Upgrading EU Foreign Policy
The Ukraine crisis and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa have elevated foreign policy to the top of the EU’s agenda. Carnegie Europe asks whether the EU can make its external action more effective and argues this will depend in large part on institutional decisions made in 2014.
Lets Get Down to Business - Challenges in International Development
How can development policy work with and on businesses and the business environment so that the private goals of businesses contribute to most effectively to public development objectives? Three major challenges are outlined in this latest paper from IDS.
Making FDI Work for Sub-Saharan Africa
FDI is an increasingly significant catalyst for growth and trade in developing countries due to a major expansion in the scope of global value chains. However, it is FDI’s spillover potential that is perhaps its most valuable input to long-run growth and development, argue the World Bank.
VIDEO: EPAs ‘Saved the Seychelles Economy’
The Seychelles is well into the implementation of its interim EPA it signed with Mauritius, Madagascar and Zimbabwe in 2009 and ratified in 2012. At the recent ACP Council of Ministers meeting, Seychelles’ Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Barry Faure said the interim EPA “saved the economy”.
Good Governance and Active Citizenship in West Africa: Will the ECOWAS of Peoples be the Answer?
This Seminar hosted by Oxfam (conducted in French) asks whether an ‘ECOWAS of Peoples’ could be the answer to ensure Good Governance and Active Citizenship in West Africa.
Towards a Global Network of ‘Crisis Rooms’?
This latest book from the Institute of Security Studies brings together key elements from an international conference organised by the EEAS in December 2013 devoted to the challenges and opportunities in ongoing efforts of crisis responders worldwide to establish their own ‘security community’.
Russia Coming in From The Cold?
With Russia so prominent in the headlines right now, this paper reviews Russia’s engagement with the OECD on development cooperation. William Hynes and Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval suggest that twenty-first century Russian-DAC relationship could enhance development outcomes, and at long last keep a re-emerging donor out of the cold.
Open Source, Private Sector IT Solutions to Improve Local Government Tax Reform
Information technology systems are critical to realising the local government tax reforms that are the focus of growing international attention, yet donor-led solutions risk a lack of sustainability. IDS argue using locally developed, frequently open source, private sector solutions can offer a superior option.
A Big Year for Small Islands
Duncan Green’s latest blog asks how a complex systems approach can go beyond the discussion on climate change and vulnerability in Small Island Developing States. Thinking through their situation in responding to complexity, Green suggests an ‘adaptive approach’ to change.
Development Policy Should be Rooted in Human Rights
Greater respect for human rights can make development more just, curb harmful practices and improve accountability writes David Mepham in the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog.
Real Size of African Economies
There have been significant changes in the ranking of countries by the size of their economies, and Egypt has surpassed South Africa the largest African economy. Investment is the key to economic development, reports the African Development Bank.
The Challenges of Investing in African Agriculture
Developing the agricultural sector is now a priority in Africa said Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development at a recent Friends of Europe meeting. What is missing is money and support for smallholder farmers that create a great majority of Africa’s agricultural output.
Tax Dodgers are not yet Losing Sleep Over Global Tax Reform
Oxfam show how tax rules are rigged in favour of multinational corporations and how the G20’s current approach to tax reform is at risk of being dominated by corporate lobbyists.
Building a True Partnership Between Africa and Europe
The EU-Africa Summit has come at the end of an unusual period of both tension and increased cooperation between Europe and Africa and this period of flux may well decide the course relations for a generation, writes Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s Foreign Minister.
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