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Migration. Mario Giro: “The EU must take Africa seriously”

Brussels – Usually calm and collected, the Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs with responsibility for international cooperation, Mario Giro, is not in a good mood. The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is obviously extremely worrying, but there is also another issue which risks creating further disagreement within the EU – the New Migration Partnership Framework or “Migration Compact”, submitted by the European Commission on 7 June, which puts the management of migration at the heart of European foreign policy.

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Financing smallholder farmers: from risks to opportunities

Investors still perceive rural markets as risky. To attract private finance for viable agricultural investments, the European Commission (EC) has launched a new Agriculture Financing Initiative (AgriFI).

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Europe funds take on African roots of refugee crisis

The new European Agenda on Migration, which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker outlined on Tuesday in response to the escalating refugee crisis in Europe, will not only address the refugee crisis in Europe, but also its roots in Africa. One component of the agenda, the 1.8 million euro European Trust Fund for Africa, will finance several programs in the African continent “to help countries tackle problems that are at the root of the human trafficking that is causing the death of way too many people,” Alexandre Polack, the European Commission Spokesperson for Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and International Cooperation and Development, told Afronline and African media.

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Op-ed: Private sector must help EU boost impact of development aid

In an op-ed written for Afronline, Roberto Ridolfi, director of Sustainable Growth and Development at the European Commission, encourages the private sector to team up with the EU to increase the impact of development grants and loans. Ridolfi outlines the benefits of this practice, called “blending,” which he will promote at the joint African Union-EU panel “Catalysing private sector engagement and resources for development: the EU and African perspectives” on July 15 at the UN’s third “Financing for Development” conference in Addis Ababa.

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Fortress Europe Creaking at the Seams

With EU leaders today in Brussels for a summit on the Greek financial crisis, it is easy to forget that they are also here to discuss another Greek crisis: one of migration. Along with its Mediterranean neighbours Italy and Malta, Greece is the arrival point in Europe for thousands of African migrants. An Amnesty International press statement released today states that a fact-finding mission in Greece shows how “poor planning, ineffective use of EU funds, and a hiring freeze has left Greek authorities incapable of meeting the needs and protecting the rights of refugees”.

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Gates Foundation: $776 Million for Nutrition in the Fight Against Child Mortality

With the first day of the European Development Days (EDD15) taking place today in Brussels, Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, made an important announcement today in the fight against malnutrition by stating that “that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will more than double its investments in nutrition to $776 million over the next six years”.

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