Commission calls for savings in EU Institutions

January 30, 2012

European Commission For the second year running, the European Commission is urging all EU institutions to show the utmost restraint in drafting their estimates for their administrative budget in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »


European Commission doubles its humanitarian assistance in Sahel

January 30, 2012

European Commission The European Commission is doubling its humanitarian aid to the African Sahel region to 95 million EUR in response to the food crisis. The announcement was made by Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union’s crisis response commissioner, during her ongoing visit to Niger and Chad. Read the rest of this entry »


The EU’s approach to fragility in Guinea Bissau: Between ambition and coherence

January 30, 2012

FRIDE According to a report published by FRIDE, the EU’s vast potential to address state fragility in West Africa remains unfulfilled. In Guinea Bissau the EU’s weak political analysis, perfunctory multilateralism and mistimed reform incentives have constituted critical roadblocks. Read the rest of this entry »


Commissioner Piebalgs and Bill Gates met in Brussels to discuss fight against poverty

January 30, 2012

European Commission In the framework of Bill Gates’ visit to Brussels to present the “Living Proof” campaign, Commissioner Piebalgs and Bill Gates met to discuss their respective work in development cooperation and explore ways to launch future partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »


African Union Research Grant Programme

January 30, 2012

AU The African Union Commission (AUC) is committed to ensure that science and technology in Africa contributes to its sustainable development efforts. The Act establishing the Union recognizes the need for Africa to embark on an ambitious strategic science and technology development programme, aimed at contributing to the wellbeing and improved quality of life for the African citizens. Read the rest of this entry »


AU wants peace, security and bigger global role in 2012

January 18, 2012

IRIN The African Union (AU) has unveiled an ambitious wish-list of priorities for Africa that would give the continent a stronger global voice, boost democracy and encourage peace and security. AU Ambassador to the United States, Amina Ali of Tanzania, presented the list of top priorities at a conference on 11 January Read the rest of this entry »


Parliament promotes science cooperation between Europe and Africa

January 18, 2012

CORDIS Members of the European Parliament call upon their colleagues to support scientific partnerships between Europe and Africa. European involvement in African science and especially in current radio astronomy projects presents a unique opportunity to bridge the traditional divide between developed and developing economies and contribute to attaining the Millennium Development Goals. Read the rest of this entry »