FAQs

What is the European Report on Development?
The European Report on Development is newly launched yearly publication which focuses on the design of effective development policies and aid interventions. It is framed within the joint initiativeMobilizing European Research for Development Policies”. It involves the European Commission as well six EU Member States (Germany, Finland, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom).

What is the topic of the European Report on Development?
Each edition of the European Report on Development will have a different topic, chosen between those most relevant to the global development agenda and those where the role of Europe as a main donor and political partner of most developing countries can be more incisive. The first European Report on Development has focused on development policies in Sub-Saharan African countries in a situation of fragility. The current edition of the ERD focuses on the issues of inequality and social protection, again with a focus on Sub Saharan Africa.

What are the release dates for the annual ERD Reports?
The 2009 edition of the European Report on Development has been officially launched at the European Development Days in Stockholm, 21-23 October 2009. The current edition of the European Report on Development will be launched in Brussels in December 2010.

Who is in charge of the European Report on Development?
The European Report on Development is the outcome of a participative process which involves scholars, national development agencies and policy makers. It is coordinated by a core team based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute .

Why there is the need for a further report on development?
The background paper by Bourguignonet al. on “Millennium Development Goals at Midpoint: Where do we stand and where do we need to go?” evidences that additional efforts by the donor and the recipient countries are needed in order for aid to contribute effectively to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The European Union and its member states are on aggregate the largest donor in the world, and the effort to scale up aid in compliance to the targets set by the Barcelona Council needs to be matched by an effort to improve aid effectiveness. This is why the European Report on Development is needed in order to identify the key priorities of development policies, and offer guidelines for the interventions.