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ALDA is organising an event included, by the European Commission, in the official programme of the next European Development Days. It will be a WTD project creative laboratory, conceived as a learning café session, aiming at brainstorming and proposing recommendations integrating the contributions of experts and practitioners on the advantages of creating real synergies between LAs and CSOs in development cooperation.

The activity of the event will be structured in a dynamic and creative way, which allows not only experts but also practitioners to have a tangible contribution to the formulations of recommendations.
WTD learning café wants to formulate recommendations responding to 6 key themes identified as the main features characterizing the joint involvement of LAs and CSOs in development cooperation processes.
Will participate at the event as experts Murat Daoudov, Director of International Cooperation, Union of Municipalities of Marmara (Turkey), Tanja Hafner-Ademi, Executive Director, Balkan Civil Society Development Network (Macedonia), Chuck Hirt, Director, Central Eastern and European Citizens Network (Slovakia),  Giovanni Camilleri,    International Coordinator, ART Programme UNDP    (Switzerland), Klavdija Cernilogar, Head of Policy, CONCORD (Belgium) and Antonella Valmorbida, Director, ALDA. Moderator will be Peter Sondergaard, Policy officer, ALDA.
The seventh edition of the European Development Days (EDD) will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 16 and 17 October 2012.
This year’s headline theme will be sustainable and inclusive growth for human development and the forum will take place over two important dates: the World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October).
Throughout 22 High-Level Panels (HLP), almost 30 Project Labs (P-Labs), and a number of side events, EDD 2012 will focus especially on three major sub-themes under the umbrella of the headline theme: sustainable agriculture, food security and resilience; engaging the private sector for development; and empowering people for inclusive growth.
Almost one year after the adoption of the ‘Agenda for Change’  the EU will take the opportunity to open the floor to a wide range of private and public stakeholders in order to discuss how all parties can work together more closely towards the common objective of achieving inclusive and sustainable growth in partner countries.
European Development Days was launched in 2006 as an opportunity for key partners to come together to in and inclusive and open environment and talk about how to make aid more effective. The six previous editions have featured Heads of State, Heads of Government or Ministers, and Nobel Prize laureates. The last edition in 2011, in Warsaw, Poland attracted more than 2 000 committed development stakeholders from over 139 countries.
Organised by the European Commission, EDD has global reach and provides a collaborative platform bringing together thousands of development advocates, decision-makers, and practitioners.

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