UNV – Programmes : Engaging youth for peace and development in Eastern Ukraine

UN Volunteer Andrei Lahunou (left) during a "Peace and Justice" animation workshop organized in Kramatorsk, Ukraine in February 2017.
Since the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine in 2013, some 1.7 million people have been officially registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs), an estimated 3.8 million need humanitarian assistance, and 2.9 million live in areas beyond Government control. Long-term displacement poses difficult challenges due to the lack of opportunities available to people who have abandoned their homes—forcing some to return to insecure areas in search of work.

In 2016, four UN Youth Volunteers were on assignment in Kramatorsk, Eastern Ukraine. Two were helping to monitor human rights in the region while two others contributed to community security, helping reintegrate those who simply want to return home and those who remained despite the fighting.

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LIDC – Who Does the Research on Aid Effectiveness? It Matters

London International Development Centre (LIDC)

Accepted knowledge about what works, and what doesn’t, plays a critical role in decisions about aid, particularly at a time when donors face unprecedented pressure to demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness – value for money and impact. But how solid is this knowledge, and whose knowledge is it?

According to recent research, evidence on what works in aid remains thin, and accepted knowledge on how aid works even more so. The different timing of research and of aid policy cycles does not help. Politically charged questions regarding ‘whom should aid go to?’  and the question of ‘how does aid work?’ are very often part of separate discussions, and involve different people.

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socialcops – 5 Survey Errors That Will Hurt Your Data Quality

Data is undoubtedly valuable. It offers unprecedented insights into past trends and future predictions that few other non-numerical sources can match, making it an invaluable resource in policy making and social, political and economic understanding. 

However, data can only be useful if it is accurate and reliable. There are some major obstacles that can stand in the way of credible data collection and analysis. These obstacles can occur at various stages in the process, from survey development to execution to response analysis.

This article will briefly address the five most common survey errors that arise during data collection, plus tips on how to spot and avoid each one.

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OECD – Human Resource Management in States affected by Fragility and Conflict : Human Resource Development Policy Papers No.2


This study on Human Resource Management (HRM) in States Affected by Fragility and/or Conflict has been produced by the INCAF Secretariat in response to a request made by the INCAF Task Team on Implementation and Reform during its meetings of 25-26 March 2014.

The purpose of this publication is to:

  • provide a shared understanding of HRM issues to policy makers and practitioners involved in states affected by fragility and/or conflict (SFC)
  • outline a set of common challenges faced by INCAF members in relation to HRM in SFC
  • serve as a peer-learning tool by sharing ideas and experiences on innovative practices and reforms among members of the OECD/DAC’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), or from other organisations working in SFC.

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CHRnet – Staff Management and Conflict sensitive Human Resources Policies

Conflict sensitive Human Resources Policies and Staff Management are key particularly for working in fragile and conflict affected situations (FCS) since staff has an impact on the context and the context has an impact on staff. The elements of workforce diversity and psychosocial support should be taken into consideration for a conflict sensitive staff management. In addition, the SCO’s should invest in capacity building and knowledge transfer, especially in FCS that are characterized by high staff turnover.

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NZZ – Ein irreführender Vergleich der NGO Globalisierungsgegner machen Konzerne mit falschen Zahlen mächtiger als sie sind

Umsatzzahlen des Detailhandelskonzerns Walmart mit der Wirtschaftsleistung Belgiens gleichzusetzen, ist sinnlos. (Bild: Ted S. Warren / AP)

Globalisierungsgegner mögen Vergleiche von Ländern mit Konzernen. Zeigen diese nicht, dass «Multis» mächtiger sind als die meisten Länder? Doch damit machen sie eine falsche Rechnung auf.

Die wahre Macht gehöre den Superreichen und Grosskonzernen, lautet ein Mantra der Globalisierungskritiker, das auch an den Gegenveranstaltungen zur G-20 in Hamburg oft beschworen wurde. Die Politiker wurden dabei als Kofferträger des Grosskapitals verhöhnt. Schaut man sich die Gipfel-Themen aber an – finanzielle Inklusion, nachhaltige Lieferketten, Pariser Umweltabkommen, Partnerschaft mit Afrika oder die Unterstützung von Unternehmerinnen –, hat man eher den Eindruck, die Regierungen seien die Sherpas der Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGO). Die NGO würzen ihre Vorwürfe gegen den Kapitalismus gerne mit Statistiken, die belegen sollen, dass Konzerne grösser – und damit «mächtiger» – seien als die meisten Länder. Selbst das World Economic Forum (WEF), dessen Mitglieder globale Firmen sind, gibt solche Vergleiche unreflektiert wieder.

Ein zweiter Blick auf solche Statistiken aber zeigt: Hier werden Birnen mit Äpfeln verglichen, wodurch die Bedeutung der Firmen künstlich aufgeblasen wird.

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devex – AfDB’s Nafissatou Ndiour-Bella on the role of HR in transforming the bank

Having only returned to its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in 2013, the African Development Bank Group is once again in the process of transformation. This year, the bank will recruit for some 600 positions, both internally and externally, as part of an organization-wide shake-up to ensure it has the skills to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and specific targets on African poverty reduction. This includes hiring for completely new profiles and attracting candidates from non-traditional backgrounds including the private sector, to bring in new perspectives as the bank prepares for the future.

Nafissatou Ndiour-Bella, human resources division manager at the bank, is currently focused on recruitment and is involved in leading the huge hiring initiative, but previously worked on employee relations and welfare at the bank, which she described as “people centric” and “a critical area of HR.”

“Beyond the needs of the business, you have the needs of staff. By creating a conducive environment for your staff, you are just making sure to have a happier and more engaged and productive workforce” she explains.

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aljazeera – Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?

[Illustration by Jawahir Al-Naimi/Al Jazeera]

In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera examines the accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation against the UN.

UN peacekeepers are sent to the most war-ravaged countries on Earth, ostensibly to help them transition to peace.

But some stand accused of committing crimes against the very people they are supposed to protect.

According to a recent investigation by the Associated Press (AP), between 2004 and 2016, the United Nations received almost 2,000 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its peacekeepers.

The UN says it has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, but survivors, activists, lawyers and human rights organisations say such crimes have been allowed to continue with impunity.

Through conversations with UN peacekeepers and officials, gender experts, academics, researchers and activists, as well as through an investigation of UN data, in this four-part series, we try to navigate these competing accounts to answer the question: How did some peacekeepers become predators?

In part one, we examine the history of accusations against the UN.

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Agenda – Die Digitalisierung im Personalwesen zunutze machen!

Unsere HR-Studie hat […] gezeigt, wo Potenziale in vielen Personalabteilungen brachliegen. Doch alleine das Wissen darüber reicht nicht aus. Wenn Sie eigene Prozesse professioneller gestalten wollen, brauchen Sie praxisnahe Tipps und Erfahrungswerte. Deswegen haben unsere Experten auf der Messe Personal Nord 2017 präsentiert,

wie Sie den Herausforderungen in Ihrer HR-Arbeit konkret begegnen.
wie Sie Standardprozesse beschleunigen.
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Sehen Sie sich gleich das kostenlose Video vom Vortrag „Das ungenutzte Potenzial“ an und holen Sie das Maximum aus Ihrer eigenen HR-Arbeit heraus.

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devex – Lessons from UN Cares in LGBTI inclusion in the workforce

UN Cares is the United Nations system-wide workplace program setup to provide information, learning opportunities and treatment to U.N. personnel and their families impacted by HIV. The program also works to ensure a supportive and respectful work environment as outlined by the 10 Minimum Standards for the U.N. system workplace. In recent years however, UN Cares has expanded its focus to also address the rights of LGBTI people working within the UN system.

Laurie Newell, global coordinator for UN Cares at the U.N. Population Fund, explains that while the early work of the program focused on ending HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the U.N. workplace, it was clear that there were many cases where the stigma was related to the modes of HIV transmission.

Over the years, Newell says she had people coming to her describing the U.N. as a “really homophobic place to work” and asking if there was something that UN Cares could do about it.

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