We invite you the Civil Society Summit Europe on February 16th in Brussels.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is lauded as a new universal agenda, different than anything that came before; an agenda aiming to address social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in an integrated way.

Looking at the negotiations of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the outcome of the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3), the failure of northern countries to uphold their climate finance responsibilities and the North-South divide on international tax and sovereign debt cooperation in the UN, major questions have been raised: How will the SDGs be implemented? How will the new agenda tackle old problems? And finally how to finance and implement this new agenda? The concepts of development cooperation and aid, understood as a public transfer of resources from north to south, has changed. These changed notions of development finance and aid must be taken into consideration while also addressing new challenges and needs.

To answer these questions, the Civil Society Summit, organised by CONCORD Aidwatch with the support of Eurodad, CPDE, Reality of Aid, The ONE Campaign and CAN Europe, aims to engage European and international CSOs in a discussion on the future role of aid and financing for development. It will facilitate discussion and debate amongst civil society to take stock of our priorities and strategies, evolving these in line with the demands and challenges of a new financing and development era.

 If you have missed the event, find the full report below:



    • Date: 16 February 2016
    • Time: from 9.00 to 17.00
    • Venue: MAI – Maison des associations internationales, rue de Washington 40 – Brussels
    • Programme: final programme available here
    • Registration: via this link
    • Twitter: #DevCoFuture

Key issues to be addressed at the summit:

  • Aid and beyond – the role of ODA in a changing world (including migration, climate finance, tax, and other resource flows)
  • Holding up a mirror to Europe – the view from the South
  • From aid to development effectiveness – and from promises to action on effectiveness
  • Private sector and blending

The summit will be preceded by the European FFD community strategy sesion on February 15th (from 10.00 to 18.15). For more information contact Dorota Sienkiewicz