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Wednesday, 20 June 2018
The government of The Gambia, represented by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in collaboration with the European Commission Banjul office held a day's mid-term review of the 10th European Development Fund at the Corinthia Atlantic Hotel in Banjul. The 10th EDF and National Indicative Programme represent the current cooperation framework within which the EC contributes to The Gambia's socio-economic development over the five-year period (2008-2013). The main trusts of this EDF intervention were in road infrastructure, good governance, general budget support and capacity building. It aims among other things to verify whether the country strategy is still relevant and to assess the performance of the programme implementing the strategy. Yesterday's session also enabled the NAO and the EC delegation to share the wider stakeholders and the information generated so far in the process of the Mid-Term Review of The Gambia's 10th EDF Strategy which started in September 2009.
Time and again, groups representing farmers picketed the offices of the European Commission, the Office of the Prime Minister at White Hall and several other state offices to express their concerns over the funding. Farmers feared that government was stalling in taking up the offer by the EU of some Euro $41 million to be used in minimising the environmental, social and economic impacts of government’s decision to withdraw from the sugar industry. And while plans are indeed moving ahead by government to use EU funding for the restructuring programme developed for the sugar industry, the Cane Producers Association fear government is attempting to exclude its members in benefiting from this support. EU funding will be delivered in four fixed tranches, once government is able to fulfill three conditions of the financing agreement. Four variable tranches are also available, once the country is able to fulfill additional criteria.
Many times coffee producers and traders are caught unaware by the volatility in international prices which leads them into making losses and being less competitive. This can be avoided, if the traders were equipped with knowledge and techniques in price risk management efficiency in times of crisis. Being a vital cash commodity to East Africa, where in Uganda alone over a million households rely on coffee, the World Bank through its Agriculture and Rural Development, has introduced a Commodity Risk Management course to equip and train coffee traders and producers on how to handle the situation in times of volatile prices. To benefit from this course facility, are the Eastern African Fine Coffee Association, eleven member countries. Funding has been secured from the European Union's Africa Caribbean Pacific Agricultural Commodities Programme and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can benefit all EU citizens, if equipped to face new challenges such as climate change, food security and water management, but it must be maintained and supported to meet new global demands, agreed most Agriculture Committee MEPs on Tuesday, in a workshop on the CAP's future after 2013.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Mr Jean-Philippe Rapp, Director of the International Media North South Forum, is our guest. On the occasion of his participation in the Brussels Development Briefing on the importance of media in the development of ACP countries, Mr. Rapp presented to us the International Media North South Forum, which for 25 years now provides a platform to discuss development issues at the global level and the main future challenges amongst television, radio and print media specialists. After being debated in September in Geneva, Switzerland, the theme of hunger is again the focus of discussions at the next International Forum on North-South Media which should be held in 2010 in Burkina Faso.
Thursday, 12 November 2009

New issue of Partnership (n°104), CDE's electronic newsletter, presents a number of articles, among which the following:

- European SMEs and ACP private sector : towards new partnerships ?
- Platform to support Partnerships between Italian and ACP enterprises
- The European Network and Competitiveness Clusters
- The CDE network and SME access to finance
- Central Africa : CDE commits to implementing ICT development programme
- Organic farming : CDE supports pineapple production in Togo

In this publication, the author describes the global approaches to donor harmonisation as agreed in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action. According to the declaration, Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors – including the EC and EU Member State DAC donors – committed themselves to enhance their aid effectiveness. They agreed on five principles to guide their actions, one of which was the principle of ‘harmonisation’. DAC donors agreed to ’harmonise’ their development assistance efforts. The stated aim, essentially, was to make aid collectively more effective by making it more efficient. Aid was considered to be ‘fragmented’, with duplicating efforts at country and sectoral level creating high ‘transaction costs’ – for donors, but also for partner countries. In other words: donors agreed to divide up the work.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Responding to the Commission’s Communication and report on Policy Coherence for Development, CONCORD released a report appealing for Europe to stop harming developing countries with its policies. The “Spotlight on Policy Coherence” report looks at the damaging impact that EU policies such as trade and agriculture are having on developing countries, effectively undoing all of the potential achievements of its development aid.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
For the first time since the Commitment to Development Index was published in 2003, Sweden ranks first in the annual assessment of wealthy countries' policies that boost prosperity in the developing world. Index architect David Roodman released the 2009 rankings at the European Development Days in Stockholm on October 22.
Three to six billion Euros of European ODA is wasted each year due to the lack of implementation of existing aid effectiveness commitments. This is the main finding of the new report “Aid Effectiveness Agenda. Benefits of a European Approach” which has been released by the European Commission at the European Development Days in Stockholm. The report investigates the costs of five dimensions of aid ineffectiveness: the lack of division of labour, tied aid, volatility and unpredictability, and finally the cost incurred when recipient country public financial systems are not used and government ownership is weak.