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Development Co-operation Report 2013 - Books - OECD iLibrary

Development Co-operation Report 2013 - Books - OECD iLibrary | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) 2013 explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to reduce poverty.
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How are the 'new' donors changing the rules of development cooperation?

How are the 'new' donors changing the rules of development cooperation? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The world of development finance is at a turning point: while the "traditional" donors assembled in the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) still play a dominant role, their portion of the overall volume of concessional development finance...
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Noerine Kaleeba: ‘Ik ben niet gefixeerd op een stukje voorhuid’

Noerine Kaleeba: ‘Ik ben niet gefixeerd op een stukje voorhuid’ | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
'Iedereen is voortdurend op zoek naar een mogelijkheid om het niet over aids te moeten hebben', zegt Noerine Kaleeba, een Oegandese veterane in de strijd voor betere behandeling, zorg en preventie.
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Begin december was Noerine in Brussel op uitnodiging van BTC voor een seminarie over het belang van hiv-preventie en  over de moeilijkheden om marginalisering en stigmatisering van mensen met hiv/aids tegen te gaan.

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In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
On farms in sub-Saharan Africa, where Internet and cell phones are often scarce, an old-school wireless technology is a critical tool.

 

How do you share ideas – including potentially transformative ones – with people who do not have Internet access, are largely illiterate, and live far from paved roads?

Even in today’s hyper-connected world, most farmers in Tanzania – who make up 75 percent of the country’s population of  48 million – have limited interaction with people outside their communities. Ideas, by extension, are slow to travel. Many small-scale farmers use outdated farming techniques when planting and harvesting their land, based on knowledge passed on from their ancestors. They also run the risk of being cheated in the market, if they do not have frequently updated price information for crops. Too often, this means that small-scale farmers experience low crop yields and remain trapped in a vicious cycle of hunger and poverty.

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Political Leadership Essential to Achieving Universal Health Coverage, World Bank and Japan Study Says

Today, the Global Conference on Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth was convened in Japan.

Key policy messages from the country studies indicate that successful UHC adoption and expansion requires:(1) strong political leadership and long-term commitment;(2) equitable coverage; (3) fiscal sustainability of UHC; (4) scaling up the health workforce; and (5) investing in a robust primary care system.

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Unicef: 230m children 'do not exist'

Unicef: 230m children 'do not exist' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The UN children's charity, Unicef, says 230m children worldwide have not had their births registered, making them vulnerable to neglect or abuse.
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Dare to prepare: taking risk seriously

Dare to prepare: taking risk seriously | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In order to be prepared to deal effectively with disasters or crises, preparedness measures need to be put in place before a crisis occurs.

 

The report’s key messages are:

Financing for emergency preparedness is largely nonexistent. Where it does exist, it is complicated, fragmented and piecemeal, especially the international contribution, with an array of separate institutions, mechanisms and approaches determining which parts of the ‘emergency preparedness continuum’ are funded, and in what ways. Financing across the continuum needs to be coordinated.Findings support further investment in emergency preparedness activities, as the benefits far outweigh the costs in terms of reduced caseloads, unit costs of response and disaster losses.Incremental changes to current mechanisms will leave gaps. This report recommends that while there are advantages to enhancing existing financing mechanisms, simply bolstering the existing system is not sufficient, and at the very least a global solution must be considered.

 

  

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Les agricultures familiales, thème majeur pour l’Onu et le Cirad en 2014

Les agricultures familiales, thème majeur pour l’Onu et le Cirad en 2014 | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Les agricultures familiales, thème majeur pour l’Onu et le Cirad en 2014 : L’organisation des Nations-unies a dédié l’année 2014 à l’agriculture familiale.
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Innovate or die: what it takes to transform global health

Innovate or die: what it takes to transform global health | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurs are changing the lives of millions in the developing world, but it is often a lonely and frustrating journey. Ken Banks shares his tips for success for would-be innovators
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To end poverty we also need to ensure equality and sustainability

To end poverty we also need to ensure equality and sustainability | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Erik Solheim: There's more bang for every development buck when reducing poverty also boosts gender equality, health and the environment
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Is Anyone Listening to What Ordinary Africans Think?

“Too often, donors’ decisions are driven more by our own political interests or our policy preferences than by our partners’ needs.”

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These charged words did not come from an energetic NGO arguing for major changes to US development policy.  They were delivered by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a high-level gathering of development officials in late 2011.  Whether she realized it or not, they also gave voice to the seeming disconnect between what ordinary Africans raise as their most pressing problems and where the US government is focusing its scarce development dollars.

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Fragile States Need Extra Help

Fragile States Need Extra Help | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

It is true for Mali and Somalia. But not for Burkina Faso or Kenya. To be labelled a 'fragile state' is not something any country in Africa welcomes. The category implies that a country is unable to borrow on the market and faces stringent conditionalities put in place by international financial institutions such as the World Bank. It carries the stigma of incapacity and lack of progress; of poverty, violence and poor governance.

Despite the welcome news of 'Africa rising', new research shows that ten African states will remain fragile for much longer than previously anticipated.

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Let's Embrace Economic Diplomacy for Sustainable Development - AllAfrica.com

Let's Embrace Economic Diplomacy for Sustainable Development - AllAfrica.com | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Let's Embrace Economic Diplomacy for Sustainable Development AllAfrica.com SOME few days ago, Tanzania hosted a group of businessmen from Belgium, Greece and Italy (BELGREITA) who came to look for business and investment opportunities and learn...
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190,000 happy farmers in a healthy environment - Strengths of the FFS approach in Rwanda

Every day, millions of farmers work in their fields to produce food for home consumption and sale on the market. Most Rwandan farmers have small plots only, so it is important to get the most out of the land.

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IATI passes 200 publishers and continues to grow | International Aid ...

IATI passes 200 publishers and continues to grow | International Aid ... | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The Foundation Center, the leading source of information on philanthropy worldwide,became the 200th organisation to publish information on development spending.
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The mHealth Planning Guide: Key Considerations for Integrating Mobile Technology into Health Programs

The mHealth Planning Guide: Key Considerations for Integrating Mobile Technology into Health Programs | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, mobile health, or mHealth, has emerged as a cutting-edge tool for expanding access to health information and services around the world. mHealth uses mobile and wireless technologies, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and mobile software applications (apps), to achieve health objectives.

Why are a growing number of health programs—and even district and national health systems—turning to these technologies to support their efforts? There are many good reasons to consider using mHealth tools to improve public health. In fact, there are billions of reasons…as in billions of mobile phone users, including some of the poorest people in the world, living in the most difficult settings. Many of these mobile phone users are health workers and their clients who face a range of barriers to accessing health information and services. Sometimes characterized as “underserved” or “marginalized,” there is one way these populations have already been reached—by mobile telecommunications carriers. 

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Conférence « École 2.0 & citoyenneté mondiale : une rencontre créative » - Annoncer la Couleur - Kleur Bekennen

Conférence « École 2.0 & citoyenneté mondiale : une rencontre créative »  - Annoncer la Couleur  - Kleur Bekennen | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

La tablette est un outil de réflexion en classe et met le monde dans la poche des jeunes », c’est notamment sur cette note que Pedro De Bruyckere de la Haute École Artevelde de Gand a ouvert la conférence. Expert dans le domaine de la jeunesse et de l’éducation, il a présenté avec humour les liens entre les nouveaux médias et l’école en tant que nouveaux défis pour les enseignants d’aujourd’hui.

18 ateliers se sont ensuite enchainés au cours de la journée autour de divers thèmes mêlant « école 2.0 » et « citoyenneté mondiale » : Le numérique passe les frontières / Sortir du labyrinthe du droit d’auteur / Ils nous en parlent / Le numérique à l’école en pratique.

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Governance and Fragility: What we know about effective governance programming in fragile contexts

Governance and Fragility: What we know about effective governance programming in fragile contexts | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This booklet reflects the experience of the Within and Without the State (WWS) programme so far, and offers key learning for those working in the area of governance programming in fragile contexts.
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What people want from government - Basic services performance ratings in 34 countries

Across 34African countries1, people'sratings of government performance in providingbasic services--water, sanitation and electricity--are poor and declining.Ratings forhealth and educationare somewhat better, but also declining. Furthermore,largenumbers identify serious shortcomings in these services.Ratings on the handling of HIVand AIDS areexceptions:absolute majorities approve of governments'performances.The findings suggest that whileservice infrastructure such as schools, clinicsand powergrids are necessary for delivering services to people, infrastructure alone does notguarantee effective and high quality services. Africans report major problems with publicservices including inability to access services, the poor state of facilities, and high userfees. Difficulties with access to services as well as negative personal experiences withservice personnel largely shape popular assessments of government performance in thecontinent. The mere presence of service infrastructure such as schools and clinics doeslittle to motivate positive views about government policy performance.
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How do you measure the difficult stuff (empowerment, resilience) and whether any change is attributable to your role?

How do you measure the difficult stuff (empowerment, resilience) and whether any change is attributable to your role? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

In one of his grumpier moments, Owen Barder recently branded me as ‘anti-data’, which (if you think about it for a minute) would be a bit weird foranyone working in the development sector. The real issue is of course, what kind of data tell you useful things about different kinds of programme, and how you collect them. If people equate ‘data’ solely with ‘numbers’, then I think we have a problem.


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Tackling Uganda's lack of school places

Tackling Uganda's lack of school places | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Uganda has one of the world's youngest, fastest-growing populations. How will they get a place in school?

 

It's always good to have your preconceptions punctured.

Uganda, like many sub-Saharan African countries, faces major challenges to build up its education system.

At the most fundamental level it has to provide enough places for one of the world's fastest growing populations. There are more Ugandans under the age of 18 than there are adults.

So when a new type of award-winning school, supported by an international partnership, is being promoted to fill the gap, what is the great leap forward?

Is it the curriculum, the technology, new buildings? What makes it so much better?

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Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty

Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) is the key annual reference document for analysis and statistics on trends in international development co-operation. This year, the DCR explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to end poverty. 

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanised political support for poverty reduction. The world has probably already met the MDG target of halving the share of the population living in extreme poverty (USD 1.25 per day). Yet progress towards the MDGs across countries, localities, population groups and gender has been uneven, reflecting a fundamental weakness in current approaches. As the United Nations and its partners shape a new global framework to take the place of the MDGs in 2015 , they face the urgent challenge of ending poverty once and for all. As this Development Co-operation Report (DCR) makes clear, this will take more than business as usual.

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Is Aid a Waste of Money? blog by Owen Barder

Is Aid a Waste of Money? blog by Owen Barder | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

At a recent book launch, I was on a panel on which we were asked whether we can show that aid is a good use of public money, if the problems it aims to tackle are complex. I replied with a half-remembered statistic, which (now that I have had a chance to look at the numbers) turns out to have been right. It was this:

If you add up all the aid that all OECD countries have given since they started counting it in 1960, and then assume that the only thing that this aid has achieved was the eradication of smallpox, then the whole thing would still be a bargain, costing less than half what the UK National Health Service spends on average to save a life.

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Sénégal : Des paysans font le procès de l’agriculture chimique

L’agro écologie est encore méconnue de beaucoup de Sénégalais. Pourtant de plus ne plus des paysans s’adonnent à cette méthode agricole.


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Cordaid - Board game strengthens cooperation in slum development

Since August, Cordaid has been using board games - Urban Collaboration Game and Urban Planning Game - as tools to stimulate collaboration between local government, communities and private companies in participatory urban planning.
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