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Beyond development: political context analysis as a tool for a more effective EU-Africa partnership

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In this paper I would like to draw attention to the fact that climate change offers a new perspective on development basics and energy provision. Climate change is a global phenomenon that has particularly severe consequences for the African continent. It aggravates the fragility of existing situations of which it is not necessarily the cause. Furthermore I want to bring to the fore the importance of the African political context in which the EU-Africa partnership has to function. Understanding the political economy of African decision making will be crucial for a successful partnership in the future.

in Beyond Development Aid: EU-Africa Political Dialogue on Global Issues of Common Concern, Nov. 2010, pp. 103-113.
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