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EDD13: Follow and share sessions via live web-streaming!

EDD13: Follow and share sessions via live web-streaming!

Live web-streaming will allow you to follow and share 20 auditorium sessions during the two days of EDD13 on 26 and 27 November 2013.

GPSA Launches 2nd Call for Proposals in 33 countries

GPSA Launches 2nd Call for Proposals in 33 countries

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability is pleased to announce its 2nd Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in any of 33 eligible countries (those that have ‘opted-in’ to the GPSA to date). Grant amounts will range from US$500,000 to US$1,000,000. Requests for funding below this range will also be considered.

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America - UN Report

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America - UN Report

Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, the United Nations reported today, calling for inclusive economic growth and enhanced security and justice institutions as the most efficient ways to reduce insecurity.

2013 ATI: More Is Not Enough When It Comes To Aid Info

2013 ATI: More Is Not Enough When It Comes To Aid Info

Information about aid spending is steadily becoming more available, but it also needs to become more useful, concludes a report "AID Transparensy Index" released by Publish What You Fund

Civil Society Organisations, a key role to play in Africa-EU relation

Civil Society Organisations, a key role to play in Africa-EU relation

Closing Session of the Civil Society Organisation Forum of the EU-Africa Partnership / Brussels

EU confirms its support for West Africa's development and integration

EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will today announce new financial support for West Africa1 for the period 2014-2020, during a round of discussions with Ministers and other authorities of the countries in the region on the priorities to be funded during the next 7 years. This support will amount to some €6.4 billion (subject to confirmation by the European Parliament and Council) and is expected to support investments that generate growth and job creation for the 300 million citizens of West Africa.

EU Aid In €36billion Funding Gap Ahead of 2015 UN Targets

European aid to poor countries is stalling, with aid cut or stagnant in 19 EU countries.

A Green Light for a New World Bank Group

A Green Light for a New World Bank Group

Six months ago, the World Bank Group’s member countries endorsed a bold plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity. Today, they gave the Bank Group the green light to reposition itself to better tackle these goals.

Post-2015 Outcome Document Approved

Post-2015 Outcome Document Approved

The roadmap for development of the post-2015 framework was approved in an outcome document at the UN General Assembly.

$2.5 billion new pledges to boost global anti-poverty goals

$2.5 billion new pledges to boost global anti-poverty goals

The United Nations has received a total of $2.5 billion additional commitments in the race to achieve the global anti-poverty goals by the 2015 deadline.

The Slovak Republic joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

The Slovak Republic joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

The Slovak Republic has become the 27th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation.

Australian plans to merge aid agency with foreign affairs 'a retrograde step'

Australian plans to merge aid agency with foreign affairs 'a retrograde step'

Critics say merger will have dire consequences for the world's poor and shows Australia is not committed to ending poverty

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

World Happiness Report 2013 Launched

World Happiness Report 2013 Launched

The 2013 edition of the World Happiness Report was launched on 9 September 2013, following a conference on happiness on 8 September. The report calls on policy makers to make happiness a key measure and target of development.

Media Note on the informal meeting of BRICS Leaders ahead of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg

BRICS Leaders met on 5 September 2013, ahead of the formal opening of the G20 Summit in St Petersburg.

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published following the G20 Summit in St.Petersburg.

The St.Petersburg Development Strategy and the FSB Report on Progress in Reforming Financial Regulations are released

The G20 Leaders approved the St.Petersburg Development Strategy prepared by the G20 Development Working Group. The Strategy outlines the priorities of the G20's work in this sphere over the medium term.

BRICS may agree on $100 bn currency fund during G20 summit

BRICS may agree on $100 bn currency fund during G20 summit

BRICS countries may reach consensus at next month's G20 summit on creating a $100 billion currency reserve fund to help ease short-term liquidity pressure and safeguard financial stability of major emerging economies, a senior Chinese central bank official said today.

Asia-Pacific countries stress ‘leave no-one behind’ as critical for the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015

Ministers and high-level representatives from Asia and the Pacific have adopted the ‘Bangkok Declaration of the Asia-Pacific region on the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015’ as the key outcome document of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue: From the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, convened by the Royal Government of Thailand with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

2013 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings - Accreditation OPEN

2013 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings - Accreditation OPEN

The Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund will be held on October 11 - 13, 2013 in Washington DC.



Expert Views on International Development

Cash or Cows? Cash or Cows?
The importance of a multifaceted approach to development.

Top tips on using the media to aid development Top tips on using the media to aid development
How can development issues best be covered in the media, and by who?

South-South Cooperation in aid, trade and FDI? A closer look at the economic engagement footprint of rising powers in Africa
What do the activities of Chinese businesses in Angola, Brazilian state agencies in Mozambique and Indian exporters in South Africa have in common? For one thing, they all might be seen to represent the trend of (re-)growing linkages between African, Asian and Latin American countries.

Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter
Twiplomacy is the leading global study of world leaders on Twitter. The governments of more than three-quarters (77.7%) of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter: Almost half of the 505 accounts analysed are personal accounts of heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs; a third of these world leaders tweet themselves, but very few on a regular basis.

Diversity and inclusion on NGO boards: what the stats say
Figures reveal a clear disjunction between the world NGOs seek to create, and the world their governance structures reproduce

Should we stop talking about middle-income countries?
Moving from low- income to middle- income status is not a panacea to end aid, argues Jonathan Glennie, and indeed the very measure of ‘middle-income’ is flawed.

Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC
In an increasingly integrated world, regional cooperation is key to the long-term prosperity of nations. Here are 12 things to know about regional cooperation among the countries in Central Asia and between Central Asia and its neighbors.

NGOs must give up power NGOs must give up power
The international development Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) are rightly very proud of their history: they have saved lives, helped people get through the toughest moments, and shown those who feel alone that others care. But if NGOs are to help contribute to a better future, they will need to change.

Good Practices for Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact
Last week I was a panelist at a civil society organization seminar during the World Bank Annual Meetings on the topic of “Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact.” The task for the panel was to discuss good practices in citizen engagement to make governments and service providers (including the private sector) more accountable so that policies and project interventions have greater impact for all citizens.

Epicenters: Do Everything At Once Epicenters: Do Everything At Once
How can resource-poor countries in Africa provide these services – reliably and affordably – in remote rural areas? And how can the deeply entrenched gender barriers that hold women back be transformed?

Beyond MDGs: building the sustainable development goals brand
For all their flaws the MDGs were a success because of the singular message to end poverty. But the world has changed. Can any message unify now as it did then?

10 ways to make humanitarian efforts complement development
From consulting local decision makers to using early recovery strategies, experts offer their advice on how groups should co-ordinate best following a crisis

Development Agencies in BRICS and Beyond – Experiences and Next Steps
Over the past years and resulting from deep changes in the global economy, BRICS and other emerging economies have started to invest heavily in their capacities as development players. Parting from decades-old South-South cooperation, governments are looking into the options to scale up and eventually institutionalize horizontal partnerships with other countries through dedicated development agencies.

Top global development organizations: The Devex lists
To succeed in international development, knowing the main players is key - whether you’re looking for partners, funding opportunities or jobs.

Doing development in conflict zones
Donors and aid agencies working in Syria, Somalia or Afghanistan must be more prepared to take risks and help local partners lead interventions

Dream With A Deadline: The Millennium Development Goals
Although it was several years ago, I still remember how Melinda and I felt when we learned about the Millennium Development Goals. We were hopeful, but we had reservations.

Are BRICS any use for rebuilding the collapsing global financial architecture?
In its most recent world public opinion survey, the Pew Research Centre found that ‘international financial instability’ is considered a major threat by 52 percent of those polled was a close second, after climate change at 54 percent).

NGOs no longer set the agenda for development, say CEOs
Survey reveals 84% of businesses want to do more to shape development, meaning it is time for NGOs to up their game.

Why the Post-2015 MDGs need an education target
Universal education for all primary school-age children is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals for 2015, which will almost certainly not be met. The international community must learn from this failure, writes Nigel Chapman.

How to speed up global development’s learning cycle
We all want to ensure the $250 billion committed each year to international development is spent wisely. Yet we do not learn enough, or learn quickly enough, from the work that’s already happening – or happened – on the ground.

Food Security - Asian Development Bank's Take
Economic growth has been effective in reducing extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific, but less so in reducing hunger and malnutrition. ADB is helping people across the region put food on their table by improving the productivity, connectivity, and resilience of food supply chains.

(AUDIO) G20 Panel Discussion by Nancy Alexander, Julia Kulik, Andrew Zhu
The G20 concluded in St Petersburg last week and although much of the talks before, during and after the gathering was about Syria and the military intervention that isn't, there were also the important subjects of tax evasion and the economic stability of the BRICS nations and emerging markets on the agenda.

Five Online Fundraising Best Practices for Small NGOs in Developing Countries
Five social media best practices specifically tailored for NGOs in developing countries

5 Takeaways From UN's Global Report on Happiness
Some surprising factors that influence well-being around the world.

BRICS in Africa: prizes and pitfalls of building a new global order
Brics' rhetoric of 'win-win' globalisation masks huge and deepening power inequalities in new scramble for Africa.

Post-2015 towards a unified approach
Fiona Hall MEP on the need for a single post-2015 strategy that tackles development and environment issues together.

Setting the Agenda
Can NGOs take the lead in global policy discussions?

Broad Discussion, But No Immediate Deliverables at G20 Summit
As expected, the St. Petersburg G20 Summit did not result in any immediate, concrete deliverables. The topics of discussion were quite broad, as summarized in the 27-page communiqué.

VIDEO - G20 for Change: NGOs voices at the G20 Summit 2013
From the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg: Transparency International, InterAction, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children

For G20 leaders, poverty is a taxing issue
The G20 has been dominated by Syria, tax reform, and playground infighting among world leaders. But where is the talk of ending hunger, eradicating diseases or cancelling debts?

G20 Summit keeps the transparency ball in play but makes only limited gains
Transparency is essential if citizens are to be able to follow the money, holding governments and companies to account for the use of public resources. This issue is one that transcends borders – it matters to governments and citizens across the world, no matter what G-group they are part of.

G20 Lays Out Plan that Could Help the World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up
The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.

How should NGOs position themselves in a world of development partnerships?
In this new development world order, where both corporations and donors are speaking the language of partnerships, how best can nonprofits positions themselves to generate added value?

Philanthropists and aid donors must join forces in these straitened times
Private donors cannot be expected to stump up cash without having a say – and the new global partnership must reflect this



Development Documents

Statistical Yearbook 2013 for Asia and Pacific Statistical Yearbook 2013 for Asia and Pacific

Think20 Papers 2014: Policy Recommendations For The Brisbane G20 Summit Think20 Papers 2014: Policy Recommendations For The Brisbane G20 Summit

2013 EU AidWatch Report 2013 EU AidWatch Report

Sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean Sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

G20 Communiqué commitments chart by InterAction G20 Communiqué commitments chart by InterAction

UN MDGs Special Event 25 September 2013: Outcome Document UN MDGs Special Event 25 September 2013: Outcome Document

Post-2015 Stakeholders Map Post-2015 Stakeholders Map

Post-2015 development goals process and timeline Post-2015 development goals process and timeline

Food Security in Asia and the Pacific Food Security in Asia and the Pacific

A Million Voices: The World We Want A Million Voices: The World We Want

Post-2015 Vision: Ideas for a new development  agenda Post-2015 Vision: Ideas for a new development agenda

World Happiness Report 2013 World Happiness Report 2013

A Summit of Substantial Success: Prospects for the G20’s St. Petersburg Summit A Summit of Substantial Success: Prospects for the G20’s St. Petersburg Summit

BRICS Monitor: Development Agencies in BRICS and Beyond – Experiences and Next Steps BRICS Monitor: Development Agencies in BRICS and Beyond – Experiences and Next Steps

What Do We Know About Multilateral Aid? What Do We Know About Multilateral Aid?

Saint Petersburg Accountability Report on G20 Development Commitments Saint Petersburg Accountability Report on G20 Development Commitments

Russia's G20 Summit: St Petersburg 2013 Russia's G20 Summit: St Petersburg 2013

Did you know…? Facts and figures  about the  European Union and the G20 Did you know…? Facts and figures about the European Union and the G20

G20 Monitor: Development and the G20 G20 Monitor: Development and the G20

A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards  the MDGs and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the MDGs and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015