CSOs release C20 policy pack ahead of G20 Osaka Summit

The Civil 20 (C20) Summit, a side event to the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit convened by civil society organizations (CSOs), has released its 2019 policy pack. Papers include anti-corruption; education; environment, climate, and energy; gender; global health; infrastructure; international financial architecture; labor, business and human rights; 'Local2Global'; and trade and investment. 

C20 representatives handed over the policy pack to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 18, 2019. The G20 Osaka Summit will be held on June 28-29, 2019.

Policy Proposal - C20 Policy Pack 2019

Official website – C20 Summit 2019

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

ACIAR to host conference on 'Gender Equality Through Agricultural Research for Development'

The Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), in conjunction with the University of Canberra, and the global research partnership CGIAR, is holding a conference exploring the importance of gender equality in agricultural research and development policy on April 2 to 4, 2019.

This interdisciplinary conference for researchers and practitioners concerns all fields including food commodity, subsistence sectors, as well as forestry, fisheries, and water management.  The conference is sold out but sessions will be webcast.

Conference details - ACIAR

Broadcast details - ACIAR

Australia Agriculture

Norway channels more than half of ODA to multilaterals

In 2017, Norway channeled 54% of its official development assistance (ODA) through multilateral organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the World Bank, multilateral funds, and regional development banks. This is a 14 percent-point increase from 2000, when the share was 40%.

Within multilateral ODA, 45% of ODA was channeled through multilateral organizations as core contributions and 55% was earmarked for specific countries or sectors. Of earmarked funding, 61% was regionally or country split, while the rest went to global initiatives or funds. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, as well as new financing mechanisms for the environment and climate are examples of key thematic inititatives to which Norway is a significant funder.

Press release - Government of Norway (in Norwegian)

UK launches £3 million challenge fund to improve nutrition in Africa

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has announced it is making £3 million (US$3.9 million) available to UK and African organizations that are able to demonstrate innovation boosting agricultural and food systems in Africa. The competition, part of the Agri-Tech Catalyst supporting projects that have a positive impact on poverty through agricultural innovation, is run by Innovate UK, the UK Government’s Innovation Agency, and DFID. The competition opens on April 1, 2019, with a deadline of May 29, 2019.

Press release - DFID

Spain's FONPRODE to disburse €20 million to foster rural development

As approved by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet, the Spanish Development Promotion Fund (FONPRODE) will disburse €20 million (US$23 million) to foster rural development in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia through the equity investment fund Huruma. Using FONPRODE funding and another €10 million (US$11 million) initial contribution from the European Union, the Huruma Fund aims to raise €70 million (US$79 million) from the private sector to finance smallholder initiatives in developing countries. Huruma was created by the Spanish development agency (AECID) in collaboration with the Spanish public-private Company for Development Financing (COFIDES), which will be in charge of managing the fund. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Spain Agriculture

Dutch minister calls for increased support of women in the fight against climate change

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag and Costa Rican Minister for Environment and Energy Carlos Manuel Rodríguez co-wrote an article calling for increased support of women in the fight against climate change, highlighting a coalition of countries and institutions that are making women a priority.

Kaag and Rodríguez serve as co-chairs of the National Development Contributions Partnership (NDC Partnership), which works with national governments, international institutions, civil society, researchers, and the private sector to fast-track climate and development action. According to the article, gender-responsive NCDs allow countries  to "develop climate-related policies, programs, and budgets with the power to address existing gender inequalities from the outset".

News article - Medium

Global Netherlands Agriculture

Norway highlights World Bank's essential role in multilateral cooperation during recent meetings in Iceland

Norwegian Minister of Development Dag-Inge Ulstein met Nordic and Baltic counterparts and World Bank President Kristalina Georgieva in Iceland.

One of the topics discussed was the upcoming replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank. Norway emphasized that the World Bank is a key driver of multilateral cooperation and one of Norway's most important partners in eliminating poverty and contributing to inclusive and sustainable growth. 

News update - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Japan announces ¥850 million support for Laos

Japan has announced it will contribute ¥850 million (US$8 million) for Laos through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UN-Habitat.

The funding will support activities related to access to water, improved hygiene, education, agricultural support, and community building.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture Education

Official development assistant reform in Norway still on hold after 10 months

10 months after the former Norwegian Minister of Development, Nikolai Astrup, launched a development assistance reform, there is still no further clarification on the division of roles and responsibilities between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad, Norway's development agency. One month into his tenure as the Norwegian Minister of Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein, met with colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad and confirmed that he needs more time to decide on the way forward, although the government's platform will guide their work.

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)