Europafrica Bulletin Issue 35 – June 2010

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JUNE BULLETIN CONTENT:

JAES

• GENERAL
• PEACE AND SECURITY 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

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GENERAL

Joint Declaration from the 4th AU/EU College-to-College Meeting – 8 June 2010, Addis Ababa
AU website. Today’s College to College meeting between the African Union Commission and the European Commission, the fourth of its kind, is taking place at a critical moment, just a few months before the third Africa-EU Summit and amidst an intense international agenda. The strong partnership between the two Commissions is instrumental to providing further impetus to the preparations for the next Africa-EU Summit and to the implementation of its outcomes which will undoubtedly contribute to shaping the future of Africa-EU relations. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth AU-EU College-to-College Meeting Calls for Strong Partnership to Enhance Economic Growth

AU website. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Jean Ping, says the relationship between the European Union and the African Union Commission remains very strong as the strategic partnership between the two institutions is based on common objectives, mutual interest and respect. “I think this partnership is progressing in the right direction especially as the two parties are fully committed to ensure the well being of both populations”. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Development Commissioner Piebalgs Speech on the upcoming challenges for Development Policy – Focus on Africa-EU Partnership
EU website. At the occasion of the meeting of the Committee on Development of the European Parliament held on the 2nd of June 2010, the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, made a speech on the main upcoming challenges for EU Development Policy.
Mr Piebalgs emphasised that 2010 was a year of opportunity, and considered Africa-EU Partnership as one of the most important milestones to achieve, but also one of three main reasons for optimism in EU capacity to make a real difference on poverty Read the rest of this entry »

Communiqué from the 17th EU-ECOWAS Political Dialogue at Ministerial Level – 15 June 2010, Luxembourg
EU website. The Seventeenth Political Dialogue at Ministerial Level between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union was held in Luxembourg on 15 June 2010 under the Co–Chairmanship of H.E. H. Odein Ajumogobia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and H.E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain on behalf of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, H.E. Catherine Ashton. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth speaker returns from Africa-EU training course
Daily Observer website . A week-long training course organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in the framework of the Youth Partnership between the Council of Europe and the EU in cooperation with the Africa Institute of South Africa, the European Youth Forum and the Pan African Youth Union was held from 23-30 May 2010 at the University of Limpopo in Johannesburg, South Africa. The course, which was attended by close to 30 participants from youth organisations from Africa and Europe was aimed Read the rest of this entry »

The European Economic and Social Committee to debate EU-Africa Strategy at 11th ACP-EU regional seminar in Ethiopia
EU website. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will organise the 11th Regional Seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 7–9 July 2010.
During the three day seminar, 12 EESC members will be joined by representatives of economic and social interest groups from the 16 countries of the East African Community (EAC) and of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) to discuss the future of the EU-Africa Strategic Partnership, the 2010 Revision of the Cotonou Read the rest of this entry »

Final Declaration of the 25th Africa and France Summit – 1st June 2010, Nice
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The 25th Africa-France Summit was held in Nice on 31 May and 1 June 2010, a year of peace and security for Africa. Fifty-one delegations from African States took part in the Summit with France, along with representatives of the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, the International Organization of the Francophonie and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Read the rest of this entry »

Les Afriques magazine interview with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the occasion of the 25th Africa and France Summit

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. At the occasion of the 25th Africa and France Summit, which was held in Nice (France) on the 31st of May and the 1st of June 2010, Les Afriques Magazine conducted an interview with the French President Nicolas Sarkozy. This interview focused on a number of key areas such as Africa-France overall relations, but also specifically in the areas of Trade, Climate, notably in comparison with emerging economies (China, India, Brazil…) as well as Democracy, Migration and Official Development Assistance Read the rest of this entry »

EU Development Commissioner Piebalgs attends Africa-France Summit

EU website. On 31st May and 1st June 2010, the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, along with Heads of State and Government from African continent and representatives of international institutions, took part in the XXV Africa-France Summit in Nice. Whilst representing the European Commission, the Commissioner took part in debates on Africa’s role in global governance, peace and security and also climate and development policy. Read the rest of this entry »

French President Sarkozy to push for expanded African role at UN
France 24 website. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday Africa should be represented on the U.N.  Security Council, promising to back reforms when France takes the helm of the G8 and G20 groups of big economies next year. Speaking at the launch of the 25th Africa-France summit, he said it was time for the world to make a place for Africa on the global stage to discuss international crises and reforms. Read the rest of this entry »

France wants African States in G20
Irish Times website. France will push for Africa to have membership of the G20 economies in a similar capacity to the European Union when it takes helm of the group next year, a French political source said. France is using the 25th Africa-France summit, which ends in Nice on Tuesday 2nd June, to pave the way for reform proposals at next years G8/G20 meetings, aimed at giving Africa more of a say on the international stage. Read the rest of this entry »

China-EU Rivalry in Africa Sharpens
Inter Press Service website. If China needed another prompt that the European powers have finally woken up to the fact they were losing the competition for the Africa pie, it came with France’s bid to recapture lost ground this month. French President Nicolas Sarkozy presided over the 25th Africa-France summit in Nice where for the first time he tacitly acknowledged the success of China’s expansion in Africa by calling on French businesses to emulate it. Read the rest of this entry »

“Africa’s Window of Opportunity” by the renowned economist Paul Collier
Social Europe Journal website. Just when Europe’s economic future has deteriorated Africa’s is looking more promising than for many decades. That promise is underpinned by global commodity prices, high despite the world recession, and by years of gradual reforms. The revenues from resource extraction are going to increase massively. This is because Africa is the last frontier for resource discovery. Read the rest of this entry »

PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

New Publication: “Competing models of peacekeeping – The role of the EU and China in Africa”
The European Union (EU) is the most relevant partner of the UN and of African regional organizations in peacekeeping operations in the African continent. Since 2003, it has carried out Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFPS) operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Somalia and Guinea. It is a key supporter of the African Union’s (AU) security policy, providing funding for peace and development initiatives through the African Peace Facility. Read the rest of this entry »

Workshop Report on “The Search for EU-China Cooperation towards Security Challenges in Africa”

On 17-19 May 2010, Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) invited 30 participants from 15 European institutes to participate in an intensive workshop about China’s response to security challenges in Africa. The aim of this meeting was to examine the new security threats with which China has been confronted, the way China perceives these challenges and how it has responded. This was the first time that EU experts had a separate meeting to discuss the impact of China’s policies on the interests of the European Union and how the latter could respond. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa-France Summit – Remarks by President Jacob Zuma to Session on Strengthening Peace and Security
AllAfrica.com.
The following is the full text of a speech delivered by South African President Jacob Zuma, who was among the leaders at the Africa-France Summit in Nice, France. The South Africa President reaffirmed the importance of prioritising the attainment of peace and security in all parts of Africa, through collective efforts of the member countries of the African Union. With regard to progress in operationalising African peace and security architecture, President Zuma emphasised a number of instruments, which constitute also some of the main objectives of the Africa-EU Peace and Security Partnership Read the rest of this entry »

North Africa Regional Capability signs the MoU between AU, Regional Economic Communities and Regional Standby Brigades of East and North Africa
AU website. On 28 May 2010, the North Africa Regional Capability (NARC) Executive Secretary, Major-General Ahmed Abdallah Aoun, signed, on behalf of NARC, the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the area of peace and security between the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities and the Regional Standby Brigades of Eastern Africa and Northern Africa, at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary Report of the 2nd African Forum for Dialogue: “Peace and Security for Sustainable Development” – 25th May 2010, Geneva
AU website. The African Union Commission, through its Permanent Representation accredited to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva and in collaboration with the international community based in Geneva, celebrated the Africa Day and the Year of Peace and Security in Africa on 25 May 2010. Pursuant to the decision adopted by the Heads of State and Government to proclaim 2010 as the Year of Peace and Security in Africa, the theme of the Forum focused on “ Peace and Security for Sustainable Development in Africa ”. Read the rest of this entry »

New German Development Institute’s Briefing Paper: “African Developments: continental conflict management – a glass half full or half empty?”
German Development Institute (DIE) website. The emergence of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) is one of the most important recent developments in Africa. The institutional setting for fostering peace and security on the continent has been created by the efforts of African governments to engage in comprehensive continental integration. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Declaration by the AU and by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the UN international day in support of victims of torture
EU website. On June 26, the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the African Union and the European Union reaffirm their commitment to the global eradication of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the full rehabilitation of torture victims. The absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is unequivocally established under international law. Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

New ERD’s Publication: “Regional Integration, Fragility and Institution Building – An Analytical Framework Applied to the African Context”
European Report on Development’s (ERD) website. The purpose of this paper is to discuss how regional integration processes may contribute to state-building and promote exit from fragility for countries characterised by weak state institutions. After presenting a simple conceptual framework to discuss the effects of external and regional integration on fragile states, we analyse the policy trade-offs that may arise in such contexts. The paper then reviews Read the rest of this entry »

Andris Piebalgs remains concerned by the political deadlock in Madagascar and considers the adoption of appropriate measures to be inevitable
EU website. On 7 June 2010, the European Union decided to close the consultations with the Republic of Madagascar which began on 6 July 2009 and adopted appropriate measures under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development said: “We are faced with real political deadlock, which leads us today to close the consultations that begun almost a year ago with Madagascar and to adopt appropriate measures – in this case suspension of aid – as foreseen in the Cotonou Agreement.” Read the rest of this entry »

TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

EU Council conclusions on the Court of Auditors’ Report “Effectiveness of EDF support for Regional Economic Integration in East Africa and West Africa”
EU website. The EU Council welcomes the Court of Auditors’ Special Report No. 18/2009 on the effectiveness of European Development Fund ( EDF ) support for Regional Economic Integration in East Africa and West Africa. The purpose of the audit report was to assess whether EDF support for regional economic integration in East Africa and West Africa had been effective. The Council also notes that the conclusions and recommendations of the report could contribute to a more effective EDF support for regional economic integration Read the rest of this entry »

Report of the Seminar on “Strengthening Regional Integration in West Africa: What Role for the European Union?” – 11-12 May 2010, Brussels
ECDPM website. At the initiative of Spain, in its capacity of President of the European Union (EU), a Seminar was organized in Brussels on 11-12 May 2010 on the theme “Strengthening Regional Integration on West Africa: What role for the EU?”. The Seminar had three objectives. First, it was an opportunity for the Spanish Presidency to reiterate its strong support to the West African region and in particular, in strengthening the regional integration process. Secondly, it was meant to provide the political response of the EU to fund an ambitious programme Read the rest of this entry »

Training for Safer Food in Africa, 14-18 June 2010, Lilongwe, Malawi

Africa and Europe in Partnership website. African food hygiene experts are meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 14-18 June to participate in a regional workshop on food hygiene inspection. The event has been organised by Better Training for Safer Food Africa ( BTSF ), a European Commission initiative to deliver technical and policy expertise on animal health and food safety. It is aimed at African public services, producers and small and medium sized enterprises. Read the rest of this entry »

New ECDPM publication: “Trade relevant provisions in the Treaty of Lisbon – Implications for Economic Partnership Agreements”

ECDPM website. The entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon (ToL) on 1 December 2009 introduced significant changes in the functioning of the European Union (EU). One major evolution concerns the way the EU manages its relationship with the rest of the world. The enlarged objectives that are attributed to EU external action under the Lisbon Treaty correspond to a widening EU foreign policy agenda, which will be supported by new structures, such as the European External Action Service (EEAS) and executed with new roles. Read the rest of this entry »

African Development Bank and the challenge of addressing Africa’s infrastructure crisis
Business Day website. Horatius Egua, who covered the last Annual General Meeting of the African Development Bank which held in Abidjan, writes that despite the huge funds at the bank’s disposal efforts towards developing the continent are being frustrated by corruption, political instability and general insecurity across the continent. The board of governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) last week, in Abidjan approved a 200 per cent sixth general capital increase for the institution. Read the rest of this entry »

Road to African integration proves grindingly slow

Financial Times website. The moment when Muammer Gaddafi, Libya’s leader, aspires for the creation of a single African nation has become a perennial irritant at African summits, eating into deliberations on more pressing crises of the day. Many of Colonel Gaddafi’s peers are still struggling to create viable nation states within territories carved out by Europeans in the 19th century. In that context, talk of a United States of Africa – a potentially unwieldy federation of 1bn plus people – seems distinctly premature. Read the rest of this entry »

New ERD Publication: “Trade Regionalisation and Openness in Africa”
European Report on Development’s (ERD) website. The intensity of trade among countries belonging to the same region depends not only on the existence and effectiveness of a regional integration agreement, but also on other factors, which include the overall trade policy orientation and the relative level of geo-graphic and economic barriers affecting intra- and extra-regional trade. Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Experts meet to discuss energy
Africa and Europe in Partnership website. Energy was on the agenda as delegates from Africa and Europe met for a restricted Joint Experts Group (mini-JEG) meeting on 9-10 June in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Topics discussed included renewable energy, the planned High-Level Meeting and the future action plan of the Energy Partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

Report on VENRO International Workshop on IRENA and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership
VENRO website . Overcoming energy poverty is a pre-condition for development. Therefore the role of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Africa-EU-Energy Partnership (AEEP) in combating poverty should be strengthened. This is the conclusion reached by an international workshop on renewable energy in Africa, held in Berlin on June 14 2010, and hosted by VENRO, the Forum on Environment and Development and the Church Development Service Read the rest of this entry »

EIB reinforces financial support for East Africa: key renewable energy, communications and transport projects inaugurated in Kenya
EU website. On the 22nd of June 2010, the European Investment Bank (EIB) restated its firm commitment to support infrastructure and private sector growth in East Africa. Over the last five years the European Union’s long term financing institution has contributed more than EUR 890m to the region, with over 52% in the energy sector. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa – EU cooperation on raw materials
Africa and Europe in Partnership website. The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission (EC) have agreed to bilateral co-operation with regard to access to raw materials and to work together on governance, infrastructure and geological knowledge and skills. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Commissioner Oettinger involved in integration of Maghreb electricity markets
Africa and Europe in Partnership website. The ministers responsible for energy in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia met with the EU Commissioner Oettinger on 20 June 2010 in Algiers to accelerate the Maghreb electricity market integration process, the first step towards full integration of these markets with the European market. Read the rest of this entry »

MDGs PARTNERSHIP

Council conclusions on the MDGs for the UN High-Level Plenary meeting in New York and beyond – 14 June 2010, Luxembourg
EU website. “These Council conclusions constitute the EU position on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a view to the UN General Assembly High-Level Plenary Meeting (HLPM) in New York in September 2010 and beyond. The Council welcomes the Commission Communication “ A Twelve-point EU action plan in support of the Millennium Development Goals“, which has provided essential guidance for this EU position… Read the full conclusions report here.

CONCORD summary analysis of the Foreign Affairs Council Meeting Conclusions on the MDGs
CONCORD website. Concord is concerned that the conclusions contain too many calls from the EU to others with little commitment or action from the EU side. It is indeed necessary that all partners show strong political commitments in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), however the EU needs to set the example as the world’s largest donor, especially on issues such as ODA and Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). The conclusions favour an action-oriented approach without proposing an action or breakthrough plan on the EU side. Read the rest of this entry »

Prioritising the health sector in Africa
Africa and EU in Partnership website. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have two health-related objectives, child and maternal health, both of which are lagging behind in Africa. The EU adopted conclusions recently on its role in global health, which will be part of a coordinated plan to come with a unified voice to the UN MDG conference in New York in September. Coming to grips with health services in Africa will be crucial in securing the continent’s achievement of the MDGs. Read the rest of this entry »

ERD Conference “Promoting Resilience through Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa”, 28-30 June 2010, Dakar
European Report on Development’s (ERD) website. The Conference builds on country-specific studies as well as on regional research on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to address the key question of which types of social protection have worked and/or are expected to work best for the region. Some of the major challenges facing social protection design and implementation in SSA such as chronic poverty, state fragility, financial viability and donor involvement are addressed. Read the rest of this entry »

Oxfam welcomes European aid for West African food crisis but warns more is urgently needed
Oxfam website. International aid agency Oxfam welcomes the European Commission’s new aid package of 24 million euros (USD$30 million) for Niger and other countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, which was announced today in Brussels. The announcement demonstrates the renewed commitment of the European Commission to help alleviate the suffering of more than 10 million people affected by the current food crisis in West Africa, but Oxfam warns that more needs to be done Read the rest of this entry »

CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

European Investment Bank and European Commission to explore EU climate finance initiative
EU website. European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Philippe Maystadt agreed on Monday 14 June 2010 to explore a joint climate finance initiative for developing countries as part of the European Union commitment made at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen last December. Read the rest of this entry »

The Climate Challenge now offers the EU a Global Role

Europe’s World website. With so much of the climate change agenda linked to development aid priorities, Steen Gade, chair of the Danish Folketing’s environment committee, sets out his vision of an EU action plan, and notably emphasises the Africa-EU cooperation through the Partnership on Climate Change of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

EU-AU meeting on Employment, Social Protection and Decent Work in Africa, 30 June – 2 July 2010, Dakar
EU website. Within the framework of the joint Africa-EU Strategy and in particular the strategic partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment the African Union Commission and the European Commission are organising, a workshop on Employment and Decent work in Africa – sharing experience on the informal economy on 30 June-2 July 2010, in Dakar, Senegal. The aims of the event are as follows: to provide opportunities to share experience on employment, social protection and other decent work related issues Read the rest of this entry »

Migration and mobility in Mali
Africa and Europe in Partnership website. A delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs travelled to Bamako, Mali this week to meet local authorities and representatives of the CIGEM (Migration Information and Management Centre). Read the rest of this entry »

EU collaboration with African Countries contributed to Reduction in Irregular Migrants in 2009
Migrants at sea website. Speaking at a press conference in Athens earlier this week, Gil Arias Fernandez, Frontex’s deputy executive director, credited the global recession as the key factor in 2009 for the reduced numbers of migrants seeking to enter the EU.  He also credited “good collaboration from the African countries where immigrants usually depart[,]” referring to measures taken by Libya, Mauritania and Senegal to prevent migrants from leaving the countries. Read the rest of this entry »

World Marks Refugee Day
Africa and Europe Partnership website. The theme of this year’s World Refugee Day, ‘home’, sought to underline the vulnerability of all those who have had to flee from their home and country. The chairperson of the African Union, Bingu wa Mutharika, said that World Refugee Day should serve to remind people of the challenges faced by refugees throughout Africa. “Their challenges are our challenges, and the African Union Commission, in collaboration with its various partners, is determined and remains committed in its efforts to finding durable and permanent solutions to the refugee crisis Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

New EU Publication: “The changing face of EU-African Cooperation in science and technology”
EU website. Africa is a continent with a great pool of untapped scientific talent. The brain-power is there, but the means to translate it into scientific input for socio-economic development need further enhancement. Increasing S&T capacity through cooperation will give African countries and people the tools and skills to create/adapt and disseminate knowledge to mitigate current weaknesses. It will help Africa to develop its resources and provide ways and means to deliver prosperity and sustainable development to its people. Download this publication here.

Making good use of scarce resources for Africa-EU joint research
CAAST-NET website. A dozen institutions from Africa and Europe are hoping to develop a multi-million dollar project to mobilise funding for joint research activities. The project, known as Developing African European Joint Collaboration for Science and Technology, is expected to begin operation in 2011, says Paris-based coordinator Yves Savidan. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe and Africa to create science policy dialogue

CAAST-NET website. Europe is still to decide on the nature of its participation in the proposed policy dialogue between Africa and the European Union (EU), which is expected to be unveiled at the heads of state summit in Libya in November this year. Read the rest of this entry »

The GMES and Africa Action Plan will be submitted for adoption to the 3rd Africa-EU Summit

EuroAfrica-ICT website. The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa Action Plan will be submitted for adoption to the 3rd Africa-EU Summit, after which implementation of GMES services and related Earth Observation activities in Africa will contribute to boost sustainable development throughout the continent. Your contribution will be highly appreciated by the Drafting Team. Read the rest of this entry »

An EU Science and Technology Counsellor to the African Union?

CAAST-NET website. The European Commission is considering appointing a science and technology counsellor who will be attached to the African Union. A final decision on when the counsellor will be appointed is still to be made, says Fadila Boughanemi, the senior policy officer for Science and Technology Cooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries at the European Commission. She hopes the final decision will be made in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

8th EuroAfrica-ICT Concertation Meeting – 23 June 2010, in Brussels
EuroAfrica-ICT website. The next EuroAfrica-ICT Concertation Meeting will be held on the 23rd of June 2010, at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting will coincide with the next meeting of the European members of the Joint Expert Group for the “8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space”, which will take place on the 24th of June. Access the final agenda of the meeting here. Due to room capacity constraints seats will be limited. Register now!

International collaboration in Science and Technology is a real challenge for South Africa
CAAST-NET website. When the European Commission set out a new strategic European framework for international science and technology cooperation in 2008, it emphatically stated that “Europe cannot cooperate with all countries on all topics.” Selecting research topics and partners for an optimal investment of resources was central to the proposed strategy. For South Africa, with much smaller budgets than the European Union for international collaboration, making and getting the choice right is even more critical. Read the rest of this entry »

EUROPE

Report of Friends of Europe Debate: “After Lisbon: Streamlining EU development cooperation”
Friends of Europe website. The Development Policy Forum (DPF) met on 27th April 2010 to discuss the effect of the Lisbon treaty on EU development cooperation. The treaty, which came into force on 1st December 2009, provided for a shake-up in European structures, with the creation of two new posts of President of the European Council and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Read the rest of this entry »

European Think-Tanks Group published policy brief on European External Action Service
ECDPM website. Four leading European Think-Tanks – namely Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) and European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) – have published a new policy note titled ‘ Development-proofing the EEAS’ in response to the new blueprint on the European External Action Service (EEAS) agreed by the EU General Affairs Council. Read the rest of this entry »

New Publication: “The Influence of Lisbon Treaty on the EU as a Global Actor”

There was a necessity to adapt the institutions of the European Union (EU) and its decision-making procedures to the last enlargements towards the Central and Eastern Europe. The goals of the Lisbon Treaty were to make the EU more transparent, efficient, democratic and to cope with the new global challenges such as fight against terrorism, climate change and energy security. In order to be a global actor the EU should find its own solutions to such global problems in the 21st century. Lastly the goal is to construct a stronger and more coherent external voice for the EU. Read the rest of this entry »

New Publication: “Governance of the aid system and the role of the EU”
Spanish EU Presidency website. This paper was presented at the Spanish EU Presidency Conference on Development Cooperation in times of crisis and on achieving the MDGs, held on the 9th and 10th of June 2010 in Madrid. It is about governance of the aid system, with specific reference to the European Union. The EU makes a good case study, because all the global questions about governance of international aid also apply at the level of the EU. Is this a coherent and planned system, or more random and chaotic in nature? Read the rest of this entry »

New UNU-CRIS Publication: “Is the EU’s Governance ‘Good’?: an Assessment of EU Governance in its Partnership with ACP”
UNU-CRIS website. This paper, published in March 2010 by the United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), examines both the processes and outcomes of governance in the context of the EU’s relationship with ACP States within the period of the Cotonou Agreement (CA). It discusses and assesses a variety of governance mechanisms, including the European Commission’s use of the governance concept, EPAs, manifestations of partner preferences, the EDF, the revision of the CA, and Fisheries Partnership Agreements. Read the rest of this entry »

First results of the EU 1 bn Food Facility
EU website. With more than € 500 million already disbursed and 97 % of funds committed after only one year and a half from its adoption, the € 1 billion EU Food Facility has provided a fast and efficient response in tackling food insecurity. The Commission present today a booklet on the use of the Food Facility. It shows that around 50 million people all over the world are receiving support from the facility and results are starting to show. Read the rest of this entry »

AFRICA

15th Ordinary session of the African Union Summit – 19-27 July 2010, Kampala, Uganda

AU website. The 15th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union will be held in Kampala (Uganda) from 19th to 27th July 2010. The theme this year will be “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa.” Other areas to be covered by the Summit will notably include Peace and Security, Infrastructure, Energy, Agriculture and Food security. Read the rest of this entry »

African envoys meet on creation of Authority
AU Monitor. African ambassadors and government representatives from the 53 African Union member states met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the transformation of the African Union Commission (AUC) into an Authority, officials said Friday 22nd of May 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada invites African leaders to G8 meeting
Reuters website. Canada said, on Sunday 13 June 2010, it invited leaders from seven African countries as well as Haiti, Jamaica and Colombia to attend the Group of Eight summit it is hosting this month, citing a desire to make the event more inclusive. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement that the government invited Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa to attend a special session at the summit. Read the rest of this entry »

African Union and Canada launch G8 Accountability Report
African Union website. For the second time this year, high officials from the Canadian Government were briefing the African Union today 21 June 2010, on the state of preparedness of their government with respect to the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits later this month of June 2010 in Canada. A Report to that effect was released publicly in Canada on 20  June 2010 and the same report titled “G8 Accountability Report” was launched on 21 June 2010 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa Read the rest of this entry »

“Can Africa Claim the 21st Century?” – Excerpt from Thabo Mbeki’s Speech, Former President of South Africa
The African Executive website. Ten years ago, in the year 2000 marking the close of the 20th century, the World Bank published a Report provocatively entitled – Can Africa Claim the 21st Century?
Seeking to answer this question, the Report said: Read the rest of this entry »

Experts Debate African Economic Outlook Report
Institute of Development Studies website. Devoting more aid to ‘public resource mobilisation’ will eventually enable developing countries to become less dependent on aid is the view from the African Economic Outlook 2010 (AEO) report. The content of the report was debated on the 11th of June 2010 at the 10th International Economic Forum on Africa in Paris. The discussion was between experts, representatives of governments and civil society, private sector operators, researchers and journalists. Read the rest of this entry »

African Economic Outlook 2010 calls for radical Tax Reform across Africa
Pambazuka website. A call for a crackdown on tax abuses and loopholes across Africa, with an end to tax preferences for big corporations, a crackdown on transfer pricing rackets by multinationals and fair and transparent taxation on extractive industries – not an agenda many would expect to come from major global economic institutions in the Global North. But these are all among the main action points recommended in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

Is the good governance agenda being overrated?

Daily Nation website. In the past few years, “good governance” has become a priority policy agenda among donors, multilateral organisations and civil society. A great deal of money is being poured into promoting issues such as democratic accountability, the rule of law, transparency, and stable property rights, particularly in developing countries.  In fact, it would be hard to find a government or an NGO in Africa that does not have a good governance element embedded in its policy documents. Read the rest of this entry »

Second Science with Africa Conference to promote “Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, 23-25 June 2010, Addis Ababa
UNECA website. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other partners are bringing together industrial leaders, research and policy makers from 23 to 25 June 2010 to discuss innovative  ways of improving the efficiency of technology development, transfer and commercialization in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating the Day of the African Child
Africa and Europe in Partnership website. In an effort to raise the profile of education and child mortality the International Day of the African Child has been celebrated every year since 1991 on 16 June. The day came about as a result of the massive protests in the Soweto township in South Africa in 1976 when thousands of black schoolchildren took to the streets to protest against the apartheid regime’s stance on education. They demanded better quality education and the right to be schooled in their own language. However, police shot dead hundreds with thousands more injured. Read the rest of this entry »

ACP

Signature of the revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement
EU website. The official ceremony of a signature of the second revised Cotonou Agreement took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 22-23 June 2010 in presence of EU Development Commissioner and representatives of the ACP countries. Changes to the agreement highlight an emphasis on climate change, and regional integration to combat problems affecting neighbouring countries. Other goals include coordinated efforts to maintain food security, and prioritisation of fragile states. Read the rest of this entry »

Secretary-General Dr. Chambas calls for open discussion on the future of ACP Group
ACP Secretariat website. The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Day, 7th June, has been marked in Brussels, Belgium, with Secretary-General Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas calling for an open discussion on the future of the Group. Speaking at the symposium to mark the anniversary in Brussels, Dr Chambas said that the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 and its conspicuous silence about the ACP has raised legitimate concerns on the future of the ACP Group. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary Report of ECDPM Workshop for ACP Ambassadors “The Implications of the Lisbon Treaty for the ACP Group” – 27 May 2010, Brussels
ECDPM website. In October 2009, ECDPM facilitated a first meeting for the Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) on the implications of the Lisbon Treaty for the ACP Group. It was agreed to have a follow-up workshop after the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty when the EU would have taken major decisions and when the implications for the ACP would have become clearer. Although final decisions are still outstanding, major progress has been realised in recent weeks in establishing the European External Action Service Read the rest of this entry »

Will the EU’s new Treaty be negative for the ACP?
The ACP-EU Courier website. Fears that the European Union’s new Lisbon Treaty could negatively impact the 78 group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations, was voiced by the ACP’s Secretary General, Mohammed Ibn Chambas at a seminar organised at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECPDM), on the 27th May 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

READINGS

Launch of UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2010 “South-South Cooperation: Africa and the New Forms of Development Partnership”
UNCTAD website. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Economic Development in Africa Report 2010 “South-South Cooperation: Africa and the New Forms of Development Partnership” was launched on the 18th of June in Geneva. According to the Report, Africa should take steps to ensure that its growing economic interactions with large developing countries, including China, India, and Brazil, result in economic diversification rather than simply the sale of African commodities and raw materials Read the rest of this entry »

New joint ECA-AfDB-AUC Report on Regional Integration calls for strong action to lower costs of doing Business and facilitate intra-African Trade

UN Economic Commission for Africa website. African countries need to drastically improve the quality and quantity of physical infrastructure in order to lower the costs of doing business and increase competitiveness and the volumes of intraregional trade, according to a key recommendation of the fourth report on Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA IV) , published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission (AUC). Read the rest of this entry »

Africa Progress Report 2010 calls on African leaders to turn “scramble for Africa” into real results for the continent; progress being made despite not because of governance
Africa Progress Panel website. Panel wants action from policymakers to translate continent’s “immense resources” into concrete benefits for its people.

The Africa Progress Report 2010, “From Agenda to Action – Turning Resources into Results for People”, launched on the 25th of May 2010 by the Africa Progress Panel (APP) states that African leaders need to boost “political determination and capacity to use what revenues they have to achieve results for people”. Read the rest of this entry »

New Chatham House Report “Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa’s Role in the Post-G8 World”
Chatham House website. This new paper agues that African countries are playing a more strategic role in international affairs. Global players that understand this and develop greater diplomatic and trade relations with African states will be greatly advantaged.
For many countries, particularly those that have framed their relations with Africa largely in humanitarian terms, this will require an uncomfortable shift in public and policy perceptions. Read the rest of this entry »

New Publication: “China and Africa: A Mutually Opportunistic Partnership?”

Real Instituto Elcano website. China’s rapidly growing demand for energy and natural resources has created increasingly important strategic partnerships with African nations. Blessed with a strong endowment of mineral fuels and ores, Sub-Saharan nations are benefitting from Chinese demand that has driven commodity prices up and generated billions in infrastructure investment on the continent. While some believe China’s entry into Africa is Read the rest of this entry »

New EPC Publication: “Euro-Mediterranean blues”
European Policy Centre website. This EPC Commentary by Rosa Balfour describes the debacle surrounding the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), whose second Summit, scheduled for 7 June was unceremoniously postponed. This was not surprising says Balfour, given the UfM’s scant progress, and few, if any, achievements, and this sad state of affairs exposes the EU’s limited influence in the region and the lack of interest from the ‘southern shores’. Read the rest of this entry »

New Finnish Institute of International Affairs report: “Addressing state fragility in Africa – A need to challenge the established ‘wisdom’?”
Finnish Institute of International Affairs website. Western donor policies directed towards ‘peace as state-building’ in Africa have not had the desired effect in terms of creating stability, development and human prosperity. It is evident that the gap between donor rhetoric and empirical realities is widening. Hence, there is a need for critically rethinking approaches to peace and state- building. This report starts from the premise that Read the rest of this entry »

New Publication “Social Protection in Africa: Where next?”
Overseas Development Institute website. This paper on the future of Social Protection in sub-Saharan Africa, challenging current practices within the research and donor community, was jointly prepared by ODI Social Protection Programme, the Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA-DEV), and the Southern Africa Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme (RHVP). Read the rest of this entry »


SELECTION OF RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

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 June: Workshop: IRENA and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (Berlin, Germany)
14-18 June: Better Training for Food Safety regional workshop – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Lilongwe, Malawi)
21-22 June: 35th meeting of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
25-26 June: G8 Summit (Huntsville, Canada)
26-27 June: G20 Summit (Toronto, Canada)
5-6 July: AU Experts meeting on the study for the creation of the African Space Agency (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
7-9 July: EESC regional seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
19-20 July: AU Summit – Permanent Representatives Committee (Kampala, Uganda)
22-23 July: AU Summit – Executive Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Kampala, Uganda)
25-27 July: AU Summit – Assembly of Heads of State and Government (Kampala, Uganda)
18-19 August: AU Workshop of experts and policy makers on situational analysis of commercialization of research and development in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
20-22 September: UN MDG Review High Level Event (New York City, USA)
27-30 September: 3rd meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Asylum, Migration and Mobility (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 2nd Intra-ACP Migration Facility Technical Workshop (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 21st Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and 21st Session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Brussels, Belgium)
28 September: EU-Africa Business Forum (Brussels, Belgium)

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