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 …

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.

An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Occasionally we host guest editorials for partners and colleagues from across the global health community that strike a chord with us at DSW. Our Executive Director, Renate Baehr, is in New York this week for the UN General Assembly, as a member of the High-level Task Force for the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development …

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

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

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 …

#WPD2014 – A startling picture for women and girls

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

This opinion piece by DSW’s Executive Director Renate Baehr originally appeared online at Devex. You can access it on their site here. Nabajju is a young woman living in rural Uganda. While still in school Nabajju, like many girls of her age living in low- and middle-income countries, became pregnant unexpectedly. Unlike many girls in her situation, however, she was lucky …

DSW Reading List – 11th June

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!   – Following the publication by the SDG Open Working Group of their ‘zero draft’ on the future of the SDGs last week, there has been …

World Health Assembly 2014 – what to look out for in Geneva

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Ahead of the start of the 67th Word Health Assembly in Geneva today, DSW’s Cecile Vernant writes at Devex on the key issues to watch out for. This article was originally published on, and can be accessed here. This week the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva brings with it a packed agenda and a whole host of questions around …

Strategizing for youth and women with the High-Level Task Force

Irina Youth Empowerment

Within the group of over 15 of her fellow Task Force members, DSW’s Executive Director, Renate Baehr, visited New York in February to exchange and strategize around the ongoing processes and upcoming events surrounding the health and rights of women and youth. As an added plus, there was also time on the sidelines of the Task Force event to meet …