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European Parliament must tackle serious concerns following flawed workshop on private sector in development

Mathieu Vervynckt

13 Mar 2015 11:54:28

On 5 March, I attended a workshop organised by the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Development. It was part of the preparation process for a forthcoming report on the role of the private sector in fostering sustainable development that will be published ahead of the pivotal Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa. Chaired by the report’s rapporteur, MEP Nirj Deva, and attended by Eurodad and many other civil society organisations (CSOs), the workshop had the potential to offer an opportunity for discussion about the benefits and challenges of engaging the private sector in development cooperation. However, in practice it turned out to be an opinionated discussion that looked mostly at the rewards of private finance, but turned a blind eye towards its problems. The workshop ...
The European Commission’s new private sector plan reveals an attempt to redraw European development cooperation to promote policy change in developing countries. There is a strong likelihood that this will mean pushing an agenda that is friendly to ...

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European Commission risks putting business profits before the needs of the world’s poorest

13 May 2014 Eurodad-Oxfam media reaction The European Commission’s new plan to boost the role of the private sector in development cooperation could put efforts to reduce poverty second to the interests of European companies, said leading NGOs Oxfam and the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) today.   In its new Communication, A Stronger Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries, the Commission promotes the adherence ...
Eurodad has called upon the European Commission to put the fight against poverty and inequality at the centre of its strategy on working with the private sector in development. The call comes in a written submission from Eurodad ahead of an EC Communication ...