Making science work for development

The European Report on Development (ERD)

1 April 2013

The European Report on Development (ERD) seeks to play a catalytic role in feeding the development debate, enhancing and refining the EU’s perspective on development, and bridging the gap between policy and research.

The ERD 2013 attempts to identify key potential drivers of a global partnership for development post-2015.

Key conclusions:

  • A transformative agenda is vital: Poverty should remain a core focus of the post-2015 agenda, but the objective should be to tackle its roots by pursuing a wider and more transformative approach to development. This calls for economic and social transformations that emphasise creating employment, addressing inequality and finding sustainable solutions.
  • National ownership is key: The new framework should pay attention to how global goals relate to national policy needs, respecting domestic policy space and linking national and international efforts in a mutually supportive and flexible manner. A form of ‘mixed-design’ that allows for both global and national goals, as well as both targets and broad principles, could help.
  • Scale up global collective action: Richer countries, such as those in the EU, should strengthen their support for a new framework by extending collective action to areas important to development, such as international financial regulation, trade, migration and climate change; by enhancing Policy Coherence for Development; and by increasing both the level and effectiveness of their aid.
  • A new framework should be about instruments as much as about goals: The temptation in considering a successor to the MDGs is to focus only on the goals and targets. Yet if progress is to be achieved, the new framework should clearly highlight the instruments to be used and the targets set for their use.

Read the full report here.

  • Post 2015