15 Apr 2014

This webinar will focus on the capacity development dynamics impacting African regionalism.  There is strong support for regionalism and economic integration in Africa as a strategy for advancing its socio-economic endeavors, but previous attempts have yielded minimal economic benefits. For Africa to realize regionalism and economic integration, the ‘New’ regionalism has to address past failures (e.g. multiplicity and overlapping membership, reliance on donor funds and lack of commitment among others).  This free online event is organised by ACBF and AfCoP.

William MoseleyOlawale IsmailRegional value chains and productivity enhancements: the cases of rice and cacao in West Africa - Professor William Moseley

Regional security by observation: assessing regional responses to the Boko Haram crisis - Dr. Olawale Ismail

04 Apr 2014

An e-Discussion on the Global Partnership for Effective Co-operation will take place from 4-11 April in advance of the First Global Partnership meeting in Mexico.  In an effort to review and reflect on monitoring results, take stock of achievements, share good practices and address remaining challenges, the Joint UNDP - OECD Support Team have issued an open invitation to reflect on questions such as: What type of progress has been made since Busan?  What are the the areas of achievement and what factors are enabling change?  Where do challenges remain and why do they remain unresolved?  How can political leadership help to overcome bottlenecks? What issues need addressing at the political level?  Are there lessons at the technical level that could be drawn on to overcome bottlenecks?  Please visit the e-discussion at https://www.unteamworks.org/node/432460.

01 Apr 2014

Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operationThe first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation marks a major milestone in the global fight against poverty.  Over 1300 development leaders will meet in Mexico City on 15 and 16 April to review global progress in making development co-operation more effective, agree on actions to boost progress, and anchor effective development co-operation in the post-2015 global development agenda.  Key sessions will include: Progress on implementing key principles of effective development co-operation; Tax and development; Delivering development effectively in middle-income countries; Knowledge sharing, South-South and triangular co-operation; and Improving the role of business in development.

17 Mar 2014

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To achieve the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, delivering health, education and other life-sustaining public services, we need to find these motivators. This is why the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence is hosting an e-discussion to find evidence and experiences on what does and doesn’t work for public service motivation.

30 Dec 2013

The first session of the capacity development online course which was launched this year by DiploFoundation has wrapped up, with 21 participants completing the nine-week course. Course content is based on the LenCD Learning Package, and was developed with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), LenCD, and Learn4Dev. The vast majority of the participants completing the course said it met or exceeded their expectations, felt it will be useful in their work, and would recommend it to others. The course will be repeated in 2014 – watch for future announcements.

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