Development Policy

Africa 25-05-2018

Ending poverty in Africa is within our reach

On  Africa Day (25 May) it is important to note that the continent is making important progress to end extreme poverty. With all the potential Africa holds it is important for the EU to support it, therefore, the next seven-year budget should secure more funds for aid, writes Dorine Nininahazwe.
Electricity 24-05-2018

Conducting the new energy orchestra – or is it a circus?

The decarbonisation of electric power, and the electrification of energy, is unstoppable. Whether it will be rapid enough to prevent the coming climate crisis is uncertain and will demand vision from politicians, industry leaders and energy providers, writes Andrew Steer.
27-04-2018

The EU must put poverty reduction before corporate profits when financing development

The EU's plan to expand its External Investment Plan to finance development projects is not backed up by evidence, writes María José Romero and Isabelle Brachet.
25-04-2018

The clock is ticking on malaria

With drug and insecticide resistance on the rise and slow progress in reducing cases and deaths, the clock is ticking on malaria. The EU must join other health leaders and scale up its efforts to fight the disease, writes Charles Goerens.
Global Europe 24-04-2018

The EU had a great plan for Jordan – now it’s time to make it work

In order to help Syrian refugees, the EU must improve its deal with Jordan and deliver on its promise to boost Jordanian exports and refugee hiring, write Gideon Maltz & Cindy Huang.
Global Europe 16-04-2018

The European budget talks: Financial threat to a global Europe

Although talks on the EU's next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) might appear dull on the surface, we should force ourselves to take notice of them and emphasise the long-term importance of the external tranche of the budget, writes Susi Dennison.
Energy 15-03-2018

An inefficient truth

It’s time for the G20 to give energy efficiency the respect it deserves, writes Rachel Kyte.
Climate change 07-03-2018

Forests are crucial in salvaging the Paris goals – EU must lead the way

In addition to halting deforestation, the European Union must support efforts to allow forest regeneration and sequestering more carbon dioxide, write Heidi Hautala and Carlos Zorrinho.
01-03-2018

Feminism without borders

One week ahead of International Women's Day, Ángela Vallina writes about the need for a "feminism without borders" so that we can learn from each other's struggles and bring about meaningful change for the next generation of girls in rural areas.  
19-02-2018

Are geopolitics, trade and human rights compatible enemies?

Europe cannot turn a blind eye to the Human Rights abuses occurring in third countries, unless we rewrite the mandates of the functioning of the EU institutions and the Treaty, writes MEP Tomáš  Zdechovský.
14-02-2018

Valentine’s secret taboo

The chocolate industry is fuelling misery in West Africa. The European Union – where more chocolate is consumed than anywhere else – must help end it, writes Julia Christian.
07-02-2018

EU politicising development aid to build Fortress Europe

EU investments should not be used to blackmail or externalise borders. Particularly if the EU really wants to tackle the root causes of forced migration, writes Xabier Benito Ziluaga.
Energy 07-02-2018

Enhancing water security in urban areas

The rise in the urban population worldwide is expected to lead to a 50% increase in demand for energy and water, generating challenges that exert pressure on water resources and threaten global water security, writes Benedito Braga.
Economy & Jobs 30-01-2018

How to save the generation Europe left behind

To establish a new Europe that moves forward, it is important that Europe seizes technological innovation to ensure young Europeans are not left behind, writes Andrianos Giannou.
Health 22-01-2018

In run-up to 2030, we’ll need all hands on deck to meet global health goals

This month marks two years since the launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Harad Nusser looks at how we've done so far and how we should proceed so that the private, public and civil society sectors keep up the momentum.
Future EU 17-01-2018

Tens of millions of Africans will try to come to Europe. What’s the EU policy?

Demographics suggest that Africans taking the perilous journey to Europe will be in their millions, and perhaps their tens of millions, writes Giles Merritt.
16-01-2018

EU and Africa have a unique chance to rationalise their cooperation

While 2018 is undoubtedly an important year for the European Union in terms of its own future, it is also a year for resetting its relations with developing countries and in particular with its continental neighbour on the other side of the Mediterranean, the African Union, writes James Mackie.

EU’s migration approach ignores migrant’s rights and dignity

It is high time that member states move away from their intention to close EU borders and instead show strong forward-looking leadership on migration policies, writes Leïla Bodeux.
30-11-2017

Harnessing the SDGs for charting Europe’s future course

The Sustainable Development Goals are an ideal starting point for launching a necessary debate on the future political priorities of the EU, argue Céline Charveriat and Damien Demailly.
Africa 29-11-2017

AU-EU 2017 Summit: A summit that must make history

Amidst an unprecedented migration crisis, new security threats, and rapidly growing populations, it’s no secret that Africa and Europe need a redefined partnership that delivers jobs, growth, and security to both continents, argues Dorine Nininahazwe.
Africa 28-11-2017

Europe needs a partnership policy with the South and the East

A window of opportunity has opened for European policy since growth rates rebounded. But whether growth will continue for a time long enough for reducing the fiscal burden, unemployment and inequality depends on strategy changes, write Karl Aiginger and Heinz Handler.
Settimo Torinese, Italy - July 18, 2017: Red Cross reception center is temporary hub for refugees arriving in Italy.
Africa 27-11-2017

Europe’s quick fix deals can undermine young Africans and spur them to leave

Africa’s youth will take center stage at the EU-Africa Summit this week. For Europeans, the most important outcome is migration deals with Africa. Reports of alleged slavery in Libya should be a warning that quick fixes to curbing migration can undermine young Africans, argues Marije Balt.
21-11-2017

Africa’s young people need inspirational leaders, not old autocrats

Investing in youth is essential for Africa’s future, but what's even more essential is to let inspirational and transformational leaders to come forth, writes Shada Islam.
Climate change 17-11-2017

Finding climate ambition outside of Europe

Yesterday at the Bonn climate summit, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica underlined the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the support needed to rebuild a fully climate-resilient nation. Maeve McLynn describes how rich nations can help.