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Seniors receive a state pension at the age of 70 in Lesotho, Southern Africa. But in a country with an average life expectancy of 44, is this a social protection scheme worth applauding? Yes, says Giorgia Giovannetti, Scientific Director of the 2010/2011 European Report on Development.
The complexities, gains and future direction of the EU Support to Decentralisation processes were highlighted last month when specialists met in Brussels for the presentation of the evaluation of ten years of support, 2000-2009.
European Commission staff are already participating in online discussion forums and recently, a discussion group was launched on decentralisation and local governance, feeding into a workshop in Brussels in July. "I am a task manager for local governance and civil society in A. I only arrived a month ago and I am therefore still trying to get my head around this very complex issue. I greatly welcome this initiative both in terms of support but also in terms of having a good channel of communication with other delegations."
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The European Commission's experience in Haiti in support of a government-wide strengthening of the executive branch provides an encouraging example of government-driven donor co-ordination and an imaginative approach to capacity development and technical co-operation in a fragile or post-conflict environment.
At a recent debate at the European Commission's EuropeAid headquarters, Theodore Trefon, who is also a contributor and editor of the 2005 book, "Reinventing Order in the Congo", sparked a lively debate with his hard-hitting assessment of donor short-comings in Africa's largest nation.
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An online knowledge platform aimed at exchanging experience and best practices on key priority themes for small island economies

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The government of Morocco is engaged in an ambitious programme of public sector reform. Some eight years into the programme, experience shows that such reform is time consuming and requires cross-ministerial support and robust regulation to be successful, writes Pierre Hennebert, E4 EuropeAid in a new report.
From the viewpoint of one Ukrainian government manager, a new element of a European Union programme aimed at its “Eastern Partnership” initiative is easing coordination of institutional development (ID), but political support is needed for overall success.
At their annual meeting, held this year in Brussels, donors active in Decentralisation and Local Governance gathered to take stock of their activities to date and consider ways to make donor support more effective in future.
The regional workshops provide an occasion for colleagues working on democratic governance to meet and exchange experiences and ideas. This year, key topics included presentations and discussions on:

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