ERD Fragility - Process

ERD Fragility - Process

This section contains information and publications related to the preparatory events and the consultative process which took place prior to publication of the ERD. It also contains all the background documents and research papers conducted specifically for the report.

Stakeholder participation is at the core of the process to compile the European Report on Development (ERD). At the centre of this multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary effort is the ERD Steering Committee which provides the leadership and vision necessary to guide the authorship process. In 2009, the Steering Committee was composed of representatives of the European Commission and the five EU Member States which co-funded the ERD initiative (Finland, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom).

The Report's main authors at the European University Institute (EUI) employed a process that was participatory, consultative and peer-reviewed. The Report primarily relied on existing literature, but original research was commissioned from specialised institutes and universities. Each consultation activity built on background and issues papers which drew on both existing and new research.

These research papers were validated and discussed during a series of consultative activities (research workshops and conferences) as input to the final Report. Peer consultations of this kind helped ensure a transparent and participatory authorship process involving all the main stakeholders in Africa and Europe.

Preparatory events:

Brussels, 6 February 2009.

On 6 February 2009, researchers and policy-makers – both from Europe and Africa – gathered in Brussels to discuss how research could help overcome the challenges posed by fragility in developing countries, with a particular focus on Africa. Workshop papers:

Cambridge, 17-18 March 2009.

The workshop 'Food crises and the development potential of the agricultural and commodity sector in fragile countries' was organised by the European University Institute (EUI) in Cambridge, UK, on 17-18 March. Workshop papers:

Background papers:

Florence, 16-17 April 2009.

The workshop 'Transforming political structures: security, institutions, and regional integration mechanisms' was held in Florence, Italy, during 16-17 April. Workshop papers:

Background papers:

Barcelona, 7-8 May 2009.

The conference held in Barcelona on 7-8 May 2009 focused on 'The challenges of fragility to development policy'. Workshop papers:

Background papers:

Accra, 21-23 May 2009.

This conference, held on 21-23 May 2009 in Accra, Ghana, focused on 'Financial markets, adverse shocks and policy responses in fragile countries'. Workshop papers:

Background papers:

Florence, 21-23 June 2009.

The first draft of the report was presented at the final preparatory event – 'Moving towards the European Report on Development 2009' – which took place in Florence on 22-23 June 2009. Workshop papers:

List of participants

Background papers:

Brussels, 4 September 2009.

The conference on the consolidated draft report was held in Brussels on 4 September 2009. Workshop papers:

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