Issue 26- 29 May 2009

This is the 26th issue of the Europafrica bulletin, which will give you an up-date on the implementation process of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The bulletin is issued once a month. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: europafrica@ecdpm.org.

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Joint Africa-EU Strategy

Venro Paper: The Joint Africa-EU-Strategy and Poverty Eradication
This policy paper evolved from a partner conference on gender, energy and trade policies held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 5–7, 2009, organized by Taabco Research and Development Consultants, Nairobi (www.taabco.org) and VENRO.
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ECDPM Presentation on the JAES at the 18th IRCC Meeting in Nairobi
ECDPM was invited by the IRCC to the 18th Inter Regional Coordinating Committee Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya to give an independent view on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the future involvement of the IRCC. Among the IRCC Secretariat and the European Commission and various EC Delegations, several RECs were present such as COMESA, EAC, IOC, IGAD and SADC.
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To mark Africa Day, the European Commission reaffirms its commitment to JAES
In recognition of Africa Day, the European Commission reaffirms its commitment to strengthen the EU-Africa Partnership in order to address common challenges.
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Joint ACP-EU Council to meet in Brussels 28-29 May 2009
The meeting of the Joint Council of Cooperation and Development Ministers of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific group of States (ACP) and the European Union (EU) will be held on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, Belgium.
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Fourth Conference of African Ministers of Integration and new achievements of the 3rd partnership of the JAES
African ministers in charge of integration met on 4-8 May, 2009, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, as part of the fourth edition of the Conference of African Ministers of Integration (COMAI IV) on the theme ‘Partnerships and Integration in Africa’.
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See also:
Follow-Up Report on the Implementation of Recommendations from the Third Conferences of African Ministers in Charge of Integration (COMAI III)
Program Minimum D’Integration (FR)
Status of Integration in Africa (SIA)

Presentation on JAES implementation and Ministerial Troika Outcomes
At the Africa Inter-Service Group Meeting, 18 May 2009, a presentation was made by the Head of the European Commission Pan-African Unit on the Ministerial Troika outcomes, progress in the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the 8 thematic partnerships, and the way forward.
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Draft Roadmap for the JAES 1st Action Plan (2008-2010)
During the 12th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika, held in Luxembourg on 28 April 2009, the draft Joint Roadmaps were submitted as living documents and as the basis of further work on the JAES.
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IOM Conference on Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment
A workshop on the subject of the Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment (State and non-State actors) will take place on 4 June 2009.
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Joint AU-EU study on green wall for Sahara and Sahel
The great green wall for the Sahara and the Sahel (GGWSSI) is one of the priority actions of the Africa-EU partnership on climate change.
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Will the Joint Africa-EU Strategy Really Work?
An article published in the newsletter for VENRO project on the Africa-EU Partnership: “Prospects for Africa – Europe´s Policies” poses the question “Will the JAES really work?”
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Position Paper of the VENRO Nairobi Conference (5-7 April 2009)
A partner conference on gender, energy and trade policies was held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 5–7, 2009, organized by Taabco Research and Development Consultants, Nairobi (www.taabco.org) and Association of German Development NGO (VENRO). A summary of the policy paper as well as the complete document is available.
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Report on the APSTA Technical Committee Meeting
The African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) Technical Committee Meeting was held on the 17 April 2009. The report is now available online on the official website of Europe and Africa.
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EIB and EU-Africa Infrastructure trust fund in Mozambique
According to the Europa press release, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 65 million to the Republic of Mozambique for the rehabilitation of the Beira corridor in Mozambique.
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EU

Council conclusions on Support to Democratic Governance–Towards an enhanced EU framework
Conclusions from the 2943rd External Relations Council meeting held by the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 18 and 19 May, 2009.
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EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) Meeting
Czech Foreign Minister and EU GAERC President Jan Kohout will chair the meeting of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 18 and 19 May, 2009.
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European Development Days 2009 Website Launch
On 22-24 October 2009, the fourth edition of European Development Days will be hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. The website with details of this year’s event has been launched.
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EU adopts Blue Card scheme for skilled migrants
The EU Observer reports that on 25 May 2009, the EU adopted plans for a European Union work permit aimed at attracting highly skilled foreigners to the bloc, similar to the US’ Green Card.
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EU € 1 billion “Food Facility”: Commission signs the first contribution agreements
On 15 May 2009, the European Commission signed the first contribution agreements of the EU € 1 billion Food Facility with three UN implementing partners.
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European Report on Development (ERD)
In preparation for the first-ever European Report on Development (ERD), African and European experts and policy-makers will meet in the Ghanaian capital Accra from 21 to 23 May.
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EU’s support to developing countries, but without fresh funds
To help developing countries weather the economic crisis, the European Commission presented a number of measures, essentially prepayments, but which will only be a stopgap solution if the member States fail to keep their promises to increase public development assistance (PDA) by 2010.
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Round Table Debate on Climate Change on World’s Poor
Development Policy Forum (DPF) hosts a roundtable discussion on “climate change protection plan for the world’s poor”on 29 May 2009.
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The Evolution of European Development Cooperation
On the 29 April, 2009, Oversees Development Institute (ODI) and Department for International Development (DFID) hosted a public event “The Evolution of European Development Cooperation: Taking the Change Agenda Forward”. Here is the report from the meeting.
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EC’s report on EU development finance
Eurodad has summarized and analysed the main elements on four issues of aid effectiveness, debt, reform of international financial institutions, and or quality commitments on aid based on the European Commission annual development finance Communication: “Supporting Developing Countries in Coping with the Crisis”.
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EU “Food Facility”: EC adopts 2nd implementation decision
The European Commission adopted a € 394 million package of projects to support agriculture and improve the food security situation in developing countries. This is the second financing decision in the framework of the € 1 billion Food Facility which was adopted at the end of last year as a response to the growing food security problems in many developing countries.
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European Policy Summit: “Climate change: Keys to a concerted policy shift”
On the occasion of Green Week, the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment, Friends of Europe, and Unilever with the support of Dow co-organize a European Policy Summit entitled “Climate Change: Keys to a concerted policy shift”.
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AFRICA

Africa Day, May 25: Towards a United, Peaceful & Prosperous Africa
On 25 May 2009, the African Union will celebrate the 47th Africa Day.
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Libya to Host 13th African Union Summit of Head of States and Government
The next Ordinary Sessions of the decision-making organs of the African Union will take place in Sirte, Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
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Strenghtening of the African Union
The AU Monitor reports that the recent South African President President Jacob Zuma has called for the urgent strengthening of the African Union (AU).
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EU Delegation’s Presentation at the COMAI (IV)
The European Union’s delegation to the African Union made a presentation on the EU’s integration experience at the Conference of African Ministers of Integration (COMAI) IV on 4 to 8 May 2009.
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The Fifth CCP-AU Continental Conference
From June 5th-6th, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the fifth ‘Citizens’ Continental Conference on the African Union Summit’, will be held by the Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCP-AU).
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Gaddafi spells out his vision for NEPAD
According to the NEPAD Secretariat, the Libyan leader and Chairperson of the African Union, Col. Mouamar Gaddafi said today in Midrand that the integration of NEPAD into the structures and the processes of the African Union was the best way to strengthen the institution and make its impact felt by all Africans.
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READINGS

What future for the Cotonou Agreement?
The National Center for cooperation and development (CNCD) has released a publication on the Cotonou Agreement and its future prospects.
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Fighting the global recession’s storm
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) presents a Policy Forum on the theme “Fighting the global recession’s storm: what consequences for European development cooperation?”
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Foreign aid critic spreads theory far and fast
Dambisa Moyo’s book provides a straightforward – her critics say simplistic and even dangerous – analysis of complex problems. Limitless development assistance to African governments, she argues, has fostered dependency, encouraged corruption and ultimately perpetuated poor governance and poverty. Foreign development officials have a vested interest in this status quo, she believes: if aid succeeded in creating prosperity, they would be out of a job. Read more

Alternative development financing mechanisms: pre-crisis trends and post-crisis outlook
The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS, Denmark) released a study which concentrates mainly on issues relevant to sub-Saharan Africa: getting development finance “right”.
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The Global Financial Crisis and Developing Countries: Preliminary Synthesis of Ten Draft Country Reports

CALENDAR
21 – 23.05.2009: 1st European Report on Development (ERD) Meeting, Accra, Ghana
27.05.2009: Policy Forum on the theme “Fighting the global recession’s storm: what consequences for European development cooperation?” – European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Brussels
29.05.2009: Development Policy Forum (DPF) Roundtable “A climate change protection plan for the world’s poor” – Friends of Europe, Brussels
04.06.2009: Workshop on Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment (State and Non-State Actors) – International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNITAR, Brussels
05 – 06.06.2009: 5th Citizens’ Continental Conference on the African Union Summit – Center for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCP-AU), Addis Ababa
09.06.2009: Trade Policy in the Crisis: What implications for development? – Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK
11.06.2009: ‘It’s NOT the Economy, Stupid!’ debates on the ‘outskirts’ of the international economic crisis – OxfamNovib and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Kortenaerkade, The Hague
23 – 24.06.2009: European Policy Summit entitled “Climate Change: Keys to a concerted policy shift” – Brussels

For more events please see official EU-Africa website: http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/

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