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Simon Maxwell: ‘Opportunities for Europe’

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Abstract: Multilateral aid has always had great advantages in terms of cost-effectiveness and political accountability. The European Commission (EC) is a form of multilateral aid with features that make it even more attractive, now that the development agenda is changing. These include political institutions shared with development partners, a strong link to trade policy and also a clear relation to the Common Foreign and Security Policy. The changing development agenda does favour a European multilateral approach. At the same time, the EU has to demonstrate its capacity to deal with the new reality. The creation of EuropeAid, deconcentration to country offices, agreement on a single EU development policy, the new code of conduct on working together – all these have helped to close the large and long-standing gap between potential and realization. But policymakers in developing countries still perceive the EC as being overly bureaucratic.
Authors: Lammers, E.
Category: Policy
Serial number: 8
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: development policy , international cooperation
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Development Cooperation General
Start Page: 19
Title: Simon Maxwell: ‘Opportunities for Europe’