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Girls and boys attending the EDGE workshop in Bangladesh
Since 2012, the British Council’s EDGE programme has trained 16,000 girls from marginalised communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, helping them steer their own future.
The Larger than Tigers report, released by the European Commission in May, presents a synthesis of the challenges facing biodiversity across Asia. Lead author Pete Wood walked us through the report’s main findings.
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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.
Health clinic in Nigeria
Each year, nearly 100 million people find themselves pushed into extreme poverty because of health-related expenditures. Capacity4dev spoke to health programme managers at the EU Delegations to Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and Timor-Leste to find out what each country is doing to address the issue, and how the EU is supporting these processes.
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In November 2016, the EU initiated its largest ever humanitarian scheme, the €348 million Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) in Turkey. ESSN is based on the idea that giving families cash rather than in-kind aid (such as food or blankets) restores some dignity and normality to their lives, as well as acknowledging that they know best what their families need.
Partnership for Prospects
Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development runs a programme that attempts to deliver short-term relief and longer-term development support to Syrian refugees and host communities across the Middle East.
Q&A with Franck Viault, former EU Head of Cooperation in Indonesia
In recent years, Indonesia has graduated out of bilateral EU development assistance. Franck Viault, who recently finished his post as the Delegation’s Head of Cooperation, explains the different projects and programmes and how they’ve been affected by the country’s graduation.
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The financing needs of the SDGs range up to $7 trillion a year – well beyond the reach of traditional development assistance. Donors are looking at ways to leverage their resources by attracting private financing, for example through blending: combining public grants with loans or equity. Is it working, and how can it be done better? Capacity4dev hears from the authors of a recent evaluation of EU blending from 2007-15.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 23 August 2017
man building wall
There was a question posed more than once at this year’s European Development Days in Brussels. Most participants agreed the concept of “resilience” has been widely embraced since a 2012 EU communication on the topic, but many still asked, “resilient to what?”
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 experiences and the impact it’s had on their work.

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