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Lessons from promoting market access for Beninese value chain actors to Nigerian markets

Discussion Papers (series)
19-02-2018
  • Hanne Knaepen
  • Jeske van Seters

The growing Nigerian market offers opportunities for Beninese value chain actors but they are faced with many challenges when they export to Nigeria. The ‘Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole au Bénin‘ ...

A rapier not a blunderbuss: Why the EU must do better in supporting African job creation

16-02-2018
  • Giulia Maci
  • San Bilal
  • Tilman Altenburg

Sub-Saharan Africa will need to create 18 million jobs each year until 2035, to accommodate young labour market entrants. The AU-EU Summit of November 2017 identified it as a top priority for ...

Aligning ARD and trade policies to improve sustainable development impact

05-02-2018
  • Paul Engel (Alumnus)
  • Paul Engel

Development partners are making efforts to strengthen coherence between their Trade and Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD) policies and interventions. This is key to enhance synergies for sustainable development, or at the ...

Une occasion de faire les choses bien

Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-UE 2018

Challenges Papers (series)
31-01-2018
  • James Mackie
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Martin Ronceray

Cette page est également disponible en Anglais. Une telle occasion ne se présente que tous les dix ans : en 2018, l’Europe et l’Afrique pourraient s’acheminer vers un partenariat plus cohérent en ...

Charting the course to 2020: Fundamental choices for the negotiation of a future ACP-EU partnership

29-01-2018
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Jean Bossuyt

This publication looks at the core features of ACP-EU relations in this wider context of EU foreign relations and outlines the fundamental political choices that will need to be made in the ...

Global Flows Migration and Security

Contributing Document
23-01-2018
  • Friends of Europe

ECDPM’s Anna Knoll’s article ‘The security-development trade-off needs urgent rebalance‘ is featured in Friends of Europe’s ‘Global Flows Migration and Security’. Migration is top of the global agenda – and for many ...

How Brexit may affect ACP-EU relations: an historical perspective

Discussion Paper 220

Discussion Papers (series)
19-01-2018
  • Walter Kennes

The Brexit weakens the arguments in favour of a continued close association between the European Union (EU) and the Caribbean and Pacific ACP states like under the Cotonou Agreement. This is mainly ...

Les relations UE-Afrique peuvent-elles être approfondies? Une perspective sur les relations de pouvoir, les intérêts et les incitations

Briefing Notes (series)
12-01-2018
  • Jean Bossuyt

This brief is also available in English. Il y a soixante ans, la signature du Traité de Rome (1957) a permis à l’Europe de s’engager dans la coopération au développement, en commençant ...

A chance to get it right

Challenges for Africa-Europe relations in 2018

Challenges Papers (series)
04-01-2018
  • James Mackie
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Martin Ronceray

This page is also available in French. 2018 presents a once-in-a-decade opportunity for Europe and Africa to arrive at a more coherent partnership, bridging the political, institutional and financial limitations of the ...

The dynamics of EU budget negotiations for external action – Towards a ‘single’ instrument?

Briefing Notes (series)
18-12-2017
  • Andrew Sherriff
  • Jean Bossuyt
  • Mariella Di Ciommo

In 2018, at a time when the world and Europe are changing more than in decades, the EU will make critical choices on the design of its budget for the period 2021-2027. ...

ECDPM work plan 2018-2019

Corporate documents
11-12-2017

As the European Union (EU) enters its seventh decade since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 and the second decade of its Joint Strategy with the African Union signed ...

Women and mediation in Africa under the APSA and the AGA

Discussion Papers (series)
11-12-2017
  • Philomena Apiko
  • Sophie Desmidt
  • Karl Fannar Sævarsson

Women play crucial roles before, during and following conflicts, yet their participation and the acknowledgment of that role has been with mixed result and slow progress. This paper looks at the role ...

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre: the complexity of combining national ownership, a regional mandate and international support

08-12-2017
  • Andrew Sherriff
  • Annabelle Laferrère

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

SADC Trade and transport policy: Consolidation and corridors

04-12-2017
  • Sean Woolfrey
  • Elke Verhaeghe

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

EAC food security: Private sector ambitions facing political headwinds

04-12-2017
  • Fabien Tondel

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

The International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR): More than a conference platform?

04-12-2017
  • Volker Hauck

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

The SADC Water Agenda: Managing or developing regional water resources?

04-12-2017
  • Sean Woolfrey
  • Mike Muller

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

EAC industrialisation and youth employment: Regional rhetoric, national drive

04-12-2017
  • Sebastian Große-Puppendahl

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

IGAD Food security and resilience: Common regional interests in a harsh environment?

04-12-2017
  • Paulina Bizzotto Molina

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

The East African Community: Informal adaptation in regional trade and transport cooperation

04-12-2017
  • Elke Verhaeghe
  • Craig Mathieson

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

IGAD and the governance agenda: The region may not always be a catalyst

04-12-2017
  • Faten Aggad-Clerx

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

The East African Court of Justice: The hard road to independent institutions and human rights jurisdiction

04-12-2017
  • Philomena Apiko

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

IGAD: High-level summitry and pragmatism in a region of persistent turbulence

04-12-2017
  • Bruce Byiers

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

The African Union: How to become fit for purpose?

04-12-2017
  • Jan Vanheukelom

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...

The Eastern African Standby Force: A regional mechanism without a political home

04-12-2017
  • Sophie Desmidt

What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 ...