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Every day on the news we hear about the atrocities that are occurring in Syria or about the refugees who have fled to other countries. But what about the people left behind who are still living in the midst of a warzone? How do you maintain a daily routine in a conflict affected country? During a recent visit to Brussels, Alissar Chaker, the Deputy Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Syria, spoke to capacity4dev.eu about what the UNDP is doing in Syria to alleviate socio-economic pressures in affected communities. 
Government, donor and civil society representatives from over 40 countries recently gathered in Monrovia, the capital of post-conflict Liberia, to discuss how donors can support peacebuilding and statebuilding in conflict–affected and fragile states.
In war-torn Afghanistan, technical assistance has been the standard recipe for getting quick results in a situation with limited government capacity. It has at best been a double edged sword, write Micha Ramakers and Nils Boesen after a recent learning event on technical cooperation in the capital, Kabul.On the other hand, they find that the TC reform is highly relevant even in this most fragile of situations.
Haiti is still reeling from a devastating earthquake, but its leaders don’t want the humanitarian relief operation to detract from the country’s long-term development objectives and the Commission has offered its support, according to top officials.
One year after a devastating earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, homes, cities and lives still need to be rebuilt. While the European Union maintains that helping Haiti is a top priority, EU representatives concede the journey to recovery will occupy a generation.
Sierra Leone has come a long way since the brutal civil war ended in 1999, and donors have played a vital role in this progress. But donor approaches to technical assistance, implementation units and topping-up schemes could end up doing some harm, writes Nils Boesen after a Technical Cooperation learning event in the capital, Freetown.
At the recent EU Development Days, EuropeAid’s Director of Human and Society Development, Kristian Schmidt underlined that promoting the concept of Resilience will not only save lives, it will save money. But success for Resilience measures will involve bridging the gap between emergency response and long term development. The EC’s Humanitarian Aid department ECHO is taking steps towards this in Ethiopia.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 21 November 2013
Eighteen self-declared ‘Fragile States’ have endorsed the New Deal, and its process is already being implemented in Timor Leste, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. On September 16th, at a conference in Brussels, the Somali Federal Government and international community endorsed the Somali New Deal Compact, with pledges of € 1.8 billion. EuropeAid’s Timothy Baines was instrumental in getting the Compact in place, and shares his insights.
Transitioning from an emergency intervention to establishing a long-term development programme is problematic for any donor, so the European Commission staged a recent event in Brussels to bring together some of its humanitarian and development experts to discuss how transition situations could be better managed.
The European Union (EU) is the largest and most reliable donor to Palestine. Yet many people lack a deep understanding of the context in which the EU’s cooperation with Palestine operates and of the cooperation itself. As the situation in Gaza recently deteriorated, this is becoming of growing relevance. 

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