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Gary Quince, who is nearing the end of his five years heading the EU Delegation to the African Union, shares his experiences and discusses the EU's support to the AU, touching on the gap between optimistic treaties and their implementation, joint programming and engaging with the private sector. 
Trucks overloaded with everything from cement to oil through rice and sugar crawl along West Africa’s road network, as the roads beneath their wheels crumble under the strain.
Trade is an increasingly international business, but not all countries are able fully to take part. Products must meet exacting international standards, which can be a barrier to trade for countries without adequate infrastructure, regulations, quality testing and certification. They are working with the EU to address these issues and help exporters to thrive.
When anaesthetist Kibret Abebe sold his family home in Addis Ababa to buy three second-hand ambulances, his relatives were worried. Eight years on, his ambulance service – the first in Ethiopia - has saved 40,000 lives and shows the role social enterprises can play in achieving development goals. To reach their potential, businesses like his need support and access to funding.
One of the great challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals will be finding ways of lifting populations out of poverty, which is often associated with increased consumption and production, while at the same time dealing with emissions and meeting environmental targets. The question is how to create economic value which also benefits society. Smart technologies, sustainable business models and circular economy solutions are already being developed, but experts say they need to be scaled up, and fast.
SMEs in developing countries face significant financing challenges due to the lack of appropriately-sized loans available to them. Needs on either end of the spectrum are – relatively – better addressed; large firms have a variety of mechanisms to choose from and grassroots initiatives fill the gap on the microfinancing end. The funding gap for SMEs, however, is estimated by the International Finance Corporation to be at least $2 trillion, with more than 200 million SMEs in need of a loan or overdraft. 
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Isolina Boto
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An online knowledge platform aimed at exchanging experience and best practices on key priority themes for small island economies

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Koen Rossel-Cambier uploaded a new Document 2 March 2016

This brochure aims at summarising the findings of evaluations of three international trade-assistance programmes implemented by the European Commission and the ACP Secretariatover the period 2002-2014:

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Climate finance tools, instruments approaches, experiences and lessons learned

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