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Making girls count: using data to ensure no girl is left behind

ODI - 17. April 2020 - 0:00
This event brings together leading voices in shaping the global political agenda for girls’ rights.
Kategorien: english

The digital safety net: citizens and technology in the age of Covid-19

ODI - 9. April 2020 - 0:00
This event explores the ways in which technology is being used to respond to Covid-19 crisis and how we can create stronger digital safety nets.
Kategorien: english

Towards universal health coverage: leaving no one behind

ODI - 8. April 2020 - 0:00
Exploring the constraints, enabling factors and strategies used in the roll-out of universal health coverage (UHC).
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Tackling a Double Burden of Malnutrition

SNRD Africa - 4. April 2020 - 13:02
Cambodia is facing a particularly challenging situation
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COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

UN ECOSOC - 3. April 2020 - 20:12
The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is so far having little impact on the global food supply chain, but that could change for the worse – and soon – if anxiety-driven panic by major food importers takes hold, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday.
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Let’s Cook!

SNRD Africa - 3. April 2020 - 16:22
Cooking demonstrations — a proven method to reach people in predominantly rural areas
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COVID-19 | A Conversation with Raj Panjabi

Devex - 3. April 2020 - 11:34
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Earmarking in the multilateral development system: many shades of grey

GDI Briefing - 3. April 2020 - 11:22

Earmarking financial contributions for specific geographic, thematic or other priorities has emerged as an important modality for funding multilateral development organisations. Earmarking has had positive consequences, such as the mobilisation of resources for multilateral organisations and new partnership modalities, including with non-state actors. Yet, there has been a rising concern about challenges relating to the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of multilateral development cooperation. Understanding and addressing these negative aspects has gained a new urgency. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the crisis of multilateralism make it imperative to tackle the downsides of earmarked funding and bring out its positive forces.

This study was commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Germany is a latecomer to earmarking – the government has begun only in recent years to make use of earmarked funds at a larger scale. The study analyses the most important instruments of earmarked funding, studies practices of selected donors that supply large shares of earmarked funding, and analyses practices and consequences of earmarked funding with regard to the UN Development System and multilateral development banks. The study concludes with recommendations to the German government on how to improve its earmarking practices.

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Curb your enthusiasm: Corona may slow down multilateral process, but must not derail global climate policy

GDI Briefing - 3. April 2020 - 10:44

The UK government together with UN climate officials announced that the UN climate change conference “COP26” that was set to convene in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2020, will be postponed into 2021 in response to the ongoing Corona crisis. Concomitantly, the UNFCCC has decided to reschedule its intermediary round of negotiations, which were set to convene in Bonn in early June, to 4-12 October 2020. This hardly comes as a surprise, yet poses an unprecedented challenge for the multilateral climate process, which stands at the doorstep of a new era even without “COVID-19.”

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Integrating ‘anticipatory action’ in disaster risk management

ODI - 3. April 2020 - 0:00
A briefing note on the integration of anticipatory action in disaster risk management.
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How tax officials in lower-income countries can respond to the coronavirus pandemic

ODI - 3. April 2020 - 0:00
This papers aims to contribute to more effective tax policy-making in LMICs, focusing here on the global coronavirus pandemic.
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Join the #WhiteCard and play for change

UNSDN - 2. April 2020 - 22:46

Today more than ever sport can inspire, give courage and hope for the future as it is a powerful tool to reinforce fraternity and cooperation. In the present crisis, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrated on April 6th, is a propitious day to send a strong message of global solidarity and reinforce our bonds with each other in an indissoluble way through sport. This year organize a digital initiative or participate in the #WhiteCard campaign on social media to be part of a global and digital solidarity movement.

Play your Peace and Raise your #WhiteCard

Sport can help to shape a better future. As a reference to the yellow and the red card in the sporting world, the #WhiteCard invites not to punish but to create positive real change. We are starting a movement around the symbol of the #WhiteCard as a sign of commitment to peace efforts worldwide and where small actions make a difference. Raise it. Join us. Share it.

For more information, please visit:

Source: Peace and Sport

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COVID-19 | A Conversation with Githinji Gitahi

Devex - 2. April 2020 - 22:04
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Massive Swarms of Desert Locusts Are Causing Crisis in East Africa

UN Dispatch - 2. April 2020 - 20:45

Desert locusts are eating their way through East Africa on a scale not seen in decades. These migratory pests travel from field to field destroying either crops meant for human consumption or grasslands on which herders graze their livestock. It is estimated that a swarm the size of one square kilometer can eat as much food in a day as 35,000 people.

Right now, Ethiopia and Somalia are experiencing its worst locust situation in 25 years. For parts of Kenya, the swarms are larger than they have been in the last 70 years. These massive swarms are threatening to plunge this vulnerable region deeper into crisis.

On the line with me to help explain the desert locust situation is Keith Cressman of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He has been studying desert locusts for decades — in fact, he is the senior desert locust forecasting officer at the UN FAO.  In our conversation, he explains why we are seeing this historic upsurge in desert locusts in East Africa, their impact on the lives and livelihoods of people in this region, and what can be done to control the swarms and mitigate their impact.

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How To Achieve Knowledge and Have People Retain It

SNRD Africa - 2. April 2020 - 19:51
Find the lessons learned from social behaviour change activities in Kenya
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Protected: How COVID-19 affects inequality in Africa

INCLUDE Platform - 2. April 2020 - 17:38

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FROM THE FIELD: Sunny days power a better life for displaced Nigerians

UN ECOSOC - 2. April 2020 - 16:36
Water boreholes powered by solar energy are helping to improve life for Nigerians displaced by conflict, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM). 
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Global responsibility

D+C - 2. April 2020 - 16:26
Coronavirus: health systems must serve all people, regardless of their income

Germany’s Federal Government has launched a € 122 billion rescue package to ease the burden on the self-employed, small businesses and mini-companies in the Corona crisis. Basic income support has also been promised. This is unique and unprecedented action.

Another intervention made fewer headlines. Almost at the same time as the debate was going on in the Bundestag, the UN announced it would provide $ 2 billion for a “global humanitarian response”. The  idea is to fight Covid-19 across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. That is less emergency funding than earmarked for Lower Saxony, a West German state.  

In view of the Covid-19 emergency, people are focusing on national perspectives. Europeans, however, must not lose sight of our responsibility for globalisation and its impacts. The pandemic is causing a global economic crisis which will deepen inequalities, reveal gaps in national health services and intensify other social and environmental problems. The poorer world regions must not be left to themselves.  

Depressingly, the international community did not heed the lessons of the West African Ebola outbreak 2014 to 2016. We should have. We would then be in a very different position today. Important lessons include that health systems need to be under public control (see Andreas Wulf in Focus section of D+C/E+Z e-Paper 2020/03). Everybody, regardless of income, must have access. Otherwise, epidemics spread fast.

During the West African Ebola outbreak, some 20,000 people were infected. Almost half of them died. The virus found perfect conditions for spreading in the three countries concerned. The health systems of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone still are among the world’s weakest. Due to the epidemic, general health care deteriorated. The number of malaria deaths doubled, maternal mortality went up again and new cases of measles infection increased.

For a long time, the world looked on and did nothing. The quarantine policy that followed was so radical that exports of the three countries slowed down dramatically. People continued to suffer the consequences long after the epidemic was over (see Shecku Mansaray in Focus section of D+C/E+Z e-Paper 2020/03).

At first, communities at the grassroot level and their leaders were not involved in the Ebola response. Accordingly, health workers in white protective clothing met massive mistrust. Life-saving information campaigns only became effective once all relevant social forces were systematically involved. In the Ebola crisis, the people of West Africa physically experienced both the absence of their respective nation states and the failure of the international community. The societies concerned lacked the health and education infrastructure they desperately needed. Thousands paid the price with their lives. To some extent, natural resources, including bauxite, coltan, cobalt and many more, were still exported to the global north, but that did not result in any funding for building infrastructure for social services.  

A vaccine against Ebola was developed and proved helpful. Once the virus was contained, however, attention shifted away from how important good health systems with universal access are. Today, Sierra Leone, a country with at least 7 million people, still has fewer doctors than Frankfurt’s University Hospital. Frankfurt has about 700,000 inhabitants and several other hospitals plus many clinics and general practitioners.

The next outbreak of Ebola, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018, got hardly any international attention. It was not perceived to be a global threat.

For years, the World Bank has been urging countries in the global south to seek private finance to tackle health issues and create emergency programmes based on credit. The problem is that profit-driven health care cannot create the conditions nations need to rise to current and future challenges. The truth is that privatisation has led to devastating underfunding of health care around the globe.

Humanity needs a better approach. Immediate debt relief is needed for the poorest countries. Moreover, international funding mechanism must make good health care feasible around the world. Otherwise, even the most obvious lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic will be forgotten fast once it is over – and the world would sleep-walk into the next disaster.

Anne Jung is a health expert with the aid and human rights organisation medico international.

Kategorien: english

How Are Different Countries Handling COVID-19? | A Comparison of Political Systems

UN Dispatch - 2. April 2020 - 16:08

The world is approaching the one million mark of reported cases of COVID-19.

Nearly every country on earth has now reported cases of COVID-19, but the impact of the new coronavirus is not evenly distributed. Some countries are harder hit than others, and among the countries with very high caseloads, there is a big variation in how well governments are responding. Why is it that some countries are responding better than others?

What Political Science Can Teach Us About How Countries Are Handling COVID-19

A branch of political science called comparative politics, can be a useful tool for understanding why some countries are dealing with the outbreak better than others. This is a field of study that examines how the internal political characteristics of a country explain the way a state behaves.

My guest today, Sofia Fenner is an assistant professor of political science at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and she specializes in comparative politics. Recently, Sofia Fenner wrote an article on an academic blog, Duck of Minerva, that explains how certain characteristics of a state determine how well it will respond to the coronavirus crisis. This includes the question of whether or not authoritarian dictatorships are dealing with this crisis better than liberal democracies– a question she addresses very directly in this conversation.

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Kategorien: english – Sustainably Competitive Kicks-Off on 2 July 2020

SCP-Centre - 2. April 2020 - 15:49

How can Small and Medium-Sized enterprises (SMEs) strengthen their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and exercise responsible leadership after the crisis? What leverages can digitalisation offer with respect to this? Moreover, how can SMEs successfully adapt sustainability as part of their digital responsibility strategy? The first-ever Centre for Digital Responsibility in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), which goes by the name aims to answer these questions collaboratively with economic, social and civic actors in the state. – Sustainably Competitive is a collaboration between the CSCP and its networking partners, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce North Rhine-Westphalia and Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. The new centre will link partners from sectors such as business, science, start-ups, civil society as well as chambers and associations. It aims to inform businesses and support them to jointly develop solutions for entrepreneurial challenges in the age of digitalisation, sustainability, and lately under changed circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus lies on the purpose of digitalisation and includes areas such as corporate culture, circular economy, digital leadership, responsibility in the supply chain as well as aspects of social entrepreneurship. During the course of the project, the CSCP and its partners will peak into the challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence and ask questions about ethical boundaries of digital optimisation. The project will also look for concrete examples of SMEs in NRW that have already found ways to combine digital advancements with proactive steps towards a more sustainable business, be it with regard to climate neutrality, product innovation or employee engagement.

Economics and Digital Affairs Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart stated, “We are consistently continuing along the path we have embarked on with the topic of responsible corporate management in digital times. Digitalisation must be at the service of the people. I am pleased we are now bundling various aspects of digitalisation in connection with economic responsibility in a state-wide centre, offering companies a contact point in North Rhine-Westphalia and thus assuming a genuine pioneering role.’’

In order to serve its purpose of delivering orientation to SMEs in the complex fields of sustainability and digitalisation, provides vital insights by offering workshops, co-working with interested organisations in NRW as well as a newly developed Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), that will be hosted by the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. – Sustainably Competitive is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of NRW via the EFRE fund.

For further information, please contact Patrick Bottermann

Der Beitrag – Sustainably Competitive Kicks-Off on 2 July 2020 erschien zuerst auf CSCP gGmbH.

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