The experts of the EDSG took part in the Kyrgyz Cross-Sectoral Group meeting, which was held at the Department of water resource management and minerology of the Kyrgyz Republic. The meeting gathered the representatives of the Emergencies Ministry of the Kyrgyz Republic, water management research institutions, HydroMetCenter and the Department of water resource management and minerology of the Kyrgyz Republic. The participants discussed the water management issues caused by climate change and human activity in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The participants underlined the problem of lack of collaboration and coordination in managing water reources issues. For instance, the Emergencies Ministry does not use the recent data and statistics on mudflow waves, landslides and glacial silts. The participants also emphasized the need to create a common methodology for monitoring and forecast of the mudflows and other emergencies.
During the visit to the Kyrgyz Republic the EDSG became a member of Gender and Evaluation international network. The Gender & Evaluation community was launched on 16th Feb 2013 under ‘Engendering Policy through Evaluation’ project which was funded by IDRC & Ford Foundation. The Community is also the knowledge sharing hub for EvalGender+ a global partnership led by EvalPartners.
On February 2, 2016 FINAM Financial Information and Analysis Agency held a conference devoted to discussing Russia’s Anti-crisis plan for 2016. A new plan is to be launched due to collapse in the oil market and depreciation of the Russian currency. There is also a need to adjust the budget of the Russian Federation in 2016, which is assessed with a price of oil at $ 50 a barrel. The 2015 anti-crisis plan anticipated RUB 1.3 trillion to support Russian economy and to reduce by 10% budget expenditures. Extra RUB 1 trillion has been allocated for additional capitalization of the banking system. Now only RUB 750 billion is expected to reanimate Russia’s economy. This time the focus will be shifted from the banking sector to small and medium businesses. Only a point measures are expected to be undertaken to support the financial sector.
EDSG expert Dr. Yury Zaytsev took part in the discussion. In his speech he supported the idea of privatization of the state-owned companies. According to him, the most significant limitation is not the choice of state-owned companies to be privatized, but finding the right investors to meet a number of criteria. The key criteria in this respect are the availability of equity investors, managing the assets in Russia and the availability of development plans. The latter criterion became the most important in the light of the privatization as a tool for the promotion of structural reforms in the Russian economy, which are so often discussed in recent years.
Rossotrudnichestvo has published a presentation on Russian development aid. It includes some information about ODA, its main areas, activities of Russian government and programmes.
In the framework of Russia’s BRICS chair in the 2015 – 2016 in Moscow was held a meeting of senior BRICS officials of international development assistance (IDA).
Participants of the event were representatives of the BRICS countries, as well as representatives of the government of Russia, whose competence includes activities for international development, including deputy director of the Department of International Organizations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Dmitry Maksimychev, Deputy Director of Department of European, North American and international organizations Denis Ulin, a spokesman for the Department of International Financial Relations of Ministry of Finance Anastasia Zhilova.
The experts discussed the prospects of cooperation in the field of development, the existing practice of providing aid, experience ofassistance process, as well as the possibility of joint initiatives in the framework of inter-state association.