Africa

18-01-2019

EU slams ‘disproportionate’ use of force in Zimbabwe

The EU on Thursday (17 January) decried the disproportionate use of force by Zimbabwe authorities during protests in which doctors say 68 people suffered gunshot wounds.
11-01-2019

World reaction cautious to disputed DR Congo vote result

Foreign leaders reacted cautiously to the outcome of DR Congo's presidential election Thursday (10 January), with many choosing not to congratulate the man declared winner and appealing for disputes to be settled peacefully.
08-01-2019

Pressure mounts on DR Congo over election outcome

Public and diplomatic pressure mounted Monday (8 January) on the Democratic Republic of Congo to announce the outcome of 30 December elections to replace long-term leader Joseph Kabila.
07-01-2019

EU alarmed by Internet blackout in Congo after elections

On 31 December, the day after the presidential election, the Congolese government cut off internet access. The European Union has called for the situation to normalise while the preliminary results are still awaited, one week after the poll was held. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 07-01-2019

France to advocate multilateralism to address inequality at G7

Fighting inequality and global warming will be key objectives of the French G7 Presidency in 2019. The aim of developing closer relations with Africa, in the interests of multilateralism, is also highlighted by France. EURACTIV France reports.
21-12-2018

Who will speak for Africa with Brussels?

The African Union has ambitious plans to reconfigure its continent’s relations with the European Union. In 2018, led by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and the Chadian chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Addis Ababa-based AU moved...
20-12-2018

Kurz eyes Egypt’s El-Sisi as migration ally

This week’s Africa-Europe Forum in Vienna may have been officially focused on ‘digital policy co-operation’, but Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi used the opportunity to talk about migration control.
18-12-2018

DR Congo to vote in end-of-an-era poll

Democratic Republic of Congo goes to the polls this week in elections which could see the country emerge from 17 years of conflict-ridden rule under controversial President Joseph Kabila.
Development Policy 07-12-2018

EU and France ramp up €1.3bn support for G5 Sahel

The EU and France ramped up their funding for the G5 Sahel anti-terror alliance to €1.3bn at a two day donor summit in Mauritania on Thursday (6 December).
22-11-2018

Campaigning for critical election opens in crisis-wracked DR Congo

After two years of setbacks, broken promises and delays, the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday (21 November) effectively opened the starting gates for a crucial election that could alleviate -- or perhaps worsen -- the decades-long crisis gripping the vast central African nation.
16-11-2018

EU to ‘review’ support to Tanzania over rights concerns

The European Union is reviewing its financial support to Tanzania in response to recent moves undermining "human rights and the rule of law".
08-11-2018

Mogherini: Europe and Africa can change global politics in a ‘revolutionary’ way

A new model of collaboration between the EU and Africa can change today’s dangerous turn of international relations, which have moved from “win-win” solutions and are now based on “zero-sum” games, EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said.
Development Policy 02-11-2018

EU lowers its ambitions on African migration control

EU leaders asked the Commission in June to study ways to set up “regional disembarkation platforms” in North African countries, for migrants rescued by European vessels in the Mediterranean. But the demand didn't last long and the EU seems to have quietly lowered its ambitions on migration-control deals with North Africa.
Development Policy 31-10-2018

Merkel looks to Africa to cement her legacy undermined by migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Tuesday (30 November) a new development fund to tackle unemployment in Africa, a problem spurring the mass migration that has shaped her long premiership as it nears its end.
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Spain returns migrants to Morocco after storming of Melilla enclave

Spain sent 55 migrants back to Morocco on Monday (22 October), a day after they forced their way into the Spanish territory of Melilla during an assault on the border in which two migrants died and 19 were injured.
Development Policy 10-10-2018

UK to ramp up private sector development role after Brexit, says minister

The UK will keep to its 0.7% aid spending commitment but plans to dramatically scale up its private sector investment in poor countries, its development minister Penny Mordant  said on Tuesday (9 October).
Development Policy 10-10-2018

‘Europe has turned its back on Africa’, say leaders

European paranoia about Chinese dominance on the African continent was one of the underlying themes at the Financial Times’ Africa summit this week.
05-10-2018

Venture capital with a difference: targeting Africa’s ‘missing middle’

The 'missing middle' of the financial services spectrum in much of sub-Saharan Africa means that start-ups are unable to find the investment they need to grow. But venture capital firms are looking at companies that target the low-income mass market.
Development Policy 03-10-2018

An African solution to the global tech talent shortage

‘Eat, sleep, code, repeat,’ is the mantra in Andela’s Nairobi campus, home to a network of Africa's brightest coders. Taking the inspiration for its name from the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Andela invests in Africa’s software engineers.
Development Policy 29-09-2018

New man vows to restore Nigeria’s standing in Europe

Kingsley Moghalu is a confident man. He needs to be. The former UN official and deputy central bank governor turned politician will take on President Muhammudu Buhari in Nigeria's presidential elections next February, and the odds are stacked against him.
28-09-2018

Bridging African agriculture’s financing gap

The European Commission and African Union set up a joint rural Africa taskforce in May, after agricultural co-operation was one of the key topics as the EU-Africa summit in Abidjan in November 2017.
28-09-2018

Mobile money revolution hits Ethiopia

The Ethiopian economy is cash-dominated. But mobile money services are slowing starting to reduce people's reliance on carrying cash.
26-09-2018

Senegalese milk production trying to find its way

In Senegal, the dairy sector is facing competition from cheap European exports - that makes its development much harder, EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 25-09-2018

Leap-frogging the African electricity grid with solar

Mobile phone technology made landlines obsolete in sub-Saharan Africa years before Europeans began to give up their home handsets. Will off-grid solar do the same in the energy sector?