The purpose of this Communication is to assess progress made during the EU-Africa Partnership's first year of implementation, outline the challenges ahead and provide input for the joint progress report for the Ministerial Troika meeting of November 2008.
The EU and Africa are working together to strengthen their cooperation at the political level and lay the foundation for a long-term strategic partnership, going beyond development cooperation, beyond Africa, beyond fragmentation and beyond institutions.
The present document sets out the Commission’s proposal on the criteria for thematic programmes, the scope and rationale for the programmes envisaged and critical aspects of the management procedures foreseen.
The Monterrey Consensus reflected a number of critical commitments
""to address the challenges of financing for development around the world"". The EU defined its contribution to the FfD process in 8 explicit commitments.
Decentralised cooperation has been a material expression of the Community's political will to help partner countries' play an active role in the development process. The Commission submits an overall assessment of the operations.