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Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 8 February 2011
Development is a complex business but it should not be tackled in isolation from the political dynamics in a country or context. And that’s why development practitioners would be advised to embrace the Political Economy Analysis, according to experts.
The broadly worded South-South policy recommendations, signed off at the recent international event in Bogota, reflect a cautious step towards an international consensus.
The EDD attracts 6000 people and 1500 organisations, eager to take part and meet other stakeholders. It is Europe's premiere forum on international affairs and development cooperation.
How can you use a barometer to measure the temperature? You can’t and that’s the point: Selecting the right metrics near the outset of a public policy programme is one of the keys to properly measuring impact, according to a new guide.
Created in 1947 from the partition of the Indian sub-continent, Muslim-majority Pakistan has been marked by regional conflicts and political upheaval. Jean-François Cautain, EU Ambassador to Pakistan, shares his experience working in the country and outlines the EU’s priorities, including education, rural development and governance.
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.
Gary Quince, who is nearing the end of his five years heading the EU Delegation to the African Union, shares his experiences and discusses the EU's support to the AU, touching on the gap between optimistic treaties and their implementation, joint programming and engaging with the private sector. 
The European Commission has opened a public consultation addressing civil society organisations to contribute to the future EU policy on "Civil Society Organisations in Development Cooperation".  Kristian Schmidt, Director of Human and Society Development at EuropeAid, comments on the need for improved dialogue at various levels to realise the new role foreseen for civil society organisations.
Communist Laos began opening up to the world in the 1990s, joining ASEAN and trading with the EU under the ‘Everything but Arms’ scheme. Yet the largely rural population remains poor and development challenges abound. Michel Goffin, Head of Mission in the EU Delegation to Laos, outlines issues from governance to geography, shares successful projects which could be replicated, and discusses working towards an exit strategy by building the government’s capacity.
The European Development Days drew more than 5000 participants to Brussels this week for debate and discussion on how to improve development outcomes. We took a small camera to the floor to ask people what they thought the priorities should be in the framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals. 

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