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We have come a long way in Europe with how we ensure equality between women and men. Nevertheless, we must be vigilant as we see that many gain in this field are being put to the test.

This brochure looks at the Central Asia Invest programme, set up in 2007 to stimulate and support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), and presents its achievements to date.

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures or standards are increasingly employed in the context of international development cooperation. They are important for international trade, and play a crucial role in trade between developing countries.

EIB microfinance facilities and accompanying technical assistance have brought EUR 300m to more than 1.5 million beneficiaries through about 30 intermediaries.

The world is becoming less peaceful: global incidents of conflict, terrorism and violent crime are all rising, some quite significantly.

European Union aid to catalyse investments

In order to increase its knowledge on the possible issue of de-institutionalisation in developing countries and how it could be addressed, the European Commission Directorate- General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) commissioned SOS Children’s Villages International to conduct the present study.

Chaque famille a son histoire, voici la nôtre. Elle couvre les cinquante dernières années. Après des débuts difficiles, nous connaissons aujourd’hui une vie meilleure.

Poverty reduction remains a cornerstone of development policy. Increasingly, this focus is complemented with concerns about the potential negative economic and social impact of inequalities or relative poverty.