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Download the 2016 Challenges Paper here
Galvanising action for the Global Goals: Challenges for EU-Africa relations in 2016

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Galvaniser les efforts en faveur des objectifs mondiaux : enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2016


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.

In this dossier:

  1. Challenges Paper 2016
  2. Challenges blog series 2016
  3. Challenges Paper 2015
  4. Challenges blog series 2015
  5. Media coverage Challenges Paper 2015
  6. Previous Challenges Papers


The permanent URL of this page is ecdpm.org/challenges.


1. Challenges Paper 2016


The start of 2016 will lead us into a new era in international cooperation, but time is not on our side. The migration and refugee crisis, global and local terrorism, violence and fragility in the European Neighbourhood and beyond – all triggered by or mixed with the very visible impacts of climate change – are stark reminders that action on multiple fronts cannot be postponed.

Four major conferences in 2015 have resulted in a set of ambitious agreements on sustainable development, development financing, climate change and trade, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now, 2016 confronts us with the task of turning these grand words into deeds. Africa and Europe, in particular, will need to gear up to put their global commitments into practice, and fast.

The 2016 ECDPM Challenges Paper looks at implications, challenges and opportunities ahead in 2016 for EU external action and EU-Africa relations, especially in light of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Read the 2016 Challenges Paper here: 

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2. Challenges blog series 2016


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

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

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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


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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

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

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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

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3. Challenges Paper 2015


2015 was a threshold year for global development cooperation, with both Europe and Africa playing a pivotal role. Long-running global policy processes culminated in four decisive meetings during the year – the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa; the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York; the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris and the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi.

At the global level a more profound question needed to be answered – are leaders ready for the Post-2015 world? Can the African Union speak with one voice and ensure the SDGs are a stepping-stone for its ambitious Agenda 2063? Are development partners ready for cooperation that leaves no one behind? Are both developed and developing countries ready to take action that ensures necessary and equitable growth without irreversible damage to our climate for future generations?


ECDPM-Challenges-Paper-2015-325 Download the 2015 Challenges Paper here

Mackie, J., Williams, R. 2015. The dawn of the post-MDG era? Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2015. (Challenges Paper 6). Maastricht: ECDPM.


La version française est disponible ici | A versão em português está disponível aqui


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4. Challenges blog series (2015)


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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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Tony German, Executive Director of Development Initiatives 
10 December 2014, Tony German, ECDPM Talking Points blog

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Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
5 December 2014, ECDPM Talking Points blog

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5. Media coverage Challenges Paper 2015


Africa: Crucial Year for Africa’s Development
James Mackie and Rhys Williams, AllAfrica, 14 January 2015

5 challenges for Africa and Europe in 2015
James Mackie and Rhys Williams, Devex, 14 January 2015

Are Europe and Africa Ready to Tackle the Post-2015 Era?
ECDPM, AllAfrica, 9 January 2015

2015 Crucial Year for Africa’s Future Development
ECDPM, AllAfrica, 9 January 2015

Is Europe ready for post-2015 development?
James Mackie and Rhys Williams, Euractiv, 9 January 2015


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6. Previous Challenges Papers


For previous editions of our Annual Challenges Paper, please consult the archive below.

    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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