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Data Sharing to Stop Trafficking
Private Finance for Sustainable Development
How Can Japanese Kaizen Lead to Development?
Data for SDGs

Improving Self-Help in Vietnam
Research Opportunities
DATA SHARING TO STOP TRAFFICKING  

Following a successful consultation on standard operating procedures in Nay Pyi Taw in June 2016, case workers and law enforcement officers in Myanmar and India will begin using an online repository of cases as a transnational referral mechanism to protect and repatriate victims, and as evidence with which to prosecute traffickers. The effort is supported by the Impulse NGO Network, recipient of the The Japan Social Development Fund Award (JSDF), funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan and administered by GDN (2013-2016).
PRIVATE FINANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

In a recently published opinion piece, GDN President, Pierre Jacquet argues that engaging the private sector in financing sustainable development requires stable and predictable regulatory environments and policy commitments, as well as a better understanding of what is needed to make the pursuit of social objectives compatible with market-led profit requirements. The piece was featured in the OECD Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities.
FUNDING FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH - CURSE OR BLESSING?

This month's webinar, hosted by Research to Action, featured GDN’s Doing Research Program, in which the scarcity of funding for social science research, and short term, project-based resources were identified as major obstacles to high quality research in developing countries. Gross expenditures in the social sciences ranged from 0.002% of GDP in Bolivia in 2009 to 0.23% in Norway. Panelists also discussed the relationship between funding, agenda-setting and making research travel beyond academia. See background paper. Read our blog. Join the debate: #GDN #R2AWebinar
HOW CAN JAPANESE KAIZEN LEAD TO DEVELOPMENT?

GDN is pleased to launch a new program with the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA-RI) to document how the Japanese managerial approach, Kaizen, works. Kaizen means change (kai) for good (zen), and encourages continuous learning and improvement for industrial growth and development. The two-year, multi country effort comes at a time when the global economy has been slow to recover. Results will feed policy discussions on managerial capacity and work systems, as well as the social structures needed to boost productivity and economic growth.
@data4SDGs

A learning session on Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development was part of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York from 11-20 July – a major opportunity to build momentum for the global #data4SDGs movement. GDN supports the #data4SDGs movement as a champion of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. New data collaboratives, a Data4SDGs toolbox and a new video are now available online.
IMPROVING SELF HELP IN VIETNAM  

In a paper recently published in the East Asian Economic Review, Trang, Vu Thu, Trang, Do Thu and Hanh, Nguyen Thi My, recommend resource mobilization strategies to change villagers' attitudes and increase their involvement in Vietnam’s rural development movement. Funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the paper draws lessons from South Korea. The authors were winners of the KOICA Development Research Award, administered by GDN in 2014.
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

FAO and Households in Conflict Network: Call for Papers on Violent Conflict (Deadline: 1 August) | The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): Call for evidence on Global Challenges Research Fund pot (Deadline: 22 August) | West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission and the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI): Call for Papers on progress and challenges of regional integration in West Africa (Deadline: 4 September).| OCP Policy Center of Morocco and the German Marshall Fund of the United States: Applications for the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program (Deadline: September 12th). | New researcher hub ‘Your Research: Science for Global Good’.
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