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November 8, 2018: Seminar on the role of research in SDGs held in Oslo

Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU) and the VID Specialized University host a seminar titled: ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Critical Role of Development Research’. The seminar combines panels and workshops, and the Norwegian Minister of Development, Nikolai Astrup, is confirmed as a speaker. The seminar highlights topics such as food, inequality, and religion, in reference to the SGDs and the need for research. 

Location: Oslo, Norway 

Event website - VID 

May 28, 2018: German NGO umbrella organization hosts civil society exchange on implementation of Agenda 2030

German NGO umbrella organization VENRO and the Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (Forum for Environment and Development) host a joint event that aims to serve as an exchange platform for civil society organizations (CSOs) working toward the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030). The CSO exchange takes place under the headline 'New government – Old politics: when will the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in Germany move forward?' The event also aims to offer room for discussing opportunities for joint publicity and campaign activities.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event website - Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (in German)

Swedish government issues correction to media: development assistance for COVID-19 will come from current budget, not additional funds

Despite what has been reported in Swedish media, the Swedish government has not provided any additional funding to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in low-income countries. The funds invested to this point are derived from previous allocations to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

It was reported that the Minister for International Development Cooperation, Peter Eriksson, had committed an additional SEK 140 million (US$15 million) of official development assistance (ODA) to combat COVID-19, which turned out to be incorrect.

The information was not corrected until more than a month later, until Yasmine Posio, the Left Party's development policy spokesperson, approached Minister Eriksson's staff, who in turn contacted Sveriges Radio and a correction to the online article was made.

News article – Omvärlden (in Swedish)

Impact evaluation highlights sustainability of MCC/Plan USA education project

To commemorate the International Day of the Girl, the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) hosted an event to highlight a recent 10-year impact evaluation of Plan International USA’s 'Burkinabe Response to Improve Girls’ Chances to Succeed' (BRIGHT), a girls’ education program in Burkina Faso. The independent evaluation showed that the government and local communities have successfully sustained the results of the program years after its conclusion, with notable improvements in school attendance and performance. 

Publication - Plan International USA

UK proposes ‘Brexit’ approach for R&D cooperation

The UK has outlined its preferences for a research agreement with the EU post-Brexit  in ‘Collaboration on science and innovation: A Future Partnership Paper’. The paper lays out the UK’s case for continuing a strong research partnership with EU Member States. It seems to suggest that the UK and EU should negotiate detailed terms for an enhanced ‘associate country status’  in the context of the next EU Research Framework Program (FP9). The UK benefits significantly from EU research funding: from 2007-2013, the UK contributed about €5.4 billion to EU research and development in 2007-2013, while it received €8.8 billion.

Publication - Government of the UK