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Why partnering with the private sector is key to inclusive growth

Why partnering with the private sector is key to inclusive growth | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
By Lakshmi Venkatachalam, Vice-President of Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations, Asian Development Bank   Over the past couple of decades, no one can deny that the Asia and the Pacific r...

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Over the past couple of decades, no one can deny that the Asia and the Pacific region has represented a remarkable success story. Absolute poverty levels have fallen significantly and the region is on course to achieve a number of Millennium Development Goals(MDGs).


But more than 1.6 billion people in the region continue to live on less than USD 2 a day and remain vulnerable to shocks — whether economic or environmental. The region is also confronting widening inequalities and the challenge of enabling a decent quality of life.

A strong need remains for both dedicated knowledge support and for financing to address the region’s social and infrastructure gaps, including urgent measures to address climate change.


Over the past few years, policymakers and development finance institutions (DFIs) have increasingly looked to the private sector to help meet these financing needs. In the right investment climate, the private sector can support the inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth that is at the heart of the global development agenda.


A key contribution of the private sector is in promoting economic growth, which it does through investments, knowledge transfer, and enhanced productivity. By creating new markets, fostering competition, and making investments, the private sector helps allocate resources productively and efficiently, improving prospects for economic growth. Economic growth generates resources that can be used for future investment as well as social development.

According to the World Bank, the private sector is the source of nearly 90% of the world’s jobs. So by providing direct employment, as well as finance to the sectors and geographic regions where it is most needed, the private sector promotes not just growth — it promotes inclusive growth.


The private sector also helps to boost living standards. This extends beyond extreme poverty as captured in the MDGs to areas such as the availability and quality of goods and services such as housing, infrastructure, health, and education. In this context, the private sector also plays a critical role in improving service delivery through public-private partnerships. These are particularly relevant in the case of infrastructure, as they allow for risk sharing, and are benefitting from improved institutional capacity and clearer legal and regulatory frameworks.


The private sector can also promote the adoption and/or retrofitting of environment-friendly technologies. This is valuable in the face of climate change, which can adversely impact many critical development goals such as food security, health, and water. The largest mitigation opportunities, especially for energy efficiency, remain in middle income countries.

Lastly, the private sector is a reliable source of revenue for government operations through its contributions to taxes and duties.


Given these advantages, it is not surprising that DFIs have come together relatively quickly to agree on a core set of principles that would guide support for private sector initiatives. These include commercial sustainability, promotion of high standards and additionality – that is, the extent to which a new input or action can add to already existing ones. More importantly, the private sector itself, not least due to the fall-out from the global financial crisis, has begun to reexamine its role in promoting economic growth as well as its responsibility to society. It is therefore increasingly open to engagement on these issues, particularly with DFIs.

Asia and the Pacific’s financing needs are indeed daunting. We, the multilateral development banks, need to engage the private sector on all fronts to an even greater extent than we currently do, to leverage both finance and knowledge.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has long recognised the private sector as a key driver of change in attaining its three long-term strategic agendas of inclusive growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. In line with our commitment to transparency, ADB publishes the annual Development Effectiveness Review, with 89 performance indicators to assess progress in implementing these priorities. The dedicated 2013 private sector operations Development Effectiveness Report was published on July 25th.


With $1.8 billion approved in 2013, our Private Sector Operations Department provides comprehensive financial assistance including loans, equity investments, guarantees, cofinancing and technical assistance. Our clients are private companies, banks and financial institutions, investment funds and state-owned enterprises. All our private sector interventions are aimed at maximising development impact. In doing so, our aim is to supplement or complement commercial finance, particularly in areas where perceived or persistent market gaps are inhibiting private investments.

What can ADB contribute to effective development co-operation with the private sector? Firstly, we are an Asian institution with a long and stable relationship with developing countries in the region. Based on the foundation of our strong infrastructure and financial sector exposure, we are increasingly entering sectors where we see promising potential for sustainable inclusive business models, such as agribusiness, education and health. Our strength lies in the synergies we derive from our sovereign operations in the core areas of policy and regulatory support.


Our private sector portfolio has more than doubled since 2006, totaling $6,219 million in 2013, comprising 155 accounts and 140 projects in 20 countries. Aligned with ADB’s core specialisations and sector priorities across individual member countries, 96% of the portfolio supports infrastructure, environment, and finance sector development.

Asia and the Pacific’s financing needs are indeed daunting. We, the multilateral development banks, need to engage the private sector on all fronts to an even greater extent than we currently do, to leverage both finance and knowledge.

Lakshmi Venkatachalam is the Vice-President (Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations) of Asian Development Bank since June 2010, leading ADB’s private sector initiatives and cofinancing activities. Based on the Midterm Review of its Strategy 2020, ADB’s activities in private sector development and private sector operations are targeted to reach 50% of its annual operations by 2020.

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Three reasons why your corporate storytelling just won't work any more - Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}

Three reasons why your corporate storytelling just won't work any more - Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow} | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
While corporate storytelling is all the rage, let's consider three trends that point to the dawn of a humbling new era in consumer marketing.
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12 Ways to Upgrade Your Classroom Design - Cult of Pedagogy 

12 Ways to Upgrade Your Classroom Design - Cult of Pedagogy  | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I saw a picture on Facebook that stopped me in my tracks: It was the classroom of Michigan high school English teacher Rebecca Malmquist. It looked like a living room. Like a place you’d go to curl up and read a book, take a nap, or have a really good conversation. And yet it was a classroom.

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#Putin relative appointed to management of #state gas giant Gazprom | #Reuters

#Putin relative appointed to management of #state gas giant Gazprom | #Reuters | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Mikhail Putin, identified by the Kremlin as a distant relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been appointed deputy chair of the management board of state-run gas giant Gazprom, the company said on Friday.

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"Mikhail Putin was born in 1967 and studied medicine, according to a biography published by Gazprom. He worked in the health ministry, and between 2004 and 2007 was head of Gazprom’s medical directorate. "

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Human Rights Theory and Philosophy | CurtinX

Human Rights Theory and Philosophy | CurtinX | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The course commences through exploring the development of the conventional understanding of universal human rights and then moves to critiquing this concept from cultural relativist, postmodern, postcolonial and feminist perspectives. It also examines understandings of human rights from a range of cultural and religious perspectives as well as other contemporary rights issues.

Developing an awareness of contemporary issues in human rights is important in professions such as education, health, law, social work and development work, both in the public and private sector. You can also benefit from human rights knowledge in a voluntary capacity, advocating social justice, peace or building a sustainable future.

This course is part of the CurtinX Human Rights MicroMasters program.

If you take the verified certificate pathway for the three human rights courses you will qualify for the MicroMasters credential.

The MicroMasters credential is an achievement in itself, but if you want to study further, you can use it towards studying a Master of Human Rights at Curtin.

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Social Media Listening Analysis: Beyond March Madness

Social Media Listening Analysis: Beyond March Madness | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
What can social media listening tell us about a trend like March Madness? Well, it's bigger than basketball, for one thing. How can your brand get in on the action?
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Mining and agriculture: diversified livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe

Mining and agriculture: diversified livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
  Easther Chigumira has recently published an excellent paper in The Journal of Rural Studies, Political ecology of agrarian transformation: The nexus of mining and agriculture in Sanyati District, Zimbabwe. It’s well worth a read if you can get past the pay-wall. Here is a quick overview of some of the highlights. The paper aims…
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After 100 years of the same teaching model It’s time to throw out the playbook

After 100 years of the same teaching model It’s time to throw out the playbook | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

It’s time to change the direction of the arrow by for once and for all turning it around and allowing it to originate from the student. Imagine a classroom where students are the ones driving the learning and are empowered to pursue things that matter to them. In the infographic above we see multiple modalities being employed by these students as students are accessing human and digital resources to drive their own learning. In a 21st century learning model, learning extends beyond the classroom walls, and students are exchanging, discussing, questioning, reflecting and making connections anywhere, anytime. Most importantly, students are inspired and empowered to act, rather than sit back and have the knowledge brought to them.


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Trump Treasury Secretary Wants Marijuana Money In Banks

Trump Treasury Secretary Wants Marijuana Money In Banks | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
"I assure you that we don't want bags of cash," Steven Mnuchin testified during an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. "We want to make sure that we can collect our necessary taxes and other things."
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DRC aid workers in record appeal for Kasai conflict victims | | Al Jazeera

DRC aid workers in record appeal for Kasai conflict victims | | Al Jazeera | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
More than 10 million people in central Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region will need aid in 2018, NGOs warn, in the largest funding appeal in country's history.
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Oxfam: fresh claims that staff used prostitutes in Chad | World news | The Guardian

Oxfam: fresh claims that staff used prostitutes in Chad | World news | The Guardian | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
New scandal emerges as charity battles revelations that employees in Haiti paid for sex
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UK's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory nominated as World Heritage Site • The Register

UK's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory nominated as World Heritage Site • The Register | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
UNESCO to decide next year
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Turkey launches airstrikes in Syria against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters

Turkey launches airstrikes in Syria against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The Trump administration had urged Ankara not to pursue the attack on the enclave of Afrin, arguing that it could distract from the ongoing battle against Islamic State militants. 
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Machine Learning vs Deep Learning vs Artificial Intelligence

This Machine Learning vs Deep Learning vs Artificial Intelligence video will help you understand the differences between ML, DL and AI, and how they are related to each other. The tutorial video will also cover what Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence entail, how they work with the help of examples, and whether they really are all that different. This Machine Learning Vs Deep Learning Vs Artificial Intelligence video will explain the topics listed below:

Artificial Intelligence example ( 00:29 )Machine Learning example ( 01:29 )Deep Learning example ( 01:44 )Human vs Artificial Intelligence ( 03:34 )How Machine Learning works ( 06:11 )How Deep Learning works ( 07:09 )AI vs Machine Learning vs Deep Learning ( 12:33 )AI with Machine Learning and Deep Learning ( 13:05 )Real-life examples ( 15:29 )Types of Artificial Intelligence ( 17:50 )Types of Machine Learning ( 20:32 )Comparing Machine Learning and Deep Learning ( 22:46 )A glimpse into the future ( 25:46 )
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This Machine Learning vs Deep Learning vs Artificial Intelligence video will help you understand the differences between ML, DL and AI, and how they are related to each other. The tutorial video will also cover what Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence entail, how they work with the help of examples, and whether they really are all that different. This Machine Learning Vs Deep Learning Vs Artificial Intelligence video will explain the topics listed below: Artificial Intelligence example ( 00:29 )Machine Learning example ( 01:29 )Deep Learning example ( 01:44 )Human vs Artificial Intelligence ( 03:34 )How Machine Learning works ( 06:11 )How Deep Learning works ( 07:09 )AI vs Machine Learning vs Deep Learning ( 12:33 )AI with Machine Learning and Deep Learning ( 13:05 )Real-life examples ( 15:29 )Types of Artificial Intelligence ( 17:50 )Types of Machine Learning ( 20:32 )Comparing Machine Learning and Deep Learning ( 22:46 )A glimpse into the future ( 25:46 )
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Why We Need to Get Rid of Anti-Tech Teachers - The Tech Edvocate

Why We Need to Get Rid of Anti-Tech Teachers - The Tech Edvocate | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The increasing popularity and endless benefits of edtech are changing the face of education. Teachers need to begin embracing these changes to improve the consistency and quality of the education system. As these technological advances continue, it’s time for us to get rid of anti-tech teachers who are holding tight to the traditional classroom model.

Why should we make a move to get rid of anti-tech teachers? Take a look at few of these convincing arguments that demonstrate just how important technology in education is becoming.

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Establishing A Culture Of ‘Can’ In Your Classroom - TeachThought

Establishing A Culture Of ‘Can’ In Your Classroom - TeachThought | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
If a learner is to develop a sense of can, he or she must learn it. While some students have more natural confidence or initiative than others, can is slightly different than confidence. Can is a mix of knowledge and self-efficacy that has been nurtured through experience — by consistently meeting both internally and externally created goals judged by standards that are also both internally and externally drawn.

So how does this happen? Where does it come from?

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MicroMasters in Human Rights

We're proud to be one of only three unis in Australia invited to be part of #edX's new #MicroMasters program! We'll be launching our first MicroMasters program in January - it will be a MicroMasters in Human Rights. Completion of the three online human rights verified courses that contribute to this MicroMasters credential will provide a pathway into the Master of Human Rights degree we offer here at Curtin. #humanrights #MOOC

For more information and to register, visit http://curtin.edu/micromasters.

More information about Curtin’s Centre for Human Rights Education can be found at http://humanrights.curtin.edu.au.


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10 Shocking Workplace Stats You Need To Know

10 Shocking Workplace Stats You Need To Know | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
As leaders, it's our responsibility to take action, look for ways to promote change, and, if we have to, build practices, policies, and procedures that inspire change. That is our job. We're responsible to inspire the best in people.
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#Indigenisation law fatal to #diamond, #platinum sectors. #Murowa Diamond 

#Indigenisation law fatal to #diamond, #platinum sectors. #Murowa Diamond  | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

"HARARE - RIOZIM believes lingering concerns over the indigenisation of diamond and platinum mines will be fatal to these respective sub-sectors.
Speaking during the tour of Murowa Diamond Mine by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy this week, RioZim chairperson Lovemor"


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"Speaking during the tour of Murowa Diamond Mine by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy this week, RioZim chairperson Lovemo"

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UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech • The Register

UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech • The Register | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
And social media giants will be the ones to clean it up
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Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless... • The Register

Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless... • The Register | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Easy with those exclusives and unfortunate facts, hacks
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UN to investigate killing of 15 peacekeepers in the DRC | News | Al Jazeera

UN to investigate killing of 15 peacekeepers in the DRC | News | Al Jazeera | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
December attack by Ugandan fighters killed 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers and injured 43 other people.
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UN 'botched' sexual abuse cases in CAR | Central African Republic News | Al Jazeera

UN 'botched' sexual abuse cases in CAR | Central African Republic News | Al Jazeera | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
UN says it will investigate latest allegations of mishandling of cases after internal report leaked to US-based NGO.
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#Oxfam’s scandal in #Haiti has roots in #Chad, where finding justice will be even harder

#Oxfam’s scandal in #Haiti has roots in #Chad, where finding justice will be even harder | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Oxfam’s good work has been overshadowed by a scandal that has rocked the entire international aid community. On closer inspection, that scandal may be much older, with roots in the charity organization's work in Africa. An investigation by British newspaper The Times, exposed how aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti, some of them underag

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"Oxfam’s good work has been overshadowed by a scandal that has rocked the entire international aid community. On closer inspection, that scandal may be much older, with roots in the charity organization’s work in Africa."

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Ghana's president Akufo Addo shocks France's Macron with Africa non-dependent speech —

Ghana's president Akufo Addo shocks France's Macron with Africa non-dependent speech — | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The idea that African countries have long been independent and free to pursue their own destinies seems obvious to young Africans across the continent. Yet, the everyday reality often feels far from that. Some 50 to 60 years after independence for many countries, Africa's fortunes seem to still closely aligned with developmental support an
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Four more ways the CIA has meddled in Africa

Four more ways the CIA has meddled in Africa | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The US Central Intelligence Agency has a long history of involvement in Africa, so reports that the 1962 arrest of Nelson Mandela don't come as a huge surprise. Here are four other examples.
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