Development Policy Archives

  • 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.

  • Europe’s legal U-turn on militarising development policy

    03-07-2017

    Europe’s development policy should stay true to its aims of eradicating poverty and raising people’s quality of life. The increasing military slant of EU development aid is both illegal and inhumane, writes Heidi Hautala.

  • Sustainable development must be overarching EU objective

    28-06-2017

    The EU should throw its full weight behind the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and take a global lead in its implementation. Former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy explains why sustainable development should be the bloc's top priority.

  • Time to move to an interest-driven Africa-EU political partnership

    27-06-2017

    Geert Laporte proposes eight measures for Europe and Africa to build the strong partnership that everyone seems to want. But is everyone willing to support the tough decisions that these measures would entail?

  • Do smallholders need rights of their own, and if so, which ones?

    22-06-2017

    Do farmers have and/or need different rights to other people? Michael Brüntrup argues that gaining the support of rural dwellers and ensuring they benefit from development should be the top priority.

  • The ‘Eurovision of inventors’ and new solutions for protecting the planet

    Health 20-06-2017

    Whether or not Donald Trump is taking part in efforts to protect the planet, inventions and technological progress are filling an important gap and the EU is playing a role bigger than generally assumed, writes Eli Hadzhieva.

  • Time to consider refugee protection in partnerships with third countries

    20-06-2017

    On World Refugee Day and just before the European Council, we call on the EU and its member states to assess the impact of the Partnership Framework approach on the right to seek and enjoy asylum, writes Denis Haveaux.

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