European Report on Development (ERD) 2013 seeks to contribute to the global reflection on the post-2015 development agenda

ERDBRUSSELS, Belgium, April 9, 2013/ — Based on an assessment of the Millennium Development Goals experience and on an analysis of the changing international context, and likely trends for the next 20-30 years, the ERD 2013 ( looks at key potential drivers of a post- 2015 global partnership, to tackle poverty in the poorest countries and promote structural transformation in an inclusive and sustainable manner. The Report highlights three such drivers: flows of money (development finance), flows of goods (trade) and flows of people (migration).

The ERD 2013, entitled ‘Post 2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future’, comes just over a month after the publication of EU’s proposal for the development framework once the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end in 2015 (explained in the policy document ‘A Decent Life for All: Ending Poverty and Giving the World a Sustainable Future’
This independent report argues that, while impetus for development lies primarily at the domestic level, an enabling international environment in which to pursue their development agenda is also essential for developing countries. The report also advocates that strong international collective action is therefore fundamental, and identifies potential key drivers of a global partnership.
Speaking at the launch event, Commissioner Piebalgs said:”I am pleased to see that the new ERD, which is particularly timely and relevant, in many ways complements and supports the work of the Commission. This year’s report, with its in – depth analysis and ambitious messages, will help stimulate the debate on the post – 2015 development agenda, both at the EU and global levels.
“The report argues that the post-2015 agenda should build on the MDGs, but strive to deliver on the wider vision of the Millennium Declaration and promote inclusive and sustainable development. In this vision, poverty eradication remains a central objective, but its achievement and protection requires strategies that tackle the roots of it in an inclusive and sustainable manner. The achievement of this vision will require going both “Beyond MDGs” and “Beyond Aid”.

The analysis reaches four key conclusions for a post 2015 agenda:

  • A transformative agenda – Emphasising structural economic and social transformations, creating employment, addressing inequality and finding sustainable solutions – is vital.
  • National ownership is key: the new framework should pay more attention to how global goals relate to national needs and targets.
  • Scale up global collective action. Greater international collective action through global public policies is urgently needed. Richer countries should strengthen their support in areas important to development; enhance Policy Coherence for Development; and increase both the level and effectiveness of aid.
  • A new framework should be about instruments as much as about goals: instruments to be used and their targets should be clearly highlighted.

The Report presents a series of policy recommendations for the international community and global action, in view of supporting the achievement of an ambitious post-2015 agenda. It also presents more specific recommendations for the European Union. The ERD is an independent report, prepared by a team of researchers from three research institutes: ODI, DIE and ECDPM. The initiative is supported by the European Commission and seven EU Member States, namely Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. To enrich its analysis, the ERD 2013 draws on case studies carried out by local research institutes in four countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Rwanda and Peru).

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