The EU-Africa workshop was the first event held under the auspices of the new European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA). It took place in front of a standing room only audience on June 5, 2015 at the University of Pretoria during Governance Innovation Week. A diverse range of African, European and North American scholars and practitioners assembled for an exchange of views about the evolving relationship between Africa and the European Union. The overall theme was about innovation, with particular focus was on updating the debate, challenging some of the old donor and client characterisations, and better reflecting the changing conditions in Africa and Europe. Honorary Director at the European Commission, Philippe Darmuzey, kicked off the discussions with an opening speech on new directions in EU-Africa security and development cooperation. Panels followed with focus on innovation, trade and resources, and South Africa’s place in EU-Africa relations. Renown scholars such as Gilbert Khadiagala (Witswatersrand) explored the African Union’s approach to multilateral relations with the EU, while Daniel Bach (Bordeaux) examined innovative policies in emerging economies. Practitioners such as EU Ambassador Roeland Van De Geer touched on the EU-South Africa relationship while Andrew Sherriff (ECDPM) explored the EU’s changing institutions and their consequences for relations with Africa. The workshop was universally deemed a success and a strong beginning for new collaboration and research in EU-Africa relations.
The first two weeks of June saw GovInn hosting Prof. Roberto D’Alimonte from Luiss University in Rome. During his time at GovInn, Prof. D’Alimonte presented three seminars:
- “What is wrong with the Euro?” on 4 August 2015 at the Old College House.
- “Macho Politics: Power, conflict and scandal in the age of Berlusconi and Zuma” on 12 August 2015 at the Old College House, co-presented with Prince Mashele.
- “Electoral systems and democratic accountability: a critical analysis with lessons for South Africa” on 14 August 2015.
The events were both successful and well attended, with a wide range of seminar guests from local municipalities, embassies to students and University of Pretoria staff. These seminars were well received, with Prof. D’Alimonte not just showing his knowledge of Italy, but providing lessons for South Africa. Prof. D’Alimonte based this on his own accumulated knowledge and on a seminar he co-presented with Prince Mashele on 12 August.
GovInn looks forward to extending this partnership with Prof. D’Alimonte and Luiss University.
On July 21-22 2015, GovInn and the UNESCO-UNU Chair on Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People, in partnership with the African Disability Alliance (ADA), hosted a workshop for practitioners from statistical offices, departments of social development and non-governmental organizations from southern Africa and member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to address some challenges in and provide a platform for the SADC region to share best practices on disability statistics and the development of expertise in methodologies of measurement of populations with disability.
The workshop, under the title ‘Strengthening Capacity for Disability Measurement across Africa’, brought together Bureaus of Statistics and Departments of Labour and Social Development, and Disability Federations from eight of the 15 member states of SADC as well as international organizations including, Christoffel Blindernmission (CBM), the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The workshop, further, sought to benefit from ILO expertise in exploring ways in which statistics and research could enhance equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
After two days of presentations and deliberations, the participants compiled a list of recommendations that identified practical ways for improving the quality and type of data collected on persons with disabilities in the SADC region through data collection methods such as national censuses, demographic and health surveys (DHS), quarterly labour force surveys (QLFS), etc. Download the workshop report here.
GovInn’s director Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti and junior researcher Kirsty Agnew participated in a three day workshop in Brussels as part of an ongoing project on the external perceptions of the European Union (EU). The project is funded by the EU as part of their expanding public diplomacy initiatives. The project is coordinated by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) at the University of Canterbury, the NFG Research Group from the Freie Universitat Berlin and the Public Policy Management Institute (PPMI) located in Lithuania. Research is also being conducted by nine other research groups located in the EU’s strategic partner nations around the world. Prof. Fioramonti and Kirsty are conducting research into South Africa’s perception of the EU with an aim to provide innovative growth to the relationship between EU governance structures and South Africa. The workshop in Brussels was to present data from the first stage of the research process.
In this article for The New Age political commentator and former SA diplomat Tom Wheeler report on his participation to the launch of ESA-SSA (European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa), during GovInn Week 2015.
“It was pointed out that unlike Europe and America, where there are many university departments of African studies, there are few if any of such institutions for European Studies in Africa. The result is often that Europe is dealt in Africa in terms of political rhetoric”
A three-day workshop on the EU’s external environmental policy was held at the University of Pretoria on 2-4 June as part of the GovInn Week 2015.
The EU has long been reported to be a global environmental leader and is party to the major international environmental treaties. However, apart from multi-lateral negotiations, the EU seeks to extend it environmental norms, rules and polices beyond its legal jurisdiction through a surprisingly large array of instruments, including: bilateral trade agreements, strategic partnerships, transnational policy networks, and development cooperation.
This workshop brought together a small group of top international scholars from around the world to explore how, where and to what effect the EU is embarking on new forms of external environmental governance.
The workshop programme is below:
|Programme: The External Dimension of the European Union’s Environmental policy
2-4 June 2015, Graduate Centre,University of Pretoria, South Africa
|Monday 1 June||Arrival of international participants|
|Tuesday 2 June: Day One|
|08:30 – 09.00 Coffee and registration|
|09:00 – 10:45||Opening remarks: Camilla Adelle, GovInn, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
“The external dimension of EU climate and energy policy” John Vogler, Keele University (UK)
“The EU in international environmental negotiations” Tom Delreux, Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain (UC Louvain)Read the policy brief adapted from Professor Delreux’s conference paper here.
|Chair: Camilla Adelle, GovInn, University of Pretoria (South Africa)|
|10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break|
|11.15 – 13.00||The EU’s external governance tool box
“The European External Action Service” Diarmuid Torney, Dublin City University (Ireland) Read the policy brief adapter from Dr Torney’s conference paper here.
“EU climate diplomacy and the challenge of norm entrepreneurship” Mai’a Davis Cross, Northeastern University (US)
|Chair: Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, University of Edinburgh (UK)|
|13.00 – 14.00 Lunch|
|14.00 – 15.45||The EU’s external governance tool box
“Can environmental standards in trade agreements be effective instruments of EU external environmental governance?” Evgeny Postnikov, University of Glasgow (UK) Read the policy brief adapted by Dr Postnikov’s from his conference paper here.
“Market-based instruments to support climate change objectives: Encouraging action on carbon taxes and emissions trading beyond Europe”, Sirini Withana, Konar Mutafoglu and Patrick ten Brink, Institute for European Environmental Policy (Belgium and UK)
“The Salience of EU Climate Law: Inspiration, Diplomacy by Law and ‘Learning by Doing’ in East Asia” Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, University of Edinburgh (UK)
|Chair: Mai’a Davis Cross, Northeastern University, US|
|15.45 – 16.30 Break|
|16.30 – 18.30||GovInn Week Keynote lecture: UP Conference Centre
“Poverty with added vitamins? Competing ways to govern the world food system”
|18.30 Reception: UP Conference Centre|
|(buses back to guest house)|
|08:30 – 09.00 Coffee|
|9.00 – 10.45||Country perspectives
“Making sense of the EU’s external climate change governance towards its southern neighbours” Angelos Katsaris, College of Europe (Poland)“Integrating public participation into China’s environmental governance: The EU’s external influence” Wen Xiang, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
|Chair: Tom Delreux, Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain (UC Louvain)|
|10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break|
|11.15 – 13.00||Country perspectives
“The EU’s role in natural resource use in Africa” Oladiran Bello, South African Institute of International Affairs (South Africa)
“Contributions of the EU to the Construction of Latin American Environmental Governance” Roberto Dominguez, Suffolk University, Boston (USA)Read the policy brief adapted from Professor Dominguez’s conference paper here.
|Chair: Sarah Delputte, University of Ghent (Belgium)|
|13.00 – 14.00 Lunch|
|14.00 – 15.45||Future Challenges
“The limits of leadership in a cold economic climate: Whither the EU as an environmental normative power?” Charlotte Burns and Paul Tobin, University of York (UK)
“Closing discussion: next steps”
|Chair: John Vogler, Keele University (UK)|
|16.30 – 18.30||GovInn Keynote lecture: UP Conference Centre
“Within or beyond capitalism? Four scenarios for the emerging collaborative economy”
Michel Bauwens, founder of the Peer-To-Peer Foundation and author of Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy. Books available for sale.
A one-day workshop reflecting on the state of EU-Africa relations will be held in early June at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. This will be the inaugural event of ESA-SSA.
Taking place in Africa, the workshop will capitalize on its geographic position to highlight views from the continent about this long-standing and sometimes problematic relationship. EU-Africa relations are moving beyond that of donor and client to reflect changing circumstances in Africa and Europe.
This workshop will highlight some of these changes, including the roles of African agency and innovation in changing the terms of the relationship. Focus will also be placed on multilateral issues that are of priority to Africans vis a vis the EU, such as migration, agriculture and protectionism, and peace and security cooperation.
A successful regional approach to environmental governance: The case of the European Union
(GovInn, June 2014)
Author: John McCormick
Environmental policy was a latecomer to the agenda of the European Union (EU), only establishing itself as a formal interest of European integration with the passage of the 1987 Single European Act. The years since then have seen a flurry of legislative and policy activity, with EU institutions addressing a broadening base of environmental problems. From a time when most legal activity was focused on air and water quality, waste management and the control of chemicals, the EU has become involved in issues as varied as noise pollution, energy conservation, the control of genetically modified organisms, organic agriculture, and efforts to address climate change.