Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions

Introductory session (Thursday, 25th)

This session aims to provide an overview of the importance of international development policies and discuss the role of development professional associations in policy shaping and the advancement of the field.

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Plenary Session 1 (Thursday, 25th)

While historically aid was subordinated to geostrategic political and economic interests described as ‘developmental’, the current development aid community is struggling to ensure that aid will be used for its main purpose: poverty reduction. This session will address topics such as trade and aid, the inclusion of development policies in the external cooperation policies, followed by a debate on the effects of trade, foreign and security policies on the development policy in the emerging donors’ political and institutional landscape.

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Plenary Session 2 (Thursday, 25th)

Emerging donors, like Romania and other Central and Eastern European countries, are currently experiencing important processes of transformation which can be highly relevant in their relations with developing partners. It is strongly believed that the local accumulated development expertise during Romania’s transition period can be further used as an input for evidence-based policy making on the one hand, and as a basis for future initiatives in the international development space on the other hand. This session aims to: thoroughly analyze the type of development policy Romania should offer and to highlight its active benefits; to address the need of having a coherent corps of professionals in development in these countries and strengthen their associations; and to show how international cooperation engagements can provide real benefits for the further development of emerging donors.

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ARCADIA Community Building Session (Friday, 26th)

This session will be a professional association & community building exercise that will include discussions and debates on the vision and mission of the community, its working structure and potential ways of involvement, the added value of a community of professionals; future development of ARCADIA; involvement in ARCADIA’s activities.

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