Africa and its partners: building alliances for sustainable development
Sustainable development and peace in the world depend on economic and political developments in Africa. Cooperation with Africa has gained importance in recent months in Germany and Europe. During the general elections in Germany and France in 2017, the German G20 Presidency or the preparations for the Africa-EU summit in November 2017 a key topic will be how cooperation with Africa could be reformed and made more sustainable. Until December 2017 we will discuss with leading policy experts, academics, business and media representatives from Africa, Europe and beyond the following questions: What are relevant trends that would support sustainable developments in Africa? How should cooperation with African governments, African regional organisations and African societies be organised to enable sustainable development?
One of the most important initiatives during Germany’s presidency of the G20 in the year 2017 has been that of launching a special partnership with African countries. While the G20 is more inclusive than the G7, countries from the Global South do not necessarily have the same influence as developed countries in the Global North. In this regard, Germany’s step to initiate a Partnership with Africa has been very much welcomed by the Mexican government. Read the rest of this entry »
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.Read the rest of this entry »
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.
A growing number of policymakers, researchers and funding bodies have gotten excited about transformative researchon 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.
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.