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The global COVID-19 crisis has a huge impact on people, economies and our planet. As the situation unfolds, we will look at how the spread of the coronavirus affects policies and processes related to trade and investment, migration, peace and security, regional integration, climate change, food security and the private sector. We will also explore how it may affect Africa-Europe relations and development and international cooperation more broadly.

Our work on COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines: The challenges of protecting Africa’s fragile regions
Sophie Desmidt and Ashley Neat, ECDPM brief, March 2021

How European financial institutions can work better together for sustainable and green (co-)investment in times of COVID-19
San Bilal, ECDPM paper, March 2021

Simmering tensions: The long-term impact of COVID-19 on fragility and conflict in Africa
Ashley Neat and Sophie Desmidt, ECDPM brief, January 2021

The consequences of the economic crisis on remittances flows in Africa
Amanda Bisong, commentari for ISPI, 2 October 2020

A Renewed Migration Contract Post-Covid: What Next for Migration Governance in the Mediterranean?
Anna Knoll, article for IEMed’s Yearbook 2020, October 2020

A gender-sensitive sustainable COVID-19 recovery: The role of development finance institutions
Pamella Eunice Ahairwe and San Bilal, ECDPM paper, October 2020

Navigating the new normal: EU-AU partnerships in the post-COVID era
ECDPM Great Insights magazine, volume 9, issue 3, 2020

Will COVID-19 change migration cooperation between European and African countries?
Amanda Bisong, ECDPM brief, October 2020

Fit for purpose: The EU’s role in global health in the era of COVID-19
Pauline Veron and Mariella Di Ciommo, ECDPM paper, October 2020

International funding for peacebuilding: Will COVID-19 change or reinforce existing trends?
Pauline Veron with Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM paper, September 2020

The AU-EU Summit didn’t prove immune to COVID-19 – but that may be a blessing in disguise
Geert Laporte, ECDPM commentary, 14 September 2020

Policy coherence issues emerging from COVID-19 with a focus on healthcare supply chains
Fabien Tondel and Pamella Eunice Ahairwe, ECDPM paper, June 2020

Following the money: Why a COVID-19 marker might not help
San Bilal and Mariella Di Ciommo, ECDPM blog, 29 June 2020

The China-Africa summit on COVID-19: Geopolitical and economic considerations
San Bilal and Lidet Tadesse, ECDPM blog, 22 June 2020

COVID-19 in Africa: Driver of conflict, or too early to tell?
Sophie Desmidt and Ashley Neat, ECDPM brief, June 2020

Towards an EU global COVID-19 response 2.0: Boosting smarter finance
San Bilal, ECDPM paper, 1 June 2020

Reforming asylum in Europe: Lessons from local actors in Greece
Amanda Bisong, ETTG blog, 29 May 2020

African regional responses to COVID-19
Alfonso Medinilla, Bruce Byiers and Philomena Apiko, ECDPM paper, 18 May 2020

One Health and COVID-19: Global leadership, territorial investment and food systems
Francesco Rampa, ECDPM brief, May 2020

Testing the relationship: China’s ‘Corona diplomacy’ in Africa
Lidet Tadesse, ECDPM blog, 11 May 2020

A regional response to help avoid rice shortages in West Africa
Poorva Karkare, article for Developing Economics, 10 May 2020

Development heavyweights back bigger role for DFIs in COVID-19 response
ECDPM’s San Bilal is quoted in Devex article by Vince Chadwick, 4 May 2020

Coronakrisen udfordrer solidariteten med udviklingslande
ECDPM’s Alexei Jones is quoted in Kristeligt Dagblad, 4 May 2020

NGOs see opportunity in Merkel’s financial transaction tax focus
ECDPM’s Andrew Sherriff is quoted in Devex article by Vince Chadwick, 1 May 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on remittances for development in Africa
Amanda Bisong, Pamella Eunice Ahairwe and Esther Njoroge, ECDPM paper, May 2020

Towards a new Africa-Europe partnership after the Corona crisis
Op-ed by the directors of the European Think Tanks Group institutes, EURACTIV, 30 April 2020 (this article has also been published by,  HuffingtonPost Italia and Rwanda Podium)

Now more than ever: European businesses and due diligence in times of Corona
Jeske van Seters and Nadia Ashraf, ECDPM blog, 20 April 2020

Saving Africa’s private sector jobs during the coronavirus pandemic
San Bilal, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Sony Kapoor, Stephen Karingi, Vera Songwe and Dirk Willem te Velde, paper by ECDPM/ODI/UNECA/Re-Define for EDFI, 15 April 2020

COVID-19 and the absence of emotional communications
Virginia Mucchi, LinkedIn article, 14 April 2020

After the pandemic: How will COVID-19 transform global health and development?
San Bilal quoted in Devex article by Vince Chadwick, 13 April 2020

The challenge of scaling up the European Union’s global response to COVID-19
Alexei Jones, Katja Sergejeff, Andrew Sherriff, Chloe Teevan and Pauline Veron, ECDPM brief, April 2020

Europe-Africa relations after Corona
Geert Laporte, European Think Tanks Group blog, 6 April 2020

Can COVID-19 create momentum for sustainable and resilient food systems?
Paulina Bizzotto Molina, Valeria Pintus, Koen Dekeyser and Cecilia D’Alessandro, ECDPM blog, 6 April 2020

How can the European Union help developing countries address the socioeconomic impacts of the coronavirus crisis?
Dirk Willem te Velde and San Bilal, SET-ODI / ECDPM note, 6 April 2020

EU scrambles to fund global coronavirus response
Alexei Jones quoted in Devex article by Vince Chadwick, 1 April 2020

Migration, mobility and COVID-19 – A tale of many tales
Anna Knoll and Amanda Bisong, ECDPM blog, 30 March 2020

EU leaders focus on homefront for coronavirus response
Alexei Jones quoted in Devex article by Vince Chadwick, 27 March 2020

Turning the tables: African and European narratives in the time of Corona
Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw and Virginia Mucchi, ECDPM blog, 23 March 2020

Will European public opinion on international cooperation change in the face of COVID-19?
Katja Sergejeff, ECDPM blog, 23 March 2020



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