Conference: Florence – Italy, 21-23 June

Moving Towards the European Report on Development 2009

European University Institute Villa La Fonte -Via Delle Fontanelle, 10 – San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence



Day 1 – June 21

20.30                       Conference Dinner

Day 2 – June 22

8.30 – 9.00    Registration of participants

9.00 – 9.15    Welcoming addresses
Stefano Bartolini (European University Institute)
Françoise Moreau (European Commission, DG Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States)

9.15 – 11.00   Chair: Ramon Marimon (European University Institute)

Overcoming Fragility, Giorgia Giovannetti (ERD Team Leader, European University Institute and University of Florence)

The Effects of the Crisis on Developing Countries and the EU Policy Response, Josep Borrell (President of the Development Committee of the European Parliament)

Discussants: François Bourguignon (Paris School of Economics), Mothae Maruping (Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Switzerland), Barfur Osei (African Centre for Economic Transformation)

General discussion

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 -13.15 Chair: Seth Kaplan (Alpha International Consulting)

The Regional Dimension of Institution Building, Thierry Verdier (ERD team member, Paris School of Economics)

Discussants: Jaime De Melo (University of Geneva), Jonathan Eaton (New York University), Norman Loayza (World Bank).

General discussion

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 16.15 Chair: Giancarlo Corsetti (European University Institute)

Economic and Financial Crisis: A General Overview,Franklin Allen (ERD team member, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

Financial Crisis and Coping Strategies in Fragile Countries, Giorgia Giovannetti

Discussants: Shanta Devarajan (World Bank), Harold James (Princeton University), Johnson Asiama (Bank of Ghana).

General discussion

16.15 – 16.45 Coffee Break

16.45 – 18.15 Chair: Stefano Bartolini

Coping with Insecurity in Fragility Situations, Pascal Vennesson (ERD team member, European University Institute)

Discussants: Ozong Agborsangaya-Fiteu (World Bank), Damien Helly (EU Institute for Security Studies), J. Allister McGregor (Institute of Development Studies, Sussex)

General Discussion  

18.15 -19.15 Chair: Maria Cristina Ercolessi (University of Naples – L’Orientale)

State Fraglity and African Agriculturei, Shailaja Fennell (ERD team member, University of Cambridge)

Discussants: Luca Alinovi (Food and Agriculture Organization), Kwadwo Assenso-Okyere (International Food Policy Research Institute), Alexander Sarris (Food and Agriculture Organization)

General discussion 

19.30 Conference Dinner


Day 3  – June 23

Round Table on Development Policies towards Fragile Countries coordinated by Giorgia Giovannetti;

Participants:  Denis Cogneau (Paris School of Economics), Stefan Gänzle (German Development Institute), Ross Herbert (South African Institute of International Affairs), Samuel M. Maimbo (World Bank), Lucia Mary Mbithi (University of Nairobi), Sara Pantuliano (Overseas Development Institute).

11.30 – 13.30 Chair: Yaw Nyarko (New York University)

The Gender Dimension of Fragility, Wendy Harcourt (ERD team member, Society for International Development)

Discussants: Mina Baliamoune-Lutz (University of Florida), Necla Tschirgi (University of Ottawa)

Macroeconomic Shocks and Conflicts, Marta Reynal-Querol (ERD team member, Pompeu Fabra University)

Discussant: Victor Davies (African Development Bank), Adam Higazi (Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity)

European Commission and MemberStates comments Françoise Moreau (European Commission, DG Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States)

General Discussion

Concluding Remarks, Giorgia Giovannetti

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch