UN study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit. FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 18, 2016/ — Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets”… Read More UN study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

  Government, private sector, mobile operators and development organizations convene to establish a plan for the future LILONGWE, Malawi, April 30, 2015 – Today, Malawi took a significant step towards creating a digital payment ecosystem in order to address poverty and drive inclusive growth. An event organized by the Government of Malawi with the United… Read More Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

Africa’s future trade relations link to the Global South

One of the themes at this year’s African Development Forum, an UN ECA event, was new forms of partnership. The idea is to move away from development assistance and adapting to the realities of today. Global economic trends reflect the ongoing geopolitical and economic rebalancing in favour of developing and emerging economies, particularly Brazil, China… Read More Africa’s future trade relations link to the Global South

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. It aims at providing an… Read More Evaluation of the European Union’s Support to Private Sector Development in Third Countries, ADE, 2013

Development as a collective action problem: Addressing the real challenges of African governance

Is the current model of African democracy bad for growth/good public services? Conclusion from 5yr African governance study The Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) set out to tackle one of the most important and challenging development questions of the early 21st century – what sort of governance does Africa really need and how is… Read More Development as a collective action problem: Addressing the real challenges of African governance

European Report on Development (ERD) 2013 seeks to contribute to the global reflection on the post-2015 development agenda

BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 9, 2013/ — Based on an assessment of the Millennium Development Goals experience and on an analysis of the changing international context, and likely trends for the next 20-30 years, the ERD 2013 (http://www.erd-report.eu) looks at key potential drivers of a post- 2015 global partnership, to tackle poverty in the poorest countries… Read More European Report on Development (ERD) 2013 seeks to contribute to the global reflection on the post-2015 development agenda

DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

I recently updated DOCON, the Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation at http://www.docon.info. Here you can find service providers, consortium partners or employers. The list is sorted by country of Headquarters. Companies are listed world-wide, but I make an effort to cover the European Union Member States and the ACP African, Caribbean,… Read More DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

I recently updated DOCON, the Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation at http://www.docon.info. Here you can find service providers, consortium partners or employers. The list is sorted by country of Headquarters. Companies are listed world-wide, but I make an effort to cover the European Union Member States and the ACP African, Caribbean,… Read More DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

Small & Medium African Companies Engaged in International Markets Prosper in ‘Global Village’ | DHL Study

Study shows that internationally-focused SMEs are twice as likely to be successful as those only operating domestically CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, February 4, 2013/ — International trade and cooperation has become a key driver of small business success according to an in-depth and wide-ranging DHL Express study by IHS, the leading global source of information and analytics.… Read More Small & Medium African Companies Engaged in International Markets Prosper in ‘Global Village’ | DHL Study

SADC launches new website: www.sadc.int

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat launched its new website http://www.sadc.int to the public on Monday December 03, 2012 at a function which was held at the SADC Secretariat Head Office in Gaborone Botswana. The internet is a rapidly evolving technology, and to keep up with it as well as to remain relevant, SADC… Read More SADC launches new website: www.sadc.int

Regional integration can boost FDI in Africa, experts at AEC say

Kigali, Rwanda, 31 October 2012 (ECA) – Experts at the ongoing African Economic Conference in Kigali today agreed that Africa would need to strengthen regional integration in order to boost increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on the continent, because it creates larger domestic markets and stimulates trade, two elements that can attract FDI. “At a… Read More Regional integration can boost FDI in Africa, experts at AEC say

European Development Days Brussels, 16-17 October 2012

The 2012 edition of the European Development Days will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 16-17 October 2012. The draft programme overview has been online for two weeks now and the more detailed version of the programme is also available. There will be about 50 events during the seventh edition of the European Development Days,… Read More European Development Days Brussels, 16-17 October 2012

Culture and Development in the European Union's external policy

With the Cotonou Agreement, signed in 2000 between the EU and the ACP countries, greater emphasis was put on culture, leading to a gradual integration of culture into the development agreements with these countries.1 The “EU Strategy for Africa: Towards a Euro-African pact to accelerate Africa’s development” of 2005 mentions the integration of the cultural… Read More Culture and Development in the European Union's external policy

ci:grasp

Home | ci:grasp. ci:grasp aims to support decision-makers and climate change adaptation practitioners in developing countries by providing structured and coherent climate information. Information is presented following an impact chain logic, where climate change stimuli lead to climate impacts, which in turn require adaptation measures. Information is currently available for nine focal countries. The platform… Read More ci:grasp

New reports assess EU policy coherence for development

The European Commission published a progress report of the Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) approach launched in 2005 as part of the European Consensus on Development. The PCD review published in late September says that its framework ”allows for a systematic exploration of the effects that EU policies other than aid might have on development… Read More New reports assess EU policy coherence for development

Official launch of the ACP Migration Facility

http://www.acp.int/en/sg/migration09/acpmigration09_workshop.html The ACP Migration Facility aiming to support the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to better understand and manage the flow of migration within their borders, was officially launched on the 27th and 28th October in Brussels. This took place during a workshop organised by the ACP Secretariat in collaboration with the European Commission’s EuropeAid… Read More Official launch of the ACP Migration Facility

European Commission adopts communication on Fair Trade

The European Commission has adopted a communication on the role of Fair Trade and non-governmental trade-related sustainability assurance schemes. The communication recognises the significant development of the Fair Trade movement and the significance of a European market now worth EUR 1.5 billion per year. The communication also lays out new policy areas where Fair Trade… Read More European Commission adopts communication on Fair Trade

Development Aid at its highest level ever in 2008

In 2008, total net official development assistance (ODA) from members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rose by 10.2% in real terms to USD 119.8 billion. This is the highest dollar figure ever recorded. It represents 0.30% of members’ combined gross national income. Bilateral development projects and programmes have been on a rising trend… Read More Development Aid at its highest level ever in 2008

Diaspora to Promote Job Creation and Youth Development in Africa

More than 50 Washington D.C.-based members of the African Diaspora participated in the launch of the 2008/2009 Africa Development Indicators (ADI) report . As this year’s ADI focuses on ‘‘Youth and Employment in Africa – The Potential, The Problem, The Promise”, the launch targeted Diaspora with an interest in youth development and promoting job creation… Read More Diaspora to Promote Job Creation and Youth Development in Africa

Report shows EU imports from developing countries growing

The European Commission has presented to the European Parliament its regular report on the openness of the European market to imports from developing countries. The report sets out how the EU has continued in 2007 to use its trade policy to advance a pro-development agenda and analyses the relevant data for which the most recent… Read More Report shows EU imports from developing countries growing

UNCTAD XII to consider impact of economic trends on development

Twelfth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development to take place in Accra, Ghana, 20-25 April Heads of state, ministers, economists to discuss better translation of globalization gains into poverty reduction; nurturing and expanding South-South trade; commodities boom; regional integration; foreign investment for development, debt management; technology; growing impact of creative economy; importance of small… Read More UNCTAD XII to consider impact of economic trends on development

EU-ACP: 10th EDF country strategy papers adopted

A good number of country strategy papers for the implementation of the 10th European Development Fund in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have now been adopted and signed. They are available on EC website at: http://ec.europa.eu/development/how/iqsg/documents_library_en.cfm A rapid overview of the 31 CSPs that were signed on 9 December 2007 at the occasion of… Read More EU-ACP: 10th EDF country strategy papers adopted

Economic Partnership Agreements Negotiations: Where do we stand?

At a time when the pace of the EPA negotiations has increased in all regions, and the state of play is ever changing, accessing the latest information available on these wide-ranging agreements is of essence. Pursuing its efforts to increase the transparency of the highly sensitive EPA negotiations, ECDPM has decided to set up dedicated… Read More Economic Partnership Agreements Negotiations: Where do we stand?