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One of the major impediments to developing programmatic action against micronutrient deficiency among women of reproductive age has been the lack of adequate indicators. MDD-W is an attempt to fill that gap.
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Climate change affects everyone – from villagers in the most remote parts of the world, to metropolitan heads of government and private sector leaders. Amid a changing political landscape and an increase in climate impacts, dialogue and collaboration are needed more than ever to make a lasting difference.
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Over two years since the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone has seen modest recovery while continuing to struggle with the legacy of its civil war. EU Head of Cooperation, Thierry Cozier, discusses the challenges of addressing food insecurity, corruption and revenue generation.
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The EU Delegation has played a prominent role in Mali’s recovery as one of a group of international donors who together pledged €615 million to support the country. Cécile Tassin-Pelzer, who recently finished her posting to Mali as Head of Cooperation, discusses the EU delegation’s key projects and how foreign donors can best operate in a fragile state whose multiple problems increase the complexity of cooperation.
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There was a question posed more than once at this year’s European Development Days in Brussels. Most participants agreed the concept of “resilience” has been widely embraced since a 2012 EU communication on the topic, but many still asked, “resilient to what?”
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Burkina Faso’s population is set to double within 20 years, bringing a host of development challenges. Head of EU Cooperation Thierry Barbé discusses how the EU is supporting the government on areas from green energy to justice, and reflects on regional cooperation on resilience through the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
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The EU spends about €100 million on development cooperation in Kenya each year, focusing on resilience to climate change, infrastructure and governance. EU Head of Cooperation Erik Habers discusses capacity-building for drought resistance, financing a new wind farm through blending, and the value of evaluations.
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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.
Alleviating the effects of drought requires more than food and water. The Somalia Resilience Program was founded after the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa, in which a quarter of a million people died, half of them children under five. Research showed that pastoral families with alternative income or assets lose fewer animals in a drought than those without. So the group encouraged local women to join Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs).
Emerging from over two decades of conflict and instability, in May 2002 the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste became the 21st century’s first new sovereign state. Since then the country’s government – with assistance from the international community – has worked hard to lay the groundwork for development. In this month’s Views from the Field we hear from both the EU Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Sylvie Tabesse, and Hernâni Coelho, Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister, as they discuss Timor-Leste’s successes and remaining challenges. 

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