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Bob van Dillen (Caritas Europa): “EU development strategy is in contradiction with the UN Agenda 2030”

Brussels – Tomorrow the European Foreign Affairs Council will officially adopt the new EU Consensus for development, a key document that should align the EU’s policy with the UN 2030 Agenda. But behind the scene, other interests prevail. According to Bob van Dillen, Caritas Europa‘s policy and advocacy officer, “it now seems that stopping migration and returning migrants to their countries of origin has become the primary objective of EU development cooperation, which is in contradiction with the UN 2030 Agenda which rather sees migration as a force for development”.

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Africa’s population boom: burden or opportunity?

Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world. It is expected to increase by roughly 50% over the next 18 years, growing from 1.2 billion people today to over 1.8 billion in 2035. But according to ISS Today, African governments aren’t investing enough in one of their greatest assets – a young population.

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Nigeria: After Buhari…?

Secrecy creates suspicion. In the cutthroat arena of Nigerian politics, it can also reveal ambition. The ongoing silence around of the health of Nigeria’s president has done just this. For several weeks, Muhammadu Buhari has barely been seen in public. And on 7 May, he sought medical treatment in London, where he previously spent nearly two months from mid-January to March for the same reasons.

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Foreigners warned: High South African crime rates

South Africa is seemingly at odds with the rest of Africa and, probably, the world over a rising wave of crime and sporadic attacks on foreign nationals. According to data released by the South African police at the end of March, over 960,000 serious crimes were reported to the police between April and December 2016, averaging over 3,550 cases every day – or 148 every hour.

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Senegalese struggles play out on screen

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The New York African Film Festival put Senegal in the spotlight, featuring five short films (“Senegal Spotlight”) that capture the daily struggle of ordinary Senegalese citizens and touch upon the main issues that the Senegal’s urban society faces.

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Kenya’s Drought: Response Must Be Sustainable, Not Piecemeal

Food security in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since the end of 2016. UNICEF reports a significant increase in severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 110,000 children under-five need treatment, up from 75,300 in August 2016. Waterholes and rivers have dried up, leading to widespread crop failure and livestock depletion. At the height of the drought, surface water in most counties had either dried up or its level dramatically reduced.

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