International Youth Day 2015: Youth civic engagement

Howard Akimala Uncategorized

Kenya joined the rest of the world on August 12 to mark International Youth day. The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Youth Civic engagement” and sought to explore how the youth have engaged themselves in governance and political processes. Through a coalition of youth organizations known as ‘Action 2015’, DSW Kenya and other CSOs have been running a series …

WPD 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (pt. 2): Gender Equality

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

Improving the position of girls and women around the world was an important touchstone for the Millennium Development Goals. But, was it at the core of the MDGs agenda? Have the last 15 years shown a marked improvement for girls and young women across a range of issues – access to education and the workforce, accountability, and political representation? And, …

World Population Day 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (part 1)

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

Each year in July when World Population Day comes around, we at DSW like to take stock of the situation of the people living in some the world’s poorest countries. In particular, we want to see how the young men and women that we work with on a day-to-day basis in East Africa – supported them to be empowered and …

An emerging EU position on SRHR and gender

Cecile Vernant Uncategorized

On Tuesday May 26th, after months of coordination hours of difficult negotiations between the foreign affairs ministers, the Council of the European Union finally released these long awaited Conclusions not only on post 2015 development agenda but also on Gender in development. While most of the attention of the development community and the media was drawn to the Conclusions on …

Making Development Accountable: Youth Accountability and the Sustainable Development Goals

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

If you read the blog, you will know that DSW will be actively participating in the European Development Days, the annual gathering of international development experts in Brussels this week, with several panel discussions and debates. With youth empowerment a core part of our work, we are pleased to be working with partners on a session on youth accountability for …

Debating Global Health at the European Parliament – focus on the poor!

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

On Monday I was invited to present at the European Parliament Development committee for an exchange of views on global health. As you may be aware, April is the month dedicated to health as part of the European Year for Development 2015. It was therefore a great initiative from the European Parliament to organise a debate to look at all …

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

Irina Uncategorized

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, …

Defeating neglected tropical diseases – how close are we to beating NTDs?

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

Poverty related and neglected tropical diseases affect more than one billion people around the world. AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as Dengue fever and Chagas disease are responsible for the deaths of over 6 million people every year. These diseases are closely linked to chronic and extreme poverty, and disproportionately affect people living in some of …

Two hearts in one chest – a plea to broaden Education for Sustainable Development

Lisa Goerlitz Uncategorized

In the light of Valentine ’s Day, and for the sake of an intriguing title, this first blog post I am writing as advocacy officer at DSW will be about the ’two hearts’ in my (work life-) chest, aka political education and political communication. For the past six years, I have been equally passionate about both, working as a freelance …

Gavi Replenishment 2015 – 5 key results from Berlin

Katharina Wertenbruch Uncategorized

This article, by DSW’s International Director for Partnership and Communication, was originally published at Devex for the Gavi Replenishment 2015 meeting in Berlin. You can read the original article on their website here. The great and the good of the international development scene descended on Berlin this week for the Gavi replenishment 2015 conference. This two-day meeting was important for …

The Gates Annual Letter 2015 – 4 quick takeaways for global health

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

Each year, in early January the Gates Annual Letter is published. The letter, written by Bill and Melinda Gates, takes stock of the achievements of the global development community in the past year, as well as looking forward to challenges and opportunities ahead. The Gates Annual Letter also pinpoints what needs to be done if we are to reach ambitious …

European Parliament Development Priorities – what MEPs said

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

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 …

#LetsSaveLives Tweetchat – Saving lives with global health R&D

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

In association with Devex’s #HealthyMeans campaign launched last week, DSW is proud to host a #LetsSaveLives tweetchat on Wednesday November 12th, focusing on how R&D and innovation can support the fight against diseases of poverty and improve global health.

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

Eoghan Walsh Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized

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 …