The aim of this event was to identify the main challenges for the EU as a global development actor and the Spanish perspective on how to cope with them.

These challenges include internal changes such as Brexit, the consolidation of non-traditional donors as China or, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. This changing context requires a reflection on the role of the EU as a global development actor, promoting specific values that differentiate it from other aid powers, while also offering appealing tools for partner countries, despite the re-shaping of the EU itself.

From this perspective, current aid instruments and proposals for the 2021-2027 fiscal cycle were debated and assessed. These include the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), new financial tools on loans and guarantees for the private sector, the institutional architecture of European financial cooperation, joint programming, improvement of coordination and ownership tools, or delegated cooperation, among other issues.


  • Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute. (@CharlesTPowell )
  • Gabriel Ferrero, Director General, Sustainable Development Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (@GabrielFerrero1)
  • Geert Laporte, Deputy Director, ECDPM and Director, ETTG.
  • Damien Barchiche, Programme Director on Governance of Sustainable Development, IDDRI. (@DamienBarchiche)

Moderator: Iliana Olivié, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute. (@iolivie)

Monday 14th December 2020, from 11:00 to 12:00 h. CET (UTC+1)

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