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New European consensus on development: Will it be fit for purpose?

20-04-2017

Adopted in the form of a joint declaration, the European consensus on development, more than a common banner, is a necessary precondition to the complementarity and coordination of European development policies envisaged in the EU Treaties. The redefinition of development policy in times of internal crisis and global transformation is high-stakes – while integrating the new and ambitious vision presented in Agenda 2030 is a recognised necessity, there are inherent risks to the exercise. A surfeit ...

Adopted in the form of a joint declaration, the European consensus on development, more than a common banner, is a necessary precondition to the complementarity and coordination of European development policies envisaged in the EU Treaties. The redefinition of development policy in times of internal crisis and global transformation is high-stakes – while integrating the new and ambitious vision presented in Agenda 2030 is a recognised necessity, there are inherent risks to the exercise. A surfeit of priorities may undermine the strategic character of this framework document, while exacerbating challenges of coherence and coordination. The political focus on the migration crisis may, some fear, subordinate development aid to cooperation on migration management, marking the end of values-based EU development policy. As the interinstitutional negotiations progress, the European Parliament advocates for poverty eradication to remain the main goal of development policy. Parliament defends need- and efficiency-based criteria for the allocation of development aid. It also proposes a strong reinforcement of legal tools and institutional mechanisms to implement EU-wide coordination and policy coherence for development (PCD), without which the EU contribution to Agenda 2030 implementation may be jeopardised by its internal inconsistencies.

United States humanitarian aid policy

17-05-2016

The USA is the biggest state provider of humanitarian assistance in the world. It has a complex governmental structure for the provision of this aid that delivers a vast array of measures, ranging from grants for international and non-governmental relief organisations, to direct food aid, healthcare, help for refugees, and assistance with building disaster resilience. At international level, the US supports reform of the humanitarian system in order to improve the response to crises.

The USA is the biggest state provider of humanitarian assistance in the world. It has a complex governmental structure for the provision of this aid that delivers a vast array of measures, ranging from grants for international and non-governmental relief organisations, to direct food aid, healthcare, help for refugees, and assistance with building disaster resilience. At international level, the US supports reform of the humanitarian system in order to improve the response to crises.

EU Policy Coherence for Development: The challenge of sustainability

22-03-2016

The EU has been at the forefront of efforts to define and implement the concept of policy coherence for development (PCD) in recent years. A range of instruments has been established to promote the inclusion of development issues in all EU policies. The workshop offered a platform for a lively debate among practitioners and researchers about the achievements of the EU in practice, the potential of recent reforms such as the better regulation package, and the lessons learnt from PCD efforts steered ...

The EU has been at the forefront of efforts to define and implement the concept of policy coherence for development (PCD) in recent years. A range of instruments has been established to promote the inclusion of development issues in all EU policies. The workshop offered a platform for a lively debate among practitioners and researchers about the achievements of the EU in practice, the potential of recent reforms such as the better regulation package, and the lessons learnt from PCD efforts steered by the OECD at international level. As regards the security-development nexus, speakers highlighted both the progress made in enhancing PCD, for example through the comprehensive approach, and the risks of 'securitising' development policy. The Sustainable Development Goals, which include a target for 'Policy Coherence of Sustainable Development', have added a new layer to the debate. The UN views PCSD as a key factor in facilitating the achievement of the SDGs, and the OECD has taken the concept fully on board. But there are also critical voices which fear that the broader approach could lead to the dilution of the clearly defined legal obligation enshrined in the EU treaties. There was some consensus that PCD needs high-level political engagement to be effective.

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Maurizio CARBONE and Mark FURNESS

How the EU budget is spent: EU Civil Protection Mechanism

21-05-2015

The European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism supports and coordinates the deployment of participating countries' in-kind assistance (teams, experts and equipment) to countries requesting international assistance in the event of a major natural or man-made disaster. It comprises a European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC), made up of pre-prepared 'modules' pooling civil defence capacity made available on a voluntary basis by its members, and an Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), monitoring ...

The European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism supports and coordinates the deployment of participating countries' in-kind assistance (teams, experts and equipment) to countries requesting international assistance in the event of a major natural or man-made disaster. It comprises a European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC), made up of pre-prepared 'modules' pooling civil defence capacity made available on a voluntary basis by its members, and an Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), monitoring disasters and organising the deployment of modules. The EERC responds to requests from both inside the EU and beyond its borders, where assistance can go together with humanitarian aid.

Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014 -19 - Third edition (April 2015)

13-04-2015

This study brings together work in progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept, first pioneered by the European Parliament in the 1980s, is used here to quantify the potential efficiency gains in today's European economy from pursuing a series of policy initiatives recently advocated by Parliament - from a wider and deeper digital single market to better coordinated national and European policies for defence and development ...

This study brings together work in progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept, first pioneered by the European Parliament in the 1980s, is used here to quantify the potential efficiency gains in today's European economy from pursuing a series of policy initiatives recently advocated by Parliament - from a wider and deeper digital single market to better coordinated national and European policies for defence and development. The benefits may be measured principally in additional GDP generated or a more rational use of public resources. The latest analysis suggests that the European economy could be boosted by almost 1.6 trillion euro per year - or 12 per cent of EU-28  GDP (2014) - by such measures over time. The study is intended as a contribution to the on-going discussion about the European Union’s policy priorities over the current five-year institutional cycle, from 2014 to 2019.  

The challenge of coordinating European development policies

13-01-2015

Despite international and European initiatives intended to curb the fragmentation of aid, this phenomenon continues to trouble the effectiveness and impact of development cooperation. While European donors agree in principle on this subject, progress in implementing coordination and the division of labour remain limited. Innovative solutions are required to find a way out of this impasse.

Despite international and European initiatives intended to curb the fragmentation of aid, this phenomenon continues to trouble the effectiveness and impact of development cooperation. While European donors agree in principle on this subject, progress in implementing coordination and the division of labour remain limited. Innovative solutions are required to find a way out of this impasse.

UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2014: Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals

04-12-2014

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015. In its 2014 World Investment Report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) assesses the developing countries' needs for financing in SDG-sensitive sectors over the period 2015 to 2030. UNCTAD points to a financing gap of US$2.5 trillion per year and suggests reflecting on policies to raise the share of private-sector participation in order to narrow that gap.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015. In its 2014 World Investment Report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) assesses the developing countries' needs for financing in SDG-sensitive sectors over the period 2015 to 2030. UNCTAD points to a financing gap of US$2.5 trillion per year and suggests reflecting on policies to raise the share of private-sector participation in order to narrow that gap.

Child Soldiers and the EU Policy on Children and Armed Conflict

07-03-2014

Since 2000, the association of children with armed forces and armed groups has been reported in most armed conflicts and in almost every region of the world. Tens of thousands of children under the age of 18 continue to serve in armed forces or armed groups. Hundreds of thousands are in one way or another affected by armed conflict. This report takes stock of the state-of-the-art in academia, policy and practice. It assesses the current level of implementation of the commitments made in the EU Guidelines ...

Since 2000, the association of children with armed forces and armed groups has been reported in most armed conflicts and in almost every region of the world. Tens of thousands of children under the age of 18 continue to serve in armed forces or armed groups. Hundreds of thousands are in one way or another affected by armed conflict. This report takes stock of the state-of-the-art in academia, policy and practice. It assesses the current level of implementation of the commitments made in the EU Guidelines on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts adopted in 2003 (as revised in 2007) generally, and by way of a country study of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Particular attention is paid to the EU’s complex aid architecture (consisting of a mix of thematic and geographic instruments) and how the complementarity of these instruments can be maximised. The report concludes with an extensive list of recommendations and policy options for the European Union, clustered around issues of complexity, comprehensiveness and coherence.

External author

Wouter VANDENHOLE (University of Antwerp and UNICEF Belgium) and Yannick WEYNS (Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-2019: First Edition - March 2014

05-03-2014

This study brings together work-in-progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept, first pioneered by the European Parliament in the 1980s, is used here to quantify the potential efficiency gains in today's European economy from pursuing a series of policy initiatives recently advocated by the Parliament - from a wider and deeper digital single market to better coordinated national and European policies for defence and development ...

This study brings together work-in-progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept, first pioneered by the European Parliament in the 1980s, is used here to quantify the potential efficiency gains in today's European economy from pursuing a series of policy initiatives recently advocated by the Parliament - from a wider and deeper digital single market to better coordinated national and European policies for defence and development. The benefits may be measured in additional GDP generated or a more rational use of public resources. The analysis so far suggests that the European economy could be boosted by some 800 billion euro - or six per cent of current GDP - by such measures over time. The study is intended as a contribution to the growing discussion about the European Union’s policy priorities for the coming five-year institutional cycle, from 2014 to 2019.

Beyond 2015: Reconciling Development and Climate Change Goals

10-09-2013

After 15 years as the central international reference for fighting poverty and promoting development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will expire in 2015. The international community is seeking a new global development framework through two parallel tracks: the MDG review — led by the UN Secretary General — and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) process launched by the Rio+20 conference. There are important overlaps between these tracks and growing calls for the processes to be integrated ...

After 15 years as the central international reference for fighting poverty and promoting development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will expire in 2015. The international community is seeking a new global development framework through two parallel tracks: the MDG review — led by the UN Secretary General — and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) process launched by the Rio+20 conference. There are important overlaps between these tracks and growing calls for the processes to be integrated into a single overarching framework and set of goals to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development after 2015. Despite these calls — also made by the EU — there have been very few concrete proposals for accomplishing the integration in a practical manner. Following the UN Special Event on the MDGs that will take place on 25 September, various possible integration mechanisms could be adopted. In this context, the Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDG, established this year by the United Nations General Assembly, occupies a central role with a growing importance.

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