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Central Asia 06-07-2018

Kazakhstan is the buckle of the Belt and Road initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by the Chinese government which focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. BRI largely replicates the Silk Road, a common historical heritage of China, Kazakhstan and all countries along its path.
Central Asia 22-06-2018

EU-Kazakhstan parliamentary relations

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The contractual basis for relations between the EU and Kazakhstan is the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), the first of its kind and acclaimed both by Brussels and Astana. The European Parliament’s relations with Kazakhstan, however, fall in the remit of...
Central Asia 13-03-2018

25 years of EU-Kazakhstan relations

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On 2 February 2018, EU and Kazakhstan celebrated the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations, an anchoring point for their close and mutually beneficial cooperation. This infographic highlights the main achievements of these 25 years.
Central Asia 08-02-2018

The EU-Kazakhstan agreement in an nutshell

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The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU (EPCA) is unique. The European Commission says that the EU’s relationship with Central Asia in general and Kazakhstan in particular “has never been any stronger or any better”.
Development Policy 19-12-2016

European countries far from meeting development aid promises

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European countries are far from meeting their official development assistance (ODA) targets. Factors related to migration are further adding to the financial pressure faced by development budgets, parts of which are being earmarked to take care of refugees.

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24-10-2016

‘Smart defense’ and ‘interoperability’: The future of defense policy in Europe

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In the 25 years following the end of the Cold War, European countries benefited from a peace dividend, by significantly decreasing defence spending.
How EU wants to leverage €3.35bn into €88bn in investment for Africa
Development Policy 30-09-2016

How EU wants to leverage €3.35bn into €88bn in investment for Africa

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The European Commission announced in Jean-Claude Juncker's 'State of the Union' speech a new initiative on Africa – the EU External Investment Plan (EIP), which looks at helping the private sector in Africa and the European Neighbourhood.
Aid Effectiveness: From commitment to transparency?
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Aid Effectiveness: From commitment to transparency?

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Open data, and the transparency and effectiveness of international development aid, have failed to get the attention they deserve.
Refugee crisis leads to boost in European aid spending
Development Policy 15-04-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Refugee crisis leads to boost in European aid spending

Europe is still the world’s leading provider of official development assistance (ODA). In 2015, its international solidarity budget increased sharply to cover the costs of the refugee crisis.
17-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: EPP is third largest party at EU summits

As EU leaders gather today (17 March) for yet another summit, trying to fix the migrant crisis, successive elections in member countries have dwarfed the largest political force in the EU following the 2014 European elections. The European Peoples’ Party, who is the largest in the European Parliament with 251 MEPs out of the total of 751, is now the third force, by the number of its heads of state and government sitting at the summits. The most influential leader of the EPP is without any doubt the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Socialists and Democrats, who have 190 MEPs, are now the number one force at summits. But perhaps more surprisingly, the liberals, who have only 70 MEPs in the European Parliament and are the fourth largest political group there, are now the second largest force at EU summits.
EU Priorities 2020 07-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the EU summit champions?

The EU summit today (7 March) will be the 101st for Jean-Claude Juncker, as premier of Luxembourg and president of the European Commission. Second comes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with 66 summits Third is Donald Tusk, with 57 summits as premier of Poland and president of the European Council.
Development Policy 28-01-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: An increasingly-connected developing world

Despite the fact that costs are still high, internet access and mobile phone use is becoming increasingly widespread, including in developing countries.
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Development Policy 17-12-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: The COP21 decisions at a glance

On 12 December, world governments concluded a historic international agreement to fight global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.
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Development Policy 25-11-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Demography is a vehicle for development

The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016, Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change, was published on 6 November. It revealed that demographic trends had changed dramatically over the last 30 years.
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Development Policy 19-10-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Not all SDGs were created equal

The investment needed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in September varies greatly.
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Development Policy 25-09-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: EU provides over 55% of global ODA

Most Official Development Assistance (ODA) comes from the EU institutions and member states. This amount is over $87.5 billion for 2013, the latest year for which data is available. This is 55% of the total of $135 billion. How much does each player provide? This infographic provides the answers.
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Development Policy 27-08-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Financing climate change and development

External development finance plays a key role in supporting developing countries in their transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable development pathway.
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Development Policy 23-07-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Curbing illicit financial flows is a resource for Africa

Over the last 50 years, Africa is estimated to have lost in excess of $1 trillion in illicit financial flows (IFFs). This sum is roughly equivalent to all of the official development assistance (ODA) received by Africa during the same timeframe. Currently, Africa is estimated to be losing more than $50 billion annually in IFFs.
Development Policy 23-06-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: What are the SDGs about?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN members will use to frame their policies over the next 15 years. If approved at the UN summit in September, they will become globally applicable beginning in January 2016.
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Development Policy 13-05-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: The facts about asylum seekers in Europe

Although Germany and Sweden are not front-line countries exposed to immigration, they were among those receiving the largest number of asylum seekers in 2014.
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Development Policy 20-04-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Ex-empires aid former colonies

France, the UK, Belgium, Spain and Portugal, the countries with the largest colonial empires until the middle of the 20th century, are spending their Official Development Assistance (ODA) largely in the countries which were their colonies.
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Development Policy 26-03-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: This is a man’s world

The percentage of women in parliaments has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. 22% of national parliamentarians worldwide are women, up from 11.3% in 1995.
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Development Policy 26-02-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Vaccine R&D leaders

Vaccination may be the most effective public health intervention of all time. This is especially true in developing countries, where many families can’t find or afford health care when they get sick. The prevention offered by vaccines can be life-saving.
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Europeans Support Development Aid
Development Policy 30-01-2015

Infographic: Europeans support development aid

More than two thirds of Europeans believe that fighting poverty in developing countries should be one of the EU's top priorities as it contributes to a more peaceful and equal world. But the level of support of people who say they are personally involved in helping developing countries varies greatly. Personal participation is highest in the Netherlands and Sweden, and lowest in Bulgaria and Romania.