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The Story of PlayPumps: Merry-go-rounds, Water, and Failures in Development Aid

The Story of PlayPumps: Merry-go-rounds, Water, and Failures in Development Aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Innovation is a process of failure and learning from failure. The same is true in development cooperation.

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De Croo: ‘Middeninkomenslanden kunnen eigen armoede bestrijden’

De Croo: ‘Middeninkomenslanden kunnen eigen armoede bestrijden’ | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Door te focussen op fragiele landen en post-conflictzones, kiest ons land niet voor de makkelijkste weg. Het is geen negatieve keuze waarbij we onze ogen sluiten voor de problematiek van ongelijkheid en armoede in middeninkomenslanden.

Het is een positieve keuze waarbij we willen focussen op landen die door anderen meer en meer in de steek worden gelaten. Wij willen met onze gouvernementele samenwerking inzetten daar waar de noden het hoogst zijn en de beschikbare middelen heel erg beperkt. Ik durf die keuze te verdedigen. Voluit.

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Le docteur Denis Mukwege, le "juste qui répare les femmes", prix Sakharov

Le docteur Denis Mukwege, le "juste qui répare les femmes", prix Sakharov | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le docteur Denis Mukwege va recevoir le prix Sakharov. En lui attribuant ce prix, le Parlement européen a voulu saluer son courage sans faille. Le gynécologue congolais est honoré pour son traitement des femmes victimes de violences sexuelles en République démocratique du Congo.
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Results-based Approaches in Development Cooperation

Results-based Approaches in Development Cooperation | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
There is growing interest to better link funding to results. Development organisations are designing and implementing new approaches to strengthen the focus on results.
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The death of international development

The death of international development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The development industry needs an overhaul of strategy, not a change of language.International development is dying; people just don't buy it anymore. The West has been engaged in the project for more than six decades now, but the number of poor people in the world is growing, not shrinking, and inequality between rich and poor continues to widen instead of narrow. People know this, and they are abandoning the official story of development in droves. They no longer believe that foreign aid is some kind of silver bullet, that donating to charities will solve anything, or that Bono and Bill Gates can save the world.
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International Development Is Broken. Here Are Two Ways to Fix It.

International Development Is Broken. Here Are Two Ways to Fix It. | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
So how should we save the world?

So I just wrote this essay about all the reasons I think international development, as we currently carry it out, can never achieve its own objectives. One thing I didn’t have room for was the ideas I’m excited about, development projects that meet, at least partially, our outsized expectations of them. Here are two such ideas, and why I think projects like these—technical, slow, un-viral—are the future of development.

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Stop Trying to Save the World

Stop Trying to Save the World | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Big ideas are destroying international development.

It seemed like such a good idea at the time: A merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump. In rural sub-Saharan Africa, where children are plentiful but clean water is scarce, the PlayPump harnessed one to provide the other. Every time the kids spun around on the big colorful wheel, water filled an elevated tank a few yards away, providing fresh, clean water anyone in the village could use all day.

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Le réchauffement climatique, accélérateur de pauvreté

Le réchauffement climatique, accélérateur de pauvreté | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le réchauffement climatique risque d'aggraver "considérablement" la pauvreté sur le globe en asséchant les récoltes agricoles et en menaçant la sécurité alimentaire de millions de personnes, met en garde la Banque mondiale dimanche.
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Private sector can help Africa to take responsibility for its development

Private sector can help Africa to take responsibility for its development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Calestous Juma: It is welcome news that African business leaders, spurred by the Ebola crisis, are to assist in tackling the continent’s challenges. The growing complexity of Africa’s challenges can hardly be addressed through reliance on the heroic expeditions of foreign volunteers. The outbreak shows that the response demands a level of coordination that can be effectively performed only where there are competent domestic institutions.

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Brief aan Alexander De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking

Brief aan Alexander De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Annuschka Vandewalle (algemeen secretaris FOS) en David Verstockt (beleidsmedewerker FOS) namen de pen ter hand en schreven een brief aan de minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking Alexander De Croo. Een van de zaken die hen zorgen baart is de concentratie van de Belgische ontwikkelingssamenwerking op fragiele staten en post-conflictzones. Over de middeninkomenslanden wordt in het regeerakkoord met geen woord gerept. Nochtans leeft de meerderheid armen in deze landen, en is de ongelijkheid er enorm.
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More Africans have cellphones than have electricity or piped water

More Africans have cellphones than have electricity or piped water | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
More people across Africa have access to a cellphone network than they do to electricity, piped water, or a health clinic, according to the latest Afrobarometer.
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Santé : le manque de toilettes en Afrique, une "pandémie" orpheline ?

Santé : le manque de toilettes en Afrique, une "pandémie" orpheline ? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Nous sommes environ 7 milliards sur la planète. Quelque 6 milliards d'entre nous ont un téléphone portable, mais seulement 4,5 milliards d'être humains disposent de toilettes.
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Alexander De Croo: 'Het moet vooruitgaan in ontwikkelingssamenwerking'

Alexander De Croo: 'Het moet vooruitgaan in ontwikkelingssamenwerking' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Vice-premier en minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking Alexander De Croo stelde vanmorgen (dinsdag 18 november) zijn visie op ontwikkelingssamenwerking voor. Hij wil de komende jaren stevig aan de boom schudden, maar belooft wel dat de besparingen voorlopig niet aan de financiering van de niet-gouvernementele organisaties zullen raken. Vanaf 2017 moet de ontwikkelingssamenwerking wel op een heel andere leest geschoeid zijn. MO* sprak met De Croo in de aanloop naar zijn parlementaire hearing.
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Pourquoi les Nations Unies échouent en matière de santé

Pourquoi les Nations Unies échouent en matière de santé | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Depuis l’an 2000, et le lancement des Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD, programme phare de l’ONU) pour le début du XXIe siècle, les conférences mondiales sur l’efficacité de l’aide se sont multipliées : Monterrey 2002, Rome 2003, Paris 2005, Accra, 2008 et enfin Busan fin 2011. Le but est toujours le même : la recherche de nouvelles orientations pour maximiser l’efficacité de l’aide au développement, dont les volumes, publics ou privés, ont considérablement augmenté, notamment en faveur de la santé et de la lutte contre le sida.

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Citizen voice in post-2015 goals: is anyone listening?

Citizen voice in post-2015 goals: is anyone listening? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Civil society has worked hard to get diverse perspectives included in the draft goals. But now, we must focus attention on holding governments to account for the commitments they make
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EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit: Integrating Child Rights in Development Cooperation

EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit: Integrating Child Rights in Development Cooperation | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Purpose and scope

Since 2008, the European Union (EU) and its member States have been committed to applying a comprehensive and integrated human rights-based approach in all areas of EU external action, including EU development cooperation.
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Motivation of Public Service Officials | UNDP

Motivation of Public Service Officials | UNDP | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Years of declining public service morale in many countries make the prospect of a public service workforce being able to deliver an increasingly complex agenda on reduced budgets unlikely. Yet the public sector is critical to international development. It is thus important to restore motivation in the public service to achieve UNDP’s post- 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

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Belgian firm 'bulldozed Congo homes'

Belgian firm 'bulldozed Congo homes' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A Belgian mining firm "consistently lied" about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in DR Congo and should pay compensation, Amnesty International says.
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Engaging with the public (peer reviews of DAC members )

Engaging with the public (peer reviews of DAC members ) | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This lesson draws on the body of knowledge collected by the OECD’s Informal Network of DAC Development Communicators (DevCom), notably its publication Good Practices in Development Communication.
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Pascal Corbé's curator insight, November 24, 6:44 AM

This is certainly not only interesting for professional development communicators. Policy makers, e.g., who also need to care about public support for development cooperation, can find interesting perspectives here. 

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Alexander De Croo: "Il faut réformer la coopération au développement"

Alexander De Croo: "Il faut réformer la coopération au développement" | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Alexander De Croo, vice-Premier et ministre de la Coopération au développement, présentait, mardi 18 novembre, sa vision de la Coopération. Voici de quoi elle aura l'air pour les cinq années à venir.
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Top 7 books on feeding the world

Top 7 books on feeding the world | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
From eco-friendly farming techniques to the history of food activism – here’s what our readers recommend, writes Charlotte Seager
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INFORM Results 2015: Open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters

INFORM is the first global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. Find out more at www.inform-index.org.
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The $138.5 Billion Question: When Does Foreign Aid Work (and When Doesn’t It)?

The $138.5 Billion Question: When Does Foreign Aid Work (and When Doesn’t It)? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This paper focuses on aid effectiveness. The paper considers peer-reviewed, cross-country, econometric studies, published over the last decade in order to propose areas with policy implications related to the conditions under which aid is more likely to be effective. 
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Alexander De Croo veut «un grand changement d’approche» dans la coopération au développement

Alexander De Croo veut «un grand changement d’approche» dans la coopération au développement | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Le ministre de la Coopération au développement Alexander De Croo (Open Vld) promet pour les deux prochaines années la stabilité (budgétaire) pour la coopération au
développement  D’ici 2017, il devra y avoir «un changement d’approche», avec moins de «saupoudrage», un focus accru en terme de contenu et de géographie et une «politique plus courageuse» sur le plan des droits de l’homme.

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