I started writing this 'From the Editor's Desk' in Accra, to the sound of an African drum band, preparing for a ceremony to mark the launch of the joint University of Ghana-UNU-WIDER Research and Post-Graduate Teaching Programme. The launch took place in the University of Ghana's magnificent Great Hall. We were in Accra for the 28th session of the UNU-WIDER Board, held for the second time in Africa. Professor Ernest Aryeetey, UNU-WIDER Board Chairman and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, hosted us in Accra.
Our Accra visit included a presentation at the University of Ghana on UNU-WIDER's climate change work, with a seminar to mark the launch of a new research collaboration between UNU-WIDER and the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER). Under the overall framework of the new collaborative agreement with the University of Ghana, ISSER and UNU-WIDER will be working on climate change impacts and adaption options for Ghana. The research programme is linked to similar efforts in Vietnam and southern Africa under UNU-WIDER's development under climate change project. In addition, ISSER and UNU-WIDER will be working on growth and poverty reduction trends in Ghana.
Accra also provided an opportunity for further presentations by Danielle Resnick on our governance and fragility theme from our ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign Aid project. This Angle includes the videos from the presentations in Accra and the policy brief on foreign aid and democracy in Africa.
Fragile states are of course a big concern for the MDGs, since these countries have the least capacity to meet the targets. In any case, much of the MDG process has been driven by 'traditional' aid donors, but their ODA is now a declining share of total capital flows to the developing world. What does this mean for the global development agenda after 2015? This month's GuestAngle is a piece by Rolph van der Hoeven and Peter van Bergeijk on the 'Millennium Development Goals in Turbulent Times: Emerging Challenges for Post-2015 MDGs'. Their intervention into the MDGs debate provides much food for thought.
As we see the political upheavals continue in much of the MENA region, we have another timely piece on youth unemployment in the region from our research fellow Imed Drine. He presents policies that would help cut the growing numbers of unemployed and envigorate the private sector in the region.
Rio+20 came and went with a wimper. In this Angle...