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ECDPM’s annual Challenges Paper seeks to identify important debates that can be expected in the coming year and beyond and to sketch the backdrop against which these will unfold.

The aim is not to predict outcomes, but to situate debates concerning the Africa-EU partnership and the ACP-EU partnership so that as wide a group of stakeholders as possible can follow and participate in them.


Challenges Paper 2017


ecdpm-challenges-paper-2017-thumbnail-150x213 Challenges Paper 2017


Download “Matching means to priorities: Challenges for EU-Africa relations in 2017”

Télécharger « Des moyens à la hauteur des priorités : Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2017 »


The year 2017 opens up new opportunities for EU-Africa relations, whose ‘strategic importance’ has been recently reiterated by HR/VP Federica Mogherini. In 2016, ongoing challenges such as financial difficulties, migration and terrorism have marked a shift in the way the two continents relate to one another.

The 2017 edition or our Challenges Paper explores some of the political challenges for the year 2017, adopting issues of financing for development and EU-Africa cooperation as a guideline, and exploring ways to match means to emerging priorities.


Challenges blogs


In this blog series, ECDPM experts and MEP Judith Sargentini, Lars-Erik Lundin from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Uzo Madu from ‘What’s in it for Africa’ share their views on critical debates and challenges in 2017.


photo-by-carsten-ten-brink-flickr-150x150 The European Investment Plan and sustainable development – don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it
Karim Karaki, Bruce Byiers and Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl, 3 March 2017


Addressing Africa’s infrastructure gap has become a key priority for development practitioners and policy-makers. ECDPM’s Karim Karaki, Bruce Byiers and Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl argue that it is important the many different African and European initiatives, including the European Investment Plan, are aligned. 


photo-by-european-commission-dg-echo-flickr-150x150 Revisiting EU assistance in crisis situations: what place for humanitarian aid?
Matthias Deneckere, 23 February 2017


Conflicts and protracted crises in the EU neighbourhood, alongside the resulting migration and refugee flows, have put serious pressure on the EU’s external action financing instruments. In his latest blog, ECDPM’s Matthias Deneckere asks: What place will be given to humanitarian aid in the EU’s response to crisis situations?


photo-by-ecdpm-150x150 Youth: a shared priority for Europe and Africa
Greta Galeazzi, 23 February 2017


ECDPM’s Greta Galeazzi reflects upon the challenges for young people in Europe and Africa, as well as their relevance for EU-Africa relations.


photo-by-un-geneva-flickr-150x150 Did the 28th African Union summit meet its hype and hope?
Philomena Apiko and Luckystar Miyandazi, 3 February 2017


ECDPM’s Philomena Apiko and Luckystar Miyandazi discuss the outcomes of the 28th African Union summit, including the election of the new AU leadership and the proposed reforms.


migrants-photo-by-gustave-deghilage-flickr-150x150 Taking steps ahead: Towards a new vision for migration in 2017
Anna Knoll, 20 January 2017


The issue of migration will continue to be pivotal in 2017. ECDPM’s Anna Knoll explains why the European Union should adopt a long-term thinking towards the issue of migration and wishes 2017 to be the year when this shift will start its course.


photo-by-european-parliament-flickr-150x150 Hopes for a global approach to Tax Avoidance in 2017
Uzo Madu, 16 December 2016


In the third and last contribution to our series of blogs ahead of the 2017 Challenges Paper, Uzo Madu from ‘What’s in it for Africa’ reflects upon the steps taken by the EU in 2016 to face tax avoidance, and the impact of the latter on the African continent. Moreover, she expresses her visions and hopes for a more global approach to the issue in 2017.


photo-by-defence-images-flickr-150x150 Should Europe pay to enhance military capabilities in Africa?
Lars-Erik Lundin, 9 December 2016


Lars-Erik Lundin, Distinguished Associate Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), looks ahead into one of the critical debates that will shape discussions on EU external action financing in 2017. He raises the question whether the European Union should provide more capacity building assistance to military actors in Africa to promote security and development, and briefly assesses the benefits and the risks involved.


photo-by-thinkstock-150x150 Development for Policy Coherence? How migration took over EU-Africa relations
Judith Sargentini, 2 December 2016


In the first of this series of blogs, MEP Judith Sargentini shares her perspectives on the challenges of migration for the upcoming year. She discusses the EU’s response to the migration crisis which, she states, has been mirroring a self-interested and Eurocentric attitude. She anticipates that, for next year and for the years to come, migration will exert great pressure on the development budgets and it will continue to significantly influence EU-Africa relations.


Multimedia


19 January 2017 ECDPM’s Sophie Desmidt asks Vasu Gounden from ACCORD about the challenges that Africa will face in 2017.


Previous editions and blogs


    2016

    Galvanising action for the Global Goals: Challenges for EU-Africa relations in 2016
    James Mackie and Matthias Deneckere, Challenges Paper 7, January 2016

    Galvaniser les efforts en faveur des objectifs mondiaux : enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2016
    James Mackie et Matthias Deneckere, Document « Enjeux » 7, janvier 2016


    Challenges blog 2016


    Dealing with protracted crises: No time for short-term thinking
    Matthias Deneckere, ECDPM, 5 February 2016, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Mobilising African resources for Agenda 2063: A question of capacity
    African Capacity Building Foundation, 29 January 2016, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Growing pains? The long teenage years of European strategy
    Damien Helly, ECDPM, 8 January 2016, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Les Européens, l’UE : une longue adolescence stratégique
    Damien Helly, ECDPM, 5 février 2016, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Partnerships to deliver food security in Africa
    Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi, Africa Regional Climate Change Programme at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 16 December 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Migration and development
    Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, 9 December 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Can cities pave the way towards a sustainable future?
    Kitty van der Heijden, Director of the World Resources Institute, 4 December 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    2015

    The dawn of the post-MDG era? Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2015
    James Mackie and Rhys Williams, Challenges Paper 6, January 2015

    À l’aube de l’ère de l’après-OMD ? Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2015
    James Mackie et Rhys Williams, Document « Enjeux » 6, janvier 2015

    O início da era pós-ODM? Desafios das relações África-UE em 2015
    James Mackie e Rhys Williams, Documento “Desafios” 6, janeiro 2015


    Challenges blog 2015


    Can ‘Responsible Investment Principles’ de-polarise the debate on agricultural PPPs in Africa?
    Sean Woolfrey, ECDPM, 7 April 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    A Universal Global Partnership – Wishful Thinking? First Thoughts on the New EU Commission Communication
    Sebastian Große-Puppendahl, ECDPM, 6 February 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Tackling the Threat of Terrorism and Election Violence. A Challenging Year Ahead for Africa in 2015
    Adedayo Bolaji-Adio and Sahra El Fassi, ECDPM, 6 February 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Is EU External Action up to the Challenge of Boko Haram?
    Volker Hauck and Sophie Desmidt, ECDPM, 30 January 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Doing More with Less – Where EU Ambition Meets Sobering Reality
    Alisa Herrero Cangas and Greta Galeazzi, ECDPM, 23 January 2015, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    What Europe Can and Should do for Global Development
    Linda McAvan, MEP Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, 17 December 2014, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Leaving No One Behind
    Tony German, Executive Director of Development Initiatives, 10 December 2014, Tony German, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    Finishing the Job and Building Bridges to the Future. Sustainable Development From an African Perspective
    Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, 5 December 2014, ECDPM Talking Points blog

    2014

    A Question of Leadership? Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2014
    James Mackie, Sahra El Fassi, Camilla Rocca and Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl, ECDPM Policy and Management Insights 5, December 2013

    Une question de leadership ? Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2014
    James Mackie, Sahra El Fassi, Camilla Rocca et Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl, Aperçus des politiques et de leur gestion 5, janvier 2014

    Uma questão de liderança? Desafios para as relações África-UE em 2014
    James Mackie, Sahra El Fassi, Camilla Rocca e Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl, Políticas e gestão em análise 5, janeiro 2014

    2013

    The road to the 2014 Summit: Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2013
    James Mackie, Anna Rosengren, Quentin de Roquefeuil, Nicola Tissi, ECDPM Policy and Management Insights 4, December 2012

    En route vers le Sommet de 2014 : Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2013
    James Mackie, Anna Rosengren, Quentin de Roquefeuil, Nicola Tissi, Aperçus des politiques et de leur gestion 4, janvier 2013

    2012

    Questioning old certainties: Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2012
    James Mackie, Simone Görtz, and Quentin de Roquefeuil, ECDPM Policy and Management Insights 3, December 2011

    Remettons en question les certitudes du passé : Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2012
    James Mackie, Simone Görtz, et Quentin de Roquefeuil, Aperçus des politiques et de leur gestion 3, décembre 2011

    Arabic version: تسأوالت حول الثوابت القديمة : التحديات التي تواجه العالقات اإلفريقة األوروبية في 2012
    Questioning old certainties: Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2012
    James Mackie, Simone Görtz, and Quentin de Roquefeuil, ECDPM Policy and Management Insights 3, February 2012

    2011

    Bridging the credibility gap: Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2011
    James Mackie, Henrike Klavert, and Faten Aggad, ECDPM Policy and Management Insights 2, December 2010

    Retrouver la crédibilité: enjeux pour les relations ACP-UE en 2011
    James Mackie, Henrike Klavert, et Faten Aggad. ECDPM Aperçus des politiques et de leur gestion 2, janvier 2011

    Restabelecer a confiança: Desafios para as relações ACP-UE em 2011
    James Mackie, Henrike Klavert, e Faten Aggad, ECDPM Políticas e gestão em análise 2, janeiro 2011

    2010

    The end of an era? Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2010
    James Mackie, Faten Aggad, Henrike Hohmeister, and Veronika Tywusschik, ECDPM Policy and Practice Insights 1, December 2009

    El fin de una era? Desafíos en las relaciones entre la Unión Europea (UE) y los Estados de África, del Caribe y del Pacífico (ACP) en 2010
    James Mackie, Faten Aggad, Henrike Hohmeister, y Veronika Tywuschik, ECDPM Análisis de políticas y prácticas 1, Abril 2010

    2009

    For better for worse… Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2009
    James Mackie, Eleonora Koeb, and Veronika Tywuschik, ECDPM InBrief 22, December 2008

    Pour le meilleur et pour le pire…Enjeux pour les relations ACP-UE en 2009
    James Mackie, Eleonora Koeb, and Veronika Tywuschik. ECDPM EnBref, mars 2009

    Para bien o para mal… Desafíos para las relaciones ACP-UE en 2009
    James Mackie, Eleonora Koeb, and Veronika Tywuschik, ECDPM EnBreve, Diciembre de 2008

    2008

    Coherence and effectiveness: Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2008
    James Mackie, Sara Erlandsson, Franziska Jerosch, Eleonora Koeb and Andrea Petitt, ECDPM InBrief 20, February 2008

    Cohérence et efficacité : Enjeux pour les relations ACP-UE en 2008
    James Mackie, Sara Erlandsson, Franziska Jerosch, Eleonora Koeb and Andrea Petitt, ECDPM EnBref 20, février 2008

    Coerência e Eficácia: Os Desafios das Relações UE-ACP em 2008
    James Mackie, Sara Erlandsson, Franziska Jerosch, Eleonora Koeb e Andrea Petitt, ECDPM InBrief 20, Fevereiro 2008

    2007

    Delivering the goods: Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2007
    James Mackie and Julia Zinke, ECDPM InBrief 17, December 2006

    Enjeux et promesses à tenir: Relations ACP-UE en 2007
    James Mackie et Julia Zinke, ECDPM EnBref 17, décembre 2006

    Apresentar resultados: Os desafios das relações UE-ACP em 2007
    James Mackie e Julia Zinke, ECDPM InBrief 17, março 2007

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