European development policy

Briefing papers
May 2010
Mikaela Gavas and Simon Maxwell

The EU has a unique role in the emerging development agenda. It is committed to poverty reduction, well-represented at country level and engaged in meeting the MDGs. As the world's largest donor of both development and humanitarian assistance there is a need to press for continued improvements in the way the EU does business, from additional climate financing to a more clearly defined set of ODA eligible financial instruments to a strong development commissioner post and greater policy coherence for development across the European External Action Service.

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