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While a massive body of water separates Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, there’s not an ocean of difference between them in terms of the scale of the governance challenges facing their education sectors.
Donors struggle to translate policies on governance to practical actions in the field. One promising avenue for improvement leads donors to pay more careful attention to governance in sectors. To help in this journey, EuropeAid has developed and published a guidance tool for its staff that has already picked up internal and external attention.
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.
The failure of public servants to deliver basic goods and services, or ‘quiet corruption’, is a having a deeply negative impact on impoverished societies across Africa, according to a new World Bank report.
The European Commission's support to Transparency International's Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres provides an encouraging example of capacity building of civil society organisations and an imaginative approach to how citizens can play an active role in the fight against corruption.
In the present phase of EC support to the health sector in the Philippines, the commission contracts TA personnel. This will change in 2011 when the government will take charge of recruitment and management of TA. The radical reform of TA delivery, proposed by government and welcomed by the delegation, poses a huge challenge to both parties who have to turn agreed reform principles into practice.
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.
Public sector reform is all too often hindered by the perception that change is being imposed from the outside, according to Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, Under Secretary for Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resources in the Autonomous Government of Southern Sudan.
Using aid as the main incentive for democratic reform is not enough and real entrenched democratic values can only be achieved by employing a whole range of economic and diplomatic means, say experts.
Malnutrition is a social and economic issue that impacts on the economic potential of developing countries. Public-Private Partnerships can play a critical role in fighting malnutrition and ensuring effective action on the ground.

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