Stockholm, 1 February 2011

Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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 European Union 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 Sweden. The Reports are written by independent research teams and the views expressed in the Reports are the views of the authors.

Presentation of the 2010 ERD report:
Giorgia Giovannetti, Professor of Economics and ERD Research Team Leader
Stephan Klasen, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Göttingen

Panel discussants:
Göran Holmqvist, Senior Policy Analyst, NAI.
Gunnel Axelsson Nycander, Policy Advisor, Church of Sweden
Annika Sundén, Phd, Deputy Director General, Swedish Pensions Agency

The seminar was moderated by Torgny Holmgren, Ambassador and Deputy Director General at the Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.