Human rights based approach to development: Danish Minister Friis Bach talks to ECDPM, Weekly Compass, No 150, 7 June 2013
“By taking a broad set of human rights, you can actually reach out to all countries” says Christian Friis Bach, Minister for Development. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the European Commission and the European External Action Service, organised a seminar in Brussels on 3 June on applying a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to development in line with the Agenda for Change and the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy. There is not yet a full consensus as to what a “HRBA in EU development cooperation and programming” really implies in practice. For example, how do you implement it in countries where aid holds no sway? ECDPM’s Geert Laporte questions Minister Friis Bach, who is one of the architects of the HRBA approach.
Six ‘spaces to watch’ for future EU development assistance, Weekly Compass, No 150, 7 June 2013
With the EU budget almost agreed, it’s time to focus on the ‘how’ rather than the ‘how much’ for EU development assistance. ECDPM’s Florian Krätke looks at what steps the EU has taken to future-proof its development policy and practice for 2014-2020 and beyond. Recent development of six initiatives are explored that could enhance the EU’s future cooperation efforts including differentiation of developing countries, blending development assistance and private funds, and its position on the post-2015 global development framework. He finds that the EU seems committed to improving the effectiveness of its ODA but retains a traditional ‘aid logic’. Nevertheless, these initiatives allow policy-makers and practitioners to shape EU development cooperation for the future.
EU development aid: where to and what for? Weekly Compass, No 149, 31 May 2013
In this ECDPM video filmed on the fringes of ECDPM’s Board and eminent persons meeting around the future of EU-Africa relations, Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General at the European Commission, talks about where and how EU development assistance should be targeted. He says money should be given to those countries most in need, and that other forms of development initiatives – such as domestic resource mobilisation – should be used in upper-middle income countries. Development assistance is “seed money to drive processes, to promote reform and to assist the country in implementing those reforms.” He says that the Commission will “produce a policy document – before the summer – showing the relative contribution and importance of the various sources of financing”.
Looking at food security through the PCD lens, Weekly Compass, No 148, 24 May 2013
The global food crisis affects around 8.5 million people in developing countries. To address the challenges of food security, a more proactive approach to Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) is needed according to a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The report outlines ways in which OECD countries can reform their policies to improve coherence and address the structural conditions that constrain development and growth, such as barriers to trade and markets. It also identifies areas where coordinated action at the global level can improve PCD efforts.
This article was published in Great Insights Volume 2, Issue 5 (July-August 2013)