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What kind of issues and challenges do teachers face in developing countries? What forms of support can help address them? Join our discussion and share your views.
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Access to quality education is vital for sustainable and equitable development. What strategies have some EU Delegations employed in helping partner countries address the major challenges to achieving SDG4?
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Despite important investments, educational outcomes in South Africa still have a long way to go. From programmes targeting early-childhood development to life-skill workshops, we discussed EU involvement in the country with Arno Schaefer, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation.
In March, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) organised a workshop to assess progress and share practices and challenges to eradicating child labour from cocoa production.
Joblessness is a longstanding challenge for South Africa where the unemployment rate is 26% - officially. Off the record it’s closer to 40%, according to Milly Chesire at the EU Delegation in Pretoria, and hits 70% among historically disadvantaged persons (HDPs). This group is made up of black South Africans, women and people with disabilities, and it is these people the EU is helping the South African government to reach with funding for small and medium-sized enterprises via the Risk Capital Facility. Capacity4dev visited Americandy, a confectionary business in Johannesburg, to see how it works.
After years of conflict and instability, impoverished Somalia faces a daunting list of development and security challenges. This arid country is vulnerable to famine and disease, the long coastline is a haven for pirates and the militant extremist group al-Shabab remains a potent threat. But when speaking to capacity4dev.eu recently, Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Omar Arteh said the most pressing issue of all for his country is addressing the needs of the youth.
In much of the developed world, most work is formal – people pay taxes and social security contributions granting them access to health care, social benefits, and legal protection to enforce their workers’ rights. But in the developing world, informal work is the norm and protecting informal sector workers’ rights – whether that’s their right to fair pay and working conditions or protection from abusive labour practices – can be difficult.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an important tool for a country’s social and economic advancement. It offers an alternative educational path for youths and adults who wish to grow professionally, and at the same time provides qualified manpower needed across all sectors of the economy. 
The inclusion of disability in the Sustainable Development Goals is a breakthrough for the billion people around the world who experience some form of disability. Four-fifths live in developing countries, and although they are amongst the poorest, they often find their needs ignored by local governments and aid programmes alike. The challenge ahead for the EU and its partners is to bring the spirit of the SDGs into the detail of aid programming.
A study of five social protection projects in South Asia has found they struggled to create transformative change, and were unable to tackle the persistent discrimination driving poverty and social exclusion.

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