European Centre for Development Policy Management Weekly Newsletter
10 June 2016
|Dear <<First name>>,
This week’s Editor’s Pick features an Istituto Afari Internazionali (IAI) and ECDPM joint paper on a new EU strategic approach to global development, resilience and sustainability.
In our Policy News items we highlight our independent analysis of the European Union’s approach to the 11th European Development Fund regional programming, a Capacity4Dev interview with ECDPM on the evaluation of EU support to Research and Innovation for development in partner countries, and a paper on local content policies in mineral-rich countries.
We also include a vacancy for a Young International Professional to work with our Africa Change Dynamics Programme.
Do join ECDPM at the 2016 European Development Days next week!
All the best,
A new EU strategic approach to global development, resilience and sustainability
The new EU Global Strategy (EUGS) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda provide an opportunity for the EU to refresh its global approach to development cooperation. The EUGS could promote resilience through coherence between internal and external policies, in line with the 2030 Agenda, argue Istituto Afari Internazionali (IAI) and ECDPM in this joint paper. The EUGS could establish a new EU approach to development combining resilience, development and conflict sensitivity. As a multi-diplomacy umbrella document fostering policy coherence, the EUGS will have to acknowledge and encourage a series of adjustments to be made in EU development diplomacy and cooperation to contribute to the universal and transformative SDG agenda.
An independent analysis of the European Union’s approach to the 11th European Development Fund regional programming
Regional integration is one of the cornerstones of the EU’s development and international cooperation policy. This new ECDPM Discussion Paper reveals how the EU and its ACP partners approached the challenges of supporting regional integration.To effectively support regional integration in the future, the EC systems, incentives and capacities guiding programming need to be geared towards producing higher impact rather than higher disbursement rates. This will require, among others, ensuring that future programming is informed by a more sophisticated analysis of what drives or hinders regional integration in the different regions, countries, and sectors.
Local content policies in mineral-rich countries: An overview
There is pressure from resource-rich countries’ population to derive more benefits from resource endowment. To address this, countries have introduced or reinforced local content policies (LCPs) with a view to stimulate the use of local factors of production, such as labour, capital, supplies of goods and services, to create value in the domestic economy and hence expand the industrial sector. This ECDPM Discussion Paper defines the contours of the local content debate and illustrates the key highlights of what are the relevant issues regarding LCPs. It also highlights the conditions that are necessary to support LCPs and examines the types of interventions by governments, industries and local communities. Finally, the paper concludes by looking at the various ways of scaling up impact.
ECDPM IS HIRING!
ECDPM and the Centre des études méditerranéennes et internationales (CEMI) are embarking on a 1-year collaboration and are looking for a dynamic young professional to join their team. The Young International Professional will be part of the Africa’s Change Dynamics Programme. The position is for a total period of 12 months. The candidate is expected to spend 6 months in Tunis, Tunisia and 6 months in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Deadline 1 July, 9.00 CET.
- The IMF’s “What Does Aid Do to Fiscal Policy?: New Evidence” shows that large aid inflows undermine tax capacity and public investment while large reductions in aid inflows tend to keep recipients’ tax and expenditure ratios unchanged.
- The Transatlantic Council on Migration’s report “Maintaining Public Trust in the Governance of Migration” outlines the principal, interlinked challenges that policymakers face—including external forces and the structure of government itself—and reflects on why it is so crucial for immigration policymakers to win back public confidence, as well as the role of sound migration governance in doing so.
- What are the implications of the United Kingdom's referendum on EU membership for international development? Kevin Watkins, executive director of the Overseas Development Institute, addresses that question for DevEx.
- Because the challenges posed by migration cross many sectoral and institutional boundaries, a comprehensive and coordinated response is needed for migration says the European Parliament’s research service.
- The Danish Refugee Council argues that the ability or inability of migration and refugee policy, at national, regional and global levels, to adapt to recent developments is critical to whether future mobility and displacement becomes a source of conflict, crisis and social unrest or whether it will be managed.
- Spending on peace-building is only 0.9% of cost economic losses caused by conflict, shows the Global Peace Index 2016.
- SAIIA set out what has been learned from the African Peer Review Mechanism.
- The EC’s Capacity4Dev video interviews EC experts on a joined up EU approach to development planning.
- The Economist says Aid is best spent in poor, well-governed countries. But that isn’t where it goes.
- The Africa Infrastructure Development 2016 from the AfDB presents selected indicators that comprise the Index’s major components, namely: transport, electricity, ICT, water and sanitation.
- In a collection of essays - The EU Global Strategy: going beyond effective multilateralism?- introduced by Egmont-EPC Research Fellow Balazs Ujvari, six policy analysts and academics offer their views on the EU’s multilateral agenda.
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