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Rhetoric and real progress on the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Africa

Discussion Papers (series)
18-03-2019
  • Sophie Desmidt
  • Laura Davis

This paper looks at how the European Union and the African Union promote the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Africa. The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda enjoys high visibility among ...

The uncharted path towards a European Peace Facility

Discussion Papers (series)
18-03-2019
  • Matthias Deneckere

This paper analyses the proposal for the creation of a European Peace Facility (EPF), which would allow the EU to deploy military operations more effectively and to finance peace support operations led ...

Regional peace architectures in Africa: A reality check

Discussion Papers (series)
18-03-2019
  • Jan Vanheukelom
  • Sophie Desmidt

The African Union and its formally-recognised regional organisations spend substantial financial resources and human capital on peace efforts in Africa to silence the guns by 2020. Over the last two decades, they ...

Entre coopération et contestation: Les intérêts maliens dans la gestion des fleuves transfrontaliers du Sahel

Discussion Papers (series)
11-03-2019
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Martin Ronceray
  • Amagoin Keita

Cette étude examine les intérêts et incitations qui influencent le positionnement du Mali dans la gouvernance des eaux transfrontalières en Afrique de l’Ouest, à la fois sur son territoire et au travers ...

Aborder le développement régional autrement – note methodologique

Research
11-03-2019
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Jean Bossuyt

Un large éventail de cadres et d’outils d’analyse d’économie politique ont été mis au point pour guider les analyses par pays, par secteur ou focalisées sur des problèmes en particulier, et pour ...

Think local. Governance, humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding in Somalia

Discussion Papers (series)
11-03-2019
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Pauline Veron

This study seeks to understand the incentives and interests – or lack thereof – for collaboration and coordination across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, as the call for a ‘nexus approach’ grows ...

Leveraging the next EU budget for sustainable development finance: The European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+)

Discussion Papers (series)
18-02-2019
  • San Bilal

In the European Commission proposal for the next long-term budget 2021-2027 of the European Union (EU), the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) Regulation introduces an innovative unified financial architecture ...

African power pools: Regional energy, national power

Discussion Papers (series)
18-02-2019
  • Alfonso Medinilla
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Karim Karaki

Despite the continent’s natural resource endowment of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) suffers from huge deficits in the supply and distribution of energy. While there is a need for ...

Dynamiques régionales des filières d’élevage en Afrique de l’Ouest: Étude de cas centrée sur la Côte d’Ivoire dans le bassin commercial central

Discussion Papers (series)
13-02-2019
  • Fabien Tondel

Le secteur de l’élevage en Afrique de l’Ouest illustre la dimension régionale du développement des chaînes de valeur. Il repose principalement sur des échanges commerciaux de bétail entre les zones de production ...

Nigeria and South Africa: Shaping prospects for the African Continental Free Trade Area

Discussion Papers (series)
11-02-2019
  • Philomena Apiko
  • Sean Woolfrey
  • Kesa Pharatlhatlhe

In March 2018, African leaders signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This was an important step towards the longstanding goal of African economic integration, but there is ...

Financing the African Union – on mindsets and money

Discussion Papers (series)
04-02-2019
  • Jan Vanheukelom
  • Kesa Pharatlhatlhe

With 55 member countries, an elaborate institutional architecture, a broad policy agenda, and a high dependency rate on its former colonisers and main donors, the African Union (AU) is probably the world’s ...

Mixed messages from Europe and Africa stand in the way of an intercontinental deal

North Africa's double pursuit - Part II

Discussion Papers (series)
04-02-2019
  • Emmanuel De Groof
  • Jean Bossuyt

European and African leaders have underlined the merits of a hypothetical fully-fledged continent-to-continent partnership on several occasions, most recently in a EU-AU Joint Communiqué of January 2019. But in practice, they are ...

Dérives continentales dans un monde multipolaire

Enjeux pour les relations Afrique-Europe en 2019

Challenges Papers (series)
28-01-2019
  • Alexei Jones
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Philomena Apiko

Cette page est également disponible en Anglais Comme chaque année, le présent document tente de cerner les principaux débats attendus en 2019 et au-delà, et d’en esquisser la toile de fond. Le but ...

Looking north and moving south: Little enthusiasm for a continent-to-continent approach

North Africa's double pursuit - Part I

Discussion Papers (series)
28-01-2019
  • Emmanuel De Groof
  • Jean Bossuyt
  • Tasnim Abderrahim

In a two-part paper, we look at the role North African states play in Africa-Europe relations, and how political actors on both continents are influencing this role. In the first part, we ...

Continental drifts in a multipolar world

Challenges for Africa-Europe relations in 2019

Challenges Papers (series)
14-01-2019
  • Alexei Jones
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
  • Philomena Apiko

This page is also available in French ECDPM’s annual Challenges Paper seeks to identify this year’s important debates and to sketch the backdrop against which these will unfold. The aim is to ...

ECDPM Work Plan 2019-2020

Corporate documents
19-12-2018

ECDPM’s mandate focuses on Africa-Europe relations and the interface between the African and European continents. We seek to inform and influence European, African and international policies and to forge partnerships to work ...

ECDPM Strategy Implementation Plan 2018-2021

Corporate documents
19-12-2018
  • ECDPM

This implementation plan spells out how ECDPM engages to deliver on its 2017-2021 Strategy. That Strategy explores the changing global context of our work and explains the rationale underlying the four areas ...

The political economy of regional industrialisation strategies

Discussion Papers (series)
17-12-2018
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Sean Woolfrey
  • Karim Karaki

Industrial policy is on the rise in Africa. Along with the many African countries that have introduced national industrial policies, a number of Africa’s regional economic communities have adopted regional industrialisation strategies. ...

African river basin organisations: From best practice to best fit

Discussion Papers (series)
03-12-2018
  • Alfonso Medinilla

Transboundary river basin organisations (RBOs) are a specific subset of regional organisations in Africa. RBO membership follows a purely geographic logic with mandates centre around managing a single shared resource. On paper, ...

Governing a new broad instrument for EU external action: The ins and outs of the institutional power struggle

Briefing Notes (series)
03-12-2018
  • Alexei Jones
  • Emmanuel De Groof
  • Joanna Kahiluoto

In this briefing note, we set the scene for the institutional battle over the governance of the proposed €s89.2 billion Neighbourhood, Development, International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). We identify a number of thorny ...

How to spend €89.2 billion: Early developments in international cooperation programming

Discussion Papers (series)
26-11-2018
  • Andrew Sherriff
  • Mariella Di Ciommo
  • Sanne Thijssen

In the proposal for its next budget (2021-2027), the European Commission envisages a major restructuring of its external action architecture that reflects the EU’s ambition to pursue a more strategic, political and ...

Supporting peacebuilding in times of change: Case study Sweden

Reports
05-11-2018
  • Andrew Sherriff
  • Pauline Veron

What are the significant and recurrent factors that influence support to peacebuilding in Europe? And how will these impact the engagement of the peacebuilding community in the years to come? This report ...

Capitalisation des expériences et acquis de la Côte d’Ivoire en matière de politiques publiques, de structuration et de gestion de la filière anacarde

Discussion Papers (series)
31-10-2018
  • Jeske van Seters
  • Dieu-donné Konnon

La filière anacarde s’est développée considérablement en Côte d’Ivoire, notamment ces dernières années. Le pays a connu une augmentation de production très rapide de la noix de cajou et en est depuis ...

Promoting gender in the EU external response to migration: The case of the Trust Fund for Africa

Discussion Papers (series)
22-10-2018
  • Anna Knoll
  • Noemi Cascone

The EU has stepped up its approach to gender in external action with the adoption of the second EU Gender Action Plan (GAP II) for 2016-2020. This research investigates how gender has ...

SADC industrialisation: Where regional agendas meet domestic interests

Discussion Papers (series)
08-10-2018
  • Bruce Byiers
  • Jan Vanheukelom
  • Sean Woolfrey

This paper looks at the political economy dynamics around regional industrialisation policy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It examines what drives regional industrialisation strategies in African Regional Economic Communities (RECs); ...