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  • 11-December-2020

    Spanish

    DevTalks - Comentando a Borrell: ALC-EU, un “New Deal” para el desarrollo

    Esta DEV Talk será una oportunidad para discutir la visión estratégica de la relación ALC-EU del Alto Representante de la UE para Asuntos Exteriores, Josep Borrell, con base en los artículos publicados en Le Grand Continent.

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  • 11-December-2020

    English

    DevTalks - Understanding the Borrell doctrine : LAC-EU & the New Deal for development

    This DEV Talk will be an opportunity to discuss High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell’s geopolitical strategy, with a focus on LAC-EU relations.

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  • 9-December-2020

    English

    Guiding Principles for Durable Extractive Contracts

    The Guiding Principles for Durable Extractive Contracts (the Guiding Principles) provide guidance on how resource projects can be developed to reflect the balance of risks and rewards that underpins durable contracts, while taking into account community interests and concerns since the very beginning. The Guiding Principles offer a blueprint for the content and negotiation of durable extractive contracts that can reduce the drivers of renegotiation and can provide adaptive and flexible provisions that, for example, can automatically adjust to prevailing market conditions. They also aim to assist host governments and investors in explaining the content of the contract to the public, thereby helping to overcome tensions between stakeholders. The Guiding Principles set out eight principles and supporting commentary that host governments and investors, as well as negotiation support providers and legal practitioners, can use as a common reference for future negotiations of enduring, sustainable and mutually beneficial extractive contracts.
  • 9-December-2020

    English

    OECD Development Centre unveils new guiding principles for durable extractive contracts with unprecedented buy in

    The Guiding Principles offer a blueprint of eight principles for how exploration and production extractive contracts should be framed to ensure a fair sharing of the benefits from natural resource development.

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  • 4-December-2020

    English

    DevTalks - Withstanding the test of time: making extractive contracts work for everyone

    This DEV Talk is an opportunity to discuss how the Guiding Principles for Durable Extractive Contracts can help manage the expectations of all stakeholders and ensure the fair sharing of value throughout the life cycle of a project.

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  • 4-December-2020

    English

    How to Select Buyers of Oil, Gas and Minerals - Guidance for State-Owned Enterprises

    The sale of publicly-owned oil, gas and minerals can have a significant impact on the development trajectory of resource-rich developing and emerging economies due to the large volume of commodities sold and the amount of money involved. Therefore, getting the buyer selection process right is a crucial step to prevent potential public revenue losses that can arise through sub-optimal allocation and corruption. This Guidance is intended to strengthen state-owned enterprises (SOEs)’ capacity to market commodities and optimise the value of resources sold. It explains how SOEs can set up transparent and competitive buyer selection procedures that reduce discretion, close opportunities for favouritism and corruption, ultimately leading to increased revenues for improved development outcomes. Based on the review of existing selection and procurement processes, the Guidance provides recommendations for countering key corruption challenges at each step of the buyer selection process, and identifies examples of best practices. This Guidance complements the work of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) on recommended disclosures of buyer selection procedures by SOEs.
  • 1-December-2020

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    PHILANTHROPY AND EDUCATION - Education Giving in the Midst of COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic is by far the largest disruption witnessed by education systems in the 21st century. At the peak of the first wave, school closures affected over 90% of all learners worldwide. This placed educators in a challenging teaching environment, and put millions of households under economic stress.

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  • 27-November-2020

    English

    Civil service pension reform in developing countries - Experiences and lessons

    This study examines reforms to civil service pension arrangements in a number of developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. These arrangements are a significant component of public-sector remuneration in many developing countries and they can carry substantial risks, not only financial but also political and social. This study takes a long-term and systemic approach to civil service pensions, charting their evolution as part of a country’s social protection provision and with reference to public-sector remuneration as well as broader institutional developments. It demonstrates the short- and long-term costs of these arrangements against spending on other social protection interventions, notably poverty-targeted social assistance. Through a series of case studies, it examines the motivation behind countries’ decision to reform their civil service schemes, as well as the challenges they faced when undertaking these reforms and their overall impact. The study is intended to support countries planning to reform their civil service pension schemes by identifying key principles and specific policies they might consider in this process; it can also support governments not planning such reforms to better understand the financial dynamics of their civil service schemes.
  • 26-November-2020

    English

    DevTalks: Road to regional integration: what are the drivers and constraints?

    Can regional platforms help accelerate the achievement of global development objectives, bridging the gap between global and local development? And can regional co-operation facilitate the provision (and protection) of public goods?

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  • 19-November-2020

    English

    DevTalks: Debt sustainability and COVID-19: what’s next for Africa and Latin America?

    The COVID-19 crisis poses a great challenge to fiscal sustainability in developing countries. In Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), many countries faced socio-economic vulnerabilities, weakening financial conditions and rising debt levels prior to the breakout of the pandemic.

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