Designing the Development Agency of the future

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-04-27 00:00
​A two day conference for senior directors of development ministries and agencies and other high-level experts to discuss the implications of a changing development agenda, the features that make an agency efficient, and lessons from how agencies are evolving.
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Cartagena Data Festival

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:00
​The world may be awash with more data than ever, but this is not yet always well used to solve global problems like tackling poverty or building more sustainable futures.  There’s a growing divide between those who have information and those who don’t, and between those who are counted and those who are not.  We cannot hope to eliminate poverty and bring about lasting improvements in peoples’ lives without more data on people’s lives, without investing in data access and literacy, and without ensuring that the data that we have is used more directly in policy-making processes.

What we need is a ‘data revolution’ – a fundamental change in the depth and use of knowledge about the most marginalised people in the world, and in their ability to use this knowledge to affect transformative change. The Cartagena Data Festival will bring together the people and organisations best equipped to make this happen.

What additional data is needed? How can this be collected? How are data used to make policy? How can people use data to hold governments to account? How can more and better data help to produce long-term, sustainable progress?

This three-day event, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alongside other partners, will gather together policy makers, civil society organisations, technical innovators, academics and data activists to discuss and debate these questions. The festival takes place in the year before new global sustainable development goals take effect. There is no better time to start shaping innovations and building the relationships to implement and monitor these new goals – with better data at the heart.

Event details

The festival is hosted by ODI in conjunction with UNDP, UNFPA, CEPEI, PARIS21 and Data-Pop Alliance with the aim of providing an interactive information exchange for those who produce, analyse and use data. Up to 300 participants from across the globe will meet in Cartagena, Colombia, to come up with concrete solutions and practical tools.

The event will engage a variety of audiences, and different tracks focused on: accountability and citizen engagement, big data and new technologies, communicating and visualising data, emerging areas of measurement, official and national statistics and a technical data dive. These will run in parallel during the festival, with specialised partner organisations invited to develop the programmes for each track. View the agenda to see more and for information about how to get involved.

For more information visit the Development Progress website.

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Report launch: financing for development

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-04-13 00:00
​As UN Member States gather for the second drafting session of the Financing for Development outcome document, ODI launches a major new report on Financing for Development.
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Labour and livelihoods in urban humanitarian response

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-04-08 00:00

ALNAP’s next urban webinar focuses on labour and livelihoods in urban response and specifically on the ILO’s experiences in recent urban humanitarian crises.

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Doing development differently: can it be managed?

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-04-02 00:00
​​There are renewed calls for development support to radically change in 2015. While some progress has been made, this is highly uneven and does not yet deliver long-term sustainable gains for many. There are particular gaps in how public sectors work, and how systems and institutions function – and external efforts to support these reforms often struggle. This workshop explore what more can be done to support changed approaches.
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HPG Integrated Programme 2015-17: a new global humanitarianism

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-31 00:00
The twelfth Integrated Programme (IP) of work proposed for funding by the Humanitarian Policy Group will look at a new global humanitarianism, with specific reflection on the global humanitarian architecture, humanitarian access, state-owned humanitarian action and livelihoods in protracted crises.
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Improving the odds for progress in Nigeria

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2015-03-27 00:00
This policy brief examines the experience of two public sector reform programmes which have made tangible advances in Nigeria - despite challenging political and socio-economic conditions – by utilising innovative working methods.
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IUFRO Spotlight #29 – Supersites for Superior Forest Science

IUFRO News - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:03

And how can we best learn how to mitigate the related hazards and capitalize on the related opportunities?

To learn more about what these Supersites are and how they function, check out the paper posted at:  There you will also find a link to the related publication: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges, a cooperative publication of IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 and the EU-funded COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action FP0903 MAFor (Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment), suggests a network of Supersites to achieve those aims. And, read our latest Spotlight entitled "Supersites for Superior Forest Science" at:
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Dying rain trees back in bloom with folk remedy

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00
Senior citizens from Santacruz's H-West Ward Federation were recently thrilled to see flowers back on at least two rain trees in their locality . By December, these trees had completely lost their green
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China bans commercial logging in NE forests

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00
BEIJING - Commercial logging will be forbidden in key state forests in Northeast China on April 1, said China's forestry watchdog Thursday. The State Forestry Administration (SFA) said commercial logging
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Kenya: Study- Kenya Loses 5.6 Million Trees Daily

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00
Eighty four-year-old Kalekye Kyundua has depended on firewood for domestic use in her lifetime. Having known no other cheap source of energy, Kyundua and her extended family have watched tree cover
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Africa: New Online Platform Tracks Corporate Actions in Tropical Forests

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00
A group of large companies, mainly in the food sector, have promised to reduce their role in the destruction of the world's forests, and a new online portal launched on Wednesday aims to hold them to their
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Forest rights must be settled in urban areas

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00
Tribals opposed to the formation of Rourkela into a municipal corporation have got a shot in the arm as the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs informed the the Odisha Government of the requirement of mandatory
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New China-led development bank gains support, despite US pressure

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-03-26 00:00
'Not reforming the existing Bretton Woods institutions to accommodate the reality of the 21st century has only encouraged China to set up parallel systems from scratch.'
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South Asia running out of groundwater

ICIMOD - Wed, 2015-03-25 18:15
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IUFRO News Vol. 44, Issue 3, March 2015

IUFRO News - Wed, 2015-03-25 13:13

With a focus on climate change, this year's International Day of Forests aimed to highlight how sustaining healthy forests and tackling climate change go hand in hand. A related UN press release published statements by UN officials and forest experts, including IUFRO President Mike Wingfield. He said the many uncertainties associated with climate change require a robust understanding of appropriate forest strategies. "Global collaboration in forest research plays a key role in improving knowledge that will underpin effective measures for adaptation and mitigation."

This issue also includes a call for papers by the IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE) on the theme "Shifting global development discourses: Implications for forests and livelihoods" to be published in a special issue of International Forestry Review.

The case study on "Potentials to Mitigate Climate Change Using Biochar: Turkey’s Perspective" has been added to IUFRO Occasional Paper 27. Furthermore, all IUFRO Research Letters have now been compiled in a new IUFRO Occasional Paper 28. To read the full text please choose among the PDF and Word options:

IUFRO News 3, 2015 (PDF)
IUFRO News 3, 2015 (Word document)

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