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by Aurore Chardonnet Sustainable development is about so much more than development aid: rich countries, development countries, civil society and the private sector need to work together to enable people and their governments to fight inequality and poverty. One key issue is tax justice: companies must pay their fair share, and governments must be in… » read more

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By Nur Mohamed Sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace, stability and good governance. Recognising this crucial fact in its new proposed development framework, the European Commission pledges to foster human rights, security and conflict prevention in fragile countries. However, the EU’s current approach to migration shows an alarming twisting of development efforts to accommodate… » read more

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by Hanna Saarinen Agriculture plays a vital role in the development of societies and economies – but it has been neglected and underfunded for a long time. This has been changing lately: governments are increasingly turning to private sector companies to generate investment. Following this line, the European Commission’s proposal for a new European Consensus… » read more

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by Hilary Jeune Public services like health and education are one of the strongest weapons in the fight against inequality. They benefit everyone in society, but the poorest most of all. This is being recognised by the European Commission in its proposal for a new framework for EU development policy, which puts an emphasis on… » read more

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by Hilary Jeune Last year, the world has agreed on a massive plan to achieve sustainable development by 2030, and the EU is currently discussing its implementation, starting today with European development ministers meeting in Brussels. One element in the EU strategy: the new External Investment Plan. The idea behind this is to use public… » read more

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By Natalia Alonso This week, the European Commission has presented its vision for the future of the EU’s development policies. The proposed new framework is a good piece of work, which now has to be translated into reality. The proposal ticks nearly every single box civil society organisations could imagine – but there is still… » read more

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By Natalia Alonso, Deputy Director for Advocacy and Campaigns The European Union is set to review its entire framework for development cooperation. This will define not only the development policy of the EU and its member states, but also how to ensure that all policies respect the EU’s international commitments. Today, the European Parliament is… » read more

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Globally the number of refugees and migrants who have died on irregular routes has increased by more than a fifth in the last year despite the public outcry over the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi in the Mediterranean, Oxfam said today. In the Mediterranean, the number of people killed has increased by more than 10… » read more

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A message to Jo Cox

Jo Cox, the British MP murdered last week, helped setting up Oxfam’s EU office in Brussels. Oxfam staff will join Jo’s friends and former colleagues at Ancienne Belgique in the city centre of Brussels on Wednesday, the day that would have been her 42nd birthday, to celebrate this incredibly strong woman. Here is a message… » read more

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By Hilary Jeune, EU Policy Advisor on Development Finance at the Oxfam EU Office Just six months after world leaders pledged to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, rich countries are risking to jeopardize this landmark promise. When our governments are gathering today for crucial meetings in Paris and Brussels, the effectiveness of development aid is… » read more

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By Hilary Jeune, EU Policy Advisor on Development Finance at the Oxfam EU Office Poffertjes and poverty are on the table for EU development ministers in Amsterdam tonight, as they get together for the first time this year. Over dinner, they will discuss the European Union’s future relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.… » read more

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By Farah Karimi, Executive Director at Oxfam Novib   In 1952, The Netherlands showed courage when it joined other European countries and became one of the founding fathers of the European Union. More than 60 years later, the EU has come under immense internal and external pressures with economic, financial, security and democratic challenges linked… » read more

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By Hilary Jeune, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor When European development ministers meet on Tuesday (26 May) to decide how the EU will approach overseas aid for the next 15 years, they may find themselves surrounded by smoke and mirrors. Various myths swirl around how European countries can best fund international development – or how they… » read more

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