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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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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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BBC launches WhatsApp Ebola service

BBC launches WhatsApp Ebola service | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
BBC launches Ebola public health information service on WhatsApp, aimed at users of the service in the worst-affected countries.
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Participatory video and social media to document experiences - CTB Ecuador

Participatory video and social media to document experiences - CTB Ecuador | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The Rural Development Programme of the North of Ecuador (PdRN) is coming to an end in 2015. At the beginning of 2014 a knowledge-building process was started to document its experiences. To tell the whole story of the PdRN - which started its activities in 2008 and intervened in five provinces through 88 projects - four topics were selected: the management model of the programme, the role of the social organizations linked to the PdRN projects, the relation of the programme with the Local Autonomous Governments and the experiences of the organizations in the field.

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Niger is wereldkampioen kindbruiden

Niger is wereldkampioen kindbruiden | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Niger kent het hoogste aantal kindbruiden ter wereld. Drie op de vier meisjes trouwt er voor ze achttien jaar zijn. Ruim een op de drie huwen zelfs voor hun vijftiende. Lisa Develtere sprak met meisjes die liever geen bruid waren geweest.
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Dr Jules Gbovi: Le parcours d'un médecin généraliste devenu chirurgien grâce à une bourse - CTB Bénin

Dr Jules Gbovi: Le parcours d'un médecin généraliste devenu chirurgien grâce à une bourse - CTB Bénin | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Médecin chef du Centre de Santé de Commune (CSC) de Toviklin et de Lalo, Jules Gbovi a bénéficié d'une bourse de la coopération belge, lui permettant de suivre une spécialisation de chirurgie durant 4 ans. Réintégré depuis janvier 2011 à l'Hôpital de Zone de Klouékanmè en qualité de chirurgien, le Docteur Gbovi combat chaque jour la pénurie en spécialistes qui sévit au Bénin en offrant ses services à la population avoisinante.

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The Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".

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Expo CONGO EZA – Africalia - CTB

Expo CONGO EZA –   Africalia - CTB | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

La CTB accueille dans leurs locaux l’exposition Congo Eza. Elle sera accessible du lundi 20 octobre au vendredi 19 décembre 2014.

Cette exposition itinérante présente les travaux de photographes congolais à partir d’une sélection de clichés extraits du livre Congo Eza. Le livre réunit des prises de vue, réalisées sur une dizaine d’années par 25 photographes congolais, issus de Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Goma, Kisangani, Bukavu, etc.

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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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Foresight: A forgotten tool in the fight against poverty and hunger

Foresight: A forgotten tool in the fight against poverty and hunger | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Peter van de Pol, a policy adviser for capacity development at the United Nations Development Program, works on foresight with public institutions. Foresight means imagining different futures, reflecting that change is happening constantly and the future is not a given. Traditional planning strategies, meanwhile, predict the future based on past events. “There are lots of unexpected things happening,” van de Pol told Devex. “Opportunities are popping up everywhere and the state apparatus is usually not very good to respond to that, to adapt to that.”

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La petite agriculture est « une des clés de la sécurité alimentaire »

La petite agriculture est « une des clés de la sécurité alimentaire » | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’alimentation, la FAO appelle à faire du soutien aux exploitations familiales une priorité.
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Rethinking development aid - OECD

The OECD is working to devise a new, broader measure of official support for development to reflect big changes since the concept of ODA -- or official development assistance -- was devised. Private capital flows are now much bigger than traditional aid and there has been a geographical shift in where the world's poorest people live.

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Ebola in grpahics: The toll of a tragedy

Ebola in grpahics: The toll of a tragedy | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

 

THE first reported case in the Ebola outbreak ravaging west Africa dates back to December 2013, in Guéckédou, a forested area of Guinea near the border with Liberia and Sierra Leone. Travellers took it across the border: by late March, Liberia had reported eight suspected cases and Sierra Leone six.

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World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
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Aid Transparency Index | Explore the Data

Aid Transparency Index | Explore the Data | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

 

The 2014 ATI results follow the trends observed in previous years. A lead group of organisations are making significant and continuous improvements to the information they publish on their current aid activities – and many others have taken steps towards improving their publication in 2014 – but the majority have not made significant progress and continue to lag behind. The top ranking agency is the United Nations Development Programme (91%), followed by 2012’s top performer the UK Department for International Development (88%), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (87%), which held the number one position in 2013. As in 2013, China takes the last place. The average score for all organisations still sits disappointingly low at 39%, and there is an increasing gap emerging between the organisations at the top and those at the bottom of the ranking.

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