This section contains the various language versions of the full European Report on Development (ERD), its executive summary and its citizens' brochure.
The EU is the world's largest provider of development assistance and is deeply committed to achieving the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The European Report on Development (ERD) is a new initiative which seeks, in close cooperation with developing and donor country partners, to elaborate a European perspective on development issues - one that is based on knowledge excellence, innovation and the building of common ground between the European research community and policy-makers.
The ERD 2009 focuses on the complex and multidimensional issue of fragility and approaches to tackling it, with a specific focus on the African continent. Many sub-Saharan African countries are in situations which can be described as 'fragile'. The root causes of this fragility are manifold and include conflict, poor governance, weak institutions, lack of social cohesion, ethnic fragmentation, etc.