Oxfam America's message to a hearing by the Subcommittee on Energy and Power in the US could well be translated to other developed countries. It stated the real question for the committee is whether the United States should be incentivising developing countries to meet their energy needs through fossil fuel extraction or supporting pro-poor renewable energy technologies.
Posted by CID sourced from OECD Insights on 4 March 2014
In this piece Jon Lomøy sets down some of the characteristics of the changing world in which aid now operates and looks at how aid can best meet the needs of developing countries in this ever-changing landscape.
Posted by CID sourced from Devpolicy Blog on 4 March 2014
Public health goods and services are increasingly provided at the global and regional level, in recognition of health problems transcending national boundaries. According to Farley Cleghorn and Catherine Barker, The Pacific can benefit from the increased provision of regional public health goods, as Pacific nations face similar health problems and inefficiencies due to limited economies of scale.
Posted by CID sourced from the World Economic Forum on 3 March 2014
Today, 1.2 billion people live on less than US$ 1.25 a day and more than 70% of them live in middle-income countries. This astonishing figure demonstrates that in many countries a lot of people have not yet benefited from their country’s stronger economic performance. If these countries succeeded in distributing income more evenly and grew in a more inclusive way, we would take a huge step towards zero on extreme poverty.
The European Union (EU) with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) have signed a financing agreement for Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) programme worth FJ$90.8m. The ACSE programme will help the 15 Pacific countries to address three main challenges common to all of them: adapting to climate change, reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, and capacity building.
Posted by CID sourced from The Conversation on 3 March 2014
When the who’s who of business and world leaders met at last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos a different industrial model was on the agenda: the circular economy. It’s a term the average person may not have come across yet, but the idea has gained sufficient traction in business, political and environmental circles to be the subject of a report released at the Forum’s influential annual meeting and to be the focus of an initiative supported by leading companies to encourage business to embrace its principles.
Per capita vegetable production in Asia and the Pacific has increased some 25 percent over the last decade. Yet, while Asian countries produce more than three-quarters of the world’s vegetables, they and other producers worldwide will need to dramatically increase their vegetable production by 47 percent to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population that would exceed nine billion by 2050, FAO warned.
Posted by CID sourced from SciDev.Net on 3 March 2014
An organisation that uses surplus energy from mobile phone masts to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas was named as the Best Mobile Health Product or Service at the Global Mobile Awards on 25 February. Judges called the idea “simple, extraordinarily clever and truly innovative”.
Posted by CID sourced from ODI on 28 February 2014
It isn't easy to deliver climate change aid projects in areas affected by conflict - and getting it wrong can mean doing more harm than good. Simon Levine and Katie Peters from ODI list ten climate change mistakes to avoid.
Posted by CID sourced from IFAD on 26 February 2014
As we move forward in the SDG debate, it is essential to ensure that the sufficient attention is paid specifically to rural women. This piece outlines the three objectives of the IFAD policy on gender equality and women’s empowerment provide a useful framework for identifying indicators relevant to the livelihoods of rural women.