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Compensating Small Island States for Losses and Damages from Climate Change

Author: Dr Jane Stanley It is expected that loss and damages compensation will be a focus of discussion at COP27 in November 2022, particularly addressing the needs of small island developing states. It would be helpful if simple and practicable options could be developed and put forward for consideration and decision. The COP should then …

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Managing markets to reduce gender bias and maximize community benefits

“It is crucial that local governments ensure markets are safe spaces for women. Many marketplace vendors are women. Marketplaces offer women the opportunity to advance their socioeconomic status, protect their livelihoods and improve overall well-being. But the gender bias built into markets’ organizational structure and management culture impedes women from taking these opportunities. In fact, …

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Budgeting – why the deficit is only part of the story

This blog is the first in a series on public financial management (PFM). We start by identifying the principles of financial management from the experience of an individual. Later we will investigate how the personal and organisational interact. Much of the focus of political discussions is on the budget surplus or deficit. Figure 1 US …

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Achievements in 2020 #3

Dr Penny Burns hosted the Talking Infrastructure Workshop, in Adelaide in February 2020 on ‘Modern Monetary Theory and its relevance for Infrastructure Decision Making’.  She contributed to the “Reshaping Infrastructure” issues Paper May 2020 by Climate Works Australia and to the United Nations Manual on Local Government Asset Management in August 2020. She gave a …

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Achievements in 2020 #2

Kieren McGovern has been coordinating a UNDP-ADB Asia Pacific project that formulates Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) national implementation snapshots for country programming. See the Indonesia Snapshot,  https://sdgsnapshot.org/indonesia Once COVID hit he worked on the UN response grants and the Asia Pacific UNDP led socio-economic impact assessments that now number 22. To end the year he …

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