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Development Policy 19-12-2016

European countries far from meeting development aid promises

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European countries are far from meeting their official development assistance (ODA) targets. Factors related to migration are further adding to the financial pressure faced by development budgets, parts of which are being earmarked to take care of refugees.

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24-10-2016

‘Smart defense’ and ‘interoperability’: The future of defense policy in Europe

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In the 25 years following the end of the Cold War, European countries benefited from a peace dividend, by significantly decreasing defence spending.

How EU wants to leverage €3.35bn into €88bn in investment for Africa
Development Policy 30-09-2016

How EU wants to leverage €3.35bn into €88bn in investment for Africa

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The European Commission announced in Jean-Claude Juncker's 'State of the Union' speech a new initiative on Africa – the EU External Investment Plan (EIP), which looks at helping the private sector in Africa and the European Neighbourhood.

Aid Effectiveness: From commitment to transparency?
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Aid Effectiveness: From commitment to transparency?

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Open data, and the transparency and effectiveness of international development aid, have failed to get the attention they deserve.

Refugee crisis leads to boost in European aid spending
Development Policy 15-04-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Refugee crisis leads to boost in European aid spending

Europe is still the world’s leading provider of official development assistance (ODA). In 2015, its international solidarity budget increased sharply to cover the costs of the refugee crisis.

17-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: EPP is third largest party at EU summits

As EU leaders gather today (17 March) for yet another summit, trying to fix the migrant crisis, successive elections in member countries have dwarfed the largest political force in the EU following the 2014 European elections.

The European Peoples’ Party, who is the largest in the European Parliament with 251 MEPs out of the total of 751, is now the third force, by the number of its heads of state and government sitting at the summits. The most influential leader of the EPP is without any doubt the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Socialists and Democrats, who have 190 MEPs, are now the number one force at summits.

But perhaps more surprisingly, the liberals, who have only 70 MEPs in the European Parliament and are the fourth largest political group there, are now the second largest force at EU summits.

EU Priorities 2020 07-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the EU summit champions?

The EU summit today (7 March) will be the 101st for Jean-Claude Juncker, as premier of Luxembourg and president of the European Commission. Second comes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with 66 summits Third is Donald Tusk, with 57 summits as premier of Poland and president of the European Council.

Development Policy 28-01-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: An increasingly-connected developing world

Despite the fact that costs are still high, internet access and mobile phone use is becoming increasingly widespread, including in developing countries.

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Development Policy 17-12-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: The COP21 decisions at a glance

On 12 December, world governments concluded a historic international agreement to fight global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

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Development Policy 25-11-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Demography is a vehicle for development

The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016, Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change, was published on 6 November. It revealed that demographic trends had changed dramatically over the last 30 years.

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Development Policy 19-10-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Not all SDGs were created equal

The investment needed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in September varies greatly.

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Development Policy 25-09-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: EU provides over 55% of global ODA

Most Official Development Assistance (ODA) comes from the EU institutions and member states. This amount is over $87.5 billion for 2013, the latest year for which data is available. This is 55% of the total of $135 billion. How much does each player provide? This infographic provides the answers.

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Development Policy 27-08-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Financing climate change and development

External development finance plays a key role in supporting developing countries in their transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable development pathway.

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Development Policy 23-07-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Curbing illicit financial flows is a resource for Africa

Over the last 50 years, Africa is estimated to have lost in excess of $1 trillion in illicit financial flows (IFFs). This sum is roughly equivalent to all of the official development assistance (ODA) received by Africa during the same timeframe. Currently, Africa is estimated to be losing more than $50 billion annually in IFFs.

Development Policy 23-06-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: What are the SDGs about?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN members will use to frame their policies over the next 15 years. If approved at the UN summit in September, they will become globally applicable beginning in January 2016.

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Development Policy 13-05-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: The facts about asylum seekers in Europe

Although Germany and Sweden are not front-line countries exposed to immigration, they were among those receiving the largest number of asylum seekers in 2014.

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Development Policy 20-04-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Ex-empires aid former colonies

France, the UK, Belgium, Spain and Portugal, the countries with the largest colonial empires until the middle of the 20th century, are spending their Official Development Assistance (ODA) largely in the countries which were their colonies.

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Development Policy 26-03-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: This is a man’s world

The percentage of women in parliaments has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. 22% of national parliamentarians worldwide are women, up from 11.3% in 1995.

Development Policy 26-02-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Vaccine R&D leaders

Vaccination may be the most effective public health intervention of all time. This is especially true in developing countries, where many families can’t find or afford health care when they get sick. The prevention offered by vaccines can be life-saving.

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Europeans Support Development Aid
Development Policy 30-01-2015

Infographic: Europeans support development aid

More than two thirds of Europeans believe that fighting poverty in developing countries should be one of the EU's top priorities as it contributes to a more peaceful and equal world. But the level of support of people who say they are personally involved in helping developing countries varies greatly. Personal participation is highest in the Netherlands and Sweden, and lowest in Bulgaria and Romania.

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Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine
Europe's East 29-01-2015

Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, some 600,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. There are currently almost 1,000,000 internally displaced people across Ukraine and 5.2 million are living in the conflict area. The needs of these people are immense. This infographic shows how Caritas has responded to the crisis and helped over 41,000 of the poorest victims.

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Closing the internet gap
Development Policy 02-12-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Closing the Internet gap

The latest data shows that internet use continues to grow steadily, at 6.6% globally in 2014 (3.3% in developed countries, 8.7% in the developing world). The number of internet users in developing countries has doubled in five years (2009-2014), with two thirds of all people online now living in the developing world.

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Development Policy 19-11-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 November, World Toilet Day

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. In the Western world, people take the toilet for granted, and don’t realise to what extent the lack of such facilities hampers the lives of millions of people.  

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Development Policy 23-10-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Green Climate Fund – where is the money?

The Green Climate Fund, which is the UN’s main instrument to transfer money to developing countries, in order to assist them in countering climate change, was launched in 2009 with the aim of raising climate finance of $100 billion a year by 2020. A substantial amount is expected to be raised in the run-up to the 2015 climate summit in Paris.