Introduction to the Brussels Development Briefings

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By Hansjörg Neun and Isolina Boto, CTA
Brussels, 4 July 2007

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Introduction to the Brussels Development Briefings

  1. 1. Brussels Development Briefings A series of meetings on ACP-EU rural development issues
  2. 2. Context <ul><li>There are challenges having an impact on the agricultural and rural sector of the ACP countries which require an effective exchange of information and experience among the development community in Brussels and an increased collaboration </li></ul>
  3. 3. Opening remarks <ul><li>Dr H. Neun, Director of CTA </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Ballantyne, Director of Euforic </li></ul><ul><li>F. Nyabenda, Deputy Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat </li></ul><ul><li>Philip Mikos, Europeqn Commission/DG Development/Rural Developement </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives <ul><li>to raise awareness on rural development issues and emerging challenges </li></ul><ul><li>to promote information and expertise sharing among the development groups based in Brussels </li></ul><ul><li>to strengthen cooperation and collaboration and promote networking </li></ul>
  5. 5. Partners <ul><li>CTA </li></ul><ul><li>European Commission DG Development and EU Presidency </li></ul><ul><li>ACP Secretariat and ACP Group </li></ul><ul><li>Concord </li></ul><ul><li>Euforic </li></ul>
  6. 6. Target group <ul><li>ACP-EU policy makers -EC services, Members of Parliament and Council, representatives of EU Member States-, civil society groups, European research networks, researchers and development practitioners, international organisations based in Brussels… </li></ul>
  7. 7. http://brusselsbriefings.net <ul><li>A blog is capturing the inputs and outputs to and for our discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>We expect it to be dynamic, interactive and informative. Post your comments and any resources you want to share on the discussed topics. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Brussels Rural Development Briefings A series of meetings on ACP-EU development issues Briefing session n° 1: Key challenges for rural development in the ACP countries 4th July 2007
  9. 9. Key challenges for rural development <ul><li>The impact of globalization on rural livelihoods; the continental and regional policy context in Africa and the aid effectiveness and harmonization amongst donors. </li></ul><ul><li>We will have short presentations by specialists having different backgrounds and perspectives and interaction with the audience on those the issues. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Panel 1: The macro-economic environment and its impact on the rural poor <ul><li>This session will look at the economic and social impact of </li></ul><ul><li>the globalization on rural livelihoods in ACP countries, </li></ul><ul><li>emerging key challenges for rural population and viable </li></ul><ul><li>pathways out of poverty and vulnerability. </li></ul><ul><li>Panellists: </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Wiggins, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Group, ODI </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Elhaut, Director of the Asia and Pacific Division, IFAD </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Al Binger, UNDP, Caribbean </li></ul><ul><li>Discussant: Marc Debois, Head of sector Agriculture and Rural </li></ul><ul><li>Development, EC </li></ul>
  11. 11. Panel 2: Policy context: the African regional integration process <ul><li>This session will look at the policy options in support of </li></ul><ul><li>rural development in the African context lead by NEPAD, </li></ul><ul><li>along with the implications of the current process of </li></ul><ul><li>regional integration. </li></ul><ul><li>Panellists: </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Marcel Mazoyer, INA Paris-Grignon </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Michael Waithaka, Eastern and Central Africa Programme for Agricultural Policy Analysis (ECAPAPA) </li></ul><ul><li>Mamadou Cissokho, President of ROPPA </li></ul><ul><li>Discussant: Ramesh Jaura, Director, IPS Press Service Europe </li></ul>
  12. 12. Panel 3: Aid effectiveness, harmonisation and alignment amongst donors <ul><li>This session will look at the options to ensure a more </li></ul><ul><li>rational division of labour and performance amongst the </li></ul><ul><li>donor community. </li></ul><ul><li>Panellists: </li></ul><ul><li>Bernard Petit, Deputy Director General, DG Development, EC </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Wales, Global Donor Platform for Rural Development </li></ul><ul><li>Denise Auclair, Policy Expert, CIDSE/Caritas Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Discussant: H.E. Mr. Errol Humphrey, Ambassador of </li></ul><ul><li>Barbados </li></ul>

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