UNCTAD 14: Policy coherence needed to turn trade into an engine for growth in Africa

Trade and investment can be drivers of inclusive growth for sustainable development in Africa, says the ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, Gilbert Houngbo, at UNCTAD 14 in Nairobi but calls for more integrated policies to realize that potential.By Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director for Field Operations and Partnerships,

WTO Global Review 2017 to examine how Aid for Trade promotes connectivity and inclusion

Under the theme “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development”, the Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 will be held from 11 to 13 July at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva. Here is how to participate: WTO | 2017 News items – Global Review 2017 to examine how Aid for Trade promotes connectivity and… Read More WTO Global Review 2017 to examine how Aid for Trade promotes connectivity and inclusion

ILO Social Protection

ILO Social Protection Floors Calculator: Social protection is affordable

ILO releases a number of easy-to-use tools and guides, which show that most countries could afford to provide social protection floors if they chose to. GENEVA (ILO News) – Even the poorest countries can afford to extend social protection to all their citizens, the ILO said in its recently released

Open Letter to the IMF on austerity and social protection

The recent IMF work on social protection has been generating a lot of controversy (see letters from 90 NGOs Coalition for Social Protection Floors and from the global unions ITUC). I signed this letter with economists, academics and development experts to the IMF management. To Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director To Executive Directors of the

How's Life? 2017

How’s Life? OECD Measuring Well-being 2017

What makes for a good life? While the richness of human experience cannot be captured in numbers alone, it is important that the statistics shaping public policy reflect both people’s material living conditions, and the quality of their lives. This includes how life is changing over time, how lives differ

#CrossroadsBonn

#CrossroadsBonn Conference explores connections between climate change and a just world

A ten-point memorandum entitled “The Climate – Justice – Cooperation Nexus: 10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability” was presented as the outcome of the conference. This memorandum defines key global challenges for the coming years and calls upon state and non-governmental actors to accelerate their efforts to tackle

Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017

Paris 24 October – UNESCO’s 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report highlights the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is indispensable in achieving this goal. The Report, released today, warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality… Read More Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017

DAC 2017

Data for Development | OECD Development Co-operation Report 2017

Data are a prerequisite for delivering the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ensuring that no one is left behind. The Development Co‑operation Report 2017 focuses on data for development because quality, timely and disaggregated data are crucial for achieving the ultimate goal of development: improving the

Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017

With only genuine aid being accounted, it would take the EU and its Member States another 30 years to reach their commitment on Aid, shows CONCORD report. Brussels, 17 October 2017 – The EU could take a generation to meet the 0.7%ODA/GNI target at the current rate of growth, reveals the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017.… Read More Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017

Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says

Investing in workers and innovation, and boosting trade and social dialogue are key to stemming rising global unemployment, the latest edition of the ILO’s flagship report shows. GENEVA (ILO News) – With more than 201 million workers unemployed in 2017 – an increase of 3.4 million compared to 2016 – enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized… Read More Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says

World Bank warns of ‘learning crisis’ in global education

World Development Report 2018 calls for greater measurement, action on evidence WASHINGTON, September 26, 2017 – Millions of young students in low and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed

EU External Investment Plan

The European External Investment Plan to boost jobs and growth in developing countries

The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) is the heart piece of the EU’s new External Investment Plan (EIP). Its role is to help boosting private and public investment in our partner countries to address some of the obstacles to growth and some root reasons for irregular migration. The EFSD