2015 has officially been confirmed as the European Year of Development as the final greenlight was given by the Foreign Affairs Council on April 14.
This was the only step missing and as Commissioner for Development, I could not be happier that the initiative has received full inter-institutional support.
Now, however, it is when the real work starts and I hope that this year will be a success in showing the impact and benefits of our Development Aid.
A unique new web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world will be launched on April 15 by the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, at the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico.
The European Union is stepping up its efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and assist those affected by the deadly virus. The Commission has increased its funding for immediate health operations, experts and risk assessments to €1.1 million, and is contributing with medical equipment to help accelerate diagnosis.
A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, will be announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.
Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide live without permanent homes, land access or formal property rights, a reason which is often used for their land to be attributed to large scale land investors. Therefore, land governance issues are strongly linked to key challenges such as food scarcity, water shortages or urban and population growth.More than two million people in poor rural areas of Africa will benefit from access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services thanks to new EU support, announced by EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs. This initiative also shows that the EU has been a leader in the campaign to provide Sustainable Energy for All.
The European Union and its Member States continued to be the world's largest aid donor in 2013 according to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), providing more than half of the Official Development Assistance (ODA).
OECD figures show that EU collective ODA (EU institutions and Member States) increased from €55.3 billion in 2012 to €56.5 billion in 2013, after two consecutive years of decline. EU collective ODA remained at 0.43% of EU gross national income (GNI), same level as the year before.
On World Health Day, the European Union has launched a new project which will support the fight against the production and the trafficking in falsified medicines in Cameroon, Ghana, Jordan, Morocco and Senegal, which are situated along two of the main routes for the production and trafficking in falsified medicines (from Arabian Peninsula and Middle East to West/Central Africa; from East/Horn of Africa, via Yemen and Sudan, to Central Africa).
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has taken part in a high-level discussion on leading the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Niger. This is one of the countries with the highest food insecurity and malnutrition rates, especially among children.
The event on The 3N Initiative "Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens" looked at the political mechanisms which can help link vulnerable communities to support from the local authorities and relief organisations.
Today, on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day I take the opportunity to put this issue in the spotlight. With modern antibiotics, TB is much less common in Europe nowadays than in the past, and usually treatable, if diagnosed in time, but in lower income countries it remains a deadly killer. Globally, TB is a leading cause of […]