The ACP Group and the EU Development Partnership

Beyond the North-South Debate

  • Annita Montoute
  • Kudrat Virk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Historical Foundations of the ACP-EU Relationship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Annita Montoute
      Pages 3-32
  3. An Anatomy of the ACP-EU Relationship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Norman Girvan†, Annita Montoute
      Pages 79-110
  4. ACP Experiences with the Economic Partnership Agreements

  5. Other Key Issues in the ACP-EU Relationship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Anna Knoll
      Pages 235-261
    3. Keith Nurse, Ramona Ruggeri
      Pages 263-287
  6. Looking Ahead

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 359-380

About this book


This book is a systematic and critical assessment of the nature, evolution, and prospects of the development partnership between the 79-member African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group of states and the 28-member European Union (EU). This partnership – the most comprehensive of its kind – remains an important framework for addressing development challenges in the ACP regions. But, in order to sustain its relevance and effectiveness, it needs to adapt to an evolving global order characterised by the rise of new powers in the global South such as China, India, and Brazil, as well as internal developments in both the ACP and the EU. This is crucial for the ACP group, in particular, given its core focus on development cooperation with Europe. The authors in this volume examine the history of the ACP-EU partnership since 1975; the EU’s relationship with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific regions individually; ACP experiences with economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with the EU; and new political issues such as security, migration, and diasporas. Shedding light on the future prospects of this partnership, this book will be of interest to both scholars and policymakers working on ACP-EU relations and related development issues, including trade, aid, security, and migration.


African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group European Union Development Cooperation Political Economy Migration Diaspora

Editors and affiliations

  • Annita Montoute
    • 1
  • Kudrat Virk
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of International RelationsThe University of the West IndiesSt AugustinesJamaica
  2. 2.Centre for Conflict ResolutionCape TownSouth Africa

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