A great event took place last night at the home of co-operation in Nicosia. The Cyprus Island-Wide NGO Development Platform (CYINDEP) hosted an address by guest speaker Ms Eveline Herfkens, founder of the UN Millenium Campaign. I would like to personally thank the NGO support centre, which is doing great work on development awareness in Cyprus, for inviting to present to the event.
The visit of Ms Herfkens is part of the “Kapuscinski Lectures”, named after Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries. Organised jointly by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and partner organisations in different countries, this series of lectures aims to offer Europeans the opportunity to learn and discuss development and issues related to development cooperation, and to contribute to the debate and formulation of European-wide development policy.
It was a great event and Ms Eveline Herfkens was a particularly impressive speaker. It certainly highlighted how we should move forward. I also presented the (dreadful) state of Cyprus development efforts, made much more explicit by Dr. Youlli Taki.
A copy of my presentation is here. Interesting to note that if we gave the Eurocypria money to the Cyprus aid we would be on target in satifying our EU comitment of 0.33% of GDP aid by 2013.