Voices & Views

Articles (487 in total)

July 28 2016 by Coordination Team
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Development gains are easily undermined by rising extremism in fragile contexts. In response, donors are keen to embed elements of CVE, or ‘combatting violent extremism’, in their cooperation programmes. Engaging young people in the projects is crucial, as it is they who are most at risk of recruitment by extremist groups, and they who can build a peaceful future for their countries.
Article relevant to the topics: Children & Youth , Fragility & Crisis Situations
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July 18 2016 by Coordination Team
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Kristian Schmidt has been working as Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Uganda for almost three years, following many issues including the 2016 elections. In this month’s Views from the Field he discusses the conflict context, and how Uganda has successfully handled an influx of 500,000 refugees from neighbouring countries.
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July 14 2016 by Coordination Team
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“To end the cycle of poverty and ensure sustainable development, you have to make sure women are in control of their sexual and reproductive health and rights [SRHR],” said Mangala Namasivayam from the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW). In numerous developing countries, a range of cultural and religious factors mean that many, mostly women and young girls, are unable to fully realise these rights.
Article relevant to the topics: Gender, Health
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July 8 2016 by Coordination Team
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When anesthetist Kibret Abebe sold his family home in Addis Ababa to buy three second-hand ambulances, his relatives were worried. Eight years on, his ambulance service – the first in Ethiopia - has saved 40,000 lives and shows the role social enterprises can play in achieving development goals. To reach their potential, businesses like his need support and access to funding.
Article relevant to the topics: Private Sector, Trade & Regional Integration
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July 1 2016 by Coordination Team
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Estimates for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals range up to a $7 trillion a year. Where will it come from? According to two senior experts from the United Nations Environment Programme, the funds are there, and the real question is how they can be channelled from damaging investments towards sustainability.
Article relevant to the topics: Economics, Public Finance & Budget Support
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June 24 2016 by Coordination Team
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A team of oxen draws a plough over the red earth of the Zambian countryside cutting a neat line under the traditional practices of the past that in this village are being replaced by conservation agriculture, benefitting small-scale farmers.
Article relevant to the topics: Agriculture & Rural Development
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June 15 2016 by Coordination Team
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A new ingredient in the development effectiveness debate is intercultural competence – that is, the ability to overcome challenges posed by working with colleagues and partners from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The aim is to turn diversity into an asset.
Article relevant to the topics: Aid Effectiveness & Results
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June 9 2016 by Coordination Team
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Last October, Marcus Cornaro left the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) to take up a new post as Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to South Africa. In this interview he shares some of the challenges of working in a graduating country and how South Africa can serve as an example to the region.
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June 6 2016 by Coordination Team
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The European Union and its Member States have kept their place as the world’s leading aid donor, contributing €68 billion in 2015. They have recently begun to present a united front, pulling together their combined resources and analysis into a coordinated response to partner countries’ development plans. We look at how this joined-up European approach is working in Cambodia, Laos and the Republic of Moldova.
Article relevant to the topics: Aid Effectiveness & Results
May 27 2016 by Coordination Team
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Communist Laos began opening up to the world in the 1990s, joining ASEAN and trading with the EU under the ‘Everything but Arms’ scheme. Yet the largely rural population remains poor and development challenges abound. Michel Goffin, Head of Mission in the EU Delegation to Laos, outlines issues from governance to geography, shares successful projects which could be replicated, and discusses working towards an exit strategy by building the government’s capacity.
Article relevant to the topics: Development Policy
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