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

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

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

Solutions Summit 2017 highlights projects that advance the objectives of one or more of the 17 SDGs

Solutions selected for SOLUTIONS SUMMIT 2017 Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This

Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF

At last month´s UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, over 2,500 representatives from civil society joined governments to review implementation efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals. The global forum resulted in a Ministerial Declaration, which Action for Sustainable Development produced a response. 5 key points from our statement: The Leave No One Behind… Read More Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF

Karsten Weitzenegger supports AIM2Flourish

Invited by partners in the Americas, Karsten Weitzenegger has joind AIM2Flourish, the higher-education curriculum for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and business for good innovation. AIM2Flourish is the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a flourishing world for all.

Civil Society Statement at the High Level Political Forum #HLPF

Spaces for dialogue remain too limited. At the 2017 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development almost 2,500 representatives from civil society around the world.  This is a clear sign of the engagement and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals on the part of civil society. Action for Sustainable Development

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,

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,