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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 ...

Policy coherence issues emerging from COVID-19 with a focus on healthcare supply chains

Discussion Papers (series)
29-06-2020
  • Fabien Tondel
  • Pamella Ahairwe

The management of the coronavirus pandemic has been considerably impaired by a dearth of essential medical and pharmaceutical products. Disruptions in supply chains for healthcare goods have caused shortages and tight inventories. ...

Strengthening the Local Dimension of Blended Finance

Contributing Document
28-06-2020
  • San Bilal
  • Dan Preston

A review of the local approaches and instruments employed by Development Finance Organizations (DFOs) The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is supporting the Group of 20 (G20) Compact with Africa (CwA) ...

COVID-19 in Africa: Driver of conflict, or too early to tell?

Briefing Notes (series)
15-06-2020
  • Ashley Neat
  • Sophie Desmidt

COVID-19 has caused disruptions across the globe on a scale not previously imagined. This brief looks at the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for conflict-affected areas in Africa, as well as measures ...

International collaboration in Horizon Europe: A new approach to partnering with Africa

15-06-2020
  • Chloe Teevan
  • Mariella Di Ciommo

Together with the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) and ahead of the European Commission’s new EU research and innovation strategy, planned to be released later this year, ECDPM has looked into research and ...

Towards an EU global COVID-19 response 2.0: Boosting smarter finance

Discussion Papers (series)
01-06-2020
  • San Bilal

The European Union (EU) has responded promptly to the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – within, but also beyond its borders. The EU global response to COVID-19 includes quickly reallocating ...

EU development cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa 2013-2018: Policies, funding, results

Study
26-05-2020
  • Alexei Jones
  • Katja Sergejeff
  • Pauline Veron

ECDPM, jointly with the German Development Institute (DIE), conducted a study on EU cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa for the evaluation department (IOB) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The ...

One Health and COVID-19: Global leadership, territorial investment and food systems

Briefing Notes (series)
18-05-2020

The One Health approach is particularly relevant to tackle threats like COVID-19 because it links the health of humans, animals, plants and their shared environments. The current health emergency highlights the importance ...

The future of EU security sector assistance: Learning from experience

Discussion Papers (series)
18-05-2020
  • Ashley Neat
  • Volker Hauck
  • Matthias Deneckere

This paper reflects on the future of the EU’s role in working with foreign security actors. It does so in the context of debates on how to better equip EU external action ...

African regional responses to COVID-19

Discussion Papers (series)
18-05-2020
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Philomena Apiko

COVID-19 has firmly set foot on the African continent, affecting all African countries. Any failure to contain the virus in one country ultimately threatens the safety of others. This ‘weakest link’ characteristic ...

Claiming back civic space: Towards approaches fit for the 2020s?

Reports
18-05-2020
  • Jean Bossuyt
  • Martin Ronceray

Across the globe, the space available for civic action is increasingly under attack. Triggered by both state and non-state actors, the backlash does not only affect civil society but a wide range ...

Encadrer à nouveau l’artisanat minier au Burkina Faso : vers une approche contextualisée

Discussion Papers (series)
04-05-2020
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Poorva Karkare
  • Tongnoma Zongo

L’exploitation minière artisanale au Burkina est une importante source de revenus au niveau local, mais sa propagation sans réglementation a conduit à des problèmes environnementaux et de santé, ainsi qu’à la prolifération ...

The impact of COVID-19 on remittances for development in Africa

Discussion Papers (series)
04-05-2020
  • Esther Njoroge

Remittance flows, which are an integral part of development finance, proved relatively resilient during the 2008 financial crisis and the 2014 Ebola epidemic. However, they are currently under threat by the COVID-19 ...

Rewiring support to African continental and regional organisations

Discussion Papers (series)
24-04-2020
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Jan Vanheukelom

With EU programming for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework underway, a new ‘geopolitical’ European Commission in place with Africa high on its agenda, and the sixth EU-AU summit intended to take place ...

Saving Africa’s private sector jobs during the coronavirus pandemic

15-04-2020
  • San Bilal
  • Stephany Griffith-Jones
  • Sony Kapoor

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Africa’s private sector is facing a very large recession, the likes of which has not been seen for 25 years. This is putting more than 20 million ...

The challenge of scaling up the European Union’s global response to COVID-19

Briefing Notes (series)
10-04-2020
  • Alexei Jones
  • Andrew Sherriff
  • Chloe Teevan

Over the past few weeks, the EU has been mobilising its full firepower – including health coordination, economic measures and market regulation – to address the COVID-19 crisis within its borders. Yet, ...

How can the European Union help developing countries address the socioeconomic impacts of the coronavirus crisis?

Contributing Document
06-04-2020
  • San Bilal
  • Dirk Willem te Velde

With the global economy going into a steep recession, developing countries are facing considerable financing shortfalls. The UN Conference on Trade and Development warns of a $2.5 trillion finance shortfall; Asian forecasts ...

Sustainable food systems through diversification and indigenous vegetables: An analysis of the Arusha area

Reports
30-03-2020
  • Cecilia D’Alessandro
  • Koen Dekeyser
  • Paulina Bizzotto Molina

The unsustainability of food systems around the globe is one of the greatest current threats to human and planetary health. Not only does it lead to malnourishment and hence poor health, but ...

Sustainable EU business and trade: How the Enterprise Europe Network can promote trade beyond Europe

Briefing Notes (series)
23-03-2020
  • Jeske van Seters
  • San Bilal

The expansion of European small and medium enterprises beyond EU borders will not only be important for competitiveness, economic growth and innovation, but also for the promotion of EU values and interests, ...