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Sunday, 25 March 2018

The European Commission has adopted the proposal for making 2015 the European Year of Development. This will be now considered for adoption by the Council and European Parliament.
2015 is seen as a pivotal year for development; it is the last year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the year in which the major decisions will be taken on what their replacements will look like.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

On 16 July, the European Commission adopted a communication proposing that all types of development aid in the post-2015 period be considered as “a whole”, by binding current major international efforts and using all their financial resources in the post-2015 period in “a new, innovative way”.

African governments are spending more of their own money to combat the AIDS virus, malaria and other health plagues - according to a new report by the United Nations’ AIDS agency and the African Union (AU), released on Monday (15 July) -, but a senior global health official says progress in preventing infectious diseases could slow if the EU and other donors skimp on their aid.

Monday, 29 July 2013

A total of 5.5 million Euro will be allocated over the next 36 months by the European Commission to a programme that aims to facilitate access to basic health care for pregnant women and children under five in the specific regions in Guinea-Bissau. The objective of the programme is to enable 80% of the population of these regions, including a large majority of women and children, to see a health officer at least three times a year.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

On June 13, the European Parliament (EP) approved – with considerable reticence – the final version of the second revision  of the framework agreement between the EU and the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries (the Cotonou Agreement). They argued that the agreement is not explicit enough on the human rights, and particularly on the homosexuality chapters.

In 2012, France reduced its development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa by 17%, as compared to 2011, according to a report released on June 25 by ONE, a campaigning organization that fights poverty. Despite its status as a priority region, sub-Saharan Africa has seen a disproportionate fall of development aid coming from France between 2011 and 2012.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

In an attempt to fight the clearing out of forests due to illegal cocoa plantations, the government of Côte d'Ivoire has started evacuating cocoa farmers from protected forests-land, a move which stirs-up controversies over the breach of human rights. This comes only a couple of weeks after the EU has announced it would launch talks on a new trade agreement with Côte d'Ivoire to counteract the illegal logging.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

2013 marks 50 years of existence of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and ten years since the creation of the EIB’s ACP Investment Facility. Since 2003, the facility has allocated funds in total value of 3,4 bn for 205 projects, out of which 85% went to SMEs. The majority of beneficiaries are from the energy sector.

Monday, 22 July 2013

At the end of June (June 25) European ministers meeting in Luxembourg for the General Affairs Council urged their governments to live up to their commitments on development aid, saying it was essential to support Europe’s promises to reduce world poverty, even at times of austerity.