The Development award recognises an MEP that has consistently worked towards the promotion, implementation and monitoring of the development and cooperation policy of the Union. In particular, this award commends an MEP who has made a substantial contribution in fostering political dialogue with developing countries, both bilaterally and through international organisational channels. Nominations in this category should make reference to one of the following criteria:
• A considerable contribution in advancing aid to, and cooperation agreements with, developing countries, with an emphasis on oversight of effective aid funding and evaluating aid effectiveness.
• Ensuring the implementation, monitoring and advancement of policy coherence with regard to development policy.
• Consistently promoting democratic values, good governance and human rights in developing countries.
• Substantial input into legislation, programming, and scrutiny of actions carried out under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), the European Development Fund (EDF), and the Humanitarian Aid Instrument.