Bruxelles – Culture, innovation and business, the top items in AICS’ agenda at the EDD 2017

On June 7 and 8, in the Tour & Taxis complex in Brussels, the 2017 European Development Days will take place: a major European gathering focused on issues connected with international development and cooperation. This will be the 11th edition of the annual meeting of Europe’s main public and private actors involved with Development Cooperation.

For the first time, Italy will be involved in three key sessions. The first one will be on June 7: a high level panel with the title "Investing in creativity, the future is now: from human development to inclusive growth and sustainable societies", organised together with the British Council, the Goethe Institut and another ten European associations engaged in relations between culture, creative industries and development. Italy’s Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mario Giro, will attend the panel.

The afternoon of the same day will see the workshop "Inclusive business and the creation of development ecosystems", organised in collaboration with De Lab and the Inclusive Business Action Network, featuring the participation of AICS Director Laura Frigenti along with Lucia del Negro from DeLab and Christian Jahn, executive director of IBAN. This session will discuss cross-sector partnerships and development-related innovation.

In order to extend the network of subjects involved in international cooperation activities, and to promote innovation in methods and contents, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation intends to involve profit-making companies: the first project of this nature will be launched in 2017, with a public call to private companies backed by a budget of 5 million euros to support project proposals. This call will constitute an absolute novelty, in accordance with Italian law n° 125 of 2014, which includes Italian profit companies as valid cooperation partners.

Finally, AICS will be present at the Global Village with a stand called "Awakening Beauty", which will show the support offered by Italian talents in the field of cooperation initiatives on safeguarding threatened elements of cultural heritage, along with the colours and stories of the many cultural companies brought to life by the Italian Cooperation system.

The European Development Days will be an event with a European and international significance, but also an opportunity for renewing partnerships, exchanging good practices and promoting Development Cooperation "made in Italy".