EU unveils new scientific advisory panel for development

    Leading academics and economists who are expected to help integrate research and evidence more deeply into the European Union’s development policy comprise the European Commission’s new advisory panel.

    “I want to ensure that EU development policies are based on the best scientific evidence available to achieve the best possible results of our aid,” European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said at the launch of the advisory panel. “The Board will help us to link research and concrete policy formulation and implementation in a much more effective way.”

    The eight current board members, who will be joined by visiting experts, are:

    • François Bourguignon, director of the Paris School of Economics and former World Bank chief economist

    • Ha-Joon Chang, professor at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Economics

    • Paul Collier of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University

    • Simon Maxwell, World Economic Forum fellow and former director of the Overseas Development Institute

    • Dirk Messner, director of the German Development Institute

    • Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, national director of the South African Institute of International Affairs

    • Jonathan White of the German Marshall Fund

    • Lennart Wohlgemuth, guest professor at the Gothenburg University’s Center for African Studies

    The board will help inform EU development policies and programs through research and exchange of ideas with other leading individuals in the EU’s scientific community. The focus will primarily be on universal access to sustainable development and food security.

    The launch of the scientific board follows the trend within the international development community for deeper integration of research and science into efforts to address global challenges. Just recently, the United States launched an initiative to better link universities and research institutions with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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