How much ODA does the EU provide?
Who are the main actors in the EU’s development cooperation?
What are the EU's strategic priorities for development?
How is the EU's ODA budget structured?
What are important decision-making opportunities in the EU's annual budget process?
How is the EU's ODA spent?
A study by the European Parliament takes an in-depth look at the impact ‘Brexit’ could have on the EU’s official development assistance (ODA). The study finds that the EU’s ODA could decrease by up to 3% within the current multi-annual financial framework (MFF 2014-2020) if the UK withdraws from the EU by 2019 as planned. In the longer term, a Brexit could create significant shortfalls in the EU's ODA budget within the next MFF (2021-2027). These reductions would challenge the institution's role as one of the largest global donors of development assistance.
The Parliament's report considers that a post-Brexit UK might still continue contributing to EU assistance, giving rise to three possible scenarios: 1) a ‘cosmopolitan’ outlook, by which the UK would maintain its current ODA levels and continue to spend around half in conjunction with the EU, 2) a ‘realist’ scenario, and 3) a ‘nationalist’ scenario. Under the worst-case 'nationalist' scenario, the UK could face cuts to its ODA budget by 30%, leaving “no possibilities for UK-EU collaboration”.
During an official visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner, Neven Mimica, announced €165 million in additional assistance for drought-stricken parts of East Africa. €100 million will go to South Sudan, while €65 million will be divided amongst Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya to help prevent famine. Two-thirds of the funding to South Sudan is intended to support South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries. The remaining third will be used to address malnutrition, diseases, and water access in the country, and to protect vulnerable people, particularly women and children, from human rights abuses. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, was also in attendance on the visit.
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
The EU, Germany, Norway, UK, and other donor countries will host a major international conference on Syria on April 5, 2017 in Brussels. The title of the conference is “Syria and the region: supporting the future of Syria and the region”, and the conference aims to strengthen the UN, to establish regional and international frameworks to support the humanitarian work, and to support the future of Syria and its neighboring countries.
Location: Brussels, Belgium