Diederik Kramers is a freelance correspondent in Brussels covering EU and NATO affairs. A former spokesperson and communications officer for UNICEF and UNHCR, he previously worked as foreign desk and Eastern Europe editor for the Dutch press agency ANP and as editor-in-chief of the Dutch quarterly Ukraine Magazine.
Do development organizations still have the right expertise to cope with modern-day threats? A series of recent crises have created demand at the European Commission for some new, original global development vacancies and skill sets. Which ones? Devex takes a closer look.
One of the world's biggest aid donors, the European Union is embarking upon a fundamental shift. How will a move away from smaller, individual contracts toward larger programs affect development implementers? We take a look.
Negotiators for the European Union's three main institutions finally agreed on a preliminary deal to salvage the budget for next year. NGOs however warn that development funds are still at risk of drying out by mid-2015 and debts could continue to build up.
A deadlock between the European Union’s three main branches of power is threatening to block the 2015 budget, and NGOs fear that many aid expenditures are at risk. Plan International is heading the charge to urge EU leaders to protect the development assistance budget from further cuts.
Parliamentarians from the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries this week issued a joint call to prioritize social and economic reconstruction in Ebola-affected West Africa. EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said he accepts the challenge to establish the link between relief, rehabilitation and development.
Despite strong economic growth, human development in the world's least-developed countries is still lagging and can jeopardize the post-2015 agenda, according to a new UNCTAD report. An expert with the U.N. agency proposes a holistic vision to address the problem.
The United Nations Development Program will complete efforts to restructure its staff by the end of the year, Devex has learned. Many senior management posts at headquarters will be axed and replaced in 2015 by entry- and mid-level regional positions in the field. The new setup will also change the profile of people UNDP plans to hire.