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At the European Development Days 2012 this High Level Panel, facilitated by the European Think Tanks Group, will bring together a leading group of thinkers and policy-makers for a candid debate on how European development policy could respond to the growing inequality problem.

Can’t make the panel? Watch the event live on 17 October from 11am.

As proposed in Agenda for Change the EU is increasingly focusing on ‘inclusive and sustainable growth‘ enabling more people to participate in, and benefit from wealth and job creation. If growth is to be ‘inclusive’, however, it must also address socio-economic inequality. While the European Commission policy statements have recognised that inequality is a major development challenge, few concrete measures for tackling it have been proposed. This High Level Panel aims to kickstart this discussion and will debate the following issues:

  • Overall Intentions: how does the EU propose to go about dealing with the growing problem of inequality in developing countries?
  • The differentiation debate: does the EU have responsibility for helping to tackle poverty and inequality in middle income countries, which would otherwise, taking national income into account, graduate from aid?
  • Ideology: do Europeans have a common understanding on how to address inequality within Europe, which they can translate into a strategy for addressing inequality in developing countries?
  • Implementation: what should be the main elements of a European implementation strategy for addressing inequality in developing countries?
  • The relationship between inequality and environmental sustainability: how should European development policy address implementation gaps which can be bridged to achieve greater integration among the three pillars of sustainable development.

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Andris Piebalgs – European Commissioner for Development
  • Joyce BandaPresident of the Republic of Malawi
  • Charles GoerensMember of Development Committee, European Parliament
  • Dirk Messner – Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • Paul Engel  – Director, European Centre for Development Policy Management

The European Think Tank Group includes:

For more information contact: Gail Wilson

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