30 janvier 2016

Think Tank Rankings

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngThe international think tank ranking was released on January 27th by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. The upper levels of the rankings were dominated by the USA and the UK but there were signs of significant activity in Asia and Europe. The 2015 Go To Think Tank Index launch events were held in a variety of global cities. More...

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Times Higher Education Publishes International Universities List

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngTimes Higher Education has produced a ranking of the top 200 international universities. The data is taken from the International Outlook Indicator in last year’s World University Rankings. The criteria, which are given equal weighting, are the ratio of international to domestic students, the ratio of international to domestic faculty, and the proportion of papers with an international collaborator. More...

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Online Rankings from US News

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngThe steady expansion of online higher education has raised some serious problems and some interesting opportunities for university ranking organisations. The most systematic attempt to deal with this development has been by US News (USN) which has undertaken to rank general bachelor’s degree programmes and a variety of subject specific programmes in the US. More...

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Statistical Insights: Government assets matter too, not just debt

By OECD Statistics Directorate. In analysing the sustainability of government finances, the focus tends to be on gross government debt as a percentage of GDP. However, as gross debt does not take into account the asset side of government balance sheets, this measure only tells part of the story. Assets may generate income or be sold in order to redeem part of gross debt, and are therefore very relevant in assessing the financial health of government as well. A government with a high level of liabilities but also with significant amounts of assets on its balance sheet may be better off than a government with a lower level of liabilities and hardly any assets. Therefore, net government debt, which incorporates information on assets, constitutes a useful additional measure to gross government debt. It provides insight into the capabilities of governments to service debt in the longer run and thus presents a more comprehensive and nuanced picture of government financial health. More...

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Bringing help and hope to war victims: When Shennong meets Avicenna in Iraqi Kurdistan

By Anne-Lise Prigent. Can a Chinese herbalist emperor ever meet a Persian thinker of the Islamic Golden age? Well, you’d be surprised… “If my strength is needed, then I must go forth.” “I hope I can be of aid.” These are the words of Shennong, the father of traditional Chinese medicine. It is also the calling of Shennong & Avicenne, a French medical NGO. Shennong & Avicenne combines traditional and modern medicine, Western and Eastern approaches. A scientist and a philosopher, Persian Avicenna was the father of modern medicine, the 11th century’s famous Muslim “prince of physicians”. More than a thousand years after his time, new warfare seems to be emerging – it is agile and powerful, mobile and violently radical. Shennong & Avicenne helps war victims in Iraqi Kurdistan. More...

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From Analysis to Action – Multidimensional Country Reviews

By Mario Pezzini. Multidimensional Country Reviews (MDCRs) support developing countries in designing development strategies that aim for high impact. These strategies address the binding constraints to development, defined as sustainable and equitable growth and well-being. More...

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Are you in the 1%?

By Oliver Denk. The 1% are back in the news following last week’s Oxfam report claiming that the world’s 62 richest billionaires own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people on the planet combined. But what about labour income rather than wealth: Who are the 1% when earnings are counted, and not shares, property, and so on? We have a good idea of how much they earn thanks to the administrative records studied by researchers like Thomas Piketty. More...

The 1% are back in the news following last week’s Oxfam report claiming that the world’s 62 richest billionaires own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people on the planet combined. But what about labour income rather than wealth: Who are the 1% when earnings are counted, and not shares, property, and so on? We have a good idea of how much they earn thanks to the administrative records studied by researchers like Thomas Piketty

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2016: CSR is dead! What’s next?

By Roel Nieuwenkamp. A couple of months ago I met an expert in corporate responsibility who asked me: ‘So, are you the guy who killed CSR?’ Normally being labelled a killer can get you behind bars, but in this case it was meant as a compliment. However, I didn’t do it! So why was I a suspect? The reason is likely that I chair the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, a group of 46 governments that deal with business ethics issues by promoting and implementing the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD MNE Guidelines). More...

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The productivity and equality nexus: is there a benefit in addressing them together?

By Gabriela Ramos. Productivity growth has slowed since the crisis and inequality has been getting worse. Could they be influencing each other?
The linkages between the productivity and inequality challenges are still to be fully explored. More...

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COP21 was decades in the making, so how do we make future decades work for climate?

By Shayne MacLachlan. Following the hand-wringing, relief-sighing and back-slapping in Paris after nailing the landmark agreement on climate change in December, I took myself off to a farm in rural England to enjoy the new year driving tractors and herding small children (not with tractors). More...

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