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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

The Future of rice security under climate change

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

21 Feb 2017 04:16:58 GMT

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

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

21 Feb 2017 03:38:43 GMT

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

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

21 Feb 2017 02:46:19 GMT

High and Dry: Climate change, water and the economy

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

10 Feb 2017 04:33:21 GMT

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

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

10 Feb 2017 04:15:50 GMT

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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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Green Talks Live: Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

Save the date to discuss the findings of the new report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" on 12 June 2017. The report shows that bringing together the growth and climate agendas, rather than treating climate as a separate issue, could add 1% to average economic output in G20 countries by 2021 and lift 2050 output by up to 2.8%.

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:34:00 GMT

OECD International Conference - Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

The OECD is undertaking a major project on the economic growth and investment implications of the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy in the context of the German G20 Presidency. The final report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" will be presented in the margins of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 23 May 2017. The draft Agenda and the note for participants are now online.

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:04:00 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

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

More private capital for infrastructure investment in Asia?

Since the financial crisis, infrastructure investment has moved up the political agenda in most countries – now also including the USA. Asia is often seen as the world’s infrastructure laboratory, with massive construction of transport and energy projects. This article discusses infrastructure investment, private finance, and institutional investors in Asia from a global perspective.

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:23:00 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

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Rio+20: A voice from Sheffield, UK

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

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

Rio+20: A voice from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Cities and Resilience

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

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

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

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

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

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

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

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

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollution

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

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

Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energy

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

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

Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon tax

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

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

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

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

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

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

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

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

Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

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

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

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World Business

White House denies 'egregious' budget accounting error

A former US treasury secretary says it is the "most egregious" mistake he has seen in four decades.

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:46:23 GMT

Mongolia gets financial aid totalling $5.5bn from IMF

The package aims to help Mongolia recover from a slowdown in global commodity prices.

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:51:17 GMT

Dollar slips after cautious Fed minutes

Leaders at the US central bank want proof economic slowdown is temporary.

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:01:07 GMT

Aston Martin roars back into profit for the first quarter

The sports car maker has made a first-quarter profit this year for the first time in a decade.

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:56:30 GMT

Sean FitzPatrick cleared as Anglo Irish trial collapses

Sean FitzPatrick will be acquitted after longest criminal trial in Irish state history collapses.

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:04:32 GMT

Moody's cuts China's credit rating for first time since 1989

China dismisses the one-notch cut by Moody's, accusing it of using "inappropriate methodology".

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:48:13 GMT

Google plans to track credit card spending

A new product from Google will link the clicks on ads with offline spend to prove digital ads work.

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:13:45 GMT

Tiffany fails to sparkle as sales keep sliding

More woe for upmarket jeweller as consumers continue to opt for cheaper brands.

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:53:20 GMT

British sports car maker Lotus bought by China's Geely

The British sports car maker is being bought by the Chinese owner of Volvo cars.

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:30:02 GMT

Samsung S8 'eye security' fooled by photo

Iris-scanning technology on the Galaxy S8 is spoofed using a photograph and a contact lens.

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:18:47 GMT

Ikea unpacks Jesper Brodin as new chief executive

Flatpack furniture giant's Sweden boss will move up to a global role in September.

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:02:17 GMT

Weak French sales and restructuring costs hit Kingfisher

Investors sell out as the B&Q and Screwfix owner reports lower sales and restructuring costs.

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:03:04 GMT

M&S annual profits fall by 64% as revamp costs bite

Charges for closing stores and revamping the pension scheme hit the bottom line at the retailer.

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:02:04 GMT

Dixons Carphone says consumers keep spending

Sales at the Currys and PC World owner rise 4%, helped by a strong performance in southern Europe.

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:16:44 GMT

BBC World News business headlines

The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:04:07 GMT

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Egypt- 48.6% increase in tourist arrivals in March: CAPMAS

(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The number of tourist arrivals from around the world reached 654,900 during March, compared to 440,700 during March 2016, an increase of 48,6%, accordin...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:31:15 GMT

Egypt- Number of docked vessels in Damietta Port declined by 6.9% in March

(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) A report issued by the Damietta Port Authority (DPA) showed a decrease in the number of docked vessels in the port by 6.9% during March 2017 compared to...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:31:15 GMT

Egypt- SECON to inject EGP 4bn in project in New Administrative Capital

(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Saudi-Egyptian Construction Company (SECON) intends pumping EGP 4bn in a project in the New Administrative Capital on 70 acres, according to CEO Dar...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:31:15 GMT

Egypt- EGBANK signs $20m loan agreement to finance SMEs

(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) EGBANK has signed a loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to receive a $20m loan to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the le...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:31:13 GMT

Algeria Denies Assault of Moroccan Diplomat, Claims Incident is 'Staged'

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – Algeria has denied Morocco's accusations that an Algerian official physically assaulted a Moroccan diplomat during a United Nations meeting in...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:27 GMT

Sudanese President Invites King Mohammed VI to Sudan

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – The President of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, has invited the Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, to make an official visit to Sudan. ...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:26 GMT

Morocco- Barcelona to Face SD Eibar Without Key Footballers

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – Barcelona is set to play against Sociedad Deportiva Eibar without two major players on Sunday at Camp Nou. Barcelona's key stars, Rafael Alcá...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:26 GMT

Morocco- PwC Supports Chief Financial Officers' in French Speaking Africa|PricewaterhouseCoopers|PwC

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – The strategic issues and priorities of Chief Financial Officers' (CFO) in Francophone Africa were the at the center of a recent study run by t...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:26 GMT

Former Prisoner of Polisario Reveals Inhumane Brutality of Ibrahim Ghali

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – A new documentary explores the Polisario Front's violation of human rights. Broadcast on the Moroccan channel 2M, the film shows how the Alger...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:26 GMT

Morocco Calls Assault on Moroccan Diplomat 'Unacceptable', Demands Apologies From Algeria

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – Morocco has demanded apologies from Algeria over the physical assault on a Moroccan diplomat by an Algerian official during a United Nations m...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:25 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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Understanding, enabling and building effective leadership in nutrition

<div>Transform Nutrition’s work on leaders in nutrition explores how effective leaders understand the systems which both shape and constrain their action; and are able to translate this understanding into action which spans the boundaries of sectors and disciplinary knowledge.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Researchers within the Transform Nutrition consortium carried out a study of 89 individuals or representatives of organisations who had been identified as national level leaders within the field of nutrition in four countries: India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Ethiopia. Leaders here came from diverse backgrounds but were able to adapt strategically to the political landscape; spanning boundaries between sectors and disciplines and bring others along as their understanding of nutrition’smulti-sectoral nature developed.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As what leaders do is more important that who leaders are, the researchers suggest a number of way in which leadership can be supported and built. A more structured effort is called for to build a cadre of leaders up to the challenge of working effectively to tackle undernutrition as a pressing global issue.</div>

23 May 2017 12:26:02 GMT

Fiscal challenges of population aging in Brazil

<p>In recent decades, population has been aging fast in Brazil while old age pensions and healthrelated spending have increased. As the population ages, the spending trend threaten to reach unsustainable levels absent reforms. Increasing the retirement age is key, but by itself will not provide sufficient savings to close the pension system financing gap, and reforms reducing replacement rates are necessary. In the area of health, there is scope for improving expenditure efficiency by strengthening outpatient care and regional networks, and developing clinical guidelines for cost-effective treatments and drugs. Reforms are urgent, so that they can be gradual.</p>

23 May 2017 11:26:55 GMT

In search of the solution to farmer–pastoralist conflicts in Tanzania

<div>Land-use conflict is not a new phenomenon for pastoralists and farmers in Tanzania with murders, the killing of livestock and the loss of property as a consequence of this conflict featuring in the news for many years now. Various actors, including civil society organisations, have tried to address farmer-pastoralist conflict through mass education programmes, land-use planning, policy reforms and the development of community institutions. However, these efforts have not succeeded in the conflict. Elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa traditional systems are not making much headway either.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This paper finds that resolving the mutual hostility between farmers and pastoralists is problematic because it is linked to historical evictions that happened from the colonial and post-colonial period until the early 1990s. It also points to the limitations of Tanzania’s formal land dispute settlement machinery, which does not provide appropriate forums and mechanisms for resolving farmer-pastoralist conflicts. The paper argues that the existing systems do not favour the interests of either farmers or pastoralists, and calls for specific reforms. Drawing on the experiences of a farmer-pastoralist platform established by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, a local non-governmental organisation working on natural resource governance issues, it proposes an alternative mechanism based on the popular participation of the victims in resolving such conflicts.</div>

23 May 2017 10:12:04 GMT

A mobile health application to manage acute malnutrition

<div>Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is responsible for between 1–2 million preventable deaths every year and affects around 17 million children under five. Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is a proven approach to identify and treat SAM cases. However its effectiveness is limited if treatment protocols are not followed and data is unreliable. A mobile health (mHealth) application was developed and piloted in five countries by World Vision, Dimagi, Save the Children and International Medical Corps (IMC) to help health workers follow treatment protocol and generate accurate and timely data to respond to changes in caseloads. Programme staff in Niger, Chad, Mali, Kenya and Afghanistan discuss the challenges they faced adapting the mobile app and rolling it out in some of the most remote, hard to reach health facilities in the world and make valuable recommendations for other mobile health application developments.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recommendations:<br /><ul><li>when introducing a new mobile health app to health workers, particularly in remote locations, significant on-site support is necessary for both health workers and supervisors. This has budget and staff implications to support travel to remote clinics</li><li>the app should be tested in non-remote health facilities and all major bugs fixed before rolling it out to remote settings. Rapid assessment and mapping of phone networks and electricity should be used to develop contingency plans in the event of failure, and agreed to with MoH partners, as well as mobile network operators</li><li>the technology partner should provide considerable in-country presence and support, either through country representatives or frequent site visits, to build national capacity, fix bugs and update the app</li><li>health workers are more likely to use the app if it is aligned with national healthprotocols, health information systems, and health worker training and job targets. It is critical to plan and budget for local and national government engagement and uptake from the start. For scalability, the app should also be linked to a wider continuum of care and other maternal and child health services</li><li>standard CMAM protocols take time, especially where caseloads are high and staff numbers and capacity is low. Simplifying the treatment protocol and reflecting these simplifications in the app should be considered to prevent health workers taking their own short cuts</li></ul></div>

23 May 2017 01:00:09 GMT

Social accountabilty initatives in health and nutrition: lessons from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

<div>South Asia is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population and is a region of dynamic economic growth, yet it performs relatively poorly on health and nutrition indicators. As a potential route towards addressing this poor performance, a range of&nbsp; accountability initiatives has been implemented to improve service delivery in the health and nutrition sectors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>The project synthesised in this report started from the overall premise that studies of accountability initiatives should be rooted in an understanding that the state is not distinct from society but is embedded in prevailing power dynamics and social relations. The report sketches some of the accountability issues facing the health and nutrition sectors in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, before homing in on social accountability practice in the three countries.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The authors narrow down to micro-level the political processes at play within community-based interventions and actions. This proves useful in drawing out some of the key considerations for the design and analysis of such programmes, and highlights four factors:<div><ul><li>the need to understand community heterogeneity (rather than assuming homogeneity, as many interventions do)</li><li>the role of community collective action and/or its role in coercion or ‘noisy protest’ in effecting change</li><li>the ways in which cooperation, capacity and commitment affect the community and frontline provider relationship, and the ability and willingness to deliver to meet demands</li><li>the ways in which clientelism and other such extant local political structures form the backdrop against which accountability actions play out</li></ul></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div>

19 May 2017 12:25:15 GMT

Innovating in development: Sharing learning, improving impact - workshop report

<p>In February 2017, 55 people met in London for two days to share learning across different areas of innovation work, and catalyse a community of practice to accelerate innovating in international development. Participants came from government, public sector, not-for profit, philanthropic and private sector, from international development and humanitarian assistance spheres, with shared passion to make change happen.</p><p>Sessions at the event were organised around three themes:</p><ul><li>Scaling, replication and diffusion: Different routes to scaling, funding scaling, and “Mini but mighty” (when small-scale and grassroots innovation is right)</li><li>Innovation ecosystems: Ecosystem objectives, what’s needed, and collaboration, trust and relationships</li><li>Risk: Working proactively and adaptively with risks. “Act fast, measure slowly”. Sharing reputational risks. Ethical risks of innovation, and unintended consequences ideas to impact.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;The event discussions were rich, reflecting diverse perspectives and operational experience from many sectors around three key questions "what do we already know? What's working or not working? What do we need to tackle next?</p><p>This report summarises key lessons from the discussions.</p>

19 May 2017 05:24:04 GMT

Multi-sectoral approaches to nutrition: nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions to accelerate progress

<p>The case for investing in nutrition is clear. Poor nutrition during the first 1,000 days - from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday - can cause life-long and irreversible damage, with consequences at the individual, community, and national level.</p><div>Nutrition-specific interventions are key to accelerating progress. However, it is also critical that other sectors- like agriculture, education, and social welfare - develop nutrition-sensitive interventions. A truly multi-sectoral approach will achieve optimal nutrition outcomes through greater coverage, while also helping other programmes achieve more powerful results and demonstrate their own potential for impact.</div><div><p>Programmes can become more nutrition-sensitive by:</p></div><div><ul><li>strengthening their nutrition goals, design, and implementation. For example, health programmes can often deliver nutrition services through antenatal care services, routine immunisation, and family planning</li><li>improving targeting, timing, and duration of exposure to interventions. For example, integrating nutrition into programmes that reach families with pregnant and lactating women and children between 0 and 24 months of age will optimise delivery of key services during the critical window of opportunity</li><li>using conditions to stimulate demand for programme services, while ensuring good service quality. For example, cash transfer programmes can set conditions on payments that require families to utilise key nutrition services, enforce school enrolment and attendance, or require parent participation in health and life skills education</li><li>optimising focus on women’s nutrition and empowerment. For example, when programmes are designed from the outset to increase women’s decision-making power, it can increase investments in better nutrition for the whole family</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p></div>

19 May 2017 04:32:03 GMT

A mobile health application to manage acute malnutrition: lessons from developing and piloting the app in five countries

<div>Malnutrition is the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality and the global burden of disease. Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is a proven high-impact and cost-effective approach in the treatment of acute malnutrition in developing countries. It enables community health workers and volunteers to identify and initiate treatment for children with acute malnutrition before they become seriously ill, using ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>However, the success of CMAM is limited if treatment protocols are not followed, record keeping and data management is poor and reliable data is not available in time for decision makers. There is strong evidence that mobile device based (mHealth) applications can improve frontline health workers’ ability to apply CMAM treatment protocols more effectively and to improve the provision of supply chain management.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>World Vision, together with implementing partners International Medical Corps and Save the Children and technical partner Dimagi, have developed a CMAM mHealth application (app) that guides health workers through CMAM protocols and provides accurate and timely data for district health managers to respond to changes in caseloads and treatment outcomes, manage supplies, and inform national statistics. The application was piloted in Chad, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Afghanistan.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Key lessons from the pilot project, highlighted in this paper include that early and in-depth buy in from local ministries of health is essential to successful deployment, and plays a key role in scaling up and sustaining an mHealth initiative. Thorough technical landscape analysis, prior to deployment, of electricity provision and network coverage can greatly minimise delays and increase uptake. Finally, in order to continuously motivate and engage health workers to use the app, it is essential to secure regular onsite technical and software support, while also building local capacity for ongoing troubleshooting.</div>

19 May 2017 04:05:40 GMT

Nutrition surveillance systems: their use and value

<div>The detrimental consequences of child undernutrition are well documented. The fact that the effects of undernutrition early in life are largely irreversible means that quick and effective action is crucial. Large-scale surveys that take place every few years are useful for mapping national and global trends, but their infrequency and the time lag before obtaining findings, and their aggregated nature, mean other sources of data are needed for policy and programme decisions which need to be taken quickly. Nutrition surveillance systems that collect regular and representative primary nutritional data can provide such information. Unfortunately, such systematic processes for tracking trends within countries only exist in a few countries. Methods used vary greatly and there is little research into their effectiveness and value.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>The aim of this study was to review past and current nutrition surveillance systems that involve anthropometric data collection in low-income countries, in order to examine their role in nutrition surveillance. The findings are based on a review of published and unpublished literature, and interviews with key informants.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The report concludes by looking to the future of surveillance systems:</div><div><ul><li>traditional approaches to surveillance may not be optimally effective in urban areas, and so taking the local situation into account when designing surveillance activities is essential, so that policies andprogrammes most relevant to the urban context can be formulated</li><li>developments in real-time monitoring (RTM) have obvious advantages for timely warning of deteriorating nutritional conditions, while less obvious is the need to adopt common guidance on quality and equity, given the potentially conflicting priorities related to the necessary partnerships between public and private stakeholders</li><li>capacity-building, improving communication and strengthening existing systems are essential for increasing the utility and cost effectiveness of future nutrition surveillance activities</li></ul></div>

19 May 2017 03:25:34 GMT

Why isn’t tech for accountability working in Africa?

<div>Expanding mobile networks and falling costs could transform communication between African citizens and governments. So far, however, attempts to harness new technologies to improve transparency and accountability in Africa and elsewhere have had disappointing results. What is going wrong? Research suggests that an important reason for this failure is a poor understanding of technologies and limited skills in developing and using them.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It seems that civil society organisations (CSOs) and governments often ‘re-invent the flat tyre’: experimenting with new tools without finding out what has been tried (often unsuccessfully) before. They also do not follow best practices in how to source, develop and test technologies to ensure these are ‘fit for purpose’. Decision makers should focus on building an effective innovation ecosystem with better links between technologists and accountability actors in both government and civil society to enable learning from successes – and mistakes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recommendations:</div><div><ul><li>those with responsibilities in creating the innovation ecosystem, including funders, should focus on building a supportive innovation ecosystem</li><li>funders should shift their focus from supporting short-term pilots to building institutions capable of success over time, and invest in strengthening links between initiatives and disseminating learning resources across the continent</li><li>those who are leading and managing innovation initiatives – in government and CSOs – should focus on getting better and smarter at managing the innovation cycle</li><li>research suggests the following ‘rules of thumb’ will lead to better outcomes: acknowledge what you do not know, think twice before building a new tool, get a second opinion, test technologies in the field, plan for failure, budget to iterate, and share what you learn</li></ul></div>

18 May 2017 10:22:28 GMT

Community-level perceptions of drivers of change in nutrition: evidence from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

<p>Changes in the immediate, underlying and basic determinants of nutritional status at the community- and household-level are a logical and empirical prerequisite to reducing high levels of undernutrition in high burden countries. <br /><br />This paper considers these factors directly from the perspective of community members and frontline workers interviewed in six countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In each country, in-depth interviews were conducted with mothers, other community members and health workers to understand changes in health and nutrition practices, nutrition-specific interventions, underlying drivers and nutrition-sensitive interventions, and life conditions.</p><p>Overall, the need for basic improvements in livelihood opportunities and infrastructure are solidly underscored. Nutrition-specific and -sensitive changes represented in most cases by deliberate government or NGO supported community interventions are rolling out at a mixed and uneven pace, but are having some significant impacts where solidly implemented. The synthesis presented here provides an invaluable source of information for understanding how community-level change occurred against a wider backdrop of national level progress.</p><p>Highlights:</p><ul><li><p>the community is a critical nexus for the interventions and wider socio-economic changes that drive nutritional change</p></li></ul><ul><li>there is a paucity of community level studies of such broad drivers of nutritional change</li></ul><ul><li><p>this six country community level synthesis supports wider data (this issue) on changes in underlying and basic determinants.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>the performance of “nutrition-specific” community interventions is mixed and uneven</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

16 May 2017 11:37:42 GMT

Accounting for nutritional changes in six success stories: a regression-decomposition approach

<p>Over the past two decades, many developing countries have made impressive progress in reducing undernutrition. In this paper, the authors explore potential explanations of this success by applying consistent statistical methods to multiple rounds of Demographic Health Surveys for Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Odisha, Senegal, and Zambia.</p><p>The research finds that changes in household wealth, mother's education and access to antenatal care are the largest drivers of nutritional improvement, except for Zambia where large increases in bednet usage is the single largest factor. Other factors play a smaller role in explaining nutritional improvements with improvements in sanitation only appearing to be important in South Asia. Overall, the results point to the need for multidimensional nutritional strategies involving a broad range of nutrition-sensitive sectors.</p><p>Hightlights:</p><ul><li><p id="p0010">asset accumulation and parental education are important predictor of nutritional improvement in most countries</p></li><li><p id="p0005">improved sanitation is more strongly associated with height-for-age in South Asian countries</p></li><li><p id="p0005">asset accumulation and parental education are important predictor of nutritional improvement in most countries</p></li></ul><dl id="list_li0005" class="listitem"><dd></dd><dt id="p0010"></dt></dl>

16 May 2017 11:16:38 GMT

Reducing child undernutrition: past drivers and priorities for the post-MDG era

<p>Reducing child undernutrition is gaining high priority on the international development agenda in the post-MDG agenda, both as a maker and marker of development. In this paper, the authors use data from 1970 to 2012 for 116 countries, finding that safe water access, sanitation, women’s education, gender equality, and the quantity and quality of food available in countries have been key drivers of past reductions in stunting. Income growth and governance played essential facilitating roles. Complementary to nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs and policies, accelerating reductions in undernutrition in the future will require increased investment in these priority areas.</p>

16 May 2017 10:52:48 GMT

Using mobile phones for nutrition surveillance: a review of evidence

<div>Nutrition surveillance - or the systematic and periodic collection of information on nutrition - is vital to the capacity of governments and other agencies to track their progress towards reducing undernutrition, to promoting the accountability of their actions and to improving their ability to respond promptly to rapid changes in nutrition status brought about by food price volatility and other shocks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>However, nutrition surveillance is expensive and logistically laborious and therefore often non-existent in resource-low countries. Surveillance systems are also constrained by time consuming and error prone paper-based data collection followed by manual data entry.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Mobile phone technologies could help to address many of these challenges. The potential benefits of using mobile phones for surveillance are:</div><ul><li>lower costs of data collection and transfer</li><li>faster data transmission, analysis and dissemination</li><li>improved data quality</li><li>more transparent and inclusive data collection processes with the possibility of immediate feedback to households and communities</li></ul><div>This report sets out to critically review the evidence base on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition (and other) surveillance. By doing so, the report can offer a starting point for international donors, local practitioners and others who consider the application of mobile phones to facilitate surveillance. The evidence review also aims to identify gaps in the current knowledge base and to highlight areas where future research and analysis are necessary.</div></div>

16 May 2017 04:44:59 GMT

Equate and conflate: political commitment to hunger and undernutrition reduction in five high-burden countries

<p>As political commitment is an essential ingredient for elevating food and nutrition security onto policy agendas, commitment metrics have proliferated. Many conflate government commitment to fight hunger with combating undernutrition. Here the authors test the hypothesis that commitment to hunger reduction is empirically different from commitment to reducing undernutrition through expert surveys in five high-burden countries: Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Tanzania, and Zambia. <br /><br />Findings confirm the hypothesis. The paper concludes that sensitive commitment metrics are needed to guide government and donor policies and programmatic action. Without, historically inadequate prioritisation of non-food aspects of malnutrition may persist to imperil achieving global nutrition targets.</p><p>Hightlights:</p><ul><li><p>nine key components of political commitment are identified</p></li><li>political commitment to reducing (a) hunger and (b) undernutrition is measured</li><li><p id="p0190">research uses expert perception surveys in Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Tanzania, and Zambia</p></li><li>hunger reduction commitment differs from commitment to address undernutrition</li><li><p id="p0200">commitment metrics must be sensitive to these differences to better guide policy</p></li></ul>

16 May 2017 04:27:25 GMT

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Green Talks Live: Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

Save the date to discuss the findings of the new report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" on 12 June 2017. The report shows that bringing together the growth and climate agendas, rather than treating climate as a separate issue, could add 1% to average economic output in G20 countries by 2021 and lift 2050 output by up to 2.8%.

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:34:00 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

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

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

OECD Network on Agricultural Total Factor Productivity and the Environment

The OECD Network on Agricultural Total Factor Productivity and the Environment convenes experts from relevant countries to facilitate dialogue and, where possible, co-operative research efforts that aim to develop a better framework for cross-country total factor productivity comparisons.

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:03:00 GMT

Finance and productivity: A literature review

This paper surveys a broad range of studies and highlights the main findings of the empirical literature regarding business finance and productivity.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:46:00 GMT

Finance and productivity: A literature review

This paper surveys a broad range of studies and highlights the main findings of the empirical literature regarding business finance and productivity.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:34:00 GMT

Pollution havens? Energy prices are not key drivers of offshoring

New evidence on the effect of energy prices on outward FDI can provide some reassurance in light of concerns about Pollution Havens.

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:26:00 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

Pesca y acuicultura en Colombia

Este informe preparado por la OCDE apoya la revisión de Colombia asumida por el comité de pesca de la OCDE como parte del proceso de acceso de Colombia a la OCDE. Esta es la traducción al español del reporte original.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:59:00 GMT

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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

Green shoots of recovery in entrepreneurship beginning to appear

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

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2016

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

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:25:00 GMT

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

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

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:03:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2016

Slowdown in global merchandise trade accelerates in Q1 2016

Tue, 31 May 2016 08:32:00 GMT

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Country Director - Ghana - Lively Minds

<p>Lively Minds are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to lead their Ghana team and help them to take their innovative early childhood care and education programme and organisation through an exciting period of transformative growth. You must be an excellent project manager with experience of both grassroots development work and advocacy/stakeholder management. You must be a self-starter with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and be able to lead and motivate Lively Minds&rsquo; local team and stakeholders to deliver the programme to the highest quality. Their goal is to ensure that the programme can be delivered by government, at low cost in resource-poor and remote villages, so you must be flexible and able to find creative low-cost solutions that can achieve quality results in this context.</p> <h2>Salary</h2> <p class="Bodycopy">&pound;38,000 &ndash; &pound;42,000 pa depending on experience. Benefits include: five-week annual leave (to be taken at specified times), travel insurance, one international flight per annum, use of office car in non-work hours. If the appointed candidate is a UK citizen, they will also get a 2% pension.</p> <h2>Person Specification</h2> <ul> <li>Minimum of 5 years of project management experience with demonstrated results managing people, budgets and activities;</li> <li>Stakeholder engagement experience and demonstrable results of influencing others;</li> <li>Experience coaching and training others;</li> <li>Ability to manage a complex and varied work load and to work under pressure;</li> <li>Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;</li> <li>Experience of behaviour-change projects;</li> <li>Experience of working in rural communities;</li> <li>Experience working with international donors and grants.</li> <li>Bachelor degree in a related field or similar professional experience.</li> </ul> <h2>Application Instructions</h2> <p>To apply for this post,&nbsp;<strong>please go to&nbsp;<a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-director-ghana-2/#page">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-director-ghana-2/#page</a>&nbsp;and follow the instructions on the page.</strong></p>

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:20:59 GMT

Country Programme Manager (Mali and Mauritania) - IFAD

<h3>Country Programme Manager (Mali and Mauritania) - IFAD</h3> <p>Closing Date: 7 June 2017 (at midnight Central European Time - GMT+2)</p> <p>Salary:</p> <p>UN P4 salary range: US$ 70,647 &ndash; US$ 89,091 net-base salary, plus post-adjustment, not taxable in host country, with standard UN compensation package.&nbsp; Please see this site for details: <a href="https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL">https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Job Summary:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager (Mali and Mauritania) (CPM) is responsible for management of IFAD&rsquo;s agricultural development programmes in Mali and Mauritania, the Mali Country Office and related staff.</p> <p>The CPM&rsquo;s duty station is in Rome, Italy. There is also a country office located in Mali.</p> <p>Full Job Description:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager is accountable for the IFAD core values of integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of assigned IFAD programmes.</p> <p>The CPM&rsquo;s accountabilities and key results include advocacy for and enhancement of national government programmes that improve the access of poor rural people to natural resources; agricultural technologies; financial services; markets; employment opportunities and enterprise development.</p> <p>The CPM additionally promotes capacity building of the rural poor in terms of the skills required for their participation in national and local policy and programming processes.</p> <p>The key results expected comprise five broad thematic areas, which are reviewed in more detail in the Appointment Brief, accessible through the links below:</p> <ul> <li>Country Programme Strategy</li> <li>Country Programme Management</li> <li>Partnership Building</li> <li>Policy dialogue</li> <li>Knowledge management</li> </ul> <p>The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people.</p> <p>IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.&nbsp; These roles will support this activity at country level.</p> <p><strong>Closing Date</strong></p> <p>Applications are welcome until the deadline of Central European Time (GMT+2) on 7 June 2017.</p> <p><strong>Application Instructions:</strong></p> <p>Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultant to assist IFAD with the search for suitable candidates.</p> <p>To apply for this position, please complete the Oxford HR online application using the link below, including:</p> <ul> <li>An up-to-date CV (no more than 3-4 sides of A4)</li> <li>A detailed statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable.</li> <li>The Oxford HR Online Form.</li> <li>Oxford HR&rsquo;s Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional). Information from this form will not be used as part of the selection process.</li> </ul> <p>Mali and Mauritania:</p> <p><a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-mali-and-mauritania">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-mali-and-mauritania</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please also go to the following link and submit the IFAD online application form:</p> <p><a href="https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519">https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519</a></p> <p>You should receive an automatic message confirming your application. For any queries about IFAD&rsquo;s applicant portal, please contact <a href="mailto:erecruit@ifad.org">erecruit@ifad.org</a></p>

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:38:54 GMT

Consultant: Psychological First Aid & Resilience Training

<p style="text-align: justify;">War Child is an International charity with national and international employees working in the UK, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">War Child recognises that employees are affected by personal and work related stressors, and is committed to provide a safe and healthy workplace. With employees living and working in volatile and sometimes insecure environments, War Child has a duty of care to ensure that all staff are supported with Psychological First Aid and Resilience Training.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Objective</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The service provider is expected to provide training on Psychological First Aid and Resilience, in the UK and in all our international country office.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Scope</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Unless otherwise indicated, the training hereunder should cover all War Child employees in our country locations globally. Approximate number of employees:</p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>UK employees 80, Jordan 51; Afghanistan 50; CAR 56; Iraq 25; DRC 40; Yemen 8</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>3. Deliverables</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">1) Psychological First Aid &amp; Resilience Training</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The service provider should offer high quality Psychological First Aid &amp; Resilience training to employees. It aims to build the capacity of employees in crisis situations, and should include, how to:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Approach a situation safely, for themselves and others;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Say and do the most supportive things for very distressed people;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Practice self-care and explore coping strategies;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Recognizing when to facilitate access to further mental health support</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">The service provider will deliver a face to face training. The training should integrate both theory and hands-on practice. It should be based on the latest research on risk and resilience. It should also draw on extensive clinical research/experience of working with traumatic stress, together with a long-standing knowledge of the relief and development sectors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Each country training session, could use a day or two for all staff and an extra day specifically for country directors, line managers, team leaders and expedition leaders. However, we will rely on the service provider&rsquo;s expertise to confirm appropriate time periods.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>2) A report that outlines:</em></p> <ol style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Number of training sessions, number and demographics of participants.</li> <li>Recommendations for changes (prioritized).</li> </ol> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Contact Person</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The service provider will report to the International and UK HR Advisors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>5. General</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Training must be provided by fully qualified and BPS (or equivalent) registered Psychologists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The service provider should have extensive experience working with International organisations, and people based in countries affected by armed conflict.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The service provider should be able to offer services in languages used in the countries War Child operates, which include English, French and Arabic. Should this not be the case, we would provide a local translator. It would be desirable that the provider is used to working with and adjusting to the pace of a translator.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The service provider must demonstrate cultural sensitivity towards employees of different backgrounds</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>HOW TO APPLY:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please submit your proposal to us with the email title as &lsquo;Psychological First Aid &amp; Resilience Training&rsquo; by the 31st May 2017 to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:recruitment@warchild.org.uk">recruitment@warchild.org.uk</a>. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.</p>

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:38:29 GMT

Country Programme Manager (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe) - IFAD

<h3>Country Programme Manager (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe) - IFAD</h3> <p>Closing Date: 7 June 2017 (at midnight Central European Time - GMT+2)</p> <p>Salary:</p> <p>UN P5 salary range: US$ 84,721 &ndash; US$ 103,835, net-base salary, plus post-adjustment, not taxable in host country, with standard UN compensation package.&nbsp; Please see this site for details: <a href="https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL">https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL</a></p> <p>Job Summary:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe) (CPM) is responsible for management of IFAD&rsquo;s agricultural development programmes in all four countries, and related staff.</p> <p>The CPM&rsquo;s duty station is in Rome, Italy. There is a sub-regional hub in Mozambique.&nbsp; A new country office is due to be opened in Malawi, for which the CPM will be accountable.</p> <p>Full Job Description:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager is accountable for the IFAD core values of integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of assigned IFAD programmes.</p> <p>The CPM&rsquo;s accountabilities and key results include advocacy for and enhancement of national government programmes that improve the access of poor rural people to natural resources; agricultural technologies; financial services; markets; employment opportunities and enterprise development.</p> <p>The CPM additionally promotes capacity building of the rural poor in terms of the skills required for their participation in national and local policy and programming processes.</p> <p>The key results expected comprise five broad thematic areas, which are reviewed in more detail in the Appointment Brief, accessible through the links below:</p> <ul> <li>Country Programme Strategy</li> <li>Country Programme Management</li> <li>Partnership Building</li> <li>Policy dialogue</li> <li>Knowledge management</li> </ul> <p>The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people.</p> <p>IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.&nbsp; These roles will support this activity at country level.</p> <p><strong>Closing Date</strong></p> <p>Applications are welcome until the deadline of Central European Time (GMT+2) on 7 June 2017.</p> <p><strong>Application Instructions:</strong></p> <p>Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultant to assist IFAD with the search for suitable candidates.</p> <p>To apply for this position, please complete the Oxford HR online application process using the link below, including:</p> <ul> <li>An up-to-date CV (no more than 3-4 sides of A4)</li> <li>A detailed statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable.</li> <li>The Oxford HR Online Form.</li> <li>Oxford HR&rsquo;s Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional). Information from this form will not be used as part of the selection process.</li> </ul> <p>Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe:</p> <p><a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-lesotho-malawi-swaziland-and-zimbabwe">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-lesotho-malawi-swaziland-and-zimbabwe</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please also go to the following link and submit the IFAD online application form:</p> <p><a href="https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519">https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519</a></p> <p>You should receive an automatic message confirming your application. For any queries about IFAD&rsquo;s applicant portal, please contact <a href="mailto:erecruit@ifad.org">erecruit@ifad.org</a></p>

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:36:52 GMT

Country Programme Manager (Nigeria) - IFAD

<h3>Country Programme Manager (Nigeria) - IFAD</h3> <p>Closing Date: 7 June 2017 (at midnight Central European Time - GMT+2)</p> <p>Salary:</p> <p>UN P5 salary range: US$ 84,721 &ndash; US$ 103,835, net-base salary, plus post-adjustment, not taxable in host country, with standard UN compensation package.&nbsp; Please see this site for details: <a href="https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL">https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL</a></p> <p>Job Summary:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager (Nigeria) (CPM) is responsible for management of IFAD&rsquo;s agricultural development programmes in Nigeria, the Nigeria country office, and related staff.&nbsp; The CPM&rsquo;s duty station is in the country office in Abuja, Nigeria.</p> <p>Full Job Description:</p> <p>Each Country Programme Manager is accountable for the IFAD core values of integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of assigned IFAD programmes.</p> <p>The CPM&rsquo;s accountabilities and key results include advocacy for and enhancement of national government programmes that improve the access of poor rural people to natural resources; agricultural technologies; financial services; markets; employment opportunities and enterprise development.</p> <p>The CPM additionally promotes capacity building of the rural poor in terms of the skills required for their participation in national and local policy and programming processes.</p> <p>The key results expected comprise five broad thematic areas, which are reviewed in more detail in the Appointment Brief, accessible through the links below:</p> <ul> <li>Country Programme Strategy</li> <li>Country Programme Management</li> <li>Partnership Building</li> <li>Policy dialogue</li> <li>Knowledge management</li> </ul> <p>The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people.</p> <p>IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.&nbsp; These roles will support this activity at country level.</p> <p><strong>Closing Date</strong></p> <p>Applications are welcome until the deadline of Central European Time (GMT+2) on 7 June 2017.</p> <p><strong>Application Instructions:</strong></p> <p>Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultant to assist IFAD with the search for suitable candidates.</p> <p>To apply for this position, please complete the Oxford HR online application using the link below, including:</p> <ul> <li>An up-to-date CV (no more than 3-4 sides of A4)</li> <li>A detailed statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable.</li> <li>The Oxford HR Online Form.</li> <li>Oxford HR&rsquo;s Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional). Information from this form will not be used as part of the selection process.</li> </ul> <p>Nigeria:</p> <p><a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-nigeria">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-nigeria</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please also go to the following link and submit the IFAD online application form:</p> <p><a href="https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519">https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519</a></p> <p>You should receive an automatic message confirming your application. For any queries about IFAD&rsquo;s applicant portal, please contact <a href="mailto:erecruit@ifad.org">erecruit@ifad.org</a></p>

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:35:19 GMT

Country Programme Manager (Central Asia) - IFAD

<h3>Country Programme Manager (Central Asia) - IFAD</h3> <p>Country Programme Manager (Central Asia) &ndash; Rome, Italy &ndash; P5</p> <p>Closing Date: 7 June 2017 (at midnight Central European Time - GMT+2)</p> <p>Salary:</p> <p>UN P5 salary range: US$ 84,721 &ndash; US$ 103,835, net-base salary, plus post-adjustment, not taxable in host country, with standard UN compensation package.&nbsp; Please see this site for details: <a href="https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL">https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL</a></p> <p>Job Summary:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager (Central Asia) (CPM) is responsible for management of IFAD&rsquo;s programmes in Central Asia and related staff.&nbsp; The CPM&rsquo;s duty station is in Rome, Italy, expected to be relocated to Tashkent, Uzbekistan.</p> <p>CPMs are responsible for management of IFAD&rsquo;s agricultural development programmes in the relevant country/ies, any associated Country Offices and related staff.</p> <p>Full Job Description:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager is accountable for the IFAD core values of integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of assigned IFAD programmes.</p> <p>The CPM&rsquo;s accountabilities and key results include advocacy for and enhancement of national government programmes that improve the access of poor rural people to natural resources; agricultural technologies; financial services; markets; employment opportunities and enterprise development.</p> <p>The CPM additionally promotes capacity building of the rural poor in terms of the skills required for their participation in national and local policy and programming processes.</p> <p>The key results expected comprise five broad thematic areas, which are reviewed in more detail in the Appointment Brief, accessible through the links below:</p> <ul> <li>Country Programme Strategy</li> <li>Country Programme Management</li> <li>Partnership Building</li> <li>Policy dialogue</li> <li>Knowledge management</li> </ul> <p>The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people.</p> <p>IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.&nbsp; These roles will support this activity at country level.</p> <p><strong>Closing Date</strong></p> <p>Applications are welcome until the deadline of Central European Time (GMT+2) on 7 June 2017.</p> <p><strong>Application Instructions:</strong></p> <p>Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultant to assist IFAD with the search for suitable candidates.</p> <p>To apply for this position, please complete the Oxford HR online application process using the link below, including:</p> <ul> <li>An up-to-date CV (no more than 3-4 sides of A4)</li> <li>A detailed statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable.</li> <li>The Oxford HR Online Form.</li> <li>Oxford HR&rsquo;s Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional). Information from this form will not be used as part of the selection process.</li> </ul> <p>Central Asia</p> <p><a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-central-asia">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-central-asia</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please also go to the following link and submit the IFAD online application form:</p> <p><a href="https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519">https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519</a></p> <p>You should receive an automatic message confirming your application. For any queries about IFAD&rsquo;s applicant portal, please contact <a href="mailto:erecruit@ifad.org">erecruit@ifad.org</a></p>

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:26:27 GMT

Regional Business Development Advisor (INT3502)

<div class="earcu_posdescription"> <div class="earcu_posdescriptionnote"> <p><span><strong>The Role</strong><br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>The Regional Business Development Advisor will lead on new business development in support of all countries in their region; creating, identifying and accessing new funding opportunities; maintaining a consistent standard of donor relationship and high-quality proposal development across variable country contexts; and will actively seek to grow income for the confederation through multi-country funding opportunities and consortium partnerships. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The Regional Business Development Advisor will also support the Regional Director in providing strategic leadership on resource mobilisation across all countries in the region.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="earcu_posdescription"> <div class="earcu_posdescriptionnote"> <p><span><strong><span>About the Region</span></strong></span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>In MENA Region, Oxfam works in development, humanitarian, and campaigning, with a large part of the current transformation focused on a more joined-up approach by following the LRRD approach that&nbsp; focuses on supporting emergency humanitarian interventions alongside long term needs of improving policy, governance and resilience that builds on our experience in humanitarian and non-emergency protection and economic justice sectors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="earcu_posdescription"> <div class="earcu_posdescriptionnote"> <p><span><strong>Additional Information&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Contract Length:&nbsp;2 years</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>This position is to be based in Amman - Jordan. &nbsp;The candidates&rsquo; ability to work and travel within the MENA Region is required.&nbsp;Given the number of the applications only shortlisted&nbsp;candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.</span></p> </div> </div>

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:39:36 GMT

Regional Logistic Coordinator - MENA (INT3503)

<div class="earcu_posdescription"> <div class="earcu_posdescriptionnote"> <p><span><strong>About the Role</strong></span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>As part of the new regional structure for Oxfam, the purpose of the Regional Logistics Coordinator is to support Oxfam and its partner organisations at country level in creating and maintaining the Supply and Logistics capacity and capabilities required to fulfill Oxfam&rsquo;s Humanitarian mandate in preparedness and response to emergencies and to ensure that, where necessary, additional support can be provided from Regional and/or Global level.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="earcu_posdescription"> <div class="earcu_posdescriptionnote"> <p><span><strong>About the Region</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span>In MENA, Oxfam works in development, humanitarian, and campaigning, with a large part of the current transformation focused on becoming a major influencing &amp; advocacy, knowledge-for-impact global reach organisation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Oxfam will set up a MENA regional platform delivering support to and contributing to enhancing program design and implementation in the 11 countries where it is currently present.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="earcu_posdescription"> <div class="earcu_posdescriptionnote"> <p><span><strong>Additional Information&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Contract Length:&nbsp;2 years</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Location: Proposed Amman, Jordan&nbsp;depending upon ability to obtain right to work, or other location in the region.&nbsp;Candidate must have the ability to travel within the MENA Region is required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Given the number of the applications only shortlisted&nbsp;candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.</span></p> </div> </div>

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:38:52 GMT

Country Programme Manager (Burundi) - IFAD

<h3>Country Programme Manager (Burundi) - IFAD</h3> <p>Closing Date: 7 June 2017 (at midnight Central European Time - GMT+2)</p> <p>Salary:</p> <p>UN P4 salary range: US$ 70,647 &ndash; US$ 89,091 net-base salary, plus post-adjustment, not taxable in host country, with standard UN compensation package.&nbsp; Please see this site for details: <a href="https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL">https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SAL</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Job Summary:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager (Burundi) (CPM) is responsible for management of IFAD&rsquo;s Burundi agricultural programmes, the Burundi Country Office and related staff.&nbsp; The CPM&rsquo;s duty station is in Nairobi, Kenya, one of IFAD's sub-regional hubs. There is also a country office located in Burundi.</p> <p>Full Job Description:</p> <p>The Country Programme Manager is accountable for the IFAD core values of integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of assigned IFAD programmes.</p> <p>The CPM&rsquo;s accountabilities and key results include advocacy for and enhancement of national government programmes that improve the access of poor rural people to natural resources; agricultural technologies; financial services; markets; employment opportunities and enterprise development.</p> <p>The CPM additionally promotes capacity building of the rural poor in terms of the skills required for their participation in national and local policy and programming processes.</p> <p>The key results expected comprise five broad thematic areas, which are reviewed in more detail in the Appointment Brief, accessible through the links below:</p> <ul> <li>Country Programme Strategy</li> <li>Country Programme Management</li> <li>Partnership Building</li> <li>Policy dialogue</li> <li>Knowledge management</li> </ul> <p>The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people.</p> <p>IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.&nbsp; These roles will support this activity at country level.</p> <p><strong>Closing Date</strong></p> <p>Applications are welcome until the deadline of Central European Time (GMT+2) on 7 June 2017.</p> <p><strong>Application Instructions:</strong></p> <p>Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultant to assist IFAD with the search for suitable candidates.</p> <p>To apply for this position, please complete the Oxford HR online application process using the link below, including:</p> <ul> <li>An up-to-date CV (no more than 3-4 sides of A4)</li> <li>A detailed statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable.</li> <li>The Oxford HR Online Form.</li> <li>Oxford HR&rsquo;s Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional). Information from this form will not be used as part of the selection process.</li> </ul> <p>Burundi:</p> <p><a href="http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-burundi">http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/country-programme-manager-burundi</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please also go to the following link and submit the IFAD online application form:</p> <p><a href="https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519">https://job.ifad.org/psc/IFHRPRDE/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/s/WEBLIB_IFA_FORM.ISCRIPT1.FieldFormula.IScript_IFADSimulation?route=viewJobPosting&amp;joid=1519</a></p> <p>You should receive an automatic message confirming your application. For any queries about IFAD&rsquo;s applicant portal, please contact <a href="mailto:erecruit@ifad.org">erecruit@ifad.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please visit the Oxford HR website and download and read the Appointment Brief for full details of how to apply.</p>

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:19:34 GMT

Regional Programme Officer (Asia & Middle East)

<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About us</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">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 style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Job Specification</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We are recruiting a second Regional Programme Officer (PO) for the Asia/Middle East team, who will work under the supervision of the Regional Programme Manager (RPM). The Asia/Middle East regional desk consists of two Regional Programme Officers. The role will involve close collaboration with the country teams in the Asia/ Middle East portfolio and other UK-based Regional Programme Officers. The post-holder will play a central role in the day to day project and operational support responsibilities to several countries allocated from the Asia/ Middle East portfolio. The regional portfolio currently includes, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Task and responsibilities:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li><strong>Donor reporting and support to project management (50%).&nbsp;</strong>Approximately 50% of the work will be assisting field teams with donor reporting, and project management. The RPO will provide critical support to Programme Managers ensuring all reports are clear, accurate, and submitted in a timely manner, and that learning is at the core of the projects we implement.</li> <li><strong>Disseminating country programmes information to the Fundraising and Communication/Advocacy Directorates (20%).&nbsp;</strong>Around 20% of the time will be spent on ensuring desk level support to proposal development for institutional donors (research background sections, drafting, certifications etc.).</li> <li><strong>Support to Project development (20%).&nbsp;</strong>A further 20% of the work will be spent on ensuring effective internal communications between the Programmes team and the rest of War Child, with an emphasis on ensuring that fundraising teams get adequate information to support their needs, and that advocacy priorities are informed by programmes experience and evidence.</li> <li><strong>Other (10%).&nbsp;</strong>Finally, the role will make sure of the effective administration of regional desk requirements (filing, shared drive management (10%). The position will be UK based although there will be occasional opportunities to travel to the country programmes the RPO supports to provide reporting and project implementation operational support; subject to security considerations.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Person Specification -&nbsp;</strong><strong>Essential Criteria</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Experience/ Technical Skills:&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Successful grant management and donor liaison experience&nbsp;</li> <li>Experience of producing high-quality and factually accurate reports&nbsp;</li> <li>Experience of rigorous budget and expenditure management&nbsp;</li> <li>Experience of working and coordinating with colleagues remotely via email, phone, Skype, etc.&nbsp;</li> <li>Understanding and knowledge of child protection, the protective environment and child rights programming&nbsp;</li> <li>Written and verbal English must be of the highest calibre&nbsp;</li> <li>Right to work in the UK and travel to the countries where we work</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>Competencies (Soft Skills):</strong></p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Team player</li> <li>Able to process and articulate complex issues in a clear and coherent way&nbsp;</li> <li>Accurate, systematic, with an eye for detail&nbsp;</li> <li>Able to work in a small, dynamic organisation with limited resources&nbsp;</li> <li>Flexible and willing to support others at times when particular organisational priorities take precedence&nbsp;</li> <li>Patient and appreciative of the circumstances faced by field staff&nbsp;</li> <li>Be self-motivated, work accurately and efficiently to deadlines and targets managing a wide and varied workload&nbsp;</li> <li>Exceptional organisational skills with the ability to plan ahead and manage priorities calmly to ensure continued progress and meet deadlines.&nbsp;</li> <li>Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build positive working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.&nbsp;</li> <li>Commitment to War Child&rsquo;s aims, values and mission.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Desirable Criteria:&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Advanced University degree in International Development, Humanitarian Affairs, or other relevant field&nbsp;</li> <li>Knowledge of the social and cultural context of the Middle East specific to War Child&rsquo;s countries of operation&nbsp;</li> <li>Knowledge and experience of monitoring and evaluation&nbsp;</li> <li>Experience of producing concept notes/proposals for restricted funding&nbsp;</li> <li>Language skills in Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, or Pashto would be an advantage</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>How to apply:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Download and complete our application form from www.warchild.org.uk.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All completed applications must reach recruitment@Warchild.org.uk by 11:59pm on Monday 29 May 2017. Please note, CVs will not be accepted.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p>

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:08:29 GMT

Health Economist for Health Sector Resiliency

<p><strong>Position:</strong> Health Economist for Health Sector Resiliency</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong>&nbsp; Kabul, Afghanistan</p> <p><strong>Start Date:&nbsp; </strong>ASAP, this is an existing project that ends in 2020</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Palladium is seeking a full time Health Economist who will lead technical activities under HSR Component 2, &ldquo;Increasing domestic financing for priority health services.&rdquo;&nbsp; The Health Economist will provide technical assistance and capacity building support related to health financing policy, advocacy and health economics in Afghanistan, including strategy development, technical analysis, stakeholder consultation and advocacy, and contributing to technical reports and briefs. Responsibilities require knowledge of health finance issues in Afghanistan as well as cost and economic analysis, and of state-of-the-art innovations in the broader domain area.&nbsp; The incumbent of this position is based on Kabul, Afghanistan and reports to the Deputy Chief of Party/Director of Programs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Responsibilities: </strong></p> <p>Participates in the design and implementation of technical support activities related to health finance policy and health economics analysis to assist the Ministry of Health.</p> <ol start="1"> <li>On a daily basis through on the job training and mentoring, build the capacity of HEFD, MoPH and MoF staff so that they can manage health financing challenges and activities;</li> <li>Stays abreast of key developments in health finance, cost-effectiveness analysis, and resource allocation methodologies for health in Afghanistan in order to inform technical support activities;</li> <li>Regular interaction with the Government of Afghanistan stakeholders relevant to this area as well as multilateral partners and donor agencies;</li> <li>Prepares health financing and health economics analyses, recommendations, briefing notes, and assessments for internal and client use;</li> <li>Work with HEFD staff to analyse large datasets related to health financing or other domains, using advanced statistical methods, in order to create technical reports, government briefs, journal articles, or other products as require;</li> <li>Analyses health sector resource allocation patterns and health services efficiencies and assists HEFD in enhancing value for money;</li> <li>Assists MoPH in implementing follow up plan from the health insurance feasibility study and looking into piloting appropriate small risk pooling mechanisms;</li> <li>Providing support to examine a user fee scheme in selected health facilities;</li> <li>Provides assistance to others on the HSR team on matters related to health economic research and evaluation and applies relevant methodologies to health-related programmatic issues of importance;</li> <li>Supervises short-term local consultants and subcontractors assigned to health finance and health economics activities including designing and oversight of research studies;</li> <li>Represents the project and company in the health financing area in Afghanistan and with others in the professional community;</li> <li>Conducts all work to accepted and appropriate standards of research ethics;</li> <li>Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.</li> </ol> <p><br /> <strong>Reporting requirements</strong>:&nbsp; The Health Economist reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.<br /> <br /> <strong>Relationships:</strong><br /> The Health Economist will work closely with the technical staff of the HSR project and the technical experts in the US to provide support and guidance to the MoPH, especially the Health Economics and Finance Directorate (HEFD).&nbsp; The work will also require close collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and other ministries to advocate for health financing issues and ensure domestic resources are allocated properly to the MoPH to support identified services and activities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Requirements:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Five (5) years of international development sector work experience in health financing and health economics areas in projects of similar size and complexity;</li> <li>Five (5) of years of demonstrated professional experience in projects of similar size or complexity (greater than USD $30 million);</li> <li>Experience in and understanding of Afghanistan health system a plus;</li> <li>Experience in mentoring staff and building capacity of individuals and teams;</li> <li>Sound knowledge of methodologies used in health finance research, cost-effectiveness analysis, quantitative analysis, and statistical/econometric analysis;</li> <li>Appropriate software skills necessary to conduct research, and to conduct analysis of study data, such as STATA, SPSS, or equivalent;</li> <li>Strong written and oral communication skills in English for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required);</li> <li>Ability and willingness to live in Afghanistan full time;</li> <li>Multiple country work experience is required;</li> <li>Degree in economics, health economics or related area; advanced degree a plus; additional degree in health related area also a bonus;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Key competencies and professional expertise required;</strong><br /> The Health Economist should have some experience in the following areas: health finance research, cost-effectiveness analysis, quantitative analysis, and statistical/econometric analysis; advocacy; strategies to increase domestic revenue and health budgets; analyses of health service efficiencies.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Company Overview:</strong></p> <p>Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90-plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved &ndash;- and is committed to continuing to improve &ndash; economies, societies and most importantly, people&rsquo;s lives</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Project Overview and Role: </strong></p> <p>The HSR Project will act as a resource and a catalyst to the MoPH and other GIRoA entities as it considers and implements critical sector-wide reforms that will be required to make the system more resilient and sustainable.&nbsp; The HSR Project will primarily focus on governance, health finance and human resources for health and will engage both the public and private components of the health sector<br /> <br /> HSR builds on the accomplishments of other USAID projects including COMPRI-A project and Health Policy Project - specifically improving private sector policy environment, building the capacity of key MoPH departments such as Private Sector Coordination, Health Economics and Finance, Licensing and streamlining and improving health sector systems such as the National Health Accounts, Expenditure Management Information System (EMIS), hospital Public-Private Partnership (PPP) procurement processes, implementing private hospital Minimum Required Standards (MRS) to ensure safety and quality, private sector HIS, and the private health center licensing process.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How to Apply:&nbsp; </strong>Please submit a current CV and cover letter, that clearly shows how applicant meets qualifications to: <a href="mailto:recruit@internationalink.net">recruit@internationalink.net</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp; The subject line should read:&nbsp;"Health Economist - Afghanistan&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp; Applicants should also include a list of three names for references.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Applications Close Date:&nbsp; May 30, 2017 or until filled</strong></p>

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:28:03 GMT

Compensation & Benefits Review

<p><strong>About us</strong></p> <p><em>War Child</em>&nbsp;(WC) is an International charity with national and international employees working in the UK, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen and Uganda.</p> <p>WC aims to attract and retain the best people to deliver high quality support to children. To enable us to do this, we need to adopt a more fit for purpose compensation and benefits policy, that allows us to competitively pay, provide incentives, and reward our people with targeted and valued benefits. WC is going through a transition of change, including the creation of a global shared platform, which requires more out of the box and global thinking when it comes to remunerating our people.</p> <p><strong>Deliverables</strong></p> <p>The objective is to draw up a Compensation and Benefits policy for WC, with the aim to integrate the organisation&rsquo;s values and sufficient flexibility to adapt to the long-term growth vision.</p> <p>The policy should:</p> <p>&bull; Be written in easy to understand language;</p> <p>&bull; Encompass visual and descriptive elements;</p> <p>&bull; Be brief and concise, excluding any references to process, procedure, best practice or guidelines (which may be drawn up separately).</p> <p>AND</p> <p>&bull; Determine a new base salary structure;</p> <p>&bull; Include a reference guide to determine job levels and where they fit within the new structure (this includes reviewing existing job functions and levels);</p> <p>&bull; Review the existing benefits (of which most have only recently been established), and evaluate if they are fit for purpose:</p> <p>&bull; Propose new or additional fit for purpose benefits;</p> <p>&bull; Review existing and propose new principles for progression.</p> <p>&bull; Consider the extent to which salary progression should be linked to performance reviews&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How to apply:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Please submit your proposal to us with the email title as &lsquo;Compensation &amp; Benefits Review&rsquo; by 11th June 2017 to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:recruitment@warchild.org.uk">recruitment@warchild.org.uk</a>.&nbsp;Only shortlisted providers will be contacted.</p> <p>For more info:</p> <p><a href="https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are/jobs/consultant-compensation-%26-benefits-review">https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are/jobs/consultant-compensation-%26-benefits-review</a></p>

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:23:19 GMT

Individual Consultancy to conduct assessment of the national capacities for child rights monitoring for UNICEF Moldova

<p style="background: white; margin: 0in 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">UNICEF Moldova is seeking an individual consultant (national or international) to conduct Assessment of the national capacities for child rights monitoring.</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">Objectives: </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 conduct independent assessment of current capacities of the institutions and civil sector to ensure proper child rights monitoring and to analyse the extent to which child-related disaggregated data are available. Three interrelated levels of capacity will be assessed: individual, organizational and enabling environment such as legislation, regulatory frameworks, roles and responsibilities, financing and reporting systems etc.</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">The assessment will further provide evidence-based findings that UNICEF will draw on for discussions and lobbying with government counterparts for operational changes.</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=504758"><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=504758</span></a></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;<strong>30&nbsp;May 2017.</strong></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, 18 May 2017 14:06:37 GMT

Press Officer – Brand & Partnerships

<ul> <li><strong>Contract type</strong>: Permanent, Full-time</li> <li><strong>Location:</strong> London, UK, with occasional opportunities to travel to War Child&rsquo;s country programme locations</li> <li><strong>Start date:</strong> As soon as possible</li> </ul> <p><em>War Child UK</em>&nbsp;is looking for a dedicated individual to support the Press Officer &ndash; Brand &amp; Partnerships Team to take a lead on creating strategies to build brand awareness and promote fundraising activities.</p> <p>War Child&rsquo;s office is a lively and fast-paced environment made up of a team of extremely dedicated staff. 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><strong>Task and Responsibilities:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Work with Head of Press and PR to plan and deliver proactive and reactive media activity to increase War Child&rsquo;s brand awareness and promote our fundraising activities</li> <li>Write strategies and brief PR Agencies or PR teams at partner organisations to ensure all cross-organisation opportunities are well managed</li> <li>Ensure that War Child&rsquo;s campaigns and programmatic work is including in brand, events and partnerships coverage where possible</li> <li>Work with teams across the organisation to spot PR opportunities</li> <li>Collaborate with War Child&rsquo;s external partners on raising awareness of fundraising partnerships and campaigns to ensure that the War Child message is maximized and that the brand is consistent</li> <li>Develop working relationships with journalists building relevant key contacts</li> </ul> <p><strong>How to apply:</strong></p> <p>Please apply via our website&nbsp;<a href="https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are/jobs/press-officer-brand-%26-partnerships">https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are/jobs/press-officer-brand-%26-partnerships</a></p> <p>Application deadline: Sunday 4 June 2017 at 11:59pm&nbsp;</p>

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:25:48 GMT

Digital Marketing Coordinator

<p>We are calling for a</p> <p align="center"><strong>Campaigner</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center">for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Us</strong></p> <p>IFOAM - Organics International is an NGO that promotes truly sustainable food production systems through the uptake of organic agriculture. We advocate for a holistic approach to food production based on the principles of health, ecology, fairness and care. Founded in 1972 we occupy an unchallenged position as the global umbrella organization for the organic world.</p> <p><strong>The Position</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s an exciting time to join our team. As part of our new organizational strategy, the communications department is building up its campaigning activities. To support our team in this, we are looking for a <em>Campaigner</em>. You will design, lead, implement and evaluate assigned campaigns within our strategy and with guidance of the communications manager. You will also lead fundraising and partnership building for the assigned campaigns. You will work in close liaison with project partners in various countries to achieve campaign goals for real change. Moreover, you will provide specialized campaign expertise in our ongoing or new campaign projects and contribute to other communications activities of the organization.</p> <p>You will join a team of six, at the Head Office of IFOAM &ndash; Organics International in Bonn, Germany, and report to the Communications Manager.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Responsibilities</strong></p> <ul> <li>Strategic development and day-to-day operational management of existing and new campaign projects to ensure specific campaign outputs and departmental objectives;</li> <li>Establish and maintain partnerships and professional working relations with project partners, focus countries, external stakeholders and service providers;</li> <li>Fundraising for existing and new campaigns in collaboration with the management;</li> <li>Preparation of briefings and communications on specific campaign issues, progress and outcomes;</li> <li>Research and development of reports, articles, factsheets, web content, press materials, action alerts and other campaign materials;</li> <li>Development and release of creative and effective campaign messages in smart ways;</li> <li>Organization and mobilization of a broad, diverse and powerful base of supporters and allies;</li> <li>Organization of events such as panel discussions, film screenings, rallies, media events and represent IFOAM &ndash; Organics International, when required;</li> <li>Development and implementation of fundraising activities to secure funding;</li> <li>Response to public and media inquiries about campaign issues and other matters.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Qualifications, Skills &amp; Experience</strong></p> <ul> <li>Educated to degree level with 7+ years of overall professional experience, including at least 3 years of experience in campaigning;</li> <li>High computer literacy with a good grasp of social media and its relevance in a campaigning context;</li> <li>Skilled in building effective concepts and creating momentum for multi stakeholder campaigns;</li> <li>Experience in using (corporate) funding opportunities and the ability to produce concise and creative bids;</li> <li>Excellent writing and speaking skills for campaign contents and messages;</li> <li>Experience in campaign design and management, monitoring implementation and budgets;</li> <li>Experience with strategic (corporate) engagement, campaign development and implementation;</li> <li>A very good understanding of the organic agriculture sector and of issues around sustainable consumption and production;</li> <li>Fluency in English, additional languages (e.g. German, French and/or Spanish) valued.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Competencies</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at once in a self-directed manner,</li> <li>Ability to work and lead action in coordination with a diverse group of partners;</li> <li>Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to inspire trust and respect among colleagues and external partners;</li> <li>An understanding of how campaigning can achieve change and the ability to devise innovative, high quality campaigns communications;</li> <li>Proactive team player, able to work collaboratively as part of a multicultural and interdisciplinary team;</li> <li>Ability to view issues related to (sustainable) food production and consumption in terms of campaign opportunities and strategic objectives.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We Offer</strong></p> <p>We offer a full-time (40 hours a week) position in a dynamic and multicultural team of a well established, but growing, international organization. A two-year contract, with the possibility of expansion, is foreseen for this position.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How to Apply</strong></p> <p>Electronic applications should be submitted to <a href="mailto:jobs@ifoam.bio">jobs@ifoam.bio</a>. Applications should include a cover letter, work certificates and your CV, and indicate the names and contact details of two professional references, the information about how you did come across this open position as well as your salary expectations in euro.</p> <p>Only complete applications will be considered, until the position is filled.&nbsp;</p>

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