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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
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.
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.
|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.
|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?
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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
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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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