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  • High-level Political Forum 2018 (9 - 18 July)

    The theme of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on sustainable development will be "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” In the lead-up to the Forum, weekly blogs by representatives of Member States, UN system, and major groups and other stakeholders will be featured on this page to present various perspectives on this theme. The role of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17 will also be highlighted, as these goals will be in focus at this year’s Forum. Follow #HLPF on social media for the latest blogs and other HLPF updates.

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  • The 3rd annual Aid&Development Africa Summit

    Preparations are underway for the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit next month in Nairobi, Kenya. This year, the AIDF team is particularly excited to launch the Innovator of the Year Award. With the call for innovative solutions to alleviate poverty and drive Africa towards the Sustainable Development Goals growing louder each day, the award celebrates individuals for their inspiring leadership, creative problem-solving and innovative approaches to humanitarian and development challenges.

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  • #accelerateET

    The energy transition is already happening today. The fourth liberalisation package is going through the EU codecision process and it introduces exciting new elements for a demand-driven electricity system. The 10 millionth heat pump will be installed next month and we will have a million electric vehicles on Europe’s roads in 2017. Renewables are installed in the tens of GigaWatt and energy management is becoming a standard practice in industry. Energy and climate targets for 2020 will be amply met. And these are just some of the success stories.

    But developments are not proceeding fast enough to meet long-term goals. To quote the European Environment Agency, the EU and member states “will have to intensify their efforts considerably to meet longer-term energy and decarbonisation objectives for 2050.” Fortunately, the glass is half full and not half empty, but lately we appear to be slowing down whereas we should be speeding up.

    That’s the rationale for #AccelerateET, a social media initiative run by the European Copper Institute (ECI), One Policy Place (OPP) and Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP). Our desire is to amplify the most powerful views and statements from the EU champions of the energy transition. This campaign will start with the State of the Energy Union on November 24 and run until EU Sustainable Energy Week in June 2018.

    Through OPP’s exceptional policy monitoring service, we will highlight those champions speaking up for energy transition and a more rapid decarbonisation. We may find them in the EU institutions, member states, academia, research organisations, industry, municipalities or concerned citizens. Our aim to intensify the energy transition conversation on social media. Join us by using #AccelerateET.

  • What Happens After a School Is Built?

    Building a school is easy, but to make sure that it runs well afterwards is much more challenging. Unfortunately, most NGOs that build schools, however, often neglect the essential post-implementation capacity building of teachers and principals because it requires a lot of time and human resources and therefore, is not a priority for them. This may sound absurd, however, it is much more attractive and also easier to raise funds for a school building than for teacher training and capacity building.

    Child’s Dream has been and will always be different. As of end November 2017, we have built 244 schools and 69 boarding houses and we are still in touch with each one of these. In addition we evaluate every school and boarding house three times; after implementation, after 2 years and 5 years. Through our frequent visits we have the chance to give feedback and discuss ideas on how to improve the school’s education.

    A few years ago, our Laos team started to geographically group our schools into clusters and systematically provided training to school principals and leading teachers. This has now evolved into a well-designed teacher capacity building programme over three years. In the first year, we conduct training to help the principal and teachers to design a school development plan. In the second year we select a model school from the cluster and facilitate a peer-to-peer learning experience on how to manage a school in a remote area with limited or no financial resources. In the third year we assist the principals and teachers to build a network and establish indicators and an evaluation system for their schools. The results are remarkable. Principals and teachers are more motivated, feel inspired and empowered and can lead their school into a promising future.

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  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education (DARE) Network

    Described as a country with the world’s longest civil war, Myanmar has been suffering from ethnic conflict for many years, one of the main factors that contribute to its stunted economic growth. While tensions between the insurgent ethnic groups and the Myanmar army are ongoing, the spread of drug and alcohol problems in rural villages in Myanmar is also a concern.

  • Disaster Preparedness and Prevention

    Disaster preparedness methods and prevention infrastructure have been proven to mitigate the impacts of catastrophes on citizens around the world. As shown in the infographic by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF), every euro spent on disaster prevention efforts is predicted to result in €4 savings that would go towards response efforts. In 2016, the European Commission released a report of its planned investments for the countries in the EU. It is estimated that the projected developments will save 13.3 million people residing on the European continent from floods and 11.8 million people from forest fires. To view the infographic, click here.

    Despite its ability to cut response costs, disaster risk reduction has only accounted for 12.8% of the $3.3 trillion allocated globally to international aid finance during the period spanning from 1991 to 2010. Emergency response accounted for the majority of aid finance, 65.6% or $69.9 billion during these years while reconstruction and rehabilitation took up 21.7% of the total expenditure.

    These figures might be accounted for by factoring in the inability of some countries to afford the cost of protection infrastructure. This proves to be unsurprising as such infrastructure projects can come with a hefty price tag. The 5th Delta Program launched by the Netherlands cost €20 billion and $15 billion was spent on the flood protection program in New Orleans. In total, an estimated $1 trillion is needed per year to close the infrastructure gap in developing countries. 

  • Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress

    AIDF is delighted to announce the launch of the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congresswhich will take place on 6-7 March 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The inaugural Africa CSA Congress will unite senior representatives from governments, UN and donor agencies, farmers associations, cooperatives, NGOs and CBOs, research institutes, investors and the private sector to look at innovations, partnerships and financing to advance climate smart agriculture in East Africa.

    • Meet key decision makers and agricultural experts to establish public-private partnerships for a sustainable and secure food future in East Africa
    • Discuss practical solutions to the prominent climate change challenges, especially around drought management and irrigation best practice
    • Improve agricultural productivity: strategies for better soil fertility management, water utilisation, mechanisation, precision farming and crop diversity
    • Discover ICT for agri and mAgri innovations: support farmers through technology, data collection, and sharing among actors
    • Create economic opportunities while ensuring sustainability for communities and the environment, and learn about financing trends in the region

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  • The 15 winners of the 2017-2018 “Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty”

    In mid-June 2017, the Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, and Ashoka, launched a new Call for Projects, in partnership with Enel, to select the 15 most innovative organisations that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in Europe. Fuel poverty is a major issue in Europe, whereby tens of millions of people struggle every day to ensure adequate heating, light, and cooking power in their dwelling at an affordable price. This severely affects their health and wellbeing and ultimately has a negative impact on society.

    After a successful Call for Projects, which has received interest from over 40 social innovators, they announced the 15 winners of the 2017-2018 “Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty” programme during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change on 13th November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The 15 winners represent a diverse cohort of social innovators from Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, all committed to tackling fuel poverty and promoting energy sustainability in their countries and in Europe.

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