Voices & Views

Articles (392 in total)

July 31 2014 by Coordination Team
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The government-initiated reforms in Myanmar over the past three years have provided great opportunity for increased development engagement, but the context continues to require sensitive assessments of opportunities and risks. In just under a year, the EU Delegation to Myanmar has grown so that 30 people manage an ambitious and far-reaching programme, which focuses its support mainly on rural development, education, governance and the peace process. Head of Cooperation Isabel Faria de Almeida explains.
Article relevant to the topics: Governance
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July 28 2014 by Coordination Team
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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.
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July 22 2014 by Coordination Team
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For European Union delegations and member states, working effectively with civil society organisations presents different challenges. In Chad it takes five days of desert travel to reach organisations in the north; in Azerbaijan there are about 3000 registered NGOs; in Trinidad & Tobago some CSOs find that their insights are not being recognised and validated sufficiently; and until recently in Bangladesh knowledge was mostly available only on groups involved in service-delivery.
Article relevant to the topics: Civil Society
July 8 2014 by Coordination Team
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How can a simple bucket protect women and girls from sexual violence in the Central African Republic? For women talking to the International Rescue Committee, buckets are an essential part of the “dignity kits” they receive in displacement camps so they can avoid the perilous walk to communal bathrooms after dark.  
Article relevant to the topics: Gender, Security, Justice & Human Rights
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June 24 2014 by Coordination Team
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They might not make global headlines, but for low-lying Pacific islands king tides are an ever-increasing threat. As sea levels rise, the highest tides can have catastrophic effects, particularly when combined with storm conditions.
Article relevant to the topics: Culture, Environment & Climate Change
June 13 2014 by Coordination Team
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Despite its positive development over the last decade, Latin America still faces challenges in overcoming social inequality. To tackle these discrepancies the EU launched in 2005 a programme of cooperation with Latin American Countries: EUROsociAL.
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June 5 2014 by Coordination Team
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Roger Martin, chairman of the UK charity Population Matters, says human beings’ impact on the environment depends on two factors: the average ecological footprint of each person, multiplied by the number of people. While the world focuses on how to reduce the former, Mr Martin believes scant attention is being paid to the latter. 
Article relevant to the topics: Health
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May 27 2014 by Coordination Team
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Agriculture accounts for two-thirds of Africa’s labour force yet less than 20 percent of its gross domestic product. In the developing world, agricultural and rural nonfarm activities are usually simple and labour-intensive, with little capital and few purchased ‘inputs’, such as fertiliser. As a result, a 2012 study for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) found productivity, income and returns for families remain low.
Article relevant to the topics: Agriculture & Rural Development
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May 23 2014 by Coordination Team
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Now more than ever Africa needs a steady supply of quality medicine. Not only does the continent bear the burden of 75 percent of the world’s HIV cases and 90 percent of deaths from malaria – it is also facing the spread of non-communicable diseases.
Article relevant to the topics: Health
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May 15 2014 by Coordination Team
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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an important role in development today. For Jorge Rodriguez, Quality Support Manager in the Civil Society, Local Authorities Unit at EuropeAid, online media provided the answer to communicating complex issues on decentralisation to colleagues working in the field.
Article relevant to the topics: Public Sector Reform & Decentralisation