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Development aid: Who is best?

Development aid: Who is best? | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Norway just got a gold medal for development aid, ranked as the best donor country by the donors’ own reporting body called Organisation for Cooperation and Development (OECD), currently with 34 industrialised countries as members, well, itself with a checkered background as for approval by the developing countries.

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Sweden: "More action and less talk" in development aid

Sweden: "More action and less talk" in development aid | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

There should be less talk and more action in the Swedish development aid. This said Minister Gunilla Carlsson. She also said that Sweden will no longer give development aid directly to the state budget of the recipient countries.

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‘What works’? Systematic reviews in international development research and policy

‘What works’? Systematic reviews in international development research and policy | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Although well established in the natural sciences, systematic reviews are relatively new to the world of international development research. But they are being increasingly promoted by the likes of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and AusAID as an important step in strengthening evidence-informed policy-making amongst aid agencies.

 

However, a new briefing paper by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) suggests that systematic reviews may not be all they’re cracked up to be. Drawing on researchers’ shared experiences of conducting eight systematic reviews into the impacts of a range of development interventions – from cash transfers to school feeding – the paper identifies a number of ways in which this approach may become problematic, suggesting that their use within international development research demands more careful consideration than has perhaps so far been the case...

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New Soil Carbon Methodology Approved - WorldBank

New Soil Carbon Methodology Approved - WorldBank | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

A new methodology to encourage smallholder farmers in Kenya – and potentially worldwide -- to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change, and earn carbon credits, has been given international approval.

The Verified Carbon Standard approved this first methodology on soil carbon, a new approach for sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices.

Photo: World Agroforestry Centre


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Korea to provide US$200mln to support development projects in Peru

The government of the Republic of Korea aims to provide Peru with some 200 million dollars to support the execution of development projects, reported the National Center for Strategic Planning (Ceplan).

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MBA graduates in demand from charities and NGOs

MBA graduates in demand from charities and NGOs | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Graduates are highly sought-after as marketers, economists and planners in one, says Stephen Hoare

 

Recent MBA career changers include Jan Tomlinson, who joined the south London ex-offender enterprise charity Tomorrow's People as enterprise director in 2005 straight from Cass Business School, City University, London. "With charities paid by results, a successful social enterprise needs to be professionally run," he says.

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France to Triple Its Aid to Burma

France to Triple Its Aid to Burma | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé concluded his visit to Burma on Monday saying that France would triple its development assistance to Burma and work toward a step-by-step lifting of international sanctions.

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Spain's development aid has improved, but needs more focus - The Guardian

Spain's development aid has improved, but needs more focus - The Guardian | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Spain's development aid has improved, but needs more focusThe GuardianEven though it has since pared back development co-operation to 0.43% – or $5.9bn – in 2010, Spain still plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross...
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Extreme Poverty Drops Worldwide

Extreme Poverty Drops Worldwide | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
The world has achieved its first Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty in half ahead of the 2015 deadline, a study by the World Bank shows.

 

The bank defines extreme poverty as living on under $1.25 per day, adjusted for purchasing power parity. According to the report, released this week, 1.29 billion people, or 22 percent of the developing world’s population, live below $1.25 a day, down from 52 percent in 1981.

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Pakistan textiles lifted by WTO trade waiver

Pakistan textiles lifted by WTO trade waiver | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

The World Trade Organization approved unprecedented waivers allowing 75 Pakistani products duty free access to markets in Europe for two years.


The European Union is Pakistan’s largest trading partner, receiving nearly 30 percent of its exports — worth almost 3 billion euros ($3.9 billion).

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Starbucks to Open First Indian Store This Autumn

Starbucks to Open First Indian Store This Autumn | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

After years of studying the Indian market, Starbucks Coffee said Monday that it would open its first store here by September through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, a unit of the largest business group in India.

Starbucks will be in competition with the Indian coffee chain, Cafe Coffee Day.
The announcement comes a year after Starbucks said it was going to enter this market and nearly two months after the Indian government fumbled an effort to attract more foreign investment in its retailing industry.

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What’s going on with global inequality? Let’s ask Andy Sumner

What’s going on with global inequality? Let’s ask Andy Sumner | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

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One World Mobile App: Where does my aid go?

One World Mobile App: Where does my aid go? | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Where does the Dutch budget for development aid go?

 

"The OneWorld Where does my aid go?" shows which countries receive money and what they do with it based on IATI information. As well as displaying aid project information, the app informs users about the conditions in the countries that receive aid, like the national income per capita, life expectancy, CO2 emissions per capita, etc. The application also includes news updates from OneWorld.nl.

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Prospects for EU development aid

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As the economic crisis deepens in Europe, reaching budget targets for overseas development is ambitious but realistic according to a spokeswoman for the bloc’s aid programmes.

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Why Development Aid is Not Enough - Project Syndicate

Why Development Aid is Not Enough - Project Syndicate | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

But the most important of all financial flows are the illicit funds that pour out of so many developing countries, which the Tax Justice Network estimates to be around ten times the development aid that they receive....

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