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Development Policy 12-02-2016

France attempts to overthrow Germany as top exporter of aid expertise

France's young international technical expertise agency has big ambitions, but in this sector dominated by Germany, European cooperation is a dirty word. EurActiv France reports
Development Policy 12-02-2016

The EU’s response to Zika: Old wine in new bottles?

Fundamental research into the effects of the disease, and into vector control for this and other diseases is welcome, but it will not address the immediate lack of a vaccine, writes Cecile Vernant. 
Development Policy 11-02-2016

EU internet freedom programme endangered by Commission muddle

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission appears to have shelved a landmark programme that gave out aid money to help human rights workers, protestors and journalists access the internet.
Development Policy 10-02-2016

EU considers enlarging Cotonou Agreement into Latin America and Asia

Relations between the EU and a large group of developing countries are set to change as the Cotonou Agreement nears its end. Some argue that the cooperation deal should be enlarged into Latin America and Asia. EurActiv France reports
Development Policy 10-02-2016

NGO founder: Sustainable Development Goals will work

Fazle Hasan Abed sold his flat in 1971 and used the money to set up BRAC, which is now considered to be the world's largest NGO. El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 09-02-2016

African Union’s Somalia mission hit by EU funding cut

The African Union (AU) has criticised the EU's decision to cut funding for its peace-keeping mission in Somalia by 20% at a time when it is entrenched in a deadly battle with terrorist militants. EurActiv Germany reports.
Med & South 09-02-2016

Turkish envoy: The EU should not tell us to open our borders when it is closing its own

EXCLUSIVE / The refugee crisis can only be solved if the international community finds a solution to the Syrian crisis, which has become an international civil war, said Turkish Ambassador Selim Yenel, in an interview with EurActiv.
Development Policy 08-02-2016

Ethiopia’s El Niño drought leaves 10m dependent on food aid

With world leaders having departed drought-ridden Ethiopia following the African Union meeting at the end of January, the time for talking and roundtables is over.
Development Policy 08-02-2016

UNICEF: Increasing number of genital mutilation victims

A million girls worldwide suffer genital mutilation every year and that number is only increasing in some countries, according to a report by UNICEF. The European Commission has warned that the practice could be on the rise in Europe as well. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 08-02-2016

Morocco launches solar power plant dubbed as 'largest in the world'

King Mohammed VI on Thursday (4 February) inaugurated Morocco's first solar power plant, a massive project that the country sees as part of its goal of boosting its clean energy output.
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 05-02-2016

SDGs: Not an à la carte menu

How do we translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into policy? We need a more coherent and integrated approach, argue Sarah Holzapfel and Heiner Janus.

London conference closes with €9 billion in pledges for Syria and region

UK Prime minister David Cameron said the London conference for supporting Syria and the region raised more than $10 billion (€9 billion) - the largest amount of money ever raised in one day in response to a humanitarian crisis.
Development Policy 05-02-2016

The future of proposed ‘new Panama Canal’ in doubt

Nicaragua's planned development of a competing waterway to the Panama Canal has faced massive opposition due to the impact the project will have on the environment and society. EurActiv's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 04-02-2016

Austria seeks EU aid suspension for countries rejecting 'failed' refugees

Austria's foreign minister called on the European Union on Thursday (4 February) to stop giving development aid to countries that refuse to take back nationals whose asylum claims were rejected.
Development Policy 03-02-2016

EU institutions still divided over conflict minerals

A new round of negotiations has begun in Brussels to try to reach a compromise on conflict minerals. But the process has stalled over disagreements on supply chain monitoring. EurActiv France reports
Development Policy 03-02-2016

Commission earmarks €10 million for Zika virus research

In order to combat the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly throughout Latin America, the executive wants to allocate €10 million from the EU budget.
Development Policy 02-02-2016

WHO declares Zika virus global emergency, EU says risk in Europe low

The World Health Organization yesterday (1 February) declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of birth defects in Brazil.

Syria fund to help refugees in Macedonia and Serbia

The Syria trust fund, used to help Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, will also be used to help the migrants who made it to Macedonia and Serbia, an EU official said on Monday (1 February).
Development Policy 01-02-2016

Raul Castro on historic visit to France

Cuba's President Raul Castro began an official state visit to France today (1 February), his first ever to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his island nation's ties with the West.
Development Policy 01-02-2016

EIB opens its first Latin American offices in Panama

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will open its first office in Latin America, a decision made as a result of its "growing" activity in the region.
Development Policy 01-02-2016

Refugees in Middle East 'need jobs and schooling' to ease migration crisis

Europe will resolve its migration crisis only by giving people fleeing the Middle East new reasons to stay there, such as legitimate jobs, schooling and a future, the UK’s international development secretary has said.
Development Policy 01-02-2016

Commission attempt to suppress EU immigration audit infuriates lawmakers

EXCLUSIVE / The Juncker Commission has been fighting the European Court of Auditors to suppress a report on EU migration policy that should have been published by now. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 29-01-2016

EU needs 'radical rethink' of foreign aid in 2016

These are challenging times for policy makers, as global security risks become ever more complex. The tragic events of 2015 show how the challenges of poverty and development need to be tackled together, write James Mackie and Rhys Williams.