FMO is a member of the association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI). EDFI members are bilateral institutions operating in developing or reforming economies, and are mandated by their governments to foster growth in sustainable business and contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. FMO’s Chief Executive Officer has been chairman of EDFI since September 2010. A delegation usually represents FMO at EDFI’s annual meetings, as well as at bilateral meetings with our fellow DFIs. Partnering with other DFIs through EDFI allows FMO to enjoy a strong information flow and cooperation with its peers.
We took our partnership with fellow EDFI DEG a step further last year, when we launched a joint office with DEG in Johannesburg. The initiative is intended to strengthen our regional presence and our cooperation with DEG. The success of the regional office will be evaluated in 2013.
Throughout 2012, we held and attended many forums on the future of global development cooperation. One particularly prominent forum was on ‘Future of Development Cooperation: Beyond Official Development Assistance (ODA)’. This three-part series was organized in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Society for International Development (SID) and the NCDO, the Dutch national commission for international cooperation and sustainable development. The sessions focused on development cooperation after 2015, when the criteria for Dutch ODA will change. Each meeting was well attended by representatives of Dutch business, the Government, the scientific community and the NGO community. On March 7, 2013 a summary of the discussions will be presented to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.
We strive to engage with our partners and other stakeholders often with the aim of improving cooperation, exchanging knowledge and seeking new and fruitful opportunities.