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Publications on Development Effectiveness
Aid effectiveness: bringing country ownership (and politics) back in
ODI Working Papers 336, August 2011
This paper by David Booth considers that assumption untenable and agrees with those arguing that ownership should be treated as a desirable outcome, not an achieved state of affairs. It then asks the corresponding question: whether external actors have any useful role in assisting the emergence of developmental country leaderships.
Capacity Development: Where do EU Members Stand on the Road to Busan?
Gwennaelle Corre, author of the EC study on ‘Supporting the Implementation of the Technical Cooperation for an Enhanced Capacity Development’, found, however that there is a noticeable difference between the Capacity Development practices and experiences of EU Member States. While all European donors do not regard Capacity Development with the same degree of priority, they have become increasingly aware of the importance of supporting it as a way to achieve lasting development results, according to a recent European Commission study.
CSOs on the Road to Busan: CSO Key Messages and Proposals
This paper by BetterAid lays out the main demands from civil society organizations (CSOs) in the run up to the HLF-4. Civil society organizations can sign on to the paper online.
Demanding democratic ownership. D+C article by Antonio Tujan Jr.
Civil society organisations are engaged in the aid effectiveness debate. They have been pushing for deeper, more meaningful reform. In 2008, the Accra HLF recognised CSOs as development actors in their own right. Some of their concerns were adopted by the HLF, including broader country ownership or more effective and inclusive partnerships. Many demands, however, were not met. The most important of these were aid reforms that would enable people to use their human rights (''right-based results”) and introduce democratic ownership free from foreign interference.
Democratic Ownership after Busan: Setting up Integrative Partnerships for Development
In its preparations for the HLF-4, Alliance2015 has surveyed the progress towards democratic ownership based on five case studies – Cambodia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Tanzania – and on a cross-country report focussing on civil society participation in the development process. Donors are not doing enough to provide developing countries the political space they need in order to find their own path to development through real democratic processes. Numerous governments in developing countries have never really endorsed the principle of democratic ownership. They have not taken serious steps towards shaping an enabling environment because they do not sufficiently recognise civil society and parliaments as being independent actors in the development process. When civil society organisations and parliaments are invited to participate, they often do not possess the necessary knowledge about political processes. Therefore, they are frequently unable to make a meaningful contribution to the development process.
Independent Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration
The Independent Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration is an independent global appraisal of efforts to improve the effectiveness of international aid since 2005. The latest evidence is vital for decisions taken at Busan. It will help in learning lessons and ensuring that all involved in aid meet their commitments.
It’s Complicated: the Challenge of Implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
By Laurence Chandy, The Brookings Institution.
Of the 13 targets agreed to at the Paris High Level Forum, only one was met. That’s a grim outcome even by the standards of global development, where commitments are regularly professed but rarely fulfilled. It also makes for a gloomy backdrop to this November’s High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea. Over the next few weeks, be prepared for a good amount of haranguing and finger-pointing as development activists line up to accuse donor agencies of not trying hard enough and aid skeptics write off the High Level Forum process as an ineffectual talking shop.
Move on. D+C Comment by Sachin Chaturvedi
The time has come to move on beyond ''donors” and ''recipients” in the international development discourse, argues an expert from India. In his view, the focus must be on what is happening in the countries that receive aid flows, and what can improve the lot of their peoples.
Results based aid: limitations of new approaches
GDI Briefing Paper 17/2011 by Stephan Klingebiel
Some of the current instruments already offer useful ways of incentivising performance. For instance, designing budget support with variable tranches. With respect to other RBA approaches (such as Cash on Delivery), practical experience is still lacking. It is possible that the disadvantages might outweigh the advantages. The hoped for benefit of RBA approaches, that of being able to produce clearly verifiable results may only ''seem to be” achievable. RBA approaches assume a clear performance orientation in the partner countries, which applies to the reform dynamic countries, but those without good governance may be less easily encouraged by such a system of incentives, and thus other approaches might be more suitable there.
Publications on Green Economy
A Global Green New Deal
Response to crisis or paradigm shift towards sustainability? FES International Policy Analysis.
A Global Green New Deal: Rethinking the Economic Recovery
Edward B. Barbier charts the way for recovering from the recession and saving the planet at the same time.
A Green Venture Fund to Finance Clean Technology for Developing Countries.
Center for Global Development (CGD) Working Paper 245, by Darius Nassiry and David Wheeler
Breathe in, breathe out, and drop the Coke
Buddhist, economist, two-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and WFC Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa reflects on the habits of Western societies in his newest book. In an interview with 'The Independent' Sholto Byrnes writes, ''Sivaraksa's view is that true happiness is not to be found in material gains or in the constant pursuit of unlimited growth, but starts with the search for inner calm.”
Can Green and Lean Go Together?
A workshop explored how the private sector is changing its business model to incorporate environmental responsibility. Options and approaches for appropriate regulatory environment for innovation and adoption of green solutions were also discussed.
Carbon Finance and Pro-Poor Co-Benefits
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Sustainable Markets Discussion Papers, Author: Rachel Godfrey Wood
Cooperation for a Green Economy
UNEP-DirectorAchim Steiner suggests that Rio+20 could provide the frameworks, financing and market mechanisms to support transitions to a Green Economy across the world. It also could provide leadership that addresses the absurdities of current economic configurations, while unleashing investments and steering society towards wider notions of wealth generation, he says.
Designing the International Green Climate Fund: Focusing on Results
A transitional committee met for the first time last month to begin work on the formation of the Green Climate Fund, a development stemming from last December’s international climate change talks in Cancún. Katherine Sierra argues that the new Green Climate Fund must have a vision for achieving significant and transformative climate change results, through development strategies and programs, in order to be effective.
Evaluation of programmatic approaches to support for the environment in Africa 1996-2009.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark evaluation report.
Fair and Green?
Social impacts of payments for environmental services in Costa Rica. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) report, by Inas Porras.
Global environmental governance at Rio+20: Thinking big - doing little?
There is little faith in the reform of the UN system; nonetheless, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 – also known as Rio +20 – is not only to set the stage for a green economy, but also to provide an impetus for the institutional reform of the UN environmental sector. The ministerial-l evel advisory group brought together by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) is preparing the reforms. The state of the discussion is analyzed by Barbara Unmüßig.
Green, fair and productive: How the 2012 Rio Conference can move the world towards sustainability
The Green Economy Coalition has come together in an effort to promote progress towards a resilient economy that provides a better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of one planet. There are strong practical reasons for this transition, but it also taps into fundamental human values of fairness, environmental stewardship and careful use of limited resources.
Leveraging private investment: the role of public sector climate finance.
This ODI Background Note focuses on how public finance and risk mitigation instruments can remove the barriers to private sector investment and thereby leverage significant amounts of private capital for climate change mitigation.
Making Growth Inclusive
Growth is back on the development agenda, promoted by bilateral and multilateral donors, and the G20, as the most effective way to lift people out of poverty. Economic growth has reduced poverty in developing countries in the past, but by ignoring the issue of equality, donors and poor country governments have failed to maximise the benefits of that growth – and in some cases, people have become worse off. This Oxfam paper by Elizabeth Stuart extracts lessons from case studies of Brazil, Viet Nam, and Ghana to suggest three key areas that may deliver growth that is inclusive: a proper redistributive agenda; appropriate macroeconomic prudence; and a pro-poor private sector.
New SID Development issue: Challenges to sustainability
Produced for the SID World Congress in July 2011, development opin ion leaders share their ideas on sustaining economic growth in balance with nature while ensuring local people’s rights, identity and livelihoods.
New guide for SMEs on ''Greening China''
Following the publication of the policy brief ''Winning China's markets'', a new guide was produced in the framework of the Understanding China programme. ''Greening China'' highlights the opportunities for European small and medium enterprises (SMEs) arising from the green growth in China, which is expected to be boosted by China's recently published Five-Year Plan.
Powering the Green Economy. The Feed-In Tariff Handbook.
The climate and energy book from the World Future Council is a collaborative effort, written by Miguel Mendonça, the WFC Research Manager, David Jacobs and Benjamin Sovacool. It provides detailed analysis of feed-in tariff design, and provides a guide to campaigning for them. It includes discussion of other support schemes, of barriers and technical issues, and of the place of good policy in driving a green collar economy.
Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: Developments in 2010
This report provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts. It is the fourth update prepared under the aegis of the Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment. The report covers developments over the period from late 2009 to December 2010 and is based on publicly available information
The costs to developing countries of adaptation to climate change: new methods and estimates.
World Bank (WB) report, by Sergio Margulis et al.
The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2010: Sustainability and Transparency
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) report, by Jason Potts, Jessica van der Meer, and Jaclyn Daitchman.
The Transition to a Green Economy: Benefits, Challenges and Risks from a Sustainable Development Perspective.
Report by a Panel of Experts to Second Preparatory Committee Meeting for UNCSD.
Towards a Global Finance System at the Service of Sustainable Development
Assessing the development impact of European and global financial reforms. By Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen (SOMO).
Whose Crisis, Whose Future? : Towards a Greener, Fairer, Richer World, by Susan George
Today we are in the midst of a multifaceted crisis which touches the lives of everyone on the planet. Whether it's growing poverty and inequality or shrinking access to food and water, the collapse of global financial markets or the dire effects of climate change, every aspect of this crisis can be traced to a transnational neoliberal elite that has steadily eroded our rights and stripped us of power. And yet our world has never been so wealthy, and we have, right now, all the knowledge, tools and skills we need to build a greener, fairer, richer world. Such a breakthrough is not some far-fetched utopia, but an immediate, concrete possibility. Our future is in our hands.
World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development
With more than 1.5 billion people living in countries affected by conflict, the World Development Report 2011 looks into the changing nature of violence in the 21st century. Interstate and civil wars characterized violent conflict in the last century; more pronounced today is violence linked to local disputes, political repression, and organized crime. The report underlines the negative impact of persistent conflict on a country's or a region's development prospects, and notes that no low income, conflict-affected state has yet achieved a single Millennium Development Goal.
World on the Edge
How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. Earth Policy Institute book, by Lester R. Brown.
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