From theory to practice

31 January 2017 - 17:30 - 21:30
Stefano Manservisi

The Sustainable Development Goals require more than traditional development aid. Implementing Agenda 2030 will require about 2-3tn dollars, a sum which is much higher than funds available through Official Development Aid (ODA). Meeting the objectives of Agenda 2030 will depend on the creation and use of innovative financing tools, such as the EU’s new European External Investment Plan and the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility.

  • Which are the existing innovative financing tools, and will they be enough to plug the development financing gap?
  • Should innovative financing tools principally target national governments or act directly at the level of civil society and local government?
  • How can remittances be made more efficient in promoting development?

This dinner debate, limited to 30 senior participants, is organised by the Development Policy Forum led by Friends of Europe in partnership with the IFC on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. Building on its six decades of experience, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) partners with the private sector to create opportunity and promote inclusive growth in emerging markets. The dinner debate will be preceded by a Policy Insight debate on “Unlocking Private Sector Investment in Fragile States”.

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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank.


Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa is expanding, reflecting the increasing global importance of emerging economies. We track these developments through our Asia Programme and Europe-China Forum, and through our work looking at the EU vision and strategy towards China, India, Japan and ASEAN, and its role in the Asia-Europe Meeting.

17.30 – 18.00

Registration of participants for Policy Insight “Unlocking Private Sector Investment in Fragile States”

18.00 – 19.00

Policy Insight debate

19.15 – 19.45

Networking cocktail

19.15 – 21.30

Dinner debate Innovative financing tools for development- From theory to practice


End of debate

Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Stefano Manservisi
European Commission Director General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
Prior to his current assignment Stefano Manservisi served as the Head of Cabinet of European Union Vice President Federica Mogherini. With over 30 years of experience in the Commission, he previously worked as Director General of the Directorate-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (DG DEV), Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) and as Head of the Delegation of the EU to Turkey. Manservisi was previously a visiting professor at the College of Europe, University of Roma III and the University of Bologna.
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