European Centre for Development Policy Management Weekly Newsletter
17 July 2015
|Dear <<First name>>,
This week’s issue has a focus on the just concluded Financing for Development Conference in Addis. ECDPM’s James Mackie attended to discuss the importance of implementing clear policies to use finance effectively.
The Editor’s Pick is a blog from Mackie arguing that If the degree of consensus achieved in the process for the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3) is anything to go by, the omens look good for the post-2015 agenda and the agreements that need to be achieved for a new set of UN Sustainable Development Goals. But December’s COP21 Climate Summit in Paris is another matter.
We also feature a podcast interview with Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, on the risk of not taking risks in development cooperation
Other articles provide the 5 key facts on Financing for Development and a reflection on whether there is a paradigm shift in the post-2015 debate.
We also include an ECDPM survey on the role of the private sector in ACP-EU relations, an article on the ACP’s trade and development ambitions, and a video from our Food Security Programme on the policy strategies in place for adolescent girls and their role in the context of agriculture, food and nutrition security.
Read further for more and visit The Filter for all the news collected on EU-Africa relations and international cooperation from this week.
All the best,
If the degree of consensus achieved in the process for the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3) is anything to go by, the omens look good for the post-2015 agenda and the agreements that need to be achieved for a new set of UN Sustainable Development Goals. This was just the first hurdle to cross out of three international fora in 2015, but all things considered it went reasonably well. This bodes well for the UN General Assembly in September. But December’s COP21 Climate Summit in Paris is another matter, writes James Mackie in our latest Talking Points blog. Mackie was in Addis Ababa this week with our Press Officer Emily Barker, to discuss with many of the 7,000 delegates the importance of implementing clear policies to use finance effectively for development. He spoke at a side event on ‘ODA and Fragile Environments: The shift of Development Finance and Assistance in the Post-2015 Agenda’ and was interviewed by several African media organisations, including the Addis Standard and Addis Fortune. If any journalists are interested in commentary on the conference from James or any of our other experts who work on Financing for Development, please contact Rhys Williams at email@example.com or call +32 495 56 17 89
LISTEN - PODCAST: The risk of not taking risks in development cooperation
In the margins of the Financing for Development conference, James Mackie interviewed the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo. They discussed how to manage the risks inherent in providing development cooperation assistance to developing and fragile states. De Croo said that there is indeed concern from parliaments and the public about providing development assistance to these countries. But the risk of not doing something is the biggest risk you can take, he said. To eradicate poverty in 2030, we have to invest in the ‘bottom billion’ now. And in dialogue with partners countries, we need to try to lower the amount of risks in order to ensure effective cooperation in areas like domestic resource mobilisation, foreign direct investment, and remittances.
5 key facts on Financing for Development
For positive development outcomes, both developed and developing countries need to ensure the right policy environment to make the best and most effective use of the resources available to them. We bring you 5 key facts about Financing for Development: (1) Taxes and other public resources are the largest source of finance for development; (2) We need a completely new approach towards financing international development; (3) Finance alone will not be sufficient to achieve the post-2015 development agenda; (4) The role of Official Development Assistance is changing; (5) The new development agenda will be universal – it affects us all. A modified version of this article was translated into Dutch and published in Oneworld.nl
Post-2015: A paradigm shift?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are ushering in a new era for development. The EU has declared its support, but it is questionable whether Europeans really recognise some of the key changes that underpin this agenda and the paradigm shift they constitute, says ECDPM’s James Mackie in this article for Europe’s World. There are two fundamental changes. Firstly, the SDG agenda is universal and the EU will be expected to achieve its various goals in Europe. Secondly, the EU contribution to this international effort is not just about aid, more importantly it is about how European policies contribute to the wider international cooperation that tackles global challenges such as climate change, trade or global financial stability. For this we need allies and partners.
ECDPM survey on the role of the private sector in ACP-EU relations
In 2020, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-EU Partnership Agreement agreement will expire. Both sides are preparing their positions for a new arrangement. To contribute to these discussions, ECDPM is conducting a political economy analysis that looks at the practice of EU-ACP cooperation. To inform our study, and considering that one of the major innovations of Cotonou was the greater emphasis on the role of private businesses, we would like to invite you to participate in a short survey on the role of the private sector in ACP-EU cooperation. We very much hope you can invest ten minutes of your precious time for this important exercise. Please feel free to forward this email to any of your peers or colleagues who may have experiences and suggestions to share on this topic. The survey is available in English and in French. ECDPM guarantees the utmost discretion. We will not quote anyone without his or her explicit permission.
The ACP and the WTO: what ambitions in trade and development?
The discussions on the future of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group beyond 2020 are picking up speed. One area in which the ACP leadership sees a clear added value for further collective action is in promoting trade, industry and regional integration. ECDPM’s Alfonso Medinilla Aldana ask what we can learn from almost four decades of ACP engagement in multilateral trade negotiation. And what can we expect in terms of ACP collective positioning in the WTO’s trade and development agenda? One key lesson we can draw is that building a coalition around a more ‘defensive’ agenda, like maintaining trade preferences and securing Special and Differential Treatment, is easier than around more ‘offensive’ interests or real economic integration across regions. Is the ACP, as a political body, equipped for this kind of task which requires a much stronger political cohesion and proper mobilisation of resources for delivering the necessary accompanying technical preparation?
VIDEO: Food security: Starting from girls - they are the source to trigger a change!
Girls and women remain marginalised despite playing a major role in agriculture production and the nutrition of their community, explains Simona Seravesi from Save the Children in this ECDPM video made in the margins of the Milan EXPO’s Save the Children Italia dialogue on the policy strategies in place for adolescent girls and their role in the context of agriculture, food and nutrition security. Also in the video, Malawi’s Principal Secretary for Gender, Mary Shawa, explains that in her country 80% of food producers are women, but they own as little as 1% of land, making it very difficult to improve their livelihood. Watch our video to see more interviews on the role of women in agriculture, the reasons behind the ‘Milan Charter’ and what the Sun Movement does to scale-up nutrition. See also ECDPM’s Francesco Rampa’s presentation on “The role of the private sector and public-private partnerships in the Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security Sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
Improving the business climate in developing countries: a realistic goal or another holy grail?
The Netherland’s policy in support of private sector development in developing countries puts the private sector where it ought to be - at the centre - say ECDPM’s Paul Engel and Bruce Byiers. The policy emphasises improving the business climate to ensure sustainable, locally-owned economic development. But putting this policy into practice is a challenge. There are obstacles that put the brakes on pro-poor economic development. For transformation to occur in practice, there needs to be a greater focus in the political economy of change, argue Engel and Byiers. This blog was originally published by Platform OiO (Ondernemen in Ontwikkelingslanden), a digital platform that provides information to Dutch entrepreneurs about doing business in new markets.
- A new dossier from The Broker links up the analysis of conflicts in the Sahel-Sahara to Central Africa, based on analysis from the recent ‘Governance in Connections’ conference. It is also based on fieldwork in Mali, Chad, Nigeria, South Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.
- The Institute of Development Studies seeks to understand how public-private-producer partnerships (PPPPs) in agricultural value chains can be designed and implemented to achieve more sustained increases in income for smallholder farmers and broader rural development.
- African governments should start with a strengthened focus on fiscal policy and equitable public spending on infrastructure, health, education, water and sanitation according to the Africa Progress Panel in this report. It sets out an agenda for maximising Africa’s natural resource wealth and using it to improve well-being.
- There is recognition by African leaders that regional trade agreements have enormous potential to foster regional trade and development. However, the low rate of their implementation has left this potential largely locked up. This UNCTAD paper identifies some of the main barriers to implementation and proposes remedies for them.
- PAEPARD analyses the evolution of undernourishment and other forms of malnutrition in Africa. It highlights policy developments that are relevant and individual country success stories.
- The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have placed substantial emphasis on inequalities within countries but relatively less has been said about inequalities between countries, an equally important component of this agenda. This Development Progress paper argues that a country-based focus needs to feature prominently.
- As much as $100 billion, or more, could be raised annually by developing countries mobilising diaspora savings and reducing remittance costs and other related policies according to this World Bank blog.
- Conflict levels in Africa were at a low in the mid-2000s, but have risen since 2012, largely due to escalations in Egypt, CAR, DRC, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia, according to data from the ISS Conflict Tracker.
- This Center for Global Development blog asks if stopping tax dodging by multinational enterprises can close the gap in finance for development. The best estimates reveal the dilemma that the potential gains are both too small and too big to fulfil this hope
- This OECD dashboard on governance contains key indicators to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance.
- This World Bank book seeks to critically examine the challenges of fragility and security in West Africa, along with the factors of resilience, identifying key lessons in the dynamics of resilience against political violence and civil war, drawn from countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire. Under the auspices of the regional organisation ECOWAS it argues, West Africa has become a pioneer on the continent in terms of addressing regional challenges.
- Politics, power, interests and ideas define organisational policies, procedures and behaviours., ‘The politics of evidence and results in international development’, edited by Rosalind Eyben, Irene Guijt, Chris Roche, and Cathy Shutt, notes the key role of individuals’ personal power to question, create and act. This required people being astute political actors who understood their context, organisational histories and how to leverage organisational values.
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