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psychiatrist and patient
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.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 30 December 2013
Owen Barder, Senior Fellow and Director for Europe, at the The Center for Global Development attended the session Europe Beyond Aid at the recent European Development Days to present the Commitment to Development Index and to address the question: "do European policies reflect its commitment to development?" In the following interview he examines this question, concluding with what he would like to see changed in the post-2015 development agenda.
actionaid
Domestic resource mobilization is high on the development agenda, and revolves around how developing countries can raise more revenues through their own tax systems and natural resource management. The idea is to create a less aid-dependent, more nationally-accountable, predictable and stable stream of financing for development and poverty eradication.
indigenous woman working land
Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the global population, yet they account for 15% of the extreme poor. This is down to historical subjugation, but also ongoing discrimination – especially when it comes to rights over land and resources. The 2030 Agenda presents opportunities to close the gap and learn from shortcomings of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as to learn from indigenous peoples on matters from community resilience to natural resource management.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 23 August 2017
man building wall
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?”
How to get cities moving: Public transport challenges in developing countries
Public transportation systems could remedy many of the problems faced by major cities in developing countries. But is there a one-size-fits-all solution to implementing them?
Thumbnail updating EU budget support
About a third of the EU’s bilateral cooperation is implemented through budget support – funds provided directly to a country’s treasury to be managed using national systems, conditional on policy dialogue and performance assessment. The EU had recently updated and simplified its Budget Support Guidelines. DEVCO’s Erica Gerretsen outlines the main changes.
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The European Commission has been looking closely at how computer-assisted learning can most seamlessly and effectively be integrated into classrooms to foster educational development. Getting that right needs a sound strategy centred on how teachers and students will use it, experts say.
What Makes a Good Life?
According to organisers of a recent conference in Munich, Europe could learn a lot from the indigenous communities around the world on how to effectively tackle climate change.
Four-fifths of humanitarian crises now last more than five years, which means traditional short-term responses become recurrent and therefore it is important to start thinking long term while responding to immediate needs.
Four-fifths of humanitarian crises now last five years or more, causing traditional short-term responses to become increasingly recurrent. It is therefore important to start thinking long-term while responding to immediate needs.

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