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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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Impact education - Thematic magazine of BTC

Education is one of the four intervention sectors of the Belgian governmental cooperation, beside health care, agriculture and basic infrastructure.

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Gaza : l'ONU suspend son aide à la reconstruction, faute d'argent

L'ONU a annoncé mardi suspendre son aide financière à des dizaines de milliers de Palestiniens de Gaza, laquelle visait à réparer leurs maisons ou payer leurs loyers.
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RDC : la nouvelle loi électorale a été adoptée par le Parlement

RDC : la nouvelle loi électorale a été adoptée par le Parlement | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
L'Assemblée nationale et le Sénat de la RDC ont harmonisé dimanche leurs divergences en adoptant le projet de loi électorale controversé.
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Emma Watson urges men to join gender equality battle

Emma Watson urges men to join gender equality battle | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
New initiative seeks concrete commitments from governments, companies and universities on women's empowerment
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RDC : le Sénat impose la tenue de la présidentielle en 2016 dans les délais constitutionnels

RDC : le Sénat impose la tenue de la présidentielle en 2016 dans les délais constitutionnels | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Lors du vote article par article du projet de loi controversé modifiant la loi électorale en RDC, les sénateurs congolais ont supprimé vendredi l'incise contenue dans le texte initial qui liait l'organisation des élections législatives et...
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2015 Gates Annual Letter

2015 Gates Annual Letter | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
See how the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than they have in any other time in history. And join us!
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Buitenlandse donoren bevriezen miljoenen voor Tanzania

Buitenlandse donoren bevriezen miljoenen voor Tanzania | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
De donoren, waaronder Groot-Brittannië, Duitsland en de Wereldbank, houden 449 miljoen van de beloofde 558 miljoen dollar in, en dat in afwachting van de resultaten van het onderzoek naar corruptie in de energiesector.
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10 chiffres sur l'Afrique qui pourraient vous surprendre

10 chiffres sur l'Afrique qui pourraient vous surprendre | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Vingt-cinq pays africains connaîtront une croissance de 6 % à 13 % en 2015. Aucun autre continent ne fait mieux.
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Niger: 10 morts dans les émeutes contre Charlie Hebdo, l'opposition se mobilise

Niger: 10 morts dans les émeutes contre Charlie Hebdo, l'opposition se mobilise | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Au lendemain de violentes émeutes contre Charlie Hebdo qui ont fait dix morts au Niger, la tension restait forte dimanche dans ce pays, où l'opposition a tenté de mobiliser contre le président Mahamadou Issoufou.
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Three ways the international development community can work better with China in 2015

Three ways the international development community can work better with China in 2015 | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
If traditional donors don’t reach a level of mutual understanding with China – the world's largest economy and an increasingly important actor in international development – they risk seriously undermining each other’s policy effectiveness.
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Un site belge Ebola pour les citoyens et les professionnels de santé

Un site belge Ebola pour les citoyens et les professionnels de santé | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Les citoyens et les professionnels de la santé vivant en Belgique peuvent dorénavant trouver toutes les informations à propos de la fièvre Ebola sur le site www.info-ebola.be. Ce site est une initiative commune de l'Institut de Médecine Tropicale d'Anvers (ITG), des différentes autorités de santé publique et de l'Institut Scientifique de Santé Publique.

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Boko Haram attacks: why isn't Nigerian civil society protesting terrorism?

Boko Haram attacks: why isn't Nigerian civil society protesting terrorism? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Eliza Anyangwe: Two acts of terror last week elicited very different public reactions. Why did 3.7 million people march in France but none in Nigeria?
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Africa’s elite exploit Chinese development aid, study reveals

Africa’s elite exploit Chinese development aid, study reveals | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A recent study shows China’s development aid for Africa flows primarily to the birth regions of leading African politicians, while geopolitical interests only play a secondary role for Beijing. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC

Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Amid donor cutbacks and camp closures, aid agencies are questioning the sustainable impact of humanitarian response in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for an overhaul of aid delivery.
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RDC : l’UE présente son « programme environnement » axé sur le développement de l’agriculture

RDC : l’UE présente son « programme environnement » axé sur le développement de l’agriculture | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
L’Union Européenne a présenté vendredi 24 janvier son « Programme environnement » à la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), dans le cadre des futurs projets de coopération entre les deux partenaires.
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Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In

Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The nets, with holes smaller than mosquitoes, trap much more than traditional fishing nets do and could wipe out stressed fish populations in Africa.
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German film denounces aid as 'sweet poison'

German film denounces aid as 'sweet poison' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
"Sweet Poison" is a German documentary that looks at three development aid projects in Africa that went badly wrong. The film's director proposes a drastic remedy.
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RDC : deuxième journée de violences à Goma, au moins trois morts

RDC : deuxième journée de violences à Goma, au moins trois morts | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Pour la deuxième journée consécutive, des heurts ont éclaté jeudi à Goma, dans l'est de la RDC, entre les policiers et des étudiants qui exigent la libération de leurs enseignants arrêtés en début de semaine.
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Sustainable development goals: changing the world in 17 steps – interactive

Sustainable development goals: changing the world in 17 steps – interactive | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The MDGs expire this year and the SDGs begin. But what are the SDGs all about?
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Africa: Development Investment, Not Development Aid, Is the Way Forward

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are committed humanitarians and philanthropists as well as actors. They use their celebrity well in promoting good causes. They also ensure that they are not a distraction when visiting humanitarian operations.
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Les 1% les plus riches détiendront 50% des richesses mondiales en 2016

Les 1% les plus riches détiendront 50% des richesses mondiales en 2016 | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Les richesses mondiales se concentrent de plus en plus aux mains "d'une petite élite fortunée". La part du patrimoine mondial détenue par les 1% les plus riches est passée de 44% en 2009 à 48% en 2014, et dépassera les 50% en 2016, estime Oxfam lundi dans son étude "Insatiable richesse, toujours plus pour ceux qui ont déjà tout", publiée en marge du forum économique de Davos.
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Why Development Aid Projects Must First Factor Local Culture

Why Development Aid Projects Must First Factor Local Culture | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Why do some multi-million dollar aid projects fail? The aid itself is not generally the problem, but the lack of local, geographic specific cultural analysis in planning and implementation is most often to blame.
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Austria - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2015 - OECD

Austria - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2015 - OECD | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Austria should set a timeframe to increase its aid budget in line with a pledge to allocate 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) to development aid, according to an OECD Review.
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The Asia Foundation and ODI Launch Cutting-Edge Paper on Development Entrepreneurship

The Asia Foundation and ODI Launch Cutting-Edge Paper on Development Entrepreneurship | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The Asia Foundation and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) launched the "Development Entrepreneurship: How Donors and Leaders can Foster Institutional
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Top 50 : les femmes les plus puissantes d'Afrique

Top 50 : les femmes les plus puissantes d'Afrique | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Les femmes puissantes sont de plus en plus nombreuses sur le continent. Voici notre sélection - forcément subjective - des 50 Africaines les plus influentes au monde.
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Development aid popular among EU citizens, despite widespread ignorance

Development aid popular among EU citizens, despite widespread ignorance | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The European Commission has officially launched the European Year of Development. But a report has revealed just how little European citizens understand development policy, despite broadly supporting it. EurActiv France reports. 
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