Europafrica Bulletin Issue 46 – July 2011

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Selection of recent and upcoming events

Ivory Coast: EU launches five programmes for economic recovery and national reconciliation for € 125 million

 European Union adopted today five programmes for 125 million euros to Ivory Coast. These programmes are intended to support the areas of vocational training, health, transportation, public finance management and the strengthening of civil society organisations. Read the rest of this entry »

Key messages by African CSO to the 4th High Level Forum on development effectiveness
Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness African CSOs note that to strengthen and deepen the gains already made, the next High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4, 2011) should open a new chapter in the aid architecture that has legitimacy, ensures meaningful inclusion of all development actors especially those from the south. Read the rest of this entry »


AMISOM comes to the aid of Somali IDPs

AU Doctors from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are helping to tackle an outbreak of measles at a camp for Somalis displaced by the drought ravaging the country. The camp, which has sprung up in the last two weeks next to the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, is estimated to hold 700 people Read the rest of this entry »

Somaliland: EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs announces more support for stability and regional cooperation
During a visit to Somaliland, the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced today that the European Union is considering to provide around additional €175 million in EU support to Somalia, including to Somaliland. Read the rest of this entry »

AU PSC on the independence of South Sudan
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 285th meeting held on 13 July 2011, was briefed by the Commissioner for Peace and Security on the accession to independence of the Republic of South Sudan and the ceremony that took place in Juba on 9 July 2011 Read the rest of this entry »

Africa4All Parliamentary Initiative

EuroAfrica-ICT The Africa4All Initiative has just announced its new press release containing interesting updates concerning both training and the platform’s activity and the latest developments for the period of June 2010 – June 2011. The document is available Read the rest of this entry »

ICC – AU joint seminar on the technical aspects of the Rome Statute
AU Following the visits to Addis Ababa of the President of the Assembly of State Parties (23 – 26 January) and of the President of the Court (13 – 15 February), the pressing need for increased professional exchanges with the officials of the African Union Commission and delegations of African states to the African Union became apparent Read the rest of this entry »

AUC and British government discuss trade options

AUC The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Erastus Mwencha, on 21 July 2011 received in audience, Mr. Henry Bellingham MP, British Minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The meeting took place at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »

WTO’s Third Global Review of Aid for Trade
EU On 19th July, European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, represented the European Commission at the World Trade Organisation’s Third Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva. The meeting was be a key opportunity for donors and developing countries Read the rest of this entry »

Antonio Tajani explains ambitions of European multinationals in Africa
Afronline The European Commission Vice President and EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani believes that “Africa is the continent of the future. In this interview realised by Afronline Read the rest of this entry »

EC presents policy orientations for the Rio+20 Conference

EU The European Commission adopted a Communication preparing the ground for the EU’s position at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Resumption of aid for Niger: EC releases €25 million
EU The European Commission has released €25 million in budgetary support for Niger, the first such payment since the investiture of the new president, Mahamadou Issoufou, in April 2011 and since the EU resumed in full its cooperation with Niger on 20 June. With these funds the government will be able to step up its fight against poverty Read the rest of this entry »

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership Forum
EUEI-PDF An Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) Forum with stakeholders from the private sector, NGOs and research institutions, has long been an objective of the AEEP. So far, the AEEP has focused largely on government level activities. However, such a forum has now come a step closer, with a possible starting date in early 2012 Read the rest of this entry »

European Parliament delegation visits Tunisia to assess migration situation

European Parliament After visiting the refugee camps in Tunisia,  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called on EU member states to show solidarity with the Tunisian people and authorities that have been dealing with a massive influx of immigrants from Libya by helping to resettle Read the rest of this entry »

The Role of Migration in post-Revolution Tunisia
ICMPD On 13 and 14 July 2011, ICMPD and the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a conference on ‘The role of migration in the development of post-revolution Tunisia’. The meeting brought together representatives from a broad range of Tunisian ministries and Read the rest of this entry »

Pan African University becoming a reality
CAAST-Net The Pan African University (PAU) is becoming a reality with the first three nodes expected to open in September this year. One of the nodes is the earth and life sciences campus, which will be based at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry »

Promoting African European Research Infrastructure Partnerships
EuroAfrica-ICT Partners involved in the “Promoting African European Research Infrastructure Partnerships” (PAERIP) project came together on 19-20 May 2011 for its launch. Coordinated by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), consortium partners also include: Read the rest of this entry »

Connecting African and European researchers by internet
AfricaConnect, a four-year-long internet project between education and research institutions within Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, is scheduled to begin next year. The objective of the project is “to overcome the current limitations of international research collaboration within sub-Saharan Africa and towards Europe Read the rest of this entry »

A new European approach to promoting democracy
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament The Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament has welcomed the adoption of Véronique De Keyser’s report on the Union’s external policies in support of democratisation, while highlighting at the same time the need for a new European approach to this end. Read the rest of this entry »

EC trying to shift focus towards sources of development finance beyond ODA
ECDPM Talking Points Last week, with little fanfare, not even a press release, the European Commission’s 2011 Annual Report and accompanying staff working paper annex on the European Union’s development and external assistance policies and their implementation in 2010 and the 2011 EU Donor Atlas were posted online.  The 196-page annex to the annual report provides detailed information Read the rest of this entry »

EC Green Paper on promotion measures and information provision for agricultural products
A reform is under way which will ensure, with effect from 2013, that the common agricultural policy (CAP) feeds directly into the Europe 2020 Strategy for intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth by promoting an agriculture sector which delivers food security, a sustainable use of natural resources and more dynamic rural areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Decisions adopted during the 17th African Union Summit

AU At their 17th ordinary Session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 23 June to 1st July 2011, under the Theme “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’’ the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government meeting adopted decisions on the following themes Read the rest of this entry »

Alternative Sources of Financing the African Union
AU In what could be described as a major boost to the Commission’s quest to secure adequate, reliable and predictable financing for the activities of the African Union, the Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Dr. Maxwell M. Mkwezalamba, met with Read the rest of this entry »

AUC signs a protocol with Chinese Government on support of AMISOM
AU Today, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the People’s Republic of China signed a Protocol to the Agreement signed on 24 December 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, regarding the provision of further support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Read the rest of this entry »

Celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day
AU On behalf of the African Union Commission, I wish to join the rest of the world in congratulating Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on his 93rd birthday. Africa is certainly proud to be home to the icon which Madiba (as Mandela is fondly known) has become. Read the rest of this entry »

African Union frameworks for migration: current issues and questions for the future

ECDPM Regional integration in relation to migration in Africa, i.e. promoting free movement and labour migration, and countering forced migration, could greatly improve the lives of the 16 million regular and irregular migrants estimated to be living in Africa. During the period since the Abuja Treaty was signed in 1991, the African Union has developed Read the rest of this entry »

Climate Change and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Mother of all Problems?
Egmont Institute The impact of climate change is increasingly explained as one of the most serious security threats of the future and a far greater threat to the world’s stability than international terrorism. For some, current conflicts as the one in Darfur (described by Ban ki Moon as a ‘climate culprit’) are (partly) driven by climate change Read the rest of this entry »

The role of aid to middle-income countries: a contribution to evolving EU development policy
ODI With a Green Paper process on EU development cooperation and the debate on the Financial Perspectives both underway, this is an important time to review aid to middle-income countries (MICs). This paper seeks to provide evidence and ideas to help aid allocation decisions Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events

29-30 November: 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)

24-31 January: African Union Summit: “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values” (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
10 and 11 March: Extraordinary European Council on Libya and the Southern Neighbourhood (Brussels, Belgium)
4 -8 April: Africa-EU Joint Task Force Meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
31 May-1 June: College to College meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
31 May: Conference “Science for development: the case for astronomy” (Brussels, Belgium)
7-8 June: Focus Group on the “Support Study of the European Commission Governance Facility and related Incentive Tranche (2006-2011)” (Dakar, Senegal)
9 June: “Governance of Natural Resources, including in conflict and post-conflict situations” (Dakar, Senegal)
15-18 June: 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 4): “African engagements: On whose terms?” (The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden)
20 June: Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership Forum (Vienna, Austria)
26 June – 1 July: AU Summit “Accelerating Youth empowerment for sustainable development” (Malabo, Equatorial Guinea)
30 June -1 July: Global Changes, emerging players and evolving ACP-EU relations: towards a common agenda for action?
ECDPM 25th Anniversary Seminar (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
1 July- 31 December: Polish EU Presidency
7-8 July: Consultative and Experience Sharing Forum on Remittances Leverage for Development (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
3-6 July: International Association for the Study of Forced Migration(IASFM)13: Governing Migration (Kampala, Uganda)
27 July – 29 July: Renewable Energy Africa Conference & Expo 2011 (Sandton, South Africa)
EC Communication on Trade and Development
Report on the implementation of the Policy Coherence for Development Work programme 2010-2013
14-15 September: EU-South Africa Summit (Pretoria, South Africa)

16th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
EC Initiative to modernize EU development policy
EC Communication on Enhancing Growth and Competitiveness in Partnership with Business
Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Committee meeting (JMTC)
AU-EU Ministerial Meeting
Final report on the 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration
17-18 October: First annual convention of the European platform against poverty and social exclusion (Cracow, Poland)
Foreign Affairs Council with a development focus
8-10 November: Forum EURAFRIC Water & Energy in Africa (Lyon, France)
14-15 November: 4th Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research (Cape Town, South Africa)
21-22 November: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Sierra Leone)
28 November – 09 December: COP 17 (Durban, South Africa)
29 November -1 December: 4th High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (Busan, Korea)
1 December: 8th AFD/EUDN International Conference “Measure for Measure – How well do we measure development?” (Paris, France)

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