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The effects of major economies’ policies on climate action, food security and water in developing countries

Discussion Papers (series)
04-07-2022
  • Cecilia D’Alessandro
  • Fabien Tondel
  • Koen Dekeyser

The growing demand for food, water and energy, in conjunction with climate change, puts pressure on land and freshwater resources. This problem can be acute in developing countries, where many households and ...

The European Green Deal and the war in Ukraine: Addressing crises in the short and long term

04-07-2022
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Koen Dekeyser

Researchers from the European Think Tanks Group – including ECDPM’s Koen Dekeyser and Alfonso Medinilla – and GIZ, IAMO and SEI look at the implications of the war in Ukraine on energy ...

ECDPM Annual Report 2021

Annual reports | Corporate documents
29-06-2022

In our Annual Report 2021 we provide a bird’s eye view of the past year. The report makes clear how all our activities tie together and how they contribute to the Sustainable ...

L’intégration régionale en Afrique de l’Ouest : Chevauchements inutiles ou options nécessaires ?

Discussion Papers (series)
27-06-2022
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Cheikh Tidiane Dièye

Ce document analyse et met en lumière les intérêts et les jeux et enjeux autour de deux organisations régionales qui se chevauchent en Afrique de l’Ouest : La CEDEAO (Communauté économique des ...

Supporting adaptation in African agriculture – A policy shift since the EU Green Deal?

Briefing Notes (series)
27-06-2022
  • Hanne Knaepen

Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing the most severe droughts in decades, impacting livestock and crop production. In 2019, the EU presented plans to increase adaptation finance in Africa under the EU ...

From hashtags to the streets: Digital technologies for women’s political activism

Examples from Africa

Discussion Papers (series)
27-06-2022
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Martin Ronceray
  • Maëlle Salzinger

From past struggles for independence to today’s protests against normalised violence, women in Africa have asserted their leadership in social and political movements. Yet even when praised for their activism, they remain ...

Promoting a global green transition following the Russian invasion of Ukraine – The external dimensions of the European Green Deal

Discussion Papers (series)
20-06-2022
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Karim Karaki
  • Koen Dekeyser

The European Green Deal is being reassessed in a highly securitised environment. This not only has an effect on Europe’s own transition perspectives, but can also alter the global green transition and ...

The Global Gateway: A recipe for EU geopolitical relevance?

Discussion Papers (series)
13-06-2022
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Chloe Teevan
  • Ennatu Domingo

The Global Gateway is the EU’s new connectivity strategy that aims to create smart, sustainable and secure links with countries around the world in the thematic areas of digital, energy and transport. ...

Human development in the EU’s international spending in turbulent times: From words to deeds?

Discussion Papers (series)
13-06-2022
  • Ennatu Domingo
  • Katja Sergejeff
  • Pauline Veron

The knock-on effects of the Russian war against Ukraine are felt particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, with inflation, soaring prices of fertilisers and further food insecurity. This not only stresses the need for ...

Regional integration in West Africa: Wasteful overlaps or necessary options?

Discussion Papers (series)
30-05-2022
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Cheikh Tidiane Dièye

This paper analyses the interests and incentives around two overlapping regional organisations in West Africa: ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States), which has fifteen members, and UEMOA (the West African ...

Financing fragile contexts: What can development finance institutions do better?

Discussion Papers (series)
23-05-2022
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Pamella Ahairwe
  • San Bilal

Fragility and conflicts prevent countries from achieving sustainable development goals. They cause a loss of lives and livelihoods, displacement of people, poverty and hunger, poor health and education services, and gender and ...

Tackling sovereign debt for effective climate action: Towards a European agenda

Briefing Notes (series)
23-05-2022
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Karim Karaki

This policy brief provides eight recommendations that the EU could pursue to tackle debt sustainability in the Global South and maintain the momentum for ambitious climate action. There has been no shortage ...

Africa’s journey towards an integrated digital payments landscape and how the EU can support it

Briefing Notes (series)
23-05-2022
  • Chloe Teevan
  • Ennatu Domingo

In 2021, Africa accounted for 70% of the total value of mobile money transactions globally. In recent years, the continent has experienced a rapid proliferation of digital instant payment solutions. However, many ...

ECDPM’s sustainable food systems approach

Presentations
06-05-2022

Making food systems more sustainable is urgent but complicated Making our food systems more sustainable is crucial for the health of our planet and its inhabitants. Action is needed across a range ...

Green transition in Africa: Implications for Sweden and the EU

Discussion Papers (series)
02-05-2022
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Nadia Ashraf

This paper explores green transition dynamics in Africa by analysing drivers and bottlenecks and what that could mean for Sweden and the EU’s engagement with the African continent in the context of ...

Tailored, multidimensional and coherent: Towards a renewed EU partnership with least developed countries

Discussion Papers (series)
11-04-2022
  • Alexei Jones
  • Katja Sergejeff
  • San Bilal

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected life for citizens in the world’s poorest countries, wiping out years of progress in poverty reduction. Rising food, fuel and fertiliser prices caused by the war ...

Inconsistent policies or political realities? Nigeria’s trade and industrial policy imperatives

Discussion Papers (series)
11-04-2022
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Poorva Karkare
  • Michael Odijie

Nigeria’s position on regional integration can appear inconsistent, despite having ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area and its commitment to achieving a customs union through ECOWAS. For example, in 2019, it ...

Politiques incohérentes ou réalités politiques? Les impératifs de la politique commerciale et industrielle du Nigéria

Discussion Papers (series)
11-04-2022
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Poorva Karkare
  • Michael Odijie

La position du Nigéria en matière d’intégration régionale peut sembler incohérente, bien qu’il ait ratifié la Zone de libre-échange continentale africaine et qu’il se soit engagé à réaliser une union douanière par ...

Comprendre la Charte africaine de la démocratie, des élections et de la gouvernance

Guide
29-03-2022
  • Isabell Wutz
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Martin Ronceray

De récents coups d’État militaires et manipulations constitutionnelles ont attiré l’attention sur la question de la gouvernance dans les pays africains, et sur ce qui peut être fait pour l’améliorer. L’Union africaine ...

Supporting financial inclusion of migrants: Actors, approaches and avenues to overcome challenges

Reports
28-03-2022
  • Amanda Bisong
  • Pamella Ahairwe

Remittances have proved to be an additional source of financing for development during crises, but some migrants are financially excluded in host countries, which limits their options to send earnings back home. ...

A guide to the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

Guide
28-02-2022
  • Isabell Wutz
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Martin Ronceray

Recent military coups and constitutional manipulation have drawn attention to the issue of governance in African countries, and what can be done to improve it. The African Union (AU) plays a role ...

Agenda 2063 and the role of Africa’s overlapping regional organisations

Discussion Papers (series)
28-02-2022
  • Fredrik Söderbaum
  • Sören Stapel

This paper explores the role of regional organisations (ROs) in achieving the African Union (AU)’s Agenda 2063, the continent’s master plan for development. We map the number and types of ROs on ...

African regional hubs to manufacture health products: Towards comprehensive joint AU-EU actions

Briefing Notes (series)
14-02-2022
  • Karim Karaki
  • Pamella Ahairwe
  • Philomena Apiko

In the context of the health partnership between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU), African and European leaders want to strengthen Africa’s local capacity to manufacture vaccines and health ...

Strengthening the AU-EU partnership on the economic development and trade agenda

Reports
07-02-2022
  • Poorva Karkare

This report is the outcome of a partnership initiative launched in 2021 by the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) and the Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS), with the support of the ...

L’Europe dans le monde ? Le nouvel instrument financier de l’UE en 15 questions – et réponses

Guide
07-02-2022
  • Alexei Jones
  • Ennatu Domingo
  • Katja Sergejeff

L’Union européenne (UE) s’est fixé de grandes ambitions et modifie de manière substantielle la manière dont elle organise sa coopération extérieure et ses flux de financement hors d’Europe. En se dotant d’un ...