Workshop - 22 March 2011

22 March 2011 Brazil and the EU: New Opportunities for Development Cooperation in Third Countries, Brussels, Belgium

Final EDC 2020 Event: Shaping Europe's Global Role

10 February 2011, Brussels, Belgium

The Final EDC 2020 event took place in Brussels. The project's work package leaders presented their results and discussed them with a panel of experts and policy makers.

Briefing to Parliamentarians: Post-Lisbon implications for European Development Cooperation.

Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, gave a keynote speech at the last EDC 2020 Briefing to Parliamentarians.

9 February 2011, Brussels, Belgium

Listen to the keynote, read highlights from the debate and see the key EDC 2020 results on energy security and development

EDC2020 Briefing to Parliamentarians and Policy-Makers

23 March 2010, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155 Brussels/ Belgium

Post Copenhagen: Practical Consequences for Europe 

Launch Event in Germany of the European Report on Development

10 November 2009, Bonn/Germany 

Title: 'Overcoming Fragility in Africa: Forging a new European Approach'

Panel at the European Development Days 2009 - 'Development Beyond 2015'

22 October 2009, 14:15 - 16:15, Stokholm/Sweden

Title: 'Development Beyond 2015, the future of European development cooperation'

Policy Forum

27 May 2009, 10 am - 5 pm, Residence Palace, Brussels / Belgium

Title: "Fighting the global recession's storm: Implications for European development co-operation"

The European Commission has predicted that Europe, a key player in development co-operation, will face a deep and wide ranging recession this year, with economic activity in the 16 member Eurozone set to shrink by 1.9 percent as a result of the world’s worst economic crisis since World War II. Certainly, the global economic crisis is bound to have a major impact on developing countries: Will aid budgets fall victim to economic downturn? How will the economic downturn affect public support for development co-operation? What are the implications for developing countries in terms of trade and financial flows? What lessons can we learn from this crisis?

EDC2020 Special Session at the 7th IHDP Open Meeting 2009

30 April 2009, 11.00 - 12.30, World Conference Centre, Bonn/Germany

Title: Financing adaptation to climate change: What is Europe’s role?

Adaptation to climate change is an inevitable challenge, especially in developing countries. Recent calculations have shown that costs of adaptation and corresponding needs for financial support could be of the order of $80 billion per year in the next decade – a huge figure when compared to existing development cooperation finance.

How to meet the financial challenge of climate change is therefore one of the most pressing problems for the international community, and particularly for developed countries which have historically contributed most to the problem. Where should such finance be sourced from? And how can it best be delivered and sustained?

Chair: Imme Scholz, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


22 April 2009, 10.30-16.30, Residence Palace, Brussels / Belgium

Title: "European development co-operation to 2020: Can Europe meet climate change challenges for development co-operation?"

Two key challenges face European countries in their efforts to support developing countries respond to climate change. First, is the issue of how to raise and provide the necessary finance for such actions; and second, how to ensure coordination, complementarity and coherence between different Member States’ efforts and different department, i.e. environment and development. Overcoming these interlinked issues is crucial to laying the foundations for a future climate change regime that is effective and sustainable in the long run. It is part of a series of activities on this theme and the outcomes will help to shape further dialogue and research on these issues over the next two years.


12 March 2009, 9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., Madrid / Spain

Title: "Energy, Democracy and Development: the case of Africa"

This seminar, convened by FRIDE, aims to examine the links between European polices on development co-operation, energy security and the promotion of good governance.


10 March 2009, 4 pm - 6 pm, Haus der Geschichte - Saal, Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, 53113 Bonn/Germany.

Title: "The impact of the financial and economic crisis on global development: What's the envisaged (leadership) role for Europe?"

For months, the financial and economic crisis is dominating the national and international agenda. The impacts on industrial countries were topping the agenda at the beginning of the public debate. But at the first global Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy in November 2008, the issue was discussed by the G20 – and not anymore by the G7 as was the case in the past. Previous to the summit, strong expectations arose: Europe was expected to take a leading role to handle the crisis. 

Scenario Planning Workshop

12-13 February 2009, Bonn/Germany

Title: "Challenges for European Development Cooperation Toward 2030"

On February 12 and 13, 2009, the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), in association with EADI and the EDC 2020 research programme, will host a workshop that aims to identify and assess the key forces that will shape the landscape that European development policy will have to respond to in the future.

EDC2020 Panel at the European Development Days 2008

16 November 2008, 2 pm - 4 pm, Strasbourg/France

Title: The impact of “emerging powers” on governance in partner countries

The increasing activities of non-DAC development partners – often called: “new donors” – are an opportunity for global prospects and pose a challenge at the same time. While being a chance for additional funding and investments, the increasing international role of actors like China or India poses challenges to partner countries in coordination. They are also of interest to traditional DAC-donors, as “new kids on the block” challenge donors’ approaches. And thirdly, organising the international partnership is a challenge for the non-DAC actors themselves, who are often engaged a various levels of state.

This event will present and discuss recent research of the EDC2020 project.

Chair: Sven Grimm, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

EDC2020 Briefing to Parliamentarians and Policy-Makers

29 October 2008, 1.30 - 4.30 pm, Residence Palace, Brussels / Belgium

Title: The EU, Africa and China: opportunities and challenges of a trilateral cooperation

The European Commission has scheduled a communication on "The EU, Africa and China: Towards a trilateral dialogue and cooperation on peace, stability and sustainable development" to come out on 15 October 2008. Together with our panelists we will discuss this communication as well as the question which further opportunities and challenges occur and what they imply for political decision-making, policy-making and research.


3 October 2008, 9.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m., Madrid / Spain

Title: "Energy, Democracy and Development: the case of the Middle East and North Africa"

This seminar, convened by FRIDE, aims to examine the links between European polices on development co-operation, energy security and the promotion of good governance.

EDC2020 panel at the 12th EADI General Conference

27 June, 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m., Geneva/Switzerland

Title: European Development Co-operation to 2020. Emerging Issues for Europe's Development Policy-making

This is an important moment in the history of Europe's relations with developing countries. New issues are emerging which are interconnected and of global nature. Three major issues are highly discussed: emerging players, energy security and climate change:

  1. International relations are undergoing profound change with newly emerging powers entering the scene. This has potentially radical effects on international development policy.
  2. Energy security has shot to the top of Europe's foreign policy agenda. A plethora of new energy partnerships has been or is being put in place, from Africa, through the Middle East, to Central Asia. Policy-makers in Brussels acknowledge that a key 'emerging need' is a better understanding of the relationship between energy imperatives on the one hand, and policies related to development, good governance and democracy promotion on the other hand.
  3. Climate change is rising rapidly up in many donors' agendas but there has so far been little systematic work done on climate change and European development policy. The intersection between the development policy and new issues such as climate change, emerging powers and energy security has become increasingly complex.

In this session the following speakers will present and discuss how this intersection will shape the future of Europe's policies towards developing countries:
Sven Grimm, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn/Germany
John Humphrey, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton/UK
Garth le Pere, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), Braamfontein/South Africa

Chair: Nadarajah  Shanmugaratnam, Department of International Environment and Development Studies - Norwegian University of Life Science (NORAGRIC)

Read more about the EADI General Conference 2008 at

EDC2020 project launch conference in Brussels

2 June, Residence Palace, Brussels

The kick-off conference will look at issues ranging from new actors in international development to energy security, democracy and political development, European development policy and climate change.

  • What effects will emerging actors such as China, India and Brazil have on European thinking about aid instruments, modalities and organisation of the European aid system?
  • What might climate change mean for current and future  policies in areas such as agriculture, trade, disasters and risk reduction and humanitarian assistance?
  • Is the energy security imperative driving a heightened focus on development or undermining the latter?

The conference is particularly intended to facilitate interaction between researchers, policymakers and practitioners.

Final agenda