Europafrica Bulletin Issue 34 – May 2010

This is the 34th 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 approximately 10 times a year. 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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MAY BULLETIN CONTENT:

JAES

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

Europe

Africa

Readings

Selection of recent and upcoming events

JAES – GENERAL

Report of the 14th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika Meeting – 26 April 2010, in Luxembourg
EU website. Within the framework of the Africa-EU Dialogue, the 14th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting took place in Luxembourg on 26 April 2010. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and H.E. The Honorable Professor Eta E. Banda, Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Republic of Malawi. The discussion mainly focused on the implementation of the Joint Strategy and preparation of the 3rd EU-Africa Summit, Peace and Security. Read the rest of this entry »

New FRIDE Policy Brief “A Crucial Moment in EU-Africa Relations”
FRIDE website. The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) launched by European and African leaders at the Lisbon summit of 2007 has so far failed to deliver on its key promise to fundamentally transform the two continents’ development and political cooperation. Three years of uncertain implementation has revealed just how wide a gap separates the rhetoric and reality of the new strategic partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

Ping and Piebalgs meet in Addis Ababa
African Union website. “The Africa – European Union Partnership is the most varied, most accomplished and most important agreement.” said Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), during an audience he granted to Mr. Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, on Friday 7 May 2010, in his office at the headquarters of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who is on a two days official visit to Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »

The African Group converges at the AU Office in Brussels to consult before the Joint EU-Africa Expert Meeting in preparation of the 14th Ministerial Troika
African Union website. The African delegation, made up of some officials from the African Union Commission (AUC) and some representatives of African Union (AU) Member States, met on 23rd April 2010 in the AU office at Rue Moliere, Brussels, to consult ahead of the Joint EU-Africa Experts meeting scheduled for the same day, at the European Union Council. The Joint Expert meeting is expected to prepare the 14th Ministerial Troika to take place on 26 April 2010, in Luxemburg. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Statement by EU Vice President Catherine Ashton and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on the occasion of Africa Day 25 May 2010
EU website. “For many countries in Africa, 2010 marks an important anniversary, as independence swept across the continent fifty years ago. And today, Africa Day, marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. This was the first step towards the African Union which we know today – 53 countries bound by one Union, encompassing the diversity and dynamism of the modern Africa. For the European Union, Africa Day is also a chance to look forward. In particular, we look forward to building on the successes of the first ever Joint EU-Africa Strategy adopted two and a half years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

7th Africa Europe Training Course for youth organisations, 23-30 May in South Africa
This Training Course is organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe within the framework of the Partnership between the EC and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth and in cooperation with the Africa Institute of South Africa, the European Youth Forum and the Pan African Youth Union. It aims to strengthen the role of young organisations as civil society actors and youth ability to organise and take action, to reinforce their political participation, as well as identify educational principles to promote the global citizenship of young people in Europe and Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

EARN Conference on the Perspectives for Europe-Africa Relations – 7 June 2010, in Lisbon
Since the last EU-Africa Summit in 2007, a new framework has been established to jointly address common concerns and global challenges, including on peace and security, governance, trade, energy, climate change, amongst others. Looking ahead to the third EU-Africa Summit, to be held in November 2010, this conference will provide a timely opportunity to debate what are the main achievements, difficulties and challenges ahead in implementing this partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

EARN and ECDPM present on the Opportunities and Challenges of the Implementation of the JAES at the Economic and Social Affairs Committee of the EU Section for External Relations
The Economic and Social Affairs Committee of the EU Section for external relations, ACP-EU Follow-up Committee, invited the Europe Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) to present on the opportunities and challenges of the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) at their joint session on 18th May 2010, in Brussels. Fernanda Faria (IEEI/ECDPM) presented a background on the aims and objectives of EARN. Andrew Sherriff (ECDPM) presented on the challenges of implementing the JAES. Read the rest of this entry »

“Africa-EU Strategy put to the test: Shortcomings in the Action Plan” by VENRO
VENRO website. The Joint Africa-EU Strategy will have few prospects of success if no improvements are made to the second Action Plan. Gender justice and rural development need to come more to the fore. This was demanded by the Association of German Development Non-Governmental Organisations (VENRO) on the occasion of the meeting of the Ministerial Troika of the EU and Africa in Luxembourg on the 26th April.  Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Communique from the 10th EU-South Africa Ministerial Political dialogue meeting – 11 May 2010, Brussels
EU website. Within the framework of the South Africa – European Union Strategic Partnership, a Political Dialogue meeting at Ministerial level was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 11 May 2010. On bilateral relations, the discussion mainly focused on the implementation of the Strategic Partnership, the political and institutional developments in the EU and South Africa, and the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement. On regional and global issues were discussed the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the global economic crisis as well as climate change. Read the rest of this entry »

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PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

New Publication “Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: implementing the new Africa-EU Partnership”
Since 2002, the AU has been making commendable efforts to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts on the African continent. However, the AU and its newly created structures still suffer huge shortcomings and rely significantly on external support. The Joint Africa-EU Strategy and its Action Plan, adopted in December 2007 in Lisbon, established a Peace and Security Partnership. In preparation for the 2010 Africa-EU Summit, this publication brings together African and European views of the progress achieved so far. Read the rest of this entry »

African perspectives on security sector reform
United Nations website. A two-day United Nations meeting on the African perspectives on security sector reform ended in New York with agreement that, if such processes were to be sustainable and viable, they must be built on the basis of national ownership, Adedeji Ebo, Chief of the Security Sector Reform Unit of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said at a Headquarters press conference. Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

Report of the 3rd Joint Expert Group (JEG) meeting on the Africa-EU Democratic Governance and Human Rights Partnership
This report presents some elements of the discussion of the 3rd JEG meeting in the three priority actions of the Partnership. These includes issues such as how to develop a Platform for Dialogue on Democratic Governance and Human Rights (with a workshop on this project to be taken place in September 2010); the African Governance Architecture and the proposed Human Rights Strategy for Africa; the African Peer Review Mechanism. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Communique from the 6th African Union – European Union Human Rights Dialogue – 7 May 2010, Brussels
EU website. The 6th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue took place in Brussels in a constructive atmosphere, allowing an exchange of views on a number of human rights issues of concern to both sides such as the death penalty, freedom of expression and association, right to development, fight against discrimination as well as rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Read the rest of this entry »

AU meeting on the human rights strategy for Africa “Making the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Africa a Reality”
AU website. The African Union (AU) will hold the second meeting of its organs on the human rights strategy for Africa, in Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia from 10 to 12 May 2010. The meeting is holding at the margins of the 47th session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. Read the rest of this entry »

8th LINK! on Human Rights
EU website. The 8th LINK! Newsletter of the EU Delegation to the AU focuses on Human Rights, including the cooperation between Africa and the EU in this area. Read the 8th Link! – pdf

Well organized vote but lack of level playing field in Ethiopia’s election
EU website. The European Union Election Observation Mission to Ethiopia (EU EOM) assessed the election day as peaceful, calm, with high voter turnout for Ethiopia’s fourth elections to the House of Peoples’ Representatives and State Councils. “I commend the Ethiopian people’s commitment to democracy, as the massive turnout and the peaceful vote is a big achievement for all citizens, demonstrating their desire to exercise their democratic rights fully”, said the Chief Observer. Read the rest of this entry »

Report of a SAIIA Roundtable on “The African Peer Review Mechanism – Progress and Prospects”
SAIIA website. This roundtable, organised by the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) on 19 February 2010, agreed that, seven years on, the APRM has notched up notable achievements. It has defied the sceptics by attracting 30 member states to accede voluntarily to its rules. After a slow start, a dozen states have now completed their Country Review Reports. These paint a mostly frank and comprehensive picture of governance achievements and shortcomings. States are beginning to implement their National Programmes of Action (NPoAs). Read the rest of this entry »

New SAIIA Policy Brief: “Ten Reasons to Keep Faith with Africa’s Peer Review Process”
SAIIA website. Almost a decade after Africa’s major governance monitoring mechanism was mooted, we must ask: What value has the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) added? Has it been worth the time and money? What has it changed?
Like any tool, much depends on the way it is used. Thus far, the APRM has raised awareness of governance issues, energised a continent and taken small but significant steps to remedy big problems. With committed leadership, greater transparency and better documentation of success stories, the mechanism promises to become even more significant in future. Here are ten reasons for optimism. Read the rest of this entry »

“Pan-African Parliament and Peer Review: Enhancing Involvement, Adding Value” – a SAIIA’s article
SAIIA website. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is arguably the strongest tool for Members of Parliament to promote and monitor governance in Africa, but interaction with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) so far has been peripheral. Although these institutions are housed within a few kilometres in Midrand, they appear miles apart. The following practical recommendations demonstrate how, through more regular, sustained and meaningful engagement with the APRM – at minimal extra cost – the PAP could add value by exercising oversight and championing accountability within and across states. Read the rest of this entry »

UN Economic Commission for Africa and Pan African Parliament Agree to Closer Working Relations and Capacity Building
UNECA website. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) today in Addis Ababa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) creating closer ties and working relationship between the two groups. ECA Executive Secretary and UN Under Secretary-General Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, called the agreement an affirmation of ECA and PAP’s “shared values and interest in governance” Read the rest of this entry »

Africa’s Influence Grows in Multipolar World
World Bank website. On 14 May 2010, World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala shared a riddle and a “big idea” with fellow Harvard alumni. “What trillion dollar economy has grown faster than Brazil and India between 2000 and 2010 … and is projected by the IMF to grow faster than Brazil between 2010 and 2015?” … “The answer may surprise you: It is sub-Saharan Africa!” Read the rest of this entry »

The World Bank breaks its promises on Africa’s voting power
From Poverty to Power blog. The World Bank went backwards in Washington last week, when it announced a set of reforms on ‘voice’ (the different countries’ share of voting power at the Bank) that reversed many of the gains for African countries from the previous voice reform, at the Bank’s last Annual Meeting in Istanbul in September 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

World Economic Forum on Africa 2010: “Democracy Gains Ground in Africa”
World Economic Forum website. Africa’s democracy is gaining ground despite challenges posed by delayed elections and negotiated “unity” governments, said regional leaders in a plenary session on the final day of the World Economic Forum on Africa (5-7 May 2010). “However, the benefits of democracy must lead to economic development and help reduce poverty –  to improve the quality of life of ordinary people,” said Jacob G. Zuma, President of South Africa. “You can’t eat democracy,” Read the rest of this entry »

TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

Increasing West Africa’s capacity for trade
EU website. As a stepping stone to achieving a regional Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the EU Development Council expressed a clear commitment to support the EPA Programme for Development (“PAPED”) on May 10.  PAPED is an ambitious programme for trade and economic co-operation in West Africa that supports the EPA’s objective to deliver development through trade. Read the rest of this entry »

Food Safety Training to Boost EU-Africa Trade
AllAfrica.com. The EU will spend €13 million ($17.10 million) this year to train Africans in international food safety standards.
This is in preparation for competitive trade between the continent and the EU. The training Better Training for Safer Food Africa is part of the complementary measures taken to strengthen African supply capacity so that it can benefit from market access. “We want to prepare Africa for the future because it has the potential to trade,” said Moustapha Magumu, an advisor with the EU delegation to AU. Read the rest of this entry »

European Investment Bank to support unique microfinance fund for Africa: leading development financial institutions launch REGMIFA
EU website. On 5 May 2010, the European Investment Bank (EIB)  confirmed its commitment to microfinance in Africa as a leading investor in REGMIFA, a unique €116m (US$150m) microfinance fund targeting small enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. The EU’s long-term lending institution will provide US$15m for the fund and will be largest holder of class A shares. REGMIFA was developed by leading donor finance institutions following a G8 initiative to improve access to finance in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Spanish EU Presidency Seminar on “Strengthening Regional Integration in West Africa: What Role for the European Union?”, 11-12 May 2010, in Brussels
Spanish EU Presidency website. This high-level seminar by the Spanish presidency, to be held in Brussels on 11-12 May 2010, will enable an in-depth exchange of ideas on the priorities for the process of regional integration in West Africa and EU support for this process. The discussion will focus on four themes, namely the Millennium Development Goals (with emphasis on food safety), migration and development, peace and security and the coordination of various development strategies. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Negotiations Coordination Meeting, 20-21 May 2010, in Abuja
African Union website. This event will be organised by the AUC, on 20-21 May 2010, in Abuja (Nigeria), as a follow up coordination meeting for EPA negotiators and advisors. The last EPA negotiations coordination meeting was held in July 2009 in Gaborone (Botswana). The workshop will facilitate harmonisation of positions in common areas among the negotiating groups and explore ways to ensure that EPAs promote development and the economic integration agenda of Africa. The AUC was mandated to coordinate EPA negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

6th Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) Annual Meeting: Agreement for Closer Collaboration on Regional Projects Among Stakeholders
African Development Bank website. The 6th Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) Annual Meeting closed on Friday 7 May 2010 in Tunis. The meeting was co-chaired by the African Development Bank (AfDB) Vice-president, Bobby J. Pittman and the Canadian international Development Agency (CIDA) Executive Vice President, David Moloney.
Discussions focused on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa, PIDA, which is African-owned and fully supported at national and regional levels and by African institutions.  Read the rest of this entry »

EU-Africa Conference on “Promoting Trade and Investment – Mobilising Diaspora Capacities and Resources” 1-2 July 2010, Brussels
The aim of the conference is to increase trade and investment flows into Africa and to encourage a transcontinental exchange of knowledge and expertise. The conference will have as a specific objective, fostering business to business linkages, and in particular encouraging technology transfer, joint ventures, manufacturing contracts, franchising, sub-contracts, financial investments, equipment provision and inter-regional trade. It will seek to leverage the capacities and resources of the African Diaspora based in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Energy security through partnership
Africa and EU in Partnership website. Energy access and security that does not cause undue damage to the environment or the climate are at the core of development, with new and innovative ways needed to safeguard our energy future. This is what the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) aims to help achieve. Read the rest of this entry »

Workshop on “New Dynamics for Renewable Energies in Africa” – 14 June 2010, Berlin
VENRO website. With the founding of the International Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA) early in 2009 and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) resolved in Lisbon in 2007, new instruments have been created to promote Renewable Energies in Africa. There, access to affordable, decentralised and sustainable energy supply is key to poverty alleviation. Read the rest of this entry »

“Africa Needs Sizeable and Quick Investments to Provide Energy and Adapt to Climate Change”
World Bank website. Overcoming Africa’s energy deficiency—one of the continent’s most crucial priorities—won’t be achieved by incremental increases in energy supply but by “a substantial leapfrogging”, which requires access to significant new finance. Speaking at a seminar on climate change and Africa, on 24 April, at the World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC, Prof. Ogunlade Davidson, Sierra Leone’s Energy minister, said the focus on improving efficiency in energy distribu- tion in Africa should be replaced by a far bigger priority – energy supply. Read the rest of this entry »

MDGs PARTNERSHIP

African and European experts meet to discuss MDGs
Africa and EU in Partnership website. With only five years to go to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), African states are mobilising resources to stay on track. Delegates from the African and European Unions met in Addis Ababa for a Joint Expert Group Meeting on 12 March 2010 to discuss progress since the MDG partnership was launched two years ago, and to look ahead to the future. Read the rest of this entry »

EU and AU IBAR sign three financing agreements for support of the Livestock sector
AU Website. The European Union (EU) and the African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) have signed financial agreements totalling Euros 28.8 million to support three new projects. The signing ceremony took place on 13 May 2010 at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda where the 8th AU Conference of Ministers responsible for Animal Resources is being held. Read the rest of this entry »

Europeans target better health services for sub-Saharan Africa
EU website. People living in sub-Saharan Africa continue to feel the pressure of increasing poverty and morbidity (incidence of specific diseases). Teenagers in particular are at risk of reproductive health problems, and now a new EU-funded project is set to address this problem by investigating the effectiveness of existing programmes and identifying the structural drivers that restrict access to adolescent reproductive health (ARH) services in Niger and Tanzania. Read the rest of this entry »

Communiqué of the 6th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Partnership Platform Meeting, 21–23 April 2010, Johannesburg
CAADP website. The 6th partnership platform meeting of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) took place recently in Johannesburg, on 21-23 April 2010. The approximately 200 delegates included representatives of the AU Commission, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Regional Economic Communities, farmers organisations, civil society organisations, knowledge institutions, as well as Pan-African organisations. Read the rest of this entry »

“Local Power and Women’s Rights – Gender Perspectives on Decentralisation Processes” – a VENRO report
VENRO website. This report demonstrates the different experiences made by representatives of European and African civil society (mainly from Germany, Uganda and Cameroon) participating in a workshop organised by VENRO in November 2009 and presents the results of the discussion. Experience from civil society and politics shows that there is still a long way to go before gender equality is achieved not only in writing but also in its practical implementation. This applies equally to Europe and to Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

World Economic Forum on Africa 2010: “A New Vision for African Agriculture: The Engine for Growth”
World Economic Forum website. Agricultural development is the most effective strategy for boosting economic growth in Africa, concluded panellists at a plenary session of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Dar es Salaam (5-7 May 2010). Read the rest of this entry »

CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

Fostering new relationships between climate change and science
Africa and EU in Partnership website. Building synergies and increasing efficiencies between different Africa-EU partnerships was discussed at a meeting between the EU delegation to the African Union (AU) and the African Union Commission (AUC) on 12 May. In particular, it was noted that enthusiasm for closer cooperation between the AU-EU climate change partnership and the science, information society & space partnership needed to be followed up by action. Read the rest of this entry »

“Time Bomb Awaiting Africa”
AllAfrica.com. There is no doubt that climate change as an environmental issue has become a burning issue in international circles. According to experts, it has become a development issue that is today confronting humanity with devastating effects; it has become a matter for poverty reduction, food security, economic, health, human rights, and governance. Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

New EU Communication on “Delivering an area of freedom, security and justice for Europe’s citizens – Action Plan implementing Stockholm Programme”
EU website. On 20th April 2010, the European Commission adopted its action plan to implement the priorities set out in the EU Stockholm programme adopted by EU Heads of state and government in December 2009 to develop the European area of freedom, security and justice in the next 5-year period 2010-2014. This document includes many aspects on EU-Africa relations as well as specifically on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. In particular, it focuses on ensuring the security of Europe for action on anti-trafficking in West Africa; Read the rest of this entry »

Tapping Africa’s diaspora
Africa and EU in Partnership website. The African Diaspora has a key role to play in the development of the continent, be it through investment in business, involvement in civil society or as a unique bridge between the peoples of Africa and Europe. In order to capitalise on this potential, the Diaspora Africa Forum (DAF) was established as a means by which the African diaspora can engage and help make the concepts behind the Joint Africa–EU Strategic Partnership a reality. Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

Breaching the final frontier in Africa
Africa and EU in Partnership website. The eighth partnership seeks to bridge the scientific and digital divides so prominent in Africa. Efforts in this partnership include projects on space, which is what delegates at the 11th Implementation Team Meeting discussed when they met in Brussels on 15 April. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Expert Group meeting of the Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space – 18 May 2010, in Durban
The meeting of the Joint Expert Group (JEG8) for the 8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space will be hosted by the Department of Science and Technology in association with IST-Africa 2010 on Tuesday 18 May 2010 in Durban (South Africa). Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing the Transformational Power of ICTs for Development in Africa
World Bank website. On 23 April 2010, the World Bank signed an agreement with private and public sector partners to collaborate on a joint effort to improve the lives of citizens, including in Africa, through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).  Called the e-Transform initiative, the agreement seeks to connect leaders and practitioners in developing countries with expertise in the public sector, the private sector, and academia on how to use ICTs (e.g. telecom networks, computers and mobile phones) to transform government services to citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

EUROPE

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton to visit Kenya, Tanzania and the Republic of Seychelles to discuss anti-piracy operations
EU website. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will visit Kenya, Tanzania and the Republic of Seychelles from 18 to 21 May. She will meet with the political leaders of these countries, with international representatives and representatives of civil society. In her first visit to Africa, a key strategic partner for the EU, the High Representative will visit in particular the countries in the region affected by piracy off the east coast of the continent, notably Somalia, and explore with them options for effective and sustainable solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

European Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to deepen partnerships on development issues
UN Economic Commission for Africa website. The European Union’s (EU) Commissioner for Development, Mr. Andris Piebalgs, said on 8 May 2010 in Addis Ababa that the EU was interested in forging deeper partnership with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), on various development issues, including climate change and land ownership in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

New and updated EU Donors Atlas 2010
EU website. The EU Donor Atlas 2010 presents an overview of development cooperation activities funded by the 27 EU Members and the European Commission. Its aim is to help all Member States gain a better understanding of each other’s activities and work towards a better division of labour. The exercise is part of the EU effort to strengthen coordination and harmonisation. Click here to access the Atlas.

New EU Discussion Paper: “Budget Support and MDG Performance”
EU website. This study, which is the first issue of the new EU “Development Papers” Series, analyses the relationship between the provision of general budget support (GBS) and MDG performance, by disaggregating countries into “high” and “low” budget support recipients and assessing the extent to which selected MDGs have improved in each of these groups. Read the rest of this entry »

AFRICA

Message of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping on the occasion of the Celebration of Africa Day
AU website. Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Continent, Friends and Partners of Africa. Today, we are celebrating Africa Day, as we do every year on 25 May. On this occasion, the African Union has chosen the theme “Building and Sustaining Peace through Sports” to mark this year’s commemoration. A few weeks to the kick off of the 19th edition of the Soccer World Cup which Africa will be hosting for the first time in history, the choice of this theme gives full meaning to the event, as it highlights our resolve to make all possible efforts in order to fulfill the vision of Africa towards peaceful co-existence, integration, prosperity and proactiveness on the global scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Launch of the revamped African Union website
AU website. On the occasion of the Celebration of Africa Day on 25th May, 2010, the African Union Commission has introduced the beta* version of its revamped website.  Click on www.au.int to access the revamped website. Read the rest of this entry »

African Financing Partnership Launched by Leading Development Financial Institutions
African Development Bank website. On 26th May 2010, 8 development finance institutions, who last year invested over USD 8.8 billion in projects across the continent, formally launched the African Financing Partnership (AFP). This collaboration will enable greater cooperation and co-financing, and work towards improving joint assessment and evaluation of private sector projects across the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

African Union Celebrates day under the slogan “Make Peace happen”
AU website. The African Union Commission (AUC), on Tuesday 25 May 2010, joined the rest of the continent and the Diaspora, to observe the Africa Day, celebrated every May 25. Organised Under the theme “Promoting peace through Sports”, the ceremony at the headquarters of the AU Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia featured activities such as a workshop on promoting peace through sports; a photo exhibition on AU peacekeeping efforts and the launch of “Peace Journey”, a journey across 24 African countries to promote peace. Read the rest of this entry »

Assessing Africa’s Pulse: “This is the Time to Invest”, says World Bank Africa Chief Economist
World Bank website. Africa’s steady recovery from the triple (food, fuel and financial) crisis fuelled by a relentless pursuit of the right mix of reforms and economic policies will boost poverty reduction, the World Bank said Thursday. “Although Africa was the hardest hit by the crisis, its recovery has been so remarkable that we could be at the beginning of what history will describe as Africa’s decade,” the Bank’s Chief Economist for the Africa Region. Read the rest of this entry »

Courier magazine interview with Prof. Ian Taylor, Expert on “China-Africa relations: Lessons for the EU”
The Courier website. Ahead of the Shanghai Expo 2010, China (1 May to 31-October 2010), a showcase for all the globe’s nations, notably those of the African continent, The Courier magazine asked Professor Ian Taylor, an expert on China-Africa relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, whether Europe has any lessons to learn from China’s expanding ties with Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Statement from the 14th Africa Partnership Forum, 29-30 April 2010, Toronto
Africa Partnership Forum website. The 14th meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum (APF) was held in Toronto, Canada, on 29-30 April 2010. The meeting was attended by personal representatives of Heads of State and Government of Africa and its principal development partners, and of the Heads of regional and international organisations. It was co-chaired by Austria, Canada, Ethiopia and Malawi. Read the rest of this entry »

READINGS

Launch of the “African Economic Outlook 2010: Africa’s Growth on the Rebound”
African Development Bank website. The 2010 edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO) was launched on Monday, 24 May 2010 in Abidjan, ahead of the Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.  Anchored on the theme: “Public Resource Mobilization and Aid”, the report points out that the global economic crisis halted a period of high economic growth in Africa, slashing the continent’s  GDP growth from an average of about 6% from 2006-2008 to 2.5% in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

“Development Aid for Infrastructure Investment in Africa: Malian Relations with China, the European Commission and the World Bank” a SAIIA publication
SAIIA website. This paper compares the terms of a selection of infrastructure aid contracts entered into by the government of Mali with both ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ donors. It asks whether these forms of aid, conventionally considered to be dichotomous, are qualitatively different by employing primary research to consider the offers from a recipient government perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa – April 2010
International Monetary Fund website. The economic slowdown in sub-Saharan Africa looks set to be mercifully brief. Recovery is now under way across the region. The region’s relative resilience during this global recession, compared with previous global downturns, owes much to the health of its economies and the strengthening of policy frameworks in the run-up to the crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

New Chatham House article: “Investment in Africa: All to Play For”
Chatham House website. When many western people think of Africa a set of stock images comes to mind: starvation, poverty, corruption, violence. No matter how many television programmes, articles and campaigns try to change perceptions, these views dominate. In this context, you would have to be mad to call for greater private sector investment. Yet increasing numbers of emerging powers are doing just that. This gulf between western perceptions and modern African realities is doing growing damage to the economic prospects of countries like Britain. Read the rest of this entry »

SELECTION OF RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

27 April: 14th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika (Luxembourg)
28-30 April: Africa-EU workshop on Employment and Decent Work in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
18-21 May: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting and IST-Africa 2010 Conference & Exhibition (Durban, South Africa)
20-21 May: EPA Negotiations Coordination Meeting (Abuja, Nigeria)
21 May: Africa-EU Energy Partnership – EU Implementation Team meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
24-28 May: Better Training for Food Safety regional workshop – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Bamako, Mali)
25-26 May: Diaspora African Forum (Accra, Ghana)
31 May – 1 June: 25th France – Africa Summit (Nice, France)
8 June: AU-EU College-to-College meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
9-10 June: Africa-EU Energy Partnership – Mini Joint Expert Group meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
14-18 June: Better Training for Food Safety regional workshop – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Lilongwe, Malawi)
7-9 July 2010: EESC regional seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
15-16 July: Workshop on Civil society and the Africa-EU Strategy (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
19-27 July: 15th Ordinary session of the African Union Summit (Kampala, Uganda)

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