European Development Days: statement by Andris Piebalgs on New Policy Challenges
End production: 06/12/2010 First transmission: 06/12/2010
The 5th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) took place in Brussels on 6 and 7 December 2010. Organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EDD is the leading European forum where the questions and issues about international development cooperation are debated.
On the first day of the EDD, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, took part in the session on New Policy Challenges and visited the Development Village.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the session on New Policy Challenges
||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, (in ENGLISH): we need to translate our experience in development policy so that what we do makes additional support for the positive changes;
it is a sector where you create a lot of jobs; in Africa, agriculture in particular is very helpful for creating wealth;
we should focus with our partners on creating sustainable growth.
||SOUNDBITE by Justin Kilcullen, President of the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (Concord), (in ENGLISH): what development is about is people, power and participation; the failure to create pro poor growth or pro poor economic development, the failure to have really sustainable development programmes in place, has been because people have been excluded from processes.
||SOUNDBITE by Arthur Peter Mutharika, Malawian Minister for Education, Science and Technology, (in ENGLISH): civil society does have a role to play, in any society; but I don't agree that it has to be a central role because structurally I don't see how civil society can engage in an economic plan for the whole country when in most cases civil society tends to reflect a particular sector of the economy.
||SOUNDBITE by Caroline Anstey, Vice-President for External Affairs of The World Bank, (in ENGLISH): we need to be very careful not to throw the baby out of the bath water; a lot of development aid has achieved a lot of results; the aid community has been very poor in measuring those results.
||SOUNDBITE by Philomena Johnson, Director of Caritas Ghana and Member of the Executive Committee of Caritas Internationalis, (in ENGLISH): civil society should be and must be part of a new paradigm that we are thinking of in we really want to make progress.
||Cutaways of the session on New Policy Challenges
||Andris Piebalgs visiting the Development Village (2 shots)
||General shots of the Development Village (2 shots)