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Current dilemmas in aid architecture: Actors and instruments, aid orphans and climate change

Policy Management Report 16

December 2008

Corre, G., Mackie, J., Trenner, S. 2008. Current dilemmas in aid architecture: Actors and instruments, aid orphans and climate change. (Policy Management Report 16). Maastricht: ECDPM.

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The French Presidency of the European Union organised an Informal Meeting of European Development Ministers in Bordeaux, France on 29 and 30 September as part of a specific context in relation to international collective reflection on aid effectiveness and development financing. For this event, the French Presidency of the European Union asked the ECDPM to draw up a framework document on European aid architecture and on how best to deploy actors and European aid instruments in the face of global challenges. The present document also returns to the issue of ‘aid orphans’ and how best to respond to their needs, particularly through the implementation of the EU Code of Conduct on Complementarity and Division of Labour in Development Policy. Lastly, a brief case study allows for the concise introduction of several factors relating to climate change.

How can development stakeholders and European aid instruments be better organised in the face of current global challenges?

Aid architecture, which one can define as all the players, instruments and strategic or political frameworks governing aid development and implementation destined for developing countries, is gradually becoming more and more complex.

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Gwénaëlle Corre

Sebastian Trenner