Development Policy

Politics 11-12-2017

Netanyahu makes appearance at EU foreign affairs meeting

Today’s (11 December) Foreign Affairs Council begins with a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the background of the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalm as the capital of Israel.

Africa 07-12-2017

EU-Africa summit conclusions blocked over forced return of migrants

The issue of forced returns of migrants, as well as sexual rights, is blocking the publication of the conclusions of the EU-Africa summit, one week after the end of the debates in Abidjan. EURACTIV France reports.

EU donates millions to help save Africa’s wildlife

The European Union on Tuesday (5 December) donated €17.2 million as part of a €30m package to boost efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of related products.

05-12-2017

Ghana’s president surprised Macron with a clear rejection of development aid

After the AU-EU summit in Abidjan, French President Emmanuel Macron visited several African states, including Ghana. Unlike other African heads of state, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a clear vision how to make his country independent from development aid. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Africa 04-12-2017

Europe’s love of roses sends ripples through Kenyan lake

Kenya is one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world but the booming industry has created a raft of environmental problems. Local producers are now coming up with new ideas to cut pollution while keeping their business profitable.

01-12-2017

EU envoy: The Sahel is ‘critical’ to Europe

The Sahel is a critical focus area that directly affects Europe, and above all Spain, the High Representative of the European Union for the Sahel, Spain’s Angel Losada, said in an interview with EURACTIV’s partner EFE.

30-11-2017

Bulgarian PM snubs Africa-EU summit, goes to Saudi Arabia instead

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov skipped the Africa-EU summit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and went instead to Saudi Arabia, a country with which Bulgaria has an almost virgin track record of relations.

29-11-2017

EU-Africa summit seeks jobs, stability for exploding population

More than 80 African and European leaders will gather in the Ivory Coast today (29 November) to promote jobs and stability for Africa's exploding population, with some calling for a new "Marshall Plan."

28-11-2017

Burkina Faso launches Sahel region’s largest solar power plant

West Africa's biggest solar power plant comes online on Wednesday (29 November) as Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries, inaugurates a novel scheme to boost renewables and cut energy dependence on its neighbours.

27-11-2017

Libya human bondage risks overshadowing Africa-EU summit

African leaders are expected to warn Europeans that their way of outsourcing the migration crisis to Libya, in apparent disregard for human rights, risks opening old wounds in the heavy history of the two continents.

Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Commission ready to boost cash support in humanitarian aid

The European Commission is aiming to boost the proportion of humanitarian aid it hands out as cash. But most payments are actually made by banking cards very similar to regular ATM cards.

23-11-2017

Creativity is the new mantra in development aid

The lines defining aid have become increasingly blurred in recent years. Reluctance among donor countries to hit the 0.7% target, has led them to get creative.

22-11-2017

EU lighting up Africa with solar

Nearly €340 billion of investment will be needed to achieve universal access to electricity across Africa by 2030, the World Energy Network forecasts. That is a tall order. The combined grid capacity of the 48 sub-Saharan African countries is around 70 gigawatts, roughly equivalent to that of Spain. While that €340 billion target is unlikely to …

22-11-2017

EIB banking on new business in East Africa

Offering credit to East African banks might not be many people’s idea of traditional development aid. Yet promoting private small and medium enterprise, alongside funding for infrastructure projects that will help develop local businesses, lies at the heart of the new strategy for Africa.

21-11-2017

Eurostat gauges EU progress on SDG implementation

Eurostat, the European Union statistical office, published on Monday (20 November) a monitoring report on how the EU as a whole implements the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), showing “significant” progress in five of them and “moderate” progress for eight others.

21-11-2017

EU-Africa strategy: An incentive for development?

After “years of indifference” and one of the biggest waves of migration to ever hit Europe, Africa now tops the political agenda. That means a new strategy has to be found, according to the European Parliament. EURACTIV Germany reports.

20-11-2017

2018 budget agreed with cuts in development aid

In the early hours of Saturday (18 November), after 16 hours of negotiations, the EU member states and the European Parliament struck a deal on the EU’s budget for 2018, three days before the end of the conciliation period on 20 November at midnight.

16-11-2017

Belgium highlights pioneering role in linking private sector to aid policy

Alexander De Croo, Belgium's Minister for Development Cooperation, made a passionate plea yesterday (15 November) for closer synergies between private and public funding for development, using his country's pioneering experience as an example.

Africa 15-11-2017

International pressure ramps up over Liberia election delay

The European Union yesterday (14 November) joined an international chorus urging Liberian political parties and its electoral commission to end "unnecessary delays" and elect a new president.

14-11-2017

Macron’s missing billions to fulfill development aid promises

The French budget dedicated to international solidarity is expected to increase by €500 million over the next three years. But the government estimates that €6.4 billion will be needed by 2022. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 10-11-2017

Climate change victims need refugee status, report claims

With the COP23 climate conference ongoing in Bonn, Oxfam published a troubling report on people displaced by climate change. EURACTIV France reports.

09-11-2017

Nick Clegg warns of ‘lack of coherence’ in post-Brexit UK development action

Britain’s commitment to development spending will give way to short-term geopolitics as “Brexit points the UK towards a friendless future,” the country’s former Deputy PM Nick Clegg has warned.

08-11-2017

NGOs decry France’s shortcomings in education aid

Around 264 million children worldwide don’t go to school. The Education Coalition in France denounces the country's lack of education focus on development aid programs. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 08-11-2017

Russia and Mozambique agree big debt-for-development swap

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Wednesday (8 November) the biggest debt-for-development swap in its history, involving Russia and Mozambique.