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World DataBank: New data resources on poverty, gender, jobs, health and more

You’ll find a large amount of data available through the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative: for time-series alone, there are some 8,000 indicators for around 200 countries.

Available are six topics so far: poverty, gender, jobs, health, financial inclusion, and the policy and institutional framework in African countries.

World Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. [Note: Even though Global Development Finance (GDF) is no longer listed in the WDI database name, all external debt and financial flows data continue to be included in WDI. The GDF publication has been renamed International Debt Statistics (IDS), and has its own separate database, as well.

You can access a wide range of this and other data relevant for development with Weitzenegger’s Statistics Spider from


World Bank President Jim Kim Answers Your Questions

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim asked you to send your questions, comments and views on the best ways to eradicate poverty. We received over 1,000 posts from 62 countries via Facebook, Twitter, and World Bank Live.

Watch Dr. Kim answering some of your questions – on the impact of the global financial crisis on developing countries, jobs and unemployment, gender equality and child malnutrition.


AGEG Consultants eG sign Multiple Framework Contracts with the European Commission

The European Commission has selected three consortia in which AGEG participates as partner for the Multiple Framework Contract to recruit technical assistance for short-term expertise. The Framework Contract Beneficiaries is an instrument for fast and transparent recruiting of experts for activities in the sole interest of the beneficiary countries/authorities of the European Commission’s external aid programmes. We expect to receive requests for international and national expertise by the European Commission from now on.

AGEG is now a ‘preferred supplier’ for Technical Assistance services to the EC for the following specific areas of expertise:
– Transport and Infrastructure sector (Lot 2)
– Environment (Lot 6)
– Humanitarian Aid and crisis management (Lot 12)

AGEG is enlarging the database of individual experts especially for these sectors. We are looking for interested and qualified experts. Candidates should have experience in EC development co-operation and in conducting short-term missions (evaluations, studies, technical assistance, etc.). If you are interested and agree that we can include your CV in our database, please send your updated CV to Angela Kirchherr at a.kirchherr @ See


Weitzenegger’s International Development Job Market

Looking for a job in development cooperation? This Website gives you a list of professional opportunities around the world. Updated as you arrive. I am still working on updates, so come back soon.


Unions to Davos: Jobs the Missing Link

Employment and incomes key to pulling world economy out of tailspin, as ILO predicts up to 50 million jobs to go and 200 million more into absolute poverty, as new IMF figures herald global recession. The global financial crisis now threatens to become a social time bomb if the world’s governments don’t act together to save and create jobs, according to global trade union leaders attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

The ITUC, with its national affiliates and Global Unions partners, is pushing a comprehensive recovery and reform package, with top priority on sustainable employment, in discussions with the global institutions and national governments. Ensuring workers’ rights to union representation and collective bargaining, coupled with investment in labour market programmes, have to be the core of recovery efforts to enable consumer spending to steer economies onto the path to growth. In their statement to the Davos meeting, the unions call for a series of measures to arrest collapsing global demand.

The union statement also calls on business to negotiate with unions to save jobs, upgrade skills, cut carbon emissions and re-tool industry to set the basis for recovery. This needs to be done through national social dialogue and collective bargaining and internationally through agreements between multinationals and Global Union Federations in the different sectors. The ITUC represents 168 million workers in 316 affiliated national organisations from 157 countries.


Easy Expert Registration is open

We are currently looking for economic development experts. Requested expertise includes:

– Small and Medium enterprises (SME) support policy and assistance (advisory services for management, production, technology, research & development, marketing, partnership, safety, exports promotion, financing, human resources management incl. gender issues, training, environmental impact, production quality, etc.)
– Banking, inclusive financial services to SMEs (credit lines, equity, guarantees, micro-credit, micro-insurance, guarantee funds, bank supervision-, other financial instruments for SME development
– Supporting professional/commercial/advisory bodies (professional associations, decentralised advisory agencies, local consultancy strengthening, chambers of commerce, business centres
– Clusters, value chains, innovations, technology transfer
– Local economic development, regional competitiveness
– Vocational Education and Training – VET (formal and non-formal), VET sub-sector analysis, reform and management, Labour Market and Employment
– Use of information and knowledge economy
– Social inclusion and protection (formal and informal), unemployment insurance schemes, social inclusion and assistance policies and systems
– Macro economy, public finance, EU Structural Funds, IPA – pre-accession funds, central banking
– Regulatory environment for business
– External trade policy, WTO, commercial policy customs legislation and procedures, social and ecological labeling, fair trade
– Investment promotion, sector policies (textile, mining, pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, tourism etc.)
– Poverty analysis and monitoring, Poverty (and Social) Impact Assessment, Management for Development Results (MfDR)

Do you have in-depth sectoral expertise with a related academic degree and working experience in developing countries/emerging economies? Are you familiar with development cooperation programmes and instruments? Are you able to work in English or other official languages?

Then please send your CV directly to me at I will consider your expertise and ambitions and keep an eye on suitable opportunities. At the same time, I register you in AGEG’s database. See my site for guidance.

For upcoming framework contracts, AGEG Consultants eG are also look for experts for rural development, infrastructure, environment, health, culture, education, employment and social development, humanitarian aid, crisis management and post-crisis assistance. AGEG will invite you to submit offers for your services regarding missions for which your qualifications match the Client’s requirements during the next years.


Creating more and better Jobs: What do we know? What can be done?

More jobs are not good enough – sustainable development also requires the creation of better jobs, i.e. those that can provide a ”decent” pay and a minimum level of social protection. On 7 May 2008, experts met in Rabat (Morocco) to discuss ways in which to achieve this important policy objective.

Participants highlighted the importance of economic growth, but also agreed that growth alone is not sufficient. Many trade-offs exist in the quest for more and better jobs, notably the clash between quantity versus quality in job creation; the need for higher skills versus inequality; and the time inconsistency problem for policy making.

Demographic factors were another focus of lively discussions. Again, countries differ significantly in this respect. While high youth unemployment is seen as a major problem in many countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, India considers the high percentage of young people as a ”demographic dividend”.

The extension of social protection and – more generally – the recognition of the economic importance of the informal (mostly unprotected) sector was seen as an important prerequisite for poverty alleviation and the political feasibility of reform. Although no consensus emerged on the importance of labour policies relative to other related reforms, participants agreed that evaluations and innovations in the area of labour market policies are key to improve the performance of labour markets.