The European Business Council for Africa

The first Compass of April examines the complex relationship between the European Union and different categories of countries in Africa, each with their own features and interests.

Sailing new waters in international cooperation: On the way to framing future EU engagement with more advanced developing countries
More advanced developing countries are important partners for the European Union. But the future of the Union's engagement with the multiple actors in these countries needs to be guided by clearer objectives and stronger policy guidance. A partnership approach requires these countries’ demands to be taken into account. The next EU budget offers a golden opportunity to rethink future relationships. Read the paper 

What is the European External Investment Plan really about?

Extensive private investment is required to meet development challenges. By providing a new guarantee mechanism and technical assistance in the European External Investment Plan (EIP), the EU aims to attract investors, particularly in least developed and more fragile countries. This paper offers a comprehensive overview of the EIP and reveals its weaknesses. Read the paper 

Breaking the silence on North Africa: A new EU-Africa partnership after 2020

This op-ed for EURACTIV underlines that clarifying North Africa’s involvement in the post-Cotonou negotiations from the start is key for the future of the EU-Africa partnership after 2020. Read the op-ed 

The Week of 30 March – 6 April 2018

CrisisWatch: March/April 2018
Report: DR Congo
Newly Translated Briefing: Tajikistan
Commentary: Mexico, Israel/Palestine, China/Venezuela, U.S.
Media Release: Sierra Leone
Interviews: El Salvador
Quotes: Israel/Hizbollah, Russia, Saudi Arabia/Yemen, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq, DR Congo
Careers: Asia, Europe & Central Asia, Central Asia, West Bank

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The Week of 23 – 30 March 2018

Commentary: North Caucasus, U.S., China/North Korea 
Newly Translated Commentary: Saudi Arabia/Yemen
Interviews: China/Korean Peninsula, Yemen
Video: Venezuela
Quotes: North Korea/China, Iraq, China, U.S., Syria, Egypt, Turkey
Careers: Europe & Central Asia

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Just months before Zimbabwe’s general election, Nelson Chamisa’s power grab is damaging the opposition’s chances. 
by Derek Matyszak 
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Artisanal gold mining in the DRC: Time to get down to earth?

While the hazardous working conditions and environmental pollution in artisanal and small-scale mining often attract international attention, the employment opportunities of the sector - currently supporting the livelihood of 10 to 15 million miners worldwide - are mostly overlooked. The paper illustrates the challenges in the eastern provinces of DRC and draws out implications for development partners. Read the paper

Because of the Easter holidays, there will be no Compass next week but we will be back on 10 April.

The Week of 16 – 23 March 2018
Report: Venezuela
Newly Translated Reports: Tajikistan, Korean Peninsula, Turkey
Commentary: Turkey, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia/Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran, Northern Triangle
Interview: Venezuela
Video: Lebanon
Quotes: Persian Gulf, U.S., Iraq, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan
Careers: Brussels (preferred)

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"KIGALI, Rwanda — African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.

The deal creates a continental market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion. A major goal is to boost intra-African trade and rely less on the volatility of commodity prices that affect many exports."

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Multi-stakeholder initiatives on garments and textiles in Germany and the Netherlands
To address bad working conditions and pollution in production countries, policymakers are showing increasing interest in multi-stakeholder initiatives. By analysing two cases, the German Agreement on Sustainable Textiles and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, this briefing note highlights the challenges and opportunities to support the transition towards a more sustainable and responsible production and supply chains. Read the note

Evaluation of the implementation of the African Peace Facility 2014-2016

The EU's African Peace Facility continues to be a highly relevant instrument in support of African efforts for peace and security on the continent. Yet the authors of this evaluation, carried out under ECDPM's Security and Resilience programme, have a number of recommendations for future improvement. Read the evaluation

The European Union’s next Multiannual Financial Framework: Prospects and challenges for EU development cooperation

Negotiations are underway on the next EU budget. How much funding should go towards EU external action? What should this money be spent on? And how should it be managed? The European Think Tanks Group addresses these questions. Read the paper

The Week of 9 – 16 March 2018

Briefings: Tajikistan, Kenya
Commentary: Central Asia, Korean Peninsula
Interviews: U.S., Global, Sri Lanka, U.S./North Korea
Crisis Group in the News: U.S./Iran, Afghanistan, DR Congo, South Ossetia, Syria, Kenya, Venezuela/Colombia, Somalia, Israel, Sudan/Egypt, U.S./Russia, African Union, Saudi Arabia/Yemen
Careers: Brussels

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