2015 is labeled European Year for Development. It is thus an opportunity to raise awareness for development issues across Europe and also to examine what has been reached and which challenges remain. The year 2015 equally marks the deadline for the first set of Millennium Development Goals while the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda is still under negotiation among the international community. The new framework is supposed to be inclusive and universal and shall address all three aspects of development: economic, social and ecological.
The European Parliament is doing a commited job in holding the stake for human rights and democratic values while European development cooperation also puts good governance high on its agenda. The Conclusions of 16 December 2014 of the Council of the European Union state: “The new agenda must be people-centred, based on human rights, and combat discrimination, including gender inequality and gender based violence. It should address the structural causes of poverty, inequality and violence including by strengthening effective inclusive and democratic institutions, good governance and rule of law.”
The promotion of democratic institutions, good governance and rule of law is also a core competency of Political Foundations, which are long-standing actors in development cooperation. Sustainable development and poverty eradication require peace and security, and vice-versa, which are especially at risk in fragile states.
This debate seeks to cast a look into 2015 and to discuss the role of good governance and rule of law for the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda with representatives from European institutions, from countries of the South and civil society.
ECDPM’s Damien Helly will sit on the panel.