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Sunday, 22 July 2018

The 11th European Development Fund (EDF) is set to support Cote d’Ivoire with more than 170 billion of CFA Francs. This was announced by Bamba Sémon, Head of the Economics, Governance and Development Department with the Cote d’Ivoire – European Union Cooperation Unit. According to Bamba Sémon, the 11th EDF will consider three key sectors for Cote d’Ivoire: strengthening state-building (peace-building), agriculture and food security, and finally energy. Funding will also be allocated to supporting the private sector in implementing the entire programme.

EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) marks a change in the way the EU provides support to protect biodiversity in developing countries. In the face of the growing global threats to biodiversity, it provides for more resources, strengthened capacity and better coordination with partners.  B4Life is one of EuropeAid’s new flagship initiatives, designed to encourage broad, cross-sector partnerships to tackle major development challenges. For B4Life, this means addressing the related challenges of protecting biodiversity and building sustainable livelihoods in a green economy.

Europe needs a strong development committee in the next Parliament as the aid debate approaches a crucial juncture, writes Matt Foster, the Director of Strategy and Programme Effectiveness for Voluntary Service Overseas. One of the last pieces of legislation that the Parliament’s Development Committee (DEVE) approved before MEPs embarked on their 2014 election campaign was a regulation to establish the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. Through legislation like this, DEVE has become a key player in determining the direction and continued relevance of the EU’s development policy, a role that is set to increase following the European Parliament elections this month.

With the European commission stressing the private sector's role in development, Natalia Alonso, head of Oxfam's EU office,  warns against 'extracting profit' from public services. As the European commission proposes to use more overseas aid to subsidise private finance, Natalia Alonso finds important to highlight that growth must put people, especially the most marginalised, first, and not profits.

The demand for cashew nuts is increasing. In regard of Africa’s production of 1.2 million tons per year, the Africa Cashew Initiative (ACi) has highlighted the opportunities of cashew production and rising markets for the ACP Group. In a presentation at the ACP Secretariat, ACi Executive Director Rita Weidinger presented the prospects in the ACP that could further boost economies and contribute to poverty reduction.

Monday, 26 May 2014

On the eve of an Agreement of European tax on financial transactions (TFT) which should be implemented by the European elections on the 25 May 2014, the effectiveness of the taxation solidarity in the fight against AIDS and development needs to be noted. TFT will allow new additional sources of funding to be found to continue to assist the poorest countries.

Indian Ambassador to the EU H.E Manjeev Singh Puri called for enhanced South-South and Triangular cooperation, in a special discussion with fellow African, Caribbean and Pacific diplomats. While describing the assistance provided by developed countries as the “backbone” of development cooperation, Mr. Singh Puri said that sharing of resources, knowledge, expertise amongst developing countries (South-South), often with a third party industrialised partner also contributing (Triangular), is an essential a supplement to the traditional North-South partnership model.

The Cook Islands, Palau and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have finalised key national governance and resilience planning milestones. This gives these countries a strategic perspective on priorities to address disaster-related risks under the European Union-funded project EDF 10 ACP EU: Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific.

The Council welcomes the publication by the Commission of preliminary information on 2013 EU Official Development Assistance (ODA), analysing the trends with regard to EU collective and individual ODA commitments. The Council stresses that ODA is an important and catalytic element in the overall financing available for developing countries most in need. On 17 June 2010 the European Council requested the Council to make an annual report on the EU and Member States’ commitments and delivery on ODA. This is the fourth such report to be submitted to the European Council.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

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.