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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 313]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 313]
Send date: 2012-03-09 19:04:19
Issue #: 129
Content:
Bulletin CTA

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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week
  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 12/03 to 18/03/2012
  2. Our video guest: Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, IPACC
  3. European Water Initiative at the World Water Forum
  4. DRC: Additional funding for safe delivery of humanitarian assistance
  5. Fruit juices marketed in the EU: A new directive
  6. Environment Council to discuss GMOs and Roadmap on Climate Change
  7. 'Agenda for change': To lead to unfortunate outcomes ?
  8. Laying the groundwork for better implementation of EU environment law
  9. UK urged to keep up support for Zambia
  10. UK to boost open and stable markets in South Africa
  11. EPA issue: Third option 'better, superior and beneficial to Ghana'
  12. EFSA’s scientific work towards better transparency
  13. EU and EAC negotiators discuss trade issues
  14. 'Genuine' liberal policy in Africa?
  15. Enhancing gender equality in Timor-Leste
  16. Call for proposals to improve science and technology research
  17. EU to boost funding for the DRC
  18. EU support for Nigerian water sanitation
  19. EU to help Congo cope with simultaneous crises
  20. Finland development aid budget to focus primarily on Sub-Saharan Africa
  21. Dutch development aid budget cuts to help make 'drastic savings'
  22. Bionenergy to help farmers take part in green economy- building
  23. EU vows to keep promises to Haiti


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 12/03 to 18/03/2012
    2012-03-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -13-15 March: Parliamentary session (Strasbourg)
    Council of Ministers
    -14/16 March: COREPER I
    -14 March: COREPER II
    -16 March: Foreign Affairs Council (International Trade)
    ACP Group
    -13 March: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
    -15 March: Committee of ACP Ambassadors
    -16 March: S/C on Sustainable Development

    You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.




  2. Our video guest: Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, IPACC
    2012-03-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Archive

    As we have been informing our readers in recent weeks, the Sahel region is being hit severely by a food crisis. In the course of the last Brussels Briefing, entitled “New challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in ACP countries”, we met Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, coordinator of the Chadian Association of Indigenous Mbororo women and peoples (AFPAT), and the Sahel region representative at the Indigenous Peoples of African Coordinating Committee (IPACC). She explained to us the situation of Indigenous people amid the food crisis and shared some of the preliminary findings of the RIO+20 preparation, in which she takes part.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Last Brussels Briefing
    Link Know more about IPACC


  3. European Water Initiative at the World Water Forum
    2012-03-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Archive

    According to recent reports, Commissioner Piebalgs will share the results of the European Water Initiative at the World Water Forum in Marseille next week. This event comes at the same time as the international community can celebrate that the Millennium Development Goal on sustainable access to drinking water has been achieved, five years before the deadline of 2015. However, the remaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially sanitation, remain off-track and the EU will intensify its efforts to achieve the goals on time.
    The EU funded Initiative is an international policy partnership that has helped to improve access to water across the world and to put water at the heart of development policies. Overall, European action has already helped more than 32 million people to gain access to improved water supply and 9 million to sanitation facilities. Building on the achievements of the EU Water Initiative the EU will continue to support international cooperation and to promote innovative approaches reinforcing the link between water and other sectors such as agriculture and energy.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the EUWI
    Link MDGs and Water


  4. DRC: Additional funding for safe delivery of humanitarian assistance
    2012-03-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, ACP-EU Policy, Aid effectiveness

    Following her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kristalina Georgieva, has announced  the European Commission will strengthen its humanitarian air service in the DRC with additional funding for helicopters bringing relief and aid workers, up to €4million more this year. The funding will improve the access of humanitarian aid agencies to remote areas in DRC where relief aid is needed but impossible to bring by land. This decision brings the European Commission's humanitarian aid to the DRC to more than €60 million in 2012.
    Notably, the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, has stressed:  "We cannot help if we don't have access to the people who need our help. In the DRC, access is a real problem – relief is often most needed in remote areas and by displaced people. This is why it is essential to enable our humanitarian partners to reach the places where they are most needed".

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU to boost funding for the DRC
    Link Coping with simultaneous crises


  5. Fruit juices marketed in the EU: A new directive
    2012-03-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Food Policy

    Following a first-reading agreement with the European Parliament, the Council approved a compromise text aimed at further aligning the EU directive on fruit juices to the international food standards of the Codex Alimentarius.
    Now adopted, the directive is expected to enter into force beginning of June, when it is published in the Official Journal of the EU. Member states will then have 18 months to transpose the directive into national law, and to apply the new rules from the end of this period.
    The new directive incorporates the current industry practice of not adding sugars to fruit juices. As from the date of application of the new rules (the addition of sugars to fruit juices will not longer be authorised.
    The new rules will apply to all fruit juices marketed in the EU, irrespective of their origin. This ensures an equal treatment between fruit juices produced within the EU and imported from third countries.

     

     

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Codex Alimentarius
    Link Fruit Juices and similar products


  6. Environment Council to discuss GMOs and Roadmap on Climate Change
    2012-03-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Environment  Council meets this week for key negotiations. Notably, ministers will discuss GMOs and a roadmap on climate change up to 2050. They will try to reach an agreement on how the EU can reduce CO2 emissions by 80-95 pct, as well as the follow-up on the Durban conference.
    Danish Minister for Climate- Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard, recognises that “it will be very difficult negotiations” and  hopes ministers “can agree on milestones towards 2050 to help set the course toward a greener Europe”. I believe we, at the meeting, can ensure that the EU climate policies evolve with the challenges," he concludes.  
    There are 22 Member States who wish to have the possibility to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory. On the other hand, there is a blocking minority which believes that national restrictions or prohibition on the cultivation of GMOs would be inconsistent with WTO rules, internal market rules or undermining EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) risk assessment.
    The Presidency has prepared a balanced compromise text, which seeks to bridge the gap between the Member States.

    Source : eu2012



    Link Read more
    Link No GMOs, less competitiveness
    Link EU’s carbon emissions reduction target


  7. 'Agenda for change': To lead to unfortunate outcomes ?
    2012-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive, ACP-EU Policy

    As ‘Agenda for change’  puts forward  some changes regarding  EU development assistance, aid to impoverished in emerging countries could face cuts in favour of the world’s neediest nations. According to an article published by EuroActiv, charity and human rights groups welcome Europe's continued commitment to developing countries. However, they fear draft EU proposals could harm efforts to finance water, sanitation and other projects in Latin America, Asia and possibly some sub-Saharan African countries.
    Speaking of the ‘Agenda for Change,  Catarina de Albuquerque , UN’s first special rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, says that  “[it] can be detrimental for the progress of rights” if it leaves some poor communities vulnerable. “I’m not saying the intentions are bad, I’m saying the outcomes are bad,”  she adds.
    Last October, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs unveiled plans to overhaul overseas development assistance to better help in the poorest and most vulnerable countries, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Foreign and development ministers from the 27 EU countries acknowledged in May 2011 that water is a critical area because scarcity affects food and energy production and contributes to a range of health problems. Draft Council conclusions to be presented under the current Danish EU presidency endorse plans to re-direct aid from middle-income countries to address water and other human needs.

    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link Agenda for change
    Link Water in EU Development Policy


  8. Laying the groundwork for better implementation of EU environment law
    2012-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    With the aim of  delivering  better environmental outcomes for people and businesses, the Commission has recently issued a communication on better implementation of EU environment law. It underlines the positive benefits of environment law, showing how preventing damage to the environment can cost far less than long-term remediation
    Speaking of environment law , Commissioner Janez Potočnik has said: "EU law is not an invention from Brussels; it is democratically adopted by all Member States and the Parliament for the benefit of citizens. Our environment is protected by some 200 pieces of well established law, but all too often they are not properly applied. This doesn't just harm the environment – it also damages human health, leads to uncertainty for industry, and undermines the Single Market. In a time of crisis, these are costs we cannot afford."
    Notably, the communication will list measures to help Member States achieve a fully systematic approach to knowledge collection and dissemination, including ways to encourage more responsiveness on environmental issues.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read the communication
    Link DG Environment


  9. UK urged to keep up support for Zambia
    2012-03-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to The Guardian, the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD), a Zambian NGO,  is pushing the UK to maintain its support for Zambia's tax authority so as to ensure that more revenue is brought in from mining companies and other multinationals.The new Zambian government has moved to increase the country's tax base, according to the CTPD. Compared with the total amount of revenue that could be raised, however, this seems anything but sufficient.
    The executive director of the CTPD , Savior Mwambwa, alerted the UK parliamentary international development committee to the issue, as the committee deals with taxation in developing countries.
    Mwambwa underlined that secrecy laws put countries such as Zambia at a disadvantage in their dealings with international companies. "When Glencore receives tax breaks or subsidies, this is done in secret […] If there was greater transparency, developing countries would have greater bargaining power versus multinationals", he said.
    The CTPD pushed the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) to maintain its support, Zambia's equivalent of HM Revenue and Customs in the UK.
    Mining is the key export industry for Zambia, in view of its large mineral reserves. Though the African state has been officially classified as middle-income country, two-thirds of its population live below the national poverty line.
    Source: The Guardian


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the CTPD
    Link UK grant to support Zambia's development


  10. UK to boost open and stable markets in South Africa
    2012-03-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to ESI Africa, the British High Commission has launched a £1 million fund for 2012/13 to provide support for projects in South Africa that are linked to prosperity, trade and low carbon growth. This support is part of a global fund which seeks to build prosperity “by increasing exports and investments, opening markets, and ensuring access to resources and energy security”, according to the High Commission. Having highlighted that climate change constitutes one the biggest threats to global security, the Commission added that this latter is “underpinned by sustainable growth, higher levels of employment, rising standards of living, and greater regional/international trade”
    The Commission stressed that the UK has great interest in promoting open and stable markets and economies, tackle barriers to economic development, and to support a global transition to a low carbon economy.  South African organizations are invited to submit project proposals that meet the criteria outlined in its Prosperity Fund strategy.

    Source: ESI Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the BHC
    Link Prosperity Fund Strategy


  11. EPA issue: Third option 'better, superior and beneficial to Ghana'
    2012-03-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Last week, CTA Brussels reported on the declarations of the Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Hannah Tetteh, on an ECOWAS platform for a full EPA. She noted that a wider discussion on the EPA  issue was needed and stated that while after signing the full EPA they would gain in some areas and lose in others,  they “need to measure the gains against the losses and decide on what is best for the nation”. This week, the same online newspaper which reported on the issue, Myjoyonline, published a letter submitted by Sylvester W. Bagooro, from the Political Economy Unit of Third World Network-Africa, which is an independent non-profit coalition of organisations and individuals engaged in advocacy on issues related to development, environment and North-South affairs.  Mr Bagooro says that her position ignores “a third option, which is better, superior and beneficial to Ghana and which ECOWAS has committed to”.
    Speaking of the third option, Sylvester W. Bagooro says: “This option is a regional mechanism in the form of a solidarity fund to compensate Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Cape Verde on export losses in case regional consensus on EPA is not reached by 1st January 2014. This decision was taken at the most recent West African Ministerial Monitoring Committee (MMC) meeting held in Accra, Ghana, in November 2011, and of course hosted by no other person but the Hon. Hannah Tetteh herself.”
    In his view, “this option, helps Ghana avoid the disruption of exports as well as all the damaging clauses in the interim EPA with its far-reaching effects on the development of Ghana and the regional integration process within ECOWAS. The issue of the exporters is genuine and a real concern. But that has to be put in the broader interest of other producers and the country as a whole. Apart from those who export to the EU market all other local producers whose market is domestic and the ECOWAS region will have a very serious challenge with the influx of EU goods.”
    Having made several arguments in support of his statements, he highlights: “Minister should take the lead in reminding her colleague ministers in the Region about the idea of the regional solidarity fund and its operationalization. Most stakeholders in the EPA debate will be happy to work with the Hon. Minister as the Ministry provides leadership in the operationalisation of the Fund. This will spare Ghana the damaging effects of the EPA and also safeguard the regional integration agenda. In the 21st century there are two options: ECOWAS to integrate and survive or perish if the integration process is abandoned."

    Source: Myjoyonline


    Link Read more
    Link Ghana presses ECOWAS
    Link ECOWAS- EU Trade


  12. EFSA’s scientific work towards better transparency
    2012-03-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recently published implementing rules related to Declarations of Interest (DOIs), one of the cornerstones of its recently adopted Policy on Independence and Scientific Decision-Making Processes. The rules related to Declarations of Interest (DOIs) continue to strengthen the procedures in place for screening and managing interests declared by those involved in EFSA’s activities. The new rules provide a clearer and more transparent set of general principles applicable to all those engaging in EFSA’s work – scientific experts, staff, members of the Management Board and third party organisations, including external contractors. The implementing rules allow EFSA to tap into the best scientific expertise available while ensuring – for both the organisation and its experts - independence and integrity throughout all areas of the Authority’s governance and work. EFSA has utilised the new rules in the ongoing re-establishment of its Scientific Committee and eight of its Scientific Panels. For all other individuals and processes concerned, the rules will enter into force as of 1 July 2012, with a 4-month transition period.
    Speaking ahead of the information session, EFSA Executive Director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, said: “EFSA understands that, notwithstanding the high caliber of its scientific work, the value of its scientific advice is directly linked to the level of trust held in it by the public and therefore seeks to guarantee independence in all aspects of its governance and scientific activities. ”
    The new rules lay down in detail the criteria EFSA uses for assessing interests declared by scientific experts and other individuals involved in its work. Different types of interests are listed with guidance about whether or not they constitute potential conflicts of interest. Where a potential conflict of interest is identified, the scientific expert or individual is prohibited from participating in EFSA’s scientific work or taking up certain roles.

    Source: EFSA


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about EFSA
    Link EU Food Policy


  13. EU and EAC negotiators discuss trade issues
    2012-03-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Following some weeks of prevailing atmosphere of uncertainty, EU and East African Community (EAC) negotiators recently met at technical level in Kigali, Rwanda, to discuss trade issues. Particularly, talks dealt with rules of origin, dispute settlement and some institutional provisions as agreed during their  previous meeting in Brussels, held last December. According to the European Commission Press service, “talks were fruitful and instrumental in preparing the next negotiating rounds”, which are scheduled for April and May. The Parties follow an agreed roadmap which should lead to the conclusion of negotiations by Summer 2012.
    The EU represents an important trade partner for the region, with around €3 billion of imports from the EU (mainly oil products, medicines, machinery and mechanical equipment, cars, aircrafts, electrical appliances etc.) and around €2 billion of exports towards the EU (mainly agro-food products: coffee, tea, fresh cut flowers, fisheries, tobacco, cocoa etc.) in 2010. Kenya, the biggest economy and the only non – Least Developed Country (LDC) in the region, heavily relies on the EU (which represents 31% of its export market) for selling its cut flowers, tea, vegetables and coffee.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Which way will they jump?
    Link End of market access for EAC members?


  14. 'Genuine' liberal policy in Africa?
    2012-03-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Rural development

    Last week, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, saw the 7th conference of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Africa and the Caribbean (ALDEPAC), where resolutions aiming at leading Africa towards the political and economic liberalism were adopted. Calls were also made for liberalism to act "as the cement of [African]development", all the while creating "a humanized market economy ".
    Participants adopted the White Paper "Towards a Pan-liberal manifesto". According to this, only liberalism can enable Africa to start real political, economic and social development, while offering choice to each nation to decide on its own policy. To meet this challenge, the establishment of "African investment funds” using income from the explotation of natural resources has been proposed.
    According to Louis Michel,  co-speaker of the EU-ACP Joint Assembly,  "we must find new resources for sustainable agriculture and rural development and deal with the rise in agricultural prices."
    The emergence of a genuine liberal policy in Africa will lead, according to ALDEPAC, to  "access to essential services, including education, social welfare and health care", and will result in “a primary education with good quality, culture of gender equality,  good policy to faculty recruitment, promotion and training".

    Source:  Infos Abidjan


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link Know more about ALDE
    Link acp-eu Joint Assembly


  15. Enhancing gender equality in Timor-Leste
    2012-03-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Archive

    With the aim of promoting and protecting women’s rights and gender equality in the development process, the EU Delegation in Timor-Leste has launched a project called “Raising women's voices: advocating for women's rights” in partnership with the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR-Progressio) and its local partner, Rede Feto, the women umbrella NGO. The objectives are to strengthen the capacity of Rede Feto and its member organisations for effective advocacy and lobbying by the NGO and its membership for legislation to protect women and to empower women socio-economically.
    Moreover, the EU also has initiated the project “Empowering women and establishing Grassroots Protection Network” in conjunction with the NGO Ba Futuru. The project seeks to improve grassroots protection for vulnerable populations through the empowerment of women by linking state and non-state actor sat the local level for the prevention and violence against women and children and will ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace building and post-conflict governance. Specific objectives include reducing violence against and abuse of vulnerable populations, the empowerment of local female leaders as key agents for protection and to improve the government’s awareness of grassroots protection needs and introduce strategies to address these needs.
    Whereas Timor-Leste has made a strategic decision to join ASEAN by 2012, it is eligible to participate in the 10th EDF Regional Programme for the Pacific. To this effect, the EC Delegation facilitates the contacts between Timor-Leste and the Pacific regional organisations concerned in order to assist the country derive maximum benefits from the regional programme.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about Progressio
    Link The EU and Timor Leste


  16. Call for proposals to improve science and technology research
    2012-03-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive, Environment

    The African Union Commission is seeking proposals for research focusing on the following thematic priorities articulated in Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) and its Lighthouse Projects: (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and (c) Water and Sanitation in Africa.
    The programme is financed through the Financing Agreement between the European Commission and the ACP Group of States under the ACP Research for Sustainable Development Program of the 10th EDF Intra-ACP Envelop.
    The deadline is on 20th April,  2012 at 1700H (+3 GMT).

    Source: African Union Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More about the AU Commission
    Link Flagship R&D Programmes


  17. EU to boost funding for the DRC
    2012-03-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Archive

    CTA Brussels has been informing this week of the 4-days visit of the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), whose main aim is to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation in the country.  According to recent updates of the European Commission Press Service, once she has arrived  in the capital,  Kinshasa, she has announced to increase funds for the plight of hundreds of thousands of people in the DRC. “Millions of people in the DRC are going through one of the world's longest emergencies. Displacement on a massive scale is a problem unresolved for almost 20 years now. The country is struggling with tremendous difficulties. This is why we are increasing our funding for the DRC by ten percent compared to last year", she stated.
    As we already informed our readers, this year the European Commission (EC)  will channel €59 million in humanitarian aid to Africa's second-largest country. Furthermore, the EC is also supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo's prospects for development, as the 10th European Development Fund has allocated around €584 million to the country between 2008 and 2013.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read Georgieva's blog
    Link Congo fatigue?


  18. EU support for Nigerian water sanitation
    2012-03-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    According to recent updates, the European Union plans to fund several programmes on water supply and sanitation (WSSSRP) in Nigeria over the next five years. This was contained in the Country Support Strategy/National Indicative  Programme (CSP/NIP) of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) for  Nigeria.
    The support to Nigeria’s water and sanitation sector is the highest global EU water and sanitation programme in terms of funding.The WSSSRP seeks to contribute to poverty eradication, sustainable development, and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals through the implementation of programmes that increase access to safe, adequate, and sustainable water and sanitation services.

    Source: Leadership


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about WSSSRP
    Link EU-Nigeria


  19. EU to help Congo cope with simultaneous crises
    2012-03-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    With the aim of raising awareness of the  state of humanitarian affairs in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva will pay a visit to the country this week. Additionally, the EC is expected to channel around €59 million to the DRC in 2012, a 10 per cent increase compared to last year, to back the country facing several and simultaneous humanitarian crises.
    The EC will focus on alleviating the effects of displacement, the violation of human rights and the atrocities committed against civilians. Most recipients of the its humanitarian assistance are victims of recent and ongoing conflicts and the host communities where the displaced have found shelter.
    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-RDC
    Link Congo: Under fire over blast


  20. Finland development aid budget to focus primarily on Sub-Saharan Africa
    2012-03-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Rural development

    According to recent updates, Finland will allocate a great part of  its humanitarian assistance budget  to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and those in the Sahel. Recently, the country’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs granted a total of €67.6 million in humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of people in crisis situations around the world, however lower than last year.
    The country will provide €20.1 million  to Somalia , Sudan and South Sudan. For the Sahel, Finland is expected to allocate around €8.4 million, mainly  in response to the food crisis in the region. The Democratic Republic of Congo, along with  the surrounding central African region and the Great Lakes area ,will benefit some €5 million.
    Targets of assistance outside Africa will include Haiti.

    Source: DEVEX/ Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


    Link Read more
    Link Finland’s Development Policy
    Link Findland-Africa


  21. Dutch development aid budget cuts to help make 'drastic savings'
    2012-03-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    According to an article published by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the Dutch development aid budget may face cuts. As the deficit for next year is expected to rise, the government may make “drastic savings”. Accordingly, a recent opinion poll shows that 80% of Dutch citizens would prefer reducing the development aid budget to 0.6 percent of GNP.
    As stated in the article: “It’s now at 0.7 percent, the European norm for the level of development aid. The Netherlands has traditionally spent more than that, but Mr Rutte’s cabinet [current Dutch coalition cabinet formed by the political parties People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA)] has already slashed nearly a billion euros off the development aid budget. The question is no longer whether the aid budget will be cut again, but by how much. Geert Wilders’ populist Freedom Party, whose support keeps the minority cabinet in power, wants development aid cut altogether. It advocates giving only emergency rather than development aid because ‘development aid appears in practice just to mean channelling money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries’ ”.
    The Dutch development aid budget is at present just over four billion euros, with half the money going directly to governments in poor countries. The rest goes to NGOs and organisations such as the United Nations and the EU.

    Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide


    Link Read more
    Link Dutch International cooperation
    Link Lamy congratulates the Netherlands


  22. Bionenergy to help farmers take part in green economy- building
    2012-03-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    FAO has recently released a set of documents and policymaking tools that governments can use to help rural communities benefit from bioenergy development and ensure that biofuel crop production does not come at the expense of food security. The project, entitled Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI), and which has been funded by  the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, includes  methodologies for assessing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of bioenergy production, indicators that can be measured when doing so, recommended good practices, and policy measures for promoting sustainable bionenergy development.
    Speaking of Rio+20, Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources Management and Environment  has said: "In a few months the international community will gather for the Rio+20 conference to explore new ways to combat rural poverty and promote sustainable development. Undertaken responsibly and where appropriate, bioenergy production can offer farmers and rural people the opportunity to take part in building a new green economy, and can help counter the effects of decades of underinvestment in developing world agriculture and rural areas".

    Source: PAEPARD


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about BEFSCI
    Link The EU and the bioenergy


  23. EU vows to keep promises to Haiti
    2012-03-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, ACP-EU Policy, Rural development

    In line with EU’s commitment to help Haiti for a full recovery, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will visit the country and announce an aid package which will improve access to basic services. The aid package will be also focused on improving Haitian infrastructure and increasing its support to rebuilding the State's capacity to provide services to Haitians. Prior to his departure  he has said: “Our ambition is now to accelerate the reconstruction and development process. There are still substantial challenges to address for which good governance, political stability and effective planning are key elements for success. To this end, we are launching, together with the Haitian authorities, a plan for the two years to come, focusing on bringing more help to the people who need it most".
    EU Development Commissioner will meet the new Haitian President, Michel Martelly and  hold talks with senior government ministers, Members of Parliament and civil society representatives, as well as inaugurate and visit several EU funded projects. "The European Union has lived up to its promises in delivering life-saving and long-term assistance to Haiti, whose recovery remains at the top of our priorities”, he added.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Interview with the Haitian Ambassador
    Link Reconstruction of Haiti



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