Development Policy

13-12-2017

EU and Gates Foundation pledge €500 million for innovations in agriculture

The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged on Tuesday (12 December) more than €500 million over the next three years for research and innovation in agriculture.

12-12-2017

Commission finally tables mandate for post-Cotonou negotiations

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (12 December) a recommendation to the Council including a long-awaited proposal for how to proceed in new trade negotiations with the countries of Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

UN Environment chief: We shouldn’t wait for the oceans to turn into a plastic swamp

At the latest United Nations environment summit, pollution topped the agenda. The man leading the UN’s quest to clean up the planet hopes this meeting will act as the wake-up call countries need and that the fight will include the world of business.

12-12-2017

Development ministers upgrade the ‘aid for trade’ strategy

Development ministers on Monday (11 December) discussed and adopted conclusions on the updated strategy on aid for trade, which aims to improve the integration of developing countries into the international trading system and to enable commerce and investment to contribute to reducing poverty.

Africa 12-12-2017

EU warns DR Congo of election funding risk over ‘harassment’

The European Union yesterday (11 December) warned Democratic Republic of Congo it would cut off help to hold elections next year if the authorities failed to end "harassment" of the opposition and civil society.

Politics 11-12-2017

Netanyahu makes appearance at EU foreign affairs meeting

Today’s (11 December) Foreign Affairs Council begins with a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the background of the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalm as the capital of Israel.

Africa 07-12-2017

EU-Africa summit conclusions blocked over forced return of migrants

The issue of forced returns of migrants, as well as sexual rights, is blocking the publication of the conclusions of the EU-Africa summit, one week after the end of the debates in Abidjan. EURACTIV France reports.

EU donates millions to help save Africa’s wildlife

The European Union on Tuesday (5 December) donated €17.2 million as part of a €30m package to boost efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of related products.

05-12-2017

Ghana’s president surprised Macron with a clear rejection of development aid

After the AU-EU summit in Abidjan, French President Emmanuel Macron visited several African states, including Ghana. Unlike other African heads of state, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a clear vision how to make his country independent from development aid. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Africa 04-12-2017

Europe’s love of roses sends ripples through Kenyan lake

Kenya is one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world but the booming industry has created a raft of environmental problems. Local producers are now coming up with new ideas to cut pollution while keeping their business profitable.

01-12-2017

EU envoy: The Sahel is ‘critical’ to Europe

The Sahel is a critical focus area that directly affects Europe, and above all Spain, the High Representative of the European Union for the Sahel, Spain’s Angel Losada, said in an interview with EURACTIV’s partner EFE.

30-11-2017

Harnessing the SDGs for charting Europe’s future course

The Sustainable Development Goals are an ideal starting point for launching a necessary debate on the future political priorities of the EU, argue Céline Charveriat and Damien Demailly.

30-11-2017

Bulgarian PM snubs Africa-EU summit, goes to Saudi Arabia instead

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov skipped the Africa-EU summit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and went instead to Saudi Arabia, a country with which Bulgaria has an almost virgin track record of relations.

Africa 29-11-2017

French MEP: Europe needs to boost African development

As the EU-Africa Summit kicks off in Abidjan, expectations are high on both sides of the Mediterranean. French MEP Maurice Ponga, who sees the problems faced by the two continents as increasingly interlinked, calls for a joint reaction.

29-11-2017

EU-Africa summit seeks jobs, stability for exploding population

More than 80 African and European leaders will gather in the Ivory Coast today (29 November) to promote jobs and stability for Africa's exploding population, with some calling for a new "Marshall Plan."

Africa 29-11-2017

AU-EU 2017 Summit: A summit that must make history

Amidst an unprecedented migration crisis, new security threats, and rapidly growing populations, it’s no secret that Africa and Europe need a redefined partnership that delivers jobs, growth, and security to both continents, argues Dorine Nininahazwe.

Africa 28-11-2017

EU-Africa Summit: Focus on youth, security, investment

Leaders of the European Union and the African Union are attending the fifth EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 29 and 30 November. The official agenda is dedicated to the youth but migration, security, investment and trade are expected to dominate the talks.

Africa 28-11-2017

S&D chief: ‘Employment for young Africans is a huge challenge’

On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit, Gianni Pittella says that European short-termism in migration policy will not address its root causes, and looks at agribusiness to leverage the continent out of poverty - 'but not at any cost'.

Africa 28-11-2017

Europe needs a partnership policy with the South and the East

A window of opportunity has opened for European policy since growth rates rebounded. But whether growth will continue for a time long enough for reducing the fiscal burden, unemployment and inequality depends on strategy changes, write Karl Aiginger and Heinz Handler.

Africa 28-11-2017

Migration think-tank: Europe is ‘obsessed’ with short-term solution

Migration will dominate the fifth Summit between Africa and the European Union, which will be held in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November. But Europeans keep dictating the agenda, due to lack of political unity in the African Union.

28-11-2017

Burkina Faso launches Sahel region’s largest solar power plant

West Africa's biggest solar power plant comes online on Wednesday (29 November) as Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries, inaugurates a novel scheme to boost renewables and cut energy dependence on its neighbours.

Settimo Torinese, Italy - July 18, 2017: Red Cross reception center is temporary hub for refugees arriving in Italy.
Africa 27-11-2017

Europe’s quick fix deals can undermine young Africans and spur them to leave

Africa’s youth will take center stage at the EU-Africa Summit this week. For Europeans, the most important outcome is migration deals with Africa. Reports of alleged slavery in Libya should be a warning that quick fixes to curbing migration can undermine young Africans, argues Marije Balt.

27-11-2017

Libya human bondage risks overshadowing Africa-EU summit

African leaders are expected to warn Europeans that their way of outsourcing the migration crisis to Libya, in apparent disregard for human rights, risks opening old wounds in the heavy history of the two continents.

Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Commission ready to boost cash support in humanitarian aid

The European Commission is aiming to boost the proportion of humanitarian aid it hands out as cash. But most payments are actually made by banking cards very similar to regular ATM cards.