The future of ACP-EU relations: What role for the African Union?
Weekly Compass Newsletter, 8 July 2016
The African Union Commission has published a report, to be distributed to Heads of Government at the African Union Summit next week, of their December 2015 Fridays of the Commission debate (organised in cooperation with ECDPM and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation) that explored options for ACP-EU relations after the current Cotonou Agreement expires in 2020. The Bulletin presents the conclusions from the meeting which took into account the rapidly changing global and African contexts including the emergence of the African Union, as the leading pan-African institution, and the growing role of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). It also includes articles by senior AUC officials and African experts on whether the current ACP-EU partnership is still relevant from a political economy perspective in dealing with the global challenges and possible alternative frameworks that could deal with Africa’s interests and the partnership with Europe beyond 2020. It includes an article from ECDPM’s Geert Laporte on the need to go beyond business as usual.
Strengthening the migration-development nexus through improved policy and institutional coherence
Weekly Compass Newsletter, 24 June 2016
This Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) paper by the OECD Development Centre’s Amy Hong and ECDPM’s Anna Knoll recommends that policy and institutional coherence for migration and development (PICMD) be pursued at intragovernmental, intergovernmental, multilateral, and multi-stakeholder levels. They define three broad categories of policies that are relevant to the migration-development nexus – migration policies (narrowly conceived); sectoral policies not specific to migration, yet which nonetheless affect or are affected by migration; and migration-related development policies – and explore potential synergies, incoherencies, and solutions in each of these groupings. The paper also identifies research gaps in the area of PICMD – these include gaps related to data collection and analysis, policy formulation and implementation, and the impact and coherence of policies.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships in the gold sector in Ghana
Weekly Compass Newsletter, 20 June 2016
Multi-stakeholder partnerships, particularly those that combine commercially driven private sector operations with a more socially-grounded community-based approach, are seen as a key means for achieving the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. This ECDPM Discussion Paper examines Golden Star Resources, and its subsidiary company Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation, in Western Ghana an award-winning partnership that creatively aligns with the local context in rural Ghana, creating income and revenue in the communities outside the mining value chain. Agencies that wish to invest in such multi-stakeholder partnerships should consider the interests and drivers of all stakeholders. Independent facilitation of corporate social responsibility can maximise the sustainability and value added of innovation in multi-stakeholder partnerships.
A new EU strategic approach to global development, resilience and sustainability
Weekly Compass Newsletter, 10 June 2016
The new EU Global Strategy (EUGS) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda provide an opportunity for the EU to refresh its global approach to development cooperation. The EUGS could promote resilience through coherence between internal and external policies, in line with the 2030 Agenda, argue Istituto Afari Internazionali (IAI) and ECDPM in this joint paper. The EUGS could establish a new EU approach to development combining resilience, development and conflict sensitivity. As a multi-diplomacy umbrella document fostering policy coherence, the EUGS will have to acknowledge and encourage a series of adjustments to be made in EU development diplomacy and cooperation to contribute to the universal and transformative SDG agenda.