European Development Co-operation on climate change to 2020

The EC’s position and actions on climate change are critical because the EC is a world leader in tackling climate change (CC), evidenced by EU policy, targets, actions, and Member States response.

Project Objectives

  1. To synthesise the evidence base on CC and EU development policy in key areas of CC and development programming and to map out possible future influences on these policy areas.
  2. To understand drivers, connections and disconnects between climate change policy and development at EU level, while taking into account international initiatives and initiatives in developing countries.
  3. To use the understanding of drivers, trade-offs and different perspectives to inform future policy processes and priorities for action in the EU.

The challenge for development cooperation and aid effectiveness is particularly acute within CC due to the proliferation of funding and initiatives that are multilateral, bilateral and international. The EU (the Commission and Member States together) is the biggest international aid donor in financial terms and is also addressing issues of development cooperation and aid effectiveness through the EU Action Plan on Climate Change and Development (2004) and the Global Climate Change Alliance (2007) and the EU Framework for Action on Adaptation (FAA) 2009.

Activities in 2009

  • February 2009 – Initial Policy Brief (see Selected Outputs)
  • April  2009 – ‘European Development Cooperation to 2020: can Europe meet climate change challenges for development cooperation?’ workshop with key stakeholders in Brussels on 22 April 2009 EDC 2020 Workshop notes April 2009

Project details

start date
1 June 2008
end date
30 December 2010


In partnership with
Overseas Development Institute
Supported by
European Commission

Recent work


Climate Finance in Bangladesh: Ongoing Challenges

EDC 2020 Opinion;No.8

A discussion of the challenges to implementation of action on climate change for donors, for Government and for civil society which arise from funding, monitoring and planning constraints.

1 March 2011