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EU development commissioner defends role of private sector in aid projects

The EU is the world’s largest overseas aid donor, something it is proud of, but it still gives less than the OECD target of 0.7% of gross national income. Neven Mimica, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, tells us why he thinks bringing in private investment is the only way forward when it comes to meeting our development goals.


Critics, however, say this puts the focus on big business rather than the people in need, makes aid contingent on migration control and qualifies security spending as development assistance.

Presented by Eve Irvine

Produced by Sadia Mandjo

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