Following the successful launch of the
first ever European Report on Development (ERD) in late 2009, Issue 4 of
ERD News is proud to announce that work is already well underway for the
second edition, which is to be published by the end of the year. In 2009,
the report focused on fragility in sub-Saharan Africa and how the state's
inability or unwillingness to provide public goods to citizens can hamper
the development and well-being of sub-Saharan African countries.
This year's ERD will deal with the
interrelated issues of poverty, socioeconomic inequality and social
protection mechanisms, again with a geographic focus on sub-Saharan
Africa, although good practices and lessons learnt from successes and
failures in other regions will also be considered.
The theme of the ERD 2010 is relevant both
from a political and academic perspective. It has attracted a lot of
international political attention recently because of the socio-economic
impact of the global financial and economic crisis. It is also a crucial
issue to discuss in the context of the forthcoming UN high level
gathering on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will take
place in New York in September and will review current MDG progress and
decide on priority actions for the remaining five years. Moreover, it is
also a theme which is close to the hearts of Europeans; given the importance
of social cohesion and solidarity to the EU project and that 2010 is the
European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Although these
are tough times for many Europeans, Europe's highly developed social
protection systems have cushioned the blow for the vulnerable. Many in
sub-Saharan Africa are not so fortunate.
research workshop for ERD 2010 took place in Brussels on 12 March
2010. Its minutes and conclusions are available here.
news on ERD's site
ERD 2009 tours in Europe
The 2009 edition of the ERD received a national launch in a number of
Member States, including six countries backing the initiative. The latest
presentations took place in:
- Paris, 16
March 2010, at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
- Prague, 16
January 2010, at the 11th Annual Global Development Conference (GDN)
Found in translation
All the different language versions of the ERD 2009 are now
available on the report's website.