The EU-US Development Dialogue: Past, Present and Future

The United States and Europe are still the world heavyweights of development assistance. Together, the US, the European Commission and the 27 EU member states provide almost two-thirds of global official development assistance. Despite the much-discussed and growing role of “new donors,” stronger transatlantic cooperation and coordination can have an important impact on development assistance: Together, the transatlantic partners can set priorities in development cooperation, define approaches and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of aid through greater alignment and coherence.

Since both the EU and the US are currently defining their long-term development strategies, there is a unique opportunity for the EU-US High-Level Consultative Group on Development (“EU-US Development Dialogue”) to create stronger alignment and coherence and improve the effectiveness of programs in fragile states.

This working paper provides background information on the EU-US Development Dialogue – its history, current setup, thematic focus, recent activities on the security-development nexus as well as opportunities and challenges for the EU-US Development Dialogue moving forward.

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This paper was prepared for the Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue, a joint effort of the Global Public Policy Institute, InterAction and Saferworld. The project was co-funded by the European Union.

The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Global Public Policy Institute, InterAction, Saferworld or the European Union.