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Friday, 20 April 2018

The European Union and its Member States continue to be the world's leading provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA) with an overall amount of €75.7 billion in 2017, confirm the newly released figures by the OECD-DAC. This amount represents 0.50% of EU Gross National Income (GNI). This is significantly above the 0.21% average of the non-EU members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), despite a small decrease compared to the previous year. Global ODA, reported to the OECD-DAC by all donors, decreased from €131 billion in 2016 to €130 billion in 2017.

France’s development spending increased in 2017, but after years of successive decline, that has only returned it to 2012 levels. EURACTIV.fr reports. Following years of decline in the budget for development aid, France increased it by 15% between 2016 and 2017, according to statistics published by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on 8 April.

While the UK prepares to leave one of the world's largest trading blocs, Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, is declining to join one in the first place. Nigerian President Buhari is yet to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which aims to establish a free trade area between 16 West African countries (and Mauritania) and the European Union.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

ACP Secretariat

26-28 March: Intra ACP GCCA+ Coordination Meeting
29 March: Special session of the Committee of Ambassadors: revision of the Georgetown Agreement

European Parliament

26-28 April: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Council

28 March: Coreper I and II

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The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 50 on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities” will take place on 10 April 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing is organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD .