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Training and Events on Culture for Development

Culture. Market. Development.

Stimuli from the Creative Industry for International Cooperation

International conference, 25.09.2012 – 26.09.2012 , Bonn, Germany

Can the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) be considered a job creation machine that can guarantee many people a steady income even in a difficult economic environment? Can their potential be leveraged for the purpose of international cooperation? What social, economic and political frameworks need to be in place so CCIs can contribute to sustainable development?

IETM – Calendar

A global network to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts.

The International Seminar on Culture and Development, Girona May 2010

This section provides access to various types of documentation on culture and development as well as seminar content.

Art4Development.Net’s art’ishake learning series on Creative Capacity Building

A multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach in development with arts" provide insights to issues and ways of making positive difference in communities through creativity.

ArtsProfessional Events Calendar

A calendar of forthcoming professional development opportunities – including training, meetings and conferences – provided by ArtsProfessional magazine.

Cultural Diversity Programming Lens, UNESCO Bangkok

In order to ensure that cultural diversity is taken into account at all stages of programme implementation and policy making, UNESCO is developing a cultural diversity programming lens. Together with partner agencies and organizations, UNESCO will use the lens to identify gaps and shortcomings of interventions and develop appropriate indicators for the promotion of cultural diversity.


The EES 2012 Biennial Conference will be held from 3 to 5 October in Helsinki


The Tenth Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society will be the international evaluation event of the year. It will be held in Helsinki, Finland during 3-5 October 2012 (pre-conference workshops 1- 2 October)

Pre-conference workshops are on 1 and 2 October. The conference theme – ‘Evaluation in the Networked Society: New Concepts, New Challenges, New Solutions’ – recognises that evaluation practice is undergoing intense transformation. Global connections, instant knowledge, and social networks are reshaping evaluation agendas, methods, and practices. We propose to take stock of where the evaluation enterprise stands and where it is going. We hope to stimulate your active involvement with this theme but also and more generally with the unique opportunity that EES conferences provide for presenting your work, catching up with new developments in evaluation and networking with colleagues.


ALNAP | 27th ALNAP Meeting Chennai | 17th-18th January 2012

The agenda is progressing very well and Robert Piper, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, has agreed to give the keynote presentation. In the afternoon of day 1, participants will be able to attend two of a total of six workshops that focus on specific elements of humanitarian response in urban environments and a scenario session is being planned for day 2. In addition, an expert panel including representatives from ISDR and UN Habitat is now being put together to help think about a global action plan for urban response. As we all know, the need for effective humanitarian response to urban crises has been highlighted as an area of critical concern after the Haiti earthquake. ALNAP members (and others) have been working on new innovative approaches to tackle this challenge and the Chennai meeting provides an excellent opportunity to share and build on these experiences.

ALNAP | 27th ALNAP Meeting.


IDB launches call for proposals for impact assessment of institutional capacity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean


February 15, 2011 – Announcements
IDB launches call for proposals for impact assessment of institutional capacity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Call for Proposals “Measuring Institutional Impact on the Region of the Americas (MIRA
),” which seeks to identify candidates for which it will
provide funding totaling up to $50,000 for each of eight proposals to carry out impact assessment methodologies in institutional strengthening programs for government agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition aims to help achieve the following:

* Demonstrate that institutional strengthening initiatives achieve their principal objectives and therefore contribute to economic development. * Reduce the knowledge gap on the impact of institutional strengthening. * Improve the design of future public policies.
* Document the need to incorporate evaluation components in the design of such interventions.

The formulation of an effective methodology for assessing impact on programs to strengthen institutional capacity is critical for ensuring that these activities achieve their principal objectives, which are to help improve public policies, increase competitiveness, and promote economic development and social equity.

The MIRA competition is open to public institutions either individually or in partnership with nonprofit or for-profit organizations, academic institutions, research centers, or bilateral development agencies.

A committee of experts will evaluate the proposals according to the clarity of their objectives, their capacity to provide empirical documentation on the impact of
capacity strengthening initiatives, their ability to demonstrate causal relationships based on the results, and their incorporation of elements of cost-efficiency.

The eight winners will have the opportunity to work with IDB specialists in developing their methodologies, which will help provide them with recognition as leaders in
issues of institutional capacity building and impact assessment. The winners will
receive up to an additional $25,000 to replicate their methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition is open until *May 15, 2011*. For information on how to send proposals, please visit .

The MIRA Contest

More Information
+1 (202) 623-1629


Upcoming Development Cooperation Training and Events

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Distance Learning for Development Course Portal | DL4D
DL4D provides high-quality postgraduate training to those working in the field of international development. This site has information on over 140 short courses available to study at a distance. They cover the range of skills and knowledge areas expected of the international development professional.

The Master’s degree programme in Development and Governance
The programme combines teaching in several political science sub-disciplines with a practice-oriented methodology including an internship with a German (development) organisation. The main emphasis is on acquiring knowledge of the relevance of different tiers and forms of governance-processes (local, national, international) both within the established democracies and the developing societies, and on training students’ analytical skills. The programme is thus providing students with both policy- and region-specific expertise.

4th UN High Level Forum on aid effectiveness
Busan, Republic of Korea, 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011
The conference follows the High Level Forums held in Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Accra (2008) and will conclude the OECD/DAC-led process on aid effectiveness that was launched by the Paris Declaration in 2005. As such, the Busan High Level Forum will be a major milestone and turning point for the global aid effectiveness agenda: The conference will assess the achievement of the Paris Declaration targets and the commitments of the Accra Agenda for Action by the 2010 deadline.


Upcoming Seminars and Events

Capacity WORKS for the Consulting Business

Germany, different locations, starting July 2009
Capacity WORKS is GTZ’s new management model for sustainable development.
AGEG Consultants eG is offering a series of certificate seminars on behalf of GTZ. GTZ will also be making expertise in Capacity WORKS a requirement in its future job openings. See our German Website for courses or contact Ms. Bettina Nasgowitz, b.nasgowitz @, on tel. +49 7021-970 87-17.

Join The SEEP Network Online Conference
From July 6-10, The SEEP Network’s Enterprise Development Exchange will host an online conference, Understanding and Accessing Social Investment, to discuss the emerging world of ‘‘social investment”, a range of capital targeted to entrepreneurial approaches to social and environmental problems.

Fourth Annual African Microfinance Conference
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 7 – 10 July 2009
The conference will focus on the issue of access to financial services for small and medium sized African entrepreneurs, operating both in the rural and the urban areas. The Organizing Committee views this issue as the biggest challenge in microfinance for the African continent.

New Developments in Reporting Standards for the Microfinance Industry
Live Event + Webinar (July 15) and Online Discussion (July 21 – 23)
Two events addressing key issues: Update on the Microfinance Reporting Standards Initiative; Financial transparency and reporting by MFIs; Reporting ratios for savings and capital adequacy. Hosted by Financial Services WG and microLINKS.

Conference on Global Financial Crisis: Regional Cooperation and Architecture Policy Issues

Tokyo, Japan, 16 July 2009

Fortbildungsprogramm Evaluation in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (FEEZ)
Germany, 3 Sessions, 16 Jul – 17 Oct 2009
FEEZ is offering a package of 3 modules on Evaluation in German language.

Advocacy and Policy Influencing
Oxford, UK, 20-24 July
This INTRAC course gives participants a thorough understanding of how to influence the policy making process in their own context. Enhance your ability to lobby decision makers, and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to them – give new life to your advocacy work!

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management: Housing Finance Summer Academy 2009. Frankfurt, Germany, 26-31 July 2009
Housing finance in developing and emerging countries is growing rapidly even in a challenging business environment. Issues related to origination, underwriting, monitoring and funding alternatives of mortgage loans require specialised knowledge in the area.

Value Chain Concept
Ede, Netherlands, 24-28 August 2009, MFG Training and Consultancy
Again, this course is designed and conducted in association with Hans Posthumus Consultancy.

2nd Bonn Conference on International Development Policy – New Impulses for Development Cooperation between Federal States, Regions and Local Authorities

Bonn, Germany, 27 -28 August 2009
Tying in with the resolution of the Minister-Presidents’ conference on the development policy of German federal states (October 2008), the theme of the conference will be the role of sub-national players in development policy: What position do Europe’s federal states, regions and local authorities assume within the new development cooperation structure? How can their policy be reconciled with the objectives of the Paris Declaration?

Value Chain Program Design: Promoting Market-Based Solutions for MSMEs
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 7-11 Sep 2009, Action for Enterprise

Urban-rural linkages and migration – a potential for poverty alleviation in developing countries?
Dortmund, Germany, 16-17 September 2009, Techische Universität
Researchers, policy makers and practitioners will jointly discuss the relevance of rural-urban migration for poverty alleviation, and implications for governance and development co-operation. The conference is organised by the Department of Spatial Planning in Developing Countries (REL/SPRING) of the Faculty of Spatial Planning , TU Dortmund, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Working Group Regional and Local Development (ReKomEnt) with participation of AGEG Consultants eG. Contact: eva.gehrmann @

Sustainable Livelihoods and Pro-Poor Market Development
Open now until 16 July at Enterprise Development Exchange (EDX)!
Online discussion invited by the Market Facilitation Initiative (MaFI). To register for the EDX and the discussion, please go to and join.

Ex-ante Poverty Impact Assessment (PIA)
Bonn, Germany, 7-9 October 2009, AGEG Consultants eG, GTZ

GTZ and AGEG cordially invite participants from donor organizations, implementing organisations as well as consultants either from head offices or abroad, and from partner countries. At the end of this training course, you will be able to conduct a PIA based on the methodology and different modules proposed by POVNET. This course is offered by AGEG Consultants eG in cooperation with GTZ and the team of trainers Mohan Dhamotharan and Andrea Warner. It was developed by the GTZ project Mainstreaming Poverty Reduction. Apply until 15 July 2009: Ms. Bettina Nasgowitz, b.nasgowitz @, on tel. +49 7021-970 87-17. More on PIA:

The Economics of Corruption
Passau, Germany, 10 – 17 October 2009
A University Training in Good Governance and Reform – The University of Passau and Transparency International.

2009 International Forum on Remittances

Tunis, Tunisia, 22-23 Oct 2009, IFAD
Remittances, business models and technology fair will run parallel to the Forum to allow private-sector entities and other stakeholders to exhibit their products and services.

European Development Days 2009
Stockholm, Sweden, 22-24 October 2009
Yearly event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the EU Presidency. The European Development Days bring some 4000 people and 1500 organisations from the development community together on an equal footing. Delegates from 125 countries are represented, including heads of state and leading world figures, Nobel prizewinners among them. The event aims to make development aid more effective, to build a global coalition against poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Through frank and sometimes controversial debates on pressing issues, such as governance, poverty and environmental sustainability, the European Development Days provide unprecedented opportunities for sharing ideas and launching innovative partnerships. Source: European Commission.

5th International Microinsurance Conference
Dakar, Senegal- 3-5 Nov 2009

Microinsurance Network, the Munich Re Foundation.

International CEFE Conference 2009
Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 24-27 Nov 2009, Instituto Centro CAPE
Conference language shall be Spanisch and Portuguese. Contact: ccape @ .

Promoting Global Value Chains: The Role of Governance

Maastricht, Netherlands, 26-27 Nov 2009, EADI
The workshop will explore the role of external and internal governance in promoting sustainable global value chains and other related topics.

Fragmentation in a Globalised World
Paris, France, 9 December 2009
7th AFD/EUDN Conference

Online Training-of-Trainers: Using USAID Poverty Assessment Tools
Free online version of the PAT training-of-trainers. It is a self-paced course that can be completed in ~20 hours. IRIS Trainers monitor the course daily and provide feedback on certain activities, including participants’ PAT implementation plans, the guided creation of which is a significant component of the training. Info: Margaret Richards, mrichards @

Course on agribusiness management for producers’ associations
The manual is aimed at improving the agribusiness management capabilities of leaders and managers of producers’ associations as well as those of technicians from government, NGOs and the private sector, who provide technical assistance to agro-enterprises. It is addressed to small and medium size producers’ associations with experience in production and marketing of agricultural products.

Music against poverty contest
Young EU citizens are invited to share their message on fighting poverty and development through a music contest organised by the European Commission’s cooperation office EuropeAid.


Upcoming Training and Event

3rd Latin American Cluster Conference (3CLAC)
Chihuahua, Mexico, 27 May 2008

Internationalization of the Competitive Clusters: Which Strategies, Which Tools? Which Methodes?
In cooperation with the German Kompetentznetze and under the high patronage of the French Secretary of State for Trade and SMEs, Europa InterCluster is co-organising on 24 June in Limoges a conference on the internationalisation of clusters. This will be an opportunity for cluster managers from all over Europe to relate their cooperation practices.

5th Microfinance Training of Trainers: A Blended Distance Learning Course
The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) of the World Bank are pleased to offer the fifth Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course from 16 July to 30 October 2008. MFTOT is a unique blended distance learning course which aims to enhance the knowledge of microfinance practitioners and strengthen the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The Housing Finance Summer Academy
20-25 July 2008 in cooperation with Housing Development Finance Corporation, India.
The Housing Finance Summer Academy focuses on providing practical knowledge and tools in housing finance for successfully managing lending operations while picking up on the newest development and best practices on the market.

Making Markets Work – a two-week training programme
Glasgow, UK, 13 – 23 Aug 2008, Springfield Centre

This unique programme focuses directly on a key challenge facing governments and development agencies: how to make markets function more effectively for business and for poor people? The programme builds on the Springfield Centre’s successful record in offering training on the market development approach to more than 700 people over the last nine years. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st May 2008.

The Micro Banking Summer Academy
Preparation Course ”Microfinance Principles” (22-24 August 2008)
Week 1 ”MFI Management in a Changing Environment” (24-29 August 2008)
Week 2 ” Commercial Microfinance in a Competitive Environment”(31 Aug– 5 Sep 2008)

Building Inclusive Financial Systems: How Can Funders Make a Difference?
Dubrovnik, Croatia, 8-12 September 2008

Kigali, Rwanda, 10-14 November 2008 en français
This CGAP/MFMI course is tailored specifically to donors, investors, and policymakers interested in keeping up with the rapidly evolving world of microfinance while gaining practical skills in microfinance appraisal and performance-based management.

The 2008 WTO Public Forum ”Trading into the Future”
Geneva, Switzerland, 24 – 25 September 2008, WTO headquarters
Civil society representatives interested in organizing a session during this year’s Forum should fill out the Call for Proposals Form (available on the NGO page of the WTO website).

Microinsurance Conference 2008

Cartagena, Colombia, 5-7 November 2008
There are many challenges in providing microinsurance. Low-income persons are vulnerable to risks, but so far insurance has been accessible only to a few, often through informal or mutual schemes. In most countries, commercial insurers have largely stayed away from the low-income market, mainly because of high costs and small premiums. Yet that is beginning to change, as new cost-effective models are emerging to extend insurance to the poor.


Upcoming Training and Events

Seven Training modules for Entrepreneurs
Training module for business start-ups in French and English. Introducing the four steps of business implementation including practical exercises (action planning, business idea generation, analyse your competencies, SWOT analysis of the business idea (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats). These training modules are published without copyright and free for use. Modules: 1 on Steps of business implementation, 2 on Marketing, 3 on Accounting, 4 on Administrative procedures, 5 on Financing your business, 7 on International Trade Promotion.

Greening the Economy – New Energy for Business
21 – 22 February at the 6th EBS!
The sixth European Business Summit provides the perfect meeting opportunity for more than 2000 participants from the business community, EU and national political circles, scientific platforms and NGOs from more than 60 nationalities, to debate and exchange views on how to boost business in Europe and Europe in business. Climate change, energy and eco-innovation are at the heart of today’s worldwide debate. Key question for Europe is how to become more competitive whilst being global leader in climate quality at the same time. Therefore, the 2008 EBS will focus on how the EU can turn the ‘carbon challenge’ into business opportunities, giving new energy to growth and jobs.

Value Chain Concepts
The Netherlands, 25-29 February 2008
Hans Posthumus Consulting and MDF will present, discuss and practise the Value Chain Concept in a structured and participatory way. Due attention is given to the various approaches that exist among Value Chain Development practitioners and the various roles that donors, development organisations, private sector organisations, governmental organisations and other stakeholders can play. You will exchange experiences, practice tools and instruments to develop your skills and increase your understanding of the actual practices as well as the process and management thereof. The training approach will be experience-based with emphasis on practical examples. MDF/HPC staff and external resource persons will facilitate, deliver lectures, exercises and discussions, complemented by exploring real-life cases chosen from cases proposed by the participants.

International Anti-Corruption Conference
Cologne, Germany, 25 – 26 February 2008
The international conference on the topic of corruption aims at providing information about the developments on fighting corruption in the European Union as well as promoting better co-operation among the Member States. The international conference supports the co-ordination of actors.

Regional Innovation Strategies for Cluster Internationalisation and Global Competitiveness
Karlsruhe, Germany, 26-27 February 2008
The focus of the International Conference CLOE – Clusters Linked over Europe is on exchanging experiences, how best to support successful cluster evolution and how to stimulate knowledge, innovation and internationalisation of clusters.

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Geneva, Switzerland 28-29 February 2008
OCED-led Policy Public-Private round table. Jointly organised with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the context of the OECD Global Forum on Development.

Business Planning and Financial Projections with Microfin
Washington DC, USA, 7 – 11 April 2008
Bali, Indonesia, 31 Mar – 4 Apr 2008
Microfin has long been the microfinance “industry standard” for planning and budgeting. This course uses the new version of our software, Microfin 4. Microfin 4.0 includes 200 major enhancements over Microfin 3.0, including an expanded range of financial products, improved guidance and error-checking features, versatile graphing, and much more.

Second Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation in Developing Economies
Beijing, China, 21 – 23April 2008
The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around the world to discuss the importance and the different dimensions of innovation in relation with economic growth and development. In this second Conference, a particular emphasis will be put on innovation in China and other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa) countries.

Radical Challenges in Innovation Management
The 9th Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) conference will take place in Valencia on 8-9 September 2008. Academics, practitioners and consultants involved in managing innovation and change are invited to submit presentations. Abstracts should be sent electronically to the conference secretariat before March 3, 2008.

First International Workshop on Economic Aspects of Corruption
Tehran, Iran, 3.-4.November 2008.
Deadline for paper Submission: 1.April 2008.

Microfinance Passport distance learning course
Plural India announced the launch of its “Microfinance Passport”, a four-month distance learning course for those interested in the emergent field of microfinance. The course comprises two comprehensive modules spanning an expansive range of topics in microfinance, both at the macro and micro level, Freestyle (debate sessions) and GroundZero (field visits to partner microfinance institutions).

e-Learning at UNITAR 2008
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce its 2008 e-Learning Course Calendar. For 2008, UNITAR will be conducting over least fifteen online courses intended for a global audience of finance-sector and trade officials.


Microfinance Profits: Muhammad Yunus challenges Compartamos bank

Is it ok to make a big profit from lending to the poor? Where does microcredit end and loan sharking begin? Carlos Danel and Carlos Labarthe, the CEOs of Compartamos, a nonprofit-cum-commercial bank which charges an annual interest rate of nearly 100 percent, believe that only the lure of profits will motivate people to lend to the poor. Today Compartamos reaches 700,000 borrowers and 88 percent of its clients come back for more loans. In 2006, it was rated as Mexico’s most profitable bank. Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate who pioneered the movement three decades ago and has made loans to some 7 million borrowers in Bangladesh, disagrees. Poor people’s willingness to pay high interest is not a justification for charging it, he says. Compartamos is not microcredit, it’s “raking in money off poor people desperate for cash.”


Accra Conference: Business environment reform: Syntheses, Conferences papers

Most of the Papers and Presentations from the Conference have now been posted to the Business Environment Working Group of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development. Of particular importance is the draft BE Donor Guidance, under b); your comments are invited at the dedicated blog at In due course, the remaining Papers and presentations from the Conference (including more documents in French) will also be posted.