Monthly Highlights from ECDPM's Talking Points Blog, GREAT Insights, Volume 2, Issue 1 (January 2013)

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    Aid for Trade needs to shift from policy to greater action. Talking Points, Dan Lui, 11 January 2013
    Trade ministers and officials from South and North, academics, and donors will gather at the OECD in Paris next week for a policy dialogue to discuss the future of the Aid for Trade initiative. Conceived in 2005 in the context of the WTO Doha Round, Aid for Trade aims to improve the trading prospects of developing countries through targeting aid to this sector. In the seven years since its launch, there has already been a fair amount of navel-gazing amongst policymakers on questions of how to ‘operationalise’ such a broad and ambitious agenda. In the (...)

    Aid and beyond: mobilizing more resources for financing developmentTalking Points, Geert Laporte, 14 December 2012
    This article was published on 7 December and is available on the website of Friends of Europe. The scenario is quite familiar. If budget cuts are to be made in times of crisis, development spending is the first and easiest target for European policymakers. In preparing for the 2013 budget, several EU member states seem to have forgotten about their longstanding commitments to reach the 0,7% target of GDP as Official Development Assistance (ODA) by 2015. Cutting development budgets first is also common practice in EU institutions. In trying to broker a compromise deal on (...)

    ACP-EU cooperation: discussing the long-term future in the near futureTalking Points, Niels Keijzer, 7 December 2012
    European Heads of State were recently advised to bring more than one shirt to the 22-23 November summit to discuss the EU budget. Those who specialise in the relations between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries will definitely also need a few more shirts during the next few weeks. From 27-29 November the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) convened in Suriname, a destination European MEPs only agreed to on condition that the country’s president Desi Bouterse would not turn up. During this meeting the ACP Secretary (...)

    This article was published in Great Insights Volume 2, Issue 1 (January 2013)


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