Linking policy and practice in international cooperation

As popular demand for democratic reform swept through the North African region, it became apparent that the trajectory of change will be different for each country. The ‘Africa’s Change Dynamics’ programme decided to go ‘back to basics’ to better understand the political economy factors underpinning huge changes in societies across Sub-Saharan and North Africa.

Using political economy analysis, the programmes work links the political and institutional aspects of transition with the socio-economic and structural reality, leading to a better understanding of the different domestic ‘drivers of change’ in Africa. Such analysis is used to facilitate dialogue among key actors to promote change in key areas that require reform.

Building on years of ECDPM efforts to support local change dynamics, the programme focuses its engagement on non-state actors and civil society at the local level – further deepening our knowledge of local change processes. This approach we apply to several countries and regions though primarily in Madagascar and Tunisia.

The programme also analyses the role of local actors in shaping the ‘politics’ around natural resource management at the local level and assess the implication of this for the EU’s engagement with these actors. ECDPM bridges the gap in perspectives on EU-Africa relations to inform a more coherent EU response to the change dynamics in Africa.

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