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Schoolchildren in Nepal
Various forms of private education have emerged in recent years in developing countries. Is this an important contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or a worrying trend that will disenfranchise the poor?
Woman construction
UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal assists public and private enterprises in ensuring that their workplaces are fair and equitable. The result? A happier, more productive and innovative workforce – with higher rates of women in non-traditional sectors and leadership roles.
Women with cell phone
Since 2015, the access and usage of digital finance in Zambia has increased more than fivefold. Instrumental in this success has been the work of the UN Capital Development Fund.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Mozambique is extremely rich in natural resources. But while the extractive industry provides important revenues for the country’s economic development, it also creates deep social problems.
With a population predicted to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050 according UN estimates and increasing resource scarcity to match – shifting to a sustainable economic model is quickly becoming an imperative. Capacity4dev caught up with the European Commission and Chatham House, to find out what a circular economy means for the developing world – and how it can be promoted in development cooperation.
Forum members sit down for a discussion
The Policy Forum on Development (PFD) provides a platform for members of civil society, local authorities, the private sector and European institutions to shape development policies together. The first European Regional Meeting in Ghent in January 2018 provided a chance for a discussion on what works – and what doesn’t – laying the groundwork for new partnerships in pursuit of shared objectives.
EU support for UHC
In the second part of our series on Universal Health Coverage, we look at how the EU is supporting partner countries achieve UHC, through mechanisms like the IHP for UHC 2030, the UHC Partnership, and the SPHIP programme.
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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.
Businessman in Tanzania
The Agenda 2030 called for a fresh approach to trade, investment and the private sector as key components in sustainable development, and attracting long-term investment from the European private sector in partner countries is one important element. We hear from Rodrigo Romero van Cutsem, Programme Officer at the EU Delegation to Tanzania, about a two-year-old platform for dialogue and exchange between the local and European private sector, government and development partners.
Women breaking stones
Sand, gravel and salt may have a low price per tonne, but their value for domestic development and their potential for local employment creation is significant, especially when compared to the more talked about minerals like copper and gold. With 70% of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, these humble ‘Development Minerals’ will play a crucial role in building homes and urban environments. The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, supported by the EU and UNDP, have initiated a capacity-building programme to develop this sector sustainably and improve livelihood opportunities.

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