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Jane Carter, January 2017 0

Focusing on the most vulnerable in Madagascar

Madagascar is a country of rich biodiversity and stunning natural beauty, but also of deeply entrenched poverty, especially in remote rural areas where basic services are often poorly accessible. Indeed, in some of the areas in which we work, such as those covered under the Münsingen programme, nearly everyone can be classified as poor. Using

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Jane Carter, December 2016 0

The power of numbers: Women in local governance in Bangladesh

Given the low level of women’s representation in local, regional and national governments, quotas are used in many countries to boost numbers. And the number that has come to be most widely chosen seems to be 30%, or 33% – seen as the “critical mass” needed to sensitise public opinion to the acceptability – indeed

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Jane Carter, December 2016 0

Valuing women – and child care – in Albania

The 16 days of Activism on ending violence against women is now over, but that does not mean that the topic should fade from public discourse for another year. Recently I was in Albania, contributing to the planning of the next phase of the RisiAlbania project (Risi for short). Risi works to promote youth employment,

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Jane Carter, October 2016 1

Leadership skills for women and men staff

Probably all international development organisations have some sort of written commitment to upholding gender equality and diversity within their internal organisation. At Helvetas, we have such a principle in our gender and social equity policy – but what matters is being proactive about putting policy into practice. Numbers of women and men staff Staffing figures

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