International Development Organizations, Impact Investors and Social Enterprise: how to converge?
Opinion

International Development Organizations, Impact Investors and Social Enterprise: how to converge?

Investments necessary to reach SDGs are far superior to the level of the actual international aid amounts. Private actors have to enter the game and become impact investors.
Artak Melkonyan
Good governance: a key issue for DRC’s development?
Interview

Good governance: a key issue for DRC’s development?

DRC’s growth has been strong and stable since 2010. How is that? Which mechanisms created this positive dynamic? Former Prime Minister Ponyo explains what he implemented from 2012 to 2016.
Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon
Ethiopia: “We don’t need aid, we need investments”
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Ethiopia: “We don’t need aid, we need investments”

Its per capita income is one of the lowest in the world but its growth is around 10%. Ethiopia is moving forward, thanks to domestic savings and sustained investments. Interview with Meles Mebrahtu, Ethiopian Minister of Industry.
Meles Mebrahtu
Refugee crises: supporting the development of host countries is key
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Refugee crises: supporting the development of host countries is key

In response to the inflow of syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, a joint report by the World Bank and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recommends a new approach to dealing with refugee crises.
Paolo Verme
Fighting corruption is key for development
Interview

Fighting corruption is key for development

Fighting against poverty implies a battle against all forms of corruption, in Africa and everywhere else in the world. Transparency International makes sure the issue of good governance is at the heart of the discussions on development.
Craig Fagan
SDGs: “The health and education of children should remain top priorities in Africa”
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SDGs: “The health and education of children should remain top priorities in Africa”

Half the population of Africa is under 18 and the population will be around 3 billion in 2065. SDGs should be focused on childhood and the situation of the children. Explanations of Ian Hopwood, former UNICEF representative in Senegal.
Ian Hopwood
Microfinance: Its development holds promise for the achievement of the SDGs
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Microfinance: Its development holds promise for the achievement of the SDGs

There is little mention of microfinance in the texts formally adopted by the international community. Yet is an essential tool for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.
Emilie Poisson
We need to change approach to address the exploitation of Syrian refugee children
Opinion

We need to change approach to address the exploitation of Syrian refugee children

The war in Syria is continuing, with its consequent suffering and violations of human rights, and no prospect of a rapid resolution. A study by Fondation Terre des Hommes (TDH) published in June 2016 gives chilling insight into the survival conditions of Syrian refugee children, and the different...
Pierre Salignon, Gaël Giraud
How to tackle Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin?
Conference synthesis

How to tackle Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin?

Boko Haram, renamed Islamic State’s West Africa (ISWA) since its allegiance to Daesh, has come out of its initial local context, based in Nigeria. It is today planning armed violence at regional level, from Nigeria to Niger and from Chad to Cameroon. The violence of this radical group has created...
ID4D editorial staff
SDGs: “We need to exchange experiences on good practices”
Interview

SDGs: “We need to exchange experiences on good practices”

Private companies participate in the general consensus that emerged in the context of the SDGs, both in their definition and implementation, while learning lessons from the MDGs. This is what is explained by Pierre Victoria, who was a speaker at the 2016 Global Forum on Development organized by...
Pierre Victoria
Syrian refugees: “Development assistance in Lebanon and Jordan must be unconditional”
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Syrian refugees: “Development assistance in Lebanon and Jordan must be unconditional”

The consequences of the Syrian crisis in both Jordan and Lebanon are a core concern for Haneen Sayed, Program Leader for Human Development, Poverty, Jobs and Gender at the World Bank-Lebanon.
Haneen Ismail Sayed
Processing agricultural raw materials in Africa reaffirmed as a priority
Interview

Processing agricultural raw materials in Africa reaffirmed as a priority

For Mohamed Ould Tolba, Chief Agricultural Economist at the African Development Bank (AfDB), processing agricultural raw materials onsite before exporting could lead African countries to a more sustainable agriculture.
Mohamed Ould Tolba
“Provide money at a low cost, rather than aid-heavy projects”
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“Provide money at a low cost, rather than aid-heavy projects”

Homi Kharas, deputy director for the Global Economy and Development programme at the Brookings Institution, has served as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, co-chaired by President Sirleaf, President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Cameron...
Homi Kharas
Going beyond the limits of international interventions to tackle Boko Haram
Opinion

Going beyond the limits of international interventions to tackle Boko Haram

The surge in the “Boko Haram” radical group poses a challenge to the international community. It calls into question the approaches to this phenomenon of hyperviolence for researchers, the military and developers alike. It tests the response capacities of development assistance organizations...
Olivier Ray
Stop the rise in private for-profit so we can achieve the Education SDG!
Opinion

Stop the rise in private for-profit so we can achieve the Education SDG!

All over the world, there is a rise in the privatization of education, generally in competition with and to the detriment of public education. The SDG devoted to education is particularly ambitious: “Ensure access to quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”. Relying on the...
Carole Coupez
Microfinance in West Africa: Regulatory efforts must be pursued
Interview

Microfinance in West Africa: Regulatory efforts must be pursued

The number of MFIs in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) countries increased sevenfold between 1993 and 2011, from 100 to 770. Regional institutions have set out to address the growth of microfinance by introducing provisions to oversee the activity of MFIs. Regional regulatory...
Daphnée Setondji
“PPPs are not an end in themselves, but a tool for a project of public interest”
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“PPPs are not an end in themselves, but a tool for a project of public interest”

Africa’s needs for infrastructure expenditure have been estimated at USD 93bn a year for 10 years, i.e. 15% of African GDP. Can Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) contribute to meeting these needs? We take stock of this financial tool with Lionel Yondo, PPP expert in AFD’s Africa Department...
Lionel Yondo, Dominique Hautbergue, Anne Gautier
Syrian migrants in Lebanon: “Let’s channel the aid through to the beneficiaries”
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Syrian migrants in Lebanon: “Let’s channel the aid through to the beneficiaries”

In Lebanon, a third of the population is now made up of Syrian migrants. By way of comparison, it is the equivalent of 20 million refugees in France! Kamel Mohanna, General Coordinator of the Lebanese NGO Network and member of the Superior Health Council in Lebanon, has participated extensively...
Kamel Mohanna
“The SDGs raise the issue of the coherence of public policies”
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“The SDGs raise the issue of the coherence of public policies”

The OECD organized its 8th edition of the Global Forum on Development in Paris, which this year was devoted to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre & Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, draws conclusions...
Mario Pezzini
Syrian migrants: “The education of young refugees in Europe: A golden opportunity”
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Syrian migrants: “The education of young refugees in Europe: A golden opportunity”

Dawn Chatty, a U.S.-British anthropologist specialized in the Middle East, has worked alternately on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, Afghan refugees in Iran, then on Iraqi refugees in Syria, and is today working on Syrian refugees throughout the region. An interview.
Dawn Chatty
Big gaps and little money:  why focusing on solutions to finance Agenda 2030 in the LDCs matters
Opinion

Big gaps and little money: why focusing on solutions to finance Agenda 2030 in the LDCs matters

In September 2015 at the United Nations in New York, 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are an ambitious new “action plan” that over the next fifteen years aims to eradicate extreme poverty, protect the planet and ensure peaceful prosperous societies...
Gail Hurley, Marianne Mensah
Syrian migrant crisis : The analyses do not take the realities into account
Interview

Syrian migrant crisis : The analyses do not take the realities into account

Chair of the Circle of Arab Economists, Samir Aita takes stock on the joint HCR-World Bank study and defends that Lebanon and Jordan’s development will be central to face the Syrian migrant crisis.
Samir Aita
Syria: “One of the three reasons why migrants leave is to find electricity, after security and employment!”
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Syria: “One of the three reasons why migrants leave is to find electricity, after security and employment!”

International community programs must not only focus on the countries which host the most Syrian refugees – Lebanon and Jordan –, but must also take Syria into account. This is the view put forward by Abdallah Al Dardari, former Minister of Planning in Syria and Deputy Executive Secretary of the...
Abdallah Al Dardari
“Movements from the South to the North are set to increase on the labor market”
Interview

“Movements from the South to the North are set to increase on the labor market”

Monica Flores Barragan, CEO of ManpowerGroup in Latin America, analyzes the labor market and the global challenges for global resources. She also examines the links between migrations and human resources.
Mónica Flores Barragán