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Sunday, 23 September 2018

The European External Action Service hosted a High level meeting on the Sahel yesterday 6 February 2014 in Brussels. Mali being chair of the international coordination platform for the Sahel, the Prime Minister of Mali HE. Tatam Ly opened the meeting while Minister for National Reconciliation and Development of the Northern Regions HE. Diarrah chaired it.

Friday, 07 February 2014

The European Commission has announced on Monday 3 February 2014 that it will give €142 million in humanitarian funds to the Sahel region of Africa in 2014, which is once again suffering because of a severe food and nutrition crisis this year. In addition, many people in Mali are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the situation in the North.

The European Union (EU) and UNICEF met in New York on 04 February 2014 and took the opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved so far and to discuss future cooperation. The EU announced yesterday that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014

The EU and South Africa will step up collaboration in the fields of global health research, earth observation and research infrastructures, senior officials agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Jan. 13. The 12th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting took place to review and plan new priorities of collaboration under the new EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 and similar South African research programmes.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Seamus Jeffreson has begun his new role as Director of CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs that represents over 1,800 NGOs to the EU institutions. Seamus brings to the position over 20 years of experience in the international development sector. He joins CONCORD following 5 years in the Middle East working on humanitarian issues with International Medical Corps and CARE.

More partnerships and investment are needed to support the pan-African partnership to tackle desertification and land degradation. So far, the African Union - in cooperation with the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew and the Walloon Region of Belgium - has mobilized more than €50 million in support of the Great Green Wall Initiative.

EuropeAid has set up a technical assistance facility - SOCIEUX: Social Protection European Union Expertise in Development Cooperation - in order to support the efforts of Partner Countries to better design and manage their social protection systems. It’s a demand-driven facility through which partner countries are invited to submit requests for assistance in a simple format. Its implementation period is 2013-2017.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs announced yesterday close to €3 billion in grants for countries and organisations in the region of Central Africa for the period 2014-2020. The announcement was made during a two-day event to discuss development cooperation with Ministers and other authorities of the involved countries and regional organisations. The new funding, still subject to confirmation by the EU Member States, will aim to benefit the 162 million citizens living in a region that has suffered from a number of armed conflicts as well as chronic poverty and malnutrition. Future programmes are expected to support investments that generate growth, improve access to basic social services (e.g. health, energy), reduce food insecurity and promote peace and stability.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The international community is on the verge of a unique opportunity to reset the global development agenda after 2015, the expiry date of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The new framework that will replace the MDGs needs to build on the past achievements. The last publication on EU Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals illustrates how European Commission financed programmes have contributed to the Millennium Development Goals. Results cited  in the publication cover the period 2004-2012.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, will provide EUR 15 million for investment by export focused agricultural companies in Malawi under a new lending initiative. The lending programme will be managed by First Merchant Bank (FMB) who will also provide EUR 15 million under the scheme.