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30/05/2016

Foreign Affairs council may discuss controversial Afghan repatriation plan

Development Policy


Development Policy 27-05-2016

G7 leaders promise to boost global aid

The leaders of the G7 have committed to increasing global aid in the face of the biggest migration crisis since the Second World War. Currently the United Kingdom is the only member of the group to fulfil its aid commitments. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 26-05-2016

Energy crisis looms near for Africa

Africa suffers from a massive shortfall in energy supply and the problem is only expected to get worse as the population grows, unless investment and better management can be guaranteed. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

International emergency assistance requires reform

The present demand for emergency assistance is almost unprecedented, and the World Humanitarian Summit is a golden opportunity to push for much-needed systemic reforms, write Jörn Grävingholt and Benjamin Schraven.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

Divert 10% of EU funds to deal with refugee crisis, says Germany

Germany wants to divert 10% of the EU budget towards dealing with the refugee crisis, after a lack of joined-up thinking exacerbated the challenges posed by irregular migration to Europe.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

Come on, donors, be courageous!

The first World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul today (23 May) and tomorrow. It should be used as an opportunity by donors to put more trust in the people being granted aid, so the recipients can start determining the course of their own lives, writes Merle Kreibaum.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

Kenya's closure of refugee camp sparks international outrage

Kenya has announced plans to shut down the largest refugee camp in the world and repatriate its occupants to their home countries in a move intended to counter terrorism but which has also been condemned worldwide. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

World leaders discuss tourism's potential to eradicate poverty

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), tourists injected €1.1 trillion into the economies of their destinations last year. Their potential to help developing countries was discussed at a conference in China last week. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

EU sets sights on West Africa's gun problem

A €5.6 million EU funded programme in West Africa is pushing for the voluntary surrender of small and light arms that are in the hands of civilians in exchange for incentives like social amenities and development activities for residents. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Development Policy 23-05-2016

Everything you need to know about the World Humanitarian Summit

Politicians will meet in Istanbul on 23-24 May to debate how to deal with global crises that have been exacerbated by war, climate change and natural disasters. EurActiv's media partner, The Guardian, looks at the main questions surrounding the summit's objectives and organisation.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

The EU at World Humanitarian Summit: What's in it for children?

There are currently 125 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, writes Justin Byworth.
Development Policy 20-05-2016

SDG progress hampered by insufficient mortality data

Life expectancy is at its highest in Europe and the average is globally rising at a significant rate except in Africa, according to new figures released by the World Health Organisation. But its work is being hurt by a lack of data to analyse. EurActiv Germany reports.


Development Policy 20-05-2016

Citizen reporters: Trying to tell world about the conflict in Burundi

12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict, writes Kevin McCann.

ILO: Poverty rising in Europe, amid global dearth of solid jobs

A growing number of Europeans are living in "relative poverty", the UN labour agency said Wednesday (18 May), warning that a lack of quality jobs worldwide was threatening to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction.
Euro & Finance 18-05-2016

Refugees can bring significant economic benefit: report

A new international study released today [18 May] finds significant economic benefits for wealthy EU countries that accept refugees. But one of the weaknesses of the report appears to be that it does not analyse the case in poorer EU countries in central and eastern Europe.
Trade & Society 18-05-2016

Caspary: TTIP could provide 'more productive market access' to LDCs

When it comes to TTIP, safeguarding standards and pushing European or American interests are top of both camps’ agendas. But how would an eventual agreement affect developing countries and their access to the global market? EurActiv Germany reports.

Paris agreement requires agriculture emissions target to succeed

The Paris climate agreement was historic. Some 177 nations signed the Paris treaty to limit warming to at least 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100. Yet the question remains – are countries clear on how they will get there? asks Dr Lini Wollenberg.
Development Policy 17-05-2016

What would 'Brexit' mean for Development?

On June 23rd Britain will go to the polls to make a momentous decision: whether to remain in or leave the EU, writes Linda McAvan MEP.
Agriculture & Food 13-05-2016

Farmers: Mercosur deal will hit EU agricultural exports 'tremendously'

EU farmers are concerned about recently re-launched trade negotiations with Mercosur trade bloc, claiming that European agricultural exports will be negatively affected.
Sustainable Dev. 13-05-2016

OECD: Corruption costs water sector €66 billion a year

Water is arguably the world’s most precious, if not always most expensive, resource. The OECD is looking to prioritise cooperation between sectors and new forms of financing. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 12-05-2016

EU sends new medical corps team to Angola yellow fever outbreak

The EU is to send its new European Medical Corps on its first ever mission – to help tackle the outbreak of yellow fever in the West African state of Angola.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Fair trade, heat-resistant chocolate is winning recipe for Togo

Organic, fair trade chocolate has proved popular in recent years, especially with ethically-minded Western consumers keen to give cocoa farmers around the world a better deal.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Cameron caught on camera naming ‘fantastically corrupt countries’

British Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth yesterday (10 May) that leaders of some "fantastically corrupt" countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, were due to attend his anti-corruption summit.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Foreign Affairs council may discuss controversial Afghan repatriation plan

Development ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday (12 May) may discuss a controversial proposal to repatriate some 80,000 Afghans to their homeland, it emerged Tuesday (10 May).