#HDR2019

2019 Human Development Report says business as usual will not solve new generation of inequalities #HDR2019

“Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century” UNDP’s 2019 Human Development Report (#HDR2019) argues that a new generation of inequalities is opening up, around education, and around technology and climate change which could trigger a ‘new great divergence’ in society. For example, in

#ECONOMISTS4FUTURE

Launch of global student-led initiative “Economists for Future” #Economists4Future

Student movement urges economists to step up to tackle the climate crisis [Madrid, November 28] In the build-up to the international climate strikes ahead of COP25, students from across the globe are calling upon the economics community to raise its game and devise a more impactful contribution to tackling the

DevInfoDay

Happy World Development Information Day! #devinfoday

The UN dedicates its own anniversary on 24 October to Development Information. Since 1972 we celebrate World Development Information Day. Let’s party! “Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to

#GDSR: A call to action: 20 interventions that will matter

Since 1990, millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. But this progress is under threat: inequality has deepened and climate change and biodiversity loss are approaching tipping points. However, science has the power to help mitigate the trade-offs that come with achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that

Growth

The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

Scientists call for urgent, targeted, action to avoid reversing the development gains of recent decades New relationship between people and nature is needed as climate change and biodiversity loss threaten progress New York, 11 September—Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number eight and

UN report calls for overhaul of global financial system #Fin4Dev

The 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development warns that unless national and international financial systems are revamped, the world’s governments will fail to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To access the full report,

Trade SDGs

Mainstreaming Trade to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals

The WTO is central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set targets to be achieved by 2030 in areas such as poverty reduction, health, education and the environment. The SDGs put significant emphasis on the role that trade plays in promoting

How the SDGs change evaluation practice: The case of Costa Rica

Karsten Weitzenegger is contracted by German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) to carry out a meta-analysis of poverty-related reports done in Costa Rica recently. The meta-analysis will serve to systematize achievements, favorable and unfavorable factors and recommendations in relation to the objective of the fight against poverty. During the period

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,

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