About: EU development aid

Development Policy 13-06-2018

EU to hike migration spending in development aid overhaul

The European Commission will set out its plans to dramatically increase spending on migration control on Thursday (14 June), as part of its overhaul of EU development spending between 2021 and 2027.
Development Policy 09-04-2018

EU aid spending slumps as refugee crisis recedes

Development aid to countries in the Global South stagnated in 2017, according to new figures published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) on Monday (9 April). It also showed a declining share of aid spent on refugees.
Development Policy 07-02-2018

EU politicising development aid to build Fortress Europe

EU investments should not be used to blackmail or externalise borders. Particularly if the EU really wants to tackle the root causes of forced migration, writes Xabier Benito Ziluaga.
Development Policy 10-01-2018

Inner-African development goals instead of inner-African borders

During the AU-EU summit, the Commission outlined plans for its future development policy. However, it remains open how it intends to ensure that the European Development Goals in the future are not primarily a reward for migration control measures. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 22-12-2017

Chololo, the ’secret formula’ for the future of development aid?

The expansion of a community-based project in Tanzania is challenging the traditional top-down model of development assistance, proving that money is not the most important thing when it comes to helping people.
Development Policy 15-09-2017

The EU’s militarisation of development aid

The European Commission and a large part of the European Parliament back the use of development aid for security purposes. But some call this a diversion that will come at the expense of the poorest beneficiaries. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 11-09-2017

Diverting EU aid to stop migration: The EU Trust Fund for Africa

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.
European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip
Broadband 09-06-2017

Digital development plan promotes EU tech laws

A new European Commission aid plan promises to channel more development funds into building internet networks in Africa, in the hope that the bloc's fresh privacy and net neutrality rules could become a template for other countries.
Development Policy 01-03-2017

Auditors find flaws in EU donor aid to sub-Saharan Africa

Attempts by the EU to help sub-Saharan African nations increase their rate of tax collection are flawed by a string of weaknesses in implementation, an in-depth study by auditors found yesterday (28 February).
Development Policy 21-10-2016

Oxfam: Our ‘red lines’ on securitisation and conditionality of EU aid

The EU is in the process of reviewing its entire framework for development cooperation, to incorporate the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change - but there must be 'red lines', Oxfam tells EURACTIV.com.
Development Policy 30-09-2016

ICC prosecutor opens initial probe into Gabon unrest

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said yesterday (30 September) she was opening an initial probe into the deadly unrest in Gabon triggered by disputed elections.
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 30-05-2016

Wall of silence from development NGOs on Brexit threat

EXCLUSIVE / Actors, scientists and now even historians have put their names forward to argue for Britain to stay in the EU. But with less than four weeks to go to the UK referendum, there has been a resounding wall of silence from key development NGOs on the dangers – or even opportunities – posed by a Brexit.
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.
Development Policy 11-04-2016

Is EU development aid working?

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The EU remains the biggest donor of humanitarian and development aid assistance in the world. But budgetary constraints faced by its member states, the refugee crisis and the deterioration of the international security context have put Europe’s international solidarity to the test.
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Health 22-07-2015

Securing Health in Europe: Balancing priorities, sharing responsibilities

Prof Helmut Brand, President of the International Forum Gastein, gives a short overview of what to expect from the European Health Forum Gastein 2015. Going into its 18th year, the Forum has grown to become the leading conference devoted to European health policy and was attended by almost 600 delegates in 2014, amongst them many senior decision-makers, including 15 Ministers, Secretaries of State and Director Generals. This year’s main theme is “Securing health in Europe. Balancing priorities, sharing responsibilities”.
Agrifood 08-07-2015

Europe’s coffee trade: Grounds for reform?

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. 1.6 billion cups are consumed every day and the global market is worth 64 billion euros. But do coffee farmers get a fair share of the profits?
Development Policy 18-06-2015

Finland’s aid cut and the EU’s credibility crisis

Finland's decision to slash its development aid by 43% has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the entire European Union at a crucial time, write Niina Mäki and Jeroen Kwakkenbos.
Development Policy 20-04-2015

European countries focus aid on ex-colonies

Until the 20th century, they were Europe's biggest imperial powers. Today, France, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Portugal are spending the bulk of their Official Development Assistance (ODA) budgets on their former colonies. The EURACTIV network reports.
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Development Policy 27-03-2015

Banda: EU support was key in fight against corruption in Malawi

At the Women In Parliaments Global Forum Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, former Malawian President Joyce Hilda Banda spoke exclusively with EURACTIV's Rick Zednik about the support she received from EU officials in rebuilding her country's economy.
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Development Policy 06-01-2015

Mimica: The EU will remain the biggest development donor

In spite of the very difficult economic, financial and budgetary constraints Europe is going through, the European Union will remain the world’s biggest donor of development aid, said European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.
Merkel's Africa commissioner criticised the EU's Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Africa saying it contradicts development aid efforts. [Nooke}
Development Policy 07-11-2014

EU-Africa free trade agreement ‘destroys’ development policy, says Merkel advisor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Africa Commissioner, Günter Nooke issued harsh criticism of the EU’s joint free trade deal with multiple African countries, claiming the EPA counteracts Europe’s development policy efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Development Policy 06-11-2014

Financial institutions: Unintended beneficiaries of EU development aid

EU subsidies to infrastructure projects in developing countries can indirectly benefit the financial institutions that co-finance them, says the European Court of Auditors. EURACTIV.fr reports
EU Development Commissioner Neven Mimica [EP]
Development Policy 28-10-2014

New EU Development Commissioner ‘has no vision’, activists say

Despite one year of experience in Brussels, the EU’s new Development Commissioner Neven Mimica is still a rookie and low in the hierarchy of the Juncker Commission, leaving him with much to prove on development policy, according to aid groups interviewed by EURACTIV Germany.