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European Centre for Development Policy Management Weekly Newsletter
16 JANUARY 2017

Geert Laporte

Dep. Director

Dear <<First name>>,

We apologise for sending this week's Weekly Compass a second time, as we have encountered a faulty display of text.

On behalf of the whole ECDPM 
staff, we wish you a successful and inspiring new year. We look forward to keeping you informed and up-to-date throughout 2017 which, undoubtedly, will be a challenging year for Europe, Africa and the global world. With our new 2017-2021 strategy entering into force, we trust that we will be able to contribute to finding adequate answers to the many challenges of our time.

This week’s editor’s pick features a joint study by ECDPM and the University of Leuven, analysing whether the EU has the right instruments to finance assistance in protracted crises, also in the context of upper middle income countries. ECDPM’s Volker Hauck and Matthias Deneckere have specifically focused on the analysis of the EU instruments in response to protracted crises, evaluating their effectiveness.

In our Policy News items, we include the 2017 edition of our annual Challenges Paper, presenting important issues and debates expected to shape the year ahead, as well the final report on the Evaluation of the Instrument for Stability 2007-2013, carried out by ECDPM and Particip.

We also feature our latest blog, looking back at some notable moments from 2016 in international relations and development, and giving an outlook on what 2017 might have in store.

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 

Photo courtesy of DG ECHO via Flickr.

Does the EU have the right instruments to finance assistance in protracted crises?

At present, the EU is facing a number of crises in the Neighborhood region and beyond. Most of these crises are either protracted and/or recurring. They are characterised by a high volatility and bring about both the need for short-term humanitarian responses as well as structural challenges in terms of development and fragility, which require more long-term solutions.The European Parliament has commissioned a study that analyses whether the current set of EU instruments constitutes a good basis to the challenges associated with protracted crisis. The study has been conducted jointly by the KU Leuven and by ECDPM, whose experts Matthias Deneckere and Volker Hauck have specifically focused on the analysis and evaluation of the EU instruments in response to protracted crisis.

ECDPM’s research around this topic has also led to one more publication, namely The EU engagement in protracted crises: Towards a comprehensive approach? which appeared in the monthly publication Nação e Defesa by the Portuguese Instituto da Defesa Nacional (IDN).


Policy News 

Matching means to priorities: Challenges for EU-Africa relations in 2017

The year 2016 may well come to be seen as the start of a shift in course for Africa-Europe relations, as both continents faced major challenges and these will unavoidably affect the way they relate to one another. The 2017 edition of our annual Challenges Paper lays out the opportunities ahead to adapt European and African policy and practice to new priorities and the evolving context and to balance hard-line stances with more pragmatic cooperation. The proposed revision of the European Consensus on Development, the mid-term review processes for the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework and the EU-Africa Summit, scheduled for November 2017, are just some of them. Will 2017 be a year in which Europe and Africa succeed in agreeing on common priorities and match them with adequate means?

The Challenges Paper 2017 will be launched during the seminar “Doing more with less. How to adapt EU development and external action to new challenges in the Africa-Europe Partnership?”. The event will be co-hosted by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and ECDPM on 1 February. More information will soon be available on our website and in the next Weekly Compass.
Photo courtesy of Adrian Berg via Flickr.

Final Report: Evaluation of the Instrument for Stability – Crisis Response Component (2007-2013)

In 2016, ECDPM and Particip undertook the Evaluation of the EU Instrument for Stability- Crisis Response Component (IfS CRC) for 2007-2013. The IfS CRC showed itself to be a very useful Instrument to underpin the ambitions of the EU and help in translating EU policy objectives into its global operations. It has shown an ability to promote the political dimensions and values of the EU, which other instruments cannot address in the same way. The IfS CRC’s impact could have been higher if it was bolstered by political engagement throughout the lifecycle of interventions, in particular at the level of EU Delegations, and more upfront in considerations on how to fit the Instrument into the overall longer-term EU crisis response.
Photo courtesy of Province of British Columbia via Flickr.

Eight notable moments for Europe and Africa: Looking back at 2016 and ahead to 2017

As we’ve entered a new year, ECDPM’s editorial team looks back at some notable moments from 2016 - a turbulent time for international cooperation and global development. What were some of the highlights, particularly in Europe and Africa? What did we have to say about them? And what will 2017 have in store? 

Other News


- During 2016 the EIB signed new lending programmes worth EUR 92 million to support for East African entrepreneurs. Last year, 49 per cent of EIB backed lending in Africa supported private sector investment by small and medium-sized businesses.

- EIB adopted the EIB Group Strategy on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment, aiming to embed gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the Group’s activities.

- Brookings publishes the 2017 edition of the Foresight Africa report, exploring six overarching priorities that provide opportunities for Africa to overcome its obstacles to foster inclusive growth.

- Will Trump embrace the funding of overseas aid? Brookings presents 10 elements for an effective Trump foreign aid program. According to a new BBC article, significant cuts are likely.

- A recent DIE publication addresses the question of how to shape SDG-sensitive development cooperation in line with the requirements of the 2030 Agenda, outlining implications for OECD-DAC members.

- According to a new Oxfam blog, governments, civil society, and the private sector need to work together to advance quality blended finance that benefits development aid effectiveness.

- Genocide and famine in South Sudan, Yemen’s downward spiral, and the impact of Trump are among the 10 humanitarian stories to look out for in 2017 according to IRIN.

- A new IRIN article calls for strengthening communities by building their resilience ahead of climate change-induced disasters. An example from Kenya shows how slum activists build climate change resilience from the bottom up.

- On his first day in office, UN Secretary-General Guterres stresses the importance of multilateralism and teamwork for achieving UN goals.

- A new World Bank blog illustrates 4 ways in which start-ups can transform a city, highlighting economic growth, new jobs, resources for local innovation, and transformation of urban environments.

- With the right mix of incentives, actions and goals, funding and financial mechanisms can move the climate-smart agenda forward, according to a recent World Bank blog.

- ICTSD analyses the WTO’s role in fisheries subsidies and its implications for Africa, calling for substantial investment and flexibility for African countries.

- InDepthNews recently reported that the United Nations will continue to support the African Unions’ development agenda over the next ten years. The PAIDA 2017-2027 promotes a closer cooperation in the areas of violence, migration and other issues.

- A new ODI blog calls for moving the debate on migration forward, focussing on a new language, the role of jobs, a common understanding of legal pathways, and a comprehensive approach to human mobility

- Another ODI blog identifies six reasons to celebrate the first birthday of the SDGs, and highlights challenges that remain.

- Brookings most recent Figure of the Week maps Internet shutdowns in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, illustrating a concerning trend.

- Through a new trade roadmap, Sudan aims to cut unnecessary costs and reduce the time for cross-border trade by 40%, increasing exports by at least 25% by the end of 2021.

- A new ICTSD paper examines regional integration in Africa, presenting key challenges, motivations, experiences and outlooks.

- Kenya’s rate of households connected to electricity jumped from 27 percent to 55 percent in only three years since 2003. In the US, for example, this achievement took about eight years, according to CDG.

- According to a new Guardian article, mobilising aid through the private sector can yield high poverty reduction returns.

- The new report Where is the Money? Donor Funding for Conflict and Violence Prevention in Eastern Africa by the Institute of Development Studies looks at five African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan), assessing the key issues being funded as well as trends in donor funding.

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Recent Events

On 11 January 2017, the European Council decided to extend the mandate of the EU mission EUCAP Sahel Mali for another two years until January 2019, meanwhile allocating the budget for the first year.

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has slightly reshuffled his cabinet and he appointed his close advisor Amadou Gon Coulibaly as prime minister. After a military mutiny that lasted for two days, the President dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes.

In Ghana, President Akufo-Addo has named 13 persons as ministers-designate to serve in his government. Further announcements will follow soon, and also some ministries have been redefined.     

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Al Jazeera (via AllAfrica) reports that West African leaders are putting pressure on Gambian President Jammeh to hand over power after his defeat in the elections last month.

In an attempt to reduce migration from the African continent, Italy plans to reopen its embassy in Libya after two years. Italy plays a prominent role in the rehabilitation of its former colony.

The 27th edition of the France-Africa Summit took place on 13-14 January in Bamako, Mali.

Following the launch of OECD's 'States of Fragility’ report in November 2016, the European Commission organised an InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference on 12 January in Brussels, to present the renewed OECD fragility framework and findings.

Events organised or attended by ECDPM

On 18 January, Paulina Bizzotto Molina will attend a discussion on Dutch investments in the African agri-food sector, co-organised by ECDPM.

ECDPM’s San Bilal will moderate on 24 January a panel session on ‘Aid for Trade and opportunities around its forthcoming review’. The event will explore issues related to EU support to job creation in developing countries. EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will sit on the panel.


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