This week, the World Bank published its annual Global Economic Prospects, forecasting a modest 2.9% growth in the world economy, after a disappointing 2.4% last year fell below expectations. But the message for Africa was more nuanced - and more worrying.
African countries such as Ethiopia would benefit from growing quinoa, a plant that is both resistant to very long periods of dry soil as well as one of the most nutritious crops, according to a development aid organisation.
Church leaders call on the EU to put an end to conflict minerals in consumer products, because people need assurances as to the morality of our tradng systems, write Bishop Ambongo and Archibishop Léonard.
Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?
The ‘Africa Rising’ narrative of economic success has to be tempered with appreciation of the costs imposed by a conflict belt stretching from Mali to Somalia, and the consequent need for sustained humanitarian aid, writes David Milliband.
The EU is anxious to finalise talks with Africa over a planned Economic Partnership Agreement. If negotiators do not seal the deal by 1 October, preferential access to the EU's internal market will be cut short, putting pressure on African negotiators, who feel their concerns are falling on deaf ears. EurActiv Germany reports.
A wide range of NGOs are criticising Germany's development policy, claiming Berlin is increasingly accommodating the interests of big agricultural companies. Meanwhile, a recent Oxfam report describess devastating effects for smallholders. EurActiv Germany reports.