Can stiff support fluid? EU plans to improve engagement with civil society
Last week, the European Commission’s published a policy proposal aiming to carve out a new and more strategic engagement with civil society organizations
and ECDPM’s Frauke de Weijer analyses it on our blog. This proposal, or Communication, goes a long way in recognizing and specifically emphasizing the inherent value of a strong civil society “as an asset in itself”, over and above its instrumental contributions in bringing about development outcomes, de Weijer writes. One weakness is the degree to which it fails to address ways in which it will engage with those actors it is less familiar with. Yet, the biggest concern about the Communication is that “it all sounds quite good on paper, but it is not easy to see how this will translate into practice”, as the instruments and institutional arrangements may not have the required flexibility.
ECDPM at the EDDs: Engaging the private sector for development
Is there any reason to fear a stronger focus on private sector development and engagement in development cooperation? This and many more questions will be debated by leading experts at one of ECDPM’s High Level Panels at this year’s European Development Days. With less than a month to go, ECDPM wants to stimulate online debate prior to the panel itself. We invite our readers to present their views on the pros and cons of private sector engagement and blending instruments on the Talking Points blog. To get the debate going, Bruce Byiers gives a flavour of the main points for discussion and asks throught-provoking questions – such as how loans and investments can be best used to leverage public grants and catalyse additional private resources. What are your views?
ECDPM at the EDDs: Confronting inequality
Over 70% of the world’s poor live in middle income countries like China, India, Indonesia or Nigeria. As such, high socio-economic inequality is detrimental to poverty reduction, economic growth and political stability. Thus, promoting “inclusive” growth has to go hand in hand with addressing inequality. A European Think Tanks Group (ODI, DIE, ECDPM and FRIDE) panel at this year’s European Development Days will debate how the EU could response to rising inequality in developing countries. On the blog on the European Think-Tanks Group’s new webpage researchers from all institutes write about how public policies and private investment could target distributional issues.
Addressing the “dark side of globalisation”
Fragile states are particularly vulnerable to the dynamics and risks involved in the process of globalisation because of their generally weak governance systems and/or low capacity. The OECD DAC’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility has opened a consultation to complete its study “Think global, act global: Confronting global factors that influence conflict and fragility”. It proposes nine entry points where the international community can address some of the negative global influences on conflict and fragility more effectively and coherently, such as regulation to prevent transnational organised crime and illicit markets in military goods and services.
What can bridge the divide between humanitarian aid and development?
To meet the challenges that armed conflicts or natural disasters bring to countries, more flexibility in implementing the EU policy on Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) is needed, argues ECDPM’s Volker Hauck in an article on the Talking Points blog. He doubts whether the EU’s recent commitment to enhance flexibility of its funding and to mainstream LRRD into the programming of both humanitarian aid and development cooperation are sufficient to address the current divide. The EU should start to engage more from a partner-led and country-owned perspective, Hauck suggests. A forthcoming EU policy proposal on resilience is an opportunity to take these concerns on board in an updated policy on LRRD.
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