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The EPA between the EU and West Africa: Who benefits?

Is the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a free trade agreement negotiated between West Africa and the European Union (EU), really coherent with the development of West Africa? CONCORD regrets that the EU, the largest economic zone in the world, is trying to obtain disproportionate commercial concessions from one of the poorest regions in the world.

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Leading international NGOs speak out against EU’s decision to boost private sector

Today EU Development Ministers concurred on increasing the role of the private sector  in EU development policy.

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Roberto Ridolfi: “Let me explain development cooperation 2.0”

Brussels – Private equity, guarantees, risk capital… Ten years ago no one could have imagined financial jargon would make its way into development cooperation. Today these terms are a reality NGOs, social enterprises and cooperatives have to face. A revolution which Roberto Ridolfi – Sustainable Growth and Development Director at the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation at the European Commission – is bringing forward within EU institutions in an attempt to fight poverty with investments and allow Europe to lead the way in “cooperation 2.0”. Here’s why.

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20 Years On – Rwanda Uses Genocide Reconciliation to Boost Economic Growth

Kigali. It’s almost 20 years now since Sylidio Gashirabake, a Hutu, was a perpetrator in Rwanda’s genocide. It’s also almost 20 years since his neighbour, Augustin Kabogo, a Tutsi, lost his sister and family in the violence. But today, both men work side-by-side in their joint business venture in Kirehe district in southeastern Rwanda. continue reading »

Reform energy sector to boost development, Africa told

Addis Ababa – African governments have been challenged to carry out major reforms in the energy sector for the continent to meet its development targets and sustained social and economic growth.

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Not Enough Money to Bring Peace to CAR

Addis Ababa – There are growing concerns that the massive funding crisis for peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR) will jeopardise any prospect of restoring stability to the country.

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