Int'l Development

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Defining International Development

There is no generic definition for International development, however the general implication behind International Development is to improve the quality of life for people around the world. International development addresses poverty reduction, climate change, security, gender disparity and governance (University of Birmingham, Department for International Development) through a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to provide services such as healthcare, infrastructure, water and sanitation, energy access and education to those who lack these facilities. The need for technical expertise combined with effective implementation strategies in order to make a long term impact and provide sustainable solutions is essential.

The Issue of Sustainable Development

The IISD defines sustainable developemnt as:
''"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:
  1. the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  2. the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."''

Policies and Frameworks

Examples of frameworks, policies and strategies to address the issue of International Development on both a global and grass roots level have been trialled. Examples of which can be found below:

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Microfinance in Africa: Bringing financial services to Africa's poor - full report
CARE has pioneered an approach that meets the need for microfinance at the very bottom rung of the world's economic ladder. CARE Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) empower women to pool their savings – with no outside capital – and then make loans to each other to start small businesses or pay for important life expenses. Read more about our VSLA approach, along with other best practices at work in Africa, in CARE's most recent report: "Microfinance in Africa: Bringing financial services to Africa's poor."
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Investing in Clean Energy: How can developed countries best help developing countries finance climate-friendly energy investments?
The report, which is the product of qualitative research carried out in eight countries, assesses the extent of the finance gap for clean energy in developing countries and the barriers to scaling up private sector investment in low-carbon energy solutions.
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Low Carbon Technology Transfer: Lessons from India and China
A policy briefing highlighting insights from research undertaken to examine low carbon energy technology transfer in India and China. Jim Watson, Rob Byrne, David Ockwell and Michele Stua, Sussex Energy Group and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research SPRU, University of Sussex, UK Alex Mallett, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
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Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2010
The Poor People’s Energy Outlook presents a unique perspective on energy access in developing countries. It reports in unprecedented detail the experiences of energy use and deprivation of people living in poverty. It is widely agreed now that access to energy is a prerequisite for poverty reduction and human development – modern energy services are essential to meet basic and productive needs. And yet, the realities of the relationship people living in poverty have with energy is not well understood. This report seeks to address this issue in order to reconnect energy policy. This publication will be of interest to anyone seeking to better understand energy access and its role in development at a human scale.
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Bioenergy Market System Development: Comparing Participatory Approaches in Kenya and Sri Lanka
The Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES) project is developing new knowledge for the sustainable use of Bioenergy to improve energy access and livelihoods in South Asia and Eastern Africa. Enhancing bioenergy market systems through Participatory Market System Development (PMSD) offers the potential to improve efficiency and sustainability of such systems. Participatory Market Mapping (PMM) is a key tool in this approach which increases market knowledge and connections by engaging key market stakeholders in the generation of detailed market maps. Such processes have previously shown strong impact on a variety of agricultural market chains, and the PISCES project has trialled the application of these techniques to bioenergy. Workshops were held in Kenya and Sri Lanka in 2009 aimed at identification of market chain actors, external factors affecting the market chains and sub-sector service providers...
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Bioenergy Policy Review in Tanzania
This report is a result of review done on policies, law and strategies related to bio-energy
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Becoming indigenous at the base of the pyramid: A BoP business approach on strategical development of native capabilities for mutual value creation.
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Carbon finance: a guide for sustainable energy enterprises and NGOs
This guide has been designed to help energy entrepreneurs to understand better whether they should consider carbon finance more closely in their business plans, and to provide recommendations on the first steps to assess their potential. [|Visit the GVEP International website to download the publication].
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