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GDN's New Organizational Strategy
New Training Program for Local Researchers
Governance and Service Delivery in India
Research Trends and Findings
Improving Gender Wage Equality in Macedonia
Natural Capital and Environment Accounting in the Pacific
Out Now: To Govern and to Serve
Calls and Opportunities
GDN'S NEW ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY

GDN’s new organizational strategy was released in January 2017. The paper, ‘The Road Ahead: Strategy 2017-2022’ outlines a refocused vision, purpose, beliefs, and three strategic directions of work going forward. It also describes GDN’s values, assets and services, as well as a new results framework to measure impact over the next five years. Download the strategy brochure to read more about GDN’s vision and commitment to promote better policies and better lives through high-quality policy-oriented social science research conducted in developing and transition countries across the world.
NEW TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LOCAL RESEARCHERS

GDN is partnering with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to study the impact of projects in sub-Saharan African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, under a new training and mentorship programme for local researchers. After training at EIB headquarters in Luxembourg, the researchers will spend a year evaluating projects financed under the Bank’s Impact Financing Envelope. This will build skills and capacity in impact assessment in the regions and refine the understanding of EIB’s impact. Stay tuned for information on recruitment opportunities. And read more about the EIB.
GOVERNANCE AND SERVICE DELIVERY IN INDIA

In coordination with the Campbell Collaboration and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), GDN is organizing a half-day roundtable focused on international and national evidence on better governance and service delivery in India. The event will bring together national and international economic growth and development specialists to help support the Government of India to use high-quality evidence for development. For more details, contact Yashika Kanojia at ykanojia@gdn.int. Follow and join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag, #evidence4policy.
RESEARCH TRENDS AND FINDINGS

A new edition of the Research Monitor is now available on our website, presenting a compilation of research findings and trends from various GDN programs and competitions, designed to inform current debate and policy. This issue features updates from our active programs across the world. It also highlights key information and stories on a range of development themes, intrinsically linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, including aid effectiveness, economic productivity and natural resource management, inclusion, and the quality of research and education.
PROMOTING GENDER WAGE EQUALITY IN MACEDONIA 

EdPlaKo is a web-based tool, that uses the personal and socio-economic characteristics of workers to test the fairness of wage levels at the company level between men and women. The tool was developed by researchers Marjan Petreski, Nikica Majskoska-Blazevski and Blagica Petreski after winning the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development, funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and administered by GDN. Recently, five prominent companies in Macedonia were awarded EdPlako logos for their efforts to close the gender wage gap [See photos].The winning companies included a bank, a tax consultancy, a printing house, an IT company and a construction company.
IMPROVING INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTIVITY 

GDN will soon be launching calls for two programs on productivity growth in developing countries. The first focuses on industrial policies as part of a program of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice Unit of the World Bank Group, funded by the Competitive Industries and Innovation Program. The second focuses on how management methods, in particular, Kaizen, can increase productivity at the firm-level. and is being supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency - Research Institute (JICA-RI). Stay tuned for updates.
NATURAL CAPITAL AND ENVIRONMENT ACCOUNTING IN THE PACIFIC

GDN, in partnership with Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services Global Partnership (WAVES), is organizing a workshop with research and policy institutions in Oceania to address the opportunities and challenges of using environment and natural capital accounts in the region. The workshop will gather experts, policy actors, development partners and representatives of research institutions, as part of the Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum from 27-31 March in Brisbane, Australia. The workshop is designed as an exchange and networking event, with the goal of establishing collaboration for a research and practice network to catalyze efforts in the field of natural capital accounting in the Pacific. 
OUT NOW: TO GOVERN AND TO SERVE

A new book on governance and public services in Latin America, 'Improving Access and Quality of Public Services in Latin America: To Govern and To Serve,' is now available at Palgrave-MacMillan and Amazon. Edited by GDN's Ramona Angelescu Naqvi, Director of Programs and Guillermo Perry, member of the Board, the book highlights results from a 30-country study of education, roads and water services, pointing to three successful elements of governance: better information for users, increased accountability through paid services and an enabling political culture.
CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is inviting applications for five professional development courses, to be held in Nairobi in April and May this year. Applications must be submitted by February 5, 2017. PASGR is also inviting applications for scholarships for the Master of Research and Public Policy program, for citizens of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Applications must be submitted by February 20, 2017. The International Geographical Union Conference on “Urbanization, Health & Well Being and Sustainable Development Goals” is being held in March 2017 in Hyderabad, India. View opportunities for participation, collaboration and sponsorship on the conference website.
The Global Development Network (GDN) is a public international organization that supports high quality, policy-oriented, social science research in developing and transition countries, to promote better lives for their citizens. For more information please visit www.gdn.int or write to communications@gdn.int
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