Having managed to slip away briefly from her household chores, Joyce Mtenje sits at a wooden desk in a district resource centre in Malawi, flipping through the pages of “The Nation” newspaper. She's taking advantage of an EU-funded centre that's about to transform to a Malawian institution.
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.
Engaging with the world’s lawmakers is a new, expanding and crucial field for European Commission staffers working on democracy assistance. That was the message heard by dozens of participants at a recent pilot workshop on supporting parliaments around the globe.
The Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy was created within the European Parliament in response to an increase in demand for support from new and emerging parliamentary democracies. Watch this video interview with OPPD director Dick Toornstra.
Guinea recently emerged from decades of authoritarian government and a period of instability to hold, with strong support from the international community, the country’s first ever credible polls heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s poorest countries.
Engaging non state actors in new aid modalities such as budget support would ensure better development outcomes, improved governance and domestic accountability, according to a new European Commission's guidance document.