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EU’s Aid Policy Toxic To Africa’s Stability-German Varsity Students

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

IbeBy Kelvin Ekeh, Lagos

Students of Hohenheim Universitat, Germany have described European Union (EU) policy on aids for countries in the South as toxin for conflicts by referring to them as Third World.
According to them, politics and vested-interest were ruining the successful implementation of well-intended European Commission (EC) development policy in the South.

The group led by Nigerian student, Innocent Ibe, who is pursuing a Masters degree in Environment Modelling and Food Engineering at Hohenheim University, pointed out that EU’s policies for countries of the South have moved from one that espouses the true meaning of aid backed by sound initiatives to one of aggression.

In their presentation at the preliminaries of the 2015 Good Governance Debate Series (GGDS 2015) , held this week at  Hohenhiem universitat, Stuttgart, Germany, the group stated that, from 1984 to 1993, only 17 per cent of the total official aid given by the EU member states got to the South.

They also pointed out that, the EU, in its own assessment of development policy for the South from its inception, admitted that it had failed to achieve the desired aim, hence the attempt in  April 2000 to fix what it identified as ‘problem of  lack of clear policy objectives’ with the adoption of a ‘Statement on Development Policy’ by the Council, which was complemented with a detailed administrative reform proposals.

According to the lead presenter, Ibe, political and ethnic divides and vested  interests, which have become so pronounced among governments in Africa and other countries of the South is a consequence of the commercial-interest and self-serving policy of the EU development policy for them.  He said this supports the ‘Moderate Opposition’ against an unfavoured government, resulting most times in conflicts aimed at forceful and sometimes regime changes, as was the case in Iraq and Libya in that last decade.

He said: “The European Union development policy is only creating more problems instead of solving the conflicts by labelling the South third world,” Ibe stated in his presentation on Monday, the first day of the 2015 challenge series.