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GIZ Symposium 2018: Globalisation – Revisited

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GIZ Symposium 2018: Globalisation – Revisited

From 11-13 September the GIZ Symposium took a fresh look at both the challenges being posed by globalisation and the opportunities which it presents. To what extent is development cooperation in the ‘social sectors’ identifying local answers to global concerns including migration, climate change and deepening inequality? Read our daily updates.

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Release of the State of African Woman Report

Women's rights
Release of the State of African Women Report

On 3 September 2018, 15 years after the Maputo protocol was agreed, the State of African Women Report throws light on devastating human rights violations and infringements on their sexual and reproductive health and rights that too many African women and girls are exposed to up until today. The State of African Women Campaign has set out to change this.

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Tying the knots: A conference on digitalising social protection systems

Digital social protection
Tying the knots: A conference on digitalising social protection systems

Optimizing service delivery, analytics and transparency, digital solutions can reduce fragmentation and enable a systems approach to universal social protection. On 17 September 2018, a 1-day conference at Bonn’s University Club provides a platform for the discussion of concepts and experiences in the field of digital social protection.

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German booth in the IAC Exibition Hall

Conference
Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges

At the 22nd International AIDS Conference (IAC) – entitled ‘Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges – the German booth staged a co-creative art event and provided information on Germany’s and partner countries’ responses to the HIV epidemic. Between 23 and 27 July 2018, the IAC took place in Amsterdam, gathering over 16000 delegates from around the world.

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An embrace in the face of the Ebola epidemic

Epidemic preparedness
Fighting Ebola: Voices from the frontline

During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, some 500 East African health professionals risked their own lives by volunteering to help their West African colleagues in the battle to contain and control the epidemic. This publication relates first-hand accounts of 19 of them - inspirational stories of immense personal courage in the face of enormous challenges.

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Access to medicines
Medicines made in Kenya are mostly cheaper than imports

A recently published study underlines the positive development of the Kenyan pharmaceutical industry: locally produced medicines outperform imported products in terms of their better availability and their lower prices. Nonetheless, what Kenyan patients have to pay for them still exceeds international reference prices by far.

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Young women in Guinea determined to end FGM

Female genital cutting
Today in Guinea – we talk about Female Genital Mutilation

This 14 minute-video shows how the Guinean-German health programme fosters societal dialogue on FGM. It disseminates information throughout the country, reaching out to the population of remote rural villages and urban centres via television, newspapers, social media and community radio.

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Keiso Matashane-Marite from the UN Economic Commission for Africa during her speech

Kenya
Taking a unified stance for women’s rights in Africa

In July 2018, the Africa Regional Dialogue on Advancing Gender Equality and Rights took place in Nairobi, Kenya. Experts from civil society from all over the world joined forces to explore what remains to be done to realize women’s rights in Africa. At the forefront of the discussions were key issues such as the prevention of HIV, gender-based violence against women, harmful practices and reproductive health and rights.

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Inhabitants of Chamuria village

Bangladesh
Piloting a social health protection scheme for Bangladesh’s poor

The pilot introduction of social health insurance for Below Poverty Line (BPL) households in Tangail District, which German Development Cooperation supports through KfW, is an innovative example of outcome-based financing. Operated by a private insurance company under Government contract, the scheme pays for services delivered, using predefined Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs).

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