Conditionality and the EU–ACP Partnership: A Misguided Approach to Development?
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2013, 00:00 authored by Andris Zimelis
The Cotonou Partnership between the states of Africa, the Caribbean and the Paciﬁc (ACP) and the European Union (EU) provides a case in which the human rights approach to development is being put into practice. Thisarticle uses the partnership to address broader questions regarding the effectiveness of the new approach to development. The EU–ACP partner-ship is innovative because it reﬂects the changing international consensus on development, but it is not clear if the norms used in the Cotonou Agreement have achieved the consensus needed to comprise any real shift in development policy. Moreover, it can be argued that what diminishes the efficacy of the human rights approach in the EU–ACP relationship is political conditionality as this mechanism may lead to interventions that are counter productive to the establishment of stable democracy.