The Review of the European External Action Service: a commentary on the report Raphaëlle Faure, Mikaela Gavas and Simon Maxwell provides commentary on the EEAS Review, published in July 2013.

Conference Report: EU development cooperaton – Where have we got to? What’s next? The report on the EU Change-makers conference held at ODI in London on 24 and 25 June 2013.

Scientific or political? Options for the 11th European Development Fund allocation methods In this ODI background paper, Mira Markova explores the possible approaches the EC could take to determine the 11th EDF aid allocations.

EU Development Cooperation in fragile states: Challenges and Opportunities In this study for the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for External Policies, Mikaela Gavas, Fiona Davies and Alastair McKechnie analyses the strengths and weaknesses of current EU engagement in fragile states.

What future for EU development cooperation in middle-income countries? The state of play of negotiations between EU institutions In this Bond background note, Sian Herbert provides an overview of the state of play of negotiations on differentiation, with a focus on the Development Cooperation Instrument and the European Development Fund.

The future of EU aid in middle-income countries. The case of South Africa. In this ODI Working Paper, Sian Herbert focusses the differentiation debate on South Africa.

Implementing the European Union gender action plan 2010-2015: challenges and opportunities In this ODI research report, Helen O’Connell explores what has been achieved, identifies challenges, proposes a series of actions to accelerate progress on the implementation of the EU gender action plan.

Global problems need global solutions: The EU and global public goods In this report for the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Mikaela Gavas analyses the European Union’s role in the provision of global public goods (GPGs).

Reviewing the evidence: how well does the European Development Fund perform? This ODI/ONE Discussion Document reviews the EDF’s performance in recent evaluations and assessments.

Replenishing the 11th European Development Fund. This ODI Background Note analyses the proposals by the European Commission for the 11th EDF (2014-2020) and reviews the current state of play on the design of future funding to the ACP.

The EU and the progressive alliance negotiating in Durban: saving the climate? The ODI Working Paper examines the behaviour of the EU in international climate talks and explores how the EU could act as a positive force for creating consensus around collective action in the future.

Reassessing aid to middle-income countries: the implications of the European Commission’s policy of differentiation for developing countries. This ODI Working Paper explains the European Commission’s new policy of differentiation and looks at its implications for developing countries.

 ‘The Aid Effectiveness Agenda: The benefits of going ahead’- A commentary on the final report. This short note presents the key findings of the study ‘The Aid Effectiveness Agenda: The benefits of going ahead’ and provides a commentary on the methodology used.

The European Commission’s legislative proposals for financing EU Development Cooperation. This ODI Background Note focuses on selected instruments of direct relevance to international development.

Submission to the Inquiry on EU development assistance. This submission to the International Development Committee’s (IDC) inquiry into EU development assistance seeks to address the following questions: What development objectives can the UK better pursue through the EC than through bilateral means? How much funding should be allocated to EC development assistance? What countries and sectors should the EC concentrate its funds on? How should these funds be managed?

The role of aid to middle-income countries: A contribution to evolving EU development policy. This Working Paper by ODI Research Fellow Jonathan Glennie, analyses current evidence, thinking and practice on international support to Middle Income Countries (MICs).

The EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework Post-2013: Options for EU Development Cooperation. This briefing paper by the European Think-Tanks Group coincides with the beginning of negotiations around Europe’s multi-annual financial framework (MFF). It analyses the changing development landscape, and sets out a series of recommendations for European aid mechanisms, post-2013.

A study on the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA). This study, by Elizabeth Colebourn, looks at the history and activities of the European Commission’s GCCA and reflects on some of the key challenges facing the alliance.

ODI response to the European Commission’s consultation on the future of budget support to third countries

EU Blending Facilities: Implications for Future Governance Options. This study by the European Think-Tanks Group reviews the existing EU blending mechanisms, comparing their different governance arrangements, drawing lessons from each, and considers the pros and cons of possible future governance options for blending operations.

ODI’s response to the European Commission’s consultation on EU development policy

EU Financial Perspectives, 2014-2020.  This background note, by Mikaela Gavas, describes the process for agreeing the new multiannual budgetary framework, and puts forward some of the key issues about the future of aid that will need to be addressed.

Consolidation or cooperation: the future of EU development cooperation.  This paper by Simon Maxwell, Mikaela Gavas and Deborah Johnson explores the different roles that the EU might be able to play as a development actor in the future.

Global governance of the aid system and the role of the EU.  This paper by Simon Maxwell, Owen Barder, Mikaela Gavas and Deborah Johnson assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy, accountability and adaptability of the governance of aid with a particular focus on the European Union.

Development-proofing the EEAS.  A European Think Tanks Group Policy Brief.

Setting up the European External Action Service: building a comprehensive approach.  This Background Note outlines criteria to guide an assessment of the new institutional arrangements and mandates from a development perspective, highlights the issues being discussed and lays out options for a comprehensive approach to external action by the European Union (EU).

New Challenges, New Beginnings: Next Steps in European Development Cooperation.  As the new European Commission takes office in Brussels and gives further shape to institutional innovations propelled by the Lisbon Treaty, ODI and three partner think tanks have called for a new impetus to tackle today’s global challenges.

The Future of EU Development Cooperation: Report of an e-dicussion by the EU Change-Makers Group.  This report is a summary of the opinions and conclusions of a group of EU ‘change-makers’ who participated in an online discussion between September and December 2009.

Options for architectural reform in European Union development cooperation.  This Background Note provides the context for a series of decisions taken in the second half of 2009 about the architecture and staffing of the structures of the European Union’s Development Cooperation and explores possible options.

Evolution of EU development cooperation: Taking the change agenda forward.  This paper was written as background to a conference on the future of EU development cooperation in London in April 2009.  See in ‘Our Events’ for the conference report.

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