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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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Is extreme poverty going to end by 2030? | Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

Is extreme poverty going to end by 2030? | Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has just released a report on the eradication of poverty that includes an overview of existing work on projections of extreme poverty to 2030. Ending extreme poverty (defined as living below $1.25 a day 2005 PPP) by 2030 is a central part of the global development agenda. It is at the heart of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the World Bank has made it a key goal and NGOs, such as the Global Poverty Project, are mobilising hundreds of thousands of people to encourage global leaders to achieve zero poverty by 2030. But is ending extreme poverty by 2030 achievable? Before addressing this question directly, it is worth highlighting the historical significance of the goal. Extreme poverty was the common experience for most of human history until recent generations. Former World Bank Economist Martin Ravallion has estimated the historic reduction in the number of people living in extreme poverty in the developed world using data on
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Social dialogue: The 'how-to' for social and economic development

Social dialogue: The 'how-to' for social and economic development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The international development community and beyond has identified inequality as one of the main and growing challenges for development. Unemployment, especially among young people, has been recognized as a core source of increasing inequality, also driven by the expanding negative impact on economic and social development of the growing informal sector, particularly for women.

As an instrument of social and economic governance for development, social dialogue can contribute to the development effectiveness agenda. It provides more ownership to people, in particular workers, helps to increase accountability and strengthen domestic policies, and contributes to the design and implementation of better redistribution policies.

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Senior Burundi judge flees rather than approve president's candidacy

Senior Burundi judge flees rather than approve president's candidacy | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Judge Sylvere Nimpagaritse said ‘in my soul and conscience’ he could not sign an illegal ruling after ‘enormous pressure and death threats’
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12 ways mobile money can go further

12 ways mobile money can go further | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
How can mobile money services reach more of the poorest people? Our expert panel had these ideas for how other countries can replicate M-Pesa’s success in Kenya
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Less To The Poor

Less To The Poor | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Has the development aid truly helped in reducing inequality across the world?

Inequality is exploding within a large number of countries, with the potential negative consequences that we have just analyzed and, at the same time, standards of living in the world as a whole are converging. How can we maintain the trend toward increased global equality while curbing the rise in national inequalities that will, eventually, come into conflict with this first objective?

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Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo concerned on the situation in Burundi

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo follow with concern the situation in Burundi. Last Saturday, Belgium was one of the first countries to call for the respect of the public space and of human rights. Belgium condemns all forms of violence and intimidation against civilians, the political opposition and human rights activists. Those who commit violent acts or human rights violations will be personally held responsible.

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CTB Mali : Sikasso : UNE ETAPE SUPERIEURE EN MATIERE D’ASSAINISSEMENT

La ville de Sikasso lance une nouvelle expérience dans le domaine de l’assainissement. Il s’agit du tri et de la valorisation des ordures ménagères. Le lancement cette initiative a regroupé, la semaine dernière, dans le quartier Mancourani de Sikasso, les autorités locales et municipales, les responsables de la Direction régionale de l’assainissement du contrôle des pollutions et des nuisances (DRACPN), des représentants de la coopération belge, les chefs de quartier, les promoteur de GIE d’assainissement et les représentants des producteurs de terreaux.

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Europe must do more to end its refugee crisis - Alexander De Croo

Europe must do more to end its refugee crisis - Alexander De Croo | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Those who think that merely repressing the symptoms of Europe's refugee crisis will stop the continuing stream of migrants are just being foolish, writes Alexander De Croo.
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Do digital information and communications technologies increase the voice and influence of women and girls?

Do digital information and communications technologies increase the voice and influence of women and girls? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Part of two-year Learning and Evidence Project on Women’s Voice and Leadership in Decision-Making, this rapid evidence review looks at interventions that aim to build women and girls’ voice and influence through their use of digital information and...
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Appel à propositions pour producteurs d'Afrique actifs dans le commerce equitable et durable

Appel à propositions pour producteurs d'Afrique actifs dans le commerce equitable et durable | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

À travers son appui financier et marketing, le Trade for Development Centre entend améliorer l’accès aux marchés des organisations de producteurs engagées dans le commerce équitable et durable. Par conséquent, il lance un nouvel appel à propositions destiné aux producteurs (organisations) et aux PME dans le Sud qui sont actifs dans le commerce équitable et durable et qui veulent bénéficier du soutien financier et en marketing du TDC.

Appel à proposition pour fruits, légumes, riz, noix, plantes médicinales et aromatiquesAppel à propositions pour le cacao

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How fragile is Burundi's peace? -

How fragile is Burundi's peace? - | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
With 12,000 Burundians now taking refuge abroad, concern is growing that the fragile peace of the last decade could shatter if President Pierre Nkurunziza continues to pursue his controversial bid for a third term in June elections.
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The development agency of the future. Fit for protracted crises?

The development agency of the future. Fit for protracted crises? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This report identifies the numerous conceptual, architectural and political divides that prevent effective linkages between humanitarian and development aid.
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Sweden's policy for global development

Sweden's policy for global development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Political decisions in Sweden and the EU often impact on poor people in developing countries. The core of the coherence policy is therefore to ensure that decisions taken in Sweden also take the effects on poor countries and people into account.
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« Burundi : le risque de contagion régionale existe »

« Burundi : le risque de contagion régionale existe » | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Spécialiste de l’Afrique des Grands Lacs, Filip Reyntjens estime qu’une médiation étrangère est nécessaire pour sortir de la crise provoquée par la candidature à un troisième mandat de Pierre Nkurunziza.
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Poverty and climate change - how to close a deal in 2015

Poverty and climate change - how to close a deal in 2015 | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Simon Maxwell, CDKN's Executive Chair, proposes ten actions for governments to ensure that the SDGs and related financing talks and global climate negotiations in 2015 lead to strong positive outcomes on protecting the environment and ending poverty.
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Is David Booth right to come out against good governance?

Is David Booth right to come out against good governance? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

One of the clearest correlations in development is that between quality of governance and wealth. You can see the relationship in the chart below (from this excellent but paywalled article in the Annual Review of Political Science). Wealthier countries are better governed countries -- this is clear. What is less clear is whether wealth causes good governance, or whether good governance causes wealth, or whether some third factor (maybe education, for example) causes both.

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European Report on Development 2015: combining finance and policies to implement a transformative post-2015 development agenda

European Report on Development 2015: combining finance and policies to implement a transformative post-2015 development agenda | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This report analyses the considerable changes in the Financing For Development landscape since the 2002 Monterrey Consensus.
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Fragile states need new form of development aid, OECD report says

Fragile states need new form of development aid, OECD report says | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Nearly 1.5 billion people live in countries riddled with conflict, fragility and violence, and which have also shown the least progress on achieving development goals, according to a new OECD study. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Symptoombestrijding alleen zal de vluchtelingenstroom niet doen stilvallen

Symptoombestrijding alleen zal de vluchtelingenstroom niet doen stilvallen | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Zonder een structurele aanpak van de oorzaken van deze crisis zal de Sahel-regio een blijvende bedreiging vormen voor vrede en veiligheid, ook voor verre buur Europa", schrijft Alexander De Croo, vicepremier en minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking.

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The Aid Ring Fence: Protection or Prison? by Owen Barder

The Aid Ring Fence: Protection or Prison? by Owen Barder | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The development landscape between now and 2030 will be look completely different from the last fifteen years. The Sustainable Development Goals which look likely to be agreed in September, including a commitment to eradicate absolute poverty by 2030, will be addressed against a very different backdrop to the relatively successful period of the Millennium Development Goals. There are three challenges we are going to have to address.
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Coopération belge: le Burundi, important partenaire aux projets menacés?

Coopération belge: le Burundi, important partenaire aux projets menacés? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Éducation, formation de la police, observation des élections, programme de bonne gouvernance... La coopération belge au développement est très active au Burundi, avec plusieurs dizaines de millions d'euros d'aide publique annuellement dédiés. Mais les différents programmes d'aide pourraient rapidement être suspendus en cas d'escalade de la violence.
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Number of people in extreme poverty could be greatly underestimated, report says

Number of people in extreme poverty could be greatly underestimated, report says | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
An Overseas Development Institute report says poorer countries cannot properly measure progress in areas such as poverty, health and education
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Burundi : appel à garantir un espace politique et le respect des droits humains

Le vice-Premier ministre et ministre de la Coopération au Développement Alexander De Croo a fait part de son inquiétude après l'annonce de la candidature du président burundais Pierre Nkurunziza à un troisième mandat. Un troisième mandat va à l'encontre des accords d'Arusha qui ont mis fin à la guerre civile au Burundi et posé les jalons de la paix. Il en appelle tous les acteurs burundais à garantir l'espace politique et à respecter les droits de l'homme. La Belgique et la coopération belge développement suivront de près la préparation et le déroulement des élections et ne concluront pas de nouvel accord de coopération tant qu'il n'est pas certain que les règles du jeu démocratique sont respectées.
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Burundi : Pierre Nkurunziza désigné candidat à un troisième mandat controversé

Burundi : Pierre Nkurunziza désigné candidat à un troisième mandat controversé | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le président burundais Pierre Nkurunziza a été désigné samedi par son parti candidat à un troisième mandat présidentiel, en dépit des protestations de l'opposition qui jugent cette nouvelle candidature inconstitutionnelle.
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The road to reform: Women's political voice in Morocco

The road to reform: Women's political voice in Morocco | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Morocco's active and effective women's movement has acquired a progressively greater presence for women in formal politics and the wider civil society.
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