European Centre for Development Policy Management Weekly Newsletter
4 September 2015
|Dear <<First name>>,
We’re back from our August leave and hope that those of you who also had vacation in July and August enjoyed it.
In this issue, we include ECDPM articles, videos, podcasts and media coverage you might have missed in July. High on the agenda of course is migration and we feature a blog by ECDPM’s Anna Knoll and Asmita Parshotam which looks at the EU's approach to 'root causes' of the current unprecedented levels of migration from Africa and the Middle East.
In July we also saw the Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. James Mackie was there and shares his thoughts on the next steps between 'FFD3' and the upcoming summits and conference on development, trade and climate change.
Other issues included look at the future of the ACP Group, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and food security.
Next Friday, we’ll send you a Weekly Compass covering what happened in EU-Africa relations and international cooperation in August and these first two weeks of September. If you want to have a sneak preview, visit The Filter which we’re now updating daily.
All the best,
The EU aims to make concerted efforts to address the situation of migrants arriving at its borders. While it has ambitions for ‘comprehensive’ action and pursues various policy avenues, the comprehensiveness of action is constrained by how the debate is framed. An example is the focus on root causes of migration, which has done little to foster a balanced and comprehensive view of what is a very complex issue. ECDPM’s Anna Knoll and Asmita Parshotam argue that rather than framing migration as an issue that needs to be addressed ‘out there’ through development aid, EU leaders should also look more ‘at home’ to which policies can be reformed to support and create sustainable livelihoods in its neighborhood and beyond – including for current and potential future migrants.
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?
Financing for Development Conference – a steady start to a rocky road ahead?
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 in Addis Fortune.
The European perspective on #FFD3
James Mackie is interviewed by Addis Fortune in the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) in Addis Ababa. In this exclusive interview with Getachew Alemu, James discussed the findings of the European Report on Development and Europe’s internal crisis and its impact on global development.
Why Europe needs a global strategy
The challenges facing Europe today have global implications and require global solutions. From the Greek crisis to migration and climate change, the EU must seek answers beyond its borders, says ECDPM’s Director Ewald Wermuth in a joint op ed in Euractiv with the Directors of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG).
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