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European Development Days 2018

5 June 2018
6 June 2018

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

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

This year’s edition will focus on gender with the theme ‘Women and girls at the forefront of sustainable development: protect, empower, invest’. Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of girls and women, promoting economic and social rights and empowerment of girls and women’, and strengthening girls’ and women’s voice and participation is crucial to achieve the Global Goals and ensure a better future to people and the planet.

ECDPM will be taking part in this two-day event in various ways. Here is how.

Changemakers’ breakfast

Wednesday 6 June, 8.15-9.30, L3 meeting room of the main Tours et Taxis Conference Centre.

The European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), of which ECDPM is a member, organises a high-level meeting for changemakers, where senior policy-makers, officials, researchers and NGO representatives will discuss the future of EU development cooperation. This year, the focus will be on proposals for the next Multiannual Financial Framework.
The recent European Commission proposal on the MFF was ambitious in proposing more money, new sources of revenue, re-ordered priorities, and an accelerated timetable to agree on the budget. As the negotiations commence, the breakfast will consider what the EU can do to ensure that the next budget will advance the sustainable development agenda, democracy, human rights and good governance.

By invitation only.

Want to know more? Please contact Elize Hefer at or Giulia Maci at

The hidden face of paradise: Transforming social norms to end violence in the Pacific

Wednesday 6 June, 9:00-10:15

In the Pacific, two-thirds of women are subject to domestic violence. Violence against women and girls is a central barrier to gender equality and a widespread violation of human rights across the Pacific. The speakers in this session outline how transforming the harmful social norms that drive violence against girls and women is crucial to reducing violence and achieving gender equality in the long-term. This needs to be accompanied by improved access to quality essential services for survivors.

ECDPM’s Meritxell Sayós Monràs will co-moderate this session.

Click here if you want to know more about this session.

ECDPM’s corner

On 5 and 6 June in the EDD2018 Global Village

The EDD’s Global Village offers numerous opportunities to discover, debate and exchange. Came by our ECDPM corner to meet our experts, who will be available for exchanges and interviews, or simply know more about our think tank.

We will also be filming a series of interviews with practitioners and experts from the field of sustainable development and international cooperation.

Do you want to get in touch with us either before or during the EDD2018? Contact Valeria Pintus at or write us on Twitter @ECDPM.

Our work on gender and development

This year’s topic at the EDD focuses on the interlinkages between gender issues, international cooperation, and development. At ECDPM, we are working on further integrating gender into our research – and beyond. In this dossier, you can take a look at our work on tracing the link between gender and development cooperation. Click on the dossier cover below to access it.

Photo courtesy of the European Commission.


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