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Understanding the use and trade of toxic chemicals in artisanal gold mining: The case of Burkina Faso

Briefing Notes (series)
30-11-2020
  • Poorva Karkare

Millions of people in West Africa are engaged in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). While it brings in significant benefits in terms of employment and income, its social and environmental costs ...

The promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Discussion Papers (series)
30-11-2020
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Philomena Apiko
  • Sean Woolfrey

Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to begin on 1 January 2021. So far 34 countries have ratified the Agreement, which aims to connect 55 countries, creating ...

Election watch: The race for African Union top posts

Briefing Notes (series)
23-11-2020
  • Luckystar Miyandazi
  • Philomena Apiko

The year 2021 holds great promise for the African Union (AU) leadership, marking the first elections for the AU Commission (AUC) positions since the Union’s reform process began in 2017. The election ...

Scoping private sector engagement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding: Lessons from the literature

Discussion Papers (series)
23-11-2020
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw

There is growing interest in the role of the private sector’s contribution to conflict prevention and peacebuilding (CPPB). Though the private sector’s contributions to economic development, infrastructure development, innovation, and the supply ...

Africa-Europe relations beyond 2020: Looking through a gender lens

Discussion Papers (series)
09-11-2020
  • Anna Knoll
  • Virginia Mucchi

The year 2020 is a pivotal year for stepping up action on gender equality. It marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women and the global community is ...

Commerce du riz et développement de la filière riz en Afrique de l’Ouest: une approche pour des politiques publiques plus cohérentes

Discussion Papers (series)
30-10-2020
  • Cecilia D’Alessandro
  • Fabien Tondel
  • Ibrahima Hathie

Le développement du secteur du riz en Afrique de l’Ouest représente un défi important de politique publique. Suite à la crise des prix alimentaires de 2008, les pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont ...

Leading together: Reconciling EU strategic autonomy and international partnerships

Briefing Notes (series)
26-10-2020
  • Chloe Teevan

This paper argues that to provide real leadership on important global issues – from multilateral action to climate change – the European Union (EU) will need to reconcile a certain unilateralism in ...

A gender-sensitive sustainable COVID-19 recovery: The role of development finance institutions

Discussion Papers (series)
26-10-2020
  • Pamella Ahairwe
  • San Bilal

This paper looks at what development finance institutions (DFIs), including multilateral development banks, can do to support a gender-sensitive economic recovery from COVID-19. 2020 marks 45 years since the first conference on ...

Will COVID-19 change migration cooperation between European and African countries?

Briefing Notes (series)
19-10-2020
  • Amanda Bisong

This briefing note highlights six issues that European and African policymakers should consider when negotiating migration cooperation between countries in both continents in a post-COVID-19 setting. These focus on irregular migration, return ...

EU trade policy for sustainable food systems

Briefing Notes (series)
16-10-2020
  • Francesco Rampa
  • Jeske van Seters
  • San Bilal

The European Union (EU) has committed to supporting the global transition to more sustainable food systems. As the world’s largest food importer, the EU can use its trade policies and agreements to ...

Rice trade and value chain development in West Africa: An approach for more coherent policies

Discussion Papers (series)
13-10-2020
  • Cecilia D’Alessandro
  • Fabien Tondel
  • Ibrahima Hathie

The development of the rice sector in West Africa represents a significant policy challenge. Following the 2008 food price crisis, West African countries succeeded in boosting rice production. Yet, with little improvement ...

Fit for purpose: The EU’s role in global health in the era of COVID-19

Discussion Papers (series)
12-10-2020
  • Mariella Di Ciommo
  • Pauline Veron

Although COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the economy, politics and health, it did not cause a fundamental change in the rules of the game when it comes to the EU’s ...

Protecting migrants and refugees in North Africa: Challenges and opportunities for reform

Discussion Papers (series)
05-10-2020
  • Anna Knoll
  • Chloe Teevan

This paper looks at asylum, reception and migrant protection systems in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt. It seeks to understand some of the dynamics driving or preventing reform of these systems and ...

Uma análise da economia política dos corredores de Nacala e da Beira

Discussion Papers (series)
30-09-2020
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Luckystar Miyandazi
  • Poorva Karkare

Os custos de comércio e transporte em África são elevados. Mas os custos no Malawi são maiores do que em toda a região. Os parceiros internacionais estão dispostos a investir na melhoria ...

The latest on the European Peace Facility and what’s in it for the African Union

Briefing Notes (series)
28-09-2020
  • Volker Hauck

This briefing note provides insights on the European Peace Facility (EPF) and its place within the European Union’s (EU) external action on peace and security. The political and bureaucratic drive for creating ...

International funding for peacebuilding: Will COVID-19 change or reinforce existing trends?

Discussion Papers (series)
28-09-2020
  • Andrew Sherriff
  • Pauline Veron

COVID-19 has exacerbated factors influencing international support for peacebuilding, including a more volatile geopolitical order and changes in domestic priorities in donor countries. Peacebuilding and a conflict-sensitive approach have not yet been ...

Promoting policy coherence: Lessons learned in EU development cooperation

Briefing Notes (series)
21-09-2020
  • James Mackie

Policy coherence for development, or PCD, refers to the need for multiple policies from different sectors to work in unison rather than in opposition to each other, if international development is to ...

Pushing on a string or pulling threads together? Lessons learned for anti-corruption efforts by European donors

Discussion Papers (series)
21-09-2020
  • Katja Sergejeff
  • Martin Ronceray

Progress with international anti-corruption efforts has stalled lately. The fight against corruption is a long- standing sustainable development priority, now made more pressing in a context of global pandemic to ensure the ...

Recommendations to strengthen civil society engagement in EU trade agreements

Briefing Notes (series)
14-09-2020
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Nadia Ashraf

The EU is a frontrunner in institutionalising the participation of civil society actors in trade agreements. Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) and joint civil society meetings can act as instruments to further sustainability ...

The food systems approach in practice: Our guide for sustainable transformation

Discussion Papers (series)
28-07-2020
  • Cecilia D’Alessandro
  • Francesco Rampa
  • Koen Dekeyser

Tackling the myriad sustainability challenges related to food – from the environmental impacts of food production to the health consequences of inadequate diets – requires systemic interventions that improve sustainability at local, ...

ECDPM Annual Report 2019

Annual reports
09-07-2020
  • ECDPM

In our Annual Report 2019 we provide a bird’s eye view of the past year, starting with the highlights of 2019 and then zooming in on eight exciting projects. The report makes ...

Making it count: Civil society engagement in EU trade agreements

Discussion Papers (series)
06-07-2020
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Nadia Ashraf

A reform of civil society engagement in EU free trade agreements (FTAs) is necessary and particularly timely with the recently launched review of EU’s trade policy. Civil society can contribute towards promoting ...

A political economy analysis of the Nacala and Beira corridors

Discussion Papers (series)
06-07-2020
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Luckystar Miyandazi
  • Poorva Karkare

While trade and transport costs in Africa are high, those faced in Malawi are higher than in the wider region. International partners are keen to invest in improving trade and transportation, with ...

Free movement in West Africa: Juxtapositions and divergent interests

Contributing Document
06-07-2020
  • Amanda Bisong
  • Franzisca Zanker
  • Kwaku Arhin-Sam

In March 2020, there was an unexpected halt to mobility as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, resulting in lockdowns and restrictions on all ‘non-essential’ travel. In the ECOWAS region, national ...

The integration of climate change and circular economy in foreign policies

Discussion Papers (series)
29-06-2020
  • Hanne Knaepen
  • James Mackie
  • Jeske van Seters

Tackling climate change and transitioning to a circular economy is not something a single country can do on its own. It is therefore key to integrate climate change and circular economy considerations ...