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ACROPOLIS workshop

The ACademic Research Organisations for POLIcy Support (Acropolis) for the Belgian Development Cooperation organise a joint workshop on "Tackling climate, fragility & finance challenges for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".
When Apr 20, 2017
from 09:00 AM to 05:15 PM
Where Egmont Palace, Brussels
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On 20 April the first joint ACROPOLIS workshop “Tackling climate, fragility & finance challenges for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ACademic Research Organisation for POLIcy Support (ACROPOLIS) for the Belgian Development Cooperation” will be organized .


DGD, the ACROPOLIS platforms (KLIMOS, BeFind and Aid Effectiveness and Fragility), VLIR-UOS and ARES will explore the results of the past ACROPOLIS research and how these results can contribute to a better achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The purpose is to come to an integrated assessment of some of the global challenges we face and how the SDGs can contribute to tackle these. We will look for win-win solutions and identify possible trade-offs. By doing this exercise jointly the three ACROPOLIS platforms hope to contribute to the effectiveness and policy coherence of the Belgian development aid.
Presentations and discussions will be in the language of the presenters (Dutch, French or English).
As in the DGD tradition everybody can speak his/her own language. Simultaneous translation is not foreseen.

Participation is free, but for logistic reasons we kindly ask you to register at before 10th April.


09.00 - 09.30   

Registration / Welcome coffee

09.30 – 10.30

SESSION 1 Welcoming remarks and introduction by:

  • Dir.-Gen. Bruno van der Pluijm (DGD)
  • ARES  (Président Vincent Wertz)
  • Cabinet of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo

10.30 – 12.00

SESSION 2 Climate & energy MODERATOR: Anne-Marie Van der Avort (DGD)

  • Realising SDG 13 (Climate action) through SDG 7 (Clean & Affordable Energy) and SDG 15 Life on Land (Bruno Verbist, KU Leuven - KLIMOS)
  • Climate change and the energy transition (Prof. em. Aviel Verbruggen, UA-KLIMOS)
  • Climate Finance (Sarah Vaes & Huib Huyse, KU Leuven – BeFinD)
  • Discussion
12.00 – 13.30

Networking Lunch & poster session

13.30 – 15.00

SESSION 3 Aid effectiveness and fragility MODERATOR: Koen Van Acoleyen (DGD)

  • SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, why they matter (Emmanuel Klimis, USL-B, Aid effectiveness in Fragile Contexts)
  • Working in and on fragility: from obstacles to a guidance (Geoffroy Matagne, ULg & Thomas Vervisch, UGent, Aid effectiveness in Fragile Contexts)
  • Fragile countries: poor people, but environmentally rich. Do voluntary standards make a difference? (Axel Marx & Koen Vanderhaegen, KU Leuven -KLIMOS)
  • Discussion
15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00

SESSION 4 Development Finance MODERATOR: Christian de Lannoy (DGD)

  • SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation (Romain Houssa, BeFinD)
  • Incentives & commitments approaches to conditionality in financing (Sidney Leclercq, ULB-UCL, Aid effectiveness in Fragile Contexts)
  • The challenge of aid effectiveness: revisiting the trade-off between needs and governance (Prof. Jean Philippe Platteau, UNamur - BeFinD)
  • Discussion
17.00 -17.15 Closing remarks by VLIR-UOS (Directeur Kristien Verbrugghen)


For more information please contact Liesbeth Loddewykx (DGD) or Bruno Verbist (KLIMOS)

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