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  • Evaluation of ISO Capacity Building on International Standards

    Karsten Weitzenegger leads the Saana Consulting Team for external evaluation of the Sida-funded capacity-building activities of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). BACKGROUND The launching of the evaluation follows a considerable period of preparation and consultation, and a competitive international tendering process that concluded with the contracting of the selected […]

  • UN report calls for overhaul of global financial system #Fin4Dev

    The 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development warns that unless national and international financial systems are revamped, the world’s governments will fail to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To access the full report, […]

  • How is phytosanitary knowledge managed globally?

    A recent STDF project evaluation on developing training manuals and kits on IPPC standards scored highly on relevance and efficiency. With 20+ global manuals now published, National Plant Protection Organizations have greater access to technical resources. View the guides online and download the evaluation report.  The World Trade Organization has contracted Karsten […]

  • Mainstreaming Trade to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals

    The WTO is central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set targets to be achieved by 2030 in areas such as poverty reduction, health, education and the environment. The SDGs put significant emphasis on the role that trade plays in promoting […]

  • Happy World Development Information Day! #devinfoday

    The UN dedicates its own anniversary on 24 October to Development Information. Since 1972 we celebrate World Development Information Day. Let’s party! “Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to […]


  • Stakeholders E-consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under review at the 2019 High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

    For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/econsultation Stakeholders E-consultation On the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under review at the 2019 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)   Share your inputs on the SDGs under review at the 2019 HLPF! Extended Deadline: 22 February 2018 Background: When adopting the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member… Read More Stakeholders E-consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under review at the 2019 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) […]

  • Greta Thunberg speaks clearly (English transcript plus Spanish, French, Greek and Italian translations of TEDx talk at Stockholm,...

    Originally posted on Wozukunft: In November 2018, Greta Thunberg gave a TEDx talk in Stockholm. I am very impressed with the clarity of Greta’s statements. And it resonates with what I learned myself in the past years. If you find inaccuracies in her statements, please discuss! Please share the video and use the translations in […]

  • The Principle of Resilience

    Originally posted on Habitat-Climate-Environment Working Group: Climate change is a game changer with respect to the resilience of ecological and human systems. Among the many threats and stressors of global warming, islands and coastal areas will be impacted by increased rainfall, more frequent and powerful storms and storm surges which, when combined with sea lev […]

  • Action for Sustainability (General)

    Originally posted on Wozukunft: We all agree that we need to do something about our lack of sustainability, about living at the expense of the current young as well as future generations. We differ at what the something is. Some options: Option 1. Improve our private impact on environmental and social sustainability. All of us […]

  • Development cooperation must change radically and rapidly for #2030Agenda

    Development cooperation needs to change more radically and at a vastly accelerated pace to meet the deadlines and expectations set out in the 2030 Agenda. To get on track to meet the SDGs by 2030, policymakers and practitioners must show leadership and swiftly act now, based on the latest thinking, evidence and research. This was… Read More Development cooperation must change radically and rapidly for #2030Agenda […]

News for Evaluation Professionals

  • A framework for context analysis

    Originally posted on intelligent measurement: Here is an interesting tool to help with context analysis: ‘Context Matters’ framework – to support evidence-informed policy making.  The tool is interactive and you can view the different elements from various perspectives. Designed to support the use of knowledge in policy-making, it could also be of interest to researchers […]

  • What does it mean to ‘un-box’ evaluation?

    Originally posted on blog.weitzenegger.de: For Jade Maloney, un-boxing evaluation is about opening evaluation up to end users to enable understanding and ownership, and being open to what can be learned from community. It requires a conversation about the basis on which we value, who does the valuing and the boundaries of evaluation. Jade’s blog is the first […]

  • New UNDP Evaluation Guidelines in line with Agenda 2030 and the SDGs

    UNDP is committed to transparency and accountability and places great value in learning from its work in order to continue improving its performance. The previous Handbooks on Monitoring and Evaluation have served the organization well for more than a decade with over 1 million downloads. However, changes globally and across UNDP including the adoption of… Read More New UNDP Evaluation Guidelines in line with Agenda 2030 and the SDGs […]

  • Improving the quality of evaluations in institutions – Caroline Heider, Director General of IEG/WB

    The interview below was done by the Evaluation Support Service (ESS), a service to Unit 04 Results, Evaluation and Business Processes, of DG DEVCO. It addresses the critical question of the role of evaluations in generating knowledge on Aid, and helping the institution to learn from its experience. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/HJ0cWQo9JU8?rel=0&showinfo=0 When it comes to learning – and notably learning from… Read More Improving the quality of evaluations in institutions – Caroline Heider, Director General of IEG/WB […]

  • IEG Director General Caroline Heider’s retrospective after 7 years

    Read the third and final post of Caroline Heider’s retrospective of her 7 years at the helm of IEG. “To sum up, looking back at my seven years at IEG, it has been a period of transformational change, but one that was gradual, organic, iterative. No big blue-prints, no fancy strategy documents, but small steps… Read More IEG Director General Caroline Heider’s retrospective after 7 years […]

Websites of the Month

  • OEC: The Observatory of Economic Complexity

    The Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. […]

  • Darpe is a Business Development and Partnership Enabler of the Middle East

    The largest and most maintained business development, partnership, media and analytical platform of the Middle East development aid funded market […]

  • PEGNet Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network relaunched

    Promoting social, economic and socio-political development through social protection. The new website provides information on upcoming and past PEGNet events such as the annual conferences, trainings, expert meetings and on the network itself. Moreover, website users can easily access the PEGNet policy briefs and newsletters. In addition to the new design, the content of the website has been updated. One of these updates is the “News” section where readers can find the latest PEGNet announcements. […]

  • Learning Modules | FAO Capacity Development | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    The four FAO modules provide useful and insightful learning material for people engaged in capacity development activities at country level. They provide concrete information to implement FAO’s new approach to capacity development and are rich with tools for practitioners. […]

  • A compendium of innovation methods | Nesta

    From experimentation to standards of evidence, this new compendium brings together 13 innovation methods in a practical, colourful guide, packed with examples. […]

  • ACBF launches Africa Capacity Report on Fostering Transformative Leadership

    The Africa Capacity Report 2019 (ACR 2019), with Foreword authored by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and chair of the African Union until this January 2019, provides a snapshot of leadership capacity in Africa based on independent survey data from over 46 African countries. ACR 2019 addresses the capacity dimensions of transformative leadership both in public and private sectors. It looks at the major elements of transformative leadership in Africa, highlights the leadership capacity gaps related to achieving sustainable development on the continent, and identifies strategies for addressing […]

  • UNCTADstat gives access to trade and devlopment data

    All statistics of UNCTAD are harmonized and integrated into UNCTADstat- free to use dissemination platform. It gives access to basic and derived indicators built upon common rules, harmonized environment and clear methodology supported by powerful data browsing system. […]

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