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UN Reflection Series 2015

22 – 24 October 2015

Call for Papers
Deadline: 23 May 2015
The UN Reflection Series is an annual learning
event organized by the United Nations System
Staff College (UNSSC). It provides UN staff
members and partners the opportunity to learn
about and discuss contemporary international
development issues, and promotes knowledge
sharing in a ‘non-UN’ setting. The UN Reflection
Series facilitates interaction with renowned
experts and practitioners to exchange
knowledge and build strategies for the future.
The UN Reflections Series 2015 on the subject
of Middle Income Countries is organized by
UNSSC in cooperation with the Hertie School of
Governance and with support from the UN
Development Operations Coordination Office
(UNDOCO). It will take place on 22 – 24 October
2015 in Berlin.

Background: According to World Bank figures,
Middle Income Countries (defined as countries
with a per capita gross national income of
$1,026 to $12,475) are home to five of the
world’s seven billion people and 73% of the
world’s poor people. Since 2000, 28 countries,
including India, Nigeria and Pakistan, have
graduated into middle income status.

Development Cooperation,
Policy Advice and
Middle Income Countries

Over 57% ($56bn) of official development
assistance (ODA) and aid was spent in Middle
Income Countries in 2012.
Some are talking about working with Middle
income countries as “the new normal”, but the
development community still has work to do in
understanding and addressing the commonalities
and differences between Middle Income
Countries. Where there are commonalities, the
development community can work more
A consensus has already been formed that in
addressing the priorities and challenges of Middle
Income Countries, development actors must move
towards upstream engagement and policy advice.
Further understanding about what this means in
practice is necessary for development partners to
facilitate adaptation.
Often discussions centre on issues of dwindling
resources/ODA for development assistance in
MICs, and this is of course a genuine issue for
debate. But there is another important issue to
focus on, a more substantive one which is focused
on the quality and nature of support delivered in
MICs by external partners and how this interacts
with governments’ own capacities, systems and

funding for travel and accommodation will be available. In other words. Development partners must build their own capacity to provide effective policy advisory services in these (new) areas. Selected authors will be informed before 10th June and are expected to provide a 3000-5000 word paper by the 17th of August. and Second-generation development challenges in Middle Income Countries. pension reform. among others:    The changing role and operational setup of the UN in Middle Income multilaterals and civil society in Middle Income Countries. including the UN field oriented Agencies. financial literacy. And. A selected set of papers will be published in a special publication by the UNSSC and the Hertie School of Governance for circulation among the UN Development Group and to feed into global policy discussions among UN member states in 2015 and 2016. For selected authors. nor do they represent the only challenges in these countries. UNDOCO and the Hertie School of Governance. Selection: A selection from the abstracts will be made by a selection committee consisting of representatives from the UNSSC. But they highlight critical areas of support that could be new to some of the development partners. Development Cooperation. green growth and urbanisation. Abstracts should outline the specific focus of the paper within one of the topic areas stated above. are partners able to switch from what one could call “bricks and mortar” approaches to development to sophisticated catalytic support that will help countries get out of the “middle income trap”? The World Bank refers to some of the challenges to be tackled as “second generation development challenges”. These challenges are neither universal in Middle Income Countries. Abstracts should be sent to developmenthumanrights@unssc. tertiary education. competitiveness. Authors from within the UN system will be provided with travel and DSA as per UN regulations. Submission of Abstracts: Submissions of 500 word abstracts (pdf files) are expected by 23 May 2015. and it goes beyond the size of the resource envelope into the particular requirements a group of MICs may have in areas where partners are typically not providing policy advisory services. and it includes a focus on ageing populations. Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries Call for Papers: In preparation for the UN Reflection Series we invite papers by academics and practitioners from both inside and outside of the UN system. with institutions like the UN. trade and tax policy. and The changing role of bilateral donors. .UN Reflection Series 2015 This is the question the UN Reflection series will focus on. it is vital that it does so building on its normative role as a real comparative advantage. social inequality. Submissions could focus on.