The frameworks to be agreed in 2015 must work together to this end. But how can climate and poverty agendas be best connected?
The 2014 CAPE conference: Does money matter? The role of finance in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
Will money matter for the future of development? When much of the wider discourse is focused on how to raise more money, the 2014 CAPE conference will ask what sort of difference that money can make in practice.
Do aid workers risk violating counter-terrorism laws to reach people who need humanitarian support? Join us for the launch of the Network Paper 79, Counter-terrorism laws and regulations: what aid agencies need to know, to discuss the challenges that counter-terrorist legislation poses for the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Olaf Unteroberdoerster, Deputy Chief, Low Income Countries Division, in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department and Marialuz Moreno Badia, Deputy Division Chief at the Fiscal Affairs Department present the 2014 report 'Macroeconomic Developments in Low-Income Developing Countries'.
CALL FOR PANELS: Commission on Legal Pluralism Mumbai Conference 2015 The conference organizers invite scholars and practitioners to present work at the 2015 Conference. Deadline: November 30th, 2014.
FELLOWSHIP: Integrative Conservation doctoral program: The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Fall 2015 for our Integrative Conservation (ICON) doctoral program. Funded assistantships are available to outstanding students.
WINNIPEG & BEIJING—October 23, 2014—The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Chao Lake Management Administration (CLMA) are pleased to announce that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the sustainable development of Chao Lake to improve it and its basin’s health.
IISD and CLMA will combine their respective expertise in scientific research and policy analysis to develop a plan of water remediation for one of the world’s most endangered lakes. Points of collaboration will include research to determine causes of lake pollution, identifying biological lake remediation and water pollution technologies suitable for the lake, and capacity-building.
“This agreement reinforces the already strong link between Manitoba and Anhui, China,” said Greg Selinger, premier of Manitoba. “It builds on the memorandum of understanding that our province signed with Anhui in 2012 to...
Hardly a speech is delivered in South Asia without mention of the need to fight corruption in the region. Yet despite the lofty promises, corruption is on the rise. This report shows how a serious lack of political will on the part of governments to make laws work, means that government action to fight corruption is largely ineffective.
The report draws on the findings of in-depth research on anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which analysed almost 70 institutions across the six countries. While none of the institutions assessed were found to be free from corruption risks, this report focuses in particular on the judiciary and anti-corruption agencies as critical actors in the fight against corruption. It highlights common challenges in the region and presents the governments of South Asia with a clear set of urgent priorities which need to be addressed in order to translate their anti-corruption rhetoric into concrete action.
The key findings of the report are:
- Citizens find themselves unable to access key information on how their governments are performing in order to hold them to account.
- The lack of meaningful protection for whistleblowers means that the chances of detecting wrongdoing by those in positions of power are slim.
- Widespread political interference in the critical work of anti-corruption agencies and the judiciary makes them ineffective in keeping a check on government.
This situation presents serious challenges for the rule of law in the region. Some laws are inconsistent with international standards, while others are not equally enforced and independently adjudicated. As a result, corruption and other crimes are not effectively and impartially investigated or punished. This creates an atmosphere where the corrupt continue to get away with abusing their positions for their own personal gain at the public’s expense.
Nevertheless, there have been some positive developments in the fight against corruption over the last 10 years. Most significantly, all six countries in this study have ratified the UN Convention against Corruption. However, there is still a long way to go to turn these commitments into meaningful action. The analysis presented here suggests a worrying reluctance on the part of the governments concerned to enable citizens to help shape the decisions that affect their daily lives.
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30 years on from Michael Buerk’s landmark report of the famine in Ethiopia, is media reporting from today’s wars and famines having the same effect on people? Join us at the Frontline Club as we examine the current state of disaster reporting and how humanitarian agencies can work with the media to raise awareness and much-needed funds.
On 23 October 1984, the BBC aired a landmark report on the famine in Ethiopia. Describing the crisis as a ‘biblical famine’, the report galvanised the public, spurred the UK government into action and prompted the creation of the infamous Live Aid concert. Join us at The Frontline Club as we examine the current state of conflict and disaster reporting and how humanitarian agencies can work with the media to raise awareness and much-needed funds.
Reform of Fossil-fuel Subsidies—Nordic Cooperation on fossil-fuel subsidy reform in developing countries: Assessing options and opportunities
This report, produced by IISD-GSI provides input to the Nordic Council of Ministers by identifying options and opportunities for increased Nordic cooperation on the phasing out of fossil-fuel subsidies in developing countries. The research explores existing Nordic cooperation efforts in the fields of energy,...
Previous findings from IWMI’s research conducted in Madhubani, Bihar, India, and in Dhanusha and Morang of the Nepal Terai (Madhesh) were taken to substantiate previous literature on the region by showing how men and women are differentially affected by climate change. However, the studies outlined in this policy brief, show how gendered vulnerability stems from a diverse set of climatic and non-climatic causes, and is not always direct, and policy responses should be tailored accordingly. Patterns of agrarian stress and the resultant vulnerabilities are determined by a range of historically specific political, economic and social processes as well as climate stress. Migration, which is in part a response to climate stress, creates new forms of vulnerability, not only for migrants but also for those left behind—who are often women. It is also argued that it is crucial to explore how gendered vulnerability to climate change is intricately connected to other axes of inequality – namely class and caste.
Are trees buffering ecosystems and livelihoods in agricultural landscapes of the Lower Mekong Basin? Consequences for climate-change adaptation
This working paper analyses 1) the impacts of continuing land-use and climate changes in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) region; and 2) the potential role of increased use of trees in agricultural landscapes to reduce the negative impact of land-use changes. The study is taken to confirm that natural resources and ecosystem services – particularly water, soil and biodiversity – are degrading in the LMB. However, it is argued that trees outside forests, including agroforests, can help buffer both ecosystems and local livelihoods in agricultural landscapes, thereby enhancing their resilience. It is argued that combining local knowledge and scientific knowledge in selecting optimal combinations and spatial arrangements of suitable trees and agroforestry practices is necessary in order to maximize synergies and reduce trade-offs among different ecosystem services, between ecosystem benefits and economic benefits, and between climate-change adaptation and mitigation purposes. Policy recommendations and ideas for further research are given.
How can we best allocate aid resources? What role do other financial flows have to play in development? This blog series takes a look at issues around resource mobilisation for sustainable development in the run up to the launch of the OECD's 2014 Development Cooperation Report at the Overseas Development Institute on 9th October.