About: Sub-Saharan Africa

Development Policy 01-03-2017

Auditors find flaws in EU donor aid to sub-Saharan Africa

Attempts by the EU to help sub-Saharan African nations increase their rate of tax collection are flawed by a string of weaknesses in implementation, an in-depth study by auditors found yesterday (28 February).

Global Europe 22-02-2017

Tunisia underestimates imminent North Africa refugee crisis

Tunisia has signed agreements with the EU for the return of  illegal Tunisian immigrants and to host asylum seekers from other African countries. But Tunis is now denying those deals, writes Mourad Teyeb.

Development Policy 21-12-2016

Huge solar plant beams power, hope to rural Uganda

When power goes out in the rural town of Soroti in eastern Uganda, store manager Hussein Samsudin can only hope it won't go on so long it spoils his fresh goods.

Development Policy 06-12-2016

Crisis hits support for development aid

Support for development aid among French citizens was high in 2016, according to the French Development Agency (AFD). But it has still not recovered since the crisis hit in 2008. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 02-11-2016

Ex-development minister: ‘If men were the ones giving birth, healthcare would be better equipped’

Hundreds of thousands of women die during or after childbirth, and HIV often affects young women in poorer countries. Germany’s former Development Minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul told EURACTIV Germany that the EU has to do more to empower women.

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 02-09-2016

Failed rocket was carrying Facebook satellite to give Africa the Internet

The space rocket which exploded before take-off yesterday (1 September) was carrying a satellite Facebook intended to use to connect sub-Saharan Africa to the internet.

Germany and Italy to step up repatriations of economic migrants

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Wednesday (1 September) to step up efforts to send migrants with no right to asylum in Europe back to their homelands.

Development Policy 30-08-2016

Africa builds ‘Great Green Wall’ against extremism and misery

With food insecurity, terrorism and migration to Europe reaching unprecedented levels, Africa is hoping that a “wall of trees” can help protect its people and stop these threats becoming global crises. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Development Policy 26-08-2016

Africa’s population set to double by 2050, says new report

Africa’s population will double by 2050, according to a new report from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington – posing serious questions about the sustainabililty of the world’s poorest continent.

Development Policy 20-05-2016

Citizen reporters: Trying to tell world about the conflict in Burundi

12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict, writes Kevin McCann.

Development Policy 26-04-2016

Corruption continues to hinder Global Fund’s work

The Global Fund has financed anti-malaria programmes in 100 countries since its foundation in 2002. However, there are flaws in the system and the spectre of corruption is ever present. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel 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.

Agrifood 20-04-2016

Africa’s farming potential hinges on infrastructure boost

Africa’s huge agricultural potential holds the promise of covering much of the planet’s nutrition needs. But the continent is hampered by lack of infrastructure and intricate local politics.

Global Europe 02-12-2015

The Commission must back up its conservation commitments with action

The European Commission’s commitment to raise €5 billion for a study on wildlife conservation in sub-Saharan Africa is a grand plan, but without support, it will remain just that, writes Sonja Van Tichelen.

Development Policy 04-11-2015

The plan to electrify Africa takes shape

Africa could be fully electrified in as little as ten years, according to the President of the Pan-African Parliament. But the project needs a further $50 billion of funding. EURACTIV France reports

Development Policy 22-10-2015

Ivermectin: A Nobel Prize medicine inaccessible to the world’s poorest

The true potential of new medical breakthroughs can only be unlocked if they are offered at an affordable cost to those who need them most, writes Jose Muñoz.

Development Policy 20-10-2015

Charity head: Investment can help end world hunger

On Friday (16 October), the international community celebrated World Food Day; however, figures suggest that there is little to actually celebrate, warns Tobias Kahler. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 15-10-2015

‘Bargain bin’ milk could hurt developing economies

A proposed boost to German dairy-exports has been criticised for the potential economic damage it could do to developing countries, EURACTIV Germany reports. 

Facebook and EU satellite operator team up to deliver broadband to Africa

European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and social media giant Facebook said today (5 October) they are working jointly to deliver satellite broadband Internet to connectivity-hungry sub-Saharan Africa.

Agrifood 16-09-2015

Innovative microinsurance protects poor farmers against climate change

SPECIAL REPORT / Farmers in the Global South can protect their business by insuring their crops against climate hazards. But this system is held back by a lack of reliable climate data. EURACTIV France reports

Bed nets combat the spread of malaria
Development Policy 25-07-2015

First malaria vaccine given green light by European regulators

The world’s first malaria vaccine has been given the green light by European regulators and could protect millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa from the life-threatening disease.

Africa 29-04-2015

Development aid failures exacerbate migrant crisis

Chronic underdevelopment in many African countries is intensifying the crisis unfurling on Europe's doorstep. But EU development aid continues to decline. EURACTIV France reports

EU-UNICEF civil registration programme in Mozambique
Development Policy 17-02-2015

Civil registration: Africa’s greatest development failure holds key to her success

For decades, Africa’s inability to count – and account to – its population has held back the continent’s development. This no longer needs to be the case, writes Cornelius Williams.