All eyes on Brussels, as world leaders gather for EDD

    A European Union flag strung with other flags from other European nations. At the upcoming European Development Days in Brussels, the global aid community will learn from world leaders and innovators what the future of international development will look like. Photo by: European Union 2012 / European Parliament / CC BY-NC-ND

    What’s the future of international development — and how will it affect you? As official media partner of the 2013 European Development Days, Devex will sit down with world leaders and innovators next week to find out.

    Devex members will have a front-row seat to our coverage and to Europe’s top gathering of development movers and shakers. You’ll hear from presidents, tech innovators, NGO leaders and top EU officials about the latest solutions to pressing development challenges, and how they may affect your business or career.

    Luminaries that are scheduled to visit our video pavilion on Tuesday and Wednesday include Liberian President Ellen John Sirleaf as well as Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, who is battling poverty and instability at home and abroad. We’ll speak with Winnie Byanyima, a Ugandan aeronautical engineer who earlier this year was named executive director of Oxfam International, one of the leading international development NGOs and advocacy groups.

    You’ll hear from Joanna Maycock, president of Concord, the alliance of European aid NGOs, as well as Gib Bulloch, executive director of Accenture. Among the many other people we look forward to speaking with are Paul Garnett, Microsoft Corp.’s director for technology policy; Helen Hai, CEO of China Africa Consulting; and Ralf Dürrwang, vice president of corporate citizenship at Deutsche Post DHL.

    Stay tuned to the Devex website for our coverage, follow us on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the official EDD website for livestreamed panel discussions and other news from the conference. If you’re attending EDD, please swing by our video pavilion in the middle of the conference grounds, right in between the meeting rooms.

    Backdrop for this year’s conversation, surely, is a global aid community that’s engulfed in change. This is particularly true in Europe.

    On Tuesday, EU officials finally agreed on the regional bloc’s seven-year budget framework; the attention now shifts toward implementation, as negotiations on next year’s budget kick into high gear. In the United Kingdom, Justine Greening continues to push an ambitious value-for-money agenda that has ruffled some feathers within the government’s traditional cast of implementing partners. German aid minister Dirk Niebel is on the way out as chancellor Angela Merkel seeks a new coalition partner in her party’s arch-rival, the SPD.

    Across the continent, aid budgets are being slashed or intensely scrutinized by lawmakers who’d rather spend money at home than abroad. The heat is on!

    Next week’s European Development Days offers EU officials and their public, private and nonprofit partners a chance to cut through the noise and advance a common vision for inclusive, sustainable growth beyond 2015, the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

    We’re proud to help foster this important discussion by bringing you the latest news and views from the 2013 European Developement Days, as well as — of course — other hot spots around the globe.

    What are you most looking forward to at EDD this year? What questions do you have for the attendees? Please let us know by leaving a comment below, and share this post so we can carry the conversation forward!

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    • Rolf Rosenkranz

      Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.