Practitioners’ Network: GIZ appointed President

At this year’s General Assembly of the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation on  17./18. May in London, GIZ took over the network’s Presidency. The Practitioners' Network is a platform for exchange of experiences and coordination of Member State organisations at the European level. Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board of GIZ, expressed her appreciation for the work of the outgoing Presidency held by British Council and valued its dynamic and strategic focus. She outlined that GIZ is going to continue the important work during the upcoming year.

The network aims to strengthen cooperation, links and complementarity between European development organisations and to improve synergies at the implementation level. It enables the exchange of information and experience between practitioners and provides feedback on European development policies from a practitioner’s perspective, especially in Brussels.

London: Exchange with the European Commission on current development cooperation topics

The General Assembly is composed of all members and meets at least once a year. In London, the network discussed about its strategy, as well as current topics. Following the motto “working better together”, the CEO’s of the member organisations exchanged with the European Commission on the implementation of the new European Consensus on Development. The latter will be officially signed by the presidents of the EU institutions on June 7 at the European Development Days. For the Commission, Stefano Manservisi, Director General of DG DEVCO and his colleague Roberto Ridolphi took part in the discussion. Following its commitment to Joint implementation at the network’s CEO Summit in November 2016, the network presented its on-going work on the topic, for instance the agreement on a definition and typology of joint implementation. Moreover, the network works on contractual modalities and the mutual recognition of systems to facilitate joint implementation. Working on these issues, the network closely cooperates with the European Commission.

The Practitioners’ network at the European Development Days, 7 and 8 June

Addressing the setup of the European External Investment Plan, Ms. Gönner stressed the importance of technical assistance and capacity development for the creation of a conducive environment which is needed to ensure effective financial assistance. Another important topic was the increase of fragility worldwide, challenging the work of the members of the network as implementing organisations. In this context a study on European coordination in fragile contexts was presented. Commissioned by the network and conducted by researchers from the University of Ghent (CEUS), the study identifies best practices and challenges of European coordination in fragile contexts. The study will be presented during the European Development Days at the Practitioners’ network stand (stand No. 67 in the Global Village).

About the Practitioners’ Network:

The Practitioners' Network for European Development Cooperation is an open platform for exchange, coordination and harmonization between European development cooperation organisations with a public service mission. It is open to all European non-profit national bodies with a public service mission which directly implement European or bilateral development assistance and which agree to the objectives, values and commitments of the Practitioners’ Network. Currently, the network is comprised of fifteen members and one observer.

Member organisations:

  • ADA - Austrian Development Agency
  • AECID - Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
  • AICS – Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • AFD - Agence Française de Développement
  • British Council
  • BTC-CTB - Belgian Development Agency
  • Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua
  • CzDA - Czech Development Agency
  • Expertise France
  • FIIAP - Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas
  • GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Lux-Development
  • SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Slovak Aid
  • SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation