Tag Archives: development

Counter Balance Activity Report 2017

All you need to know about our activities in 2017 in a short booklet. Read our 2017 Activity Report here.

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Auditors expose the failure of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and slam EU’s support

Published jointly with Eurodad Tuesday March 20 2018 The European Court of Auditors today slammed Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), stating that they were ‘not always effectively managed and did not provide adequate value-for-money’. The report, entitled “Public Private Partnerships in the EU: Widespread shortcomings and limited benefits” looks at PPPs in several EU countries. Inefficient spending […]

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EU’s Africa plan must put aid goals front and centre

Originally published on Public Finance International. By: Xavier Sol 30 Nov 17 Development objectives need to come first in the EU’s new External Investment Plan and be backed by high levels of transparency, says Xavier Sol of Counter Balance European Union leaders this week met their African counterparts in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for the fifth […]

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New EU External Investment Plan risks sidelining development objectives

29.11.2017 Brussels/Abidjan As EU leaders meet their African counterparts in Abidjan for the 5th European Union/African Union summit, the European External Investment Plan (EIP) is in the spotlight. It is portrayed as the perfect recipe for the EU to combine development aid with  migration control and economic interests. But such a plan risks deviating from […]

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European Bank Threatens Step Backwards on Accountability

By Nezir Sinani, from Bank Information Center Europe. Originally published by Huffington Post US. Do you know which international financial institution (IFI) lends the most money? If you guessed the World Bank, you are wrong. You’ll find the answer in Luxembourg —- it’s the European Investment Bank (EIB). All of the existing IFIs have an […]

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