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To boost its development cooperation and to fill funding gaps, the European Union is increasingly resorting to “blending”. While using tax payer-funded aid to encourage the engagement of private companies and investors in development can be helpful in certain cases, new Oxfam research has confirmed that private money is not a magical tool to end poverty. The EU should therefore ensure its private-sector initiatives don’t come at the detriment of continued public investment that has proven to achieve concrete, positive results, writes Hanna Saarinen, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor on investment in agriculture.

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By Aurore Chardonnet & Nina Monjean It is not often the European Parliament can make a difference when it comes to economic inequality. Today, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have a chance to do so. They can either stand up for their citizens, or allow tax havens and big business to continue to get… » read more

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By Céline Charveriat, Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at Oxfam International When the new climate deal was gavelled in Paris, nearly every country claimed the victory, with most saying their own efforts had been key to the success. The European Union was no exception, arguing that it was the EU-supported “High Ambition Coalition” that saved… » read more

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