Briefing papersJanuary 2021Mark Miller, Raphaelle Faure, Marta Foresti and Suma ChakrabartiThe night lights of Europe (as seen from space). Photo: NASA/GSFCThe Covid-19 crisis is a reminder that international cooperation is needed to resolve collective challenges that do not respect national borders. The crisis has also reaffirmed the continued relevance of nation-states with often diverging interests and priorities. This requires new and pragmatic coalitions.We propose the creation of a flexible platform for European cooperation on development and foreign policy: the European Platform for International Cooperation, comprising the European Union (EU), the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) members and the UK, in concert with regional development banks and development finance institutions.Together these countries and institutions have a unique and complementary network of influence and significant combined financial power. The platform will enable them to coordinate and amplify their collective efforts by brokering pragmatic alliances, enhancing operational cooperation on development and pooling efforts to increase the effectiveness of investments.Geographically, the focus will be on cooperation with the EU neighbourhood, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Thematically, the platform would focus on shared policy challenges that require collaboration across countries, including climate change and environmental protection, global health, peace, security and governance.Read the research Beyond the Union: a new platform for European cooperationDocumentpdfRelated What the EU recovery fund means for Europe and international developmentThe landmark EU recovery fund is encouraging news for Europe, but there are concerns about it within the aid community.Articles and blogs23 July 2020 The UK leaves, we stay: introducing ODI EuropeThe UK may be leaving the EU, but ODI will remain engaged as we celebrate our 60th anniversary year and the Decade of Delivery for the SDGs.Articles and blogs31 January 2020What future for EU development cooperation in middle-income countries? The state of play of negotiations between EU institutions In this background note, Sian Herbert provides an overview of the state of play of negotiations on differentiation, with a focus on the Development Cooperation Instrument and the European Development Fund.Briefing papers30 April 2013See more:europedevelopment financeclimate changeenvironmenthealthsecuritycounter-terrorismglobal governanceEuropeGlobalUnited Kingdom (UK)View the discussion thread.