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European Centre for Development Policy Management Weekly Newsletter
23 JANUARY 2016

Geert Laporte

Dep. Director

Dear <<First name>>,

In this week’s editor’s pick, we have the pleasure to announce the launch of our 2017 Challenges paper. This annual publication of the Centre identifies some of the key debates that will impact on Europe’s international cooperation and on Europe-Africa relations in particular.

In co-operation with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, we will organise on 1 February a debate in Brussels with key stakeholders, so as to explore how the EU could make its ambitious development and external agendas work in an important year for the Europe-Africa partnership.

In our Policy News items, we feature a new blog by ECDPM’s Anna Knoll, explaining why the EU should, in addition to short-term
measures, also adopt a longer-term vision towards the issue of migration that could serve both European and African agendas.

We also feature a recent paper by ECDPM’s Sebastian Große-Puppendahl, Karim Karaki and San Bilal, discussing the roles of DFIs and export credit agencies in investment promotion for sustainable development.

Read further for details and other recent news and events. For daily news updates, follow us on Twitter @ECDPM.

All the best,


Editor's Pick 

Event: Doing more with less. How to adapt EU development and external action to new challenges in the Africa-Europe Partnership?

The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and ECDPM have the pleasure to invite you to a co-organised seminar to launch and present our Challenges paper on Africa-Europe relations in 2017. This seminar will take place on 1 February at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels. It will bring together officials from the European Commission, European Parliament, European External Action Services, members of the CODEV, ACP and COAFR Council Working Parties and Civil Society representatives to discuss key challenges in the run-up to the upcoming Africa-EU Summit at the end of 2017. Whilst looking forward to your active participation during this seminar, we appreciate if you register by Wednesday 25 January 2015. Registration is on a first come, first served basis as space is limited.


Policy News 

Photo courtesy of Gustave Deghilage via Flickr.

Taking steps ahead: Towards a new vision for migration in 2017

The issue of migration will continue to be pivotal in 2017. In her new blog, ECDPM’s Anna Knoll explains why the European Union should adopt a long-term thinking towards the issue of migration, and expresses hope for 2017 to mark the beginning of this shift. She argues that the EU will need to walk a fine line between calibrating different short-and long-term interests and values already visible in its cooperation efforts in the Sahel and North Africa. Long-term thinking will also need to be translated into new visions and stories able to connect with citizens on the emotional level.
Photo courtesy of ADB via Flickr.

Investment promotion for sustainable development: The roles of DFIs and export credit agencies

In recent years and in the aftermath of the world financial crisis, economic slowdown in Europe has encouraged European governments and the European Union to set up support programmes and instruments that can stimulate national economies and help create the jobs needed to tackle both (youth) unemployment and crumbling growth rates. This recent ECDPM paper sheds light on potential synergies between development finance institutions (DFIs) and export promotion agencies (ECAs) in promoting sustainable and responsible investments, considering their respective roles, and the opportunities for cooperation between them to achieve the SDGs.

Other News

- European Parliamentary Research Service publishes “The Juncker Commission's ten priorities”, outlining the state of play at the start of 2017.

- According to a new report by Global Financial Integrity, developing countries are net-creditors to the rest of the world, as much more money flows from poor to rich countries than vice versa.

Eight men own the same wealth as the poorer half of the global population, according to a new Oxfam study.

- A new JRC study looks at the role of new technologies and people's participation for contributing to early warnings about food security.

- ICTSD publishes research on West Africa’s potential for participation in global value chains and regional integration.

- The Maltese EU presidency calls on every member state to accept all the principles of the Dublin reform, strongly opposing any opt-outs.

- A recent joint report by the European Commission and the EEAS on the implementation of the EU's Sahel Regional Action Plan (RAP), demonstrates priority given by EU to migration control in the Sahel.

- Both high and low-skilled migrant workers will benefit to their host countries in the long term, increasing income and living standards, according to Bruegel.

- On a similar note, a new World Economic Forum article suggests that migration can be approached from a different angle by looking at how migrants contribute to the economy of their host countries.

- A new peer learning report by OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) identifies good practice and lessons in private sector engagement for sustainable development.

- After Theresa May’s speech announcing a hard Brexit, Egmont discusses the question, ’What if Mrs May had a strategy for Brexit, and her divided opponents had not?’

- The January update of The World Economic Outlook provides predictions on the global output growth on various topics and for different types of economies.

- A new report by CARE presents the 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2016.

- The year 2016 is deemed to be the warmest on record, says WRI article. Yet, temperatures in 2017 are unlikely to break such record.

- IPI Policy Paper Humanitarian Engagements assesses the multilateral system anchored in the UN and puts forward suggestions on how it can prevent and respond to a growing number of humanitarian crises in the twenty-first century.

- A new World Bank blog discusses whether South Africa can turn the corner in 2017, expecting economic growth to strengthen over the year.

Statewatch’s analysis of the Eighth report on relocation and resettlement by the European Commission highlights how the latter welcomes an increase in relocations while overlooking the unsustainability of such system.

- IDS study suggests that Davos should look at why young people struggle to find work. Research shows that the real problem is oversupply.

- The President of EIB refers to a shift in European budget policies towards Africa as the “Marshall Plan for Africa”. However, some authoritative voices argue that development in Africa can and must only be done by Africans.

- In its recent note The Dangers of Deal Making for Development, the Centre for Global Development assesses the risks behind the shift towards enhancing the role of private funds to development projects.

- The ODI report Aligning objectives: International climate commitments and national energy strategies, suggests that energy sector plans, SDG implementation plans and national commitment to fight climate change should be aligned among others.

- An article by World Economic Forum states we can eradicate hunger by 2030 and indicates how to achieve the Zero Hunger goal in 5 steps.

- New analysis A Strategy For Europe’s Neighborhood: Keep Resilient And Carry On? assesses the EU Global Strategy, suggesting that sovereignty and equality would be a better leitmotiv than national security to guide EU’s actions in the Neighborhood.

- The Brookings report Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent in 2017 explores financial resources, employment, technology, urbanisation and climate change as the six overarching themes for Africa to tackle in 2017.

- A new briefing by the European Parliamentary Research Service focuses on fostering social innovation in the European Union.


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Recent Events

On 17 January, European People’s Party candidate Antonio Tajani was elected new president of the European Parliament by a narrow lead of 69 votes in an election that Politico calls a backroom deal.

The Commission’s roadmap on the Africa-EU Partnership launched on 13 January is a living document providing information for reflection and debate amongst the various stakeholders to prepare themselves for the Africa-EU Summit to take place in November this year.

At the closure of the Africa-France Summit, the President of the African Development Bank Group shared 3 clear messages: the African economy is resilient; the AfDB works towards inclusive growth; and, the private sector plays a crucial role. Once more, President Hollande has underlined the role of France in Africa and its commitment to the development of the whole of the continent.

On 16 January, the Burundian government has reportedly ordered withdrawing troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

On 13 January, The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) reacted to the post-election situation in Gambia, calling upon the outgoing President, Yahya Jammeh, to respect the Constitution of the Gambia and hand over power.

From 15 - 18 January, the UN World Data Forum called for better data to improve people’s lives and launched a global plan in this area. This would support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Three days before leaving office, Barack Obama ordered transferring a second $500m instalment of pledged $3bn contribution to the Green Climate Fund, a key aspect of implementing the Paris agreement signed in 2015.

On 10 January, the 12th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue took place in Brussels. The meeting focused on the Declaration of the Human and Peoples’ Decade in Africa and the launch of the drafting of the African Human Rights Action and Implementation Plan 2017–26

Upcoming Events

From 22 - 31 January the 28th Summit of the African Union will take place in Addis Ababa. The overall theme will be ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’. During the Summit on 30-31 January, important elections will take place for the position of the Chair of the AU Commission and other senior positions.

In cooperation with Banque de France, FERDI organises on 24 January a conference on ‘What responses to terms of trade shocks in poor and vulnerable countries?’ The debates will combine recent academic findings on the subject and the experience of both public and private practitioners.

From 24 - 26 January, a series a webinars will be held by Action4SD about the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement.

Submissions for the 2017 APPAM International Conference on ‘Public Policy and Governance Beyond Borders’ are accepted until 31 January. The conference programme will focus amongst others on global politics and foreign policy, peacebuilding and migration.

Events organised or attended by ECDPM

On 24 January, ECDPM’s San Bilal will moderate a panel session on ‘Can the EU better support job creation in developing countries?’, organised by ITUC, ETUC and ActionAid.

The European Partnership for Democracy organises on 25 January a panel debate on ‘Who owns the EDF? Political realities and domestic accountability in EU development aid’. Anna Knoll, Head of the ECDPM Programme on Migration, will chair one of the sessions.


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