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Sustainable development is the only way forward

Sustainable development is the only way forward | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Jonathan Glennie: Development co-operation needs to shift focus from poverty eradication to a broader, more inclusive framework...

 

Good reframing of the development policy debate looking at the bigger picture on the Guardian's PovertyMatters blog.

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Development: Aid to developing countries falls because of global recession

Development: Aid to developing countries falls because of global recession | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Major donors’ aid to developing countries fell by nearly 3% in 2011, breaking a long trend of annual increases. Disregarding years of exceptional debt relief, this was the first drop since 1997.

 

New OECD report confirms that solidarity is becoming a scarce resource.

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African land grabs hinder sustainable development

African land grabs hinder sustainable development | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Sales of forest land to corporations are dispossessing inhabitants and harming ecosystems.

 

Good article in Nature on the effects of land grabs in Africa.

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Enhancing Capacity for Greening Development

Enhancing Capacity for Greening Development | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Moving to a greener development path requires incorporating the environment into every aspect of the national planning and budgeting process. A key obstacle for many developing countries in meeting this objective is a lack of capacity for identifying environmental challenges and priorities and their implications for development, formulating policy responses and implementing strategies."

 

This new OECD report looks at how developing countries can master the sustainable use of their natural resources.

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Human Development Report 2011 | UNDP

Human Development Report 2011 | UNDP | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations, according to projections in the 2011 Human Development Report."

 

Norway, Australia and the Netherlands top the rankings.

 

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Helen Clark: Putting Resilience at the Heart of the Development Agenda | UNDP

Helen Clark: Putting Resilience at the Heart of the Development Agenda | UNDP | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"At UNDP, we see development challenges in the 21st Century as different in nature, scale, and scope from those of the past. If our world is to be one in which poverty is eradicated, and inequality reduced; and where growth is inclusive and production and consumption do not break planetary boundaries; and if we are to be effective in combating the effects of climate change; we need to look beyond our traditional interventionist logic to harness the agency of people, their communities, and institutions. It is this logic which has led UNDP to encapsulate its mission statement in the simple phrase: Empowered Lives, Resilient Nations. This speaks to both means and ends. Empowered people can build resilient nations."

 

Excellent speech by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark although she has yet to break free from the growth obsession.

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New UNCTAD report on the dangerous illusions of green growth

This UNCTAD Discussion Paper "argues that growth, technological, population-expansion and governance constraints as well as some key systemic issues cast a very long shadow on the “green growth” hopes. One should not deceive oneself into believing that such evolutionary (and often reductionist) approach will be sufficient to cope with the complexities of climate change. It may rather give much false hope and excuses to do nothing really fundamental that can bring about a U-turn of global GHG emissions. The proponents of a resource efficiency revolution and a drastic change in the energy mix need to scrutinize the historical evidence, in particular the arithmetic of economic and population growth."

 

Brilliant and thought-provoking must-read paper.

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Global health in 2012: development to sustainability

The old macroeconomic approach to solving poverty-related disease is simply insufficient to meet the demand of countries. At the same time, institutional tensions are growing—the Global Fund is in difficulty and WHO is facing a financial emergency. And there are new concepts forcing their way into global health agendas—such as integration and accountability. There is a view among some development experts that health has had its decade. It is time now for other sectors to take centre stage, such as agriculture or energy.

 

The Lancet has an excellent article on the link between health and sustainability in the run-up to the Rio+20 conference.

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How fast should Africa go Green?

How fast should Africa go Green? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

".. left to its own resources, – and the costs of energy implied – Africa should lag not lead in green energy. However, it is not in the global interest for Africa to be left to its own resources. If the capital inputs to energy generation and saving were available at world prices, the world could reduce emissions at much lower cost in Africa than in the North. Whether Africa leads or lags on greening thus depends upon whether international finance and regulation can rectify the region’s deficiencies in its own capital endowment."

 

Excellent article by Paul Collier on the opportunities and challenges for the greening of Africa's economy and energy system.

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Resource scarcity, fair shares and development | WWF Articles | WWF UK

Resource scarcity, fair shares and development | WWF Articles | WWF UK | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Great report on the link between resources scarcity and global development policy. How can the poor get a fail share of prosperity
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