By Caritas Europa
In June and July, Caritas Europa and Caritas Africa visited projects implemented by local Caritas organisations in Kenya and Ethiopia, projects dealing with the harsh effects of climate change in areas of the world that have not been receiving the political attention and financial support needed from global leaders such as the EU.
While drought and famine heavily worsen in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, the EU continues to invest in its communications campaign on the Global Gateway and bet on it as its new development model. But will it trickle down within African communities, reaching those needing it the most? Will it be part of the problem or the solution when it comes to the 2030 Agenda’s second goal of ending hunger and to transforming our broken food systems?
In an op-ed written based on our experiences in Kenya and Ethiopia, we raise our concerns about the Global Gateway Africa-Europe Investment Package’s alignment with the principle of Policy Coherence for Development and about its potential to effectively contribute to the achievement of SDGs. We urge the EU to implement the Global Gateway while having African realities, local solutions, rural development, and mid- and long-term objectives in mind.
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