This Master's-level module has been designed to explore the complicated problem of undernutrition, highlight its multi-sectoral causes and identify potential programmatic solutions. Please note that these are self-study sessions and that no certification or tutorial support is provided, but there is a brief assessment at the end of each session to test your knowledge.
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E-learning Course: Programming for Nutrition Outcomes
How to Perform Evaluations series
The How to Perform Evaluations series sets out working standards and guidelines in an easy reference format.
UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards
UNDP is calling for comments on the draft Social and Environmental Standards by April 18, 2014. The objectives of the standards are to: (i) strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of UNDP’s programmes and projects; (ii) avoid adverse impacts to people and the environment; (iii) minimize, mitigate, and manage adverse impacts where avoidance is not possible; and (iv) strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.
Call for submission: Innovative ideas for climate adaptation business
The International Climate Adaptation Business Challenge provides a unique opportunity to transform your idea in commercial success. Get access to the Climate Adaptation Boot Camp: a unique two-day fast track course by a Climate-KIC team of international business coaches. The most promising business ideas receive financial support, and are provided an international stage to pitch your product or service. The winners of this Challenge receive up to 25,000 euro for implementation of their business plans and a wildcard for the review board of the Climate-KIC Accelerator.
Call for applications: CDM loan scheme
The CDM Loan Scheme has already approved 46 loan applications for CDM projects in 28 countries. The next application phase for the CDM Loan Scheme is closing in one week and the last day for submitting applications for this period is the 31st of March, 2014.
Calling all proposals: Climate CoLab 2014
In this open forum, candidates can try out new ideas, connect with other members, recruit collaborators, share their work, engage support, and invite a global community to review and help develop their proposal.
Book: The GLOBE climate legislation study - A review of climate change legislation in 66 countries
This document is the product of an ongoing co ‐ operation between GLOBE International and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. It was financially supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Call for manuscript submissions: Special Issue "The potential role for community monitoring in MRV and in benefit sharing in REDD+"
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Keywords: community based monitoring; benefit sharing; REDD+; monitoring, reporting and verification; results-based financing; and forest inventories. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 800 CHF (Swiss Francs).
(Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2014)
How to win the argument on climate change – a five-point plan
Tackling climate change is tough. It often feels like we take two steps forward and one step back. Every now and then a tragic event like Typhoon Haiyan dominates the news bulletins and people make a link between climate change and the frequency or severity of natural disasters.
The severe winter of January 2014, with exceptionally cold conditions in North America and extensive floods in the United Kingdom (UK) and elsewhere in Europe, may also have had this effect. But then we go back to normal, arguing about who will do what, and the fine detail of taxes, subsidies or regulations.
That is not surprising. All policies have winners and losers. Look at Germany’s industry, where people are worried about high energy prices caused by the 'Energiewende', the transition to renewables. Or Australian electors, apparently so opposed to a carbon tax that they voted out the government of Kevin Rudd. Or talk to citizens in the UK, campaigning vehemently against wind farms, hydraulic fracturing (known as ‘fracking’) for gas, or a rise in energy prices.
Of course, everyone wins in the long term if climate change can be avoided. In the short term, however, the number and geographical distribution of potential losers makes it extremely tricky to design policy. I remember being at a dinner with a UK climate change minister, who said quite openly, “you have to understand that for every company lobbying for more support to renewables, there are three standing outside my door lobbying for less”. And ministers are right to worry about jobs in depressed parts of the UK, now and in the future, where many of the current jobs are in power-hungry heavy industry. These factors apply outside the UK as well.
This is why it is important to win the public and policy argument: to build and sustain support for action on climate change. And the starting point to winning the argument must be a plan.
Seven Deadly Sins of Impact Evaluation
Impact evaluations - typically, third-party studies that seek to prove a program model’s effectiveness - seem to be all the rage in social sector circles these days. Maybe in part that’s because the process seems so straightforward: Just commission one when the time is right, and, when all goes well, proudly show off your "stamp of approval." You’ll soon receive the resources you need to grow your organization and to influence all the other nonprofits in your field.
The problem is that it’s rarely that simple in practice. Consider one youth-serving organization we know, which undertook an impact evaluation - at great expense and with high visibility to its funders - only to have the process cut short when the evaluators discovered that the organization’s numerous sites were implementing its program model in wildly different ways. Did that nonprofit have growth potential? Yes. But had its leaders been conducting regular internal measurement, they probably would have realized that their organization was not yet mature enough for the rigors of an impact evaluation.
Evaluation Fellowship Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an Evaluation Fellowship Program for graduate students interested in developing and implementing program evaluations and studies for CDC. The next application period will begin around March 2014.
E-learning Programme: Gender Equality
The content of this e-learning programme has been developed by the Division for Gender Equality in the Office of the Director-General throughout the implementation of UNESCO’s “Capacity Development and Training in Gender Mainstreaming Programme” launched in September 2005.
Impact evaluation toolkit
The Impact Evaluation in Practice guide is a companion piece of the Impact Evaluation Toolkit. It helps policymakers and practitioners understand available impact evaluation methods, and make decisions based on evidence of what works. The toolkit composes of 8 modules; click here to have a look at all modules.
Global forest watch 2.0 to help stakeholders monitor forests in near-real time
A global coalition of partners, led by World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched an online forest monitoring and alert system meant to empower governments, local communities, the private sector, academics and civil society to track forest change.
Webinar: Gender and climate-smart agriculture
Are you interested in participating in the online learning event on addressing gender equality, through food security and adoption of climate-smart agriculture?
Enrol now by filling out this form, and receive all updates and invitations to the webinars and discussions. In order to offer an event that is both interesting and informative to practitioners, please share your interests, location, ideas and possible questions. It takes place from January 30 - February 18, 2014.
Call for Proposals: ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Pilot Program
The ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Pilot Program aims to strengthen science and technical input to ASEAN strategic S&T priorities by increasing science capacity and the capacity for science-based policymaking. Fellows may apply to work on one of the following ASEAN-U.S. S&T priority issues for the Fellowship year: Health, Climate Change, Food Security, Early warning systems for disaster risk reduction (EWS for DRR), Water Management, and Biodiversity (these are the common S&T priority areas for ASEAN COST and for the U.S. government).
- Applications Due: January 6, 2014
- Program Start Date: March 31, 2014
Call for applications: PhD scholarships for Vietnamese and Indonesian nationals in relation to research project on REDD+ and the monitoring of livelihoods, carbon and forest rights
A number of PhD scholarships are available for Vietnamese and Indonesian nationals in relation to research project on REDD+ and the monitoring of livelihoods, carbon and forest rights. The deadline for all applications is 30th December 2013. There are three PhD themes:
- PhD Theme 1: Local monitoring of livelihoods;
- PhD Theme 2: Community monitoring of forest carbon stocks; and
- PhD Theme 3: Forest rights.
PPCR Core Indicator Monitoring Data
Here practitioners can find all Pilot program for climate resilience (PPCR) core indicator monitoring data, baselines and expected results SPCR tables as well as one overview table per reporting period. PPCR baselines and expected results are published October 2013, first PPCR annual results reports are published October 2014. Everyone may also want to visit PPCR Progress and Results for synthesis and analyses of the data.
COP19, 'What is at stake in Warsaw so far'
Poor countries have thrown down the gauntlet as the UN climate talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered their final week, when government ministers take over the negotiations in Poland. Recognition of the impact climate change is having on food security, a mechanism to address loss and damage as the climate changes and finance to help countries adapt are the major issues for poor countries. By the end of the first week, during which negotiations are handled by technocrats, some developed countries had adopted rigid positions on these issues, forcing strong reactions from some countries in the south.
Prakash Mathema, chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group at the talks, is emphatic: "We are not going home without a loss and damage mechanism! They [some developed countries] cannot postpone this forever and ever. A commitment was made in Doha [Qatar, where the last UN talks were held in 2012] to set up a mechanism here in Warsaw." Others have upped the stakes even more.
COP19, Wednesday side event 'NAP, challenges and opportunities for climate-resilient development'
GEF, GIZ, UNDP and UNEP to host side-event: NAP, Challenges and Opportunities for Climate-Resilient Development
The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, established by the UNFCCC COP at its sixteenth session, seeks to enable developing countries to identify and address their medium- and long-term adaptation needs in a continuous, progressive and iterative manner. Several countries have quickly embraced the NAP process in their pursuit of climate-resilient development pathways, and a variety of support mechanisms have emerged to address their needs. This side-event will help participants understand the progress that countries have made so far, their needs for additional support, and the evolving landscape of financial and technical assistance towards the NAP process.
- Opening Remarks: Dr. Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, plus High-level Representatives from the Governments of Tanzania and the Gambia
- Mapping Country Progress: Prof. Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor, Brac University (Bangladesh), Dr. Aloysius Mphatso Kamperewera, Director of Environmental Affairs (Malawi)
- Supporting the NAP process through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF): Mr Rawleston Moore, GEF Secretariat
- Technical support to the NAP process: Mr. Christoph Feldkotter, GIZ, Mr. Mohammed Zmerli, Ministry of Environment (Tunisia)
Time and Date: 13:15—14:45, Wednesday Nov. 20th
Venue: Room Wroclaw, Stadion Narodowy