European Development Cooperation to 2010

January 2003 to June 2005

The European Development Cooperation (EDC) 2010 project aims at discussing the challenges to the EU simultaneously in the UK and in other countries across Europe, so as to identify the common ground of the development community in Europe - and thereby putting into practice the idea of 'policy code-sharing' within Europe.

European development cooperation has undergone significant change since the late 1990s, but a new wave of change is on the horizon. A complex timetable of decisions can be seen stretching through the rest of the decade. The issues range from: the relationship between foreign policy and development, through the impact of enlargement and the future of EU-ACP relations, to questions about the role of EU Commissioners and the structure of the Commission.

The timetable includes the following:

  • the inter-governmental conference on the Future of Europe,
  • the culmination of the current enlargement process,
  • the European elections in 2004, the appointment of a new Commission,
  • the next Financial Perspectives negotiation, to set the European budget, and
  • a variety of trade- and aid-related processes, globally and with different regional groupings.

How can this multiplicity of activities, this pot pourri of issues and complications, be held together? By means, we suggest of a coherent vision of the future.

The EDC 2010 project has identified two main drivers of change with respect to European development cooperation. The first is the degree of commitment to Europe, the second the commitment to poverty reduction. The interaction of these two gives four possible European futures: at one extreme, a strong commitment both to coherent European action and to poverty reduction; at the other, a weak commitment to both Europe and poverty reduction; and, in between, two intermediate positions.

Outputs

Aid donorship in Central Europe

Working and discussion papers | September 2005 | Sven Grimm and Adele Harmer
This study explores the way in which the eight new Central European members of the European Union (EU) are formulating policies, establishing administrative capacity and working with operational partners to develop international humanitarian assistance programmes.
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Assessment of the EC Development Policy

Research reports and studies | February 2005 | ECDPM/ ICEI/ ODI

The purpose of this study is to assess the extent to which the European Community’s development policy statement has been put into effect over the four years of its existence, consider what impact it has had and to identify any bottlenecks that might have...

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Poverty Focus in EU Support to Middle-Income Countries

Research reports and studies | September 2004 | Edward Anderson, Sven Grimm and Carlos Montes

The objective of this report is to analyse the poverty focus of EU assistance to Middle-Income Countries (MICs), EU assistance being understood as comprising both bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the European Unions’ Member States and ODA...

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The institutional architecture

Briefing papers | July 2004 | Sven Grimm

This paper focuses on the institutional architecture of European Development Cooperation, the changes it has undergone and the future it may have.

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Revising the EU Development Policy: Issues and Options

Research reports and studies | April 2004 | Simon Maxwell, Andrew Rogerson, Sven Grimm and Ralf Leiteritz

The new EU Commission is currently discussing a revision of the Community's Development Policy of November 2000. Key issues and options for a new statement are outlined in this paper.

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Political partnership with the South

Briefing papers | April 2004 | Sven Grimm with Bettina Woll

This paper focusses on the EU's partnerships with the South as part of a series of Briefing Papers which identifies the main issues in the debate about European Development Cooperation to 2010.

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International development and foreign policy

Briefing papers | January 2004 | Sven Grimm

The relationship between development policy and foreign policy is at the heart of current debates about the future of Europe. Will development policy become subservient to foreign policy concerns, or will agreement be reached on common principles which lead to...

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What scenario for the future?

Briefing papers | January 2004 | Sven Grimm

The EDC 2010 project has identified two main drivers of change with respect to European development cooperation. The first is the degree of commitment to Europe, the second the commitment to poverty reduction.

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Is the EU a responsible trade partner?

Public event | 22 October 2003 12:00 - 13:30 GMT+00

This event looked at the European role in trade negotiations, following the WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancún which had failed to provide the political momentum to move the Doha agenda forward.

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The EU as a humanitarian actor

Public event | 8 October 2003 12:00 - 13:30 GMT+00

This event looked at the EU's role in humanitarian assistance, and it relationships with other international organisations, especially the United Nations, and the link to foreign policy and broader development considerations.

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Coopération au développement de l'UE à l'horizon 2010

Working and discussion papers | May 2003 | Simon Maxwell et Paul Engel avec le concours de Ralf J. Leiteritz, James Mackie, David Sunderland and Bettina Woll

Dans ce document, nous avons voulu décrire les six thèmes de l’agenda auquel l’Europe va devoir s’atteler, et ensuite présenter une ébauche de scénarios de planification.

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European Development Cooperation to 2010

Working and discussion papers | April 2003 | Simon Maxwell and Paul Engel with Ralf J. Leiteritz, James Mackie, David Sunderland and Bettina Woll

European development cooperation has undergone significant change since the late 1990s, but a new wave of change is on the horizon. A complex timetable of decisions can be seen stretching through the rest of the decade. The issues range from the...

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