Friday, 24 March 2017

S SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS

INVITATION TO A SEMINAR ON

POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND THE ROLE OF SOCIAL PROTECTION IN ‘CLOSING THE GAP’:

GLOBAL EVIDENCE WITH A FOCUS ON GHANA

According to a 2015 report by the World Bank, Poverty Reduction in Ghana: Progress and Challenges, and a 2016 report released by UNICEF, The Ghana Poverty and Inequality Report-2016Ghana has experienced steadily increasing growth of over 7% per year on average since 2005, achieving its status as a middle income country. Despite this growth, inequality has been increasing in the country and poverty remains prevalent in many areas. One in four people in Ghana remain stuck in poverty and the gap between rich and poor is now at its all-time highest.

UNICEF Ghana and the World Bank are hosting a seminar focused on the recent World Bank flagship report,Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016, on poverty and inequality and the role that social protection can play in reducing such inequality, ending extreme poverty and improving the livelihoods of the poorest. Jose Cuesta of UNICEF’s Office of Research will present global evidence on recent country experiences where social protection and public policies have shifted inequality, bolstering poverty reduction and creating shared prosperity. Commentary will be provided by experts on Ghana, including Sarah Hague, UNICEF’s Chief of Social Policy, and Dr. Felix Asante, Director of University of Ghana’s Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research. After the commentary, the audience will engage the experts in discussion.

You are cordially invited to attend the seminar, to contribute to a lively discussion of one of Ghana’s most critical issues today.

Date: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Time: 2:15-4:15 pm

Location: World Bank

We look forward to seeing you there.

 


JOINT CONFERENCE:
3rd AFAAS AFRICA-WIDE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WEEK
51st ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION

“SCALING UP CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE: INTEGRATING YOUTH, WOMEN, AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION”
 

Tsogo Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotels 
63 Snell Parade
Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

30 October to 3 November 2017 (Arriving 29 October, departing morning of 4 November).

 

ANNOUNCEMENT, CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS, AND REGISTRATION

“SCALING UP CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE: INTEGRATING YOUTH, WOMEN, AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION”

Tsogo Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotels, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa

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WIDER Development Conference jointly organized with ARUA - Migration and mobility

Submission deadline 1 May 2017 23:59 EEST.

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) jointly with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) will organize a two-day conference on migration and mobility, in Accra, Ghana on 5-6 October 2017.

Migration and mobility are key facets of our increasingly globalized world. Challenges associated with migration have been brought into sharp relief over the past several years as Europe faces a refugee crisis of significant dimensions. Migration also offers opportunities. For migrants, this may include economic and social mobility, as well as improved physical security and an escape from conflict, violence and persecution. While the impact of migration on both host and sending countries is a topic of considerable contemporary political debate, there is also ample research showing the benefits in terms of labour market outcomes, economic growth, as well as diversity and innovation.

While most recent policy and economic research attention has focused on ‘South-North’ migration, the extent of ‘South-South’ migration and mobility is comparable, if not greater. We are thus particularly interested in submissions relating to South-South migration and mobility. We also especially welcome submissions on these issues in the African region. We invite submissions on voluntary and forced migration and on regular and irregular migration, as well as on internal and cross-border migration and mobility issues.

This conference explores the relationships between migration, mobility and development. Within the context of UNU-WIDER’s current research programme on Transformation, Inclusion, and Sustainability and ARUA’s priority focus on migration and mobility, it aims to bring together new and innovative research from economics and other disciplines that can inform broader policy-relevant debate and action.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions with keynote speakers, parallel sessions with contributed papers, and a poster session.

We welcome submissions of individual papers, as well as of panels. Panels will include 3-4 papers (plus potential discussants). We are particularly interested in submissions in the following areas:

  • Rural-to-urban migration and mobility and underlying drivers
  • Impact of migration on families left behind
  • Macroeconomic implications of migration for sending and receiving countries, including the contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, the impact of remittances, brain drain, etc.
  • Social cohesion, assimilation, integration, and diversity; consideration of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance
  • Gender, migration, and mobility
  • Health, migration, and mobility
  • Environment, natural resources and population movements; consideration of climate change and natural disasters as drivers of conflict and efforts to mitigate harms
  • Conflict, migration and mobility; consideration of conflict as a driver of migration, as well as of the impact of migration on conflict
  • Historical patterns and the future of migration; consideration of international co-operation and governance of migration in all its dimensions
  • Getting the numbers and statistics right: what do we know and what don’t we know about migration flows, the characteristics and skills of migrants, remittances, etc. (based on available macro- and micro-data)

Interested applicants wishing to present original research should complete the online application form. We particularly encourage submissions from early-career, female, and developing country researchers.

 


Social Protection Labor and Jobs Core Courses 2017
Date: March 6-17, 2017
Venue: Washington DC

About Program:
he Social Protection Labor and Jobs Core Courses comprise three parallel courses on: (i) Social Safety Nets, (ii) Pensions, and (iii) Jobs and Migration Policies which will be held from March 6 to March 17, 2017 in the World Bank, Washington D.C. (HQ). The two-week Core Courses will provide an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of programs on social assistance, social safety nets, pensions, social security, jobs and migration. The Core Courses will focus on capacity building through hands-on training and business development. The participants will have an opportunity to learn from each other, share their knowledge and experience, present and discuss challenging issues from their own countries, and work together on new solutions.

To register click here


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Festival Of India In Ghana: Classical Dance Performance (till March 13)

  
Date:                     Wednesday, January 25, 2017
To:                        Monday, March 13, 2017
Venue:                   Various venues
Address:                 Ghana
Organiser:              High Commission of India / Indian Community of Ghana / Ministry of Culture / Government of Indian
Contact number:     0265 315 900
Email:                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be part of the Classical Dance Performance from the Festival Of India In Ghana.

See attached flyer for more details.

For more information, please contact or visit the High Commission of India.

Festival Of India In Ghana (till March 15)


 


Colombian Film Festival Accra 2016 (till 15 March)

Date:                     Wednesday, November 09, 2016
To:                        Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time:                     6:00 PM
To:                        9:00 PM
Venue:                   Accra Lawn Tennis Club
Address:                 Liberation Road, Accra (see attached map)
Organiser:              Embassy of Colombia
Email:                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="Send a mail to <a href="/>Enjoy the Colombian Film Festival Accra 2016 from November 09 till March 15 at the Accra Lawn Tennis Club.

Rate: Free.

Jan. 18 - El Abrazo de la Serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent)
Feb. 08 - La Sirga (The Towrope)
Marc. 15 - Cazando Luciernagas (Hunting of Fireflies).


Festival Of India In Ghana (till March 15)

Date:                     Wednesday, January 25, 2017
To:                        Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Venue:                   Various venues
Address:                 Ghana
Organiser:              High Commission of India / Indian Community of Ghana / Ministry of Culture / Government of Indian
Contact number:     0265 315 900
Email:                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Conference on SmartCities and Smart Solutions for Sustainable Development

  •  Date: 17-18 May 2017 
  •  Venue: Ashesi University College, AccraGhana
  • The Conference on SmartCities and Smart Solutions for Sustainable Development, organized by the European Alliance for Innovation will take place from 17th May to 18th May 2017 at the Ashesi University College in Accra, Ghana. The conference will cover areas like Energy as a Grand Challenge in Africa, critical needs, potential solutions, relevant technologies, cross-cutting fundamentals.

    International Conference On National Sustainable Development Strategy

Date: 05-07 Apr 2017 

  •  Venue: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Kumasi,  Ghana

 NSDS is an International conference on Sustainable Development, a premier interdisciplinary forum for social scientists, life scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present their latest research results, ideas, developments in the Three Full Days of Technical Sessions, Poster Sessions, Virtual Session, Tutorials and Workshops. Additionally, an Exhibition will be held in parallel with the conference to show cutting edge and state-of-the-art technologies related to our industry as it will be many opportunities to share research findings and initiatives to enhance learning and teaching approaches. It will also provide an avenue for networking and intellectual discourse among conference participants to promote discussions and share knowledge, experiences and expertise on developments in learning and teaching as well as best practices in higher education, and state-of-the-art technologies related to our industry


Call for papers 
WIDER Development Conference - Public economics for development

Submission deadline 13 March 2017 23:59 EET.

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) will organize a two-day conference on public economics for development, in Maputo, Mozambique on 5-6 July 2017.

Despite successes in poverty reduction and improvements in health and educational outcomes in many low-income countries, development challenges remain extensive. They cannot be addressed effectively without a well-functioning public sector. This requires both building up tax systems that generate required revenues in an equitable manner, and organizing a well-functioning system of public service delivery. There is as well a pressing need to enhance the functioning of the public sector in developing countries — also policy action needs to be better served by analysis and data.

The conference focuses on the lessons from modern public and development economics which can guide policy makers to reform tax and public provision systems. The conference will take stock of current evidence on the impacts of the public sector on the economy and the wellbeing of citizens, and about ways to improve tax and public spending policies. An important goal of the conference is to identify avenues for future research.

With that objective, the conference will bring together about 150-200 participants from the academic, government, and development communities from all over the world and provide a forum to discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research. The conference will consist of plenary sessions with keynote speakers, parallel sessions with contributed papers, and a poster session.

We welcome submissions using both micro and macro analyses. Some examples of topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • The impacts of taxes and transfers on individual and firm behaviour (such as employment, savings, and investment)
  • Tax avoidance and evasion, including international tax avoidance, and ways to combat them
  • Normative analysis of the design of tax and spending policies
  • The role of cash transfers in poverty alleviation
  • The impacts of taxes, transfers, and the provision of public services on poverty reduction, the distribution of income and wellbeing more generally
  • Analysis of behavioural interventions targeted to guide individuals’ decision-making
  • Efficiency of and equity in public service delivery
  • Revenue mobilization and taxation in the extractives sector (oil, gas, and mining)
  • The link from improved tax collection to a more efficient and equitable public service provision

Interested applicants wishing to present original research should complete the online application form. We particularly encourage submissions from early-career, female, and developing country researchers.


 

 

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