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Should Palestinians boycott international aid?

Should Palestinians boycott international aid? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Aid-funded development in Palestine hasn't worked, as millions continue to suffer despite billions of dollars being spent. It's time for Palestinians to assert themselves and take control

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Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org

Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
After reading about all of the problems associated with child labour, I stopped buying things from kids for the symbolism, refusing to support these horrible adults’ acts.

 

But my friend’s comment got me to start thinking about the effects of my imposing morality. Even if I don’t buy, and continue to theoretically oppose child labor, it still continues and the kid remains sad and hungry. If I buy, maybe they’ll have some food to eat, maybe to go to school. Then again, maybe it will go to their alcoholic father.

 

I do not claim to know the solution, but the right answer is much grayer than many of us recognise. I do think it’s important that we think about each situation on a case-by-case basis, using our best judgment. What is most important is that we think about it, instead of immediately imposing our aid worker ideals on irrelevant situations....

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Where Did All the Poor People Go?

While the economies of most rich nations have stagnated, many countries – which for decades had been classified as low income and regarded as chronically poor – have experience sustained growth and graduated into middle income status. This is overall a good news story. The bad news is that the emergence of new middle income states has also resulted in a growing disconnect between where international development assistance is focused and where it’s needed.

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Solidarités International : des sacs potagers contre la faim

Solidarités International : des sacs potagers contre la faim | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

L’association humanitaire SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL lutte contre la malnutrition dont sont victimes les habitants grâce à une solution simple, accessible et efficace : l’agriculture en sac. A l’occasion du 16 octobre, Journée Mondiale de l’Alimentation, l’ONG et son partenaire le Crédit Coopératif mettent cette technique à l’honneur.

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Rwanda seeks diaspora investment to cut reliance on foreign aid

Rwanda seeks diaspora investment to cut reliance on foreign aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Rwandans abroad are being tapped to fund development as President Paul Kagame says country needs more than aid...

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Russia's fear end of US aid funding

Russia's fear end of US aid funding | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

After 20 years spending US$2.9bn on aid and democratic programmes, this week marks the end of USAID's mission in Russia.

The United States Agency for International Development was forced to close its offices after the Russian government accused it of meddling in politics.

The expulsion follows a government crackdown on pro-democracy groups.

USAID sponsored dozens of NGOs dedicated to helping the vulnerable.

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Voluntourism: What You Need to Know Before Signing up

Voluntourism: What You Need to Know Before Signing up | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Brendan Rigby shares his personal experience as a volunteer and offers five sources that you must read before signing up to volunteer overseas.
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Aid drops for first time since 2003

Aid drops for first time since 2003 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Aid drops for first time since 2003 threatening progress on two high-profile millennium development goals.

 

Spending on maternal and child health has stalled, according to an expert analysis, raising concerns that efforts to cut deaths in poor...

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Austria plans no budget cuts for development cooperation

The Austrian government has decided to leave the amount of funding for development cooperation in 2013 at the same level as the one in 2012. The decision came after last week aid organisations pleaded for including the contested 6.6 million euro within the funding plans for global development cooperation of the Federal Government.

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Book Review: Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs

Book Review: Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Through the efforts of increasingly media-aware NGOs, people in the west are bombarded with images of poverty and inequality in the developing world. Representations of Poverty is a comprehensive study of the communications and imagery used by international NGOs to represent the developing world. In this meticulously researched and original book, Nandita Dogra examines the full cycle of representation – integrating analyses of the public messages of international development NGOs in the UK with the views of their staff and audiences. Reviewed by Philip Goodwin.

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UK: Spending on consultants set for scrutiny

UK: Spending on consultants set for scrutiny | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Government inquiries will assess whether UK development department's spending on outside skills represents good value

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For Africa, more than aid

For Africa, more than aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Businessman Ward Brehm is the founder of the Brehm Group, a board member of the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee and a veteran of 35 trips to war-torn, poverty-stricken parts of Africa. He has served U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on the board of the U.S. African Development Foundation.

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For India’s Children, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough

For India’s Children, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Even a generous donor cannot save the children of one Indian family from poverty.

 

The Manjhis are the product of intergenerational poverty and caste-based marginalization. Like their parents, they’re poor, illiterate and seasonally employed. They don’t think beyond their daily survival. They’re also aware that no matter how bad life gets for them, public assistance is unlikely, and change is an impossible dream. They know they have no one to depend on but themselves and their younger kin. They may have empathy for their niece and nephews, but they can’t afford to act on it.

IN a society with few effective regulatory institutions, there’s neither an incentive to take responsibility nor repercussions for not doing so. People don’t do the right thing because it’s easy not to, and there’s no reward for doing it. Villagers are preoccupied with their own daily survival. And it’s easier for bureaucrats to do nothing.

A lack of accountability not only kills motivation, it encourages outright malfeasance. In India’s poorest districts, easily bribed police officers enable trafficking. India, according to Unicef, now has more child laborers under 14 than any other country.,,,

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What Do Europeans Really Think of Aid for Poor Countries?

What Do Europeans Really Think of Aid for Poor Countries? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A new survey of European Union residents reveals that even an economic crisis doesn't dampen Europeans' support for aid. Eighty-five percent of Europeans say that Europe should continue helping developing countries - primarily those, however, that are affected by a natural crisis or a conflict. In fact, a majority of those feel that aid should increase.

 

Full report here: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_392_en.pdf

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EuropeAid - Making aid more effective: Morocco

This video presents EuropeAid Development and Cooperation's

programs in Morocco.

 

EuropeAid Development and Cooperation is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. EuropeAid delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness. An active and proactive player in the development field, we promote good governance, human and economic development and tackle universal issues, such as fighting hunger and preserving natural resources.

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'Dynamic' UK aid programme faces challenges

'Dynamic' UK aid programme faces challenges | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Aid watchdog ICAI praises innovation in Pakistan but warns DfID over shortcomings in maternal health and humanitarian projects

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Canada’s $1.5B Afghanistan aid effort ‘divorced from reality,’ according to previously unreleased documents

Canada’s $1.5B Afghanistan aid effort ‘divorced from reality,’ according to previously unreleased documents | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Hampered by an increasingly hostile work environment and a bureaucratic culture that discouraged innovation, Canada’s aid blitz in Afghanistan seemed at times “divorced from reality” in the war-ravaged country, concludes a previously secret review of the $1.5-billion program.

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Women Deliver launches Catapult, an online donation hub for women and girls globally


Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, the advocacy organization Women Deliver is trying to change this problem of chronic underfunding with Catapult.Recognizing the power of social media and online forums, Catapult, launched today, is a digital hub for donations to trusted organizations working to improve conditions for women and girls globally. Organizations can upload projects to Catapults, and donors can choose what to fund based on interest.

 

The project represents the growth of a key segment in philanthropy: crowdfunding. In 2011 in the United States, crowdfunding grew by 43 percent to donations exceeding US $636 million. Catapult has committed to raising US $45 million over the next three years.

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How transparent is world aid data? Visualise where the money flows and win $2,000

How transparent is world aid data? Visualise where the money flows and win $2,000 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Help us visualise the flow of aid around the world. How transparent is aid data? Millions of dollars are spent around the world by governments in helping developing nations but what does it achieve and how much of it can we see?

 

The Guardian Datastore and Google have teamed up to see who can help visualise the data which can show how governments are shaping the Internet in relation to international development.

We will help start you off by suggesting the data, all you have to do is develop the most imaginative way to help our readers to explore it.

 

In particular, we are interested in questions like:

• Should governments take censorship into account when they distribute foreign aid?
• What does the current flow of information online/offline looks like vs. flow of foreign aid geographically?
• What impact do sanctions have on the flow of information? How does that map against foreign aid?
• How is international development affected by the free flow of information?

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Every country ranked for transparency

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How transparent is world aid? A new ranking puts the UK's DFiD top - with USAID languishing far behind.

 

Publish what you fund has produced the 2012 aid transparency index, which ranks every major aid donor for their openness, on a wide set of criteria. This is what that list looks like...

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An Investment Not a Burden: Why UK Aid is Important

Lord Mccunnell explains why aid is important for the UK...

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UE : le lancement d’un corps de 10 000 volontaire humanitaires est –il réellement du goût de tous ?

UE : le lancement d’un corps de 10 000 volontaire humanitaires est –il réellement du goût de tous ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Dans son communiqué de presse du mercredi 19 septembre, la Commission Européenne rapporte la mise en place d’un corps de volontaires humanitaires dont le déploiement aurait lieu dès 2014 et se prolongerait jusqu’en 2020. Ces volontaires humanitaires viendraient apporter leur soutien aux ONG opérant dans les zones à risque, zones de conflits ou de catastrophes naturelles. Selon le communiqué, les 10 000 volontaires européens, notamment des jeunes de plus de 18 ans, seront formés d’ici à 2020 en étroite coopération avec les ONG.

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Could an emergency fund help NGOs put the humanitarian house in order?

Could an emergency fund help NGOs put the humanitarian house in order? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A new kind of standing fund for emergencies might cut through NGOs' self-interest and hand control to groups on the ground

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Should UNITAID Rethink its Raison d’Être?

Should UNITAID Rethink its Raison d’Être? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

UNITAID: maybe you’ve heard of it, or maybe not. Launched in 2006, UNITAID has lived in the shadow of its older and bigger global-health siblings (the Global Fund, GAVI, and PEPFAR, to name a few).

 

Perhaps due to its relative obscurity and late entry to a crowded global-health field, UNITAID has proactively worked to differentiate itself through a focus on commodities, market shaping, novel funding sources, and innovation. To wit, UNITAID’s stated mission is “to contribute to scale up access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis for the people in developing countries by leveraging price reductions of quality drugs and diagnostics, which currently are unaffordable for most developing countries, and to accelerate the pace at which they are made available.”

 

But today, as UNITAID celebrates its sixth birthday (happy birthday UNITAID!), it stands at a potential crossroads....

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UK: 'Poverty barons' who make a fortune from taxpayer-funded aid budget

UK: 'Poverty barons' who make a fortune from taxpayer-funded aid budget | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Britain's swelling overseas aid budget has created a new group of “poverty barons” paying themselves up to £2 million a year for their work helping the disadvantaged....

 

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