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Monday, 24 September 2018

Natural hazards, such as floods, droughts, and earthquakes are becoming more regular and intense, increasing impact on people and communities. Low-income households have more difficulty buffering losses, meaning that disaster losses translate into a series of impacts, including more poverty, declining health and worsening nutrition. Poor planning, poverty and a range of other underlying factors create conditions of vulnerability that result in insufficient capacity to cope with natural hazards and disasters. Action to reduce risk has grown in importance on the international agenda and is seen as essential for sustainable development.

The French development aid budget has been reduced by almost 20% since 2012. France hopes to cover this reduction with a tax on financial transactions, but the yields are uncertain, EurActiv France reports. There is a sense of déjà-vu about the latest announcement about France's aid funding: it has shrunk for the fourth year in a row.

Monday, 06 October 2014

The city of Moroni in the Comoros is currently hosting the Indian Ocean Summit, which is discussing strategies to promote the region and its members. The project aimed at making Madagascar the “Rice Bowl” of the Indian Ocean is still relevant and is on the agenda of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Indian Ocean. This project has raised concerns in many quarters, since its details are unclear. This project will in all likelihood become reality given the scope of the projects which will be submitted to the extraordinary Councils of Ministers of the IOC. 

Friday, 03 October 2014

European governments must help combat hunger and malnutrition on a global level, as failure to do so will only boost migration flows and stoke conflicts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. "Food insecurity and conflict go hand in hand" he said, noting that extreme climatic events, troubles in Africa and the Near East and now the Ebola outbreak in West Africa tend to spill over national borders and into other regions in a globalized world, often through forced migration.

A revamp of the European Commission's set-up could hamper cooperation between its development and research arms, say observers, as European Parliament hearings start this week to approve the commissioners who will oversee each portfolio.The new commission - unveiled earlier this month by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker - will be organised into six, vice-president-led 'clusters' designed to promote coherent policies on key issues within the European Union (EU).

Thursday, 02 October 2014

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide EUR 23 million (15 billion CFA) to support investment in one of the largest photovoltaic power stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The EUR 70.5 million (46 billion CFA) scheme will be constructed at Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and operated by national electricity utility, SONABEL. The new plant is expected to act as a reference for future solar investment across the continent.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A delegation from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) took part in a series of meetings in Brussels last week. The delegation met with Ambassadors from Pacific countries to provide an update on SPC’s efforts for closer engagement with the European Union and perspectives for Pacific development under the future EDF 11.The delegation also met with the European Commission’s Director-General for Development and International Cooperation. The conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the EU and SPC as a means of recognising the EU’s role and engagement with the Pacific Community was warmly welcomed in Brussels, as was the suggestion that SPC could constitute a regional development community as a platform for greater coordination of EU-Pacific cooperation.

The European Commission (EU) on Thursday signed with Rwanda a €460 (Rwf410b or US$600m) grant meant for assisting the country with its development agenda. The six-year development assistance plan (2014-2020) will help Rwanda execute its second Economic Development and Poverty reduction Strategy (EDPRS2). Rwanda's Finance Minister, Claver Gatete, said the grant will accelerate Rwanda's development targets on critical sectors that have an impact on development : agriculture, food security and energy. "We are committed to ensure that it contributes to the socio-economic wellbeing of Rwandans," Minister Gatete said.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) this week announced five grants totalling 400,000 EUR (536,040 USD) to five institutions in Africa and the European Union to support the adoption, uptake and scaling of information and communication technologies (ICTs) support for agriculture.The five winning initiatives will be deployed in Antigua, Belize, Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean); Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali (West Africa); and South Sudan (East Africa) to support agricultural policy processes, agricultural extension and advisory services, fisheries value chain, and market information services.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Europe’s engagement with fragile and conflict-prone states is increasingly becoming the mainstay of its developmental work, the EU development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. For the first time ever, four countries were last month classified by the UN as facing severe ‘Level 3’ emergencies – the highest classification of a humanitarian crisis: Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Central African Republic. “The world is changing,” Piebalgs told EurActiv. “A number of countries are progressing towards development and democratic reforms and others are facing or falling back into violent conflicts, poverty and underdevelopment.”