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 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.
As soon as the seedlings are ready for planting, women in brightly coloured clothes wrapped at the waist load the new disease resistant varieties of coffee seedlings into the back of a truck. Developed at the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute, these small plants promise to increase coffee production while reducing costs of production for growers across the country and farmers can’t buy up the new coffee plants fast enough.
Last October, Marcus Cornaro left the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) to take up a new post as Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to South Africa. In this interview he shares some of the challenges of working in a graduating country and how South Africa can serve as an example to the region.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 6 August 2014
Imagine being able to gain information instantly about whether a development project is reaching its intended recipients, or where the next cholera outbreak might be, or track the fluctuating wealth of every district in Cote d’Ivoire. These are some of the possibilities of Big Data analysis, where data of increasing volume, velocity and variety is mined for the unprecedented patterns and insights it may yield.
By training informal workers in the waste management industry, the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is helping to formalise waste management economy in Mali, and to generate incomes. 
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 23 May 2013
This year, Africa celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, currently known as the African Union (AU).  The European Union has been working in hand with the AU since its creation and has a Delegation in Addis Ababa dedicated to the partnership. At a recent meeting in Brussels, Head of Operations Section, Joan Nadal-Sastre shared his views on the challenges and opportunities facing this unique Delegation.
African think tanks prove useful in researching, influencing, designing and implementing policies and can therefore be used by development practitioners in project cycles, said Dr Frannie Léautier, Executive Secretary of the  African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), a Zimbabwe-based organisation that supports 39 think tanks in 25 African countries.
EuropeAid supports capacity development of its staff by providing Methodological Training and seminars in subjects ranging from Policy Dialogue to Aid Effectiveness, Budget Support to Green Economy. Trainings and seminars, held in Brussels and in Delegation, are open to EC/EEAS staff and, in some instances, to participants from partner organisations and governments.
The relationship between the European Union (EU) and Tanzania dates back over nearly forty years. The Delegation was opened in Dar Es Salaam in 1976 after the United Kingdom´s accession to the European Community paved the way for the extension of the Europe-Africa cooperation to the Commonwealth countries. Head of the EU Delegation to Tanzania, Mr. Filiberto Ceriani Sebregondi, shares his views on the current priorities of the EU Tanzania cooperation. 
Participants at a high level panel discussion entitled, “Women Entrepreneurship to Reshape the Economy through Innovation in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA)” held during the 2012 European Development Days explored ways to increase women’s participation in the economy.

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