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While a massive body of water separates Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, there’s not an ocean of difference between them in terms of the scale of the governance challenges facing their education sectors.
While industrialised nations have traditionally taken the lead in coordinating development, emerging powers like South Africa, Brazil and India are increasingly assuming a role as providers of technical cooperation, too. Is this a welcome conversion? We’d like your views.
One year after a devastating earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, homes, cities and lives still need to be rebuilt. While the European Union maintains that helping Haiti is a top priority, EU representatives concede the journey to recovery will occupy a generation.
How can long-term development programmes survive the instant turmoil of a crisis situation? Alain Calosci, Technical Assistant at the European Union delegation to Haiti, tells us about his experience working on an education programme in the quake-struck Caribbean nation.
Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica have come together under a programme of South-South cooperation, sharing skills and knowledge on agriculture, environmental issues and much more, using funds from the Netherlands.
Attendants of a high level conference "Organising Inclusive Ownership" which took place in Brussels in May heard of the success stories of a Dutch financed South-South Cooperation programme between Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica.
Over the last ten years or so, the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica has implemented a broadly successful programme of tax reform, offering an interesting case study that stresses the importance of capacity development for long-term success.
Social transfers and nutrition have received special attention in recent years as important components in the debate about development. New EU reference documents provide guidance on how social transfers can play an important role in improving nutrition outcomes. The authors affirm that there are many opportunities to do this. 
The main afternoon session of the European Union’s recent Sustainable Energy for All Summit was dedicated to gender issues. Participants agreed that empowering women with access to sustainable, clean energy will open up a world of possibilities to benefit the entire population.
The European Commission invited representatives from civil society and local government authorities from the European Union and partner countries to Brussels recently in order to improve consultation with respect to EU development policies and programmes.

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