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 ACP-EU News 15.11.07

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New at ECDPM

*For a better informed community on EPAs: “EPA negotiations: Where do we stand?” Weekly Update. Now available in French
a time when the pace of the EPA negotiations has increased in all
regions, and the state of play is ever changing, accessing the latest
information available on these wide-ranging agreements is of essence.
its efforts to increase the transparency of the highly sensitive EPA
negotiations, ECDPM has decided to set up dedicated pages for each ACP
region negotiating an EPA with the EU at
pages will be updated on a weekly basis and aim at providing news
“as-it-happens”, drawing from various sources of information.
spaces are open for contribution and we invite all stakeholders and
interested parties on ACP-EU trade relations to actively contribute,
share or suggest any relevant piece of information on the on-going
negotiations at
For confidential, off the record, non-attributable comments, please contact Melissa Julian ( Davina Makhan ( or Corinna Braun-Munzinger

*ECDPM Publications. Full list. Updated. November.$FILE/Publications%20list%20-%20Nov07.pdf

*28-29 November. ECDPM’s Fernanda Faria speaking at a Seminar on Security Sector Reform
Brussels 28/29 November 2007
Observatoire de l'Afrique
objective of this conference is to stimulate debate on Security Sector
Reform (SSR), a key component of peace-building activities that is at
the center of the current discussion on the inextricable link between
security and development. It is widely agreed that SSR is one of the
crucial conditions for a successful consolidation of processes of state
reconstruction. The goal of SSR efforts is to create a secure
environment that is conducive to development, poverty reduction, good
governance and the growth of democratic states and institutions based
on the rule of law. A broader range of state institutions is now being
considered in the provision of security, with the military seen as one
instrument among many.
to today the concept of SSR remains very much donor-driven and despite
recent important work at the level of the OECD (SSR guidelines and
Implementation Framework SSR), in practice it remains a fundamental
challenge to obtain real coordination and coherence in this field.
Also, when not conducted with care, SSR processes risk creating new
causes of violence and instability.
Following the publication of the
European Security Strategy in 2003, the EU has become increasingly
active in this domain, a field of
growing activity for ESDP and CFSP. In view of the developing
relationship between the AU and the EU, this area could become of
increasing relevance !
future collaboration. It is in this difficult
context that the conference aims to bring together a wide range of
policymakers, practitioners and researchers both from the EU and its
Member States as well as from African Institutions and
Observatoire de lAfrique-Info Sheet 1107.doc

Mackie attended from 27.10.07-01.11.07 SAIIA round table &
Conference on Emerging Powers and EU-Africa relations seminar arranged
by the Centre of European Studies University of Johannesburg From
his BTO - All 3 events were very worth while. The 2 SAIIA events were
on the Emerging Powers (China, India, Brazil and RSA) and were attended
by academics and think tank staff from each of these countries. The
first of these related to the burgeoning development cooperation
acitivities of each of these countries whereas the latter event was
abou! t their
role in global economic governance (reform of the IFIs, financing for
development in Africa).
third event was arranged by the Centre of European Studies of the
University of Johannesburg and was about EU-Africa relations. James
made presentations at the first and the third event and chaired part of
the first event.
He also visited the Institute of Security Studies in Pretoria
discussions with the 2 Chinese persons attending the SAIIA events were
particularly interesting in terms of getting to know how they view
Chinese relations with Africa - there is still quite a way to go before
we see eye to eye with them on many things.
Emerging Powers and their Development Aid Policies. James Mackie, ECDPM
SAIIA Round Table
Johannesburg, 29 October 2007
European perspectives on development policies, lessons for emerging powers
James Mackie, ECDPM

*ECDPM’s Geert Laporte participated in the EU Development Days meetings on the Joint EU-Africa Strategy 07-09.11.07

*Europafrica bulletin on the EU-Africa Strategy negotiations. November
aims to share information on the EU-Africa Strategy negotiations, on
related events and positions of civil society representatives as well
as provide some analysis on the progress of the negotiations. Click
here for a brief introduction of the process. Apart from this bulletin,
see also:
is the ninth issue of the Europafrica bulletin (click here for the
previous issues), which will give you an up-date on the public
consultati! on for a
joint EU-Africa Strategy. The bulletin is issued 1-2 times per month.
Subscribe by sending an e-mail to:
Preparations of the Lisbon Summit
Ministerial Troika endorses Strategy
African civil society consultation
Pan African and European Parliaments to present a joint Declaration to the EU-Africa Summit
EP report on the joint EU-Africa Strategy


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ACP-EU News 15.11.07 :: Commentaires

Re: ACP-EU News 15.11.07
Message le Mar 13 Nov - 10:18 par mihou
[color:a785=#000000:a785] e-alert -- No. 11 / October 2007
I – Focus: Human rights defenders and development agencies: towards enhanced synergies
II - EU-AU relations
III – The African Union: Africa in a broader context and the RECs
IV – EU external aid: EDF 10, new instruments of EC external aid and EU development policy
V – Peace and Security
VI – Governance
VII – EPA negotiations
VIII – Migration and development
IX – An actor in EU-AU relations: Third way and CARE Sudan[/size][/color][/size][/color]
Development Policies in Africa. New ways or more of the same. ECDPM
Mackie’s presentation at Seminar of the Centre of European Studies of
the University of Johannesburg on The EU and Africa - Challenges &
Strategies for the Future" held in Pretoria on 31 October 2007
EU Development Policies in Africa. New ways or more of the same? James Mackie, ECDPM
Centre for European Studies – Colloquium
University of Johannesburg
Pretoria, 31 October 2007

Marie-Laure De Bergh on EU-Africa relations. Ghana National Press
EU discussions concerning African Debt cancellation have been blocked,
your European partners need to be pushed further on this topic” Urged
Marie-Laure De Bergh, from the European Centre for Development Policy
and Management, during a key meeting yesterday. De Bergh continued by
asking delegates at the Second Civil Society Organisations'
Consultation on AU/EU Joint Strategy for Africa's Development to ensure
that relationships were forged without priority for either
partner&rsq! uo;s
political and social agendas. She is convinced that EU commitments to
the African Union must be delivered on and African Nations must unite
to ensure all promises to them are fulfilled. De Bergh also emphasised
the importance of a united African continent in order to reap benefits
from the EU/AU relationship. "Who is ensuring coherence and synergies
in terms of trade relations in Africa?” the representative from ECDPM
continued. She explained how, to date, the EU views Africa in terms of
three regions: Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa.

*European development cooperation. Does more mean better? Report
DPRN thematic meeting 2007
The DPRN Task Force considered it opportune for the 2007 thematic meeting to look
into the present state of affairs of European development cooperation, with a specific
focus on the possible role(s) of research in further refining and implementing the
commitments that have recently been made.
Given that the Netherlands Ministry's Advisory Council on International Affairs has
recently been asked to advise the minister on the possible implications for the
of the aforementioned progress in EU development policy, the seminar
also allowed participants to exchange ideas that might complement this advice. The
DPRN Task Force thus set the following two goals for this thematic meeting:
DPRN Report of the 2007 thematic meeting on European development cooperation - 3
1. To share information, perceptions and experiences between interested
researchers, policymakers and development practitioners concerning the present
state of affairs of European Development Cooperation.
2. To deepen the debate concerning the Dutch position on, and inputs to, European
Development policy.
A consolidated file with all the powerpoint presentations and written contributions is available here:

has finalised the study “Provision of Technical Assistance Personnel -
What can we learn from promising approaches?” on the future demand for
technical assistance, how TA personnel can best be mobilised, used and
managed to strengthen national capacity. This study was commissioned to
contribute to the current discussions on aid effectiveness and capacity
development by learning about what works in relation to TA personnel,
and to see what initiatives are being taken to improve practice. This
work was financed by Denmark, Australia and Germany. The study
included field research in Vietnam, Mozambique and the Solomon Islands.
The following final reports can be downloaded at
A short Policy Management Brief will be available in December 2007.
It includes:
Joint Evaluation Study of Provision of Technical Assistance Personnel: What can we learn from promising experiences?
Synthesis Report on the Study on Promising Approaches to Technical Assistance
by Tony Land
Technical Assistance in Vietnam. Cooking pho, peeling potatoes, and abandoning blueprints
Case study for the Study on Promising Approaches to Technical Assistance
by David Watson, Nguyen Minh Thong, Julia Zinke
Provision of Technical Assistance Personn!
el in
Mozambique. Between ‘doing the work’ and a ‘hands-off’ approach
Case study for the Study on Promising Approaches to Technical Assistance
by Volker Hauck and Mario Souto also avaialble in Portuguese
Technical Assistance Personnel in the Solomon Islands. What can we learn from the RAMSI experience?
Case study for the Study on Promising Approaches to Technical Assistance

Director at EU Policy Coherence for Development Meeting at EU
Development Days
At the EC request


Re: ACP-EU News 15.11.07
Message le Mar 13 Nov - 10:18 par mihou

Director Paul Engel facilitated a side event on Policy Coherence for
Development during the Development Days in Lisbon on 7 November.
Lahnalampi (OECD), David Rodman (CGD) and Francois Moreau (EC DG
Development) made 10 minutes statement on what are according to their
findings the biggest challenges for PCD and how their respective
organisations see the issues at stake. After the presentations the
discussion was a opened up to the public.
Moreau (DG Dev) - presented the first EU Report on PCD
Ms. Raili Lahnalampi (OECD) - who pressented the OECD wo!
rk on
Mr. David Roodman (CGD) - presented the Commitment to Development Index (CDI) latest results
Rachel Castermans - of the EU Coherence Programme of the Evert Vermeer
Stichting and CONCORD, who presented EU "Policy Coherence for
Development - A practical guide
About one hundred people attended the side event. Some key issues raised in the discussion were:
Development is not just about aid anymore; many connected policy areas
that influence the success of development efforts (all)
2. Achieving PCD is a political process and requires a Whole of Government approach.
3. PCD is about correcting incoherencies and building synergies (EC)
Main types of PCD - according to OECD: internal, intra-governmental,
inter-donor and donor-partner coherence for development. The last point
seems to represent a subtle change from alignment with country
priorities to creating coherence between priority, seeking synergies.
4. Many hot issues/sectors: is climate ch!
going to dominate the coherence debate, after trade/EPAs? What about migration, security, arms trade, etc.
The key message of all is that on PCD we have enough
policies/texts/good intentions: we have to concentrate on
implementation now!
6. And there is much to do

Frederic Ceuppens and Birgit Vleugels attended a 3 October meeting
organised by FES in Brussels on the link between trade and governance.
They started by presenting Busse’s report which will be soon published
and which analyses the impact on governance of trade liberalisation.
The presentation was followed by a discussion. The general conclusion
is that trade impacts but only very slightly on governance, so that it
would be more interesting to invest in political measures for promoting
it. However no one contests that governance impacts a lot on trade! .
a nutshell:
- Countries that govern well use to trade
more (and benefit much more from trade than badly governed countries),
but the opposite is not automatically verified even if trade slightly
impacts on (better) governance;
- Among others, a reason which
could explain that trade liberalisation would lead to better governance
is that open competition and absence of monopoly would reduce the risks
of corruption;
- Regarding natural resources, the opposite trend was found: more trade means less governance;
- Increasing aid would not lead to better governance: more money is not the solution;
Focusing on the trade dimension of EPAs is a mistake regarding
governance: there should be much more emphasis on the more
political/development sides of it;
- Education is a key sector for
better governance, whereas EPAs might affect it (less money for
education as a result of liberalisation);
- A participant pointed
out to the fact that in the MEDA region, t! hey
invested in liberalisation as a leverage forgood governance, but it
happened to be ineffective (based on his experience in the last decade,
a.o. in Tunisia). He recognised however that liberalisation of trade
contributed to opening the minds of the citizens, even if it did not
positively affect the government. He also said that the trade sector
can be well governed (ministry of trade, securing private investments)
with no improvement at all on the rest (human rights violations, no
The (possibly detrimental) impact of EPAs on regional integration was
also mentioned: giving more responsibility and workload to the RECs
whereas their effectiveness and even legitimacy is contested might
badly impact on governance at the regional level;
- the EU would
not benefit from EPAs as their goods have high added value, what Africa
could not afford, whereas China would take advantage of it to secure
its "place": whereas China would not be as good as the EU in
promoting governance in Africa...

EU-SADC Business Council will meet in Brussels on 14 and 15 November
2007 at the occasion of the initialisation of the Interim Agreement EU
SADC EPA. ECDPM to make a presentation on its work on EPA Monitoring

[color:45f9=#000000:45f9]*Trade Negotiations Insights. November Issue
The new issue of 'Trade Negotiations Insights', the monthly review published by ICTSD and ECDPM, is now available at:
In this issue:
1. EU offers ACP 'two-step' EPAs
4. Playing poker with livelihoods
5. The EPAs: is it really do or die?
6. Agricultural safeguard measures in the EPAs
8. Namibia's beef with the EPAs
9. Aid for Trade and Africa
10. In focus: Rules of origin. The case for a single set of criteria
One last call to arms
13. WTO Roundup
14. EPA negotiations update
16. Calendar & Resources
Longer, more detailed TNI

[color:45f9=#002F80:45f9]General Reports/News of Contextual Interest

Aid at a Glance 2007. OECD
dynamic and comprehensive publication from the OECD focused on the
various aspects of foreign aid. For each continent, it provides 40
tables and graphs covering subjects such as trends in aid by donors and
recipients and distribution of aid by sector, accompanied by short
texts presenting the main aspects of development aid for each region.
It also focuses on efforts in the domains of education, health and
water, which relate closely to the Millennium Development Goals. For
each table, the book provides a dynamic link (StatLink) which directs
the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in
Excel® format.〈=EN&st1=432007091p1 [/size][/size][/size][/size]

Perspectives on Reform of the International Development Architecture
Power Imbalances and Development Knowledge
Norman Girvan
Professorial Research Fellow
Graduate Institute of International Relations

University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago


[color:45f9=#002F80:45f9]Major ACP-EU Events/debates


January 2008 - ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly Committee meetings.
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Court ruling to increase transparency in EU decision-making
Union’s secretive decision-making processes were condemned in a legal
judgment that should lead to more light being shed on how thousands of
regulations affecting businesses are hatched.
European Court of First Instance, the second-highest court, ruled that
it was wrong for the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, to
refuse to name lobbyists attending meetings unless they gave permission.
are examining the judgment carefully,” a Commission spokesman said. It
is likely to wait for the results of two impending cases is similar
areas. It is reviewing the use of the 2001 law that allowed citizens to
apply for documents.

points, José Manuel BARROSO
President of the European Commissi!

Following his meeting with the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Ms Janez JANŠA

A public version of the information provided herein, updated daily, is posted on ECDPM's website at

Specific news items and ECDPM activities on Development Policy and EU External Action

Specific news items and ECDPM activities on ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations
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