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EU-LAC – GIGA Seminar, Hamburg, 17-18 September 2012

The EU-LAC Foundation and the GIGA (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) are organising an international seminar “New Grounds for the Relations between the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean – towards a Relevant Partnership” which is taking place in Hamburg on 17th and 18th September 2012.

The countries of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean launched the strategic partnership process more than a decade ago. Since then, the global context has changed significantly and the current worldwide economic crisis presents new challenges to the bi-regional partnership. Therefore, the seminar calls for a reflection on the grounds of the partnership between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union, focussing on the opportunities that the new context provides for both regions and their populations.

Over 80 participants from both regions and various sectors (including academics, high-level officials, opinion makers and entrepreneurs) will discuss topics such as the emergence of new geopolitical poles, the economic and political boom of Latin America, as well as climate change. The seminar will be inaugurated with an opening act by invitation of the First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz. Opening speakers include, amongst others, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, President of the EU-LAC Foundation, Detlef Nolte, Acting President of GIGA, and Leonel Fernández, former President of the Dominican Republic and current President of the EU-LAC Foundation’s Strategic Partner FUNGLODE.

Although participation in this seminar is by invitation only, the EU-LAC Foundation will provide public information on the Seminar as it unfolds, including through Twitter. The Foundation’s Twitter Account will be working with full speed by the beginning of September. Please do follow by subscribing here:


Development that Works | Inter-American Development Bank

This IDB blog highlights effective ideas in the fight against poverty and exclusion, and analyzes the impact of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.


IDB launches call for proposals for impact assessment of institutional capacity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean


February 15, 2011 – Announcements
IDB launches call for proposals for impact assessment of institutional capacity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Call for Proposals “Measuring Institutional Impact on the Region of the Americas (MIRA
),” which seeks to identify candidates for which it will
provide funding totaling up to $50,000 for each of eight proposals to carry out impact assessment methodologies in institutional strengthening programs for government agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition aims to help achieve the following:

* Demonstrate that institutional strengthening initiatives achieve their principal objectives and therefore contribute to economic development. * Reduce the knowledge gap on the impact of institutional strengthening. * Improve the design of future public policies.
* Document the need to incorporate evaluation components in the design of such interventions.

The formulation of an effective methodology for assessing impact on programs to strengthen institutional capacity is critical for ensuring that these activities achieve their principal objectives, which are to help improve public policies, increase competitiveness, and promote economic development and social equity.

The MIRA competition is open to public institutions either individually or in partnership with nonprofit or for-profit organizations, academic institutions, research centers, or bilateral development agencies.

A committee of experts will evaluate the proposals according to the clarity of their objectives, their capacity to provide empirical documentation on the impact of
capacity strengthening initiatives, their ability to demonstrate causal relationships based on the results, and their incorporation of elements of cost-efficiency.

The eight winners will have the opportunity to work with IDB specialists in developing their methodologies, which will help provide them with recognition as leaders in
issues of institutional capacity building and impact assessment. The winners will
receive up to an additional $25,000 to replicate their methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition is open until *May 15, 2011*. For information on how to send proposals, please visit .

The MIRA Contest

More Information
+1 (202) 623-1629


African trade ministers criticise EPAs

At a meeting of the Ministers of Trade of the Member States of the African Union in Kigali, Rwanda at the beginning of November, ministers published a declaration
strongly criticising the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which the EU has been
trying to negotiate with countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region for several years. The process has been fraught with controversy, including accusations that EU negotiators have tried to bully ACP states into signing
unfavourable trade agreements.


African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration launched

On 25 October 2010, the Observatory was launched in Brussels at a ceremony attended by Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. The new body is intended to ‘‘provide
reliable data and information on migration flows in ACP countries” and ‘‘to design
better policies to enhance the migration contribution to development”. The Observatory will provide policy-oriented research on key topics such as labour migration,
migration and health, remittances, brain drain/gain, forced migration and climate
change. The total budget for the project is around € 9.4 million, around €8 million of
which is financed from the 9th European Development Fund.


Official launch of the ACP Migration Facility
The ACP Migration Facility aiming to support the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to better understand and manage the flow of migration within their borders, was officially launched on the 27th and 28th October in Brussels. This took place during a workshop organised by the ACP Secretariat in collaboration with the European Commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office (AIDCO). Source: ACP Secretariat.


The Role of Remittances in Leveraging Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

This Accion Internacional paper deliberates on the type of financial services which can help leverage the economic impact of remittances.


Northern Belize Economic Diversification Study

Northern Belize Economic Diversification Study

We are currently in Belize to identify priority sectors offering economic diversification opportunities in the Districts of Corozal and Orange Walk as their economies adapt to change. We will recommend areas for required social and economic services/infrastructure and capacity building, and develop proposals for investments in the recommended areas. The overall objective is to provide alternative livelihoods opportunities and social and economic services and infrastructure in the districts of Corozal and Orange Walk as the sugar industry adapts to changes in the world market for sugar. Please see our Terms of Reference at

If you would like to have a consultation meeting with us while in Belize or if you would like to be invited to a workshop in Corozal or Orange Walk scheduled for mid-February, than please let us know. Ms. Maria Soraia Roches (tel. 8222527) at the Ministry of National Development kindly helps us coordinates our schedule.