How Can EU-Africa Relations Move Forward?
The EU-Africa Summit is behind us, and now it is time to look forward to a renewed EU-Africa partnership. This is the core focus of a conference organised by EARN in Lisbon, Portugal on April 29th, and attended by ECDPM's Geert Laporte. The conference will discuss the main changes in the priorities, needs, expectations and ambitions of both continents, as well as the added-value of EU-Africa relations vis a vis the growing diversification of partnerships available to Africa. The event is free upon registration.
VIDEO Poverty in Fragile States: Getting Elites On Board
"What the poor lack most of all is opportunity" - Watch the recorded livestream of this lunchtime seminar. Hosted by ECDPM and led by Seth Kaplan, author of the new book Betrayed: Politics, Power, and Prosperity, participants informally exchanged views on the ideas put forward in the book and their implications for public policy. The key theme is that the poor lack the opportunities to put their agency, resourcefulness and drive to use in improving their life conditions. In the book, Seth examines ways to foster political change and economic opportunity that will produce more inclusive societies and empower the poor. The seminar was an opportunity to ask questions and discuss these ideas.
New Deal for Fragile States Needs Time and Political Commitment to Flourish
Some claim the 2011 Busan agreement is already in crisis, but statebuilding demands patience, resources and resolve argues the general secretary of the g7+, Helder da Costa. The g7+, the group of post-conflict states, have felt the pain of the tragic series of events that struck South Sudan and the Central African Republic. The two are pilot countries for the New Deal for engagement in fragile states. Helder da Costa explains that far from being in crisis: “With the New Deal, we will get out what we put in.”
VIDEO What to Expect from the New Deal and the Peace and Statebuilding Goals
Conflict and fragility are intercontinental risks. Looking towards 2015 and beyond, effective partnerships and more targeted and decisive action to address conflict and fragility are needed to eradicate extreme poverty, enable sustainable growth and better manage the environment. The International Dialogue on Peace and Statebuilding, which produced the New Deal, is the forum that brings together leaders, civil society and others from the g7+ group to drive change and find new ways of development cooperation.
Emerging Economies and Africa: GREAT Insights
The role of emerging economies in Africa cannot be ignored. China is the single biggest exporting country to Africa, accounting for 18% of African imports in 2013. This bumper issue of ECDPM’s GREAT Insights magazine looks at the increasing role of emerging economies such as China, Brazil and India in Africa. As traditional arguments about emerging players in Africa are over simplistic, our articles this month bring together a wide array of contributions on the multi-dimensional role and influence of emerging global economies in Africa. The latest update on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) is also online, detailing this months the blocked ECOWAS deal.
Are Africa and Europe Turning a New Page in Their Relationship?
Will we look back in a few years and the see the 4th EU-Africa Summit as a threshold moment in Africa-Europe relations? ECDPM’s Faten Aggad and James Mackie explain it has planted the seeds for a potentially stronger, more balanced partnership between the EU and Africa. However, to gather real momentum Mrs Dlamini-Zuma will need a strong counterpart on the EU side – a challenge for the incoming EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security? The Summit's Roadmap is a starting point, but we will have to watch to see if this is a real shift in Africa – EU relations that will last for the long term.
How Does the EU Make Decisions That Matter for Africa?
ECDPM’s latest guide is for African audiences eager to know more about how the European Union makes decisions on Africa in an ever changing and interdependent relationship between the two continents. What guiding documents, financial and other instruments does the EU use? What are the main dynamics and challenges? No death by powerpoint here! This new guide is an in-house presentation supported by infographics and narrated by our own Essete Abebe Bekele and Clem Silverman. It is based on previous ECDPM research and body of knowledge.