Doing No Harm With Technology in Evaluation

Posting at AEA365, the American Evaluation Association’s blog site, Antony Maikuri, Veronica Olazabal and Vidhya Shanker make the case for evaluators supporting strategies and tools for digital decolonization, data sovereignty and data ethics in their work. “Evaluators can distinguish among the types of value that data can produce, and for whom,” write the authors. “These types range…(Read more)

Blended Finance, Gender Equality and Climate Change

In early November 2020, the Convergence Blended Finance Platform published a Brief entitled How can blended finance address the gendered impacts of climate change? As Senior Associate Andrew Apampa writes, of 63 blended finance transactions at the gender-climate nexus, most have been structured through funds and companies and have focused on clean energy, particularly renewable…(Read more)

The Case for a T-12 Group of Techno-Democracies

To provide a vehicle for cooperation on many crucial issues clustered around technology, Jared Cohen and Fontaine, writing in Foreign Affairs, make the case for a new global governance body, the T-12 group of techno-democracies. Also aimed at diluting the influence of techno-autocracies, particularly China and Russia, the T-12 would include the US, UK, France,…(Read more)

OECD Calls for Better ESG Reporting

On September 29, 2020, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OIECD) released its latest business outlook report on the theme of sustainable and resilient capital.  While the appetite for environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting has grown across the world, there is still much work to be done.  “Current market practices,” the report notes,…(Read more)

Converting Government Assets into Public-Interest Foundations

Longtime non-profit sector scholar Lester Salamon has written an article in the fall 2020 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review showing the power of converting government assets generated through large-scale corporate fines and privatizations into public-interest foundations. He cites, among others, the Volkswagon Foundation in Germany, and the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium, as…(Read more)