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AEGEE-Europe, together with 10 youth organizations from all over Europe, has launched the campaign YouthRights.NOW for the recognition of specific rights for youth. These youth rights include education and training, employment, housing, health and the right to a healthy environment, participation, sexual and reproductive health, culture and sport, non-discrimination, as wells as proper information on… » read more

Land expropriation and corruption have been two recurring themes at the Kolubara mine. This week’s arrests indicate that they are closely connected. by Zvezdan Kalmar, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Recent developments in Serbia forebode gloomy times for the country’s energy company EPS. After the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s confirmation on Friday that… » read more

Whether it is from campaigns in the Philippines against Golden Rice as a solution for Vitamin A Deficiency, which kills hundreds of thousands of children per year, or spreading a culture of activist civil disobedience in non-Western societies, Greenpeace has been spending millions in developing countries to impress its anti-progress, anti-development message on locals a… » read more

The European Parliament’s somewhat frenzied concern about the possible indirect land use change (ILUC) resulting from EU biofuel policies is a splendid example of the phenomenon of unintended consequences. While acting on the basis of some pretty questionable science, the MEPs are constructing a new form of protectionism which is likely to damage the interests… » read more

Ten years after the outbreak of violence in Darfur, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) is providing vital support to WFP’s work helping families escape hunger. Food distributions to people forced from their homes and nutritional assistance to mothers and young children are just a few ways that support makes an impact. For more… » read more

By Dagfinn Høybråten As economies grow in The South, countries hit by financial crisis in The North, including European countries, are rethinking their strategies for development cooperation. Rather than merely cutting back on their official development assistance (ODA) or retreating to programmes that merely serve their self-interest, donor countries should renew their thinking as well… » read more

The current review of the European Investment Bank’s mandate for lending outside of the EU brings some of the pitfalls of the bank’s development lending to the fore and offers a chance for improvements. by Xavier Sol, cross-posted from the Counter Balance blog “The European Investment Bank is not a development bank, it is an… » read more

Hundreds of thousands Brazilian citizens have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against high public transport fares, publicly financed football stadiums, inadequate investments in education and health and, last not least, rampant corruption. High transport fares have been the detonator of these unprecedented demonstrations in one of the most successful emerging countries;… » read more

How is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development able to justify a brand new host country agreement with Egypt, given the abuses still being endured in Egypt and the failure of one billion euros of EU money to improve the economic and human rights situation there? by Anne-Sophie Simpere, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog… » read more

Nutrition for Growth

As leaders of the G8 nations prepare to meet in London for their annual summit, a high-level meeting on Nutrition will be co-hosted by the UK, the Government of Brazil and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. This summit, which kicks-off on Saturday 8th, will bring together business leaders, scientists, governments and civil society to make… » read more

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