DC’s point of view, it is interesting to learn what is going on in sector programmes in countries not supported by SDC in the health sector. Aid coordination via sector programmes or alternative mechanisms (e.g. PRSP) is one of the five key focus areas of the new SDC Health Policy (2003-2010). However, as all donors, SDC is still in a learning phase regarding sector programmes, and its support to sector programmes varies considerably between geographical departments2. SDC recognizes that other countries’ experiences can offer a perspective to the countries where it is helping implement a sector programme, such as in Tanzania and Mozambique, and other countries where a sector programme is under discussion, such as Rwanda.
SWAp that has received international acclaim for its design and execution. The paper seeks to understand why it is working, the critical factors for success, what did not work so well and why, and what lessons there may be for other countries. Furthermore, this paper lays the foundations for more in-depth country case studies on SWAp potential to be conducted by the Swiss Tropical Institute jointly with SDC. Read more..
A Case Study about Department of Quantitative Social Science
Abstract: The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) are two highly respected cross-national studies of pupil achievement. These have been specically designed to study how dierent countries’ educational systems are performing against one another, and how this is changing over time. These are, however, politically sensitive issues, where dierent surveys can produce markedly dierent results.
This is shown via a case study for England, where apparent decline in PISA test performance has caused policymakers much concern. Results suggest that England’s drop in the PISA international ranking is not replicated in TIMSS, and that this contrast may well be due to data limitations in both surveys. keep reading…
Case Study about Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
This issue brief seeks to understand the role that rankings play in institutional decision making and how institutions in various countries use rankings in ways that might benefit higher education in the United States. The study is based on interviews with campus stakeholders at institutions in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan—countries that have their own national ranking systems as well as a presence in the international systems.
A review of current research suggests that rankings influence institutional decision making in the following areas: strategic positioning and planning, staffing and organization, quality assurance, resource allocation and fundraising, and admissions and financial aid. To better understand these issues and how rankings affect them, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) discusses the ways by which institutions in the four countries incorporate rankings into their decision-making frameworks. Keep reading…
Study about the Current Situation and Prospects of Mutual in Europe
Executive summary: The objective of the study is to “provide the Commission with up to date knowledge to better assess the current situation of mutuals and allow a reasoned reflection on the need for eventual future policy development”. The study should include inter alia: a mapping of the relevant national legislation covering various types of mutuals operating in various sectors; a comprehensive overview of the mutuals’ activities, as well as the importance and role of mutuals per country.
An inventory of difficulties and barriers mutuals may have when they try to grow and expand particularly cross border; identification of national measures in support of mutuals, and; recommendations for possible actions at national or European level, for the promotion of mutuals and the elimination of barriers impeding their development. The study has been conducted by researchers from Panteia, supported by experts from the countries studied. read more in Prospects of Mutuals in Europe
Case Study about National Productivity Organizations
Introduction: National Productivity Organizations (NPOs) are expected to assume their roles as a catalyst in economic development and enhancing competitiveness of their countries. They must provide solutions, inputs to policy making and act as promoter of best management practices.
They served both the private and public sectors. To date, eighteen (18) countries (APO Report 2000) have teamed up to enhance Asian productivity collectively. The development of various NPOs are reflected in three waves (1960s, 1980s and 1990s) (Figure 1), under the umbrella of Asian Productivity Organization (APO).
Background: The importance of this report lies in the fact that post is a primary means of communication for a large part of Indian population as well as a vital component of India’s infrastructure but very little attention has been given to it. Situation is such that perhaps India along with its neighbours namely Pakistan and Bangladesh are the only countries wherein postal department has been so bereft of reforms.
Till the Post in India largely acted as a carrier of written communication between individuals and had the role of establishing a network in unopened and inaccessible areas, it had a public service role and character. During the last decade, not only has the share of the Post in the communication market declined, but also more significantly the share of private communication between individuals in the postal traffic has declined with the growing share of business-to-business, business-toindividual and individual-to-business communication.
A Case Study about Countries Emerging from Conflict
Executive Summary: Commissioned by the Service Delivery In Difficult Environments (SDDE) team at the Department for International Development, the report is based on evidence and experience from four SDDEselected case studies of Mozambique, Uganda, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as other postconflict countries and lessons learned experiences. It also draws on a review of the formal literature and further analysis derived from the ‘grey’ literature and practical experience.
The fist section develops a framework for examining evidence arising from the case studies. Summarising current thinking about the relationship between violent conflict and development, the review understands ‘the avoidance of future conflict’ as managing conflict from a development perspective, rather than promoting unjust and unsustainable peace.
Introduction: The World Health Organisation estimates that over 1 in 3 women globally will be beaten, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Violence against women is a world-wide problem that affects women in all countries, of all faiths and economic backgrounds.
Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Sometimes, women are attacked by strangers, but most often they are hurt by people who are close to them. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain.
India is now the world’s favored market for BPO companies, among other competitors.The BPO boom in India is credited to cheap labor costs and India’s huge talent pool of skilled, English-speaking professionals. Research by the National Association of Software Services and Companies (NASSCOM) has revealed that quality orientation among leading BPO companies, 24/7 services, India’s unique geographic location and the investor friendly tax structure in India have all made the BPO industry in India very popular.
India is one of the most favored destinations for BPO services because of the quality rendered among other factors. The BPO industry is the fastest growing segment of the ITES sector in the country. There are a few factors like economic advantage, economy of scale, superior competency which makes the BPO industry more viable when compared to other outsourcing countries. The BPO sector which took root in India in the mid-90s has grown in leaps and bounds ever since.
India is the ninth largest aviation market in the world, according to RNCOS research report, titled “Indian Aerospace Industry Analysis”. It is anticipated that the civil aviation market will register more than 16 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during 2010-2013 on back of strong market fundamentals.
The rapidly expanding aviation sector in India handles about 2.5 billion passengers across the world in a year; moves 45 million tonnes (MT) of cargo through 920 airlines, using 4,200 airports and deploying 27,000 aircraft. Currently, 87 foreign airlines fly to and from India and five Indian carriers fly to and fro from 40 countries.