“What works? The effectiveness of youth employment programs” RWI Conference, Berlin, Germany, 29 – 30 June 2017

“What works? The effectiveness of youth employment programs” Berlin, Germany, 29 – 30 June 2017 Background Young people out of work are a population at risk in developed and developing economies alike: first, the average share of jobless youths is typically twice as high as the corresponding share among adults.

‘Paris: our values, our future’ | CdM statement on Trump and climate change

Karsten Weitzenegger has signed the follwoing Statement ‘Paris: our values, our future’ by  Club de Madrid leaders. We regret Trump’s decision of pulling out from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Former Presidents and Primer Ministers, plus experts and CdM advisors, call upon every signatory to show urgency and commitment in

EU leaders sign New European Consensus on Development

The European Union and its Member States signed today the EU’s new overarching development policy, aiming to tackle climate change, migration and security problems. The jointly developed strategy, in the form of a Joint Statement, was signed today during the annual two-day European Development Days  by Parliament President Antonio Tajani,

Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development – UNSSC video

Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development from UNSSC on Vimeo. The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) has launched its first explainer video that introduces the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Evaluating the training on the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET)

The ECOWAS Commission received support for the training in 2014 from the West African Trade Integration Promotion, (WATIP) which is implemented by GIZ. Part of the evaluation will provide suggestions for future training. The evaluation is being conducted by an expert team of Saana Consulting and African Trade and Sustainable

Development aid rises again in 2016 but flows to poorest countries dip

11/04/2017 – Development aid reached a new peak of USD 142.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 8.9% from 2015 after adjusting for exchange rates and inflation. A rise in aid spent on refugees in donor countries boosted the total – but even stripping out refugee costs aid rose 7.1%,

Slight increase of global aid explained by rise of in-donor refugees’ costs

Brussels, 11 April 2017 – For two consecutive years, global development aid has increased, according to the latest figures released today by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The 2016 statistics report an increase of 8.9% (USD 142.6 billion). However, 1.8% of this increase actually stayed in the donor country,

World leaders look for ways to spark a new green revolution #PAGEBerlin

Leading economists, CEOs, ministers, heads of UN agencies and high-level representatives from nongovernmental organizations meet in Berlin to boost the green economy and set a path to the 2030 Agenda. Countries have donated close to €15 million so far while Uruguay and Guyana have joined the Partnership for Action on

World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities

Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled. These are the findings of the Human Development Report 2016, entitled ‘Human Development for Everyone’, released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Africa commemorates 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure

The African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 1st – 5th December 2014, called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI) to adopt the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that

Angola needs to strengthen social protection

With the ending of the war in 2002, Angola has recorded tremendous progress in relation to poverty reduction, reduction of maternal and child mortality, children enrollment in the educational system and an increase in access to drinking water. However, large pockets of the population still remain in poverty and without

Skills Initiative for Africa to create jobs and income opportunities for Africa’s youth

Kick-start of new “Skills Initiative for Africa”, to create jobs and income opportunities for Africa’s youth The growing extent of youth unemployment poses a fundamental challenge for the whole of Africa. In total, around 60 percent of the unemployed are under the age of 25 and young women are especially