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The Pitfall of the Debate about Aid

Over the last few months the debate about development aid has been very lively. But that debate holds a risk in that it hides the most important aspects of development cooperation behind a smoke screen. This is a pitfall we should not go for.
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AMINATA TRAORÉ: ‘Africans are not poor, they are robbed’

Aminata Traoré is one of the most respected and heard voices of the African community. For her the time has now come - more than ever - to create a new world. However, she fears that in the end bankers and politicians will choose business as usual.
Stefaan Anrys
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Have the NGO's sold their souls to the minister of development cooperation?

On 4 May 2009, representatives of the Belgian government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) signed an agreement concerning the effectiveness of Belgium’s federal development cooperation. Charles Michel, Minister of Development Cooperation, and Peter Moors, general director of his administration, the Directorate-General for Development Cooper ...
Kristof Clerix
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Transnistria: ‘Hammer and sickle, as long as the people want it’

In November Europe commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), the crumbling away of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. But not everyone is partying. ‘The collapse of the Soviet Union is not a holiday’ one sighs in Transnistria (or Trans-Dniester), Moldova’s rebellious republic, where Lenin still stands firmly on his pedestal. ...
Gie Goris
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Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Solving the crisis with less inequality and more sustainability’

Joseph Stiglitz is one of the world’s most influential economists. In the middle of the crisis, his criticisms on the excessive globalisation have been noticed and respected even in political and financial circles. In two of his recent reports, he pleads for a more inclusive globalization and for a more equal economy.
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The clock is ticking faster in the South

The debate about climate change is all too often about our industry and wealth, while the developing countries and the poor have been feeling the negative effects of pollution for a long time now. In Ecuador, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh, Geert De Belder talked with farmers and other citizens about the climate chaos threatening their way of life.
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'The Effects of the (End of the) Cold War on Central African Politics: How a Cold War turned into a very Hot One'

Central Africa has been shaped by complex regional dynamics, through which local disputes and national conflicts have spilled over national borders. Each country in the region has a complex internal situation and a violent recent history, where local antagonisms have become polarized and entangled with those of neighbouring countries.
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Civil society as a corner stone for democracy in Central Africa

The 50 European member organisations of EurAc share a common understanding of development and partnership, one which addresses the structural causes of underdevelopment of the people and supports or accompanies local initiatives. The identification, implementation and evaluation of development activities are primarily done by our partners and by th ...
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“Europe doesn't question official development aid” (Commissioner KAREL DE GUCHT)

Europe may be making it easier for member states to fulfill their promises with regard to development aid. Today the European Commission has published a Communication, which questions the traditional criteria used to define ODA (Official Development Assistance). Those criteria are being closely watched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation ...
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Europe questions ‘official development aid’ (OECD reaction)

Europe may be making it easier for member states to fulfill their promises with regard to development aid. Today the European Commission will publish a Communication, that questions the traditional criteria used to define ODA (Offical Development Assistance). Those criteria are being closely watched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and ...
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Europe questions ‘official development aid’

Europe may be making it easier for member states to fulfill their promises with regard to development aid. Today the European Commission will publish a Communication, that questions the traditional criteria used to define ODA (Offical Development Assistance). Those criteria are being closely watched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and ...
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Money should serve development

The United Nations organized in June a summit on proposals to fight the current financial-economic crisis in a way that would really help the developing countries. MO* discussed the subject with two members of the Stiglitz Commission, that served as the preparing think tank.

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