Webinar “Monitoring and evaluation during and after the crisis – consequences and new approaches for evaluating projects and programs”

Webinar “Monitoring and evaluation during and after the crisis – consequences and new approaches for evaluating projects and programs” dedicated to the M&E issues was hosted by the World Bank representatives on May 28, 2020. 

President of Association of Specialists in Program and Policy Evaluation (ASOPP) highlighted the importance of integration of evaluation into the UN approach to responding to the pandemic crisis and promotion of evaluation as a tool for improving programs and projects. The expert also touched upon the monitoring of crisis response programs and methodological approaches to conducting an evaluation during a pandemic.

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Online training ‘Assessing knowledge online’

The coronavirus pandemic and the associated transition to distance learning pose new challenges for teachers, including how to effectively evaluate students’ knowledge online. EDSG expert delivered an online training conducting online exams, interviews and other assessment activities on May 19, 2020 as part of the work with the Central Asia Academic Network. The online event brought together academics from 5 Central Asian countries. Expert focused on the following issues: assessment of knowledge in an online format, guidelines for preparation and conduction of the online exam.

The training participants also learned on proctor services, an algorithm for conducting an online exam and how to effectively evaluate students’ knowledge online.

The event recording, as well as additional materials are available at http://cakn.online/knowledge-network/ and CA KN Youtube channel

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International experience in COVID-19 response by countries and international organizations

The expert webinar “International experience in COVID-19 response by countries and international organizations” hosted by the World Bank took place via Webex on April 22, 2020. The event embraced a wide range of participants from the state bodies (Accounts Chamber, the Ministry of Economic Development, Rosstat), expert and academic community (KPMG, Association of Specialists in Program and Policy Evaluation (ASOPP), RANEPA, Economic Expert Group) and NGOs (Donors Forum, charity fund “Volunteers to help orphan children”). The agenda of the event and list of participants are attached.
The meeting was devoted to the discussion how countries and international organizations organize measures of support to population, economy and business during the coronavirus pandemic and how financial flows and aid distribution shall be monitored. The framework response was prepared by H.M. Boehmer (Columbia University) and Y. Zaytsev (MGIMO University). During the round of discussions the following comments and suggestions were expressed by the meeting participants.
COVID-19 pandemic poses a real threat to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. The pace of progress was already the issue of concern of the international community in the last year. New challenges are to come this year with the budgets constraints. Representatives of the state bodies suggested that the SDGs indicators should be revised and adjusted;
There is a lack of relevant and in-time presented data due to coronavirus affect monitoring and evaluation issues.

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Webinar ‘Practical online solutions in science and education’

EDSG expert delivered a webinar on practical online solutions in science and education on April 18, 2020 as part of the work with the Central Asia Academic Network. The online event brought together 40 active interested participants from 5 Central Asian countries: experts, researchers, academics, specialists in the field of water resources, energy, education, inter-regional cooperation. 122 unique visitors were attending the webinar. The key topics for discussion included ‘online science and education’, ‘online tools and platforms’, ‘online communications in science and education’.

The event recording, as well as additional materials are available at http://cakn.online/knowledge-network/ and CA KN Youtube channel

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Putin Amendments – President Changes Constitution and the Government

On January 23, 2020, an online conference was held at the FINAM analytical agency on the prospects for introducing new proposals voiced by the President of Russia to the Federal Assembly on January 15, 2020. The conference was attended by experts from the academic and business community. In particular, issues related to amendments to the Constitution of Russia were discussed. The discussions were also attended by EDSG experts.

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Socio-political results of 2019 – 20 years for Putin and 5 years for Crimea

On December 24, 2019, the analytical center FINAM hosted the online conference “Socio-Political Results of 2019 – 20 Years of Putin and 5 Years of Crimea”. Conference participants discussed the economic and political results of the year, which included the introduction of new sanctions, Russia’s relations with the Western countries and Ukraine. In particular, special emphasis was placed on the development of the investment climate in Russia and the prospects for improving the Russian position in international ratings, including the Doing Business. The event was also attended by experts from the EDSG.

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Will the EAEU countries be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?

On November 22, 2019, the Eurasian Economic Commission held a seminar on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the potential of the EAEU member countries to achieve them. The seminar discussed issues of sustainable economic growth in the face of increasing economic and social risks. The seminar was attended by representatives of international organizations, government, development institutions, as well as academic and expert organizations.

Experts of the EDSG participated in the discussions of the seminar.

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Partnership for Sustainable Development: Findings for Russia

On October 17, 2019, a scientific and practical seminar “Partnership for Sustainable Development: Conclusions for Russia” was held at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
The seminar was devoted to the consideration of issues related to the implementation of the full range of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taking into account the economic, social and environmental aspects. A special place in the discussion was given to the implementation of the objectives of SDG 17 “Partnership for Sustainable Development”, as the most comprehensive goal. In addition, the issues of the process of preparing the voluntary report of the Russian Federation to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development were raised.
EDSG experts also participated in the discussions.

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Russian economy – neither here nor here

On September 26, 2019, the FINAM Information and Analytical Center held an online conference on current issues of the Russian economy. In particular, participants discussed the possibilities of achieving growth of the Russian economy up to 1.3%, external economic factors, as well as the financial market.

A separate focus was put on national projects. Participants noted that they are connected to each other. In particular, a project in the field of the digital economy should provide a catalyst function, as well as long-term issues related to demography, for example.

Conference link (in Russian)

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Peer-to-Peer training workshop ‘Main Principles of Academic Scientific Writing and Peer-review’ delivered in Tashkent on September 16-18, 2019

Upon request of the Central Asian academic community, the CAWEP Knowledge Network program and the German-Kazakh University are organizing peer-to-peer training workshops aimed at offering guidelines how to enhance academics’ and researchers’ capacity in scientific writing on water and energy-related issues, how to publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and to review scientific articles.

Following the successfully delivered training workshops in Bishkek, Dushanbe and Almaty, the fourth 3-day training took place in Tashkent on September 16-18, 2019. National University of Uzbekistan hosted the event and brought together more than 30 participants from Uzbek universities and research centers working in the water-related field.

The training event covered various aspects of the academic scientific writing and peer review technique, focusing on both theory and practical assignments. Trainers and participants discussed a wide range of topics based on the examples of international publishers and journals, including publication requirements for manuscripts submitted to international journals, copyright, opportunities to promote author’s publications in the international scientific community.

The trainers presented different approaches to the writing process and expressed their views on the structure of articles and standards of scientific publications adopted in the international system. Participants of the training admitted the need, usefulness and effectiveness of such events and expressed their willingness to spend more time and make more efforts to develop a collaborative

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