Dear All,

We would like to invite you to the first online debate on development in the context of the EuropeAid funded project "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation".

The debate will take place within the forum webpage of the project's portal between 1st and 21st December 2010 and will be facilitated by the Maltese partner organisation KOPIN (, with the participation of EU NGDOs, universities, educators, and the general public.

The topic of the debate will be based on the EU's Green Paper, and will focus on "EU development policy in support of inclusive growth and sustainable development: Increasing the impact of EU development policy".

The EU has recently issued a Green Paper on development. The objective of this Green Paper is to initiate a consultation process on how to improve the impact of the EU's development policy, and how this can best assist the efforts of the poorest countries in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth. In the process the EU should also identify and initiate new opportunities that could speed up the progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to reduce poverty. To read the full paper you can go to

This consultative proposal aims specifically at elaborating the way in which the EU and its Member States should collaborate to:

  • ensure that the EU's development policy has an increases the effectiveness and efficiency of development assistance;
  • support the Least Developed Countries in achieving a sustained, inclusive growth that reduces poverty and provides opportunities for all to improve their standard of living now and also their prospects for the future;
  • promote sustainable development as a catalyst for progress; and
  • achieve durable results in the area of agriculture and food security.

The driving question for this debate will be:

How can the EU increase the impact of its development policy?

Please visit and follow the instructions to sign up and to log in to the forum. We look forward to your contributions as you share with us your ideas and visions on the EU Development Policy.

Warm Regards,

Charalambos Vrasidas
Executive Director