Voices & Views

Articles (463 in total)

January 29 2016 by Coordination Team
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If you have ever been to Honduras, you will know that it is one of the greenest countries in Central America. Forestry has had a long history there and continues to be an important source of energy for the impoverished rural population, as well as maintaining a biologically diverse ecosystem. Over 50 percent of the country is covered in forests, which are also home to indigenous peoples.
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January 22 2016 by Coordination Team
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The inclusion of disability in the Sustainable Development Goals is a breakthrough for the billion people around the world who experience some form of disability. Four-fifths live in developing countries, and although they are amongst the poorest, they often find their needs ignored by local governments and aid programmes alike. The challenge ahead for the EU and its partners is to bring the spirit of the SDGs into the detail of aid programming.
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January 13 2016 by Coordination Team
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Trade is an increasingly international business, but not all countries are able fully to take part. Products must meet exacting international standards, which can be a barrier to trade for countries without adequate infrastructure, regulations, quality testing and certification. They are working with the EU to address these issues and help exporters to thrive.
Article relevant to the topics: Private Sector, Trade & Regional Integration
January 6 2016 by Coordination Team
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Capacity4dev.eu reviews the most popular Voices & Views in 2015, a landmark year for development with several key events taking place as well as the International Year of Evaluation and the European Year for Development.
Article relevant to the topics: Communicating Developement Cooperation
January 4 2016 by Coordination Team
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Looking back on the European Year for Development, we highlight some of the projects which strived to increase EU citizens’ awareness of and engagement in development issues. From sustainable consumption and tax justice to living wages for garment workers, the projects help attain the goals of the first ever European Year dedicated to external affairs. 
Article relevant to the topics: Communicating Developement Cooperation
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December 21 2015 by Coordination Team
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Climate change is a global issue, but it undoubtedly affects some more than others.  The poorest populations are worst affected by droughts, floods and failed harvests. They are also least responsible for the carbon emissions which cause them. Without ambitious policies to tackle inequality and climate change together, rising temperatures could undo decades of development work.
Article relevant to the topics: Environment & Climate Change
December 15 2015 by Coordination Team
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Marie Stopes Zambia's (MSZ) innovative family planning project is coming to an end of its funding (around €750,000) from the European Union. However, MSZ plans to continue delivering family planning services in 2016 in conjunction with other donors, says MSZ Senior Programme Manager Julia Ross.
Article relevant to the topics: Gender, Health
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December 10 2015 by Coordination Team
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National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are bodies set up to protect and monitor human rights – to stand up for those in need and to hold governments to account. They can also provide advice, deal with complaints and carry out human rights education.
Article relevant to the topics: Human Rights
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November 30 2015 by Coordination Team
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Around the tables at the Climate Change Conference in Paris, nations are striving to reach consensus on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and damage to the environment. To turn recommendations into results, all stakeholders need to be able to participate and be heard in the planning stages. Though they receive less coverage, the same principle holds true for the hundreds of projects addressing climate change in developing countries.
Article relevant to the topics: Environment & Climate Change
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November 27 2015 by Coordination Team
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Since the 2008 financial crisis, unemployment and inequality have crept up, at the same time that funding for social protection policies has been stretched thin. Vulnerable groups have borne the brunt, and drawn attention to the fragility of social protection – the array of schemes from child benefit to pensions aiming to mitigate risks across the human life cycle. Rethinking its funding and delivery is key to meeting the mantra of post-2015 development, ‘leave no-one behind’.
Article relevant to the topics: Development Policy