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Monday, 18 June 2018

The International Aid Transparency Initiative's (IATI) annual report has shown increased global development aid transparency improved last year but France, one of the world's biggest donors, is still lagging behind. Launched in 2011 to mark the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Busan, 2011), the initiative aims to increase accessibility to information on development aid, especially for countries that receive aid and for civil society organisations, by establishing a new format. The popularity of the initiative grew in 2013 and it is now being used by international aid donors like the World Bank and European Commission.

The European Union (EU) has disbursed over 135bn/- to support government efforts to improve agribusiness, infrastructure and trade development. This donor aid occurred simultaneously to last weeks’ signing of a 2.3m EURO maritime security improvement Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the EU and the East African Community (EAC).

The European Union (EU) has stated its intention to help Nigeria source for funds to undertake various capital projects planned to boost and stabilise electricity supply in the country. The EU, which described Nigeria’s energy sector as one of its priority sectors disclosed that it was willing to help the country close up the gap in financing some of its key capital projects in the sector.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has called on the European Union to provide funds for two projects in his homeland and St. Kitts-Nevis which he said will have an immense impact on the tourism sector. Spencer said the projects -- the restoration of the St John’s Cathedral in Antigua, and the Brimstone Hill National Fortress in Basseterre -– had already been submitted to the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) Directorate under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) CRIP Multi-Country Programme.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Several political leaders of Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories are due in Montserrat this week for a meeting to discuss European Union funding for the overseas territories. The Honourable Premier of Montserrat, Mr Reuben Meade, will chair the meeting which will be attended by OCT leaders Mrs Sarah Wescott-Williams of Dutch St Maarten, Mr Hubert Hughes of Anguilla and Dr Orlando Smith of the British Virgin Islands. The Montserrat meeting on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th May will determine how the EU funds earmarked for the territories are to be disbursed in advance of a major EU funding meeting scheduled for Barbados next month. The Caribbean OCTs will be identifying three project areas to present to officials from the European Commission at the Barbados meeting.

The British Department for International Development minister, Lynne Featherstone, launched a project in the Mozambican capital aiming to expand financial services for small-and-medium size businesses, especially in rural areas. The British government will grant 20 million U.S. dollars for the project. The funds will be used to develop the rural areas through medium and small enterprises.

A new EU policy paper – formally known as "a Communication" - setting out the role of private sector at the forefront of international development in its partner countries has been adopted today by the European Commission. The private sector provides some 90 per cent of jobs in developing countries, and is thus an essential partner in the fight against poverty. It is also needed as an investor in sustainable agricultural production if the world is to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. In many developing countries, the expansion of the private sector, notably micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) is a powerful engine of economic growth and the main source of job creation.

The EU is providing J$11.1 billion (one Jamaica dollar = US$0.004 cents) to Jamaica for projects within the sugar industry, justice, community development initiatives and poverty reduction. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said that the country’s strict adherence to sound fiscal management is part of what has made the EU’s continued support to the country.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Olivier de Schutter, a Belgian academic, is the United Nations' special rapporteur on the right to food. In 2013, he won the Francqui Prize, sometimes referred to as the 'Belgian Nobel Prize' and one of the country's most prestigious awards in the biological, medical and social sciences. On Thursday and Friday (8-9 May), he convened the Francqui International Conference in Brussels under the title 'The EU's Fifth Project: Transitional Governance in the Service of Sustainable Societies'. He spoke by telephone to EurActiv's Marc Hall, the day before the conference.

The United Nations and development experts agree that fighting world hunger can only work if the hungry – smallholders in developing countries and women in particular – take on more responsibility for decisions. A report released by Oxfam on Tuesday (6 May), accused German development policy of purposefully disregarding this, preferring to work through the German Food Partnership (GFP) and the new alliance for food security in the G8.