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ECDPM publishes dossier on gender perspective in development cooperation

The European Centre on Development Policy and Management (ECDPM) has collected its work on gender and development cooperation in a new dossier. The dossier seeks to lend a gender perspective to a range of topics in international development policy, with a focus on 1) peace and security, 2) business, trade and finance, and 3) agriculture, nutrition, and climate change. It also includes an 'other' category with research on engaging boys and men in gender equality initiatives, and gender-related budgeting in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Newsletter and website – ECDPM

EU

International NGO consortium launches new tool to track European DAH

Global Health Advocates France and Medical Mission Institute Würzburg, in collaboration with several NGOs, including Action for Global Health UK network, Results UK, and Save the Children UK, have launched a new tracking tool named 'ODA4Health'. Aimed at unpacking the flows of Development Assistance for Health (DAH) of the top four EU donors (the UK, France, Germany and the EU Institutions), the platform seeks to provide user-friendly information on the quantity and quality of foreign assistance for health.

So far, ODA4HEALTH has noted that 1) only one donor (the UK) is reaching the 0.1%/GNI target given by WHO DAH recommendations; 2) there is an increasing tendency to use loans or equity investments to support the health sector; and 3) it is very difficult to assess to what extent each donor is contributing to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), mainly due to a lack of detailed information.

The website will be updated regularly.

Website – ODA4Health

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EU urges swift implementation of updated 'Aid for Trade' strategy

EU development ministers adopted conclusions urging swift implementation of an updated EU 'Aid for Trade (AfT)' strategy, which aims to raise countries’ productive capacity and tackle poverty through trade. The updated EU strategy aims to improve developing-country integration into the international trading system; enable trade and investment to help reduce poverty; improve complementarity of trade and development policies; enhance allocations to least-developed countries, countries experiencing fragility and affected by conflict; increase synergies between the development financing tools used by the EU and its Member States to promote aid for trade; and enhance the impact of aid-for-trade programs through greater engagement with the private sector, civil society, and local authorities.

In 2015, the EU and member states committed more than €13 billion in foreign assistance in support of trade and productive capacities.

Source: Website – EU

Weblinks: www.consilium.europa.eu/media/32047/st15656en17.pdf; http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-15573-2017-INIT/en/pdf

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European Commissioner launches global alliance to fight violence against women

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and UN Women have launched an alliance to tackle violence against women and girls at a global level. In a joint statement, Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, reemphasized the EU’s commitment to take concrete actions to end violence against women.

Building on the OECD's Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), the alliance will collaborate on collecting data for indicators of SDG 5: 'Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls'. These results will provide data on legal frameworks that will help countries adapt their policy responses to effectively address domestic violence, sexual harassment, and rape.

Press release – EU

EU

EDCTP and GHIT announce new partnership supporting product-development research

The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) have announced a new partnership to support product-development research. The partners’ first action will be to co-fund a clinical study that examines the use of a new tablet formulation to treat schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease, in preschool-aged children.

According to the announcement, EDCTP and GHIT are looking forward to co-funding research of mutual interest. Both organizations share a common funding scope covering HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and poverty-related infectious diseases.

Website – EDCTP

EU-Africa summit 2017 declaration published

The joint EU-Africa declaration resulting from the recent EU-Africa Summit, held from November 29-30, 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, under the overarching theme of 'Investing in Youth for a sustainable future', is now online. It notes four strategic priorities for the period leading up to the next summit, likely to be held within three years' time:

  • Investing in people – education, science, technology and skills development;
  • Strengthening resilience, peace, security and governance;
  • Migration and mobility;
  • Mobilizing investments for African structural and sustainable transformation.

Website – Africa-EU Partnership

EU

EDTCP calls for 2018 nominations recognizing outstanding contributions to health research

The European and Developing countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) is seeking nominations recognizing outstanding individuals and research teams from Africa and Europe who have made significant contributions to health research in the following categories:

  • Scientific leadership;
  • Outstanding female scientist;
  • Outstanding research team;
  • The Dr. Pascoal Mocumbi Prize for scientists, policy-makers, or advocates for health and research aged 51 years and above.

In addition to scientific excellence, the awardees will have made major contributions to the EDCTP objectives of strengthening clinical research capacity in Africa, and supporting networking between developing and developed countries.

Nominations are open until February 28, 2018, 17:00 CET.

Website – EDCTP

Confederation of European development NGOs call for adherence to EU development commitments

CONCORD Europe, a confederation of more than 2600 development NGOs across Europe, has outlined how the EU’s development and humanitarian funding could better live up to the values that have inspired the EU’s creation and development. According to CONCORD, the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) should reflect EU development and human-rights commitments, and EU Member States should be encouraged to channel foreign assistance through the EU.

CONCORD also makes several recommendations for how to strengthen the delivery of EU cooperation, for example by making "a clear distinction" in the budget between ODA-eligible funding aimed at poverty reduction in the context of sustainable development, and other, non-ODA-eligible funding

Website – CONCORD Europe

EU

European Parliament takes successive action to emphasize SRHR and gender equality

In a series of actions, the European Parliament has emphasized the importance of gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and family planning. A draft women’s rights committee (FEMM) report calls on UN Member States and other authorities to guarantee universal access to adequate healthcare, including SRHR. The development (DEVE) and FEMM committees published amendments to the draft report on the EU’s Gender Action Plan (GAP). DEVE also called for the identification and reinforcement of specific gender-sensitive strategies in climate work, including voluntary, rights-based family planning as a potential adaptation strategy. Meanwhile, the committee on foreign affairs' (AFET) annual human rights and democracy report condemned the use of sexual violence against women and girls.

Press release - European Parliament

Press release - European Parliament

Press release - European Parliament

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Economists, politicians, and artists call for European nations to sign climate-finance pact

A group of economists, politicians, artists, philosophers, and trade unionists have signed a call asking European officials to allocate €1000 billion to finance the next 30 years of energy transition. They suggest several mechanisms for raising the funds, including the use of a tax on financial transactions and on CO2 emissions. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the University of Colombia's Earth Institute,  and former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault are among the signatories.

News article – Le Monde (in French)

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