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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.
The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted unanimously by UN member states in September 2015, have given the international community and national governments a number of targets and principles – chief among them, to advance an “integrated approach”. But what does this mean in terms of projects, monitoring and stakeholders? Two senior officials from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) share their vision of an approach to the SDGs with the environment at its heart.
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 more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, experts agree that the continuing trend towards urbanisation is both inevitable and irreversible. New EC guidelines propose a fresh mindset to assist the development of better cities.
Thanks to a clever use of existing procedures, the European Union Delegation to Burkina Faso working in partnership with the government, successfully managed a seamless transition from an emergency intervention by the Commission’s humanitarian body, ECHO, to offering long-term support to more than 100,000 flood victims.
What kind of rural development should donors promote to tackle food insecurity and hunger? That’s the main question that attendees of the 3rd European Forum on Rural Development will be seeking to answer in Palencia, Spain, later this month.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 31 January 2011
Do you have a story to tell, a project you'd like to highlight? If so, here are some simple but effective knowledge sharing ideas.
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).
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.

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