Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals in Kenya

Author: SDG Philantrophy Platform
Publisher: United Nations Development Programme Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (UNDP IICPSD)
Release Date: 2016-09-19
Genre: Business & Economics

The SDGs provide a new, vital framework of goals, targets and indicators that demand coordination and collaboration across multiple thematic sectors and among a wide variety of players – both local and global. Success relies on policy coherence at national and subnational levels, diversified financing, variety in interventions and multi-stakeholder approaches. For philanthropists and social investors, the implementation of the SDGs opens up new avenues. Now, more than ever before, being strategic about philanthropic investments means forging partnerships and becoming a force for action in various multi-stakeholder coalitions under the SDG umbrella, as well as contributing to accountability in SDG implementation. The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) outlined a list of steps on how to mainstream the SDGs, including setting up cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder bodies to ensure policy coherence, collective policy-making, planning and monitoring for the SDGs with the participation of civil society, business, and philanthropy. Thus, it is more critical than ever for philanthropy and social investment actors to understand this emerging complex SDG ecosystem in the countries in which they work and how to engage, influence and benefit from coordination around the SDGs. This primer is written so that philanthropists might better understand what are the avenues for participation in the processes, policies and stakeholders involved in setting up the SDG roadmap in Kenya. The primer is an inaugural product developed jointly by teams of SDG Philanthropy Platform Kenya and Global and supported by Dalberg Research.

U S and Chinese Engagement in Africa

Author: Jennifer G. Cooke
Publisher: CSIS
ISBN: 0892065389
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Political Science

The CSIS Africa Program, in collaboration with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Chinese Institute for International Studies (CIIS), hosted a conference in Washington, D.C., in December 2007, on U.S. and Chinese engagement in Africa. The conference included senior leaders and expert analysts from China, the United States, and African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Swaziland, and Uganda. The event followed on from a 2006 conference in Beijing that examined the scope, characteristics, and drivers of China's engagement in Africa. The recent meeting was intended as a complement to the 2006 initiative, seeking to solicit a range of African views on the impacts of Chinese engagement in Africa and to identify areas for possible U.S.-China-Africa collaboration.At the December 2007 conference, commissioned papers were tabled—and are published here, along with a substantive introduction—that examined China's engagement in Kenya, Angola, and Nigeria. The authors, experts from the three focal countries, each drew on extensive in-country interviews. Their contributions examine the history of and future opportunities for U.S., Chinese, and African cooperation in energy security, public health, corporate social responsibility, and building African security capacity. With U.S., Chinese, and international interest in Africa at a high point—for reasons both positive and negative—this report adds some welcome granularity to the literature on these multifaceted relationships.

World Economic and Social Survey 2014 2015

Author: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Publisher: United Nations
ISBN: 9789210572705
Release Date: 2016-02-22
Genre: Political Science

The year 2015 was one of global action concerning the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other challenges. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development along with a set of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will apply universally to all countries. As the MDG experience shows, setting ambitious goals is the first step; achieving them requires concrete actions. This publication reviews economic, social and environmental policies implemented at the national level and the institutional aspects that enabled them, bringing about significant progress towards achieving the MDGs. The Survey draws a set of policy lessons that States will find helpful in formulating strategies and policies for implementing the 2030 Agenda.

State of the World 2007

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610916325
Release Date: 2015-03-19
Genre: Nature

In 2008, half of the Earth’s population will live in urban areas, marking the first time in history that humans are an urban species. State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future examines changes in the ways cities are managed, built, and lived in that could tip the balance towards a healthier and more peaceful urban future.

East Africa and the Horn

Author: Dorina Akosua Oduraa Bekoe
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub
ISBN: UOM:39015062893782
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Political Science

Both the obstacles to governance and the opportunities for democratization confronted in East Africa?with its geostrategic importance, porous borders, governments heavily dependent on foreign aid, and some of Africa's longest-running conflicts?provide valuable insights into how good governance policies can be implemented effectively throughout the developing world. East Africa and the Horn explores these regional constraints and opportunities, focusing on issues of civil society, the ubiquitous trade in small arms and light weapons, large numbers of refugees, tensions around national identity, and the legacy of U.S. policy.The authors also underscore the need for even peaceful countries in the region to proactively address potentially destabilizing issues in neighboring states.Dorina A. Bekoe is senior associate in the International Peace Academy?s Africa Program, where she works on conflict management and resolution, new institutional norms, and peace accord implementation.Contents: Governance in East Africa: Confronting the Challenges?D.A. Bekoe. Civil Society in Kenya: Overcoming Constraints?J. Klopp. Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Horn: Reducing the Demand?K. Geber-Wold and S. Byrne. Refugees in East Africa: Developing an Integrated Approach?Z. Lomo. National Identity in Ethiopia and Eritrea: Building Multiethnic States?D. Jacquin-Berdal and A. Mengistu. U.S. Policy in the Horn: Grappling with a Difficult Legacy?R. Iyob and E. Keller. Toward Overcoming the Challenges: Policy Recommendations?D.A. Bekoe.