|EC / African Union Commission|
|Overall project value (EUR)|
|€ 8 049 099|
|Origin of funding|
|Proportion carried out by legal entity|
|Landell Mills (lead); Linpico, Saferworld, Adelphi, MET Office, EA Energy Analyses, IDS|
|Number of staff provided|
Detailed description of project Back
The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) was adopted at the II. Africa-EU Summit in Lisbon on December 9th, 2007. The JAES aims at putting the Africa-EU relationship on a new strategic footing, and to strengthen the political and policy dialogue as well as the technical cooperation at all levels. The JAES defines several inter-related priority areas, and is implemented through successive Action Plans which currently cover eight thematic partnerships: i) Peace and Security, ii) Democratic Governance and Human Rights , iii) Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure, iv) MDGs, v) Energy, vi) Climate Change and Environment, vii) Migration, Mobility and Employment and viii) Science, Information Society and Space. The Action Plan comprises both enhanced political and policy dialogue, as well as operational initiatives and programmes that should result in concrete and measurable outcomes in all areas of the partnership. The present JAES Support Mechanism (JAES SM) seeks to provide, on a flexible and demand-driven basis, the necessary targeted technical and administrative support to the implementing actors of the thematic partnerships, with the aim to make the JAES working arrangements more effective and efficient, and to facilitate the delivery of more concrete results.
The main expected results of the service contract are:
Key stakeholders on the African side include the African Union Commission (AUC), the RECS, the Member States, the African Development Bank, the Pan-African Parliament, the private sector and key non-state actors; and on the European side include the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the EU Member States, the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank and key non-state actors.
Priority areas under the Action Plan 2011-2013 per thematic partnership include:
Peace and Security
Coordination with the TA contract on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) providing the AUC and Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms support on the Action Plan of the Peace and Security Partnership and further support in the organisation of specific events and meetings.
Democratic Governance and Human Rights
i) Enhanced dialogue and cooperation at the global level and in international fora; ii) Cooperation in the area of Governance Initiatives; iii) Strengthen cooperation in the area of cultural goods and other areas of cultural cooperation.
Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure
i) Dialogue on the political dimension, policies and experiences on regional integration in Europe and in Africa and on integration in the global economy; ii) Customs and Trade Facilitation. The expected outcome is the creation of efficient customs systems in Africa, enhanced dialogue on Non Trade Barriers (NTB) issues and improved trade within Africa and between Africa and the EU; iii) Improve the competitiveness and the diversification of African agriculture and industry notably by strengthening African capacities in the area of rules, standards and quality control; iv) Operationalization of accelerated industrial development for Africa (AIDA) Plan of Action; v) Raw materials; vi) Support quality statistics in Africa; vii) The expertise to be provided for the infrastructure strand of the partnership will be complementary to the Africa-EU Infrastructure trust fund as well as to the PIDA programme.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
i) Health: Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) and promotion of best practices on Maternal, Infant and child Health; Monitoring of the Implementation of Maputo Plan of Action; ii) Gender: equality and women’s empowerment; iii) education; iv) Agriculture; v) water and sanitation; vi) disabilities.
In coordination/complementarity with Energy Initiative’s Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF): i) Energy Access; ii) energy security; iii) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; iv) institutional capacity building in Africa, v) scaling up energy investment; vi) dialogue on energy issues.
Climate Change and Environment
i) Combating land degradation and increasing aridity, including the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI); ii) Climate information services using earth observation data; iii) strengthening climate adaptation; iv) fighting against deforestation; v) Enhancing African negotiators” capacity; vi) Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); vii) biodiversity conservation.
Migration, Mobility and Employment
In coordination with the EC funded programme ‘Support for the Africa – EU partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment’: i) Migration ( Diasporas, remittances, brain drain, migrant rights, social consequences of migration; Regular migration, including circular migration, mobility, visa issues; Illegal migration, trafficking in human beings, smuggling of migrants, readmission and return, and refugees, asylum and protection); ii) Employment (Decent work initiative; Labour market governance and capacity building; Regional and sub-regional fore on employment, labour, social protection and labour migration; Access to finance and guarantees); iii) Mobility (Nyerere Programme, Pan-African University, African Higher Education Harmonisation and Tuning).
Science, Information Society and Space
(i) S&T capacity building for the implementation of Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA); (ii) Support the development of an inclusive information society in Africa; (iii) Enhance Cooperation on Space Applications and technology.
Type of services provided
The consortium provides the services of a Technical Assistance Team (TAT) of 3 LT experts based in Brussels (Head of TAT/TL; Programme Management and Administrative Support Expert; Communication, Visibility and event organiser Officer), with an antenna in Addis Ababa at the AUC staffed by 1 LT expert (Programme Management Expert). The LT expertise is complimented by a pool of specialised short term expertise (2.800 m/d).
Core services include: