Policy Research

CSEND staff participate in UN Library talks as discussant, presenter, moderator or organiser of UN Library talks.

  1. Thursday, 25 June 2015

Private Development Assistance and the SDGs: How You and I Can Contribute to End Extreme Poverty by 2030

The discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make 2015 a special year.The SDGs chart a new course in numerous ways: they are being elaborated in a far more inclusive manner than previous goals, they define objectives for countries at all levels of development, and their realization will require much higher levels of investment. This means that they concern all of us. So what role can private development assistance - which amounts to $50 billion a year - play in that context and what is it that we can do as individuals? This panel discussion looked at how each one of us can contribute to the elimination of extreme poverty through sustainable consumption, savings and donations, and by launching initiatives.

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2. Tuesday, 26 January 2016

People at the Core: Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda 

People are at the core of organizations whose mission is to deliver aid, through local communities working to generate income, and through national and International leaders working to shape policies and create good governance. At various levels, these interventions aim to lift people and communities out of poverty and ensure a decent standard of living. Participants were invited to get an insight into the new field of Humanitarian Work Psychology (HWP), which, through the scientific study of the workplace, offers expertise about the well-being and performance of people in their work environment. Participants were also offered an opportunity to find out how HWP benchmarks against the developmental goals set out by the United Nations in Agenda 2030 as the most pressing issues of our age, ranging from the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the achievement of universal primary education, to gender equality and empowerment, the reduction of child mortality, greater environmental sustainability and global partnership-building.

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3. Wednesday, 16th June 2016

What kind of sustainable education for our common future?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be implemented from 2016 to2030. SDG 4 focuses on education. What should be the policies and means to achieve SDG 4 (education)? ; Should education mostly increase a country’s productivity, economic growth, national competitiveness and make school and university leavers better fit for the labour market? Should education be considered a private or public good available free of charge or be based on fee-paying tuition? If so, what about non-market educational goals such as conveying a sense of ethics, citizenship, human rights and democratic principles? These important questions were debated by speakers with many years of professional experience in the educational field in developed and developing countries. During this Library Talk, a new book titled "NÉOLIBÉRALISME ET ÉDUCATION" by Jean Luis Chancerel and Sacha Varin (2015) was presented as well as publications by NORRAG (Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training) and an overview of The Swiss Development Cooperation’s new strategy regarding cooperation in education for African Least Developed Countries.

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4. Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Roundtable on “How to ensure ageing with dignity?

Ageing is a natural phenomenon of the life course. Societies have various ways in dealing with their respective senior members. However, human societies have seen an unprecedented age bonus with an extended life expectancy into the 80’s. Number of people who are older than 60 years of age reached 901 million in year 2015, constitute 12.3% of the total worldwide population. By 2050, it was forecasted that this number will reach 2.09 billion worldwide. This has changed the demographic distribution of populations and the demand patterns for public services.

Distribution of the senior population is pretty uneven correlating with the wealth of individual countries. Presently, most of the advanced economies have 20-29% of the population older than 60 years of age. By 2050 African countries are the only ones enjoy a youth bonus while the rest of the world are greying fast (UNDESA, 2015). Rapid depletion of the workforce of 25-55 age group is a major cause of rethinking, especially in the area of age, productivity, and human rights nexus.

In the context of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the SDGs clearly identify older people as an integral part of social development in Goal 3 - "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages". This is particularly poignant for the senior citizens of the lower socioeconomic strata. Therefore the SDG Goal 3 serves as a policy reminder not to leave behind the older population in any shapes or forms. An integrated approach to policy making will range from rethinking physical environment, infrastructure to public financing, institutional design and explicitly social contract and solidarity such as welfare and insurance schemes.

How to provide for the senior citizens sustainable living, care, and access to opportunities of continued participation in different spheres of life has become a major policy challenge in all countries. What could be the right policy mix to address the needs of the senior citizens? How to adopt an integrated approach in tackling the ageing issue? These are the questions for debate.

During this Library Talk, a new publication titled “The 2016 Retirement Quality Index of Chinese Large and Medium Cities” by Prof Yang Yifeng, Keyu Cheng & Jia Cao, (2017) will be launched as well as publications by other speakers.

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CSEND conducts educational policy research and connects policy researchers in order to promote more effective governance of the educational sector. Good governance in education, seeing from the CSEND perspective, means quality education for all. Therefore the CSEND policy research objective is to promote more equitable access to quality education may it be primary, secondary or tertiary education. At the same time, CSEND develops effective institutional management instruments with the goal of supporting more efficient and effective use of educational resources in order to sustain the high quality level of education in the context of life long learning.



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