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When natural or man-made disasters occur, humanitarian actors need timely and accurate information to plan their course of action. Data, however, isn’t always easy to come by.
Women and data
Digitalisation in humanitarian assistance presents a twofold dilemma. While digital solutions allow humanitarian organisations to better respond to crises, if mismanaged, these same technologies risk exposing intended beneficiaries to violations of their rights.
Today’s humanitarian crises pose unprecedented challenges for the humanitarian and development actors. This includes finding skilled volunteers.
Thanks in part to awareness campaigns like She is We, gender equality has become a key issue for the development community. This is particularly evident among the national development agencies, as many of them have adopted new rules and behaviours to mainstream gender in their everyday work.
Four million Canadians live in a state of food insecurity. Can the country’s new national food policy be the solution?
Rome
The EU‘s longstanding partnership with UN agencies – including the Food and Agriculture Organization – has allowed for marked successes, including the eradication of a virulent livestock disease and the development of global forest mapping technology. We sat down with Willem Olthof, First Counsellor to the EU Delegation in Rome, to look back over 10 years of EU-FAO collaboration.
Earth's ocean
From the ways we lead our lives to the production processes which support them, adopting more sustainable practices is central in ensuring a better future. The United Nation’s One Planet Network was formed in acknowledgment of just how far we have left to go – with the goal of providing a unified direction to achieve sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Volleyball
Despite important investments, educational outcomes in South Africa still have a long way to go. From programmes targeting early-childhood development to life-skill workshops, we discussed EU involvement in the country with Arno Schaefer, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation.
In recent years, an increase in authoritarian regimes and the introduction of restrictive laws have resulted in a shrinking space for civil society in over a hundred countries. Engaging civil society actors at the international level and including their say in development policies can counter these worrying trends.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Mozambique is extremely rich in natural resources. But while the extractive industry provides important revenues for the country’s economic development, it also creates deep social problems.

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