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When natural or man-made disasters occur, humanitarian actors need timely and accurate information to plan their course of action. Data, however, isn’t always easy to come by.
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Development programmes always strive to be as effective as possible – one way of achieving efficiency is to combine the strengths of all partners working in the sector. A recent evaluation of EU Joint Programming has shown that this policy mechanism offers many advantages.
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About a third of the EU’s bilateral cooperation is implemented through budget support – funds provided directly to a country’s treasury to be managed using national systems, conditional on policy dialogue and performance assessment. The EU had recently updated and simplified its Budget Support Guidelines. DEVCO’s Erica Gerretsen outlines the main changes.
Ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030 will require approaches that go beyond targeting only stunting and wasting – agreed the participants of the Nutrition Seminar organised in March by the European Commission in Brussels.
Education is one of the most fundamental factors in reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace and stability.
In recent years, an increase in authoritarian regimes and the introduction of restrictive laws have resulted in a shrinking space for civil society in over a hundred countries. Engaging civil society actors at the international level and including their say in development policies can counter these worrying trends.
EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union that brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.
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Owen Barder, Senior Fellow and Director for Europe, at the The Center for Global Development attended the session Europe Beyond Aid at the recent European Development Days to present the Commitment to Development Index and to address the question: "do European policies reflect its commitment to development?" In the following interview he examines this question, concluding with what he would like to see changed in the post-2015 development agenda.
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.
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Over the last 20 years, digital technologies have reshaped the scope of international development. From the Internet of things and open data to artificial intelligence and robotics, emerging technologies have presented unprecedented opportunities for social and economic transformation across the world. But their implementation is riddled with many challenges.

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