Development Policy

Global Europe 28-06-2017

Mimica: We are analysing aid funding gaps left by the US

The EU is analysing the aid funding gap left by Donald Trump’s decision to ban US federal funding for NGOs providing birth control support or abortions in developing countries, Development Commissioner Neven Mimica told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

27-06-2017

SDG advocate: ‘Development projects cannot be designed in Brussels’

Development is not a one-way street, rather it is a dialogue, according to SDG advocate Dr Alaa Murabit. She told EURACTIV Germany that she supports the EU’s Consensus on Development but warned against making investment conditional.

12-06-2017

After Brexit, Europe must take the lead on development aid

The loss of the United Kingdom, one of Europe’s biggest aid donors, will force the EU to strengthen its development action. In France, the election of Emmanuel Macron could give development policy a much-needed boost, Rémy Rioux said in an interview with EURACTIV France.

09-06-2017

Arancha González: ‘Fair’ is a bit of a difficult word

In an exclusive interview, the International Trade Centre's executive director managed expectations about fair trade, as well as broaching the subject of child labour and transparency in the value chain.

Global Europe 06-06-2017

Mimica: Private sector has a key role in reaching the SDGs

The massive need for investment in projects of public interest in developing countries cannot be met by the public sector alone, this is why the involvement of the private sector in reaching the SDGs is key, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

30-05-2017

Development expert: ‘Haiti would be better off without international aid’

Haiti is one of many poor countries where international aid has failed to fulfil its objectives. Despite billions of dollars being pumped in, little has changed since the disastrous earthquake of 2010, Joel Boutroue told EURACTIV France.

24-05-2017

‘Private sector development helps stabilise vulnerable countries’

Private sector development is crucial to stabilising the most vulnerable countries. But ensuring businesses respect social and environmental standards is a real challenge, Anne-Sophie Rakoutz told EURACTIV France.

17-05-2017

ACP youth leader: The ‘EU bubble’ is not very multicultural

The founder of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Young Professionals Network warns that unreformed Economic Partnership Agreements with the world's poorest states could see progress go backwards and a "new kind of economic dependency" emerge.

10-05-2017

Development boss: ‘Training in Africa does not meet business needs’

Africa’s rapidly growing population has made youth employment a major issue. While businesses are offering increasing numbers of jobs, agriculture will continue to be the main source of employment for young people, Céline Gratadour told EURACTIV France.

09-05-2017

ONE Africa director: African infrastructure needs G20 investment

Africa needs investment from the G20 in its infrastructure if European efforts to increase trade are to have any positive effect. The continent also needs to set up its own internal markets. EURACTIV Germany reports.

04-05-2017

African Union EU rep: ‘Africa shouldn’t just be a spectator to global decisions’

The African Unions EU representative, Ajay Bramdeo, told EURACTIV Germany that plans for a Marshall Plan for Africa are fundamentally good but warned that the continent needs to be the focus and that healthcare must be the priority.

14-04-2017

French development chief: ‘SDGs apply to France in same way as Burkina Faso’

Development agencies have to change their dualist approach to Africa, as it does not correspond to the reality the continent is facing, the head of the French Development Agency told EURACTIV France.

03-04-2017

UN Food Organisation deputy chief: ‘Famine is back’

EXCLUSIVE / At the launch of the Global Report on Food Crises 2017, Daniel Gustafson, the Deputy Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, warned that 108 million people are in “food crisis” around the world.

06-03-2017

French urban development expert: ‘In 2050, 3 billion people will live in slums’

Slums develop as a response to poor city planning and a lack of affordable accommodation. While they exist all over the world, up to 90% of the population of the poorest countries live in these insecure settlements, Pierre-Arnaud Barthel told EURACTIV France.

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.

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.

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.

13-12-2016

Brundtland: Climate change fight must continue, despite ‘US going in another direction’

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland told EURACTIV’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro that public awareness and civil society action is equally important as political commitment in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.

08-12-2016

UNICEF deputy chief: 2016 was ‘one of worst years in history for children’

UNICEF organised a campaign event at the European Parliament on Tuesday (6 December), highlighting the plight of tens of millions of children in conflict and emergency situations going without schooling.

Global Europe 17-11-2016

EU Syria aid manager: ‘We started two years too late’

The manager of the EU’s Trust Fund for Syria, Nadim Karkutli, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview at this year’s AidEx conference that the fund – helping the five million refugees in neighbouring countries – probably should have started in 2012.

16-11-2016

Red Cross: Yemen situation ‘is probably as bad as Syria’

Unseen and unheard crises, such as in Yemen and in the Lake Chad basin in Africa, are probably as bad as in Syria - where the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has already lost 57 aid workers, Jemilah Mahmood says.

Climate change 14-11-2016

World Bank economist: ‘Better climate risk management could save the poor billions each year’

Natural disasters plunge 26 million people into poverty every year, according to a new report by the World Bank. The organisation believes the efficiency of aid could be improved by targeting climate risk management efforts on the most vulnerable, Stéphane Hallegatte told EURACTIV France.

14-11-2016

Development NGO: Rich countries gaming tax avoidance blacklist

Europe is pushing new legislation to fight tax avoidance and tax evasion. But these initiatives are not always helpful for developing countries, which are struggling to improve their tax systems, Tove Ryding told EURACTIV.com

10-11-2016

Olympics dissident: Ethiopia could ‘become another Libya’

EXCLUSIVE/ Ethiopia – one of the EU’s largest recipients of development aid and a key partner in the new Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for halting the flow of migrants – garnered unwelcome headlines last summer, when Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in protest at the treatment of the Oromia and Amhara peoples.