Africa commemorates 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure

The African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 1st – 5th December 2014, called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI) to adopt the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that

United Nations set new Norms and Standards for Evaluation

The updated UNEG Norms and Standards for Evaluation was endorsed at the 2016 AGM. It combines Norms and Standards into one document and responds to the evolving global, regional and national contexts, as well as the increasing demand for accountability and national ownership in evaluation. The ten general norms should

Perspectives on Global Development 2014: OECD sees productivity as key

Boosting productivity key for developing economies to close income gap with advanced countries, says OECD Development Centre Income levels in most developing and emerging countries will not catch up with advanced economies for many decades without efforts to boost productivity, according to a new report by the OECD Development Centre.

EIT needs experts for the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launched a call addressed to individuals for the establishment of a database of independent experts to assist the EIT in the process of the evaluation and implementation of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The database will include profiles from the following areas:

Standardisation should focus more on innovation

EU standardisation policy should focus more on product innovation and competitiveness, the European commission argued on Tuesday in a new policy paper. Standards and technical harmonisation can help speed-up the uptake of environmental technologies and liberalise trade in rapidly-growing markets, it said. The commission’s policy paper outlines actions for a