High-level official meetings aside, Europe’s humanitarian aid Commissioner has been getting a vibrant welcome from communities in southern Africa which have benefitted from EU aid.
Michel has visited Lesotho, Botswana and South Africa in the past few days. The regional visits were aimed at improving aid co-ordination and effectiveness. His tour was livened up by local theatrical presentations.
The EU governments in December approved a financial envelope of more than D;22 billion from 20085;2013, but this covered all of Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. Michel’s driving message to the representatives of the 14 states in the Southern African Development Community is that good governance and sound management of public funds are key factors if aid is to be increased.