La tablette est un outil de réflexion en classe et met le monde dans la poche des jeunes », c’est notamment sur cette note que Pedro De Bruyckere de la Haute École Artevelde de Gand a ouvert la conférence. Expert dans le domaine de la jeunesse et de l’éducation, il a présenté avec humour les liens entre les nouveaux médias et l’école en tant que nouveaux défis pour les enseignants d’aujourd’hui.
18 ateliers se sont ensuite enchainés au cours de la journée autour de divers thèmes mêlant « école 2.0 » et « citoyenneté mondiale » : Le numérique passe les frontières / Sortir du labyrinthe du droit d’auteur / Ils nous en parlent / Le numérique à l’école en pratique.
Today, the Global Conference on Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth was convened in Japan.
Key policy messages from the country studies indicate that successful UHC adoption and expansion requires:(1) strong political leadership and long-term commitment;(2) equitable coverage; (3) fiscal sustainability of UHC; (4) scaling up the health workforce; and (5) investing in a robust primary care system.
In order to be prepared to deal effectively with disasters or crises, preparedness measures need to be put in place before a crisis occurs.
The report’s key messages are:
Financing for emergency preparedness is largely nonexistent. Where it does exist, it is complicated, fragmented and piecemeal, especially the international contribution, with an array of separate institutions, mechanisms and approaches determining which parts of the ‘emergency preparedness continuum’ are funded, and in what ways. Financing across the continuum needs to be coordinated.Findings support further investment in emergency preparedness activities, as the benefits far outweigh the costs in terms of reduced caseloads, unit costs of response and disaster losses.Incremental changes to current mechanisms will leave gaps. This report recommends that while there are advantages to enhancing existing financing mechanisms, simply bolstering the existing system is not sufficient, and at the very least a global solution must be considered.
“Too often, donors’ decisions are driven more by our own political interests or our policy preferences than by our partners’ needs.”
Working Paper: Is Anyone Listening? Does US Foreign Assistance Target People’s Top Priorities?Wonkcast: Is Anyone Listening? US Foreign Aid (Mis)Alignment
These charged words did not come from an energetic NGO arguing for major changes to US development policy. They were delivered by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a high-level gathering of development officials in late 2011. Whether she realized it or not, they also gave voice to the seeming disconnect between what ordinary Africans raise as their most pressing problems and where the US government is focusing its scarce development dollars.
It is true for Mali and Somalia. But not for Burkina Faso or Kenya. To be labelled a 'fragile state' is not something any country in Africa welcomes. The category implies that a country is unable to borrow on the market and faces stringent conditionalities put in place by international financial institutions such as the World Bank. It carries the stigma of incapacity and lack of progress; of poverty, violence and poor governance.
Despite the welcome news of 'Africa rising', new research shows that ten African states will remain fragile for much longer than previously anticipated.
Let's Embrace Economic Diplomacy for Sustainable Development AllAfrica.com SOME few days ago, Tanzania hosted a group of businessmen from Belgium, Greece and Italy (BELGREITA) who came to look for business and investment opportunities and learn...
Do you think eradicating poverty around the world is important? The European Commission has undertaken a survey to gauge attitudes within the 500-million-strong (What Europeans think about #DevelopmentAid?
On farms in sub-Saharan Africa, where Internet and cell phones are often scarce, an old-school wireless technology is a critical tool.
How do you share ideas – including potentially transformative ones – with people who do not have Internet access, are largely illiterate, and live far from paved roads?
Even in today’s hyper-connected world, most farmers in Tanzania – who make up 75 percent of the country’s population of 48 million – have limited interaction with people outside their communities. Ideas, by extension, are slow to travel. Many small-scale farmers use outdated farming techniques when planting and harvesting their land, based on knowledge passed on from their ancestors. They also run the risk of being cheated in the market, if they do not have frequently updated price information for crops. Too often, this means that small-scale farmers experience low crop yields and remain trapped in a vicious cycle of hunger and poverty.
Across 34African countries1, people'sratings of government performance in providingbasic services--water, sanitation and electricity--are poor and declining.Ratings forhealth and educationare somewhat better, but also declining. Furthermore,largenumbers identify serious shortcomings in these services.Ratings on the handling of HIVand AIDS areexceptions:absolute majorities approve of governments'performances.The findings suggest that whileservice infrastructure such as schools, clinicsand powergrids are necessary for delivering services to people, infrastructure alone does notguarantee effective and high quality services. Africans report major problems with publicservices including inability to access services, the poor state of facilities, and high userfees. Difficulties with access to services as well as negative personal experiences withservice personnel largely shape popular assessments of government performance in thecontinent. The mere presence of service infrastructure such as schools and clinics doeslittle to motivate positive views about government policy performance.
In one of his grumpier moments, Owen Barder recently branded me as ‘anti-data’, which (if you think about it for a minute) would be a bit weird foranyone working in the development sector. The real issue is of course, what kind of data tell you useful things about different kinds of programme, and how you collect them. If people equate ‘data’ solely with ‘numbers’, then I think we have a problem.
The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) is the key annual reference document for analysis and statistics on trends in international development co-operation. This year, the DCR explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to end poverty.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanised political support for poverty reduction. The world has probably already met the MDG target of halving the share of the population living in extreme poverty (USD 1.25 per day). Yet progress towards the MDGs across countries, localities, population groups and gender has been uneven, reflecting a fundamental weakness in current approaches. As the United Nations and its partners shape a new global framework to take the place of the MDGs in 2015 , they face the urgent challenge of ending poverty once and for all. As this Development Co-operation Report (DCR) makes clear, this will take more than business as usual.
At a recent book launch, I was on a panel on which we were asked whether we can show that aid is a good use of public money, if the problems it aims to tackle are complex. I replied with a half-remembered statistic, which (now that I have had a chance to look at the numbers) turns out to have been right. It was this:
If you add up all the aid that all OECD countries have given since they started counting it in 1960, and then assume that the only thing that this aid has achieved was the eradication of smallpox, then the whole thing would still be a bargain, costing less than half what the UK National Health Service spends on average to save a life.
Since August, Cordaid has been using board games - Urban Collaboration Game and Urban Planning Game - as tools to stimulate collaboration between local government, communities and private companies in participatory urban planning.
South-South Cooperation in Aid, Trade and FDI? AllAfrica.com Large countries of the South (Brazil, China, India) have expanded their 'development cooperation' programmes in poorer countries in a range of areas from agriculture to health policy.
Sur le blog de la CTB, Nicolas Widmer explique pourquoi les communes construisent plus vite qu’un ministère. Qu'attendons-nous pour reconnaître les communes comme des maîtres d'ouvrages à part entière ?