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World Environment Day: a good time to reflect on unintended consequences

Martin Atkin

04 Jun 2017 22:15:36

Few would disagree with protecting our fragile and increasingly under-pressure environment, nor with the joys of getting back to nature - especially since more than half of us are now urban dwellers. This year’s World Environment Day urges us to reconnect to the natural world around us, suggesting a stroll in the park or a day on the beach - if you are lucky enough to live near one. As the organisers point out, we are all part of nature and we all intimately depend on it. The call to reconnect with nature will, however, have a hollow ring for countless people in developing countries whose own natural resources and livelihoods have been put at risk by harmful business practices and investments. You don’t have to look far to find examples of communities and ecosystems suffering from the ...
Together with ActionAid, Eurodad is organising a debate on Tax Justice for Development at the 2017 European Development Days. The debate will take place on 7 June from 18.00 – 19.15. The debate asks: “How can the EU ensure policy coherence for development ...

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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 ...