Voices & Views

Articles (447 in total)

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.”
September 18 2015 by Coordination Team
There are still 2 billion people in the world today without access to medicine. “We cannot solve this problem without the efforts and cooperation of many people and organisations,” said Wim Leereveld, founder and CEO of the Access to Medicine Foundation (AMF).
Article relevant to the topics: Health, Private Sector, Trade & Regional Integration
September 11 2015 by Coordination Team
Traditionally humanitarian aid comes into play as an immediate response to provide lifesaving assistance in a natural or man-made disaster situation. Whereas, development practitioners work on increasing resilience to reduce the risk of disasters. But what about the middle ground? Dr Thorsten Klose [TK] of the German Red Cross discusses how scientific information can be incorporated into the humanitarian system to better prepare for disasters.
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September 4 2015 by Coordination Team
Corruption ranges from bribery to collusion to straightforward theft, but as envelopes of cash evolve into more sophisticated mechanisms, efforts to prevent corruption and build transparency must keep up. “We see new forms of corruption that emerge. There’s undue influence through lobbying, there’s the revolving door, there’s all kinds of conflicts of interest that arise,” said Daniel Freund, Policy Officer EU Integrity at Transparency International (TI).
Article relevant to the topics: Governance
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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