Meeting point: GIZ at the European Development Days 2017

Investing in Development was the slogan for this year’s European Development Days (EDD), which took place in Brussels on 7 and 8 June. Each year actors in the international development cooperation community from all over the world gather at this event. This year’s focus was on the role of public and private sector investment in promoting sustainable growth and development. GIZ and its partners also participated, shared their experience and invited people join in an exchange of ideas in various discussion forums and at different stands in the EDD Village.

Our lab debates: From Africa’s Youth to cooperation and migration

The lab debate ‚Investing in Africa’s Youth to Harness the Demographic Dividend‘, for instance, which was organised by GIZ, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the German Federal Institute for Population Research, asked what it takes to make the young generation of Africa the driving force for a bright economic and social future of the continent. In another session on “Corruption & Migration: How Women and Girls Pay a Heavy Toll”, jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and GIZ, experts discussed on the dynamics and effects of corruption in the context of migration and displacement. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board, joined the panel discussion on "Can we achieve sustainable development results in cooperation programmes?".

Cashews and Moringa smoothies in the Global Village

In addition, GIZ had its own stand for the first time this year, where it showcased a selection of sustainable agriculture and food security projects. The examples of the cocoa, cashew and moringa value chains gave visitors the opportunity to find out about how GIZ works together with its partner countries to help ensure food security, strengthen people’s resilience to hunger crises and at the same time reduce poverty. Stand visitors also had the opportunity to snack Cashew and taste Moringa smoothies whilst exploring GIZ´s work and exchanging on challenges and chances.

Being the current president of the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation, GIZ was also active at the network’s stand which informed about the network, joint action and a current study on “improving the existing European Coordination mechanisms in fragile states”.

EDD´17: videos, podcasts and pictures available

The EDDs are organised by the European Commission and have been taking place since 2006. Each year governmental and non-governmental organisations and representatives of civil society and the private sector discuss their work and experiences with a view to joining forces to find new forms of cooperation and innovative solutions for current global challenges. Around 7,000 participants from 140 countries and 1,200 organisations visitied the event in Brussels this year, amongst them Christine Lagarde, the Director of the International Monetary Fund; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Commissioner, Federica Mogherini and Nobel Peace Price Laureate, Muhammad Yunus.

Anyone who wasn’t there live can find out what happened at the various events by accessing the quotes, video clips and podcasts on the EDD website. You will find a synopsis of each lab, as well as pictures and soundcloud recordings at the end of each event page under ‘media wall’ - just follow the links below.

GIZ stand
GIZ stand