BLOGS AND ARTICLES

 

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Welcome to our writing repository. Here is where our team and contributors put pen to paper. Writing about the many political and economic facets of EU-Africa current affairs, from trade to agriculture, finance, aviation and of course…Brexit!

 


Morocco in the African Union: A step towards the Union’s financial independence? By Uzo Madu

screenshot-2017-02-01-19-50-14 1 February 2017 – This week, the African Union became truly pan-African again – Morocco, the only country in Africa that was not a member of the African Union (AU), regained its seat at the table once again… And for the African Union, this decision seems to go beyond the African Unity story and the Western Sahara issue, there are significant financial gains from Moroccan membership. The AU is highly dependent on external donors, attracting fierce criticism about its independence, or lack thereof, so it needs to find alternative revenue streams and Morocco has deep pockets… See full article here.


Brexit and the East African Community – a promising future for whom? By Jacqueline Eckert

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12 December 2016 – Brexit is causing a wave of uncertainty in East African countries and the pressure of signing EU trade deals is not easing the unpredictability. The United Kingdom, after its decision to leave the European Union on the 23rd of June 2016, will remain party to all EU trade agreements until it formally leaves the bloc. Until then, the UK is in no position to conduct any separate negotiations of its own. What does this mean for African countries?  Full Article here.  Photo: Henri Bergius under Creative Commons – Share Alike 2.0 Generic


Regulating Conflict Minerals from Europe: How does that look? By Dylan Walker 

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21 November 2016 – The controversy surrounding companies purchasing and extracting minerals from conflict zones is similar to the issue of blood diamonds, which was brought to light in the 1990s. The main question being asked here is whether transnational companies such as Intel, Panasonic, Apple and others are funding armed conflicts through their purchasing of these minerals. See full article herePhoto: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti under Creative Commons – Share Alike 2.0 Generic


Long-term Consequences of EU’s Short-Sighted Approach to Counter-Terrorism in Africa By Harley Henigson

us-army-379036_192024 October 2016 – The European Union, in contrast with the United States has historically taken a more comprehensive and long-term approach to combatting terrorism. In the last 15 to 20 years, the US’ response to international terrorism, for example, has been a combination of military force, imploring states with high levels of terrorist activity to accept military aid and anti-terrorism training. Recently, however, with the uptick is terror attacks in Europe, and the continuing refugee crisis, the EU has taken a far more American like approach to combatting terrorism. See full article here. Photo: (No attribution required) Creative Commons 1.0


Choosing Trade Over Aid By Uzo Madu

24 October 2016screenshot-2016-11-06-14-38-41 The emphasis on trade over aid is in part a backlash against the modest results of development aid. Africa has received over $1 trillion in international aid over the past 50 years, but this has been ineffective in combating poverty and spurring economic growth in a sustainable way…. Written for African Business Magazine (Full Article)

 

 

 


Towards a more Gender-Aware Trade
Relationship between the EU and Africa By Ella Huhta

12 September 2016Screenshot 2016-11-16 21.10.57.png Civil society actors have called for more gender awareness in shaping the agricultural trade relationship…Research shows that the relationship between gender, agriculture, and trade is highly context-specific but according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) women make up 43% of the world’s agricultural workforce and close to 50% in Africa. See full article here. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT) under Creative Commons Licence 2.0


Can the UK’s new trade opportunities deliver for Africa? By Uzo Madu

screenshot-2016-10-26-17-20-0910 August 2016 – The Brexit vote has ushered in a new era of uncertainty for African economies due to forecast declines in investment and development assistance, as well as trade. But there may be an upside for Africa to the UK’s historic decision to leave the European Union. Written for African Business Magazine (Full Article)

 

 

 


Corporate Tax Avoidance: Africa’s largest financial drain By Uzo Madu

21 June 2016Picture1 Tax avoidance (legal) and tax evasion (illegal) costs the African continent anywhere from $30 to $60 billion a year with approximately 65% of this coming from tax avoidance…meanwhile, it is estimated that $20 billion a year in extra income is needed for Africa to ‘catch up’ with more economically developed regions. See full article here. Photo: Phillip Ingham under Creative Commons Licence 2.0

 

 


Brexit: What’s in it for Africa?  By Uzo Madu

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18 May 2016 – The Brexit for Africa debate rests largely on three issues, the trade distortions brought about by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the ability of Britain to enter international trade agreements when outside the EU and migration. See full article here.

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ECOWAS-EU EPA: A Regional (Dis)Integration Tool? By Uzo Madu

1storage-containers8 April 2016 – The potential Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and West Africa (ECOWAS and UEOMA) would mean West Africa would liberalise 75% of tariff lines and on the other hand, it would gain duty and quota- free access to the EU market. See full article here.

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