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30/09/2016

No Emergency Trust Fund money goes to Ethiopian government, Commission stresses

Location: Africa


Development Policy 30-09-2016

ICC prosecutor opens initial probe into Gabon unrest

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said yesterday (30 September) she was opening an initial probe into the deadly unrest in Gabon triggered by disputed elections.
Development Policy 28-09-2016

EU wins the battle for reciprocal trade access in Africa

The six African countries threatened with losing access to the European single market have finally agreed to sign the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). But the continent’s regional integration may suffer as a result. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 28-09-2016

Health SDGs need to learn lessons of MDGs

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on Health, the EU should increase the priority afforded to health in development assistance, writes Frazer Goodwin.
Global Europe 27-09-2016

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president amidst EU criticisms

Ali Bongo was sworn in Tuesday (27 September) as Gabon's president in a ceremony boycotted by many African heads of state, after the country's top court controversially validated his fiercely contested election win.

EU launches programme to issue cash cards to migrants in Turkey

The European Union launched a programme yesterday (27 September) to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.
Development Policy 26-09-2016

More than 25% of UK aid budget will be spent by other ministries by 2020

More than a quarter of UK overseas aid will be spent by ministries other than the Department for International Development (DfiD) by 2019/20 - according to figures that have sparked renewed concern about changes to Britain’s aid policy.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

'Balkan route' nations turn away from EU solution to refugee crisis

European countries on the route used by more than a million migrants to reach the continent last year agreed on Saturday (24 September) to focus on the more easily achievable ways of preventing another influx than the big issues the EU is divided over, Austria said.
Development Policy 26-09-2016

EU Budget: yesterday’s solutions no longer work today

Those familiar with Brussels’ routines know that, at this time of the year, EU institutions’ representatives gather to agree on the budget for 2017. Negotiations are known to be passionate, to say the least, writes Tamira Gunzburg.
Development Policy 25-09-2016

EU says Gabon court failed to address poll 'anomalies'

EU monitors said Sunday (25 September) that Gabon's top court had failed to rectify vote-counting "anomalies" in fiercely-disputed elections in which President Ali Bongo extended his family's rule in the oil-rich nation into a fifth decade.
Development Policy 21-09-2016

Mimica: Europe's new plan for Africa 'could reach €88 billion'

EXCLUSIVE / One of the keynote announcements of Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address last week was the European External Investment Plan. EU development aid chief Neven Mimica gives the details in an interview with EurActiv.com
Global Europe 19-09-2016

EU slams Egypt over NGO clampdown

An Egyptian court froze assets of five prominent human rights defenders and three non-governmental organisations on Saturday (17 September), provoking fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.
Development Policy 16-09-2016

IMF prods Mozambique to allow audit of secret loan companies

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday (15 September) pressed Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi to allow an independent international audit of companies involved in a loan scandal that forced an IMF and World Bank aid cutoff.
Development Policy 16-09-2016

The European External Investment Plan: more than old wine in a new bottle

Europe is at last fully converted to the merits of boosting investment in order to achieve sustainable growth. The EU is doing so with an internal investment plan (commonly referred to as the Juncker Plan or as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), writes San Bilal.
Development Policy 15-09-2016

MEPs approve trade deal with six African states – nine years late

A trade deal with six developing African countries was agreed yesterday (14 September) by the European Parliament – some nine years behind schedule.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Lawmakers slam diversion of EU aid to 'Trust Fund for Africa'

A little under a year since its launch, the EU’s Trust Fund for Africa is largely financed with EU development money and has failed to convince MEPs. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 14-09-2016

Juncker’s new investment plan shows he still has not understood the problem

Jean-Claude Juncker is today (14 September) expected to launch the new European External Investment Plan, which aims at “addressing the root causes of migration”. But once again Europe’s solution to the “migration crisis” is not only wrong – it is actually no solution at all, writes Natalia Alonso.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Oxfam questions ‘blending’ financing in SDG delivery

Oxfam has taken aim at the increasing use of ‘blending’ private sector investment with foreign aid, in a wide-ranging report looking at the future of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s.
Development Policy 13-09-2016

Ethiopia blames ‘outside forces’ for protest death toll

The Ethiopian government has hit back after the international outcry over the rising death toll from protests in the country, blaming “outside forces” for fomenting the trouble.
Development Policy 12-09-2016

Brexit could cost poorest countries €378m a year, warn economists

The world’s poorest countries could lose more than €378m per year if their existing trade agreements with the UK market are not maintained in the event of Brexit, a new series of essays published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the UK Trade Policy Observatory has warned.
Development Policy 12-09-2016

EU should focus more on regional governance in Africa

Migration is a priority issue all the way from Oslo to Cape Town, so the EU and Africa need to work together more effectively in order for it to be better managed in the future. Aderanti Adepoju describes how this can be done.
Development Policy 09-09-2016

Seven critical questions for review of 'European Consensus on Development'

There are many changes impacting the future of European development cooperation: a serious existential crisis in the European Union in the wake of Brexit, a newly agreed 2030 global sustainable development and climate change agenda, and major geopolitical shifts, writes Andrew Sherriff.
Global Europe 09-09-2016

UN must look beyond national solutions to the refugee crisis

The forthcoming UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants need not be another missed opportunity. UN member states must involve the private sector and local authorities to finally address the global refugee crisis, writes Solon Ardittis.

Hungarian satirists mock Orbán anti-migrant campaign ahead of referendum

Hungarian satirists are lampooning anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government, less than a month before a referendum is expected to reject the EU's troubled mandatory migrant relocation scheme.
Development Policy 07-09-2016

No Emergency Trust Fund money goes to Ethiopian government, Commission stresses

No monies from the EU’s flagship Emergency Trust Fund (ETF) for Africa goes to the Ethiopian government or its agencies, the Commission stressed yesterday (6 September), as human rights groups say more than 400 people have been killed in clashes with the government.