EDC2020 Kick-Off Conference

June 3, 2008 at 9:00 am | Posted in Aid Architecture, Aid Effectivness, Climate Change | Leave a comment

2 June 2008, Residence Palace, Brussels

EDC2020 has officially been launched by the Kick-off conference in Brussels on Monday, 2 June 2008.

During the opening session, Jean-Luc Maurer, President of EADI, described the genesis of the project and placed it within the associations context and its predecessor EDC2010. Jean-Michel Baer, Director of the Directorate Science, Economy and Society at DG Research held the key note speech and pointed out the importance of EDC2020 to the European Commission. Finally, Simon Maxwell, Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), presented the initial working paper and the thematic framework of the project.

Project issues such as “New actors in international development”, “Energy security, democracy and development” and “Climate change and development” were discussed with 80 conference participants during three thematic panels. The work package leaders Sven Grimm, Richard Youngs and Leo Peskett outlined the project issues and engaged in first panel discussions with Yang Guang (CASS), Ana Maria Gomes (European Parliament), Jos van Gennip (SID Netherlands), Imme Scholz (DIE), Merylyn Hedger (IDS) and Walter Kennes (DG Environment).

EDC2020 is the three-year project is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. It is co-ordinated by EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes) in a consortium with 5 other development organizations: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), German Development Institute (GDI-DIE), Fundación paralas Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE), Society for International Development (SID). 

The objective of the project is to improve EU policymakers’ and other societal actors’ shared understanding of emerging challenges facing EU development policy and external action. With an interdisciplinary approach EDC2020 seeks to analyse emerging global needs and to give recommendations to policy-makers and other societal actors. EDC 2020 is dealing with three emerging challenges: New actors in international development; Energy security, democratisation and political development; and European development policy and climate change.

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