Second International Scientific and Practical Conference “Central Asian Water Forum”

On November 2-3, 2017, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and German-Kazakh University held Second International Scientific and Practical Conference “Central Asian Water Forum”.

Water resources have primarily importance for crossregional cooperation in Central Asia (CA). Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, EU delegation, researchers from Eurasian, American, European universities and scientific organizations, as well as employees of transnational and consulting companies, including EDSG experts participated in the conference to discuss these issues.

During the conference academics and practitioners from CA countries and some European countries presented new projects in the sphere of water management in Central Asia and took part in numerous discussions on the topic. Also a number of progressive and innovative approaches for water resource management, including using solar energy installations in water management and secondary water cleaning and artificial injection back into the ground were presented.

Key speakers and independent commentators during the conference highlighted a number of important aspects and problems related to the management of water resources, and also discussed possible ways of solving the problems, further steps and perspectives.

The conference concluded with the thematic workshop where main donors spoke about financing possibilities for stakeholders, their needs and priorities.

The conference became a second step in a chain of forums and conferences on water management problems, started by ISTC and German-Kazakh University.

 

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Working Level Meeting of GTI Research Institutions Network

On October 20, 2017, in Dalian, China, the third working meeting was held as part of the UNDP program for the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). The meeting was arranged with the support of the Tumen Branch of the China Association of International Trade (CAIT). Representatives of the academic and expert community from Russia, China, Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea participated in the meeting. Representatives of EDSG also took part in the discussions.

The Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) was launched in 1995 with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as with the participation of the governments of China, Mongolia, Russia, and the Republic of Korea. In 2007-2010, the organizational branch structure of the GTI was formed in the form of a number of branch councils. Currently, there is an active discussion on the institutionalization of this initiative at supernational level.

 

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Parliamentary RIA development at national and supranational levels

On October 4, 2017 the Institute for Public Administration and Governance, HSE held the workshop “International experience of development of parliamentary Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) at national and supranational levels.” The workshop was attended by a wide range of stakeholders – representatives of the academic community, private sector, including EDSG experts, as well as representatives of the government authorities and independent experts.

During the workshop various aspects and features of the implementation of the parliamentary RIA at national and supranational levels were discussed, e.g. the experience of different countries in parliamentary RIA implementation.

The workshop included the following thematic sessions:

  • The use of tools for RIA and impact evaluation in the OECD countries parliaments: experiences and possible prospects for Russia
  • Implementation of the Regulatory impact analysis in the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Regulatory acts impact assessment in the European Parliament
  • Register of participants of public discussion in the European Commission as a tool of improvement the transparency of the rulemaking process

High interest of the participants and a number of lively discussions spotted the high relevance of the parliamentary RIA development at national and supranational level.

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Seminar “Sustainable Development Goals: “Approaches for National Adaptation”

On October 2, 2017 a seminar “Sustainable Development Goals: “Approaches for National Adaptation” was held at the Center for Strategic Research, organized with the support of the Russian branch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Representatives of business, government, international organizations, as well as representatives of the academic and expert community, including EDSG consultants attended the seminar.

During the event, the following issues were discussed:

  • SDGs: current approaches and initiatives to achieve the goals
  • Approaches for National adaptation of SDGs: international experience
  • Russia and the SDGs: what are the challenges facing the country?
  • Identification of the most relevant goals for Russia
  • Regional localization of SDGs

 

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North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2017: Development cooperation in SDG implementation for a more secure and prosperous world

On September 28 and 29, 2017, the Forum for Development Cooperation in the Northeast Asia Region was held in Moscow. The Forum was organized by the Office of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service (RANEPA). The partners of the forum became China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), Japan Society for International Development (JASID), Korean International Development Cooperation Association (KAIDEC). The forum was attended by representatives of the academic community, international organizations, as well as of the Russian authorities.

The discussions were based on the issues related to the socio-economic development of the countries of the Northeast Asia region, as well as on the regional programs aimed at helping countries to solve their economic problems. Following the results of the forum, the speakers developed a set of recommendations for key stakeholders.

The forum was attended by experts of EDSG as speakers and discussants.

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Monthly Meeting of EVALSDGs

On August 15, 2017 a monthly meeting of EVALSDGs was held. Within the framework of the meeting, the participants discussed past and upcoming regional and global events on assessment, such as EVALMENA, NEC, IDEAS/ReLAC.

A separate focus of the meeting was made on the presentation and discussion of the toolkit “Evaluation of International Development Assistance Programs”, prepared with the participation of EVALSDGs experts. (Download Presentation)

EVALSDGs is a network of interested and skilled policy makers, institutions and practitioners who advocate for the evaluability of the performance indicators of the new SDGs and support processes to integrate evaluation into national and global review systems. EVALSDGs members work to support the evaluation community to be prepared for evaluating initiatives towards better outcomes for the SDGs.

More information about the EVALSDGs network

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The EAEU Free Trade Zone: New Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Russia and Vietnam

On June 27, 2017 a round table was held in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on the topic “The EAEC Free Trade Zone: New Opportunities for Entrepreneurs of Russia and Vietnam.” The roundtable was timed to the official visit to the Russian Federation of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Chiang Dai Kuang.

The organizers of the event were the Foundation for the Support of Scientific Research “The Workshop of Eurasian Ideas”, the Interregional Public Organization for Support and Protection of Small and Medium Business “Business People”.

Representatives of government bodies, deputies and heads of specialized administrative structures, economists, analysts, experts in the field of Eurasian cooperation, representatives of business, and public organizations took part in the round table discussions.

Topics discussed during the event were devoted to such issues as prospects for economic cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the economic potential of the SRV within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the features and benefits of the accession of the SRV to the EAEU free trade zone, new opportunities, and the potential for investment cooperation.

During the discussion, EDSG experts made a presentation on the economic assistance to Russia of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as an instrument for strengthening multilateral economic integration. According to experts EDSG, economic integration entails “failures” of the market, and also makes more vulnerable a number of “bottlenecks” existing in the national economy. So, for example, tariff reduction/ removal or liberalization of the investment regime is not always related to strengthening the export and investment potential of national producers. In this regard, economic development assistance can be an effective tool for strengthening economic potential, expanding infrastructure opportunities and developing competencies.

The link to the post-release of the round table (in Russian)

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The crash of the raw support

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation listed the main risks for the Russian economy. Thus, according to the Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, there are a number of factors that could soon have a negative impact on the Russian economy, including a slowdown in world economic growth and a risk of increased volatility in global financial markets.

According to the experts of EDSG, the Russian economy depends on the prices of raw materials, in particular, oil. There is no guarantee that prices will continue next year at the same level as they are now. The International Energy Agency predicts a decline in oil prices due to a decrease in demand, including on the part of developed countries, as they have a tendency to reduce production growth.

Also, a number of leading Russian economists, such as Yaroslav Lissovolik, expressed their opinion on the issue to the “Profile” magazine.

Link to the publication (in Russian)

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EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum III

On 25-28 April 2017 Bishkek with the support of the Parliament and Government of Kyrgyz Republic hosted EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum III: “Transforming our world through evaluation: engagement and partnerships for the better world we want”.

Below is the list of the main organizers of the forum:

This forum has become a platform for studying and discussing the progress achieved during the 17 months of the EvalAgenda 2020. During the event, a number of round tables were held, in which experts in the field of evaluation from around the world discussed the most pressing issues in this area.

As a result of the forum, participants formulated and signed the renewed Bishkek Partnership Statement.

EDSG experts took an active part in the forum and suggested a number of relevant initiatives on enhancement of global evaluation practice.

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Announcement of the webinar on “Evaluation and the SDGs”

The EVALSDGs in collaboration with UNICEF will be presenting a webinar with Michael Bamberger this May 30 (9:00-10:30 a.m. EST) on “Evaluation and the SDGs”. This is a real special opportunity for EVALSDGs and UNICEF to jointly promote greater awareness, understanding and discussion on key challenges for the evaluation of the SDGs.

This webinar intends to promote greater awareness, understanding and discussion on key challenges for the evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The webinar is appropriate for anyone working or interested in the evaluation of development programs.

Michael Bamberger has evaluated development programs throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since retiring after 22 years with the World Bank, he has consulted with many UN, bilateral, and government agencies and with NGOs. He has published widely on development evaluation and served on the advisory board of many leading evaluation journals. He is a member of the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office International Evaluation Advisory Committee. He recently co-authored with Marco Segone and Florencia Tateossian.

Link to the event

Materails for the Webinar Evaluation and the SDGs

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