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Linked Open Data: The Essentials. The climate knowledge brokering edition

<p><span style="color: #3a3a3a; font-family: Quattrocento, serif; font-size: 16px;">This &nbsp;new edition of REEEP’s highly successful manual Linked Open Data: The Essentials offers a solid introduction to Linked Open Data (LOD) principles, with new case studies and updated information on how to make the most of the possibilities LOD has to offer. The manual is particularly targeted at knowledge brokers working in the climte change sector, with most of the examples and case studies focused on this area, but the general principles are broadly applicable to other disciplines and sectors.</span></p>

16 Jun 2017 03:55:20 GMT

Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches

<p>This new working paper by Andrew Scott of ODI explores the effectiveness of governing for the “water-energy-food nexus” of issues. The author looks at approaches that understand the links between sectors, recognise these in decision-making and promote integrated policy-making.</p><p>The concept of the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus has become widely used to help understand interdependencies among the three systems, and how they can be managed sustainably to meet growing demand. The water–energy–food nexus has especially been advocated to address conflicts among the sectors. However, governance in the water–energy–food nexus has not received much attention in the literature, particularly the institutions and politics governing the water–energy–food sectors.</p><p>This&nbsp;paper&nbsp;synthesises findings from CDKN-supported action research in this area. The paper draws from findings in Indonesia, Kenya and the Amazon Basin to show that the effectiveness of the horizontal (cross-sectoral) and vertical (between levels of government) coordination that is essential for a nexus approach is determined by institutional relationships, which can be influenced by political economy factors. The capacity of governing organisations to understand nexus links and to collaborate with each other is also critical.</p><p>The paper suggests that aiming for the ideal of comprehensiveness and integration in a nexus approach may be costly and impractical. Nevertheless, horizontal and vertical coordination are essential. Local-level decision-making will determine how trade-offs and synergies in the water–energy–food nexus are implemented. The capacities of local government organisations and decision-makers need to be strengthened to enhance their capacity to adopt nexus approaches and coordinate vertically.</p>

15 Jun 2017 11:25:52 GMT

Village savings and loans associations: an approach adapted to the poorest households?

<p>To improve preparedness and prevention of drought risks in the agricultural and pastoral communities around Lake Fitri in Chad, Solidarités International implemented a project between 2013 and 2016 that endeavoured to strengthen their capacities for resilience. One of the activities more specifically concerned women and addressed their need to access credit in order for them to launch merchant activities: Solidarités International supported the creation of 15 Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), based on the existing tontine model and inspired by VSL Associates’ methodology. The associations are made up of between 15 and 30 members, are presided over by internal regulations drawn up by its members and run for a cycle of 9 to 12 months. Members buy shares &nbsp;on a weekly basis and are able to take out a loan with interest for up to three times their individual total savings.</p><p>This case study presents the VSLA methodology in more details, and attempts to shed light on the socio-economic profile of the members (does the activity incorporate the poorest households?), on how the latter use the loans granted, on whether participation in a VSLA can improve the resilience of member households, and on the determinants of success.</p>

13 Jun 2017 10:39:32 GMT

Integrated marine and coastal management in the western Indian Ocean: towards a sustainable oceans economy

<div>The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region has valuable and diverse coastal and marine resources, but much of its natural capital is either threatened or declining. The WIO encompasses rich diverse tropical and subtropical areas along the coastlines of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. This region also comprises vast oceanic areas and the island states of Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius and Réunion. This paper focuses on the marine and coastal governance of mainland states in the region. As countries in the WIO region gear for a sustainable oceans economy, there is an urgent need for effective tools to ensure the resilience of coastal and marine biodiversity, to regulate sustainable resource use and to protect the livelihoods of millions of people. To achieve this, anticipatory approaches such as ecosystem-based, integrated resource management and coastal and marine spatial planning need to be used to promote sustainable Blue Economy pathways in the WIO, and facilitate the management of ecosystems and biodiversity in regional spatial planning. This essentially consists of designating and expanding effective marine protected areas (MPAs) and other priority areas for conservation, as well as including community-based models for sustainable management.</div><div><br />This paper addresses some key governance challenges in the WIO region related to the inclusive management needed to ensure that resource management approaches, specifically in and around MPAs, produce outcomes for nature and for people. Key to their success is the ability to demonstrate and enhance socio-economic development benefits and to communicate these benefits through thorough economic valuations. Attention must focus not only on expanding protected areas’ coverage but also on enhancing the capacity of management agencies and communities to govern conservation spaces effectively and attract sustainable, long-term financing. Collaborative partnerships around the conservation and sustainable management of in-shore marine resources</div><div>can significantly contribute to meeting the region’s national development targets, the AU’s Agenda 2063, the commitments set out in the 2030 global development agenda and the Aichi targets of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity.</div>

09 Jun 2017 03:06:34 GMT

‘Pudumai’ -Innovation and institutional churning in India’s informal economy: A report from the field

<p>Despite the fact that the informal economy accounts for about two thirds of GDP and 90% of employment in India , the informal economy seems absent from almost all discussions of any kind of low carbon revolution in the country. Does it play such a negligible role in pollution as many have assumed and would it be an obstacle to a low carbon revolution. This paper focuses on the sector’s own capacity to adopt the kind of technological and organisational changes that would be needed in order to innovate and asks whether and how innovation takes place in the informal economy.&nbsp;</p>

30 May 2017 06:06:39 GMT

Climate data and projections: supporting evidence-based decision-making in the Caribbean

<div>Governments in the Caribbean recognise climate variability and change to be the most significant threat to sustainable development in the region. Policies and strategies, such as the regional framework for achieving development resilient to climate change and its implementation plan, acknowledge the scale of the threat and provide a plan that aspires to safeguard regional prosperity and meet development goals. To do this, decision-makers need effective tools and methods to help integrate climate change considerations into their planning and investment processes. To build resilience, decision-makers can benefit from access to appropriate climate change data that are specific to their geographical location and relevant to their planning horizons.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The CARibbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), gives access to climate data that have been downscaled, making them relevant for use in the Caribbean region. The project also provides tools that allow decision-makers to better understand the potential impacts of drought, tropical storms, rainfall and temperature changes. Caribbean decision-makers, researchers andscientists can access this data freely, through the CARIWIG website.<div>&nbsp;</div><div>This policy brief provides an overview of CARIWIG data and information and how they can be used, pointing to illustrative examples of how they have been applied in several Caribbean countries. It also provides decision-makers with the tools necessary to make effective climate decisions in the face of uncertainty.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Key messages:</div><div><ul><li>Climate data and projections that are relevant to the Caribbean region are available through the online CARIWIG portal</li><li>Historical climate data and future projections are available for a range of climate variables</li><li>A suite of simulation tools, including a weather generator, a tropical storm model and a regional drought analysis tool are also freely available</li><li>these resources are useful for decision makers. When combined with other data and information, they can help to build a picture of potential impacts to key economic sectors in the Caribbean</li><li>a series of case studies shows how these resources have been applied to real-world situations in Caribbean countries</li><li>the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is providing training and support on how to use CARIWIG outputs</li><li>CDKN-funded projects provide methods and tools for decision makers to take proactive action to build climate resilience, despite the uncertainty that comes with future climate projections</li></ul></div></div>

24 Mar 2017 01:45:23 GMT

Electricity supply in South Africa: Path dependency or decarbonisation?

<p>Renewable energy technologies have experienced an exponential growth in South Africa, thanks to the procurement of large-scale power plants. However, South Africa’s electricity sector still lacks a level playing field. Significant vested interests have maintained overwhelming support for centralised, coal-based electricity generation, preventing the development of renewable energy technologies to their optimal potential. Active efforts are required to enhance the transformation of electricity supply in the country by truly incorporating the low-carbon transition in electricity planning, opening the policy space for the development of embedded generation, and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.</p><p>The electricity sector in South Africa is a highly contested space. The emergence of renewable energy technologies (along with energy efficiency and other demand-side management opportunities) has generated healthy revitalisation and disturbance of the status quo in the industry. Discussions around other technologies, such as gas-to-power and nuclear energy, are also adding to this vibrant dynamics. Significant vested interests are still at play alongside massive state support to maintain the domination of the coal industry over the electricity supply industry in South Africa. <br /><br />Active efforts are required to provide a level playing field for all energy technologies and enhance the transformation of electricity supply in the country. This includes truly incorporating the low-carbon transition in electricity planning, open the policy space for the development of embedded generation and phase out fossil fuel subsidies.</p>

14 Mar 2017 02:06:58 GMT

Innovative risk finance solutions – Insights for geothermal power development in Kenya and Ethiopia

<p>Geothermal development is on the rise in many regions of the world.&nbsp;However, the high costs of field development, coupled with the high risks associated with resource exploration and drilling, still pose a significant barrier to private sector financing.</p><p>Insurance can mitigate the risks to investors&nbsp;and increase flows of private finance to the industry.</p><p>A project by Parhelion, a private sector insurance and risk company focused on climate finance, funded by CDKN, aimed to improve the technical capacity of Kenya’s and Ethiopia’s local insurance industries for using geothermal risk mitigation instruments.</p><p>A consultative process with relevant stakeholders in these countries yielded insights and recommendations for international, multilateral and bilateral institutions that are looking to support geothermal resource development. The analysis was enriched by E3G’s expertise in analysing climate finance flows.</p><p>The study found that international, multilateral and bilateral institutions should:</p><ul><li><strong>Support technical assistance and capacity building</strong>, which takes into account the needs of all relevant stakeholders involved within specific country and market contexts.</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Provide targeted concessional finance&nbsp;</strong>by taking into account all possible risk mitigation instruments during project development, and by envisioning the leverage of private finance as early as possible.</li></ul><ul><li>U<strong>se insurance&nbsp;</strong><strong>instruments</strong>&nbsp;to target specific, well defined risks: this can offer very high leverage ratios on the use of public funds, and crowd in private sector insurance capital.</li></ul>

02 Mar 2017 01:44:39 GMT

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

<p>For the Caribbean, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem. The threats it poses are neither distant nor abstract – they are already apparent. In recent years, hurricanes have caused major damage in countries such as Jamaica, Grenada and Cuba; severe flooding has hit Belize and Guyana; and droughts affect much of the east of the region. The small island state of Saint Lucia alone has faced 27 natural disasters between 1980 and 2008, with total economic damage reaching an estimated US$2.5 billion. The need for investment to build climate resilience in the Caribbean has never been greater.</p><p>These impacts are putting considerable strain on the finances of national governments, businesses and citizens, and threaten regional prosperity and development. The Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance has said that climate change is already reversing some of the gains on poverty alleviation and economic growth that have been made in the Caribbean.</p><p>Over the past decade, research funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has provided fresh insight into the nature of the climate threat to the Caribbean. Researchers have developed regionally downscaled climate change projections and climate visualisation tools providing information that can be used to make informed decisions at the subregional level. This information has been used in conjunction with a range of other tools, and has been applied to real-life situations in Caribbean nations including Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Belize and Cuba.</p><p>Focusing on the agriculture and tourism sectors, this document identifies some of the most pressing issues and climate vulnerabilities facing Caribbean states. It makes the case that climate resilience investment by governments, businesses and development partners is urgently needed to</p><p><strong>Key messages</strong></p><ul><li>&nbsp;Climate variability and change are already having severe impacts on key sectors including agriculture and tourism.</li><li>These impacts are reversing economic growth, exacerbating poverty and undermining the future prosperity of Caribbean countries.</li><li>CDKN research has provided locally appropriate climate change projections that give fresh insight into the vulnerability of key sectors.</li><li>Adaptation investment in the agriculture sector is needed to account for projected changes in rainfall and growing seasons, and occurrence of extreme events, especially drought.</li><li>Adaptation investment in the tourism sector is also needed to build resilience to rising seas, bleached coral reefs, water scarcity and gradual temperature increase.</li><li>There are many potential adaptation measures that can be applied by governments, businesses, individuals and development partners.</li><li>Financial support is needed to support adaptation action as high up-front costs are a barrier to local adaptation efforts.</li><li>Effectively prioritising adaptation options can maximise their value and lead to positive co-benefits for individuals, businesses and society.</li></ul>

28 Feb 2017 05:42:54 GMT

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

<p>Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to the Caribbean’s future prosperity. The impacts of climate change on economically important sectors such as tourism, agriculture and fishing threaten Caribbean nations’ ability to achieve their economic and social development goals. By 2050, the costs to the region are expected to reach US$22 bn each year; this represents 10% of regional gross domestic product, based on 2004 figures.&nbsp;Paying for recovery efforts after natural disasters causes significant budgetary pressures and diverts funds from other pressing development issues such as health and education. However, responding to climate challenges is highly complex. Climate change has cross-cutting impacts that span sectors and spatial scales, and involves multiple stakeholders. Delivering effective climate change adaptation is therefore a question of governance.</p><p>Bottom-up, community-level approaches are important in meeting the challenges that climate change poses, but in isolation they are insufficient. National governance frameworks must foster community action, but also provide the enabling environment for large investments and transformative change at scale. The challenge that national governments face is to coordinate adaptation interventions at both national and local levels by engaging multiple organisations and individuals.</p><p>Targeted primarily at Caribbean policy-makers, this&nbsp;<em>Information Brief&nbsp;</em>draws on the experience of three CDKN-funded projects that have taken place in the region over the last decade. It identifies ‘best practice’ lessons on governance, highlights examples from applied case studies in Caribbean countries, and recommends tools and methods that can be applied to make governance frameworks more effective at delivering climate compatible development. It is also a gateway to the reports and tools that have been produced under these CDKN-funded projects.</p><p><strong>Key messages</strong></p><ul><li>Policy and governance arrangements at the national level are vital for climate adaptation. Local action is im&shy;portant but is insufficient in isolation.</li><li>National governments provide stra&shy;tegic oversight and access to climate finance, and have the capacity and authority to drive climate action.</li><li>Climate change considerations should be integrated into policies and plans across government departments. The CCORAL tool allows decision-makers to do this.</li><li>Institutional arrangements are vital to help translate government policy into action. Governments can use the ARIA toolkit to assess their institutional adaptive capacity as a first step to strengthening these frameworks.</li><li>Government institutions are vital in stimulating action at the local level. Networked governance arrangements can help to build movements for cli&shy;mate resilience that translate national priorities into local action and inte&shy;grate local needs into national policy.</li></ul>

28 Feb 2017 05:15:12 GMT

Africa’s climate: helping decision-makers make sense of climate information

<div>African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s development challenges.</div><div><br />This report is designed as a guide for scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners on the continent. The research in this report, written by leading experts in their fields, presents an overview of climate trends across central, eastern, western, and southern Africa, and is distilled into a series of factsheets that are tailored for specific sub-regions and countries. Some of these capture the current state of knowledge, while others explore the ‘burning scientific questions’ that still need to be answered.</div>

24 Feb 2017 01:53:41 GMT

Zombie energy: climate benefits of ending subsidies to fossil fuel production

<div>Ending subsidies to fossil fuel production is often a missing piece of comprehensive climate action plans. To implement the 2015 Paris Agreement and keep climate change well below 2oC, the world needs both supply-side policies (such as removal of fossil fuel production subsidies, moratoriums and “no-go zones” or coal phase-out) and demand-side policies (such as carbon pricing, removal of fossil fuel consumption subsidies, or fuel and energy efficiency standards).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>This report sheds light on the potential climate benefits of the removal of fossil fuel production subsidies in terms of both greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and the oil, gas and coal reserves that could become uneconomical to produce. The paper explains how different production subsidies currently unlock “zombie energy” from fossil fuel deposits that would not be commercially viable to produce without government support. It also presents new modelling of the global removal of certain subsidies to fossil fuel production.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The report is structured as follows:</div><div><ul><li>chapter 1 explains why fossil fuel production subsidies matter for climate change. The chapter also defines and categorises fossil fuel production subsidies</li><li>chapter 2 outlines how different subsidies influence investment decisions related to fossil fuel production</li><li>chapter 3 discusses modelling of a removal of fossil fuel production subsidies and inputs of the GSI-IF (p) global model</li><li>chapter 4 presents results of new modelling that shows how much coal, oil and gas could become uneconomical to produce—and the GHG emission reductions that would result—if certain fossil fuel production subsidies are removed globally</li></ul></div><div>The report concludes with a summary of the findings as well as opportunities for further research on the climate benefits of fossil fuel subsidy removal.</div></div>

24 Feb 2017 01:33:43 GMT

National climate change governance: topic guide

<div>The full brunt of cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be felt over the years to come but climate change impacts are already here. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years on record (since 1880) have occurred since 2001. At the same time, Hallegatte et al. (2016) estimate that, without the rapid implementation of pro-poor, climate-informed development policies, climate change impacts could result in 100 million more people in extreme poverty by 2030. The world’s poor are more vulnerable to loss of critical assets, health risks and food insecurity from drought or price shocks. To address these risks, development policies must consider climate risk scenarios while expanding ‘no-regrets’ social protection programmes that provide benefits to vulnerable populations under different climate scenarios.</div><div><br />This Topic Guide looks at climate change governance and the political economy of climate policy development and implementation at the national scale. Its primary purpose is to help Department for International Development (DFID) staff better support country partners in implementing climate and sustainable development policy that is equitable, effective and coherent and that can adapt to changing circumstances. It highlights national procedural, policy, institutional, political, economicand social-behavioural challenges and identifies potential entry points for addressing them. It is intended for both climate change and governance advisors, hence covers issues and concepts that will be very familiar to one group but not necessarily the other.</div>

24 Feb 2017 01:24:14 GMT

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

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

21 Feb 2017 04:40:13 GMT

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

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

21 Feb 2017 04:30:44 GMT

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

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

30 Nov 2016 05:22:23 GMT

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

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

23 Sep 2016 12:53:59 GMT

Mesophotic coral ecosystems - a lifeboat for coral reefs?

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

23 Sep 2016 01:49:16 GMT

Climate change threatens Hawaiian forest birds

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

22 Sep 2016 10:23:43 GMT

CITES alone cannot combat illegal wildlife trade

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

09 Sep 2016 02:56:25 GMT

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

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

09 Sep 2016 02:48:52 GMT

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

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

18 Aug 2016 11:00:54 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:40:28 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:26:47 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:17:22 GMT

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

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

16 Aug 2016 04:05:56 GMT

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

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

12 Jun 2016 09:06:59 GMT

Dry-season greening of Amazon forests

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

21 Mar 2016 07:31:29 GMT

Spotlight on publications: Brazil’s ethanol programme

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

16 Mar 2016 03:19:51 GMT

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

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

05 Mar 2016 04:09:22 GMT

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Employment Implications of Green Growth - OECD report for the G7 Environment Ministers (June 2017)

OECD overview report on Employment Implications of Green Growth: Linking jobs, growth and green policies to the G7 Environment Ministers held on 11-12 June 2017 in Bologna.

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:30:00 GMT

Mainstream biodiversity

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

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:45:00 GMT

Statement from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change

Climate change is a clear and undeniable challenge that requires a global response. The Paris Agreement represents the careful crafting of a collective effort of over 190 countries to meet this challenge.

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:10:00 GMT

Climate change and trade policy interactions: Implications of regionalism - Trade and Environment Working Paper

This report examines the implications of regional climate governance for international trade and conversely the implications of regional trade governance for climate change action. Regional approaches to climate change governance are discussed with a specific focus on the rise of “climate clubs” and their implications for international trade.

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:10:00 GMT

The Empirics of Enabling Investment and Innovation in Renewable Energy - Environment Working Paper

This paper undertakes econometric analysis to assess the impacts of climate mitigation policies and the quality of the investment environment on investment and innovation in renewable power in OECD and G20 countries. It also assesses how countries’ investment environments interact with climate mitigation policies to influence investment and patent activity in renewable power.

Wed, 31 May 2017 11:34:00 GMT

Blogs and articles related to environment

Read what OECD bloggers have to say about topics as varied as air pollution, biodiversity, climate, environmental policies, green growth, investment, waste and water. Join the discussion on our latest blog: Climate - Towards a just transition, with no stranded workers and no stranded communities.

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:37:00 GMT

Taking action on climate change will boost economic growth

Integrating measures to tackle climate change into regular economic policy will have a positive impact on economic growth over the medium and long term, according to a new OECD report prepared in the context of the German Presidency of the G20.

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT

Aid in Support of Environment

Statistics by sector and by country based on DAC Members’ reporting on the Environment Policy Marker.

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:23:00 GMT

Business brief: ENGIE: Enabling the energy transition

We usually speak of “the energy transition” or “the transition to a low-carbon economy.” But this expression comes short of the actual phenomenon. In fact, we are in the midst of an industrial revolution that is completely shaking up the energy industry and is bound to disrupt others as well, such as transportation.

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:39:00 GMT

Multi-objective local environmental simulator (MOLES 1.0): Model specification, algorithm design and policy applications - Environment Working Paper

This paper describes MOLES 1.0, an integrated land-use and transport model developed with Object-Oriented Programming principles in order to combine selected characteristics from Spatial Computable General Equilibrium and microsimulation models. MOLES 1.0 models the links between urban land use, mobility patterns, urban economic activities and their environmental impacts, in particular air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases.

Thu, 04 May 2017 07:22:00 GMT

International trade consequences of climate change - Trade and Environment Working Paper

This report provides an analysis of how climate change damages may affect international trade in the coming decades and how international trade can help limit the costs of climate change. It analyses the impacts of climate change on trade considering both direct effects on infrastructure and transport routes and the indirect economic impacts resulting from changes in endowments and production.

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:28:00 GMT

The water challenge

With widespread competing demands on water, maintaining environmental sustainability and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of society must both be addressed. The OECD provides policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD countries, covering a wide range of issues. Explore the policy areas below to access the latest OECD work in each area.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:06:00 GMT

Climate change adaptation and financial protection: Synthesis of key findings from Colombia and Senegal - Environment Working Paper

Developing countries are disproportionately affected by the rising trend of losses from climate-related extreme events. This paper uses case studies of Colombia and Senegal to examine how countries are using financial protection as part of their approaches to managing climate risks; it also identifies emerging priorities for development co-operation providers in supporting financial protection against climate risks.

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:47:00 GMT

Environmental pressures rising in New Zealand

New Zealanders enjoy a high environmental quality of life and access to pristine wilderness. However, New Zealand’s growth model, based largely on exploiting natural resources, is starting to show its environmental limits with increasing greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Korea needs to put green growth vision into action

Korea has improved access to environmental services and become a world leader in climate change mitigation technology.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 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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Hinkley Point deal 'risky and expensive'

The case for a new £18bn nuclear power plant is "marginal", says the National Audit Office.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:43:50 GMT

Fed: US banks have money for crisis

The 34 largest US banks passed the first part of the Federal Reserve's annual stress test.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:21:29 GMT

UK clamps down on online gambling

The competition regulator is to take action against betting sites which it says are breaking consumer law.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:40:16 GMT

Qatar wants 10% of American Airlines

Qatar Airways has told the world's biggest airline it plans to buy up to $808m (£638m) of its shares.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:33:56 GMT

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Move is a response to UK government criticism that the firm doesn't do enough to curb online hate.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:59:27 GMT

Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash

Clash follows reports of Walmart asking IT suppliers not to use Amazon's cloud computing service.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:34:51 GMT

China raises heat over foreign investment

The authorities in China have reportedly stepped up efforts to clamp down on firms' overseas investment.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:21:32 GMT

CMA clears Standard Life-Aberdeen Asset Management merger

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority paves the way for the deal's completion in August.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:37:35 GMT

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

The private instant messaging app is surging in popularity as a way to share and discuss the news.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:18:59 GMT

HS2 franchise: Bidder shortlist revealed

Government reveals who could run the West Coast Main Line, including HS2, and South Eastern rail franchises.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:40:32 GMT

Wimbledon champion Boris Becker declared bankrupt

The three-time champion owed a substantial sum to an investment company.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:54:33 GMT

UK fruit and veg farmers face labour crunch

Growers are already having difficulty recruiting pickers and fear it could get harder post-Brexit.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:00:07 GMT

Imagination Technologies put up for sale amid Apple dispute

The UK chip designer, which is in dispute with Apple, says it is in talks with potential bidders.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:25:05 GMT

Hornby says takeover bid undervalues firm

The model toymaker has received a takeover bid from its largest shareholder, Phoenix Asset Management.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:12:05 GMT

Saudi king's son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

King Salman has replaced the previous heir to the throne - his nephew - with his 31-year-old son.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:14:58 GMT

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Air strikes pound southwest Syrian city of Deraa

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) BEIRUT: Heavy air strikes hit the Syrian city of Deraa on Tuesday as a ceasefire declared by the government expired, a witness in the city and the Syrian O...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:43:29 GMT

Australia halts Syria airstrikes against ISIS

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Canberra: Australia on Tuesday said it had halted its airstrikes in Syria following a warning from Russia that it would target US coalition aircraft after ...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:43:28 GMT

Russia ends safe flights over Syria deal with US

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) MOSCOW: Russia on Monday suspended a crucial safe flights over Syria deal with the U.S. under a memorandum after it shot down a Syrian regime's fighter jet...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:43:27 GMT

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) ERBIL, Iraq: U.S.-backed Iraqi forces said they began a push on Wednesday toward the mosque of Mosul, where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate ...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:43:24 GMT

Syrians fear new Raqqa turmoil once Islamic State is defeated

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) RAQQA, Syria: U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Islamic State in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes ...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:43:23 GMT

Protect Syrian civilians in Raqa, says UN chief

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) United Nations, United States:UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appealed for the protection of Syrian civilians in Raqa as US-backed force...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:43:11 GMT

IS destroys historic mosque in Mosul: Iraqi army

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) MOSUL, Iraq: Terrorist group Islamic State has blown up the iconic al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, the Iraqi army said on Wednesday. In a statement, Lt. Gen. Ab...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:42:54 GMT

Qatar Charity projects help 10.000 in Gaza

(MENAFN) Qatar Charity finished two projects on offering help to needy families and allocating zakat in Gaza Strip as part of a campaign of Ramadan projects.Accordingly, the Charit...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:33:47 GMT

Egypt eyes FDI increase as its economy suffers

(MENAFN) Egypt's investment ministry has finished a set of regulations outlining incentives that it aims will lure back badly needed foreign investors.However, the country's econom...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:33:03 GMT

Egypt starts to receive fuel to facilitate Gaza elect crisis

(MENAFN) Egypt started to deliver a million liters of fuel to Gaza, easing a crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave"s 2mn residents with only a few hours of elect per day.Add...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:30:39 GMT

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An inclusive South Africa needs more investment and jobs

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

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, first quarter 2015, OECD

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

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:19:00 GMT

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

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

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT

OECD establishes roadmap for membership with Costa Rica

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

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:00:00 GMT

Countries should address disruptive effects of the digital economy

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

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:01:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT

OECD establishes roadmap for membership with Lithuania

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

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:01:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, July 2015

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

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:23:00 GMT

Canada could do more to help laid-off workers

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

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT

Slow growth in health spending but Europe lags behind

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

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Relaunch productivity to boost growth and well-being

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

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:00:00 GMT

More effort needed on government integrity to help restore public trust

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

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:46:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:35:00 GMT

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Enthronisation of an ultra-presidential regime?

At first glance, everyday life seems not to have changed in Istanbul. The streets are congested; people hurry to the ferry or the bus. For weeks, there has been no terror attack. Nevertheless, there are some visible changes. There are much more policemen in the streets. In some days, the Istiklal Caddesi, the main shopping street on the European side, seems to be under a state of siege. At every street corner, there is police van with the blue light switched on.

Financing for development? Mostly not!

Recent disturbing trends in international finance have particularly problematic implications, especially for developing countries. The new United Nations report, World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017 (WESP 2017), is the only recent report of a multilateral inter-governmental organization to recognize these problems, especially as they are relevant to the financing requirements for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The end of US hegemony

The Trump government signals unequivocally the end of international US hegemony. An international hegemon is able to define rules that find relatively broad acceptance internationally and plays a role in safeguarding international economic stability. The Trump government announced measures that go against the present economic rules while not proposing new ones.

Global employment crisis: 2030 Agenda under threat

The global deficit in quality jobs and deteriorating economic conditions in a number of regions threatens to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, warns a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) 2016.

The closing of democratic space for trade unions

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

Agenda for transformation, solidarity, democracy

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

Global economy faces major headwinds in 2016

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

The Latin American Left is losing ground

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

The World Bank's new Gender Equality strategy

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

Greece: Merkel's victory - a Pyrrhic victory?

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

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Climbing the inclusion ladder: artisanal gold mining in Tanzania

<p>Tanzania faces significant development challenges. While gross domestic product growth remains relatively impressive, many sectors are growing off a small base. Both the longevity of the acceleration and the quality of the growth are in question. Tanzania’s educational outcomes remain poor, and young people are less likely to find good quality employment. A fast-growing population requires an expansion of employment opportunities, and it is not clear that these are being created. A handful of companies provide the majority of tax revenue, rendering the government reliant on foreign aid in addition to taxation. President John Magufuli’s government therefore needs to broaden the tax base and diversify the economy without undermining current foreign exchange and tax earnings. Tanzania is endowed with extensive mineral resources (and recently discovered natural gas), which could mobilise resources for development, provided the sector is well governed. <br /><br />This paper examines the artisanal gold mining sector as an important employer and potential revenue generator. It also explores the negative social and environmental externalities associated with the sector. The barriers to entry for artisanal miners to formalise should be lowered, although this will not guarantee development. Most importantly, the government – in partnership with development organisations and the private sector – should roll out and ensure the uptake of inexpensive technologies (such as retorts) that will reduce negative externalities and increase potential positive economic spillover effects.</p>

22 Jun 2017 10:21:12 GMT

Young people’s gender role attitudes over the transition to adulthood in Egypt

<div>Change in gender role attitudes is a neglected dimension of research on the transition to adulthood in the Middle East and North Africa that has broad implications for young people’s outcomes, as well as attitudinal change in the region over time. Using a life course framework, the authors examine the reciprocal relationship between attitudes formation and two key transitions in young people’s lives: the transition to marriage and parenthood, and young women’s transition to labour force participation. In order to address the simultaneity of attitudes formation and transitions, the research exploits the panel dimension of the Survey of Young People in Egypt 2009 and 2014, estimating the impact of attitudes in 2009 on the likelihood of making transitions between 2009 and 2014, then the impact of those transitions on attitudes in 2014.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The authors find that young women with more egalitarian attitudes are more likely to enter the labour market but, contrary to most international literature, entering the labour market does not have a corresponding liberalising effect on women’s attitudes. Rather, entering the labour force leads to more conservative attitudes regarding the gender dynamics of household decision-making. This may reflect the challenges women face in balancing work and family, and suggests that women may compensate for working outside the home – which may be perceived as having a negative effect on their families – by developing more conservative attitudes regarding household dynamics. As in other contexts, the transition to marriage and parenthood is associated with increasing conservatism in young people’s attitudes.</div>

20 Jun 2017 12:53:59 GMT

The effect of mothers’ employment on youth gender role attitudes: evidence from Egypt

<p>Cross-nationally, having a working mother during childhood is associated with more egalitarian attitudes among both adult men and women. However, no previous studies have explored this relationship in the Middle East and North Africa, where women’s employment rates have remained persistently low. In this paper, the authors examine the impact of having a working mother during childhood on Egyptian young people’s attitudes towards women’s roles in the public sphere, gender roles in the household, and ideals around number of children and women’s age at marriage that are related to gender roles. In order to address the potential endogeneity of mother’s work and attitudes formation, the authors use an instrumental variable approach with panel data from the Survey of Young People in Egypt 2009 and 2014 waves. <br /><br />Mothers' employment is instrumented using the governorate-level female labour force participation rate and percentage of women working in the public sector in 2009. The paper finds that having a working mother during childhood led to significantly more egalitarian attitudes towards women’s roles in the public sphere among both young men and women. However, there was no effect on young people’s attitudes towards gender roles in the household. Having a working mother led to lower ideal number of children among sons, but did not have any effect on views of the ideal age of marriage for women among children of either gender. <br /><br />In the Egyptian context, having a working mother during childhood thus appears to led to more egalitarian attitudes around women’s roles outside the household but not necessarily their roles inside the household. This suggests that attitudes around gender roles in the household may be more strongly socially conditioned and thus less affected by individual experience, and is also consistent with the finding from labour market research that women continue to bear the brunt of housework and childcare in Egypt even when they are employed. Thus, while having an employed mother does have some liberalizing effect on individual attitudes, broader change in attitudes around gender roles both inside and outside the home may be needed in order to foster increased female labour force participation.</p>

20 Jun 2017 01:09:44 GMT

IBCIM economic corridor: facilitating sub-regional development

<div>The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation’s (BCIM) Economic Corridor (EC) initiative, a complex entanglement between security, economic and national interest, exemplifies Foreign Secretary Jaishankar's statement.</div><div><br />This paper attempts to analyse the economic aspect of this cooperation, focusing on the reasons for stalling of the BCIM EC’s progress, and explores measures to take the initiative forward. Despite all four countries having agreed to implement the EC in principle, admittedly, there has been a lull in its progress. The EC’s route has been put in place and is almost completely motorable. However, an analysis of the trade intensities and patterns among the four countries demonstrates that potential trade volumes are inadequat e to justify its implementation. Nonetheless, the EC continues to emphasise cooperation on the “Zone 3” pillars of Trade, Transport and Energy, which avoid addressing the existing realities of the BCIM countries’ underdevelopment.</div>

19 Jun 2017 12:42:24 GMT

Fighting BEPS in Africa: a review of Country-By-Country Reporting

<p>Following the Panama Papers leak and numerous press reports of aggressive tax planning by Multinational enterprises (MNEs) around the world, there has been a concerted effort, notably in developed countries, to combat MNE tax avoidance and increase international cooperation in tax matters. As MNEs operate across borders they can use multi-jurisdictional tax planning, in combination with transfer pricing, to limit their tax obligations. Unfortunately, some MNEs aggressively plan an operation around these tax structures to avoid paying their fair share of tax. This is mostly legal, as MNEs generally do not breach any single tax jurisdiction’s laws. However, such practices have a negative impact on the countries in which they are operating, regardless of whether they are legal or not.</p><p>A key responsive measure to address aggressive MNE tax planning has been the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Package. Its aim is to close loopholes between various national tax authorities that allow MNEs to unjustifiably shift profits across borders. Within this, a key component, and part of the minimum BEPS action requirements, is Action 13: Transfer Pricing Documentation and Country by Country Reporting (CbCR).</p><p>Policy recommendations made by this brief:</p><ul><li>by the time of the 2020 review MNEs will be more aware of this process, and it is possible that the idea of lowering the EUR 750 million revenue threshold will find a more receptive audience</li><li>given the trust barriers to lowering exchange of information requirements it is not clear that this issue can be resolved in favour of those African states currently not able to comply. Consequently, African countries need to upgrade their institutional capacities and legal frameworks. Official development assistance could be targeted at this area</li><li>as Action 13 reports are submitted over the next two years a much more informed assessment of the strengths and limitations of CbCR should emerge. This should enable the refinement, and possibly the extension, of the system </li><li>the application of CbCR to include other taxes paid by MNEs, beyond corporate income tax, could also be considered</li><li>the transparency of CbC reports will, no doubt, feature in the 2020 review and African revenue authorities will need to engage with the issue, as it could bridge a lot of their constraints</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

19 Jun 2017 12:24:47 GMT

Trade in high technology products trends and policy imperatives for BRICS

<p>The rise and relevance of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) cannot be overstated. BRICS constitutes&nbsp; the&nbsp; most&nbsp; prominent&nbsp; emerging economies with substantial influence on world affairs – both political and economic. While China has demonstrated its capacity to be the world leader in production and trade, India and Brazil have been steady on rapid income growth and technological development backed by mature institutions and policy environment that tend to be oriented towards long-term economic development. BRICS&nbsp; has&nbsp; become&nbsp; the fastest and largest emerging market economy.<br /><br />This&nbsp; paper&nbsp; examines&nbsp; the&nbsp; emerging&nbsp; strength&nbsp; of&nbsp; BRICS&nbsp; in&nbsp; high-technology trade. We reviewed trends in high-technology trade primarily in BICS (excluding Russia). Given that China and India are leading exporters of High-tech products (HTPs) among BICS, changing patterns of intra-industry trade&nbsp; have&nbsp; been&nbsp; analysed&nbsp; at&nbsp; the&nbsp; disaggregated&nbsp; level&nbsp; for&nbsp; these&nbsp; countries. Trade denomination of Information Technology Products has been analysed as&nbsp; a&nbsp; special&nbsp; case&nbsp; to&nbsp; understand&nbsp; roles&nbsp; played&nbsp; by&nbsp; global&nbsp; trade&nbsp; agreements&nbsp; in influencing production and trade of high-technology goods. BRICS has also made significant progress in technology intensive trade in agriculture which is rarely captured in the analyses based on HTPs. The paper concludes with reflection on BRICS cooperation in global technology and trade governance for long term capacity building, industrial development and competitiveness.</p>

19 Jun 2017 11:59:32 GMT

The interface between access and benefit-sharing and biotrade in Namibia: exploring potential areas of synergy

<div>Legal uncertainty and administrative and regularity burdens are serious impediments to sustainable and responsible biodiversity-based economic activities. With the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation (Nagoya Protocol) an opportunity has arisen for countries to design an access and benefit-sharing (ABS) framework. This can promote the commercialisation of biological resources (biotrade) and provide legal certainty and transparency for the transfer of genetic resources. Although most biotrade businesses follow the core principles of sustainable biodiversity, there is lack of clarity about the application of ABS policy frameworks on biotrade businesses. The Nagoya Protocol aims to clarify key concepts, define the scope of ABS, and stipulate the responsibilities of user and provider countries of genetic resources. As a party to the protocol, Namibia has started developing comprehensive ABS legislation by leveraging its existing administrative and regulatory frameworks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The challenge for Namibia is to find a mutually supportive interrelation between ABS and biotrade, where the implementation of ABS and the promotion of biotrade can go hand in hand. Experiences in other African countries illustrate that the implementation of ABS frameworks is not without its challenges. In South Africa, broader economic losses and further marginalisation of women and poor communities occurred when ABS regulations were applied to existing biotrade businesses. In order to avoid these kinds of unanticipated consequences, Namibia’s efforts to develop ABS legislation and set up institutional arrangements to support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol require careful policy consideration. A significant step in the right direction is to understand the interface between biotrade and ABS, especially the positive interaction that should exist between the two, and to have an informed strategy that addresses this complex relationship.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is the objective of this exploratory study to offer an outline of the national policy context, the ABS development process and salient issues and the connections between biotrade and ABS in the era of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol.</div>

19 Jun 2017 11:38:04 GMT

Value chain analysis in India to identify nutrition-sensitive interventions for improved maternal diets in India

<p>Micronutrient insufficiencies are a serious public health problem among women of reproductive age in Low and Middle Income Countries including India, adversely affecting maternal health and economic productivity, and child growth and educational outcomes. Fruit and vegetables are important sources of micronutrients and consumption of these foods is lower than recommendations. Value chain analysis involves understanding how actors (farmers/ producers, wholesalers and vendors) make decisions about what produce they grow and sell. It can be employed to improve nutrition by identifying constraints to the supply and demand of healthful foods and developing interventions to address these constraints.</p><p>The University of Southampton undertook a study titled Identifying nutrition-sensitive interventions to improve maternal diet quality in rural Indian settings using value chain analysis supported by the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) consortium awarded from the Call for Proposals under LANSA’s first Responsive Window opportunity. The study aims to develop an interdisciplinary framework linking value chain activities to nutrition in rural Maharashtra.</p><p>Recommendations for future action:<br /><br />The findings of this research are qualitative and hypothesis generating. In order to prioritise interventions, quantitative survey data would be useful. Recommendations for future research and interventions is to reduce supply and demand constraints. Some <br />suggestions for future interventions are:</p><ul><li>changing perceptions of indigenous vegetables</li><li>more equitable division of food and workload within the household</li><li>increased awareness of the importance of including fruits and vegetables in daily diet through information, education and communication material shared in schools, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Self-Help Groups and community-based organisations</li><li>support for vendors to sell locally</li><li>re-distribution of risk within the value chain</li><li>initiatives to increase awareness and effective implementation of insurance for farmers against crop failures at block and panchayat levels</li><li>improved storage infrastructure to improve shelf-life</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

19 Jun 2017 03:37:09 GMT

Securing Nairobi's poor neighbourhoods policy considerations for enhancing community participation

<div>Kenya has grappled with extensive crime and insecurity, ranging from armed robberies, carjacking and street crime, to politically-motivated, ethnically-organised violence, resource conflicts and terror attacks that affect both rural and urban areas. Poor urban neighbourhoods have in particular continued to face serious challenges of crime and insecurity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>As is the case in a number of countries in Africa, public policing in Kenya has not succeeded in complete assertion of state monopoly on violence. Poor infrastructure, inadequate financial resources and deficiency in security personnel numbers are among the key factors that limit state capacity to police the entire terrain of the country.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>This policy brief suggests a policy trajectory that draws lessons from the assessment of&nbsp; community-led security mechanisms in Mlango Kubwa in Mathare sub-county and Kawangware, in Dagoretti North sub-county of Nairobi. In an age when policing and security provision has seen the emergence of a range of hybrid measures and joint ventures between the state security agencies and civilians, a fresh policy look at security governance from the lessons at the community level is important.</div></div>

19 Jun 2017 02:28:30 GMT

Mitigating electoral conflict in Kenya’s 2017 General Election

<div>On 8 August 2017 Kenya is expected to conduct a general election in which new representatives at the county and national levels will be elected. This election is likely to be one of the most competitive at the local level yet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>This policy brief analyses the challenge of ensuring peaceful 2017 general election in Kenya and makes recommendations to mitigate the risks posed by the polls. It does this through an examination of the 2017 electoral landscape through the lenses of political and socio economic context. Further, it examines the institutions that will handle 2017 elections and the extent to which they are suited to delivering a peaceful and credible election.<br /><br /></div><div>In addition, it assesses the degree to which previous efforts to address the challenge of electoral violence in Kenya, especially those employed in 2013, have contributed to mitigating and resolving violent conflicts. Finally, the brief offers policy recommendations for the various stakeholders towards a credible and peaceful election in 2017.</div></div>

19 Jun 2017 01:52:59 GMT

Africa’s youth employment challenge: new perspectives | IDS Bulletin Vol 48, No 3

<p>Youth and employment concepts are not new to development discourse in sub-Saharan Africa but over the last decade interest has increased dramatically, becoming a much more important focus for policy, intervention and research throughout the continent (and globally).</p><p>This&nbsp;IDS Bulletin&nbsp;reflects challenges in Africa and demonstrates how political context shapes youth-related policy.The articles in the Bulletin consider the evidence on youth employment policy and interventions, the politics of youth policy, the changing nature of young people’s work, and the promotion of entrepreneurship. They are authored by the ten members of the first cohort of the Matasa Fellows Network (a joint initiative by the MasterCard Foundation and IDS), which has a particular focus on the youth employment challenge in Africa.</p><p>Articles:</p><ul><li>Introduction: New Perspectives on Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: Seife Ayele, Samir Khan and James Sumberg</li><li>Youth Employment in Developing Economies: Evidence on Policies and Interventions: Nicholas Kilimani</li><li>The Politics of Youth Employment and Policy Processes in Ethiopia: Eyob Balcha Gebremariam</li><li>The Side-Hustle: Diversified Livelihoods of Kenyan Educated Young Farmers: Grace Muthoni Mwaura</li><li>Gambling, Dancing, Sex Work: Notions of Youth Employment in Uganda: Victoria Flavia Namuggala</li><li>Navigating Precarious Employment: Social Networks Among Migrant Youth in Ghana: Thomas Yeboah</li><li>Youth Participation in Smallholder Livestock Production and Marketing: Edna Mutua, Salome Bukachi, Bernard Bett, Benson Estambale and Isaac Nyamongo</li><li>Non-Farm Enterprises and the Rural Youth Employment Challenge in Ghana: Monica Lambon-Quayefio</li><li>Does Kenya’s Youth Enterprise Development Fund Serve Young People?: Maurice Sikenyi</li><li>Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship: The Role of Mentoring: Ayodele Ibrahim Shittu</li><li>Programme-Induced Entrepreneurship and Young People’s Aspirations: Jacqueline Halima Mgumia</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

16 Jun 2017 12:12:13 GMT

Linked Open Data: The Essentials. The climate knowledge brokering edition

<p><span style="color: #3a3a3a; font-family: Quattrocento, serif; font-size: 16px;">This &nbsp;new edition of REEEP’s highly successful manual Linked Open Data: The Essentials offers a solid introduction to Linked Open Data (LOD) principles, with new case studies and updated information on how to make the most of the possibilities LOD has to offer. The manual is particularly targeted at knowledge brokers working in the climte change sector, with most of the examples and case studies focused on this area, but the general principles are broadly applicable to other disciplines and sectors.</span></p>

16 Jun 2017 03:55:20 GMT

Explaining South African xenophobia

<div>After widespread violence in 2008 and 2015, South Africa is now clearly one of most hostile destinations in the world for African migrants. Existing research on the determinants of South African xenophobia has focused on developing and advancing theories, with little attention paid to testing which theories, if any, actually account for mass xenophobia.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>By combining individual-level Afrobarometer survey items with municipal-level census indicators, this paper produces a rich, quantitative data set of numerous factors that have been proposed as determinants of South African xenophobia. The results of multilevel regression analyses show support for the explanations of poverty, relative deprivation, frustration with government, and social mobilization, with mixed evidence for resource competition. Taken together, the results point toward a mechanism of scapegoating, where frustrations and hopelessness produce aggression that is targeted at African immigrants</div>

16 Jun 2017 03:14:35 GMT

Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches

<p>This new working paper by Andrew Scott of ODI explores the effectiveness of governing for the “water-energy-food nexus” of issues. The author looks at approaches that understand the links between sectors, recognise these in decision-making and promote integrated policy-making.</p><p>The concept of the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus has become widely used to help understand interdependencies among the three systems, and how they can be managed sustainably to meet growing demand. The water–energy–food nexus has especially been advocated to address conflicts among the sectors. However, governance in the water–energy–food nexus has not received much attention in the literature, particularly the institutions and politics governing the water–energy–food sectors.</p><p>This&nbsp;paper&nbsp;synthesises findings from CDKN-supported action research in this area. The paper draws from findings in Indonesia, Kenya and the Amazon Basin to show that the effectiveness of the horizontal (cross-sectoral) and vertical (between levels of government) coordination that is essential for a nexus approach is determined by institutional relationships, which can be influenced by political economy factors. The capacity of governing organisations to understand nexus links and to collaborate with each other is also critical.</p><p>The paper suggests that aiming for the ideal of comprehensiveness and integration in a nexus approach may be costly and impractical. Nevertheless, horizontal and vertical coordination are essential. Local-level decision-making will determine how trade-offs and synergies in the water–energy–food nexus are implemented. The capacities of local government organisations and decision-makers need to be strengthened to enhance their capacity to adopt nexus approaches and coordinate vertically.</p>

15 Jun 2017 11:25:52 GMT

Village savings and loans associations: an approach adapted to the poorest households?

<p>To improve preparedness and prevention of drought risks in the agricultural and pastoral communities around Lake Fitri in Chad, Solidarités International implemented a project between 2013 and 2016 that endeavoured to strengthen their capacities for resilience. One of the activities more specifically concerned women and addressed their need to access credit in order for them to launch merchant activities: Solidarités International supported the creation of 15 Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), based on the existing tontine model and inspired by VSL Associates’ methodology. The associations are made up of between 15 and 30 members, are presided over by internal regulations drawn up by its members and run for a cycle of 9 to 12 months. Members buy shares &nbsp;on a weekly basis and are able to take out a loan with interest for up to three times their individual total savings.</p><p>This case study presents the VSLA methodology in more details, and attempts to shed light on the socio-economic profile of the members (does the activity incorporate the poorest households?), on how the latter use the loans granted, on whether participation in a VSLA can improve the resilience of member households, and on the determinants of success.</p>

13 Jun 2017 10:39:32 GMT

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Countries are progressing too slowly on green growth

Many countries have become more efficient in using natural resources and the services provided by the environment, generating more economic output per unit of carbon emitted and of energy or raw materials consumed. Yet progress is too slow, and if emissions embodied in international trade are included, advances in environmental productivity are more modest, a new OECD report shows.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:17:00 GMT

New energy in the electricity sector

With new business models emerging, competition in the electricity sector is beginning to stir. This article by the OECD's Chris Pike looks at how the rise of the digital economy has led numerous markets to experience radical innovation in business models.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:57:00 GMT

The Empirics of Enabling Investment and Innovation in Renewable Energy - Environment Working Paper

This paper undertakes econometric analysis to assess the impacts of climate mitigation policies and the quality of the investment environment on investment and innovation in renewable power in OECD and G20 countries. It also assesses how countries’ investment environments interact with climate mitigation policies to influence investment and patent activity in renewable power.

Wed, 31 May 2017 11:34:00 GMT

Blogs and articles related to environment

Read what OECD bloggers have to say about topics as varied as air pollution, biodiversity, climate, environmental policies, green growth, investment, waste and water. Join the discussion on our latest blog: Climate - Towards a just transition, with no stranded workers and no stranded communities.

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:37:00 GMT

Taking action on climate change will boost economic growth

Integrating measures to tackle climate change into regular economic policy will have a positive impact on economic growth over the medium and long term, according to a new OECD report prepared in the context of the German Presidency of the G20.

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT

We need leaders to act in service of future generations

More than any other leader in modern history, Nelson Mandela understood that a society must bridge divides and work together to thrive. He also firmly believed that we must strive to leave our children with a safer, more peaceful and more prosperous world than the one we inherited. He said that “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”.

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:16:00 GMT

Raising revenues through carbon pricing can help improve energy affordability

This report uses household level data covering 20 OECD countries to analyse energy affordability at current energy prices and explores how these indicators change in response to a simulated energy tax reform. The report finds that higher energy prices, needed to cut harmful carbon emissions and air pollution, can also help achieve social policy objectives.

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Korea needs to put green growth vision into action

Korea has improved access to environmental services and become a world leader in climate change mitigation technology.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Estonia should reduce its oil shale reliance for greener growth

Estonia needs to move faster to reduce its dependence on oil shale so it can advance towards a greener economy and reduce air pollution and waste generation, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Green investment banks

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

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:23:00 GMT

Call for Papers: Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

The Fifth GGKP Annual Conference will be hosted by the World Bank on the topic of sustainable infrastructure, to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant.The scientific committee therefore calls for contributions on any aspect of the infrastructure agenda, particularly for developing countries, with a focus on sustainability. Deadline for preliminary versions by 15 June 2017.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:06:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

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

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:18:00 GMT

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

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

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:00:00 GMT

Georgia adheres to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth

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

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:58:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2016

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

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:32:00 GMT

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The politics of globalisation circa 1773

Newness in politics has a long and eventful history. Globalisation and the battle for and against are no exception, as the events of the late 18th century show.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:47:00 GMT

Reform services trade policies to boost the global economy, OECD says

Better services trade policy can stimulate inclusive economic growth by promoting access to the information, skills, technology, funding and markets needed for success in an increasingly digital global economy, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:52:00 GMT

Better but not good enough: New approaches are needed to make globalisation work for all, OECD says in latest Economic Outlook

The global economy is expected to pick up moderately but greater efforts are needed to ensure that the benefits from growth and globalisation are more widely shared, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:33:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2017

G20 merchandise trade growth accelerates in Q1 2017

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:19:00 GMT

Making Trade Work for All

Against the background of rising anti-globalisation sentiment, Making Trade Work for All argues that while there are good reasons for some people to be angry, trade is not the root of many problems, nor can it solve them on its own. The paper proposes that what is needed is an integrated approach across domestic, trade and international policies to make the whole system work better for more people.

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:00:00 GMT

International trade consequences of climate change - Trade and Environment Working Paper

This report provides an analysis of how climate change damages may affect international trade in the coming decades and how international trade can help limit the costs of climate change. It analyses the impacts of climate change on trade considering both direct effects on infrastructure and transport routes and the indirect economic impacts resulting from changes in endowments and production.

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:28:00 GMT

OECD's Gurría signals sharper focus on fixing globalisation to make it work for all

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today stressed the OECD’s commitment to help governments better address the negative consequences of globalisation while preserving the benefits of open economies and societies worldwide.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT

The Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award – Economic Club of Minnesota

The OECD Secretary-General spoke to the Economic Club of Minnesota about what must be done to make the trade system that has benefited so many work for everyone.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT

Towards a Better Globalisation: How Germany can respond to the critics

Citizens in many countries are expressing dissatisfaction with how they believe trade, technology and immigration are affecting their daily lives. While much of this discontent can be traced back to the global economic crisis, its root causes are more complex. What can be done at the Global, European and German level?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:40:00 GMT

One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake

Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications hardware weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2016

G20 merchandise trade growth picks up in Q4 2016

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:28:00 GMT

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

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

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:05:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2016

G20 merchandise trade growth remains sluggish in Q3 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:25:00 GMT

Monitoring investment and trade measures

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

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:49:00 GMT

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

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

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:36:00 GMT

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JobStart Philippines Program - International Employment Expert

<p>The JobStart Philippines (JSP) Program aims to assist out-of-school youth find employment. It provides training to youth from poor households, most of whom are either high school graduates or people who did not finish college. Funded by the Government of Canada and administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), JSP is a partnership between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Bureau of Local Employment and the Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) of selected Local Government Units. For further enquiries regarding this role, please contact Simon Barns, Senior Manager Development Programs. <br /><br />Please apply for this position by clicking <strong>Apply</strong> by <strong>end of day on Friday, 7 July 2017.</strong></p>

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:25 GMT

Senior Coordinator, Professional Development and Partnerships

<p><strong>Australia Awards Papua New Guinea</strong></p> <p><strong>Senior Coordinator, Professional Development and Partnerships</strong></p> <ul> <li>Key Senior Coordinator role with the long standing Australia Awards program</li> <li>Relationships and stakeholder oriented role</li> <li>Port Moresby based, Non-ARF role</li> <li>Start date as soon as possible</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Program</strong></p> <p>Australia Awards &ndash; Papua New Guinea is designed to promote knowledge, leadership and enduring ties between Australia and PNG. It aims to build knowledge and skills to address PNG&rsquo;s economic and development challenges through international scholarships to Australia, and the provision of in-PNG scholarships.</p> <p>It offers the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea opportunities to acquire professional and technical knowledge and skills relevant to the priorities of the Government of PNG. The program fosters people-to-people links between Australia and PNG and ensures opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and people from remote locations. The Awards program focuses on supporting alumni to use their skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation.</p> <p>Australia Awards &ndash; PNG includes three study options:</p> <ul> <li>Australia Award Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia;</li> <li>Australia Awards Fellowships &ndash; Papua New Guinea (short courses) for Papua New Guineans to undertake study in Australia, receiving an Australian qualification; and</li> <li>Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps.</li> </ul> <p>To deliver Australia Awards outcomes, there are four streams: Australia Awards; PNG and Pacific Awards; Outreach and Alumni; and Professional Development and Partnerships. Australia Awards &ndash; PNG is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.</p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>Reporting to the Manager, Professional Development and Partnerships the Senior Coordinator, Professional Development and Partnerships will support the implementation and monitoring of the Professional Development and Partnership activities in line with DFAT guidelines and the objectives of Australia Awards in PNG (AAPNG). This will include the reintegration processes, employment support services and relationships with the private sector. The role will also work closely with the Alumni Engagement Manager to scope activities and consult with government, civil society and the private sector and to support professional development of awardees and alumni.</p> <p><strong>The Person</strong></p> <p>The ideal candidate will have tertiary qualifications in Human Resources, International relations or related field or an equivalent combination of relevant experience or training. Experience in Human Resources Development, Education or Project Coordination in international development context is required. Candidates will have demonstrated experience in working in a small team, have high level inter-personal and communication skills, stakeholder management skills combined with a knowledge of the Government of Papua New Guinea, its structure and reform agenda as well as policies and systems that relate to Human Resources and Training.</p> <p><strong>How to apply</strong></p> <p>For a detailed position description and to apply for this position, please visit www.coffey.com/careers and search for the job reference number 495384.</p> <p><strong>Applications close 5.00pm (PNG time) 14th July 2017.</strong></p> <p>This position is based in Port Moresby. Remuneration is competitive but does not include a housing allowance. For further enquiries please contact: internationaldevelopment@coffey.com.</p> <p><em>This program is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.</em></p> <p><em>Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:14:06 GMT

Senior Programme Manager for Partnerships

<p align="center">Location:&nbsp; London&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Closing date: 24<sup>th</sup> July 2017</p> <p>Do you have experience of private sector development and a desire to identify what works and why? &nbsp;Do you have a strong track record of building relationships, sharing learning and influencing senior level stakeholders? &nbsp;Would you thrive in an environment that offers huge scope for thinking creatively about ways to contribute to the debate on inclusive economic growth in East Africa and beyond?</p> <p>Gatsby Africa is recruiting a Senior Programme Manager to establish and manage strategic partnerships that will significantly enhance our ability to support economic transformation in East Africa.</p> <p>Gatsby funds and implements programmes that look to catalyse and influence large-scale and lasting change in priority sectors, such as cotton in Tanzania. &nbsp;We also build and support local organisations dedicated to sector transformation. &nbsp;We aim to capture the learning from these initiatives, think hard about what works and why, and share this learning across our portfolio and with governments, donors and others who are trying to transform sectors.</p> <p>The successful candidate will be at the heart of this work, identifying and managing partnerships which strengthen our ability to be thoughtful, rigorous and relevant to the challenges faced by East African economies. They will manage relationships with the research community, think tanks, implementing organisations and donors. This in turn will underpin our broader engagement with East African governments beyond the immediate sectors where we work.</p> <p>The ideal candidate will have:</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A strong track record influencing senior level stakeholders, for example donors, implementing organisations, researchers, think tanks etc.</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A strong intellectual understanding of approaches to sector transformation - including the role of government and supporting institutions - with a real curiosity to understand what works, what doesn&rsquo;t work and why.</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Substantial relevant experience working in private sector development including experience in a developing country context designing or delivering sector transformation/ market systems programmes.</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Plenty of energy and be a self-starter able to meet deadlines under pressure and balance conflicting and changing priorities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information and instructions on how to apply, please see <a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/senior-programme-manager-for-partnerships/">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/senior-programme-manager-for-partnerships/</a>. The closing date for applications is midnight UTC on Monday 24<sup>th</sup> July 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp; Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.</p>

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:54:06 GMT

Advertisement for a Development and Communications Associate (Full-Time Position)

<p><strong>Job Title:&nbsp;</strong>Development and Communications Associate</p> <p><em>***Please note the primary function of this role is&nbsp;<strong>fundraising and non-profit donor development, and direct experience is required in one or both of these areas. </strong>Communications is a subsidiary role and will not be weighted heavily in applications***</em></p> <p><strong>Start Date:</strong>&nbsp;July 2017</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong>&nbsp;AMAR U.S. Office, 1601 R Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20009</p> <p><strong>Salary:</strong> Commensurate with skills and experience</p> <p><strong>Deadline:&nbsp;</strong>11.59pm, Sunday July 9, 2017</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Applications may be considered on a rolling basis.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>To Apply: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>Please e-mail:</p> <p>- &nbsp;Cover letter</p> <p>- &nbsp;CV</p> <p>- &nbsp;Salary History</p> <p>- &nbsp;At least three examples of your previous work (either as e-mail attachments or hyperlinks) including, but not limited to, marketing materials, social media campaigns, websites, fundraising event materials, and proposals.</p> <p>Submit all application packages electronically to <a href="mailto:opportunities@amarfoundation.org">opportunities@amarfoundation.org</a>, with the subject line:</p> <p>Development Associate Application</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The AMAR International Charitable Foundation in the United States of America (AMAR U.S.) is recruiting a new Development and Communications Associate position at our Washington, D.C. office.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This exciting opportunity is for a full-time staff member to join our growing team to assist the Development and Communications Officer and Regional Manager in managing key programs and development initiatives. Please see overleaf for key responsibilities of the position and skills required.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>AMAR U.S. was founded in 2010 as the American affiliate of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, an award-winning British charity that has worked in the Middle East since 1991, building and improving the lives and livelihoods of some of the world&rsquo;s poorest and most disadvantaged people. AMAR was named the <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/uk-news/winner-charity-awards/">International Aid and Development Charity of the year</a> in 2014 at the UK National Charity Awards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today AMAR is providing <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/health-care/" target="_blank">health care</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/" target="_blank">education</a>, <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/human-rights/" target="_blank">human rights</a>, <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/empowerment/">empowerment</a> and <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/vocational-training/" target="_blank">vocational training</a> to over 500,000 people in the most disadvantaged areas of Iraq and Lebanon. Our Emergency Refugee Response to assist those displaced by ISIS has gathered international media attention, and AMAR was recommended as a top charity through which to help Iraqi and Syrian refugees by the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/06/world/iyw-help-yazidi-girls-refugees/">CNN Freedom Project</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Key responsibilities</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="568"> <p>As the Development &amp; Communications Associate, you&rsquo;ll report directly to the Development &amp; Communications Officer. You&rsquo;ll also assist the work of the Utah-based Regional Manager as needed and support our team ethos by working closely with other members of AMAR staff and volunteers in Washington D.C., Utah, London, and beyond.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll support a variety of tasks including stewarding existing supporters and building key relationships to curate a portfolio of engaged, inspired AMAR donors. You will help cultivate a community of volunteers, engaged citizens, and donors to help AMAR reach its fundraising objectives. You will be an innovative, creative, and passionate relationship manager, fundraiser, and communicator that will help grow AMAR&rsquo;s brand and impact.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Responsibilities will be varied and will include:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Development:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Assist the Development &amp; Communications Officer in the day-to-day processing of gift entries and help maintain records on donors, volunteers, and prospective supporters using our Salesforce database;</li> <li>Identify and develop a robust, new portfolio of foundation, corporate and private donors in coordination with staff and board members;</li> <li>Engage existing donors and prospects through relationship building to raise dollars for AMAR projects</li> <li>Identify and develop prospective foundation, corporate and private donors in coordination with staff and board members;</li> <li>Strengthen relationships and increase giving from existing major donors;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Create proposals and applications for grants;</li> <li>Utilize AMAR&rsquo;s Salesforce donor management system for fundraising tracking, gift entry, donor recognition, regular reporting, and data analysis.</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Fundraising:</strong></p> <p>Grow the annual fundraising capacity of AMAR U.S. through:</p> <ul> <li>Help coordinate fundraising and friend-raising events where the AMAR story can be shared in Washington D.C. and in key U.S. cities;</li> <li>Create and assist with the management of public fundraising campaigns;</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Communications:</strong></p> <p>Raise awareness of AMAR U.S. and the &lsquo;AMAR model&rsquo; of assistance in conflict zones and high stress areas through:</p> <ul> <li>Coming up with innovative ways to show donors the return on their investment. You&rsquo;ll surprise and delight them with creative ways to show our appreciation. You&rsquo;ll be an articulate and engaging storyteller to inspire donors to increase and diversify their support of AMAR.</li> <li>Help grow AMAR&rsquo;s brand awareness by creating, proofreading, and editing various printed and electronic marketing materials.</li> <li>Write news articles and media relations materials, create and disseminate press releases and create materials for use by the AMAR Board, staff and volunteers.</li> <li>Build relationships with journalists, establishing AMAR as a source of expertise and arranging op-eds and interviews with AMAR senior staff.</li> <li>Support the execution of AMAR&rsquo;s communication&rsquo;s strategy, including maintaining the social and electronic media communications calendars and assisting with the ongoing maintenance of the website.</li> <li>Serve as an internal and external point of contact for information on AMAR projects and work;</li> <li>Produce well-designed communications materials that advance AMAR&rsquo;s development goals, including grant applications, project reports, emails, newsletters, blog posts and social media updates;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>QUALIFICATIONS</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Commitment:</strong></p> <ul> <li>An incredible passion for AMAR&rsquo;s mission that invigorates and excites everyone with whom you share it.</li> <li>Drive and sophistication, excited by the opportunity to help shape the future of the fundraising department and the organization as a whole.</li> <li>A team-orientation and strong work ethic, essential for this demanding environment that continually strives for excellence.</li> <li>Highly developed interpersonal skills with the presence and personal style to represent the organization to multiple constituents.</li> <li>Strong commitment to core human rights values, tolerance and diversity;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Fundraising Experience:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bachelors&rsquo; or Masters&rsquo; degree in a relevant field of study; A focus on communications, marketing, and/or nonprofit management are a plus.</li> <li>1-3 years&rsquo; experience in development, fundraising or related non-profit work (will consider applications with less experience, especially from individuals who are well networked within a community of potential donors);</li> <li>An aptitude for producing high-quality work to deadlines and to balancing multiple commitments in an organized and efficient way;</li> <li>Previous work experience would ideally include:</li> </ul> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fundraising;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Development of foundation, corporate and individual donors;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Budgeting and financial reporting;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Events management and logistics, including organization of mailings, responses, and printed materials;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grant Writing;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Management of development and fundraising projects;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Strong writing and editing skills;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Highly competent with database management;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Website management experience;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Proficiency with Salesforce;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Proficiency with IT generally and the Microsoft Office package.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Skills:</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>You're uniquely people-oriented.</em></li> </ul> <p>You're more than capable of cultivating productive relationships. You'll work closely philanthropists, influencers and other diverse personalities. This doesn't intimidate you, but excites you. You thrive on building and developing these relationships with intelligence, maturity and professionalism.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><em>You're a mover, a shaker, and an avid fundraiser</em></li> </ul> <p>You're eager to learn. You're inspired to rebuild lives in the Middle East. You&rsquo;re committed to AMAR&rsquo;s mission and improving lives for families displaced by conflict, civil disorder, and disruption.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <ul> <li><em>You understand the value of our supporters.</em></li> </ul> <p>You have outstanding communication skills. You&rsquo;re articulate and persuasive, with well-honed relationship building skills. You make everyone feel special. You&rsquo;re able to get anyone excited about what we do and make their experience with us unique. You&rsquo;re inviting, discerning, and thoughtful.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <ul> <li><em>You're creative, innovative, and a self-starter.</em></li> </ul> <p>You thrive in a creative, inventive, fast-paced start-up environment, with people who are passionate about their work and mission. You can work with a team and take direction, but are also able to drive your own goals and create your own work plans.</p> <p><strong>Familiarity: </strong></p> <p>Familiarity of the following are not necessary, but a plus:</p> <ul> <li>History, politics, culture, and current events in the Middle East, specifically, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria;</li> <li>Arabic language skills</li> <li>Experience living in the Middle East.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:43:46 GMT

Advertisement for a Programs Associate (Full-Time Position)

<p><strong>To Apply: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Please e-mail:</p> <p>- Cover letter</p> <p>- CV</p> <p>- Salary History</p> <p>- At least three examples of your previous work (either as e-mail attachments or hyperlinks) including, but not limited to, project reports, concept notes, and grant proposals.</p> <p>Submit all application packages electronically to <a href="mailto:opportunities@amarfoundation.org">opportunities@amarfoundation.org</a>, with the subject line:</p> <p>Programs Associate Application</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The AMAR International Charitable Foundation in the United States of America (AMAR U.S.) is recruiting for a new Programs Associate position at our Washington, D.C. office.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This exciting opportunity is for a full-time staff member to join our growing team to assist the Programs Officer in managing key programs and development initiatives. Please see overleaf for key responsibilities of the position and skills required.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>AMAR U.S. was founded in 2010 as the American affiliate of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, an award-winning British charity that has worked in the Middle East since 1991, building and improving the lives and livelihoods of some of the world&rsquo;s poorest and most disadvantaged people. AMAR was named the <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/uk-news/winner-charity-awards/">International Aid and Development Charity of the year</a> in 2014 at the UK National Charity Awards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today AMAR is providing <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/health-care/" target="_blank">health care</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/" target="_blank">education</a>, <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/human-rights/" target="_blank">human rights</a>, <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/empowerment/">empowerment</a> and <a href="http://www.amarfoundation.org/en-us/what-we-do-2/education/vocational-training/" target="_blank">vocational training</a> to over 500,000 people in the most disadvantaged areas of Iraq and Lebanon. Our Emergency Refugee Response to assist those displaced by ISIS has gathered international media attention, and in late 2015 AMAR was recommended as a top charity through which to help Iraqi and Syrian refugees by the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/06/world/iyw-help-yazidi-girls-refugees/">CNN Freedom Project</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Key responsibilities</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="568"> <p>The Programs Associate will primarily support the Programs Officer in the day-to-day management of AMAR U.S. projects and development of new program proposals, but will support all aspects of AMAR U.S.' work as we continue to establish organizationally in the U.S. and develop our presence in the Washington D.C. non-governmental community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Responsibilities will be varied and will include:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Project Management</strong></p> <ul> <li>Assist in the management of major multi-year projects with governmental and institutional donors;</li> <li>Hold lead responsibility on a portion of AMAR projects with corporate and individual donors;</li> <li>Maintain close working relationships with staff to ensure optimal day-to-day program results;</li> <li>Ensure regular and timely internal and external program updates and reporting;</li> <li>Conduct project budgeting, financial management and financial reporting;</li> <li>Maintain correspondence with project funders, partners and other stakeholders;</li> <li>Represent AMAR to U.S. government agencies, international institutions, NGOs and think-tanks;</li> <li>Prepare presentations of AMAR projects and &lsquo;the AMAR model&rsquo; in a variety of formats &ndash; PowerPoint, briefing reports, web pages, etc.;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Development:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Support the Programs Officer and Development and Communications Officer across all fundraising and development efforts;</li> <li>Create concept notes and proposals in response to identified project needs;</li> <li>Identify and apply for grants and new sources of funding from governmental, institutional, corporate and private donors, including in response to specific U.S. government and institutional requests for proposals;</li> <li>Strengthen relationships and increase giving from existing major donors.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Administration</strong></p> <ul> <li>Arrange travel, meetings and appointments; Attend meetings and draft official minutes;</li> <li>Assist in the management of AMAR&rsquo;s internship program, including daily supervision of tasking, regular feedback and periodic performance reviews;</li> <li>Maintain AMAR licences and registrations, including charitable solicitation registrations across multiple U.S. states;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>General administrative, office management and other ad hoc tasks.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>QUALIFICATIONS</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Commitment:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Strong commitment to the mission of AMAR U.S.;</li> <li>Strong commitment to building a healthy, sustainable organization by supporting all members of our close knit team;</li> <li>Strong commitment to core human rights values, tolerance and diversity;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Skills and Experience:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bachelors&rsquo; or Masters&rsquo; degree in a relevant field of study;</li> <li>1-3 years&rsquo; experience in related project management, international development or non-profit work;</li> <li>An aptitude for producing high-quality work to deadlines and to balancing multiple commitments in an organized and efficient way;</li> <li>High level of numeracy;</li> <li>Previous work experience would ideally include:</li> </ul> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Project Management and reporting;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Budgeting and financial reporting;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grant Writing targeted at Governmental and intergovernmental donors;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grant writing targeted at Foundation, corporate and individual donors;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Strong writing and editing skills;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Development of foundation, corporate and individual donors;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking;</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; High level of proficiency with IT generally and the Microsoft Office package, in particular Excel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Familiarity: </strong></p> <p>Familiarity of the following are not necessary, but a plus:</p> <ul> <li>History, politics, culture, and current events in the Middle East, specifically, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria;</li> <li>Arabic language skills;</li> <li>Experience living in the Middle East.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:40:44 GMT

Programme Manager

<p>When you hear about The Donkey Sanctuary, your initial instinct might be to think of our wonderful work to rescue, rehome and care for donkeys across the UK. But there is much more to our charity than meets the eye.</p> <p>One of the UK&rsquo;s largest animal charities and the largest equine charity working internationally, our work reaches donkeys and mules in dozens of countries through direct community-based interventions to advocacy and campaigns. There are an estimated 50 million donkeys and mules worldwide and most are working to support people in some of the more marginalised communities in the world. Donkey welfare represents access to water, livelihoods, education, women&rsquo;s empowerment, as well as strengthening resilience in times of disaster.</p> <p>Our Global Programmes team is looking for two full time Programme Managers to lead two key pieces of work:</p> <p>In recent years, donkeys are being seen as <strong>production</strong> animals on a rapidly increasing scale. Whether for meat, milk, skins or other parts, we are concerned about both the welfare of the donkeys caught up in these trades, the people who rely on them, and the potential for both &lsquo;false farms&rsquo; and intensive farming. We are looking for a programme manager to target the welfare of production donkeys, focussing immediately on the global trade in donkey skins through lobbying in source countries, projects to directly ease suffering and working with consumers and the industry. You will lead projects of work to understand and address welfare concerns as well as advocate for changes in policies and laws where needed.</p> <p>In other areas, working donkeys and mules are facing severely compromised welfare in brick kilns, quarries and mines across the world. It is impossible to isolate this suffering from the compromised welfare of the people working alongside the animals, or from the environmental consequences of some of these industries. We are looking for a programme manager to target the welfare of donkeys and mules in <strong>industry</strong>, focussing immediately on the brick kilns of Nepal. Your expertise in networking and advocacy will bring partners from the animal welfare, human labour and environmental sectors together to work on the issues holistically. Your strong project management background will be essential to identify issues, plan and develop on-going projects to improve welfare and then to scale up what is learnt.</p> <p>Reporting to the Head of Programmes and guided by programmatic steering groups, both roles will work closely with multi-disciplinary teams based in various locations throughout the world. These appointments therefore require experienced, innovative managers and leaders who understands the complex remit, the sensitivities of international work, and strategies for advocacy, project work and campaigning in various cultural contexts.</p> <p>As well as demonstrable experience in managing complex international projects and distance management, you will have experience of working with programmes in a development context as well as excellent communication skills and an ability to work with people at all levels.</p> <p>Due to the cross-functional nature of these roles, these positions would ideally be based in Sidmouth but flexibility can be considered for the right candidate. Some travel to international projects will be required.</p> <p>To apply for this role please send your CV and a covering letter to <a href="mailto:applications@donkeysanctuary.org.uk" rel="no-follow" data-cke-saved-href="mailto:applications@donkeysanctuary.org.uk">applications@donkeysanctuary.org.uk</a>&nbsp; outlining your skills and experience and how these match the essential criteria listed in the job description.</p> <p>For the full job description please visit <a href="http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/vacancies/11327" rel="no-follow" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/vacancies/11327">www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/vacancies/11327</a> .</p>

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:51:32 GMT

Social Policy Specialist (NO-C)

<p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Purpose of the Position</span></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Under the general guidance of the supervisor, Social Policy Specialist reports to <strong>the Deputy Representative</strong>, and is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c)&nbsp; the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the&nbsp; quality, equity and coverage of social services. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, and adolescents&rsquo; empowerment.</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Key Expected Results<br /> </span></strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">The strategic and effective advocacy, planning and formulation of social policy programs and projects and the achievement of sustainable results, contributes to achievement of goals and objectives to create a protective environment for children and thus ensure their survival, development and well-being in society. Achievements in social policy programs and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide program services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">HOW TO APPLY:</span></strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> To apply for this position and read more detailed information, please visit UNICEF web-page: </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=505382"><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=505382</span></a></span><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Applications for this position must be received no later than on:&nbsp;3&nbsp;July 2017.</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all backgrounds and minority groups, including persons with disabilities, to apply.</span></em></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">UNICEF is a global organization that seeks to improve the lives and health of children, especially the most vulnerable ones. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from</span></em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> <em>violence, exploitation, and AIDS. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Moldova visit:</em> </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="http://www.unicef.md/"><strong><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">http://www.unicef.md/</span></strong></a></span><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> <em>You can also follow us on</em> </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/UNICEFMoldova?hc_location=timeline"><strong><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">Facebook</span></strong></a></span><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> <em>and</em> </span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://twitter.com/MoldovaUNICEF"><strong><span style="color: #5a90da; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-decoration: none; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN; text-underline: none;" lang="EN">Twitter</span></strong></a></span><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">.</span></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><em><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.</span></em></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin: 7.5pt 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span style="color: #666666; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">We would appreciate a wider circulation in order to reach a broader range of interested candidates! </span></strong></p>

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:40:24 GMT

Technical Advice to the Ministry of Home Affairs – Job Standards and Classifications

<p><strong>Laos Australia Institute (LAI)</strong></p> <p><strong>Technical Advice to the Ministry of Home Affairs &ndash; Job Standards and Classifications</strong></p> <ul> <li>Based in Vientiane, Laos</li> <li>Short term input (approximately 40 days)</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Program</strong></p> <p>The Government of Australia recognises the priority of the Government of Laos to build capacity in human resources &ndash; at both the individual and organisational level. The Government of Laos has been advocating with the Australian Government (and other donors) over recent years for a coordinated approach to human resource development. LAI therefore involves a more strategic approach to human resource development in Laos that incorporates existing scholarship approaches into a broader human resource development planning approach, while implementing a range of activities to meet specific strategic and operational needs. Improved programs will link development outcomes, organisations, people and their courses of study, and have stronger measures of effectiveness. LAI&rsquo;s goal supports the development of the capacity of the Government of Laos as a platform for on-going economic development. Human resource development is defined in this goal as developing the competencies and capabilities of individuals in cognitive, technical and relational domains as a basis for institutional strengthening and improving development outcomes</p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>Working closely with Senior Managers, Technical staff of MOHA, DFAT and the LAI Institute Director, the Consultant will support the Government of Laos to review and update current approaches, policy guidelines and templates for job descriptions for the civil service. The primary result of the consultancy is expected to be a set of job standards that can be integrated into improved guidelines for the development of job descriptions for civil servants. The Consultant&rsquo;s advice and support is expected to include:</p> <ul> <li>Production of a work plan that will be discussed between MOHA, DFAT and LAI</li> <li>Reviewing and updating the current policy and guidelines for job analysis, job standards and job descriptions</li> <li>Working closely with the other technical adviser to the Ministry of Home Affairs (on performance appraisal) to coordinate advice and inputs under the management of the appropriate MOHA officials</li> <li>Conducting a workshop for MOHA and other staff on how to undertake job analysis, prepare and write job standards and competency based job descriptions</li> <li>Using additional job classification and grading information relevant to Laos and the region and internationally to inform examples and guidance on performance appraisal policies, templates and guidelines</li> <li>Pilot the revised job standards approach in the three MOHA departments responsible for civil service and/or other selected public sector agencies as required</li> <li>Supporting counterparts and other consultants in the process of developing job classification and grading standards and in implementing these in one or more areas of the Ministry</li> <li>In conjunction with MOHA, LAI and other consultants, the development of a Forward Plan for further technical assistance and training</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Person</strong></p> <p>We are seeking applicants with relevant tertiary qualifications in human resource management policy and practice in the context of the public sector or related fields. You will have more than ten years relevant experience in human resources or capacity building in the public sector. The successful candidate will have substantial experience in job analysis and in developing job standards and job descriptions in the public sector. Working knowledge and an understanding of public sector human resource management in developing countries is also required. You will have the ability to effectively engage with senior government counterparts on policy and operational matters and to build capacity of counterparts through mentoring and on the job support. Excellent communication skills with the ability to produce high quality reports in English in a timely manner is essential.</p> <p><strong>How to Apply</strong></p> <p>For a detailed position description and to apply for this position please visit <strong>www.coffey.com/careers</strong> click on &lsquo;career opportunities&rsquo; and search for the reference number <strong>495376</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Applications close 5.00pm (Vientiane time) 14th July 2017.</strong></p> <p>For further enquires please contact: internationaldevelopment@coffey.com</p>

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:51:48 GMT

Technical Advice to the Ministry of Home Affairs – Performance Appraisal

<p><strong>Laos Australia Institute (LAI)</strong></p> <p><strong>Technical Advice to the Ministry of Home Affairs &ndash; Performance Appraisal</strong></p> <ul> <li>Based in Vientiane, Laos</li> <li>Short term input (approximately 36 days)</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Program</strong></p> <p>The Government of Australia recognises the priority of the Government of Laos to build capacity in human resources &ndash; at both the individual and organisational level. The Government of Laos has been advocating with the Australian Government (and other donors) over recent years for a coordinated approach to human resource development. LAI therefore involves a more strategic approach to human resource development in Laos that incorporates existing scholarship approaches into a broader human resource development planning approach, while implementing a range of activities to meet specific strategic and operational needs. Improved programs will link development outcomes, organisations, people and their courses of study, and have stronger measures of effectiveness. LAI&rsquo;s goal supports the development of the capacity of the Government of Laos as a platform for on-going economic development. Human resource development is defined in this goal as developing the competencies and capabilities of individuals in cognitive, technical and relational domains as a basis for institutional strengthening and improving development outcomes</p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>Working closely with Senior Managers, technical staff of MOHA, DFAT and the LAI Institute Director, the Consultant will support the Government of Laos to review and update their current systems and process for performance appraisal. The primary result of the consultancy is expected to be improved guidelines and templates for performance appraisal of civil servants. The Consultant will provide technical advice and policy support to the three civil service departments of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Expected duties will include:</p> <ul> <li>Production of a work plan that will be discussed between MOHA, DFAT and LAI</li> <li>Revising the existing performance appraisal policies and related processes, under guidance from counterparts in MOHA</li> <li>Working closely with the other technical adviser to the Ministry of Home Affairs (on job standards and classifications) to coordinate advice and inputs under the management of the appropriate MOHA officials</li> <li>Using additional performance appraisal standard system information relevant to Laos and the region and internationally to inform examples and guidance on performance appraisal policies, templates and guidelines</li> <li>Establishing a framework to develop appropriate performance indicators using a competency based approach in Laos</li> <li>Conducting interviews, meetings, workshops, mentoring and providing on-the-job support to MOHA staff and counterparts, in the use of revised performance appraisal policies and templates</li> <li>Supporting the pilot of the revised performance appraisal system in MOHA or other work areas of the civil service in Laos and assist in the evaluation of the outcomes of the pilot</li> <li>In conjunction with MOHA, LAI and other consultants, the development of a Forward Plan for further technical assistance and training</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Person</strong></p> <p>We are seeking applicants with relevant tertiary qualifications in human resource management policy and practice in the context of the public sector or related fields. You will have more than ten years relevant experience in human resources or capacity building in the public sector. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge and understanding of public sector Performance Appraisal in developing countries, particularly in ASEAN. You will have substantial experience in Performance Appraisal, HRD and HRM policy development in the public sector and at a high level. This will ensure your ability to effectively engage with senior government counterparts on policy and operational matters and to build capacity of counterparts through mentoring and on the job support. Excellent communication skills with the ability to produce high quality reports in English in a timely manner is essential.</p> <p><strong>How to Apply</strong></p> <p>For a detailed position description and to apply for this position please visit <strong>www.coffey.com/careers</strong> click on &lsquo;career opportunities&rsquo; and search for the reference number <strong>495377</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Applications close 5.00pm (Vientiane time) 14th July 2017.</strong></p> <p>For further enquires please contact: internationaldevelopment@coffey.com</p>

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:40:01 GMT

Philanthropy Manager (Maternity Cover)

<p><strong>Overview:</strong></p> <p>War Child works with children who, as a result of conflict, live with a combination of poverty, exclusion and insecurity. These children might include street children, child headed households, children conscripted into armed groups, and children who have been put in prison. Our mission is to support and improve the care and protection of children and young people who live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion in some of the worse conflict-affected places. We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war. This is a vision that can only be realised through the collective actions of children themselves, communities and their leaders, organisations like War Child, governments and key decision makers.</p> <p><strong>Purpose of Post:</strong></p> <p>With an excellent understanding of relationship based fundraising and hands-on fundraising abilities, you will work both independently and with the Philanthropy and Global Partnering team to generate income from a portfolio of existing and prospective donors. Results oriented, you will have strong interpersonal and management skills together with a flexible and proactive approach. This is a great opportunity for a motivated major donor fundraiser with a passion for international development to join an award winning and ambitious team and help us to dramatically grow our income to reach more children in the worst conflict affected countries. As part of a small team the person will have the chance to shine and really have an impact on our projects supporting children affected by war.</p> <p><strong>A)</strong>&nbsp;<strong>JOB SPECIFICATION: TASK AND RESPONSIBILITES:</strong></p> <p>&middot; To play a key role in maximising major donor income for War Child</p> <p>&middot; To focus on developing a prospect pipeline of new donors to War Child</p> <p>&middot; To directly develop and manage relationships with existing major donors</p> <p>&middot; Identify new prospects and devise strategies for engagement to drive the pipeline for the Philanthropy income stream</p> <p>&middot; Work with the Research and Compliance Manager on prospect research management and strategies</p> <p>&middot; Work with the Philanthropy and Global Partnering team to plan and deliver cultivation and stewardship opportunities and events</p> <p>&middot; Contribute to the strategic planning process for new and existing donors to plan effectively for growth and funding opportunities</p> <p>&middot; To develop good relations and maintain excellent communication channels with other teams and departments</p> <p>&middot; Systematically identify, qualify, and strategize a pipeline for &pound;5k &ndash; &pound;500k figure gifts for both unrestricted and restricted giving</p> <p>&middot; Develop and implement strong stewardship, cultivation and solicitation plans for prospects and donors to generate significant income from the portfolio, including identifying lapsed donors and devising strategies for re-engagement</p> <p>&middot; Attend high level cultivation events/meetings and represent War Child with commitment and enthusiasm to build new relationships and contacts for War Child, working with colleagues to ensure that new prospects are followed up and their interest capitalised on</p> <p>&middot; Actively participate in regular department and team meetings, contributing to strategy discussion and decisions that will be beneficial to the development of fundraising activities</p> <p>&middot; Work with members of the programmes team including Programmes Director, Country Directors and UK senior managers to gain their support for specific proposals and solicitation of prospects</p> <p><strong>B)</strong>&nbsp;<strong>PERSON SPECIFICATION &ndash; ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:</strong></p> <p>War Child&rsquo;s office is a lively and fast-paced environment made up of a team of extremely dedicated staff &amp; volunteers. We&rsquo;re looking for someone who can fit in well and bring their personality, creativity and professionalism to our communications and the wider charity.</p> <p><em>Experience:</em></p> <p>&bull; Experience of independently developing relationships with philanthropists and securing five figure gifts</p> <p>&bull; Experience of researching and building relationships with new potential donors</p> <p>&bull; Experience of contributing to fundraising strategies in line with the organisational plan</p> <p>&bull; Experience of managing a portfolio of relationships with high net worth individuals</p> <p>&bull; Experience of working in a target led environment with a proven track record of delivering against targets</p> <p>&bull; Experience of preparing proposals and reports</p> <p>&bull; Planning and delivering events</p> <p>&bull; Eligible to work in the UK and travel to the countries in which War Child operates</p> <p><em>Technical Skills/Expertise:</em></p> <p>&bull; Understanding of the principles of major donor fundraising</p> <p>&bull; Excellent written and verbal communication</p> <p>&bull; Strong administrative and organisational skills and record keeping skills</p> <p>&bull; IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office</p> <p>&bull; Experience of working with fundraising databases</p> <p>&bull; Educated to a degree level, or equivalent</p> <p><em>Competencies (Soft Skills):</em></p> <p>&bull; Confidence in networking and operating at senior levels externally, including with high profile (celebrity) supporters</p> <p>&bull; Team player with proven ability in collaborative working with other team members at all levels, building positive and productive relationships.</p> <p>&bull; Focus on continuous improvement with the ability to contribute towards a culture of innovation and making an impact</p> <p>&bull; Ability to present information, verbally or in writing, including War Child&rsquo;s mission, briefings and project reports to a range of audiences in a clear and confident manner</p> <p>&bull; Ability to make independent decisions exhibiting judgement and reason, even when dealing with stressful and emotional topics and situations</p> <p>&bull; Proven success in managing direct reports supportively and responsibly</p> <p>&bull; Results-oriented and problem-solving approach to work and challenges</p> <p>&bull; Proven ability to work to deadlines and manage workload effectively</p> <p>&bull; Adaptable and flexible approach</p> <p>&bull; Interest in international development issues and an understanding of, and commitment to, War Child&rsquo;s vision, mission and aims</p> <p><em>Sub Heading 4: Desirable Criteria:</em></p> <p>&bull; Line management experience</p> <p>&bull; Experience of fundraising in international markets</p> <p>&bull; Experience of working in international settings focused on Child Protection and Child Rights</p> <p>&bull; Experience of high profile (celebrity) relationships</p> <p>&bull; Experience of fundraising committees and/or development boards</p> <p>&bull; Experience of wider fundraising disciplines, in particular Corporate giving and Trust fundraising</p> <p>&bull; Experience of using the Salesforce database</p> <p>&bull; Member of the Institute of Fundraising</p> <p><strong>C)</strong>&nbsp;<strong>CONTRACT TERMS</strong></p> <p>Working Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week</p> <p>Probation: 6 months</p> <p>Start date: August/September 2017</p> <p>Travel: Occasional travel to our countries of operation may be required</p> <p>Salary: &pound;33,902 - &pound;38,745 per annum</p> <p>Leave: 28 days pa pro-rata, increasing by one day for each year&rsquo;s service up to a maximum of 5 additional days</p> <p>Pension: All eligible employees are automatically enrolled into a Group Personal Pension Plan. Contributions will be made on a salary exchange basis as follows: employees contribute a minimum of 3% of basic monthly salary to receive a contribution of 5% from War Child.</p> <p>Other: As defined in standard War Child contract terms</p> <p><strong>HOW TO APPLY:</strong></p> <p><strong>Application process</strong></p> <ul> <li>Download and complete War Child Application Form. All applications must reach&nbsp;<a href="mailto:recruitment@warchild.org.uk">recruitment@warchild.org.uk</a>&nbsp;by 11.59pm on 27 June 2017.</li> <li>Due to limited resources, War Child HR will contact only the shortlisted candidates &bull; Interviews will be held on w/c 10 July 2017.</li> <li>Any offer made post the second interview will be conditional on receipt of 3 favourable written references, (from your most recent employer, any other previous employer and a character reference). War Child reserves the right to call the referees, in case clarification is required post the receipt of complete reference forms.</li> <li>The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a DBS Police check and/or international police check, a medical check for overseas travel purposes, be compliant and sign up to War Child&rsquo;s Child Safeguarding Policy prior to a final offer being made.</li> </ul>

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:16:13 GMT

Project Manager Cash Transfer Program (m/f), Hargeisa/Somalia

<p>The German Red Cross (GRC) is part of a worldwide community assisting victims of conflicts and disasters and people affected by social or health related crises. The Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement provides vulnerable people with assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. The German Red Cross assists in disaster response, rehabilitation and capacity building projects internationally on appeals of their sister organisations within the Movement.<br /><br />GRC is currently seeking <strong>a Project Manager with specific Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) expertise, for the management of a Drought Response Project.</strong> <br /><br />The main purpose of this position is to set up, co-manage and support the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in the implementation of their six months Drought Response Project. The main focus will be on Cash Transfer Programming (CTP), combined with a minor WASH component. The project will provide cash transfer support to beneficiaries through a mobile money transfer with local service providers, hygiene kits and conduct sessions on hygiene promotion. The Project Manager will work with the SRCS ensuring efficient implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project activities according to Partner National Societies (PNS) Consortium requirements. <br /><br /><strong>Duration</strong>: starting August 1st 2017 until April 30th 2018<br /><strong>Location</strong>: Hargeisa/Somalia <br /><br /><strong>General Responsibilities and Tasks:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Represent GRC in Somalia regarding this specific project vis-&agrave;-vis the SRCS, Movement partners and other stakeholders</li> <li>Build and foster good relations with the SRCS, the Federation Secretariat, the ICRC, Partner National Societies (PNSs) and other national and international organizations in the country, in relation to this project</li> <li>Represent GRC during project-specific donor/partner monitoring visits</li> <li>Promote effective team building among the project staff to promote diversity and create an enabling environment whereby team members &ndash; individually and collectively &ndash; can give their best in pursuit of the project objectives</li> </ul> <p><strong>Project specific:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ensure that the project is well planned, implemented and reported upon in a timely and accurate manner, in close cooperation with SRCS&nbsp;</li> <li>Ensure adequate capacity building on the CTP component, including training, lessons learnt, development/review of SOPs, alignment of approaches with other CTP partners to SRCS (IFRC, ICRC), etc.</li> <li>Together with SRCS, continuously work towards improving the implementation quality, monitoring, evaluation and reporting</li> <li>Review/produce narrative and financial project reports before they are submitted to the donors</li> <li>Take full charge of the project budget and related financial reporting, in close cooperation with SRCS</li> <li>At all times, promote the learning environment and ensure that SRCS develop capacities to manage large scale cash transfer projects using mobile money-transfer approach</li> <li>Ensure post-distribution monitoring of the cash transfers is well implemented and reported upon. Set up and oversee a robust monitoring system of all other project components, including the beneficiary feedback mechanisms</li> <li>Provide on-the-job training, workshops and evaluation/lessons-learnt exercises to SRCS on the CTP component, in order to enhance the capacity of the national partner in developing and delivering effective and high quality integrated food security interventions</li> <li>In cooperation with SRCS, promote information and knowledge sharing on CTP</li> <li>Promote transparency in terms of follow-up actions that arise from the monitoring and beneficiary complaints findings.</li> <li>Take up any other tasks assigned by the agreed line manager</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Required Skills:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Proven experience in managing a Cash Transfer Program</li> <li>Profound experience in Program Management</li> <li>Readiness to work in remote areas with with frequent travels</li> <li>Ability to work independently and as a team member</li> <li>Ability and agreement to adhere to the Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles</li> <li>Readiness to go on assignment without partner</li> <li>Oral and written fluency in English</li> <li>Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural environments</li> <li>Ability to complete a thorough medical screening process 'working abroad under specific climate and health conditions'</li> <li>Valid Driving Licence</li> </ul> <p>GRC offers you a compensation package according to the collective employment agreement of the GRC as well as an expatriation allowance during your mission. In Somalia we provide you with an accommodation. In addition to a full insurance package (health insurance for residence abroad, private accident insurance, private liability insurance, luggage insurance) GRC is as well covering a home flight withing a 12-month period of assignment and medical check-ups before and after your mission. Before your assignment you will receive briefings prior as well as during and after your mission. <br /><br /><strong>Kindly apply by submitting your application by using the GRC online application system <a href="https://drkhrnet.drk.de">DRK HRnet </a>until June 25th 2017.&nbsp;</strong> <br /><br />Please indicate<strong> Ref. No. 2017- 106 </strong>with your application.<br /><br />Further information on our recruiting procedure can be found on our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.drk.de/en/be-involved/international-vacancies/">homepage.</a></p>

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:34:30 GMT

International Skills Development Expert in UGANDA

<p>In view of the further development of its activities BTC is currently looking for a (m/f):</p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>International Skills Development Expert&nbsp; </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>UGANDA</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Ref.: UGA/16/032-1</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Location: </strong>Kampala (Uganda) with regular field visits</p> <p><strong>Duration of the contract</strong>: 17 months</p> <p><strong>Probable starting date: </strong>as soon as possible</p> <p><strong>Monthly salary package: </strong>(cat B417)between 5.186,32 euro and 7.380,88 euro (this includes the gross monthly salary and the expat benefits: hardship allowance and expat allowance). The salary is calculated, depending on the composition of the family and the number of years of relevant experience.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Project</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The support to skilling Uganda (SSU) project is jointly implemented by Belgian Development Agency (BTC) and Ministry of Education and Sport (MoES) with kind support of the Belgium Government, EUTF and Irish Aid.&nbsp; SSU focuses on supporting 10 years&rsquo; BTVET strategic plan (2012-2021) geared towards a systemic transformation of comprehensive skills development for employment, enhanced productivity and growth in Uganda.&nbsp; The plan focuses on making skill development more relevant and demand driven by linking Business Technical Vocational and Training (BTVET) with the world of work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>EUTF-funded initiative, &lsquo;Support Programme for Refugee Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU) is being implemented in the Northern Uganda including Kiryandongo to enhance &lsquo;livelihood and labour market relevant&rsquo; skills for youth, women and girls of the refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda, including Kiryandongo, through short and medium term Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Support</p> <p>As part of the Support to Skilling Uganda (SSU), SPRS-NU has two specific result areas:</p> <p><strong>Result 1:</strong> Increased access to quality skills development (training, entrepreneurial skills and start-up kits) for refugees and host communities (with a specific focus on youth, women and girls) in Northern Uganda, including Kiryandongo.</p> <p><strong>Result 2:</strong> Skills development in Northern Uganda is coordinated and aligned with the Skilling Uganda strategy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Function</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>International Skills Development Expert will be recruited by BTC and presented to the MoESTS (Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports). S/he will be one of the members of the PMT (project management team) and will work on a full-time basis in coordination with the Support To Skilling Uganda (SSU) project coordinators and the Education Programme Manager.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tasks</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">As technical expert, he/she:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul> <li> <p>Must ensure, in close consultation and collaboration with the respective officers of OPM, EU and BTC the coordination between the different stakeholders, including other donor initiatives;</p> </li> <li> <p>Makes sure the strategy of the project is consistent and ensures a technically sound implementation of the project;</p> </li> <li> <p>Coaches the Project team.</p> </li> <li> <p>Supervises and evaluates the work of project team members;</p> </li> <li> <p>Oversees the planning and preparation phase of all components of the intervention;</p> </li> <li> <p>Provides direct technical support to all activities and brings a key contribution concerning BTVET policy and instruments, relevant to refugee context;</p> </li> <li> <p>Leads dialogue around BTVET with various stakeholders including implementers of livelihood, Income Generating Activities and education programmes in areas of implementation;</p> </li> <li> <p>Provides capacity building to providers of skills training relevant to refugee setting;</p> </li> <li> <p>Supports initiatives around green skills for the green economy;</p> </li> <li> <p>Co-Presents to the Project Steering Committee the state of progress of project activities;</p> </li> <li> <p>Organises, coordinates and supervises the implementation of project activities in accordance with the approved project work plans;</p> </li> <li> <p>Supervises financial management, accounting and timely compilation of quarterly progress reports and budgeted work plans for the following period for consideration by the project advisory committee (PAC);</p> </li> <li> <p>Contributes to the compilation of the project final report at the end of the project;</p> </li> <li> <p>Analyses and consolidates monitoring reports and prepares recommendations for the PAC;</p> </li> <li> <p>Prepares the contents and agenda of the PAC meetings;</p> </li> <li> <p>Is responsible for regular communication with BTC on the management and supervision of Project implementation;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ensures the capturing and integration of lessons learnt and experience drawn in the implementation of project activities;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ensures coordination and exchange of experiences between the project and other related interventions and activities;</p> </li> <li> <p>He/she is an authorized account-holder for the accounts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Profile </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Qualifications and required experience</span></strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>A university degree (minimum Master level) in Education / Social Sciences / Pedagogy / Development cooperation / Humanitarian work / Human resource management, together with at least 8 years&rsquo; experience in project management;</p> </li> <li> <p>Proven relevant experience in leading a team of professionals, in supervising staff and in coaching co-workers;</p> </li> <li> <p>Managed similar international cooperation projects by bilateral or multilateral donors;</p> </li> <li> <p>Proven and extensive experience in BTVET and skills training for vulnerable groups;</p> </li> <li> <p>Proven experience in federating different stakeholders of Education, BTVET sector and livelihood actors;</p> </li> <li> <p>Proven experience in green skills for the green economy will be an asset;</p> </li> <li> <p>Proven experience in implementing cross-cutting themes such as gender, HIV/AIDS will be an asset;</p> </li> <li> <p>Clear and concise writing skills and experience in preparing reports and other administrative and technical documents;</p> </li> <li> <p>Good communication, presentation and facilitation skills;</p> </li> <li> <p>Fluent in English;</p> </li> <li> <p>Able to work under stressful conditions with no objection to working overtime and undertaking field missions;</p> </li> <li> <p>Knowledge of the humanitarian context will be an asset.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Interested?</strong></p> <p>Please apply <strong>no later than June 28<sup>th</sup> 2017</strong> through our website <span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">https://www.btcctb.org/content/jobs</span></p> <p>If you have any additional questions<strong>, </strong>don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact us at +32 (0)2/505 18 65.</p>

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:40:32 GMT

Responsable administratif et financier international - SENEGAL

<p>Dans le cadre du d&eacute;veloppement de ses activit&eacute;s, la CTB recherche un (h/f):</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>RESPONSABLE ADMINISTRATIF ET FINANCIER INTERNATIONAL - S&eacute;n&eacute;gal</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">R&eacute;f: SEN/16/033-2B</span></strong></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Lieu d&rsquo;affectation</strong>: Il s&rsquo;agit d'un poste bas&eacute; &agrave; l&rsquo;int&eacute;rieur du S&eacute;n&eacute;gal, dans la r&eacute;gion de Thi&egrave;s ou Kaolack (avec de nombreux d&eacute;placements vers les r&eacute;gions de Fatick, Diourbel, Kaffrine et vers Dakar), et pas adapt&eacute;s pour les personnes vivant en famille avec des enfants en &acirc;ge de scolarisation.</p> <p><strong>Dur&eacute;e du contrat: </strong>60 mois</p> <p><strong>Date probable d&rsquo;entr&eacute;e en fonction</strong>: d&egrave;s que possible</p> <p><strong>Package salarial mensuel</strong>: (cat. B417) entre 5.074,53 euros et 7.114,76 euros (en ce compris le salaire brut mensuel et les avantages li&eacute;s au statut d'expatri&eacute;: primes d&rsquo;&eacute;loignement et de p&eacute;nibilit&eacute;). Le salaire est calcul&eacute; en fonction de la composition de m&eacute;nage et de l&rsquo;exp&eacute;rience professionnelle pertinente.</p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">La fonction</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>L&rsquo;expert-e Financier et Administratif assume la gestion financi&egrave;re et administrative du programme / des interventions.</p> <p>Pour ce faire, il-elle devra&nbsp;principalement :</p> <ul> <li> <p>Pr&eacute;parer le budget et le rapportage financier.</p> </li> <li> <p>Garantir une utilisation ad&eacute;quate des ressources et une information financi&egrave;re fiable.</p> </li> <li> <p>Veiller &agrave; la bonne gestion des achats, g&eacute;rer les contrats et le logistique dans le respect des proc&eacute;dures et des obligations contractuelles (March&eacute;s publics, &hellip;)</p> </li> <li> <p>G&eacute;rer les risques fiduciaires mettre en place un syst&egrave;me de contr&ocirc;le interne, mettre en &oelig;uvre les plans d&rsquo;actions suite aux audits et les suivre</p> </li> <li> <p>G&eacute;rer l&rsquo;&eacute;quipe administrative et financi&egrave;re constitu&eacute;e pour le programme et le support aux interventions (recrutements, fixation des objectifs, entretiens de fonctionnement, &hellip;).</p> </li> <li> <p>Appuyer la repr&eacute;sentation, le programme et les interventions par la mise &agrave; disposition de son expertise technique (conseils, partage d&rsquo;exp&eacute;riences, repr&eacute;sentant de la CTB vis-&agrave;-vis d&rsquo;autres entit&eacute;s, &hellip;)</p> </li> <li> <p>Renforcer les capacit&eacute;s des structures partenaires</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p>L&rsquo;expert-e Financier et Administratif est hi&eacute;rarchiquement sous l&rsquo;autorit&eacute; du Programme Manager.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Le profil</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Niveau de formation requis</span></strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Etre titulaire d&rsquo;un dipl&ocirc;me de niveau Master en &laquo;&nbsp;gestion&nbsp;&raquo;, en &laquo;&nbsp;sciences &eacute;conomiques appliqu&eacute;es&nbsp;&raquo; ou en &laquo;&nbsp;finance&nbsp;&raquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Exp&eacute;riences requises et/ou souhait&eacute;es</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>Exp&eacute;rience professionnelle d&rsquo;au moins 5 ans en gestion financi&egrave;re;</p> </li> <li> <p>Exp&eacute;rience en audit, en gestion de risques et en gestion financi&egrave;re dans le secteur public;</p> </li> <li> <p>Une exp&eacute;rience en gestion du changement constitue un atout important;</p> </li> <li> <p>Une premi&egrave;re exp&eacute;rience r&eacute;ussie en gestion d'&eacute;quipe;</p> </li> <li> <p>Au moins une exp&eacute;rience internationale de terrain en tant qu&rsquo;expatri&eacute;-e, de pr&eacute;f&eacute;rence au sein d&rsquo;une organisation internationale.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Connaissances requises</span></strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Ma&icirc;trise de la gestion financi&egrave;re;</p> </li> <li> <p>Ma&icirc;trise de l&rsquo;outil informatique (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Base de donn&eacute;es);</p> </li> <li> <p>Ma&icirc;trise du fran&ccedil;ais et bonne pratique de l&rsquo;anglais;</p> </li> <li> <p>Connaissance pratique du n&eacute;erlandais est un atout.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Aptitudes comportementales </strong></p> </li> <li> <p>Adh&eacute;sion aux valeurs de la CTB&nbsp;: engagement, respect, responsabilit&eacute; et int&eacute;grit&eacute;;</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacit&eacute; d&rsquo;analyse, d&rsquo;int&eacute;gration et d&rsquo;innovation;</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacit&eacute; d&rsquo;organisation proactive et de mise en pratique des d&eacute;cisions prises;</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacit&eacute; &agrave; n&eacute;gocier et &agrave; impacter son entourage en vue de favoriser un r&eacute;sultat &laquo;&nbsp;win-win&nbsp;&raquo;;</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacit&eacute; &agrave; cr&eacute;er une confiance par une approche des relations de travail orient&eacute;e &laquo;&nbsp;conseils et service&nbsp;&raquo;;</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacit&eacute; &agrave; accompagner les autres et &agrave; les soutenir dans leur fonctionnement quotidien.</p> </li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Int&eacute;ress&eacute;(e) ?</span></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Postulez <strong>au plus tard le 02/07/2017 </strong>via notre site web&nbsp;: https://www.btcctb.org/fr/content/jobs.</p> <p>Pour toute question suppl&eacute;mentaire, contactez-nous au 02/505 18 65.</p>

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:47:11 GMT

MSCA Fellowships

<p><span>We are currently looking for researchers, who intend to submit an application for a&nbsp;</span><strong>MSCA Individual Fellowship</strong><span>. This Individual Fellowship program is open for experienced researchers, who have either a doctoral degree or at least four years&rsquo; full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline. In particular, we are searching for committed postdocs or experienced scholars (more than four years in research) to join our research team.</span></p> <h3>Let&rsquo;s find a topic that matches your skills and interests!</h3> <p>Generally, we are open for all kinds of topics that are suitable for the MSCA Individual Fellowship.&nbsp;In order to create&nbsp;<strong>synergies</strong>&nbsp;with our existing&nbsp;<strong>projects</strong>&nbsp;as well as with our&nbsp;<strong>future</strong>&nbsp;<strong>research</strong>&nbsp;<strong>interests</strong>, we outlined several topics.&nbsp;The topics are covering a variety of different fields from Data Science, Information Security, Energy and Climate Change, AAL and Social Sciences. Please see the open projects&nbsp;for further information regarding to areas of interest.</p> <h3>What we offer</h3> <p>The SYNYO GmbH holds two offices in central locations in Vienna, which both provide the ideal infrastructure needed for research and innovation activities. This includes modern workspaces with latest generation notebooks, servers, NAS systems, audio and video recording tools, state of the art programming, design and communication solutions as well as access to extensive digital libraries as well as cloud and web services. The management of the company is committed in offering the best working conditions to its staff.<br />SYNYO will offer a range of trainings for enhancing the research efficiency and the management skills of the MSCA fellow. The training includes on the one hand a focus on the implementation of structured and efficient research roadmap that includes the definition of the processes, the systems and the personal targets. It also involves the development of professional research skills focussing on both the research processes and methodologies as well as its communication through visualizations. On the other hand, the training will also focus on research management. This includes proposal creation, consortium building, target oriented budgeting, project coordination, grant management, controlling and reporting. All these skills, which the researcher acquires, will enhance the researchers&rsquo; skills in the field of research management and will therefore boost the future career of the fellow.</p> <p>The MSCA fellow will work in the SYNYO Headquarter in Vienna, a dynamic and professional environment that values each person&rsquo;s perspective. The researchers will provided with the resources, the support and the flexibility they need to achieve success, and the fellow will be integrated in the research team. Within this team, the researcher will collaborate with the other members in order to facilitate knowledge exchange. SYNYO will ensure a constant communication between the project of the MSCA fellow and the ongoing research projects at the weekly meetings of the SYNYO research managers. Additionally, the researcher will participate in the monthly team meetings, where the current status of the research projects (including the MSCA-project) is discussed.</p> <p>SYNYO also encourages to co-author publications together with the researcher, where synergies between the work of the MSCA-researcher and the SYNYO-researchers are carved out. Due to our wide network and international project partners, which SYNYO developed through the coordination of several EU-projects, the researcher will furthermore have the opportunity to establish contacts with other leading European research institutions.</p> <h3>Recruiting Process</h3> <p>We collaborate with exceptional people with outstanding capabilities and great potential. Our recruitment process consists of several stages and is designed to identify the right people with the right skills for our team. We encourage you to send us your application and will set up a conference call in case of interest. In order to set up a MSCA Fellowship some requirements have to be accomplished. Since we have expertise in applying for European projects, we will support you during the whole application procedure. For more information, please consult the open projects.</p> <p>Apply now:&nbsp;<strong>fellowships@synyo.com</strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p>

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:25:35 GMT

Senior Bank Analyst (Russian speaker)

<p>Business &amp; Finance Consulting (BFC), specializing in consulting and research activities in emerging markets, offers a challenging job opportunity for a Russian speaking <strong>Senior Bank Analyst</strong>, who is expected to join a team of analysts within an on-going project covering emerging economies in Asia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Input: </strong>Full-time for one year with possibility of contract extension afterwards</p> <p><strong>Duty station:</strong> Home Office with intermittent travel throughout Asia and Pacific (around 6 trips per year are envisioned)</p> <h2>Job responsibilities:</h2> <ul> <li>Perform financial analysis and due diligence of Asian commercial banks, including assessing corporate governance, anti-money laundering policies, and management capabilities</li> <li>Collect and research for data and information on selected banks</li> <li>Write credit reports on analysed financial institutions</li> <li>Measure corporate and lending risks (market risk, credit risk, sovereign risk, liquidity risk and other types) for the selected financial institutions</li> <li>Prepare or assess financial projections, models, and business plans</li> <li>Conduct training for client banks, as needed</li> <li>Master Degree in finance, banking or other relevant field; CFA degree is an asset</li> <li>At least five years of experience in conducting due diligence and financial analysis of banks (specific experience in drafting credit or financial analysis reports and knowledge of risk ratings is an advantage)</li> <li>Strong knowledge of financial institutions, risk assessments, and country risk analysis</li> <li>Knowledge of the Asian financial/banking market will be an asset</li> <li>Fluency in English and Russian</li> <li>Excellent communication, presentation, and reporting skills <ul> <li>Ability to work in an international environment and flexibility to travel, including to challenging environments</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h2>Qualifications*:</h2> <p>We are looking for highly motivated, proactive and result oriented professionals. Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and a Cover Letter online at <a href="http://careers.bfconsulting.com/">http://careers.bfconsulting.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your application!</em></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>*Eligibility</em></strong><em>: citizen from the following countries are eligible to apply as per project requirements: Afghanistan; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belgium; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Canada; Cook Islands; People&rsquo;s Republic of China; Denmark; Finland; France Georgia; Germany; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Italy; Fiji; Hong Kong, China; Kazakhstan; Kiribati; Republic of Korea; Kyrgyz Republic; Lao People&rsquo;s Democratic Republic; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nauru; The Netherlands, Nepal; Norway; Pakistan; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Portugal; Samoa; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland Taipei, China; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; United Kingdom; United States; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Viet</em><em>n</em><em>am.</em></p>

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:09:27 GMT

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