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CSR.digital Sustainably Competitive Launches on 2 July 2020

SCP-Centre - 18. Juni 2020 - 13:11

The kick-off event will take place online with an exciting agenda including speakers from NRW-based Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), the NRW Minister for Economy and Digitalisation NRW, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart as well as digitalisation and sustainability experts.

CSR.digital, the first ever Centre for Digital Responsibility in North-Rhein Westphalia (NRW), aims to serve as a hub for addressing important digitalisation aspects within the SME sector in the state. In particular, the project will focus in supporting SMEs to successfully adapt sustainability as part of their digital responsibility strategy and leverage digitalisation to stregthen their resilience. The centre aims to do so in close collaboration with economic, social and civic actors in NRW.

During the kick-off event, a detailed description of the aims and scope of the project will be presented and planned activities will be shared and discussed with SME representatives as well as other relevant organisations.

An interview with the NRW Minister of Economic Affairs Prof.Dr. Pinkwart concerning the role of sustainability and digitalisation and how it impacts SMEs, particularly in crises times, is also planned.

Moreover, the project team is happy to host a very diverse and interesting panel of speakers and topics:

  • Roland Schüren, a regional bakery chain owner, will open the discussion round and share insights on the role of innovation, digital tools and e-logistics for his and other companies
  • Myriam Jahn, CEO at the Internet of Things (IOT) company ‘Q-loud’ will bring this popular topic closer to the project audience and point out how their product can create added value for the industry
  • Saskia Dörr, expert on Corporate Digital Responsibility will share insights on the theoretical background and specific application cases for SMEs
  • Stephan Grabmaier, expert in the field of New Work will discuss the relevance of this concept and its evolvement during the Covid-19 crisis

The panel will also respond to questions from the audience and the discussion feedback will be channelled in the project’s upcoming work.

If this sounds interesting and you would like to be part of the CSR.digital kick-off event, please register here.

The project CSR.digital – Sustainably Competitive is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of NRW via the EFRE fund.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger

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Information and communication technology in the lives of forcibly displaced persons in Kenya

GDI Briefing - 18. Juni 2020 - 10:46

This report examines how forcibly displaced persons use information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Kenya. Focusing on the role and potential of ICT with regard to mobility and inclusion, this paper studies the needs of forcibly displaced persons and seeks to understand how technology could help to meet these needs. The study identifies success factors concerning the deployment of ICT services, which potentially support the lives of forcibly displaced persons. Based on this analysis, we formulate policy recommendations for organisations who want to deploy ICT services for forcibly displaced persons in Kenya. Since living conditions and access to technology differ in urban, rural and camp environments, the research was conducted in Nairobi, the Tana Delta County and Kakuma Refugee Camp. Our results are based on data collected through a mixed-method approach. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 90 forcibly displaced persons in Nairobi, Kakuma Refugee Camp and the Tana Delta County. Twenty-four organisations providing ICT services in Kenya were interviewed to provide a practitioners’ perspective. The creation of the interview guides and the codebook for the analysis were developed based on the e-governance framework developed by Verdegem and Verleye, who have identified important conditions for a successful uptake of ICT services, namely awareness, perception, access and usability.
Primary policy and practice recommendations include:
- Organisations should avoid doing with ICTs what is already efficiently done in-person. For example, in Kakuma people just walk to the clinics, and are happy to do so. There is not a need for a digital health information solution in this instance – this frees up organizations to focus on using ICTs to solve problems that cannot be effectively solved in-person. These findings indicate critically thinking about ‘digital by default’ strategies.
- For things like health information and education, organizations can take advantage of existing networks that communities have established on platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook. The main advantage that NGOs and refugee organizations can bring in this case is helping make sure information is valid, and helping community organizations prevent rumours from spreading. Indeed, a major risk with health information in particular is that anyone can say anything on a social network, so helping communities validate information is critical.
- We learned through the interviews that refugees’ awareness of different organizations’ online tools was limited. Generating a user base starts with awareness-raising strategies, which appear to be successful through personal contacts. Going directly to a village or to a certain community, and to work with community-based organisations and community leaders as ambassadors, appear to be the best option to reach out to the respective target group.

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What the EU should do for democracy support in Africa: ten proposals for a new strategic initiative in times of polarisation

GDI Briefing - 18. Juni 2020 - 9:42

The EU has made democracy support a stronger aspect in its relations with African countries since 2002. However, a broad range of political and economic dynamics within as well as outside of Europe challenge democracy and its supporters: the rise of non-democratic countries such as China, challenges to democracy within the EU, and global autocratization trends, which include African countries. While posing new challenges the EU needs to react to, these trends also reinforce the importance of continued support and protection of democracy abroad. In light of this changed context, the EU will need to fundamentally adjust its strategic approach and instruments towards democracy support in Africa. Against this background, this paper discusses reasons for the EU to continue and even strengthen its democracy support in Africa: societal demands in Africa and regional democracy norms; the relationship between democracy and sustainable development as well as the new geostrategic competition. The paper analyses how the EU’s support for democracy and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa has developed over the last decades in terms of its understanding of democracy support as well as its substance. The paper concludes by making ten proposals for reforming the EU’s democracy support in Africa. The reform proposals relate to a new narrative and more strategic approach to democracy support in light of the changed geopolitical setting, to addressing megatrends more explicitly through democracy support or to reforming the EU’s institutional prerequisites.

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Training amid the coronavirus pandemic – from a film studio to e-learning

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 HH:mm:ss
Across the globe, COVID-19 has forced schools to close and created challenges for education systems. But new forms of learning are allowing trainees in Armenia and Serbia to stay on course.
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Masks for Darfur: co-production in Sudan to tackle the pandemic

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 HH:mm:ss
In structurally weak regions, like Darfur in western Sudan, COVID-19 is a threat to the already struggling economy. Local craftspeople are now receiving support from the capital.
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Ghana: new jobs and better wages thanks to fair clothing

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Wed, 19 Feb 2020 HH:mm:ss
The textile industry is becoming increasingly important to Ghana. With the support of international companies, businesses are increasing production while promoting fair working conditions.
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Qalamoun in colour: neighbourhood rehabilitation in Tripoli

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 HH:mm:ss
In Lebanon, locals and Syrian refugees live together in difficult circumstances. They are settling together in their neighbourhood and are reducing mutual prejudices.
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Job creation, health care and public involvement in decision-making

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 HH:mm:ss
Delivering rapid and tangible improvements in Libya while paving the way for long-term stabilisation.
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International Green Week 2020: Climate-friendly solutions for sustainable development

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 HH:mm:ss
Under the motto ‘Sustainability connects us all worldwide’, GIZ will be showcasing projects for sustainable growth in Berlin that are good for people and kind to the environment.
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Providing skilled support – as a refugee expert in Pakistan

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 HH:mm:ss
International cooperation offers a wide range of employment opportunities. Judit Demjén has been working as a refugee expert in Islamabad since 2018.
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Helping the climate: joining forces for sustainable rice

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 HH:mm:ss
Joining forces can stem climate change in agriculture. An alliance for sustainable rice shows how this can work – and farmers benefit too.
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Creating arable land behind weirs in Ethiopia

GIZ Germany - 18. Juni 2020 - 7:22
: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 HH:mm:ss
Climate change, droughts and floods make arable farming virtually impossible in the Ethiopian lowlands. Weirs are used to collect the precious water and store it in the soil.
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Rabia Nasimi: the impact of Covid-19 on refugees

ODI - 18. Juni 2020 - 0:00
Rabia Nasimi, Strategic Development Manager at Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, explains some of the challenges refugees face during lockdown.
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The UK’s Covid-19 response can become a defining moment for changing our approach to refugees

ODI - 18. Juni 2020 - 0:00
Refugees in the UK are at a heightened risk from Covid-19 due to pre-existing inequities but the virus is also great opportunity to reset refugee policy,
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Grand Bargain annual independent report 2020

ODI - 18. Juni 2020 - 0:00
Four years in, is the Grand Bargain achieving system-wide change in the international humanitarian aid sector?
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Combating COVID-19: Data everywhere but not the kind we need

OECD - 17. Juni 2020 - 16:38
By Julia Schmidt, Policy Analyst, Archita Misra, Policy Analyst and Johannes Jütting, Executive Head, Partnership in Development for the 21st Century (PARIS21) This blog is part of a series on tackling COVID-19 in developing countries. Visit the OECD dedicated page to access the OECD’s data, analysis and recommendations on the health, economic, financial and societal impacts of COVID-19 worldwide. Earlier … Continue reading Combating COVID-19: Data everywhere but not the kind we need
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Steuergerechtigkeit, Coronakrise und der globale Süden

Global Policy Forum - 17. Juni 2020 - 14:55

Die wirtschaftlichen Folgen der Corona-Krise treffen Entwicklungsländer mit voller Wucht, gleichzeitig stehen weniger Ressourcen für ausgleichende Maßnahmen zur Verfügung.

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