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Since the opening match on 12 June 2014, the world’s eyes have been glued to Brazil as nations follow their teams’ progress through the World Cup. But behind the football lies a middle income country battling many problems including poverty and human rights.
Despite its positive development over the last decade, Latin America still faces challenges in overcoming social inequality. To tackle these discrepancies the EU launched in 2005 a programme of cooperation with Latin American Countries: EUROsociAL.
Gary Quince, who is nearing the end of his five years heading the EU Delegation to the African Union, shares his experiences and discusses the EU's support to the AU, touching on the gap between optimistic treaties and their implementation, joint programming and engaging with the private sector. 
How can a simple bucket protect women and girls from sexual violence in the Central African Republic? For women talking to the International Rescue Committee, buckets are an essential part of the “dignity kits” they receive in displacement camps so they can avoid the perilous walk to communal bathrooms after dark.  
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Burkina Faso’s population is set to double within 20 years, bringing a host of development challenges. Head of EU Cooperation Thierry Barbé discusses how the EU is supporting the government on areas from green energy to justice, and reflects on regional cooperation on resilience through the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
EU Election Observation
The presence of international observers can be a strong deterrent to electoral fraud and violence. But their work can also prove instrumental in the long-term, contributing to improvements in future elections, fostering peace and development and facilitating democratic processes in the country.
Renee Zandvliet, working with EuropeAid’s 'Civil Society and Local Authorities' unit, recently visited the European Union (EU) Delegation to India, which currently provides financial support to approximately 80 civil society organisations (CSOs).
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 3 February 2011
Fragile and conflict-ridden states absorb more than a third of all overseas development assistance but have failed to attain a single Millennium Development Goal. Donor’s lack of commitment to long-term strategies is part of the problem, according to a new report prepared by the World Bank.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 21 February 2011
Check out the 2010 European Union Development Days' first e-magazine and revisit the highlights from last year’s international event.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 15 September 2010
The Governance, Security Human Rights and Gender Unit of EuropeAid is organising a Global Workshop for European Union Delegations from the 18 – 21 October 2010 on fighting corruption. The four day seminar, which will take place in Brussels, will focus on providing specific training to EU Delegations and European Commission staff based at EuropeAid headquarters.

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