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10 June 2016

Melissa Julian

Head of Communications

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,



Editor's Pick 


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.

Policy News 

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.


WATCH!: Capacity4Dev video interview with ECDPM on the evaluation of EU support to Research and Innovation for development in partner countries
The EC evaluation by ECDPM and Particip concludes that while the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Development and International Cooperation’s (DEVCO) achieved a lot during the period 2007-2013 with its support to R&I at the sector level, the lack of an overall strategy or explicit overall commitment to support R&I undermined the overall impact of its work in this important area for development. Watch this video interview by the EC’s Capacity4Dev with ECDPM’s James Mackie and Paul Engel and Androulla Kaminara, Head of DEVCO’s Task Force on Knowledge, Performance and Results, about the report’s findings and how the European Commission can build on them.  The evaluation’s findings will be presented at the European Development Days on 15 June.

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.


Join ECDPM at the 2016 European Development Days!
The European Commission’s annual European Development Days (EDD) take place on next week (15-16 June). The forum brings the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. ECDPM will be present and is co-organising panel sessions and stands at the EDD Village - a stand and session on climate and development; a session on EU support to research and innovation for development; a stand on culture, and are speakers on several panels. We hope to see you there!


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.


Other news

- 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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Recent events

The EU High Representative gave a speech at the UN Security Council on the European Union – United Nations cooperation.

The EU Council adopted conclusions on addressing trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation and on the return and readmission of illegally staying third-country nationals.

The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published a strategy for international cultural relations. It aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.

The EU Commission published its Communication Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration. It proposes compacts that will be the key components of the overall relationship between the EU and third countries of origin or transit of migrants. These relationships will be guided by the ability and willingness of the countries to cooperate on migration management, notably in effectively preventing irregular migration and readmitting irregular migrants. It also sets out investment and aid plans.

Think tanks and NGOs are critical of the plan.

The European Commission also presented an Action Plan on integration and reforms - 'Blue Card' scheme -  for highly skilled workers from outside the EU.

The European Commission presented a proposal for the European Union to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. But NGOs question the EC’s ambition.

The EU-Southern African Development Community Economic Partnership Agreement was signed.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Policy Coherence for Development calling for an EU-wide debate on PCD in the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Upcoming events

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place next week. MPs will discuss the continental free trade area for Africa, migration between ACP and EU Member States, and the impact of the drop in the price of oil and other strategic commodities on ACP economies.

An EU-Africa Business Forum Workshop will discuss how the private sector can be engaged and mobilised to stimulate growth and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Europe. This event will be the 4th in a series of workshops looking ahead to the next EU-Africa Summit. 

The inaugural meeting of the Consortium to stem Illicit Financial Flows from Africa will be held next week. The meeting aims at initiating streamlined collaboration of global efforts to tackle IFFs.

The 9th International Conference on Migration and Development will investigate ways in which international migration affects economic and social change in developing countries.

Events organised or attended by ECDPM

ECDPM’s Francesco Rampa will attend the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) annual forum. The Forum will be a dynamic gathering, where the participants share solutions, discuss challenges, and build partnerships on climate-smart agriculture. The core events will be livestreamed.

An ECDPM lunch seminar on 14 June on the political economy of regional integration in Africa will hear Paul Brenton present some of the key findings from the recent World Bank report that he and Barak Hoffman edited. It looks at the various pathways towards regional integration in Sub Saharan Africa.

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