From localized development to up-scaling: What’s the role of key players?

Dr. Anita Nirody, the UNDP’s resident representative in Egypt commences the Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID)’s 1st Annual conference by expressing the UNDP’s pride in the association with the initiative for its vital efforts toward poverty eradication in rural Upper Egypt. The conference theme was “A call for developing Upper Egypt”, where ENID demonstrates its efforts in promoting sustainable development and employment opportunities in Upper Egypt. Dr. Nirody emphasizes the advantage of the initiative, being a truly integrated model for development that addresses the most vulnerable groups.

The initiative, Dr. Nirodi argues, helps the poor people of Upper Egypt find job opportunities and builds their capacities to lead productive livelihoods. Moreover, it links them to value chains and markets. Being a multi-stakeholder initiative, ENID works closely with local communities’ administration as well as various networks of civil society groups. It works in three major spheres; agriculture, SME development and innovative business models.

The conference hosted a number of ministers of the Egyptian government, who expressed their support of the initiative’s goals and agendas, which need be integrated on a national level. Dr. Nirody also expresses her faith in the effectiveness of the initiative’s model and its potential to be replicated in other parts of Egypt. Such an upscale would require a high level of cooperation between different ministerial bodies, with the support of international partners such as DFID and the Sawiris foundation.

Watch interview video with Anita Nirody

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USP Hosts Oceania Development Network’s 4th Biennial Conference

At its fourth biennial conference held on September 10-12, 2013 at the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus, the Oceania Development Network (ODN) focused this year on ‘Addressing Inequality and Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Development‘. Opening remarks were made by ODN’s present Chair, Professor Biman Prasad ODN-Conf-2013a_0e2(University of the South Pacific’s School of Economics), who introduced the conference theme and its relevance to the Pacific’s development challenges and the key objective of ODN in line with broader objectives of the Global Development Network (GDN) in building “research capacity amongst the young and emerging researchers on issues of policy relevant to the Oceania Region.”
ODN is one of 11 regional networks affiliated with the Global Development Network.

GDNet’s outreach to policy efforts and South to South learning presented at the “Food Secure Arab World Conference”

In her reflection on the discussions that took place at the Food Secure Arab World Conference, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), Doctor Sherine Ghoneim – Director GDN Cairo – brought up the following questions:

  • How can we maximize the impact of research?
  • How can we inform policy process in a timely fashion?
  • What will it take to make a difference?

Watch highlights from Sherine Ghoneim’s talk and learn more about the type of work GDNet is doing to support Southern researchers and help their research travel further to reach policymakers:

GDNet Participates in the Food Secure Arab World Conference

By Maya Madkour, GDNet

Development practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from the world over convened early February in Beirut, Lebanon to come up with a roadmap for creating a healthy, secure Arab World, free from hunger. Working together to translate research into policy, participants came from a variety of different backgrounds; and of course, GDNet was there.


The Food Secure Arab World Conference, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), called for better policy implementation,  regional knowledge platforms pooling local knowledge, and collaborating with local and international partners on food, nutrition, and water security issues.

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