European Report on Development - Newsletter issue 2


Dear Readers,

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.

The first research workshop for ERD 2010 took place in Brussels on 12 March 2010. Its minutes and conclusions are available here.

Latest 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 Development (OECD)
  • 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.

Next steps

17-18 June 2010: International conference in Paris (FR) which will bring together experts from academia, policy-makers and civil society representatives to present their work and discuss the main issues dealt with in the ERD.

27-30 June 2010: International conference in Dakar (Senegal) where experts from academia, policy-makers and civil society representatives, will present their works and discuss the main issues dealt with in the ERD. A ‘New Faces for African Development' poster session will take place on the sidelines.


Making fragility history

By François Bourguignon and Giorgia Giovannetti

Fragility, expressed in terms of weak institutions and poor governance, is slowing development in sub-Saharan Africa. Europe needs to help fragile African states build up their resilience and embark on sustainable development.

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Podcast: A social safety net for Africa

This is the first podcast related to the 2010 edition of the European Report on Development. Through interviews with lead author Giorgia Giovannetti, François Bourguignon, director of the Paris School of Economics and former chief economist at the World Bank, and stakeholders at the first research workshop in Brussels, this podcast explores the issues of poverty, inequality and social protection in sub-Saharan Africa. It not only investigates why these themes were selected but also explores what role the EU and other stakeholders can play in addressing these complicated challenges.

Listen to podcast


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