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Monitoring Regional Economic Integration in Asia

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Regional Integration
10. June 2016

Regional economic integration is a process in which two or more countries agree to eliminate economic barriers, with the end goal of enhancing productivity and achieving greater economic interdependence. Given the diversity of Asia and the capacity constraints of countries in the region to manage integration, building an integrated Asian market is not easy. It requires not only the ability to implement initiatives to support the markets, but also a high level commitment by countries to ensure that policies are…

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Mainstreaming Water Resources Management in Urban Projects : Taking an Integrated Urban Water Management Approach

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
10. June 2016

This note provides guidance for cities in developing countries for managing the urban water cycle in a sustainable manner by using an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approach. After a brief introduction to the concept of IUWM, this note profiles the different IUWM approaches applied in three types of cities: a water-scarce, fast-developing city (Windhoek, Namibia), an expanding city subject to climate extremes (Melbourne, Australia) and a dense flood-prone city (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). It also profiles an example of World…

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What Does Aid Do to Fiscal Policy? New Evidence

International Monetary Fund  
Policy Initiative: Other
10. June 2016

  Foreign aid is a sizable source of government financing for several developing countries and its allocation matters for the conduct of fiscal policy. This paper revisits fiscal effects of shifts in aid dependency in 59 developing countries from 1960 to 2010. It identifies structural shifts in aid dependency: upward shifts (structural increases in aid inflows) and downward shifts (structural increases in aid inflows). These shifts are treated as shocks in aid dependency and treatment effect methods are used to…

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Integrated Planning & Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities

Green Growth Knowledge Platform  
Policy Initiative: Other
10. June 2016

In September 2015, UN Member States approved the 2030 Development Agenda and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs holistically address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and are designed to be pursued in combination, rather than one at a time. Integrated development is therefore at the heart of the 2030 Development Agenda as reflected in the SDGs. Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) approaches and those that address the Poverty-Environment Nexus (PEN) can play a central…

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Synthesising and presenting complex evidence for policy-making

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Other
3. June 2016

Policy decisions are more robust when they are informed by different sources of evidence rather than a single piece of research.  But assembling a high-quality body of evidence can be challenging if many different organisations are involved, if the issue is a complex one and if the evidence is changing over time. This paper looks at the experience of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership in addressing this challenge and, in particular, their creation Annual Report Cards. Members of the…

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China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Regional Integration
3. June 2016

In December 2015, Chinese and African heads of state and government officials met in Johannesburg for the second summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the latest in a series of ongoing efforts to build and maintain strong links between China and Africa. This set of policy essays is based on presentations and speeches given at the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) event held in parallel with the summit, and addresses many of the issues discussed there including: industrialisation, employment…

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Chapter 4: Private sector finance for adaptation

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
3. June 2016

An emphasis on private finance has emerged in climate finance discussions, particularly in the context of international climate change negotiations. This is partly because the overall volume of finance needed to support adaptation in developing countries is beyond what many expect public finance to be able to contribute. This chapter identifies current evidence about private sector financing for adaptation and analyses how more private finance could be mobilised through both financial and non-financial instruments. DIE| Chapter 4: Private sector finance…

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Impact Series – Scaling up Multi-Country Adaptation

United Nations Development Programme  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
3. June 2016

Building on successful initiatives led by UNDP and supported by the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the Government of Canada is boosting climate change adaptation in six priority countries. In Mali, Niger and Sudan, local farmers struggle with persistent droughts and unpredictable rainfall patterns; in Cambodia, seasonal floods and droughts have increased in frequency and severity; in Haiti, land degradation, deforestation and soil erosion, particularly in coastal areas, have resulted in reduced productivity; in Cabo Verde, farmers struggle to understand…

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