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There are abundant stories about over-ambitious targets and badly chosen indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks. So should we do away with PAFs as instruments for sector capacity development? No, says Willem Cornelissen from the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and trainer for the Aid Delivery Method Programme of EuropeAid, but there is ample room for improving their use in the social sectors and develop related capacities.
The European Commission’s experience in the Philippines in recent years has been marked by strong country ownership of development programming and implementation. This hands-on approach has proved to be a decisive factor in achieving effective aid interventions and could offer lessons for other countries.
In the present phase of EC support to the health sector in the Philippines, the commission contracts TA personnel. This will change in 2011 when the government will take charge of recruitment and management of TA. The radical reform of TA delivery, proposed by government and welcomed by the delegation, poses a huge challenge to both parties who have to turn agreed reform principles into practice.
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Check out the 2010 European Union Development Days' first e-magazine and revisit the highlights from last year’s international event.
While the world is making progress in preventing and treating AIDS, the needs of 90% of AIDS orphans are not being met. For charities and international organisations it is time to make these children a priority in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Each year the small West African nation of Burkina Faso marks International Women’s Day with a public holiday and an information campaign to highlight a particular priority issue.
When the children of Inyima in southeast Nigeria began to fall sick and die, villagers were horrified to learn that their own poor hygiene practices had contaminated the community’s drinking water, causing a deadly diarrhoea outbreak.
psychiatrist and patient
Depression affects over 300 million people around the world, the majority in lower and middle-income countries. Living in poverty exposes people to a barrage of risk factors for mental illness, and it’s a vicious cycle: people suffering from mental ill-health have a harder time accessing services, securing employment and getting out of poverty. The impact goes far beyond the individual sufferer. In this Voices & Views we look at how development partners can support the integration of mental health in healthcare systems.
The world passed a collective milestone in October when the planet’s human population topped 7 billion drawing some development professionals to consider the impact of such a large, and in the developing world, increasingly youthful population.
The failure of public servants to deliver basic goods and services, or ‘quiet corruption’, is a having a deeply negative impact on impoverished societies across Africa, according to a new World Bank report.

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