The Africa-EU Partnership must be enforced
What civil society expects of the Tripoli Summit
The Joint Africa-EU Strategy is an important instrument to strengthen the partnership between the two continents. However, the Strategy can only be successful if more actors are involved in the process including civil society which needs political and financial support.
This has now been demanded by civil society organisations at an international conference at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the run-up to the Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli.
“The Strategy heralds a paradigm shift in the relations between the two countries. A paternalistic strategy for Africa has at last turned into a strategy with Africa. Unfortunately, it is only little known to the public and among decision-makers. The participants at the Summit in Tripoli need to boost the Strategy and force its implementation,” said Deputy VENRO Board Chair Christa Randzio-Plath. “Furthermore it is necessary that new aspects are added to the second Action Plan.”Read the complete release
Africa-EU Strategy put to the test
Shortcomings in the Action Plan
Bonn, 29th April 2010 – The Joint Africa-EU Strategy will have few prospects of success if no improvements are made to the second Action Plan. Gender justice and rural development need to come more to the fore. This was demanded by the Association of German Development Non-Governmental Organisations (VENRO) on the occasion of the meeting of the Ministerial Troika of the EU and Africa in Luxembourg on the 26th April.
“We regret that no progress has been made in the Partnership on Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure. The 2008 food crisis has clearly shown that rural development needs to be a focal issue in particular. Most people in Africa live in rural regions,” says VENRO Chairman Ulrich Post.Read the complete release
People in Africa left out
VENRO calls for U-turn in Africa-EU Strategy
Bonn, 28.04.2009 –The Joint Africa-EU strategy will only be able to reckon with success if civil society is more strongly involved in the process. So far, the interests of the African population have only been given insufficient consideration, the Association of German Development Non-Governmental Organisations (VENRO) criticises on the occasion of the meeting between European and African ministers, held in Luxembourg on the 28th April.
“The Strategy explicitly guarantees people’s participation. But this is only on paper and has nothing to do with reality,” says Deputy VENRO Board Chair Christa Randzio-Plath. She adds that there are hardly any representatives of civil society in the Joint Expert groups. However, the topics addressed there, such as energy security, trade, climate change and gender justice, affect the poor population and the women of the African continent in particular.Read the complete release