalism has been ” Reduce, reuse,
recycle .” The authors propose a different approach: Reduce the impact on
the environment cause slowdowns same , but faster or slower would be coming
to the same end. Optimize the design and production architectural and
industrial. Design for not to contaminate.

The global consultancy McKinsey, which ensures that from the current model
of linear economy ( produce – use – throw ) to a circular economy in which
the elements are reused to complete the cycle ( “cradle to cradle” ) would
save annual 700 billion.

On a curricular level, the overall objective would be to educate and train
young people from the perspective of sustainability from the industrial
product development with the idea that every product should fulfill a life
cycle that would allow recycled and re- feedback process creation of new
products

I attach a link  with the idea of an economic model based on circular
economy as an alternative to the linear model economy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zkoSmXxFeoY

From my point of view, this idea I could have a big impact on the future of
the TVET curriculum.

King regards

Rafa

 

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From: Raja Asad Ullah Khan [liveasad@live.com]
Sent: 2014-04-04 08:35:33
Subject: Competency Based Standards improvement and reflection in KSA model

Dear Members;

In the face of growing worldwide concern with regard to finding new and
better way for the TVET approaches, the Competency Based Standards (CBS)
take a vital role in strengthening the technical and vocational trainings.
This is the basic refrain since last few decades in making attributes which
led to gain the KSA model in its real form.
Now days TVET is focusing on CBS. And aspects which are mandatory to
incorporate in the development of CBS considering country’s requirements.
I need to know from the TVET experts:

• Aim and range of CBS
• Challenges (Need identification, Analysis, organization and planning)
• Role of Industry in developing CBS
• Assessment/ evaluation of CBS

Raja Asad Ullah Khan
TVET Associate,
Lahore, Pakistan.
E-mail: liveasad@live.com

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Hi all,

NEW REPORT

Eurodad just released a new report that assesses the quantity and quality of conditionality attached to IMF loans.

The report “Conditionally yours: An analysis of the policy conditions attached to IMF loans” finds that the number of IMF conditions per program actually increased in recent years, this against the IMF’s stated intentions to ‘streamline’ conditions in order to make programs less cumbersome.
The report also provides new evidence of controversial conditions in politically sensitive economic policy areas, particularly tax and spending, including increases in VAT and other taxes, freezes or reductions in public sector wages, and cutbacks in welfare programmes including pensions.

The report is online now. Enjoy reading and please forward to others who might be interested, including government officers etc.  Many thanks!

LAUNCH EVENT:

We also like to invite you to the ‘physical’ report launch at the Spring Meetings in Washington DC:

Reforming IMF conditionality. Where do we stand?

Saturday, April 12, 14:15 to 15:45, World Bank HQ in Washington DC, room tbc

Organized by ANND, Eurodad, ITUC and Oxfam International

Based on new research papers by Eurodad and ANND, this takes a look at recent practice of conditionality that was attached to IMF programmes over the past years three years, assessing in particular:

  • the quantity of IMF conditionality and the reform burden it puts on programme countries under stress,
  • the IMF’s trade and investment conditionality, as in countries of the MENA region
  • the IMF’s tax conditionality and its distributional impact
  • and IMF labour market conditionality and what it means for vulnerable populations.

Experts from ANND, Eurodad and the International Trade Union Confederation will present their latest observations. The IMF will be given an opportunity to answer and the floor then open to questions.

Chair:              Nicolas Mombrial, Oxfam International, Head of Washington D.C office

Panelists:         Peter Bakvis, ITUC, Washington D.C. representative

Bodo Ellmers, Eurodad, Policy and Advocacy Manager

Kinda Mohamadieh, ANND; Policy Advisor

Name tbc, IMF

Bodo Ellmers Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer Eurodad, European Network on Debt and Development

 Tel: + 32 2 894 46 51

Skype: eurodad-bodo

Email: bellmers@eurodad.org Rue d’Edimbourg, 18-26. Brussels 1050. Belgium

Two exciting new jobs at Eurodad! Grants, Finance & Office Manager // Finance & Accounting Officer.

More information here.

 

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Hi all,

Fyi the Annual Stakeholder Forum of the multi-donor Debt Management Facility takes place in Brussels tomorrow and the day after. It is usually a pretty interesting event attended by lots of senior staff of the IFIs and leading debt (management) experts.

Therefore, it is good for direct advocacy, networking and dissemination. They still accept registrations, I realized when I tried yesterday. Try here
For those who are not and cannot make it to Brussels , the agenda contains links to the presentations, see here

All the best

Bodo

Bodo Ellmers Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer Eurodad, European Network on Debt and Development

image001Tel: + 32 2 894 46 51

Skype: eurodad-bodo

Email: bellmers@eurodad.org Rue d’Edimbourg, 18-26. Brussels 1050. Belgium

 

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DESA News April 2014: Population and development, Public administration, Partnerships beyond 2015

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/newsletter/desanews/2014/04.html

 

 

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From: Ann Kobia <kobiamakena@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 8:32 AM Subject: PACJA updates Fw: Keynote Address by President of Liberia/Chair of HLC To: pacja-updates <pacja-updates@googlegroups.com>


— Dear Colleagues,
Find herewith the link of the  keynote address made by H.E. Madame Sirleaf on the Common African  Position (CAP) at the recently concluded Conference of Ministers of  Economy and Finance.
The Chair highlighted some of the following points in her speech:
  • African regional Post-2015 process -  multiple regional and sub-regional consultations and meeting of the  Sherpas held to articulate on the CAP;
  • How the High-Level Committee (HLC) was set up on May 2013 during the 21st AU Summit and the countries representing the HLC;
  • How the Summit gave the responsibility of further refining the CAP  to the HLC and how the Summit requested the AUC, RECs, relevant  stakeholders to engage member states and work with the PRC (Country  Ambassadors to the AU) and African group in New York to ensure that the  CAP fed into the Post-2015 development agenda;
  • The work of the HLC after its formulation, how the roadmap from May  2013 Summit onwards was designed by AUC and Liberia Chair Office and how this roadmap was approved on September 2013 on the margins of UNGA  (United Nations General Assembly);
  • The establishment of the technical working group at UNGA comprising  of UNECA, UNFPA, NEPAD, UNDP Regional Bureau and AfDP to refine the  draft CAP;
  • The technical working group met with the Sherpas  several times to incorporate comments from various stakeholders and  build consensus around priority areas of the CAP;
  • The revised CAP was thus, presented to the Heads of State and  Government at the January AU Summit 2014 and was adopted with Peace and  Security being added as a pillar rather than an enabler;
  • At the end of February 2014 the HLC endorsed the changes made and further discussed strategy for advocacy around the CAP.
  • The Chair highlighted that the CAP aims at re-orienting the  development paradigm away from externally-driven towards  domestically-inspired and funded initiatives;
  • She further  highlighted as being incorporated in the CAP some major points such as – good governance, ownership and participation by Africans, service  delivery on Health & Education, decent jobs and strengthened  resilience to external shocks, harnessing science, technology and  innovation, sustainable development agenda for Africa on the basis of  Common but Differentiated Responsibilities, addressing inequalities,  resource mobilization and innovative financing and inclusive  development;
  • She moved on to say that now the CAP has been developed, next step would be advocacy, negotiations and forging alliances;
  • She also said the 19 areas of focus identified by the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDGs are mostly in line with African priorities. However,  she stressed the need to forge ahead with advocacy and negotiations to  ensure that African voice is not only heard but well taken and reflected in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
  • She concluded by saying ‘The people of Africa have spoken. We have listened and now is the time for action’.
Indeed it is. Now it’s the time for action! Please also find attached the  Focus Area Document identified by the UN for your information.
Best,
Eskedar
Consultant, Post-2015 Save the Children


A  global environment free from the threat of global warming with sustainable development,equity and justice for all.

 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Below, fellow colleague and GGCA member Tim Gore, Oxfam, shares information regarding food & hunger from the report as well as the gap between global adaptation needs and inadequate climate finance commitments.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chair
Co-Coordinator Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tich Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
__________________
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Hi folks,
Sharing a few things that might be helpful around the new IPCC report. I haven’t seen a gender analysis of the new report, great if someone can share if they have…
Blog on 5 key takeaways from the report on food/hunger:  http://oxf.am/5Zd
Briefing on key excerpts from the report on food/hunger:  http://oxf.am/5ZL
(I also tweeted a load of content today on food/hunger from the report and related media coverage @tim_e_gore)
There was a bit of a fight with echoes of the UNFCCC between some developed (US, UK, Canada) and developing countries over the language in the SPM referencing the estimated global adaptation needs (70-100bn ref to WB study from 2010 was cut from draft) and the adaptation finance gap. The final language is much weaker than it was in the draft, but nonetheless a useful reference for us in climate finance work at UNFCCC, in that it recognises for the first time an adaptation finance gap (something we’ve been calling out as NGOs for many years, and the reason we ask for 50% of climate finance for adaptation!)
“Limited evidence indicates a gap between global adaptation needs and the funds available  for adaptation (medium confidence). There is a need for a better assessment of global  adaptation costs, funding, and investment. Studies estimating the global cost of adaptation are  characterized by shortcomings in data, methods, and coverage (high confidence).”
Questions/comments etc as ever welcome. Best, Tim
Timothy Gore  Head of Policy, Advocacy and Research
GROW Campaign
Oxfam International

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Trillions of Dollars of Public Spending to be Directed Towards  Greening Global Markets

Sustainable Public Procurement Programme Can Accelerate Shift to Resource-Efficient World

NEW YORK, 1 April 2014 – A new global programme, launched Tuesday, will harness the power of the trillions of dollars that Governments spend on public procurement each year towards a shift to a more resource-efficient world.  

The Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme – the first action to get underway as part of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) – will assist Governments to redirect public spending into goods and services that bring significant environmental and social benefits.

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development nations spent an average 13 per cent of gross domestic product on public procurement in 2011, while in some developing nations this can hit 20 per cent. This adds up to trillions of dollars globally, demonstrating the scale of the opportunity ahead,” said Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director. “Governments can use this enormous purchasing power to force markets onto a sustainable path by demanding goods and services that conserve natural resources, create decent greens jobs and improve livelihoods around the globe.”

The SPP Programme—co-led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI)—will enable this shift by improving knowledge of sustainable procurement’s benefits and supporting implementation through access to experts and tools.

Existing initiatives from around the globe prove that sustainable procurement transforms markets, boosts eco-industries, saves money, conserves natural resources and fosters job creation. For example:

* Indian Railways replaced more than one million incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent lamps in 400,000 employees’ homes, saving more than 100,000MWh of energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 90,000 tonnes each year. 

* In Brazil, the Foundation for Education Development saved 8,800 cubic metres of water and 1,750 tonnes of waste by using notebooks made from recycled paper in Sao Paulo schools. 

* In France, a contract for the purchase of toner cartridges was awarded to an organization that, between 2009 and 2011, recovered 11,500 kilogrammes of waste, saved the Government 30 per cent in costs and created nine full-time jobs for disabled people.

Many other nations, including the Republic of Korea, have created sustainable public procurement policies that will bring further such benefits in the near future.

In the United States—where the Government procures more than $500 billion a year in goods and services—the Federal Government has incorporated sustainability requirements into purchasing regulations. Additionally, an Executive Order stipulates that 95 per cent of all new contracts use products and services that are energy- and water-efficient, environmentally preferable, non-ozone depleting and contain recycled content. 

Chile’s public procurement and contracting bureau set a target of 15 per cent of procurement orders meeting sustainability targets by 2012. This was exceeded one year ahead of schedule: 17.2 per cent of orders included sustainability criteria by the end of 2011. The bureau oversees $8 billion in transactions, accounting for more than 3.2 per cent of GDP. 

In Japan—where a 2010 study found that government bodies spent US$672 billion (17.6 per cent of GDP)—green purchasing laws now require ministries, provincial governments and an increasing number of cities to make 95 per cent of their purchases from designated “green product” categories. 

The programme, by working to ensure such purchasing decisions are the norm rather than the exception, aims to play a vital role in the transitioning the globe to an inclusive Green Economy. 

The launch comes just a few months ahead of the first United Nations Environment Assembly, when the world’s environment ministers will meet to discuss the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, with a special focus on sustainable consumption and production.

“A rapid transformation, which will support the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, is eminently possible,” said Mr. Steiner. “Governments from across the globe signed up to the UNEP-led Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative at Rio+20, and are backing this commitment with action. This demonstrates that the political will is already in place.”

The programme is also supported by the European Commission, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, the China Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Republic of Korea, ISEAL Alliance, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES:

* “If public money is spent on products and services that reduce environmental impacts, encourage social improvement and achieve financial efficiency, a huge step forward could be made towards sustainable development,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary-General, ICLEI World Secretariat. “This is what the 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement aims to achieve.” 

* “The Republic of Korea has gained strong expertise in the implementation of green public procurement based on an electronic monitoring system over the past 10 years,” said Yongjoo Kim, President of KEITI. “We wish to contribute to the programme, in close partnership with UNEP and ICLEI, by identifying and disseminating good practices.”

About the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) 
The 10YFP is a global framework for action that enhances international cooperation to develop, replicate and scale up Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and resource efficiency initiatives around the world. It was established after Heads of State at Rio+20 agreed that SCP is a cornerstone of sustainable development, and an important contributor to poverty alleviation and the transition to low-carbon and green economies. The SPP Programme is the first of an initial suite of programmes to be launched under the 10YFP. Other programmes on consumer information, sustainable lifestyles and education, sustainable buildings and construction, and sustainable tourism are expected to be launched in 2014. UNEP hosts the Secretariat of the 10YFP. 

For more information, please visit www.unep.org/10yfp

For more information, please contact: Shereen Zorba, Head, UNEP News and Media 254-20 762 502, +254 788 526 000shereen.zorba@unep.org or unepnewsdesk@unep.org

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Jim Sniffen Programme Officer UN Environment Programme
New York tel: +1-212-963-8094
sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com
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Dear Colleagues,

The World Bank has released a report, “Human Opportunity Index (HOI): national equality of children’s opportunities in Pakistan”, see Abstract, citation, and attached file.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
__________________ Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Human Opportunity Index (HOI) : national equality of children’s opportunities in Pakistan (English)

ABSTRACTThis paper complements the World Bank’s recent report on poverty by providing some additional information on inequality. In contrast to reports that analyze measures of inequality of income or wealth (such as the Gini), this paper focuses on equality of opportunities of children, where opportunities refer to access to basic services and goods (access to education, health conditions and basic infrastructure) that improve the likelihood of children to maximize their human potential. It introduces a new metric to Pakistan, the Human Opportunities Index (HOI), that combines the overall coverage rate of the opportunity with a penalty for the share of access to opportunities that are distributed in an unequal fashion. The Human Opportunity Index was developed recently at the World Bank and has been estimated now for over 20 countries in Latin America and Africa.

Newman, John. 2012. Human Opportunity Index (HOI) : national equality of children’s opportunities in Pakistan. World Bank Policy Paper Series on Pakistan ; no. PK 8/12. Washington, DC : World Bank Group.

 

 Worldbank info Youth Pakistan 862440NWP0Worl02012000HOI0National

 

 

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http://www.thegef.org/gef/        http://www.utsn.nl/uitvoering-financien/projectkosten/

 

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 UN OWG Decent Work Side Event – 7 February 2014

Please find attached information concerning an upcoming side-event:

Decent jobs in the transition to a sustainable economy

 

7 February 2014 – 1:15pm to 2:30pm

 

Conference Room B (CB)

 

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Jim Sniffen
Programme Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com

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Hi everyone,
We’ve now finalised the questions on debt and tax  for EU party groupings that we’ve been working on with Eurodad ahead of the EU  elections.
We will be sending the questions off on Friday,  with a covering letter. If you have not done so  already, could you please let me know if you would like to ‘sign-on’ to asking  the questions, and send me your logo. It would be great to have a good  spread of organisations from across the EU. Deadine: Friday 10:00am
Thanks,
 
Tim  Jones Policy Officer Jubilee Debt Campaign The Grayston Centre 28  Charles Square London N1 6HT United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)20 7324  4725

 Eurodad FINAL questions for party groupings 01.04.2014 (1)

 

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[Eurodad debt] New Report by OEFSE on soft loan policies of four European Donor countries: Austria, Denmark, Germany and the Netherland​s.

This report by Eurodad partner ÖFSE presents the results of a research project on the development orientation of soft loans. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the historical evolution and institutional structure of tied aid as well as a comparative assessment of soft loan policies of four European Donor countries: Austria, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Its conclusions are both relevant for the current discussion on Financing for Development and the debate on the future of ODA.

 

The study compares the selected soft loan programs with regard to the respective institutional set-up, strategic orientation and implementation patterns. The comparison revealed a marked heterogeneity in the soft loan landscape. In almost all of the dimensions analysed, the programs show considerable differences. In addition, the study shows that development policy aspects are anchored in the programs to different degrees. 

 

The report derives three general conclusions on the characteristics of the field of soft loan financing: 

  • the pronounced institutional heterogeneity surrounding the various instruments,
  • the hybrid nature of the programs, and
  • the rather conventional understanding of development in which they are grounded.

To read the full report, click here.

Bodo Ellmers
Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer
Eurodad, European Network on Debt and Development

 

Tel: + 32 2 894 46 51

Skype: eurodad-bodo

Email: bellmers@eurodad.org

Rue d’Edimbourg, 18-26. Brussels 1050. Belgium

 

 

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And one more,  TNI and CEO have released a report titled Profiting from crisis How corporations and lawyers are
scavenging  s crisis countries   To be found here:
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PATRICK HONOHAN: DO THE RIGHT THING

2 Apr 2014

Blog: Ireland’s Financial Foe: the European Central Bank

A call to Patrick Honohan, the Governor of the Irish Central Bank to do the right thing

by Nessa Ni Chasaide

Last week it emerged external link that the European Central Bank (ECB) is not happy with the restructuring of Ireland’s most odious socialised banking debt – the debts of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society. The debts of Anglo et al – about € 30 billion – are worth nearly half the cost of the private banking debt made public in Ireland – € 64 billion, a staggering 40% of our national income.

In February 2013, amid huge public outrage at the promise to pay over € 30 billion to settle the Anglo debts, the Irish government changed the form of the debt but without in any way reducing the size of it. It was previously in ‘promissory note’ form – like an IOU – and the government changed it to sovereign bonds, a tradable form of debt now held at the Irish Central Bank. The Irish Central Bank is set to sell the bonds to international markets at a rate of about € 0.5 billion per year.

But now it seems the ECB wants this process speeded up as they are concerned that this restructuring broke ECB rules by allowing so called ‘monetary financing’ within the Eurozone. The ECB is afraid that the new arrangement is viewed as the ECB creating money by allowing the Anglo debt to be paid over a longer time period.

The Anglo: Not Our Debt campaign, of which DDCI is an active member, also has problems with the Anglo debt restructuring – but for very different reasons.  Our objections are three-fold:

  1. This debt is the debt of gambling bankers. It represents almost half of the overall socialised banking debt being paid by people in Ireland. It is not our debt and we should not pay any of it.  While the deal lengthens the payment period (to 39 years instead of the original 17 years), the converting of the promissory notes into bonds means the government believes that the Anglo debt is a legitimate debt that should be paid. It shouldn’t.
  2. The government has now made it more difficult not to pay this debt. The promissory notes were basically an inter-agency promise between state agencies – the Irish government, Anglo (state owned) and the Irish Central Bank. They could have decided between them not to pay it, or at least negotiated hard with the ECB for agreement not to pay it. By changing the debt into bonds, the debt will now be traded internationally and we will owe it to private bondholders instead  –  who will of course put up a serious fight if they are not paid
  3. Selling the bonds will probably cost us over € 1 billion in interest payments that would otherwise stay within the Irish state. By trading the debt on the private markets, the Irish Central Bank will have to pay interest to private bondholders, rather than keep the interest payments within the state system. The bonds will carry a floating interest rate so we don’t know exactly how much they will cost us. But once they are all sold it’s likely that the annual interest bill will be over € 1.3 billion– not even counting the maturing debt principle.

For all these reasons, we should not sell these bonds to private bondholders. The Irish Central Bank should freeze the sale of the bonds, pending a full cancellation of this illegitimate debt.

The power to make this decision lies with the Governor of the Irish Central Bank, Patrick Honohan. He should not bow to this renewed pressure from the ECB, the same institution that forced us in 2010, through extreme bullying in the context of the ‘bail-out’, to pay for the entire banking debt.

It is time for Governor Patrick Honohan to do the right thing.

Patrick Honohan, will you do the right thing?

– Nessa Ní Chasaide Co-ordinator
Debt and Development Coalition Ireland Unit F5 Spade Enterprise centre North King Street Dublin 7 Ireland
Ph: + 353 1 6174835 Skype: nessani Website: www.debtireland.org
My work days are Monday – Thursday

 

– Nessa Ní Chasaide Co-ordinator
Debt and Development Coalition Ireland Unit F5 Spade Enterprise centre North King Street Dublin 7 Ireland
Ph: + 353 1 6174835 Skype: nessani Website: www.debtireland.org
My work days are Monday – Thursday

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Dear Colleagues,
erlassjahr.de, Jubilee USA and Friederich-Ebert-Stiftung New York would like to warmly invite you to the following event:

“How to Make External Debt Sustainable?” A panel discussion among policy makers, academics and civil society 

International Monetary Fund, MC 2-210, Washington D.C.

Wednesday, 9th of April, 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Since the outbreak of the world recession in 2008 countries as diverse as Greece, Grenada, Burundi and Ukraine have run into serious debt sustainability problems. Ultimately even the IMF had to acknowledge, what academics have been warning against for years: Multilateral debt relief initiatives such as HIPC and MDRI have not solved the global sovereign debt crisis “once and for all”. A recent IMF staff paper has identified some of the reasons for this in the set-up of global debt management, but has stopped short of making proposals for remedy.  

One of the key elements of any debt restructuring process is the definition of a sustainable debt level for sovereigns. IFIs have developed various methodologies for distilling definitions for a sustainable debt out of a plethora of economic data and political circumstances. However, in real life, economic expertise tends to be over-ruled by political preferences (for or against relieving individual countries of their over-indebtedness) and by the dominance of creditors, who urge debtors to kick the can the road rather than solve a looming crisis in time.  

Against this sobering background we ask for the link between the technical definition of debt sustainability and its translation into meaningful debt restructuring. 

How can timely and sufficient debt relief be provided? 

What are the missing links in global sovereign debt management? 

Speakers:

Sara Burke, FES New York

Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA

Adrian Cosentino, Secretary of Finance Argentina

Lee C. Buchheit, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 

Aldo Caliari, Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern 

Kristina Rehbein, erlassjahr.de

Timothy Antoine, Grenada Ministry of Finance (TBC)

Paul Inderbinen, Finance Ministry Switzerland (TBC)

The current program version is attached. We are looking forward to see many of you there.

Best,

Kristina

erlassjahr.de

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Program_Debt Sustainability.pdf
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http://www.brettonwoodsproject.org/

 

http://www.cigionline.org/publications/2013/8/sovereign-debt-forum-expanding-our-tool-kit-handling-sovereign-crises

 

http://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/CIGI_PB_28.pdf

 

 

 

http://www.imf.org/external/pp/longres.aspx?id=4839

 

United Nations  Millenium Goals Development Report:

Year 2013, http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/report-2013/mdg-report-2013-english.pdf

Year 2012

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/MDG%20Report%202012.pdf

 

 

 

 

ILO Micro Finance For Decent Work:

Social finance: http://www.ilo.org/employment/areas/social-finance/lang–en/index.htm

 

 

 

 

EU Funding For Sustainable Development:  http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • We need sustainable statistics to support sustainable development”

 

 

 

http://www.futureun.org/en/

 

 

http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1665

 

http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?spip.php&page=article_fr_s&id_article=4370

 

http://vikasnath.com/2013/11/25/united-nations-new-issues-new-ideas-not-enough-financing/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.globalreporting.org/information/policy/rioplus20/Pages/Sustainability-Reporting-Rio20.aspx

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/

 

http://www.careclimatechange.org/files/No_Excuse_for_Inaction-CAREs_demands_for_UN_climate_talks_in_Warsaw.pdf

 

 

 

  • CIEPR_2013_RevisitingSovereignBankruptcyReport.pdf CIEPR_2013_RevisitingSovereignBankruptcyReport.pdf 1228 kB     Download  
    A Renewed Proposal for a Sovereign Debt Forum - 22Aug2012.pdf A Renewed Proposal for a Sovereign Debt Forum – 22Aug2012.pdf 79 kB  Download 
    Notes call 07.11.2013.doc Notes call 07.11.2013.doc 52 kB   Download 

 

Notes CADTM meetings 12-13 Nov

 

 

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http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2409

 

http://www.nsdcindia.org/knowledge-bank/index.aspx

 

Regards Md. Quamruzzaman Deputy Director NSDC-Secretariat.

Ministry of Labour and Employment

Web: www.nsdc.gov.bd

 

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2392

 

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/e-forum/Green%20Day.doc

 

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/e-forum/MVP-Programme-Norway.pdf

 

http://www.iisd.ca/vol12/enb12592e.html

 

http://www.japanfs.org/en/aboutus/greeting.html

 

http://www.japafs.org/

 

http://www.hioa.no/content/download/20477/214507/file/MAYP2012_2012-08-30_engelsk.pdf

 

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2398

 

 

http://www.apacc4hrd.org/

 

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2403

 

 

http://www.ifpri.org/book-753/ourwork/program/2020-vision

 

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www.greenday2013.de

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2385

 

 

http://edunorth.wordpress.com/writing/

 

 

http://edunorth.wordpress.com/public-speaking/

 

 

 

 

 

http://eurodad.org/files/pdf/5280b0e731441.pdf

 

 

 

MAGAZINE

 

www.climateandhealthalliance.org/summit/climate-and-health-summit

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1550-fit-for-renewables-designing-the-green-climate-fund-to-mobilise-feed-in-tariffs-in-developing-countries

 

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1557-oil-coal-gas-and-carbon-fundamental-truths-from-indigenous-peoples

 

 

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1555-you-can-commodify-carbon-but-you-will-never-commodify-time

 

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1561-coal-s-double-health-burden

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1556-re-energising-climate-efforts

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1556-re-energising-climate-efforts

 

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1549-rapidly-growing-slums-could-be-the-key-to-sustainable-urban-energy-system-transformation   http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/index.php

 

 

 

 

http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/index.php/component/content/article/184-cop-19-day-2/1560-reflection-from-cop-19-monday-11th-november

 

 

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/worldtvetdatabase1.php?ct=PAK

 

 

 

 

http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2391

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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