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Over the last three years, Marcus Cornaro worked as Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). Before taking up his new post as Head of the European Union Delegation to South Africa, he spoke to capacity4dev.eu about his views on development, the problems we’re facing today in the neighbourhood region, the migratory crisis and his hopes for his new post.
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What obstacles do people – particularly women – face as they move between continents? And how can European countries better integrate migrants into the workforce once they arrive? These were among the issues tackled at the 2017 European Development Days in Brussels last month. But as those reaching the shores of Italy this year already outstrip arrivals for all of 2016, panellists also grappled with the role of development assistance itself.
On Tuesday, the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) welcomed back Stefano Manservisi as its new Director-General. He spoke to Stina Soewarta, DEVCO’s Head of Communication and Transparency, about his visions for DEVCO and the challenges that the DG is currently facing.
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With over 3,500 migrants rescued from the desert and 15,000 assisted in returning home from dire situations across the Central Mediterranean routes, the first year of the EU-IOM joint initiative has yielded substantive results. Here’s what we’ve learned.
Partnership for Prospects
Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development runs a programme that attempts to deliver short-term relief and longer-term development support to Syrian refugees and host communities across the Middle East.
Q&A with Philip Mikos, EU Head of Cooperation in Morocco
Like its North African neighbours, Morocco has long been the gateway into Europe for people from sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, it has also become a country of destination. Head of EU Cooperation Philip Mikos discusses what Member States can learn from Morocco’s experience and explains how the country’s status as a Neighbourhood partner affects its cooperation with the EU on areas from vocational training to gender equality.
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Together with the European Union, UN Women implemented a global programme for women migrant workers from 2014 to 2017. UN Women Programme Manager Inkeri von Hase shares the results and lessons learned, including the vital role of collaborating with national and international stakeholders, and developing women’s capacity to advocate for their rights.
Kristian Schmidt has been working as Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Uganda for almost three years, following many issues including the 2016 elections. In this month’s Views from the Field he discusses the conflict context, and how Uganda has successfully handled an influx of 500,000 refugees from neighbouring countries.
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In November 2016, the EU initiated its largest ever humanitarian scheme, the €348 million Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) in Turkey. ESSN is based on the idea that giving families cash rather than in-kind aid (such as food or blankets) restores some dignity and normality to their lives, as well as acknowledging that they know best what their families need.