Featured Projects


Below you can find a selection of projects that DEVELOPMENT Solutions is currently implementing.
For more information on each project, please follow the links to the project websites, where available.

The China and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks

China IPR                          SEA IPR

The China and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks are European Union co-funded projects that provide European SMEs with free, practical, business advice relating to IPR in China (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) and South-East Asia (including the 10 ASEAN countries). To learn about any aspect of intellectual property rights in China or South-East Asia, including protecting your copyrights in the creative sector, visit our online portal at www.ipr-hub.eu/.

For free expert advice on China and South-East Asia IPR for your business, e-mail your questions to question@china-iprhelpdesk.eu and question@southeastasia-iprhelpdesk.eu. You will receive a reply from one of the Helpdesk experts within three working days.

A Comparative Study on the Implementation of ILO Convention 111 in the Republic of Korea and the Member States of the EU


The comparative study on the implementation of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention no. 111 in Korea and the European Union (EU) Member States was launched in 2016. The project is being funded by the EU and was designed in cooperation with the Korean Government. It is being implemented by DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd (DS). The general objective of the project is to support the implementation of Chapter 13 of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the Republic of Korea and the EU.

For more information about this project, please visit the project website (www.korea-euilo111.com) as well as the project’s social media profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also contact the Project Team directly at inquiries@korea-euilo111.com.

EU Gateway to China


This project is an initiative funded by the European Union supporting companies to establish long-lasting business collaborations in China. The overall objective of EU Gateway to China is to strengthen the presence of European companies in key markets and thus contribute to economic growth and job creation in the EU by i) promoting trade and business cooperation with China, ii) assisting EU companies to create business links in China, and iii) assisting EU companies in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the local business culture, market rules, and business practices. The pilot programme in

The pilot programme in China will be implemented during the period 2016 – 2017 and shall jointly provide technical assistance to up to 50 EU companies per each mission through an attractive package of coaching network and strategic and logistical services. EU Gateway to China currently organises missions in 3 industry sectors in which EU companies possess advanced technologies and where there is a potential for increased cooperation with China: Clean Technologies, Food Safety Technology and Services, and Healthcare and Medical Technologies.

For more information, please visit www.eu-gateway.cn or contact the Project Team at contact@eu-gateway.cn.

Tastes of Europe


The Tastes of Europe campaign is an initiative funded by the European Union Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development to promote European food and beverage products in third countries. Activities range from promotion events, high-level trade visits and communication activities. During 2016, a number of visits have been scheduled for promoting EU Food and Beverages products abroad and facilitating business in the agri-food sector. The current format of trade mission provides up to 45 EU companies per each mission with the possibility to explore business possibilities in strategic markets, through a combination of targeted business facilitation activities. Promotional campaigns are often linked with the visit of the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development to these target markets.

Examples of previous and upcoming campaigns:

  • September 2014 – Annapoorna World of Food Trade Fair in India
  • 2015 – Promotion campaign on Geographical Indications (PDO/PGI) in China
  • 8-12 February 2016 – High-Level Mission to Colombia and Mexico
  • 16-22 April 2016 – High-Level Mission to China and Japan2-9
  • 2-9 November 2016 – High-Level Mission to Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia

For more information, please visit www.tastesofeurope.eu or contact the Project Team at tastesofeurope@development-solutions.eu .

Analysis of Problematic Market Access Barriers in Indian Legislation and Practice

This project is a flagship under the European Commission’s Partnership Instrument. It combines high-quality desk research with extensive stakeholder outreach and consultation – both in the EU and India – to map current and priority obstacles faced by European exporters arising from Indian Local Content Requirements, Conformity Assessment and Certification Requirements, and Import Requirements specific to Plants and Plant Products. Stakeholder engagement allows the Project Team to hone its market intelligence and target analysis of India’s regulatory and legislative practices, including their compliance with international commitments. The action is designed to improve market access for European enterprises in India and guide policies towards alignment with international norms, standards, and practices.

The Project Team can be contacted at EU-IndiaMAB@development-solutions.eu.

Capacity Building Initiative for Trade Development in India – Enhance the Capacity of the Competition Commission of India

The project contributes to the overall objective of the Capacity-Building Initiative for Trade Development (CITD) to support India in strengthening its capacity to achieve economic growth and sustainable development, and ultimately poverty reduction, through further integration into the global trading system, by increasing the safety and quality of products, and by reducing costs and impediments to trade. The purpose of this project is to improve the capacity in terms of investigation, reporting and enforcement functions for the institutions involved in competition policy (i.e. CCI, the Competition Commission of India) through the specialised technical assistance on competition related issues, among others via the organisation of workshops and secondments.

Regional Seminar for Customs Officials on Intelectual Property Rights (IPR) in Mexico

The Regional Seminar for Customs Officials on IPR is a theoretical and practical seminar for Mexican and Central American customs officials, which will be held in Manzanillo, Mexico between the 30th of November and the 2nd of December 2016. The seminar seeks to promote the effective enforcement of intellectual property protection in the region as well as to exchange best practices between authorities at all levels in the fight against IP infringements, by providing identification training of counterfeit goods. The seminar will be implemented by IPR and customs experts, government officials and EU stakeholders in the region. Over 50 Mexican and Central American customs officials will attend the event.

Pilot Sectoral New Market Mechanism Project

The Pilot Sectoral New Market Mechanism (NMN), funded by the European Commission – Directorate-General for Climate Action and implemented by DEVELOPMENT Solutions (DS) in partnership with TÜV Rheinland and the Sustainable Development Association (SDA) sets out to build upon recent experiences with carbon markets by moving towards a post-2020 UNFCCC regime. Under our project, we aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • Evaluate and assess NMM approaches made by Parties and stakeholders;
  • Provide detailed guidance on the technical design and operational element of a functional NMM;
  • Promote global low-carbon growth in a cost effective manner, by scaling up the design of NMM and helping developing countries benefit from their future implementation; and
  • Prepare selected pilot beneficiary developing countries for the design and implementation of the NMM, and to assist in the development of the NMM during international climate negotiations through hands-on experience gained through pilots.

ETS Summer Universities Projects

The ETS Summer University project, funded by the European Commission – Directorate-General for Climate Action and implemented by contractors Ecologic Institute and DEVELOPMENT Solutions responds to a growing and increasingly differentiated need for improved understanding of emissions trading as an instrument of climate policy in developing countries and emerging economies. It does so by combining different elements:

  • ETS Training Courses – In-person courses held under the auspices of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) targeted at participants from around the world
  • ETS Online Course – An e-learning platform that offers valuable online tools for knowledge transfer and network building. The online course is intended for all levels of ETS learners and practitioners

Our mission is to provide support to future leaders in order to build the capacity to design and manage emissions trading schemes across the globe.

DG TRADE Framework Contract to Organise Events, Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

DEVELOPMENT Solutions in consortium with MCI Group Brussels and Insight Consulting Brussels as sub-contractor, implemented the Framework Contract to organise events, conferences, seminars, and meeting, in the context of European Trade policy activities. In total, the event coordination team has successfully organised and delivered 76 events for not only DG Trade, but also DG SANTE, DG EMPL, DG ENV, and DG DEVCO. The events have been located in Europe and in other third countries, such as Kenya, Turkey, and China.