ACTIVITIES > Development
The CPMR’s Regions have always been convinced of the importance of achieving balanced global development. Through their reflection and action, they are working towards making development aid policy a long-term investment to help guarantee peace, prosperity and security for all.
As the first tier of public administration after central government, the Regions are called on to play a specific role in development aid. Because of their position, they are able to take into account the different needs within a territory and work with all the stakeholders involved to reach a consensus on a development strategy for the area concerned. This ability for Regions to provide an overview is directly related to their geopolitical position close to local players and in constant relation with state and supranational actors.
Since 2006, the CPMR has been giving general consideration to the subject of development, with the prime objective of encouraging supra-national decision-makers to politically acknowledge regional-led action in development.
Progress has been made in this field both in the EU, especially with the European Commission, as well as in international arenas with the United Nations and its agencies, the UNDP and FAO in particular. Today the territorial approach to development is better understood and promoted.
From an operational point of view, this is reflected in a number of ways:
- Creation by the European Commission of a thematic programme specifically designed for regional and local authorities: the NSA/LA programme
- Inclusion of regional authorities in the dialogue between the European Commission and its partners
- Creation of numerous programmes aimed at implementing the territorial approach (climate change, food security, etc.).
There are many challenges still to be addressed. A system of multi-level governance has to be set up which includes the sub-state tiers in the scheme of activities led by all actors working in development, right through from the programming stage to the evaluation of projects.
Furthermore, the CPMR is pushing for decentralisation/deconcentration processes to be stepped up, which should allow citizens to take full control of the development of their territory. These processes need to take into account the specific political conditions of each country and imply capacity building for regional actors in the South. In this respect, improving North/South and South/South cooperation is a priority area of action for CPMR.