Organised by the European Commission, European Development Days (EDD) is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation.
EDD has a ‘GLOBAL REACH’. It attracts representatives from all corners of the globe. It is a unique platform for a EUR 60-billion development industry with partners and activities in all corners of the globe. It brings some 6 000 people and 1 500 organisations from the development community together on an equal footing, in a true spirit of partnership.
EDD has been a ‘SPRINGBOARD’ for the ideas and interventions of political leaders and world-renowned authorities on development. Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus, Salem Fayyad, Jacques Chirac, Ibrahim Mo, Morgan Tsvangirai, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Richard Branson, George Soros, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and late Wangari Maathai have all taken part in previous editions of European Development Days. See list of notable speakers.
EDD is an open and ‘COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM’ bringing together thousands of development advocates, decision-makers and practitioners. It is a unique networking opportunity. EDD is a leading platform for a yearly exchange of ideas, benchmarks and best practices. It is a “one stop shop” for the development community wishing to meet other stakeholders involved in north-south or south-south cooperation
EDD is an opportunity to ‘REFLECT ON EUROPE’S COLLECTIVE INPUT’. It is an unparalleled opportunity to brainstorm and share ideas, to benchmark best practices and latest innovations or to inform about ongoing programmes improving the impact and effectiveness of international aid.
EDD is a flagship forum that ‘HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF THE EU’ not only as the world’s largest development assistance provider but also as a leader in the international development policy debate. Indeed, the EDD offers the European Union and its Member States the chance to regularly take stock of some of its founding values, such as solidarity, democracy promotion and eradication of poverty. The previous four editions of EDD have all confirmed the role of Europe, not only as the leading donor of development aid but also as the leader of international thinking about development cooperation. They have strengthened public awareness of development issues and helped to improve European cohesion with a view to increasing the effectiveness of aid.
IN SHORT, EDD IS ‘A DATE FOR THE DIARY’. In just five years, European Development Days has become a landmark event in the development calendar. It has been one of the fastest growing international forums. Launched in 2006, its scope and scale has increased steadfastly year-on-year, as links with new networks and new partners are made, and new platforms are created.
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