Climate Diplomacy: We must act and we must act collectively

By |december 9th, 2019|Climate Change, climate diplomacy, Development Policy, News, Paris Agreement|

Becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent is Europe's biggest challenge of the next decade. That success depends of the success of our global partners. Partnerships based on mutual ownership and shared responsibility, a new generation of tra...

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Von der Leyen to start with climate summit, Africa trip

By |december 2nd, 2019|Africa, Climate Change, Development Policy, Ethiopia, News, Paris Agreement, Von der Leyen Commission|

The new head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will attend a climate summit in Madrid and travel to Africa in her first week in the job, highlighting two of the key priorities for the EU executive over the next five years.

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Why EU must guarantee funding for local, regional governments in post-2020 development policy

By |november 27th, 2019|Development Policy, local authorities, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, SDGs|

Member states must strongly support the proposal of the European Parliament to add a budget line for local authorities to tackle global challenges, including through their decentralised cooperation, writes Marlène Siméon.  

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EU-ACP Cotonou successor faces one year delay

By |maj 17th, 2019|African Union, Carlos Lopes, Development Policy, EU-ACP, European Commission, News, Post-Cotonou|

A joint ministerial council next week had been earmarked as the moment for formally concluding the successor to the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in January. But there are now doubts that it will be finalised before the end of the year.

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A new political momentum on water diplomacy in the EU?

By |november 23rd, 2018|access to water, Development Policy, drinking water, News, SDGs|

The conclusions agreed by EU foreign ministers on the importance of water in foreign policy are welcome but must be backed by actions, says Sophie Aujean.

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Market-making for Burundi’s farmers

By |april 30th, 2018|Africa, agricultural subsidies, Burundi, Development Policy, News|

One of the main causes of food insecurity for farmers in rural areas is limited access to agricultural inputs. Donors, NGOs and governments are using a variety of new tools to improve access to basic products.

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Extreme wealth continues to grow in 2017

By |januar 29th, 2018|Development Policy, inequalities, News, Oxfam, tax evasion, tax heavens|

According to an Oxfam report, 2017 registered a record high of millionaires, with a new millionaire every two days - a trend largely supported by tax evasion practices. EURACTIV.fr reports.

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Migration think-tank: Europe is ‘obsessed’ with short-term solution

By |november 28th, 2017|Abidjan, Africa summit, African Union, aid, Development Policy, EU-Africa summit, European Union, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mediterranean crisis, Migration, News, North-South relations, security, Sudan, Theo Francken, Trust Fund for Africa|

Migration will dominate the fifth Summit between Africa and the European Union, which will be held in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November. But Europeans keep dictating the agenda, due to lack of political unity in the African Union.

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EIB president: Europe needs a paradigm shift in development policy

By |november 17th, 2017|Development Policy, EU trust fund for Africa, European External Investment Plan, european investment bank, Eurozone, eurozone budget, eurozone minister, growth and stability pact, Jean-Claude Juncker, Juncker plan, loans, News, Werner Hoyer|

The Juncker Plan has been a "miraculous instrument", and Europe now needs the same paradigm change in development policy. That means moving from social policy to economic development, and from grants to loans. The EU will play a huge role in that shift...

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Belgium highlights pioneering role in linking private sector to aid policy

By |november 16th, 2017|Alexander De Croo, Belgium, Development Policy, Donald Trump, family planning, News, private sector, SDGs, Women|

Alexander De Croo, Belgium's Minister for Development Cooperation, made a passionate plea yesterday (15 November) for closer synergies between private and public funding for development, using his country's pioneering experience as an example.

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