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From conflict resources to sustainable development
Jan Cappelle, July 2008

Memorandum by Fatal Transactions on the European Union's contribution to natural resource management in Africa
This Memorandum looks specifically at the European Commission's contribution to a sustainable exploitation of natural resources in Africa and a sustainable supply chain. It also assesses its approach on conflict resources. The paper provides an analysis of the Commission's trade policy, development cooperation, foreign and security policy, cooperation under bilateral and multilateral agreements, humanitarian aid and financial assistance. It also takes a look at the Commission's view on integrating and implementing external actions in its internal policies (e.g. energy and environment) in order to promote a sustainable management of natural resources abroad. The geographical focus of the research is Sub-Saharan Africa, given that the European Union is the world's largest donor in Africa and is the continent's most important economic and trade partner.


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