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European Development Days 2016

15 June 2016
16 June 2016

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The European Development Days (EDD) are Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation.

Organised by the European Commission, the forum brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The tenth edition of the European Development Days will take place in Brussels on 15-16th June 2016 and will focus on the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, making it one of the very first major conferences dedicated to the issue.

The programme includes over 120 sessions including high-level discussions, debates, brainstorming sessions and press conferences, providing the opportunity to hear from global leaders, visionaries and leading experts on development cooperation while networking with professionals from around the world.

ECDPM at the European Development Days


Also this year ECDPM will be present at the European Development Days. We’re co-organising several panel sessions and stands at the EDD Village.


The development & trade link and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Wednesday 15 June, 14:00 to 15:30

Trade can be a powerful engine for development, not only economically, but also as factor of fair, inclusive and sustainable growth. In a context where global value chains, trade, investment and other market forces are more than ever main drivers for economic growth, the challenge for international cooperation is to help to unlock full developmental potential of these drivers. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges both aid and trade as means of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. In October 2015, the European Union adopted its new trade policy, which promotes EU values of social and environmental sustainability together with economic development, both in the EU and its partners, in particular developing countries. As the EU and its Member States begin revising their 2007 joint Aid for Trade Strategy, the challenge in the years to come will be to articulate and use both aid and trade more strategically to leverage impact.

ECDPM’s San Bilal will moderate this session.

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A strategy for culture in EU external relations and development policies

Wednesday 15 June, 14:15 to 15:30

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy are working on a strategy for enhancing the role of culture in EU external relations, which is expected to be adopted in May 2016.

In the field of development policy, the EU commits to support local cultural production as well as to assist partner countries in developing modern and inclusive cultural policies. National ownership and the involvement of local authorities are essential. For this reason, the strategy envisages an enhanced role for European Commission Delegations to ensure that interventions are tailored to local needs.

In this session, the new strategy will be presented and discussed with experts and with the audience.

ECDPM’s Damien Helly will moderate this session.

The debate clusters with other culture-themed events and a related stand in the EDD Village, which is organised by seven partner organisations, including ECDPM.

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Climate and development – Implementing the Paris Agreement

Wednesday 15 June, 16:00 to 17:30

Together with the other members of the European Think Tanks Group (DIE, ODI and IDDRI), the Climate & Development Knowledge Network and the European Commission, we will discuss best practices to jump-start the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The European Think Tanks Group is also organising a stand on climate and development.

Speakers include Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador for climate change and Minister of Foreign Affairs in France; Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank; Miguel Arias Canete, EU Climate Action & Energy Commissioner; Patrick Ignatius Gomes, Secretary General of the ACP Group; and Teresa Ribera, Director of the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales. Simon Maxwell, Chair of the European Think Tanks Group, will moderate the debate.

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EU support to research and innovation for development

Wednesday 15 June, 17:45 to 19:00

Together with Particip and the European Commission, we will present the findings of a recent independent evaluation of EU co-operation for research and innovation in four sectors. The session is moderated by Philippe Loop, Head of the Evaluation Unit, DG Development and International Cooperation, European Commission.

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Fair taxation for sustainable development: Making EU tax policies work for developing countries

Wednesday 15 June, 17:45 to 19:00

The International Monetary Fund estimates that developing countries may be losing as much as US$200 billion a year to tax avoidance. This is more than these countries receive in Official Development Assistance. Corporate tax avoidance is a major challenge for national budgets in high-ncome countries, but an even greater problem in developing countries, which rely more heavily on corporate tax revenue. Curbing corporate tax avoidance is a key to ensure sustainable and democratic funding of the long-term fight against poverty and inequality – and the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals. The problem of tax avoidance has been high on the political agenda in the EU and beyond, but are European countries doing enough to effectively address the issue here at home and in developing countries?

ECDPM’s San Bilal will speak at this session.

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Change-makers’ breakfast

Thursday 16 June, 07:45 to 09:00

By invitation only

This event is jointly organised with DEVCO (European Commission) and is part of the consultations on the review of the European Consensus on Development.

The European Think-Tanks Group (ETTG) is inviting senior policy-makers, officials, researchers and NGO representatives, for an informal but strategic discussion on European development cooperation. This year, we expect the main focus to be on the overall political context, and specifically on the important process likely to be underway to revise the European Consensus on Development. We hope to be joined by a number of European and global VIPs who will be attending the EDDs.

Want to know more? Contact Laura Dominguez

Le Fonds Bêkou : agriculture et résilience dans le contexte de la Centrafrique

Jeudi 16 juin, 11h00 – 12h15

Thématiques abordées :

  • Bêkou instrument dédié à la résilience.
  • Le fonds Bakou basé sur les partenariats (authorités nationales, ONG, FAO).
  • Les « Caisses de résilience », appuyé par la FAO, appuient; les producteurs à trois niveaux : technique, financier et social. Cette approche s’applique en particulier dans un contexte de post-urgence.
  • Action basée sur le résultat, l’appui à la campagne agricole de 2015 à bénéficié à preès de 20.000 ménages et 28.121 houes ainsi que 200 tonnes de semences ont ainsi pu être distribuées.

Damien Helly de l’ECDPM sera le modérateur de cette session.

Pour en savoir plus

How can Aid for Trade contribute to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals?

Thursday 16 June, 11:00 to 12:15

Trade is acknowledged as an engine for inclusive economic growth and reducing poverty. However, many small producers in developing countries face obstacles that constrain their ability to trade locally or to participate in global supply chains. Within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supporting small producers to trade can considerably contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Aid for Trade can play an important role by helping to construct sustainable supply chains and promoting inclusive local economic development in the South.

ECDPM’s Kathleen van Hove will moderate this session.

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From words to actions: Innovative solutions to make the Sustainable Development Goals work by engaging the private sector

Thursday 16 June, 11:30 to 13:00

The private sector provides about 90% of employment, lies at the heart of our economic system and is key for sustainable growth and prosperity. It plays multiple roles as a producer, investor, trader, innovator, technology provider, financier and services provider. Investments required to achieve the SDGs range from $1.6 to 2.8 trillion p.a. (WRI 2014), a job only possible together with the private sector. This HLP will bring top participants to discuss successful ways of engaging the private sector to contribute to wealth/job creation and sustainable production. Sub-topics are social impact and diaspora investments, connectivity, industrialization, innovation, infrastructure, entrepreneurship, sustainability in value chains, natural capital conservation, and jobs.

ECDPM’s San Bilal will moderate this session.

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Investment in fragile states: Who should adapt – investors or countries?

Thursday 16 June, 14:45 to 16:00

The role of the private sector in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS) is emphasized in the World Development Report (2011, 2013). Private sector investment in FCS plays a key role to create employment and bring about greater impact in these countries. Yet, investing in FCS is highly complex and challenging. Three out of five FCS tend to fall back into conflict or crisis within five years after the end of a violent conflict. Should the post-conflict countries adopt international norms, standards and behaviors before the investors come? Or, should the investors adapt for realities in FCS? What should we do differently to increase investment in African FCS to contribute to sustainable economic and social development?

A debate on ways to effectively promote sustainable investment in FCS, as a means to respond to fragility, and its expected contribution towards these countries’ development agendas is extremely relevant for the EDD audience, considering the ongoing focus on FCS and the current refugee crisis. The session will put forward a few ideas and seek diverse views from panelists representing NGOs, the private sector and donor partners.

ECDPM’s San Bilal will moderate this session.

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Sharing knowledge in development organizations: Making communities practice work

Thursday 16 June, 14:45 to 16:00

Large development organisations face common knowledge-sharing challenges. Many have embraced Communities of Practice (CoPs), which connect practitioners around a topic or theme of common interest. CoPs can be an effective bridge across organisations and beyond, providing spaces for knowledge dissemination, exchange of ideas and problem solving. No ‘one-size-fits-all’ exists, but there is much to learn from others about operational, strategic or technological issues. This session will develop concrete ideas, innovative solutions and practical how-to’s on building, sustaining and growing CoPs.

ECDPM’s Ivan Kulis will speak at this session.

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Cross-cutting TopicsEuropean Development Days (EDDs)International RelationsSustainable Development Goals