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  1. The Poverty Gap: A Political and Development Issue

    In a new book entitled “Reducing Inequalities: A Sustainable Development Challenge”, presented at the EuropeAid InfoPoint on 28 May 2013, scholars and development specialists argue that bridging the gap between the rich and the poor is a factor of development, and therefore a crucial question to...
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  2. EU Delegation to Laos: Piloting an Intercultural Approach

    An intercultural approach is increasingly recognised as a key element in development, especially for a new and more effective relationship with Partner Countries. But how do you get from theory to practice? Staff at the EU Delegation to Laos participated in a pilot course, and share their...
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  3. "Joint Programming boosts focus, cooperation and visibility"

    Development programmes always strive to be as effective as possible – one way of achieving efficiency is to combine the strengths of all partners working in the sector. A recent evaluation of EU Joint Programming has shown that this policy mechanism offers many advantages.
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  4. No Peace without Development: EU-UN Cooperation in Fragile Countries

    “One of the most important messages that I have today is that we need to understand that the life of a conflict is much longer than it seems on the surface. That’s why we have to listen to the first signs. Whether it is a conflict, a disease, or a humanitarian crisis. We pay such a huge price of...
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  5. The Development Progress Project: Learning from Implementing the MDGs

    Development Progress is a four-year research project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and executed by the UK-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI).  It aims to measure, understand and communicate where and how development progress has happened to better inform policy...
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  6. Views from the Field: In Conversation with the Head of Mission in Laos

    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...
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  7. Views from the Field: In Conversation with the EU Ambassador to Pakistan

    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...
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  8. Government Ownership Key to Successful EU Support to the Philippines

    The European Commission’s experience in the Philippines in recent years has been marked by strong country ownership of development programming and implementation. This hands-on approach has proved to be a decisive factor in achieving effective aid interventions and could offer lessons for other...
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