About: Official development assistance

Development Policy 26-07-2017

Macron announces U-turn on development budget

After announcing budget cuts at the beginning of July, President Emmanuel Macron has reaffirmed his commitment to increase France’s official development assistance budget to 0.55% of gross national income (GNI) by 2022. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 11-07-2017

French backtracking on FTT undermines development commitments

France’s development aid objectives appear to be compromised by a reduction in the base of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which funds more than 20% of the country’s international solidarity effort. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 02-06-2017

European Parliament validates Consensus on Development

EU lawmakers yesterday (1 June) waved through the new Consensus on Development. But many criticisms, including on migration controls that feature in the text, have gone unanswered. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 30-05-2017

Development expert: ‘Haiti would be better off without international aid’

Haiti is one of many poor countries where international aid has failed to fulfil its objectives. Despite billions of dollars being pumped in, little has changed since the disastrous earthquake of 2010, Joel Boutroue told EURACTIV France.
Development Policy 31-03-2017

Development still a non-issue in French election

Three of the top five candidates for the French presidency have said they will boost development spending to meet the international target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI). But not all agree on what this spending should cover. EURACTIV France reports.
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 06-12-2016

Crisis hits support for development aid

Support for development aid among French citizens was high in 2016, according to the French Development Agency (AFD). But it has still not recovered since the crisis hit in 2008. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 17-11-2016

A pivotal moment for the Central African Republic

For decades, the Central African Republic has suffered from enormous humanitarian needs and a perilous security situation. Europe needs to strengthen its support for this fragile and forgotten state, writes Friederike Röder.
Global Europe 16-11-2016

In it for the long run: Education as an immediate emergency priority

Refugees spend an average of 20 years away from their homes, in the “limbo” of temporary shelters with only basic provisions. Education is vital to building a sense of normality and ensuring these years are not wasted, writes Nicholas Rutherford.
Development Policy 03-11-2016

French MPs: Hollande’s presidency ‘catastrophic’ for development

Development suffered the second deepest cuts of any budget during François Hollande's term in office, just after spending on military veterans. The French government has promised to turn the ship around in 2017. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 28-10-2016

Parliament votes to boost EU spending on development

MEPs on Wednesday (26 October) approved a €500 million increase to EU spending to cover the costs of the refugee and migration crisis without cutting development aid.
Development Policy 19-10-2016

French MP: Banking lobby’s ‘long reach’ undermines Financial Transaction Tax

Paris hopes to capitalise on Brexit to take over from London as the EU’s major financial hub. But this ambition could undermine France's promise to broaden the Financial Transaction Tax, Eva Sas told EURACTIV France.
Development Policy 04-10-2016

MEPs question member states’ commitment to development

The revision of the European Consensus on Development has once again thrown the spotlight on the failure of EU countries to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to international solidarity. EURACTIV France reports.
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.
Global Europe 14-09-2016

Juncker’s new investment plan shows he still has not understood the problem

Jean-Claude Juncker is today (14 September) expected to launch the new European External Investment Plan, which aims at “addressing the root causes of migration”. But once again Europe’s solution to the “migration crisis” is not only wrong – it is actually no solution at all, writes Natalia Alonso.
Development Policy 06-09-2016

Development aid and security spending in Africa’s Sahel region are ‘inextricably linked’

Strict aid accounting rules mean the international community is reluctant to finance security operations in Africa's troubled Sahel region, leaving France all but alone in tackling this sensitive issue. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 02-09-2016

Hollande does U-turn, increases French development aid

François Hollande has announced an increase to France's official development assistance budget for 2017, putting an end to several consecutive years of funding cuts. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 24-08-2016

EU foreign policy risks fuelling displacement and terror

While the EU’s foreign policy recognises the importance of promoting peace and stability beyond its borders, it also emphasises the need to align development aid with strategic priorities. This is indicative of a wider risk, writes Kloe Tricot O’Farrell.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Oxfam: World’s richest countries host just 9% of all refugees

The six biggest economies in the world currently host only 2.1 million refugees between them, while the poorest countries are forced to bear most of the burden, according to a new report by Oxfam. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

French development boss: 1% owning 99% of wealth ‘is not normal’

Worsening inequality is a threat to the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Objectives. To turn the situation around, the governments of developing countries must invest heavily in public services, says Philippe Orliange.
Development Policy 27-05-2016

G7 leaders promise to boost global aid

The leaders of the G7 have committed to increasing global aid in the face of the biggest migration crisis since the Second World War. Currently the United Kingdom is the only member of the group to fulfil its aid commitments. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 10-05-2016

Are results-based approaches the key to implementing the 2030 Agenda in development cooperation?

Heiner Janus and Stephan Klingebiel ask the question at the heart of development policy events of 2016: How can development cooperation provide targeted support for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda?
Global Europe 29-04-2016

Parliament refuses to allocate more EU aid money to migration crisis

MEPs yesterday (28 April) blocked a motion to increase spending from the European Development Fund on the migration crisis, resisting the creeping securitisation of aid spending. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 28-04-2016

French aid transparency among the worst in the world

In 2014, France launched a drive for greater transparency in its official development assistance. But two years on, results have proved elusive, and France is still among Europe’s worst performers. EURACTIV France reports.

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