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ESCAP Meeting Advances Sub-regional Cooperation for Sustainable and Climate-smart Management of Crop Residues

Submitted by RRAMAN on Thu, 22/09/2022 - 13:32
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The burning of crop residue is one of the important causes of severe seasonal air pollution in many countries of South Asia. It affects people's health, contributes to climate change with the emission of Greenhouse Gases and affects agricultural production and food security by deteriorating soil health. To highlight the issue and explore opportunities for cooperation, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) convened a hybrid meeting titled ‘Crop Residue Management in South Asia - Advancing Subregional Cooperation for Sustainable, Climate-smart and Integrated Management of Crop Residues’ on 15 September 2022. This meeting was jointly organized by ESCAP’s Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia (ESCAP-SSWA) and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (ESCAP-CSAM).

Presentations were made on the findings of national studies conducted for Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, which especially highlighted the status of crop residue management, good practices/technologies of straw management (with particular emphasis on mechanization-based solutions), and proposed action plans for interventions at the national level. A draft subregional report developed to explore key actions and the possibility of having a subregional framework for cooperation to promote sustainable and integrated management of straw residues in South Asia was also presented. 

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The presentations were followed by a panel discussion of experts from national/government research institutions, universities, other United Nations entities and non-profit organizations from South-Asia as well as other regions who deliberated upon the findings of the national and subregional reports. While underscoring the need for a subregional cooperation framework for tackling the issue of straw burning, they emphasized the importance of undertaking further analytical work and data collection, making sustainable straw management economically attractive for farmers, enabling knowledge sharing and capacity building, and providing adequate policy support, among other areas. 

Overall, the meeting enabled a vibrant and multi-stakeholder dialogue on the pressing need for improved crop residue management and how subregional cooperation can further this goal. Close to 100 participants from the Asia-Pacific as well as other regions attended the event.

For more information, recording, and the full programme:

https://www.unescap.org/events/2022/advancing-subregional-cooperation-sustainable-climate-smart-and-integrated-management

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Call for the 2024 Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth Network Project Proposal

Submitted by VAMPHAN on Wed, 06/07/2022 - 11:43
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The purpose of the Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth (SINGG) Network Project is to share the Green Growth concepts and policies with member States. With funding support from the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea (KME), member States can integrate green growth strategies and policies into the implementation of sustainable development. The outcomes and lessons learned from the Network projects will be shared among member States at the national and subnational levels.

With your interest, you can submit the application for SINGG Network Project using the attached template to Ms. Yun Jin Lee at [email protected], preferably no later than 30 September 2022.  

 

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Call for Interest: APTFF Trade Facilitation Exhibition 2022

Submitted by WCHAROENSR on Mon, 04/07/2022 - 15:29
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Deadline for Expression of Interest: 22 July 2022

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APTFF Trade Facilitation Exhibition 2022

The exhibition: 

The Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) 2022 Exhibition will take place along the APTFF 2022 from 29-30 August at the Fairmont Hotel, Singapore. Public and private sector organizations involved in trade facilitation, paperless trade, logistics or any sector related to trade facilitation can showcase their projects, initiatives, publications.  

Oิbjective & Opportunities:

  • Share experiences and knowledge on paperless trade, trade facilitation and related topics
  • Introduce projects, initiatives, lessons learned, recommendations, policy measures and facilities related to trade facilitation and paperless trade

Who will visit the exhibition?

The APTFF attracts over 250 senior government officials, paperless trade experts, trade facilitation and logistics service providers, staff of development financing institutions and other organizations/agencies providing technical assistance and capacity building activities on trade facilitation and paperless trade, from over 30 countries.

What can be exhibited?

  • Information and videos showing case studies, completed projects and other initiatives can be exhibited. Commercial products or services cannot be exhibited. However, contact information of the exhibitors can be provided.
  • Only the following tools can be used: leaflets, posters, x-banners, publications, TV screens, and laptops. 
  • For APTFF exhibitors, the cost will be kept to a minimum through a special arrangement; hence the guidelines for exhibit content should be strictly followed.

Who can participate in the exhibition?

  • Private sector organizations involved in paperless trade solutions, logistics services, trade related infrastructure services, sectoral services (e.g., electronic traceability for food products), consulting services and other related areas
  • Public sector organizations involved in trade facilitation including national trade and transport facilitation committees, accreditation bodies, standards institutions, development/donor agencies, international organizations, research institutions/think tanks and other relevant organizations.

Details of the exhibition booth (tentative):

  • Dimensions: L2m x W2m x H2m
  • Facilities: one table with lockable storage compartment, chairs, power point, spotlights, and fascia board for organisation name

Exhibition space is very limited. They will be allocated by organizers according to (1) relevance of the service/exhibit for forum participants, (2) timeliness and completeness of application, and (3) type of organization applying.

booth fee for the entire duration of the exhibition will be charged by the booth constructor. More details on booth cost and facilities and how to complete payment will be communicated upon allocation confirmation.

Application deadline: 22 July 2022

Click: Expression of interest form

For more information about the exhibition, please contact: Ms. Wannarat Charoensri at [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] and [email protected]

 

For more information, please visit:

Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2022 | ESCAP (unescap.org)

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Policy Dialogues on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022: Building Forward Fairer

Submitted by NABARQUE on Tue, 28/06/2022 - 00:41
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The 75th-anniversary issue of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022 was launched on 12 April 2022. The main findings of this ESCAP's flagship were presented to the media, policymakers, civil society, academics, researchers, and all other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region as well as outside of the region.

Following the launch at ESCAP's regional office in Bangkok, policy dialogues were also held in the following sub-regional offices:
 

  1. East and North-East Asia Policy Dialogue on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022, 17 May 2022
  2. South Asia Policy Dialogue on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022, 31 May 2022
  3. North and Central Asia Policy Dialogue on Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022, 9 June 2022
  4. Presentation of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022 to UNRCO, 17 June 2022

 

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Call for research proposals: implementation of cross-border electronic exchange of trade-related data via DLT including blockchain

Submitted by NTUNTIWI on Mon, 30/05/2022 - 11:27
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Deadline for Submission: 15 June 2022

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Digitalization of trade procedures, especially through the application of emerging technologies, could contribute to trade cost reduction and efficient and inclusive trade-related processes. Despite the significant benefits it could bring,[1] paperless trade systems and applications face challenges, including interoperability and data security. Due to its transparent, decentralized and immutable nature, the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) including blockchain, has the potential to address some of these challenges.

In this context, the ESCAP Secretariat invites interested researchers and practitioners to make proposals to carry out studies on the implementation of cross-border electronic exchange of trade-related data via DLT, including blockchain. The studies will also be used for developing a template for feasibility studies to identify feasible trade data and data exchange mechanisms for initiating the cross-border electronic exchange of data with major trading partners.[2]

Research Duration

1 July – 30 September 2022 (The draft paper should be ready by 15 August)

Research Output

A research paper on the topic with the focus on:

  • Feasibility of DLT/blockchain (rather than technologies themselves, but on its practical application)
  • Application of DLT/blockchain for digitalization of trade procedures (not in track-and-trace for trade)
  • Business to government (B2G) or government to government transactions (G2G) (not business to business (B2B))
  • If possible, cases and applications for least developed countries (LDCs)

The research paper would be in the form of either:

  1. Case studies or use cases of  implementation of cross-border electronic exchange of trade-related data via DLT, including blockchain from developing countries in Asia and the Pacific (LDCs are desirable):
    1. Description of implementation of technologies and procedures
    2. Critical barriers to implementation
    3. Comparison between traditional technologies versus DLT/blockchain (while defining critical areas for the comparison)
  1. Overview of DLT/blockchain application, especially in LDCs – based on literature review
    1. Summary of DLT/blockchain application for digitalization of trade procedures
    2. Key barriers for application (especially those unique and common for LDCs)
    3. Comparison between traditional technologies versus DLT (while defining critical areas for the comparison)

The paper would be 8,000-12,000 words, excluding tables, figures, references and appendices. Format and style for the research paper will be provided for the selected proposals. It should be free of grammatical and stylistic errors. Based on previous experience, it is expected the report will undergo several rounds of reviews, and the consultant should be ready to address feedback in a timely manner.

Benefits

Consultancy fees of up to 10,000 USD will be issued to carry out the research and deliver the paper – depending on the proposed scope, methodology, and researcher’s experience.

Other benefits for selected proposals:

  • Presentation of research findings in ESCAP events on trade facilitation and cross-border paperless trade, where relevant, with one potential event being the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2022 in Singapore (29-30 August 2022)
  • Publication of the research paper in UN publications or through ESCAP regional networks, including ARTNeT and UNNExT, where relevant and suitable

Submission

Please apply as soon as possible or no later than 15 June 2022.

Individual(s) with relevant expertise are invited to submit research proposals to Mr. Yann Duval, Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation, ESCAP [[email protected]] with a copy to Ms. Soo Hyun Kim [[email protected]].

The submission should include:

  1. An email expressing interest
  2. In 500 words or less, a research proposal, including 1) a summary of the research, including scope, methodology, and detailed tentative outline of the paper, 2) research schedule/timeline, and 3) main expected outcome/finding/recommendation, and;
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) and any other evidence of relevant work.

 

Selection criteria

The criteria used to evaluate the proposals will be based on the feasibility of the proposed research plan (75%), with heavy bearing on expected outcome/findings: and previous work experience of the applicant(s) in the areas related to the research topic (25%).

Notes:

  1. Only selected candidate(s) would be contacted.
  2. Considering the specialized nature of topics, successful proposals are expected to come from researchers who already have work/research experience.
  3. Candidates are encouraged to make a proposal jointly with other researchers and practitioners to maximize synergy and complementarity of expertise.

For further information:

Please email Ms. Soo Hyun Kim at [email protected] should you have any questions.

 

 

[1] Among numerous studies on impact of cross-border paperless trade on trade cost, see recent example:  https://www.unescap.org/kp/2021/APTF

[2] The initial target countries for the feasibility study are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Timor-Leste

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Call for Enhanced Disaster Risk Data Governance and Data-driven Analysis to Inform Policy Decisions at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022

Submitted by ABAHRAMI1 on Sun, 29/05/2022 - 23:15
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Governments, the UN system, and all disaster risk reduction stakeholders gathered for the seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 in Bali, organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and hosted by the Government of Indonesia.  As part of the official GP/DRR programme, the thematic session on data challenges and solutions for disaster risk management was held on 26 May 2022. The session was moderated by Ms. Letizia Rossano, Director of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM), a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

"Despite great advances in technology and data science, gathering and applying disaster-relevant data and statistics to investment decisions to reduce disaster risk is still a challenge.  We need to be able to account for the full scale of losses from disasters – small, recurring, and major extreme events. And we need to have clear, data-based overviews on disaster risks, including those induced by climate change" said APDIM Director Ms. Letizia Rossano during the session which drew over 400 participants attending in-person and over 2500 attended online.

The thematic session panellists discussed ways to improve data governance in a way that the benefits of the resultant policies, programmes, and investments enable the governments to ensure effective risk reduction measures are in place and to reach the most vulnerable in all scenarios. They also discussed the role of data community in enhancing the use of disaster risk data across development and humanitarian planning. H. E. Dr Raditya Jati, Deputy Minister for Systems and Strategy, Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB); H. E. Mr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services, Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines; Ms. Rhonda Robinson, Deputy Director Disaster and Community Resilience Programme, Acting Director GEM Division, Pacific Community; Dr Jakub Ryzenko, Head of Crisis Information Centre SRC, Poland; Mr. Kassem Chaalan, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction, Lebanese Red Cross; and Ms. Sithembiso Gina, Senior Programme Officer, DRR Unit, SADC Secretariat presented their views and remarks as panellist of the Session.

The discussion at the session highlighted that:

  • Effective collection, dissemination and application of relevant data and statistics about disaster risk and impact is of paramount importance at national and local level to form the evidence base for policy, planning, implementation and investment in development and humanitarian domains across different sectors and to ensure that no-one is left behind.
  • Strong data governance is required to access quality disaster and climate data by working across departmental silos and administrative levels to produce relevant analysis and products to inform disaster risk policy and investments, ideally in the context of a national disaster data policy is key.
  • Building of capacities is necessary to increase the demand for disaster risk data and information and its application towards risk assessment and climate change analysis, including by leveraging on strategic partnerships and latest technology.

 The outcomes of the thematic session on data challenges and solutions for disaster risk management was reflected in the Global Platform co-Chair's summary and will contribute to the inter-governmental midterm review of the Sendai Framework scheduled for 2023.

Photos from the Thematic session two on data challenges and solutions of disaster risk management at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022, Photo credits:Antoine Tardy for UNDRR

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Call for Cases: APTFF Trade Facilitation Innovation Awards 2022

Submitted by NNARONGKAC on Thu, 26/05/2022 - 16:19
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Deadline for Submission: 29 July 2022

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Organized biennially by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) is the leading regional platform for the exchange of information, experiences and practices on trade facilitation.

The 10th APTFF – to be held in Singapore on 29-30 August 2022 – will focus on how trade facilitation should evolve to enhance supply chain resilience and better support sustainable economic recovery and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The Forum will explore how trade digitalization and emerging technologies can be used to ensure that new generation trade facilitation measures are inclusive and sustainable. It will feature panel discussions, interactive and informative sessions allowing participants to share experiences and perspectives on different aspects of trade facilitation, including trade finance, cross-border e-commerce, paperless trade, and innovative applications of emerging technologies, among others.

ESCAP and ADB are inviting the submission of cases of innovative next generation trade facilitation implementation, reflecting the theme of APTFF 2022. National or subregional trade facilitation innovation cases should feature either (1) implementation of innovative trade facilitation measures not specifically featured in the WTO TFA or other major global conventions or agreements, or (2) trade facilitation measures implemented in an innovative manner, such that they have contributed to at least two of the three pillars of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (economic, social and environmental pillars), or are using emerging digital technologies.

The submissions will be evaluated by the APTFF Secretariat as well as invited experts from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Customs Organization (WCO), and the Advisory Committee of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT). 

Why submit a case?

Submitting a case will help you to highlight the achievements of your country/government/agency/institution/office in trade facilitation, and to share with experts, practitioners, government officials and other stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

All cases received and deemed relevant will be published on the APTFF website – cases promoting specific commercial products or services will not be considered. Successful submissions could also have opportunities to be published as UNNExT Briefs and shared in the UNNExT network.

In addition, the authors of the “best three” cases on trade facilitation innovations will be invited to participate and present their case study during the APTFF 2022 in Singapore. The selected “best three” national or subregional innovations will receive an award and certificate.[1]

What to submit?

Has your country/organization implemented innovative solutions that have increased the efficiency of import/export/transit processes? Has your country/organization implemented unique systems to make it easier for SMEs, Women or those living in rural areas to engage in cross-border trade? Do you think your country/organization’s implementation of a particular WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) provision is outstanding and should be promoted as best practice? These are a few examples of potential trade facilitation innovation submissions.

You are invited to submit a brief case of the trade facilitation innovation, which should include the following details:

  • Description of the measure/project, including:
    • The trade facilitation issue/area it has addressed;
    • Implementation timeline/process;
    • Key beneficiaries and stakeholders;
    • Current status of the project/innovation;
    • Cost-effectiveness of the measure/project.
  • Why it is particularly innovative and effective.
  • Which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it contributes to, and how? (Note: SDG 17 identifies Trade as a Means of Implementation of other SDGs, but the measure or innovation proposed may also be relevant to other SDGs).[2]
  • Which WTO TFA provision it relates to, if relevant.
  • Examples and evidence of recognition and praise for the measure/project (you may provide testimonials from users, links and media clippings if available).  

Entries can be submitted under (but not limited to) the following categories:

  • Digital trade facilitation - Frontier technology applications / Cross-Border Paperless Trade initiatives /…
  • Sustainable and inclusive trade facilitation: SMEs / Women / Transit …
  • Trade finance and payment facilitation;
  • Innovative trade facilitation measures for agricultural trade and traceability;
  • Cost-effective trade facilitation measures;
  • Institutional innovations for trade facilitation;
  • Innovations in trade facilitation monitoring and data collection;
  • WTO TFA implementation best practice
  • Trade facilitation measures in times of COVID-19 crisis

Entries must be submitted electronically in Microsoft PowerPoint as well as PDF formats.

  • Annotated PowerPoint presentation with details, as described above, of the case (no more than 20 slides); Video-recorded PowerPoint presentation is also acceptable (no more than 14 minutes).
  • Please provide links and references for more information about the innovation.

Videos and other multimedia formats may be submitted as alternative and/or as supporting material.

Deadline for Submission: 29 July 2022

Kindly send your submissions to: [email protected] with copy to [email protected], [email protected]

Selection Criteria:

The trade facilitation innovation will be evaluated according the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the measure/project to the simplification and streamlining of international trade processes (broadly defined here as covering commercial, transport, regulatory and payment procedures);
  • Use of digital means and channels for effective and efficient trade facilitation measures;
  • Relevance and applicability to other countries;
  • Potential in reducing trade costs;
  • Potential in increasing SME engagement in trade;
  • The creativity and effectiveness in how the innovation serves the key beneficiaries;
  • Involvement of the key stakeholders in the design and the implementation of the innovation;
  • Possibilities to scale and expand the innovation to serve more stakeholders;
  • Linkage with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (social and environmental pillars in particular).

Eligibility:

  • The trade facilitation innovation must have originated from/ be implemented in one of the ESCAP and ADB members (see list)[3].
  • At least one of the co-author(s) submitting the case study must be from the national organization(s) responsible for implementing the trade facilitation innovation and/or involved in the implementation of the related measure/project described. The candidate should seek adequate clearance to submit and present this innovation.
  • The submitted innovation must be already launched and functional. Projects in the testing/pilot phase may also be submitted. However, projects and innovations in the design phase are not eligible for submission.

General Rules and Regulations

  • By submitting the case study, the candidate grants the APTFF Secretariat permission to publish and disseminate the case study;
  • The APTFF Secretariat is not responsible for any loss of intellectual property rights that may result from submitting the case study;
  • The APTFF Secretariat will verify the case studies and is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information contained in the submitted case studies;
  • The APTFF Secretariat does not provide any remuneration or compensation for submission of the case studies;
  • The selected case study/innovation must be submitted to the APTFF Secretariat by the deadline.
 

[1] Winning submissions for the 2019 Award can be viewed at: https://unnext.unescap.org/content/aptff-trade-facilitation-innovation-award-2019-2020

[3] List of eligible members and associate members: Afghanistan; Armenia; American Samoa;  Australia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; Cook Islands; Fiji; French Polynesia; Georgia; Guam; Hong Kong, China; India; Indonesia; Iran(Islamic Republic of); Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati; Republic of Korea; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Macao, China; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nauru; Nepal; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Pakistan; Palau; Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; the Russian Federation; Samoa; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Taipei, China; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Viet Nam.

 

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ESCAP Call for Expressions of Interest (Deadline for application: 08 May 2022)

Submitted by SLEWCHAL on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 18:02
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Women Enterprise Impact Investment Fund: Partnering to Unlock Investment Capital for Women Enterprises

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Deadline to submit applications: ongoing, with priority given to eligible institutions that submit before 08 May 2022

EOI information and application guidelines: https://www.unescap.org/projects/cwe/call-for-expressions-of-interest

Application submission requirements: 1) Proposal Application Form, 2) Budget Proposal and 3) Annex 1-Submission Confirmation Letter, and ensure the application must follow the templates provided.

For any questions regarding the EOI should submit their questions by email to: [email protected]

 

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the project ‘Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship’ (CWE), funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, and implemented by ESCAP.

The objective is to partner and provide grant funding for one or more of the following themes in the Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) programme's focus countries:

Theme 1) Impact Investing and Innovative Financing: Establish a new or expand an existing innovative[1], financing or impact investing initiative specifically targeting women-led enterprises[2],

Theme 2) Gender Lens Investing: Integrate Gender Lens Investing (GLI) into a new or existing innovative financing mechanism or impact investment fund,

Theme 3) Research and Policy Initiatives: Conduct policy research or engagements on expanding access or usage of financial services to or investments in women-led enterprises.

This call for Expressions of Interest asks applicants to take a GLI approach in any of the three chosen areas, meaning investing with the specific intent to create a positive impact on women. However, the focus goes beyond women as individuals but specifically focuses on supporting women enterprises. This can be in the form of investing in enterprises which are majority owned by women (51%), managed by a woman, majority of the board members are women, and/or supporting enterprises which support, empower and develop the capacities of women. The CWE focus countries are Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Fiji and Samoa.

Applications are open to all organizations which hold a not-for-profit status. A proof of the organization’s not-for-profit status will be required as part of the application process. Applications are also open to other UN, government and multilateral entities, who have the skills and expertise in developing similar initiatives. While the lead entity must have not-for-profit status, partnerships with private sector firms or other entities are encouraged.

EOI information and application guidelines: https://www.unescap.org/projects/cwe/call-for-expressions-of-interest

Application deadline: No later than midnight on 08 May 2022, ICT, UTC +7, by email to [email protected] , with the subject line: EOI-ESCAP-Women Enterprise Impact Investment Fund

Applications must follow the guideline and submission format as outlined in the Application Template and Budget Proposal, provided on the Call for EOI webpage.

More information about the ESCAP’s Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme, please visit https://www.unescap.org/projects/cwe


[1] For the purposes of this call, the term “Innovative” can be defined as something which involves new, advanced, or original components.

[2] Women enterprises are defined as enterprises that are majority owned by women (51%), managed by a woman, majority of the board members are women and/or enterprises which support, empower and develop the capacities of women. Therefore, male owned enterprise can be considered, if the senior management or board structure is 51% women, or if the enterprises core business works to support, empower and develop the capacities of women.

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Call for Expression of Interest on AI for Social Good

Submitted by SLEWCHAL on Wed, 06/04/2022 - 10:49
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ESCAP-APRU-Google.org Call for Expression of Interest on 'AI for Social Good Project', collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh

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The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Google.org seek to strengthen AI for Social Good in Asia and the Pacific by supporting research that inform the development of country-specific AI governance frameworks and national capabilities to empower transparent AI ecosystems and to develop AI solutions that tackle socio-economic challenges.

 

Project title: AI for Social Good: Strengthening Capabilities and Government Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific

The latest Call aimed specifically at academics (in any discipline) with expertise in AI-related topics who are interested in supporting a governmental agency from Bangladesh to develop sound and transparent AI ecosystems.

Researchers with AI-related expertise from a range of disciplines – including, but not limited to, computer science, politics/political science, philosophy, international relations, sociology, statistics, public policy, and law – are very welcome to apply. Participants will respond to one research question/problem, which has been identified by a national government agency of Bangladesh. (As part of the application process, candidates are asked to specify how they would draw on their own area of expertise to respond to one of the questions.)

 

Application deadline: 24 April 2022

 

Project Overview

Particular AI-related research and analysis needs have been identified by the Bangladesh Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme of the ICT Division and Cabinet Division of Bangladesh. Applicants are asked to choose one research question/problem, under either ‘Continuous Assessment’’ or ‘Pregnancy Monitoring’, to respond to in a policy research paper. (Representatives from the relevant government agencies will provide guidance to the researchers as they develop their papers.)

 

Academic Lead

The academic lead for the project is Professor Toni Erskine, Australian National University (ANU).

 

How to Engage

Please see the call document for specific project details, engagement areas, funding, expected contributions by the participants, the project timeline, and eligibility.

 

APRU Scholars interested in participating and responding to this round of research questions will need to email their completed expression of interest form  to Ms Tina Lin, [email protected] by 24 April 2022.

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Online training course on Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) Foundation

Submitted by KBOONPRI on Thu, 03/03/2022 - 16:10
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in partnership with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is pleased to launch an online training course on Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) Foundation will start on 28 March 2022.

Prior to formulating and drafting the online training course for SDMX Foundation, ADB, UNSD, SIAP, and ESCAP conducted a survey to collect information from National Statistics Offices (NSOs) on the knowledge and implementation of SDMX in the national statistical systems. One of the main concerns of the NSOs was the lack of training on SDMX.

In this regard, the SDMX Foundation course is to target NSOs staff and other organizations involved in statistical data and metadata production who have little or no knowledge of SDMX. The course will also assist top and middle managers to strengthen their knowledge on SDMX and to decide on how SDMX will fit into and improve statistical business processes. Further, there will be an advanced SDMX course which will feature SDMX Information Model, SDMX Content-Oriented Guidelines, and SDMX infrastructure and IT tools.

The course will be available in ADB eLearn Moodle Platform (https://elearn.adb.org/). If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]. You may also register at
https://ncv.microsoft.com/ICp4ZkfQLG or scan the QR code below until 25 March 2022.

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