Brussels, 28 September 2018 – Today, the European Commission officially launched the negotiations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) on a new partnership agreement which will succeed the Cotonou Agreement. CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, welcomes the renewal of the agreement as it represents a great opportunity to build a people-centered cooperation among equal partners but is concerned about the narrative of Africa being increasingly portrayed only as Europe’s trade and economic partner.
CONCORD is happy to announce the signing of a renewed partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the coming two years.
On December 7th, CONCORD and the Slovak Presidency will host an open dialogue on the future of the Cotonou Agreement. The event, titled “Stand up for a better future for all” will bring together authorities and Civil Society Organisations from both the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, to discuss the future of the EU’s partnership with 79 ACP states after 2020.
In the framework of the EU Country Roadmaps for Engagement with Civil Society, CONCORD analysed six countries’ roadmaps in order to enhance strategic cooperation and structured dialogue of the EU and its Member States with CSO’s in partner countries. Discover these roadmaps’ analysis as well as background information and recommendations for the future.
Anyone who has hung around with Dominic Haslam for long enough in the last four years knows well just how central a role Beyond2015 played in his professional life in that period. He was delighted to be asked to write a blog about the experience, in response to the comprehensive evaluation.