November 13, 2017: AFD hosts conference on how French development assistance can address inequality

French Development Agency AFD hosts conference “Overcoming inequalities: what roles for AFD and NGOs”, looking at the effects of AFD and NGO projects tackling inequality. Some of the questions considered are: What are the public policies that have the greatest impact on inequality? To what extent is the rights approach adopted by the Nordic countries and a growing number of NGOs relevant to addressing inequalities? How can we reduce inequalities in access to speech, political representation, and the participation of those who are directly affected by public projects and policies? The conference is hosted by Christian Chavagneux, editorialist at Alternatives Economiques, and Antoine de Ravignan, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Alternatives Economiques.

Location: Paris, France

Website – Eventbrite (in French)


November 13–14, 2017: University of Oslo hosts Global Health Inspiration Days

The Center for Global Health and the University of Oslo (UiO) hosts Global Health Inspiration Days for the first time. It will become an annual event with panels, workshops and seminars on global health. Global health research, training, and outreach by the UiO, are to be showcased.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website – University of Oslo (in Norwegian)

Norway Global health

Expert group reports on mid-term success and challenges of European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

An expert group evaluating the second European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) on the basis of its efficiency, relevance, coherence, appropriateness, effectiveness, and EU-added-value for 2014-2016 found overall positive results. However, the expert group urged the improvement of 1) integration, alignment, and coordination with partner states, 2) long-term strategic planning, 3) financial expectations for cooperation with other public and private partners, and 4) implementation of the portfolio approach to funding and partnerships. Several of these recommendations have been voiced previously by civil society stakeholders and partners.

Publication – European Commission


European Commission pre-publishes 2018-2020 EU work program on health research

The European Commission has pre-published a draft work programme on health, demographic change, and wellbeing research for 2018-2020. It includes calls for 1) proposals addressing infectious disease threats, neglected infectious diseases (NIDs), maternal and child health, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and/or hepatitis C (HCV) in specific target populations, 2) the establishment of an international network of social sciences research centers, 3) the creation of a European-wide sustainable clinical research network for infectious diseases, and 4) strategic collaboration in health research and innovation between EU and China. The draft has not been adopted or endorsed by the European Commission and its components may change before finalization. Once adopted, the finalized work program will be announced on the Horizon 2020 website.

Publication - European Commission


EU affirms commitment to human rights in development

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has issued conclusions affirming the EU’s commitment to human rights and a rights-based approach to development cooperation. With regard to the 2015-2019 mid-term review of the action plan on human rights and democracy, it finds that EU instruments have been increasingly coordinated and well-aligned, particularly its human rights dialogues, guidelines, and country strategies. The Council also reiterated its commitment to implementing the EU's Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy as an indispensable area of the EU’s foreign and security policy.

Press release - Council of the EU


South Korea to provide US$550,000 to Caribbean countries hit by hurricanes

South Korea has announced humanitarian assistance for four Caribbean countries that have been recently affected by severe hurricanes: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Antigua and Barbuda. According to the foreign ministry, US$300,000 will be given to Cuba, US$100,000 each to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and the rest to Antigua and Barbuda.

News article - Yonhap News

South Korea

Spain to hold non-permanent seat at UN Human Rights Council

The General Assembly of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) has elected Spain as a member of the Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 period. Fourteen other countries in addition to Spain have also been appointed as non-permanent members, including Angola, Australia, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, and Ukraine.

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC) has underlined Spain’s commitment to protecting human rights worldwide, with a special focus on protecting vulnerable populations, fighting racism, and strengthening democratic governance.

Press release - OHCHR 


Canada announces CAD1 million to support food security for Rohingya refugees

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will contribute over CAD1 million (US$787,000) to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support efforts to feed thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The announcement was made on World Food Day during a harvest agriculture event in Glengarry, Ontario.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Canada Nutrition

Norway pledges US$11.2 million to female entrepreneurs in developing countries

The Norwegian government has announced a contribution of US$11.2 million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which was launched by the G20 with a goal of raising up to US$1 billion. The idea behind the initiative is that female entrepreneurs often experience more challenges than men when starting a business, including lack of access to capital and networks, in addition to legal policies working to their disadvantage, all of which hinders economic growth and prosperity in developing countries. The World Bank will be the Trustee and invest in projects and programs that support women entrepreneurs.

Press release – Norwegian government (in Norwegian)


Madrid City Council and ‘Acción contra el Hambre’ join efforts to tackle malnutrition

On the occasion of World Food Day on October 16, 2017, Madrid City Council and Spain’s chapter of Action Against Hunger (‘Acción contra el hambre’) launched an audiovisual exhibition on the negative effects of malnutrition in developing countries. Under the title ‘War and Hunger’, the campaign aims at showing the intrinsic ties between malnutrition and violent conflicts worldwide. According to advocates, fostering food and nutrition security is essential to end violence and advance the SDGs.

Press release - Acción contra el hambre (in Spanish)