European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) 
Security and Resilience programme newsletter

September 2017


ECDPM Newsletter

Security and Resilience Programme

Dear <<First name>>,

Our team has been carrying out a very intense programme since our last newsletter was published some months back, and we are happy to share some updates with you.

Our Policy Officer Sophie Desmidt came back after spending four enriching months in the Ethiopian capital, where she has been coordinating a research group on the topic of the African Peace and Security Architecture under the umbrella of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

Last April, in Ethiopia, we launched our latest publication on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) at the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, where many authoritative voices gathered to talk about conflict, politics and power in relation to natural resource governance in Africa.

Policy Officer Matthias Deneckere and I, together with a group of consortium partners, have also successfully completed the CIVILEX project, which allowed us to work on policy and practice of civilian CSDP missions.In the meanwhile, our team has enlarged and, in this edition of the newsletter, we introduce two new members of the Security and Resilience team at ECDPM.

As always, we encourage you to get in touch with us if you wish to, we are always looking forward to new partnerships and feedback. We also invite you to share this newsletter with your network.

All the best,

Volker Hauck
Head of Security and Resilience Programme  

Photo courtesy of AMISOM Public information via Flickr.

Conflict management under the African Peace and Security Architecture

While conflict has decreased worldwide according to various sources and databases, the African continent remains home to the largest share of violent conflicts, ranging from non-violent disputes to wars. The African Union and African regional organisations have invested heavily in addressing these conflicts, including under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). Launched over a decade ago, the APSA is seen by experts and observers as a very useful framework to promote peace and security across the African continent, while lessons learned about what has worked - and what has failed - best continue to inform the fine-tuning of the framework.

To contribute to the ongoing debate about addressing conflicts in Africa, in April 2017 we have published a discussion paper on conflict management under the APSA. The study analyses the interventions by African regional organisations in conflicts across Africa, through diplomacy, mediation and peace support operations activities under the APSA. Our work is rooted in a longer-term engagement through the APSA Impact Analysis project, supported by the German government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at the University of Addis Ababa.

La version française du document de réflexion est disponible ici.


Photo courtesy of fdecomite via Flickr.

Europe’s response to violent conflict: Shifting priorities in a changing world?

The global landscape has undergone major changes during the last year, including high-profile terrorist incidents in Europe, violent conflicts coming closer to Europe’s borders and the refugee crisis. ECDPM’s European External Action and Security and Resilience programmes, with the support of Humanity United, have begun a policy research project to understand whether these changes are having an influence on European support to peacebuilding and if so, how. We have already produced two blog posts and one video, yet more is to come soon.

Read the blog contributions by Andrew Sherriff, Matthias Deneckere, Greta Galeazzi and Pauline Veron:  Europe’s response to violent conflict: Shifting priorities in a changing world? and Rethinking Germany’s peace policy: From crisis management to sustainable peace?.

Photo credits of Lesley Wright via Flickr.

Enhancing the role of women in countering violent extremism and ensuring women's voices are heard

While women are specifically targeted by violent extremist groups and can also be a source of radicalisation, they can serve as a precious entry point for preventive efforts. However, women remain marginal to decision-making processes aimed at developing and implementing counter-terrorism frameworks and policies.

In a contribution to one of the latest volumes of our Great insights magazine, titled ‘She Drives Change’, Comfort Lamptey from UN WOMEN sheds light on inclusive approaches towards countering violent extremism. In particular, she explains the importance of gender sensitive approaches that favor women’s role in preventing violent extremism. Lamptey also asserts that more investments are required to support those interventions that engage women in preventive efforts and that prioritise the protection of women affected by violent extremism.

Read Comfort’s article here >>

For this volume of our Great insights magazine, we also had the honour to interview Ms. Bineta Diop, the African Union Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security. She discusses the role of her office and the challenges for the new AU Commission as regards women, peace and security across the continent.

Read our interview with Ms. Bineta Diop here >>

Photo courtesy of European Commission DG ECHO via Flickr

Will the new Communication on resilience help to make EU external action more effective?

The concept of resilience has played an increasingly important role in the EU’s approach to the development-humanitarian nexus and has evolved over the past years. Resilience is now an essential component of the EU external action, as spelled out in the 2016 EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. In this blog, Volker Hauck casts light on the term and critically looks at its implications for EU external action in facing situations of fragility and protracted crisis.


Photo courtesy of the European Union.

ECDPM participates in debates on the African Peace Facility at the European Development Days

ECDPM has taken part in the 2017 edition of the European Development Days. Several of our experts have joined debates, either as moderators, speakers or participants on a large range of issues. Volker Hauck, Head of ECDPM’s Security and Resilience programme, was one of the five speakers who exchanged views and knowledge on the challenges and the future of the African Peace Facility during one of the sessions. Experts’ views have been captured in a video by the European Union’s DG for International Cooperation and Development, DEVCO. You can watch the video here.

CIVILEX consortium successfully concludes research project 

On 31 April 2017, the CIVILEX consortium, including ECDPM’s Security and Resilience team, successfully concluded its project. Funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the aim of CIVILEX was to better understand communication and information exchange systems, practices and needs in the context of the EU’s civilian crisis management missions in order to formulate future solutions. Our team contributed to the project with expertise on the institutional and policy context of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and wider external action, including EU-UN cooperation. Our research included a field visit on the EUCAP Nestor mission in Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya, as well as a visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Read more about the CIVILEX project here >>

ECDPM and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies sign Memorandum of Understanding

Last June, ECDPM and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies formalised the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to strengthen future collaboration on research and policy dialogue in the field of peace and security. This MOU builds on existing collaboration, including the APSA Impact Monitoring Project, with the objective to expand in further areas of work, such as gender, migration and mediation.


Winning the peace: Peacebuilding through gaming

A consortium of international peacebuilding institutions has created an innovative approach to train essential peacebuilding competencies. ‘Mission: Zhobia - winning the peace’ is an interactive game intended to be a safe virtual space in which practitioners can practise their peacebuilding skills. Our programme associate Frauke de Weijer was part of this project.


The Security and Resilience programme welcomes two new team members!

Two new members joined our team this month, Lidet Tadesse and Tobias Flessenkemper. Lidet Tadesse brings to ECDPM her experience in the field of regional and multinational approaches to peacebuilding in Africa in general and the Horn of Africa in particular. To know more about Lidet, click here. Tobias, an expert in EU security and defence policies who had already collaborated with ECDPM as a consultant in the past, is now an associate of the Security and Resilience programme. To know more about Tobias, click here.

ECDPM's Annual Report 2016

We are happy to share with you ECDPM’s Annual Report 2016, in which we look back at our activities and their impact in 2016 - a turbulent year for the world and its citizens. We also highlight ECDPM’s ambitions for the years to come. Equipped with a new strategy that reflects the complex and rapidly evolving global reality, the Centre remains fully committed to making policies work for sustainable development for all.


Recent events and publications

In July, Volker Hauck, Alfonso Medinilla, and Tobias Flessenkemper facilitated an informal meeting of the European Council’s Working Parties on Development Cooperation (CODEV) and Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA) in Tallinn organised by the Estonian Presidency of the European Council. The meeting took stock of the recently adopted Joint Communication on A Strategic Approach to Resilience in EU External Action (June 2017), and looked at the implication of the resilience agenda on the nexus between security, development and humanitarian assistance.

The latest issue of our Great insights magazine, ‘Mining For Development’ focuses on extractive industries and natural resources. In this edition we feature a contribution by former Nigerian President Obasanjo and Greg Mills, who also participated in the 6th Tana Forum on natural resources, organised by the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) mentioned above.




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