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Inclusivity: Sustainability’s Powerhouse

UNDP

No sustainable solution or Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) is feasible without paying careful attention to gender dynamics. This is the conclusion from a recent study conducted as as part of a partnership project on gender and climate-smart agriculture between the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).

An analysis of the findings is contained in a new Issue Brief available for download here.

“If policies are to succeed, they should be climate-smart, people-smart and gender-smart,” says Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist at the Rio+ Centre in Brazil.  “Whilst governments have made a good start and some progress has been achieved, we can and should do more to ensure that gender is adequately accounted for at all levels.”

The Rio+/FANRPAN partnership project is intended to support national and regional programs that improve livelihoods and food security benefits to at…

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Can we stop the 2030 Labour Crisis?

Understanding the skills required for the future

Sustaining People

TED

A new TED Talk just released discusses the upending of the global labour market in the ten years between 2020 and 2030.

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The Millenium Development Goals-where to now?

Pushing for inclusive growth in Africa

Aid and Africa: The Way Forward?

Is AID really the way forward…..? decades later and Africa is still poor..

the developmentinator

aidAs a citizen of a country that has been give billions in aid though the years, I have always been rather sceptic on the subject. I never believed that aid could lead to something sustainable, something that would allow people the power and freedom to fully express themselves and break the shackles of poverty. Aid usually refers to financial assistance given by richer countries to poorer countries. There are two main types of aid, Humanitarian aid and Development aid. Humanitarian aid aims to help in the short term (e.g. to help after natural disasters or emergencies), to provide essential services and resources to people who are in difficulty. It is only meant to alleviate suffering in the short term rather than contributing towards longer-term poverty alleviation.

In my country, Kenya, both types of aid are visible and have been for quite a while. After the post-election violence in 2008, Kenya…

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The Future of the U.S.-Africa Economic Relationship

The Future of the U.S.-Africa Economic Relationship.

Google to power Botswana

Power and sustainable development: friend or foe? How do we develop cost effective and sustainable energy solutions for African communities

The Anthropocene Journal

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This week Google announced it was investing $100 million in a project to install and lease solar systems to homeowners in the US.

The deal with the Sun Power Corporation, which also throws $150 million into the pot, makes it easier for people to switch to renewable energy and save money. The web blurb gushes: “Using the fund we buy the solar panel systems. Then we lease them to homeowners at a cost that’s typically lower than their normal electricity bill. So by participating in this program, you don’t just help the environment—you can also save money.”

Google is a company with a heart and an embarrassingly huge wad of cash. The internet giant has already committed over $1 billion to wind and solar projects.

As it explains on its website, this is enough to power 500,000 US homes for one year. Or, a car…

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What Are the Sustainable Development Goals and what is Sustainable Development Financing?

Looking forward to the report and the next few years after MDG 2015. We should be pushing for more impact within the African region – how will theses help us to make measurable impact or changes of the African people?

 
What are the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals?

Desarrollo Sostenible de las Naciones Unidas Let’s first go back to the year 2000 when the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established and given a deadline of 2015.

The MDGs were created to help facilitate upward social mobility in low to middle-income countries through goals, such as: the lowering extreme poverty rates in half and establish a framework for universal primary education. The MDGs have helped to ensure that the world works together to create sustainable progress and a better future for all as we headed into the 21st Century. These Goals were able to successfully create a framework for joint international efforts in development at a high-level.

As 2000 began to approach, the Member States of the UN agreed that although the MDGs had been successful in streaming development goals for high-level policy makers, as well as private sector and institutional leaders

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Invest in Girls & Women: Everybody Wins – New Toolkit from Women Deliver

Girls' Globe

Today, Women Deliver launched a new advocacy toolkit with the reasons for investing in women and girls as a pathway for sustainable development.

This great new toolkit includes infographics, key messages and statistics to help you communicate the importance of investing in women and girls now and in the Post-2015 agenda. Be inspired and use the toolkit to step up efforts to advocate for the rights and health of women and girls worldwide.

Let’s ensure everyone understands the importance to invest in girls and women!

Below are three of their great infographics. Find the rest of the infographics here.

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Join the online conversation using #InvestInGirls!

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#CSW58 Zimbabwe’s progress- MDG 1: Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger

MaDube's Reflections

Over the past 15 years, Zimbabwe has not made great strides in achieving the goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger due to the economic decline that has persisted since 2000. Although efforts have been focused on improving economic growth, with our GDP improving from 5.4% in 2009 to 9.3% in 2011, the process of growth has not been inclusive. A comprehensive approach to ending poverty and ensuring inclusive growth, to me, would mean
1. the creation of decent employment;
2. the promotion of entrepreneurship through development of ICTs and other infrastructure;
3. the enhancement of access to and quality of social services;
4. a reduction in inequality between men and women and between social classes;
5. the promotion and implementation of a strategy to address the effects of climate change and the environmental hazards it brings

We still have a lot of our people living on less than $1.25…

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IFPRI: 2013 Global Food Policy Report

Global Advocacy: Gender-Focused Community-led Development for All

ifpri2013 Credit: IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute has launched a 2013 Global Food Policy Report yesterday. The report was launched at the event held at the institite’s Washington, DC main office. Among the speakers during the report launch event were  Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Institute, and guest speakers Homi Kharas from Brookings Institution, Asma Lateef from Bread for the World institute and Tjada McKenna from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAIDs) Bureau for Food Security. Dr. Fan presented an overview of the major food policy developments presented in the Report and discussed about post-2015 development efforts that can help achieve the aspirational target of eliminating hunger and undernutrition in a sustainable manner by 2025 (IFPRI, 2014). Following Dr. Fan the guest speakers provided their own perspective on food and nutrition security, and they later responded to participant questions and suggestions.

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Latin America applies the weight of the law against Climate Change

Eye On Latin America

(Translation) Carlos Molina, writing in El País: Some of the region’s countries head the global list of those that have done most to enact legislative measures to protect the environment.

Follow Eye On Latin America on Twitter: @eola_blog and on Facebook for regular updates and the best the web has to offer on Latin America!

A man struggles through floods in north-western Bolivia. Photo courtesy of Reuters via El País.

In some countries in Latin America, attacking nature is a crime, while in others carbon markets and other forms of trading gases harmful to the atmosphere are being encouraged. They are different measures but ones with the same objective: to confront the inevitable transformations in the climate that are being felt across the region, whether in the form of extreme meteorological phenomena such as severe storms, or in less-easily perceptible changes such as rising sea levels.

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IFPRI: 2013 Global Food Policy Report

Global Advocacy: Gender-Focused Community-led Development for All

ifpri2013 Credit: IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute has launched a 2013 Global Food Policy Report yesterday. The report was launched at the event held at the institite’s Washington, DC main office. Among the speakers during the report launch event were  Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Institute, and guest speakers Homi Kharas from Brookings Institution, Asma Lateef from Bread for the World institute and Tjada McKenna from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAIDs) Bureau for Food Security. Dr. Fan presented an overview of the major food policy developments presented in the Report and discussed about post-2015 development efforts that can help achieve the aspirational target of eliminating hunger and undernutrition in a sustainable manner by 2025 (IFPRI, 2014). Following Dr. Fan the guest speakers provided their own perspective on food and nutrition security, and they later responded to participant questions and suggestions.

To download and…

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Nigerien Agriculture – from my experience

Vox Souley

(For the record – in English – someone from Niger is a Nigeri e n, someone from Nigeria is a Nigeri a n.) 

An acquaintance asked me to describe my experience with smallholder farmers in Africa, this is what I ended up writing for her.

My most intimate experience was as a Peace Corps volunteer living in a rural Nigerien village.  Farmers would generally have “ownership” or at least control over 1-3 hectares of land where, if the rains were perfect, they’d grow enough millet and sorghum for most of the year.  Land was not “owned” in our northern sense though, it was apportioned by the village chief or county chief (Chef du Canton).  Farmers could not take out loans against their land titles, there are no titles per se.  So, if a farmer wants to improve his yield – the options are (and all include money):

  1. To work WAY…

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unctad.org | Trade central to sustainable use of biodiversity-based resources, meeting told

unctad.org | Trade central to sustainable use of biodiversity-based resources, meeting told.

To Harness Africa’s Demographic Dividend – Invest in People!

To Harness Africa’s Demographic Dividend – Invest in People!.

Healing Capitalism

Professor Jem Bendell

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Jem Bendell is a guru in the world of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate “Voluntarism”. And you need to be a guru to know just how empty and inadequate these concepts have now become. So prepare to have your cherished illusions unceremoniously set aside, and be forced to acknowledge that, when it comes to capitalism, there is no healing without a lot of pain.
Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future; author,Capitalism As If The World Matters

Radical thinking par excellence! Drawing on insights from multiple disciplines and ideological perspectives, Profesor Bendell shows how the corporate social responsibility agenda not only deployed an extremely blunt instrument – voluntary action – to reform capitalism but also missed the boat by ignoring core questions of economic governance. He directs our attention to the perverse nature of conventional monetary systems and the exciting potential of recent financial innovations to transform capitalism.
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Land Grabs in the Global North

The Emergence of Sustainable Development

CY Plan 254 Sustainable Communities

The discussion in class on Thursday (January 30th) focused on the emergence of the idea of sustainable development. We also discussed the importance of sustainable development in the future. The Wheeler reading looked at the historical roots of sustainability, laid out several debates in sustainability, and discussed the evolution of worldviews in the field. The report titled “Our Common Future” looked at the concept of sustainable development in terms of development strategies that will move countries from their current path towards a more sustainable future. In this blog post, I will discuss the various histories of sustainability that we have been presented and will then wrestle with the idea of common interests in sustainable development.

History of Sustainable Development

In our readings so far, we have seen two different attempts to trace the history of environmentalism and sustainability (Daniels and Wheeler). Daniels presents a diagram that shows the…

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The International Year of Family Farming

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The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

combating climate change in Kenya

The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development.  The 2014 IYFF will promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers.

What is family farming?

Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development…

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Sustainable Development Key Word : Planetary Boundaries

HuiChun@我见我思我想

In 2009,  Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden, sat down with a team of 28 luminaries from environmental and earth-systems science to answer those questions. The team included Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, NASA climate scientist James Hansen, Gaia researcher and “tipping point” specialist Tim Lenton, and the German chancellor’s chief climate adviser Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.

They identified nine “planetary life-support systems” that are vital for human survival. They then quantified how far we have pushed them already, and estimated how much further we can go without threatening our own survival. Beyond certain boundaries, they warned, we risk causing “irreversible and abrupt environmental change” that could make the Earth a much less hospitable place (Ecology and Society, vol 14, p 32).

The boundaries, Rockström stresses, are “rough, first estimates only, surrounded by large uncertainties and knowledge gaps”. They also…

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