About: Rwanda

In blow to UK’s Johnson, Council of Europe stops asylum-seekers’ flight to Rwanda

A first flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda as part of a controversial UK policy was cancelled on Tuesday (14 June), in an embarrassing blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

Denmark to seek Rwanda cash-for-migrants pact following UK lead

Denmark is seeking its own cash-for-migrants agreement with Rwanda a week after the UK signed its own asylum pact with the East African country.

UK’s €150 million asylum deal with Rwanda set for legal challenge

The UK on Thursday (14 April) unveiled an agreement with Rwanda that will see them send thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country to have their applications processed, but the controversial deal is likely to spark legal challenges.
Coronavirus 27-10-2021

EU hopes to head off criticism after BioNTech announces first African COVID vaccine site

The EU is hoping to head off criticism of its distribution of COVID vaccines from African states, after German pharma giant BioNTech announced on Tuesday (26 October) that it would establish its first African site producing COVID vaccines early next year, with EU support.
Global Europe 06-08-2021

Rwanda troops in Mozambique claim progress against jihadists

Rwandan forces in Mozambique, deployed less than a month ago to help battle jihadists, said Thursday (5 August) they have scored successes in driving out the militants wreaking havoc in the country's gas-rich north.
EU-Africa 08-04-2019

Rwanda mourns the dead, 25 years since genocide began

Rwanda on Sunday (7 April) began 100 days of mourning for more than 800,000 people slaughtered in a genocide that shocked the world, a quarter of a century on from the day it began.
Development Policy 07-02-2018

Agriculture offers little chance of escaping poverty in Africa

LONDON: The rate of rural households in developing African nations “descending into poverty exceeds the rate of those sustainably escaping it”, according to a recent report of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
EU-Africa 30-01-2018

13,000 migrants repatriated from Libya, but many returnees face problems

More than 13,000 migrants have been repatriated from Libya since the beginning of December, the African Union's chief said yesterday (29 January), nearly two months after reports emerged showing refugees being sold as slaves.
EU-Africa 07-08-2017

EU greets Rwanda’s ‘democratic elections’

Incumbent leader Paul Kagame swept to a landslide victory in Rwanda's presidential election, securing a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power, final results showed on Saturday (5 August).
Development Policy 14-06-2017

World Bank: Africa’s cities can learn from EU experience

EURACTIV spoke to Somik Vinaj Lall, the lead author of the World Bank flagship report Africa’s cities: Opening doors to the world. Meeting with EU counterparts, Lall identified areas where the EU experience could be valuable in the urbanisation of the African continent.
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 15-12-2016

EU-Rwanda relations remain frosty amid claims of dictatorship

Poor diplomatic relations between Rwanda and the European Union have reached fever pitch, as Rwandan politicians discuss banning eight MEPs for allegedly interfering with national sovereignty. EU lawmakers, meanwhile, accuse the Rwandan government of running a dictatorship. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 17-11-2016

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court treaty

President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order yesterday (16 November) removing Russia's signature from the International Criminal Court's founding treaty, piling pressure on a court that is already reeling from withdrawals by some African countries.

Gender pay gap will close, study finds, but not for 170 years

According to the World Economic Forum's annual report on gender equality, Iceland is the most equal country for the eighth time in a row. But the situation is deteriorating. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Climate change 17-10-2016

HFC deal big step in fighting climate change

They went to Kigali, Rwanda, to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.
Development Policy 04-10-2016

Rule of law declines for 70% of Africans over past decade, warns Ibrahim index

Governance across Africa has seen minimal improvement over the past decade, held back by widespread deterioration in safety and rule of law, according to a report published on Monday (3 October).
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Controlling the AIDS epidemic: Lessons learnt from six countries

While HIV/AIDS still claims too many lives and causes suffering to millions of affected people and their loved ones across the world, substantial progress has been recorded to put an end to the epidemic, write Tim Wilsdon and Lilian Li.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

African Union seeks own solution to South Sudan crisis

The UN is rapidly running out of patience with the president and vice-president of South Sudan, but the Northeast African country's neighbours have still not imposed any new sanctions on it. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Development Policy 20-05-2016

Citizen reporters: Trying to tell world about the conflict in Burundi

12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict, writes Kevin McCann.
Development Policy 05-02-2016

SDGs: Not an à la carte menu

How do we translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into policy? We need a more coherent and integrated approach, argue Sarah Holzapfel and Heiner Janus.
Development Policy 22-01-2016

Tourism crucial to ‘all areas’ of African development

Politicians and businessmen met Thursday (21 January) at the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) and have highlighted the importance of "authenticity" in tourism and sustainable development. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports. 
Global Europe 04-12-2015

Rwandan bid for Kagame third term undermines democracy, says Mogherini

Rwanda's push to change the constitution and allow President Paul Kagame to serve a third term in power undermines democratic principles, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has warned.
Global Europe 13-11-2015

EU evacuates families and non-essential staff from Burundi

The European Union is to evacuate the families of staff members as well as some non-essential employees from Burundi after a wave of political violence in the central African nation, officials said Friday (13 November).
Global Europe 12-11-2015

EU calls for urgent Burundi talks after mass killings

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has called on Burundi’s government and opposition to meet outside the strife-torn country in a bid to stop a succession of killings and massive displacement.