“Africa is gaining bargaining power”

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Panel discussion “Coherent poverty – poverty in coherency? Limits and inconsistencies of EU development politics.”Organised by VIDC and ÖFSE6.10.2010, Albert Schweitzer Haus, Vienna
  • Kojo Busia, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in der UNECA-United Nations Economic Commission for Africa – Bio

Europe’s global role in development. An African Perspective

  • Ollivier Bodin, EU-Kommission, GD Entwicklung – Bio

EU Policy Coherence for Development post-Lisbon: where are we?

  • Maurizio Carbone, University of Glasgow, Jean Monnet Chair – Bio

“The EU and the Developing World: Partnership, Poverty, Politicisation”


Vienna’s VIDC and the ÖGFSE invited three panelists to discuss and explain a very controversial topic in the European civil society: development policy and development aid.The speakers present an African, European and academic perspective on aid and development. The range of topics includes the African perception of 50 years of western engagement on the continent, the European difficulties of agreeing to a common policy towards Africa and the analysis of the difference between intention an reality on the ground from an academic viewpoint.

In the Q&A Session the question arose, if development and aid may have negative effects on the African economy. Furthermore, the panelists discuss the influence of new players in Africa like China, Brazil and other developing countries. These countries provide the African population with new opportunities and alternatives to the Western approach on aid and development.

Weblinks:European Commission: DevelopmentUNECA: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

University of Glasgow / Department of Politics



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