Swisspeace – à propos Nr151-Juni 2017 : Wie weiter am Horn von Afrika?

 

Bürgerkriege, politische Instabilität, terroristische Gruppierungen, Dürre und Hunger: Die Situation in den Ländern am Horn von Afrika ist sehr beunruhigend. In Anbetracht diverser Schwierigkeiten und trotz den grossen Herausforderungen hat das internationale Engagement in der Region nicht abgenommen. Auch die Schweiz ist in diesem Teil Afrikas engagiert. Mittels ihrer staatlichen Institutionen und den Nichtregierungsorganisationen versucht sie, nicht nur die nötigste Hilfe, sondern auch einen Beitrag zu mehr Stabilität und einem dauerhaften Frieden zu leisten, indem sie direkt vor Ort oder mit lokalen Organisationen zusammenarbeitet.

Humanitäre Hilfe, Entwicklungshilfe, Friedensförderung: Die Prioritäten verändern sich zwar je nach Regionen und Kontexten, nichtsdestotrotz sind all diese Bereiche vor Ort betroffen und mehr denn je voneinander abhängig. Wie auch immer die Arbeit der Schweizer Akteure dort aussehen mag, wichtig ist eine konfliktsensitive Arbeitsweise und dass die Aktionen koordiniert sind, um die Hoffnung für Stabilität, die im Interesse aller Länder der Region ist, zu erhalten. Würde die Region sich als Ganzes verstehen, hätte sie den Schlüssel für eine friedliche Zukunft selber in der Hand.

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The Community Roundtable – The State of Community Management 2017

The SOCM 2017 provides a snapshot of the progress and changes in community management, based on research of more than 300 communities from organizations large and small, which span a range of use cases, sectors, and industries.

In this eighth year of research, we were able to produce more relevant data about the three elements of community management that drive success – community strategy, operations, and tactics, than ever before.

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USAid / GHKC – Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs

As we increasingly use KM approaches to support global health and development, our need to monitor and evaluate the usefulness of applying KM to our work grows. Effective monitoring and evaluation relies on the relevance of the questions asked, the quality of the data collected, the cogent analysis of the answers provided, and the ability to effectively communicate the meaning of the results. While Project data, reports, and evaluations continue to be key information sources to strengthen our programming, we now understand that it is also critical to share the tacit knowledge that often explains key factors of successful programs. In our brave new world of immediate communication and technological interconnectivity, including virtual social networks, the information abundance that we experience—both tacit and explicit— makes these basic monitoring and evaluation underpinnings as important as ever.

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80’000 hours – Which jobs are best for long-term success? How to invest in yourself.

You should aim to (i) focus on the most pressing problems, (ii) choose the right method, (iii) do something with excellent personal fit and job satisfaction. Hopefully we also gave you some concrete ideas about what to do in the medium-term (3-15 years), like being a researcher or becoming a public advocate for important ideas. But how can you bring those options within reach?

Especially early in your career, we recommend that you focus on gaining flexible skills, contacts and credentials.

This week, we’ll explain how to go about this, as well as avoid some common early career pitfalls…

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APSIA – Meaningful Midcareer degrees May 2017

APSIA graduates find meaningful careers addressing issues in the public, private, non-profit, and multilateral sectors. The flexible training and interdisciplinary nature of APSIA degrees enable graduates to change jobs and tackle new areas as they progress in their careers.

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IFPRI – 2016 Annual Report

Growing international commitment to sustainable development goals and notable progress in addressing food security—reflected in historically low levels of poverty and hunger in many developing countries—marked 2016. These successes are building momentum as the world seeks to end hunger and malnutrition. IFPRI is proud to contribute to progress toward these vital global goals.

2016 was the first year of implementation of the ambitious UN Sustainable Development Goals. At the ministerial-level OECD Meeting of the Committee for Agriculture, IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan argued that improvements in the global food system will play a key role in achieving the SDGs. The 2016 Global Food Policy Report focused on reshaping the global food system to make it efficient, climate resilient, sustainable, nutrition- and health-driven, and business friendly, as means to meet these goals.

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The World Bank (IBRD-IDA) – Addressing Fragility; Promoting Water Security

Water insecurity can cause severe disruptions and compound fragilities in social, economic and environmental systems. Untangling water insecurity’s role in contributing to fragility is difficult, yet it is becoming a fundamental question for water policy worldwide given the scale of the fragility challenge. The challenge is made more urgent by the rising proportion of the world’s poor affected by fragility— by 2030 half of the world’s poor are expected to live in fragile contexts —and by the reality of climate change.
Issues related to water and fragility dominate the list of global risks identified by the leaders surveyed by the World Economic Forum. The two issues are connected and should be addressed in concert.

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FAO – Capacity development : How to analyse organizational performance

When carrying out an organization analysis, the first step is to analyse organizational performance using the Organizational Performance Assessment (OPA) tool described below. The next step is to plan relevant actions and interventions, using another practical tool “How to plan organizational change”.

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