AICS director Laura Frigenti recently participated in London in the General Assembly of the Practitioners’ Network, an open platform for exchange, coordination and harmonisation between European development cooperation organisations.
In the course of proceedings, the Executive Director of the British Council and actual President of the PN, Ciaran Devane, announced the approval of the application by AICS for membership of the European network. Stefano Manservisi – Director General of DEVCO, the European Commission’s International Development and Cooperation body – was also present at the Assembly, along with the directors of Cooperation Agencies from several member states.
The PN organisation was founded ten years ago, with the goal of promoting reciprocal relations between member organisations, facilitating exchanges of experience and promoting dialogue on European policies. Current members of this network are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Holland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden, plus one observer member (EuropeAid).
Group members also collaborate through theme-related working groups dealing with shared issues: for example “Effective Partnership”, “Crisis, fragility and migration” and “the Private Sector”. The PN will be present at the upcoming European Development Days in Brussels with a stand, where AICS will also present its activities.