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Friday, 27 April 2018

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.

The European Union (EU) and the Samoan Government have signed a 20.2 million Euro/SAT 58 million in Water and Sanitation. This Financial agreement was signed by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development, Neven Mimica during the European Development Day summit in Brussels yesterday. European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mimica stated that the agreement would strengthen the cooperation with Samoa in water and sanitation.

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department has contributed €12.5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP). The United Nations programme plans to use the bulk of the contribution to provide sorghum to more than 100,000 displaced people in Darfur for several months. Sorghum is a staple food in Sudan. WFP plans to provide the grain to 137,000 displaced Darfuris for three months with €10.5 million of the contribution, along with pulses for more than 180,000 South Sudanese refugees for six months. WFP will also use part of the contribution to support 88,200 displaced people across Darfur with cash-based transfers in the form of food vouchers for three months.

As the world marks the Refugee Day today, the United Kingdom has announced an additional 15 million pounds (47.158bn/-) in humanitarian aid to help the ever-increasing displaced Burundians in Tanzania. The support brings the total UK assistance to the current refugee influx to £29.25 million (90bn/-) since June 2015. This follows a previously provided £14.25 million for food, medical care and clean water to help the growing number of Burundians who have fled their country since April 2015 to seek refuge in Tanzania.