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European Development Days: Interview ECDPM experts on international cooperation


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The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has packed its equipment and, most of all, its experience in the field of development and international cooperation to bring to the European Development Days (EDDs), Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation taking place on 15-16 June.

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. ECDPM is co-organising several panel sessions and stands at the EDD Village and our experts will be moderating several discussions, in line with our focus of interest and research.

ECDPM at the #EDD16: our programme

On Wednesday 15 June, San Bilal will moderate a session on the link between trade and development in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development. On the same day and at the same time, Damien Helly, who has been heavily involved in the issue of culture in the #EUGlobalStrategy, will moderate a panel on the topic. You’ll also find him at our related stand in the EDD Global Village.

ECDPM has been looking at the issue of climate and development and during the EDDs an impressive group of panelists will talk about implementing the Paris Agreement. This panel is moderated by Simon Maxwell, Chair of the European Think Tanks Group, of which ECDPM is a member. Our second stand at the EDD Global Village will evolve around this topic – come visit our experts there. On the same day, we will be present and moderate more panels related to the EU support to research and innovation for development and fair taxation for sustainable development.

Our Thursday morning will start with a Change Maker’s Breakfast, co-organised with the European Commission’s DG DEVCO, on the review of the European Consensus for Development, followed by a mid-morning panel on Agriculture and the Bêkou Fund (in French only) featuring Damien Helly as a moderator once again. Kathleen van Hove will be moderating the session on How can Aid for Trade contribute to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals?. For those interested in the private sector, we recommend the session on Innovative solutions to make the Sustainable Development Goals work by engaging the private sector moderated by San Bilal and, later on, to join the debate on investing in fragile states: Who should adapt – investors or countries? Last but not least, Ivan Kulis will speak at the session about Sharing knowledge in development organizations: Making communities practice work.

ECDPM engages in exchanging ideas and opinions

Just like every year, we will be conducting interviews where our experts debate and exchange ideas with other important personalities in the development sector.The EDDs are a unique opportunity, a cornucopia of knowledge and ideas and this is why we will be actively seeking for collecting as many opinions as possible.

Interview ECDPM experts

If you will be at the European Development Days and you wish to interview one of our experts, please contact our Head of Communications Melissa Julian at or +32 (0) 473 28 11 65, or send us a tweet @ecdpm. Do not hesitate to come join our panel discussions and our stands: we look forward to seeing you there!

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