Learning from past crises, the European Commission has changed tack on its approach to food security in the Horn of Africa, focusing on resilience to droughts and supporting diversification in local farming production, EurActiv reports. The list of hunger catastrophes in the history of the Horn of Africa is long. The latest one, only two years ago, was triggered by an extreme drought. Such extreme weather events are only expected to become more frequent with climate change, making preparedness more crucial than ever.
Only a few aid organisations published large amounts of useful information about their activities, according to the 2013 Aid Transparency Index. While the four best-performers – the US and UK aid agencies, the UNDP and GAVI – scored between 83% and 89%, the average result was 32.6% and, at the bottom of the table, China scored just 2.2%.
The German government speaks of a paradigm shift in development policy, where the public and private sector partner with local farmers to fight hunger in the developing world. But NGOs have called the German Food Partnership (GFP) deceptive, saying it will support industrialisation without helping the poorest farmers. "We are treading on new territory," said Friedrich Kitschelt, head of department at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Malawi's new Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba travels to Brussels, Belgium, next week on an assignment that has been described as both a "challenge" and "an opportunity" as he will negotiate a €560 million funding for Malawi for the next seven years. "It is a challenging assignment but at the same time an opportunity," Malawi's Ambassador to the European Union (EU) Brave Ndisale told PANA in an exclusive interview in Brussels. Mkwezalamba will be in Brussels to negotiate the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020).
Tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the European Union, according to 66% of EU citizens. Seven out of ten people (69%) believe that helping these countries is also good for the EU, benefiting its citizens. These are some key results from a Eurobarometer survey to be published today at the European Development Days in Brussels (26-27 November).
"Development financing must be centred on the mobilisation of national resources so as to promote endogenous development," said Patrice Tirolien (S&D, FR), Vice-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), at the opening ceremony of its 26th session on 25 November in Addis Ababa. He stressed that this must respect the fiscal arrangements of the countries concerned.
European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced a new financial support for West Africa for the period 2014-2020, during a meeting with Ministers and authorities of other countries in the region, held on Tuesday 29 October 2013, to discuss the priorities to be funded during the next 7 years.
The 4th Open Day of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade (SEDT) division took place at the ACP House in Brussels on October 30th 2013 and showcased more than 15 EU-funded programmes dealing with sustainable growth in ACP countries, among which the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Concord recently published a spotlight report on the European Union (EU) policies dealing with development, food security, climate change, and natural resources against the Lisbon Treaty’s provision on Policy Coherence and Development (PCD). These provisions should ensure that the policies of the EU are centered on battling poverty across the world. The report found that the institutional tools put toward correcting poor policies are ineffective in both gathering data and delivering PCD.
During a visit to Bamako, last week, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs ,UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and World Bank President Jim Kong Kim pledged some €5 billion ($8 billion) to contribute to the region's stability.