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Participation makes a difference - but not always how and where we might expect

The challenge now is for donors and development institutions to take a broader and longer-term view of what participation is about, develop a better understanding of the conditions under which it makes a difference, and be willing to support those whose participation may raise uncomfortable

truths, even when these challenge the status quo.

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Podcast: Alexander De Croo on Financing for Development

Podcast: Alexander De Croo on Financing for Development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
ECDPM's James Mackie interviews Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation in the margins of the Finance for Development meeting in Addis Ababa on 14 July, 2015.
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Netherlands Wants Benin to Prevent Fraud Before Resuming Aid

Netherlands Wants Benin to Prevent Fraud Before Resuming Aid
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The Dutch government has asked Benin to submit proposals to prevent embezzlement of donor funds before it decides whether to resume aid to the West African country.
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Lessons in global health: let poor countries run their own programmes

Lessons in global health: let poor countries run their own programmes | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The recent progress report on neglected tropical diseases confirms what all development actors know yet few do: country ownership leads to success and sustainability
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Quand la Fondation Cartier célèbre l’art congolais

Quand la Fondation Cartier célèbre l’art congolais | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A travers 300 oeuvres, cette exposition témoigne de la vitalité artistique de la République démocratique du Congo depuis les années 1920.
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Green light for the Belgian federal Open Data strategy

Green light for the Belgian federal Open Data strategy | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

When we first read the results of the 2014 Open Data Index, we said we had big expectations for 2015. We couldn’t be more right: today, the federal ministerial council has, by recommendation of Minister De Croo and Secretary of State Francken, approved an ambitious federal open data strategy. Open by default: an important step to embed Belgium into the digital global ecosystem.

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Have the MDGs affected developing country policies and spending? Findings of new 50 country study.

Have the MDGs affected developing country policies and spending? Findings of new 50 country study. | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

One of the many baffling aspects of the post-2015/Sustainable Development Goal process is how little research therehas been on the impact of their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals. That may sound odd, given how often we hear ‘the MDGs are on/off track’ on poverty, health, education etc, but saying ‘the MDG for poverty reduction has been achieved five years ahead of schedule’ is not at all the same as saying ‘the MDGs caused that poverty reduction’ – a classic case of confusing correlation with causation.

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Three ideas to make locally-led aid responses a reality

Three ideas to make locally-led aid responses a reality | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
By involving local actors, humanitarian action can become more effective.
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From Old Public Administration to the New Public Service

From Old Public Administration to the New Public Service | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

This paper argues that public sector reform efforts in developing countries should embrace these changes selectively and draw on a range of public management models that are appropriate to different contexts while putting the needs and interests of citizens at the heart of reform.

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17 suggestions for supporting peacebuilding in fragile states

17 suggestions for supporting peacebuilding in fragile states | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
What role should civil society play in pre- and post-conflict peacebuilding? Our panel share their thoughts
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What's the Future of Development?

What's the Future of Development? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
I am closely following the UN Conference on Financing for Development happening now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and I am thinking of the potentialities and the (hopeful) opportunities that a conference of this caliber can have on a global scale,...
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Alexander De Croo at 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development

Alexander De Croo at 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

"We have to make this commitment real so that the young girl born in Burundi has the same opportunities as a girl born in Belgium."

 

 

 

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Where are the concrete plans for action in the development finance deal? | Alex Evans

Where are the concrete plans for action in the development finance deal? | Alex Evans | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The finance for development summit in Addis did at least highlight the message that no one gets left behind, but came up with no significant plan to achieve that
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Belgium calls to pay more interest in digitalization in development policy

BRUSSELS, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) and its member states must pay more interest in digitalizing their development policies, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium, Alexander De Croo.
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From Addis to New York: What does the FFD summit imply for the SDGs?

From Addis to New York: What does the FFD summit imply for the SDGs? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

With a sigh of relief, negotiators concluded four days of discussion at the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under stormy skies, and among even more stormy confrontations in the negotiation room, a new Addis Ababa Action Agenda was born. But what does it mean for the SDG summit in September, and beyond?

Negotiations on the FFD communique were reportedly very difficult, with breakdowns of trust on all sides. Divisions emerged around two big questions: Who makes key decisions on global development policy, and who pays for the sustainable development goals?

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Leaving no one behind: five pillars for success

These practical steps can ensure the Sustainable Development Goals deliver 'hard-edged policies' for the vulnerable and excluded.
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Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term in disputed election

Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term in disputed election | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Leading opponent Agathon Rwasa refuses to recognise result in vote condemned by US, UK and human rights groups after weeks of violence
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Appui aux investissements des Collectivités Territoriales : La Coopération Technique Belge offre plus de 3 milliards à l’ANICT

Appui aux investissements des Collectivités Territoriales : La Coopération Technique Belge offre plus de 3 milliards à l’ANICT | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le Projet d’Appui aux Investissements des Collectivités Territoriales (PAICT) vient de bénéficier d’une véritable bouffée d’oxygène pour sa mise en œuvre. La Coopération Technique Belge (CTB) a mis à la disposition de l’Agence Nationale d’Investissement des Collectivités Territoriales (ANICT) plus de 3 milliards de FCFA.
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Feu vert européen pour le vaccin contre la malaria développé en Belgique

Feu vert européen pour le vaccin contre la malaria développé en Belgique | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Le vaccin antipaludisme RTS,S, ou Mosquirix, qui vise à prévenir le risque de paludisme chez les enfants âgés de 6 semaines à 17 mois, a reçu l'avis positif de l'Agence européenne des médicaments (EMA), a fait savoir vendredi GlaxoSmithKline. 

 

Le RTS,S a été inventé et développé dans les laboratoires de GSK en Belgique depuis la fin des années 1980. "Après 30 ans de recherche, il s'agit du premier vaccin approuvé contre la malaria et, plus globalement, contre un parasite", se réjouit Sophie Biernaux, vice-présidente et responsable de la recherche et du développement des vaccins malaria chez GSK.

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What have the millennium development goals achieved?

What have the millennium development goals achieved? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The UN has called the MDGs ‘the most successful anti-poverty movement in history’, but what progress has been made on each of the goals?
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Development aid to Africa negligible in comparison to illicit outflows

Development aid to Africa negligible in comparison to illicit outflows | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The Global South is being drained of resources by the rest of the world and it is losing far more each year than it gains. Africa alone loses $192 billion each year to the rest of the world. This is mainly in profits made by foreign companies, tax dodging and the costs of adapting to climate change. Whilst rich countries often talk about the aid their countries give to Africa, this is in fact less than $30 billion each year. Even when you add this to foreign investment, remittances and other resources that flow into the continent, Africa still suffers an overall loss of $58 billion every year. The idea that we are aiding Africa is flawed; it is Africa that is aiding the rest of the world.

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Alexander De Croo: ‘Mislukken is minder erg dan falen zonder leren’

Alexander De Croo: ‘Mislukken is minder erg dan falen zonder leren’ | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking De Croo is terug van de VN-conferentie over financiering voor ontwikkeling. MO* vroeg de minister wat hij de voorbije dagen geleerd heeft. ‘België kan internationaal wegen als het duidelijke keuzes maakt.’
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Strengthening access and proximity to serve the needs of people in conflict

Strengthening access and proximity to serve the needs of people in conflict | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Many of today’s humanitarian crises are marked by conflict.
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Hoe agro-ecologie de wereld kan redden

Hoe agro-ecologie de wereld kan redden | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
De Braziliaanse steden barsten uit hun voegen terwijl het platteland leeg is en nog verder leeg loopt. De alternatieve landbouwscholen willen daar wat aan doen. Het netwerk van Alternatief Onderwijs voor Landbouwfamilies willen jongeren op het platteland houden en er samen met hen een nieuw toekomstperspectief creëren voor het leven op het land. Een heruitgave van Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogie van de Onderdrukten” anno 2015. 
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Action After Addis: 10 Ways to Finance Africa's Energy Opportunity

Action After Addis: 10 Ways to Finance Africa's Energy Opportunity | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Africa can leapfrog over the damaging energy practices that have brought the world to the brink of catastrophe -- and show the world the way to a low-carbon future.
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The global partnership for effective development cooperation: origins, actions and future prospects

The global partnership for effective development cooperation: origins, actions and future prospects | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This study by one of the most influential policy-makers in development traces the evolution of the international aid system during the post-World War II period and analyses the potential of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to become a universally accepted platform.
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