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  • Karsten Weitzenegger is an Associate of SEEDwork, the expert association for sustainable economic development and employment. Please visit my profile at http://www.seedwork.net/profile/karsten-weitzenegger SEEDwork is a registered non-profit association composed of professionals with long-standing experience in technical and financial development cooperation. The purpose of the association is the promotion of societal and economic development in developing and threshold countries. SEEDwork focuses on sustainable growth, decent work, and the promotion of international cooperation in this regard. “Growth – Income – Social Inclusion” We promote economic development and employment in a range of different areas. In many cases, reforms in the financial sector are necessary to establish transparency for investors or to provide individuals and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with funding. This may especially apply to micro-credits for the small entities. Therefore, we link existing and would-be entrepreneurs to financing institutions. Regarding sustainable business development we use value chain analyses as […]

    Weitzenegger joins SEEDwork Sustainable Economic Development and Employment

    Karsten Weitzenegger is an Associate of SEEDwork, the expert association for sustainable economic development and employment. Please visit my profile at http://www.seedwork.net/profile/karsten-weitzenegger SEEDwork is a registered non-profit association composed of professionals with long-standing experience in technical and financial development cooperation. The purpose of the association is the promotion of societal and economic development in developing and threshold countries. SEEDwork focuses on sustainable growth, decent work, and the promotion of international cooperation in this regard. “Growth – Income – Social Inclusion” We promote economic development and employment in a range of different areas. In many cases, reforms in the financial sector are necessary to establish transparency for investors or to provide individuals and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with funding. This may especially apply to micro-credits for the small entities. Therefore, we link existing and would-be entrepreneurs to financing institutions. Regarding sustainable business development we use value chain analyses as […]

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  • Desarrollo de habilidades emprendedoras en la formación profesional de jóvenes en desventaja social El Programa ‘Desarrollo de habilidades en la formación profesional de desventaja social en Centroamérica’ de la GIZ financiado por el Ministerio Federal de Cooperación Económica y Desarrollo de Alemania (BMZ) 2012-2013, esta cerrado. El grupo continua en Facebook: Foro en Facebook Documentación de nuestros Talleres 5 – 16 de Nov., 2012 – en Mannheim, Alemania: Documentación del Taller 1 8- 13 de Abril. 2013 – en Ciudad de Guatemala: Documentación del Taller 2 23- 26 de septiembre de 2013 – en San Salvador, El Salvador: Documentación del Taller 3

    Foro Emprendedurismo para jóvenes en desventaja social

    Desarrollo de habilidades emprendedoras en la formación profesional de jóvenes en desventaja social El Programa ‘Desarrollo de habilidades en la formación profesional de desventaja social en Centroamérica’ de la GIZ financiado por el Ministerio Federal de Cooperación Económica y Desarrollo de Alemania (BMZ) 2012-2013, esta cerrado. El grupo continua en Facebook: Foro en Facebook Documentación de nuestros Talleres 5 – 16 de Nov., 2012 – en Mannheim, Alemania: Documentación del Taller 1 8- 13 de Abril. 2013 – en Ciudad de Guatemala: Documentación del Taller 2 23- 26 de septiembre de 2013 – en San Salvador, El Salvador: Documentación del Taller 3

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  • Better education and skills are key to shift the economy up a gear, says latest Latin American Economic Outlook Veracruz, Mexico, 9 December 2014 – Latin America’s GDP growth rate has slowed down in 2014, dropping below 1.5%. This is the first time in a decade that the region grows less than the OECD average, according to the OECD Development Centre, the Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and the development bank for Latin America (CAF). Given the projections in the past weeks, any recovery in 2015 is likely to be challenging. In their jointly produced Latin American Economic Outlook 2015, the three organisations call for action to address this slowdown, focusing on the role of education and skills, and noting that despite some recent progress, more needs to be done to raise educational standards and address persistent and substantial socioeconomic inequalities. “If we want to avoid a […]

    Latin American Economic Outlook 2014 calls for better education and skills

    Better education and skills are key to shift the economy up a gear, says latest Latin American Economic Outlook Veracruz, Mexico, 9 December 2014 – Latin America’s GDP growth rate has slowed down in 2014, dropping below 1.5%. This is the first time in a decade that the region grows less than the OECD average, according to the OECD Development Centre, the Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and the development bank for Latin America (CAF). Given the projections in the past weeks, any recovery in 2015 is likely to be challenging. In their jointly produced Latin American Economic Outlook 2015, the three organisations call for action to address this slowdown, focusing on the role of education and skills, and noting that despite some recent progress, more needs to be done to raise educational standards and address persistent and substantial socioeconomic inequalities. “If we want to avoid a […]

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  • Evaluation reports frequently blame poor monitoring data for preventing a full assessment of programme outcomes. Meanwhile, programme staff often complain that evaluations come too late, too infrequently, and don’t contain much useful information. This illustrates a common problem: the disconnect between monitoring and evaluation reduces the effectiveness of both. A new paper from the DCED addresses this challenge and explores the synergies between M and E, using the example of the DCED Standard, a widely used results measurement framework. Why should evaluators be interested in monitoring? How can monitoring systems support evaluations, and vice versa? Who is responsible for what, and what are the expectations of each? Download: Why_Evaluations_Fail_Aug2014.pdf (PDF, 650 kB)Source: The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

    Why Evaluations Fail: The Importance of Good Monitoring

    Evaluation reports frequently blame poor monitoring data for preventing a full assessment of programme outcomes. Meanwhile, programme staff often complain that evaluations come too late, too infrequently, and don’t contain much useful information. This illustrates a common problem: the disconnect between monitoring and evaluation reduces the effectiveness of both. A new paper from the DCED addresses this challenge and explores the synergies between M and E, using the example of the DCED Standard, a widely used results measurement framework. Why should evaluators be interested in monitoring? How can monitoring systems support evaluations, and vice versa? Who is responsible for what, and what are the expectations of each? Download: Why_Evaluations_Fail_Aug2014.pdf (PDF, 650 kB)Source: The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

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  • Follow this European Development Days 2013 session at http://eudevdays.eu/topics/productive-work-youth Youth represent 17 % of the world’s population and over 40 % of its unemployed, leaving millions economically and socially excluded, which exerts a high cost on society. At the same time, many young people work in informal jobs with a low quality of employment: low earnings, high levels of insecurity, limited chances for advancement, and a lack of social protection. Creating 90 % of the world’s jobs, the private sector is a driving force for poverty reduction. However, young jobseekers, especially marginalised young people, such as care leavers, often do not match the skills required by the private sector and young aspiring entrepreneurs face obstacles in starting or expanding their productive activities. Interventions to enhance productive work for youth needs to focus on improving the education and employability opportunities for all young people, in close cooperation with the private sector. […]

    Productive work for youth: Inclusive solutions for youth employment

    Follow this European Development Days 2013 session at http://eudevdays.eu/topics/productive-work-youth Youth represent 17 % of the world’s population and over 40 % of its unemployed, leaving millions economically and socially excluded, which exerts a high cost on society. At the same time, many young people work in informal jobs with a low quality of employment: low earnings, high levels of insecurity, limited chances for advancement, and a lack of social protection. Creating 90 % of the world’s jobs, the private sector is a driving force for poverty reduction. However, young jobseekers, especially marginalised young people, such as care leavers, often do not match the skills required by the private sector and young aspiring entrepreneurs face obstacles in starting or expanding their productive activities. Interventions to enhance productive work for youth needs to focus on improving the education and employability opportunities for all young people, in close cooperation with the private sector. […]

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  • Following popular demand, the The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED is organising the second Global Seminar on results measurement in the field of private sector development (PSD), 24-26 March 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Seminar is being organised in cooperation with the ILO and with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It will have a similar format to the DCED Global Seminar in 2012, which was attended by 100 participants from 54 different organisations, field programmes and governments. You are invited to join the Seminar as a participant. Download the registration form here, and send to Admin@Enterprise-Development.org. There is a fee of $600 for those accepted for participation, and all participants must pay their own travel, accommodation and insurance costs. Early registration is advised. More: http://www.enterprise-development.org/page/seminar2014

    DCED Global Seminar on Results Measurement 24-26 March 2014, Bangkok

    Following popular demand, the The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED is organising the second Global Seminar on results measurement in the field of private sector development (PSD), 24-26 March 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Seminar is being organised in cooperation with the ILO and with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It will have a similar format to the DCED Global Seminar in 2012, which was attended by 100 participants from 54 different organisations, field programmes and governments. You are invited to join the Seminar as a participant. Download the registration form here, and send to Admin@Enterprise-Development.org. There is a fee of $600 for those accepted for participation, and all participants must pay their own travel, accommodation and insurance costs. Early registration is advised. More: http://www.enterprise-development.org/page/seminar2014

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  • To celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August 2013, we’re shining a spotlight on just some of the young people who are refusing to inherit a world where extreme poverty and inequality exist. I hear so many people dismiss the issue of global poverty with the words ‘It’s just how the world is. There will always be poverty, you’re wasting your time trying to change anything’. I wonder if they thought the same way when they were 15? Before we become jaded and cynical, before the daily newsreel of human suffering becomes background noise, most of us believe changing the world is possible. Guess what? It is. Sometimes it comes quickly in revolutions, but more often it creeps up on us slowly so we almost don’t notice. We’ve halved extreme global poverty in the last 20 years. HALVED. And with continued momentum we could finish the job by 2030. One […]

    International Youth Day: See some inspirational young people moving development forward

    To celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August 2013, we’re shining a spotlight on just some of the young people who are refusing to inherit a world where extreme poverty and inequality exist. I hear so many people dismiss the issue of global poverty with the words ‘It’s just how the world is. There will always be poverty, you’re wasting your time trying to change anything’. I wonder if they thought the same way when they were 15? Before we become jaded and cynical, before the daily newsreel of human suffering becomes background noise, most of us believe changing the world is possible. Guess what? It is. Sometimes it comes quickly in revolutions, but more often it creeps up on us slowly so we almost don’t notice. We’ve halved extreme global poverty in the last 20 years. HALVED. And with continued momentum we could finish the job by 2030. One […]

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  • The reviewers analysed 32 M4P programme reviews and evaluations, monitoring and eReview of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013: valuation (M&E) frameworks and programme reports to help guide the design and implementation of future M4P evaluations. Generally, M4P evaluations are found to be weak in terms of considering systemic changes, triangulation practices and use of theories of change, among other things. Description This report presents the findings of a study undertaken by ITAD for DFID to review the methods used to evaluate M4P programmes. It is intended to help guide the design and implementation of future evaluations. M4P programmes are defined as playing a facilitative, adaptive role – in order to contribute to systemic, large scale and sustainable market changes that positively affect the poor. The nature of the approach, and the complexity of the markets within which it operates, present a number of challenges for evaluation. Evaluation […]

    Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013

    The reviewers analysed 32 M4P programme reviews and evaluations, monitoring and eReview of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, ITAD, April 2013: valuation (M&E) frameworks and programme reports to help guide the design and implementation of future M4P evaluations. Generally, M4P evaluations are found to be weak in terms of considering systemic changes, triangulation practices and use of theories of change, among other things. Description This report presents the findings of a study undertaken by ITAD for DFID to review the methods used to evaluate M4P programmes. It is intended to help guide the design and implementation of future evaluations. M4P programmes are defined as playing a facilitative, adaptive role – in order to contribute to systemic, large scale and sustainable market changes that positively affect the poor. The nature of the approach, and the complexity of the markets within which it operates, present a number of challenges for evaluation. Evaluation […]

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  • This evaluation was commissioned by the Evaluation Unit in the Directorate General Development and Cooperation on behalf of the European Commission. It assesses European Union support to private sector development (PSD) during the period 2004 – 2010, where a total of €2.4bn of funds was directly contracted by the Commission. It aims at providing an overall independent assessment of the EU ’s past and current cooperation for PSD and at identifying key lessons with a view to improving its strategies and programmes. Methods for info gathering The evaluation applied a rigorous methodology with a view to reaching useful conclusions and recommendations based on sound analysis. It designed a four-phase approach consisting of structuring, desk, field and synthesis phases. Summary of results Over the 2004 – 2010 period, the EU developed a wide set of support mechanisms for intervening in PSD, allocated substantial amounts of funding to the sector, and provided […]

    Evaluation of the European Union’s Support to Private Sector Development in Third Countries, ADE, 2013

    This evaluation was commissioned by the Evaluation Unit in the Directorate General Development and Cooperation on behalf of the European Commission. It assesses European Union support to private sector development (PSD) during the period 2004 – 2010, where a total of €2.4bn of funds was directly contracted by the Commission. It aims at providing an overall independent assessment of the EU ’s past and current cooperation for PSD and at identifying key lessons with a view to improving its strategies and programmes. Methods for info gathering The evaluation applied a rigorous methodology with a view to reaching useful conclusions and recommendations based on sound analysis. It designed a four-phase approach consisting of structuring, desk, field and synthesis phases. Summary of results Over the 2004 – 2010 period, the EU developed a wide set of support mechanisms for intervening in PSD, allocated substantial amounts of funding to the sector, and provided […]

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  • Human Progress in a Diverse World The 21st century is witnessing a profound shift in global dynamics, driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world. China has overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest economy, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the process. India is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil is raising its living standards by expanding international relationships and antipoverty programmes that are emulated worldwide. But the “Rise of the South” is a much larger phenomenon. Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and other developing countries are becoming leading actors on the world stage. The 2013 Human Development Report identifies more than 40 developing countries that have done better than expected in human development in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past 10 years. The 2013 Human Development Report presents the contemporary global […]

    The Rise of the South | Human Development Report 2013

    Human Progress in a Diverse World The 21st century is witnessing a profound shift in global dynamics, driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world. China has overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest economy, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the process. India is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil is raising its living standards by expanding international relationships and antipoverty programmes that are emulated worldwide. But the “Rise of the South” is a much larger phenomenon. Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and other developing countries are becoming leading actors on the world stage. The 2013 Human Development Report identifies more than 40 developing countries that have done better than expected in human development in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past 10 years. The 2013 Human Development Report presents the contemporary global […]

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  • Thie ILO Global Employment Trends 2013 Report examines the continuing job crisis affecting young people in many parts of the world. It provides updated statistics on global and regional youth unemployment rates and presents ILO policy recommendations to curb the current trends. Download the report (Full report 161 pages – pdf 5.6 MB) Executive Summary (11 pages – pdf 0.4 MB) Key findings – Youth jobs’ gains wiped out by slow recovery – The long-term impact of the youth employment crisis could be felt for decades. – 73.4 million young people – 12.6 % – are expected to be out of work in 2013, an increase of 3.5 million between 2007 and 2013. – Behind this worsening figure, the report shows persistent unemployment, a proliferation of temporary jobs and growing youth discouragement in advanced economies; and poor quality, informal, subsistence jobs in developing countries. From school to work… – Informal, […]

    Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013: A generation at risk | ILO Report

    Thie ILO Global Employment Trends 2013 Report examines the continuing job crisis affecting young people in many parts of the world. It provides updated statistics on global and regional youth unemployment rates and presents ILO policy recommendations to curb the current trends. Download the report (Full report 161 pages – pdf 5.6 MB) Executive Summary (11 pages – pdf 0.4 MB) Key findings – Youth jobs’ gains wiped out by slow recovery – The long-term impact of the youth employment crisis could be felt for decades. – 73.4 million young people – 12.6 % – are expected to be out of work in 2013, an increase of 3.5 million between 2007 and 2013. – Behind this worsening figure, the report shows persistent unemployment, a proliferation of temporary jobs and growing youth discouragement in advanced economies; and poor quality, informal, subsistence jobs in developing countries. From school to work… – Informal, […]

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  • GlobalFair was established in 2011 in Brussels, Belgium as an international not-for-profit, non partisan organisation. It is run by an ambitious coordination team from Brussels with partners and members worldwide. The association arose from the vision to combine private and non-profit sector interests in countries with prospering economies and with future markets in disfavoured regions. All activities emphasize business and investment opportunities. There are no geographic restrictions to projects run by GlobalFair, but the outcome has to have a general positive social and ecological impact. GlobalFair focuses on innovative and sustainable projects with micro, small and medium-size enterprises and organisations, aiming for the creation of an eco-social market economy on local and superior level. The projects are accompanied by a transfer of best practices, business knowledge and mutual learning among business cultures, and production structures. In addition to the projects, GlobalFair represents its members’ views at public and private meetings […]

    Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting joined GlobalFair aisbl | linking business & social concern

    GlobalFair was established in 2011 in Brussels, Belgium as an international not-for-profit, non partisan organisation. It is run by an ambitious coordination team from Brussels with partners and members worldwide. The association arose from the vision to combine private and non-profit sector interests in countries with prospering economies and with future markets in disfavoured regions. All activities emphasize business and investment opportunities. There are no geographic restrictions to projects run by GlobalFair, but the outcome has to have a general positive social and ecological impact. GlobalFair focuses on innovative and sustainable projects with micro, small and medium-size enterprises and organisations, aiming for the creation of an eco-social market economy on local and superior level. The projects are accompanied by a transfer of best practices, business knowledge and mutual learning among business cultures, and production structures. In addition to the projects, GlobalFair represents its members’ views at public and private meetings […]

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