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Concord Europe: Lack of solidarity between EU Member States on migration

Brussels – The network of European NGOs, CONCORD Europe, is concerned about recent declarations regarding migration management at the EU level. Following Italian threats to close ports to boats carrying migrants and issuing a code of conduct for NGOs, we worry new measures will limit their action in the Mediterranean, diverting attention from the lack of solidarity between EU Member States onto civil society organisations.

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NGOs saving lives in the Mediterranean are under attack

Milan (Italy) – Last week Italian Deputy Lower House Speaker, Luigi Di Maio, defined NGOs saving lives at sea as “taxis for migrants”. This was only the last of a long series of attacks to non-governmental organisations rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, after Frontex’ accusations of being “a pull factor” for traffickers and the allegations of colluding with smugglers made by Catania chief prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro.

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Volunteering is vanishing in Nigeria

According to Dictionary.com, “Volunteerism is the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community.” Volunteers are driven by passion to leave a noble legacy of service to humanity.

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What can Development Banks do to Protect Human Rights?

In a petition signed by 150 NGOs, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development have called for development banks to make sure that human rights are respected by their beneficiaries.

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Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

United Nations – Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way. Yet a meeting of leaders from the business, government and non-profit sectors at the UN this week showed that there is still a long way to go in order to make investors and CEOs true partners in sustainability.

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Interview with Laura Frigenti, Director of the new Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

Brussels – A generation. That’s how long Laura Frigenti had waited for the Italian Development Cooperation Agency to be launched. In 1987, Italy passed a law on international cooperation that remained in force for 27 years. An eternity, during which time Frigenti left Italy and had a highly successful international career spent mostly at the World Bank. January 1st, 2016 marks her return to her birthplace where she has been appointed to lead the new Italian Development Cooperation Agency, officially established by the Italian parliament with the approval of a new bill on development cooperation in August 2014 (law125/2014).

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