EU leaders sign New European Consensus on Development

The European Union and its Member States signed today the EU’s new overarching development policy, aiming to tackle climate change, migration and security problems. The jointly developed strategy, in the form of a Joint Statement, was signed today during the annual two-day European Development Days  by Parliament President Antonio Tajani,

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Evaluating the training on the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET)

The ECOWAS Commission received support for the training in 2014 from the West African Trade Integration Promotion, (WATIP) which is implemented by GIZ. Part of the evaluation will provide suggestions for future training. The evaluation is being conducted by an expert team of Saana Consulting and African Trade and Sustainable

Africa commemorates 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure

The African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 1st – 5th December 2014, called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI) to adopt the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that

Angola needs to strengthen social protection

With the ending of the war in 2002, Angola has recorded tremendous progress in relation to poverty reduction, reduction of maternal and child mortality, children enrollment in the educational system and an increase in access to drinking water. However, large pockets of the population still remain in poverty and without

Electrification Financing Initiative ElectriFI invites proposals

The Electrification Financing Initiative, ElectriFI opens its doors on 15 April and interested parties can submit their project proposals through www.electrifi.org. ElectriFI is an innovative mechanism to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. The initiative was launched by the European Commissioner for

WTO and UNCTAD commit to further help poor countries integrate into the global economy

Geneva, 12 October 2015 (UNCTAD) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have pledged to work together towards the integration of developing countries, especially the least-developed among them, into the world economy and the multilateral trading system. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo,

International community must learn from the failure of most of the poorest countries, says UNCTAD report

Unctad’s Least Developed Countries Report 2014 Growth with structural transformation: A post-2015 development agenda ​The Least Developed Countries Report 2014 says that the international community must learn from the failure of most of the poorest countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) despite registering strong economic growth – a

European Year for Development 2015 “Our world, our dignity, our future” #EYD2015

The motto of the European Year for Development 2015 will be “Our world, our dignity, our future”. The European Year for Development 2015 will take place in a crucial year for the future of development cooperation. We will reach the deadline for the MDGs, and will be able to assess

7 out of 10 EU citizens say helping developing countries benefits them too

Tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the European Union, according to 66% of EU citizens. Seven out of ten people (69%) believe that helping these countries is also good for the EU, benefiting its citizens. These are some key results from a Eurobarometer

European Development Days: Towards a new partnership for development

A decent Life for all by 2030 – Building a consensus for a new development agenda The European Development Days 2013 have a focus on building the new partnership for development. A new partnership for development should be based upon the Monterrey principle of primary responsibility of each country to

European Development Days to build consensus for a new development agenda

Organised by the European Commission, European Development Days is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation. Over the years, European Development Days has been one of the fastest-growing international forums and has become a landmark event in the development calendar If you can’t be here in person, remember

Evaluation of the European Union’s Support to Private Sector Development in Third Countries, ADE, 2013

This evaluation was commissioned by the Evaluation Unit in the Directorate General Development and Cooperation on behalf of the European Commission. It assesses European Union support to private sector development (PSD) during the period 2004 – 2010, where a total of €2.4bn of funds was directly contracted by the Commission.