European Development Cooperation Strengthening Programme

2009 is a crucial year for Europe, with the EU facing major change and choices: 

  • a new European Parliament, which will be involved in shaping more and more policies;
  • the appointment of a new European Commission;
  • the potential ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in October; and
  • the review of the EU budget.

The European Development Cooperation Support Programme has been established to support the debate on EU institutional and policy change by building an infrastructure of knowledge, contacts and information on EU development cooperation. It aims to:

  • construct a community of 'EU change-makers';
  • support the conversation on development cooperation, its structure and its relation to the wider arena of EU external action; and
  • take the agenda forward through policy analysis and by promoting the sharing and practical use of knowledge and information.

For more information, view our outputs or contact Deborah Johnson (edcsp@odi.org) or Mikaela Gavas (m.gavas.ra@odi.org). 

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Long-term research perspectives on budget support

Event Series | 22 March - 19 October 2011
The purpose of this series of closed events is to allow prominent researchers and policy advisors more time to think through and discuss what are considered to be some of the key questions and themes surrounding budget support today.
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The main challenges to development in EU global action

Letters | 6 May 2010 | Simon Maxwell, Dirk Messner, Richard Youngs, Paul Engel
The European Think Tanks Group has written an open letter to Barroso, Ashton and Piebalgs, outlining the main challenges to development being able to play its essential role in shaping more coherent EU global action.
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Next steps in European development cooperation

Public event | 23 February 2010 13:00 - 14:30 (GMT+00)
This meeting will see Simon Maxwell and Richard Youngs discuss the future of European development cooperation and suggest next steps towards effective coordinated action.
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Europe: the world awaits

Articles and blogs | 30 October 2009 | Simon Maxwell, Pierre Schori, Dirk Messner and Paul Engel
What can the world expect of Europe in 2010? An inward-looking assemblage of nation states, focused on domestic problems rather than the international stage? Or an outward-facing and united community, working globally for the common good? National politics will shape...
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Shaping Europe’s international role

Articles and blogs | 8 September 2009 | Simon Maxwell, Paul Engel, Dirk Messner, Pierre Schori
Decisions made over the next three months will shape Europe's future international role. This article outlines six conditions that must be met if these decisions are to fulfil their progressive potential.
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