Klaas Walraven, Henning Melber, Andreas Mehler's Africa Yearbook: Politics, Economy and Society South of the PDF

By Klaas Walraven, Henning Melber, Andreas Mehler

ISBN-10: 9004168052

ISBN-13: 9789004168053

"The Africa Yearbook" covers significant family political advancements, the overseas coverage and socio-economic traits in sub-Sahara Africa - all regarding advancements in a single calendar yr. The Yearbook includes articles on all sub-Saharan states, all of the 4 sub-regions (West, relevant, jap, Southern Africa) targeting significant cross-border advancements and sub-regional agencies in addition to one article on continental advancements and one on European-African relatives. whereas the articles have thorough educational caliber, the Yearbook is principally orientated to the necessities of a giant diversity of goal teams: scholars, politicians, diplomats, directors, reporters, lecturers, practitioners within the box of improvement relief in addition to enterprise humans.

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Refugees At the beginning of the year, the longstanding refugee crisis in the Great Lakes region had eased after tens of thousands of people had returned home in 2006. However, serious challenges remained in what was now a complex two-way pattern of movement. The biggest UNHCR operation in the region remained in the DR Congo, where the agency helped more than 26,000 Congolese returnees as well as over 13,000 of the nearly 220,000 refugees sheltered there to return to neighbouring countries. A draft tripartite repatriation agreement between UNHCR, DR Congo and Burundi was struck to formalise the repatriation process.

He was accompanied by Germany’s minister of cooperation and development, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Africa from 4–7 October on a trip that included the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, a state visit to South Africa and a stopover in Liberia (4–7 October). As head of the G8, Merkel acknowledged the positive developments that had occurred since the creation of the AU, highlighted Germany’s interests in a ‘partnership for reforms’ with the continent and reconfirmed the G8’s commitments to Africa.

These changes in Africa’s global importance had an impact on European-African relations by increasing the policy space available to African leaders. Pressure was mounting on Europe to (re)direct its policies. Africa and the EU signed a strategic partnership covering a range of topics, which were enshrined in an action plan. The topics included, among others, foreign and security policy, governance, development, climate change and cultural cooperation. These topics came as no surprise and differences remained in a number of areas.

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