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Belgium minister tours mental health facility

Belgium minister tours mental health facility | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The Belgian minister for development co-operation, Jean-Pascal Labille, has visited Ndera Neuro-psychiatric Hospital to assess his government’s contribution to national efforts to boost mental health facilities.
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How much aid money is spent in donor countries? – get the data

How much aid money is spent in donor countries? – get the data | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
OECD rules can be elastic, allowing donors to count a range of spending as aid. It's time to untangle the data, says Claire Provost
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Development data: how accurate are the figures?

Development data: how accurate are the figures? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
'The numbers we use in development, and most of what we think of as facts, are actually estimates. It's time for a data revolution'
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Jean-Pascal Labille et Joseph Kabila confirment la tenue de la commission mixte RDC- Belgique

Jean-Pascal Labille et Joseph Kabila confirment la tenue de la commission mixte RDC- Belgique | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

En visite de travail en République démocratique du Congo, le ministre belge de la Coopération et du Développement, Jean-Pascal Labille, a été reçu hier mercredi 12 février 2014  par le président de la République Joseph Kabila. Au cours cette rencontre, les échanges ont tourné notamment sur les relations entre le Royaume de la Belgique et la RDC, sur le cycle électoral et le processus de paix dans la région des Grands Lacs en général, en RDC en particulier. Le ministre belge de la coopération a d'emblée indiqué que cette visite s'inscrivait dans la suite des trois autres visites de genre qu'il a effectuées en 2013 en République démocratique du Congo.

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No universal health coverage without strong local health systems

No universal health coverage without strong local health systems | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
... in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, WAHO, Be-Cause Health, the Ministry of Health of Senegal and ITM, with the financial support of the Belgian Development Cooperation and the French Muskoka Community Foundation.
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Les députés renforcent la politique de dons de la France

Les députés renforcent la politique de dons de la France | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Les députés ont adopté la première loi française sur le développement.
Une occasion unique d’imposer le débat sur la place des dons dans l’aide
française, aujourd’hui largement dominée par les prêts aux pays en
développement. 
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10 reasons why aid is irreplaceable

Poverty is still widespread, and growth alone cannot eradicate it. So other forms of finance are needed. But does this finance need to be aid? The answer is: yes, some of it does. Effective aid has a unique and important role to play amongst the various possible sources. It cannot be replaced, and should be increased. There are a number of reasons for this.

1. Effective aid can target public services and support private enterprise for poor people.
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L’Afrique décline dans le classement de la liberté de la presse 2014 de Reporter sans frontières

L’Afrique décline dans le classement de la liberté de la presse 2014 de Reporter sans frontières | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Reporter sans frontières (Rsf) vient de publier son classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2014 qui porte sur 180 pays. L'association « souligne la corrélation négative entre les conflits armés et la liberté de l’information » ; les médias constituant « des objectifs et des cibles stratégiques ». De manière globale, Rsf constate un déclin de la liberté de presse dans les parties de l’Afrique en proie à des troubles.
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Future Australia: Development investment not development aid, a new way forward.

In Mozambique BHP Billiton, the world’s largest miner, ran an anti malaria campaign that dropped adult malaria infection from 92% to 5.6%. In the process the improved community health lowered absenteeism in the workforce and improved productivity by an amount higher than the cost of the program. In other words the anti malaria program was profitable! So wouldn’t philanthropic or aid money be better spent in a partnership program rather than a free standing one? Wouldn’t it be better if it was done with real measurable indicators linked to profit? 

Wouldn’t we be better with development investment, not development aid?

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Is Free Care Good for Health?

A recent article shows that removing fees for health care in rural Ghana has no impact on health.  These results are strikingly similar to another recent study that found expanding the US Medicaid insurance program in Oregon also had no impact on physical health (my colleague Victoria Fan and I even wrote a similarly-titled blog about it here – Déjà vu!)
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On accountability under uncertainty

I’m a big fan of accountability when it comes to aid and development. We should be asking if our interventions have impact, and identifying interventions that are effective means of addressing particular development challenges. Of course, this is a bit like arguing for clean air and clean water. Seriously, who’s going to argue for dirtier water or air. Who really argues for ineffective aid and development spending?

Nobody.

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South Africa enters the International Year of Family Farming on a high policy note. Or is it mere electioneering? | BTC blog from Evert Waterloos

South Africa enters the International Year of Family Farming on a high policy note. Or is it mere electioneering? | BTC blog from Evert Waterloos | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The Belgian Development Cooperation supports the South African Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) through the project Participatory Settlement and Development Support to Land Reform Beneficiaries (SAF0601511-PSDS 2011-2015). The emphasis in PSDS lies on piloting better practices of integrated rural development planning and implementation, especially between the provincial and municipal level. Concurrently, support is given to the refinement of and evidence-based feed-back to relevant policy frameworks.

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Décentralisation dans les Territoires palestiniens | BTC blog de Stefanie Deschepper

Décentralisation dans les Territoires palestiniens | BTC blog de Stefanie Deschepper | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Le système d'administration locale des Territoires palestiniens se compose de deux niveaux. Le premier est constitué du ministère central des Autorités locales. Le niveau local, ensuite, est composé d'administrations locales dénommées LGU, pour Local Government Units. Ces administrations locales comprennent aussi bien les administrations municipales et communales que les petits conseils et comités villageois.

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Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation visiting Rwanda

Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation visiting Rwanda | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

 

Mr. Labille’s visit aims at further strengthening bilateral dialogue between the Government of Belgium and the Government of the Republic of Rwanda. It is also an unwavering testimony of the importance Belgium continues to attach to Rwanda.

The aim is equally to prepare for a regional visit Minister Labille will conduct jointly with European Union Development Commissioner Piebalgs early March to draw attention to the Great Lakes region.

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Inequality in post-2015: focus on the targets, not the goals?

Inequality in post-2015: focus on the targets, not the goals? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This paper considers whether creating targets to provide incentives for governments to tackle inequalities in specific areas might be more useful than focusing on a single over-arching goal.
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Should the UK government promote UK businesses in developing countries?

Should the UK government promote UK businesses in developing countries? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
'Given the UK’s desire to improve its trade links by targeting emerging and pre-emerging markets and DFID’s desire to make it easier to do business in developing countries, is this a clear opportunity to promote stronger partnerships and...
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HIV & AIDS Funding: Top 10 Donor Governments

Donor governments increased their contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS slightly from $7.6 billion in 2011 to $7.9 billion in 2012.

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US foreign aid is shrinking and Americans don’t care

US foreign aid is shrinking and Americans don’t care | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
With an improving economy and clean debt ceiling hike, will Obama bring world poverty back to the US agenda? (US development aid dropped in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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Assessing education: have we learnt our lesson?

Assessing education: have we learnt our lesson? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
David Archer: Unesco taskforce report claiming consensus on global education skills is misleading – we may have 250m children in schools, but not all of them are learning
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L'art peut-il inspirer un nouveau développement (écologique) ? BTC blog de Claude Croizer

L'art peut-il inspirer un nouveau développement (écologique) ?  BTC blog de Claude Croizer | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Si l'objet de la coopération au développement est évidemment davantage lié à la lutte contre la pauvreté qu'à la promotion de l'expression culturelle, on peut néanmoins se demander si le développement d'identités artistiques fortes ne pourrait être, en marge des programmes « classiques », une piste à explorer pour valoriser des pratiques, des ressources, des matériaux locaux, pour véhiculer une image positive et moderne du « Sud » et donner envie d'y aller voir. L'art dit « contemporain » reste encore nombriliste, très focalisé sur les productions occidentales, comme si, dans un monde pourtant globalisé, la « modernité » restait l'apanage de certains.

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When development evaluation gets too honest?

When development evaluation gets too honest? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
For anyone who’s ever written a methodology section, treading the thin line between acknowledging limitations and completely undermining the findings….
There should be a development/RCT/M&E version of this:
Dye?
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The Problem with Theory of Change

The Problem with Theory of Change | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
If you are working in the fields of development or governance it’s highly likely that you’ve come across the term “theory of change” (ToC). At a conference a couple of weeks ago, while answering  some questions, I mentioned that I preferred not to use the term. The comment didn’t go unnoticed by some witty observers on Twitter, and I was surprised by the number of people who came to me afterwards asking why I do not “like” theory of change.
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Invisible children: birth registration is a prerequisite for equality

Invisible children: birth registration is a prerequisite for equality | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
More than a third of children are not registered at birth, making it difficult for them to contribute to economic, social and political life. Matt Andrews suggests that a new governance indicator bring change
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Is global food security jeopardised by an old age timebomb?

Is global food security jeopardised by an old age timebomb? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Access to technology or finance could improve and infrastructure developed, but none of these efforts will ensure food security if we do not entice more young people to enter into farming, says Rob Vos
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Rough justice rules in developing world

Rough justice rules in developing world | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Vivek Maru: Around 4 billion people live without the protection of the law, making justice an urgent priority in new development goals
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