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    Private sector and development: can we blend great expectations with a willingness to fail?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 21-06-2012

    "Getting more bang for the development Euro" is not usually how we talk about “enhancing aid effectiveness”, but this was the title of a session from a recent Friends of Europe roundtable.

    Private sector for development is the “new black”

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 15-06-2012

    Promoting private sector development in poor countries and engaging with firms for achieving development ends is very much in fashion

    Power to the People? Reactions to EU response to the Arab Spring

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 09-03-2012

    Jamie Balfour-Paul

    Guest blog by Jamie Balfour-Paul. In response to the Arab Spring, the European Union (EU) promised to shift away from business as usual. It aims to put support for human rights and democracy at the centre of its co-operation policy with the Arab neighbourhood.

    Regional dimensions moving up in the agricultural development agenda. A report from the CAADP’s 8th Partnership Platform meeting

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 11-05-2012

    On 3-4 May, around 200 delegates came together in Nairobi for the annual Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting.

    Resilience in EU international cooperation: a new fad?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 12-10-2012

    ‘Resilience’ is topping the list of new buzzwords in international cooperation rhetoric lately. Many policy makers, including from the European Commission, are using it abundantly

    “Revolutions need to come from inside but transitions can do with support from outside” – So, what is the EU offering?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 13-01-2012

    In response to the Arab Spring the European Commission has proposed to create a new European Neighbourhood Instrument, based on the European Union’s reviewed approach to cooperation with its neighbours in North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

    Social protection in EU development cooperation: do the tools match the vision?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 28-09-2012

    The EU’s new development policy framework, the “Agenda for Change”, does not explicitly mention social and economic inequalities.

    Sorting out the what, how, and who for regional action on agriculture in Africa

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 30-03-2012

    Dolly Afun-Ogidan

    In 2003, African Heads of States launched the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), as an effort to renew interest in and prioritize the continent’s agriculture agenda, as well as put food security objectives at the fore of national, regional, continental and global processes.

    Southern Mediterranean NGOs and the quest for a new social contract in the region

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 22-06-2012

    Nicola Tissi

    Few would question the importance of civil society’s role in the events of the Arab Spring, especially in Tunisia and Egypt. Non-state actors were a catalyst for change, particularly as they were vocal in calling for more democratic participation, for government accountability and for a legal framework ensuring the respect of human rights.

    SPRING programme 9 months on: time for much needed stock taking

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 08-06-2012

    Nicola Tissi

    08-06-2012 In response to the wave of change unfolding in its Southern Neighbourhood, the EU announced several initiatives reacting to the transitions in the region.  While my colleagues Faten Aggad and Alisa Herrero Cangas already gave a broad overview of EU’s initiatives in ...


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