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> Investing in women's economic resilience & social wellbeing: Rethinking the role of private sector development in Africa

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supported by Nestlé

Part of the 'Africa Rising? Building Africa's Productive Capacity for Inclusive Growth' series

In a series of Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) roundtable discussions - supported by Nestlé - the FPC seeks to explore how business can play a more constructive role in building resilience to improve women's economic and social wellbeing across Africa. The proposed series of roundtable discussions come at a time when global development priorities are being reshaped and redefined in the wake of a post-2015 UN Millennium Development Goals' agenda. In addition, 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. This resolution promotes the importance of women in building peace and security in states affected by conflict. All this is coupled with the fact that the global economic recovery remains fragile. Existing inequality and insecurity disproportionately affects women, and has been compounded by the unprecedented global economic crisis, on-going austerity and mounting uncertainty. These conditions present very real challenges for public spending dedicated to development. As such, understanding the development transformation role played by business and enterprise has become increasingly important.

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> Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership- Edinburgh Seminar

Date: Thursday 26th February, 2015

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Venue: St Giles Suite, Radisson Blu Hotel, Royal Mile, 80 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TH


  • Christina McKelvie MSP, Convenor, European and External Relations Committee, Scottish Parliament
  • David Martin MEP, European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights
  • Dr Carmen Gebhard, Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Rick Fawn, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Chair: Adam Hug, Foreign Policy Centre

This Edinburgh event for the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Office in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, will take stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The issue of the EU's role in the region and the influence of the Russian-led alternative the Eurasian Economic Union have been at the heart of major geo-political upheaval in the region. The decision by Ukraine's then President Yanukovych to reject Eastern Partnership under pressure from Russia in the summer of 2013 lit the spark for the dramatic subsequent events in, while Armenia's made a similar switch under Russian pressure ahead of the key November 2013 Vilnius summit. The event will look at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa reform, funding for reform projects and political engagement. The event will examine both the EU's objectives in the region and how Europe is perceived by the countries themselves, along with how the domestic political situation in EU member states (most notably the UK) and Eastern Partner Countries shapes the relationship.

The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to