A young boy named Kalu, who had been rescued from a carpet-weaving unit in Bihar, once raised a compelling and very significant question when he met then-President Bill Clinton. In conversation with the President, Kalu politely inquired about his plans and policies with regard to the world’s children and their condition.
Nowhere in the world do women have as many opportunities as men, whether those opportunities are economic, social or political. If we’re going to make our commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) count, we have to start here.
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At the February 2016 High-Level Meeting, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) agreed to make proposals and recommendations for enhancing its inclusiveness and representativeness, and maximising its relevance and impact so as to better support sustainable development efforts as set forth by the United Nations and its member states.
Over the last two years, “resilience” has achieved significant attention due to a growing recognition that different types of risks – violence and conflict, climate change, disasters, global shocks, and other risk factors such as urbanisation and ageing populations – are inter-connected.
Triangular co-operation unites diverse development partners – bilateral providers of development cooperation, international organisations and partners in South-South cooperation – in pursuit of the common goal of reducing global poverty.
PISA for Development aims to increase middle-income countries' and low-income countries' use of PISA assessments for monitoring progress towards nationally-set targets for improvement in education.
The adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) signals a clear commitment to set the world on track for a more just, prosperous and sustainable future, in which all children can reach their full potential. The challenge of sustainable development is an intergenerational one: effective action now will both improve children’s lives today and create a better future for children tomorrow.
South Africa’s total concessional finance for development reached USD 148 million in 2014, compared to USD 191 million in 2013 (OECD estimates based on Government of South Africa, 2015; and websites of multilateral organisations). In 2014, South Africa channelled USD 99 million through multilateral organisations.
Innovative approaches such as social impact investment - the provision of finance to organisations addressing social needs with the explicit expectation of a measurable social, as well as financial, return - can help to further drive economic development and improvement in achieving social outcomes.
Qatar became a Participant in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on 22 April 2016. As a provider of substantial concessional finance for development co-operation and humanitarian aid, Qatar has much to contribute to the DAC’s discussions and work on key development and humanitarian issues.