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Saturday, 18 November 2017
EU Development Ministers gather in Luxembourg on 10-11 April for their bi-annual meeting, to examine progress and follow-up on promises made in 2005 for more, and more effective, aid to poor people in developing countries. CIDSE and Caritas Europa are calling on the EU to deliver on those commitments.
While 2005 marked a year of renewed political commitment on poverty eradication, 2006 must be the year of action, with donors delivering on their side of the global partnership to reach the Millennium Development Goals. Poor people around the world expect to see increased support in order to enable them to work for change and lives of dignity, and European citizens expect their governments to prioritize aid for the poorest populations.
Read more on the financial perspectives.
MEPs adopted an own-initiative report by Thierry CORNILLET (ALDE, FR) on the work of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in 2005.

Parliament welcomes the conclusion of the negotiations on amending the Cotonou Agreement, but regrets that the agreement reached at the Brussels Summit of 15 and 16 December 2005, bringing the amount allocated to the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) (2008-2013) to €22 682 million remains short of the initial proposals aimed at maintaining the same level of aid as under the 9th EDF.
Friday, 07 April 2006
Major changes could be ahead for the banana industry in Jamaica. The European Commission in Jamaica is providing J$632 million (eight million euros) to assist with the diversification of the local industry. The banana is the world's most popular unprocessed fruit consumed in the largest quantities. But there are several other products which can be derived from it. Export volumes have fallen significantly for many reasons and the industry, on the rebound, now faces the further difficulty of the removal of preferential access to the EU/UK market. But while there is great opportunity for the diversification of the banana industry, according to Dr. Audia Barnett, executive director of the Scientific Research Council, a lack of supply is hampering the process. A good case in point is the shortage of fruit for the production of banana chips. The EU funding support is partly geared towards the expanded production of planting material by tissue culture, a process which allows the rapid production of disease-free plantlets from the tissue of healthy parent stock.
British ministers and their European counterparts are today urged to change how they report on aid amid claims that some European countries are masking their failure to deliver additional money to the world’s poorest people by double counting debt relief as aid money. In 2005 the UK and the EU promised billions of euros in additional aid to poor countries. But non-governmental organisations say they must make sure that it does result in new money to cut poverty. Britain's latest figures, announced on Friday (31 March), suggest that aid may actually have fallen between 2004 and 2005 if debt relief for Iraq and Nigeria is excluded. This debt relief, at £1.8bn, accounted for almost one third of headline UK aid last year, despite delivering little in terms of new resources for development. Campaigners argue that while cancelling debts is crucial for developing countries, the UK must report their aid in a transparent way and lead the way for Europe to do the same. New research from NGOs including ActionAid, Oxfam and the network BOND, in a coalition representing hundreds of groups across Europe, shows that last year €12.5 billion of the EU's aid, roughly a third of total assistance, brought negligible sums of new money to reduce poverty. Most of this money went instead on cancellation of debts which were not being serviced, housing refugees in EU countries and educating foreign students in European universities.
Wednesday, 05 April 2006
The European Commission has allocated €2.2 million to reduce the cumulative effects of drought and HIV/AIDS on vulnerable people in Zambia. Up to two million people face food shortages in the country’s drought-affected southern and western regions. Commission-funded humanitarian operations in Zambia specifically aim to prevent the situation of vulnerable groups, like households headed by children or grandparents, deteriorating further. This will be achieved through financing concrete measures such as the provision of lightweight water pumps that have been specially adapted to help households with planting and harvesting.