In a recent AEA blog, consultant Calista Smith provides advice to evaluators working with policy makers and the legislative decision-making process. Mapping stakeholder power relations, aligning with legislative timelines, recognizing that legislators receive direct information on program effectiveness (especially from critics), and producing various types (and lengths) of reports for different purposes and audiences
On August 21, 2017, the International Labour Organization launched the Global Commission on the Future of Work, co-chaired by the prime minister of Sweden and president of Mauritius. The commission will examine work and society, decent work, and the organization and governance of work.
A young campaigner from India against climate change and for sustainable development visited Jackson and Associates’ Ottawa office on July 21, 2017. Abhishek Kumar Sharma is about a third of the way on his 95,000 kilometre trek. Upon his return to Uttar Pradesh, he plans to establish a model eco-village.
On June 27-28, 2017, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, organized a meeting of 50 university faculty members who teach and carry out research on impact investing. With an emphasis on finance and accounting specialists, the convening was attended by professors from several business schools:
The 2017 Africa Competitiveness Report is out. It is the joint product of the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. To enable Africa’s young and growing population to transform the continent, the report says: “Well-targeted investments in physical and human capital will be key factors
On June 13, 2017, in Ottawa, MIT Professor Daron Acemoglu, author of Why Nations Fail, gave the annual David Dodge Lecture on the subject of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work. In his talk, Prof. Acemoglu made an important distinction between enabling technologies whose effects generate productivity gains and new jobs,
Karim Harji, Director of Research and Senior Associate at E. T. Jackson and Associates, facilitated a workshop on social impact measurement at the American Evaluation Association Summer Institute in Atlanta.
In the final blog in the AEA series on feminist evaluation, Donna Mertens and Julie Newton highlight innovative strategies for measuring the empowerment of women and girls, and the use of mixed methods for social justice.
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), in association with Unesco and other partners, has published a major report entitled Towards s Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global and the Local. International champions of engaged higher education, Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon, served as co-editors of report.
The World Bank raised $173 million from the capital markets for the first United Nations Sustainable Development Bond. The bond is linked to an index of 50 companies.