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Since 1990, Commission funding for ACP countries has risen steadily each year in real terms – and now it is spending more than ever before on aid for trade. Since 2001, more than €850 million of Commission funds have been used to help ACP regions to boost trade and integrate into the world economy.


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  • Peace and Security in Africa
    The European Union and the African Union (AU) concluded a financing agreement of € 300 million on the African Peace Facility (APF) at the margin of the 12th AU Summit. The peace facility is a major financing instrument of the joint Africa-EU strategy

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  • Sustaining the forest landscape in south-west Ethiopia
    The project seeks to maintain the forested landscape and ensure delivery of environmental services while improving livelihoods. It promotes sustainable forest management through local control, NTFP-development and carbon credit payments.

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  • Development of a management strategy for the Minkebe Forest in Gabon
    The project aims at working with all stakeholders (authorities, local communities and logging companies) to allow customary village hunting – only on foot – and within a distance of 15 km from the villages.

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  • Conservation of the Bismarck and Solomon Seas
    The Bismarck and Solomon Seas region covers 2000 km of coastline in New Guinea and a string of islands from the Bismarck archipelago to the Solomon Islands. It is of international, national and local significance in terms of marine biodiversity.

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  • Supporting growth and know how of African microfinance institutions
    SMARTRAC is a capacity building program designed for microfinance institutions that wish to improve their skills for managing and monitoring risks and sustainable performance.

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  • Access to financial services in rural and remotes areas in African, Pacific and Caribbean countries
    SIDI, Alterfin (both microfinance support institutions) and MAIN, an African regional network, have teamed up to provide an answer to those issues through an ambitious and comprehensive project.

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  • Fiji School of Medicine Human Resource Development Programme
    The shortage of doctors and medical personnel throughout the Pacific ACP region has reached critical levels; therefore it is essential that the provision of vocational training in the health sector be improved.

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  • Promoting land and women rights in Red Sea State, Eastern Sudan
    The Abuhadia Association, an EC partner, engages in conflict resolution and addresses women's rights in Red Sea State, eastern Sudan. They are particularly active in anti-female genital mutilation awareness raising and promoting female education.

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  • Soutenir la politique des transports pour relancer l’économie
    L’Algérie a choisi de se tourner vers l’économie de marché et d’affronter le libre-échange Europe/Méditerranée. Moderniser les banques, les assurances, le marché financier et les organismes de tutelle est nécessaire pour l'expansion économique.

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  • Strengthening workers' rights through civil society
    A solid system of trade unions, labour rights and standards is important for the social, economic and political development of a country. Enhancing workers' rights in Eritrea through the trade union confederation is the central focus of this project.

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  • Poverty Reduction Programme in Jamaica
    In 2004, Hurricane Ivan ravaged Jamaica, causing extensive damage. A lack of access to basic quality infrastructure and a widespread feeling of helplessness currently exist among the poor communities. This project aims to respond to their needs.

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  • Réhabilitation d'une route pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire au Niger
    Grâce au soutien de la Commission Européenne, 119,4 km d'une route internationale du Niger a reçu un entretien. Plus d'un million de personnes bénéficieront de ce projet qui a permis l'augmentation des opportunités d’emploi et de revenus.

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  • ECOWAS Statistical Development Programme (ECOSTAT)
    The Economic Community of West African States Statistical Development Programme is an initiative to coordinate-harmonize the different statistical methods used by Member States. Evaluating compliance with the regional integration criteria is easier.

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  • Improving food security of small cane planters in Mauritius
    This project aims at improving the competitiveness of sugarcane small landholders through their effective regrouping, in a bid to ensure the survival of the vulnerable planting community.

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  • Amélioration des conditions carcérales et réinsertion des personnes détenues à Madagascar
    Ce projet vise à améliorer les conditions carcérales en sorte qu'elles respectent les droits de l'homme et à promouvoir des activités de réinsertion sociale des détenus.

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  • Improving food security for households affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho
    The Food Facility Support Project implemented by the Lesotho Red Cross Society and supported by the European Union and the German Red Cross is aiming at improving food security for households affected by HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children i

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  • Des restaurants pour bébés à Madagascar
    Le programme a mis au point une méthodologie de lutte contre la malnutrition à partir d'un réseau de restaurants pour bébés et de la fabrication locale d'un aliment de complément.

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  • Appui aux populations affectées par l’insécurité alimentaire dans la Région des Savanes au Togo
    Le projet vise à améliorer la sécurité alimentaire des populations rurales affectées par la hausse des denrées alimentaires, ainsi que à favoriser la création de mécanismes de résilience permettant de faire face aux chocs externes.

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  • Augmentation de la production rizicole au Mali
    Le Programme appui la politique sectorielle agricole du Mali, plus spécifiquement à la filière riz dans la zone de l’Office du Niger.

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  • Contribuer à réduire la pauvreté et l’insécurité alimentaire au Burundi
    Le projet contribue à réduire la pauvreté et l’insécurité alimentaire des ménages de 5 communes de la province Muyinga (Burundi).

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  • Supporting South Africa to address HIV and AIDS at universities
    This programme reduces the spread of HIV and AIDS in the higher education and mitigates its impact through panning and capacity development.

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  • Appui à la Réalisation de la Liste Electorale Permanente Informatisée (PAREL)
    Le projet PAREL est une réponse à une demande du Gouvernement béninois en vue d’assister sur les plans techniques et opérationnels, la réalisation de la Liste Electorale Permanente Informatisée pour l’organisation d’élections plus transparentes.

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  • Media for Reconciliation: Radio and Film supporting demobilisation and reintegration in Rwanda
    The project provides the population living in border regions of Rwanda and DRC with practical information on the FDLR demobilisation process and community reintegration of ex-combatants through radio and video screenings and support to local media.

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  • ISLANDS: Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)

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  • Increasing knowledge on Reproductive Health and Early Childhood Care and Development
    The project builds on the premise that children need stimulation and developmental support from the time of birth. Their development needs to be monitored in order to detect developmental delays and take appropriate preventative and curative action.

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  • Breaking the silence on girls' and women's rights in Sierra Leone
    This project aims at strengthening Civil Society Organisations to become an effective force for the defence of human rights.

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  • Transforming smallholder agriculture through better commercialisation in Sierra Leone
    Initially designed as an emergency response to alleviate the consequences of rising food prices in Sierra Leone, the project was then implemented within the wider framework of the government's major programme on agriculture.

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  • POWER: Participation of women for equal representation
    Helping to guarantee the respect of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic processes in Swazi society by promoting political participation and representation of women in decision-making processes.

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  • Science-led innovation protects livestock from the Tsetse fly in Kenya
    This project promotes the control of the dreaded Tsetse fly through production of collars containing chemicals that repel the flies. Previously grazing especially near game parks has been a challenge due to Tsetse.

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  • Understanding the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report
    The project seeks to improve understanding of climate change risks by policymakers through convening national level science-policy dialogues, creating communication strategies for climate change and conducting regional knowledge assessment.

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  • Climate change threatening communities in the Lake Victoria region, Tanzania
    The action promoted adaptation alternatives in the fishing communities of the Ukerewe District (Lake Victoria). It highlighted sustainability and environmental problems, provided communities with methodologies for changes in water level and quality.

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  • Building community roles and incentives in ecosystem conservation and management, Tanzania
    This project helps ensure key African ecosystems provide lasting conservation and livelihood benefits by strengthening policy and practice and the role of local communities in ecosystem management.

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  • Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights
    Affordable HIV/AIDS care and support is provided to towns and villages in the four Indian states mostly affected by the disease. The project tackles stigma at a local level and helps to sustain a non-discriminatory schooling environment for children.

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  • International Women's day 2009
    On the occasion of the Women's International Day in 2009, and for the third year running, EuropeAid launched a drawing competition in order to call on the children in third countries to express their vision of women/men

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  • Up-scaling Access to Integrated Modern Energy Services for Poverty Reduction, Tanzania
    This programme, developed from a pilot project, supports development of micro and small enterprises and improved livelihoods through increasing access to decentralised energy systems for electricity and motive power from sustainable energy resources.

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  • Programme de Soutien aux Initiatives Culturelles Décentralisées (PSICD)
    L'objectif global du PSICD est une meilleure prise en charge du développement culturel dans sa double dimension: le développement des différents domaines des arts et de la culture considérés comme filières et le développement culturel local.

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  • Combatting AIDS in Burkina Faso
    Until 2002, Burkina Faso didn’t have an efficient program to prevent the AIDS transmission from mother to child. Thanks to the pilot project funded by the EC, 15 000 women have received advisory sessions and anti retroviral drugs are now available

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  • Micro realisations 2
    The communities along the border between the Dominican Republicand Haiti are amongst the poorest, most vulnerable and isolated in the country. Stimulating sustainable development in this politically sensitive region is essential.

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  • Women against rape
    Women Against Rape provides support to women who are survivors of rape and other forms of violence. Counselling forms the backbone of their activities. They also provide legal support, rehabilitate perpetrators and raise awareness through education.

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  • 5th Micro-projects Programme, Ghana
    Between 2000 and 2005 a total of about 1950 micro-projects were carried out in Ghana with EU funding. Improving living standards among mainly poor rural communities with particular emphasis on women and children was the main aim.

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  • Combating HIV & AIDS in Malawi and Mozambique
    Corridors between Malawi and Mozambique are an alarming focal point of HIV infection. Local village populations, truckers and sex workers moving along the two passages are mainly affected. APLLE aims to help combat the spread of the disease.

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  • Melon Fruit Fly Eradication Programme
    The accidental introduction of the melon fly into Seychelles caused production losses of up to 60%, as the pest attacked at least 125 species of fruit and vegetables. To restore profitability of production the fly had to be suppressed and eradicated.

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  • Cato Manor Development Programme (CMDP)
    Cato Manor is a vibrant makeshift and growing community of 150,000 people that thrived for half a century in the shadow of a city that excluded them. The CDMP redresses past wrongs through provision of housing, infrastructure and employment access.

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  • South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
    To address past social inequalities and stimulate economic development, the South African government established a national Qualifications Authority (SAQA). With EU assistance SAQA is transforming the country's education system.

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  • Somalia Urban Development Programme (SUDP)
    The Somalia Urban Development Project contributes to the social and economic recovery of Somalia by supporting urban governance, management and service delivery in various towns. Training of local councillors on leadership is central to the project.

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  • SAWLOG Production Grant Scheme (SPGS)
    The EU in just three years has successfully supported the commercial plantation of more than 5,000 hectares to tackle the major shortage of timber forests in Uganda. This has revitalised community-based associations and rural businesses in forestry.

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  • Improving water facilities in Uganda
    In 2001 the EU supported the renovation of Mubende's (Uganda) water supply system dating from 1925. The increased, easier and affordable access to safe water contributed to reducing poverty levels and improving the quality of life in the area.

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  • Programme Régional Solaire : combiner l'alimentation en eau potable aux nouvelles technologies énergétiques
    Les pays de la zone saharienne ont un énorme potentiel en terme d'énergie solaire , cette énergie renouvelable est est désormais exploitée grâce aux nouvelles technologies. Celà a permis l'augmentation de l'accès à l'eau potable, à une agriculture redynamisée et à des conditions sanitaires améliorées.

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  • Ndomo: L'école d'initiation et l'histoire d'un succès
    Le programme Ndomo soutient les artistes et acteurs en renforçant leurs compétences techniques. Des cours de formation sur la peinture ont conduit à la création d'associations féminines qui travaillent ensemble. Le revenu de chaque membre de la «Ndomo" provient du compte collectif.

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  • Fighting hunger through improved rice culture in Liberia
    The EU and the UN are jointly implementing a €10.9 million food security and nutrition programme in Liberia, seeking at enhancing agricultural production, rehabilitating damaged agricultural infrastructure and creating marketing opportunities.

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