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Why beekeepers need to know about prices, taxes and marketing | BTC Tanzania

Why beekeepers need to know about prices, taxes and marketing | BTC Tanzania | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Good honey deserves a good price – Since 2007 the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources help beekeepers in the Kigoma region, Western Tanzania. The quality of the honey produced in the region has been improved. Beekeepers in Kigoma are now capable of producing high-quality honey and of packaging and labelling it.

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Five Questions Answered on Africa’s Rising Economic Growth

Five Questions Answered on Africa’s Rising Economic Growth | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
There has been a lot of talk about Africa’s rising economic prosperity and whether it is sustainable and deeply rooted in reducing extreme poverty across the continent. So, I sat down to answer some basic fundamental questions that I often get asked about Africa’s growth and development.  Amadou Sy answers five fundamental questions often asked about Africa's economic growth and development.
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Anatomy of a killer fact: the world’s 85 richest people own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion

Anatomy of a killer fact: the world’s 85 richest people own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

How did we come to this figure? It’s a simple calculation. And yet it required a lot of work.

First, we didn’t design the statistic to shock, as some commentators have argued. What’s shocking is the concentration of wealth around the world – that’s a fact. Instead, we studied a series of available databases on income and wealth and analysed the trends. That fact captured the attention but we did plenty more data work with alternative sources. All of them pointed to the same results: since 1980 or so, concentration of income and wealth has been increasing and is now at remarkably high levels.

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The rare art of cheese-making in DR Congo

The rare art of cheese-making in DR Congo | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Cheese-making has been practised since 1975 in one area of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A hillside village in the Democratic Republic of Congo is an unlikely site for the production of fine cheese. But here, one man continues a legacy started by Belgian priests in 1975.

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Donors cut aid to basic education, focus on future trade-UNESCO

Donors cut aid to basic education, focus on future trade-UNESCO | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
UNESCO official calls on donors not to cut aid for basic education in poorest countries, where primary school enrolment is as low at 8 percent (Is investing in trade better than investing in education for international aid?
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Mise en place d’un programme des bourses en faveur d’ONG locales en RDC

Radiokapi.net: Un nouveau programme des bourses en faveur des membres d’ONG qui développent des projets dans le secteur de l’agriculture, pêche et élevage est publié par la Coopération Technique Belge (CTB) à Kinshasa depuis le 23 janvier 2014.


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How open data is changing international aid

How do we make sure that development and aid money actually goes to the people who most need it? Sanjay Pradhan of the World Bank Institute lays out three guidelines to help relief efforts make the most impact -- while curbing corruption.
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An urban dimension in a new set of development goals

An urban dimension in a new set of development goals | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This paper explores how an urban dimension could be incorporated in a new development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015.
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Empowering girls is about rights, not just economics

Empowering girls is about rights, not just economics | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Tanya Barron: It is only through championing a rights argument that we can make a sustained and effective effort for girls and women
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SNV joins the Practitioners' Network for European Development Cooperation

SNV joins the Practitioners' Network for European Development Cooperation | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The Practitioners’ Network is a platform for exchange of experience and good practice among European development agencies and institutions with a public mandate. By joining the European network SNV aims to share knowledge and experience with other European implementing counterparts such as GIZ (Germany), DFID (UK), BTC (Belgium) and LuxDev (Luxembourg).

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Aid Amnesia

Aid Amnesia | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.n the latest installment of this endless and tiresome debate over aid, Jeff Sachs struck back this week at my recent article entitled the "Aid Debate is Over." (Spoiler: In the piece I argue that he lost the argument.) What's remarkable, however, is that Sachs' recent retaliation in Foreign Policy takes very little from his previous writings about aid. These omissions seem to imply his own retreat from the original debate about Big Aid and Big Results.
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Bill Easterly's last answer to Jeffrey Sachs

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Hô Chi Minh-Ville et la Belgique renforcent leur coopération

Hô Chi Minh-Ville fera de son mieux pour renforcer sa coopération avec la Belgique, notamment dans l'économie.Appréciant le développement et les réalisations importantes du Vietnam, Johan Vande Lanotte a affirmé que son gouvernement prenait toujours en haute estime sa coopération avec le Vietnam.

Il s'est intéressé également à des projets et plans de développement des infrastructures à Hô Chi Minh-Ville
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Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media

Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The issue of 'development' is normally one that is discussed by social scientists and policy makers, but development also has a wider 'popular' dimension: it can be understood through studying literature, films, television and other non-conventional forms of representation such as blogs and social media.

 

This talk, and the book on which it is based, connects the effort to build a more holistic understanding of development through an exploration of its rendering informs of popular culture such as novels, documentaries and films, which should be regarded as useful and unique complements to (not empirical substitutes for) formal social science.

 

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Les Marocaines, libres mais pas trop...

Les Marocaines, libres mais pas trop... | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Dix ans après la réforme du code de la famille, les nouveaux acquis des Marocaines font l'objet d'un assez large consensus. Mais le chemin vers une pleine égalité des sexes est encore long.
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What Next for Mali? Four priorities for better governance in Mali

What Next for Mali? Four priorities for better governance in Mali | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The 2013 elections helped to restore constitutional order in Mali and marked the start of a period of hope for peace, stability and development. The challenge is now to respond to the Malian people's desire for improved governance.

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Africa region faces 'food crisis'

Africa region faces 'food crisis' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The UN has appealed for more than $2bn to care for 20 million "food insecure" people across Africa's Sahel belt, an impoverished area that includes Sudan and Central African Republic.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says conflicts in these countries and elsewhere meant the situation for many was still desperate.

The belt is a semi-arid area stretching from the Atlantic east to the Red Sea.

Donors gave just over 60% of the $1.7bn the UN appealed for for Sahel in 2013.

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Women's rights country by country - interactive

Which countries have laws preventing violence? Which legislate for gender equality? And which countries allow abortion? Using World Bank and UN data we offer a snapshot of women's rights across the globe
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Sachs and Easterly Join Forces to Condemn Mediated Peace Process

Sachs and Easterly Join Forces to Condemn Mediated Peace Process | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Leading development economists Jeff Sachs and Bill Easterly came together today to condemn the ongoing attempt by peace brokers to resolve the pair’s differences in the interests of the broader development project.
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Key Busan challenges and contributions to the emerging development effectiveness agenda

Key Busan challenges and contributions to the emerging development effectiveness agenda | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
As the fourth High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (HLF-4) draws nearer, this Background Note outlines the changing global development context and discusses results to date in implementing the aid effectiveness (AE) agenda.
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Blog series: measuring progress in the quality of life of the urban poor

Blog series: measuring progress in the quality of life of the urban poor | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Almost 1 billion people currently live in slums, and this number is expected to grow by nearly 500 million by 2020 - for the post-2015 agenda, it is vital that we ensure progress is reaching the most marginalised.
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Un nouveau programme de bourses entre la RDC et la Belgique

Le vice-ministre de la Coopération Internationale et Régionale, Dismas Mangbengu Swana Emin a procédé jeudi 23 Janvier à Kinshasa, au lancement du programme de renforcement des capacités organisationnelles par l’octroi de bourses  en RDC financé par le Royaume de Belgique à hauteur de 11.765.065 (onze millions sept cent soixante cinq milles soixante cinq) Euros pour une période de 42 mois.

Les parties belge et congolaise ont signé, en mars 2013, une convention portant sur la mise en œuvre de ce nouveau programme des bourses, a rappelé le vice-ministre qui consiste à octroyer des bourses pour une formation à une personne ou à un groupe de personnes dans le cadre d’un renforcement des capacités de la structure dont elles sont issues. 

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10 reasons why 2014 is the year for family farming

10 reasons why 2014 is the year for family farming | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Family farming is a central piece of the agenda for African transformation.
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Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow

Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
As governments face up to food security challenges by focusing on production, they must learn that not all agricultural policies are nutrition-enhancing, says Jeff Waage
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Dazzled in Davos: What Bill Gates Forgot to Mention

At the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the founder of Microsoft and leading global philanthropist Bill Gates, along with his wife Melinda, released the 2014 Gates Annual Letter “3 Myths That Block Progress for the Poor”.  In the letter, Gates notes that, since 1960, more than a billion people have risen out of extreme poverty.  He then goes on to make this bullish prediction:

“By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world… Every nation in South America, Asia, and Central America (with the possible exception of Haiti), and most in coastal Africa, will have joined the ranks of today’s middle income nations.”

 

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Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

Hans Rosling explains a very common misunderstanding about the world. CC by www.gapminder.org
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