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Monday 26 June 2017

Agriculture

FAO yearbook of forest products 2009-2013.

FAO forestry series 48. FAO statistics series 204.
Corporate Author:
Food and Agriculture Organization

A compilation of statistical data on basic forest products for all countries and territories of the world. It contains series of annual data on the volume of production and the volume and value of trade in forest products. It includes tables showing direction of trade and average unit values of trade for certain products. Statistical information in the yearbook is based primarily on data provided to the FAO Forestry Department by the countries through questionnaires or official publications.

  • ISBN: 9789250088112
  • 66.95

Education & Training

Lessons learned from World Bank education management information system operations: portfolio review, 1998-2014.

World Bank studies
Corporate Author:
World Bank
Author:
Husein Abdul-Hamid, Namrata Saraogi, Sarah Mintz

Lessons Learned from World Bank Education Management Information System Operations provides an overview of the World Bank's portfolio in the area of Education Management Information Systems (EMISs) over the course of 17 years, from 1998 to 2014. It seeks to identify overall trends and characteristics of World Bank support in this area, with the intent of informing future project preparation and analytical work. The portfolio review revealed that although several good practices were evident, operational performance of EMIS activities fell short of expectations, with widespread deficiencies that ranged from unclear definitions and understanding of the EMIS to ineffective implementation and utilisation. Examples of successful activities include the development of an EMIS to manage teachers and provide access to education (for example, Afghanistan); utilisation of an EMIS as a management tool (for example, Bosnia and Herzegovina); creation of an online EMIS to improve access to education data (for example, Honduras); use of an EMIS to strengthen teaching and learning (for example, Guatemala and Lithuania); and use of an EMIS as a management tool for schools (for example, Malaysia). These success stories highlight how a well-implemented EMIS can improve the performance of an education system. The challenges that have been identified as contributing to the shortcomings are related to the following: (i) Misalignment of activities and unrealistic EMIS goals; (ii) Institutionalisation of the EMIS; (iii) Sustainability challenges resulting from inconsistent leadership; (iv) Missed integration opportunities; (v) Private players in education; (vi) EMIS at the local level Future projects could benefit from the SABER (Systems Approach for Better Education Results)-EMIS Assessment Framework. The SABER-EMIS Framework focuses on the need for a strong enabling environment, system soundness, quality data, and effective utilization as the key factors essential for the successful implementation of an EMIS. Initial needs assessment of a country's EMIS can play a critical role i n benchmarking countries and provide a valuable foundation for the design of new projects.

  • ISBN: 9781464810565
  • 28.95

Social Issues

A decade of social protection development in selected Asian countries.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Over the past ten years economic growth in Asia has contributed to a reduction of poverty as well as fertility rates, and greater prosperity has contributed to gains in life expectancy. However, at present many workers still work in informal employment, frequently for long hours at little pay and without social protection coverage. A growing demand for social support, extending the coverage of social protection benefits and improving the job quality of workers will be among Asia's major challenges in future. This report considers these challenges, providing policy examples from countries to illustrate good practice, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Viet Nam.

  • ISBN: 9789264272255
  • 19.00