In his first meeting with the Spanish development NGO umbrella organization, CONGDE, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, affirmed his commitment to continue to increase Spain’s ODA. He underlined development NGOs as one of the most relevant players in shaping Spain’s development policy, and called for stronger dialogue during the revision process of the Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2017-2020. CONGDE representatives responded by highlighting the need to develop a strategic framework to harmonize the relationship between the Spanish government and development NGOs.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Spanish government have launched a new joint-development program to foster youth employment in Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Cape Verde. The pilot project is aimed at strengthening national plans on youth employment in Western Africa, and begins with an initial budget of €120,000. It will be implemented by the Spanish development agency, AECID, and the Spanish government’s Foundation for International and Ibero-American Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), in collaboration with ECOWAS’ member states.
The Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to host its annual meeting in Yokohama, Japan, to discuss development issues and institutional matters. The meeting, which will take place May 4-7, 2017, attracts over 3,000 participants, including finance and development ministers, central bank governors, private sector, and civil society organizations, as well as media, academic, and development partners. It provides a platform for major decision makers in global affairs to discuss challenges and explore solutions facing Asia and the Pacific.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
On May 11, 2017, the Spanish Research Centre for Development Cooperation (CECOD) presents the EuropeAid 2016 report on the European Union’s development and humanitarian policies. Participants include Javier Raya Aguado, Deputy Head of DEVCO’s General Directorate for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Elena Martínez, Deputy Director of the Spanish foundation CODESPA.
Location: Madrid, Spain