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French think tank IDDRI publishes policy brief on a green EU budget framework

French think tank IDDRI published the policy brief "The future European budget: will it be green?", looking at how the future budget can balance the financing of new priorities, such as the defense and management of migratory flows, without ignoring the ecological transition, and particularly climate or green spending. The brief identifies 10 important topics to be monitored, using them as indicators as to whether or not the European budget will function as a lever for the ecological transition.

Policy brief - IDDRI (in French)

EU France

EU evaluation finds blending instruments have strategic value but are weak on pro-poor and gender results

From 2007-2014, the European Union (EU) allocated more than €2 billion, 4% of its development agency’s budget, to investment facilities blending public and private instruments for development. An evaluation quietly published last December of instruments blending ODA with commercial loans found that while they have allowed the EU to engage more broadly and strategically, they did not achieve their potential, have strong pro-poor dimensions, nor sufficiently address gender. The development finance NGO Eurodad reports that in almost half of the cases examined, there was no clear reason for using blending rather than traditional development cooperation. 

News article – Euractive

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EDCTP malaria grants and calls announced

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) has announced five malaria-specific calls for proposals. In the second quarter of 2018, it will launch 11 calls for proposals open to malaria research plus two major calls specifically dedicated to malaria research. 

EDCTP supports malaria research and development on novel and improved drugs and drug combinations, studies in high-risk populations such as children and pregnant women, and patients with co-infections. It  aims to invest in chemo-prevention for high-risk populations and development of second generation vaccines against both Plasmodium falciparum and vivax malaria.

Website – EDCTP

EU

European Commission on reports EU progress on SDG financing

EU Development Commissioner Neven Mimica has released a report assessing EU progress in implementing the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development. The report provides a collective overview and showcases best-practice examples of mobilizing funding contributions from different actors. The report highlights an array of innovative financial instruments it has created with Member States in the previous year, doubling financial resources generated to over €2.4 billion. 

Report – European Commission

EU

European Parliament wants stricter rules on granting loans to developing countries

Concerned about rising debt and its link to corruption in developing countries, the European Parliament has proposed making loans to poor countries conditional on monitoring by national parliaments. In a non-binding report adopted on April 17 (384 votes in favor, 253 against and 27 abstentions), Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called for a stricter framework for rules on granting loans to developing countries. Addressing a doubling of debt among developing countries since 2013, the report calls for a greater sense of responsibility among borrower and lender countries. The European Commission is reportedly reluctant to implement a binding code of conduct.

News article – Euractive

EU

EIB and IMF to jointly promote financial inclusion in Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed to pool expertise and experience to promote inclusive growth in Africa. They plan to launch a new online course on financial intermediation and financial inclusion for government officials, young professionals, staff of local banks and financial institutions, and representatives of ministries of finance, regulatory bodies, and central banks. Eager to demonstrate collaboration on the Sustainable Development Goals, the EIB and IMF aim to create synergies among their institutions that empower African micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, young men and women entrepreneurs, and the financial intermediaries that can support their financial inclusion. 

Press release - EIB

EU

European Commission provides guidance on social protection indicators

The European Commission has produced an analysis with recommendations on how the EU can better measure social protection outcomes for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Commission’s analysis points to challenges in the current social protection indicator discourse; calls for stronger international cooperation on indicators to better monitor and evaluate social protection outcomes and impacts; and identifies how the EU could better support SDG monitoring. 

Website – EU

EU

EU institutions and member states combined remain lead donor in 2017, though ODA fell

The EU and its Member States continue to lead provisions of Official Development Assistance (ODA), with US$83.7 billion spent overall in 2017, confirm newly released figures by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). At the same time, ODA from 20 EU countries fell by 1.2%, to US$82.7 billion in 2017, representing 0.49% of combined gross national income. EU institution disbursements fell 6.7% in real terms to US$16.5 billion. New OECD-DAC figures also show a declining share of aid spent on refugees. For many European countries, the ODA fall resulted from lower in-donor refugee costs reported in 2017.

Website – Euractive

EU

EU drafts next research framework program

A draft European Commission staff working document indicates that the EU's next wide-ranging R&D program, Framework Programme 9 (FP9), will likely continue the approach to health and the Sustainable Development Goals of the previous framework programme, Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 grouped such efforts in its Global Challenges pillar. FP9 will run from 2021-2027.

The Open Innovation Pillar will promote public-private blending of funds for startups under the European Innovation Council to foster more “breakthrough innovation.” The draft indicates that FP9 will be available for UK participation after Brexit. FP9 legislative language is expected for release after May 29, along with budgetary information, depending on the EU’s coming negotiations for its next overall multi-annual budget.

EU Commission working document – Politico

EU Global health R&D

Bill Gates interviewed by Politico about the EU

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist, spoke with Ryan Heath, Political Editor at Politico.eu, about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the next EU budget, and the Oxfam scandal.  Gates additionally spoke about EU development assistance, global health, and global health R&D. As EU budget talks heat up, Gates spoke in a supportive way about cross-border European policy action and a growing but modernized system of ODA.

Interview – Soundcloud