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European Union members are collectively the largest aid donor in the world and give over half of global aid, and the EU’s policies have a major bearing on global development—from migration, to trade, agriculture and security. CGD is bringing its innovative thinking and evidence-based, practical propositions to the unique European context.
One of the first things we all learn as development rookies is that you cannot simply transplant institutions, systems or ideas from elsewhere. We are told that solutions have to be organic, locally-developed, country-owned and relevant to the context. But why and when is this true?
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Africa Program and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States present
European Union–United States Partnership in Africa
Though this event will be webcast live, this consultation will not be a public event, but rather a forum for U.S. and EU counterparts to explore some of the challenges the continent currently faces, as well as to identify potential solutions that can be pursued in cooperation with African nations. There will be two panels focusing on “Common Security, Sahel and Horn Cases” and “Development, Trade, and Investment.”
Tune into the live or archived webcast at the Africa Program page at WilsonCenter.org.
In Norway last year I met with the impressive staff of one of the world’s largest and smartest NGOs. They were unhappy that Norwegian aid money was being used to discourage deforestation in Brazil instead of to immunize children and educate girls in low-income Africa—in other words, to deal with climate change rather than “development.” I countered that minimizing climate change is a crucial piece of development, and urged them to rethink the issue.