What the EU should do for Democracy Support in Africa: Ten Proposals for a new Strategic Initiative in Times of Polarisation

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Posted Sep 28, 2020 | German Development Institute

Since 2002, the EU has made support for democracy a stronger aspect of its relations with African countries. However, political and economic dynamics within and outside Europe now challenge democracy and its supporters, meaning that the EU will need to adjust its strategic approach and instruments. In their discussion paper for the German Development Institute, Christine Hackenesch, Julia Leininger and Karina Mross discuss societal demands in Africa and regional democracy norms, the relationship between democracy and sustainable development, and geostrategic competition from non-democratic countries such as China. They conclude by making ten reform proposals for EU’s support for democracy in Africa.



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