“West Bengal has been discussing with us for setting up pumped storage systems along with solar generation facilities and has been asking for our support from the Clean Energy Fund. We have liked the idea and are in the process of preparing a package that would be announced in the next few weeks,” Union power minister Piyush Goyal said at Global Bengal Summit today.
“Previous droughts only affected parts of the country, but the current drought is affecting the whole,” he said on Tuesday.
Nineteen provinces have been classified as in a serious condition requiring “immediate intervention” from the government, he said, and while the authorities have held off on making an appeal for international aid, “ministries, military units, NGOs, and everyone capable of helping” have been asked to step up.
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Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We are creating “technofossils”, a new term for congealed human-made materials – plastics and concretes – that will be around for tens of millions of years.
But it is the scale that humans have altered Earth’s life support system that is the most concerning.
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The severest El Niño in 30 years was expected to tail off in the next month as hot equatorial waters in the Pacific returned to normal temperatures, but its effects would be felt for many more months, said the World Food Programme. Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s humanitarian chief, said: “The collective impact of the El Niño phenomenon has created one of the world’s biggest disasters for millions of people, yet this crisis is receiving little attention.
Microgrids are local energy grids the can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously. Microgrids have the ability to strengthen and reinforce the traditional grid because they can function even when the main grid is down and are optimal for integrating renewable sources of energy. However, energy storage technology accounts for the highest cost in developing a microgrid, yet is the least understood component and tends to be the most poorly integrated. If batteries and microgrids could interact at a higher efficiency, new possibilities could arise for the future of energy distribution.
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This book assesses democracy in the Philippines for the past 25 years, mapping the deficits and gains since 1986 within the framework of basic human rights and equitable development. It provides a critical, yet fair evaluation of Philippine democracy today and suggestions for strengthening it.
Re-posted from Asian Development Blog
By ADB Blog Team on Tue, 21 April 2015
IFC has been doing a lot of interesting work on investing in the BOP to reduce inequality and close the income gap for those at the base of the pyramid. What more can be done to foster inclusive business, especially in Asia and the Pacific?
We have been focusing on private sector projects and transactions, but I think we can do more on the policy level, discussions with governments. I think that’s where for instance ADB provides good examples, supporting government policies that promote inclusive business in countries like the Philippines or Indonesia. Those things we haven’t tried much at IFC, but are probably areas we can work on and collaborate with ADB.
What about multilateral development banks – what should their role be?
There is a number of areas where we can do much more, and better. For example, one thing we’re still trying to figure out is distributor finance for small-size distributors, retailers, and consumers, From the normal banking perspective, these are risky borrowers, but the microfinance experience tells us that in fact small borrowers may have a very good track record in repaying loans. This could apply to small distributors as well. Maybe we can come up with a solution to show banks how these are not as high-risk as they perceive. Maybe IFC can partner with ADB, other multilaterals, donors, or foundations to manage this risk better. That could be huge, in my opinion, especially if you think in terms of the impact it could have on the ground.
How would you work with national and local governments to help change that perception?
Traditionally, IFC does not really have the expertise in this area, which we leave to our sister organization, the World Bank. We are working with the World Bank to try to have a more integrated approach with governments. This is one of the areas where I think we can learn from ADB, which has the private and public sectors under one roof.
What are the main challenges and opportunities for inclusive business in Asia and the Pacific?
One specific opportunity in Asia is population density, for instance in India and Indonesia. That makes it a little bit easier to approach the base of the pyramid and achieve economies of scale, compared to Africa or Latin America. Probably, the challenge, which we have not experienced yet but I can see in 10-15 years, is balancing the increased economic activity and the impact on the environment and natural resources. Inclusion is pushing for everyone to attain a higher income and benefit from economic growth, making growth more “democratic,” but that also impacts the environment and the sustainability of natural resources. You always have to balance that. Some projects are trying to address this challenge, like off-grid power schemes to give poor people access to electricity and reduce greenhouse gas at the same time.
Do you see any Asian economies that are going to be more at risk than others with this problem?
Those with high population density, especially in urban areas.
Which sectors do you think inclusive business can be more easily scaled up right now in Asia and the Pacific?
Agribusiness and information and communications technology—as a mix of finance and the information and communications technology sector—both have great potential to be scaled up in this region. Mobile payments and other new technologies can enable access to financial services for the base of the pyramid, and even other services like health and education. I believe it’s easier to expand in those areas. Infrastructure is another matter: there is big potential, but how we get there remains to be seen. In particular, if you don’t design infrastructure projects in an inclusive, integrated way, the potential will never be fully realized.
Re-posted from Asian Development Blog. http://blogs.adb.org/blog/5-myths-about-partnering-civil-society
With support from ADB’s Poverty and Environment Fund, a multi-purpose cooperative in the Philippine capital demonstrated how civil society and communities working together can improve livelihood opportunities while also looking after the environment.
Tue, 14 April 2015 By Suzanne Nazal
“Partnership” is an overused and sometimes misused term. If you google the word, it takes you to resources relating to business ventures and cooperative arrangements with the end view of maximizing profit.
In development discussions, however, how and when do we use “partnership?” And how do civil society and NGOs come in?
ADB’s engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs) and NGOs has been evolving since ADB’s 1998 policy on cooperation with NGOs came into effect. ADB’s Strategy 2020 long-term strategic framework highlights partnerships with development institutions—including CSOs—as central to ADB’s project development processes. Yet, there are a number of misconceptions about working with CSOs, which create challenges not only for ADB but for other development institutions as well.
1. Confrontation. There is an age-old perception that CSOs only operate as watchdogs and confront institutions like the ADB when they detect negative behavior. This is rapidly changing, though. While many NGOs continue to raise issues in relation to ADB projects, most of our operations actually involve constructive engagement with civil society groups. CSOs cooperate with ADB in various ways, for instance when village organizations help ADB carry out health services, or when CSOs share their expertise in disaster response, are just two examples.
2. Engaging with CSOs is expensive and time consuming. Consulting with CSOs may take time and resources. Experience shows, however, that working with CSOs—especially in the early stages of the project cycle—brings about better development results. Getting community-based organizations, women’s groups, and other nonprofits involved can provide important on-the-ground information that is not otherwise readily available. Meaningful consultation helps mitigate risks, leads to improved project outcomes, and prevents costly project delays. At the end of the day, organizing dialogue could turn out to be the most efficient way to manage successful projects.
3. Contracting equals partnership. Contracting CSOs as consultants is only one of the ways to work with CSOs. ADB recognizes the knowledge and expertise that CSOs can offer in our projects. But partnership should go beyond engaging CSOs merely as hired hands. Genuine participation happens when civil society representatives are able to contribute to decision making and influence project outcomes.
4. CSOs have weak capacity to engage. While small organizations typically lack the institutional capacity to engage with institutions like ADB, many CSOs in countries with a more established civil society sector have been able to engage very effectively not only with multilaterals, but also with governments and the private sector as well. At the international level, organizations like Oxfam and WWF have a large capacity to share their expertise in key global development dialogues.
5. One size fits all. There is no single formula to making civil society partnerships work. One needs to take into account the local context to be effective, consider carefully the sociopolitical situation of the country in question, and the capacity and preparedness of CSOs to successfully engage.
The first step to developing true, full, and effective partnerships with CSOs is debunking these myths. All development actors should identify mutual objectives in the overall goal of poverty reduction, recognize the advantages of working in partnerships, and invest time and resources in them. This would benefit everyone.