Business Briefs


European Development Policy:
From Lomé to Cotonou and Beyond

The European Union has, for over thirty years, regarded itself as a global leader in international development efforts. Based on the historical connection between many European countries and the developing world, the EU has adopted a specific development model founded on non-reciprocal trade concessions and largely unconditional development assistance. However, a change in development thinking during the 1990s and increased pressure from the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) led to a branch-and-root reform of European development policies in 2000. This brief seeks to trace recent changes in European development polices and to assess their effectiveness in the new international environment.

  • EU Development in the Past: The Lomé Model
  • Reconstituting EU Development Policy: The Cotonou Convention
  • EU Development Policy in the Post-Cotonou Era
  • Conclusion: The Future of EU Development Policy

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