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EDITO
Saturday, 21 April 2018
EC-PREP is a programme of research to enhance collaboration between the European Commission and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Its main objective is to enhance the poverty impact of the European Community's development assistance and contribute to achieving the MDGs.
- Research Projects
€3,2 million has been assigned to EC-PREP for research related to one or more of the 6 focal areas of the 2000 EC's Development Policy Declaration in the context of their link to poverty eradication. Research covers also cross-cutting issues such as human rights, the environment, gender, good governance, conflict prevention and crisis management. The research is aimed to contribute to improving effectiveness of the European Community's development assistance.
In adopting a joint resolution on the revision of the Cotonou Agreement and setting of the amount for the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), the Members of Parliament regret that the overall amount for the 10th EDF decided by the European Council is below the original calculation of the Commission.
MEPs also regret that the political commitments made in 2005 in support of substantial increases in official development aid (ODA) have not been translated into a substantial increase in the contributions of Member States to the EDF. MEPs underline that the proposed amount for the10th EDF would amount to only 0.028% of Member States' GDP. They deplore the fact that, on the one hand, Member States have made commitments to increase development aid but, on the other hand, if the level of the 10th EDF remains at that fixed by the European Council, the overall levels of ODA managed by the Commission will fall from 19% to just 14% by 2015, making this a de facto re-nationalisation of development policy. MEPs call on the Member States to consider significantly raising their contributions to the 10th EDF.
Parliament calls on the Council and Commission to clarify the future financing of the African Union, including what level of financing should come from the MEDA programme. MEPs recall that all EDF expenditure must satisfy the ODA eligibility criteria, as defined by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee. Finally, the Parliament calls on the Commission to take the lead in ensuring coordination between the Member States in order to enhance the effectiveness of both EU and bilateral development funding.
In preparation of the 83 rd Session of the ACP Council of Ministers and the 31st Session of the ACP-EC Council of Ministers to be held from 25 to 30 May 2006 in Port-Moresby in Papua New Guinea, a special invitation has been extended to the Highland provinces of Papua New Guinea, to use the coming ACP-EU meeting in Port Moresby to involve development partners with other member countries, and affiliated international institutions.
The invite is part of efforts by the Events Council and the European Union, to involve all national partners at the conference. The National Events Council has invited governors, administrators as well as business representatives from the Highlands region, to meet with the European Union Ambassador, Aldo Dell Ariccia, in Kundiawa at the end of this month.
The National Planning Commission (NPC) of Namibia and the European Union launched last week a program which they hope will substantially reduce poverty in the country's rural communities.
The Rural Poverty Reduction Programme (PRPR) is a 53 million Euro (about N$413 million) EU-sponsored program which will provide funding and guidance to rural projects seen to stimulate economic growth. The program aims to address three issues in particular - land reform, decentralization and poverty reduction.
Launching the program in the capital, NPC Director General Helmut Angula said the best strategy to reduce poverty was to address its causes and to empower the poor to earn their own livelihoods.
Thursday, 23 March 2006
African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar supplying countries remain deeply concerned by the delays and lack of concrete measures on the part of the European leaders to provide them with adequate resources to face the huge losses from the reform of the EU sugar regime. The losses for some of the world’s poorest countries could amount to nearly €265 million annually and a staggering €1.7 bn under the new EU sugar regime.
Read the ACP-OXFAM declaration.