The EU is negotiating its budget for 2014 to 2020. Although not part of the EU budget itself, the negotiations on the EDF, the financial arm of the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and 78 countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) form an important part of the broader budget debate.

In this Background Note, Mikaela Gavas 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.

Click here to read the EDCSP team’s monthly update for November

The European Commission’s new proposed development strategy – Agenda for Change – puts ‘inclusive and sustainable growth for human development’ at its centre. At the 2012 European Development Days conference, the European Think-Tanks Group hosted a high-level panel debate putting the word ‘inclusive’ under the spotlight, focusing specifically on the challenge to EU development policy posed by inequality in developing countries.

Read the panel report here.

The European Commission’s new proposed development strategy – Agenda for Change – puts ‘inclusive and sustainable growth for human development’ at its centre. At the 2012 European Development Days conference, the European Think-Tanks Group hosted a high-level panel debate putting the word ‘inclusive’ under the spotlight, focusing specifically on the challenge to EU development policy posed by inequality in developing countries.

Watch the debate here.

EDCSP will host a public event on 25 June from 14:30 to 16:00 examining the recent inquiries into EU development cooperation by the IDC, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee and the OECD-DAC’s peer review.

The panel includes:

  • Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Bruce MP – Chair of the International Development Select Committee in the House of Commons
  • Thijs Berman MEP – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development (DEVE)
  • Karen Jorgensen, Head of Division, Review, Evaluation and Engagement (REDD), Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD
  • Lord Hollick – Member of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee
  • Simon Maxwell (chair) – Senior Research Associate, ODI

To register online or for more details click here.

At the end of 2011 the European Commission published a Communication on the future of EU budget support. It recommended that budget support be tied to the political conditions in recipient countries, particularly those related to human rights and democratic values.

The European Think-Tanks Group, in collaboration with the Institute of Development and Policy Management, look at the implications of this new approach on EU development assistance in this report

The International Development Committee has published a report on EU development assistance.

In the report, the Committee calls on the UK Government to press for funding to be diverted, away from higher middle income countries bordering Europe, and reallocated to poorer developing countries. In order to make this happen, the MPs say Ministers must challenge and change the definition of Official Development Assistance.

Read the IDC’s report and press release, and a submission to the inquiry from ODI’s Sian Herbert and Romilly Greenhill here.

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