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Spain-African Union women's empowerment fund presents summary report on activities

 The Spain-African Union New Partnership for Africa Development's (NEPAD) joint fund on women's empowerment has presented its final report on its activities and achievements. It found that since its creation in 2017, the fund has supported more than one million women through 79 development-cooperation programs implemented in 38 African countries. With €20 million in funding, disbursed entirely by the Spanish development agency AECID, the fund mostly focused on fostering women’s economic progress, strengthening gender-based CSOs, and preventing violence against women and girls. 

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain

Ibero-American summit in 2018 to focus on SDGs

Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis participated in a  meeting of the General Secretariat for Ibero-America held in La Antigua, Guatemala, where foreign ministers from Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Latin American countries agreed to focus the next Ibero-American Summit on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. The event takes place in Guatemala in November 2018 under the title, 'For a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Ibero-America'.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

Spain

Spain and the EU join forces on violence against women in Guatemala

Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America Fernando García Casas, and EU ambassador to Guatemala Stefano Gatton, signed an agreement to join forces in the fight against violence against women in Guatemala. The agreement includes a joint cooperation program, which will be funded both by the EU (€15 million) and Spain (€1.6 million). The program, which will be implemented by Spanish development agency AECID, aims to promote effective measures to prevent violence against women and girls, and to improve the quality of services offered to victims of violence. 

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

Spain

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy highlights poverty reduction as cornerstone to address irregular migration flows

At the 5th EU-Africa Summit held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from November 29-30, 2017, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy led a discussion session on migration and mobility. He underlined the importance of addressing root causes of migration, which he cited as a lack of economic prospects, poverty, and human-rights violations. The European Commission took advantage of the summit to release its new external investment plan, which intends to trigger €44 billion in investments in Africa by 2020.

On the other hand, development NGOs working at the European and African levels, such as CONCORD, Save the Children, and Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), published a joint letter denouncing the fact that civil society organizations (CSOs) were barred from speaking at the summit.

Press release - La Moncloa (in Spanish)

Press release - EU Council

Spain

Spain offers €36 million debt-relief agreement to Cameroon, DRC, and Ethiopia in exchange for investments in health

The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness officially announced a €36 million debt-relief agreement with Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Ethiopia in exchange for investments in domestic health programs supported by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (the Global Fund). Signed under the Global Fund’s 'Debt2Health' instrument, this agreement will allow:

  • Cameroon to invest €9.3 million in HIV programs;
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo to invest US$3.4 million in malaria programs;
  • Ethiopia to allocate €3.2 million to strengthen its national health system.

Spain is one of the largest donors to the Global Fund, having contributed over US$700 million to it thus far.

Press release - MINECO (in Spanish)

Press release - Global Fund

Spain Global health

Spanish NGOs launch program to improve academic and youth interest in global development

Spanish development NGOs Oxfam Intermón, InteRed, Entreculturas, and Alboan have joined efforts to launch a new educational program in Spain aimed at strengthening academic and youth interest and engagement in social justice and global-development issues. Funded by AECID, the Spanish development agency, the program will be implemented in selected secondary schools. Teachers, in collaborations with NGOs, will review the major challenges of the world and think collectively about effective ways to address them.

Press release - CONGDE (in Spanish)

Spain

AECID highlights Spanish leadership in fight against gender-based violence

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on November 25, 2017, Spanish development agency AECID published a comprehensive press release underlining the most important interventions Spain is or has been leading in the area of gender-based violence. These include the launch of the African Union and Spain’s joint fund for women empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa, and the MASAR program to foster democratic governance and human rights in the MENA region. The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation continues to position gender equity and the fight to end violence against women and girls among its top development priorities.

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain

Spain to continue supporting democratic governance in Central America

At a meeting in Madrid with Vinicio Cerezo, the Secretary General of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dastis said that Spain will continue to provide ODA funding to SICA. SICA, a regional framework for integration, seeks to promote democratic governance, institutional and economic strengthening, and social cohesion in Central America. Spain gave €58 million to SICA from 2003 to 2017.

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain

FC Barcelona joins UNICEF’s global #KidsTakeOver campaign

On World Children’s Day on November 20, 2017, Spanish football team FC Barcelona joined UNICEF’s global #KidsTakeOver campaign, in which children from all around the world took over key roles in media, politics, business, and sports to raise awareness for millions of other children around the globe who face malnutrition, poverty, and a lack of educational opportunity. A group of 10-year-old children symbolically substituted in for FCB players during a training session held in Barcelona, while real Barça players, including Lionel Messi, spread UNICEF's call for children’s protection and development through social media.

Press release - FCB Foundation

Spain

Spain to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Argentina    

Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America, Fernando García Casas, visited Buenos Aires to hold political consultations with the Argentinian authorities and lead the Spanish delegation at the IV World Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labor. At the Argentinian foreign ministry, García Casas and members of Argentinian leadership discussed the potential to strengthen bilateral cooperation and develop a common agenda in areas such as international development, education, and research.

In February 2017, Spain and Argentina signed a 'new generation' agreement to foster triangular cooperation, a broad term for cooperation which brings together three different actors, and horizontal cooperation, which refers to partnerships between countries from the Global South.

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain