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Irish foreign aid
Kevin O’Sullivan

a willingness of export credit agencies, banks and multilateral development lending institutions to increase their exposure in Sub-Saharan Africa’.51 Disasters like the drought in the Sahel and improved African investment in areas like agriculture, industry and infrastructure made donors more willing to provide assistance to the continent. Wider European patterns were also important. The EC concentrated its aid entirely on its Associated States in Africa prior to the signing of the Lomé Convention in 1975, generating a further emphasis on the continent in European

in Ireland, Africa and the end of empire
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Kevin O’Sullivan

increasingly to define the direction of government policy. By the 1970s, foreign aid had emerged to become the primary channel of contact between the Irish Government and its counterparts in the developing world. But its growing importance could not be divorced from broader changes to the political context. In February 1975, during the state’s first presidency of the EC, Irish officials oversaw the final negotiation of the Lomé Convention, a trade agreement between the Community and the developing world. The status Ireland courted as a former colony, able to empathise with the

in Ireland, Africa and the end of empire
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Kjell M. Torbiörn

Convention with the European Economic Community to promote development co-operation. The Yaoundé Convention was followed by the signature by seventy countries of the Lomé Convention in 1975. The Lomé Convention has been followed by Lomé II, III and IV, which latter expired in 2000. In the meantime over seventy ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries enjoy privileged trade and assistance status with the EU and have concluded a new convention, the Cotonou Agreement, which signifies a reorientation of EU development co-operation policies in the direction of a greater

in Destination Europe
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Kjell M. Torbiörn

would have been no common external tariff on bananas or other products. Others maintained, however, that the EU must show solidarity to its own producers and to those in the ACP area, whether it be through trade preferences, regional support, the CAP or development assistance through the Lomé Convention, which from 1990 to the year 2000 disbursed some 24 billion ECU to the ACP region. The EU’s fishing policy – ‘Blue Europe’ – shows the risks caused by excessive uniformity vis-à-vis the resource itself. ‘Blue Europe’ is based on the noble EU principle that in a single

in Destination Europe