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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • The 2012 edition of the European Development Days will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 16-17 October 2012. The draft programme overview has been online for two weeks now and the more detailed version of the programme is also available. There will be about 50 events during the seventh edition of the European Development Days, including 22 High Level Panels. The aim of the meeting is a presentation of High Level Panels by theorganisers according to the following thematic clusters of the seventhedition of the European Development Days: – Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Resilience – Engaging the Private Sector for Development – Empowering People for Inclusive Growth To register for the EDD 2012, please click here.

    European Development Days Brussels, 16-17 October 2012

    The 2012 edition of the European Development Days will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 16-17 October 2012. The draft programme overview has been online for two weeks now and the more detailed version of the programme is also available. There will be about 50 events during the seventh edition of the European Development Days, including 22 High Level Panels. The aim of the meeting is a presentation of High Level Panels by theorganisers according to the following thematic clusters of the seventhedition of the European Development Days: – Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Resilience – Engaging the Private Sector for Development – Empowering People for Inclusive Growth To register for the EDD 2012, please click here.

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  • According to a group of environmentalists, the European Commission has been too slow in advancing earth-friendly policies on agriculture and energy. Ten environmental organisations argue in a scorecard of the EU executive’s performance that the Commission has been too reserved across an array of conservation issues, chemicals regulation and pollution, and in some cases has retreated in the face pressure from lobbyists and EU national governments. “Overall, we’re extremely concerned that the Commission is very behind in the race to create a better environment in Europe,” said Jorgo Riss of Greenpeace, one of the 10 groups involving in grading the Commission. Speaking of agriculture as “the most important delivery mechanism for biodiversity and resource efficiency,” Tony Long of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), saidthat the Commission’s proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have failed to make the link between farming, land management and biodiversity protection. The report also […]

    EC fails with earth-friendly policy

    According to a group of environmentalists, the European Commission has been too slow in advancing earth-friendly policies on agriculture and energy. Ten environmental organisations argue in a scorecard of the EU executive’s performance that the Commission has been too reserved across an array of conservation issues, chemicals regulation and pollution, and in some cases has retreated in the face pressure from lobbyists and EU national governments. “Overall, we’re extremely concerned that the Commission is very behind in the race to create a better environment in Europe,” said Jorgo Riss of Greenpeace, one of the 10 groups involving in grading the Commission. Speaking of agriculture as “the most important delivery mechanism for biodiversity and resource efficiency,” Tony Long of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), saidthat the Commission’s proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have failed to make the link between farming, land management and biodiversity protection. The report also […]

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  • The Directorate for Human and Society Development in DG DEVCO of the European Commission is presently preparing a communication on Social protection in EU development policy with the purpose of explaining “the role of SP in underpinning inclusive and sustainable development and the role of EU Development Cooperation in supporting the strengthening of social protection policies and systems.” This communication will be part of the EC tools for the implementation of the Agenda for Change and its ‘inclusive growth’ central objective. The obligation for governments to implement social protection programmes stems from the right to social security enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Social security standards are set out in the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention of 1952 (No. 102). Social protection is also one of the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda, which the EU has committed to supporting in its development cooperation. It is […]

    Social protection: a new area of action for EU development cooperation

    The Directorate for Human and Society Development in DG DEVCO of the European Commission is presently preparing a communication on Social protection in EU development policy with the purpose of explaining “the role of SP in underpinning inclusive and sustainable development and the role of EU Development Cooperation in supporting the strengthening of social protection policies and systems.” This communication will be part of the EC tools for the implementation of the Agenda for Change and its ‘inclusive growth’ central objective. The obligation for governments to implement social protection programmes stems from the right to social security enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Social security standards are set out in the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention of 1952 (No. 102). Social protection is also one of the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda, which the EU has committed to supporting in its development cooperation. It is […]

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  • With no surprise, at their Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting on 14 May, the EU Member States (MS) welcomed the two communications produced by the EC aiming at reviewing and ‘modernising’ EU development cooperation policy and practice; the Agenda for Change and the Future approach on EU Budget Support. The FAC conclusions on the Agenda for Change are very much aligned with the EC communication especially with regard to the focus on inclusive growth, private sector and blending of loans and grants. In other areas, however, they contain a few additional or slightly differing interesting elements. In particular, the council conclusions go much further than the EC communication in the area of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). Indeed, in spite of its significance for an agenda based on growth, trade, investments and the role of the private sector, this issue was given very little attention in the EC communication. Thanks […]

    European Commission has launched the new aid programming cycle

    With no surprise, at their Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting on 14 May, the EU Member States (MS) welcomed the two communications produced by the EC aiming at reviewing and ‘modernising’ EU development cooperation policy and practice; the Agenda for Change and the Future approach on EU Budget Support. The FAC conclusions on the Agenda for Change are very much aligned with the EC communication especially with regard to the focus on inclusive growth, private sector and blending of loans and grants. In other areas, however, they contain a few additional or slightly differing interesting elements. In particular, the council conclusions go much further than the EC communication in the area of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). Indeed, in spite of its significance for an agenda based on growth, trade, investments and the role of the private sector, this issue was given very little attention in the EC communication. Thanks […]

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  • The EU’s renewable energy target of 20% of its energy supply from renewable energies by 2020 will cause widespread ‘land-grabbing’ in developing countries, according to a new Action Aid report. The EU adopted the target in the ‘Renewable Energy Roadmap’ in January 2007, and has come under increasing scrutiny from civil society. http://tinyurl.com/5ucwlbv

    EU renewable energy targets may boost land grabbing in developing countries

    The EU’s renewable energy target of 20% of its energy supply from renewable energies by 2020 will cause widespread ‘land-grabbing’ in developing countries, according to a new Action Aid report. The EU adopted the target in the ‘Renewable Energy Roadmap’ in January 2007, and has come under increasing scrutiny from civil society. http://tinyurl.com/5ucwlbv

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  • AidWatch: Aid allocation increasingly driven by EU ‘self-interest’ – Eurostep. The EU’s aid commitments are becoming increasingly determined by domestic political agendas as well as security, immigration and commercial interests, says a new report, launched on 19 May. According to this year’s AidWatch report, entitled “Challenging self-interests: Getting EU aid fit for the fight against poverty”, EU member states inflated official aid spending by more than €5 billion and only nine countries met their committed EU aid targets.

    AidWatch: Aid allocation increasingly driven by EU ‘self-interest’ – Eurostep

    AidWatch: Aid allocation increasingly driven by EU ‘self-interest’ – Eurostep. The EU’s aid commitments are becoming increasingly determined by domestic political agendas as well as security, immigration and commercial interests, says a new report, launched on 19 May. According to this year’s AidWatch report, entitled “Challenging self-interests: Getting EU aid fit for the fight against poverty”, EU member states inflated official aid spending by more than €5 billion and only nine countries met their committed EU aid targets.

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  • The second European Report on Development (ERD) was launched at the European Development Days in Brussels with the message that social protection needs to be placed at the heart of EU development policy. ‘‘A number of African countries already have social protection programmes in place. It is increasingly on the policy agenda of African leaders and several EU donors already support social protection based on the belief that it is both a human right and a catalyst for promoting inclusive development and pro-poor growth,” said Giorgia Giovannetti of the European University Institute, the lead author of the report. ‘‘This year’s edition of the ERD concludes that these piecemeal efforts are not enough. Social protection needs to become a central and coordinated component of the development policies of African countries, the EU and its Member States, and other donors. Our analysis shows that it is feasible, affordable, and that the time […]

    European Report on Development: Social protection is key to poverty eradication

    The second European Report on Development (ERD) was launched at the European Development Days in Brussels with the message that social protection needs to be placed at the heart of EU development policy. ‘‘A number of African countries already have social protection programmes in place. It is increasingly on the policy agenda of African leaders and several EU donors already support social protection based on the belief that it is both a human right and a catalyst for promoting inclusive development and pro-poor growth,” said Giorgia Giovannetti of the European University Institute, the lead author of the report. ‘‘This year’s edition of the ERD concludes that these piecemeal efforts are not enough. Social protection needs to become a central and coordinated component of the development policies of African countries, the EU and its Member States, and other donors. Our analysis shows that it is feasible, affordable, and that the time […]

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  • The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU should fund its external relations activities, in particular the European External Action Service (EEAS). Contributions will be used by the Commission next year when preparing its proposals for the EU budget after 2013. The EU budget has been the subject of much wrangling in recent weeks between the EU institutions, following pressure from some member states to impose tough restrictions on future EU budgets and fierce resistance from Parliament. The Commission website states: ‘‘Challenges for the future are plentiful. The EU’s external action must tackle global problems such as climate change, energy security, and economic and financial stability. The 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is also rapidly approaching, with more effort still required as regards poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, sanitation and environmental sustainability.” See http://tinyurl.com/38y4aj6

    Public consultation on external relations funding

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU should fund its external relations activities, in particular the European External Action Service (EEAS). Contributions will be used by the Commission next year when preparing its proposals for the EU budget after 2013. The EU budget has been the subject of much wrangling in recent weeks between the EU institutions, following pressure from some member states to impose tough restrictions on future EU budgets and fierce resistance from Parliament. The Commission website states: ‘‘Challenges for the future are plentiful. The EU’s external action must tackle global problems such as climate change, energy security, and economic and financial stability. The 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is also rapidly approaching, with more effort still required as regards poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, sanitation and environmental sustainability.” See http://tinyurl.com/38y4aj6

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  • The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The CIP is the main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas. Its main priorities are SMEs, access to finance, innovation (including eco-innovation), take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), energy efficiency and renewables. http://ec.europa.eu/cip/public_consultation/index_en.htm

    Public consultation on future funding to boost EU competitiveness and innovation

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The CIP is the main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas. Its main priorities are SMEs, access to finance, innovation (including eco-innovation), take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), energy efficiency and renewables. http://ec.europa.eu/cip/public_consultation/index_en.htm

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  • 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. http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/gtrends/gtrends321.htm

    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. http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/gtrends/gtrends321.htm

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  • New on entries Weitzenegger’s Publication Review http://www.weitzenegger.de/en/publications.html Agricultural Diversification for the Poor – Guidelines for Practitioners. http://tinyurl.com/2vs2wx8 This World Bank study treats diversification as a differentiated form of agricultural development and recognizes its role to spur sustainable growth in the rural sector. The principle purpose of this study is to outline practical ways for implementing diversification activities. Throughout the paper, emphasis is particularly on how the diversification process can be made pro-poor with minimum risk involved. Paper concludes with a list of key investment areas to assist diversification. Assets, Shocks, and Poverty Traps in Rural Mozambique http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.363264.de/dp1073.pdf Using a micro-level approach to poverty traps, this paper explores welfare dynamics among households in post-war rural Mozambique. The analysis by Lena Giesbert and Kati Schindler shows that shocks and household coping behavior help to explain the observed poverty dynamics. Beyond Development Aid http://europafrica.net/2010/11/09/beyond-development-aid/ Publication of the Europe-Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) that […]

    Weitzenegger’s Publication Review

    New on entries Weitzenegger’s Publication Review http://www.weitzenegger.de/en/publications.html Agricultural Diversification for the Poor – Guidelines for Practitioners. http://tinyurl.com/2vs2wx8 This World Bank study treats diversification as a differentiated form of agricultural development and recognizes its role to spur sustainable growth in the rural sector. The principle purpose of this study is to outline practical ways for implementing diversification activities. Throughout the paper, emphasis is particularly on how the diversification process can be made pro-poor with minimum risk involved. Paper concludes with a list of key investment areas to assist diversification. Assets, Shocks, and Poverty Traps in Rural Mozambique http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.363264.de/dp1073.pdf Using a micro-level approach to poverty traps, this paper explores welfare dynamics among households in post-war rural Mozambique. The analysis by Lena Giesbert and Kati Schindler shows that shocks and household coping behavior help to explain the observed poverty dynamics. Beyond Development Aid http://europafrica.net/2010/11/09/beyond-development-aid/ Publication of the Europe-Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) that […]

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