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  • Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says

    Investing in workers and innovation, and boosting trade and social dialogue are key to stemming rising global unemployment, the latest edition of the ILO’s flagship report shows. GENEVA (ILO News) – With more than 201 million workers unemployed in 2017 – an increase of 3.4 million compared to 2016 – enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized… Read More Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says […]

  • The Ecological Footprint of Luxury goods and Bitcoins

    Originally posted on Wozukunft: I dislike overpriced luxury goods. Like a 37?500 USD Montblanc pen. A pen, which is functionally equivalent to a 10 USD pen, which is not much better than a 0.5 USD pen. Now, buying this is stupid if you are a UAW union official using misused funds. But, more generally, it […]

  • UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 begins in Bonn

    The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 commenced today at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, Bonn. Twenty two mid-to-senior level TVET leaders from around the world, including those from UNEVOC Centres, will be trained for two weeks to hone their skills for transformational leadership in TVET. The inaugural session of the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme included the… Read More UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 begins in Bonn […]

  • A structured form of dialogue with organised civil society is essential for successful negotiations, says the EESC

    Political leaders in the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean should appreciate the value of civil society  Europe and its Member States are the main investor in Latin American and Caribbean countries and their most significant cooperation partner. In fact, the countries of Latin America and Caribbean are the EU’s second largest trading partner… Read More A structured form of dialogue with organised civil society is essential for successful negotiations, says the EESC […]

  • Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment | Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED

    The DCED is a forum for learning about the most effective ways to fulfil the SDGs – based on practical experience in Private Sector Development (PSD). The September 2017 update brings together key findings from recent original studies on constraints and solutions to women’s economic empowerment (WEE), as well as the social and economic benefits… Read More Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment | Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED […]

News for Evaluation Professionals

  • 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 […]

  • Finland’s Evaluation on development cooperation by civil society organisations

    Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs has commissioned an independent evaluation of the development cooperation of 22 Finnish civil society organisations. The evaluation praises the organisations for their cost-effective work at grassroots level, but urges them to further improve their long-term effectiveness and the work to strengthen civil societies in their target countries.  CSO3 Meta-analysis (in… Read More Finland’s Evaluation on development cooperation by civil society organisations […]

  • Counting What Counts in Development | Human Development Reports

    To most people, “development” is best measured by the quantity of change – like gains in average income, life expectancy, or years spent in school. The Human Development Index (HDI), a composite measure of national progress that my office at the United Nations Development Programme oversees, combines all three statistics to rank countries relative to… Read More Counting What Counts in Development | Human Development Reports […]

  • Bond’s new online Theory of change course

    Bond created an interactive, online version of our popular Theory of change essentials course, ideal if you’re based outside the UK, are unable to take time away from the office or simply prefer online learning. You will take part in two participatory online sessions and complete a team assignment. Although you are not in the… Read More Bond’s new online Theory of change cours […]

  • Free Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Data Collection

    A typical problem many M&E practitioners face is not being able to effectively collect and respond to the data they need for course correction and program improvement. This 30-page free guide shares simple tips and methods to improve your data collection. It includes 9 chapters that will help you design a better survey for data… Read More Free Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Data Collection […]

Websites of the Month

  • Extractives Hub has evidence, tools and toolkits for over 40 extractives sector topics

    Taking everyday decisions in the extractives sector means dealing with a dynamic body of information, which can be difficult, expensive and time-consuming to access. The Extractives Hub simplifies the search process for decision makers by providing up-to-date and trustworthy evidence, tools and toolkits for over 40 extractives sector topics from a range of sources. Registration on the site is free and open to all sector stakeholders. […]

  • Why M-PESA Is Good News for Banks | CGAP

    Mobile money has reshaped the way Kenyans send, receive and store money over the past 10 years. Safaricom's mobile money service, M-PESA, has played a crucial role in this transformation, but M-PESA is only half the story. After years of falling behind mobile money, bank accounts once again outnumber mobile money accounts - by 30 percent. CGAP's new working paper and blog examine how Kenya's banks have proven they can adapt and compete in the age of mobile money. […]

  • CEQ Handbook: Estimating the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty

    This Handbook is a unique manual which explains in detail the theory and practice of fiscal incidence analysis, as well as multiple new contributions developed by the Commitment to Equity (CEQ) Institute for determining the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty. […]

  • Africa Portal is a research repository and an expert analysis hub on African affairs

    The Africa Portal is a research repository and an expert analysis hub on African affairs. […]

  • RepRisk AG has data on risks in environmental, social and corporate governance #ESG

    RepRisk AG is a research provider specializing in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and business conduct risks. RepRisk runs an online searchable database on the risk exposure of companies, projects, sectors and countries related to ESG issues.[4] It methodically assesses on a daily basis the risks, allegations, and criticism related to issues such as environmental degradation, human rights abuses, child labor, forced labor, fraud and corruption that can impact an organization's reputation, financial profitability, or lead to compliance issues […]

  • Aleph: everything companies tell investors, in one place

    Aleph allows you to search public domain documents filed by oil & gas and mining companies to financial regulators around the world. Over 2 million documents are currently indexed and are searchable. You will find filings to SEC, SEDAR, Australian Stock Exchange News and others. […]

  • TREND analytics tracks environmental provisions in preferential trade agreements #PTAs

    TREND analytics tracks almost 300 different environmental provisions relying on the full texts of almost 700 preferential trade agreements (PTAs). In a partnership of Laval University and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) the online tool TREND analytics has been developed to provide an evidence-based contribution beyond the polarised and frequently superficial discussion about trade and environment. […]

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