European Development Cooperation Strengthening Programme

Deborah Johnson

The EDCSP will focus on building an infrastructure of knowledge, contacts and information on EU development cooperation, in order to support the debate on EU institutional and policy change.


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, click on the links below, or contact Deborah Johnson ( or Mikaela Gavas ( 


The European Commission’s legislative proposals for financing EU Development Cooperation

Publication - February 2012
In December 2011 the European Commission (EC) unveiled its package of legislative proposals on the EU’s external action instruments for the period 2014-20 as part of the negotiations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU’s spending review. This Background Note focuses on selected instruments of direct relevance to international development.

Long-term research perspectives on budget support

Event - 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.

The main challenges to development in EU global action

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.

Next steps in European development cooperation

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.

Europe: the world awaits

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 the answers to these questions in Europe’s 27 Member States. ‘More Europe’ is not always the answer to all our problems, but on a particular set of global issues, ‘a bit more Europe’ is necessary.

Shaping Europe’s international role

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.

Information Documents

Announcement - EDCSP

Announcement - EDCSP
Announcement - EDCSP