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    Europe Pledges Almost $160Mln on African Development Projects

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    According to press release, European Commission has pledged nearly 150 million euros ($158.9 million) for its Pan Africa Action Plan projects to support governance.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The European Commission has pledged nearly 150 million euros ($158.9 million) for its Pan Africa Action Plan projects to support governance, human rights and education throughout Africa, the European Commission said in a press release Wednesday.

    The Commission will spend the 150 million euros on financing nine projects that include initiatives to eliminate female genital mutilation, tackle discrimination and human rights violations and support African Union (AU) institutions, civil society organizations, education and sustainable growth, the release said.

    The initiatives will help in deepening Europe's collaboration with Africa and addressing "common challenges such as violence against women, climate change, as well as the promotion of peace, security, good governance and the development of new technologies," European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica was quoted as saying in the press release.

    The pledge comes on top of the EU Emergency Trust Fund launched on November 12 by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, which aims to raise 1.8 billion euros for tackling root causes of African migration to the European Union. Over 81 million euros were donated by 25 EU member states on the day of the launch, according to the Commission.

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