Failure To Fly: Challenges and lessons learned from public-private partnerships in Tunisia


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Failure to Fly: Challenges and lessons learned from public-private partnerships in Tunisia

A major public-private partnership in Tunisia backed by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and other public institutions has turned out to be a failure. That's the finding of a new report co-authored by Eurodad and the Tunisian Observatory of Economy, which analyses the failures regarding the multi-million dollar Enfidha Airport project. The report also looks at Tunisia's experience of PPPs and evaluates the legal framework governing PPPs in the country.

Press release | Report in English |Report in French


Promoting governance innovation in sovereign debt restructurings: What are our options?

At the end of November, experts from Argentina and Europe met in Buenos Aires to discuss (1) how the new Argentine government can champion new initiatives on debt policy at the international level and (2) how innovative approaches could be pioneered locally in a (potential) new debt restructuring. The current situation is especially acute in Argentina after the country partly defaulted on sovereign debts. For more information, read our summary of the discussions.

Eurodad's recommendation ahead of the EU council's discussion of the paper on the Green New Deal

The new European Commission is sending a clear signal by tabling a “Green New Deal” within a month of its inception. But to be a true statement of intent rather than a mere public relations manoeuvre it must speak to the urgency for action. Equally, it must address the climate challenge in all its dimensions, not just environmental or economic, but the interconnected social and political dimensions as well. Related to this are three crucial tests to determine whether the detail will make or break the deal.

The AIIB must grab opportunity to tackle the climate crisis or risk falling far behind its peers

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) must urgently seize opportunities to safeguard its operations against climate change or else become exposed as a laggard in the multilateral lending sector. That's the message from Bank Information Center Europe in their new report, AIIB’s Climate Loopholes. The report analyses flaws in the AIIB’s operations and concludes they are fixable, as long as the bank shows the courage of its convictions to be a genuine “lean, clean and green” investor.

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CONCORD Europe - Talking Development Podcast - Episode 7

CONCORD's podcast was launched to coincide with a joint letter from CAN, EPLO, Eurodad and VOICE which was sent to the EU leaders prior to a European Council meeting on December 12-13. It was later co-signed by HRDN and ENoP. This episode 'The next EU budget concerns us all' features Eurodad Director Jean Saldanha.

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