by Chloé de Radzitzky Last Monday, the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel left for a visit of three days in Israel. Were scheduled: official visits with Benyamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin; meetings with potential investors, as well as visits of projects supported by the Belgian Cooperation. Everything would have taken place without incident if the Israeli president had not denounced in a press release, the meeting between Charles Michel and two Israeli organizations, B' tselem and Breaking the silence, opposing the colonization. Netanyahu declared: " the Belgian government has to decide if he wants to change direction or to continue on an anti-Israeli line ". This statement echoes the ambiguous position that the Kingdom maintains towards Israel.
By Chloé de Radzitzky
The aim of foreign aid is to help developing countries facing issues affecting their economic development. However, this article argues that in the case of the allocation of aid in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the needs of recipient’s countries for economic development do not seem to be the most important determinant. As the Department for International Development has said, MENA receives more aid per poor person compared to other regions, »but poverty reduction is not the primary motivation for many donors’ assistance » (DFID 2003: 11). Several studies emphasizes that economic, ideological, and political interests of donors determine the allocation of aid in this strategically important region.
We are glad to present to you the 1st edition of the Newsletter «Network News» that the ALF Secretariat in Alexandria is putting in place to further share information about activities from across the 42 National Networks. In this first issue we compiled 14 Activities which we received from 12 National Networks in chronological order, first the Network Meetings and then the other activities carried out by the National Networks in the past 2 months.
We believe that your future contributions in the content of the« Network News » will enrich and further develop its content with the activities of the Network of Networks.
We hope you will enjoy reading the « Network News » and we would like to wish you warmest Greetings for the New Year.
The Press Review (6th-10 of March) is now online