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Traditional fishing is an important source of economic activity in the impoverished West African nation of Guinea, where the European Commission's Food Facility has undertaken a project to boost the sector through awareness, training and provision of better equipment.
For almost two decades, a collapsed government and battling warlords have made Somalia a byword for anarchy.
If African countries are to develop, they need highly skilled local professionals, especially in core technologies. In Burkina Faso, the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) provides training that gives executives skills to meet key African economic development challenges.
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 European Training Foundation is supporting a reform of vocational education and training in Tajikistan that offers an interesting case study, stressing the importance of knowledge sharing for long-term capacity development.
What does it mean to have a sector wide plan for capacity development? And what does it take to make it? These were the key themes of a five day learning event for government and development partners from the education sector in Nepal. Nils Boesen, who facilitated the event, reports that the participants found sensible answers to both questions.
Primary pupil in Uganda
What kind of issues and challenges do teachers face in developing countries? What forms of support can help address them? Join our discussion and share your views.
Capacity development and sustainable results are the key objectives of all European Commission assistance to partner countries, but traditional technical cooperation is not the default route for getting there. In India, the EC delegation found an alternative way to respond to government demand.
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.