The European Business Council for Africa

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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Financing EU external action and development cooperation in the post-2020 EU budget: One instrument to play many tunes

A recent letter signed by Commission President Juncker and Budget Commissioner Oettinger sheds more light on the next EU budget. Among the various proposals emerges the idea of a single instrument for EU external action as well as the need for a more strategic and efficient use of fewer resources.

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EU financing for peace and security post 2020 – Towards a European Peace Facility (EPF)?

How should the EU finance its assistance to peacebuilding activities of partner countries and organisations after 2020? HRVP Mogherini has put forward the idea of a European Peace Facility. This model has several advantages, but its potential disadvantages need to be taken into account as well.
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The Week of 2 – 9 March 2018

Statement: Korean Peninsula

Commentary: Gender, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Ukraine, Syria

Interviews: Sri Lanka, Gender, Russia/Syria, Syria, Turkey

Crisis Group in the News: Sri Lanka, Korean Peninsula, Colombia, Burkina Faso, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Somalia, El Salvador, Sudan

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Attacks on the Burkina Faso army headquarters and the French Embassy on 2 March 2018 were better organised, involved heavier weapons and were more sustained than anything seen so far in Burkina Faso.

Operations were carried out by two groups of at least four to five assailants each. While the incidents were confined to the city center, they hit two symbolic targets at the heart of power in the country. The official death toll is sixteen, including nine assailants. Reliable sources indicated more than 30 dead. The number of wounded is around 85.

In this Q&A, our West Africa Program Director Rinaldo Depagne says the jihadist assault further exposes worrying weakness in the Burkinabé security forces.

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