New policies, new implications for practitioners
With every political decision taken comes the question how these commitments can be effectively translated into reality. Development practitioners discussed what two new policy documents, the Busan Outcome Document on development effectiveness and the EU’s Agenda for Change, mean for their daily work in a seminar
held earlier this week. ECDPM presented an Issues Paper on possible operational challenges
and what can be done to reconcile the new policies into practices. Participants of the seminar, organised by the Practitioner’s Network for European Development Cooperation, also discussed their strategic orientation and priority areas in tackling implementation challenges.
EU on trade, growth and development: good start or missed opportunity?
On 16 March, EU Trade Ministers adopted conclusions on the EU’s approach to trade, growth and development
based on the European Commission’s proposal on this issue. ECDPM’s experts argued in an article on the Talking Points blog when the EC’s proposal was published that the European Union still needs to develop a more strategic approach
to its trade and development agenda, one that would entail a vision of the EU as a key actor for developing countries, notably in Africa. In this sense, the EC proposal and Council conclusions, while well intentioned and non-controversial, are clearly a missed opportunity. The EU Lisbon Treaty’s promise of an integrated approach to the trade and development dimensions in EU external action is not fulfilled. Although the communication and Council conclusions do not prevent this, they do little to stimulate it.
Priorities on development effectiveness agenda to be agreed next week
Policy makers and practitioners called for the establishment of a “new, inclusive and representative Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation to support and ensure accountability for the implementation of commitments at the political level” when they met at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan last year. The OECD DAC is tasked to agree on working arrangements for this Global Partnership by June and a meeting scheduled for 4-5 April aims to agree priorities on how the DAC can operationalise the Global Partnership to improve the quality of development co-operation. Documents forming the basis for discussions
were published this week.
The relation between roads and poverty
Infrastructure, mostly seen as a responsibility of the public sector, lacks funding in many developing countries and private investments are often far from sufficient to fill the financing gap. A new report
published by the Private Infrastructure Development Group reviews how support from Development Finance Institutions helps with infrastructure funding and provision. It also analyses its impact on development outcomes and finds that while Development Finance Institutions seek to enhance economic growth, they do “far less” to directly impact poverty. The report also provides recommendations for how to better target infrastructure investment to be pro-development.
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