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Sunday, 19 November 2017

The European Union will support Mozambique with funding of US$740 million to the state budget over the next five years for investment in water supply, renewable energy, agriculture and job creation programmes in rural areas, said the EU ambassador to Mozambique. Sven von Burgsdorff, on a visit to Quelimane, said the resumption of European financial support, however, depends on the progress of the actions carried out by the government of Mozambique, under the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in relation public debt.

Monday, 21 November 2016

The European Commission has pledged to provide 78 million Euro in emergency aid to help those affected by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Over a million refugees from South Sudan, aid agencies say, have fled the country to neighbouring countries, with the number expected to grow. EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced the funding during a visit to Uganda. "The EU stands by the people of South Sudan who had to escape conflict and violence.

The Dutch and Mozambican authorities on Tuesday signed two agreements to improve water supply, under which Holland will provide funding of 13.5 million euros (about 14.5 million US dollars). Signing the agreements were the general director of the Mozambican government's Water Supply Assets and Investment Fund (FIPAG), Pedro Paulino, and the Dutch Deputy Director-General for Development Cooperation, Reina Buijs. 

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) will fund two projects in eastern Sudan aimed at improving water, sanitation and hygiene services in Kassala state, and in treating and preventing malnutrition in Red Sea state. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports in its latest weekly bulletin that the two projects will cost €1.3 million (about $1.45 million) in total. In Kassala State, the €800,000 ($891,000) one-year project will address the severe need for water and waste management services. It will be implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

All is now set for the Market Development in the Niger Delta, MADE, a U.K. Department for International Development Funded programme, to launch N80 million Technology Adoption Grant, TAG, a private sector intervention aimed at stimulating performance in select agriculture value chains in the Niger Delta. The TAG fund managed by MADE will be awarded to eligible individuals and enterprises with focus on palm oil processing, fish smoking and improving harvesting technologies through a competitive grant process.

The creation of jobs, strengthening private sector engagement, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change and strengthened human rights and gender empowerment are a few of the impacts targeted through the new EU Pacific Regional Programme (RIP) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for which the European Union makes available €166 million. Beneficiaries are the 15 Pacific Island Countries which have signed up to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific.

The European Union is looking to expand direct budget support to Fiji through the Ministry of Economy to fund a range of collaborative development programmes. This announcement followed a meeting between Attorney‑General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum and an EU delegation. The EU delegation consisted of the Head of Unit of Centralised Operations, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific, Jobst Von Kirchman, the Development Coordinator for the Pacific Region, Mathias Reusing, Head of Cooperation, Christopher Wagner and the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Germany urged other developed countries on Friday to support a plan it is finalising to bolster the economies of Africa, create jobs and slow the flow of migrants from the continent to Europe. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her officials, anxious to stop growing numbers of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea, are pushing for increased public and private investment in Africa. Development Minister Gerd Mueller said Germany would in coming weeks release details of what he called a new "Marshall Plan with Africa" - drawing a direct parallel with the huge U.S. investment programme that kick-started the ravaged German economy after World War Two.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are working together to support businesses – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises – and trade in developing countries. The Director-General of DG DEVCO, Stefano Manservisi, met ITC Executive Director Arancha González in Brussels on 9 November to discuss how better-informed decision-making can support the private sector and trade in developing countries and related aid delivery.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Germany on Monday pledged a 61-million-euro ($67.44 million) hike in funding for U.N. relief operations in Africa so that fewer of its people undertake perilous odysseys to Europe, which has struggled to absorb an influx of migrants since last year. The extra funding lifts Germany's total contribution to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to 298 million euros for 2016, Foreign Ministry officials said. Its total humanitarian budget for 2016 was 1.28 billion euros, up from just 105 million euros in 2012.