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Trucks overloaded with everything from cement to oil through rice and sugar crawl along West Africa’s road network, as the roads beneath their wheels crumble under the strain.
If you have ever been to Honduras, you will know that it is one of the greenest countries in Central America. Forestry has had a long history there and continues to be an important source of energy for the impoverished rural population, as well as maintaining a biologically diverse ecosystem. Over 50 percent of the country is covered in forests, which are also home to indigenous peoples.
Malnutrition is a social and economic issue that impacts on the economic potential of developing countries. Public-Private Partnerships can play a critical role in fighting malnutrition and ensuring effective action on the ground.
All too often, the countries in Africa that nature has endowed with the most economically valuable resources have also struggled with devastating instability and conflict: A paradox that the African Union and European Commission wish to see ended though strong emphasis on democratic accountability and capacity development.
A recent two day planning and knowledge exchange workshop to address institutional change gave a boost to the implementation of the Comprehensive Institution Building Programme, bringing together some 25 colleagues from EuropeAid headquarters and representatives from European Union delegations in five of the six eastern partnership (EaP) countries.
Lack of transparency in extractive industries like oil, gas or mining has put the brakes on development in resource-rich countries and exacerbated poor governance, according to campaigners in Ghana where a new initiative is encouraging greater disclosure.
The European Union delegation’s support for the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs has become a triple shot. Benedikt Madl, Programme Manager for Trade at the EU delegation to the Philippines, explains.
The European Commission’s trade related technical assistance programme in the Philippines has been a notable success and the context and timing of interventions have played an important role, according to Nick Taylor from the European Union Delegation in Manila.
From the viewpoint of one Ukrainian government manager, a new element of a European Union programme aimed at its “Eastern Partnership” initiative is easing coordination of institutional development (ID), but political support is needed for overall success.