From Paper to Practice: How Is Europe Measuring Up?

CPDE is holding a forum during the EU Development Days, June 7-8 in Brussels. Through this Forum CPDE will bring together representatives from civil society and government to discuss CSOs successes and how trends in current development policy impact achieving the 2030 Agenda. See you on June 7 from 10:00am-11:30 am in L1-Meeting Room (in the ground floor near the shed 1 of the venue, in front of the auditorium A1).

Recent data from OECD-DAC puts the European Union and its Member States as the top investor in development cooperation, reaching €75.5 billion in 2016. Although, the EU’s assistance has consistently increased and has even reached its highest level to date, there are still gaps and barriers in development cooperation that must still be addressed if the world is to make a meaningful journey towards achieving the goals set forth by Agenda 2030.
CSO monitoring of the implementation of the development effectiveness principles shows that commitment to the principles has achieved clear victories in language, but lack of action on these commitments slows achievement of the goals of the Agenda 2030. Further, there are mounting concerns about a growing tendency for the EU and its Member States to address their own economic and security concerns through development funds and there are no clear strategies to institutionalize civic participation in development planning at all levels.

This forum will provide an overview of the gains that CSOs have made, remaining challenges from both engagement and research of CSOs at different levels, and how the current trends in EU’s development policy impact achieving Agenda 2030 if not addressed soon enough. To this end, the Forum will highlight opportunities and generate potential ways forward.

Kindly confirm to CPDE Policy Officer,  Leigh K. Haynes, through lkhaynes@csopartnership.org. Slots are limited.

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