About: development aid

Development Policy 10-04-2019

Only inequality-busting aid will help end poverty

The amount of aid matters, but so does how and where it is spent. Development aid must  be focused on reducing the inequality that drives poverty, writes Julie Seghers.
Africa 25-05-2018

Ending poverty in Africa is within our reach

On  Africa Day (25 May) it is important to note that the continent is making important progress to end extreme poverty. With all the potential Africa holds it is important for the EU to support it, therefore, the next seven-year budget should secure more funds for aid, writes Dorine Nininahazwe.
Development Policy 30-11-2017

Harnessing the SDGs for charting Europe’s future course

The Sustainable Development Goals are an ideal starting point for launching a necessary debate on the future political priorities of the EU, argue Céline Charveriat and Damien Demailly.
Development Policy 31-10-2017

Wishful thinking underpins the EU’s new Africa plan

There has been a significant mood change among European policymakers. Far from seeing Africa as a charity case, they have come to recognise it as a security threat: doing more to develop Africa's ailing economies is rising fast up the EU agenda, writes Giles Merritt.
Agenda for Change 16-10-2017

The hidden truth about migration: A looming farm crisis back home

Mass migration has become a major political challenge in Europe. While the media documents the perilous journeys that migrants undertake, the hardships and hopes of the rural areas from which many originate receive less attention, meaning the root causes of migration persist, writes Claudia Sadoff.
Development Policy 03-07-2017

Europe’s legal U-turn on militarising development policy

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.
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Development Policy 14-06-2017

New Ideas for Old Problems: How to Get Health Products to Remote Communities

Global health is a shared responsibility, and addressing today’s global health challenges requires us to go beyond the 20th-century model of donors and recipients, writes Christoph Benn.
Development Policy 17-03-2017

Linking aid effectiveness with the 2030 Agenda: Three steps

As a common framework between industrialised, emerging and developing countries, the 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) offer an opportunity to revitalise the aid effectiveness agenda, write Sarah Holzapfel and Alexandra Rudolph.
Development Policy 26-09-2016

EU Budget: yesterday’s solutions no longer work today

Those familiar with Brussels’ routines know that, at this time of the year, EU institutions’ representatives gather to agree on the budget for 2017. Negotiations are known to be passionate, to say the least, writes Tamira Gunzburg.

EU and New Zealand: Partnership powers in the Pacific

Small developing states in the Pacific have traditionally relied on imports of fossil fuels. The cost of the fuel, combined with its price volatility, and the islands' geographic remoteness, are all significant strains on these small economies, write Andrew Jacobs and Michalis Rokas.
Brexit 31-05-2016

Brexit: Environment and development case needs to be heard

UK environmental NGOs should be leading the Remain camp in order to protect the interests they believe in, writes Tony Long. However, they are failing to do so.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

Come on, donors, be courageous!

The first World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul today (23 May) and tomorrow. It should be used as an opportunity by donors to put more trust in the people being granted aid, so the recipients can start determining the course of their own lives, writes Merle Kreibaum.
Development Policy 17-05-2016

What would ‘Brexit’ mean for Development?

On June 23rd Britain will go to the polls to make a momentous decision: whether to remain in or leave the EU, writes Linda McAvan MEP.
Development Policy 04-04-2016

EU: Supporting the Ethiopian people now, and over the long term

Ethiopia is being hit hard by one the most severe El Niño phenomenon on record. Numbers speak for themselves – in the past year, the number of food insecure people has increased from 2.9 million to over 10 million at present, write Neven Mimica and Christos Stylianides.
Development Policy 05-02-2016

Development is geopolitical

Changing geopolitics has progressively eroded the foundations of the ACP-EU partnership and the bargaining power of both the EU and the ACP Group, writes Rhys Williams.
Development Policy 29-01-2016

EU needs ‘radical rethink’ of foreign aid in 2016

These are challenging times for policy makers, as global security risks become ever more complex. The tragic events of 2015 show how the challenges of poverty and development need to be tackled together, write James Mackie and Rhys Williams.
Development Policy 28-01-2016

With Africa, the EU must be a player, not just a payer

The biggest challenge in the effort to deal with the migrant crisis at its root is to transform the donor-beneficiary relationship into a win-win relationship, writes Mariya Gabriel.
Climate change 09-11-2015

EU should lead in climate finance, but not by robbing the aid pot

Keeping global temperatures from rising by more than two degrees will cost a lot, but the world’s poorest countries should not have to suffer in order for the bill to be paid, writes Lies Craeynest.
Development Policy 10-09-2015

Cut overseas aid and you force even more people into the boats

By funding schools for Syrian children in Lebanon we discourage families from deadly sea crossings, writes Gordon Brown.
Development Policy 10-07-2015

The world needs more development aid

Development aid lays the foundations of a more peaceful and resilient world. It is not only a moral obligation, but an economic necessity, writes Christian Friis Bach.
Development Policy 24-04-2015

Stronger than a mosquito bite: How to win the fight against Malaria

On World Malaria Day, it is important to realise that in spite of progress, for half of the world population, every day is still malaria day, writes Valentina Barbagallo.
Development Policy 21-04-2015

We need global MPs committed to well-spent development aid

In its election manifesto launched last week, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) pledged to slash the UK’s development aid budget. We don’t need parliamentarians with this myopic mindset, writes Baroness Jenny Tonge.
Development Policy 03-03-2015

Donor darlings are political, not scientific

The €55 billion a year of European money going to development is politically motivated rather than scientifically. Formal colonies, trade partners and media-favorites become ‘donor darlings’. Some poor countries are bearing the brunt, writes Kasper C. Goethals.
Development Policy 18-12-2014

Developing countries lose $2 for every $1 they earn

For every dollar that developing countries have earned since 2008, they have lost $2, which proves that the global financial system is failing poorer nations, writes Jesse Griffiths.

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