EU highlights trade-led growth as central to modern development agenda

January 30, 2012

European Commission A range of proposals to make trade and development instruments work hand-in-hand to ensure real poverty reduction across the world are presented by the European Commission today. The proposals aim at reinforcing the trade capacities of developing countries by making trade part of their development strategy. Read the rest of this entry »


Strengthen AU to resist foreign intervention, Mbeki urges Africans

January 30, 2012

Daily Monitor

Address by Thabo Mbeki at the Makerere University Institute of Social Research Conference on the Architecture of post-Cold War Africa – Between Internal Reform and External Intervention: Read the rest of this entry »


New facility brings clean and reliable energy to Eastern Africa

January 30, 2012

Africa and Europe in Partnership A new Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility will help attract investment for the construction of geothermal power plants in Eastern Africa by partially offsetting the high financial risk prompted by unsuccessful exploratory drilling. A grant totalling €50 million has been made available for this purpose. The signing ceremony took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13 December 2011. Read the rest of this entry »


Human rights and democracy at the heart of EU external action – towards a more effective approach

January 30, 2012

European Commission The European Commission states in a Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: Read the rest of this entry »


Millennium Development Goals: EU gives additional support to 36 countries for tackling major development challenges

January 30, 2012

European Commission At the Millennium Summit in 2000, the UN agreed to adopt a list of eight goals of international development that should be achieved by 2015 in order to reduce extreme poverty. Meeting these Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is one of the main objectives of EU development policy, as most recently reflected in the EU’s “Agenda for Change”, a new communication to refocus EU’s aid on fewer sectors and those countries most in need. Read the rest of this entry »


Towards supporting developing countries through all EU policy areas: New report shows progress on policy coherence for development

January 30, 2012

European Commission Today, the European Commission published its biennial report on Policy Coherence for Development. It shows that the EU and its Member States have improved the way they make sure that their policies in various areas contribute to development objectives and to the global fight against poverty. Read the rest of this entry »


Erasmus Mundus: funding boost for Arab Spring countries

January 30, 2012

European Commission The European Commission has more than doubled the number of education and teaching grants available for young people and university staff from countries involved in the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. Funding for a further 559 scholarships, on top of the 525 that were already planned for 2011-2012, are being allocated to Southern Mediterranean countries through ‘Erasmus Mundus’, the international version of the European Commission’s Erasmus student and staff exchange scheme. Read the rest of this entry »