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Publications overview

Conflict management under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)

Discussion Paper 211

Discussion Papers (series)

This Discussion Paper provides an analysis of the promotion of peace and security by African regional organisations through diplomacy, mediation and Peace Support Operations (PSOs) activities under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). ...

Policy coherence and the 2030 Agenda: Building on the PCD experience

Discussion Paper 210

Discussion Papers (series)

After two decades of stressing the importance of policy coherence, European and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) governments have become accustomed to the need to promote coherence among their policies. ...

Des moyens à la hauteur des priorités

Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE en 2017

Challenges Papers (series)

Cette page est également disponible en Anglais. Il se pourrait que 2016 marque le début d’un changement de cap dans les relations entre l’Afrique et l’Europe, confrontés à des défis majeurs qui rejaillissent ...

Building competences for partnering: How donors can ensure multi-stakeholder partnerships succeed

Briefing Note 95

Briefing Notes (series)

The world’s current sustainability challenges require actors in the global society to rapidly shift their way of thinking, acting and, above all, their way of leading transformative change around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. ...

Policy Coherence & the 2030 Agenda

Building on the PCD experience


James Mackie, Martin Ronceray and Eunike Spierings made the following presentation at the event at DG DEVCO on 22 February to present the draft version of ECDPM’s Discussion Paper ‘Policy coherence and the ...

Making Waves: Implications of the irregular migration and refugee situation on Official Development Assistance spending and practices in Europe

Contributing Document

A study of the impact of irregular migration on ODA in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and EU institutions Increasingly high numbers of refugees and migrants have come to Europe over the past ...

Stratégie de l’ECDPM 2017-2021

Corporate documents

Le présent document traduit notre ambition de rester au cours des cinq prochaines années un centre européen de réflexion et d’action de premier plan pour l’étude de solutions mondiales durables. Il précise de quelle ...

De-securitising conflict responses in Africa: What prospects for a structural conflict prevention approach?

Discussion Paper 209

Discussion Papers (series)

This discussion paper builds on the increasing importance of regional approaches to conflict, which have been gaining traction, reflected in the role of the African Union and of its African Peace and ...

EU Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid ‘Living Apart Together’


ECDPM was invited by the Maltese EU Presidency to present Discussion Paper 206 on humanitarian aid and development cooperation to the Working Party on Development Cooperation (CODEV) ahead of member state discussions on the ...

Matching means to priorities

Challenges for EU-Africa relations in 2017

Challenges Papers (series)

This page is also available in French. Twenty-sixteen may well come to be seen as the start of a shift in course for Africa-Europe relations. Both continents face major challenges that affect the way ...

Does the EU have the right instruments to finance assistance in protracted crises and the needs of the upper middle income countries?

Contributing Document

This study pays critical attention to two specific issue areas, which the financing instruments ought to be concerned with: First, the EU has developed tools and instruments to react to and prevent ‘protracted ...

The EU engagement in protracted crises: Towards a comprehensive approach?

Contributing Document

Protracted crisis situations often last for years or decades, and derive from a complex mix of factors such as violent conflict, natural disasters, poverty, natural resources scarcity, institutional fragility, political instability, and limited economic opportunity. As they ...

Investment promotion for sustainable development: The roles of DFIs and export credit agencies

Discussion Paper 208

Discussion Papers (series)

In recent years and in the aftermath of the world financial crisis, economic slowdown in Europe has encouraged European governments and the European Union (EU) to set up support programmes and instruments that can ...

Blending 2.0: Towards new (European External) Investment Plans

Discussion Paper 207

Discussion Papers (series)

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places new emphasis on the need to mobilise financial resources to achieve the 17 universal sustainable development goals (SDGs). The ambition is to ‘move from billions to ...

Living apart together: EU development cooperation and humanitarian aid in situations of fragility and protracted crisis

Discussion Paper 206

Discussion Papers (series)

The complexity of today’s crisis situations brings humanitarian and development actors more and more on each other’s turf. Protracted crises require longer humanitarian interventions, including activities such as basic service delivery, livelihood support and ...

Local content, trade and investment: Is there policy space left for linkages development in resource-rich countries?

Discussion Paper 205

Discussion Papers (series)

Local content policies (LCPs) seek to promote the supply of domestically produced goods and services and the employment of the local workforce. They generally require that a producer sources part of its inputs or ...

Promoting regional trade in pulses in the Horn of Africa

Contributing Document

Through the Malabo Declaration on “Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods”, African leaders strongly voiced their determination that Africa should be able to feed itself by 2025. This ambitious ...

ECDPM work plan 2017-2018

Corporate documents

As stated in ECDPM’s 2017–2021 strategy, “partnerships. practical solutions and coherence” will be crucial to accomplish the Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030. Managing global challenges requires countries, and disparate groups within them, to ...

Donor agencies and multi-stakeholder partnerships: Harnessing interests or herding cats?

Discussion Paper 204

Discussion Papers (series)

Promoting and supporting partnerships is a complex and iterative process, requiring considerable resources, knowledge, and time. This paper studies the roles of donors in a selection of partnership related instruments, with a view to ...

ECDPM strategy 2017-2021

Corporate documents

This document spells out our ambition for the next five years to remain a leading European ‘think and do tank’ working for sustainable global solutions. It clarifies how we plan to effectively position ourselves ...

The impact of regional integration on poverty in developing countries

Policy Brief #1


The empirical literature examining the links between regional integration and poverty for developing countries is relatively scant. This Policy Brief sets out a framework of analysis, considers the evidence, and then provides policy ...

Regional integration and poverty in the EAC

Policy Brief #2


Direct empirical evidence on the link between regional economic integration and poverty alleviation is hard to find. That is no different for the East African Community (EAC). The lack of evidence about who ...

Preliminary analysis of the EU Communication on a renewed partnership with the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific


On 22 November 2016, the European Commission published a Communication titled “A renewed partnership with the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”. ECDPM presents a preliminary analysis of the Communication, ...

Understanding African and European perspectives on migration: Towards a better partnership for regional migration governance?

Discussion Paper 203

Discussion Papers (series)

In September 2016, ECDPM organised a Conference in The Hague around the role and ways of partnering with the African Union and its regional bodies on peace and security and migration. What came out ...

CSO-business partnerships for development: Key insights

Briefing Note 94

Briefing Notes (series)

Multi-stakeholder partnerships, particularly those involving the private sector and civil society organisations (CSO), are gaining increasing attention. This is even more so in view of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa ...

A ‘how to’ note – Doing regional development differently

A political economy analysis framework for identifying drivers and constraints to regional integration


A wide range of political economy analytical frameworks and tools have been developed for country and sector level analyses, for problem driven approaches, and for better understanding the effects of global dynamics on the domestic political economy. Yet ...

Regional integration, poverty and the East African Community: What do we know and what have we learnt?

Discussion Paper 202

Discussion Papers (series)

There is increasing discussion among policy makers and researchers on the links between regional integration and poverty. But direct empirical evidence on these links is limited. Conceptually, there are various channels through ...

Debate on the future of European development policy – Conference report


On 28 October, ECDPM organised a public debate in The Hague on the future of European development policy with European International Cooperation Commissioner Neven Mimica and representatives of the Dutch Ministry of ...

The International Criminal Court, Africa and the African Union: What way forward?

Discussion Paper 201

Discussion Papers (series)

The African Union (AU) Member States were instrumental in the creation of the Rome Statute and the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Senegal was the first to ratify the Rome Statute. Niger ...

Explorer les scénarios pour l’avenir de la coopération ACP-UE : un outil d’analyse pour des choix informés


Lire le rapport Download (PDF, 3.71MB) Introduction Le débat sur l’avenir du partenariat ACP-UE prend de l’ampleur au fur et à mesure que les principaux acteurs analysent les expériences du passé dans le ...

Why do we need the African Union?

Conference report


ECDPM’s report of the conference Why do we need the African Union?, which took place on 28 September in The Hague, highlights the key messages from the meeting. The conference brought together ...

Sustainability and human rights in EPAs

A comparative analysis between the Caribbean and African EPAs


San Bilal gave the following presentation at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, Berlin on 19th October 2016 Sustainability and human rights in EPAs: A comparative analysis between the Caribbean and ...

Scaling-up CSA in Africa challenges & way forward


Dr. Hanne Knaepen gave the following presentation at the 2nd ACSAA Annual Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. Scaling-up CSA in Africa challenges & way forward from European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Rapport annuel 2015

Des politiques efficaces pour des solutions mondiales durables

Annual reports | Corporate documents

L’année 2015 a été marquée par une série d’accords ambitieux en matière de développement durable. Le plus important parmi eux était probablement le programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 avec ses ...

The future of EU support to peace and security in Africa: What implications for the African Peace Facility beyond 2020?

Policy seminar report


On 24 June 2016, a policy seminar was held in Brussels on the future of EU support to peace and security in Africa – What implications for the African Peace Facility beyond ...

The political economy around regional food market integration and policies in Africa


Francesco Rampa gave the following presentation at the Pre-conference workshop at the Annual German Agricultural Economics Conference (GEWISOLA) on 28 September 2016. The political economy around regional food market integration and policies in ...

How serious is the EU on aid fragmentation?

Contributing Document

This edited volume provides an assessment of an increasingly fragmented aid system. Development cooperation is fundamentally changing its character in the wake of global economic and political transformations and an ongoing debate about ...

Political Economy of Continental Integration – Peria and the CFTA

Conceptual framework and issues


Jan Vanheukelom gave the following presentation at the Assessing regional integration in Africa 2016: Bringing the CFTA about on 22 September 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Political Economy of Continental Integration – Peria and ...

Tax, good governance and the problem of illicit financial flows from Africa


Luckystar Miyandazi and Faten Aggad gave the following presentation at Assessing the progress and challenges in the implementation of Addis Ababa Action Agenda at the Permanent Representation for the African Union in Brussels on ...

Civil society meetings in EU trade agreements: Recommendations and lessons for EPAs

Briefing Note 93

Briefing Notes (series)

The conclusion, signing and ratification process of three new Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Eastern African Community (EAC) and the ...

Evaluation of the Instrument for Stability – Crisis Response Component (2007-2013): Final report

Contributing Document

This report is the principal deliverable of the “Final Evaluation of the Instrument for Stability – Crisis Response Component (2007-2013)”. The evaluation is an independent assessment of the overall implementation of the Instrument’s Crisis ...

Sustainability and human rights in EPAs: A comparative analysis between the Caribbean and African EPAs

Discussion Paper 198

Discussion Papers (series)

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations (UN) in New York in September 2015 and of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 has put the sustainability ...

Exploring scenarios for the future of ACP-EU cooperation: An analytical tool for informed choices


The permanent URL for this page is Read the report Download (PDF, 1.24MB) Introduction The debate on the future of the ACP-EU partnership is gaining prominence as key actors reflect on ...

Too nice to fail? EU external action towards Africa


ECDPM’s Damien Helly gave the following presentation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vienna, Austria on 7 September 2016. Too nice to fail? EU external action towards Africa from European Centre for Development ...

Migration in Africa Europe relations


ECDPM’s Damien Helly gave the following presentation at the Kreisky Forum in Vienna, Austria on 6 September 2016. Migration in Africa Europe relations from European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Political Economy of Regional Integration in Africa: What drives and constrains regional organisations?


ECDPM’s Bruce Byiers gave the following presentation at the GIZ symposium on economic and social development, employment on 5 September 2016 in Bad Neuenahr, Germany. Political Economy of Regional Integration in Africa: What drives ...

ECDPM submission to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on revising the European Consensus on Development


Between 30 May 2016 and 21 August 2016, the European Commission ran an official consultation process on the revision of the European Consensus on Development. The European Consensus is important, as it ...

Diaspora organisations and their development potential: An analysis of Ghanaian diaspora organisations in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands

Discussion Paper 200

Discussion Papers (series)

The heightened impact of international migration in both the countries of destination and the countries of origin highlights the significance of human mobility in the migration and development debates (Nyberg-Sørensen, 2012; Nyberg-Sørensen ...

Improving the perspective for regional trade and investment in West Africa: The key to food security, economic development and stability in the region

Policy brief

Contributing Document

Increasing concern about instability, population pressure, migration and chronic food insecurity in West Africa and growing awareness of the potential of enhanced intraregional trade and investment to contribute to sustainable and inclusive ...

Améliorer les perspectives pour le commerce et les investissements régionaux en Afrique de l’Ouest : la solution à la sécurité alimentaire, au développement économique et à la stabilité dans la région

Document d'orientation

Contributing Document

La préoccupation de plus en plus vive à l’égard de l’instabilité, de la pression démographique, de la migration et de l’insécurité alimentaire chronique en Afrique de l’Ouest, et la prise de conscience ...