Smart Rural Development: the SDGs and the New European Consensus on Development

Workshop Report

Agenda: Smart Rural Development

The Smart Villages Initiative and the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) held a one-day event on 19th June 2017 at the Leopold Hotel, Brussels, focusing on “Smart Rural Development: the SDGs and the New European Consensus on Development.” The New European Consensus on Development was proposed in November 2016 and the European Parliament adopted its position in February 2017. On 7 June 2017 at European Development Days, the New Consensus was adopted by the EU Institutions and Member States. This New Consensus will play a central role in how the Sustainable Development Goals are approached via EU and Member State policies.

To this end, we wanted to gather policymakers, civil society, private sector representatives, researchers, scientists and others for a series of presentations and open discussion under Chatham House Rule regarding the direction of the new consensus and SDGs, particularly focusing on people living in rural areas of developing countries that are at the bottom of the pyramid and part of the “last mile”.

From both top-down and bottom-up perspectives from policymakers and practitioners, we hoped to move the conversation forward regarding the implementation of the New Consensus and SDGs, ensuring that an integrated and holistic approach to development – with a strong focus on the people most at risk of being “left behind” – is a central part of their implementation.

Programme & Presentations

8:00 amWelcome and registration
9:00 amStart of event: Welcome by Smart Villages Initiative and EASAC
Panel I: Ambitions and aims for the New European Consensus on Development / SDGs
Format: Key note addresses

9:45-11:30 am
Key note address, Cristina Amaral, Director, EU Liaison Office, FAO, United Nations
Key note address, Karine Genty, Deputy Head of Unit, C.6, Sustainable Energy and
Climate Change, European Commission
Key note address, Sarah Rinaldi, Acting Head of Unit, B.1, Human rights, Gender, and
Democratic Governance, European Commission
Key note address, Natalia Alonso, Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns, Oxfam EU
Advocacy Office
Key note address, Andrew Bradley, Director, Office of International IDEA to the EU
Key note address, Simon Collings, Energy 4 Impact, Director of Learning and Innovation
11:30 amCoffee break
Panel II: Voices from the villages – What do people at the bottom of the pyramid need from
the SDGs / New European Consensus?
Format: Individual presentations

11:45 -1:00 pm
Indonesia: Tri Mumpuni, Executive Director, IBEKA
Latin America: Karl Kolmsee, Smart Hydro Power / Alliance for Rural Electrification
West Africa: Louis Seck, Country Manager, Energy 4 Impact; Mayor; Senegal’s Former
Renewable Energy Minister
South East Asia: Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia: Tariq Zaman, UNIMAS, and Ezra Uda,
Penan Community Representative, P.A.D.E Penan Sarawak Organisation
East Africa (via teleconference): Andrew Mnzava, Program Manager for the Lighting
Tanzania program, International Finance Corporation
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Panel III: Voices from the private sector, science, and civil society
Format: Moderated panel discussion

2:00 pm-3:45 pmIsolina Boto, Manager CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation)
Alexander Brummeler, Finance Innovation, Azuri Technologies
Hanna Saarinen, Investment in Agriculture Policy Advisor, Oxfam EU
Christina Moberg, Vice-President, EASAC and President, Royal Swedish Academy of
Joop Hazenberg, Senior Manager European Advocacy, GSMA
Rita Poppe, Public Affairs, ENERGIA / Hivos
3.45 pm-4.15 pm Coffee break
Panel IV: Roundtable discussion: Moving together towards the SDGs
4.15 pm-5.45 pm
Sally Nicholson, Head of Development Policy and Finance, WWF European Policy Office
Franziska Bertz, DEVCO B.1 Human Rights, Gender, Democratic Governance
Claudia Boldrini and Georgios Grapsas, DEVCO C.6 Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, European Commission
Ben Campbell, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK
Ezra Uda, Penan Community Representative, P.A.D.E Penan Sarawak Organisation
Iskander Kuntoadji, IBEKA Co-Founder
6:00 pm-7:00 pmPost-event Reception:
With Key Note Address from MEP Linda McAvan, Chair of the European Parliament’s
Development Committee
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