Congolese kids. Bambama Lefoutou, January 2014. [ jbdodane/flickr]
Together, EU institutions and their member states are the biggest contributor to development cooperation worldwide. In 2012 alone, more than $37 billion was donated in aid – not counting loans made by the European Investment Bank.
A week after pressing Europe to boost its trade ties with Africa in Brussels, the World Trade Organisation’s chief said in Nairobi that leading European economies should look at developing and low income countries as the new globe’s economic growth engine, at a time of decreasing development aid.
The European Union has spent billions of euros to build roads in sub-Saharan Africa that are left to deteriorate because of poor maintenance, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday (15 January).
East African livestock herders are using mobile phones to send early warnings of drought, part of a new effort to avert disasters like the one two years ago that required a massive EU humanitarian response.
The EU commissioners dealing with development cooperation and humanitarian aid have pledged more work on “resilience”, defined as the ability of individuals and communities to recover from shocks and stresses.
SPECIAL REPORT / In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his vision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global food security togther, through innovation and sustainable farming practices.
The €55 billion a year of European money going to development is politically motivated rather than scientifically. Formal colonies, trade partners and media-favorites become ‘donor darlings’. Some poor countries are bearing the brunt, writes Kasper C. Goethals.
Alexandre Polack, Commission spokesperson for development, replies to an opinion article by Joren Verschaeve , a PhD student at Ghent University, who claims that the Commissioner nominations for Development and for Humanitarian aid indicate that those portfolios are not seen as important.