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What would happen if everyone gave €1 a year for development cooperation? Citizens from Coulaines, a commune in France, are showing what’s possible: they have helped bring water to 15,000 people in their twin-town Kouré, some 5,000 km away in Niger.
 When you think about development challenges, a lack of trained accountants might not immediately come to mind. Yet poor public sector financial management is often at the root of patchy service delivery in other sectors, from health and education to transport. South Africa recognised this underlying issue, and with EU support embarked on a capacity development programme.
In Senegal, the Forum Civil has established a citizen-led "good governance" label that rewards local authorities for giving citizens value for money. This innovative approach could prove to be decisive to decentralised Senegalese local authorities by assisting them to become more effective service providers.
Rather than corruption being seen as something inherently negative, it should be understood as a practice embedded in the everyday elements of a society, according to a study on everyday corruption in Africa.
Seniors receive a state pension at the age of 70 in Lesotho, Southern Africa. But in a country with an average life expectancy of 44, is this a social protection scheme worth applauding? Yes, says Giorgia Giovannetti, Scientific Director of the 2010/2011 European Report on Development.
The government of Morocco is engaged in an ambitious programme of public sector reform. Some eight years into the programme, experience shows that such reform is time consuming and requires cross-ministerial support and robust regulation to be successful, writes Pierre Hennebert, E4 EuropeAid in a new report.