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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.
A thriving private sector is essential to long-term sustainable development, but entrepreneurs in developing countries face numerous obstacles, not least accessing the finances to help them realise their business dreams. One successful entrepreneur from Kenya, Africa, states her case.
Fatm Said and her five children were forced from their home in Zanzibar at knife point. The man wielding the blade wasn’t a thief or local hoodlum but her husband wanting what he said was rightfully his – the house. And the local laws supported him.
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.
With the fall of Ben Ali’s government at the beginning of 2011, space was suddenly created for the emergence of civil society in Tunisia. In the frenetic eleven months that followed, the European Commission (EC) was able to fund 24 new civil society initiatives across the country. Michel Mouchiroud of the EU Delegation in Tunisia shares personal insight and lessons learned from the process.
Attendants of a high level conference "Organising Inclusive Ownership" which took place in Brussels in May heard of the success stories of a Dutch financed South-South Cooperation programme between Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica.
By training informal workers in the waste management industry, the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is helping to formalise waste management economy in Mali, and to generate incomes. 
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 7 May 2010
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD, has prepared a Capacity Development Strategic Framework which may evolve into a common reference for donors supporting capacity development on the continent.
All too often, the countries in Africa that nature has endowed with the most economically valuable resources have also struggled with devastating instability and conflict: A paradox that the African Union and European Commission wish to see ended though strong emphasis on democratic accountability and capacity development.
Technical assistance plays a key part in projects backed by the European Development Fund (EDF). However, translating the needs of a beneficiary government can be challenging. We hear from Ram-Maria Ouedraogo who has experience of working on both sides of the aid partnership.

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