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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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.

Friday, 19 July 2013

A €100 million programme to support infrastructure development in South Africa and the region was approved by the European Union ahead of the EU-South Africa Summit which took place on July 18 in Pretoria (South Africa).

In 2013, European Investment Bank’s ACP Investment Facility celebrates ten years of existence. Since 2003, 3.4 billion EUR have been lent to 205 projects in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) – mostly for the development of the private sector. This year (2013), the EU agreed to make available an additional 500 million for the Facility.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Two EU Commissioners put strong emphasis on environmental issues at a Brussels round-table discussion on proposed measures to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), held in the European Commission on 9 July, EurActiv reports.