Voices & Views

August 28 2015 by Coordination Team
Q&A with Rupert Simons, Chief Executive Officer of Publish What You Fund. Publish What You Fund is a non-profit organisation that campaigns for aid transparency. “We believe that information is power and we campaign to make that information available to everyone who needs it,” said Simons. With readily available data on aid, governments and donors, citizens can ensure that initiatives are being carried out effectively. Simons (RS) spoke to Capacity4Dev (C4D) about the importance of including data collection and analysis in crisis response, as well as the next steps for making open data a standard component of development and humanitarian aid efforts.
Article relevant to the topics: ICT & Space
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August 20 2015 by Coordination Team
A group of people composed of slum dwellers from several African cities has been contributing to improving urban planning in Monrovia. Liberia’s capital was originally built with half a million people in mind. But the steadily growing population over the last five decades and conflicts during the 1990s swelled Monrovia’s population to 1.6 million; overwhelming its capacity to provide water, sanitation and housing. In fact since 2005 Liberia has one of the highest population growth rates in the world at around 3% per year.
Article relevant to the topics: Urban Development
August 13 2015 by Coordination Team
// // // ]]>“Although development is a global [issue], the implementation is always local. Because it’s at this level that it is most effective,” said Mr Khalifa Sall, President of United Cities and Local Governments and Mayor of Dakar. He believes that including local authorities in sustainable development is only ‘natural’. So what does it take to unite the European Commission and Local Authorities?
August 7 2015 by Coordination Team
Some people hope that a dream kitchen will make them happier. The life of one woman in Darfur has been transformed by a $100 gas stove.Cooking with a traditional, open stove made out of stones, the woman’s hands and feet always suffered cuts because of the need to collect firewood every day, said Muna Eltahir, Country Director for Sudan of Practical Action. During the long hours this required, the woman’s daughters had to stay home to take care of their younger siblings.
Article relevant to the topics: Energy
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July 31 2015 by Coordination Team
Clarify what is to be evaluated! Tailor the approach! Position evaluation as a learning function! These are three keys to better evaluation provided by Steve Montague, Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society, who came to Brussels to deliver a number of lively and thought provoking seminars early this summer.
Article relevant to the topics: Design, Monitoring & Evaluation


This group is meant to foster the networking and information exchanges among youth workers, leaders and advisors.
This group belongs to the topics: Children & Youth , Civil Society
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This group belongs to the topics: Fragility & Crisis Situations, Humanitarian Aid


Knowledge has an important role to play in addressing development issues, but this requires access to information as well as the availability of relevant and useful knowledge. Knowledge is central to sustainable development. Knowledge is essential for survival and sustainability...