The conference will be opened on 20 October by high level
representatives of the European Parliament, the Presidency of the Council of
the European Union and the European Court of Auditors..
As the main player in the field of international aid, the EU has made 2015
the European year of development, in line with the United Nations’ adoption of sustainable
development objectives. In the context of Luxembourg’s presidency of the EU, the European
Court of Auditors will host this international conference on EU development aid
policies in Luxembourg.
After the opening session, there will be panel
discussions on three topics:
Panel discussion 1 - Future
prospects: EU development policy post-2015
The EU works with numerous
public and private partners, including international organisations,
foundations, NGOs and individual states. The development aid landscape has
altered considerably with the arrival of new stakeholders (private sector,
emerging economies) and changes in traditional intervention methods and
partners. The Millennium Development
Goals – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of
HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of
2015 – form a blueprint agreed by all of the world’s countries and all of the world’s
leading development organisations. They have galvanised unprecedented efforts to
meet the needs of the world’s poorest. World leaders have renewed their commitment to
meeting the MDG' targets and agreed to hold a high-level summit in September 2015
to adopt a new set of goals, building on the achievements of the MDGs. In the
context of The Millennium Development Goals being redefined, the
conference aims to draw conclusions about the future of development aid
post-2015 and the role to be played by the EU.
Panel discussion 2 - Development
aid, participants and instruments: effectiveness and transparency of management
Development cooperation takes place within the framework of various policies
that are subject to specific economic, social and humanitarian considerations - and implemented
by various stakeholders. While the EU is the leading donor, it also works
together with individual states, international organisations, NGOs and private
foundations. The speakers will describe the various ways development aid is
delivered with respect to European policies, and will analyse the practicalities
and coordination issues between the various stakeholders.
Panel discussion 3 – Is aid effective and how is this assessed?
In this context, assessing
the effectiveness of aid is a particularly sensitive matter, and one which has
already given rise to numerous studies and discussions. The precision and
relevance of award criteria and results indicators, the quality of monitoring
and assessment, and improved financial stewardship in beneficiary countries are
all key factors.