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Ban Ki-moon visits Brussels refugees ahead of development conference

Topic: climate fund

Development Policy 21-10-2016

Oxfam: Our 'red lines' on securitisation and conditionality of EU aid

The EU is in the process of reviewing its entire framework for development cooperation, to incorporate the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change - but there must be 'red lines', Oxfam tells
Development Policy 19-10-2016

French MP: Banking lobby's 'long reach' undermines Financial Transaction Tax

Paris hopes to capitalise on Brexit to take over from London as the EU’s major financial hub. But this ambition could undermine France's promise to broaden the Financial Transaction Tax, Eva Sas told EurActiv France.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

Tragedy in DR Congo: EU can help

As the EU considers imposing sanctions on DR Congo, massacres are spreading in the east. Tom Gillhespy calls for the international community to provide more support to local organisations working to prevent armed conflict.
Development Policy 18-10-2016

French auditors launch assault on 'Solidarity Tax' for world aid

France's Solidarity Tax on air travel is a major source of funding for health programmes in the world's poorest countries. But Paris auditors have said it unfairly penalises Air France. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 12-10-2016

Global Health Index: '800 million people are going to bed hungry every night'

21,000 people die every day from hunger or food shortages, and some 795 million go to bed hungry each night, according to the new Global Hunger Index, published on Tuesday (11 October).
Development Policy 10-10-2016

'State of emergency' declared in Ethiopia as protest death toll rises

The Ethiopian government on Sunday (10 October) declared a state of emergency, following a year-long spate of unrest which spiked in a week of deaths and attacks on buildings and foreign companies.
Development Policy 30-09-2016

ICC prosecutor opens initial probe into Gabon unrest

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said yesterday (30 September) she was opening an initial probe into the deadly unrest in Gabon triggered by disputed elections.
Development Policy 29-09-2016

Live link-up with Mogadishu launches MEPs ‘Fight Against Hunger’

MEPs joined with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) yesterday (28 September), with a live link-up from Mogadishu in Somalia, to launch the “Fight Against Hunger” alliance.
Development Policy 28-09-2016

Health SDGs need to learn lessons of MDGs

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on Health, the EU should increase the priority afforded to health in development assistance, writes Frazer Goodwin.
Global Europe 27-09-2016

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president amidst EU criticisms

Ali Bongo was sworn in Tuesday (27 September) as Gabon's president in a ceremony boycotted by many African heads of state, after the country's top court controversially validated his fiercely contested election win.
Development Policy 26-09-2016

More than 25% of UK aid budget will be spent by other ministries by 2020

More than a quarter of UK overseas aid will be spent by ministries other than the Department for International Development (DfiD) by 2019/20 - according to figures that have sparked renewed concern about changes to Britain’s aid policy.
Development Policy 26-09-2016

EU Budget: yesterday’s solutions no longer work today

Those familiar with Brussels’ routines know that, at this time of the year, EU institutions’ representatives gather to agree on the budget for 2017. Negotiations are known to be passionate, to say the least, writes Tamira Gunzburg.
Development Policy 16-09-2016

The European External Investment Plan: more than old wine in a new bottle

Europe is at last fully converted to the merits of boosting investment in order to achieve sustainable growth. The EU is doing so with an internal investment plan (commonly referred to as the Juncker Plan or as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), writes San Bilal.
Development Policy 15-09-2016

UK development minister challenged over ‘wasted aid’ claim

The new minister in charge of Britain’s overseas aid budget faced criticism on her first appearance before a Commons committee when she was unable to come up with a figure for the amount of aid that was being “wasted and stolen” – after publicly highlighting it as a significant problem.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

New UK development minister plans aid review based on 'Conservative values'

Too much of Britain’s aid money is wasted, stolen or spent on inappropriate projects, the new minister overseeing the UK aid budget has declared, as she served notice of plans to take an approach based on “core Conservative principles”.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Oxfam questions ‘blending’ financing in SDG delivery

Oxfam has taken aim at the increasing use of ‘blending’ private sector investment with foreign aid, in a wide-ranging report looking at the future of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s.
Development Policy 12-09-2016

Brexit could cost poorest countries €378m a year, warn economists

The world’s poorest countries could lose more than €378m per year if their existing trade agreements with the UK market are not maintained in the event of Brexit, a new series of essays published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the UK Trade Policy Observatory has warned.
Development Policy 19-08-2016

UK aid minister promises to keep 0.7% target post-Brexit

The UK’s new aid minister has promised to keep the country’s aid target of 0.7% of GDP, despite herself once campaigning for the Department for International Development (DfID) to be shut down.
Med & South 21-07-2016

‘Variable geometry’ to bind EU and Mediterranean countries

Faced with many challenges, from migration to terrorism, the EU and its Mediterranean partners must cooperate with pragmatism and variable geometry, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, said.
Med & South 19-07-2016

Mediterranean countries set tone for COP22 in Marrakesh

Mediterranean countries have vowed to accelerate implementation of the commitments struck in the Paris agreement last December and push forward a number of national and transnational initiatives to combat global warming, ahead of the end-of-the-year climate summit in Marrakesh.
Development Policy 08-07-2016

Post-Brexit sterling decline will cost poor countries $4bn, claims study

The post-Brexit slump in the pound will cost developing countries nearly $4bn (£3.1bn, €3.6bn) in the coming year, with reduced trade and aid, risk-averse financial markets, lower growth and sharply reduced remittances all playing a role, a report shows.
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Putting people and planet first in the EU

The UK referendum result cast doubt on many of the EU’s values: pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality, and a commitment to sustainable development and poverty eradication worldwide, write Geneviève Pons and Seamus Jeffreson.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

MSF rejects EU funds over 'shameful' migrant policy

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders on Friday said it would no longer take funds from the EU in protest at its "shameful" policies on the migration crisis, including a deal with Turkey.
Development Policy 15-06-2016

Ban Ki-moon visits Brussels refugees ahead of development conference

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew into Brussels Tuesday (14 June) for 48 hours of development policy debate at the 10th annual EU Development Days.