Development Policy Archives

  • Wishful thinking underpins the EU’s new Africa plan

    31-10-2017

    There has been a significant mood change among European policymakers. Far from seeing Africa as a charity case, they have come to recognise it as a security threat: doing more to develop Africa's ailing economies is rising fast up the EU agenda, writes Giles Merritt.

  • Europe’s quiet offensive against people helping refugees

    Global Europe 31-10-2017

    Three years ago today (31 October), EU pressure on Italy forced the end of one the EU’s most successful humanitarian missions, ‘Mare Nostrum’, a search-and-rescue operation that in just one year brought 130,000 refugees safely to Europe’s shores. Ben Hayes and Frank Barat look back on three years since the end of Operation Mare Nostrum.

  • Private sector and development: The EU is not doing enough!

    31-10-2017

    To ensure business enterprises play their role in generating more and better jobs and contribute to the transition towards a green and sustainable economic model in the Global South, the EU needs to adopt in-depth reforms, argues Isabelle Brachet.

  • The real wave of refugees is yet to come

    23-10-2017

    Climate change in Africa is going to be a much stronger driving force for mass migration than political turmoil, writes Tara Shirvani.

  • Myanmar: It’s time to bring back sanctions

    20-10-2017

    It’s not just Aung San Suu Kyi who is failing to act on the Rohingya massacre - it’s time we bring back sanctions, argues MEP Neena Gill.

  • The hidden truth about migration: A looming farm crisis back home

    Agenda for Change 16-10-2017

    Mass migration has become a major political challenge in Europe. While the media documents the perilous journeys that migrants undertake, the hardships and hopes of the rural areas from which many originate receive less attention, meaning the root causes of migration persist, writes Claudia Sadoff.

  • SDGs can be a test for European public-private partnerships

    28-09-2017

    Sustainable Development Goals pose a considerable test for governments and EU institutions. Yet in a world in which the corporate sector is likely to enjoy greater agency, there is a concomitant opportunity to use the SDG process as a trial for European diplomacy, argue Jan Melissen and Ries Kamphof.

  • Diverting EU aid to stop migration: The EU Trust Fund for Africa

    11-09-2017

    Migrants have become the focus of the EU's aid strategy. As priority is given to stemming migrant flows in the short-term, long-term development goals are forgone, tarnishing the EU's image as a global development actor, writes Fanny Voitzwinkler.

  • Is water a female issue?

    Energy & Environment 04-09-2017

    Around 30% of the world's population still do not have access to safe drinking water and 60% do not have safe sanitation, but lack of access to sanitation affects women more than men, Bruno Tisserand explains in the aftermath of World Water Week, hosted in Stockholm last week.

  • Engineering disruptive innovation

    24-08-2017

    Disrupting innovation, which could be compared to television replacing radio, finds fertile ground in the developing countries, write Gauri Khandekar and Thomas Wyns.

  • Taking stock of 2030 Agenda: Are we making progress with integrated implementation?

    26-07-2017

    There is no planet B. Humanity needs to acknowledge this and work together to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, in a relatively short space of time, write  Hannah Janetschek and Imme Scholz.

  • European secrecy must end if Africa’s potential is to be unlocked

    06-07-2017

    Having shown their serious intent at the lectern and on panels, G20 and African leaders must now move beyond speeches and pledges and take concrete, demonstrable steps to help the African continent harness its full potential, writes Acting-President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo.