ECDPM's James Mackie interviews Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation in the margins of the Finance for Development meeting in Addis Ababa on 14 July, 2015.
Netherlands Wants Benin to Prevent Fraud Before Resuming Aid Bloomberg The Dutch government has asked Benin to submit proposals to prevent embezzlement of donor funds before it decides whether to resume aid to the West African country.
When we first read the results of the 2014 Open Data Index, we said we had big expectations for 2015. We couldn’t be more right: today, the federal ministerial council has, by recommendation of Minister De Croo and Secretary of State Francken, approved an ambitious federal open data strategy. Open by default: an important step to embed Belgium into the digital global ecosystem.
One of the many baffling aspects of the post-2015/Sustainable Development Goal process is how little research therehas been on the impact of their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals. That may sound odd, given how often we hear ‘the MDGs are on/off track’ on poverty, health, education etc, but saying ‘the MDG for poverty reduction has been achieved five years ahead of schedule’ is not at all the same as saying ‘the MDGs caused that poverty reduction’ – a classic case of confusing correlation with causation.
This paper argues that public sector reform efforts in developing countries should embrace these changes selectively and draw on a range of public management models that are appropriate to different contexts while putting the needs and interests of citizens at the heart of reform.
I am closely following the UN Conference on Financing for Development happening now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and I am thinking of the potentialities and the (hopeful) opportunities that a conference of this caliber can have on a global scale,...
BRUSSELS, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) and its member states must pay more interest in digitalizing their development policies, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium, Alexander De Croo.
With a sigh of relief, negotiators concluded four days of discussion at the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under stormy skies, and among even more stormy confrontations in the negotiation room, a new Addis Ababa Action Agenda was born. But what does it mean for the SDG summit in September, and beyond?
Negotiations on the FFD communique were reportedly very difficult, with breakdowns of trust on all sides. Divisions emerged around two big questions: Who makes key decisions on global development policy, and who pays for the sustainable development goals?
Le Projet d’Appui aux Investissements des Collectivités Territoriales (PAICT) vient de bénéficier d’une véritable bouffée d’oxygène pour sa mise en œuvre. La Coopération Technique Belge (CTB) a mis à la disposition de l’Agence Nationale d’Investissement des Collectivités Territoriales (ANICT) plus de 3 milliards de FCFA.
Le vaccin antipaludisme RTS,S, ou Mosquirix, qui vise à prévenir le risque de paludisme chez les enfants âgés de 6 semaines à 17 mois, a reçu l'avis positif de l'Agence européenne des médicaments (EMA), a fait savoir vendredi GlaxoSmithKline.
Le RTS,S a été inventé et développé dans les laboratoires de GSK en Belgique depuis la fin des années 1980. "Après 30 ans de recherche, il s'agit du premier vaccin approuvé contre la malaria et, plus globalement, contre un parasite", se réjouit Sophie Biernaux, vice-présidente et responsable de la recherche et du développement des vaccins malaria chez GSK.
The Global South is being drained of resources by the rest of the world and it is losing far more each year than it gains. Africa alone loses $192 billion each year to the rest of the world. This is mainly in profits made by foreign companies, tax dodging and the costs of adapting to climate change. Whilst rich countries often talk about the aid their countries give to Africa, this is in fact less than $30 billion each year. Even when you add this to foreign investment, remittances and other resources that flow into the continent, Africa still suffers an overall loss of $58 billion every year. The idea that we are aiding Africa is flawed; it is Africa that is aiding the rest of the world.
Minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking De Croo is terug van de VN-conferentie over financiering voor ontwikkeling. MO* vroeg de minister wat hij de voorbije dagen geleerd heeft. ‘België kan internationaal wegen als het duidelijke keuzes maakt.’
De Braziliaanse steden barsten uit hun voegen terwijl het platteland leeg is en nog verder leeg loopt. De alternatieve landbouwscholen willen daar wat aan doen. Het netwerk van Alternatief Onderwijs voor Landbouwfamilies willen jongeren op het platteland houden en er samen met hen een nieuw toekomstperspectief creëren voor het leven op het land. Een heruitgave van Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogie van de Onderdrukten” anno 2015.
This study by one of the most influential policy-makers in development traces the evolution of the international aid system during the post-World War II period and analyses the potential of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to become a universally accepted platform.
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