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Commodities of War: Communities speak out on the true cost of conflict in eastern DRC | Oxfam GB

Commodities of War: Communities speak out on the true cost of conflict in eastern DRC | Oxfam GB | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
More than 760,000 people have been displaced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of 2012, in the Kivu provinces alone. This reflects a new dimension to the ongoing crisis for the country. Areas that were relatively stable are again under attack as the Congolese army fights M23 rebels, and new localised armed groups spring up.
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David Van Reybrouck: «La RDC, une éponge imbibée d’eau grâce au Congo» -

David Van Reybrouck: «La RDC, une éponge imbibée d’eau grâce au Congo» - | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Historien, romancier et dramaturge belge, David Van Reybrouck, 43 ans, a publié le best-seller international Congo, une histoire, traduit en 2012 en français par Actes Sud. Somme historique et récit de voyage, il a recueilli  les témoignages des principaux intéressés, quelque 500 Congolais de tous âges, ethnies, milieux et régions rencontrés au cours de sa longue enquête. Cinq ans plus tard, il évoque pour RFI l’avenir de la RDC.

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Democracy is not a mystifying western plot – it is a universal value

Democracy is not a mystifying western plot – it is a universal value | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The sustainable development goals may not mention democracy, but their focus on the accountability of political institutions will be key to improved governance
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Africa’s Low-Carbon Revolution

With the right regulatory environment and sufficient financing, renewable-energy technologies could transform Africa’s energy sector, bringing power to millions of the region’s citizens. Given the extent to which a lack of access to power impedes growth, job creation, and poverty reduction, there is no time to waste.
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Why the development community needs to hear women's voices

Why the development community needs to hear women's voices | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Aid agencies are too keen to tell women in developing countries what they need, rather than take account of what they actually want. Is this outdated attitude stifling economic growth?
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Aid for Trade at a Glance 2015 - Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth

Aid for Trade at a Glance 2015 - Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Data and research on development including official development assistance (ODA), aid architecture and effectiveness, conflict, fragility, evaluation, gender, governance and poverty., The Aid for Trade Initiative has allowed for the active engagement of a large number of organisations and agencies in helping developing countries and especially the least developed build the infrastructure and supply-side capacity they need to connect to regional and global markets and improve their trade performance. The new development paradigm under the post-2015 Development Agenda requires an integrated approach to ensure that
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The Africa the media never shows you - in pictures

The Africa the media never shows you - in pictures | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou goes viral on Twitter as young Africans rush to share positive pictures of the continent
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Presentación final del Programa de Desarollo Rural del Norte - CTB Ecuador

Video que sintetiza los principales resultados del Programa de Desarrollo Rural del Norte en su cierre final.
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Capacity Development Beyond Aid

Capacity Development Beyond Aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Sustainability and empowerment are the core ideas behind capacity development thinking and practice.
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What works in improving living conditions in slums: lessons from three case studies

What works in improving living conditions in slums: lessons from three case studies | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
With urbanisation predicted to increase over the coming decades, how can we tackle urban poverty?
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Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling

Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world’s first climate liability suit
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Dear governments and aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people with your skills training programs

Dear governments and aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people with your skills training programs | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Here is an incredible number: From 2002 to 2012 the World Bank and its client governments invested $9 billion dollars across 93 skills training programs for the poor and unemployed.
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EU reinforces its support to Central Africa

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 June 2015 Today, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, signed the Central Africa Regional Indicative Programme (RIP)...
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The 3D Printing Revolution

The 3D Printing Revolution | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Digital technologies could leapfrog Africa to a decentralised, autonomous mass production. The key ingredient to this revolution is 3D printing. Calestous Juma looks at its rapid development, provides a snapshot of its almost infinite uses, and suggests what must be done to support this possible industrial revolution.
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11 things we learned about social enterprise in international development

11 things we learned about social enterprise in international development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
As international donors cut aid in favour of enterprise, here’s what the experts said about the role of social enterprise in global development
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Higher Education in Africa: Our continent needs science, not aid

Higher Education in Africa: Our continent needs science, not aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The founder of Africa’s first drug discovery and development centre, Kelly Chibale explains why scientific research is key to unlocking the continent’s potential
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Duitsland zet in op digitalisering in Afrika

Duitsland zet in op digitalisering in Afrika | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In een grote ommezwaai gaat de Duitse regering nu voluit voor digitalisering in haar ontwikkelingssamenwerking met Afrika.
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UK aid watchdog's new chief says DfID must prove success to protect budget

UK aid watchdog's new chief says DfID must prove success to protect budget | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In an interview, Icai’s Alison Evans says she wants to see evidence of DfID’s success and strategic vision or the department faces possible ‘loss of turf’
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Is the world running out of food?

Is the world running out of food? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
NOT in the short term. Stocks of grain and other foods are high, with another bumper harvest due in the northern hemisphere this year. Food prices have been dropping in real terms since a spike in 2011. The number of hungry people has been falling too, by 167 million in the past decade (according to the rough estimates used by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), chiefly thanks to progress in China and India. Yet that leaves nearly 800m, a third of which are in Africa. The UN reckons that one measure, “prevalence of undernourishment” has dropped from 18.6% of the world population in 1990–92 to 10.9% now. That broadly meets a target the world set itself in 2000, in the Millennium Development Goals.
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The world could be so much fairer: an introduction to inequality

The world could be so much fairer: an introduction to inequality | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
As a human race, we have done pretty well keeping ourselves alive and healthy. A human being born today can now expect to live 71 years. There is plenty of food on the planet to feed all seven billion of us and now there is a mobile
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How is our understanding of development changing?

How is our understanding of development changing? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Does size matter? A new paper by Oxfam explores how changes in development will affect the future role of NGOs
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3 big problems with how we think about results and development

3 big problems with how we think about results and development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

How do donors aim for “results” without setting up a counterbureaucracy that disrupts rather than encourages good development programs?

A recent Independent Commission for Aid Impact report has taken the U.K. Department for International Development to task for doing just that, which in turn demands a serious reconsideration of how DfID thinks about results and accountability.

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What happened to the third-term debate?

What happened to the third-term debate? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
It was whispered in the corridors of the Sandton Convention Centre, muttered under his breath by a former president and referred to (jokingly?) by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. However, at last week's African Union (AU) Summit, the third-term bids by Africa's presidents – one of the major threats to stability on the continent – remained the elephant in the room
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Burundi blijft een vraagteken

Burundi blijft een vraagteken | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Op maandag 29 juni worden de Burundezen verondersteld een nieuw parlement te kiezen. Op 15 juli staan de presidentsverkiezingen op de agenda. De grote vraag blijft of de verkiezingen zoals gepland zullen doorgaan.
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How do we improve public services? It’s not just about money

How do we improve public services? It’s not just about money | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Reforming healthcare - in the UK and globally - doesn't necessarily require more funding. Instead, the focus should be on collaborating to develop new ways of delivering public services.
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