Voices & Views

Articles (500 in total)

October 20 2016 by Coordination Team
DEVCO is supporting work at the intersection of environment, economy and business in its partner countries to avoid the polluting pathway of many industrialised countries and develop green businesses from the outset. It means working at many levels – training entrepreneurs, sharing best practices, effecting large-scale policy change and mobilizing investment.
October 20 2016 by Coordination Team
One of the great challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals will be finding ways of lifting populations out of poverty, which is often associated with increased consumption and production, while at the same time dealing with emissions and meeting environmental targets. The question is how to create economic value which also benefits society. Smart technologies, sustainable business models and circular economy solutions are already being developed, but experts say they need to be scaled up, and fast.
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October 14 2016 by Coordination Team
Alleviating the effects of drought requires more than food and water. The Somalia Resilience Program was founded after the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa, in which a quarter of a million people died, half of them children under five. Research showed that pastoral families with alternative income or assets lose fewer animals in a drought than those without. So the group encouraged local women to join Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs).
Article relevant to the topics: Fragility & Crisis Situations, Humanitarian Aid
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October 7 2016 by Coordination Team
If women played the same role in the global economy as men, they could add $28 trillion to GDP by 2025 - increasing it by a quarter, according to McKinsey. All nations have work to do to bring women equal opportunities and pay, but women in many developing countries face especially high barriers to economic empowerment. How to break through them was the subject of a panel discussion at the European Development Days.
Article relevant to the topics: Gender, Private Sector, Trade & Regional Integration
September 30 2016 by Coordination Team
As soon as the seedlings are ready for planting, women in brightly coloured clothes wrapped at the waist load the new disease resistant varieties of coffee seedlings into the back of a truck. Developed at the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute, these small plants promise to increase coffee production while reducing costs of production for growers across the country and farmers can’t buy up the new coffee plants fast enough.
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September 23 2016 by Coordination Team
Gary Quince, who is nearing the end of his five years heading the EU Delegation to the African Union, shares his experiences and discusses the EU's support to the AU, touching on the gap between optimistic treaties and their implementation, joint programming and engaging with the private sector. 
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September 16 2016 by Coordination Team
Trade and the private sector are expected to play a crucial role in the SDGs and their implementation, from creating jobs to ensuring that growth benefits the economy and the people, through promoting labour and environmental standards. But some question how increased trade flows and economic growth will actually benefit the poorest populations. A panel at the European Development Days addressed concerns and shared insights into how development assistance can better use trade as an enabler of inclusive and sustainable development.
Article relevant to the topics: Private Sector, Trade & Regional Integration
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September 9 2016 by Coordination Team
The Dutch city of Utrecht wanted to plant a new forest as a contribution to the global environment. Trouble was, it didn’t have the space.
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September 2 2016 by Coordination Team
A refuge for women in Kenya’s Langas slum in Eldoret decided it needed to provide more than shelter and healthcare for victims of sexual and other violence. So SlovakAid helped set up the St Vincent de Paul vocational training centre for single mothers. They studied hairdressing and dressmaking, as well as basic computer skills to allow them to type up their CVs and search for jobs on the Internet. 
Article relevant to the topics: Gender, Urban Development
August 26 2016 by Coordination Team
Emerging from over two decades of conflict and instability, in May 2002 the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste became the 21st century’s first new sovereign state. Since then the country’s government – with assistance from the international community – has worked hard to lay the groundwork for development. In this month’s Views from the Field we hear from both the EU Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Sylvie Tabesse, and Hernâni Coelho, Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister, as they discuss Timor-Leste’s successes and remaining challenges. 
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