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“Education is one of the foundations for development and Erasmus Mundus addressed the needs of developing countries in higher education. We tend to focus on basic education in our development programmes but this is not enough. We need to invest in a continuum of education and Erasmus Mundus provided this opportunity for students and for institutions to increase their capacity,” said Veronique Lorenzo, Head of Unit for Education at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development.
María Sancho Hidalga created a new WIKI page 19 November 2013

The RAC is a non-invasive approach to assess Capacity Development outcomes

The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted unanimously by UN member states in September 2015, have given the international community and national governments a number of targets and principles – chief among them, to advance an “integrated approach”. But what does this mean in terms of projects, monitoring and stakeholders? Two senior officials from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) share their vision of an approach to the SDGs with the environment at its heart.
Development institutions are learning new ways to share knowledge. The traditional hierarchical model of training, in which information is passed down from teacher to student, or donor to recipient, is not always the most effective. Instead, partnerships are emerging through which experiences can be shared.
Celine Dondeynaz posted Information 16 January 2015

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Linking urgent humanitarian aid with long-term development assistance will be central to a first-of-its-kind Trust Fund organised by the European Commission to mobilise international donors in the Central African Republic (CAR).  
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 20 October 2014
European Union external assistance, which accounts for half of development aid, must demonstrate that development policy achieves results. A recent workshop in Brussels looked at how a results-based approach that considers desired outcomes from the beginning can improve development cooperation. 
Today is International Volunteer Day, and this year’s theme “Young Global Active” celebrates young people around the world who are effecting change through volunteering. In order to mark this day, Claus Sørensen, the Director General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection at the European Commission explains the importance of the new EU Aid Volunteers initiative, which will launch in 2014.
The European Development Days drew more than 5000 participants to Brussels this week for debate and discussion on how to improve development outcomes. We took a small camera to the floor to ask people what they thought the priorities should be in the framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals. 
On Tuesday, the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) welcomed back Stefano Manservisi as its new Director-General. He spoke to Stina Soewarta, DEVCO’s Head of Communication and Transparency, about his visions for DEVCO and the challenges that the DG is currently facing.

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