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  • 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 t […]

  • 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 […]

  • #CrossroadsBonn Conference explores connections between climate change and a just world

    A ten-point memorandum entitled “The Climate – Justice – Cooperation Nexus: 10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability” was presented as the outcome of the conference. This memorandum defines key global challenges for the coming years and calls upon state and non-governmental actors to accelerate their efforts to tack […]

  • Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017

    Paris 24 October – UNESCO’s 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report highlights the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is indispensable in achieving this goal. The Report, released today, warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality… Read More Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017 […]


  • Demystifying the #SDGs: The world’s science academies launch a guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

    How can academics support implementation of the SDGs? This short guide is a product of an InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) project (2016-2019) on global policy making. Representing some of the best scientific minds in their countries, the merit-based academies are an important source of expertise, but according to a member survey conducted this year by the… Read More Demystifying the #SDGs: The world’s science academies launch a guide to the Sustainable Development Goals […]

  • Schellnhuber presents “10 Must-Knows on Climate” at #COP23

    “Collision course” with Earth’s climatic tipping points avoidable but political will to act missing, warn scientists BONN, Nov 13 – As global temperatures climb higher, Earth is approaching tipping points that threaten human security, warn scientists in a new statement to national representatives meeting in Bonn for the annual climate talks. Their warning comes as… Read More Schellnhuber presents “10 Must-Knows on Climate” at #COP23 […]

  • Treating unsustainability: learning from addiction

    Originally posted on Ideas for Sustainability: By Joern Fischer Unsustainability is bad. Humanity is screwing up big time – what was it thinking? Humanity must change its ways. So we set targets … and fail. Have you ever noticed how similar this is to people suffering from addiction? Can we learn by drawing a para […]

  • Germany supports developing countries in climate change adaptation #COP23

    UN Climate Change Conference #COP23 begins Bonn: The German government opened the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn by announcing an additional 100 million euros to support developing countries in climate change adaptation. The Federal Environment Ministry has pledged 50 million euros to the Adaptation Fund and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development… Read More Germany supports developing countries in climate change adaptation #COP23 […]

  • International experts at #CrossroadsBonn present ten points on tackling climate change ahead of UN Climate Change Conference #COP23

    10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability In preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), which begins today in Bonn, some 300 experts from the spheres of research, politics, civil society, business and the media including climate negotiators met on the weekend to discuss the future of global cooperation and options for decarbonising… Read More International experts at #CrossroadsBonn present ten points on tackling climate change ahead of UN Climate Change Conference #COP23 […]

News for Evaluation Professionals

  • Why should I care about evaluation? | ALNAP

    Humanitarian evaluations need buy in, or they won’t have any resonance ALNAP’s Alexandra Warner and Neil Dillon think there are at least four reasons to care about evaluation: Evaluations are an opportunity to listen and be listened to. An evaluation can be an opportunity for the stakeholders, such as the affected population, to provide feedback… Read More Why should I care about evaluation? | ALNAP […]

  • Data for Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity | IEG

    This evaluation assesses how effectively the World Bank has supported development data production, sharing, and use, and suggests ways to improve its approach. At the global level, the World Bank has a strong reputation in development data and has been highly effective in data production. However, the Bank Group needs to determine its future role… Read More Data for Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity | IEG […]

  • #Data for #Development | OECD Development Co-operation Report 2017

    Data are a prerequisite for delivering the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ensuring that no one is left behind. The Development Co‑operation Report 2017 focuses on data for development because quality, timely and disaggregated data are crucial for achieving the ultimate goal of development: improving the welfare of people and fighting… Read More #Data for #Development | OECD Development Co-operation Report 2017 […]

  • Responding to Refugee Crises in Developing Countries: What Can We Learn From Evaluations? – OECD

    Responding to Refugee Crises in Developing Countries: What Can We Learn From Evaluations? provides evidence from evaluations to feed into guidance on better programming that is being developed through the Development Assistance Committee Temporary Working Group on Refugees and Migration. It is complemented by three case studies on Afghanistan, South Sudan and Ethiopia/Uganda. Source: Refugees… Read More Responding to Refugee Crises in Developing Countries: What Can We Learn From Evaluations? – OECD […]

  • Three prerequisites for learning in development aid | Norad

    The evaluation department in Norad identifies the main lessons to be learned from the last year of evaluations. In last year’s report, the evaluation department in Norad raised the question of whether any learning actually takes place in development policy. ‘This year, we are bringing this argumentation a bit further and highlight certain key prerequisites… Read More Three prerequisites for learning in development aid | Norad […]

Websites of the Month

  • The EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework #EURF measures EU aid performance

    The EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework (EURF)has been developed as part of the implementation of the commitment to strengthen the capacity of DG International Cooperation and Development to monitor and report results, enhancing accountability, transparency and visibility of EU aid, as articulated in the 'Agenda for Change'. […]

  • Open Development Mekong shares open data for South East Asia

    Open Development Cambodia (ODC) is an ‘open data’ website, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. It stimulates public demand, builds coalitions, and offers a constantly evolving platform to support the transparent sharing and analysis of data to improve and inform constructive dialogue and decision making for sustainable and equitable development […]

  • InterAcademy Council mobilises the world’s best science to advise decision-makern on issues of global concern

    The IAC is client-driven and works on a project-by-project basis. It has developed mechanisms and procedures to guarantee the scientific quality of its reports, the policy-relevance of its recommendations and the absence of regional or national bias. The IAC collaborates closely with the IAP - the global network of science academies, the InterAcademy Medical Panel, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and the International Council for Science. The IAC Secretariat is hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, […]

  • Global SDG Indicators Database provides access to data compiled through the UN System

    This is the official website of the United Nations providing information on the development and implementation of an indicator framework for the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global SDG Indicators Database. This platform provides access to data compiled through the UN System. […]

  • Politicians’ perspectives on voice and accountability: evidence from a survey of South African local councillors - Making All Voices...

    Citizens and civil society actors ought to recognise that individual politicians are likely to process information and take action in a manner that is strongly mediated by their own characteristics, social networks and life experiences. […]

  • Multiannual Financial Framework : Making the case for a strong EU development cooperation budget - CONCORD

    The European Union has demonstrated great leadership in making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris climate agreement or human rights conventions. The next Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) will need to reflect these existing commitments and provide the EU with the sufficient budget to positively contribute to development cooperation. CONCORD's Position Paper outlines selected key issues related to the EU’s development and humanitarian funding. […]

  • ASEAN Statistical Report on Millennium Development Goals 2017 | ASEANstats

    This report highlights important areas where ASEAN has effectively managed to bridge and narrow the development gaps between the ASEAN-6 and the CLMV. In several instances, the CLMV countries have outpaced the ASEAN-6 countries, not only by the 1990 rates of progress being completed faster, but even passing the level of the ASEAN-6 countries such as in regard to lower rates of maternal mortality and their higher shares of people with improved drinking water sources. An SDG report will follow in 2018. […]

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