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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.
The 2018 edition of our Challenges Paper explores some of the political challenges and opportunities to work on a more coherent partnership between Africa and Europe, bridging the political, institutional and financial limitations of the frameworks that now regulate their cooperation.
In September 2018, African and European policymakers are expected to start negotiations on the future of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, also known as the Cotonou Agreement. This is the first complete renegotiation of the Agreement since the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Moreover, the EU will be making important decisions on its next budget beyond 2020, the African Union will be working towards institutional reform and financial autonomy, and both Unions will be tackling ongoing issues such as migration and security. The year 2018 offers to Africa and Europe a once-in-a-decade chance to get it right.
The Challenges Paper is also available in French.
In this blog series, authors share their views on critical debates and challenges as well as their hopes for Africa-Europe relations in 2018.
An insider’s perspective on Africa-Europe relations
Virginia Mucchi, ECDPM, 19 December 2017
Ambassador Ajay Bramdeo leaves Brussels after six years spent as African Union’s Representative to the EU. As part of our series for the Challenges Paper 2018, we interviewed him on camera to have his views on the Abidjan Summit, the way forward in Africa-Europe relations and his biggest challenges during his years in the Belgian capital.
The year of new crises for Africa’s youth
Asmita Parshotam from the South African Institute of International Affairs, 11 December 2017 | Photo by UN Photo / iHub via Flickr
Asmita Parshotam shares her thoughts on the employment challenges and opportunities for the African youth. Youth employment continues to be amongst Africa’s greatest challenges and governments are struggling to implement much-needed reforms. Will 2018 offer new avenues to make things better?
Download “Matching means to priorities: Challenges for EU-Africa relations in 2017″
James Mackie, Matthias Deneckere and Greta Galeazzi, Challenges Paper, January 2017
Télécharger « Des moyens à la hauteur des priorités : Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2017 »
James Mackie, Matthias Deneckere et Greta Galeazzi, Document « Enjeux » 7, janvier 2017
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
Revisiting EU assistance in crisis situations: what place for humanitarian aid?
Matthias Deneckere, 23 February 2017
Youth: a shared priority for Europe and Africa
Greta Galeazzi, 23 February 2017
Did the 28th African Union summit meet its hype and hope?
Philomena Apiko and Luckystar Miyandazi, 3 February 2017
Taking steps ahead: Towards a new vision for migration in 2017
Anna Knoll, 20 January 2017
Hopes for a global approach to Tax Avoidance in 2017
Uzo Madu, 16 December 2016
Should Europe pay to enhance military capabilities in Africa?
Lars-Erik Lundin, 9 December 2016
Development for Policy Coherence? How migration took over EU-Africa relations
Judith Sargentini, 2 December 2016
19 January 2017 – ECDPM’s Sophie Desmidt asks Vasu Gounden from ACCORD about the challenges that Africa will face in 2017.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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