- The EDD
- The program
- The JEFIC Stand
- The Metis Stand
The European Development Days (EDD) are Europe’s leading forum for international partnerships. This event organized by the European Commission brings together key players to share ideas and experiences with the aim of inspiring new partnerships and innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges. Each year, the forum attracts more than 10,000 participants from over 140 countries, representing 1,200 organizations from the global EDD community.
For its 15th year, the EDD will be held from June 21 to 22 with the theme “Global Gateway: Building Sustainable Partnerships for a Connected World”. Global Gateway is the new European strategy to boost smart, clean and secure connections in the digital, energy and transport sectors and strengthen health, education and research systems around the world. It stands for sustainable and trusted connections that work for people and the planet to tackle the most pressing global challenges, from climate change and protecting the environment, to improving health security and boosting competitiveness and global supply chains.
The AFD Group will organize and co-organize the following session throughout the 2 days:
- BRAINSTORMING | 11:00-11:45 – Smart infrastructure secures national strategies for development and environment
Brainstorming room 1
Sustaining economic growth by reconciling infrastructure development with national climate and biodiversity priorities.
HIGH LEVEL PANEL | 11:10-12:10 – Contribution of Digital to Africa's economic growth and progress
How can digital-led strategies support economy, young entrepreneurs, and help Africa meet SDG targets.
HIGH LEVEL PANEL | 11:10-12:10 – Green pathways in Latin America
Strengthening the EU-LAC partnership for a green and just transition.
- AGORA SESSION | 12:10-12:30 - Using geospacial data to develop economy innovation in Africa & Latin America
Thanks to geospacial data and earth observation, unlocking data economies potential in Africa & Latin America for more resilient, inclusive and sustainable societies.
- BRAINSTORMING | 12:15-13:00 – Bringing people at the center of the AU-EU digital partnership
Brainstorming room 1
How to put our shared digital principles into action?
- LAB DEBATE | 13:40-14:25 – Towards quality and green infrastructure investments
Aligning the Global Gateway agenda to the Green Deal.
- LAB DEBATE |13:40-14:25 – Startups as a tool for empowerment and job creation
Human-centric digital innovation as an enabler for local economies and beyond.
- AGORA SESSION | 14:30-14:50 - Evidence for impact: meet the Fund for Innovation in Development (FID)
HIGH LEVEL PANEL | 16:05-17:05 – Tables rather than desk... for a more inclusive and collaborative response to the climate crisis
Aligning investments and interests on just energy transition with shared policies and development priorities through the policy first principle.
- LAB DEBATE | 17:35-18:20 - Rethinking quality VET to attract investment
How can VET and the private sector join forces to stimulate growth with maximum local benefits by using digital and green opportunities?
HIGH LEVEL PANEL | 09:40-10:40 – Partnering for African Sovereignty on medical products access
Building the conditions / favorable environment for a resilient and sustainable Pharmaceutical Sector in Africa.
JEFIC – Joint European Financiers for International Cooperation – is a network of European bilateral banks and financial institutions which mainly work with public sector partners in developing countries and emerging economies. The current members are AECID (Spain), AFD (France), CDP (Italy) and KfW (Germany).
They share a common vision for a truly joined-up European development finance system and decided to pool their respective resources and mobilise public and private capital for increased, effective investments towards the SDGs.
To achieve its ambitious objectives, JEFIC will work on common projects to be implemented in the coming years through a Co-financing Framework Agreement to be signed by the four partners. This agreement will frame common technical and financial operations, serving as legal basis for future joint or parallel co-financings.
JEFIC aims to remain an open and inclusive partnership so that it may also gather actors within the European financial architecture for development who are willing to join the initiative at a later stage.
Come and meet us at the JEFIC Stand (C09-L Climate and Energy in the EDD Village) and learn more about our program!
Launched in 2021 with the support of AFD, the METIS fund unites actors from the development sector, the artistic world and the private sector. It funds artistic initiatives to innovatively reinforce the impact of development policies. These initiatives are conducted as closely as possible to development sites with and for the concerned local populations. They are documented to spread and resonate in various fora concerned with the issues at hand up to the international level.
With the support of Metis, local artists build bridges between development and the arts. Their artistic expression is inspired by the real-life situation of the places where they live and work, by the people who live there, and by the issues that affect their communities.
Painting, music, dance, theatre, poetry… The arts educate, liberate, raise awareness. They create relationships that transcend social, cultural, religious and political differences. They expose, critique, question, construct. They give you something to see and to feel. They engage everyone individually and within a larger context. They use imagination and symbols to both give and make sense. Arts enrich our individual and collective intelligences. They are powerful catalysts for the changes required for the constant transformation of our societies—transformations that development projects also strive to support.
Come and meet us at the METIS Stand (C29 –S Climate and Energy in the EDD Village) and learn more about our projects and project selection.