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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.
Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica have come together under a programme of South-South cooperation, sharing skills and knowledge on agriculture, environmental issues and much more, using funds from the Netherlands.
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.
A recent two day planning and knowledge exchange workshop to address institutional change gave a boost to the implementation of the Comprehensive Institution Building Programme, bringing together some 25 colleagues from EuropeAid headquarters and representatives from European Union delegations in five of the six eastern partnership (EaP) countries.
Participants at a high level panel discussion entitled, “Women Entrepreneurship to Reshape the Economy through Innovation in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA)” held during the 2012 European Development Days explored ways to increase women’s participation in the economy.
A leading Afghanistan expert provided key advice related to aid delivery and institutional support in Afghanistan at a conference named “Corruption in Afghanistan: What do we know, how do we go forward?” held in Brussels at the end of last year.
The European Commission’s experience in the Philippines in recent years has been marked by strong country ownership of development programming and implementation. This hands-on approach has proved to be a decisive factor in achieving effective aid interventions and could offer lessons for other countries.
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.
Effective capacity development involves understanding and supporting change management processes, according to consultants Carole Pretorius and Nico Pretorius who took part in a special capacity development workshop in Brussels recently.
The explosion of on line journalism, blogging and social media has given anyone the technical capacity to become a news publisher, putting the spotlight on the key issues of training and safety.

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