The European Report on Development (ERD) is an independent research report, funded by the European Commission and several Member States (Finland, France, Germany and Luxembourg for the current 5th edition). It seeks to enhance the European perspective on development issues. The ERD initiative is also a way to strengthen the linkages between the European research community and policy-makers to promote research-informed policymaking.
The present edition of the ERD deals with financing and other means of implementation in the post-2015 context. Its publication and launch event are foreseen in Brussels next April. With the theme of ‘Implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda: Combining finance and policies’, the ERD provides a timely overview on one of the crucial topics for the international community at the moment.
Until September 2015, the world will be engaged in a global negotiation on an almost unprecedented scale, which is set to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal and ambitious agenda covering social, economic and environmental sustainability. The post-2015 agenda will need to be underpinned by a global partnership in which all actors will contribute their fair share to the achievement of the goals. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), which will take place in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) next July, will be devoted to this monumental task: to gather the necessary financial resources and other means of implementation to deliver the SDGs. This is why the topic of this year’s ERD is so timely and important. The report is seen as a research-based and independent contribution to further feed and stimulate this debate at the EU and global level.
The ERD focuses on the interaction between finance and policies to promote a transformative post-2015 agenda. It recognises the need for and sets out a new conceptual framework for thinking about development finance. The framework has four pillars: i) a transformative vision; ii) a focus on long-term enablers for sustainable change; iii) a review of all types of finance and iv) the role of policies to achieve the required social, economic and environmental transformations.
ECDPM’s James Mackie will make a presentation at this event.