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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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It will take 100 years for the world’s poorest to earn $1.25 a day

It will take 100 years for the world’s poorest to earn $1.25 a day | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The sustainable development goals will aim to eradicate poverty by 2030 but our current economic model, built on GDP, could never be inclusive or sustainable
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Troisième conférence internationale des donateurs pour la Syrie - La Belgique mobilise 20 millions d’euros

La troisième conférence internationale des donateurs pour la Syrie a lieu aujourd’hui au Koweït. Elle rassemble les donateurs internationaux pour débattre de la crise humanitaire qui perdure en Syrie. Le vice-Premier et ministre de la Coopération au Développement Alexander De Croo a donné son accord, dans le cadre de cette conférence, pour libérer 20 millions d’euros en faveur de la population syrienne, des Syriens qui ont fui dans les pays voisins et de l’aide humanitaire en Irak.
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Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen: het huiswerk van de wereld

Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen: het huiswerk van de wereld | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Als alles goed gaat, zullen de VN-lidstaten in september 2015 de Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen aanvaarden. Het gaat om een uitgewerkte agenda van hoe we de wereld socialer, welvarender en duurzamer kunnen maken – het huiswerk van de wereld met andere woorden. Hoe kwamen de doelen tot stand en wat houden ze in? 
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States of Fragility 2015 | OECD

States of Fragility 2015 | OECD | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This 2015 OECD report on fragility contributes to the broader debate to define post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and argues that addressing fragility in the new framework will be crucial if strides in reducing poverty are to be made.
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Déclaration de Bruxelles sur la mise en oeuvre de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme

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Demandes d'asile: voici les 5 pays (riches) les plus touchés

Demandes d'asile: voici les 5 pays (riches) les plus touchés | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Les demandes d'asile dans les pays riches ont bondi de 45% en 2014, portées par les conflits en Syrie et en Irak, avoisinant le record enregistré au début de la guerre en Bosnie-Herzégovine, selon les chiffres publiés jeudi par l'ONU.
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How should aid agencies evolve? Views from developing countries

How should aid agencies evolve? Views from developing countries | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Are traditional development assistance providers facing unemployment? Not in the view of their ultimate employers.
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The world does not aid Africa – Africa aids the world!

The world does not aid Africa – Africa aids the world! | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Foreign developed nations often wax lyrical about their generous donations of aid to Africa.
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Au Maroc, les batailles pour préserver l’or bleu

Au Maroc, les batailles pour préserver l’or bleu | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Traque des fuites d’eau, gestion des eaux usées… Le royaume fait face au danger du déficit hydrique.
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'Leaving no one behind': how to make it come to life

'Leaving no one behind': how to make it come to life | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Three proposals for how governments can reach the most marginalised communities and turn 'leave no one behind' from rhetoric into reality.
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Are there too many sustainable development goals?

Are there too many sustainable development goals? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on the effectiveness of the new set of goals and targets
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Germany announces record boost to development aid budget

Germany announces record boost to development aid budget | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The German government has approved development spending of €7.4bn, though the country is still far off the 0.7% target
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How do we empower girls? Listen to them

How do we empower girls? Listen to them | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
'20 years on from the landmark Beijing Declaration, we still walk a difficult line between protecting the best interests of a child and empowering that child to determine her own path.'
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Theory of change: from targets to meaningful effects

Theory of change: from targets to meaningful effects | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
How to base policies on dynamic context analysis?

On 2 March the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a conference on ‘Theory of Change’. Two members of parliament, Eric Smaling of the socialist SP and Ingrid de Caluwé of the liberal VVD, had earlier called on the Ministry to specify its use of this concept and how it sees it contributing to the ministries’ policies and those of its implementing partners. The Theory of Change is intended to herald a new way of working in the ministry’s Directorate General of International Cooperation (DGIS), which is in need of a change in its organizational culture and faces the challenge of how to base policy on dynamic context analyses.

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België steunt opstart VN-mensenrechtenkantoor in Burundi

België steunt opstart VN-mensenrechtenkantoor in Burundi | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Vicepremier en minister voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking Alexander De Croo trekt 1,5 miljoen euro uit voor de oprichting van een VN-mensenrechtenkantoor in Burundi. De VN-mensenrechtenexperten zullen rechtstreeks rapporteren aan de VN-Veiligheidsraad en de VN-Mensenrechtenraad. De opvolging van de mensenrechten in Burundi is van cruciaal belang zeker nu Burundi voor belangrijke verkiezingen staat.
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The good, the bad and the hideous - Which MDGs did some good and which SDGs might work?

The good, the bad and the hideous - Which MDGs did some good and which SDGs might work? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

WHEN the Millennium Development Goals were adopted in 2000 they seemed Utopian. But the most important one was achieved five years early. This was to halve, by 2015, the share of people globally living on under $1.25 a day, which was 36% in 1990. Most progress was in China, where the proportion fell from 60% in 1990 to 12% in 2010. Other regions missed their target. In South Asia it fell from 51% to 30%. In Sub-Saharan Africa it went from 56% to 48%. Still, more than 700m people struggled out of extreme poverty in that period.

 

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EU development policy will prioritise human dignity over 'economic indicators'

EU development policy will prioritise human dignity over 'economic indicators' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

In its resolution on the global development framework after 2015, the European parliament reaffirmed human dignity as central to sustainable development. A broad political consensus was reached on the notion that the new framework currently being negotiated at the United Nations must be people-centred and rights based.

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Four trade priorities for the global development agenda in 2015

Four trade priorities for the global development agenda in 2015 | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
As the world faces slower economic growth, the major global development summits this year need to play their part in designing a trade system that works for the poorest countries.
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How to survive as an aid worker without losing your soul

How to survive as an aid worker without losing your soul | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The emotional demands of aid work can be huge. It’s vital to remember that this is a job, and that sometimes it sucks
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#DailyRacism: "Beaucoup de Flamands ne réalisent pas que nègre est un mot raciste"

#DailyRacism: "Beaucoup de Flamands ne réalisent pas que nègre est un mot raciste" | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Il y a quelques jours, le politologue et philosophe Bleri Lleshi a lancé le hashtag #dailyracism sur Twitter et Facebook pour rassembler les témoignages de victimes de racisme. Nos confrères de Knack l'ont interrogé sur son initiative.
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Fighting Poverty with Soap Operas

Fighting Poverty with Soap Operas | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

With their tremendous reach and popularity, soap operas might at first look like light entertainment but they are a potentially potent tool to influence attitudes and spur growth and development, argues Eliana La Ferrara.

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Improving Development Aid Design and Evaluation: Plan for Sailboats, Not Trains

Improving Development Aid Design and Evaluation: Plan for Sailboats, Not Trains | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Effective reform efforts require planning for and measuring change that is nonlinear and nonincremental. Complexity, or systems, theory offers insights for improving program design and evaluation.
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Le manque d'eau potable coûte la vie à 1.000 enfants par jour

Le manque d'eau potable coûte la vie à 1.000 enfants par jour | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Dans le monde, 748 millions de personnes n'ont pas accès à l'eau potable. 90% d'entre eux vivent en Asie et au sud du Sahara, indique vendredi le fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (Unicef) à l'occasion de la journée mondiale de l'eau le 22 mars. Chaque jour, environ 1.000 enfants de moins de cinq ans meurent de maladies liées à une contamination de l'eau, un manque de sanitaires ou une mauvaise hygiène. "Pour nous, boire l'eau du robinet est une évidence", relève l'ambassadrice de l'Unicef Eva Padberg également mannequin et chanteuse allemande. "Pour beaucoup d'enfants dans des pays en voie de développement, étancher sa soif peut être très dangereux." Unicef exige que d'ici 2030, chacun ait un accès basique à l'eau potable et à des installations sanitaires chez lui ou dans l'environnement proche.

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