New EU website to help improve development co-operation


The European Commission is launching, EuropeAid’s interactive website aimed at improving EU development co-operation. It will allow the development community at large to meet and exchange best practices on the European Commission's reform of how it provides know-how through training, research, consultancy or technical support. The goal of the reform is to ensure EU aid for developing countries happens faster and better.
"If we want to have a real impact on the eradication of poverty in the world, we have to go beyond 'business as usual',” said Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, launching the website.
“The European Commission engaged last year in an ambitious reform on how it works with technical cooperation making it more partner-led, more results-oriented, and more in line with international agreements on aid effectiveness. But the European Commission cannot make this change happen alone. We need to open up, listen and engage with the development community at large and explore innovative ways to work together and the website will help us to achieve that goal.” is an exchange forum where all stakeholders, such as Commission staff (at country level and in headquarters), development practitioners, partner countries, donors, academics, NGO and civil society representatives, can share ideas and knowledge on how to make technical cooperation more effective.
The EU is the world's most important donor of development aid, accounting for nearly 60% of global aid. The Commission alone engaged more than a fifth of the total European aid effort in 2008 (€12 billion) and granted a significant part of its aid as technical cooperation.
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