How can the EU achieve an equal partnership with Africa?
This policy brief discusses how the EU can achieve an equal partnership with Africa and some of the key challenges the Union is facing in this area.
Establishing a real and equal partnership with Africa has featured as a central goal for the European Union’s (EU) development policy over the last two decades. This goal constitutes a central pillar of the EU’s pursuit of sustainable development and the Agenda 2030. However, establishing an equal partnership has proven difficult to achieve. Moreover, critics hold that EU- Africa relations are unjust: The Union has been accused of operating with a fundamental lack of mutual respect towards its partner countries on the African continent. In the GLOBUS project, we have conducted a critical analysis of the EU’s contribution to global justice and we find that the challenge of establishing an equal partnership is augmented by a tension in the EU’s development policy between the goal of supporting and enhancing country-owned development and the goal of conducting a rights-based approach to development. The tension between ownership and human rights conditionality arise due to the competing views of how to reduce injustice between states at the global level.
Johanne D. Saltnes, ARENA Centre for European Studies