The European Commission has published details of its planned foreign affairs spending for 2021-2027. While there are some positive points which we welcome, there is a risk that aid money can now be used for inward-looking policies on migration and security, rather than long-term sustainable development.
Today, the European Commission published its proposal for the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).
The European External Investment Plan (EIP) is the EU’s new plan to boost development, growth and jobs in Africa. This paper analyses the agricultural investment window of the EIP. Oxfam and other NGOs highlight concerns and include recommendations to make sure the plan supports small-scale farmers.
The EU is about to set out a multi-year framework for its budget after 2020, which will have an impact on sustainable development worldwide and on the EU’s support for people in humanitarian crisis. Oxfam calls on the EU and its member states to increase aid commitments, in order to reduce the gap between what is needed and what is being given.
The EU has decided its budget for 2018 with cuts long-term development aid that helps the poorest people. A coalition of development NGOs criticised the EU for putting its own short-term interests ahead of the people most in need.
A coalition of NGOs has welcomed the European Parliament's vote to increase humanitarian and development aid in the EU budget 2018, but call on the EU to ensure aid money really goes to those who need it most.
Plans for next year's EU budget mean that not the actual needs of people in developing countries will be addressed, but money will be spent on border security to stop migration, Oxfam deplores.
The budget deal struck by EU governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission promises more funds for the EU’s external action, but diverts money from those most in need, warn development and humanitarian organizations.
Development NGOs Oxfam, ONE and Plan international welcomed a European Parliament vote to reject proposed cuts and to increase of the EU's external spending, supporting for the fight to end extreme poverty.
Reacting to the conclusion of the European Council on the EU long-term budget, which is freezing EU anti-poverty aid at near current levels, Natalia Alonso, Head of Oxfam's EU Office, said: