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Unlocking entrepreneurship opportunities for youth could lower unemployment and bring social benefits

UN report finds youth social entrepreneurship can create jobs and help the most underserved communities The World Youth Report: Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda seeks to contribute to the understanding of how youth social entrepreneurship can both support youth development and help accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. To do

Evaluation in the COVID-19 pandemic mode

Evaluation in the COVID-19 pandemic mode, Part 1 by Karsten Weitzenegger, updated 7 May 2020 Evaluation can inform global policy decisions during the coronavirus pandemic. However, M&E systems themselves are affected by the current crisis. Here is a quick review of recent literature. This may guide evaluators and managers in

Africa’s Development Dynamics 2019 #AfricaDynamics2019

Competitive firms and committed governments are the catalysts of the continent’s economic transformation African firms are the key to the economic transformation of the continent, but they need governments to create better conditions for them to thrive, according to the second edition of the African Union Commission’s (AUC) economic report

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2019 Human Development Report says business as usual will not solve new generation of inequalities #HDR2019

“Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century” UNDP’s 2019 Human Development Report (#HDR2019) argues that a new generation of inequalities is opening up, around education, and around technology and climate change which could trigger a ‘new great divergence’ in society. For example, in

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Launch of global student-led initiative “Economists for Future” #Economists4Future

Student movement urges economists to step up to tackle the climate crisis [Madrid, November 28] In the build-up to the international climate strikes ahead of COP25, students from across the globe are calling upon the economics community to raise its game and devise a more impactful contribution to tackling the

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Happy World Development Information Day! #devinfoday

The UN dedicates its own anniversary on 24 October to Development Information. Since 1972 we celebrate World Development Information Day. Let’s party! “Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to

#GDSR: A call to action: 20 interventions that will matter

Since 1990, millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. But this progress is under threat: inequality has deepened and climate change and biodiversity loss are approaching tipping points. However, science has the power to help mitigate the trade-offs that come with achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that

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The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

Scientists call for urgent, targeted, action to avoid reversing the development gains of recent decades New relationship between people and nature is needed as climate change and biodiversity loss threaten progress New York, 11 September—Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number eight and

Evaluation of ISO Capacity Building on International Standards

Karsten Weitzenegger leads the Saana Consulting Team for external evaluation of the Sida-funded capacity-building activities of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). BACKGROUND The launching of the evaluation follows a considerable period of preparation and consultation, and a competitive international tendering process that concluded with the contracting of the selected

UN report calls for overhaul of global financial system #Fin4Dev

The 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development warns that unless national and international financial systems are revamped, the world’s governments will fail to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To access the full report,

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How is phytosanitary knowledge managed globally?

A recent STDF project evaluation on developing training manuals and kits on IPPC standards scored highly on relevance and efficiency. With 20+ global manuals now published, National Plant Protection Organizations have greater access to technical resources. View the guides online and download the evaluation report.  The World Trade Organization has contracted Karsten