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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, a new legal framework which aims to support the transition process of the Cuban economy and society. 
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 3 March 2017
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 countries, and open questions around accountability when care is provided by the non-government sector. The European Commission funded a study on alternative care systems to inform development cooperation.
In recent years Brazil has filled the news, from hosting the World Cup and Olympic Games, to corruption scandals and most recently the President’s impeachment. Behind these events lies an upper middle income country that is still tackling basic development challenges from human rights to deforestation. João Gomes Cravinho, the European Union Ambassador to Brazil, explains how the delegation addresses these issues in a country where the traditional aid donor relationship no longer applies.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 25 March 2015
“If we can replace the hand hoe with a smartphone as the most common tool in the hands of an African farmer, then we are halfway towards our dream,” said Theo de Jager, President of the Pan African Farmers Organisation and the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions. That dream is to combat poverty in Africa by helping growers make the most of increasingly abundant data on prices, materials and weather.
Since the opening match on 12 June 2014, the world’s eyes have been glued to Brazil as nations follow their teams’ progress through the World Cup. But behind the football lies a middle income country battling many problems including poverty and human rights.
Despite its positive development over the last decade, Latin America still faces challenges in overcoming social inequality. To tackle these discrepancies the EU launched in 2005 a programme of cooperation with Latin American Countries: EUROsociAL.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 24 April 2014
Thinking about the Caribbean, the first image that comes to mind is usually tranquil beaches with white sand and coconut trees. In fact, this diverse region is facing many challenges and changes.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 5 February 2014
At the European Development Days, several leading development and youth organisations came together to organise a session on Young Voices for Inclusive Governance. The panel included two young people, Luciano from Brazil and Jennifer from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who in this Voices & Views have shared their thoughts on why listening to the voice of today’s youth is important.
While industrialised nations have traditionally taken the lead in coordinating development, emerging powers like South Africa, Brazil and India are increasingly assuming a role as providers of technical cooperation, too. Is this a welcome conversion? We’d like your views.
One year after a devastating earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, homes, cities and lives still need to be rebuilt. While the European Union maintains that helping Haiti is a top priority, EU representatives concede the journey to recovery will occupy a generation.

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