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A necessary shake-up: EU programming for international cooperation

04-11-2019
  • Alexei Jones
  • Mariella Di Ciommo

This paper looks at the next programming phase for the European Union (EU)’s external resources and asks how programming can be harnessed as a space to make EU external action more consistent ...

Mission possible? The Geopolitical Commission and the partnership with Africa

Briefing Notes (series)
28-10-2019
  • Andrew Sherriff
  • Chloe Teevan

The new European Commission takes office against a backdrop of global challenges emanating from near and far, including climate change, trade wars and cyber threats. With this in mind, Commission President-elect Ursula ...

Elections in Africa – Playing the game or bending the rules?

Discussion Papers (series)
21-10-2019
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Martin Ronceray

Though more elections are taking place on the African continent than ever before, less than one in six major elections results in a full transfer of power. Six of the world’s ten ...

Peace and security in Africa: Drivers and implications of North Africa’s southern gaze

Discussion Papers (series)
21-10-2019
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw

Recent years have seen a North African ‘comeback’ to the continent, with many North African countries strategically expanding their presence and seizing economic opportunities in Africa, while securing strategic foreign policy goals. ...

Governance in Africa-Europe relations: Modesty, realism and working politically

Briefing Notes (series)
14-10-2019
  • Geert Laporte

Since the 1990s governance has been a top priority in the Europe-Africa partnership. This briefing note identifies some of the political and bureaucratic hurdles in dealing with poorly governed states and suggests ...

EU-UN cooperation: Confronting change in the multilateral system

Discussion Papers (series)
20-09-2019
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Pauline Veron
  • Vera Mazzara

This paper looks at the role of the European Union (EU) and its member states in the United Nations (UN). It examines opportunities for deepening EU-UN cooperation in the years to come, ...

Finance to adapt: Making climate funding work for agriculture at the local level

13-09-2019
  • Francesco Rampa
  • Hanne Knaepen
  • Bethany Tietjen

Bethany Tietjen, Francesco Rampa and Hanne Knaepen take a closer look at finance for climate adaptation in the agriculture sector. They present a number of recommendations for how to direct climate funding ...

Self-financing the African Union: One levy, multiple reforms

Discussion Papers (series)
09-09-2019
  • Luckystar Miyandazi
  • Philomena Apiko

Self-financing the African Union (AU) is one of the urgent and necessary institutional reforms, critical for the realisation of the AU vision for inclusive and sustainable development as laid out in its ...

Fostering the local dimension of blended finance: From principles to practice

Discussion Papers (series)
06-09-2019

Blended finance is emerging as one of the means to mobilise more effectively commercial capital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement – stimulating impactful investment, quality job creation ...

Assessing Gender Inclusion in the Migration Policies of ECOWAS

Briefing Notes (series)
15-08-2019
  • Amanda Bisong

This policy briefing assesses the gender dimension of the ECOWAS regional framework for migration governance, focusing on regulations and protocols on free movement, specifically the ECOWAS treaty and the ECOWAS gender and ...

Rapport annuel 2018

Annual reports
30-07-2019
  • ECDPM

Ce rapport vous propose une vue d’ensemble de l’année écoulée, en commençant par nos activités les plus remarquables, puis en zoomant sur douze projets passionnants. Le rapport suit le lien qui relie ...

Need for a paradigm shift of regional integration in Africa

Discussion Papers (series)
26-07-2019
  • Mark Pearson

The regional integration agenda in Africa is under threat, mainly because of complacency, donor dependency and lack of ownership of the integration agenda by African countries themselves. Our research on the COMESA ...

Sustainable food systems through diversification and indigenous vegetables

An analysis of the southern Nakuru County

Books and book chapters
17-07-2019
  • Francesco Rampa
  • Hanne Knaepen

The performance of the food system in the southern Nakuru County is currently poor in terms of economic, social and environmental sustainability. The booming flower and vegetable export sectors and the strong ...

ECDPM Annual Report 2018

Annual reports
27-06-2019
  • ECDPM

In our annual report 2018 we provide a bird’s eye view of the past year, starting with our most noteworthy activities and then zooming in on twelve exciting projects. The report makes ...

Ten years on: Enhancing EU mediation and dialogue capacities

Report on the community of practice meeting on peace mediation

Reports
26-06-2019
  • Matthias Deneckere

This Community of Practice meeting was organised by a consortium that implements the EEAS (European External Action Service) Framework Contract for Conflict Prevention and Mediation Support. This Consortium brings together the long-standing ...

Refresh and reload: EU and Africa working together on research and innovation

Discussion Papers (series)
17-06-2019
  • Mariella Di Ciommo
  • Sanne Thijssen

This is the second paper on collaboration on research and innovation (R&I) between Europe and Africa. The first one looked at African perspectives on the topic and this second one focuses on ...

The complexities of tackling illicit financial flows in practice

The example of Tanzania

Discussion Papers (series)
10-06-2019
  • Luckystar Miyandazi

The issue of illicit financial flows (IFFs) in the mineral sector of African countries has been the recent focus of African regional and national policy discussions. Research and analysis by institutions like ...

Sexual and reproductive health and rights: Opportunities in EU external action beyond 2020

Discussion Papers (series)
03-06-2019
  • Jean Bossuyt
  • Sanne Thijssen
  • Sophie Desmidt

Twenty-five years have passed since the International Conference on Population and Development that laid the foundation for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In this paper, we review the place of ...

The political economy of Africa’s regional ‘spaghetti bowl’ – Synthesis report

27-05-2019
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Jan Vanheukelom

This report synthesises the findings of a two-year research project on the political economy dynamics of regional organisations (PEDRO). It aims to explain why African countries join multiple, often overlapping, regional organisations ...

L’approche de continent à continent ne fait pas recette: Messages contradictoires des deux rives et aucun enthousiasme en Afrique du Nord

Discussion Papers (series)
06-05-2019
  • Jean Bossuyt
  • Emmanuel De Groof

Dans cet article, nous analysons le rôle des États d’Afrique du Nord dans les relations Afrique-Europe et en quoi ce rôle est influencé par les acteurs politiques des deux continents. Les pays ...

Investing in Europe’s global role: The must-have guide for the negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

29-04-2019
  • Andrew Sherriff

Want to share this page? Use our short URL http://ecdpm.org/mffguide In 2019, a new European Parliament, new European Commission and new President of the European Council will have their hands full with ...

Youth unemployment and the role of regional organisations

The case of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Discussion Papers (series)
08-04-2019
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Kesaobaka Pharatlhatlhe

Youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the African continent. This paper explores the drivers and blockages to addressing youth unemployment through regional frameworks such as the 2016 SADC Youth ...

Migration and the next EU long-term budget: Key choices for external action

Discussion Papers (series)
29-03-2019
  • Anna Knoll
  • Pauline Veron

The rising number of asylum seekers and irregular migrants since 2015 has clearly influenced the European Commission proposal for the 2021-2027 budget. This paper explores the various positions and issues at stake ...

Assertive, appreciative and aloof: South Africa, Cabo Verde and Ghana reflect on EU research and innovation collaboration

Discussion Papers (series)
29-03-2019
  • Mariella Di Ciommo
  • Sanne Thijssen
  • Emmanuel De Groof

Research and innovation (R&I) is a key ingredient of sustainable development. It is also an asset that the EU wishes to leverage to create more horizontal, mutually beneficial and multi-actor partnerships with ...

Africa-EU relations and post-Cotonou: African collective action or further fragmentation of partnerships?

Briefing Notes (series)
29-03-2019
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Jean Bossuyt

The EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states formally kicked off negotiations for a new partnership agreement in the margins of the September 2018 UN General Assembly. The ...