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The European Development Days is Europe's leading forum on international cooperation and development. EDD 2017 will promote a new global strategy to address the most pressing current global development challenges and bring together development actors committed to tackling poverty worldwide with a particular emphasis on engaging the private sector as a partner in economic development. The private sector's role in international development policies will be discussed and spotlighted throughout the forum. Overarching objectives of the private sector engagement include the promotion of inclusive growth and the creation of decent jobs in particular for women and youth, which leads to improved living conditions. Together, we can shape global policy, share knowledge and promote real innovation.



The African Union and the EU consider innovation as a key feature conducive to sustainable socioeconomic success. Yet, Africa-EU partnerships in territorial innovation policymaking still need to be developed. The session stirs up a debate on African-Led Smart Specialisations as relevant avenues to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to foster Africa-EU cooperation. Topics include:

- Challenges and opportunities for Africa-EU innovation policy cooperation

- African smart specialisation strategies for SDGs

- Strengthening capabilities and mobilising local resources for innovation-led development and resilient African economies

- Empowerment and inclusive decision-making for R&I (research and innovation) priorities.