Development Policy

Climate change 10-12-2018

Climate change and development aid: The economic case for prevention

Climate change affects developing countries more heavily, with broad impacts on the environment and the economy, insurers say, highlighting the need to act before damage is done.
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).
Africa 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".
12-11-2018

Universal electricity access goal set to be missed, new report reveals

The international community is falling well short of providing the cash needed to ensure universal access to electricity by 2030, according to a report released Monday (12 November).
Africa 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.
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.
31-10-2018

Pakistan charity crackdown spreads uncertainty among aid groups

Foreign aid groups are being forced out of Pakistan, where the need for their services remains immense, in a move analysts say is fuelled by suspicions of foreign spying.
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.
19-10-2018

Migration control still trumps African ‘partnership of equals’

Less than a month after Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union talked of the need for a ‘partnership of equals’ between Africa and the European Union, migration control was once again the main prism through which the EU views Africa...
17-10-2018

EU development aid fell in 2017, reveals new report

EU aid spending fell for the first time in 5 years in 2017, according to the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2018 published on Wednesday (17 October).
12-10-2018

Decentralised cooperation: building bridges for local-to-local development beyond 2020

Decentralised cooperation has been a pillar in international development for the past 10 years but stakeholders fear the new EU long-term budget might threaten the role of local authorities in the field. 
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).
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.
Africa 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.
04-10-2018

EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

The European Union is considering trade sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, potentially stripping the country of tariff-free access to the world’s largest trading bloc, three EU officials said.
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.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2018

Europe helping Mayotte to reduce its high cost of living

Mayotte, one of the EU’s least developed regions, lies in the middle of the Indian Ocean. EU cohesion policy supports the French department by encouraging local production and trade. EURACTIV France reports.
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.
Africa 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.
Africa 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.
Central Asia 28-09-2018

Parliamentarians: Europe and Asia are the two pillars to take world forward

Multilateralism is the most effective mechanism to deal with climate change, said, participants of the 10th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting held in Brussels on 27-28 September.
Africa 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.
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?
24-09-2018

‘Cashew means future’ in Swahili

Cashew nuts: They are not only meant to make you happy but also to strengthen the heart. On average, every European consumes an average of one kilo of this nut per year. EURACTIV Germany reports.