3-7 March ECOWAS Heads of States and Governments Summit (location and date TBC)
24-25 March SADC-EU Negotiating round (South Africa)
EAC-EU Negotiating round, senior officials level (location and date TBC)
Latest ECDPM Publications
Economic Partnership Agreements: Towards the Finishing Line?
San Bilal, ECDPM Briefing Note 64, February 2014
Making Support to Food Security in Africa More Effective: A Summary of the Independent Assessment of the CAADP Multi-Donor Trust Fund
ECDPM, ESRF, LARES, ECDPM Briefing Note 63, February 2014
A Closer Look into EU’s External Action Frontline: Framing the Challenges Ahead for EU Delegations
Damien Helly, Alisa Herrero, Anna Knoll, Greta Galeazzi, ECDPM Briefing Note 62, February 2014
Independent Assessment of the CAADP Multi-Donor Trust Fund
ECDPM, ESRF, LARES, ECDPM Discussion Paper 158, February 2014
This report finds that the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) supporting the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) has played a key role in building the capacity of institutions tasked with advancing CAADP at continental and regional level and in improving coordination around CAADP. Nevertheless, it identifies important shortcomings in the way this support has translated to impact on the ground at the national level. Such shortcomings could be addressed during the ongoing design for a future MDTF. Making the MDTF more effective requires improving the governance of the Fund and clarifying its role vis-à- vis the CAADP structures and other types of CAADP support. But also a stronger role of national stakeholders in continental CAADP, better mainstreaming of CAADP in official AU-RECs organs and stronger subsidiarity, seem to be preconditions for such MDTF improvements to work.
What Drives Regional Economic Integration? Lessons from the Maputo Development Corridor and the North-South Corridor
Bruce Byiers and Jan Vanheukelom, ECDPM Discussion Paper 157, February 2014
Regional integration is crucial for economic transformation in Africa. Yet despite support for this regional agenda, implementation is slow due to numerous complexities and obstacles. Narrowing the focus on transport and on two specific transport corridors in Southern Africa helps unpack these complexities. It contributes to identifying obstacles to reforms and opportunities for reforms. The strength of political and economic coalitions within states prevail over commitments made within regional institutions. “Signaling” support to regional integration does not equate implementation of these signals. Yet careful alignment of reform coalitions around cross-border projects such as corridors may contribute to trust and capacity building between countries in support of incremental and functional regional integration