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Emerging democracies - rising to the challenge

Emerging democracies - rising to the challenge | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Are wealthy countries wealthy because they are developed, or because they are democratic? This ODI Briefing investigates this key question, outlining how emerging democracies can deliver for developing countries – despite the messy, complex, and uncertain processes involved in their consolidation.
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How Obama Can Make His Africa Trip Worthwhile

How Obama Can Make His Africa Trip Worthwhile | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Forget the presidential pageantry. It's time for the U.S. to engage Africa as an economic partner. On June 26, Barack Obama is making his first trip to Africa as America’s president. It’s questionable whether the trip is worth it—and not just because, as the Washington Post guesstimated, the trip’s price tag is as high as $100 million, including costs for fighter jet coverage as the First Family tours around. (That’s equivalent to two months of government health spending in Tanzania, a country of 46 million people.) A week of presidential visits to Robben Island and glad-handing local leaders will mean little if the U.S. doesn’t change policies to engage with the region more seriously.

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Looking at ways to improve EU support to democratic processes.

Using aid as the main incentive for democratic reform is not enough and real entrenched democratic values can only be achieved by employing a whole range of economic and diplomatic means, say experts.
Panellists at a recent event in Brussels gave a number of recommendations on how the European Union might have more success in supporting democracy in Partner countries, including setting more realistic goals and dropping its reliance aid only.

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L'Afrique au défi de la démocratie?

L'Afrique au défi de la démocratie? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

 Alors que l'Europe est à la peine, et malgré un contexte international déprimé, le rapport "Perspectives Économiques en Afrique 2013" prévoit cette année une croissance supérieure à 7% pour 12 économies africaines.

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Why Western attempts, genuine though they may be, to promote democracy in poor countries in anti-democratic

Why Western attempts, genuine though they may be, to promote democracy in poor countries in anti-democratic | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Why Western attempts, genuine though they may be, to promote democracy in poor countries is anti-democratic As I write this article, a debate is raging in America on gun ownership – indeed it has been raging for generations. Every other day, there is carnage in America. Some crazy person grabs a gun and goes on a shooting and killing rampage – in a school, kindergarten, train station, shopping mall or church.

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Why creating openness is a challenge for all governments

Why creating openness is a challenge for all governments | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
One of the most moving moments at last week's Open Government Partnership conference, where the representatives of over 50 countries gathered to pledge their commitment to open and transparent government, was when Yemeni editor and anti-censorship activist Walid al-Saqaf, said he wanted his 11-year-old daughter to be a journalist – and to be safe.

 

Saqaf said secrecy, corruption and nepotism had been part of the daily habits of the former regime in Yemen, under former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted in February. He said the countries involved in the Arab spring face a huge challenge to overturn this embedded culture of secrecy to create more transparent, open government.

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