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A system, not an error: Informal cross-border trade in West Africa

Discussion Papers (series)
14-06-2021
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Philomena Apiko
  • Poorva Karkare

A large part of intra-African trade is small-scale, cross-border, unrecorded and informal. The policy relevance of informal cross-border trade (ICBT) is increasingly appreciated, especially given the prominent role played by women. However, ...

Study on the EU and its member states mobilising public sector expertise for development: Analysis paper

Discussion Papers (series)
07-06-2021
  • Katja Sergejeff
  • Mariella Di Ciommo

This paper is the second phase of a study on the use of public sector expertise (PSE) in European development cooperation. Broadly speaking, PSE refers to the exchange of knowledge, expertise and ...

Fostering inclusiveness in a Team Europe approach

Discussion Papers (series)
07-06-2021
  • Alexei Jones

In recent months, the ‘Team Europe’ approach has contributed to renewed political momentum for the EU and member states to work better together within and beyond the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

The Green Deal in EU foreign and development policy

Briefing Notes (series)
21-05-2021
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Chloe Teevan
  • Katja Sergejeff

With the European Green Deal, the EU plans to make Europe climate neutral by 2050 and to become a global leader in tackling climate change. The Green Deal is slowly taking shape ...

The EU budget and external climate financing: The state of play

Briefing Notes (series)
21-05-2021
  • Mariella Di Ciommo
  • Pamella Ahairwe

Although the European Green Deal is primarily a domestic transition plan, its success very much depends on green transitions elsewhere. The EU’s success as a global climate actor and partner rests also ...

AU-EU cooperation on climate and energy: In search of a common narrative

Briefing Notes (series)
21-05-2021
  • Alfonso Medinilla

Climate has been on the agenda of the AU-EU partnership from the start, yet while both the EU and Africa have a strong stake in accelerating climate change mitigation, a clear common ...

La promotion de l’égalité des sexes dans la programmation du budget extérieur de l’UE

Discussion Papers (series)
10-05-2021
  • Chloe Teevan
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Mariella Di Ciommo

En décembre 2020, la Commission Européenne a publié son troisième Plan d’action sur l’égalité entre les hommes et les femmes (GAP III), qui détaille la façon dont elle devrait aborder et promouvoir ...

New beginnings or a last hurrah? The OACPS-EU partnership in 2021-2041

Briefing Notes (series)
26-04-2021
  • Alfonso Medinilla

The European Union (EU) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) are moving towards the finalisation and signature of a new partnership agreement. The OACPS and EU chief negotiators ...

Taking the gender agenda forward in EU programming

Discussion Papers (series)
19-04-2021
  • Chloe Teevan
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Mariella Di Ciommo

In December 2020, the European Commission released its new Gender Action Plan (GAP III), detailing the European Union (EU)’s policy ambitions for inclusion of gender in its external action. The plan was ...

Reinvigorating human development in EU external action

Discussion Papers (series)
12-04-2021
  • Katja Sergejeff
  • Pauline Veron

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the urgency to step up strategic and smart investments in human development, which is regaining political attention in the European Union (EU)’s global agenda. Given the scale ...

COVID-19 vaccines: The challenges of protecting Africa’s fragile regions

Briefing Notes (series)
08-03-2021
  • Ashley Neat
  • Sophie Desmidt

This briefing note looks at the challenges ahead for large-scale vaccination, as part of our series of looking at the longer term effects of COVID-19 on conflict and fragility in Africa. We ...

Towards a global green recovery: The cases of Denmark, the EU, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK

Discussion Papers (series)
01-03-2021
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Nadia Ashraf

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark reality the need to build resilient and sustainable economic systems that allow countries to cope with and reduce the likelihood of future crises. A global ...

How European financial institutions can work better together for sustainable and green (co-)investment in times of COVID-19

Discussion Papers (series)
01-03-2021
  • San Bilal

The unprecedented scale of the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic calls for greater empowerment of international, European and regional financial institutions for development, development finance institutions (DFIs) and public development banks. ...

Circular economy opportunities in South Africa-EU food trade: The case of packaging

19-02-2021
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Nadia Ashraf
  • Sean Woolfrey

For the EU-South Africa Partners for Growth project, Jeske van Seters, Nadia Ashraf, Sean Woolfrey and DNA Economics’ Tlale Matseke have identified opportunities for promoting circular economy principles and practices in food ...

Understanding and managing trade-offs in food systems interventions: The case of Nakuru county, Kenya

Discussion Papers (series)
15-02-2021
  • Cecilia D’Alessandro
  • Francesco Rampa
  • Koen Dekeyser

Food systems around the world are facing unprecedented, interlinked sustainability challenges. As such, actions aimed at making them more sustainable inevitably encounter hard choices between multiple – and sometimes competing – goals. ...

Regional solutions: Regulating recruitment and protection of African migrant workers in the Gulf and the Middle East

Discussion Papers (series)
08-02-2021
  • Amanda Bisong

Low-skilled migrants from sub-Saharan African countries working in the Gulf and the Middle East are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, something which has become more apparent and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

La course aux postes de direction de l’Union africaine

Briefing Notes (series)
01-02-2021
  • Philomena Apiko
  • Luckystar Miyandazi

L’année 2021 promet d’être importante pour les dirigeants de l’Union africaine (UA), du fait des premières élections aux postes de la Commission de l’UA (CUA) depuis le début du processus de réforme ...

Simmering tensions: The long-term impact of COVID-19 on fragility and conflict in Africa

Briefing Notes (series)
25-01-2021
  • Ashley Neat
  • Sophie Desmidt

This briefing note looks at the long-term impact of COVID-19 on fragility and conflict in Africa. It follows an earlier brief which analysed the immediate impact of COVID-19 on conflict in Africa ...

Team Europe: Up to the challenge?

Briefing Notes (series)
25-01-2021
  • Alexei Jones
  • Chloe Teevan

This brief presents how the Team Europe approach has been applied to date, and explores the prospects, added value and challenges in terms of the EU and member states working better together, ...

A sustainable development approach to return and reintegration: Dilemmas, choices and possibilities

Discussion Papers (series)
25-01-2021
  • Anna Knoll
  • Pauline Veron

This paper explores the role of development cooperation in reintegration support, in the context of sustainable development and aid effectiveness. Policymakers in Europe and internationally have been giving renewed attention to sustainable ...

Applying a political economy approach in Tunisia

Discussion Papers (series)
15-01-2021
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Jean Bossuyt
  • Martin Ronceray

This paper captures the experience of providing ‘political economy support’ to the EU delegation in Tunis – at the stages of context analysis and programme design – and looks at the lessons ...

Adopting a sustainable food system approach: Implications for Ireland’s development programming and policy influencing

Discussion Papers (series)
11-01-2021
  • Francesco Rampa
  • Koen Dekeyser

In today’s increasingly complex and interlinked world, we need approaches for navigating complexity, to help us analyse, understand and decide. This is especially true for food-related development and sustainability challenges, which span ...

Relations UE-ACP : la fin des préférences ? Une analyse du nouvel accord post-Cotonou

Discussion Papers (series)
08-01-2021
  • Jean-Claude Boidin

Ouvertes en 2018, les négociations pour un accord post-Cotonou entre l’Union européenne (UE) et les Etats d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) viennent de se conclure. Le nouveau traité conserve certains ...

ECDPM Work Plan 2021

Corporate documents
15-12-2020
  • ECDPM

This work plan outlines each of ECDPM’s five programmes and their planned activities for 2021. This is the final year of the ECDPM 2017-2021 Strategy. That strategy explains the changing global context ...

ACP-EU relations: The end of preferences? A personal assessment of the post-Cotonou agreement

Discussion Papers (series)
14-12-2020
  • Jean-Claude Boidin

Launched in 2018, negotiations for a post-Cotonou agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states have just been concluded. The new treaty retains certain features of ...