European Development Days 2016

The 10th edition of the European Development Days (EDD 2016) will take place in Brussels on 15-16 June 2016.

For its tenth anniversary, EDD 2016 will focus on the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, making it one of the very first major conferences dedicated to the issue.

The EDD 2016 feature several sessions on science, technology and innovation.

One specific session will focus on 'EU support to Research and Innovation for Development'.

Research & Innovation is a major theme of DEVCO’s work, yet one that is 'hidden, not recognised and poorly understood'. This is the starting point of the newly-published Evaluation of EU Support to Research and Innovation for Development in Partner Countries. It identifies the R&I elements in €1 billion worth of projects in the fields of food security, nutrition and agriculture, health, environment and climate change, and science and technology, and outlines the strategic approach needed for R&I to become an engine for growth.

Capacity4dev spoke to experts James Mackie and Paul Engel from ECDPM and to Androulla Kaminara, head of DEVCO’s Task Force on Knowledge, Performance and Results, about the report’s findings and how the European Commission can build on them:

The video is taken from the capacity4dev.eu YouTube channel.

During the session at the European Development Days 2016 both DG DEVCO and DG RTD will present findings of EU co-operation for research and innovation in four sectors:

  1. Food security, nutrition and agriculture,
  2. Health,
  3. Environment and climate change, and
  4. Science, information society and Space.

The European Development Days are the leading forum in Europe for international development and cooperation. They are an incubator of new ideas to inform our shared aim of a poverty-free, sustainable and fair world where everyone has a chance at a decent life.

Throughout the past decade, the EDD have served as the voice of the international development community. It is a place where all interested parties are invited to share their views, build a common understanding and plan for the future of development cooperation.

The forum builds on the core belief that cooperation is the cornerstone of a fairer world. An essential aim is to facilitate networking and inspire the desire to work together even more closely in a spirit of true partnership.

For more details visit the event website. The online registration will be open until 15 May 2016.