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Women in Nicaragua face high rates of gender-based violence, with 80% of all reported acts of sexual violence being committed against girls. Tackling the problems of gender, from violence to economic exclusion, must start with the acknowledgement of fundamental human rights.
For over a century, Haiti has had an ambitious – but struggling – laboratory sector. Can the new national policy, supported by an EU-funded project, be the change needed?
Harvesting in Colombia
Climate change poses a major threat to Latin America – from an increase in extreme weather events to the loss of livelihoods, the most vulnerable risk suffering most.
One in three women is estimated to have experienced physical or sexual violence during their lifetime – a fact often hidden, and too high to be ignored. We talked to the European Union Delegations in Guatemala and Mexico about their selection for the Spotlight Initiative, and its role in a region deemed the most violent in the world for women.
With €235 million allocated for the 2014-2020 period, Honduras represents the second largest EU portfolio in Latin America, after Bolivia. Former EU Head of Cooperation (2015-2017), Madeleine Onclin, discusses rule of law and engagement modalities.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 14 July 2017
People throw waste on a dump, Bamako, Mali
Around 20 years ago, all Chile’s waste was dumped illegally. Today, about two-thirds of capital Santiago’s waste is processed at a plant outside the city, which recovers gas from the waste to generate electricity. It produces more than 22 MW now, which is expected to grow soon to 30 MW.
Socieux family photo
Most countries can finance some kind of social safety net through domestic resources, according to Belgian deputy prime minister and minister for development Alexander De Croo. But he says developing nations often lack the technical knowledge to build sustainable programmes for things like health care, social work and pensions. That’s where European policy experts come in through EU programme Socieux. To mark the launch of the next phase, Socieux+, we hear from participants on both sides of the exchange.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 3 March 2017
Millions of children around the world grow up in residential facilities despite not being orphans, and many more in ‘alternative care’ within their wider families or communities. There is worrying evidence of care systems’ failure to protect children’s rights in developing and middle-income countries, and open questions around accountability when care is provided by the non-government sector. The European Commission funded a study on alternative care systems to inform development cooperation.
Herman Portocarero became the EU's first fully-fledged ambassador to Cuba in July 2012. In Havana he oversees development cooperation as well as political, trade and investment links. He spoke to Capacity4dev shortly before the EU and Cuba signed a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, a new legal framework which aims to support the transition process of the Cuban economy and society. 
Developing the link between agriculture and tourism could be a significant opportunity for small island developing states. Already an expanding sector in several Pacific and Caribbean islands, agritourism can address a range of development challenges – among them low agricultural productivity, high food imports and loss of tourism revenue, poor public health and youth unemployment.

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