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08/12/2016

France attempts to overthrow Germany as top exporter of aid expertise

Topic: development


Development Policy 29-11-2016

No EU observers at Gambia’s election

The former British colony of Gambia goes to the polls on Thursday (1 December) for an election which could see the defeat of incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled the tiny West African country for 22 years.
Development Policy 07-11-2016

Judge orders closure of low-cost Bridge International schools in Uganda

Uganda's High Court has ordered the closure of a chain of low-cost private schools backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively the founders of Microsoft and Facebook.
Development Policy 27-10-2016

NGOs censure EU countries for spending foreign aid on asylum costs

European NGOs have rounded on EU governments over the growing use of foreign aid budgets to meet refugee costs at home, claiming that the strategy artificially inflates official figures for development assistance despite money never reaching the poor countries for which it was intended.
Sustainable Dev. 18-10-2016

'Share the knowledge' at UN's Quito summit on cities - or wait until 2036

Some 90% of urban growth over the next 30 years will happen in developing countries. If we squander the chance to set them on the path to sustainability now, it may be lost for ever, write Eva Dic and Maria-Theres Haase.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

EU to ready sanctions over postponed DR Congo vote and violence

The European Union will prepare economic sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo unless its ruling coalition, which has delayed next month's elections, holds a fresh vote early next year, diplomats say.
Development Policy 10-10-2016

EU must secure adequate resources for girls

We know that empowering women and girls makes our societies safer, healthier, greener and more prosperous. So what are we waiting for, ask the organisers of this year’s European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG).
Development Policy 16-09-2016

IMF prods Mozambique to allow audit of secret loan companies

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday (15 September) pressed Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi to allow an independent international audit of companies involved in a loan scandal that forced an IMF and World Bank aid cutoff.
Development Policy 15-09-2016

MEPs approve trade deal with six African states – nine years late

A trade deal with six developing African countries was agreed yesterday (14 September) by the European Parliament – some nine years behind schedule.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Lawmakers slam diversion of EU aid to 'Trust Fund for Africa'

A little under a year since its launch, the EU’s Trust Fund for Africa is largely financed with EU development money and has failed to convince MEPs. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 31-08-2016

UN environment chief: ‘Without growth, there can be no end to poverty’

The new head of the UN's environment programme (UNEP) spoke to EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel about capitalism and development.
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.
Trade & Society 07-06-2016

Commission asks member states for €3.6 billion to tackle refugee crisis

The European Commission today (7 June) asked EU countries for up to an extra €3.6 billion of development money for poorer African countries to try and bring the refugee crisis under control.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

World leaders discuss tourism's potential to eradicate poverty

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), tourists injected €1.1 trillion into the economies of their destinations last year. Their potential to help developing countries was discussed at a conference in China last week. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Development Policy 28-04-2016

French aid transparency among the worst in the world

In 2014, France launched a drive for greater transparency in its official development assistance. But two years on, results have proved elusive, and France is still among Europe’s worst performers. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 25-04-2016

UNITAID: Health spending in developing countries brings a ‘five-fold return’

Access to new treatments for the big pandemics in Africa has improved, thanks to falling prices, and the ending of medical patents, Philippe Duneton told EurActiv France.
Development Policy 22-04-2016

MEPs speak out against GMOs in 'New Alliance' food strategy for Africa

European lawmakers have urged the EU not to support the introduction of GMOs in Africa, in a resolution criticising the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. EurActiv France reports.
13-04-2016

Doing regional integration differently in Africa

No country alone can solve the development challenges of a continent made up of 54 countries. Conflicts spill over boundaries. Disease is not stopped by border control. And climate change doesn’t carry a passport, write Jan Vanheukelom and Bruce Byiers.
Digital 12-04-2016

Tech entrepreneur: ‘Africa is a very, very long game’

E-commerce has been slow to take off in Africa, but Africa Internet Group, the continent’s first online business worth over €1 billion, has big ambitions. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
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Development Policy 17-03-2016

‘Zombie facts’ about women and girls need to be buried once and for all

“Zombie facts.” We’ve all heard them. Many have unwittingly used them: fictional data points cited, recited, and recycled so often that, like zombies in a science fiction movie, it seems they simply refuse to die, writes Caren Grown.
Global Europe 15-03-2016

Education is the key to development and stability

The EU needs to reach out to civil society in South Asia and make sure its efforts to support education in the region do not go astray, writes Ana Maria Gomez.

Climate change adaptation a victim of North-South inequality

The cities of the developed world are beginning to adapt to climate change, but financing for adaptation in the Global South is far harder to come by, according to a study published in the journal Nature. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Development Policy 12-02-2016

France attempts to overthrow Germany as top exporter of aid expertise

France's young international technical expertise agency has big ambitions, but in this sector dominated by Germany, European cooperation is a dirty word. EurActiv France reports