Simon Maxwell

Recent Projects

Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership for Sustainable Development (funded by the EC / Tech4Dev)

Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership for Sustainable Development

Simon has completed work with Tech4Dev preparing for and participating in the ASEM Development Conference II –Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership for Sustainable Development, co-organised by the European Commission and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, took place in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) on 26-27 May 2010.  His trip report is availabe under blogs.

Member of the German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Task Force on Development

Simon is a Member of the German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Task Force on Development, a position he has held since 2007

The taskforce sets out its missions as: Global poverty is a challenge to us all, because it affects us all. In our interdependent world, we must act together to address this global challenge. Development matters. The Taskforce consists of 24 members from the United States, Canada and Europe. Our countries have a joint population of 740 million people, account for around half of all global trade, and provide more than 85 percent of Official Development Assistance (ODA). It is therefore particularly important for these countries to reassess policies and practices with the intention to improve global development outcomes, such as economic and human progress. The combined leadership of North America and Europe can help to accelerate the pace of human development, but only by working together in partnership will we be successful – rather than working alone, or worse, in separate directions. The Taskforce urges leadership on and commitment to development even in the midst of the economic and financial crises that beset the world.

Harnessing the Power of Business for Development Impact (funded by Business Action for Africa)

Simon is currently moderating four sessions for Business Action for Africa

The 2009 series 'Harnessing the Power of Business for Development Impact' concluded that doing good business is very often the most powerful and systainable way to reduce poverty.  To read Simon's summary of the lessons learned, click here.

The current series builds on this and aims to continue to deepen understanding of how the sector can best harness core business practices to achieve the greatest potential impact on development and poverty alleviation.  This series is organised by Business Action for Africa, DfID and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Joining up Africa (funded by the Department for International Development)

Simon recently hosted DfID's Joining up Africa event, with Jon Snow.  The event was a major international conference to promote better regional economic integration in sub-Saharan Africa.

The event - which brought 200 delegates from African politics, donors, business and civil society - was held in partnership with three key pan-African institutions; the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Other partners were the World Bank, the European Commission, the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa and UK Trade and Investment. 

The objective of the event was to push for faster and more substantial progress on trade in the region.

It agreed:

  • Commitments to improve the way more than $6 billion in multilateral aid to regional programmes is spent.
  • Practical ways of working better with business.
  • New actions to accelerate progress on regional trade, transport and energy programmes

Beyond 2015: starting the conceptual debate about the future of the Millenium Declaration and the MDGs (funded by the German Development Institute - DIE)

Simon provided a presentation to, and acted as resource person for, the German Development Institute's workshop 'Beyond 2015: starting the conceptual debate about the future of the Millenium Declaration and the MDGs' in January.

In September 2010, a high-level Millennium+10 Event will be held in New York to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Many challenges will persist beyond 2015, catalysts for MDG achievement need to be taken into account in discussions on the future of the Millennium Declaration and the MDGs, concretely: a reference framework for international development beyond 2015.

To contribute to that debate, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) has organised a workshop on 18 January 2010 in Bonn to discuss the main challenges for international development up to and after 2015, to identify prerequisites and priorities for a potential post-2015 target system and to strengthen the conceptual foundations for a BMZ position on this. The discussions was focused on the following three questions:

  • Should the protection of global public goods, such as climate, be integrated into a future agenda and how?
  • How can the two chapters of the Millennium Declaration on peace, security and disarmament, and on human rights, democracy and good governance be better reflected in a future reference system for international development?
  • Is there a need for additional social or economic goals after 2015 (e.g. social protection, socio-economic equity, pro-poor green economy)?

Video - Kapuscinski Lectures - 15 October, Hungary, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (funded by European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme)

Simon gave a lecture on European development cooperation to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics on 15 October 2009. The event was part of the "Kapuscinski Lectures" initiative of the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme. Experts from around the world delivered lectures on development and development cooperation at universities in 12 new European Union countries. The series is named “Kapuscinski Lectures” ,after Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries.

Informal Network of DAC Development Communicators - Annual Meeting 2009 (funded by the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs)

In Simon's presentation to the Informal Network of DACDevelopment Assistance Committee (of the OECD) Development Communicators - Annual Meeting 2009 he did the following things:

  1. Drew some connections between the Think - Tanks world and the communicators world, around the theme of policy entrepreneurship;
  2. Discussed how the development challenge and narrative is changing, post crisis and in the face of climate change and other new issues;
  3. Identified five paradoxes facing communications in that context; and
  4. Proposed some guiding principles, in the form of a ten point programme.

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