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Ewald Wermuth to step down as ECDPM Director


ECDPM’s Board of Governors announced today that Ewald Wermuth will step down as Director of ECDPM as per 4 June 2018, after more than three years of service. Wermuth will […]

Large inflow of refugees and migrants has big implications for European foreign aid and development cooperation, new study reveals


The large inflow of refugees and irregular migration has had a big impact on foreign aid spending and development cooperation of a number of European countries and the European Commission, […]

The EU and the Netherlands discuss future development cooperation


This press release is also available in Dutch. The future of European development policy Debate with European Commissioner Neven Mimica Friday 28 October 2016, 10:00 – 12:00 The Netherlands Ministry […]

Dutch and African experts to set strategies for the refugee crisis, international justice and conflict


As the Netherlands prepares for the 2018 term in the UN Security Council, and issues related to the migration crisis, security and justice become increasingly pressing, so does the need […]

Four scenarios for the future of EU-Africa, Caribbean and Pacific relations: new ECDPM study


On Monday, EU Development Cooperation Ministers meet to have their first discussion on the highly political issue of the future of the EU’s Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the African, Caribbean and […]

ECDPM in top 10 European think tanks for funding transparency


Beyond opacity: seeing clearly through the glass window of think tank financing As think tanks have become a pivotal component of truly democratic societies, assessing the transparency with which these […]

European Development Days: Interview ECDPM experts on international cooperation


The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has packed its equipment and, most of all, its experience in the field of development and international cooperation to bring to the […]

Doing regional integration in Africa differently?


No single country can resolve the regional development challenges of a continent made up of 54 member states. While the many policies and political statements to support regional integration in […]

Doing regional integration in Africa differently?


No single country can resolve the regional development challenges of a continent made up of 54 member states. While the many policies and political statements to support regional integration in […]

Le moment est venu de repenser fondamentalement les relations ACP-UE


Le partenariat entre l’Union européenne (UE) et le groupe Afrique, Caraïbes et Pacifique (ACP) doit changer afin de rester pertinent après 2020. Le Centre européen de gestion des politiques de […]

Time to fundamentally rethink ACP-EU relations


The partnership between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group needs to change to remain relevant after 2020. The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has […]

No quick solutions for European foreign and development challenges


The start of 2016 leads us into a new era in international cooperation, but time is not on our side. The migration and refugee crisis, global and local terrorism, violence […]

A new era for African development?


The start of 2016 leads Africa into a new era of development. However, the migration and refugee crisis, global and local terrorism, violence and fragility – all triggered by or […]

Une nouvelle ère pour le développement de l’Afrique ?


Le début de l’année 2016 pousse l’Afrique dans une nouvelle ère de la coopération internationale, mais le temps joue contre le destin du monde. Les crises de la migration et […]

COP21: A historic, but still fragile milestone for climate change


“The Paris climate deal is a clear step in the right direction, and gives hope on the ability of the world leaders to organise collective action to address global threats” […]

What does Africa need from the WTO conference?

Media alert


The 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya begins this week. It will attempt to deliver on the elusive agreements of Doha Development Agenda, and deal with […]

Challenges for Africa at COP21

Media alert


How can we make climate-smart agriculture work and what are the problems facing Africa at the COP21? Experts at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) discussed this and […]

GUIDE: EU and Africa’s position at COP21 – media alert


From today, 30 November, the world will decide on the global agenda for climate change at the COP21 in Paris. The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has a […]



ECDPM recently welcomed Dr. Frank Okute and Pamphile Sebahara of the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education (ICGLR-LMRC) at its head office in […]

Rendre l’agriculture africaine intelligente sur le plan climatique


Neuf sur dix Africains travaillent dans l’agriculture, et l’Afrique est le continent le plus vulnérable en ce concerne le changement climatique. Malgré le fait que l’agriculture fonctionne entièrement en dépendance […]

Making agriculture in Africa climate-smart

Up to 9 out of 10 Africans work in agriculture, and Africa is the most vulnerable continent when it comes to climate change. Despite agriculture being entirely climate dependent, the […]

COP21 : enjeux élevés pour l’UE et l’Afrique


Le Dr. Hanne Knaepen, chargée de mission auprès du Centre européen de gestion des politiques de développement (ECDPM), a fait la déclaration suivante :  « Aussi bien l’Europe que l’Afrique ont […]

High stakes for the EU and Africa – COP21 position


Dr. Hanne Knaepen, Policy Officer at the European Centre for Development Policy Management, said: “Both Europe and Africa have high stakes in finding a global climate agreement that curbs emissions. […]

Policies matter in financing for development


Next week over 7,000 people will descend on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss one of the most vital questions of the post-2015 agenda – how can we finance the sustainable […]

Improving food security requires the upscaling of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)


Mistrust between public and private actors needs to end to implement successful PPPs. “Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) – a very fashionable buzzword – can play a critical role in food security but […]

From humanitarian aid to development support through an innovative approach in Central African Republic


On 26 May, the European Commission hosted a conference on the Central African Republic in Brussels. The objective of the meeting was to present a state of play of on-going work […]

European Report on Development underlines crucial link between policy and finance for a successful post-2015 agenda


Today the European Report on Development 2015 (ERD 2015) was officially launched in Brussels by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. ERD 2015 presents a new […]

African agriculture: what about the RECs? – 11th CAADP PP MEDIA BRIEF

Hundreds of people including farmer organisations, agriculture government officials and African Union representatives will gather in Johannesburg this week (23-26 March) for the 11th Partnership Platform (PP) on Africa’s policy […]

Ewald Wermuth starts as new Director of ECDPM on 1 March 2015


The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has appointed Ewald Wermuth as its new Director from 1 March 2015. He succeeds Paul Engel who steps down after having served […]

Chairman of the board Ambassador Patrick I. Gomes formally resigns


The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) congratulates Ambassador Patrick I. Gomes on his appointment as Secretary general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States with effect from […]

ECDPM in top 20 percent for funding transparency


ECDPM is one of only 31 think tanks to be given a five-star rating for clearly stating where their funding comes from. After looking at 169 think tanks, the organisation Transparify found […]

Media brief: Mining Indaba


Next week the mining community will meet in Cape Town for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is doing considerable work […]

Clarification from Geert Laporte


The ACP Secretariat on Facebook used a quote by ECDPM’s deputy director, Geert Laporte, which was not entirely correct. He said: “Thank you for stimulating the discussions on the future […]

Four things to look out for at the African Union Summit: Media guide


The African Union (AU) Summit kicked off in Addis-Ababa this week, and it looks like this will be no ordinary Summit. The AU will be presenting its Agenda 2063, a […]

L’ère post-2015: L’Afrique et l’Europe sont elles prêtes à embarquer? Lancement de « l’Année européenne du développement ».

L’année 2015 sera marquée par un grand changement dans les modes de coopération sur des questions majeures telles que l’agenda post-2015, la COP 21 sur le changement climatique, la migration […]

L’année 2015 sera cruciale pour l’avenir de l’Afrique

Cette année marquera un changement important dans la façon que l’Afrique gère son propre développement, avec quatre conférences sur l’ordre du jour – adressant le post-2015, le financement du développement, […]

2015 crucial year for Africa’s future development

This year marks a crucial shift in the way Africa deals with its own development, with four decisive conferences on the post 2015 agenda, development financing, trade and climate change […]

Are Europe and Africa ready to tackle the post-2015 era?

2015 should bring a vital shift in the way the world works together on major issues such as agreeing the post-2015 agenda, the COP21 on climate change and tackling serious […]

Ewald Wermuth benoemd tot nieuwe directeur ECDPM


[Dit persbericht is ook beschikbaar in het Engels] Het European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) heeft Ewald Wermuth aangesteld als nieuwe directeur met ingang van 1 maart 2015. Hij […]

Ewald Wermuth New Director ECDPM


[This press release is also available in Dutch] The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has appointed Ewald Wermuth as its new Director from 1 March 2015. He succeeds […]

ACP-EU re-examine long-standing partnership, as new ACP Secretary General announced


Today the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group announced their new Secretary General, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, Ambassador of Guyana and Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Maastricht-based […]

EU leaders cannot afford climate change ‘oblivion’ as heated debate on 2030 targets begins

Today EU leaders meet for a heated debate on specific targets for 2030 on climate change and energy. The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is doing considerable work […]

Guide to the world’s biggest free trade deal – the economic partnership agreements between the EU and Africa

ECDPM has released a ‘Frequently asked questions’ guide to the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa. This is the world’s largest trade deal covering 43 African, Caribbean […]

EU needs to create uniformed climate change policy through strong political leadership

Europe is set to play an important role in the negotiations on a new legally binding global treaty on climate change, and a new sustainable development framework to replace the […]

Una Europa estable no puede vivir aislada, advierten renombrados think tanks europeos


[Esta nota de prensa está también disponible en inglés, alemán y holandés] Tras la elección de los nuevos líderes europeos y la vuelta al trabajo del Parlamento Europeo, el European […]

Europese think tanks waarschuwen: ‘EU mag mondiale rol niet uit het oog verliezen op straffe van verdere instabiliteit’


[Dit persbericht is ook beschikbaar in het Engels, Duits en Spaans] Op de eerste dag dat het Europees Parlement weer bijeenkomt, pleit de European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) voor een […]

Führende Europäische Think Tanks warnen: wenn die EU den Blick nicht nach außen richtet, riskiert sie weitere Instabilität


[Diese Pressemitteilung ist auch in Spanisch, Englisch und Niederländisch verfügbar] Mit Arbeitsaufnahme des neu gewählten Europäischen Parlaments fordert die European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) eine deutliche Abkehr vom derzeitigen Mandat […]

The EU should look outwards or risk further instability – warn leading European think tanks


[This press release is also available in Dutch, German and Spanish] On the first day the European Parliament resumes, the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) is calling for a drastic […]

Netherlands think tank is transparency leader


A Netherlands based think tank has been named a financial transparency leader according to a new report from Transparify. The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is one of only […]

Tensions flare with EU-Africa Summit only days away


Anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda and Nigeria, and the trade deal between West Africa and the EU are causing tensions ahead of the EU-Africa Summit (2-3 April). The European Centre for Development Policy […]

Joint Africa EU Strategy essential for Africa and Europe, but needs to be politically aware – brand new study reveals


Despite problems, a renewed Joint Africa EU Strategy (JAES) is essential for a working partnership between Europe and Africa, says a new study conducted by the European Centre for Development […]

EU-Africa relations: comment, info and help


Just over a month away in April, the European Union will be meeting with the African Union for the first Summit in three years. It will mark a monumental step […]

West Africa agrees economic partnerships agreements with the EU


After 10 years of tough negotiations, on 24th January 2014, West African and European Commission (EC) negotiators reached a major breakthrough on what now will be the first regional trade […]

‘Making EU-Africa Relations Future-Proof’ – Special session of the ‘Fridays of the Commission’

How can EU-Africa relations move forward in 2014?


A special session of the Fridays of the Commission on the theme: “Making EU – Africa Relations Future – proof’’ will take place on 28 February 2014. The event, organised […]

Strong leadership should take Africa-EU relations beyond aid in 2014


Africa will start the New Year stronger than ever before both financially and politically, says a new paper from the European Centre for Development and Policy Management (ECDPM). This comes […]