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Implementing the 2030 Agenda in Tanzania: towards a participatory, inclusive and knowledge-driven agenda

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In Tanzania, the national planning horizon coincided with the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to facilitate the implementation of SDGs in Tanzania, the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) and the Ministry of Finance coordinated a brainstorming process to discuss requirements for a succesful implementation, like the involvement of local actors, mobilization of funding and investments in capacities for monitoring and evaluation. Weiterlesen »

The EU’s Response to the Refugee Crisis: More Support for ECOWAS Migration Management Needed

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Migration-focused policies needed

The EU emphasizes the mainstreaming of migration in development cooperation as a crucial issue to finding lasting solutions to irregular migration. The EU’s approach to the crisis focuses on supporting national and regional migration strategies and a ‘cash-for-cooperation’ conditionality strategy setting financial incentives to increase readmission of African migrants. But a considerable option for better migration management may be the promotion of an effective regional migration within the African continent in a development-friendly way. That would mean to establish or to strengthen migration regimes and institutions, which are capable of protecting migrants and enhancing the positive effects of migration like remittances or knowledge transfer.

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Is transformative research the way forward for Africa?

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Transformative Research – a promising approach

A growing number of policymakers, researchers and funding bodies have gotten excited about transformative research on Africa. Transformative research, they claim, may support progress towards economic, social and environmental sustainability in Africa and may enhance the participation of local actors in development research and cooperation. This may happen, if we actually knew what transformative research meant and how best to go about it.

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How to reconcile values and interests in EU-Africa relations?

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Europe and Africa at a crossroads

The democracy, rule of law and human rights agenda is under pressure but it is more relevant than ever in the Europe-Africa dialogue. Fears of the negative effects of globalisation, growing inequalities and the refugee crisis have caused a wave of populism in Western liberal democracies. In several European countries, traditional political parties are losing the trust of significant parts of the population. This also affects the role that Europe is playing in the global world and in its partnership with Africa as the closest neighbour. Geopolitical and economic interests seem to take the upper hand over the values in EU foreign policy.

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Chancenkontinent Afrika: Verantwortung einfordern

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Chancenkontinent Afrika

Migrations- und Finanzströme dokumentieren das fehlende Vertrauen vieler afrikanischer Gesellschaften in ihre wirtschaftlichen und politischen Systeme. Bei der Lösung dieses Problems muss die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit mit der Wirtschaft zusammenarbeiten und zivilgesellschaftliche Strukturen stärken, um sich selbst sukzessive überflüssig zu machen.

 

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