Helsinki, 2 February 2011

University of Helsinki

The European Report on Development 2010 concludes that the time is ripe for a new Africa-EU social protection agenda. There is a growing consensus on the benefits of social protection, and the post-crises environment, as well as the likely risks linked to climate change, calls for a renewed and enhanced partnership. According to the Report, social protection programmes can under the right circumstances have a positive impact on inclusive growth and poverty reduction, reaching large parts of the population, and eliciting broad political support.

The European Report on Development (ERD) 2010 is the second ERD Report. The purpose with the annual ERD Reports is to help the EU refine its vision of development and enrich its policies on the basis of research, knowledge, innovation, and the building of common ground between the European research community, policymakers, and a broad public. The initiative is financed by the European Commission together with seven EU Member States, including Finland. The Reports are written by independent research teams and the views expressed in the Reports are the views of the authors.

Seminar Programme:

Coffee 9:00 – 9:15

Opening words 9:15 – 9:30
JUHANI KOPONEN, Professor, Development Studies, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Helsinki University

Presentation of the 2010 ERD report 9:30 – 10:15

Commentators 10:15 – 11:00
KIMMO KILJUNEN, Member of the Finnish Parliament
HEIKKI TUUNANEN, Deputy Director General, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
HEINI RÖYSKÖ, Member of the Development Policy Committee of Finland

Open discussion 11:00 – 11:30

The seminar was moderated by TIMO VOIPIO, Senior Adviser for Global Social Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The seminar was organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the University of Helsinki. The language of the seminar is English.