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Following the April 2013 disaster at a garment factory in Bangladesh, the European Commission is promoting health and safety in the global industry, as well as sustainable production, consumption and decent work.
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.
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.
If you have ever been to Honduras, you will know that it is one of the greenest countries in Central America. Forestry has had a long history there and continues to be an important source of energy for the impoverished rural population, as well as maintaining a biologically diverse ecosystem. Over 50 percent of the country is covered in forests, which are also home to indigenous peoples.
Women with cell phone
Since 2015, the access and usage of digital finance in Zambia has increased more than fivefold. Instrumental in this success has been the work of the UN Capital Development Fund.
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.
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21 May 2014

Intra-ACP Agricultural Policy Programme: An Alliance for sustainable green growth in small islands economies

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Created in 1947 from the partition of the Indian sub-continent, Muslim-majority Pakistan has been marked by regional conflicts and political upheaval. Jean-François Cautain, EU Ambassador to Pakistan, shares his experience working in the country and outlines the EU’s priorities, including education, rural development and governance.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is now a well-established field in which companies are expected to take measures to improve their impacts on society and the environment. But why should businesses be more responsible, how can this influence development, and how can they assess their impact?

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