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  • The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) released the UNEG Handbook for the Evaluation of Normative Work in the UN System . Download from http://www.unevaluation.org/papersandpubs/documentdetail.jsp?doc_id=1484 The purpose of this handbook is to guide UN organizations in conducting evaluations of normative work. Its objectives are to: Provide an integrated approach to the evaluation of normative work in the UN; Provide hands-on methodological guidance, concise practical examples and tools for conducting evaluations of normative work; and Highlight relevant lessons and best-fit practices of the evaluation of normative work inside and outside the UN system. The handbook is intended primarily for evaluation professionals in the UN. It may also be useful to UN staff responsible for designing, managing and monitoring programmes and projects that integrate the norms, standards and codes of practice; and to the UN’s partners in its normative work, particularly to governments and civil society organizations (CSOs). The handbook might also be […]

    UNEG Handbook for Conducting Evaluations of Normative Work in the UN System

    The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) released the UNEG Handbook for the Evaluation of Normative Work in the UN System . Download from http://www.unevaluation.org/papersandpubs/documentdetail.jsp?doc_id=1484 The purpose of this handbook is to guide UN organizations in conducting evaluations of normative work. Its objectives are to: Provide an integrated approach to the evaluation of normative work in the UN; Provide hands-on methodological guidance, concise practical examples and tools for conducting evaluations of normative work; and Highlight relevant lessons and best-fit practices of the evaluation of normative work inside and outside the UN system. The handbook is intended primarily for evaluation professionals in the UN. It may also be useful to UN staff responsible for designing, managing and monitoring programmes and projects that integrate the norms, standards and codes of practice; and to the UN’s partners in its normative work, particularly to governments and civil society organizations (CSOs). The handbook might also be […]

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  • On 30 May 2013, the Secretary-General received a landmark report from the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a 27-member group of eminent persons established a year earlier to provide recommendations on advancing the development framework beyond the target date for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Accepting the report, the Secretary-General praised the Panel for its inclusive approach and extensive consultations over the past year. He welcomed the Panel’s recognition that the post-2015 development agenda should be universal, applying to North and South alike, and be infused with a spirit of partnership based on equity, cooperation and mutual accountability. The Secretary-General stated that the Report is an important milestone and provides a substantial contribution to the post-2015 debate as Member States continue their deliberations on a new development agenda. Ban Ki-moon commended the transformative shifts identified by the Report, specifically the call to put sustainability at the centre of […]

    High-level Panel presents report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

    On 30 May 2013, the Secretary-General received a landmark report from the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a 27-member group of eminent persons established a year earlier to provide recommendations on advancing the development framework beyond the target date for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Accepting the report, the Secretary-General praised the Panel for its inclusive approach and extensive consultations over the past year. He welcomed the Panel’s recognition that the post-2015 development agenda should be universal, applying to North and South alike, and be infused with a spirit of partnership based on equity, cooperation and mutual accountability. The Secretary-General stated that the Report is an important milestone and provides a substantial contribution to the post-2015 debate as Member States continue their deliberations on a new development agenda. Ban Ki-moon commended the transformative shifts identified by the Report, specifically the call to put sustainability at the centre of […]

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  • SID Council Member Ms. Betty Maina was appointed on July 31 by the UN Secretary General to the High-Level Advisory Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Advisory Panel include 26 members from civil society, private sector and governments. The Panel is part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit. Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the development agenda beyond 2015. The work of the Panel will reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in implementing the MDGs, both in terms of results achieved and areas for improvement. For more information on the post-2015 process visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/beyond2015.shtml

    SID Council Member Betty Maina appointed to UN Advisory Panel on MDGs

    SID Council Member Ms. Betty Maina was appointed on July 31 by the UN Secretary General to the High-Level Advisory Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Advisory Panel include 26 members from civil society, private sector and governments. The Panel is part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit. Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the development agenda beyond 2015. The work of the Panel will reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in implementing the MDGs, both in terms of results achieved and areas for improvement. For more information on the post-2015 process visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/beyond2015.shtml

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  • Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015, says the 2012 Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible ─ but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago. The 2012 MDG Report offers “the most comprehensive picture yet” on global progress towards the Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he launched the report at the high-level segment of the annual session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The report states that meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible – but only if governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago. Further success depends on fulfilling MDG 8 – the global partnership for development, Mr. Ban notes in his foreword to the report. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/MDG%20Report%202012.pdf

    Global partnership key to achieving Millennium Development Goals by 2015 – UN report

    Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015, says the 2012 Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible ─ but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago. The 2012 MDG Report offers “the most comprehensive picture yet” on global progress towards the Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he launched the report at the high-level segment of the annual session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The report states that meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible – but only if governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago. Further success depends on fulfilling MDG 8 – the global partnership for development, Mr. Ban notes in his foreword to the report. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/MDG%20Report%202012.pdf

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  • I received this message from four Directors of UN Evaluation Offices: The focus on equity in human development is gathering momentum at the international level. Its premise is increasingly supported by United Nations reports and strategies, as well as by independent analysis. More and more national policies and international alliances are focusing on achieving equitable development results. The emerging equity agenda is surely the right way to go. But it poses important questions for everyone involved in development evaluation. Are current evaluation approaches and methods relevant and useful in the assessment of equity-focused interventions? Are we able to assess whether these interventions are achieving real and sustainable impact in reducing inequity? Under what conditions can equitable results be quickly and efficiently achieved? What needs to be done to strengthen the capacity of Governments, organizations and communities to evaluate the effect of interventions intended to achieve equitable outcomes for marginalized populations? […]

    Evaluation for equitable development results

    I received this message from four Directors of UN Evaluation Offices: The focus on equity in human development is gathering momentum at the international level. Its premise is increasingly supported by United Nations reports and strategies, as well as by independent analysis. More and more national policies and international alliances are focusing on achieving equitable development results. The emerging equity agenda is surely the right way to go. But it poses important questions for everyone involved in development evaluation. Are current evaluation approaches and methods relevant and useful in the assessment of equity-focused interventions? Are we able to assess whether these interventions are achieving real and sustainable impact in reducing inequity? Under what conditions can equitable results be quickly and efficiently achieved? What needs to be done to strengthen the capacity of Governments, organizations and communities to evaluate the effect of interventions intended to achieve equitable outcomes for marginalized populations? […]

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  • El BID adjudica premios para evaluaciones de impacto Cinco proyectos han sido seleccionados como los más innovadores para evaluar el impacto de reformas institucionales en el sector público, anunció hoy el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). Los proyectos ganadores abarcan diversas áreas desde rehabilitación carcelaria en Chile, mejoras en el clima de negocios en Buenos Aires hasta la participación ciudadana en el Municipio de Lima. Un comité de expertos seleccionaron a los ganadores de un grupo de 24 proyectos finalistas. Fueron recibidas un total de 131 propuestas de 19 países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, representando a 124 organizaciones distintas. Midiendo el Impacto Institucional en la Región de las Américas (MIRA) es un concurso para que instituciones públicas o privadas lleven a cabo evaluaciones de impacto de intervenciones o actividades de fortalecimiento de capacidad institucional en organismos públicos en la región de América Latina y el Caribe. La iniciativa busca […]

    El BID adjudica premios para evaluaciones de impacto

    El BID adjudica premios para evaluaciones de impacto Cinco proyectos han sido seleccionados como los más innovadores para evaluar el impacto de reformas institucionales en el sector público, anunció hoy el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). Los proyectos ganadores abarcan diversas áreas desde rehabilitación carcelaria en Chile, mejoras en el clima de negocios en Buenos Aires hasta la participación ciudadana en el Municipio de Lima. Un comité de expertos seleccionaron a los ganadores de un grupo de 24 proyectos finalistas. Fueron recibidas un total de 131 propuestas de 19 países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, representando a 124 organizaciones distintas. Midiendo el Impacto Institucional en la Región de las Américas (MIRA) es un concurso para que instituciones públicas o privadas lleven a cabo evaluaciones de impacto de intervenciones o actividades de fortalecimiento de capacidad institucional en organismos públicos en la región de América Latina y el Caribe. La iniciativa busca […]

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  • ZIGLA Consultores presenta un mapa de monitoreo y evaluación de proyectos y programas sociales. En el mundo del monitoreo y la evaluación son varias las metodologías y herramientas con las que se trabaja. Es por eso que Zigla propone en este mapa su visión de los principales métodos. http://www.mapa.ziglaconsultores.com

    Mapa de Metodologías de Monitoreo y Evaluación de Proyectos Sociales

    ZIGLA Consultores presenta un mapa de monitoreo y evaluación de proyectos y programas sociales. En el mundo del monitoreo y la evaluación son varias las metodologías y herramientas con las que se trabaja. Es por eso que Zigla propone en este mapa su visión de los principales métodos. http://www.mapa.ziglaconsultores.com

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  • The UN General Assembly called on United Nations Member States to undertake steps that give more importance to happiness and well-being in determining how to achieve and measure social and economic development. In a resolution adopted without a vote, the Assembly invited countries “to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.” The resolution said “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and embodies the spirit of the globally agreed targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). via Happiness should have greater role in development policy – UN Member States.

    Happiness should have greater role in development policy | UN Member States

    The UN General Assembly called on United Nations Member States to undertake steps that give more importance to happiness and well-being in determining how to achieve and measure social and economic development. In a resolution adopted without a vote, the Assembly invited countries “to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.” The resolution said “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and embodies the spirit of the globally agreed targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). via Happiness should have greater role in development policy – UN Member States.

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  • Live webinar on: *EVALUATING ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE* *Where*: in front of your personal or work computer anywhere in the world *When: *8^th February 2011, from 10h30 to 11h30 AM New York Time Within the new series of “_monthly live webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation_ ^1 ”, UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University, IOCE and DevInfo, are pleased to announce the fourth webinar with *Charles Lusthaus *and *Katrina Rojas*,**Universalia Management Group. Webinars are free and open to interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. In addition to watching live presentations, you will have the option to ask questions and provide comments. You just need a computer, high-speed internet connection thru cables, a headphone and the latest Java program installed. You do NOT need to register in advance. Just log in the day of the webinar. You do NOT need to […]

    Webinar on “Evaluating organizational performance” on 8 february 2011

    Live webinar on: *EVALUATING ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE* *Where*: in front of your personal or work computer anywhere in the world *When: *8^th February 2011, from 10h30 to 11h30 AM New York Time Within the new series of “_monthly live webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation_ ^1 ”, UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University, IOCE and DevInfo, are pleased to announce the fourth webinar with *Charles Lusthaus *and *Katrina Rojas*,**Universalia Management Group. Webinars are free and open to interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. In addition to watching live presentations, you will have the option to ask questions and provide comments. You just need a computer, high-speed internet connection thru cables, a headphone and the latest Java program installed. You do NOT need to register in advance. Just log in the day of the webinar. You do NOT need to […]

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  • The Doha Conference of the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development adopted, by consensus, a draft outcome document (http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/CONF.212/L.1/REV.1). It calls for a reform of international financial institutions and for including leading emerging countries in decision-making. In a final statement, delegates noted that the financial crisis plaguing the world ”makes imperative a more fundamental review of the global institutions that govern international trade and finance. ”Measures taken to deal with the crisis should include reforms that ensure a more equitable and stable global financial system, which would provide the basis for sustainable and equitable development for all countries,” the Statement said. The meeting noted that the severity of the current financial crisis called for” bold action” to ensure continued funding to help the world’s poor nations raise their standards of living. ”The Review Conference reaffirmed Monterrey goals, took hesitant note of the current crises and their impacts, failed to […]

    UN Conference on Financing for Development calls for reform of the financial architecture

    The Doha Conference of the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development adopted, by consensus, a draft outcome document (http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/CONF.212/L.1/REV.1). It calls for a reform of international financial institutions and for including leading emerging countries in decision-making. In a final statement, delegates noted that the financial crisis plaguing the world ”makes imperative a more fundamental review of the global institutions that govern international trade and finance. ”Measures taken to deal with the crisis should include reforms that ensure a more equitable and stable global financial system, which would provide the basis for sustainable and equitable development for all countries,” the Statement said. The meeting noted that the severity of the current financial crisis called for” bold action” to ensure continued funding to help the world’s poor nations raise their standards of living. ”The Review Conference reaffirmed Monterrey goals, took hesitant note of the current crises and their impacts, failed to […]

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  • UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi hailed the Accra Accord and its accompanying political declaration for embodying the shared commitment of the developing and developed world ”to work toward making globalization a powerful means to achieve poverty eradication.” Quoting Ghanaian President John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, whose country hosted the conference, Dr. Supachai referred to a new mood of ”development solidarity” around the objective of narrowing gaps between countries and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which include halving extreme poverty by 2015. The Accra Accord highlighted the challenges facing many developing countries as they strive to integrate successfully into the international economic and financial system and set out a detailed agenda for progress in economic and social development spanning areas ranging from commodities, trade and debt to investment and new technologies. While welcoming the strong economic growth rates that global trade and investment flows have brought many in the developing world, UNCTAD XII […]

    UNCTAD XII adopts wide-ranging conclusions

    UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi hailed the Accra Accord and its accompanying political declaration for embodying the shared commitment of the developing and developed world ”to work toward making globalization a powerful means to achieve poverty eradication.” Quoting Ghanaian President John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, whose country hosted the conference, Dr. Supachai referred to a new mood of ”development solidarity” around the objective of narrowing gaps between countries and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which include halving extreme poverty by 2015. The Accra Accord highlighted the challenges facing many developing countries as they strive to integrate successfully into the international economic and financial system and set out a detailed agenda for progress in economic and social development spanning areas ranging from commodities, trade and debt to investment and new technologies. While welcoming the strong economic growth rates that global trade and investment flows have brought many in the developing world, UNCTAD XII […]

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  • Greater longevity is an indicator of human progress in general. Increased life expectancy and lower fertility rates are changing the population structure worldwide in a major way: the proportion of older persons is rapidly increasing, a process known as population ageing. The process is inevitable and is already advanced in developed countries and progressing quite rapidly in developing ones. The 2007 Survey analyzes the implications of population aging for social and economic development around the world, while recognizing that it offers both challenges and opportunities. Among the most pressing issues is that arising from the prospect of a smaller labor force having to support an increasingly larger older population. Paralleling increased longevity are the changes in intergenerational relationships that may affect the provision of care and income security for older persons, particularly in developing countries where family transfers play a major role. At the same time, it is also necessary […]

    World Social and Economic Survey 2007

    Greater longevity is an indicator of human progress in general. Increased life expectancy and lower fertility rates are changing the population structure worldwide in a major way: the proportion of older persons is rapidly increasing, a process known as population ageing. The process is inevitable and is already advanced in developed countries and progressing quite rapidly in developing ones. The 2007 Survey analyzes the implications of population aging for social and economic development around the world, while recognizing that it offers both challenges and opportunities. Among the most pressing issues is that arising from the prospect of a smaller labor force having to support an increasingly larger older population. Paralleling increased longevity are the changes in intergenerational relationships that may affect the provision of care and income security for older persons, particularly in developing countries where family transfers play a major role. At the same time, it is also necessary […]

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