logo UvT
Endowed Chair of Marga Klompé
International Social Responsibility

Poor Countries Shedding the Yoke of Marginalization

mirjamIn an article published by IDN-InDepthNews on 4 August, Prof Mirjam van Reisen, EU External Policy Expert, discusses what the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) can do to claim a stronger voice in global governance.

The ACP is currently exploring new relationships in order to claim its rightful position in global institutions and act as a spokesperson for the world's poor and less powerful nations. According to Mirjam van Reisen, one of the ways for the ACP Group to gain more independence is by exploring cooperation outside the traditional scope of partners, of which the European Union (EU) is one. The most significant recent development is the ACP's exploration of potential partnerships with China, other Asian Tigers and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

Read more: Poor Countries Shedding the Yoke of Marginalization

The Role of Women in Post-Conflict Transformation in the Horn of Africa: A Case Study of Eritrea

Prof.  Mirjam van Reisen and Daniel R. Mekonnen examine in this paper  the relationship between gender and traditional and modern conceptions of gender identities during the war and the subsequent regression to submissive gender roles for women in the period of independence. “What has gone wrong” is the question to be answered in this paper.

The paper is submitted to the 10th Annual International Conference held between 23-25 September 2011 in Lund, Sweden.

Click here to download the paper  

Special Report: the future of the ACP-EU Relationship

Can you think of a group of almost half of the countries in the world that delivers crucial commodities and does not have a real say in global governance? Well, it exists. And the group now wants to be heard.

The-BrokerThe future of the largest inter-regional cooperation between the EU and the ACP states in the world remains uncertain; The EU is like an old man sailing uncertain seas, is sending signals that it might not extend The ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement. However, schemes of international cooperation are changing rapidly and the question is not necessarily whether the EU wants to extend the treaty but whether the ACP really needs the EU.Trading with non-EU countries might prove more tempting than receiving aid from Europe. And being more independent, ACP countries feel, strengthens their presence in global governance.

In the Special Report published by the Broker entitled "The old man and the seas — The future of EU-ACP relations"', Prof Mirjam van Reisen, EU External Policy Expert, discusses the future of the ACP and its relationship with the European Union.

Within the report, Prof van Reisen explores and examines the future of the ACP-EU relationship in the context of the ACP’s effort to establish a presence in global governance; the ACP's opportunities to become a stronger, more independent group; and the new relationships the ACP is building with the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and other emerging economies.

Click here to download the Special Report from the Broker website.

Religious Persecution in Eritrea and the role of the European Union in tackling the challenge


From the 21th to the 25th of June 2011, senior and emerging scholars from political science and international relations are invited to discuss the nexus of religion, gender, identity, human rights and politics at the European Science Foundation Conference (ESF-LiU) in Sweden (Scandic Linköping Vast). The conference entitled “Religion, Gender and Human Rights: Challenges for Multicultural and Democratic Societies” gathers many scholar across disciplines to fill a gap in current literature on religion, politics and society, which tends to ignore or treat as secondary the gendered dimensions of these developments.

During the conference, the paper “Religious Persecution in Eritrea and the role of the European Union in tackling the challenge” written by Doctor Daniel R Mekonnen and Professor Mirjam van Reisen was successfully presented and warmly received.

Click here to download the paper - “Religious Persecution in Eritrea and the role of the European Union in tackling the challenge” (bibliography)

Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation of the paper.

High-level Conferences on South-South Cooperation

Prof. Mirjam van Reisen attended high-level conferences in the Dutch Parliament on 30 May and in the European parliament on 31 May on "Organising Inclusive Ownership - The EU's Structured Dialogue to strenghten cooperation with Non State Actors in the South.

Conference in the Dutch Parliament - 30 May

Click here to read the EEPA Press Release "Can the European Union learn from Dutch development aid successes? High-level conference in the Parliament looked at new ways of development cooperation"

Click here for photos on the Conference.

Conference in the European parliament - 31 May

The conference, hosted by MEP Thijs Berman, brought together Costa Rican Foreign Minister René Castro, the Director of Direction F ‘Thematic operations’ of the EuropeAid Development and Cooperation, Aristotelis Bouratsis, members of the European Parliament and senior representatives from Non Governmental Organizations.

Click here to read full article on the conference.

Click here to read the EEPA Press Release "How inclusive ownership and South-South Cooperation could boost EU development aid."

Click here for photos on the Conference

Click here for the Media response to the conferences.