Eurodad International Conference 2019: Development Finance in the 21st Century: Economic Justice for All?

Added 31 Jan 2019

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3-4 June 2019: Eurodad International Conference
5 June 2019: Eurodad General Assembly and Strategy Review Workshop

Location: Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

About the conference

As citizens and social movements are taking to the streets around the world to call for change, discussions about how to reverse growing inequalities, overcome poverty and tackle climate change are gaining ever more prominence.
A decade after the start of the global financial crisis, governments continue to ignore the lessons learnt, reforms to the global system remain piecemeal and power imbalances rest untouched.
Increasing economic justice and mobilising the necessary financing for development are vital parts of the solution but despite the commitments made by world leaders, we still lack the necessary action. For example:

  • Debt levels are at unprecedented highs across the world and an increasing number of countries are facing debt crises. Ordinary citizens risk paying a dear price for the failure to set up the global structures needed to ensure fair and sustainable debt resolution.
  • The core objectives of official development assistance (ODA) are ever more threatened by donor self-interests and overall levels of ODA remain far off target. The same is the case for the promised mobilisation of new and additional climate finance.
  • The failure to fix international tax dodging causes governments to miss out on billions of Euros worth of tax income every year.
  • Meanwhile, private finance is placed centre stage in development finance initiatives, with controversial tools such as blended finance and public private partnerships being promoted to finance infrastructure and service provision. 
  • Rather than promoting gender justice, equity and human rights, the financial and economic system continues to reinforce and exacerbate existing inequalities, compounded further by the normalisation of austerity worldwide.

At the Eurodad International Conference 2019, leading academics, practitioners and global civil society experts will collectively analyse the state of the global economic system, discuss the dominant governance structures, and review flows of funding to and from the world’s poorest countries. With this in mind, we will discuss how we can transform the system and create the change we need.

The conference will be held in Slovenia and we will take the opportunity to address how the aforementioned issues manifest themselves in the Eastern and South East European region, as well as discussing how the region can actively contribute to tackling global challenges.

Take part in shaping the future of Eurodad!

The 2019 International Conference will also serve as a specific moment to collectively assess how efforts to reform development finance are progressing, as Eurodad embarks on the development of our next 5-year strategy. 

As a special feature of the programme at this year’s event, Eurodad members and partners from the global south will be invited to a participatory strategy review workshop on 5 June, building on the discussions and insights from the preceding days. In this context, we will discuss key strategic questions, including:

  • What should the focus and objectives of Eurodad be over the coming years?
  • How can we accelerate our work and the effectiveness of our campaigns, to achieve real transformative change?

The Eurodad General Assembly will take place in the afternoon of the same day.

Agenda & registration

The agenda will be circulated by mid-March. Registration for the 2019 International Conference will be open from mid-March until the end of April. Details to follow. 

Meanwhile, please give us your input and ideas to help us co-create the participatory sessions of the event: Please let us know by filling out this form before 7 March if there is a specific topic or question that you would want to explore at the conference and share your thoughts on how this could best be facilitated. We will then design the full agenda of the event based on your contributions.

This event is organised with funding from Brot für die Welt, Norad and the European Union under project N° CSO-LA/2018/401-870: “Strengthening the institutional, operational and representational capacity of the Eurodad network to undertake coordinated actions and advocate for policy changes that help ensure a democratically controlled, environmentally sustainable financial and economic system that works to eradicate poverty and ensure human rights for all.” The content of this event is the sole responsibility of Eurodad and its participants and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the funders.