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Development Policy 16-03-2018

Humanitarian crisis management benefits from new technologies

Weather alert systems, real-time communication and debit cards for refugees: the use of new technologies make humanitarian aid more effective, Commissioner Christos Stylianides said in an interview.  EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Agenda for Change 02-03-2018

‘Access to water is a question of good governance, not resources’

Water resources are unequally distributed on the planet. But access to water and sanitation depends mainly on good urban planning, Cécile Gilquin said in an interview with EURACTIV.fr
Central Europe 26-05-2017

Takács: Hungary is a successful member state

Just because Hungary has different ideas about issues like migration does not mean it should be perceived negatively. This is exactly why we are fed up, Szábolcs Takács told EURACTIV Czech Republic.
Development Policy 02-11-2016

Ex-development minister: ‘If men were the ones giving birth, healthcare would be better equipped’

Hundreds of thousands of women die during or after childbirth, and HIV often affects young women in poorer countries. Germany’s former Development Minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul told EURACTIV Germany that the EU has to do more to empower women.

Development Policy 05-10-2016

Ethiopian Ambassador: ‘Anti-peace elements’ took advantage of Oromia, Amhara protests

Ethiopia is a secure, stable country in the Horn of Africa, says Ethiopia's Ambassador to the EU, Teshome Toga. However, he admits "gaps" in governance have fuelled year-long protests that have left hundreds dead.
Agrifood 15-07-2016

FAO: The EU has a role in Africa’s agriculture mechanisation

The involvement of the European private sector in the mechanisation of Africa’s agriculture, currently dominated by China, will open up the market and help farmers make quality choices, FAO’s Josef Kienzle said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Development Policy 12-04-2016

How do we measure the successes of development cooperation?

The actual impact of development cooperation is coming under increasing scrutiny. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Sarah Holzapfel of the German Development Institute (DIE) about her latest report, "Boosting or hindering aid effectiveness? An assessment of systems for measuring donor agency results"..

Expert: Somalia, Niger, Congo victims of humanitarian aid ‘gap’

Humanitarian aid is not keeping pace with needs on the ground, partly due to the affects of El Nino and climate change in eastern and southern Africa, according to a new report from World Vision - and as a result already malnutrioned children are going hungry.
Development Policy 14-01-2016

Gerd Müller: Withholding knowledge is ‘akin to murder’

Before International Green Week, Germany's Minister for Development, Gerd Müller, called for a "new dimension of development cooperation" on world hunger,  to better tackle the refugee crisis. He spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel.
Development Policy 20-10-2015

Danièle Lamarque: ‘Migration and development policies should be linked’

The European Union must adapt its development aid to new challenges, like the migration crisis, and the fight against climate change, Danièle Lamarque told EURACTIV France
Development Policy 10-07-2015

German Development Minister: ‘Every country is responsible for its own financing’

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Germany, Gerd Müller called on developing countries to assemble stable tax systems, while advising industrialised nations to use TTIP as an opportunity to promote fair trade.
Development Policy 02-06-2015

MEP Neuser: ‘Missed 0.7% target is eating away at Germany’s credibility’

Germany’s lack of investment in development cooperation is damaging the country’s credibility and is a catastrophe for developing countries, says MEP Norbert Neuser in an interview with EURACTIV.de, arguing that effective development aid could greatly reduce worldwide suffering and could have prevented the Ebola outbreak.
Development Policy 02-03-2015

MEP Pedro Silva Pereira: Austerity-minded countries are wary of providing more ODA

The European Parliament hopes to contribute to a strong EU position at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa next July. But some EU countries are concerned about having to allocate more resources to official development assistance, MEP Pedro Silva Pereira told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 10-12-2014

Gobi?š: The European Year for Development 2015 started in Latvia

A telephone conversation in 2010 launched the idea of designating 2015 as European Year for Development, Andris Gobi?š told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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Annick Girardin: ‘Climate refugees’ should come first

Climate change is not just about the environment. It is also about people. France's Minister for Development, in conversation with EURACTIV France, following this week's UN Climate Summit in New York.
Kristalina Georgieva explains the 'belt of crisis' [photo Georgi Gotev]
Global Europe 20-06-2014

Georgieva: ‘Travelling trouble’ could reach us

The EU and the developed countries need to more forcefully direct their resources and attention to “the belt of crisis” stretching from Somalia to Mali, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 24-02-2014

German MP (Die Linke): ‘We are still far from the 0.7% development aid target’

Germany's new development minister is on the right track, but involving private companies is not the appropriate policy in Africa. Instead, building up local regional markets should be the aim, says Left Party MP Niema Movassat.
Global Europe 19-11-2013

Georgieva: ‘We must not fall in the trap of forgotten crises’

EXCLUSIVE / In the aftermath of the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the European Commission was fast in coming up with financial aid and brought urgent relief to the worst affected areas, but it must prevent the country from becoming another "forgotten crisis", European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva told EURACTIV in an interview.
Development Policy 11-07-2013

Presidential advisor: Youth bulge could be a ‘threat to stability’

A growing youth population in much of the world poses a potential threat to stability because there may not be enough jobs to go around, says Garry Conille, special advisor to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Global Europe 03-07-2013

ECHO official: EU, US are not so different on the world stage

There is no “difference on philosophy” between the European Union and United States, says Claus Sørensen, director-general of DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). He says that the Prism intelligence-gathering operation is probably similar to what some of the bigger European member states are doing, though on a smaller and less obtrusive scale.
Development Policy 25-06-2013

Campaigner: Don’t cut aid when we’re on the cusp of achieving MDGs

A new report shows that sub-Saharan Africa suffered disproportionately from cuts to aid spending by EU member states. This could endanger the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals at a critical time, says Eloise Todd.
Development Policy 24-06-2013

Mary Robinson: Seeking justice for people and the planet

Former Irish president Mary Robinson was named the UN special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region in March. In another capacity, she is campaigning for climate justice. Robinson tells EURACTIV that peace, stability and sustainable development are not mutually exclusive.
Development Policy 29-05-2013

Ska Keller: EU can make ‘huge difference’ in development aid

Eighty-two MEPs who have signed a declaration calling on member states to protect the EU's development and humanitarian aid spending in the 2014-2020 budget have broad support, German MEP Ska Keller (Greens) told EURACTIV in an interview.
Development Policy 11-04-2013

German diplomat: Three of four development projects in Africa fail

Experience gained over the years shows that development cannot be governed from the outside, and this is why three out of four development projects in Africa fail, Volker Seitz, a German diplomat with a 17-years of experience in Africa, tells EURACTIV Germany.

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