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Monday, 19 November 2018

Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the OECD, today submitted to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, a report from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD on French development policy from 2013 to 2018. The report commends France on its announcements that it will increase government aid and on the changes to the strategic direction of its policies, in line with the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO).

The Commission has committed €9 million for disaster preparedness initiatives in Madagascar, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. The funding will also help to promote effective humanitarian action at regional level. The Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region is frequently affected by natural disasters that hit the most vulnerable populations, causing casualties and population displacement.

The Sahel countries are confronted with numerous challenges which hold back their development potential. The countries in the region have to deal with climate change risks, increasing demographic pressure, an increasingly urban trend and the security crisis shaking the region. Agricultural yields are declining significantly, creating food security issues. In order to get through these issues and allow the region to develop, innovative solutions and research exist.

Europe and Africa need each other in order to work in partnership on the numerous common challenges they face, said Alexander De Croo, the Belgian Minister for Cooperation and Development, during a conference preceding the reopening of the Museum of Africa in Tervuren. Last week, Jean-Claude Junker, the President of the European Commission, pleaded for a new partnership with Africa during his annual State of the Union address.

The French IT school network will be opening a new campus in the Sèmè City of Information and Knowledge. Enrolment will open on the 6th October, for an academic year starting in February 2019. The first African campus for the French Epitech school will be based in Benin.

Today the UK, Somalia, Italy and Ethiopia brought together international partners in support of Somalia’s security, political and economic reforms. Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin co-hosted the meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, with Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad of Somalia, State Minister Hirut Zemene of Ethiopia and Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

Friday, 28 September 2018

The latest Eurobarometer survey shows that EU citizens increasingly view the private sector as having a greater role to play in international development, as well as seeing development cooperation as a means to address irregular migration. “European citizens back our efforts to boost private investment in development cooperation, deliver gender equality and address the root causes of irregular migration.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

The EU and Sweden have agreed to contribute €45m ($52m) to a project that aims to help protect marine biodiversity in the Pacific – and crack down on illegal activities such as fish ‘laundering’. The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP) – backed with €35m from the EU and €10m from Sweden’s government – will try to help regional organisations tackle issues like unsustainable fishing, the impact of climate change and exploitation of people working in the sector.

The new French Ambassador to Haiti, José Gomez, believes that France and Haiti are united by a friendship rooted in shared values and language. "My mission and that of the Embassy is to further enrich this relationship so unique and strong," he said, adding that "the intensity of political exchanges between our two countries, including the interview in December 2017 between Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Jovenel Moïse, after the visit of President Hollande in May 2015, testifies to this mutual attachment.

In an EPSRC-funded project, researchers at Sheffield University and Brunel University London, alongside long span bridge expert Ian Firth of engineering consultants COWI, used a mathematical modelling technique to identify new bridge forms. Most existing long span bridges are either suspension bridges, such as the Humber Bridge, or cable-stay, such as the Queensferry Crossing.