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The European Report Development 2010 is launched
8 December 2010

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges European Report on Development (ERD) as the source of this information


The second edition of the European Development Report 2010, titled Social Protection for Inclusive Development: A New Perspective in EU Co-operation with Africa, was launched on 7 December 2010 during the Europe Development Days in Brussels, Belgium. The Report focuses on social protection and its potential role in eradicating poverty, reducing vulnerability and promoting inclusive development in sub-Saharan Africa.

In sub-Saharan Africa, despite recent progress, poverty and precarious livelihoods remain persistent challenges. Although extreme poverty dropped from 58% in 1990 to 51% in 2005, the number of poor people rose, on the back of population growth, to 388 million, up from 296 million in 1990. The region remains vulnerable to a wide range of shocks, from food price instability to climate change and natural hazards. Social protection mechanisms which include social transfers, health insurance, public work schemes and pensions can help tackle poverty, protect the most vulnerable members of society and promote pro-poor and inclusive development and growth.

The Report, which can be downloaded from http://erd.eui.eu/, draws lessons from success stories in Africa and South America. It identifies seven priorities for the EU and its member states:
  1. Make social protection an integral part of EU development policy;
  2. Promote and support domestic processes to build local ownership;
  3. Assist in tackling affordability, e.g. by honouring their ODA commitments (0.7% of GNI by 2015);
  4. Tailor intervention modalities to specific contexts and needs of individual countries in sub-Saharan Africa;
  5. Support knowledge-building and lesson-sharing;
  6. Improve the coordination, complementarity and coherence of EU action; and
  7. Strengthen EU partnerships for a progressive social protection agenda.
Published annually, the first edition of the Report was published in October 2009 and focused on the issue of state fragility and approaches to tackling it, with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative is currently supported by the European Commission and seven EU member states, namely Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

This year, the 5th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) took place in Brussels on 6 and 7 December. Organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EDD is the leading European forum where issues on international development cooperation are debated. The 2010 edition was attended by 44 Ministers, 24 Heads of State, 12 Prime Ministers, 6 Nobel Laureates, 15,738 participants, and 5,309 CSOs. FANRPAN was represented by Ian Mashingaidze.

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