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.
West African nations held last-minute talks yesterday (27 March) to address lingering doubts over an agreement with the European Union that would open up the region's economy of 300 million consumers to tariff-free trade, officials said.
As Germany's defence and development ministers mull new strategies for Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has spoken out against further military involvement, EURACTIV Germany reports.
The Italian navy said on Friday (3 January) it had rescued more than 1,000 migrants from boats trying to reach Europe, as an immigration crisis that killed hundreds in the last year showed no signs of easing.
European Union observers and the United Nation's mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Monday (25 November) praised the West African nation's weekend legislative election, despite low turnout and some voting abuses.
In the wake of the brutal murder of two French journalists in Northern Mali, the European Commission, UN and World Bank pledged on Monday (4 November) to increase its financial assistance for the Sahel.
The post-2015 Millennium Development Goals need to emphasise the quality of education in order to sow tolerance and respect for human rights, and better prepare citizens for global challenges such as climate change, Unesco Director General Irina Bokova told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
A new website launched by the French government aims to improve the transparency of development aid money given to Mali but has attracted harsh criticism for failing to comply with international standards. EURACTIV.fr reports.
The EU’s foreign policy chief hailed the “calm” of Mali’s weekend presidential election as vote-counting continued on Monday (29 July) in a contest that international supporters hope will help patch the African nation's deep divisions.
Amid growing concerns about sexual attacks on women in Africa’s Sahel region, a European Parliament report urges the Commission to press governments receiving EU aid to do more to protect women and girls.
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.
Europe and its global partners that are being asked to help finance a €4-billion development programme in Mali should be pressuring the government to address the executions, torture other abuses occurring in the divided country, human rights advocates say.
Europe and the United States should worry that the conflict in the Western Sahara is souring relations between Morocco and Algeria, preventing them from working against Islamist violence and extremism, write Dustin Dehez, Alex MacKenzie and Daniel Novotny.
UNESCO increasingly counts on partnerships with the private sector to help fund projects, Director General Irina Bokova tells EURACTIV. She identified Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Ericsson for being “very open to innovative methods of cooperation”.
Governments and international organisations meet in Brussels on Tuesday (5 February) to find ways to reinforce military gains against Islamist rebels in northern Mali by supporting democracy, economic development and human rights in one of the world's poorest countries.
With EU-backed forces advancing across Mali, the need for European and other donors to accelerate the development process in Africa’s poorest regions appears ever more pressing. For development experts a simple, yet unheralded solution exists - planting trees.
The European Union has a vital role to play in rebuilding Malian army that is badly paid, poorly equipped and seriously weakened by a year of defeats, the commander of a new EU military training mission said yesterday (29 January).
After the French intervention, the jihadists in Mali will have an opportunity to use their superior knowledge of the terrain, local indigenous militia relationships, and guerrilla tactics to inflict casualties on their enemies, writes Stratfor.