About: EU development assistance

Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron relaunches financial transaction tax project, including the UK

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to allocate all future earnings of a financial transaction tax to European solidarity. But with Brexit in mind, it may be too ambitious to relaunch the project with all 28 member states. EURACTIV France reports.

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.

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 19-07-2016

Commission must prioritise access to contraception in development policy

Promoting women’s and girls’ human rights is a fundamental aspect of the European Union and should be better reflected in our overseas aid policy through major investment in improving access to family planning, writes Heidi Hautala.

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.

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.

Development Policy 13-03-2015

NGOs worried by ‘financialisation’ of development

With three major milestones just around the corner, many NGOs are urging greater caution in the use of private finance in development aid policies. EURACTIV France reports

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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.

Bishow Parajuli, the World Food Programme's representative in Yemen, in the capital, Sana'a. [Fares Khoailed/WFP].
Development Policy 25-07-2014

UN official: Yemen could be ‘first country to run out of water’

Since the political crisis erupted in Yemen in 2011, the country has begun to move towards democracy. Many challenges remain in the country, wracked by civil unrest and widespread water and food insecurity, says Bishow Parajuli, the UN World Food Programme's representative in Yemen.

Yemenis receive food assistence in Sana'a. [Fares Khoailed/WFP].
Development Policy 25-07-2014

Over half of Yemenis may need humanitarian aid, UN says

About 14.7 million people in Yemen may be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, as outbreaks of violence continue, according to the United Nations.

Development Policy 29-08-2013

EIB’s €5 billion budget cut will hit Arab Spring countries hardest

The European Investment Bank says that a €5 billion cut in the EU Guarantee Fund insuring its external lending, will force an equal cut of 15% in its funding pool for the 2014-2020 budget that will hit ‘neighbourhood’ states such as Egypt and Syria hardest.

Development Policy 15-05-2013

Donors offer Mali over €3 billion in aid – with strings attached

An EU-led donor conference agreed on Wednesday (15 May) to provide €3.25 billion to fund a sweeping development plan for Mali, but European donors made clear that the interim government must live up to its promises to democratic and social reforms in exchange for the international lifeline.