AEFJN and the EC Green Paper on Development

Over the past ten years, the EU has improved its development cooperation, financial instruments and aid effectiveness in order to put in place mechanisms to ensure greater policy coherence for development and greater impact on poverty reduction.  Yet there is still a long way to go… if aid is really to serve its purpose.

The current economic crisis notwithstanding, the EU has recently reaffirmed its commitments and adopted an ambitious position in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

A series of internal and external recent developments, such as the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the lack of coherence in EU policies and the new global economic context, point to the need to update the EU's development policy. The new policy should take account of the emergence of several significant global issues (such as climate change, economic and financial crises, reform of the international institutions, agriculture and food security, and fragility) and to ensure that development policy is implemented as effectively as possible so as to maximize its impact for poverty reduction. The European document that will define this policy “Communication on Modernizing European Development Policy” will build upon the results of the public consultation processes launched in October-November 2010 on the “Green Paper on EU development policy”.  It will also take full account of the feedback received from the Commission Communication on the consolidation of EU-Africa relations – "Africa-Europe 2020: 1.5 billion people, 80 countries, two continents, one future".

Given the importance of this consultation for the future of the relations between Africa and the EU, AEFJN has participated in it. You can read AEFJN’s Answers to Green Paper Consultation at:


1.          The Green paper on EU’s Development

The objective of this Green Paper is to launch a debate on how the EU can improve the impact of its development policy and how it can best support poorest countries' efforts in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth, including leveraging new opportunities to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to reduce poverty.

In particular, it asks questions around four main objectives to be pursued collaboratively by the EU and its Member States:

1.     how to ensure high EU impact development policy, so that every euro spent provides the best value added and value for money, the best leverage and the best legacy of opportunities for generations to come,

2.     how to facilitate more, and more inclusive, growth in developing countries, as a means of reducing poverty and providing a chance for all to have a decent living and a perspective for their future. It is increasingly obvious that MDGs will not be achieved without it. Each percentage of growth can significantly improve countries' capacity to achieve poverty reduction and have a multiplier effect through employment creation and social protection,

3.     how to promote sustainable development as a driver for progress, and

4.     how to achieve durable results in the area of agriculture and food security.

You can read AEFJN’s Answers to Green Paper Consultation at:

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