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Donor Support to Peace Processes: A Lesson for Peace Literature Review

ODI (2020) The frequency of global crises and thus the demand for clear strategies and approaches from donor countries to address these conflicts is on the rise. Hence, a profound revision of peace-keeping activities is crucial to improve disaster response in future. Based on the existing literature on peace processes, ODI has extracted three key lessons for the provisions of donor support to peace processes, namely (1) the need to pay close attention to the multipolarity of interests among local actors, (2) the necessity to involve all involved stakeholders to ensure the development of inclusive, flexible and feasible solutions and (3) the relevance of providing financial and personal assistance to guarantee the implementation of agreements from peace accords.

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Politically Informed Approaches to Gender in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings: Insights from an Expert Meeting

ODI (2020) In September 2019, ODI and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy organized a meeting with global development research and policy experts and practitioners to explore the topic of working on gender in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS). By formulating four key messages, this report clearly captures suggestions for improvement. These recommendations range from making programming more politically informed and adaptive, including qualitative and quantitative data in the analysis, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and developing platforms to foster the exchange between practitioners.

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Local Finance Intiative: Global Report

UNCDF – SIDA (2016) Set up in 2012, the Local Finance Initiative Programme aims to close investment gaps for local economic development in countries like Benin, Uganda and Bangladesh. By primarily mobilising capital for financial markets in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the programme seeks to help small-to-medium size investment projects thrive in order to support sustainable local development. In addition, the programme wants to incentivize local financial institutions and investors to provide funding for such projects. The programme’s framework may serve as a blueprint for other countries. Cover fotos by Sam Eaton, Jacqueline Namfua and Jjumba Martin.

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Blog Series: The Coronavirus Outbreak

ODI (2020) ODI's new blog series on the coronavirus outbreak examines the pandemics' impact on sectors relevant to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda such as the economy as well as those living in poverty and how governments are attempting to tackle these issues. The series draws on the expertise of a range of experts and reflects on what valuable lessons we can take from the global responses so far to improve governance, digital transformation or climate action, among others, in future.

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Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020

United Nations ESCAP (2020) What are the obstacles that inhibit SDG attainment? What are appropriate strategies to overcome these obstacles? What type of data is suited to monitoring progress and who are the stakeholders that need to be involved? UN ESCAP’s new report provides answers to these and many other relevant questions in this context. It takes stock of the actions undertaken in the Asia-Pacific region toward SDG implementation and to stimulate further engagement geared toward progressing the 17 SDG goals. The objective of the report is to provide stakeholders who are active in the field of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda with a guiding framework for their actions.

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Women in Politics: 2020

IPU (2020) Have you ever wondered in what countries of the world women are active as political leaders? The map “Women in Politics: 2020” identifies in which countries of the world women hold positions such as heads of state, head of government, speaker in parliament, etc. By providing a basis for comparison between different years, the map makes it possible to track changes regarding equal political representation of women and men across the globe.

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Cities of Missed Opportunities: Improving the Lives of People in Poverty

ODI (2020) This publication by ODI poses two central questions: What has led cities globally to become “missed” opportunities for people in poverty? And what can cities do to improve their lives? In this context the report explores the historic dimension of cities’ development over time as well how decisions regarding public affairs are made and who takes them. In addition, five suggestions to improve the living conditions of poor people living in cities are provided: (1) take the systemic character of cities into consideration for public planning, (2) increase the availability of data for urban planning, (3) enhance local authorities’ commitment to SDG implementation, (4) increase the focus of public policy on poverty and (5) stimulate knowledge sharing within and across countries.

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Gender Mainstreaming in Projects

Cities Alliance (2020) Already at an early age girls and boys are confronted with socially constructed roles and responsibilities that are justified by traditional beliefs and customs. This has direct and indirect implications on how girls and boys experience cities and manifests in their ability to access land, educational and work opportunities, political participation or access to financial funds. Understanding these differences between the sexes is crucial to creating inclusive, safe and sustainable cities, as well as to empowering women and vulnerable groups. Therefore, Cities Alliance incorporates gender-adapted approaches to all its project stages, from the planning to the implementing to the closing stage. Their guide aims to provide recommendations to others on how to introduce gender mainstreaming approaches into all types of projects and creates awareness for relevant gender aspects to be taken into consideration by projects.

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OECD Online Tool on Measuring the Distance to the SDGs in Regions and Cities

OECD (2020) According to estimates from the OECD, 105 out of 169 targets cannot be reached without the involvement of local and regional governments. Hence, the OECD recommends a so-called Territorial Approach to sustainable development that relies on linking the capacities of the local level in terms of monitoring, evaluation and implementation of SDG targets to national jurisdiction and policies. In this context the OECD has developed an online tool that enables cities and regions to compare their performance with others. In addition, the tool is able to capture to what extent cities and regions have achieved the SDGs. The tool’s goal is to strengthen the dialogue and knowledge exchange between municipalities, the accountability of local governments and to raise awareness among locals for SDG progress and the 2030 Agenda.

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Local Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the Arab World: Addressing Constraints & Maximising Opportunities

United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (2020) Geopolitical interests, political movements, wide-spread authoritarian regimes and socio-economic fragility are some of the key issues the Arab region is confronted with. Against this backdrop the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and realisation of the SDGs has been neglected. Therefore, the region requires a new approach to sustainable development. Based on this realisation this policy brief recommends shifting the focus onto local governments and the involvement of local and non-state actors for SDG implementation. Recommendations on how to plan and manage financial budgets accordingly are provided by the brief.

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