World AIDS Day 2015: We have ‘never been closer’ to a medical breakthrough

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

To mark World AIDS Day 2015 two champions of the fight against diseases of poverty in the European Parliament, Theresa Griffin and Linda McAvan (both MEPs), write at The Parliament Magazine about how we can harness innovation to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS. Read the original article here. As the European Year for Development draws to a close this …

The EU Gender Action Plan – political commitment or business as usual?

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

On Tuesday June 24th, I represented CONCORD Europe (the group in Brussels representing European development NGOs) at the European Parliament Development Committee for a hearing on gender equality and development – and in particular the upcoming EU Gender Action Plan. Together with Dagmar Schumacher, the head of UN Women in Brussels, Federica Petrucci, and Jean-Louis Ville, both working with the …

An emerging EU position on SRHR and gender

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

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 …

European Year for Development 2015 – time to focus on health!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Living in Brussels and working on development, you cannot escape the fact that 2015 has been designated the European Year for Development. Each year, the European Union decides to focus on a particular subject, supporting a debate around that issue and promoting it in its work in EU member states. In the past, there have been years for things like …

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

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

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 …

Let’s Save Lives celebrated World TB Day at the European Parliament – a busy week!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

To celebrate World TB Day, and to mark the end of the “Let’s Save Lives” campaign DSW and partners got together for a Twitter chat on how research & development and innovation can support the fight against diseases of poverty and improve global health. Join the conversation on Wednesday March 25th.

Save the Date: DSW celebrates World TB Day in the European Parliament

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis (TB) on 24 March 2015, join Theresa Griffin MEP and DSW at an evening cocktail reception to mark the closing of the “Let’s Save Lives” campaign – a five-month campaign calling for the EU to increase political support for global health research and development targeted at diseases such as TB, malaria and HIV & …

Discussing EU development policy with ACP-EU Members of Parliament

Andreia Oliveira Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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 …

World AIDS Day: An end to AIDS, if we work hard enough

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

World AIDS Day 2014: this opinion piece, written by four Members of the European Parliament from the UK, was originally published online at Devex. You can access it on their site here. Is an end to AIDS within our lifetime really too much to hope for? The facts might suggest otherwise. According to UNAIDS, in 2013 over 2.1 million people contracted HIV …

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

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

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.

#LetsSaveLives: If you do one thing today, support global health research and development

Renate Baehr Youth Empowerment

Working for DSW for over 20 years, I have witnessed the terrible suffering that HIV & AIDS, malaria, TB, and other neglected tropical diseases wreak on people living in poverty. These awful diseases rob millions of young people of their futures. They have disastrous consequences for families and communities. They are responsible for holding back huge numbers of people across …

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

Eoghan Walsh 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 …

World Contraception Day 2014 – A week-long celebration of contraception!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

World Contraception Day is set to take place, as it does every year, this Friday on 26th September. As avid readers of the DSW blog will know, we are a strong supporter of World Contraception Day. As usual we will be celebrating the central vision of World Contraception Day – a world where every pregnancy is wanted. As our week of …

What to Read this Week – July 23rd

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

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 UN has this month published its MDG progress report for 2014, highlighting that achieving global targets to reduce maternal and child deaths and increase …