Development Policy

Europe leads sustainable development agenda

Sustainability should be integrated as a leitmotif and goal of every policy formulated and implemented, writes Stuart Reigeluth.

23-02-2017

Lake Chad crisis: ‘If Nigeria fails, Africa fails’

As delegates arrive for the Oslo emergency summit on Northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region today (23 February), why should people in the EU care about people who live in such a far-off place, writes Jamie Drummond.

Africa 22-02-2017

Attacks on UK aid budget are ‘fake news’, says Miliband

The President of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, has condemned British media attacks on the UK’s aid budget as “fake news”.

21-02-2017

Stylianides condemns ‘man-made’ famine in South Sudan, promises €82m

The EU on Tuesday (21 February) condemned as “man-made” the newly-declared famine in South Sudan, whilst pledging an initial €82 in emergency aid to the country.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

16-02-2017

EU overtakes UK on medical research for developing world

Bill Gates, the US businessman turned philanthropist, is in Brussels on Thursday (16 February) to unveil a new report into medical research and development for the developing world that shows the EU has overtaken the UK in terms of funding.

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Taking Action: One year on from COP21 and the launch of the SDGs
13-02-2017

Taking Action: One year on from COP21 and the launch of the SDGs

Cooperation to achieve key sustainability goals were at the heart of debates at a Brussels conference on 6 December 2016 hosted by CSR Europe in cooperation with Huawei.

09-02-2017

EU gives ‘virtually bankrupt’ Gambia €225m aid as new government takes over

The European Union announced aid worth €225m  on Thursday (9 February) for The Gambia's new government as President Adama Barrow said his nation was "virtually bankrupt" due to economic mismanagement by the former regime.

09-02-2017

UK foreign aid fraud investigations ‘quadruple in last five years’

The UK's National Audit Office says the number of fraud investigations has increased in tandem with more public money being delivered to "fragile" countries where bribery can be seen as "cultural norm". Euractiv's media partner The Guardian reports.

06-02-2017

New report warns on ‘creative accounting’ diverting aid to housing refugees within EU

A major new report has warned that there are no strict guidelines on how EU member states divert parts of their development aid budgets to helping and housing refugees within their own countries, rather than spending it abroad.

Trade & Society 06-02-2017

Morocco warns EU to respect trade deal

Morocco's government warned the European Union today (6 February) that its failure to fully implement a joint agriculture deal would have severe consequences and could spur illegal migration.

Global Europe 01-02-2017

EU welcomes Morocco rejoining African Union

The European Union has welcomed a decision by African Union to readmit Morocco after 33 years of absence.

Trade & Society 31-01-2017

Bangladesh crackdown calls preferential EU trade deal into question

The latest crackdown on Bangladesh’s garment workers for demanding relief from poverty wages and hazardous working conditions must call into question the country’s continuing eligibility for trade preferences under the EU’s GSP regime, write trade union organisations.

31-01-2017

Guinean expert: ‘We need to target different people in our fight against FGM’

Despite long efforts to clamp down on female genital mutilation (FGM) and a raft of international commitments, the rate of female circumcision in Guinea is still rising, Alpha Amado Bano Barry told EurActiv France.

30-01-2017

UN agency chief: Fulfilling SDGs requires training

The head of the United Nations’ training and research division is optimistic about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to what extent countries will comply with them. EurActiv’s partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.

27-01-2017

EU silent over Trump’s funding ban for family planning abroad

The European Commission made only vague statements yesterday (26 January), suggesting it was not part of a Dutch/Belgian initiative set up to counteract Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for NGOs providing birth control support or abortions in developing countries.

Global Europe 27-01-2017

Pakistani minister: We want a ‘GSP-Plus’ trade deal with Brexit Britain

EXCLUSIVE / Pakistani Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan told EurActiv.com that the UK leaving the EU was a “tremendous loss” for Pakistan’s dealings with Brussels, and that he would like a GSP-Plus deal with post-Brexit Britain.

Commission announces investment boost for circular economy

The EU executive announced today (26 January) the first steps towards legislation on the burning of waste for energy, and that it would work with the European Investment Bank to spur financial backing for projects supporting the shift to a circular economy.

25-01-2017

French presidential candidates neglect development policy debate

As France's presidential election looms nearer, French NGOs have asked the candidates to put development policies, which are currently notable in their absence from the debate, at the heart of their foreign policy proposals. EurActiv France reports.

25-01-2017

Malmström put on spot by Nigeria on EU deals with ACP countries

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström came under fire from Nigeria on Tuesday (24 January) over the state of the bloc’s Economic Partnership Agreements with the developing world.

Health 24-01-2017

Counterfeit Chinese and Indian drugs invade Africa

Over the course of just two weeks, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) seized 113 million antimalarial, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic tablets bound for Africa. The true extent of the problem remains unknown. EurActiv France reports.

20-01-2017

German minister: ‘Morocco and Tunisia face a real threat of terrorism’

German Development Minister Gerd Müller does not want to hold North African countries hostage with aid cuts. He also insisted that hunger is a solvable issue, if the will is there. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

18-01-2017

Fight Inequality Alliance comes to ‘corporate’ Brussels

Brussels is not a hotbed of popular mobilisation. Few rights struggles start here, but it is one of the biggest power centres in the world and it is one of the main chapters in the book on inequality, write Laura Sullivan and Jenny Ricks.

12-01-2017

EU aid to Honduras plagued by ‘lack of expertise’ and shortcomings, auditors find

EU aid to Honduras, one of the poorest countries on the planet, was plagued by a lack of management expertise, focus and overlapping support, a damning report from the Court of Auditors found today (12 January).