This high-level roundtable debate will bring together some 30 senior stakeholders from the private sector, civil society as well as from European and international institutions.
Europe’s development cooperation landscape is changing. Official development assistance (ODA) from donor countries to the developing world is increasingly being outpaced by private sector investment, money from philanthropy and remittances from emigrants working abroad. Aid donors and agencies are increasingly concerned to identify the forms of aid delivery and implementation that work best. With the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness due to focus on these issues at the end of 2011, how is the growing role of private actors in development cooperation being seen?
The Development Policy Forum is organising this roundtable to look at potential synergies between traditional aid and the new breed of private actors, and explore ways in which their cooperation could improve development effectiveness. A special publication on this issue will be published ahead of the event.
Experts around the table will include Achille Bassilekin, Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department of the ACP Group, Penny Davies, Author of the OECD Report “The Role of the Private Sector in the Context of Aid Effectiveness” and Policy Advisor at Diakonia, Nuria Molina-Gallart, Director of the European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), Ruth Rawling, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Cargill Europe, Ingmar Streese, Director of Global Programs and Partnerships at Mars Belgium, Christophe Yvetot, Representative to the European Union of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Bernard Ziller, Senior Economic Adviser at the European Investment Bank (EIB).