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An intercultural approach is increasingly recognised as a key element in development, especially for a new and more effective relationship with Partner Countries. But how do you get from theory to practice? Staff at the EU Delegation to Laos participated in a pilot course, and share their experiences and the impact it’s had on their work.
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Most countries can finance some kind of social safety net through domestic resources, according to Belgian deputy prime minister and minister for development Alexander De Croo. But he says developing nations often lack the technical knowledge to build sustainable programmes for things like health care, social work and pensions. That’s where European policy experts come in through EU programme Socieux. To mark the launch of the next phase, Socieux+, we hear from participants on both sides of the exchange.
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Depression affects over 300 million people around the world, the majority in lower and middle-income countries. Living in poverty exposes people to a barrage of risk factors for mental illness, and it’s a vicious cycle: people suffering from mental ill-health have a harder time accessing services, securing employment and getting out of poverty. The impact goes far beyond the individual sufferer. In this Voices & Views we look at how development partners can support the integration of mental health in healthcare systems.
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EU bilateral assistance to India is being completed, but cooperation continues on many levels, as Johann Hesse outlines. In this wide-ranging interview the Head of EU Cooperation reflects on lessons learned and the path ahead, including the crucial role to be played by civil society. In neighbouring Bhutan, he considers the impact of the country’s Gross National Happiness approach; and outlines EU support in areas from public financial management to climate change adaptation.
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Together with the European Union, UN Women implemented a global programme for women migrant workers from 2014 to 2017. UN Women Programme Manager Inkeri von Hase shares the results and lessons learned, including the vital role of collaborating with national and international stakeholders, and developing women’s capacity to advocate for their rights.
Improving intra-African trade is increasingly on the radar as a crucial factor in the continent’s sustainable development, and donors are getting involved to support public-private dialogue and provide technical assistance. We hear from TradeMark East Africa’s Annette Mutaawe Ssemuwemba on reducing barriers to trade, ensuring sustainability, and the impact this work is having for women traders.
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Countries affected by conflict and fragility receive 64% of global aid, but it’s too often spent on fire-fighting, rather than the underlying causes of fragility, according to OECD experts. Capacity4dev hears from the authors of the latest OECD States of Fragility report about their new methodology for defining fragility, findings and recommendations.
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The Agenda 2030 called for a fresh approach to trade, investment and the private sector as key components in sustainable development, and attracting long-term investment from the European private sector in partner countries is one important element. We hear from Rodrigo Romero van Cutsem, Programme Officer at the EU Delegation to Tanzania, about a two-year-old platform for dialogue and exchange between the local and European private sector, government and development partners.
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Classed as a lower middle income country, Cambodia is a growing economy that is still marked by its history, notably the Khmer Rouge period. In the first of a new monthly series of articles featuring interviews with EU Delegations Heads of Cooperation, Fiona Ramsey shares best practice examples of the Cambodian Delegation’s work on joint programming and budget support, as well as advice for other delegations thinking of using these tools.
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A crucial element in creating an inclusive education system is training its teachers – which is where the bulk of the EU’s budget support for education in South Africa goes. One teacher education programme in Soweto is experimenting with a new model, bringing primary school children onto a university campus. It creates a much-needed quality primary school in an under-served area, and bridges theory and practice for the student teachers.

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