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ECDPM's weekly update on EU - Africa relations and international cooperation

People with radically different working methods and approaches can be strange bedfellows but often make a great couple. Conversely, having shared priorities and declared common goals should make it easier to listen to each other. But this is not always as straightforward as it seems.

Our latest Great Insights magazine, with Jeske van Seters and Poorva Karkare as guest editors, is entirely devoted to the relationship between civil society organisations and business, and how their partnerships can help implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Despite some obvious differences and challenges, our contributors provide a multifaceted picture of this collaboration, offering many lessons from concrete examples.

Who should instead be totally on the same page are young people and governments when it comes to climate change. But, as you could clearly see in the eyes of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg after her meeting with European Commission president Juncker, there is a frustrating divide between the rhetoric of European and African politicians, and the demands of young people on both continents worried about their future.

And then there are those who have always ignored each other but that are now finding reasons to work together. The European Think Tanks Group looked at how food producers, retailers and consumers are starting to engage more and more with urban planners to find ways to feed rapidly-growing cities in a sustainable manner.

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