Translating the private sector for development discourse into practice
Engaging the private sector in development is currently on everybody’s lips. To make this public-private partnership for development work in practice, both sides need to be clear about the expectations they have from each other
and need to avoid making unrealistic assumptions, ECDPM’s Bruce Byiers points out in an article on the Talking Points blog. Resources and expertise from both actors – for example the private sector’s experience with risk management and adaptability to failure - should be combined and used strategically. These important aspects will also be relevant for the discussion on options for how to engage business in a post-MDG global development agenda
, presented in a recent paper by ODI.
Quest for a new social contract for the Middle East and North Africa
Since the onset of the Arab Spring, civil society has been at the forefront of popular demonstration for regime change. Now, civil society organisations are increasingly stressing the importance of a new social contract between governments and citizens
. The EU seems cognisant of these demands and established a Civil Society Facility to strengthen non-state actors in its Southern Neighbourhood. ECDPM’s Nicola Tissi reflects on this in an article on the Talking Points blog after participating in a recent conference on economic and social rights organized by the EUROMED Civil Society Programme.
Poor countries likely to be hit hard by Euro crisis
A breakup of the Euro zone could cost developing countries around 25 billion EUR in lost trade and foreign investment, according to a new estimate by Oxfam. This amount is equivalent to almost a quarter of the global aid budget and its loss would pose an additional challenge to poor countries. To mitigate the negative effects, Oxfam called on the G20 that met this week to implement a five-point policy programme, which also includes the introduction of a global financial transaction tax. In another recent paper on the same topic ODI provided a set of policy recommendations to developing countries on how to cope with the impacts of the European debt crisis.
EU weak on early warning systems for conflict prevention
Although the EU adopted a conflict prevention agenda and has shown a lot of interest in early warning systems, it is struggling with putting this into practice effectively, finds a new report by the NGO Saferworld. Data from two case studies in Africa and Asia show that “there is no shared understanding across the EU of what its early warning system is and what its purpose should be” and that “the EU does not conduct systematic analyses to inform its programming process or political dialogue”. A set of timely recommendations proposed by Saferworld could help the EU to improve its practice so it can tackle the root causes of conflict more proactively once the newly established European External Action Service will be fully up to speed.
Aid for Trade is reaching its limits, so what’s next?
In an effort to attract more donor funding, the WTO is expanding the scope of its Aid for Trade initiative to dimensions such as gender empowerment and green growth. Jean-Jacques Hallaert of the Global Economy Group at Sciences Po argues in a new paper that the WTO should instead increase the focus on measuring the results of interventions in the key areas of the trade and development nexus in order to make Aid for Trade more effective. He proposes setting up an independent body, hosted within the World Bank, able to undertake impact evaluations of Aid for Trade initiatives. This would help increase developing countries’ confidence that the WTO-led programme is able to help them face the adjustment and implementation cost of a multilateral trade agreement, Hallaert says.
Vacancy announcement: ECDPM is looking for two Research Assistants
We are hiring two Research Assistants (full time) for our European External Action and our Conflict, Security and Resilience Programmes. Candidates should have a master’s degree in a relevant discipline, a good overview of political relations between Europe and developing countries, and an entrepreneurial and self-motivating attitude. Closing date is 25 June.
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