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Prayer beads
Faith is irreducible – but an understanding of the complexities of religion is important to navigate its more practical aspects.
indigenous woman working land
Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the global population, yet they account for 15% of the extreme poor. This is down to historical subjugation, but also ongoing discrimination – especially when it comes to rights over land and resources. The 2030 Agenda presents opportunities to close the gap and learn from shortcomings of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as to learn from indigenous peoples on matters from community resilience to natural resource management.
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.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 3 July 2015
Whether helping to foster democracy in the Middle East, teaching adolescents about sexually transmitted diseases in Russia, or denouncing domestic violence in the Solomon Islands, the links between cultural expression and the development agenda are many and varied.
They might not make global headlines, but for low-lying Pacific islands king tides are an ever-increasing threat. As sea levels rise, the highest tides can have catastrophic effects, particularly when combined with storm conditions.
For the past four years Jean-Baptiste Fauvel has been working in the European Union (EU) Delegation to Burkina Faso as an Energy Programme Manager. Yet he first came to the attention of capacity4dev.eu as one of the winners of last year’s photo competition. A keen observer of the people he works among, he spends his time outside the office researching their languages and context, and building friendships and trust. In doing so, he has uncovered a remarkable story, the little-known history of a community living in the north of Burkina Faso.
The much-debated role of culture in development is highlighted with the launch of a new group on capacity4dev.eu, showcasing thirty-six projects that place culture at the heart of development.
The world passed a collective milestone in October when the planet’s human population topped 7 billion drawing some development professionals to consider the impact of such a large, and in the developing world, increasingly youthful population.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 16 September 2011
A nation’s cultural heritage is part and parcel of understanding a country and its people, according to Webber Ndoro Director of the African World Heritage Fund, who believes many development projects have suffered from lack of cultural awareness and understanding.
In Mali, the music industry is a small but significant driver of economic development bringing in much needed revenue and creating valuable jobs. With stronger political will from national governments and increased donor support, other African countries could follow Mali’s lead and harness the power of culture for economic development.

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