#EUGlobalStrategy: putting sustainable development at the heart of EU external action
Weekly Compass Newsletter, 29 January 2016
The drafting of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy – scheduled to be adopted at the June European Council – is a unique opportunity for the EU to reposition itself as a global leader. A new briefing from the European Think Tanks Group – ECDPM, DIE, ODI and IDDRI- points out the challenges and opportunities in aligning actors in Brussels and in Member States behind a strategy that guides not only the EU’s security policy, but also wider EU foreign policy and external action.The strategy will have to carefully balance considerations of security threats with global sustainable development challenges, and should be an umbrella document for all EU external action – including development, trade, humanitarian aid and climate action. It also needs to go hand-in-hand with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
‘Lived poverty’ drops across much of Africa
Weekly Newsletter, 22 January 2016
Lived poverty – an index that measures the frequency with which people experience shortages of basic necessities – remains pervasive across much of Africa. But Afrobarometer shows evidence that in 22 of 33 countries across Africa, fewer citizens are going without enough food, clean water, needed medical care, enough fuel for cooking, and a cash income than three years ago. Lived poverty tended to decrease in countries that had made progress in developing basic infrastructure.
Best practice in joint programming from the EU
Weekly Compass, 15 January 2016
EU Joint Programming processes and their outcomes – such as Joint Programming Strategies – have the potential to give the EU and its Member States a more effective say in international cooperation and achieve greater development effectiveness. Yet the current application of Joint Programming is uneven and is stuck in the middle of a crossroads. Renewed political impetus, high level leadership, prioritisation, and rebranding of EU Joint Programming into Joint Cooperation Strategies is necessary to give new stamina to the processes, while keeping the exercise locally-led and with a clear eye on adding value.
A political economy analysis of ACP-EU relations
Weekly Compass, 8 January 2016
The Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) that links the EU to 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) expires in 2020. Stakeholders are currently preparing their negotiating positions for what should follow. ECDPM’s Political Economy Analysis of the Future of ACP-EU Relations Report aims to contribute to this debate. It does not look at what is desirable, but at how things work out in practice and why. It finds that the CPA has a limited track record in delivering on several of its core objectives and the framework is ill-suited to deliver the aims of the recently agreed 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.