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 . . . → Lees meer: La déclaration finale du Sommet de l’Elysée pour la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique
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, . . . → Lees meer: What would it take to make an EPA economically and politically feasible for Europe and Africa?
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 . . . → Lees meer: OECD Development Co-operation Report 2013
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, . . . → Lees meer: Trade is a key ingredient in changing farmers’ lives
De 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. . . . . → Lees meer: International year of family farming
The 97th ACP Ministerial Trade Committee met in Brussels on 9 – 10 Oktober 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 . . . → Lees meer: EPA update October 2013
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 . . . → Lees meer: MGI_Lions go digital
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 . . . → Lees meer: EU Conflict prevention, peace-building, and security issues
De 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 . . . → Lees meer: CABI final report on Cameroon pilot project on washed coffee
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: . . . → Lees meer: Sustainable agriculture by women in the Carribean
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 . . . → Lees meer: African development report 2012
2009 is the final year of the current Bank Group Strategy for Cameroon which was approved by the Boards on 20 Oktober 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 . . . → Lees meer: Cameroon_ 2010 – 2014 country strategy paper
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. . . . → Lees meer: AfDB Agriculture sector strategy
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 . . . → Lees meer: When ideas trump interests
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 . . . → Lees meer: Technical aid and governance: Help or hindrance?
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)
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 . . . → Lees meer: The emissions gap report 2013
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, een . . . → Lees meer: ICTs set to transform smallholder farming
The media love to tag leaders by their places of origin. References to European leaders, African leaders, Asian leaders and so on appear regularly in reports and book publications. But such references share little about their individuals and the leadership being inferred, other than from where they hail. . . . → Read More: . . . → Lees meer: Is it possible to define the African leader?
Africa’s economic landscape has changed considerably over the last 20 jaar. After two decades of sustained economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is almost US$1.5tr. Its middle class rose to 350m people in 2010, up from 126m people in 1980 en in 2010, consumer spending stood at approximately $600bn. . . . → Read More: . . . → Lees meer: Climbing value chains: Options for African policy makers