Voices & Views

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November 30 2015 by Coordination Team
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
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
November 18 2015 by Coordination Team
Development institutions are learning new ways to share knowledge. The traditional hierarchical model of training, in which information is passed down from teacher to student, or donor to recipient, is not always the most effective. Instead, partnerships are emerging through which experiences can be shared.
Article relevant to the topics: Capacity Development & Knowledge Sharing
November 11 2015 by Coordination Team
The balance of international aid is shifting, with emerging donors contributing a growing proportion of the international development budget. The surge in investment needs careful handling to avoid gaps and overlaps, and to keep poverty reduction and lowering inequality at the heart of aid. Collaborative projects between the EU, emerging donors and beneficiary countries could be the way forward, according to a European Commission report, ‘The European Union, Africa and New Donors’. 
Article relevant to the topics: Economics, Public Finance & Budget Support
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November 4 2015 by Coordination Team
By 2050, the world’s farmers will have two billion more mouths to feed. Significant improvements to agricultural productivity are needed - particularly on the small farms of less than two hectares which produce nearly 70% of the world’s food. Supporting and promoting these smallholder farmers is increasingly urgent.
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October 27 2015 by Coordination Team
Over the last three years, Marcus Cornaro worked as Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). Before taking up his new post as Head of the European Union Delegation to South Africa, he spoke to capacity4dev.eu about his views on development, the problems we’re facing today in the neighbourhood region, the migratory crisis and his hopes for his new post.
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October 21 2015 by Coordination Team
SMEs in developing countries face significant financing challenges due to the lack of appropriately-sized loans available to them. Needs on either end of the spectrum are – relatively – better addressed; large firms have a variety of mechanisms to choose from and grassroots initiatives fill the gap on the microfinancing end. The funding gap for SMEs, however, is estimated by the International Finance Corporation to be at least $2 trillion, with more than 200 million SMEs in need of a loan or overdraft. 
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October 16 2015 by Coordination Team
Securing nutritious food for the world’s growing population is essential to ensure health and quality of life. But beyond that, it can be a driver for development. It creates rural employment, which can reduce migration. It boosts education through better school attendance and concentration, which develops human capital and helps break the cycle of poverty. In addition, sustainable agriculture methods can combat climate change. Everything begins with food, and achieving these goals will require cooperation between governments, local authorities and private sector organisations.
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October 2 2015 by Coordination Team
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is now a well-established field in which companies are expected to take measures to improve their impacts on society and the environment. But why should businesses be more responsible, how can this influence development, and how can they assess their impact?
September 25 2015 by Coordination Team
With countries like Myanmar approaching critical points of no return in their economic and social development, financing and support mechanisms must promote sustainable and socially-responsible growth. “We are open for business – but not at all costs,” said Aung Tun Thet, the Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, “We will dictate the kind of investment we want.”