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Shake-up at DG DEVCO: A first look at the new organigram
When staff members of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO) will return from their holidays in January some of them will have new colleagues, a different boss, or be working for another unit. The second largest DG will undergo a reorganisation to implement the EU’s new development policy and to improve coordination with the EU’s foreign policy body, the European External Action Service. In an article on the Talking Points blog ECDPM’s Florian Krätke takes a look at DEVCO’s new organisational structure for 2013. The changes seem to position DEVCO well for the future, yet Krätke is concerned that evaluation and learning does not seem to have been 'upgraded' to be a priority, as in the past. DG DEVCO has already undergone several reorganisations, notably a major merger in 2010. 

Policy News

Conflict prevention and peacebuilding post-2015
The UN have recently concluded that ‘violence and fragility have become the largest obstacle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals’. The NGO Saferworld submitted three papers on how to address conflict in the post-2015 development framework to the United Nations High Level Panel consultations held this week. The first highlights evidence on the linkages between conflict and multidimensional poverty, and the second one shows how transparency and accountability can support peacebuilding and development. Finally, the third paper examines the perspectives of emerging economies on security and development and discusses how to forge a global consensus on the peace aspects of the post-2015 framework.

How to achieve policy goals despite corruption
A new book from the World Bank looks at why corruption and a lack of good governance emerge and persist in many countries and which effect it has on achieving reform goals. The book provides the political economy tools necessary to understand and integrate the analysis of how political and social factors influence the success of policy goals. The publication also provides practical advice on how to organize and use these tools based on stakeholder mapping, which helps decide what reforms and projects are feasible given the circumstances.

How to compensate revenue loss caused by EPAs
Before some developing countries can benefit from positive effects of trade liberalisation, they first have to cope with revenue losses resulting from lower trade taxes. The important question, which adjustment measures could help to compensate the losses, is often overlooked in policy circles. ECDPM has conducted an extensive analysis assessing the fiscal impact of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and considered the adjustments required. The findings, presented at a recent roundtable, suggest that the fiscal balance of West and Central African countries is likely to be more affected by EPA-related liberalization than East and Southern Africa. Countries touched hardest could replace trade taxes with pro-active fiscal adjustment and through support measures.

Shaping EU policy on local authorities in development
Last week, the European Commission held its first “structured dialogue” meeting with local authorities in North Africa as part of the process to prepare a new EU policy in support to Local Authorities in Development due to be published in early 2013. Citizen’s demands for more democracy, accountability and transparency, strengthened with the “Arab Spring”, have clearly redefined the governance dynamics of the European Neighbourhood Policy South region. The seminar, facilitated by ECDPM’s Programme Associate Zakaria Amar, recommended that EU policy should build on existing knowledge and best practices and allow for long term support adapted to each country's specificity. At the same time, there needs to also be place for experimentation.

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No 130, 30 November 2012

Dear *|FNAME|*,
     There were “intense debates” on the Economic Partnership Agreements and the Cotonou Agreement’s political dialogue provisions at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meetings in Paramaribo this week. A joint declaration on the future configuration of ACP-EU relations called for intensifying the partnership beyond 2020.The European NGO network, Concord, published a series of useful briefing papers on some of the other issues discussed at the meeting ranging from the European Development Fund to policy coherence for development.
     A meeting of the EU-African Union African Peace Facility Coordination Committee in Addis Ababa received an update on the status of implementation of the APF supported programmes for capacity building, including the African Peace and Security Architecture Support Programme which has led to strengthened cooperation between the AU, Regional Communities and the EU. The meeting also outlined the timetable for future aid programming.
     The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the external dimension of the common fisheries policy. The Development Committee next week will discuss Policy Coherence for Development. Watch live or a recording after here.
     The EU Trade Commissioner will discuss current trade policy issues and future priorities of EU trade policy with civil society representatives next week.
     The OECD DAC Annual High Level Meeting will take place in London next week. The HLM will focus on the Post-2015 agenda, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and External development finance. The meeting documents are posted here.
     For more on the latest policy issues concerning international cooperation, with a focus on the EU and its relations with the developing world, see the Weekly Compass-Extended Version.

All the best,

Melissa Julian 

Off The Track   

Time to grow up: what Obama's re-election means for Europe
In his second term US President Barack Obama is less likely to be the partner that Europeans wish for, as he cuts the cost of US foreign policy and continues the ‘pivot’ to Asia. A serious strategic debate in Europe is now essential according to this memo from the European Council on Foreign Relations.


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