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Global Changes, Emerging Players and Evolving ACP-EU Relations: Towards a Common Agenda for Action?

Events | Published on 30-06-2011

ECDPM event Seminar Seminar report Global Changes, Emerging Players and Evolving ACP-EU Relations: Towards a common agenda for action? James Mackie, Bruce Byiers, Sonia Niznik, Geert Laporte, ECDPM Policy Management Report 19, September 2011 (Version française) Agenda Programme Seminar ...


Promoting the private sector’s role in development – but whose private sector?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 16-11-2011

“Policies for Promoting The Private Sector’s Role in Development” was the subject for debate at a high-level roundtable event organised by the Development Policy Forum of Friends of Europe on November 8 in Brussels.


Shopping for raw materials: Should Africa be worried about the EU Raw Materials Initiative?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 14-02-2011

ECDPM editorial team

This new ECDPM Discussion Paper outlines the some key questions around this highly debated issue. The paper gives a general overview of the key initiatives currently taken by the European Union, the United States and China.


A challenging time for two Sudans: How can the EU help?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 14-07-2011

Maria Angeles Alaminos Hervas

The creation of the world’s newest state, South Sudan, on 9 July is the consequence of an overwhelming vote for secession in the Self-Determination Referendum held in January 2011 in southern Sudan - more than 99% of voters opted in favour of separation from the rest of the country.


Taxes, States and Economic Growth: How can we better design and implement tax policy for development?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 27-06-2011

On a recent visit to Pakistan the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, said that the Pakistanis would have to work on improving their tax system if they were to justify the 650m pounds aid package being offered.


The ACP and Europe: What Future for a Privileged Relationship?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 20-05-2011

When it was signed in 2000, the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and the European Union was widely viewed as offering an ambitious and innovative agenda that would enhance political dialogue, encourage the participation of non-state actors and result in a more effective development cooperation framework.


The ‘fragile states’ debate: an opportunity to refocus EU’s foreign policy and institutions

Talking Points Blog | Published on 29-06-2011

Fernanda Faria

A couple of decades into a prolific debate in both academic and policy circles, including within the EU over the last few years, the concept and terminology of fragile states remains vague and controversial.


The future of Africa-EU Political Dialogue

Talking Points Blog | Published on 29-05-2011

The African Union Commission’s Mission to the European Union (EU) hosted a conference in Brussels on 24 May on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the Africa-EU Political Dialogue. Ambassador Emile Ognimba, Director of the Political Affairs Department of the African Union (AU) Commission, Klaus Rudischhauser, Director General of the European Commission’s …


The impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on the ACP-EU Partnership

Talking Points Blog | Published on 01-04-2011

ACP and European Parliamentarians discussed this issue at a meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly’s Political Affairs Committee meeting in Brussels on 16 March. Here, we provide Informal Notes from ECDPM which detail the comments made by MEPs and representatives of the European External Action Service and the European Commission’s DG DEVCO on the …


The Practical Norms of real governance in Africa

Talking Points Blog | Published on 08-04-2011

Stephanie Colin

I attended a Seminar and Masterclass at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerpen on March 25 on “The Practical Norms of real governance in Africa”. Olivier de Sardan, a renowned anthropologist whose comparative research in West Africa focused on governance processes, and especially on the everyday workings of African bureaucracies at the local level.




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