ECDPM’s role

The public consultation for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy was launched on behalf of the European Union and the African Union in the beginning of 2007 and was facilitated by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) as an independent foundation.

As part of the first phase (until May 2007), ECDPM as an independent foundation and neutral broker were asked by the EU and the AU to facilitate the joint internet consultation. ECDPM’s mandate was also to facilitate more broadly the European consultation, especially through the organisation of a civil society event, while remaining closely in touch with the AUC, which kept the initiative to start the consultation process in Africa.

In the second phase (May-December 2007) ECDPM continued to facilitate the consultation process by running the website and sharing information about the process: timetable, issues at stake, positions of the various actors, informal liaison between the various actors. The project was supported by the African and European Commissions and was sponsored by the Finnish, German and Portuguese EU Presidencies of 2006 and 2007.

Since January 2008, ECDPM is closely following the implementation and monitoring process of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy providing up-todate news and resources, organising events related to the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and contributing to the debate.

Who we are

ECDPM contributes to building effective political economic and developmental relationships between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and Europe.

We reinforce the capacities of public, private and non-profit organisations in ACP countries – to better manage their own development policies and international cooperation. We also work with governments and organizations in Europe – to make their development policies and instruments more effective.

The Centre was created in 1986 as an independent foundation. Our main funding is provided by the Dutch Government; the Belgian, Finnish, Portuguese, Swedish, Luxemburg, UK, Irish and Swiss governments provide regular institutional support for specific programmes and activities. Staff and associates work from offices in Maastricht and Brussels; the Board of Trustees has representatives from European and ACP countries.

For more information see our website.

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