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  1. Matter for the SDGs - ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

    Sand, gravel and salt may have a low price per tonne, but their value for domestic development and their potential for local employment creation is significant, especially when compared to the more talked about minerals like copper and gold. With 70% of the world’s population expected to live in...
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  2. Views from the Field: in Conversation with the EU Ambassador to Cuba

    Herman Portocarero became the EU's first fully-fledged ambassador to Cuba in July 2012. In Havana he oversees development cooperation as well as political, trade and investment links. He spoke to Capacity4dev shortly before the EU and Cuba signed a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement...
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  3. Towards the Right Care for Children

    Millions of children around the world grow up in residential facilities despite not being orphans, and many more in ‘alternative care’ within their wider families or communities. There is worrying evidence of care systems’ failure to protect children’s rights in developing and middle-income...
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  4. EU Risk Capital Facility - Helping SMEs Create Jobs in South Africa

    Joblessness is a longstanding challenge for South Africa where the unemployment rate is 26% - officially. Off the record it’s closer to 40%, according to Milly Chesire at the EU Delegation in Pretoria, and hits 70% among historically disadvantaged persons (HDPs). This group is made up of black...
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  5. Teaching teachers – an innovative primary school set-up in Soweto

    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...
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  6. Leveraging EU Businesses for Development in Tanzania

    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...
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  7. MEP Interview: Working Towards Change

    Following a critical report from the European Court of Auditors in 2007 on how the Commission delivers technical cooperation, EuropeAid embarked on a programme of reform.
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  8. Technical Assistance: Too Much of the Wrong Thing?

    In war-torn Afghanistan, technical assistance has been the standard recipe for getting quick results in a situation with limited government capacity. It has at best been a double edged sword, write Micha Ramakers and Nils Boesen after a recent learning event on technical cooperation in the capital...
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  9. Improving Performance Measurement in the Social Sectors

    There are abundant stories about over-ambitious targets and badly chosen indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks. So should we do away with PAFs as instruments for sector capacity development? No, says Willem Cornelissen from the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and...
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  10. South-South Cooperation Moving to Centre Stage

    South-South Cooperation is moving up the international aid effectiveness agenda. Colombia is hosting a high-level event on South-South Cooperation and capacity development in March 2010. Capacity4dev.eu will follow the debate up to that event and gives a first overview in this article.
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  11. EC Procedures Prove Weighty in Suriname

    Development cooperation between the European Commission and the Government of Suriname has hit a rocky patch of late. But the small South American nation is forging ties with the Asian economic giant, China that could offer some alternatives to the EC’s technical cooperation, according to Volker...
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  12. Mapping of European Commission's Technical Cooperation

    As part of the Backbone Strategy, EC Delegations have screened ongoing and forthcoming technical cooperation operations and PIUs against key quality criteria. A mapping grid has been sent to Headquarters by Delegations at the end of January 2009. A consolidated picture of technical cooperation...
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  13. A Tale of Two Crises

    The worst of the global financial crisis may have passed, but could a sovereign debt crisis follow in its wake? This tale of two crises is still to play out, according to the World Bank’s Carlos Braga.
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  14. EU Restates Commitment to Tackling Corruption

    The European Commission has restated its commitment to tackling corruption, both within member states and in partner countries that benefit from EC assistance, as a recent report found that most Europeans consider graft a major problem in their country.
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  15. The Story of an Institution

    A A new series by the United Nations Development Programme aims to detail institutional transformations, at the national and local level, which have been led and driven by the institutions themselves. Many of the featured institutions have received support from UNDP at the country level...
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  16. Technical Cooperation and Spain's EU Presidency

    With the start of the New Year, Spain assumed the presidency of the European Union. During Spain’s six-month term the EU is set to implement a framework that includes measures on technical cooperation for enhanced capacity development and the new presidency has already thrown the spotlight on the...
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  17. Spain's Practice in Technical Cooperation

    As the new holder of the European Union presidency, Spain is taking a hands-on approach to shaping the use of technical cooperation for capacity development (see related article). So what’s Spain’s track record in this area?
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  18. Time to Learn and Act

    As a high level meeting on South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development approaches, there is a growing push to get from talking to walking.
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  19. Citizens Become Actors in the Fight Against Corruption

    The European Commission's support to Transparency International's Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres provides an encouraging example of capacity building of civil society organisations and an imaginative approach to how citizens can play an active role in the fight against corruption...
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  20. Quake Disaster Shouldn't Detract from Long-term Objectives

    Haiti is still reeling from a devastating earthquake, but its leaders don’t want the humanitarian relief operation to detract from the country’s long-term development objectives and the Commission has offered its support, according to top officials.
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  21. It Takes More Than a Computer

    Cars, computers and formal training may often be requested as part of a public sector reform programme, but it’s changes in the behaviour and mindsets of people that produce lasting results, according to a recent blog post by World Bank experts.
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  22. Embracing Technical Cooperation Reform in ACP Countries

    The European Commission's reform of technical cooperation, has become an integral part of the EC's work, according to Gary Quince, EuropeAid's Director for African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries. It was only a couple of years ago that Mr Quince, like many Commission staff, first...
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  23. TC Reform in the European Neighbourhood

    Marcus Cornaro, who heads the Directorate for the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument, wants to see Technical Cooperation reform integrated at every stage of the project cycle in the European neighbourhood. To achieve this, twinning arrangements with experts from the civil service in European...
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  24. Champagne for 1000th Member

    Capacity4dev has reached another milestone. Our 1,000th subscriber, Luca Pitrone, signed up this week, winning a bottle of champagne. Mr Pitrone, a secretary in AIDCO's unit E6 (Natural Resources), expects to use capacity4dev daily. “It’s like Facebook, but for work purposes,” said Mr Pitrone...
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  25. The Dutch and Danish Debate the Future of Aid

    Development assistance is once again the focus of intense debate. This time the discussion is in the Netherlands and Denmark, respectively, but the relevance of their deliberations goes beyond the borders of their two countries.
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  26. The Challenge of Being ‘Backbone-minded’

    How can we bring the principles of the Backbone Strategy on Technical Cooperation Reform into supporting infrastructure programmes? How can we be Backbone-minded? These were the themes of a recent internal session at EuropeAid headquarters. AIDCO Unit E7, which is in charge of quality assurance on...
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  27. Enhancing Agricultural Performance – An Inside Job

    In Zambia, the European Commission is set to play a secondary role, supporting the government’s Performance Enhancement Programme in agriculture and livestock. The driving force of the programme is to come from the ministries themselves.
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  28. Assessing Organisational Capacity

    What should an assessment of organisation capacity look at? There is no right answer – those involved have to decide for themselves. But here is a tool to help you do precisely that.
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  29. Zambia: TC Reform on the Rocks?

    Making technical cooperation more effective cannot be separated from making all Commission support effective and this requires profound changes in how EuropeAid operates, writes Nils Boesen after an intense and productive learning event about technical cooperation in Lusaka, Zambia.
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  30. Where Is My Dough? A Fun Tune with A Serious Message

    "Know where your dough is!" is the catchy refrain of this serious-minded jingle. Dominican Republic civil society groups, with support from the European Commission, have come together around a colourful campaign that urges citizens to press their local authorities to spend national cash...
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  31. In Search of Accountability, Effectiveness and Impact

    A World Bank workshop, with participation from the European Commission, is underway in Washington DC to analyse the effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies. Fighting corruption has become a mainstay of international development support. Every year millions of euros are spent understanding and...
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  32. Quality Support Reviews Produce Early Lessons

    Since January, European Commission Delegations have been required to complete Quality Assessment Grids in addition to Action Fiches for technical cooperation support operations in the QSG process. The first samples arriving for review at headquarters offer some interesting lessons on the ongoing TC...
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  33. I do? You do? We do?

    Who should call meetings, lead capacity assessments or mobilise consultants and monitor their progress? Get help to find the right answer to these questions and more in another tool from the Toolkit for Capacity Development.
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  34. Donors Need Capacity Building, Too

    For Ramesh Singh, Chief Executive of international charity ActionAid, building capacity doesn’t just mean teaching and enabling partners to do things better. It also means addressing donors’ capabilities and in particular, donors’ capacity to understand their partners’ abilities and listen to their...
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  35. Good Public Services Depend on Strong Demand

    For Antoine Sawadogo, President of Citizenship Laboratory and former Ministry of Territorial Administration in Burkina Faso, building the capacity of local actors is a prerequisite for successful decentralisation in West Africa. It also implies enhancing users' capacity to formulate demand for...
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