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Innovation in Development: the future of EU international Cooperation

October 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

As a continuation of the public debate held at the European Parliament on 17 October, ETTG organises a research conference to which it invited its community of researchers, partners and stakeholders to discuss together the possible responses that the European Union can give to face the current development challenges.
The focus will be mainly on the relations between Africa and Europe and it will be analyzed through four workshops that will study four different themes, as you can see in the program below, concerning future global challenges.
The appointment is by invitation only.


Plenary: welcoming and opening remarks

  • Points to retain from Day 1 and introduction to parallel workshops with ETTG Rapporteurs
    • James Mackie, Director ECDPM (member of ETTG),
    • Sébastien Treyer, director of programmes IDDRI (member of ETTG)


Plenary: innovating the Africa-Europe Partnership

  • Chairperson: Geert Laporte, Deputy Director ECDPM (member of ETTG),
  • Claus Sørensen, former Director General DG ECHO,
  • Birgitte Markussen-Deputy Managing Director Africa EEAS,
  • Mirjam Blaak, Ambassador of Uganda to the EU and Benelux,
  • Celine Fabrequette, Head Project Manager at ADYFE


Coffee break


Parallel Workshops: the European contribution to addressing global challenges

  1. Globalisation and Inequality: harnessing trade and technology for development
  2. The sustainability revolution: how can the EU sustain the momentum for “transforming our world”
  3. Fragility, peace and development in sub-Saharan Africa: the missing nexus
  4. Normative power and fortress Europe: reconciling EU values and migration policy




Closing panel: recommendations for the next Commission and Parliament

  • Moderator: Giulia Maci, ETTG Coordinator,
  • Discussing workshops outputs with ETTG directors,
  • Closing words by Simon Maxwell

VENUE: Hotel Cercle de Lorraine, Place Poelaert 6, 1000 Brussels

You can find the full program for the research conference here

Image courtesy of Ninara via Flickr


October 18
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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