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Greening Africa´s Cities: Enhancing the Relationship between Urbanization, Environmental Assets and Ecosystem Services

The World Bank Group (2017) A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities. Protecting those assets can increase the productivity and livability of these cities, improve tourism opportunities, and enhance resilience to the impacts of extreme weather events. This World Bank report highlights the opportunities and actions to change the current environmental trajectory towards a more harmonious relationship between urbanization, environmental assets and ecosystem services.

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Smallholder farming systems in coastal Kenya: Key trends and innovations for resilience

IIED (2017) Smallholder farmers in coastal Kenya are already significantly affected by climate change, particularly in semi-arid and dryland areas. They have developed a number of innovations to enhance resilience and productivity, eg. crop diversification using resilient local varieties, new planting techniques and wild tree domestication. This report explores key trends in climate, livelihoods, food security, crop diversity and social capital in five Mijikenda communities, as well as traditional knowledge-based innovations to address climatic and socioeconomic challenges. It presents findings from the SIFOR project (Smallholder Innovation for Resilience).

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Resilient Cities Report 2017 – Tracking local progress on the resilience targets of SDG 11

ICLEI (2017) The report ‘Tracking local progress on resilience targets of SDG 11’ reflects the outcomes of the Resilient Cities 2017 congress and captures broader developments in the field of urban resilience and climate adaptation. It is based on the expertise of international experts and practitioners who participated at the congress, July 6-8 in Bonn, Germany. The report features case studies from around the world, highlights newly available tools and solutions, and provides an overview of the state of urban resilience globally by exploring new directions and innovations in the field.

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Turning up the volume: financial aggregation for off-grid energy

IIED (2017) Investing in the decentralised renewable energy sector presents significant challenges. Financial aggregation – innovative ways of bundling together energy opportunities to lower transaction costs, risks, and the cost of capital – is emerging. This paper explores the benefits and challenges of aggregation through five case studies, highlighting lessons learned as well as the need for further experimentation in this growing sector.

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Handbook for a successful project (french version)

Platforma, Abigaïl Faure, Mireille Van der Graaf; Platforma (2016) This practical guide was conceived in the spirit of the mission for easier access to financing opportunities. It helps elected representatives and local civil servants to build solid projects and attractive applications. You can find useful information on EU Member States’ funding agencies and multilateral organisations.

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Handbook for a successful project

Platforma, Abigaïl Faure, Mireille Van der Graaf; Platforma (2016) This practical guide was conceived in the spirit of the mission for easier access to financing opportunities. It helps elected representatives and local civil servants to build solid projects and attractive applications. You can find useful information on EU Member States’ funding agencies and multilateral organisations. The handbook is also available in French.

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Integrated Framework to Support Local Governance and Local Development

UNDP, UNV, UNCDF (2016) The Integrated Local Governance and Local Development (LGLD) Framewor was developed jointly by UNDP with its associated funds and programmes, UNV and UNCDF. This framework supports partners across societies and economies, i.e. governments at all levels, civil society, private sector, and development agencies, at different stages of development to design strategies to localise the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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OECD Regions at Glance 2016

OECD (2016) This publication shows how regions and cities contribute to national economic growth and well-being and updates more than 40 region-by-region indicators to assess disparities within countries and their evolution over the past 15 years. The report covers all the OECD member countries and, where data are available, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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Costs, benefits and the political economy of aid coordination: the case of the European Union

GDI (2016) Although it is not possible to identify a specific, theoretical optimum level of aid coordination for the European Union, there is a broad consensus on the need for reduced transaction costs and greater impact through a stronger adherence to coordination standards. However, neither member states nor European institutions consequently follow a policy in line with a clear coordination principle. And nor do partner countries always push for more donor coordination. This article uses evidence from two country case studies, Myanmar and Rwanda, in which a conducive aid coordination environment is assumed. The former represents the new foundation of an aid architecture in a country, thus expecting the application of high aid effectiveness standards. The latter consists of a partner government with a strong leading role in aid. Although the political economy of donors and partner countries does not always favour coordination, strong recipient government leadership is crucial to align developmental objectives and clearly establish comparative advantages and division of labour among donors.

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Policy Brief on Development Effectiveness and Local Governments

Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group of UCLG (2016) This publication provides insight in how and to what extent local governments around the world are being involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of national development strategies, mostly through their national representative associations.

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