Africa Conference - Africa and Europe Moving Forward - Evidence-based Solutions for African Development
会议地点: Lüneburg, Germany
In recent years, the African-European collaboration has been eventful. The challenges Africa faces, such as a low standard of living and a high rate of unemployment in some parts of the continent, also have implications for Europe. African and European experts from various disciplines and platforms increasingly deal with strategies to foster the development of the African continent.
In addition to collaborations on several large-scale projects (such as the Engineering Capacity Building Program and the Pan-African University Project), the G20 Africa Partnership and the “Africa Year 2017” represented another step toward an even closer African-European collaboration. There is great interest and necessity to develop effective solutions in order to reach a new quality of collaboration between Europe and Africa.
Against this background, the Leuphana University of Lueneburg and the GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies jointly hold the conference series ”Africa and Europe Moving Forward - Evidence-based Solutions for African Development”. The aim of this series is to establish a platform that deals with the challenges Africa and the European development cooperation face by applying evidence-based approaches. Evidence-based approaches, which are scientifically derived and empirically ground measures and interventions, offer a reliable foundation for effective development strategies, policies, programs, and projects. Furthermore, evidence-based approaches can be combined with existing approaches such as results-based approaches to contribute to a more efficient development cooperation.
Evidence-based approaches can make a significant contribution to a better African-European collaboration. Need for action exists on two levels. (1) Even though evidence-based approaches, especially “rigorous impact evaluations“, and the focus on measurable results have gained importance in the development cooperation, an insufficient exchange between science and practice persists (the “knowing-doing gap”). (2) While projects and programs are increasingly monitored scientifically, evidence-based approaches only play a minor role in important political and social fields.
The conference series aims to close these two gaps by considering varying topics concerning the African development and the role of development cooperation (such as economy, people’s needs, governance and partnerships).