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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.
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Burkina Faso’s population is set to double within 20 years, bringing a host of development challenges. Head of EU Cooperation Thierry Barbé discusses how the EU is supporting the government on areas from green energy to justice, and reflects on regional cooperation on resilience through the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
Microfinance stakeholders gathered in Luxemburg recently to promote cooperation amongst Europe-based microfinance bodies operating in developing countries and to discuss how financial inclusion for the world’s poor can be enhanced to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Q&A with Philip Mikos, EU Head of Cooperation in Morocco
Like its North African neighbours, Morocco has long been the gateway into Europe for people from sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, it has also become a country of destination. Head of EU Cooperation Philip Mikos discusses what Member States can learn from Morocco’s experience and explains how the country’s status as a Neighbourhood partner affects its cooperation with the EU on areas from vocational training to gender equality.
A thriving private sector is essential to long-term sustainable development, but entrepreneurs in developing countries face numerous obstacles, not least accessing the finances to help them realise their business dreams. One successful entrepreneur from Kenya, Africa, states her case.
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The EU spends about €100 million on development cooperation in Kenya each year, focusing on resilience to climate change, infrastructure and governance. EU Head of Cooperation Erik Habers discusses capacity-building for drought resistance, financing a new wind farm through blending, and the value of evaluations.