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Women of Takalafiya Lapai Village - World Bank photo collection (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Women and constitutional reform: is a seat at the table enough?

Georgina Waylen
29 May 2014

Georgina Waylen continues our women's empowerment blog series looking at role women play in transitions to democracy and the end of conflict, describing the formal and informal ways in which women can and do engage in negotiations and political settlements. She points out these notable successes whilst at the same time arguing that international actors have a role to play in strengthening opportunities for participation in this area.

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A farmer near Sejnane, Tunisia - World Bank photo collection (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Development at the crossroads: reflections from the Arab Region

Kishan Khoday
29 May 2014

Kishan Khoday takes a look at development finance in the Arab region in the run up to 2015. Aid from the Arab region has been expanding in recent years - combined with the social changes taking place in the region, and the fact that the region still receives significant amounts of aid as well, this makes for a complex and changing development finance landscape.

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Gigi Ibrahim 2012

Political settlements that include women

Clare Castillejo
27 May 2014

In the third contribution to our series focusing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals in fragile and conflict-affected countries, Clare Castillejo calls for stronger evidence on how international actors can promote inclusive political settlements that also include women.

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Computer training class - World Bank photo collection (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Lessons on sustainable development finance from Tajikistan

Gulbahor Nematova
22 May 2014

Gulbahor Nematova blogs on four lessons from Tajikistan as to how similar countries can best make use of development finance, both internally and through international, or 'South-South' cooperation.

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Colors by Peter Tandlund

Women and conflict: why we should not separate rape in war from the everyday reality of violence

Jelke Boesten
21 May 2014

This is the first blog in a new series focussing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals, women’s voice and agency in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Jelke Boesten outlines why we should not focus on rape in war without taking into account the fact that sexual violence permeates the everyday lives of women throughout the world.

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European food aid by plane- Rock Cohen (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

European development finance post-2015: public meets private?

Florian Krätke
20 May 2014

Continuing our financing progress series with a look to post-2015, ECDPM's Florian Krätke looks at the increasing importance of private finance and how European public aid is working alongside it - do private and public sources of finance see development in the same way?

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Every vote counts- Yogesh Mhatre (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Indian election 2014: all to play for in the world’s biggest numbers game!

William Avis
16 May 2014

With preliminary results rolling in at the time of publication, William Avis follows up on his blog written at the start of the election - will the BJP reach the magic number of 272 seats to form a government? If not, what form might a coalition government take? And what questions will remain to be answered regardless of which way the results go?


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