The European Union is one of the most important development actors in Africa. By virtue of their geographical proximity, the two regions are closely connected economically and geopolitically.
As part of its EuropeAid Funding Insights series, Devex has undertaken an exclusive analysis of EU planned funding activities in Africa over the course of more than a year, to reveal trends in where and how the money is being distributed.
This article and visualization are part of a Devex series on EuropeAid funding, based on an exclusive analysis of EuropeAid data to help our readers understand how the agency’s funds are being distributed. Read the first part of the series here to find out what we’ve done, and for a global overview of EuropeAid funding priorities; and watch out for interactive guides to EuropeAid funding in other regions coming soon! To understand more about what EuropeAid does and how it works, click here for Devex’s introductory guide.
EU relations with African countries are governed by numerous cooperation agreements and funding modalities. The most comprehensive is the “Cotonou Agreement,” a partnership deal between the EU and countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Since its revision in 2010, the Cotonou Agreement has become the basis of many of the priorities in the African Multi-Annual Action Programs — that is, programs of planned projects agreed between EU delegations and stakeholders in partner countries. A more specific relationship has also been organized under the Africa-EU Partnership, a formal channel through which the EU and Africa, represented by the African Union, work together.
From January 2016 through April 2017, Devex gathered and analyzed the funding commitments, development priorities and procurement modalities released by EuropeAid in its “Action Fiches” — public documents which detail the EU’s planned development activities. You can explore these activities individually or in aggregate through our interactive visualization and in the Devex Funding Activity Feed. For more information about how we compiled and analyzed the data click here, and for a background guide on EuropeAid and how it functions click here.
Matthew Wolf works with Devex's Development Data team in Barcelona, helping improve our coverage of and insight into development work and funding around the world. He draws on work experience with Thomson Reuters in Africa, MENA and Latin America, where he helped uncover, pursue and win opportunities with local governments and donor agencies. He is interested in data-driven solutions to development challenges.
Arnau Rovira is part of the Devex's Development Data team in Barcelona where he works on analyzing and understanding donor and country priorities through the use of data. He previously worked as business intelligence analyst at Scytl, worldwide leader on electoral voting solutions. In his interest to the international and electoral affairs he became electoral observer. Until now, he has been deployed in Uruguay, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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