Linking policy and practice in international cooperation

The programme promotes efforts to enhance the EU’s overall political and institutional capacity to be an effective global player in dealing with conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Significant strides have been made by the European External Action Service, the European Commission and EU member states in collaboration with their international partners in the policy frameworks, instruments and strategic partnerships used to promote peace and security. Still, a lot more needs to be done as Europe seeks to enhance its profile as a global actor.

The EU has political and institutional capacity to be an effective global player in dealing with conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding. ECDPM focuses on the work that EU institutions and Member States need to do to enhance their collective capacity for more integrated external action, in close collaboration with ECDPM’s Strengthening European External Action Programme.

There is need for a more integrated approach to ensure that all European external policies and programmes address the underlying causes of conflicts.

The EU institutions and Member States need to enhance their collective capacity for more integrated external action. We contribute to this change through:

  • Improving EU policy frameworks and institutional relations
  • Connecting diplomatic and development actors in Brussels, member states and in the field
  • Supporting effective EU delivery with a focus on the “how” in conflict prevention, mediation, fragility and statebuilding
  • Documenting innovative practices and synthesising their lessons for others
  • Monitoring EU policy coherence as it reconciles values and interests in the security-development nexus


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Themes


The Comprehensive Approach
Many questions remain unresolved in translating guidance from Brussels into a Comprehensive Approach for effective action and connecting diplomatic, development and security players on the ground.

EU Crisis Response
We look at how EU policies and practices that deal with early recovery from crises, emergencies and humanitarian relief are translated effectively in key sectors, with the aim of creating stability to strengthen resilience towards peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Conflict Prevention, Mediation and Support to Transition
While the EU has taken concrete steps to improve its responses to conflict prevention and support to mediation and transition from conflict to development, many operational questions remain.

 

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