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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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Analysis of the EU's State Building Contracts : Courageous Assistance to Fragile States, but how effective in the end?

Analysis of the EU's State Building Contracts : Courageous Assistance to Fragile States, but how effective in the end? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
State Building Contracts appear to be a smart and flexible response to past criticisms of EC budget support in fragile, transition and conflict-affected environments, but the effectiveness of this form of budget support, which was formalised in 2012, remains to be seen.
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African musicians band together to raise Ebola awareness

African musicians band together to raise Ebola awareness | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Song lyrics give clear advice on protection from the disease as international NGOs make unprecedented appeal for funds. The song, Africa Stop Ebola, features contributions from the Malian musicians Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangaré and Kandia Kouyaté, the Guinean singers Mory Kante and Sia Tolno, the Ivorian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly, the Congolese vocalist Barbara Kanam and the Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi.

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Text Messages Are a Surprisingly Effective Anti-Malaria Measure

Text Messages Are a Surprisingly Effective Anti-Malaria Measure | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Friendly, potentially life-saving reminders.

One of the more long-standing, tricky findings of social science is that it's really, really hard to get people to stick to plans. Sometimes this means they keep on 20 pounds they had hoped to lose with a few months of exercise. Sometimes, as in the case of taking anti-malarial medication, the results can be a matter of life and death. A new study in PLOS ONE explores how text messaging can help short-circuit this aspect of human nature, and it garnered some positive results.

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Mali rushes to contain Ebola after its first case

Mali rushes to contain Ebola after its first case | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Local medics and officials work with international agencies to quickly trace and isolate the disease after initial delay, writes Katarina Höije
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Une cellule de modernisation pour améliorer les services judiciaires au Burundi | BTC

Une cellule de modernisation pour améliorer les services judiciaires au Burundi | BTC | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

En octobre 2013, le Ministère de la Justice a mis en place une cellule de modernisation pour améliorer la gestion et le fonctionnement des services judiciaires burundais. Après une année, les premiers résultats sont au rendez-vous.

La cellule a pour mission de capitaliser les bonnes pratiques des juridictions du Burundi, notamment en matière de management des services judiciaires, de gestion des ressources humaines, de planification du travail des magistrats, d'archivage des dossiers. Ces pratiques sont ensuite diffusées et harmonisées dans tous les tribunaux du pays.

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See how a photographer is covering Ebola's deadly spread

See how a photographer is covering Ebola's deadly spread | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In Liberia, Ebola is called the "silent killer"

Reportage by Getty Images photographer Daniel Berehulak has been in Monrovia, Liberia for the past five weeks documenting, for the New York Times, the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people as of Sept. 26, 2014. His images are published in TIME this week.

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Goma back on the map as violence gives way to construction and croissants

Goma back on the map as violence gives way to construction and croissants | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Public and private investment have created fresh hope in a Congolese city more often associated with conflict and upheaval, writes Jessica Hatcher
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Ebola : un premier cas au Mali fait craindre l'arrivée de l'épidémie

Ebola : un premier cas au Mali fait craindre l'arrivée de l'épidémie | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le Mali connaît son premier cas d'Ebola. Il s'agit d'une fillette de deux ans venue de Guinée avec sa grand-mère. Elle a été placée en quarantaine à Kayes (Ouest), a annoncé jeudi soir le ministère de la Santé.
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Norway will cut development aid to 32 countries

Norway will cut development aid to 32 countries | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

116 countries currently receive development funding from Norway. The government parties, the Conservatives and the Progress Party, have decided to reduce the number of countries that receive funding and that are classified as "middle-income" nations

 

The government has chosen to focus on twelve countries in two categories: Vulnerable countries, where stabilization and peace efforts are most important, and developing countries, where business, industry and the management of resources and income are most important. 

Total development aid budgeted in 2015 is NOK 32 565 million, which equals 0,98 percent of the estimated GNI. The Christian Democrats (KrF) wants to bring the development aid up to 1 percent of the BNI.

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The Uptake of Strategic Evaluations in EU Development Cooperation

The Uptake of Strategic Evaluations in EU Development Cooperation | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

- Much of the evidence generated by ‘strategic evaluations’ has not been effectively used as a result of a lack of ownership by those involved. Costly evaluations went unnoticed because EU staff were either unaware of existing evaluations, did not read the reports or felt it is not part of their work

- With insufficient capacity and leadership, the opportunity presented by evaluations – seeing the bigger picture of how to better deal with today’s global problems – are more often missed opportunities

- With growing pressure to show ‘value for money’, the EU institutions have been compelled to strengthen its evidence-based policy-making across the EU. Using knowledge from evaluations is challenging but not a single organisation examined in this report, despite previous evaluations, could be said to have reached the ‘golden standard

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Malinese boeren melden zich massaal aan bij digitale infodienst

Malinese boeren melden zich massaal aan bij digitale infodienst | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Via Sènèkèla kunnen boeren en andere geïnteresseerden uit de landbouwsector informatie over marktprijzen opvragen en gebruik maken van een callcenter met landbouwexperts.
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Ebola: la Belgique libère 7 millions d'euros pour MSF, l'Unicef et la Croix-Rouge

Ebola: la Belgique libère 7 millions d'euros pour MSF, l'Unicef et la Croix-Rouge | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
La Belgique a décidé d'affecter 7 millions d'euros supplémentaires aux principaux pays touchés par l'épidémie d'Ebola, a annoncé mardi dans un communiqué le ministre de la Coopération au Développement, Alexander De Croo
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UK and international donors suspend Tanzania aid after corruption claims

UK and international donors suspend Tanzania aid after corruption claims | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Payments of $490m frozen following claims that high-ranking officials siphoned off funds from the country’s central bank
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Symposium be-troplive sur la biodiversité animale et l’agriculture familiale

Symposium be-troplive sur la biodiversité animale et l’agriculture familiale | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Be-troplive est la plate-forme belge pour la santé et la production animale sous les tropiques, dans le cadre du développement humain, de la sécurité alimentaire et de l’alimentation. Chaque année, be-troplive organise un symposium. Puisque les Nations Unies ont proclamé l’année 2014 comme étant l’Année Internationale de l’Agriculture Familiale, le thème de cette année portera sur la biodiversité animale et l’agriculture familiale.
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Aid agencies advised to switch to knowledge building

Aid agencies advised to switch to knowledge building | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Donors can retain their influence by helping poorer nations gather data on development impact, hears meeting.
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Britain’s refusal to save migrants is an act of inhumanity

Britain’s refusal to save migrants is an act of inhumanity | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Ian Birrell: A nation still known for its decency must be jolted to its senses. We cannot stand by while people drown

‘We must not ignore that Britain was militarily involved in collapsed countries such as Iraq and Libya, while idiotic aid policies foster conflict and repression in slabs of sub-Saharan Africa.'

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What if we scrapped The Project – are there better ways to fund development?

What if we scrapped The Project – are there better ways to fund development? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

In theory, recipient governments presented fully designed projects for funding and the aid agency then appraised their viability and relevance. In practice, aid agencies, equipped with budgets that had to be spent in a timely manner, actively encouraged recipients to think of useful schemes that fitted the project paradigm.

So as a thought experiment, what would be a way to disburse aid without using projects, and in a way that is more compatible with the kind of models discussed at last week’s seminar? Are there better ways than projects to fund relationships, trust-building, facilitation, brokering etc?

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From barrier to enabler: how politics can help girls live up to their potential

From barrier to enabler: how politics can help girls live up to their potential | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A shift in attitudes in political systems around the world is necessary to allow girls to fully participate in society, writes Shirin Rai 

Of all of the world’s parliaments, women represent over 50% in just one of them – Rwanda. Young women are an even tinier percentage. Does it matter? It does – descriptively, substantively and symbolically.

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Réforme de la coopération au développement : 1 milliard d'euros en moins sur 5 ans

Réforme de la coopération au développement : 1 milliard d'euros en moins sur 5 ans | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Le Ministre De Croo annonce 1 milliard d'euros en moins sur 5 ans pour les projets de coopération au développement.

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Real time maps could predict and prevent the spread of malaria

Real time maps could predict and prevent the spread of malaria | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Epidemiologists at the University of California are developing a tool that uses rainfall and other factors to forecast outbreaks, writes Katherine Purvis
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Art on motorbikes in Kampala

Art on motorbikes in Kampala | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Artists in Uganda are using motorbikes to carry and display street art installations as part of the Kampala Contemporary Art Festival.
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L’hôpital du Dr Mukwege, lauréat du Prix Sakharov 2014, a bénéficié d’un appui de la coopération belge | BTC

L’hôpital du Dr Mukwege, lauréat du Prix Sakharov 2014, a bénéficié d’un appui de la coopération belge | BTC | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Quand, en 2011, l'hôpital exprime le besoin d'avoir une solution durable pour fournir de l'oxygène médical, la Belgique décide de réagir et confie la demande à la CTB, l'Agence belge de développement. Il n'existe alors aucune installation de ce type dans les provinces du Nord et Sud Kivu. L'acquisition d'une unité de production d'oxygène doit se faire rapidement et s'assortir d'une solution pour assurer la maintenance et l'amortissement de l'investissement.

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Le prix Sakharov pour le docteur Mukwege et son soutien aux femmes violées en RDC

Le prix Sakharov pour le docteur Mukwege et son soutien aux femmes violées en RDC | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le gynécologue est récompensé par ce qui est considéré comme l'équivalent européen du Nobel de la paix.  Il est récompensé pour son travail auprès des femmes victimes de viols et de violences sexuelles lors de conflits armés, notamment en République démocratique du Congo (RDC).
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How Soap Operas and cable TV promote women’s rights and family planning

How Soap Operas and cable TV promote women’s rights and family planning | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

“This paper explores the effect of the introduction of cable television on gender attitudes in rural India. Using a three-year individual-level panel dataset, Jensen and Oster find the introduction of cable television is associated with significant increases in women’s reported autonomy (e.g. the ability to go out without permission and to participate in household decision making), decreases in the reported acceptability of domestic violence and decreases in reported son preference.

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Alexander De Croo invite les organisations nord-sud pour une concertation

Alexander De Croo invite les organisations nord-sud pour une concertation | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le ministre de la Coopération au développement, Alexander De Croo, veut s’asseoir autour d’une table avec les organisations nord-sud. 

Il veut travailler avec elles pour renforcer la qualité et les résultats de la coopération belge, sur fond de mesures d’économies qui toucheront également l’aide au développement. Malgré ces économies, la Belgique ne laisse pas tomber ses engagements, assure-t-il.

Alexander De Croo a confirmé jeudi soir à la Chambre que les économies sur la Coopération au développement iraient, sous cette législature, de 150 millions d’euros en 2015 à 270 millions d’euros en 2019. Le CNCD-11.11.11 regrette ces chiffres. «Ces coupes mettent en danger les projets de terrain qui appuient les populations les plus vulnérables, mais aussi la crédibilité internationale de la Belgique», affirme la coupole des organisations nord-sud.

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