Since the opening match on 12 June 2014, the world’s eyes have been glued to Brazil as nations follow their teams’ progress through the World Cup. But behind the football lies a middle income country battling many problems including poverty and human rights.
With an estimated six billion cell phone subscribers worldwide, development actors are embracing the potential of using phones and other information and communications technologies – ICTs - for development purposes. Ecdpm’s Kathleen van Hove asks CGAP microfinance specialist Antonique Koning how donors can maximize their impact in this new arena, with particular focus on the use of mobile devices as part of the delivery mechanism for financial services.
Capacity4dev.eu reviews the most popular Voices & Views in 2013, which covered a wide variety of topics including climate change, education and budget support, and featured several notable speakers from former World Trade Organization head, Pascal Lamy, to British primatologist Jane Goodall.
The management and execution of the European Development Days is an enormous undertaking – from the choice of themes to promote, to deciding structure, engaging the relevant speakers and organisations, and communicating the event. EuropeAid’s Head of Communications, Stina Soewarta, provides insight into what she and her team did differently this year.
The EU is funding a project to update the maps of Burkina Faso, using the latest technology. With existing maps dating back to the colonial era, experts from l’Institut Géographique du Burkina felt that an update was urgent.
While visiting Resilience and Food Security related projects in Ethiopia last month, Marcus Cornaro, Deputy Director General of EuropeAid, was so struck by the people he met, and their stories of challenge and success, that he used his smartphone to film and document what was happening around him.
As 2012 came to a close, the capacity4dev.eu Coordination Team took a look back at some of the most popular Voices & Views (V&Vs) from 2012, which addressed issues from the Arab Spring to how to assist women entrepreneurs.
Thank you for your contributions and for sharing knowledge on development in 2012! Over the course of the year capacity4dev.eu members published over 60 new Voices & Views and posted approximately 900 blog posts, 3000 documents, 300 events and created over 100 new groups. In 2012 we saw a 40% growth with around 2500 new members joining the community!
Before Sarah Douik joined the recent EU Press and Information Officers Seminar in Tanzania, she contacted the capacity4dev.eu Coordination Team to borrow a small camera and receive simple video training. To give an example of what can be achieved with a small camera, we’ve edited her material into a Video Blog, which introduces participants at the seminar, and also the four European Commission-funded projects that she visited.
We’re living in a fast moving world, where information is exchanged faster and more readily than at any other time in human history. At the European Commission, Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s development arm, EuropeAid, wants to develop the capacity of EC staff so that they can get more involved in communicating the ideas and position of the organisation.