Standardisation should focus more on innovation

EU standardisation policy should focus more on product innovation and competitiveness, the European commission argued on Tuesday in a new policy paper. Standards and technical harmonisation can help speed-up the uptake of environmental technologies and liberalise trade in rapidly-growing markets, it said. The commission’s policy paper outlines actions for a

Policy Coherence for Development – Migration and Developing Countries

What are the costs and benefits of migration for developing countries? How can migration flows be better organised to yield greater benefits for all parties concerned—migrant-sending countries, migrant-receiving countries, and the migrants themselves? This OECD book seeks to answer these questions, taking stock of what we know about the effects

Website Launch Checklist

When deciding to launch a website, you should first check certain things listed here. If there are problems in any of these areas, your website’s functionality will be greatly reduced. Frankly, sending traffic to unfinished website only defeats the purpose of advertising in the first place. If you do check

THE READER 2006 – Implementing Sustainable Private Sector Development

THE READER 2006 – Implementing Sustainable Private Sector Development: Striving for Tangible Results for the Poor http://www.bdsknowledge.org/dyn/bds/docs/497/PSDReader2006.pdf This year the Reader focuses on sustainable private sector development strategies. The 2006 Reader by Alexandra O. Miehlbradt and Mary McVay, edited by Jim Tanburn. The 2006 Reader Content: Private Sector Development: What’s

Trainer’s Manual: Local Economic Development Strategies

Making Local Economic Development Strategies: A Trainer’s Manual has been developed as a resource to train municipal officials and community representatives in the core elements of local economic development strategic planning. The Manual consists of six separate but complimentary sections that together form a comprehensive teaching tool for devising an

Special Newsletter on Post-conflict economies

The October 2006 Newsletter for international co-operation professionals on economic and social development by Karsten Weitzenegger (http://www.weitzenegger.de) has a Special Edition on Post-conflict economies. There is a report on the conference Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding, relevant Organisations and Websites, Training Events and Learning Materials, Publications and Tools. Free subscription

Conference Report: Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding

Conference Report: Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding  BMZ, DiFD, GTZ and International Alert organized an international conference on ‘Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding – Exploring Local and International Perspectives’ in Berlin on the 14/15 September 2006. During these two days some 140 experts in the fields of private sector development

Guide for training in Enterprise development

A tool available online from the Rural Finance Learning CentreThis training guide provides the material for a seven day training course in enterprise development, which is intended for the staff of NGOs and other organisations, including government departments, whose mandate is to promote "income-generation" or "micro-enterprises" among poor people.http://www.ruralfinance.org/servlet/CDSServlet?status=ND02NTM4JjY9ZW4mMzM9KiYzNz1rb3M~