Development Policy

04-05-2021

Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce, but charitable foundation to remain intact

Billionaire benefactors Bill and Melinda Gates, co-founders of one of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, filed for divorce on Monday (3 May) after 27 years of marriage but pledged to continue their philanthropic work together.

EU Parliament approves reform of civil protection mechanism

The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (27 April) a strengthened legal framework for the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to ensure that the EU is better prepared "to respond to future large-scale emergencies".
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Cities & regions 14-04-2021

Ensuring that no one and no place are left behind thanks to local governments

“Local and regional governments represent a key partner for the EU Delegations” writes Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), on behalf of PLATFORMA. He signed the foreword of a study on EU Delegations...
13-04-2021

EU aid spending surges amid COVID pandemic

Development aid from the EU increased by more than 25% last year as funding for programmes to combat COVID-19 and support poorer countries surged, according to data published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday (13 April).
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2021

G20 agrees ‘final extension’ to $10 billion debt service suspension scheme

Developing countries stand to benefit from up to $10 billion in savings after the G20 group of wealthy nations announced on Wednesday (7 April) that it would extend its debt service suspension initiative (DSSI) which launched last May until the end of this year.
Circular economy 11-03-2021

Lawmakers call for green ‘due diligence’ in Europe’s supply chains

Lawmakers in the European Parliament passed a resolution to tackle environmental and human rights issues in the supply chains of EU businesses by 504 votes to 79 on Wednesday (10 March) ahead of the Commission’s proposal on corporate due diligence later this year.
10-03-2021

EU unveils new humanitarian aid tools amid pressure on donors

The EU will set up a new European Humanitarian Response Capacity to intervene directly in humanitarian crises, as part of a revamp of its humanitarian aid policy, it announced on Wednesday (10 March).
Economy & Jobs 25-02-2021

Global agreement on corporate tax rates needed, UN report states

The international community should agree on the establishment of a global minimum corporate tax rate, according to a new UN report published on Thursday. The proposal is part of a package of reforms to combat tax evasion and money laundering and ensure that cash strapped governments can boost their public finances in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
25-02-2021

First vaccines delivered under global Covax scheme

Ghana became the first country to receive India-made vaccines from the global Covax scheme, paving the way for poorer nations to catch up with inoculation drives in wealthier parts of the world to stamp out the coronavirus pandemic.
25-02-2021

Scaling up vaccination to save lives worldwide

It is time for Europe to show real vaccination solidarity to ensure that COVID vaccines are available to the Global South and COVAX in the volumes required and at cost price, write Udo Bullmann and Conny Reuter.
Health 23-02-2021

WHO slams rich states for hogging vaccines

The World Health Organization on Monday (22 February) blasted wealthy countries for not only hogging Covid vaccines but in doing so, hindering the pathway for poorer nations to get them too.
22-02-2021

EU envisages €1 billion aid to Ivory Coast to meet sustainable cocoa laws

The European Union envisages providing around one billion euros over six years to aid Ivory Coast's cocoa sector as it adapts to EU supply chain laws due to be introduced later this year, its envoy in Abidjan said.
18-02-2021

France announces development aid boost

After international stakeholders came together on 9 February to discuss new solidarity-based development models, the French government presented a text on Wednesday (17 February) to increase development aid to 0.55% of the country's wealth by 2022. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 15-02-2021

Ebola re-emerges in West Africa with Guinea outbreak

West Africa faced its first known Ebola resurgence since the end of a devastating outbreak in 2016 on Sunday (14 February), with Guinea responding to what its health chief called an "epidemic" after seven cases were confirmed.
Health 11-02-2021

EU and India could partner in delivering COVID vaccines at the global scale

While Western vaccine nationalism condemns the world to a lose-lose situation, India, the pharmacy of the developing world, has clearly the potential to come to the rescue, writes Gauri Khandekar.
05-02-2021

Renewal of international cooperation in a post-pandemic world

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Over the past year, international cooperation has been facing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions, as well as by the push for a greener future.
05-02-2021

‘Stars are aligned’ for EU-African relations

The EU’s plans to strike a ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa were one the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portuguese government, which holds the six-month rotating EU presidency, is anxious to conclude the agenda by the summer.
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Cybersecurity 04-02-2021

Without the Right Partnerships, EU Legislation is Dead on Arrival

Despite major progress towards new mandatory frameworks aimed at tackling sustainability and ethical issues in supply chains coming into Europe, the EU’s ambitious legislation will see little impact if not backed up by deep and long-lasting partnerships with producing countries....
Health 08-01-2021

Poorest countries can expect vaccines within weeks: WHO

The world's poorest countries can expect to start receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine doses between the end of January and mid-February, the World Health Organization said Thursday (7 January).
05-01-2021

7 million children are suffering in Europe’s coffee supply chain

The coffee, tea and cocoa consumed in the European Union and even inside the European Commission buildings are produced with slave and child labour, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.
Economy & Jobs 01-01-2021

African free trade bloc opens for business, but challenges remain

African countries began officially trading under a new continent-wide free trade area on Friday (1 January), after months of delays caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 14-12-2020

Borrell dreams of ‘making multilateralism great again’

In a strategic article published on Monday, the EU chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, depicts the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on world affairs, warning of growing divergences between world players, backsliding in terms of global poverty and strengthening of the authoritarian regimes.
Health 09-12-2020

Poor countries seen missing out as rich nations hoard COVID-19 vaccines

Nine out of 10 people in dozens of poor nations could miss out on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 next year because rich countries have hoarded far more doses than they need, campaigners said on Wednesday (9 December).
27-11-2020

UK aid cuts to be enshrined in law, ministers concede

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told UK lawmakers on Thursday (26 November) that new laws would be required to enshrine controversial plans to cut development and humanitarian aid by a third.