Development Policy

11-09-2017

Diverting EU aid to stop migration: The EU Trust Fund for Africa

Migrants have become the focus of the EU's aid strategy. As priority is given to stemming migrant flows in the short-term, long-term development goals are forgone, tarnishing the EU's image as a global development actor, writes Fanny Voitzwinkler.

Is water a female issue?

Around 30% of the world's population still do not have access to safe drinking water and 60% do not have safe sanitation, but lack of access to sanitation affects women more than men, Bruno Tisserand explains in the aftermath of World Water Week, hosted in Stockholm last week.

24-08-2017

Engineering disruptive innovation

Disrupting innovation, which could be compared to television replacing radio, finds fertile ground in the developing countries, write Gauri Khandekar and Thomas Wyns.

26-07-2017

Taking stock of 2030 Agenda: Are we making progress with integrated implementation?

There is no planet B. Humanity needs to acknowledge this and work together to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, in a relatively short space of time, write  Hannah Janetschek and Imme Scholz.

06-07-2017

European secrecy must end if Africa’s potential is to be unlocked

Having shown their serious intent at the lectern and on panels, G20 and African leaders must now move beyond speeches and pledges and take concrete, demonstrable steps to help the African continent harness its full potential, writes Acting-President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo.

03-07-2017

Europe’s legal U-turn on militarising development policy

Europe’s development policy should stay true to its aims of eradicating poverty and raising people’s quality of life. The increasing military slant of EU development aid is both illegal and inhumane, writes Heidi Hautala.

28-06-2017

Sustainable development must be overarching EU objective

The EU should throw its full weight behind the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and take a global lead in its implementation. Former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy explains why sustainable development should be the bloc's top priority.

27-06-2017

Time to move to an interest-driven Africa-EU political partnership

Geert Laporte proposes eight measures for Europe and Africa to build the strong partnership that everyone seems to want. But is everyone willing to support the tough decisions that these measures would entail?

22-06-2017

Do smallholders need rights of their own, and if so, which ones?

Do farmers have and/or need different rights to other people? Michael Brüntrup argues that gaining the support of rural dwellers and ensuring they benefit from development should be the top priority.

Health 20-06-2017

The ‘Eurovision of inventors’ and new solutions for protecting the planet

Whether or not Donald Trump is taking part in efforts to protect the planet, inventions and technological progress are filling an important gap and the EU is playing a role bigger than generally assumed, writes Eli Hadzhieva.

20-06-2017

Time to consider refugee protection in partnerships with third countries

On World Refugee Day and just before the European Council, we call on the EU and its member states to assess the impact of the Partnership Framework approach on the right to seek and enjoy asylum, writes Denis Haveaux.

Languages & Culture 15-06-2017

EU cultural diplomacy must be used as a peace-building and soft power tool

International cultural relations have an enormous and untapped potential within the current global context, in which freedom of expression, human rights and mutual cooperation are under threat, writes Luca Jahier.

14-06-2017

New Ideas for Old Problems: How to Get Health Products to Remote Communities

Global health is a shared responsibility, and addressing today’s global health challenges requires us to go beyond the 20th-century model of donors and recipients, writes Christoph Benn.

09-06-2017

Commission is wrong to promote private sector in EU aid policy

The European Commission has engaged in a dangerously mistaken defence of the role of public private partnerships (PPPs) in EU development policy, warns Jan Willem Goudriaan.

08-06-2017

Towards a tech future free from human rights abuses

Minerals are vital for many cutting edge technologies but often they leave a legacy of conflict and slavery. Responsible sourcing and human rights must be placed at the heart of modern business ethics, write Nele Meyer and Lucy Graham.

Global Europe 07-06-2017

Why development cooperation matters

Last week, Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement. This follows previous announcements on reducing US support to development. These decisions are deeply worrying – but must not distract us from the immense task ahead, writes Neven Mimica.

EU takes the helm in a year of ocean mobilisation

2017 will be remembered as the turning point in how the international community works together to protect the ocean, write Karmenu Vella and Isabella Lövin.

Agenda for Change 26-05-2017

The EU must forge a European strategy for sustainable development

The UN's 2030 Agenda is absent from the White Paper on the Future of Europe. The Commission should lead by example and mainstream sustainable development across all EU programmes, policies and financial instruments, writes Luca Jahier.

24-05-2017

Europe needs a strategy that will treat Africa as a ‘true partner’

If Europe does not eradicate the causes that drive so many migrants into the hands of traffickers, then very soon, it will be faced with uncontrolled migratory pressure, writes Gianni Pittella.

23-05-2017

Is ‘less’ really ‘more’ in the new European Consensus on Development?

European development policy must prioritise democracy, inclusiveness and sustainability. To do this the bloc has to change the way it interacts with stakeholders and support local initiatives, which are the building blocks of societies, writes Wouter Boesman.

09-05-2017

Health leadership in a multipolar world: A view from Europe

Europe is still the most powerful international player in global health. But in an increasingly multipolar world, where differences between the developing and developed health worlds are dissolving, the way we look at global health is outdated, writes Johanna Ralston.

Climate fund 04-05-2017

Drought mitigation: Lessons from Ethiopia

Ethiopia, at the forefront of preventing and reducing drought risks, offers lessons to prepare for future challenges, writes the Embassy of Ethiopia to the EU.

03-05-2017

Germany’s plan for development effectiveness

The goal of Germany’s Marshall Plan for Africa is sustainable development on the continent within the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Plan should take development to the next level, write Alexandra Rudolph and Sarah Holzapfel.

28-04-2017

EU’s ‘New Consensus on Development’ puts migration control centre-stage

The EU's New Consensus on Development is meant to plot a roadmap to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Instead, the draft proposal appears to prioritise migration control and military operations, writes Johannes Trimmel.