Thursday, 31 January 2008

New website ‘Whither EC Aid?’

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and ActionAid International launched a new website for their joint project ‘Whither EC Aid?’ This project aims to re-position the debate on monitoring the effectiveness of European Commission aid by seeking to open it up and bring in the views of a wide variety of stakeholders. The next five years will be decisive for the future direction of international development co-operation in general and European Union co-operation in particular. The European Commission (EC) plays a crucial role in EU development co-operation, as a facilitator as well as a sizeable donor in its own right. Despite ambitious international aid goals, there is a lack of shared understanding of key underlying issues that shape the EC aid effectiveness debate.

On the basis of the outcomes of the research and consultation phases, a final report on “Whither EC Aid?” will be written and completed in spring 2008.

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