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ODI at the European Development Days 2016

Time (GMT +01) 08:00 17:30


ODI hosts two events the European Development Days in Brussels on 15 and 16 June.

Climate and development: getting to zero poverty and zero emissions

Wednesday, 15 June, 16.00 - 17.30, Tour & Taxis, Auditorium A1

The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, is a major breakthrough in our joint fight against climate change, but in the race against the clock on climate change, important challenges remain, including access to investment finance, technology transfer and capacity development. This high-level panel, organised by ODI and its partners in the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), with the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the European Commission's DG CLIMA, brings together policymakers, practitioners and opinion leaders to reflect on these challenges and offer insights into opportunities generated by the Paris Agreement. Panelists share best practices with a view to jump-starting the implementation of the agreement.

Speakers include Simon Maxwell (Chair of the ETTG and senior research associate at ODI), Amina Mohammed (Environment Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria), Miguel Arias Cañete (Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission), Patrick Ignatius Gomes (Secretary General, African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States) and Joselin Manzanares Nuñez (EDD Young Leader, Climate Change, Nicaragua).

For more information, visit the EDD16 event page


Brainstorming: the future of development agencies

Thursday, 16 June, 13.00 - 14.45, Tour &Taxis, Room B2

The Sustainable Development Goals provide an agenda to transform our world. New institutions, business models and practices are challenging long-established ‘aid industry’ actors in today's context of globalisation, constantly evolving issues, increasing complexity and uncertainty. These issues are posing new crucial strategic and operational challenges for development agencies.

This brainstorm hosted by ODI and Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency) (AFD) considers the implications for development agencies and explore different scenarios regarding their future. What are the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for development agencies and the way they work? How are development agencies already evolving, and what lessons can we learn? What will be the future for the development agencies of 2030 and beyond?

David Watson (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, ODI) and Alexis Bonnel (Cross-operations Department, AFD) moderate the session. Speakers include Mikaela Gavas (Programme Leader, Development Agencies and EU, ODI) and Androulla Kaminara (Head of the Task Force Knowledge, Performance and Results, the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development).

For more information, see the EDD16 event page.


Registration for the EDDs is required to attend these events. For further information, email Elize Hefer ([email protected]).

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