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Decentralised Rural Energy to Meet Energy Needs of Rural Communities and Farmers: Simple, Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Hivos

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Women's Leadership in Peace Building
Conflict, Community and Care
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Africa World Press

The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken
Publisher: Wolf legal publishers
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The economic cost of Ebola

ebola-is-realThe cost of Ebola to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be more than 2 billion dollars, according to the World Bank.

The Bank forecasts a severe drop in economic growth for all three countries for 2014 and 2015 with the prospect of recession in Sierra Leone and Guinea for 2015.  The epidemic has severely disrupted normal economic activity, and with a need for all available resources being put into controlling the spread of the disease, public investment in other areas has been reduced.

Read more: The economic cost of Ebola

Enabling Access to Decentralised Renewable Energy for Econcomic Development in Africa

141104-006Enabling access for remote rural communities to sustainable and affordable energy services can only be achieved through a multi-stakeholder approach.  This was the conclusion of an informal hearing at the European Parliament on 4 November focusing on Economic Development in Africa through access to Decentralised Renewable Energy.

Organised by Hivos with the support of EEPA, and co-hosted by MEPs Bas Eickhout and Doru Frunzulica, the meeting brought together representatives from the European Parliament and European Commission, from the secretariat of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, from the private sector, and from civil society both in Europe and in Africa.

For report of the meeting click here
For presentation by Jean-Pierre Kempeneers, Head of Philips European Affairs Office click here
For the presentation of Paolo Ciccarelli, Head of Unit Water, Energy, Infrastructure DG Development Cooperation – EuropeAid click here
To read Hivos briefing paper on Decentralised Renewable Energy in EU Development click here
To read AIV report on New Paths to International Environmental Cooperation click here
To read AIV report on Interaction between Actors in International Cooperation click here
For pictures of the informal hearing click here

EU should appoint woman as Ebola envoy

Mirjam-van-ReisenAs EU leaders discuss the appointment of an EU envoy for Ebola, EEPA Director Mirjam van Reisen argues in an article on EurActiv why the EU's envoy should be a women.

Ebola hits women. 75% of the victims of the Ebola virus are female. They look after sick children, husbands, and members of the family. Minister of Development of Liberia, Julia Duncan-Cassell, requested last week that more international women are appointed to give leadership to the fight against Ebola.

Read more: EU should appoint woman as Ebola envoy

International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment and Peace Building

1410-AWC-ICWL2Hosted by the Association of Women's Clubs in Zimbabwe the International Colloquium was held five years after the first Colloquium hosted by President Sirleaf in Liberia, co-hosted with President Halonen from Finland.

The Colloquium reviewed the progress made to implement the Monrovia Declaration adopted in Liberia in 2009. The Colloquium paid particular attention to the situation of women's leadership and peace-building in Zimbabwe, particularly assessing the space for women in rural settings. The work of the Colloquium focused on the way in which women can negotiate security and protection within society. The Collloquium adopted the Harare Declaration.

The Colloquium continued in The Netherlands, Leiden, as part of the Africa Works! Conference. The Netherlands Colloquium and conference were opened by Minister Julia Duncan - Cassell, Liberia's Minister of Gender and Development, repesenting President Sirleaf. For the text of the speech click here.

A resolution was adopted calling for more women in the leadership to fight against Ebola, noting that 75% of the victims are women. Women are the predominent care-givers of the sick and as a result are at greater risk, yet women are largely absent from leadership postions. The Dutch Minister of Trade and Development announced that Hans Docter had been appointed as the Dutch Envoy on Ebola. An EU Envoy on the fight against Ebola is expected to be appointed by the EU in the coming days.

At the Colloquium a book was presented with a foreword from President Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf called "Women's Leadership in Peace Building: Conflict, Community and Care". The book can be ordered from Africa World Press.

Ebola Appeal

ebola-ECMore than eighty academics, politicians and civil society actors have called on the EU to increase its support to address the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The appeal to the EU's leaders urges the appointment of a European Special Envoy mandated to ensure an effective engagement by the EU in coordination with other actors.

With the continuing spead of the epidemic in Liberia, Sierre Leone and Guinea proving difficult to contain, the consequences for these countries is already devastating, and will have long term implications for the people and their cultures. The crisis is impacting particularly heavily on women in their role as carers for the family and community. In 2009 the International Colloquium on Women's Leadership in Peace Building took place in Liberia recognising the crucial role that women played in ending conflict in that country, and in steering the peace towards development. The achievements of the past decade are now threatened by the Ebola crisis.

The appeal has been sent to Presidents of the Commission and European Council, as well as to the political leaders of the EU's member states and is issued under the auspices of the International Colloquium on Women's Leadership in Peace Building that is taking place in Leiden on 16 and 17 October. Signatories include Professor Mirjam van Reisen, the Rectors of Tilburg University and other Universities, and the President of the Belgian Senate, as well as a number of past government ministers.

Click here to read the appeal

Click here to read a background briefing prepared by The Broker

Click here to see the signatories to the appeal

To add you endorsement to the appeal file in this form

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