From DSW to Action 4 Health Uganda: interview with Bernard Tusiime

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Uganda, Youth Empowerment

New organisation meets personal success story: Dr. Bernard Tusiime, who joined DSW in 2006, is now the CEO of Action 4 Health Uganda. A4HU has taken over the operations of DSW Uganda, and remains affiliated to DSW in Germany. We asked Bernard three questions about his journey, lessons learned, and future dreams.   You joined DSW Uganda 12 years ago. …

“Is the European Commission stepping back from its commitment to gender equality?” Reaction to EU announcement on development funding under next MFF

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases

Brussels, June 14, 2018: The European Commission will today announce its policy and budget proposal for development assistance for 2021-2027, to be known as the “Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument” (NDICI), as part of the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (MFF). The Commission proposes to spend €89.2bn through a single instrument that bring development assistance, neighbourhood policy and international …

Big, colourful, international: celebrating the launch of Action 4 Health Uganda

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Uganda, Uncategorised, Youth Empowerment

IN COOPERATION WITH BERNARD TUSIIME / ACTION 4 HEALTH UGANDA Action 4 Health Uganda (A4HU) is a new youth empowerment organisation dedicated to mainstream young people’s engagement in socio-economic development and promoting sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It was registered as an entity to take over the operations of DSW Uganda, and remains affiliated to DSW in Germany. This …

These people will give you hope and inspiration: meet activists from the European Development Days

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

What can you learn from a 78-year-old Peruvian activist, a young biomedical scientist from Nigeria, and a child marriage survivor from Uganda? At the European Development Days, we talked and listened to them to find out. BY RENA FÖHR & ALICE BRIDGWOOD Mamá Lucinda, Peru While others retire, Lucinda Terrazas is busy building her dream.  The 78-year-old Peruvian is a …

The Launching of Strengthening Local Advocacy Leadership in East Africa Project in Tanzania

Philomena Marijani Sexual and Reproductive Health, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

  DSW Tanzania official launched the Strengthening of Local Advocacy Leadership in East Africa (Youth Can) project at DSW office in Arusha. The three year project aims at building capacity of youth focused Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tanzania so that they can effectively implement Reproductive Health and Family Planning advocacy. The project is implemented in five regions Arusha, Dar …

NGO reaction to European Commission proposal for Horizon Europe research agenda/budget

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases

Snap reaction to the European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research framework as part of the MFF, for 2021-2027 – from Cecile Vernant, Head of EU Office for global development NGO Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW)   (Original European Commission proposal here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-4041_en.htm) On the merger of societal challenges with industrial competitiveness into one ‘pillar’ “Ever since the …

Sexual and reproductive health and rights at risk in next EU budget without dedicated investment

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Brussels, June 6, 2018: At the Brussels launch of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) report this week, civil society representatives called on the European Union to make a dedicated commitment to SRHR and family planning in the EU’s next multi-annual budget. Following on from the recommendations in the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission report, the EU must …

LeaveALegacy statue

[insert name here]: #LeaveALegacy campaign unveils statue encouraging EU to invest in R&D to fight against diseases of poverty

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Press Releases

Brussels’ newest monument, an appeal to EU decision makers to take the fight against diseases of poverty to the next level in the next EU budget – by investing in R&D that can defeat HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Brussels, May 30, 2018: One week out from the European Commission’s announcement of its plans for global health research as …

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018

Kenya: Hasten provision of free sanitary towels to school girls

Collins Baswony Kenya, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

By Evelyn Samba All Kenyan school girls to get free sanitary towels! The headlines rang in June 2017 after President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Basic Education (Amendment) Act of 2017. The law stated that the government has to provide “free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels to every girl child registered and enrolled in a public basic education institution who …

Lack of information and unsafe abortions: how the global gag rule affects girls and women in Kenya

Evelyn Samba Development Cooperation, Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

Right after assuming the office in January 2017, the Trump administration reinstated the so-called Global Gag Rule. Also known as Mexico City Policy, it blocks US funding for international NGOs which offer information or services regarding abortion, or who simply stand by a woman’s right to choose. The effects of the Global Gag Rule are increasingly being felt in DSW’s project …

Silvia poses with her mother

“I’ll have a better future than my mum“: peer educator Silvia talks about Kenyan Mother’s Day traditions

Rena Föhr Kenya, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

INTERVIEW: MALENE HUMMEL / TRANSLATION: RENA FÖHR & EOGHAN WALSH Silvia Bulali is a 25-year-old peer educator trained by DSW Kenya. She teaches young people about sexual health and contraception. Today, Silvia tells us about Kenyan Mother’s Day traditions and how it is being a mother in her country. Silvia, how is Mother’s Day celebrated in Kenya? Silvia: we show …

How can we achieve universal access to SRHR? Three key lessons from the new Guttmacher-Lancet report

Rena Föhr Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

Almost everyone in the world will lack access to sexual and reproductive health services at some point in their life. This is one of the most alarming findings of a ground-breaking new report on SRHR recently published by the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission. But there’s good news too: fixing this situation would be affordable, and have a positive impact not only on health, …

DSW reaction to EU MFF budget proposal – “Disappointingly short of expectations”

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorised

Reaction to the European Commission’s proposal for the EU’s multi-annual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 – from global development NGO Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) On Research and Horizon Europe: “We had hoped that the EU would show more ambition when it came to Europe’s research agenda. Expanding the EU research budget from €80 to €97.9 billion means there’s no guarantee that …

Hamza Ahmed, 76, Women's Rights Activist

What are my rights? Gender-based violence against women

Alice Bridgwood Gender-based violence against women

Do you know what your rights are? Do you really have the rights you are entitled to? 51 out of 54 African countries have committed to ensuring women’s rights as enshrined in a continental policy commitment known as the Maputo Protocol. But the reality is, 15 years after the Maputo Protocol was conceived, many women across Africa still do not have these fundamental …

Lilian Mokobi, 24, with her baby in Kibera, Nairobi

What are my rights? Sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa

Alice Bridgwood Sexual and Reproductive Health

Do you know what your rights are? Do you really have the rights you are entitled to? 51 out of 54 African countries have committed to ensuring women’s rights as enshrined in a continental policy commitment known as the Maputo Protocol. But the reality is, 15 years after the Maputo Protocol was conceived, many women across Africa still do not have these fundamental …