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  • The Directorate for Human and Society Development in DG DEVCO of the European Commission is presently preparing a communication on Social protection in EU development policy with the purpose of explaining “the role of SP in underpinning inclusive and sustainable development and the role of EU Development Cooperation in supporting the strengthening of social protection policies and systems.” This communication will be part of the EC tools for the implementation of the Agenda for Change and its ‘inclusive growth’ central objective. The obligation for governments to implement social protection programmes stems from the right to social security enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Social security standards are set out in the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention of 1952 (No. 102). Social protection is also one of the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda, which the EU has committed to supporting in its development cooperation. It is […]

    Social protection: a new area of action for EU development cooperation

    The Directorate for Human and Society Development in DG DEVCO of the European Commission is presently preparing a communication on Social protection in EU development policy with the purpose of explaining “the role of SP in underpinning inclusive and sustainable development and the role of EU Development Cooperation in supporting the strengthening of social protection policies and systems.” This communication will be part of the EC tools for the implementation of the Agenda for Change and its ‘inclusive growth’ central objective. The obligation for governments to implement social protection programmes stems from the right to social security enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Social security standards are set out in the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention of 1952 (No. 102). Social protection is also one of the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda, which the EU has committed to supporting in its development cooperation. It is […]

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  • Istanbul, 23 March 2012 Delegates to the first Global Human Development Forum today unanimously adopted an “Istanbul Declaration” calling on the world community to take bold action against global social inequities and environmental deterioration at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this June. “It is time to reset the global development agenda,” the Istanbul Declaration states. “The world needs a renewed commitment to sustainable development and strong political leadership to implement it.” The Declaration stresses the need for global and national development strategies to put “strong emphasis on social inclusion, social protection, and equity, in recognition of the fact that economic development has too often gone hand in hand with environmental degradation and increased inequality.” Achieving those goals will require better-coordinated “mobilization of global capital and local resources”, good governance on the local and global level, and full empowerment of women “through access to education, health care, basic […]

    Global Human Development Forum adopts ‘Istanbul Declaration’ urging action at ‘Rio+20’

    Istanbul, 23 March 2012 Delegates to the first Global Human Development Forum today unanimously adopted an “Istanbul Declaration” calling on the world community to take bold action against global social inequities and environmental deterioration at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this June. “It is time to reset the global development agenda,” the Istanbul Declaration states. “The world needs a renewed commitment to sustainable development and strong political leadership to implement it.” The Declaration stresses the need for global and national development strategies to put “strong emphasis on social inclusion, social protection, and equity, in recognition of the fact that economic development has too often gone hand in hand with environmental degradation and increased inequality.” Achieving those goals will require better-coordinated “mobilization of global capital and local resources”, good governance on the local and global level, and full empowerment of women “through access to education, health care, basic […]

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  • UNDP’s first Global Human Development Forum starts today in Istanbul Istanbul, 22 March 2012—Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of development experts, civil society leaders and government officials at the first Global Human Development Forum here today. “The world stands at a crossroads,” the Secretary-General said in his message to the Istanbul Forum, convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkey. “We need everyone – government ministers and policymakers, business and civil society leaders, and young people – to work together to transform our economies, to place our societies on a more just and equitable footing, and to protect the resources and ecosystems on which our shared future depends.” UNDP’s […]

    Urgent international action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks, UN Secretary-General

    UNDP’s first Global Human Development Forum starts today in Istanbul Istanbul, 22 March 2012—Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of development experts, civil society leaders and government officials at the first Global Human Development Forum here today. “The world stands at a crossroads,” the Secretary-General said in his message to the Istanbul Forum, convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkey. “We need everyone – government ministers and policymakers, business and civil society leaders, and young people – to work together to transform our economies, to place our societies on a more just and equitable footing, and to protect the resources and ecosystems on which our shared future depends.” UNDP’s […]

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  • New Financing Instrument Ties Lending Directly To Verified Development Results The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved Program-for-Results (PforR), an innovative new financing instrument for the World Bank’s client countries that links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results. Money will flow once the results have been delivered and verified. PforR would support government programs in a diverse range of countries and sectors. In some countries, PforR would help deliver and improve the coverage of antenatal care for mothers and newborns or increase immunization coverage for children. In others, PforR would help provide sustainable water supply and sanitation services; strengthen the coverage and quality of early childhood and primary education; or contribute to a government program to reduce the number of rural households living below the poverty line. ‘Enhancing development effectiveness by helping developing countries achieve results is central to the mission of World Bank,’ […]

    World Bank Approves Program-for-Results

    New Financing Instrument Ties Lending Directly To Verified Development Results The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved Program-for-Results (PforR), an innovative new financing instrument for the World Bank’s client countries that links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results. Money will flow once the results have been delivered and verified. PforR would support government programs in a diverse range of countries and sectors. In some countries, PforR would help deliver and improve the coverage of antenatal care for mothers and newborns or increase immunization coverage for children. In others, PforR would help provide sustainable water supply and sanitation services; strengthen the coverage and quality of early childhood and primary education; or contribute to a government program to reduce the number of rural households living below the poverty line. ‘Enhancing development effectiveness by helping developing countries achieve results is central to the mission of World Bank,’ […]

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  • New Financing Instrument Ties Lending Directly To Verified Development Results The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved Program-for-Results (PforR), an innovative new financing instrument for the World Bank’s client countries that links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results. Money will flow once the results have been delivered and verified. PforR would support government programs in a diverse range of countries and sectors. In some countries, PforR would help deliver and improve the coverage of antenatal care for mothers and newborns or increase immunization coverage for children. In others, PforR would help provide sustainable water supply and sanitation services; strengthen the coverage and quality of early childhood and primary education; or contribute to a government program to reduce the number of rural households living below the poverty line. ‘Enhancing development effectiveness by helping developing countries achieve results is central to the mission of World Bank,’ […]

    World Bank Approves Program-for-Results

    New Financing Instrument Ties Lending Directly To Verified Development Results The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved Program-for-Results (PforR), an innovative new financing instrument for the World Bank’s client countries that links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results. Money will flow once the results have been delivered and verified. PforR would support government programs in a diverse range of countries and sectors. In some countries, PforR would help deliver and improve the coverage of antenatal care for mothers and newborns or increase immunization coverage for children. In others, PforR would help provide sustainable water supply and sanitation services; strengthen the coverage and quality of early childhood and primary education; or contribute to a government program to reduce the number of rural households living below the poverty line. ‘Enhancing development effectiveness by helping developing countries achieve results is central to the mission of World Bank,’ […]

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  • This website is for people involved in applied social research and evaluation. You’ll find lots of resources and links to other locations on the Web that deal in applied social research methods. via Social Research Methods.

    Social Research Methods

    This website is for people involved in applied social research and evaluation. You’ll find lots of resources and links to other locations on the Web that deal in applied social research methods. via Social Research Methods.

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  • 02-06-2011 MRE: “BRASIL SEM MISÉRIA” NATIONAL POVERTY ALLEVIATION PLAN Brazil launches National Poverty Alleviation Plan Comprehensive social program aims to lift 16.2 million citizens out of extreme poverty BRASÍLIA (02 June 2011) – Brazil´s President Dilma Rousseff today launched a comprehensive national poverty alleviation plan named “Brasil Sem Miséria” to lift 16.2 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty through cash transfer initiatives, increased access to education, health, welfare, sanitation and electricity, and productive inclusion. This flagship programof the federal government will create new programs and expand existing initiatives in partnership with states, municipalities, public and private companies and civil society organizations to extend the opportunities generated by Brazil´s strong economic growth to its neediest citizens. “What was a matter of moral ethics and human rights became a key pillar to bring Brazil’s growth to another level. Social inclusion makes our growth sustainable,” said President Dilma Rousseff during a launchevent today […]

    Brazil launches National Poverty Alleviation Plan – Brasil Sem Miséria

    02-06-2011 MRE: “BRASIL SEM MISÉRIA” NATIONAL POVERTY ALLEVIATION PLAN Brazil launches National Poverty Alleviation Plan Comprehensive social program aims to lift 16.2 million citizens out of extreme poverty BRASÍLIA (02 June 2011) – Brazil´s President Dilma Rousseff today launched a comprehensive national poverty alleviation plan named “Brasil Sem Miséria” to lift 16.2 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty through cash transfer initiatives, increased access to education, health, welfare, sanitation and electricity, and productive inclusion. This flagship programof the federal government will create new programs and expand existing initiatives in partnership with states, municipalities, public and private companies and civil society organizations to extend the opportunities generated by Brazil´s strong economic growth to its neediest citizens. “What was a matter of moral ethics and human rights became a key pillar to bring Brazil’s growth to another level. Social inclusion makes our growth sustainable,” said President Dilma Rousseff during a launchevent today […]

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  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Ministers from OECD and developing economies will today agree new guidelines to promote more responsible business conduct by multinational enterprises, and a second set of guidance to limit the use of conflict minerals. Forty-two countries will commit to new, tougher standards of corporate behaviour in the updated Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: the 34 OECD countries plus Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru and Romania. The updated Guidelines include new recommendations on human rights abuse and company responsibility for their supply chains, making them the first inter-governmental agreement in this area. The Guidelines establish that firms should respect human rights in every country in which they operate. Companies should also respect environmental and labour standards, for example, and have appropriate due diligence processes in place to ensure this happens. These include issues such as paying decent wages, combating bribe solicitation and extortion, and the promotion […]

    New OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

    OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Ministers from OECD and developing economies will today agree new guidelines to promote more responsible business conduct by multinational enterprises, and a second set of guidance to limit the use of conflict minerals. Forty-two countries will commit to new, tougher standards of corporate behaviour in the updated Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: the 34 OECD countries plus Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru and Romania. The updated Guidelines include new recommendations on human rights abuse and company responsibility for their supply chains, making them the first inter-governmental agreement in this area. The Guidelines establish that firms should respect human rights in every country in which they operate. Companies should also respect environmental and labour standards, for example, and have appropriate due diligence processes in place to ensure this happens. These include issues such as paying decent wages, combating bribe solicitation and extortion, and the promotion […]

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  • Crowd Sourcing: How to be a good evaluator: Do This, Not That| weitzenegger.de. How to be a good evaluator? (A new crowd sourcing exercise) Results-based management in international development cooperation seems to require super heroes to evaluate it. How can you perform as a good evaluator and live on happily? Can you give us some practical advice from your experience? It will end up in a tip sheet for future evaluators. Consider this: 1. What education, abilities, skills and experience are really needed? 2. How do you bring in your social and personal competencies (e.g., Social competence, Communication, Cooperative behaviour, Self-management, Team Management, Learning and problem solving)? 3. What does it take to meet the Standards (e.g., Independence, Stakeholder consultation and protection, Validity, Clarity, Fairness, Completeness, Transparency, and Timeliness)? 4. How do you prepare an assignment well (e.g., clarification, roles, stakeholder involvements, methodology, information and knowledge, logistics, time constraints, etc.)? […]

    Crowd Sourcing: How to be a good evaluator

    Crowd Sourcing: How to be a good evaluator: Do This, Not That| weitzenegger.de. How to be a good evaluator? (A new crowd sourcing exercise) Results-based management in international development cooperation seems to require super heroes to evaluate it. How can you perform as a good evaluator and live on happily? Can you give us some practical advice from your experience? It will end up in a tip sheet for future evaluators. Consider this: 1. What education, abilities, skills and experience are really needed? 2. How do you bring in your social and personal competencies (e.g., Social competence, Communication, Cooperative behaviour, Self-management, Team Management, Learning and problem solving)? 3. What does it take to meet the Standards (e.g., Independence, Stakeholder consultation and protection, Validity, Clarity, Fairness, Completeness, Transparency, and Timeliness)? 4. How do you prepare an assignment well (e.g., clarification, roles, stakeholder involvements, methodology, information and knowledge, logistics, time constraints, etc.)? […]

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  • The second European Report on Development (ERD) was launched at the European Development Days in Brussels with the message that social protection needs to be placed at the heart of EU development policy. ‘‘A number of African countries already have social protection programmes in place. It is increasingly on the policy agenda of African leaders and several EU donors already support social protection based on the belief that it is both a human right and a catalyst for promoting inclusive development and pro-poor growth,” said Giorgia Giovannetti of the European University Institute, the lead author of the report. ‘‘This year’s edition of the ERD concludes that these piecemeal efforts are not enough. Social protection needs to become a central and coordinated component of the development policies of African countries, the EU and its Member States, and other donors. Our analysis shows that it is feasible, affordable, and that the time […]

    European Report on Development: Social protection is key to poverty eradication

    The second European Report on Development (ERD) was launched at the European Development Days in Brussels with the message that social protection needs to be placed at the heart of EU development policy. ‘‘A number of African countries already have social protection programmes in place. It is increasingly on the policy agenda of African leaders and several EU donors already support social protection based on the belief that it is both a human right and a catalyst for promoting inclusive development and pro-poor growth,” said Giorgia Giovannetti of the European University Institute, the lead author of the report. ‘‘This year’s edition of the ERD concludes that these piecemeal efforts are not enough. Social protection needs to become a central and coordinated component of the development policies of African countries, the EU and its Member States, and other donors. Our analysis shows that it is feasible, affordable, and that the time […]

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  • Share your links with me on http://www.delicious.com/weitzenegger The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) http://www.epsds.org The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) seeks to satisfy the growing demand for supplementary and specialist technical advisory services on the part of DFID’s 100 Economists and 30 Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisors. The service is open to other users within DFID and other donor agencies. It provides additional expertise to supplement in-house resources and enable DFID advisors to meet surges in demand for the services of technical specialists. The EPSDS is poised to mobilise specialists to hostile and post conflict environments, manage the attendant security and risk requirements, and operate in disaster and post-disaster situations. The EPSDS website is designed to explain how to use the service and contact the management team. It also enables DFID staff to access information and learning generated by the EPSDS and the Economist Resource Centre […]

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    Share your links with me on http://www.delicious.com/weitzenegger The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) http://www.epsds.org The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) seeks to satisfy the growing demand for supplementary and specialist technical advisory services on the part of DFID’s 100 Economists and 30 Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisors. The service is open to other users within DFID and other donor agencies. It provides additional expertise to supplement in-house resources and enable DFID advisors to meet surges in demand for the services of technical specialists. The EPSDS is poised to mobilise specialists to hostile and post conflict environments, manage the attendant security and risk requirements, and operate in disaster and post-disaster situations. The EPSDS website is designed to explain how to use the service and contact the management team. It also enables DFID staff to access information and learning generated by the EPSDS and the Economist Resource Centre […]

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  • CONTENT 1. Karsten’s Blog 2. Aid Agency News 3. Development Effectiveness News 4. Monitoring and Evaluation News 5. Economic Development News 6. Governance News 7. Social Development News 8. Migration News 9. Publications 10. Training and Events 11. Websites of the Moment _____________________________________________________________________ Dear Reader, When I started this Newsletter in 2002, social networking was still done in smoky bars. I thought that sending monthly summary information on what I read and do to my contacts was a good knowledge sharing tool. And indeed, your positive feedback motivated me to do the Newsletter every month. I know that some of you wait for my Newsletter to get an update on what is relevant for development practitioners. Some even print it and read it on the morning train. I even got nice consulting contracts through the Newsletter. I am so busy as a Consultant now that I lack time to prepare […]

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    CONTENT 1. Karsten’s Blog 2. Aid Agency News 3. Development Effectiveness News 4. Monitoring and Evaluation News 5. Economic Development News 6. Governance News 7. Social Development News 8. Migration News 9. Publications 10. Training and Events 11. Websites of the Moment _____________________________________________________________________ Dear Reader, When I started this Newsletter in 2002, social networking was still done in smoky bars. I thought that sending monthly summary information on what I read and do to my contacts was a good knowledge sharing tool. And indeed, your positive feedback motivated me to do the Newsletter every month. I know that some of you wait for my Newsletter to get an update on what is relevant for development practitioners. Some even print it and read it on the morning train. I even got nice consulting contracts through the Newsletter. I am so busy as a Consultant now that I lack time to prepare […]

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