International Research

Seven indivisibilities and a conundrum: how to deliver women’s empowerment

Simon Maxwell was invited to moderate the High-Level Event on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development, in Riga on 2 March 2015. In this reflection on the conclusions to the event, Simon identifies seven indivisibilities that shaped the conversation. I don’t usually…

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The EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework: A commentary

The European Commission has published what it calls ‘the EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework’. This is a Staff Working Paper, but looks final rather than draft, and has been forwarded to Member States as such. In this commentary, Simon Maxwell suggests…

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Why Europe needs a global strategy

Hidden in the small print of the 27 & 28 June European Council conclusions – eclipsed by the crisis in Greece, the row about migration and the UK’s bid to renegotiate the terms of its membership of the EU – was an…

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Climate change: the European Union towards COP21 and beyond

Developing countries need a robust deal at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, as well as an ambitious action plan to ramp up action afterwards. The EU can help finalise the deal by offering more in the…

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Challenges to a comprehensive EU migration and asylum policy

A man gazes towards Kawergosk refugee camp, Erbil governorate, Kurdistan region of Iraq. Photo credit: EU/ECHO/Caroline Gluck Labelled as Europe’s biggest challenge, the Syrian refugee crisis has revealed severe gaps in Europe’s response to collective problems. The ODI research report Challenges to…

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Post-2015 and Beijing+20: Women’s economic empowerment and sustanable development – the synthesis for success

The high-level event on women’s empowerment and sustainable development took place in Riga, Latvia, on 2 March. The event was jointly hosted by the European Commission and the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the European Year for Development.  It aimed to identify…

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ODI submits opinion to the Commission’s consultation on inclusive growth

ODI today submitted their response to the European Commission’s Green Paper on ‘EU Development Policy in Support of Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’ There is much to welcome in the EU’s Green Paper on EU development policy.  The emphasis on the…

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Global problems need global solutions: The EU and global public goods

Over the last decade, development cooperation has evolved to such an extent that we are now entering ‘a new age of global development’, characterised by an emphasis on global public goods (GPGs). The increasingly global nature of development challenges clearly…

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Implementing the European Union gender action plan : challenges and opportunities

The EU first articulated its policy commitment to gender equality in development cooperation in 1995, following the Beijing UN Women’s Conference, and has redefined it several times since. A growing awareness of the gap between EU policy and practice on gender equality…

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What future for EU development cooperation in middle-income countries?

The European Commission proposed policy of ‘differentiation’ aims to recalibrate aid and development cooperation in middle-income countries. The policy responds directly to recent changes in global poverty and wealth patterns, economic flows and geopolitical realities. In an increasingly heterogeneous development landscape, the EU…

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