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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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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Finance ministries in the 21st century

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-03-25 00:00
​This conference will convene government officials, academics and international experts to discuss the role of finance ministries and how they can be made to work better in the 21st century.
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Finance Ministries in the 21st Century: Challenges, Institutions, and Capabilities

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-03-25 00:00
​This conference will convene government officials, academics and international experts to discuss the role of finance ministries and how they can be made to work better in the 21st century.
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Finance Ministries in the 21st Century: Challenges, Institutions, and Capabilities

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-03-25 00:00
​This conference will convene government officials, academics and international experts to discuss the role of finance ministries and how they can be made to work better in the 21st century.
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Business, finance and cities: climate action for Paris

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2015-03-20 00:00
​Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, leads this panel debate on how non-state actors are responding to the challenge of climate change. 
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Doing security and justice sector reform differently: what, why and how?

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-03-18 00:00
​There is an increasing recognition amongst the development industry of the need to ‘do development differently.' However, operationalising such ways of working are difficult. This seminar will look at how this new approach can be accommodated with existing donor programming structures and requirements. 
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Financial inclusion: promising avenues for South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-03-18 00:00
​This panel discussion reviews new research, programme implementation experience and policy guidance on financial inclusion. It is designed for specialists in the field, and people knowledgeable about financial services and/or poverty reduction – practitioners or policy makers.
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Syria crisis: how aid is changing

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-17 00:00
Join us for a launch of leading new research on how diaspora and local aid organisations are changing aid responses in Syria, and how different aid organisations can collaborate to best serve those continuing to live under fire in Syria’s conflict zones.
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Good Practice Review 9: Disaster Risk Reduction

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-17 00:00
​In the spirit of the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), the Humanitarian Practice Network will be hosting a side event in Sendai to introduce the upcoming revised edition of Good Practice Review (GPR) 9 on Disaster risk reduction: mitigation and preparedness in development and emergency programming.
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Incentives for investment: Co-benefits and a new business case for disaster risk management

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-17 00:00
​This WCDRR event aims to change the debate on how to incentivize greater investment in DRR through analysis of the wider co-benefits of DRR investments that occur independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. A lively panel session will draw on study findings by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), World Bank GFDRR and others.
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Financing the future: fresh perspectives on global development

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-17 00:00
How can international public finance meet the challenges of our new era? To set the stage for these debates, ODI and a global coalition of partners are hosting this conference in Accra, Ghana in March 2015.
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Measuring Disaster Resilience

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Sun, 2015-03-15 00:00
​This WCDRR side event provides an overview of the available tools for measuring resilience and outlines opportunities and challenges in their implementation to support the successful operationalization of the Post-2015 DRR framework.   It is intended for governments and non-governmental organisations that are attempting to measure the success of DRR/resilience programs and policies.

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The IGNITE stage at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Sat, 2015-03-14 00:00
​Our researchers have applied present on the IGNITE stage of the World Conference of Disaster Risk Reduction.
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Launch of the OECD DAC peer review of UK development cooperation

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-03-09 00:00
​Erik Solheim (Chair of the OECD DAC) and Mark Lowcock (Permanent Secretary for DFID) will discuss the latest peer review of UK development cooperation by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD published on 17 December 2014. The report provides an assessment of the UK development cooperation since the last review in 2010. This launch event will explore the strengths of the UK aid system and the areas where progress is required for the UK to remain an effective donor in the future.
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Putting employment at the centre of economic transformation

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-03-09 00:00
Join us for a half-day seminar that will present recent research on employment and development with a view to helping focus policy discussions in terms of how to better link these with policies to promote economic transformation. The seminar will present research from the Development Progress project, carried out in collaboration with ECDPM, and from ODI's Private Sector & Markets programme.
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Picking up the pieces? The 'protection gap' in CAR

ODI Environment and Climate Change - 19 hours 8 min ago
This HPG policy brief examines the conflict in the Central African Republic and looks at how international inaction facilitated a protection crisis for the civilian population.
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India and Israel: reinforcing the partnership

Eldis News - Tue, 2015-03-03 23:44

India and Israel share a unique partnership. It is both varied and comprehensive and is characterised by pragmatism and trust. It is transactional as well as strategic and has withstood the test of time and political transitions in both countries. The meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2014 underscored the bonhomie between the leadership of the two nations. The subsequent visit to Israel by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh in November 2014 clearly indicated the new Indian government's commitment towards the bilateral relationship.

This special report takes a closer look at some to intelligence sharing of the issues enumerated above with the objective of identifying areas where the relationship could be enhanced.

India and Israel are both powerful nations in their respective neighbourhoods and have considerable stake in ensuring their continued influence. Both the countries can therefore benefit from their bilateral engagements with China in view of its growing global economic influence. And while India, Israel and China each enjoy individual bilateral equations with the other two, given that both India and China are big markets for Israel and the India-China bilateral relationship seems to be growing steadily, possibilities of trilateral cooperation in the areas of defence, agriculture, water and energy can be explored.

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Nuclear security in India

Eldis News - Tue, 2015-03-03 23:28

India has for long been a victim of terrorism. It has suffered everything from left-wing extremism to separatist insurgency and state-sponsored cross-border terrorism. The Mumbai terror attack offers sufficient evidence of the inclination and capacity of terrorist groups to carry out commando-style attacks on key targets within Indian territory. With support from Rawalpindi, a terrorist attack on an Indian nuclear installation remains a clear and present danger.

Given the context, the study presents a comprehensive threat analysis of the nuclear security situation in India, the measures adopted by the Indian nuclear and security establishments in response, strengths and weaknesses and an overview of the best practices around the world in order to gauge India's nuclear security efforts. The study focuses on potential incidents involving the detonation of a nuclear explosive or use of weaponised nuclear devices, radiological dispersal devices (dirty bomb), and sabotage as well as insider threats to sensitive facilities.

The key findings of the study are:

  • India, like other nuclear powers, faces serious threats in the realm of nuclear security
  • threat perceptions among security agencies in various states in India present a mixed picture
  • cyber attacks may be as important a threat to India's nuclear facilities as a direct physical assault
  • on-site security and safety measures, including during the disposal of nuclear and radiological materials at the end of their life cycles, have been made more stringent
  • unlike other recent evaluations, we assess that India's nuclear security measures are comparable to best practices globally
  • one of the challenges facing India's agencies tasked with nuclear security will be their ability to respond quickly and effectively and in a coordinated manner during emergencies
  • as India attempts to integrate with the international nuclear community, cooperation, both with individual countries and international organisations, is a key aspect

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