EDSG experts told about the economic effects of the imposed sanctions in their comments to Russian mass media.
In general, according to experts, the volatility of the stock and currency market was the first reaction of the Russian market, which should soon come to equilibrium. So far, the economy has not suffered. We need to see how the market will adapt to the new situation.
Offshore zones on the territory of Russia can play a positive role. They will reduce risks for on-lending to enterprises.
As for Russian counter-forces, according to experts, their effect will not be of great importance for the US economy. This is due to the low intensity of economic interaction.
On March 30, 2018, the Center for Strategic Research held, within the framework of the International Youth Forum on Sustainable Development, an expert session devoted to the role of the SDGs in Russian government policy in the field of international development assistance (IDA). The participants of the event discussed the priority directions of the SDGs implementation, the possibilities of their inclusion in bilateral assistance programs, and the role of business as an IDA actor. The EDSG experts took part in the discussions held during the session.
The sustainable development goals are formulated both for developing as well as for developed countries. In the field of promoting international development (IDA), they serve as a reference system and a “common language” for recipient countries, traditional and new donors, international and non-governmental organizations, and private businesses. SDGs are comprehensive, which allows actors involved in international assistance to determine their own priorities, taking into account both the global agenda and national interests.
Mr. Dunaev provided the participants with the basic background of Sustainable Development and fundamental principles and importance of Monitoring & Evaluation. In particular, the following topics were covered:
Principles of Sustainable Development
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the way to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Importance of the SDGs for international community
Importance of the SDGs for countries
What can everyone do to help achieve SDGs
Basic principles of Monitoring and Evaluation
Importance of Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainable Development
Additionally, Oleg gave an overview of the role of International organizations in achieving and assessing SDGs. Special attention was paid to:
The role of youth in SDGs implementation
UN Evaluation Group (UNEG)
The importance of Evaluation of the SDGs
The role of International evaluation associations in achieving SDGs
All topics were extremely well received by the participants and got a lot of feedback.
On 15 December 2017, the FINAM agency conducted an on-line conference dedicated to the economic results of 2017.
The conference was attended by experts-economists, representatives of the academic and business community, as well as experts EDSG. During the conference, issues of restoring economic growth in the Russian economy, incomes of the population, inflation, industry, as well as investments in the real sector of the economy were discussed.
The experts pointed to the Russian economy’s exit from the recession and its transition to growth. Nevertheless, economists are not optimistic, calling the current growth of Russia’s GDP unstable, speaking about the statistical effect (low base effect) and predicting the economy stagnation.
On December 7, 2017, the International Trade Research Laboratory of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in cooperation with the World Bank and EDSG hosted a round table to discuss the issues of assessing Russian’s foreign economic activities. The round table was attended by representatives of the academia, expert community and international organizations. Experts discussed practical and methodological issues related to assessment of foreign economic activities on trade, foreign investment, development assistance and the issues of establishing M&E systems in Russia and in the Eurasian Economic Union countries.
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.
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.
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.
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