Development & Climate days

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Sat, 2014-12-06 00:00
​For the first time in history, an opportunity exists to integrate global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty, setting the world on a path to achieve zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions within a generation.

The frameworks to be agreed in 2015 must work together to this end. But how can climate and poverty agendas be best connected?

Join us at COP20 in Lima for two days of innovative approaches and incisive dialogue, focused on bringing zero-zero within reach.

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Groundwater, poverty and development

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2014-11-28 00:00
This one-day meeting, jointly convened by the UPGro Knowledge Broker Team and ODI’s Water Policy Programme, will showcase current research and practice concerning groundwater and its role in poverty alleviation and development.  The meeting will highlight research needs and identify good practices.
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Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-11-20 00:00
​Based on a report recently published by the European Think Tanks Group, 'Our Collective Interest: Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action', the purpose of the meeting is to explore, review and establish expectations of the new EU leadership team and to debate the priorities for EU development cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
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The 2014 CAPE conference: Does money matter? The role of finance in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2014-11-12 00:00

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.

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Counter-terrorism laws: what aid agencies need to know

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-11-06 00:00

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. 

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Blinded by humanity - book launch

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2014-11-04 00:00
​This event will launch Blinded by Humanity, a new memoir by Martin Barber, that reflects on his extensive career working on issues ranging from de-mining, refugee response and coordinating humanitarian aid. by Martin Barber, that reflects on his extensive career working on issues ranging from de-mining, refugee response and coordinating humanitarian aid.
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Macroeconomic developments in the world's poorest countries

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2014-10-28 00:00

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'.

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How poverty-focused is Swedish aid?

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2014-10-27 00:00
​The overall objective of Swedish development aid is poverty alleviation. In spite of this, many interventions are either less relevant for poverty reduction or outright inefficient. What is then the poverty profile of Swedish aid programmes in its partner countries?
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Leave no-one behind: tackling inequalities through social justice post-2015

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2014-10-27 00:00
The launch of the Intersecting Inequalities Report is an opportunity to discuss the practical changes in politics and policies that need to be realised for no-one to be left behind and ensuring that all SDGs are indeed achieved for all relevant and social groups.
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IISD and CLMA sign partnership agreement to improve health of China’s Chao Lake

IISD - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:17

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...
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Fighting corruption in South Asia: building accountability

Eldis News - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:39

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:

  1. Citizens find themselves unable to access key information on how their governments are performing in order to hold them to account.
  2. The lack of meaningful protection for whistleblowers means that the chances of detecting wrongdoing by those in positions of power are slim.
  3. 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.

[Summary taken from author]

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Conflict and disaster reporting: does the public still care?

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-10-23 00:00

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.

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Conflict and disaster reporting: Does the public still care?

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-10-23 00:00

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.

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Reform of Fossil-fuel Subsidies—Nordic Cooperation on fossil-fuel subsidy reform in developing countries: Assessing options and opportunities

IISD - Wed, 2014-10-22 20:21
Fossil-fuel subsidies matter. They matter for sustainable development; they matter for government budgets; they matter for the poor who benefit very little; they matter for women and accessing daily necessities such as heating, lighting, cooking and transport; and they matter for the environment in that they work in the opposite direction of a low-carbon future, impede renewable take-off, stifle energy efficiency and dwarf climate finance.  Global pre-tax subsidies amounted to US$480 billion in 2011, whilst post-tax subsidies reached US$1.9 trillion. Reforming and redirecting subsidies will be an important piece of the jigsaw if we are to solve the climate change puzzle.

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,...
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Women’s vulnerability to climatic and non-climatic change in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

Eldis News - Wed, 2014-10-22 11:11

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.

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Are trees buffering ecosystems and livelihoods in agricultural landscapes of the Lower Mekong Basin? Consequences for climate-change adaptation

Eldis News - Wed, 2014-10-22 11:03

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.

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UN BURKINA FASO « PLUS VERT » : Techniques agricoles et amélioration des moyens de subsistance

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2014-10-22 00:00
Cette étude de cas décrit les facteurs qui ont permis à 200.000-300.000 hectares (ha) de terres dégradées au Burkina Faso pour être mis en usage productif grâce à l'application des techniques agricoles améliorées.
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Mobilising resources for sustainable development

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2014-10-22 00:00

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.

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Doing development differently

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2014-10-22 00:00
​ODI is collaborating with Matt Andrews at the Harvard Kennedy School to host a series of events on 'doing development differently.' These aim to showcase practical experience on new strategies for designing, implementing and evaluating development programmes in more innovate ways. This event is the first in this series, and will be held in Harvard. 
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