Independent Review of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
The New Deal was negotiated by the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS). The IDPS is composed of the g7+ group of self-identified countries in fragile, conflict-affected and transitional situations; the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF); and now includes the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS).
This review assesses evidence of how the New Deal has and has not influenced behavior change and priorities in partnerships. It is an opportunity for all stakeholders to reflect on lessons and future opportunities and priorities.
Aid Transparency Index - 2016
2015 was an important year for international development, with governments agreeing to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next fifteen years. It was also a critical year for aid transparency.The 2016 Aid Transparency Index demonstrates how transparent major donors are as we begin the first year of the implementation of the SDGs.
Gender, peace and security and the 2030 Agenda: A way forward for South Africa
This report demonstrates how the 2030 Agenda, and its Goals 5 and 16 in particular, provide a valuable tool for advancing the gender, peace and security agenda in South Africa and on the wider continent.
Use of Country Systems in Fragile States
This paper aims to provide practitioners with information that can support decisions to use country systems in fragile states.
Challenges to a Comprehensive EU Migration and Asylum Policy
This paper attempts to unpack complex and multidimensional decision-making on EU migration and asylum policy to highlight the barriers to a comprehensive approach.
From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict
This report proposes that the European Union adopts a second generation human security approach to conflicts, as an alternative to Geo-Politics or the War on Terror. Second generation human security takes forward the principles of human security and adapts them to 21st century realities.
Amnesty International: The State of the Worlds Human Rights 2015/16
This report by Amnesty International documents the state of the world's human rights violations during 2015. The report also highlights the strength and extend of the human rights movement and surveys the progress made in the safeguarding and securing of human rights.
Freedom of Expression: In Egypt and the Arab World
Report by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information on the human rights violations of journalists in the Arab World in 2015.
Primary Education for Global Learning and Sustainability
The aim of this report, commissioned by the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, is to make the case for a different pedagogical approach from that which dominates current education policy thinking. It argues for the development of a pedagogy for global and environmental social justice within schools.
When There is No Food Assistance: Breaking our Promise to the World's Most Vulnerable Children
In the face of the global El Nino and other crises, leaders at the national, regional and international levels have an unprecedented opportunity and responsibility to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and guarantee that the most vulnerable children and communities get a head start through an immediate, effective, global response to prevent loss of life and livelihoods. Only such a response can ensure that no one is left behind and that countries can meet their commitments outlined in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and secure a hunger-free world for children.
Freedom in the World Report 2016
Freedom in the World 2016 by the Freedom House evaluates the state of freedom in 195 countries and 15 territories duringcalendar year 2015.
Human Rights Watch - World Report 2016
World Report 2016 is Human Rights Watch’s 26th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from the end of 2014 through November 2015.
WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY: KEEPING THE PROMISE. How to revitalize the agenda 15 years after UNSCR 1325
This paper draws on consultations with other organizations and experts in the field as well as on Oxfam’s experience as a humanitarian and development organization working in more than 90 countries with a substantial track record of programmes supporting women’s rights and empowerment. The paper makes particular use of evidence and analysis from programmes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
A EUROPE FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW: Time to reverse the course of inequality and poverty in Europe
This Oxfam report provides an outstanding diagnosis of the problems, but more importantly offers a valuable menu of policy solutions, including the promotion of inclusive growth and the introduction of taxes such as the FTT.
AFRICA’S SMALLHOLDERS ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is undermining the ability of African nations to feed themselves. Women smallholder producers are on the front line of dealing with the impacts, but are not first in line for international climate finance. Wealthy countries have committed to helping countries in Africa to adapt to climate change, but few women producers are feeling the benefit.
A RIGHTS IN CRISIS GUIDE TO INFLUENCING: THE WHO, WHAT AND WHY OF HUMANITARIAN CAMPAIGNING
This guide has been produced by Oxfam’s Rights in Crisis Campaign as an essential resource to guide Oxfam staff, partners, allies and anyone involved in humanitarian influencing work – whether you are working at country, regional or global level. It draws on Oxfam’s more than 60 years of humanitarian programming, campaigning and advocacy work.
MADE IN MYANMAR:Entrenched poverty or decent jobs for garment workers?
This report presents the findings of research carried out by Oxfam in June and July 2015 on the wages and conditions of garment workers in Myanmar. Despite working six days a week and doing an average of 10.5 hours overtime each week, garment workers are not earning enough to adequately support themselves and their families.
More than a Numbers Game? Ensuring that the Millennium Development Goals address Structural Injustice
The field research for this report identified a number of interlinking risks associated with the current drive to reaching the MDGs.
Projecting progress: Reaching the SDGs by 2030
This paper offers a first systematic attempt to project progress across the full SDG agenda, showing where – if current trends continue – the world will be in 15 years’ time. Our findings serve as a wake-up call on just how much more effort will be needed to reach the new goals.
A World that Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
This report sets out the main opportunities and risks presented by the data revolution for sustainable development. Without immediate action, gaps between developed and developing countries, between information-rich and information-poor people, and between the private and public sectors will widen, and risks of harm and abuses of human rights will grow.
Seven Billion and Growing: A 21st Century Perspective on Population
In this report, the latest population trends and prospects according to the United Nations are examined, and the challenges identified above and the benefits that countries, families and individuals can derive from reducing fertility are discussed. The report then focuses on what needs to be done and discusses the importance of human and reproductive rights as the basis for population policy
Population Dynamics in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Report of the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics
This report provides an outline of how population dynamics affect the major development challenges of the 21st century, and on how population dynamics can be integrated and addressed in the post- 2015 development agenda.
Why and How a Country Lens Matters for the SDGs
This report argues for the importance of having a country-specific approach in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and proposes concrete steps that could translate this approach into action. Applying this approach is essential if the aim is to ensure that no one – regardless of where they live – is left behind.
Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal
This report focuses on the risks of climate change to development in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and parts of Europe and Central Asia. This new scientific analysis examines the likely impacts of present day warming above pre-industrial temperatures on agricultural production, water resources, ecosystem services and coastal vulnerability for affected populations.
The Culture of Evaluation of DEAR Actors in Europe: A Benchmark Study of the Specificities and Expectations of European DEAR Actors
This report explores the ways to improve the evaluation processes of DEAR projects and to address learning objectives and better contribute to transformative changes for DEAR actions and actors.
Lobby Planet Paris: A Guide to Corporate COP21
This guide will propel you into the heart of the apparatus built up around the Paris Summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It offers a window onto the extent of public subsidies to dirty energy, the multiple public-private collusions, and the numerous forms of speculation on the climate crisis.
Ending Poverty and Sharing Prosperity
Global Monitoring Report (GMR)— written jointly by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with substantive inputs from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
A NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP: ERADICATE POVERTY AND TRANSFORM ECONOMIES THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.The Panel came together with a sense of optimism and a deep respect for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Combining finance and policies to implement a transformative post-2015 development agenda
This report analyses the considerable changes in the FFD landscape since the 2002 Monterrey Consensus. It notes that the implementation of the Consensus came to focus largely on the role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and paid insufficient attention to the importance of increasing domestic tax revenue and encouraging private finance.
Shaping the Future We Want
This final DESD Global Monitoring and Evaluation Report (GME) provides an assessment of progress towards embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into education systems and into sustainable development efforts.
How well are the links between education and other sustainable development goals covered in UN flagship reports? A contribution to the study of the science-policy interface on education in the UN system
Epistemic communities have documented a number of links between education and other SDG areas, and policy makers have long recognized many of them. Based on an exhaustive content analysis of 40 global reports, this paper examines how well such links are represented in flagship publications of the United Nations system.
Challenges to a Comprehensive EU Migration and Asylum Policy
This paper attempts to unpack complex and multidimensional decision-making on EU migration and asylum policy to highlight the barriers to a comprehensive approach. It traces the evolution of EU migration and asylum policy, the complex system of competences that underpin decision-making, conflicting interests and approaches.
'Peacebuilding Defines our Future Now': A Study of Women's Peace Activism in Syria
This reports provides an insight into the activism of Syrian women, in general, and peacebuilding, in particular. It seeks to understand women’s activism in Syria, in terms of countering violence and promoting peacebuilding, and to highlight the role the Syrian women activists have been playing in peacebuilding
Reconceptualising Global Education from the Grassroots: The Lived Experiences of Practicitoners
This report conceptualises and reflects the understanding of Global Education (GE) in a way that is practice-led and rooted in practitioners’ experiences. It argues that the strategies practitioners use to negotiate the institutional and conceptual challenges of GE should be more systematically engaged with and central to the understanding of GE.
Universal Sustainable Development Goals: Understanding the Transformational Challenge for Developed Countries
This report proposes a new method of analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals, to assist in identifying those which will represent for developed countries the biggest transformational challenges, in the sense of requiring new economic paradigms and changes in patterns of behaviour as well as new policies and commitment of resources.
Policy Brief #5: Sustainable Development Goals and Inclusive Development
Policy brief by UNU-IAS highlights the necessity to evaluate the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets developed by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) against criteria for inclusive development.
Policy Brief #3: Integrating Governance in the Sustainable Development Goals
Policy brief by UNU-IAS that highlights three aspects of governance that need to be articulated in the SDGs: good governance (the process of decision-making and their institutional foundations), effective governance (the capacity of institutions to manage challenges), and equitable governance (distributive outcomes).
Policy Brief #2: Linking Education and Water in the Sustainable Development Goals
Policy brief by UNU-IAS that highlights the importance of ‘water-literacy’, or an appropriate knowledge about various aspects of water use and management in order to ensure water consumption and to contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction.
Mind the Gap? A comparison of international and national targets for the SDG agenda
This paper compares existing policy commitments and targets at the national level with corresponding SDG targets to assess the gap between national and global ambition. The aim is to draw a political baseline of SDG ambition to inform the UN target setting process and provide a global snapshot that aids comparisons of ambition between countries.
Transitioning from MDGs to post-2015 development agenda
Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Lessons from Government Spending on the MDGs
Government spending is falling one third short of MDG needs – and the SDGs will require at least US$1.5 trillion extra a year. Based on lessons from tracking country budgets, this report recommends how the SDGs should be financed: doubling tax revenue, by radically overhauling global tax rules; doubling concessional development cooperation, and improving its allocation and effectiveness; and raising US$500 billion in public innovative financing.
Policy Brief #1: Earth System Challenges and a Multi-layered Approach for the Sustainable Development Goals
Policy brief by UNU-IAS that emphasizes that the SDGs must address issues of Earth system governance and the challenge of redirecting unsustainable practices of individuals, groups, and countries worldwide.
Ideas on Governance 'of' and 'for' Sustainable Development Goals
This report captures the main outcomes of the International Workshop on Governance 'of' and 'for' Sustainable Development Goals, held 1 February 2014, in New York, USA. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss key questions relating to the governance of, and governance for, the post-2015 development agenda, with particular focus on the SDGs.
Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.It recognises that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
Paris, for the People and the Planet
This publication by CIDSE – an international alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies – sets what is needed from the Paris agreement that will emerge from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), for a strong global action. This report is based on the evidence from their partners and poor communities of how a changing climate is impacting on them.
Why Subsidise the Private Sector?
This report published by the Overseas Development Institute makes the case for subsidising private sector investment in developing countries, based largely on the economic theory of positive externalities, which argues that benefits from investment that accrue to society at large, exceed the returns to private investors.
Girls' and Women's Right to Education: Overview of the Measures Supporting the Right to Education for Girls and Women reported on by Member States
Background report by UNESCO compiles the explicit references to girls’ and women’s right to education in national reports. The factsheets contained herein highlight progress and challenges in constitutional and legislative frameworks and measures addressing girls’ and women’s right to education.
Learning to Live Together: Educational Policies and Realities in the Asia-Pacific
This reports published by UNESCO examines how the concept of Learning to Live Together (LTLT) is promoted and implemented in national educational systems in the Asia-Pacific.
The European Union's new Gender Action Plan 2016-2020
This report published by the Overseas Development Institute examines the new Gender Action Plan (GAP) of the EU for the period 2016-2020. The new GAP outlines an ambitious approach to gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and the promotion, protection and fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights.
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 Report
This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established hunger targets, and reflects on what needs to be done, as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready?
This report is the first systematic assessment of developed nations on what are likely to become the global policy goals for the coming 15 years. It is the first “stress test” of rich countries for the SDGs and presents a new SDG Index to assess country performance on the goals.
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015
This report documents the 15-year effort to achieve the aspirational goals set out in the Millennium Declaration and highlights the many successes across the globe, by presenting an accounting to date of how far the world has come in meeting the goals. At the same time, it acknowledges uneven achievements and shortfalls in many areas, which will need to be addressed in the post-2015 agenda.
Report on Beyond 2015 Conference
This reports highlights the key messages that emerged during the Beyond 2015 conference in Copenhagen, followed with comments and observations from delegates on common themes from the conference.
The 2015 CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report
The 2015 CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report identifies the major stories around the world that demonstrate the commendable work being done by CSOs, on a national and international level, to address some of the most urgent global issues. At the same time, it sheds light on the worrying problems that hinder their work and presents courses of action that could be pursued in the future to better enable civil society to promote positive change.
EU State Building Contracts: early lessons from the EU's new budget support instrument for fragile states
The State Building Contract (SBC) is a key instrument in the EU’s fragile states toolkit and early experience with implementing SBCs could provide a useful resource for donor agencies to inform their thinking on providing budget support in fragile states. This paper draws preliminary lessons from case studies on the two largest SBCs adopted by the EU in sub-Saharan Africa:Mali, a country in transition after a period of crisis; and South Sudan, a chronically fragile country.
Monitoring Education for Global Citizenship: A Contribution to DebateThe report explores the opportunities and challenges for developing an appropriate monitoring framework which truly captures the holistic and transformative nature of Education for Global Citizenship (EfGC). The research builds on the EfGC conference in Brussels in June 2014 "Global Citizens for Education; Education for Global Citizenship" and is unique in that it brings to the fore practitioners perspectives on monitoring. The report first provides a conceptual overview as to what an Education for Global Citizenship might be, and then makes suggestions as to how to capture the philosophy and values of EfGC within a monitoring framework.
Even it up
TIME TO END EXTREME INEQUALITY
This report from Oxfam is a stark and timely portrait of the growing inequality which characterizes much of Africa and the world today. Seven out of 10 people live in countries where inequality is growing fast, and those at the top of society are leaving the rest behind. Addressing the gap between the richest people and the poorest, and the impact this gap has on other pervasive inequalities, between men and women and between races, which make life for those at the bottom unbearable, is an imperative of our times.
Fighting Poverty in a Changing World
The study provides an analysis of the success of EU13 CSOs in securing European Commission grants for development education and awareness raising (DEAR) projects.