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Great Insights, Volume 6, Issue 4 (September/October 2017)

September 2017

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ACP-EU relations beyond 2020: Engaging the future or perpetuating the past?
Weekly Compass newsletter, 5 September 2017
In September 2018, exactly one year from now, negotiations on a new partnership between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states (ACP) will start. The so-called ‘umbrella’ option is now on the table, calling for a single all-ACP agreement with separate regional components for the ‘A’, the ‘C’ and the ‘P’. This ECDPM brief calls on the negotiating partners to reverse the order of this debate, discussing regional partnerships first and an all-ACP umbrella second.

The odyssey of elections in Africa: A new era of democracy and rule of law?
Weekly Compass newsletter, 12 September 2017
The Kenyan Supreme Court’s decision to annul the election results has raised the issue of the rule of law as a key element for true democratic change in Africa. By looking at the recent wave of elections, including Rwanda, Angola and Kenya, Luckystar Miyandazi underlines the need to concentrate on the legal and political frameworks supporting those elections.

Sustainable food systems | Multi-stakeholder workshop on “Sustainable food value chains” in Naivasha, Kenya
News from the ECDPM Food Team, July 2017
SASS: First field mission to Nairobi and Naivasha, Kenya
ECDPM’s new consortium project on Sustainable Food Systems for Sustainable Development, or SASS, is taking off. In a new video, Francesco Rampa gives an introduction on how the project aims to foster sustainable food systems for people, planet and profit. More videos on the topic will follow. For more see:

Validation Workshop, co-organised by ECDPM, UNDP and GEF, Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia
News from ECDPM Food Team, May 2017
ECDPM presented the study “Options and opportunities to make food value chains more environmentally sustainable and resilient in Sub-Saharan Africa”, commissioned by the UNDP Private Sector Unit and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) during an Expert Validation Workshop in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia.  For more see: 

Conflict management under the African Peace and Security Architecture | Europe’s response to violent conflict: Shifting priorities in a changing world?
News from the ECDPM Security and Resilience Programme, September 2017
When conflict has decreased worldwide according to various sources and databases, the African continent remains home to the largest share of violent conflicts, ranging from non-violent disputes to wars. For more see:



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