The European Development Days 2016

June 15, 2016 > June 16, 2016, Bruxelles

Ferdi organised a workshop on the effectiveness of international support measures for Least Developed Countries and co-organised a conference on security and development

The tenth edition of the European Development Days (EDD 2016) took place in Brussels on 15-16 June 2016. The EDD 2016 focused on "Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future".

Each year, EDD attracts 5000 people, 140 countries, 1200 organisations.
The European Development Days (EDD) are Europe's leading forum on development and international cooperation. Organised by the European Commission, the forum brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.

Ferdi organised the conference "How effective have international support measures been for Least Developed Countries?" under the theme Leave no-one behind and the foundation co-organised the conference "Working together in fragile states for better effectiveness" under the theme Working with fragile states.


Leave no-one behind

How effective have international support measures been for Least Developed Countries? An assessment at the midterm of the Istanbul Programme of Action 

Organised by Ferdi





Since the category of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) was created 45 years ago, many measures have been taken in favour of LDCs. The support has increased in recent years, especially in the area of trade, but to a lesser extent in the area of financing. Today, the issue is whether the measures have been effective - we need to adapt existing measures and justify future initiatives.The opportunity to assess these measures arose with the May Mid-Term review (MRT) of the International Programme of Action of Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011 to 2020 and the new book, Out of the Trap, edited by Professor Patrick Guillaumont, which is the companion volume of the new book, Caught in the Trap. The conclusions of the MRT informed the main recommendations of the new book.

Moderator : Patrick Guillaumont, Président, Ferdi

What impact of international support measures? An introduction

Speakers :

  • Roland Mollerus, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Capacity building experiences in least developed countries :

  • Tertius Zongo, Special high-level advisor on Fragility in the Sahel Region, African Development Bank
  • Céline Carrère, Professor University of Geneva
  • Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Deputy Executive Director, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement


(from left : Roland Mollerus, Tertius Zongo, Patrick Guillaumont et Jean-Marc Châtaigner)


How effective have international support measures been for Least Developed Countries? An assessment at the midterm of the Istanbul Programme of Action June 15th, 2016  |  16:00 – 17:15  |  Venue: Tour & Taxis, Brussels  

Journées européennes du développement 2016 Leave no one –
Working with fragile states

 Working together in fragile states for better effectiveness A reality check and ways forward from a multistakeholder perspective 

Organised by : Practitioner's Network for European Development Cooperation, Expertise France, Agence française de développement (AFD), British Council, Agence belge de développement, GIZ, Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international (Ferdi), Cordaid, Österreichische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, SNV, AECID, Lux Dev, World Vision, Czech Development Agency, FIIAPP, Sida





The Practitioners Network, in collaboration with Cordaid, FERDI and the European Commission is hosting on June 15th, 2016 a high-level panel on the theme “Working with fragile states” as part of the European Development Days 2016 – Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation.

Bringing together high-level representative from third countries, member states agencies, the European Commission, civil society organisations and youth representative, the panel aims at fostering a thought-provoking debate on the needs encountered in a context of fragility and draw recommendations for better effectiveness.

Panel :

  • Mohamed Omar Arteh,  Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia
  • Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development
  • Sébastien Mosneron-Dupin, CEO of Expertise France
  • Tertius Zongo, Special Advisor on fragility to the African Development Bank, former Prime Minister Burkina-Faso
  • Rita Martin, Operational Director of EVE South Sudan, CSO for Women's rights
  • Reuben James Barrete, Young leader from the Philippines


(from left : Shada Islam, Reuben James Barrete, Rita Martin, Mohamed Omar Arteh, Klaus Rudischhauser, Tertius Zongo, Sébastien Mosneron-Dupin)





Fragile states are at the centre of the international community’s attention. However, international frameworks and guidelines on improving coordination and effectiveness on the ground show limited results. The urgency and the scale of the needs of these countries require a concerted action by all development actors, as well as in all dimensions of development. In this light, it is essential to design well thought-out yet adaptable actions based on field experience to promote sustainable development in a context of growing and resurgent insecurity.

Discussions will focus on the shared observation that despite multiple commitments and strategic orientations, the response to state fragility remains to be achieved. The panel will aim at identifying modalities for closer cooperation, synergies between areas of action and characteristics that makes resilience and transition possible to ease a long-term development process.... Read more


Event webpage :

Working together in fragile states for better effectiveness A reality check and ways forward from a multi-stakeholder perspective June 15th, 2016  |  18:00 – 19:30  |  Venue: Tour & Taxis, Brussels    

Journées européennes du développement 2016 Working with fragile states –