Development Policy Archives

  • The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Role for Financial Services?

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 25-03-2015

    More than 2.5 billion adults lack access to formal financial services. But technology’s potential for financial inclusion and improving livelihoods is being heralded, particularly as mobile-phone use grows.

  • David Miliband: The most valuable resource to fight Ebola is local staff and leaders

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 04-03-2015

    The Ebola epidemic has been beaten back by local community education, mobilization and organization led by trusted figures in the diverse communities in West Africa, David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said in a speech on Wednesday (3 March).

  • Ethiopian Minister of Health: We are the champions of country ownership in development

    Promoted content 02-03-2015

    In an interview with EURACTIV, Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu described the impressive improvements of healthcare in his country over the last years, stressing that the reforms have been designed and implemented without following foreign prescriptions.

  • MEPs, NGOs at odds over effect of Europe’s GMO stance on developing world

    Promoted content | Agrifood 27-02-2015

    It took Europe three years to break the deadlock on Genetically Modified Organisms. The European Parliament decided last month to give member states the choice to ban or allow the cultivation of GM crops.

  • African Union leader Mugabe could visit EU despite travel ban

    Promoted content 03-02-2015

    The European Commission said on Tuesday that newly elected African Union chairman Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe will be able to travel to the European Union this year in his “capacity as chairman of the African Union.”

  • Mimica: The EU will remain the biggest development donor

    Promoted content 06-01-2015

    In spite of the very difficult economic, financial and budgetary constraints Europe is going through, the European Union will remain the world’s biggest donor of development aid, said European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.

  • Stylianides: Defeating Ebola requires stronger regional cooperation


    In an interview with EURACTIV's Georgi Gotev, Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management, said that more regional cooperation is needed in West Africa in the fight against ebola.

  • Investing in a sustainable and healthy future for all

    Promoted content 15-12-2014

    On 27 January 2015 partners of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will gather in Berlin, Germany to back Gavi’s ambitious plan to immunise an additional 300 million children against potentially fatal diseases between 2016 and 2020 and save a further five to six million lives.

  • How volunteers in development aid can make a difference, Pauline tells her experience

    Promoted content 03-12-2014

    Pauline Kibe, a volunteer currently specialising in institutional capacity-building in the areas of health and HIV/AIDS, shares her experience on how she helped solve the issue of petty cash in an organisation she worked with. She spoke to EURACTIV’s Georgi Gotev following a conference organised by VSO focusing on the role of human capital in development aid, held in Brussels on 2 December 2014.

  • Can private money end global poverty?

    Promoted content 26-11-2014

    2015 will see the superseding of the Millennium Development Goals by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while next year has also been declared as the European Year for Development (#EYD2015).

  • 2014 EuroPhilantopics

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 17-11-2014

    EuroPhilantopics is the annual event for foundations and EU institutions to come together and consider the challenges facing people and communities in the next 5-10 years, with a view to collaborating on shared agendas and gaining more in-depth knowledge of issues, which they can then make use of when considering policy, strategy and funding in the coming years. EuroPhilantopics, which included sessions on sessions on migration, employment, the circular economy and the economics of change, took place during the European Foundation Centre’s 25th Anniversary week, from 3-7 November.

  • Stylianides: “Each euro invested in resilience saves €7 in emergency aid”

    Promoted content 01-10-2014

    In his confirmation hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, Cypriot Commissioner-designate for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christostos Stylianides said on that “investing in resilience is more effective than crisis response”. Stylianides showed his ambition to work with High Representative Federica Mogherini to address the root causes of conflicts.

  • Mimica: We must stop poverty before its starts

    Promoted content 30-09-2014

    Commissioner-designate for Development Neven Mimica sailed through his hearing without difficulty, as MEPs from the development committee quizzed him on Monday.

  • The EU and Development Aid

    Promoted content 19-09-2014

    The European Parliament’s new Development Committee, chaired by Linda McAvan, has been formed at an important juncture for development policy. In the run-up to May’s elections the merit and value of Overseas Development Assistance was loudly questioned by UKIP and other Eurosceptic parties.

  • Raising Awareness on EU Development Policy

    Promoted content 24-07-2014

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to improving people's lives across the globe, but mostly in regions where it's most needed to eradicate poverty. In Europe specifically the foundation is seeking partnerships with governments, civil society, and media. What we're trying to achieve here is really build long lasting relationships in order to improve the quality and quantity of aid spending. But also make sure that development stays high on the agenda.

  • EU doubles humanitarian aid to help CAR refugees

    Promoted content 07-05-2014

    The European Commission announced on Wednesday it will double its humanitarian aid for Cameroon from €3 to €6 million to help the country cope with the refugees fleeing from war-torn Central African Republic, as the episodes of violence in the neighboring country continue.

  • Supporting Cambodia’s immunisation programme

    Promoted content 18-04-2014

    As five African countries prepare to celebrate World Immunization Week (24-30 April) with the impending introduction of new vaccines, the GAVI Alliance is finalising plans to build on its successes with a major drive to increase access to vaccines and the impact of immunisation programmes by 2020.

  • EU pledges extra funds for peace and security in Africa

    Promoted content 02-04-2014

    As African and European leaders are meeting for a 4-day Summit in Brussels, where more that 80 nations are attending, the European Union pledged on Wednesday to spend an extra 800 million euros on peacekeeping missions in Africa.

  • Health and Development: What role for the EU?

    Promoted content 27-03-2014

    African governments are increasingly investing in healthcare, but their progress in preventing infectious diseases could be set back without financial support from the EU and other donors.

  • UNESCO chief: Education ensures normalcy for millions of displaced Syrians

    Promoted content 10-03-2014

    UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, with other international partners such as the EU, is committed to ensure that there would be not a generation of Syrian refugees who would be illiterate and likely to be recruited by extremists, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO told EURACTIV.

  • UN Global Compact: Consultation on the Food and Agriculture Business Principles, Brussels

    Special Report | Promoted content | Agrifood 27-02-2014

    The Consultation on the Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FAB Principles) was hosted by Paolo De Castro, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, in Brussels on 11 February 2014.


    To advance the positive impact that business can have on sustainable agriculture, the UN Global Compact is facilitating the development of voluntary FAB Principles in collaboration with the private sector, key civil society organizations and experts.


    The FAB Principles will art

  • MEPs question EU efforts to fight female genital mutilation

    Promoted content 07-02-2014

    In the event of the eleventh International Day of Zero Tolerance, a UN sponsored celebration aimed at stopping female genital mutilation, MEPs urged the European Commission to step up their efforts to put an end to such mutilations.

  • Why Invest in Vaccines?

    Promoted content 30-01-2014

    Vaccines do far more than protect health; they also protect people’s incomes and savings, and promote economic growth. Find out how.

  • ‘Forgotten’ Central African Republic at risk of genocide, says UN agency

    Promoted content | Agrifood 20-01-2014

    'Unhappily they [rebels] came and there are a lot of people who are dead. They came and stripped us of all our resources, our goods and all that we had. They attacked our children, our young people, and they exterminated them.' said Julienne Yasso, victim of the Central African Republic armed conflict.
    Julienne Yasso is only one of the thousands of civilians affected by a wave of killings and widespread looting in the Central African Republic, where a sectarian armed conflict erupted almost a year ago.

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