CROP International Studies in Poverty Prize 2014

17 Jul

CROP, The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty hosted at the University of Bergen, is looking for original, high-quality, alternative and critical academic manuscripts for the CROP International Studies in Poverty Prize 2014.

Works challenging the dominant thinking and knowledge about poverty and providing sound contributions to the eradication and/or prevention of poverty in our world are especially welcomed. Poverty must be the central focus of the monograph. CROP is especially (but not exclusively) interested in the themes of Poverty and Human Rights, Gender Disparity, Policy Innovation, the MDG process, and Global Justice.

‘The Soul of Great Britain at the beginning of the 21st Century’ – NHJ June 2014 Article

14 Jul

This is a pivotal time in our history. On the global scale it is a time of great uncertainty and change. Science and modern developments point to extraordinary and wonderful opportunities, but there are flip side risks to some of these developments. Anyone who questions this point should read Al Gore’s latest book ‘The Future’. Whilst not everyone’s favourite, even as one Gore critic admiringly put it, it is a compelling read, and if only 20% turns out to be true…..

Zoom in on Great Britain and we find further layers of uncertainty and challenges. Will we remain a United Kingdom? Will we be a major player in Europe – in or out of what sort of European Union? Will our economic recovery turn into an enduring sustainable period of growth? Will we be at ease with our new 21st century identity both at home and abroad? How will changes in climate affect our villages and cities?

International Conference, Women, Migration and Development: Investing in the Future

8 Jul

CARE International and the Overseas Development Institute are organising an International Conference, Women, Migration and Development: Investing in the Future which aims to bring policy makers, donors, practitioners, private sector, government and UN agencies to focus on issues, challenges and opportunities around migration. This conference will take place in London on 17-18 of July 2014.

CARE has been working on gender, migration and development issues for the past several years in different parts of the world. In South Asia, CARE has been implementing a 5-year regional project, ‘Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support (EMPHASIS)’, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which aims to reduce HIV&AIDS vulnerability among cross-border migrants from Bangladesh to India and Nepal to India; and to influence national and regional policies relating to safe mobility. A key component of the project is to focus on women’s empowerment along the continuum of mobility.

Exploring Ranepa’s Summer Campus 2014

7 Jul

Last year Cat travelled to Russia to carry out a one-day training at Ranepa’s Summer Campus, which took place in Khazan, Tatarstan between the 18-28 July. The event hosted 350 top undergraduate and graduate students from across Russia and provided lectures and workshops from top figures in government, business and society. Aimed at developing a new generation of leaders, it provided the students with a valuable opportunity to acquire knowledge and form professional competencies in their areas of interest. Alongside Paul Davies from Ashridge Consulting, Cat carried out a workshop on the ways of reacting to the comprehensive environment of global management and the typical challenges to opening dynamic systems in the changing conditions. The key goals of the discussion were to review state policy processes, instruments of its development and demonstration of best practices in government relations in different countries of the world. Read the full report from Ranepa on Cat and Paul’s training here, and see Cat’s own assessment of the day in her blog from 12 August 2013.

Outcomes of Singapore Consultation on Developing Foresight Capacity within the Public Service

4 Jul

On 29 April 2014, Cat participated in a Consultation on Developing Foresight Capacity within the Public Service, held in Singapore by the UNDP.

This consultation was convened to engage thinkers and practitioners in discussion to advise UNDP on avenues for building government foresight capacity in developing countries. Alongside Cat, the consultation consisted of 16 participants, including UNDP experts, consultants with expertise and experience in foresight/futures work, and researchers/academics from diverse disciplines such as sociology, education, political economy, systems science and public policy. Cat gave one of the three presentations given by foresight practitioners with experience in working with governments, and these were followed by a 90-minute roundtable discussion.

Cat presented on the topic of Institutionalising Foresight in Government. She highlighted how Foresight is becoming an increasingly important skill for civil services and government because we’re in a 21st century complex environment. When making decisions under complex environments, foresight is vitally important. The role of government will need to change in an environment where there are more doers and actors; where the role changes from being at the top of the pyramid to being part of a network of actors. She outlined the difficulties facing foresight, and why it is so important that we attempt to overcome these challenges to utilise it to its fullest advantage.

OGP Civil Society Group Seeking Regional Civil Society Coordinator (Africa and Middle East)

2 Jul

A great job opportunity has just opened in the OGP Civil Society Group. If you have plenty of open government/civil society experience in Africa (and the Middle East preferably) you might be the person to join the OGP civil society team.

The Civil Society Engagement team is a nimble, international team that aims to broaden and deepen civil society engagement in OGP, both at the national and international level.

The active and effective participation of civil society organizations in the Open Government Partnership is crucial to its success. Civil society organizations around the world in OGP member and eligible countries need to be informed about the process, opportunities and responsibilities associated with OGP.

Reporting to the global OGP Civil Society Coordinator, the Regional Civil Society Coordinator will lead in building interest and excitement about OGP among civil society organizations in the region.
The goal is to support active and effective engagement by civil society actors to push for and deliver on ambitious open government reforms. The core focus of the position will be on supporting civil
society in Africa.

New ASAP Delphi Study on Illicit Financial Flows Post-2015

3 Jun

Academics Stand Against Poverty is conducting a Delphi study on the best way to tackle illicit financial flows through the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Illicit financial flows are international movements of funds illegally earned, transferred or utilized. Examples include the proceeds of crime and corruption and funds involved in tax avoidance and evasion schemes. Evidence suggests that developing countries are losing very large amounts of money to illicit financial flows. According to Global Financial Integrity, illicit flows from developing countries totalled $946.7 billion in 2011, and $5.9 trillion cumulatively from 2002 to 2011. This is roughly ten times the amount of money developing countries received in official development assistance. As a result of these losses, the affected countries are less able to finance infrastructure development and provide essential services such as healthcare and education.

The Millennium Project: ’2013-14 State of the Future’

2 Jun

At the beginning of this month, Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project, will be presenting on the Executive Summary of the 2013-14 State of the Future report.

The ’2013-14 State of the Future’ report offers a comprehensive overview is of humanity’s situation, potentials for the future, and directives on what needs to be done today to account for these risks and opportunities. It is the Millennium Project’s 17th annual report card on the future of the world, and has accumulated intelligence from over 4,500 thought leaders selected by its 50 Nodes around the world to inform the report. It covers the global landscape with a short overviews and regional considerations of 15 global challenges such as: energy, food, water, science & technology, ethics, economics, health, education, organized crime, decision-making and foresight, gender relations, demographics, war & peace, and others.