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Development Policy 05-02-2016

Development is geopolitical

Changing geopolitics has progressively eroded the foundations of the ACP-EU partnership and the bargaining power of both the EU and the ACP Group, writes Rhys Williams.
Development Policy 28-01-2016

With Africa, the EU must be a player, not just a payer

The biggest challenge in the effort to deal with the migrant crisis at its root is to transform the donor-beneficiary relationship into a win-win relationship, writes Mariya Gabriel.

Commission mulls ‘Juncker Plan’ for the EU’s southern neighbours

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is considering a ‘Juncker Plan’ to support the Southern Mediterranean region, in order to cut the high number of refugees arriving in Europe, the First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told EurActiv.
Global Europe 18-01-2016

Another tough year ahead for the EU

If the EU can overcome its many internal problems in 2016, especially the refugee and UK issues, then it will be able to make a greater impact in the external field, writes Fraser Cameron.
Development Policy 12-01-2016

World Bank: 'We're worried about Africa's commodity exporters'

This week, the World Bank published its annual Global Economic Prospects, forecasting a modest 2.9% growth in the world economy, after a disappointing 2.4% last year fell below expectations. But the message for Africa was more nuanced - and more worrying.

Pope Francis in Africa: Leadership and inspiration in the face of climate change

Pope Francis has said of climate change that “decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity." He is in a powerful position to make that happen, argues Achim Steiner.
Development Policy 12-11-2015

EU's migration cash for Africa falls short

The European Union’s efforts to stem the flow of refugees from Africa was undermined today (12 November) by member states who failed to match EU money for a €1.8 billion trust fund to the tune of €1.72 billion, raising just €78 million.
Development Policy 12-11-2015

EU seeks deal with Africa to stem migrant flows

EU leaders hope Thursday (12 November) to clinch an aid-for-cooperation deal with their African partners to tackle an unprecedented migration crisis and rebuff fears a "fortress" Europe is emerging.
Development Policy 29-10-2015

UN official: Remittances should be less expensive

Transferring remittances can be very expensive, for both the sender and for the recipient. The United Nations Capital Development Fund is working to address this issue, Judith Karl, Executive Secretary of UNCDF, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Juncker: Member states should pay for refugees

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made an appeal to the European Parliament, and to member states, to find innovative ways of financing the migrant crisis, as the EU coffers are running dry.
Development Policy 27-10-2015

NGOs fear that development funds are getting spent on barbed wire

While EU ministers met yesterday (26 October) in Luxembourg to discuss “policy coherence” for development, NGOs expressed concerns that EU monies are increasingly being spent on border security, rather than fighting poverty and inequality.
Development Policy 12-10-2015

Conflict drives 'unacceptable' figure of 795 million people facing hunger

Levels of hunger in the developing world have fallen by nearly one third since 2000. But an “unacceptably high” number of people still do not have enough to eat, largely due to the spread of armed conflicts, this year’s global hunger index warns.
Migrations 09-10-2015

A New Deal between Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa

Europe’s southern neighbourhood is an erupting volcano. But positive trends are at play that represent North-South hope, and even convergence, write Franco Bassanini, Jean-Louis Guigou and Miguel-Angel Moratinos.
Development Policy 08-10-2015

Off-grid renewable energy recommended for rural Africa

A conference in Cape Town, South Africa, attended by ministers and government representatives of 28 countries, called for increased development of renewable energy, with rural needs being met with grid and off-grid solutions.
Development Policy 02-10-2015

Commission says blending of funds produces 'huge' results

A senior European Commission official said that recent experience with the blending of funds, combining grant aid with non-grant resources, has shown results that are “too good”.
Development Policy 01-10-2015

German Africa envoy: Scepticism remains over SDG implementation

Günter Nooke, Angela Merkel's representative in Africa, has called for a rethink of international approaches towards Africa, in an interview with EurActiv Germany.
Development Policy 17-09-2015

Eliminating preventable child deaths is possible

The recent release of global data on child mortality shows that Eastern and Southern Africa are making the fastest progress on reducing child deaths. It is time to leverage this momentum, write Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala and David Wright.
Agriculture & Food 17-09-2015

In Ivory Coast, a lifesaving ‘super cereal’ helps fight hidden hunger

SPECIAL REPORT / Worldwide, over two billion people suffer from potentially fatal malnutrition. Vitamin-fortified foods can help, but require more development funds. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 16-09-2015

Three videos that explain this month’s big event in New York

If you haven’t heard about the Global Goals yet, you will soon. Later this month, leaders from around the world will get together at the United Nations in New York to agree on the world’s development agenda for the next 15 years—what they’re calling the Global Goals.
Development Policy 16-09-2015

Dams create breeding grounds for malaria in Africa

Large dams in sub-Saharan Africa may be responsible for at least one million cases of malaria every year, according to a recent study. Journal de l'Environnement reports
Development Policy 15-09-2015

Can the 'Made in Germany' approach lead to self-sufficiency?

SPECIAL REPORT / The German government wants to spruce up the African agricultural sector with "Green Innovation Centres", as well as by using the help of German agribusiness. Critics warn against making the same mistakes that were made 40 years ago.

Hogan: Empowering women farmers in developing countries is ‘absolutely crucial’

SPECIAL REPORT/ In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his vision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global food security togther, through innovation and sustainable farming practices.
Development Policy 11-09-2015

Piketty: EU must demand more transparency from companies in Africa

The European Union should require companies operating in Africa to disclose the taxes they pay there more transparently, to ensure they contribute fairly to government revenues, French economist Thomas Piketty said on Thursday (10 September).
Development Policy 10-09-2015

African politicians criticise 'risk averse' German companies

While German politicians have labelled Africa as a "continent of opportunity" for the German economy, African representatives lament the perceived risk-aversion of German companies. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.