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Development Policy 10-04-2019

EU aid increases, bucking global trend

Development aid spending by EU members saw a slight increase to $87 billion in 2018 (€77 billion) a slight increase on 2017, according to new data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Afghan poverty rises sharply since NATO combat troops’ departure

Poverty has risen sharply in Afghanistan since the departure of NATO's combat troops in 2014, with more than half of the population now living below the poverty line, according to a national survey.
Development Policy 12-09-2017

Slight rise in France’s contribution to development aid

After years of financial scarcity, France increased its development aid budget for the second consecutive year. However, uncertainties persist over its aid trajectory over the next five years. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 26-04-2017

UK overseas aid budget fraud levels do not seem credible, watchdog says

The UK government’s claims of low levels of fraud in Britain’s overseas aid budget do not seem credible given mounting evidence of missing money, the House of Commons financial watchdog has said.

EU aid to Honduras plagued by ‘lack of expertise’ and shortcomings, auditors find

EU aid to Honduras, one of the poorest countries on the planet, was plagued by a lack of management expertise, focus and overlapping support, a damning report from the Court of Auditors found today (12 January).
Development Policy 05-12-2016

Mogherini and Mimica welcome new government in Gambia

EU Commissioner for Development Neven Mimica and foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini have welcomed the change of government in Gambia, after elections last week saw the end of the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh.
Development Policy 02-12-2016

Plan to align UK aid with trade policy could sideline poor countries

UK aid will be more closely allied with trade policy after the British government signalled a new approach to development assistance that may risk sidelining poorer countries.
Development Policy 29-11-2016

UK watchdog calls for clearer picture of how aid investments benefit the poor

The private sector arm of the UK’s aid programme is failing to demonstrate adequately how its investments improve the lives of the world’s poorest, according to the state spending watchdog, even as the government plans to ramp up the funds it channels through the body.
Development Policy 29-11-2016

No EU observers at Gambia’s election

The former British colony of Gambia goes to the polls on Thursday (1 December) for an election which could see the defeat of incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled the tiny West African country for 22 years.
Development Policy 07-11-2016

Judge orders closure of low-cost Bridge International schools in Uganda

Uganda's High Court has ordered the closure of a chain of low-cost private schools backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively the founders of Microsoft and Facebook.
Development Policy 27-10-2016

NGOs censure EU countries for spending foreign aid on asylum costs

European NGOs have rounded on EU governments over the growing use of foreign aid budgets to meet refugee costs at home, claiming that the strategy artificially inflates official figures for development assistance despite money never reaching the poor countries for which it was intended.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

EU aid principles will be a ‘thing of the past’ under new African migrant deal

Extending the Turkish "cash for migrants" scheme to five African countries will mark a turning point for European aid policy, which has previously been dependent on the principles of democracy and human rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 04-10-2016

MEPs question member states’ commitment to development

The revision of the European Consensus on Development has once again thrown the spotlight on the failure of EU countries to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to international solidarity. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 16-09-2016

IMF prods Mozambique to allow audit of secret loan companies

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday (15 September) pressed Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi to allow an independent international audit of companies involved in a loan scandal that forced an IMF and World Bank aid cutoff.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Lawmakers slam diversion of EU aid to ‘Trust Fund for Africa’

A little under a year since its launch, the EU’s Trust Fund for Africa is largely financed with EU development money and has failed to convince MEPs. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 06-09-2016

Development aid and security spending in Africa’s Sahel region are ‘inextricably linked’

Strict aid accounting rules mean the international community is reluctant to finance security operations in Africa's troubled Sahel region, leaving France all but alone in tackling this sensitive issue. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Development Policy 04-05-2016

EU among donor groups suspending aid to Mozambique over hidden debt

Donor nations and institutions including the EU that contribute to Mozambique's state budget have suspended their support over revelations of $1.4 billion in hidden debt, officials said Wednesday (4 May).
Development Policy 28-04-2016

French aid transparency among the worst in the world

In 2014, France launched a drive for greater transparency in its official development assistance. But two years on, results have proved elusive, and France is still among Europe’s worst performers. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 19-11-2015

Social entrepreneur: Why NGOs should learn from McDonald’s

The global burger franchise McDonald's might not be an obvious role model for charities and NGOs working in aid and development - but one social entrepreneur argues they should be.
Development Policy 26-08-2015

French development aid reform to generate ‘substantial’ new funds

France hopes to boost funding for development and climate action by linking the French Development Agency with the country's public financing body. EURACTIV France reports
Development Policy 17-07-2015

Addis Ababa development financing conference stumbles on tax evasion

The Addis Ababa conference on development financing has ended in agreement on the 2030 plan, but OECD members proved unwilling to address tax evasion. EURACTIV France reports
Development Policy 13-07-2015

Commission laments EU development aid cuts

All eyes are on the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa this week, but the EU is still failing to meet its development targets. EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 10-07-2015

Commission will provide food and medical aid to Greece

The European Commission may not be one of Greece's creditors, but the Vice-President for Budgets has said it will not stand idly by and watch the crisis unfold. EURACTIV France reports

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