Europafrica Bulletin Issue 32 – February/March 2010

This is the 32nd issue of the Europafrica bulletin, which will give you an up-date on the implementation process of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and other relevant material. The bulletin is issued once a month. Subscribe or Unsubscribe through : www.ecdpm.org/subscriptions. We appreciate any feedback on this newsletter and look forward to your reactions. You may send your comments to: europafrica@ecdpm.org

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FEBRUARY/MARCH BULLETIN CONTENT:

JAES

• GENERAL
• PEACE AND SECUIRTY PARTNERSHIP
• GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
• TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP
• ENERGY PARTNERSHIP
• CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP
• MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP
• SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

Europe

Africa

ACP

Readings

Selection of recent and upcoming events

JAES – GENERAL

What next for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy? Perspectives on revitalising an innovative framework – a New Publication from ECDPM
The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), its architecture and potential future Action Plan are currently under review by the official parties before the next Ministerial Troika in April and Heads of State Summit in November 2010. ECDPM has sought to contribute to this reflection in the form of a paper scoping what could be next for the JAES. The purpose of this is to refresh readers on the original commitments made in the JAES and to provide analysis on underlying reasons for the challenges and successes that it has had to date. It also presents three possible reform scenarios for the future of the JAES as well as ideas perspectives on how they might be achieved.
Read the scoping paper »

Joint statement of the European Union – Morocco Summit – 7 March 2010, Granada
This joint statement, which was released at the conclusion of the European Union-Morocco Summit, held in Granada (Spain) on 7 March 2010, mainly focus on the first steps made towards the consolidation of the advanced status in the relationship between the EU and Morocco, since a joint document to this effect was adopted in October 2008.
Read the rest of this entry »

“Taking Stock of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy and Africa’s International Relations” a SAIIA-ECDPM experts workshop – on 11 March 2010, in Pretoria
This meeting, organised by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), will discuss the JAES and its current challenges within the context of Africa’s international relations and emerging actors on the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

Report on a Seminar on the Future of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, in the run-up to the 3rd Summit
In the run-up of the third EU-Africa Summit to be held in Sirte (Libya) by the end of 2010, this informal seminar on the future of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, organised by Casa Africa on 15-16 February in Las Palmas (Spain), aimed to contribute to the on-going preparation of the Summit within the various relevant institutions. The report of the seminar contains discussions and main conclusions on a number of issues, including the calendar and way ahead towards the Summit. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview of H. E. Erastus Mwencha, Vice-Chairperson of the AU Commission
The Africa and EU in Partnership official website published on the 2nd of March 2010 a three-question interview conducted with the African Union Commission Vice-Chairperson, H. E. Erastus Mwencha, focusing on the AU reforms, the AUC relations with its international partners and the added value of the Africa-EU Partnership. Read the interview here »

Interview of the Ambassador of Malawi in Ethiopia – Focus on the 14th African Union Summit
The Africa and EU in Partnership official website published on 26th February 2010 a three-question interview conducted with the Ambassador of Malawi in Ethiopia, HE Mr. James D. Kalilangwe, focusing on the challenges of the AU Presidency, the outcomes of the AU Summit and the upcoming Africa-EU Summit. To access the interview, click here »

Vision 2010, the way forward for Africa – EU partnership
The Africa and EU in Partnership official website reports that on 29-30 November 2010, leaders from both Africa and Europe will attend the third high-level EU-Africa Summit, which will be held in Tripoli, Libya. Before this takes place, the EU-AU partnership has a lot to do to ensure the success of the meeting. Read the full article on the official website »

Africa: a key Italian strategy priority
Having visited over a dozen of African countries in 2009, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, has recently expressed the strategic importance of Africa for Italy. Minister Frattini has noted on more than one occasion that the EU-Africa partnership could be the right instrument to make it easier to achieve two goals: the creation of an African peace and security architecture and the economic integration of the African continent. Read the rest of this entry »

The European Report on Development 2009 focuses on “Overcoming fragility in Africa – Forging a new European approach”
The first ever European Report on Development (ERD). A reassessment of the EU development policy towards the Sub-Saharan Africa fragile countries is in order. That is the aim of the 2009 European Report on Development. Read the rest of this entry »

PEACE AND SECUIRTY PARTNERSHIP

Pan-African project against Small Arms and Light Weapons funded by the EU
The Africa and EU in Partnership official website published, on the 1st of March, an article from the Daily Nation (Kenya) on the first Pan-African project on the fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) funded by the EU. Read the rest of this entry »

A new decade for peace and security in Africa
Africa and EU in Partnership website. Against the backdrop of the African Year of Peace and Security, 2010 will mark a turning point in Euro-African co-operation in this vital area for the continent’s future. To access the article, click here »

Joint AU/EU Communiqué of the 6th Joint Coordination Committee of the African Peace Facility
African Union website. According to its Joint AU/EU Communiqué, the 6th meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee of the African Peace Facility (APF), held in Addis Ababa on the 3rd of February 2010, mainly (1) recalled the conclusions of the recent relevant events, (2) underlined the discussion on the challenges encountered in the implementation of the 1st African Peace Facility and the related recommendations and proposals made… Read the rest of this entry »

ISS monthly Peace and Security Report puts the spotlight on the AMANI-AFRICA initiative, adopted as part of Africa-EU peace and security partnership
In January 2010, the monthly published Peace and Security Council Report of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) puts the spotlight on AMANI-AFRICA – an initiative which was adopted following the EU Lisbon summit as part of the partnership on peace and security between Africa and Europe, in December 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

The current Presidency of the EU encourages Africa to make progress towards unity and democracy as a road to peace and prosperity
From the Spanish EU Presidency’s website. Invited at the the 14th African Union Summit, Spanish Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has stressed the importance of having a “united and democratic Africa, sure of itself and working for prosperity” as well as of strengthening the economic union of African States and develop transport, agriculture, energy and communication infrastructures to join up the whole of the African continent. Read the full article »

TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

New regional roads, ports, airports and power generation schemes in Africa: 11 new projects funded by EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund
EU website. In 2009, a total of 11 grant operations were approved by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund to build large-scale energy, transport and information and communication technology infrastructures of regional importance across Africa. The Trust Fund, managed by the European Investment Bank, further expanded its budget in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

“Special Report : Effectiveness of EDF support for Regional Economic Integration in East Africa and West Africa” by the European Court of Auditors
EU website. The European Court of Auditors has analysed whether European Development Fund (EDF) support for regional economic integration has been effective in East Africa and West Africa, which together account for well over 50 % of the total amount allocated to regional EDF programmes. The Court examined the European Commission’s approach, its management of the support provided and a sample of individual projects and concludes that, overall, EDF support for regional economic integration has so far been only partially effective, due to a number of factors. Read the rest of this entry »

“Better Training for Safer Food in Africa – Regional Workshop on the Harmonisation of Food Hygiene Inspections” on 15–19 March 2010, in Casablanca
Part of the Better Training for Safer Food programme, this training workshop co-organised by the European Commission (EC) and the AU Commission, aims to develop the guidelines for the application of a referential prepared in 2009, which mainly consists of two documents named “Requirements for Food Safety Management” and “Rules for the certification of establishments in line with the requirements for food safety management”. Read the rest of this entry »

European Investment Bank provides largest ever investment in Africa: € 240 million loan to fund private and PPP infrastructure projects in Nigeria
EIB website. On the 10th of February, the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed the Nigeria Framework Loan which will provide up to € 240 millions to three Nigerian banks: FirstBank of Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank and Stanbic IBTC. The funding will be used to facilitate private and public private partnership infrastructure in the country and ensure continued investment in the sector. Read the full article »

4th LINK! on Infrastructure
The 4th Link! Newsletter from EU Delegation to African Union, dedicated to the topic of infrastructure and cooperation between EU and Africa in this field. Read the 4th Link! – pdf »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Summary and Conclusions of the 3rd Joint Expert Group meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership
The Africa and EU in Partnership official website published the summary and conclusions of the third Joint Expert Group (JEG) meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, which was held in Cairo on 23-24 February 2010. Read the summary and conclusions of the meeting »

First High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership – on 21 April 2010, in Vienna
On 20-21 April 2010, the first High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will bring together policy makers from the Commissions of EU and AU, national ministers responsible for energy and for questions regarding the Africa-EU relations, representatives of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the Regional Power Pools (RPPs) as well as of other specialized institutions and international organizations accredited at Vienna. The targets of the Meeting are… Read the rest of this entry »

Two briefing notes on the involvement of civil society in Africa-EU Energy Partnership
The association of German development NGOs, VENRO, published in its March newsletter, two briefing notes on the “Africa-EU Energy Partnership and Civil Society”. On the EU side, Andrew Scott, policy and programmes director at Practical Action – a UK organisation representing European civil society in the Africa-EU Energy Partnership – seeks to rally more civil society involvement in the Partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

“Adaptation to climate change in the Africa-EU Strategy: The Climate Summit in Copenhagen” a study by Venro and Germanwatch
Particularly in Africa, the effects of climate change can already be felt today and are going to be even much harmful in the future, despite the continent has hardly contributed to it. This is why urgent measures have to be taken. The Climate Partnership of the Africa-EU Strategy has set itself the goal of creating a common climate policy agenda. Although, over the last two years, the Partnership has developed goals and co-operation options, it yet remains to come up with solutions to the issue of financing, which is the biggest challenge for achieving a successful adaptation process. Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

“Africa-EU workshop on Employment and Decent Work in Africa – sharing experience in particular on the informal economy” – 28-30 April 2010 – Nairobi
EU website. Within the framework of the joint Africa-EU Strategy and in particular the strategic partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment, the AU Commission and the European Commission are organising a workshop on Employment and Decent work in Africa – sharing experience on the informal economy, on 28-30 April, in Nairobi, Kenya. The aims of the event are as follows… Read the rest of this entry »

Communiqué on African Diaspora participation in the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership
This communiqué was signed by the diaspora and civil society forums in Africa at a technical meeting held in Addis Ababa on 16-17 December 2009. It was adopted to facilitate the building of partnerships and strategic alliances between diaspora organisations in Europe and the newly formed civil society forums in Africa, specifically in the areas of lobbying, campaigning and advocacy with regard to monitoring the progress of the Partnership programme in both Europe and Africa. Read the full communiqué »

Workshop on “Operationalising the Africa-EU Plan of Action to combat Trafficking in Human Beings, especially Women and Children”, 24-26 March 2010
African Union website. This three-day regional workshop, organized by the AU Commission in collaboration with ECOWAS, IOM and UNODC, in Abuja (Nigeria), from 24th to 26th March 2010, will be the opportunity for a consultation with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), focusing on ‘how’ to operationalise the Ouagadougou Africa-EU Plan of Action to combat Trafficking of Human Beings, especially Women and Children (i.e. the 2nd priority action of the Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment)… Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

Two new reports on institutional landscape, policy and synergy in the area of Science and Technology for Development in Africa and the EU
Although packaged separately, these two reports, published last week by the Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science & Technology Cooperation Network (CAAST-NET), are complementary and provide an analysis of the policy and institutional landscape as far as Science and Technology (S&T) and development are concerned in the EU and in Africa. They also suggest possible approaches to forging greater synergy between S&T and development. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology, 7-10 March 2010, in Cairo
The Conference will include both Senior Officials/Experts and Ministerial meetings. They will discuss among other issues the strategies and reports on the implementation of Africa’s Science and Technology (S&T) Consolidated Plan of Action, implementation of the African Union Summit, AMCOST decisions and S&T international cooperation. Read the rest of this entry »

5th Link! on Technology and ICTs
The 5th Issue of LINK! newsletter by the EU Delegation to African Union in Addis Ababa is focused on technology and ICTs, which was the “special theme” of the 14th African Union Summit, held from 25th January to 2nd February 2010 in Addis Ababa, and constitutes a critical aspect of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy through the Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space. Read the 5th Link! – pdf »

IST-Africa 2010 Conference on the role of ICT for Africa’s Development, with a focus on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
Hosted by the Government of South Africa in Durban from 19th to 21st May 2010, and supported by the European Commission (EC), IST-Africa 2010 will focus on the Role of Information Communications Technologies (ICT) for Africa’s Development and specifically on Applied ICT research topics addressing major societal and economic challenges, which is part of the EC’s ICT Theme of Framework Programme 7 (FP7). These issues will repeatedly be addressed in connection with the 8th Partnership of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) on Science, Information Society and Space… Read the rest of this entry »

The 2010 Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research, in Addis Ababa, on 4 February 2010
This Forum is a practical, learning and interactive conference organised as a follow-up event of the African Union summit on ‘ICT in Africa: challenges and prospects for development’ (25 January – 2 February). It will bring together sub-Saharan African and European organisations for an interactive and participative event with one of the main objectives being to gain insight on the status and perspectives of the 8th African-EU Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space and support its action plan. For any further information on the Forum including the report, click here »

EUROPE

EU launches an extensive consultation for mid-term review of its Thematic Programme ‘Cooperation with 3rd Countries in the areas of Migration and Asylum’
EU website. The EU has recently launched an extensive consultation for the mid-term review of the Thematic Programme’s current strategy paper, covering the period 2007-2010. The main objective of this review process is to assess whether this strategy paper still reflects adequately the political priorities and is well adapted to the current international context as regards migratory flows, and to define the programme’s multi-annual strategy for the period 2011-2013. Read the rest of this entry »

“EPAs: is it Europe’s last effort to divide Africa”
The Post Zambia. With clear evidence of disintegration among the ACP countries starting to emerge, it seems the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) will not attain its intended objectives of enhancing trade, provision of full market access and free trade market reciprocity arrangement. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting of the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament – 23 February 2010
The meeting of European Parliament Committee on International Trade, which took place on the 23rd of February, notably discussed the effects of the global financial and economic crisis on developing countries and on development cooperation; the EU Policy Coherence for Development and the ‘Official Development Assistance plus concept’… Read the rest of this entry »

Young African Researchers opportunities to engage with European Report on Development
The European Report on Development (ERD) is a multiannual process, which is the main outcome of the Mobilizing European Research for Development Policies initiative promoted and financed by the European Commission and seven EU Member States (Germany, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). This year ERD focuses on the issues of poverty, inequality and social protection, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan African countries. The participation of African researchers is crucial to its success. Read the rest of this entry »

Informal Development Ministers meeting: Focus on the achievement of UN Millenium Development Goals
The European Union website reports that one of the main objectives of this meeting, held in La Granja (Spain) on 17-18 February, and chaired by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodríguez, was the preparation for the review of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which will be assessed at the UN MDG Review High Level Event in September 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Climate strategy stays on course
According the EuropeanVoice Online, the European Union is sticking closely to the climate strategy that was tested at last year’s Copenhagen climate summit, according to an early draft of conclusions to be adopted by EU leaders next month. Read the rest of this entry »

“Time to deliver – challenges for new EU Commissioner for Development Piebalgs”
European Union website. As EC President Barroso’s new team starts its term, Andris Piebalgs takes on the significant role of Commissioner for Development within EU foreign policy. He will work closely with the new foreign affairs chief, High Representative Catherine Ashton, and the international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva. In the challenges ahead, Europe has two main contributions to make: development policy thinking and development aid delivery. Read the full article »

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy welcomes the agreement reached on the process of democratic transition in Guinea
According to the European Commission website, Catherine Ashton, “High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, welcomes the agreement reached under the auspices of President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on the process of democratic transition in Guinea. Read the rest of this entry »

EPLO Roundtable on the European External Action Service – on 8th February 2010, in Brussels
This roundtable, which will bring together experts from civil society, EU institutions and Member States, is a follow up to EPLO’s first roundtable on the EEAS organized in September 2009. Its main objectives will be to exchange ideas on the structure of the EEAS, to discuss how the Service will help the EU meet its commitments on conflict prevention and peace-building and to provide expert analysis and recommendations on the Service. For more information, click here »

Conference on the “EU and China. Partners or Competitors in Africa?”
This conference, organized by the College of Europe International Conference in Bruges on 4-5 February 2010, will offer European, Chinese and African scholars, journalists, policy practitioners and representatives of NGOs, an opportunity to enhance the understanding of the EU’s role in Africa, to assess the prospects for EU-China cooperation or competition in Africa and to reflect on its impact on the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

Parliament approves new European Commission
MEPs approved 26 candidates for the European commission (EC) on 9 February 2010, enabling President Barroso’s new team to get down to business. Catherine Ashton is the new Vice-President of the EC and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Andris Piebalgs is the new Commissioner-designate for Development. To access the team list, click here »

Summary of hearing of Andris Piebalgs – Development Commissioner
European Parliament website. Andris Piebalgs, the Latvian Commissioner-designate for Development, fielded Development Committee questions on the key aim of development policy – fighting poverty – as well as aid effectiveness, the impact of climate change on developing countries and co-ordination among EU policy makers. MEPs of all political groups set out their development policy priorities at the start of the hearing. Read the article »

AFRICA

Final official document on decisions, declarations and resolutions adopted at the 14th AU Summit
This official document contains all decisions, declarations and resolutions adopted at the 14th African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa from 31st January to 2nd February 2010. These mainly focus on peace and security, democratic governance, gender and climate change, but also on some current critical issues such as the global economic crisis, the situation in Zimbabwe, the reform of the UN Security Council, the integration of the NEPAD into the AU and the AU budget. Read the official document »

Outcome Statement of the “Joining up Africa: Regional Integration” conference – 4th March 2010, London
DfID website. The African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in line with the Resolutions of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government, reaffirm that accelerating regional integration is essential for growth and development of Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

“High-level Conference to promote agribusiness and agro-industries in Africa” 8-10 March 2010, in Abuja
Ways to boost the development of agribusiness and agro-industries in Africa will be the focus of a high-level conference hosted by the Government of Nigeria in Abuja from 8 to 10 March. Keep in mind that enhancing competitiveness of African agriculture and agri-food industry constitutes one of the main objectives of the Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure Partnership of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

Communiqué of the 37th Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government
On the occasion of its 37th session, held in Abuja (Nigeria) on the 16 of February 2010, the discussion of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State mainly focused on Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the EU, regional integration, peace and security, regional policy on agriculture and environment as well as on the current situation in Niger, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast and Togo. Read the Communiqué »

The AU/NEPAD African Action Plan 2010-2015: Advancing Regional and Continental Integration in Africa
The African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) published in January 2010 a joint African Action Plan (AAP) for 2010-2015, which is composed of three documents, namely the Strategic Overview, the Sectors and the Matrix of Priority Programmes and Projects. The AU/NEPAD African Action Plan (AAP) is the defining statement of Africa’s current priority programmes and projects related to the promotion of regional and continental integration, anchored in NEPAD’s Guiding Principles. Read the Strategic Overview, the Sectors and the Matrix of Priority Programmes and Projects »

UN Human Rights Office and AU Commission strengthen cooperation
UN website. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the African Union Commission confirmed their longstanding cooperation to promote and protect human rights in Africa by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement, signed during the 14th African Union Summit, provides for technical assistance, training, capacity building and mutual cooperation in the field of human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

Nepad’s integration into the AU poses several challenges
Business Report (South Africa). While the full integration of Nepad into the AU would “legitimise” the former, and promote awareness of the programme, there are still challenges ahead. Given the neo-liberal character of Nepad, and the Africanist approach of the AU, how do African leaders intend to reconcile the two ideologies? Read the rest of this entry »

African Leaders establish a planning and coordinating agency to strengthen the integration of NEPAD into the AU
NEPAD Press Release. The 14th African Union (AU) Summit decided to strengthen the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme through the establishment of an implementation Agency – the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) – in replacement of the NEPAD Secretariat. Read the rest of this entry »

African Union Heads of State commit themselves to move Africa from poverty to prosperity
AU Press Release. Freshly elected during the 14th African Union (AU) Summit, the new Chairperson of the AU, Dr. Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, has, in his closing remarks of the Summit, outlined three priority areas to be considered as an immediate plan of action for the next three months: putting in place of a food security program to alleviate poverty in the next five years; developing transport and telecommunications, and connect countries through ICTs; and further developing energy. Read the full article here »

Trilateral relationship between UN-AU-EU in making
According to the Xinhua News Agency, the EU has reaffirmed its strong engagement with the United Nations, particularly in Africa where a trilateral relationship between the UN, African Union (AU) and EU is already in the making to enhance regional cooperation. The statement came as the acting head of EU delegation, Pedro Serrano, spoke to an open Security Council debate on the cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations Read the rest of this entry »

“Reflections on the Challenges and Prospects of the African Union”
After the idea of creating an African Union (AU) along the same lines as the European Union (EU) was vigorously revived in the mid-1990s, the move was concretized with the adoption of the Sirte Declaration on September 9, 1999, calling for the creation of an African Union…Seven years after its inauguration in 2002, the AU is yet to put its act together… Read the rest of this entry »

ACP

“The Revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement” a new CONCORD publication
In this Briefing Paper published in February 2010, CONCORD expresses serious concerns on the content of the revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, but also on the lack of transparency of the process. It argues that a better involvement of the civil society in the EU and in the ACP countries in the process would not only enhance transparency and democratic participation and legitimacy, but also enable citizens to hold their governments to account. Read the full article »

EU funds water and sanitation projects in ACP countries to support progress towards the MDGs
European Union website. On the 9th February 2010, the European Commission presented the second ACP-EU Water Facility, replenished with € 200 million under the 10th European Development Fund for the period 2009-2013. The new Facility builds on the successes achieved during the first implementation phase, continuing progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on water and sanitation as well as improving water governance and management of water resources in ACP countries. Bear in mind that water and sanitation constitutes a critical component of the Africa-EU Partnership on the MDGs. Read the full article »

The European Parliament publishes a resolution on the second revision of the Cotonou Agreement
On the 20th of January 2010, the Committee on Development of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the second revision of the Partnership Agreement ACP-EU, the “Cotonou Agreement”. Read the full report »

READINGS

“African developments: continental integration in Africa – AU, NEPAD and the APRM” – A short note by SAIIA and DIE
“Africa has seen political and institutional change over the last decade, yet in the 50th year of independence of numerous states, the profundity of change remains unclear. The prospect of successful continental integration has arguably suffered a loss of political drive with the absence of authoritative, clear minded political leadership… Read the rest of this entry »

AfriMAP and Oxfam publish “Strengthening Popular Participation in the African Union. A Guide to AU Structures and Processes”
The African Union (AU) has committed to a vision of Africa that is ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful … driven by its own citizens, a dynamic force in the global arena.’ (Vision and Mission of the African Union, May 2004.) This guide is an effort to take up the challenge of achieving this vision. It is a tool to assist activists to engage with AU policies and programmes. Read the rest of this entry »

ECDPM’s recently published annual policy and practice insights paper proposes an outline of the debates on EU Development Cooperation in 2010
In its newly published annual Challenges Policy and Practice Insights paper, ECDPM researchers and partners from African institutions preview some of the debates on EU development cooperation that are expected to unfold in 2010. Rather than predict outcomes, the paper seeks to frame the key issues, and the broader backdrop against which they are situated, enabling as wide a group of stakeholders as possible to follow and participate in them. Read the rest of this entry »

SELECTION OF RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

21 January: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – 10th Meeting of the EU Implementation Team (Brussels, Belgium)
20 January: Energy Africa-EU Partnership – Meeting of the EU Implementation Team (Brussels, Belgium)
21 January: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – 10th Meeting of the EU Implementation Team (Brussels, Belgium)
27 January: EU Africa Working Group: Directors’ meeting (Las Palmas, Spain)
28 January: Climate Change Africa-EU Partnership: meeting of the EU Implementation Team (Brussels, Belgium)

EU-USA Political Dialogue Meeting on Africa (Madrid, Spain)
3 February: African Peace Facility – Joint Coordination Committee meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
4 February: 2010 Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
4-5 February: Conference on the “EU and China. Partners or Competitors in Africa?” (Bruges, Belgium)
8-12 February: Better Training for Food Safety – Intensive training on regional integration (Dakar, Senegal)
10 February: EU in Africa event “For Better, for Worse, for Richer, for Poorer” (London, United Kingdom)
15-16 February: Informal seminar on the Future of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, in the run-up to the 3rd Summit (Las Palmas, Spain)
16 February: Governance & Human Rights Africa-EU Partnership – EU Implementation team meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
22-26 February: Better Training for Food Safety intensive – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Yaoundé – Cameroon)
23 February: EU-South Africa Ministerial meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
23-24 February: Energy Africa-EU Partnership – 3rd Joint Expert Group meeting (Cairo, Egypt)
24 February: Peace and Security Africa-EU Partnership: EU Implementation Team meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
EU in Africa event “Together we stand, together we fall” (Brussels, Belgium)
3-4 March: Conference “Joining up Africa: regional economic integration in Africa” (London, United Kingdom)
5-6 March: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Cairo, Egypt)
7 March: European Union – Morocco Summit (Granada, Spain)
7-10 March: Fourth ordinary session of the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (Cairo, Egypt)
8-10 March: High-level Conference to promote agribusiness and agro-industries in Africa (Abuja, Nigeria)
9 March: Climate Change Africa-EU Partnership – EU Implementation Team meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
11 March: “Taking Stock of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy and Africa’s International Relations” , a SAIIA-ECDPM experts workshop (Pretoria, South Africa)
12 March: Climate Change Africa-EU Partnership -Joint Expert Group meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
MDG Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
15-19 March: Better Training for Food Safety – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Casablanca, Morocco)
16 March: Migration, Mobility & Employment Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
18-19 March: EU-Africa Joint Task Force Meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
23 March: EU-IGAD Political Dialogue Meeting at Ministerial level (Brussels, Belgium)
23-25 March: Media & Development in Africa: Expert Meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
24-26 March: Workshop on “Operationalising the Africa-EU Plan of Action to combat Trafficking in Human Beings, especially Women and Children” (Abuja, Nigeria)
29-31 March: 2010 Africa-Europe Youth Summit preparation: Southern Africa Sub Regional Seminar on Youth Policies and the African Youth Charter (Luanda, Angola)
15 April: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – EU Implementation Team meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
19-23 April: Better Training for Food Safety – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Kampala, Uganda)
21 April: Africa-EU Energy Partnership – High Level Ministerial meeting (Vienna, Austria)
27 April: 14th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika (Luxembourg)
28-30 April: Africa-EU workshop on Employment and Decent Work in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

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