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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

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"The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures by capturing the severe deprivations that each person faces at the same time with respect to education, health and living standards."


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Making sense of poverty.

 

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Improving donor coordination to amplify impact

Improving donor coordination to amplify impact | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Development partners, how many times have you had the following problem? You are several months into a project when you discover that another development agency is working separately on the same issue, in the same area, with similar objectives. Instead of sharing experiences and coordinating efforts, you've been working in isolation from each other, or worse, implementing programmes that are at cross-purposes.

So far, the development agencies from Austria,Belgium, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Bank, have contributed programme information to this initiative.

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Key Busan challenges and contributions to the emerging development effectiveness agenda

Key Busan challenges and contributions to the emerging development effectiveness agenda | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
As the fourth High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (HLF-4) draws nearer, this Background Note outlines the changing global development context and discusses results to date in implementing the aid effectiveness (AE) agenda.
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Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media

Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The issue of 'development' is normally one that is discussed by social scientists and policy makers, but development also has a wider 'popular' dimension: it can be understood through studying literature, films, television and other non-conventional forms of representation such as blogs and social media.

 

This talk, and the book on which it is based, connects the effort to build a more holistic understanding of development through an exploration of its rendering informs of popular culture such as novels, documentaries and films, which should be regarded as useful and unique complements to (not empirical substitutes for) formal social science.

 

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So you want to work in development?

So you want to work in development? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Many young people are desperate to work in the sector, but how do you decide which roles suit you most? Help is at hand – explore our development flow chart
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Tackling the ‘MICs traps’: a role for development cooperation in middle-income countries?

“As some studies reveal, up to two-thirds of the world’s poorest people now live not in low-income countries (LICs), as in the past, but in middle-income countries (MICS). As a result, some analysts are asking whether international aid should be focused on poor people (wherever they live) rather than on poor countries. However, this approach could present problems: the allocation of aid must consider a country’s capacity to tackle its own problems. The purpose of aid is to complement and encourage the development capacities of recipient countries, not to substitute for them.But how can we best estimate these capacities? One measure could be, as a minimum, to transfer the income that the fifth quintile (the richest people) in each country would have to pay to lift that country’s poorest people above the poverty line. My own estimates of this ratio show huge differences. In upper MICs, for example, the average transfer needed to raise the poor to above the $2 per day poverty line approaches just 0.28% of the fifth quintile’s income. This ratio climbs to 5.32% in lower MICs, and as high as 56.8% in LICs.”

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Why Are Development Agencies Giving up on Development?

The World Bank has decided to make this problem – the divergence of the organization’s rhetoric on “extreme poverty” and their clients’ desire for support in their national development agendas – even worse. They have announced that their goal is to “eradicate extreme poverty” (while only “monitoring” the income of the poorest 40 percent in each country—but with no goal).  This new goal is meant to sound like a bold and ambitious target but is exactly the opposite. This is a dramatic retreat by the World Bank, a shift from an organization that supports national development agendas towards an organization that just promotes cost-effective charity work.  This new focus is wildly at odds with what leaders of developing countries and their citizens want, care about, and want global support in accomplishing. This new goal is like a World Series champion team announcing their goal for the next seasion is not scoring runs or winning games but just bunting well.

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Rich Millennials Think Technology Makes Us Less Human. Old Poor Women Disagree.

Rich Millennials Think Technology Makes Us Less Human. Old Poor Women Disagree. | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
You might think that young people are enthusiastically embracing new technology, while older folks fear and resist it. But a wide-ranging, eight-country survey released by Intel today challenges that stereotype.
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Cooperation and art. The role of culture in development cooperation

How can development and innovation work with arts. The slides come from Dr. Cornelia Dümcke. Berlin

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Stop the Plunder of Africa by Kofi Annan

Stop the Plunder of Africa by Kofi Annan | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Africa has the wealth to combat poverty, but it needs help holding on to it.

 

With Africa’s economies riding the crest of the global commodities wave, there is an unprecedented opportunity to convert the region’s vast resource wealth into investments that could lift millions out of poverty, create jobs, and bring hope to future generations.       

Seizing that opportunity will require strengthened governance backed by international cooperation to stem the hemorrhage of revenues associated with tax evasion, secret deals and illicit financial transfers.

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Development finance in Africa

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 A new working paper from the Centre for Global Development (CGD) attempts to gauge aid flows to Africa from China, one of the more opaque givers. In the absence of comprehensive official figures, the CGD compiled a database using open-source media reports. It says that China committed $75 billion in aid between 2000 and 2011, almost as much as America ($90 billion) and nearly a fifth of the total flows reported by Western governments.
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Three trends in African development drawn from the east Asian experience by ECDPM

Three trends in African development drawn from the east Asian experience by ECDPM | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The assumptions and ideas that drive development policy are never static, but the rise of non-traditional donors and non-Western economic powers has accelerated the pace of change in recent years.

In 2010, I conducted extensive fieldwork in Addis Ababa and Nairobi in order to understand one aspect of this change:  the drawing of lessons from abroad by local policymakers.

Many of the trends behind the way development is ‘done’ today in Africa stemmed, I found, from the emulation of a handful of East Asian countries.

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Tax and Development - OECD

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Tax revenues provide governments with funds to invest in development, relieve poverty, deliver public services and build the physical and social infrastructure (Tax and Development. Aid Modalities for Strengthening Tax Systems.
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Stop Sending Aid to Dictators - TIME

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In the postwar period, countries such as Chile, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have successfully followed the path of free development–often in spite of international aid, not because of it.

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Sachs and Easterly Join Forces to Condemn Mediated Peace Process

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Leading development economists Jeff Sachs and Bill Easterly came together today to condemn the ongoing attempt by peace brokers to resolve the pair’s differences in the interests of the broader development project.
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An urban dimension in a new set of development goals

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This paper explores how an urban dimension could be incorporated in a new development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015.
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Ten broad brushstrokes about development cooperation by Owen Barder

I am discussing the the future of development cooperation, and the role of Northern NGOs, with the policy, advocacy and campaigns team at ActionAid UK this morning.  Powerpoint is forbidden.  Here are my speaking notes. They consist of ten broad brushstrokes about the future of development cooperation.

1. Fighting poverty is no longer mainly about helping poor people in poor countries

72% of the world’s poor live in middle income countries, mainly in stable, non-fragile countries. Two thirds of the worlds poor live in just five countries: China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Indonesia.

 

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Austerity and optimism: development books to look out for in 2014

Austerity and optimism: development books to look out for in 2014 | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

An appraisal of the economist Jeffrey Sachs, an analysis of austerity, and a celebration of emerging economies are among the themes that promise to keep readers busy this year

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Emerging democracies - rising to the challenge

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Are wealthy countries wealthy because they are developed, or because they are democratic? This ODI Briefing investigates this key question, outlining how emerging democracies can deliver for developing countries – despite the messy, complex, and uncertain processes involved in their consolidation.
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Joke's on us: why comedy has a place in global development

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Heard the joke about the African kids living in grinding poverty? Maybe you never will but in this week's letters, readers argue it's smart to add comedy to campaigning
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Is aid a roadblock to development? Some thoughts on Angus Deaton’s new book

The bulk of Deaton’s book is an overview of half of humanity’s climb from abject poverty to health and wealth. It sums up Deaton’s bread and butter research. He and others of his generation defined and rewrote the field. It is a marvelous overview for the newcomer and the oldcomer.

Where he’s enflamed passions, though, is his last chapter: “How to help those left behind”. It’s a tirade against aid, especially naive aid. Overall one message comes through: Aid is a roadblock to development.

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Governance and Development: Will paying for results help build better institutions?

Results-based aid (RBA) has tended to be seen as too focused on simple measures of impact to work for governance. With signs of progress on indicators, and a little juggling of the concept, could there be a place for RBA in institutional reform?

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EU: policy coherence for development and trade? - Le Monde diplomatique

The EU is the world’s largest donor of development assistance and on occasion of the Europe Day, 9 May, it may be worthwhile revisiting a key issue of its development cooperation.

Experience shows that what donors do with the right hand may sometimes be undone by its left hand. Particular elements of a donors’ policy in areas such as trade may have profound implications, good or bad, on the very countries it assists in tackling poverty. For quite some time the EU development community has been trying to bring policy interests other than development in line with the Lisbon Treaty’s declared (development cooperation) objective of poverty reduction. The aim is to attain greater policy coherence for development (PCD).

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Tax and Development

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This report provides an overview of the aid modalities available to donors in promoting domestic resource mobilisation through more effective tax systems.

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Ecuador begins to roar

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Fander Falconi: President Correa has put humans above capital to create a nation worthy of its nickname 'the jaguar of Latin America'
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