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Monday, 22 October 2018

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.”

The European Commission has released the 2014 annual report on the European Union’s development and external assistance policies and their implementation outlining the actions of the EU’s campaign for poverty eradication and sustainable development worldwide in 2013. “Development is about people. It is about offering real hope and transformational change to those who are dragged down by poverty, conflict or oppression through no fault of their own. It is an affirmation of a Europe that is open and committed to the values of development, freedom and solidarity at home and abroad. Those values were as prevalent as ever in our people-centred development policy in 2013 and will continue to be in the years to come”, said EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs in the Report’s Forward.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?

The ‘Africa Rising’ narrative of economic success has to be tempered with appreciation of the costs imposed by a conflict belt stretching from Mali to Somalia, and the consequent need for sustained humanitarian aid, writes David Milliband.

Monday, 01 September 2014

Next week, several Pacific and Caribbean countries will sign their national indicative programs to receive European Union development funds for the period 2014-2020.The agreements are scheduled to be finalized on Sept. 2 on the sidelines of the four-day United Nations conference on Small Island Developing States taking place in Apia, Samoa. There, development stakeholders will gather to discuss a wide range of issues, from climate change to building resilience against natural disasters, to which Pacific island states are particularly highly vulnerable.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The EU welcomes today's announcement by the WTO that it will set up a fund to help Developing Countries and Least Developed Countries implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement. The deal, approved last December by the WTO's 159 members at the time, aims to streamline customs procedures around the world. The purpose of the new "Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility", as the fund is called, is to make sure that every developing country has the technical assistance it needs to implement the Agreement. The Facility will also ensure the coherence and transparency of the existing customs-related technical assistance and make it more effective.

Friday, 08 August 2014

As part of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, earlier today, the Government of Sweden formally announced a commitment to catalyze investments of one billion dollars to President Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative. The commitment from Sweden represents, for example, grants for distribution and transmission projects, and guarantees and loans for Power Africa projects. Sweden's engagement and financial guarantees, along with those from the United States, will unlock additional private sector investment that is so critical for transforming the energy sector in Africa. Power Africa is helping provide electricity to millions of sub-Saharan Africans through an innovative U.S. Government development model which emphasizes the role of the private sector as well as from multilateral organizations and foreign governments.

Thursday, 07 August 2014

On June 23, 2014, France adopted a new law outlining its development aid policy priorities — surprisingly the first of its kind for the world’s fifth-largest bilateral donor. Hailed by many as a significant step toward more transparency and accountability, the programming law is expected to improve the coherence and efficiency of French aid, mainly through a readjustment of its areas and instruments of intervention. One notable feature of the recent legislation bill is the formulation of so-called “differentiated partnerships,” trumpeted by the French government as the new cornerstone of its foreign aid assistance. Given the heterogeneity of today’s development landscape, the idea is to better target aid through a specific classification system.