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  • Brookings Global Working Papers | No. 50 | January 2013 Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2) By: Arntraud Hartmann, Homi Kharas, Richard Kohl, Johannes F. Linn, Barbara Massler and Cheikh Sourang http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/01/ifad-rural-poor-kharas-linn The challenge of rural poverty and food insecurity in the developing world remains daunting. Recent estimates show that “there are still about 1.2 billion extremely poor people in the world. In addition, about 870 million people are undernourished, and about 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiency. About 70 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and many have some dependency on agriculture,” (Cleaver 2012). Addressing this challenge by assisting rural small-holder farmers in developing countries is the mandate of the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), an international financial institution based in Rome. For many years, IFAD stressed innovation as the key to success, giving little […]

    Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects

    Brookings Global Working Papers | No. 50 | January 2013 Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2) By: Arntraud Hartmann, Homi Kharas, Richard Kohl, Johannes F. Linn, Barbara Massler and Cheikh Sourang http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/01/ifad-rural-poor-kharas-linn The challenge of rural poverty and food insecurity in the developing world remains daunting. Recent estimates show that “there are still about 1.2 billion extremely poor people in the world. In addition, about 870 million people are undernourished, and about 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiency. About 70 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and many have some dependency on agriculture,” (Cleaver 2012). Addressing this challenge by assisting rural small-holder farmers in developing countries is the mandate of the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), an international financial institution based in Rome. For many years, IFAD stressed innovation as the key to success, giving little […]

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  • The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance journalistic coverage of issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Therefore, in 2013 the EJC will implement a grants programme supported by the Gates Foundation. The Centre will provide a selection of innovative reporting projects with the necessary funds to enable journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop entirely new and experimental reporting and presentation methods. They will also be able to use multi-platform approaches and to think laterally across disciplines and techniques of journalistic storytelling. Award decisions, based on journalistic quality and merit, will be taken in complete editorial independence from the Gates Foundation. The programme will launch three rounds of open calls for proposals and, in parallel, proactively solicit proposals from eminent media outlets […]

    The European Journalism Centre Announces Journalism Grants for Innovations in Development Reporting

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance journalistic coverage of issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Therefore, in 2013 the EJC will implement a grants programme supported by the Gates Foundation. The Centre will provide a selection of innovative reporting projects with the necessary funds to enable journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop entirely new and experimental reporting and presentation methods. They will also be able to use multi-platform approaches and to think laterally across disciplines and techniques of journalistic storytelling. Award decisions, based on journalistic quality and merit, will be taken in complete editorial independence from the Gates Foundation. The programme will launch three rounds of open calls for proposals and, in parallel, proactively solicit proposals from eminent media outlets […]

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  • Innovations for Poverty Action http://www.poverty-action.org is a US nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA uses randomized evaluations because they provide the highest quality and most reliable answers to what works and what does not. We also repeat studies in different countries to test if findings are really transferable.

    IPA is fighting Poverty with Innovation, Evidence and Action

    Innovations for Poverty Action http://www.poverty-action.org is a US nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA uses randomized evaluations because they provide the highest quality and most reliable answers to what works and what does not. We also repeat studies in different countries to test if findings are really transferable.

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  • Innovations for Poverty Action. Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA uses randomized evaluations because they provide the highest quality and most reliable answers to what works and what does not. They also repeat studies in different countries to test if findings are really transferable.

    Innovations for Poverty Action

    Innovations for Poverty Action. Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA uses randomized evaluations because they provide the highest quality and most reliable answers to what works and what does not. They also repeat studies in different countries to test if findings are really transferable.

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  • Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) | Inspiring Change. APDEv is an African-led and owned physical and virtual multi-stakeholder platform and organizing mechanism for mobilizing African policy makers and practitioners towards achieving sustainable development results. The Platform focuses on 3 inter-related themes of Aid Effectiveness and South-South Cooperation with Capacity Development as a core driver for development effectiveness (DE) fostering “knowledge and evidence-based innovation processes” which is one of the six cornerstones of the AU-NEPAD CDSF.

    Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) | Inspiring Change

    Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) | Inspiring Change. APDEv is an African-led and owned physical and virtual multi-stakeholder platform and organizing mechanism for mobilizing African policy makers and practitioners towards achieving sustainable development results. The Platform focuses on 3 inter-related themes of Aid Effectiveness and South-South Cooperation with Capacity Development as a core driver for development effectiveness (DE) fostering “knowledge and evidence-based innovation processes” which is one of the six cornerstones of the AU-NEPAD CDSF.

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  • THE CLUB OF ROME – A New Path for World Development. It is clear that the present path of world development is not sustainable in the longer term, even if we recognise the enormous potentials of the market and of technological innovation. New ideas and strategies will be needed to ensure that improved living conditions and opportunities for a growing population across the world can be reconciled with the conservation of a viable climate and of the fragile ecosystems on which all life depends. A new vision and path for world development must be conceived and adopted if humanity is to surmount the challenges ahead. In response to this intellectual and practical challenge, the Club of Rome will undertake a three year programme on “A New Path for World Development” so as to achieve a better understanding of the complex challenges which confront the modern world and to lay solid […]

    THE CLUB OF ROME – A New Path for World Development

    THE CLUB OF ROME – A New Path for World Development. It is clear that the present path of world development is not sustainable in the longer term, even if we recognise the enormous potentials of the market and of technological innovation. New ideas and strategies will be needed to ensure that improved living conditions and opportunities for a growing population across the world can be reconciled with the conservation of a viable climate and of the fragile ecosystems on which all life depends. A new vision and path for world development must be conceived and adopted if humanity is to surmount the challenges ahead. In response to this intellectual and practical challenge, the Club of Rome will undertake a three year programme on “A New Path for World Development” so as to achieve a better understanding of the complex challenges which confront the modern world and to lay solid […]

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  • Innovation has become the central driver of economic growth and thus a key focal point of countries’ economic development strategies as they seek to gain global competitive advantage. In fact, no fewer than three dozen countries have now created both national innovation agencies and strategies designed specifically to link science, technology, and innovation with economic growth. These countries’ innovation strategies seek to align their policies toward skills, scientific research, information and communications technologies (ICTs), tax, trade, intellectual property (IP), government procurement, standards, and regulations in an integrated and coordinated approach designed to drive economic growth through innovation. via Office of Science & Technology – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Self-destructive of Innovation Policy:.

    Office of Science & Technology – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Self-destructive of Innovation Policy:

    Innovation has become the central driver of economic growth and thus a key focal point of countries’ economic development strategies as they seek to gain global competitive advantage. In fact, no fewer than three dozen countries have now created both national innovation agencies and strategies designed specifically to link science, technology, and innovation with economic growth. These countries’ innovation strategies seek to align their policies toward skills, scientific research, information and communications technologies (ICTs), tax, trade, intellectual property (IP), government procurement, standards, and regulations in an integrated and coordinated approach designed to drive economic growth through innovation. via Office of Science & Technology – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Self-destructive of Innovation Policy:.

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  • The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The CIP is the main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas. Its main priorities are SMEs, access to finance, innovation (including eco-innovation), take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), energy efficiency and renewables. http://ec.europa.eu/cip/public_consultation/index_en.htm

    Public consultation on future funding to boost EU competitiveness and innovation

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The CIP is the main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas. Its main priorities are SMEs, access to finance, innovation (including eco-innovation), take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), energy efficiency and renewables. http://ec.europa.eu/cip/public_consultation/index_en.htm

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  • CIPE Guide to Governance Reform: Strategic Planning for Emerging Markets http://tinyurl.com/lmljz9 In order for democracy to deliver value to citizens, it must be founded on good governance. Accountability, transparency, and citizen input in decision-making create the foundation for prosperous, entrepreneurial societies. Good governance is the means by which citizens of emerging markets countries devise local solutions to local problems. David Roodman’s Microfinance Open Book Blog http://blogs.cgdev.org/open_book/ This Open Book Blog is a way to share the writing of a book about the history and impacts of microfinance. CGD research fellow David Roodman posts and seeks feedback on draft chapters, burning questions, and useful sources. EC’s report on EU development finance http://www.eurodad.org/whatsnew/articles.aspx?id=3583 On the 8th of April 2009 the European Commission released its annual development finance Communication: ‘‘Supporting Developing Countries in Coping with the Crisis”. Eurodad has summarized and analysed the main elements on four issues central to aid effectiveness, debt, […]

    Economic Development Publications, July 2009

    CIPE Guide to Governance Reform: Strategic Planning for Emerging Markets http://tinyurl.com/lmljz9 In order for democracy to deliver value to citizens, it must be founded on good governance. Accountability, transparency, and citizen input in decision-making create the foundation for prosperous, entrepreneurial societies. Good governance is the means by which citizens of emerging markets countries devise local solutions to local problems. David Roodman’s Microfinance Open Book Blog http://blogs.cgdev.org/open_book/ This Open Book Blog is a way to share the writing of a book about the history and impacts of microfinance. CGD research fellow David Roodman posts and seeks feedback on draft chapters, burning questions, and useful sources. EC’s report on EU development finance http://www.eurodad.org/whatsnew/articles.aspx?id=3583 On the 8th of April 2009 the European Commission released its annual development finance Communication: ‘‘Supporting Developing Countries in Coping with the Crisis”. Eurodad has summarized and analysed the main elements on four issues central to aid effectiveness, debt, […]

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  • >(loband)- http://www.loband.org loband is a service that simplifies web pages, in order to make them download faster over slow Internet connections. The simplified page viewed through loband will contain the same text information as the original. The formatting of the simplified page will be as similar to the original as possible, with colours and images removed. On certain pages you may find that things have moved around to some degree. Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) http://aiard.org The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) is an association of professionals and practitioners in international development with experience and intellectual and institutional capabilities to articulate and address broad-based as well as more focused development issues in agriculture and rural development. Banking With The Poor Network http://www.bwtp.org The Banking With The Poor Network is a network of some 30 national policy institutions, commercial banks and NGO’s from nine countries […]

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    >(loband)- http://www.loband.org loband is a service that simplifies web pages, in order to make them download faster over slow Internet connections. The simplified page viewed through loband will contain the same text information as the original. The formatting of the simplified page will be as similar to the original as possible, with colours and images removed. On certain pages you may find that things have moved around to some degree. Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) http://aiard.org The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) is an association of professionals and practitioners in international development with experience and intellectual and institutional capabilities to articulate and address broad-based as well as more focused development issues in agriculture and rural development. Banking With The Poor Network http://www.bwtp.org The Banking With The Poor Network is a network of some 30 national policy institutions, commercial banks and NGO’s from nine countries […]

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  • EU standardisation policy should focus more on product innovation and competitiveness, the European commission argued on Tuesday in a new policy paper. Standards and technical harmonisation can help speed-up the uptake of environmental technologies and liberalise trade in rapidly-growing markets, it said. The commission’s policy paper outlines actions for a more market-led standardisation policy. Current standardisation models in Europe are ”called into question by challenges such as accelerated market cycles… and the trend towards global markets”, the paper says. Standardisation is key to developing a European sustainable industrial policy and removing barriers to technological advances in ”lead markets” such as renewable energy, recycling, bio-based products and sustainable construction, the commission says. http://tinyurl.com/39gtas

    Standardisation should focus more on innovation

    EU standardisation policy should focus more on product innovation and competitiveness, the European commission argued on Tuesday in a new policy paper. Standards and technical harmonisation can help speed-up the uptake of environmental technologies and liberalise trade in rapidly-growing markets, it said. The commission’s policy paper outlines actions for a more market-led standardisation policy. Current standardisation models in Europe are ”called into question by challenges such as accelerated market cycles… and the trend towards global markets”, the paper says. Standardisation is key to developing a European sustainable industrial policy and removing barriers to technological advances in ”lead markets” such as renewable energy, recycling, bio-based products and sustainable construction, the commission says. http://tinyurl.com/39gtas

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  • African Voices in Europe demand more effective aid for Africa’s poorest http://practicalaction.org/?id=africanvoices Practical Action has launched a new website – African Voices in Europe – to expose the failures of European aid and set out a new agenda for Improving aid for Africa’s poorest communities. African Voices in Europe exposes the failures of EC aid to reach farmers and livestock keepers across Africa, and explores how EC aid could be more effectively targeted to achieve its objective of poverty reduction. AiDA Adds Information from Major Nongovernmental Organizations http://aida.developmentgateway.org/aida/AidaHome.do The database on development activities, AiDA, now includes activities funded by the Gates Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Soros Foundation Network. These non-traditional donors fund over 3,800 activities. As a tool for aid effectiveness, AiDA includes information on more than 200,000 development projects worldwide. CAN launches a FREE Social Enterprise Directory http://www.can-online.org.uk/register.php CAN has just launched a FREE directory of […]

    Websites of the Month, April 2008

    African Voices in Europe demand more effective aid for Africa’s poorest http://practicalaction.org/?id=africanvoices Practical Action has launched a new website – African Voices in Europe – to expose the failures of European aid and set out a new agenda for Improving aid for Africa’s poorest communities. African Voices in Europe exposes the failures of EC aid to reach farmers and livestock keepers across Africa, and explores how EC aid could be more effectively targeted to achieve its objective of poverty reduction. AiDA Adds Information from Major Nongovernmental Organizations http://aida.developmentgateway.org/aida/AidaHome.do The database on development activities, AiDA, now includes activities funded by the Gates Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Soros Foundation Network. These non-traditional donors fund over 3,800 activities. As a tool for aid effectiveness, AiDA includes information on more than 200,000 development projects worldwide. CAN launches a FREE Social Enterprise Directory http://www.can-online.org.uk/register.php CAN has just launched a FREE directory of […]

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