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Pas une erreur, mais un système : le commerce informel transfrontalier en Afrique de l’Ouest

Discussion Papers (series)
22-07-2021
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Philomena Apiko
  • Poorva Karkare

Les échanges commerciaux intra-africains sont dans une large mesure informels, à petite échelle, transfrontaliers et non comptabilisés. L’importance du commerce informel transfrontalier (CIT) et de fait la nécessité d’en tenir compte dans ...

ECDPM Annual Report 2020

Annual reports
30-06-2021

In our Annual Report 2020 we provide a bird’s eye view of the past year. The report makes clear how all our activities tie together and how we made our contribution towards ...

Merging peace and politics: Drivers, dilemmas and options for the AU’s new governance setup

Discussion Papers (series)
28-06-2021
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Martin Ronceray
  • Ueli Staeger

The merger of the African Union Commission’s Department of Peace and Security and its Department of Political Affairs is one of the most prominent changes that African Union (AU) reform has delivered. ...

Getting up to speed: The EU and the development in transition agenda

Discussion Papers (series)
21-06-2021
  • Katja Sergejeff
  • Mariella Di Ciommo

This paper looks at the EU’s engagement with middle-income countries (MICs). The rapidly changing geopolitical context, the COVID-19 crisis and the launch of the programming cycle for the new Neighbourhood, Development and ...

Connecting the pieces of the puzzle: The EU’s implementation of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus

Discussion Papers (series)
21-06-2021
  • Pauline Veron
  • Volker Hauck

Development, humanitarian and peacebuilding actors are increasingly called upon to work together to address protracted and complex crises and strengthen community resilience, building on their comparative advantages. This ‘triple nexus’ between humanitarian ...

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
  • 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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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
  • 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 ...