Europafrica Bulletin Issue 24 – 2nd April 2009 (March Issue)

This is the 24th 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.

Joint Africa-EU Strategy

Intra-ACP cooperation 10th EDF: 2008-2013- Reference to the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
On the 13th of March 2009, the Strategy paper and multiannual indicative programme has been signed in Brussels. The Intra-ACP Cooperation – 10th EDF- Strategy Paper and Multiannual Indicative Programme (2008-2013) has some reference to the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.
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European Parliament adopts report on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report drafted by Maria Martens (EPP-ED, NL) in response to the Commission Communication “One year after Lisbon: The Africa-EU partnership at work”.
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Partner Conference in Nairobi 6th / 7th of April 2009 on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
As one of the crucial events, VENRO organises a partner conference on the beginning of April 2009 (6-7) in Nairobi.
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The 8th Joint Africa-EU Task Force (17-18 March 2009) – with the participation of African und EU chef de file of the 8 partnerships
On the 17-18th of March 2009, the 8th Joint Africa-EU Task Force took place in Brussels the first time with the African and European Chef de file of the 8 partnerships.
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Second AU-CSO Consultation on the Joint Africa EU Strategy in Nairobi, Kenya
The second AU-Civil Society consultation on the implementation of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 3-5 March 2009.
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EP Plenary Debate on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy in Strasbourg
The European Parliament organized a plenary debate on the 24 of March 2009 in Strasbourg around the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and voted on a report drawn up by DEVE’s Maria Martens on the Africa-EU strategy.
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Broadcast of ISS/ECDPM Seminar, Addis Ababa: The Changing Nature of Europe-Africa Relations in 2009
ECDPM in collaboration with Institute for Security Studies (ISS) organized a seminar on EU-Africa relations on the 3rd of March 2009 in Addis where the Joint Africa-EU Strategy was one of the main focus. Over 50 participants from African and European Organisations and Embassies came to this event.
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ECDPM Discussion Paper 87: Beyond Structures? Reflections on the Implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and its associated Action Plan, which were adopted in Lisbon in December 2007, are designed to change the nature of relations between Africa and Europe.
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Recent position prepared by ETUC, ITUC and ITUC AFRICA on Joint Africa EU Strategy
The ETUC, ITUC and ITUC Africa have prepared a recent position on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.
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Events around the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
The official EU-AU website has published all events and meetings around the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Please go the agenda to get an overview, click here

EU

Development Aid at its highest level ever in 2008
In 2008, total net official development assistance (ODA) from members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rose by 10.2% in real terms to USD 119.8 billion. This is the highest dollar figure ever recorded. It represents 0.30% of members’ combined gross national income according to the OECD report.
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EU €1 billion “Food Facility” for developing countries – Commission adopts overall plan and first implementation decision
The European Commission adopted a € 314 million package of projects to support agriculture and improve the food security situation in 23 developing countries across the globe. This is the first 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 faced by many developing countries. The Commission also agreed to an overall plan for the use of the entire amount of the Facility, targeting 50 developing countries in total.
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Commission welcomes rise in EU development aid in difficult economic times but warns that efforts must be stepped-up
The European Commission welcomed the increase of aid levels, following the official announcement of the 2008 figures by the OECD. Despite the financial crisis, aid volumes provided by Member States have increased by around 8 percent in 2008. Fears remain however that the unfolding economic crisis will have a negative impact on the 2009 aid levels putting agreed 2010 targets in jeopardy. The Commission urges Member States to stick to their aid commitments as aid plays a vital countercyclical role in poor countries severely hit by the economic crisis.
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Commission allocates €2.7 billion to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to meet global development challenges
This Friday 13 March 2009 the European Commission and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) Group signed a cooperation agreement for a total of €2.7 billion. Thanks to this global agreement, funded via the 10th European Development Fund, 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will benefit from aid in a wide range of sectors such as health, water, combating climate change and peace-keeping.
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Europe’s new climate gambit – shifting the heat onto developing nations
European environment ministers, who discussed Europe’s proposals for the Copenhagen climate summit in December, appear to be backtracking from a UN agreement by which developed countries take the lead on climate action on the 3rd of March 2009 in Brussels.
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Friends Of Europe Development Policy Forum: Investing in Africa’s Growth and Health
The second international two-day policy summit (29-30.04.09 ) “Outlook Africa: Investing in Africa’s Growth and Health” will focus international policymakers’ thinking exclusively on the African continent.
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EUROMESCO: Paper 77: Under the Shadow of ‘Barcelona’: From the EMP to the Union for the Mediterranean
After a long debate, the Union for the Mediterranean-UFM was endorsed at the 13 July 2008 Paris Summit of Heads of State and Government and later set on track by the 3-4 November 2008 Foreign ministers conference in Marseille. These two developments were the outcome of a series of key events and heated negotiations.
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Sarkozy’s Mediterranean Union on Hold
The Union project is frozen and will no doubt remain so, unless Arab heads of state, meeting at a summit in Qatar at the end of this month, decide to revive it. But Sarkozy is far from giving up, says Patrick Seale.
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Africa

Kadhafi on Peace and Security with AUC Officials
Libyan leader and Chairman of the African Union (AU), Mouammar Kadhafi Sunday met with officials of the AU Commission (AUC) on peace and security issues in the African continent at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia says AU Monitor.
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Africans told to Stop the Blame Game
Former Botswana leader Festus Mogae has said Africans should take responsibility for the continent’s ills. Addressing a news conference in Addis Ababa on Monday, Mr Mogae said Africans needed to move beyond blame game and accept responsibility for some of the continent ills (AU Monitor)
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CCP-AU Working Groups on the African Union
The Center for Citizens participation in the African Union (CCP-AU), a platform of CSOs/NGOs aiming to encourage African citizens’ engagement and participation in the African Union, has launched their CCP-AU Working Groups on the African Union that will be active in between the AU Summits.
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Decisions of January 2009 AU Summit
The decisions of the executive council (Executive_Council_Decisions_Jan_09.pdf) and the assembly of heads of state and government
(AU_Assembly_Decision_Jan_09.pdf) of the African Union are available for download. In addition, the text of the full decision of the assembly on the union government can be downloaded here: (Decision_on_Union_Gov._Jan_2009.pdf)

Hu Tour Deepens China-Africa Ties
Chinese President Hu Jintao said he wanted to deepen Beijing’s trade and investment links in Africa despite the global economic slowdown in the East African.
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Senegalese Leader Hails AU Authority
The transformation of the existing African Union (AU) Commission into an Authority of the Union, agreed upon at the last AU summit is a ‘milestone’ in achieving the ideals of Pan-Africanism, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said (AU Monitor).
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Readings

The recession’s storm holds a silver lining for development cooperation
Governments’ typical reaction to economic crisis is to help at home and leave others to fend for themselves. But Jean-Michel Debrat of the Agence française de Développement and Simon Maxwell of the UK’s Overseas Development Institute say in Europe’s World that giving a hand to poorer countries at this critical point will benefit everyone.
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2009 – The Year of Europe? Yes, we Must!
By Sven Grimm – Opinion No. 3 – January 2009

Climate change challenges for EU development co-operation: emerging issues
By Leo Peskett, Natasha Grist, Merylyn Hedger, Tessa Lennartz-Walker and Imme Scholz
Working Paper No. 3 – January 2009

Perspectives on Budget Support Who’s afraid of Budget Support? ECDPM Discussion Paper 88- by Schiltz, J. and M. Bichler.

Current dilemmas in aid architecture. Actors & instruments, aid orphans and climate change. ECDPM Policy Management Report 16 – by Gwen Corre

Document de réflexion ECDPM 87 : Au-delà des structures? Réflexions sur la mise en oeuvre de la Stratégie conjointe Afrique-UE

Calendar

02.04.2009 Africa-EU Partnership on Trade & Regional Integration – 2nd meeting of the Joint Expert Group
03.04.2009 Africa-EU Partnership on Trade & Regional Integration – High Level Conference “Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF): promoting Regional Integration in the SPS field (rules, standards, controls and procedures) in Africa
06-08.04.2009 17th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in an EU country
07.04.2009 Seminar on Peacebuilding and Development, EPLO
14.04.2009 Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment – EU Implementation team meeting
16-17.04.2009 Africa-EU Partnership on Peace and Security – 2nd meeting of the Joint Expert Group
21-22.04.2009 Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment – 2nd meeting of the Joint Expert Group
26-28.04.2009 Ministerial Conference ‘Building Migration Partnerships’ Prague
28.04.2009 Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting, Luxembourg

for more dates please see official Africa-EU website on the JAES – click here (http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/)

Copyright: ECDPM 2009
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