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Great Insights, Volume 6, Issue 3 (July/August 2017)

July 2017

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Video: Gerald Abila shares his story – How BarefootLaw brings access to justice to the people of Uganda: Addressing Africa’s Demographic Dividend
Weekly Compass newsletter, 26 June 2017
On 21 June, the founders of BarefootLaw, winners of the King Baudouin African Development Prize, joined us at ECDPM to share their story and discuss the role of young people in shaping Africa’s future. In a video interview ahead of the seminar, Gerald Abila explained how BarefootLaw brings access to justice to the people of Uganda.

ECDPM and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies sign Memorandum of Understanding
Weekly Compass newsletter, 26 June 2017
Last week, ECDPM and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, formalised the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to strengthen future collaboration on research and policy dialogue in the field of peace and security.

ECDPM and IPSS have enhanced their collaboration this year, with the joint execution of the APSA Impact Assessment project at IPSS in Addis Ababa, with the presence and support of ECDPM’s Security and Resilience team, led by Sophie Desmidt. This project assesses the interventions of the African Peace and Security Architecture in violent conflicts across Africa. Funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), this project was initiated in 2013 and resulted in an extensive mapping of experiences in peace and security interventions by the African Union and regional actors.

The impact of Economic Partnership Agreements on the development of African value chains
Weekly Compass newsletter, 19 June 2017
The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) concluded by the European Union (EU) with regional blocs of African countries (and certain individual African countries) are supposed to do more than just boost trade between the EU and African countries. They are meant to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction, including through supporting regional integration processes in Africa, promoting the gradual integration of African economies into global markets and enhancing African countries’ ability to leverage trade opportunities for economic growth. Given the internationalisation of production processes, with 70% of global trade involving intermediate goods or services, increased participation in regional and global value chains has become a crucial part of African countries’ economic transformation and sustainable development strategies. It is therefore relevant to consider how EPAs might affect the ability of African producers and services providers to integrate into such value chains.

European Development Days 2017 – ECDPM’s highlights
Weekly Compass newsletter, 19 June 2017
During the 2017 edition of the European Development Days (EDD17), we had the opportunity to meet a range of different actors and learn about several projects and initiatives from the field of development and international cooperation.

In this short video, we present the highlights of ECDPM’s participation in the EDD17 ahead of releasing the interviews that we conducted with stakeholders like MEP Judith Sargentini and Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, DG International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) of the European Commission.

Tunisia’s decentralisation process at a crossroads
Weekly Compass newsletter, 29 May 2017
Without a new decentralising framework, elections for new local councils in Tunisia will not make them more responsive to local concerns. In this blog, originally published by Carnegie, Tasnim Abderrahim explains why.

Shafik Sarsar’s resignation as head of Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) on 9 May, together with two other board members, cast the authority’s decision to hold the next municipal elections on 17 December 2017 into further doubt. After delaying it twice, ISIE was able to finalise the date – a reference to the start of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution – after the long-awaited Law on Local and Regional Elections was adopted on 31 January 2017. More significantly, uncertainty over whether the Code on Local Authorities will be adopted before the elections further calls the date’s viability into question.

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