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Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 18 October 2010
Why is it important to consider governance issues in sector operations and how should aid practitioners go about this? Dominique Dellicour of the Governance, Security, Justice, Human Rights and Gender unit presents EuropeAid’s approach in this video interview.
The authors of a background note, ‘Using Political Economy Analysis to Improve European Union Development Effectiveness’,  are posting a draft version of their findings in The Political Economy in Practice working group and invite interested capacity4dev members to offer their feedback. The discussion begins on the 10th October.
Rather than corruption being seen as something inherently negative, it should be understood as a practice embedded in the everyday elements of a society, according to a study on everyday corruption in Africa.
Decentralisation is not always easily implemented and many developing countries have failed or are failing to introduce effective decentralised governance systems. But why? Francois Vaillancourt from the University of Montreal, Canada, considers the obstacles, conditions for success and how these might be relevant to European Commission staff.
Are you looking for practical guidance and tools to assist with addressing corruption in areas of your work? Are you interested in measuring corruption risks at country or sector levels? Transparency International has extended its portfolio of knowledge services to EuropeAid staff, through its on-demand Anti-Corruption Helpdesk and its Corruption Assessment Toolbox (GATEway).
During the European Development Days 2012 (EDD), organisations dealing with urbanisation such as the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and Slum Dwellers International (SDI) said that the only way to improve life in cities is to build partnerships among the inhabitants, and to strengthen local initiatives.
The time is right for donors to support the ambitions and visions of a new generation of development-focused African leaders, according to representatives from the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, who took part in the recent Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan.
Following Political Economy Analysis testing in several countries, Jean Bossuyt of the European Centre for Development Policy Management offers his insights on good practice as a member of the Political Economy Analysis team in Senegal.
Should donors be providing more or less budget support and does it have a significant impact on poverty reduction? Is it value for money and how could it be used more effectively? These are just some of the questions the European Commission asked at a recent public consultation.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 20 April 2010
To strengthen local governments across Africa, donors would be advised to spend more time and resources in researching and understanding local systems, according to Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi a key expert from the region. Mr Mbassi, from Cameroon, is a well known expert in decentralisation and has worked for years to promote decentralisation and local governance in Africa. He is currently the Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, a gathering of 15,000 local authorities from the continent.

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