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6 January 2017 reviews the most popular Voices & Views in 2016, which featured a variety of topics including disability, the garment industry, joint programming, extremism, and the new Consensus for Development. 

We’ve selected the most popular Voices & Views from each month. We’re also keen to hear which ones were your favourites and which topics you would like to see covered in 2017. Share your thoughts with us by using the comments box below. 


January: Including Disability in All Aspects of Development

The inclusion of disability in the Sustainable Development Goals is a breakthrough for the billion people around the world who experience some form of disability. The challenge ahead for the EU and its partners is to bring the spirit of the SDGs into the detail of aid programming.

February: An Integrated Environmental Approach to the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals have given the international community and national governments a number of targets and principles – chief among them, to advance an “integrated approach”. But what does this mean in terms of projects, monitoring and stakeholders? Two senior officials from the United Nations Environment Programme share their vision.

March: Rebuilding Women and Communities affected by Violence

This International Women’s Day, we shared stories from those dedicated to helping girls and women affected by violence. We hear from Dr Denis Mukwege about rebuilding women’s bodies and lives after sexual violence in DRC; from Dr Bogaletch Gebre about her campaign to end FGM in Ethiopia; and from Vanna Lawrence about tackling root causes of violence in Jamaica.

April: Do you know where your clothes come from? – Garment Factory Conditions to be Monitored

Following the April 2013 disaster at a garment factory in Bangladesh, the European Commission is promoting health and safety in the global industry, as well as sustainable production, consumption and decent work.

May: Supporting Local Actors in a Challenging Environment

Groups representing citizen interests around the world are under pressure. Funding cuts and restrictive laws are curtailing their freedom to operate. They are calling for EU support to strengthen their position and help them achieve sustainable development on a local level.

June: Joined-up EU Approach to Development Programming

The European Union and its Member States remain the world’s largest aid donor. But recently they began to present a united front, pulling together their combined resources and analysis into a coordinated response to partner countries’ development plans. We look at how this is working in Cambodia, Laos and the Republic of Moldova.


July: Supporting Young Peacebuilders to Counter Extremism

Development gains are easily undermined by rising extremism in fragile contexts. In response, donors are keen to embed elements of CVE, or ‘combatting violent extremism’, in their cooperation programmes. Engaging young people in the projects is crucial, as it is they who are most at risk of recruitment by extremist groups, and they who can build a peaceful future for their countries.


August: How Three Young People are Driving Change Around the World

Young people are not just leaders of the future – they are leaders of today. With more than half the world’s population under 30, the vast majority in emerging and developing economies, young people have a crucial role to play in seeing through the Sustainable Development Goals. Here are initiatives by three young people driving change.


September: The Trade & Development Link

Trade and the private sector are expected to play a crucial role in the Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation, from creating jobs to ensuring that growth benefits the economy and the people, through promoting labour and environmental standards. This article explores views on the extent to which increased trade flows and economic growth can actually benefit the poorest populations. 


October: Measuring the Results of EU Development – A Step towards Accountability with Aggregated Data

The EU together with its Member States is the world’s largest development donor, providing more than half of the total Official Development Assistance (€68 billion) in 2015. Until recently, reporting on results achieved through EU ODA focused on individual programmes and sectors. This summer, the European Commission released the EU International Cooperation and Development first report on Selected Results, which presents aggregate results of development programmes and projects in partner countries.


November: Director-General Stefano Manservisi on the New Consensus for Development

In this interview, Stefano Manservisi, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, sets out what will change in the new EU Consensus for Development, why it is needed, and how development work can respond to global challenges hand in hand with other EU policies.


December: Giving Youth a Future is Key to Rebuilding Somalia

After years of conflict and instability, impoverished Somalia faces a daunting list of development and security challenges. This arid country is vulnerable to famine and disease, the long coastline is a haven for pirates and the militant extremist group al-Shabab remains a potent threat. But when speaking to recently, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Omar Arteh said the most pressing issue of all for his country is addressing the needs of the youth.

DISCLAIMER: This information is provided in the interests of knowledge sharing and capacity development and should not be interpreted as the official view of the European Commission, or any other organisation.

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