Implications of the irregular migration and refugee situation on Official Development Assistance spending and practices in Europe
Weekly Compass newsletter, 6 February 2017
Increasingly high numbers of refugees and migrants have come to Europe over the past five years seeking protection. Beyond hosting and providing assistance to new arrivals, the European Union and its member states have used various political, development and humanitarian assistance tools to address the current displacement and migration challenges abroad. A newly published study, carried out by ECDPM policy researchers Anna Knoll and Andrew Sherriff, looks at the implications that irregular migration and the refugee situation are having on official development assistance by looking at five case studies in Europe, including the European institutions. The study was commissioned and launched by the Swedish Expert Group of Aid Studies during the recent seminar Migration and Foreign Aid.
De-securitising conflict responses in Africa: What prospects for a structural conflict prevention approach?
Weekly Compass newsletter, 30 January 2017
This discussion paper by ECDPM’s Faten Aggad and Sophie Desmidt builds on the increasing importance of regional approaches to conflict, which have been gaining traction, reflected in the role of the African Union and of its African Peace and Security Architecture. The authors explore current approaches towards conflict resolution in Africa. Taking into account the issues of authority as well as institutional and financial capacity, they assess the feasibility of a more de-militarised approach of the African Union and the various African regional economic communities and mechanisms to promote peace and security on the continent.
How to adapt EU development and external action to new challenges in the Africa-Europe partnership
Weekly Compass newsletter, 23 January 2017
The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and ECDPM co-organised a seminar to launch and present our Challenges paper on Africa-Europe relations in 2017. This seminar took place on 1 February at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels. It brought together officials from the European Commission, European Parliament, European External Action Services, members of the CODEV, ACP and COAFR Council Working Parties and Civil Society representatives to discuss key challenges in the run-up to the upcoming Africa-EU Summit at the end of 2017.
Does the EU have the right instruments to finance assistance in protracted crises?
Weekly Compass newsletter, 16 January 2017
At present, the EU is facing a number of crises in the Neighborhood region and beyond. Most of these crises are either protracted and/or recurring. They are characterised by a high volatility and bring about both the need for short-term humanitarian responses as well as structural challenges in terms of development and fragility, which require more long-term solutions.The European Parliament has commissioned a study that analyses whether the current set of EU instruments constitutes a good basis to the challenges associated with protracted crisis. The study has been conducted jointly by KU Leuven and by ECDPM, whose experts Matthias Deneckere and Volker Hauck have specifically focused on the analysis and evaluation of the EU instruments in response to protracted crisis.
ECDPM’s research around this topic has also led to one more publication, namely The EU engagement in protracted crises: Towards a comprehensive approach? which appeared in the monthly publication Nação e Defesa by the Portuguese Instituto da Defesa Nacional (IDN).