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The Alliance for Useful Evidence champions the use of evidence in social policy and practice

alliance_logoKarsten Weitzenegger Consulting joined The Alliance for Useful Evidence.

The Alliance is a UK-based network that promotes the use of high quality evidence to inform decisions on strategy, policy and practice. It is an open access network of individuals from across government, universities, charities, business and local authorities in the UK and internationally.

We do this through advocacy, publishing research, sharing ideas and advice, and holding events and training. If you are interested in the use of evidence in policy making, then you should join our free network of over 3000 individuals across the world. See more at: http://www.alliance4usefulevidence.org

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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 […]

seedwork_logo1Karsten 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 a starting point to develop action plans for the MSMEs involved, and we accompany their implementation. With all our activities we particularly cater for the special needs of different target groups like for example the qualification of young people to increase their employability or their chances to become self-employed, e.g. in the green sector.

In addition, we involve members of the Diaspora who wish to contribute to the economic development of their countries of origin be it through own investments or the extension/linkage of their existing businesses in their new home-countries with their country of origin. We incorporate professional bodies like chambers and associations in our work to enable companies to learn from each other and to improve their business performance.

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Knowledge Networks for Sustainable Development – The 2030 Agenda as an Imperative for a Sustainable Future

5 Discussion Points by Karsten Weitzenegger
delivered at the German Development Institute (DIE) Alumni Conference, Bonn, 9 September 2016

Challenges and Solutions -The 2030 Agenda as an Imperative for a Sustainable Future

1 The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is challenging at local, national, and global scales. Knowledge is recognised as ‘Means of implementation’ for the SDGs, in form of capacity‐building, technology development and transfer. Beyond the technical solutions, knowledge for social change is needed at all levels.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” (Albert Einstein)

2 Sharing knowledge has helped humankind to survive and evolve into an intelligent and productive species. Knowledge sharing can make the difference between survival and extinction. In a historical dimension, states have to learn quickly how to cooperate, especially in managing the global commons. However, humankind has not enough experience in saving our planet. We have to learn beyond experience, from the future we want.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” (Albert Einstein)

3 Although widely agreed, the SDGs still stay at the level of technical expert discussions. Risk of losing the momentum to technical details is high. For getting started with implementation, practical solutions for sustainable development are needed. Policy makers and managers, as well as citizens and educators, need tools and guidelines, which are harmonised with the entire 2030-Agenda, but applicable to their particular practice. Capacity comes from experience by actions. Evaluation can bring knowledge on what works, in which context, how and why. But the link to better policy making is weak. Informed Global Citizens have to push governments towards result-oriented and evidence-based policies. In most contexts, this means a conflict scenario.

Everybody knows something; nobody knows everything. Knowledge is the only resource that grows when shared. The need for knowledge sharing is evident in der SDGs. No single individual can cover all aspects of the SDGs; even not entire scientific disciplines are enough to solve the holistic and interlinked problems. We have to rely on knowledge of others, accept diversity of approaches and learn to deal with uncertainty.

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” (Albert Einstein)

4 Development policy must provide the best conditions for dialogue and learning. Creation and dissemination of sustainable development solutions must be organised and promoted. All stakeholders (Agencies, academia, think tanks, businesses, consultants, citizen organisations, indigenous communities, add more) need more incentives to share and use these solutions. However, knowledge is increasingly owned by proprietors, especially if based on patents or “big data”. Financial and non-financial instruments are needed to increase open access, public domain and Free and Open Source and to support knowledge brokers. Germany can lead a transparency initiative by opening its own knowledge production. German discussions and knowledge networks must be better linked to European and global networks – to get knowledge flow in all directions.

“The problem with internet quotes is that you can’t always depend on their accuracy” (Albert Einstein)

5 Peer-to-peer learning networks are an important way to share, replicate, and scale up what works in development. Germany sponsors many interesting knowledge networks, gathering large numbers of alumni. However, the real peers from Germany are mostly missing in these networks. German development policy should link individuals and partner organisations better to their peers in Germany, instead of creating separate South-South networks. Sustainability of knowledge networks often suffers, because Websites and hubs go offline with the end of funding. Germany should fund and build knowledge and learning structures, which are driven by knowledge communities themselves. This should be part of the main research and innovation networks, not separated from them.

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Solutions Summit gathers solutions for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The second annual Solutions Summit is a catalytic gathering that will take place at UN Headquarters in NY on the evening of 21 September 2016 during UN General Assembly week. Solutions Summit 2016 will highlight projects advancing the objectives of one or more of these upcoming global Summits and Conferences: UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants – UNHQ NY – September 2016 UN Habitat III Conference – Ecuador – October 2016 UN Climate Change Conference – Morocco – November 2016 Open Government Partnership Global Summit – France – December 2016 Oceans Conference – Fiji – June 2017 _WHAT ARE THE INTENDED OUTCOMES? During the Solutions Summit, a group of selected global innovators will be invited to give a ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts to a juxtaposed audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, and […]

The second annual Solutions Summit is a catalytic gathering that will take place at UN Headquarters in NY on the evening of 21 September 2016 during UN General Assembly week.

Solutions Summit 2016 will highlight projects advancing the objectives of one or more of these upcoming global Summits and Conferences:

UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants – UNHQ NY – September 2016

UN Habitat III Conference – Ecuador – October 2016

UN Climate Change Conference – Morocco – November 2016

Open Government Partnership Global Summit – France – December 2016

Oceans Conference – Fiji – June 2017

_WHAT ARE THE INTENDED OUTCOMES?

During the Solutions Summit, a group of selected global innovators will be invited to give a ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts to a juxtaposed audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, and industry leaders who are able to deploy quickly and at scale. The gathering will serve as a catalyst to convene resources and talent around solution-makers.

_WHO IS ORGANIZING THE EFFORT?

Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Global Innovation Exchange, in collaboration with the Global Entrepreneurship Council, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, with an open invitation for governments and other partners to join. UN-NGLS is coordinating the open and transparent application and selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the Solutions Summit.

_SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT OR APPLY FOR SELECTION COMMITTEE

http://bit.ly/Solutions-Summit-2016-Apply

_DEADLINES

21 August 2016:  Apply to be a part of the Selection Committee
28 August 2016:  Submit proposals for inclusion in the Solutions Summit
Source: UNLGS
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Wikiprogress is the Platform on Measuring the Progress of Societies

Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting uses Wikiprogress, This is a global platform for you to gather, share and create information about measuring the progress of society. www.wikiprogress.org Wikiprogress is a global platform for sharing information in order to evaluate social, environmental and economic progress. It is open to all members and communities for contribution – students and researchers, civil society organisations, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, multilateral institutions, businesses, statistical offices, community organisations and individuals – to anyone who has an interest in the concept of “progress”. Wikiprogress was launched in 2009 at the OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy in Busan, Korea. Explore Categories Child Well-being Wikiprogress America Latina Governance and Civic Engagement Networks and Partners Society and Culture Countries Health Online Consultations Subjective Well-being Data and Statistics Housing Personal Security Sustainable Development Education and Skills Human Well-being Post-2015 Transport and Access to Services Environment Income and Wealth Progress Initiatives […]

Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting uses Wikiprogress, This is a global platform for you to gather, share and create information about measuring the progress of society. www.wikiprogress.org

Wikiprogress is a global platform for sharing information in order to evaluate social, environmental and economic progress. It is open to all members and communities for contribution – students and researchers, civil society organisations, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, multilateral institutions, businesses, statistical offices, community organisations and individuals – to anyone who has an interest in the concept of “progress”. Wikiprogress was launched in 2009 at the OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy in Busan, Korea.

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NORRAG News search tool on education and training

Since the first issue of NORRAG News was released in 1986, it has been an invaluable source of knowledge on education and training policies and cooperation. In order to capitalize on the knowledge produced over the years by a whole range of contributors, NORRAG has developed a new advanced search tool, which will considerably enhance the accessibility and searchability of all NN articles (in English, but also in French and Spanish!).

NORRAG News is a biannual publication, edited by Professor Kenneth King, which critically examines a specific, topical theme in the area of education, training and aid policy. These will now be searchable not only by keyword, but also by author, date of publication, theme(s) and countries/regions addressed.


In other words, almost 30 years of multifaceted knowledge are now available in just a few clicks!
http://www.norrag.org/en/publications/norrag-news.html

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IEG’s Evaluation Capacity Development Website

The Independent Evaluation Group of The World Bank Group hosts an Evaluation Capacity Development webpage. It features resources to help build evaluation knowledge and skills, “how to” help guides to design and manage evaluation process and help in using evaluations as a means to improve project performance.

Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) efforts strengthen and sustain both individuals and organizations to:

  • Access, build, and implement evaluative knowledge and skills;
  • Design, implement, and manage effective evaluation processes and findings; and
  • Use evaluations as a performance improvement tool.

Quick Search

ECD Working Papers ECD Guides

IEG also has Resources for Evaluators/Networks at https://ieg.worldbankgroup.org/evaluators

The World Bank Group also offers “A Curated List of Our Postings on Technical Topics – Your One-Stop Shop for Methodology” http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/curated-list-our-postings-technical-topics-your-one-stop-shop-methodology

Of course this is all included in my

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DEEEP Global Conference: Building a Global Citizens Movement

The video documentation of the Global Conference: Building a Global Citizens Movement is ready. Spend 9 minutes worth watching and connect yourself to the global citizen movement!

In July 2013, 200 active citizens from around the world met in Johannesburg to start “Building a Global Citizens Movement”. This research conference, co-organised by DEEEP/CONCORD in collaboration with CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizens Participation and GCAP – Global Call to Action against Poverty, was not a one-shot experience. All together we want to start building a Global Citizens Movement gathering grassroots movement, civil society organisations and activists from 6 continents. The Johannesburg conference was the first, but not the last!

Through a participative and transparent methodology, the participants endorsed the Johannesburg Compass: Questions and orientations as a first-step engagement towards the movement. Find the text in its current version (the one endorsed during the conference) here.

The platform will be the perfect place for the participants, but also for a wider audience interested in Global Justice issues, to engage and continue the discussions. Difference activities will form the pattern of the movement as it takes shape (webinar, seminars, global conferences…). Jump in on movement.deeep.org!

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DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

I recently updated DOCON, the Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation at http://www.docon.info. Here you can find service providers, consortium partners or employers. The list is sorted by country of Headquarters. Companies are listed world-wide, but I make an effort to cover the European Union Member States and the ACP African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of Countries, as many consortia are formed in these regions.

Please help growing this directory. I especially look for more African consulting companies as local partners, as are currently listed here: http://www.weitzenegger.de/docon/htm/acp.htm. Everyone can suggest an entry at http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?page_id=7901. It’s free and hand-edited, so no spam appears.

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Made in Africa TV | AfriGadget TV | African ingenuity on the Air

The production company Made in Africa TV is taking AfriGadget to the East African airwaves to inspire millions of viewers to become active creators of new and ingenious products, themselves.

Made in Africa TV plans to produce AfriGadget as separate programs in each of the Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan television markets. A local presenter will host the program and introduce the correspondents and their stories. Combined, these stories offer a unique opportunity to discover a wide range of innovations, new products and different approaches to the same goal. The program will be broadcast on a weekly basis.

Each episode of AfriGadget TV will consist of five thoughtful stories from around the region, highlighting remarkable and unexpected hardware innovations by East Africans. These stories are inspiring mini-documentaries, portraying young and old, men and women, as well as high and low-tech innovators and their products.

Made in Africa TV is an East African social enterprise producing mass media with a social impact. We are in the process of setting up a network of video journalists from across Africa to produce the stories, which will be made available on the website as well. As an AfriGadget TV-correspondent you explore your local surroundings to find and capture the innovators and their AfriGadgets. If you are a videographer willing to become a correspondent for this program, or if you know of great AfriGadgets that should be considered for inclusion, please contact http://www.afrigadget.com