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Blended Finance for Infrastructure and Low-Carbon Development

Most developing countries face a chronic deficit of infrastructure constraining economic growth rates, leaving the world’s most vulnerable communities without access to basic services and hampering attempts to achieve broad-based poverty reduction. While over £500 billion is currently invested in infrastructure every year,…

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Strengthening the role of the private sector in achieving inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries

The European Commission issued a call for contributions to their proposed communication on ‘Strengthening the role of the private sector in achieving inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries’. The Issue Paper touches on some of the most relevant topics in private sector development. It…

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Why the European Parliament elections matter for international development

Elections to the European Parliament will take place in May this year. Yet, an oddity of the European elections is that they are out of synch with the main policy and budgetary processes of the EU. Does this suggest that the…

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The radical right in the European Parliament: impact on development policy

In May 2014, European Parliament elections will be held across Europe. Our latest paper addresses the growing awareness that the next European Parliament may contain a large contingent of anti-Europe radical right parties. At the domestic level, the reality is that 21 out…

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Reflections on the Durban outcome and the EU’s role in brokering a deal

Over on his website, Simon Maxwell looks at the outcome of the climate talks in Durban, focusing  on the central role played by the EU. Simon notes: “The most interesting aspect for me is the role of the EU in brokering this deal,…

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Sustainable Energy for All: Milestone on a road to where?

Four months old, the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All seems well down the road to successfully ensuring energy poverty has higher priority in development policy and programming. TheEU Sustainable Energy for All Summit this week, brought together development ministers from the…

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Two mottos for the new leadership team in Brussels

Simon Maxwell writes: “As a new European leadership team takes office in Brussels, two mottos should be carved on every desk. The first is that our well-being at home depends increasingly on doing deals abroad. The second is that the…

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