Spain's foreign minister meets WFP director

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Alfonso Dastis, met with the director of the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, to discuss human and food security challenges affecting Yemen, Syria, and the Sahel region. Dastis and Beasley reviewed joint programs and areas of common interest, as well as the new strategic association framework that Spain is currently negotiating with the WFP. According to the Spanish foreign ministry, nutrition and food security issues are among the country's top development priorities.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

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Spanish cities demand more and better funding for international development

Municipal government representatives from the largest Spanish cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza, Córdoba, Malaga, Cadiz, Vitoria, and Pamplona, met in Barcelona to share experiences and to strengthen policy coordination in the field of international development cooperation. Attendees underlined the value added by cities and local governments addressing global justice and development challenges. In addition, attendees criticized the Spanish central government for neglecting development cooperation, and called for an increase in Spain’s development spending.

Press release – Ajuntament de Barcelona (in Spanish)


Spain's foreign minister meets EU development commissioner in Madrid

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Alfonso Dastis received the European Union’s Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development Neven Mimica. Mimica alsp met several appointees from the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet. Dastis and Mimica discussed, among other topics, the 2030 agenda and the EU’s development finance structure. In addition, Mimica participated in a regular meeting of the Spanish high-level ministerial group on the sustainable development goals (SDG) 2030 agenda.

Press release – MAEC (in Spanish)

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Spain to disburse US$10 million to new UN fund to advance SDGs

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC) has announced a US$10 million pledge to the new United Nations Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda. Managed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and being mainly funded by Spain, this new trust fund is aimed at advancing the sustainable development goals (SDG) 2030 agenda while at the same time improving the UN system by implementing innovative procedures for streamlining decision-making.

Press release – MAEC


Spanish PM Rajoy announces €100 million to foster development in the Sahel region

On occasion of the International High Level Conference on the Sahel hosted by the European Commission in Brussels, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced a €100 million contribution to fight poverty in Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger, and Burkina Faso during the next five years. These new development funds will be channeled through the Sahel Alliance which, having raised up to €6 billion for the period 2018-2022 in the Brussels high-level conference, comprises France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the European Union, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.

Press release – La Moncloa

Press release – AECID


Spain's secretary for international development presents new development Master Plan in parliament

The Spanish Secretary of State for International Co-operation and Ibero-America, Fernando García Casas, presented the new Master Plan for Spanish Co-operation 2018-2021 before the Congress of Deputies’ Development Committee. García Casas outlined Spain’s development priorities for the next four years, which, in addition to being particularly aimed at advancing the sustainable development goals (SDGs), include nutrition and food security, global health, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, sustainable growth, and peace and democratic governance.

Geographically, the Spanish development policy will keep being focused on 21 developing and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia.

All parliamentary groups, except for the governing Popular Party (PP), questioned Secretary of State García Casas for not including any budgetary reference in the new Master Plan besides an abstract, overall commitment to keep increasing development financing in the coming years.

Transcription of the session – Congress of Deputies (in Spanish)


Spain's foreign ministry approves development master plan amid strong criticism

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation’s Inter-territorial Committee for Development has approved a final draft of the 'Master Plan for Spanish Co-operation 2018-2021'. The new plan is aimed at steering development policy for the next five years. It will pave the way for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and continuing to tackle poverty and inequities worldwide, underlined Spain’s development agency AECID in a press release.

In response, the Spanish Co-operation Council, a consultative body that convenes development officials, NGOs, and academics presented an assessment report with several points of criticism. The report includes recommendations that the new Master Plan be more concrete, include budgetary estimates for ODA spending and a methodology for tracking results, and better align itself with the long-term SDG 2030 Agenda. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

Press release – CONGDE (in Spanish)


Spain's Oxfam Intermón reinforces its internal protocol to avoid sexual abuse

Oxfam Intermón, the Spanish branch of Oxfam International, plans to strengthen its procedures to monitor, report, and avoid any kind of sexual abuse and harassment by its personnel working in developing countries and in Spain. Oxfam Intermón is also considering leading a consultative process within governmental bodies and humanitarian NGOs to think collectively about preventing future cases of abuse in the development sector.

Since the news about sexual abuse perpetrated by global Oxfam staff in Haiti first appeared in the news in February 2017, Oxfam Intermón has received mixed reactions from the public, both supportive and critical.

Press release – Oxfam Intermón (in Spanish)


Spanish AECID supports Mauritanian fisheries to foster food security

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) has announced a €5 million (US$5.5 million) program aimed at improving food security and nutritional standards in Mauritania. Consisting of a series of interventions to strengthen the Mauritanian fishery network, this project aims to disburse up to 13,000 tons of fishmeal per year that will benefit around 320,00 people.

Press release – AECI (in Spanish)

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Spain’s ISGlobal ranked as the third most influential global health think tank in Europe

According to the Lauder Institute’s “Global Go To Think Tank Index”, the Spanish health research center Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has been ranked among the world’s ten most influential think tanks working in global health. ISGlobal has climbed up from the 16th place in 2016 to the 9th position in 2017. This ranks it the third most important global health institution in Europe and the only one not located in the United Kingdom.

Press release -ISGlobal

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