ECDPM Work Plan for 2010-2011

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    Development policy is at a crossroads globally. Three major trends are working to irreversibly change the way development is done: First, development is being progressively drawn into a widening agenda for international cooperation on “global concerns”. Second, the global financial crisis continues to severely affect the social, economic and ecological prospects of developing countries and has put on edge the capacity of major industrialised countries to find fresh money to support their various global commitments. Third, in today’s multi-polar world international relations are being set within a framework of growing opportunities for regional integration.

    ECDPM was among the first to recognise the rapidly evolving global development agenda. Without closing its eyes to the possible risks, as a broker it confronted the challenges head on. In July 2009 a mid-term review was done of the ECDPM Strategy 2007-11, as a result of which the Centre decided to introduce a number of changes. It will continue to build upon its long-term strategy, its and trade cooperation, development policy and international relations, and governance. But within that framework ECDPM has realigned its work to reflect developments in the global agenda, taking into account the changing roles of the European Union and the ACP, and their respective member states.

    ECDPM management sticks to its overall objectives and its commitment to improve strategic focus, effectiveness and impact; to guarantee operational independence as a foundation and to strengthen and intensify partnerships with policy actors in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

    In order to adequately and systematically address the thematic issues of climate change and the political economy of regional integration, the Centre will seek to reorient and reinforce itself. At the beginning of 2010, the Centre will evaluate its Centre-wide efforts on capacity and institutional development and knowledge for development. Continuation will depend upon outcomes during the first year(s) of implementation.

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