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    Get the latest announcements on business events, news and training opportunities relevant to the international development community.

    • New UNDP/CIPS Procurement Training & Certification Programme (2016)

      The UNDP/CIPS Procurement Programme has been re-accredited by CIPS assuring compliance with state-of-the-art  international quality standards.
      All  qualifications at Introductory (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3) and Diploma (Level 4) levels are tailored to reflect common United Nations and public procurement rules, policies and procedures – hereby offering a unique qualification system customized to UN and public procurement best practices.

      Register for courses here:

      To download the 2016 UNDP Training Calendar, please go to our 
      Training page.

    • EUPF 2016

      29 Feb - 1 Mar 2016
      Bohemian Hall, New York City

      Register here

      Endorsed by several UN procurement organisations & EU missions to New York, the 13th EU-UN Procurement Seminar will give you the opportunity to learn effectively how to do business in the $17 billion UN procurement market and to meet the UN buyers and decision-makers in 1-on1 meetings

      Among other presentations, the programme offers Theme-Specific Workshops selected and presented by UN staff focusing on specific industries such as Healthcare, Environmental Technologies, Engineering and Construction, Supply Chain, Air Charter, Peacekeeping, IC&T services, etc. The event is also an excellent B2B network opportunity with about 150 other EU companies. 

      Please note registration deadline for 1-on-1 meetings is 15 January

    • Nigeria Summit 
      The dawn of a new day? 

      7-8 Mar 2016
      Lagos, Nigeria

      Register here

      The Economist Events' Nigeria Summit has charted a country in the process of great transition. On 7-8 March 2016, at the InterContinental Lagos, this event will bring together 350+ key government ministers, business leaders and members of Nigerian civil society to debate the most pressing issues facing investors and leaders as they look to this region. 

      Join us as we ask critical questions and debate the extent to which the Nigerian state is creating an enabling environment for business and investment. 

        21-23 March 2016

        Dubai, UAE

      Recognised as the leading humanitarian event in the region, DIHAD is an opportunity for over 9,000 expected visitors to meet and network with key decision makers, procurement and logistics officials from leading international, regional and local NGOs, UN agencies, government entities, and international associations. 

      Register here:

    • Aid & Trade 2016

      12 - 13 April 2016
      London, UK

      Register here

      A two-day conference and networking platform for actors in international disaster response and humanitarian aid. This is your chance to place your products and services in front of thousands of emergency and resilience professionals eager to learn about the latest products, services and innovations. 

      Friends of UN Development Business are eligible for a 20% discount registration code. Please contact for details.  

    • CGDF
      The Corporate Governance Development Framework
      has a new website serving
      as a platform for knowledge
      sharing and collaboration for development institutions.
      It is a reference point for the international financial community on corporate governance initiatives and achievements.

      Visit the site for information, case studies and training on governance practices.

    • We Support WEPs
      Development Business supports the Women's Empowerment Principles,
      a joint initiative of the UN 
       and UN Global Compact providing guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

      Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case
      for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. UN Development Business encourages all companies to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs and implement the Principles throughout their business. For more info, please contact

    • Development Business (DB) has launched a strategic alliance with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with the goal of assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the global procurement marketplace. 

      For nearly 100 years the ICC has been the umbrella organization for many SMEs, mobilising them in a collaborative manner and guiding them to manage the disruptions in the global economy. 

      With the debates on the post 2015 agenda gaining momentum and the primacy of SMEs in development achieving greater traction, this partnership will accelerate progress towards a better informed private sector which is well prepared to bid for public sector procurement. 

    • UN Development Business (DB)  has launched its collaboration with the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network (CBW) , which as the lead organisation for women in business in the Commonwealth works with governments through the Commonwealth Secretariat and the private sector through the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and which is mandated to drive women's economic empowerment across 53 member nations. This comes at a critical juncture when the success of the MDGs is being assessed,  particularly, but not exclusively MDG number 3 which seeks to promote gender equality. At the same time it will further a UN priority of assisting SMEs in gaining a stronger foothold in the global procurement marketplace.  DB and the CBW are joining forces to expand its networks with the aim of making tangible/measurable inroads in 2015 and beyond. 


      Development Business is pleased to announce its partnership with WEConnect International,  a corporate based non-governmental organization which identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers.  This collaboration will serve a dual  purpose - Support Millennium Development Goal # 3 which  aims to PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN and  to assist in furthering  a UN priority of assisting  SMEs in the global procurement market.

    • The Inter-American Development Bank announces
      the twelve finalists for the 
      2015 Infrastructure 360º Awards

      The IDB Private Sector Infrastructure Sustainability Awards, or the Infrastructure 360° Awards, seek to identify, assess and reward sustainable infrastructure investments made by the private sector and public-private partnerships in the IDB´s 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
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    • MakingIt: Industry for Development Issue 20

      While the world can celebrate many successes since the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs, there still remain remarkable differences between and within countries, regions and societies.  Experiences continue to show that integrating women and youth into the mainstream lead to greater living standards and social cohesion.

      The current issue analyses the many challenges to shared prosperity and provides recommendations for  long-term sustainable development.

    • The OECD Observer magazine presents concise, up-to-date and authoritative analysis of world economic, social and environmental issues. Since 1962 it has been keeping policy makers, business people, NGOs, researchers and journalists ahead of the policy debate. It is a catalyst for new discussion and ideas, and a source of key data.  
      To read more, click here.

    • This year's OECD Yearbook focuses on major topics such as inclusive growth, jobs and trust. Online Edition is now available.
      See more at:

    • Industrial Development Report 2013. Sustaining Employment Growth: The Role of Manufacturing and Structural Change

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    • Development Business subscribers now get 30% off any book from Stylus Publishing 2014 Development Catalog. Stylus publishes and distributes books in the areas of human rights, health, and global issues. Their catalog includes publications by FAO, Practical Action, CSIRO, CABI, The World Health Organization, Thorogood, Trentham and more. 

    • The World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank Monthly Operational Summaries as well as the African Development Bank Group Quarterly Operational Summary are now available to our subscribers.

    • The World Bank's Doing Business Project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level.

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