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  • 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 […]

  • 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 t […]

  • Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017

    With only genuine aid being accounted, it would take the EU and its Member States another 30 years to reach their commitment on Aid, shows CONCORD report. Brussels, 17 October 2017 – The EU could take a generation to meet the 0.7%ODA/GNI target at the current rate of growth, reveals the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017.… Read More Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017 […]


  • 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 […]

  • Don’t bend the aid rules: work with others to reform the aid system | ODI

    ODI’s Catherine Blampied looks at the upcoming OECD DAC meeting: The DAC’s approach of simply lifting countries out of ODA eligibility after they have exceeded the high-income threshold for three consecutive years can certainly be improved. The questions of which countries are eligible to receive official aid, on what terms, and why, are critical. Institutions… Read More Don’t bend the aid rules: work with others to reform the aid system | ODI […]

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

  • Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 1. Their enduring and endearing influence - EVALUATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

    A fundamental rethink of how we conceptualise and use our evaluation criteria for development, by Zenda Ofir. […]

  • Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide | ALNAP

    The ALNAP Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide supports evaluation specialists and non-specialists in every stage of an evaluation, from initial decision to final dissemination. […]

  • TWI2050 | The World in 2050 (TWI2050)

    The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is a global research initiative in support of a successful implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. The goal of TWI2050 is to provide the fact-based knowledge to support the policy process and implementation of the SDGs. […]

  • World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice | Oxford Academic

    By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivise renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperilled biosphere. These words are signed not by an isolated visionary scientist but by 15 364 climate experts giving a catastrophic warning to Humanity. The world is at a crossroads and the following months can be milestones in tackling the issues of climate […]

  • URBANET | Cities & Climate Change Infographics

    How does climate change impact cities and urban citizens around the world, and what can cities do to not further contribute to global warming? URBANET's infographics show current trends regarding issues such as water and energy supply, solid waste management, and urban green. […]

  • UE4SD : University Educators For Sustainable Development

    The focus of UE4SD is professional development of university educators in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This web resource was created by the UE4SD Steering Group and developed with input from across the UE4SD partnership. The examples in the Practices section were prepared by project partners across Europe to share the UE4SD experiences, tools and best practices. […]

  • Why Development Finance Institutions Use Tax Havens | Center For Global Development

    The lack of evidence around the tax impact of using offshore vehicles is a thorny problem. The question of whether poor countries are deprived of tax revenues cannot be answered without specifying a realistic alternative, and that requires more than data—it requires informed but subjective judgements. But if it is wrong to ask DFIs to stop using tax havens, it is right to ask them to do more to enable public scrutiny of those investments. DFIs must invest effort into defining the tax implications of the offshore structures they use, and make that information public. […]

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