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 …

DSW, development issues, and Jeffrey Sachs at the CPD!

Irina Development Cooperation, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

It’s definitely not every day, that you get to see a world-renowned economics professor and “saviour” of Bolivia and Poland up close and personal – okay, the latter may be a bit of a stretch and, to be honest, it is from the subtitle of a Vanity Fair portrait. Still, Jeffrey Sachs is somewhat of a pop star of development, …

Discussing EU development policy with ACP-EU Members of Parliament

Andreia Oliveira Development Cooperation, Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

The 28th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly was the first opportunity to engage with new Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, after the elections in last May. As part of the Steering Committee of the CONCORD Cotonou Working Group, I actively helped putting together a lunch debate and participated as a panellist …

European Parliament Development Priorities – what MEPs said

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

These are interesting times in Brussels for development policy. We are entering a new period for the European Union – in 2014 a new European Commission and a new European Parliament have been installed in the last six months. On top of that, will be an important year for global development – an agreement will be reached on a development …

DSW launches UNFPA SWOP Report in Germany – The power of 1.8 billion!

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

DSW Launches UNFPA SWOP Report Today, Nov. 18th, DSW published the German version of UNFPA’s State of the World Population (SWOP) Report in Berlin. The theme of this year’s SWOP Report is the potential transformative power of the 1.8 billion young people alive today. As this incredible generation has the power to shape our world, their needs must not be …

The new European Commission and global health: a new outlook?

Cecile Vernant Development Cooperation, Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Tomorrow, on November 1st, the new College of Commissioners of the European Union will take office. As the world’s largest donor of development assistance, Cecile Vernant of DSW asks what will change with the new European Commission and global health.

European Week of Action for Girls – Standing up for girls’ rights!

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

As part of the “European Alliance for Girls[1]” DSW organised a number of high-profile events during this week for the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. The fourth edition of the European Week of Action for Girls is organised by Plan EU Office and several civil …

Making the case for research and development for health in the post-2015 development agenda

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Occasionally we host guest editorials for partners and colleagues from across the global health community that strike a chord with us at DSW. Today it is the turn of Claire Wingfield, product development policy officer at PATH. Claire writes about a new paper exploring why research and development (R&D) of high-priority health tools for diseases and conditions affecting low- and middle-income …

Post-2015, the MDGs and Health – a lot done, more to do!

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Every so often, to give a voice to other people and other perspectives, DSW is delighted to host contributions on the blog from partner organisations. It gives us and our partners a chance to start a conversation on issues that are important for us. The opinions expressed in guest blogs do not necessarily reflect those of DSW. This week, Marielle …

DSW’s Annual Report 2013-2014: Empowering People for a Healthy Future

Renate Baehr Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Over the past twenty years, DSW has been striving for a world where girls are treated equally, where women have access to modern contraceptives and can decide freely when and how many children they want to have, an end to poverty-related diseases, and a world where young people everywhere can achieve their full potential. This latest edition of DSW’s Annual …

#WPD2014 – Fit for Life: Rhoda Adhiambo’s Path to Success

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Periodically, we like to showcase the stories of the young men and women we have worked with through our projects in East Africa. As part of the celebrations around World Population Day this month, we are taking the opportunity to show the value of investing in girls. This is Rhoda’s story. Rhoda Adhiambo was born and raised in Mathare slums …

Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

Countdown to 2015 highlights ‘unfinished business’ in new 2014 report, ‘Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children’ Countdown to 2015 launches its 2014 Report today, at the Partners’ Forum of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), in Johannesburg, South Africa. Countdown is a co-sponsor of the Forum, together with PMNCH, A Promise Renewed, and the independent Expert Review …

Why you need to be in Berlin next week if you work on Global Health

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Support for Girls in Development

The first six months of 2014 have been busy for the global health community, particularly at the EU level. Throughout the spring, the different players in Brussels and The Hague put the final touches to the next phase of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, better known as the EDCTP. This work culminates next week at the seventh …

DSW’s Fit for Life – EU official hails project

Esayas Meskel Development Cooperation, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Mr. Antonio Capone, head of infrastructure secretary with European Commission in Ethiopia, said that “Ethiopia is one of the focus countries in Africa that the European Union (EU) has long prioritized its development aids to support economic growth through various project activities. In the efforts to create decent conditions for many women and youths in Ethiopia who earn their livelihood …

Highlights from the Budget Speech 2014/15 in Uganda

Julie Najjunju Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development each year around 14th June presents the budget speech. This year the budget speech was held on Thursday, 12th June, 2014 at Serena Hotel Kampala. It should be noted that Financial Year 2014/15 budget speech was read in the year of completion of the first phase of the National Development Plan (NDP): …