Assessing long-term state fragility in Africa

In recent years the concept of ‘state fragility’ in developing countries has received considerable attention in both the academic and policy environment; in sum, the argument is that countries with fragile state institutions are beset by conflict, chronic poverty and poor development progress. In global listings of ‘failed’, ‘fragile’, ‘conflict-affected’ or ‘conflict-vulnerable’ states, countries . . . → Read More: Assessing long-term state fragility in Africa

Delivering the post-2015 development agenda

The debate on what should follow the Millennium Development Goals after their 2015 deadline is now underway in earnest. At a Special Event of the 2013 UN General Assembly in New York, member states formally decided to develop a single post-2015 set of Goals that would be “universal in nature and applicable to all . . . → Read More: Delivering the post-2015 development agenda

La déclaration finale du Sommet de l’Elysée pour la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique

Agence Ecofin) – Le Sommet de l’Elysée pour la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique s’est tenu à Paris les 6 et 7 décembre 2013. Les travaux de ce Sommet ont porté sur la paix et la sécurité en Afrique, le partenariat économique et le développement, le changement climatique. . . . → Read . . . → Read More: La déclaration finale du Sommet de l’Elysée pour la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique

What would it take to make an EPA economically and politically feasible for Europe and Africa?

Almost eleven years after the start of the negotiations, only a handful of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries have concluded an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). Only the Caribbean region has signed a comprehensive regional EPA. For the other regions, negotiations have continued in a slow and protracted way, . . . → Read More: What would it take to make an EPA economically and politically feasible for Europe and Africa?

OECD Development Co-operation Report 2013

Poverty has been a scourge since time immemorial. It is a continuing affront to our sensibilities, our moral principles, our very humanity. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. We live in an age of promise and opportunity, where technological advances, successful development experience and political will can be summoned to eliminate . . . → Read More: OECD Development Co-operation Report 2013

Trade is a key ingredient in changing farmers’ lives

It has become common knowledge that the agricultural sector is the backbone of the East African countries’ economies and the means of livelihood for most of the rural population. It is the mainstay of the East African Community (EAC) countries directly contributing an average of 26% of the GDP annually to their respective economies, . . . → Read More: Trade is a key ingredient in changing farmers’ lives

International year of family farming

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.  . . . . → Read More: International year of family farming

EPA update October 2013

The 97th ACP Ministerial Trade Committee met in Brussels on 9 – 10 October 2013 to discuss trade issues of common interest to the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group.. The meeting was preceded by two days of talks amongst senior ACP trade officials. The following issues were discussed:  . . . → Read . . . → Read More: EPA update October 2013

MGI_Lions go digital

This journey is just beginning. Only 16 percent of the population is online, and the Internet’s contribution to GDP is half that in other emerging regions. But the lions are now stirring. A majority of urban Africans own Internet-capable devices, go online regularly, and visit social networking sites. Many countries have rolled out 3G . . . → Read More: MGI_Lions go digital

EU Conflict prevention, peace-building, and security issues

The Lisbon Treaty  has  -  for the first time  -  explicitly enshrined,  as  oneof the  objectives of  the  EU’s  external  action  “to  preserve  peace,  prevent  conflicts  and  strengthen international  security,  in  accordance  with  the  purposes  and  principles  of  the  United Nations  Charter  […]”1.  This  new  development  needs  also  to  be  seen  against  a  wider . . . → Read More: EU Conflict prevention, peace-building, and security issues

CABI final report on Cameroon pilot project on washed coffee

The 2011/2012 coffee campaign was initiated by ensuring that the all facilities for pulping and drying coffee were in good working order. This was undertaken through physical inspection of the equipment by the machine operators of each site under the supervision of the CABI Factory Engineer.  . . . → Read More:  CABI final . . . → Read More: CABI final report on Cameroon pilot project on washed coffee

Sustainable agriculture by women in the Carribean

In the context of changing climates and increased stresses on the natural environment, women farmers need consistent, relevant and intelligent support, in a timely manner, to secure their critically important roles in food security, health and biodiversity conservation. There are important lessons from the Caribbean in this regard. . . . → Read More: . . . → Read More: Sustainable agriculture by women in the Carribean

African development report 2012

Africa’s recent growth reflects many years of policy reforms coupled with a surge in extraction and export of its natural resources. To sustain this growth, and make it more inclusive, will require difficult policy choices in the long term. Current practices have implications for sustainability of natural assets, which are the source of livelihood . . . → Read More: African development report 2012

Cameroon_ 2010 – 2014 country strategy paper

2009 is the final year of the current Bank Group Strategy for Cameroon which was approved by the Boards on 20 October 2005. This strategy (ADB/BD/WP/2005/109 and ADF/BD/WP/2005/121) was implemented during the ADF 10 cycle and the first two years of ADF 11. The completion report on its implementation confirms the progress made in . . . → Read More: Cameroon_ 2010 – 2014 country strategy paper

AfDB Agriculture sector strategy

Africa is rich in natural and human resources. More than 900 million people live in Africa. Agriculture plays a vital role. An estimated seventy percent of the population depends on agriculture for full-time employment and many others rely on agriculture for part of their household income. Two hundred million Africans live with food insecurity. . . . → Read More: AfDB Agriculture sector strategy

When ideas trump interests

The contemporary approach to political economy is built around vested interests ‐‐ elites, lobbies, and rent‐seeking groups which get their way at the expense of the general public. The role of ideas in shaping those interests is typically ignored or downplayed. Yet each of the three components of the standard optimization problem in political . . . → Read More: When ideas trump interests

Technical aid and governance: Help or hindrance?

After half a century, technical assistance remains a critical yet contested method of supporting governance reform. Since the birth of foreign aid after World War II, substantial funding has flowed into ‘technical assistance’, a development sector covering everything from restructuring central banks to rewriting mining codes. . . . → Read More:  Technical aid . . . → Read More: Technical aid and governance: Help or hindrance?

EPA Update

ECDPM has monitored EPA negotiations with its EPA Updates since 2006. They are the only source of regular, comprehensive, information on the negotiations as they unfold in each region. You can receive them directly in your mailbox by subscribing to GREAT insights. . . . → Read More:  EPA Updates (PDF – 103Kb)

The emissions gap report 2013

In December of 2009, 114 parties to the United Nations Framework  Convention  on  Climate  Change  (the  ‘Climate Convention’) agreed to the Copenhagen Accord1. Among the important provisions of the accord was the call to parties to submit  voluntary  emission  reduction  pledges  for  the  year 2020.  To  date,  42  developed  countries have  responded to  this  . . . → Read More: The emissions gap report 2013

ICTs set to transform smallholder farming

Smallholder farming, which is the backbone of many African economies, is set to be transformed by a combination of investment and increasing access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly mobile phones. The claim was made recently by Michael Hailu, director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), at ICT4Ag, a . . . → Read More: ICTs set to transform smallholder farming