Oxfam New Zealand has called for radical changes to the way the country engages with the Pacific and to tackle the region’s vulnerability.A new focus on building resilience offers real promise to allow the poorest women and men to thrive despite shocks, stresses, and uncertainty – but only if risk is more equally shared globally and across societies.
China has announced a major gathering of Pacific leaders, slated for November, with talk of USD$1 billion in soft loans being offered to island states at the meeting. This is China’s chance to host a dialogue with all the Pacific Island Forum nations in a similar way to Japan’s PALM meetings and demonstrates further courting of island states by China.
Poor infrastructure, poverty and taxation laws present significant challenges to New Zealand investors in Papua New Guinea. But a trade mission is this week looking at new opportunities. This delegation – a joint venture between the NZPNG Business Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise – will largely focus on infrastructure development.
Posted by CID sourced from All Voices on 20 May 2013
Besides the alarming loss of life in the Syrian civil war, with more than 70,000 lives being claimed so far, the resulting humanitarian crisis seems to be worsening. The United Nations reported Friday that the number of Syrian refugees had increased, reaching 1.5 million.
VSA’s latest case study into tourism development in Vanuatu has explored the impact of volunteers working with indigenous tourism operators throughout the country. This research has revealed the many challenges and successes of this work, highlighting lessons and reflections on the work of VSA volunteers and our partner organisations.
Posted by CID sourced form the International Civil Society Centre on 20 May 2013
The CEOs of some of the largest international NGOs have expressed concern over the future of the Post-2015 framework in an open letter to the UN Secretary General. The letter urges an ambitious agenda that doesn't give in to compromise on issues such as equality and environmental sustainability. The group have also laid out benchmarks against which the High Level Persons report due out at the end of the month will be judged by civil society.
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are high on the development agenda and they are increasingly being promoted as a way of closing the infrastructure financing gap in developed and developing countries alike. This article discusses some of the issues and risks that need to be fully considered when considering PPPs and what lessons can be learned from past experiences.
Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 20 May 2013
In this article Brendan Cox, director or policy and advocacy at Save the Children, comments on the role of the high-level panel established to steer the Post-2015 process and what approach should be taken when addressing inequality. He calls for a simple idea to be embodied within the development agenda - that of setting zero targets.
Posted by CID sourced from Centre on International Cooperation on 19 May 2013
During the January 2013 meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Liberia, CIC released an options brief by Senior Fellow David Steven on the role that global goals can play in a new development framework.