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

Skills Initiative for Africa to create jobs and income opportunities for Africa’s youth

Kick-start of new “Skills Initiative for Africa”, to create jobs and income opportunities for Africa’s youth The growing extent of youth unemployment poses a fundamental challenge for the whole of Africa. In total, around 60 percent of the unemployed are under the age of 25 and young women are especially

Cash Transfer Programs Succeed for Zambia’s Poor, Offer Lessons for Battling African Poverty, AIR Finds

African nations increasingly embrace cash transfers to combat the continent’s cycle of poverty WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 8, 2016/ — Programs designed to alleviate hunger and increase food supply through cash transfers to some of Zambia’s poorest families achieved those goals and more, final evaluations conducted by

Corruption on the rise in Africa poll as governments seen failing to stop it

Transparency International estimates 75 million Africans paid a bribe in the past year BERLIN, Germany, December 1, 2015 ()TI/APO) – A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery

More pressure on African governments to have stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation 

“The way that things have always been done” is changing in many African countries   LAGOS, Nigeria, March 13, 2015/ — 57.6% of companies see the development of policies and procedures that can be practically applied in all countries as the most challenging internal anti-corruption and compliance issue. This is

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

African Economic Outlook 2014: Empowering people through investments in skills and technology needed to boost development

Empowering people through investments in skills and technology needed to boost development By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.

European Development Days close showing the way forward to a new development agenda

The European Development Days 2013 had a focus on building the new partnership for development. Here is a live stream of the closing session Speakers Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia – Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development Paul Collier, Co-Director, Centre for