The main objective of the Policy Forum and Development (PFD) is to improve the effectiveness of EU development cooperation. The PFD brings together civil society organisations, local authorities, professional and business associations as well as representatives of EU institutions and Member States to discuss relevant issues and implementation of EU development cooperation. The PFD offers its members a space for open and transparent dialogue, recognizing everyone’s specific expertise.
The Policy Forum and Development pursues three key objectives
Dialogue on the crosscutting issues that civil society organisations, local authorities professional and business associations, face in their work as development actors.
Policy dialogue with exchange of information and experiences, and consultation on key European Union development policies and initiatives.
Drafting key recommendations to share with representatives of EU institutions and other key development stakeholders.
The Policy Forum and Development has 75 members
The members’ constituencies, networks, alliances and platforms cover 175 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, the European Neighbourhood Region, and the European Union.
The forum participants also include:
  • representatives of EU Member States
  • representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, European External Action Service, European Economic and Social Committee, European Committee of the Regions, and the European Investment Bank
“Partnerships are at the heart of the EU’s approach to development cooperation, and the Policy Forum and Development is a prime example of this. The Forum brings together a wide range of partners and stakeholders to engage in dialogue, share best practice and learn from each other. This process is invaluable to our policy formulation and implementation, and I would like to thank you all for your involvement in this process. By engaging and working together, we can ensure we are all best-placed to tackle the global challenges we face.”
Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships
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