Development aid rises again in 2016 but flows to poorest countries dip

11/04/2017 – Development aid reached a new peak of USD 142.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 8.9% from 2015 after adjusting for exchange rates and inflation. A rise in aid spent on refugees in donor countries boosted the total – but even stripping out refugee costs aid rose 7.1%,

World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities

Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled. These are the findings of the Human Development Report 2016, entitled ‘Human Development for Everyone’, released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Trade finance and SMEs – Bridging the gaps in provision

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has released a new study focusing on SMEs’ lack of access to trade finance, providing a list of recommendations to address the gap. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has issued a call for action to help close the gaps in the availability of trade finance that

OECD Development Co-operation Report 2015

Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the question of how to finance, implement and monitor these goals moves to the centre of the debate. Today, international development co-operation takes place in an increasingly complex environment, with an ever growing number of actors,

Dos and Don’ts of Development Photography #DevPix

Twitter chat hosted by ODI What kind of photo provokes people to donate money to aid agencies – and how do agencies ensure that images preserve their subjects’ dignity? What kinds of constraints influence the photos we choose? And has social media created new opportunities for self-representation, or just reinforced

Volunteers vital to success of new global development agenda, UN report says

New York (UN) – Volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens, but their potential is seriously under-valued, a new report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme says. The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 is the first global

Development aid stable in 2014 but flows to poorest countries still falling

Paris 08/04/2015 (OECD) Development aid flows were stable in 2014, after hitting an all-time high in 2013, but aid to the poorest countries continued to fall, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Net official development assistance (ODA) from DAC members totalled USD 135.2 billion,

Sustainable Development Solutions | Daily Webzine from weitzenegger.de

Sustainable Development Solutions is a daily Webzine produced by Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting and many partners. This free knowledge services at http://paper.li/kweitzenegger/development-cooperation aims to comnnect experts and policy makers in developing the Future We Want for All. The content curation service is supported by Paper.li from Lausanne, Switzerland. Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting

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

Economic inequality has reached extreme levels – Oxfam reports

Around the world, the gap between the rich and poor is spiralling out of control. Extreme inequality is not accidental or inevitable – it’s the result of deliberate policy choices by people in power. Together we must even it up and stop inequality from undermining our fight against poverty. Join

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