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Friday, 20 October 2017

A Fiji village that was battered by a landslide in 2012, slammed by that year's Cyclone Evan and then again by Cyclone Winston, is being relocated. A ground breaking ceremony is being held today at the relocated site of Tuturaki village which was destroyed by the triple disasters. Tuturaki was inland from Lautoka on Viti Levu and is being moved further into the island's interior. The initiative of Fiji's National Disaster Management Office will cost $US289,000 dollars and is being implemented by the Pacific Community. The European Union has also backed the project.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A little more than two weeks after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the economic and development impacts of the referendum are beginning to take shape. The instability caused by the referendum sent the British pound plummeting in the greatest one-day loss since the beginning of the Bretton Woods system. The currency now hovers at a 12 percent loss against the dollar, with knock-on effects for the U.K. aid budget. Currently valued at about $19 billion, British aid has lost $1.9 billion in value since the pound dropped.

The European Commission has today announced €58.2 million in humanitarian aid to support the populations in the Lake Chad region in Africa. The funding brings the overall EU humanitarian aid package for the Sahel region to over €203 million in 2016. "A full-scale humanitarian crisis has been fuelled by violence in a fragile region. The EU is committed to supporting those displaced and affected by the violence of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin.

Today, the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources with support from the European Union and Germany launched a 3.8 million euro project to support responsible agricultural investment in Ethiopia. According to a statement from the European Union office in Addis Abeba, the project will contribute to establish an accountable, conducive and transparent framework for socially and environmentally responsible and productive agricultural investments benefiting local communities and economies.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

United Kingdom's (UK) Department for International Development (DfID) has given Malawi £24 million (about K23 billion) as a contribution to the government's National Disaster Response Plan, the British High Commission in Lilongwe has said . A statement made available to Nyasa Times says the UK Development Minister Nick Hurd , confirmed the support on Wednesday during a telephone conversation with President Peter Mutharika. The support from the UK will assist some of the 6.5 million people identified by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) food security assessment as requiring emergency food/cash assistance over the next nine months.

The Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion at the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission, Mr. Kalilou Traore yesterday said the European Union (EU) and its member states have set aside 6.5 billion euros (about N2.03trillion) to support West Africa’s Economic Partner Agreement (EPA) Development Programme for the next five years. He added that the partners have committed to jointly fund the development dimension of EPA for at least 20 years through trade liberalisation in West Africa and also improve the subsidy of processed products for export.

Today the European Commission will announce over €145 million in humanitarian assistance for Africa’s Sahel region in 2016 to address the basic needs of the populations, tackle malnutrition and provide food to the most vulnerable people. “Saving lives continues to be the EU’s first priority in Niger and the Sahel region. Our new humanitarian funding will provide essential nutrition and health treatment to young children and their mothers, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as training and support to health centres. The EU is working hand in hand with humanitarian organisations to help the most vulnerable”, said Commissioner Christos Stylianides, who will visit EU funded aid projects in Niger.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The EU commission wants to finance foreign armies as part of a larger effort to stop people from fleeing to Europe, including in countries with patchy human rights. A commission draft proposal released on Tuesday (5 July) spells out reasons why it is "necessary to provide assistance to the militaries of partner countries". Some €100 million that were initially slated for development aid will be diverted to finance military-led border control exploits and other initiatives like mine-clearing. The EU money can also be used to finance anything from troop transport vehicles to uniforms and surveillance equipment.

Poor countries that refuse to accept tens of thousands of deported migrants will be stripped of aid and trade, under a rebooted EU strategy to halt the migration crisis. African states that help stem the flow of migrants over the Mediterranean will likewise be “rewarded”, the European Commission said, as it proposed refocusing its foreign policy around halting migration. The plans include spending up to €62bn to develop African economies, using €3.1bn volunteered by national governments as seed capital to raise cash on the international markets.

Thursday, 07 July 2016

Funds in the form of budget support will be coming Fiji’s way through the European Union. EU officials in Brussels have confirmed that budget support for sectors such as agriculture (sugar) amongst others will be coming Fiji’s way. It is understood that F$10million has already been committed under the budget support programme for the country’s sugar industry. This has also been confirmed by the Fijian mission in Brussels.