Posted by: APO | 10 June 2008

Aid effectiveness / Roundtable in Brussels

Aid effectiveness / Roundtable in Brussels


BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 10, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The think-tank Friends of Europe, together with its partners the United Nations, the World Bank, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Yara International, will organise a roundtable on today’s aid architecture on Thursday 12 June at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels.

The 60 senior discussants include relevant stakeholders from donor and recipient countries. The debate will provide an opportunity to discuss aid effectiveness ahead of the High Level Forum in Accra this September.


Recent years have seen a growing proliferation of aid instruments and a dramatic widening of the range of actors. These new players bring much-welcomed additional resources, but also make the coordination of aid efforts more difficult. For the EU, reforms of its once chaotic and under-performing aid structures have been widely welcomed, but these affect only part of the broader aid picture. What strategies can help tie together the efforts of the different players? And given that European governments account for 55% of ODA worldwide, what role should the EU play in improving the international aid-giving architecture?


The vast majority of development aid specialists agree that recipient countries should be in control of their own development efforts. Yet there is also widespread agreement that the principal aid players do not yet cooperate adequately, thus driving up costs, creating wastage and duplication of effort and adding to the coordination challenges facing developing country governments. In today’s complex aid architecture, what has been the country impact so far of the EU’s attempts to harmonise efforts and implement its “European consensus on development”? How can the broader aid community best help developing countries to take hold of the reins?


You might want to interview the following discussants that will take part into the roundtable:


  • Jean-Michel Severino, Director General of the Agence Française de Développement
  • Joakim Stymne, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Sweden
  • Ousmane Sy, Director of the Centre for Political and Institutional Expertise in Africa (CEPIA) and Former Malian Minister for Territorial Administration and Local Communities
  • Bernard Petit, European Commission Deputy Director General for Development and Relations with ACP States
  • Joyce Mapunjo, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Economy and Empowerment, Tanzania
  • Michelle Ndiaye, Chief Executive Officer of the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC), South Africa
  • Akihiko Nishio, Director, Resource Mobilisation Department, Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships (CFP), the World Bank
  • Daniel Ottolenghi, Associate Director and Chief Development Economist, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Michael Wehinger, First Vice President Strategy, KfW Development Bank, Germany


    For a full list of confirmed discussants, click here.


    PROGRAMME SUMMARY     (Click here for the full programme)


    12.00 – 13.30  The growing complexity of aid: What role for Europe?


    13.30 – 14.30  Networking Lunch


    14.30 – 16.00  Can developing country governments truly be in the driving seat?


    SOURCE : Friends of Europe


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