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Thursday, 21 June 2018

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 ".

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012

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.

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".

Monday, 05 March 2012

European Parliament
-8 March: Foreign Affairs Committee
Council of Ministers
-7 March: COREPER I
-6/7 March: COREPER II
-9 March: Environment Council
ACP
-5/6 March: Building Block meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation
-6/7 March: Enlarged Steering Committee on Intra-ACP Migration Facility
Special date
-8 march: International Woman´s day celebration

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As we were informing our readers in January, 2 years after the earthquake, Haiti’s recovery is still ongoing. H.E Raymond Magloire, the Haitian ambassador to Belgium, also accredited to Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the EU, explained to us the current state of affairs of the country. Notably, he underlines that one of the main challenges of Haiti is the reconstruction of its production capacity.

Friday, 02 March 2012

Following recent talks, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will allocate some US $65 million for a Climate Action lending and technical assistance programme that will benefit 18 member countries of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). According to the Jamaica Observer, the new lending programme will provide long-term, low-cost funding for public and private sector climate change mitigation or adaptation projects. The loans will be complemented by technical assistance to improve climate change-related expertise in the Caribbean and aid in the preparation of individual initiatives.

In the course of the 3149th Foreign Affairs Council meeting, ministers approved  a cooperation project, with a budget of EUR 830 000, between civil society, industry and government representatives of the EU, China and the African states concerning conventional arms exports. A joint expert working group on conventional arms and a joint research centre on conventional arms will be established. This project aims to combat the illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms and light weapons.