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A woman works on registration procedures
With over a billion people unregistered and lacking proper identification globally, civil registration has an essential role to play in development. The benefits to be gained from a functioning civil registration system are substantive – however, the complexities of implementation must be overcome before they can be reaped.
EU Election Observation
The presence of international observers can be a strong deterrent to electoral fraud and violence. But their work can also prove instrumental in the long-term, contributing to improvements in future elections, fostering peace and development and facilitating democratic processes in the country.
In a new book entitled “Reducing Inequalities: A Sustainable Development Challenge”, presented at the EuropeAid InfoPoint on 28 May 2013, scholars and development specialists argue that bridging the gap between the rich and the poor is a factor of development, and therefore a crucial question to tackle when setting up development policies and the post Millenium Development Goals.
The explosion of on line journalism, blogging and social media has given anyone the technical capacity to become a news publisher, putting the spotlight on the key issues of training and safety.
Using aid as the main incentive for democratic reform is not enough and real entrenched democratic values can only be achieved by employing a whole range of economic and diplomatic means, say experts.
Over the past six years an EC supported Civil Society Fund in Ethiopia has managed to implement projects that concern potentially sensitive elements - democracy, the rule of law, the respect for human dignity, fundamental freedoms, equality and solidarity. Xavier Marchal, Head of the EU Delegation in Ethiopia, explains how.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 19 March 2012
How and when should elections be held, particularly in countries with fragile situations? What should be the role of donors and the international community in supporting democracy? There is no general recipe for every situation, according to André Gerrits, Professor of Political Science. What matters is to take the local context into account and to act accordingly.
As the European Commission prepares a new Communication on the involvement of civil society organisations in EC development cooperation, delegates at a recent Brussels meeting called on the European Commission to continue the dialogue with such entities and improve their involvement in EU aid delivery mechanisms.
Worldwide, donors spend millions of euros on governance support but are often left assessing a mixed bag of results. Delegates at a recent workshop in Brussels considered why it is so hard to achieve reliably good results and concluded that the time is ripe for a change in approaches to supporting governance.
Some 1,000 development practitioners, policy makers and representatives from donor and partner countries are arriving in Warsaw, Poland, for this year's European Development Days on the 15 and 16 December 2011.

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