Is the EU becoming distracted from civil society and human rights in Africa?

A greater focus on broadening partnerships has been one of the most significant shifts of the EU development cooperation’s recent evolution. On paper, the EU aims at engaging with civil society in a more meaningful manner and supporting them in a more effective way. But in reality, how has the relationship between the EU and civil society in partner countries changed with the EU’s new approach to development? 

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    Moses Isooba is the executive director of the Uganda National NGO Platform (UNNGOP), an organisation uniting national and international NGOs in the country, and stresses the importance of engaging with civil society to enhance the participation, legitimacy and influence of its projects.

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    About the podcast series

    As the European Union becomes more transactional and interest-driven in its approach to development policy, it is vital to research how the change is perceived by partner countries.

    In EU development policy shifts in practice: Voices from Africa, Amandine Sabourin interviews key partners in EU development policy, from ambassadors to local civil society leaders and European diplomats, to finally shine a light on how rulings designed in Brussels are actually playing out on the ground, the effect on the EU’s relationship with its partners, and vital lessons for the EU if it wants to achieve its development ambitions.

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