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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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Facebook Co-Founder Giving Millions Directly To The Poor, No Strings Attached

Facebook Co-Founder Giving Millions Directly To The Poor, No Strings Attached | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
GiveDirectly has a straightforward approach to helping the world's poorest people: just give them cash, no strings attached.  The New York-based nonprofit has distributed about $1,000—roughly a year's...
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Global population forecasts

Global population forecasts | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

NEW population forecasts from the United Nations point to a new world order in 2050. The number of people will grow from 7.3 billion to 9.7 billion in 2050, 100m more than was estimated in the UN's last report two years ago. More than half of this growth comes from Africa, where the population is set to double to 2.5 billion. Nigeria's population will reach 413m, overtaking America as the world's third most-populous country. Congo and Ethiopia will swell to more than 195m and 188m repectively, more than twice their current numbers. India will surpass China as the world's most populous country in 2022, six years earlier than was previously forecast.

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Ebola vaccine could be 'game changer'

Ebola vaccine could be 'game changer' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Early results of an experimental Ebola vaccine show major promise, global health regulators said Friday, providing hope a year after the deadly virus swept across the West African region.

The World Health Organization announced the successful early results — including a remarkable 100 percent success rate — of the vaccine’s clinical trial conducted in the Ebola-stricken country of Guinea, data the Lancet Journal then published.

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'Profitability is sustainability': 17 ideas on business and development

'Profitability is sustainability': 17 ideas on business and development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Does involving the private sector in the SDG agenda mean outsourcing development? Our expert panel considers the value of partnership
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5 things needed to turn the SDGs into reality

5 things needed to turn the SDGs into reality | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Now that the sustainable development goals are — in the main — agreed, what needs to happen to turn this global manifesto into a national policy agenda?

The clock to SDG attainment will start ticking Jan. 1, 2016. Here are five things that will be important to ensure the much-debated goals and targets — and the overarching vision of a new future for everyone — actually start to be implemented.

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No fear to tread

No fear to tread | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

ECONOMISTS who study Africa use dodgy theory and inappropriate statistical techniques, and at times deliberately mislead. In an interesting and highly readable book, Morten Jerven, himself an economist of Africa at Simon Fraser University in Canada, pulls no punches. He offers a devastating critique of the economics profession and asks provocative questions. But he overstates his case and offers few practical solutions.

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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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J-P van Ypersele: "Faute d'agir, nous arriverons à 4° de plus et ce sera catastrophique"

J-P van Ypersele: "Faute d'agir, nous arriverons à 4° de plus et ce sera catastrophique" | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

La conférence internationale sur le climat qui se tiendra en décembre à Paris sera confrontée à un défi de taille : réunir plus de 200 pays autour d’un projet commun permettant de limiter la hausse de température globale à 2° d’ici la fin du siècle. Est-ce Possible ? La décision du président Obama de réduire la consommation de charbon va dans le bon sens, mais les pays émergents accepteront-ils de payer les factures amoncelées depuis un siècle par les pays industrialisés? Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, professeur de climatologie à l'UCL se veut optimiste sur le résultat des négociations, même si placer la barre trop haut serait illusoire.

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Voici le plan d'action de l'ONU pour lutter contre la pauvreté et le réchauffement climatique

Voici le plan d'action de l'ONU pour lutter contre la pauvreté et le réchauffement climatique | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A l'issue d'une semaine de négociations intenses au siège de l'ONU à New York, experts et diplomates des 193 pays ont adopté un projet d'une trentaine de pages intitulé "Transformer notre monde, programme de développement durable d'ici 2030".
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'Telephone farmers' reaping the benefits of agri-tech - BBC News

'Telephone farmers' reaping the benefits of agri-tech - BBC News | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Small-scale farmers in Kenya are using a range of technologies to help them choose and manage their crops more efficiently, boosting incomes and productivity.
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Improving effectiveness of development cooperation

Improving effectiveness of development cooperation | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
How to improve the effectiveness of development cooperation through the private sector from Busan to Mexico.
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We can end poverty, but at what cost?

We can end poverty, but at what cost? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Even the most effective international charities could double or triple the number people they boost out of poverty. Here's how.
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Women and aid: beyond box-ticking

Women and aid: beyond box-ticking | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping - until now.
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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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