Turning the tide for our global future

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Uncategorised, Youth Empowerment

As the (proud!) father of a nine-year old living in Germany, I find it impossible to imagine a situation where I would block his attendance from school, expose him to violence, pressure him into finding a job to support us, or even force him into marriage. His entire world at the moment consists of juggling homework with his love for …

Why we need to finally wipe out TB now

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

What do you really know about tuberculosis? If you are living in a high-income country, I imagine that you’ve probably heard of it but never really given it much thought. If this is the case, you should count yourself lucky, as the disease was one of the top ten causes of death and suffering in 2015. In fact, it has …

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

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

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 …

The “she matters” conference – building support for women and girls needs across the world

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

Last Friday evening saw the end to an ambitious but well received international two day conference in Berlin. Called “she matters”, the conference aimed at creating support from among parliamentarians across the world for increased G7 commitment to international development cooperation and global health, with a special focus on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and SRHR. Organised by the German All …

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 …

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 …

Working with women and youth for a better future in East Africa

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS, Population Dynamics, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

DSW’s Working Together for Decent Work in East Africa (Fit for Life) project is an excellent example of how an integrated approach can be adopted to address the needs of vulnerable populations. This EU funded three-year programme (2011 to 2014), worked to improve the health and livelihoods of those excluded from the formal labour market, especially women and youth. By …

DSW’s Reading List – 25th June

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, Reading List, Sexual and Reproductive Health

  Every week we post interesting, provocative, informative and thought-provoking articles that we at DSW have been reading – from global health, to sexual rights, to ODA and the future of development assistance. Enjoy!   –  The journal Studies in Family Planning, published by the Population Council, launched a special edition this month focusing on “Unmet Need for Family Planning“. A …