The European Business Council for Africa

Under the initiative, participating companies worked to expand opportunities for women by making measurable, time-bound commitments specific to each company’s goals. They also participated in knowledge-exchange sessions on implementing gender innovations and contributed to thought leadership on how the digital economy can increase women’s access to jobs and assets—inspiring more companies to undertake efforts to correct the gender imbalance in the digital sector.

Through a series of case studies that draw on company commitments and other data from Digital2Equal members, the initiative highlights four approaches to building inclusive platforms for women: creating inclusive employment; collecting sex-disaggregated data; designing gender-inclusive products and services; and supporting communities and building ecosystems. The Digital2Equal case studies showcase a portion of the wide range of activities undertaken during the initiative—as well as newly developed programs to support COVID-19 responses and recovery.

Over the course of the initiative, Digital2Equal members worked to expand opportunities for women in the platform economy and looked into issues such as gender income gap and labour force segregation. This session shares examples from three Digital2Equal members based in Africa that show how companies can leverage disaggregated data to better understand their user bases, design better services for everyone, and to use data to inform delivery of impactful community initiatives.

In recent years, climate change has led to a decrease in the duration and frequency of the rainy season, causing severe changes in weather patterns (droughts, floods, etc.). These changes are having an increasingly destructive impact on the most vulnerable populations, sometimes leading to violent conflicts between communities whose livelihood depends on livestock and natural resources and their only short-term solution is to migrate in search of more fertile lands. 

The discussion will focus on the impacts of climate change on food security and livelihoods as well as the possible opportunities to overcome such challenges while building peace in Northern Kenya and other regions.

The current crisis presents a unique opportunity to address the systemic problem of excessive debt burdens of developing countries, while also making sure that investment flows into achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving that would require innovative solutions and multilateral cooperation. The G20-Paris Club Debt Service Suspension Initiative adopted in April 2020 provided immediate liquidity to 46 countries of over 5bn for health, economic and social spending in the face of the pandemic emergency. But suspending debt payments will not be enough for many countries facing unsustainable debt situations. These countries need rapid, fair and effective debt restructuring, while maintaining access to sustainable financial flows. The conference will present proposals for achieving such debt restructurings, considering the complex and dispersed creditor landscape and the weaknesses in the international sovereign debt architecture.

The spread of COVID-19 has shown the vulnerabilities of the EU’s food supply chains. These weaknesses have tremendous implications in terms of health, environmental protection and human development, while causing negative externalities in third and developing countries. In this context, in May 2020, the European Commission published its Farm to Fork Strategy, a very ambitious document that is at the heart of the European Green Deal and that aims to lead transition towards more sustainable food systems within and outside of the Union. On the one hand, the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy will be crucial to make the EU’s food systems more resilient, by reducing their environmental footprint while promoting more sustainable and healthy diets. On the other hand, since the EU is the biggest importer and exporter of agri-food products and the largest seafood market in the world, it is likely that the Strategy will produce significant impacts on third countries. Hence, making the EU’s agri food chain more sustainable and fairer is a key challenge and opportunity to drive for change both at the regional and global level.

The event will allow the audience to look at the Strategy through broader lenses and to grasp the spill-over effects that its implementation can generate at the external level, in line with the goals set in the UN Agenda 2030. […]

Alors que l’épidémie du Covid-19 continue à se propager, les projets du programme ARCHIPELAGO adaptent leurs activités et leurs modalités de mise en œuvre pour continuer à soutenir la création d'emplois, à la fois qualitatifs et durables, dans les pays des régions du Sahel et Lac Tchad.
 
La pandémie met tous les acteurs des écosystèmes des projets de partenariat face à l’urgence des changements à entreprendre pour renforcer la résilience de nos écosystèmes et répondre aux nouveaux défis. 
 
Certaines activités des projets ont été modifiées tandis que la mobilisation des réseaux de partenaires et la mise en place d’outils numériques permettent aujourd’hui une diffusion rapide et complète des informations et une mise en œuvre des activités des projets. 
 
À cette crise sanitaire s´ajoutent les contraintes de type sécuritaire auxquelles font face plusieurs pays de la région du Sahel et du Lac Tchad. 
 
Le séminaire en ligne du 22 octobre s´adresse à tous les partenaires des consortiums des projets des 1er et 2ème appels à propositions du programme ARCHIPELAGO. Cinq projets présenteront leurs expériences et pistes de solutions pour amorcer et faciliter l´échange de bonnes pratiques et promouvoir des synergies. […]

Le séminaire en ligne présentera les mécanismes de financement de formation professionnelle et d´apprentissage en Afrique de l'Ouest. Il permettra également un dialogue entre les acteurs privés et publics pour des propositions concrètes en vue d'améliorer l'accès et l'utilisation des financements des fonds nationaux. Un panel composé de patronats, chambres consulaires et fonds nationaux de formation et d´apprentissage amorcera le débat.

«L’Enseignement et la Formation Techniques et Professionnels (EFTP) et son financement en Afrique de l’Ouest» est un événement public en ligne organisé par le programme ARCHIPELAGO, le programme VET Toolbox, LuxDev et le réseau RAFPRO. L’hébergement du séminaire sur la plateforme Zoom est assurée par EUROCHAMBRES, partenaire au sein du consortium du programme ARCHIPELAGO.[…]

The ESDN Conference 2020 will take place on 12-13 October 2020 as a virtual event! The Conference was scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, but the current COVID-19 situation has made a physical presence at the Conference no longer possible. Therefore, the ESDN Conference 2020 will now be fully virtual and will no longer be a hybrid event.

The Conference is being organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The Conference will be a 2-day event of the German EU Council Presidency. The Conference will bring together sustainable development policymakers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe.[…]

This year, EBS is different 

This year is different; in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, EBS has decided to make a few changes to our format. As scheduled, the European Business Summit will return to the Egmont Palace on the 16th and 17th of November 2020 as a hybrid event. This new event format will include a limited in-person portion of the event alongside live-streaming of keynote sessions and online engagement (+10,000 viewers over the 2 days of Summit). Since the number of in-person spots is limited, please ensure that you have registered online to guarantee your place. EBS is looking forward to welcoming you all to celebrate our 20th edition together in November. […]

The COVID-19 pandemic is propelling global health as a major priority of the EU’s development aid agenda. This webinar, which is the fourth and last of a series organised by DAI and ECDPM, showcases the importance of a coordinated public and private response. It will also present various health projects and their different reactions to the pandemic: from traditional awareness-raising campaigns to high-tech digital tools, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing creativity and innovation. Panellists will reflect on how the emergency reaction, global creativity can help build stronger health systems, in partnership with governments, the private sector, communities, and regional professional networks.

As part of its ‘Debating Africa-EU’ series, Friends of Europe organised a debate on how to reset Africa-Europe relationswith European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen and Aya Chebbi, African Union Special Envoy on Youth.