CONCORD is made up of various working structures and groups that help it coordinate common positions and activities among its members.

 

AidWatch
Beyond 2015
Climate Change and Development Task Force (PCD)
CONCORD Financing for Development Task Force
CONCORD EP elections taskforce
CONCORD Financing for Development Task Force
CONCORD EP elections taskforce
CONCORD Advisory group on Strategic Alliances and Partnership
Conveners Forum
Cotonou Working Group
CSO Development Effectiveness
Development Awareness Raising and Education (DARE) Forum
Enlargement, Pre-accession and Neighborhood (EPAN)
European Food Security Group (EFSG: PCD)
European Year 2015 Task Force
Funding for Development and Relief (FDR) Working Group
Gender Working Group
HRBA Task Force
MFF Working Group
Migration & Development group
Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) Coordination Group
Policy Forum

Private Sector Task Force
Raw Material Task Force (PCD)
Trade reference group (PCD)

AidWatch: AidWatch is a pan-European lobby and campaigns initiative monitoring and advocating on the quality and the quantity of ODA provided by the EU member states and the European Commission. The AidWatch network is an active group of aid experts from across the 27 EU Member States, working collectively to hold EU Member States to account on their aid quality and quantity commitments. Each year, the AidWatch Initiative publishes a European-wide report analysing the qualitative and quantitative performance of each EU Member States and the European Commission according to international and EU pledges on aid. The initiative also carries out ongoing lobby, research and campaigns activities on a wide range of aid related issues throughout the year.
ChairAmy Dodd (UKAN)amy@ukan.org.uk
CONCORD SecretariatZuzana Sládkovázsladkova(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 72

 

Beyond 2015 European Taskforce: The European taskforce of Beyond 2015 is open to all European participating organisations in Beyond 2015. As stated in its Terms of Reference, the mandate of the European Taskforce, led by its Steering Group, is threefold: • to lead and support the organisation of events, national deliberations, or other activities aimed at developing a European civil society position on the post-2015 global agenda; • to follow the main processes which may have an influence on the EU’s position on post-2015 such as the implementation of the provisions which, in the Agenda for Change or other official EU positions may relate to the post-2015 scenario; • to coordinate efforts at the national and Brussels level in order to influence both the European Institutions and the Member States to agree on an official EU position on post-2015 that is in line with Beyond 2015 essential must-haves.
Chairs
Tanya Cox (Plan)
Sally Nicholson (WWF European Policy Office)
tanya.cox(at)plan-international.org
snicholson@wwf.eu
CONCORD SecretariatGerard Vivesgvives(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 71

 

Climate Change and Development Task Force (part of PCD issue): This task force was set up in January 2009. The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a key partner of CONCORD in this process, the latter providing the development perspective in the climate change debate, and vice-versa. The focus is on: financing adaptation to Climate change (looking at funding mechanisms proposals), climate Justice, adaptation and mitigation, low carbon development. The group remains for the time being a task force and develops ad hoc policy initiatives when appropriate.
ChairLies Craeynest, Oxfam InternationalLies.Craeynest@oxfaminternational.org
CONCORD SecretariatBlandine Bouniolbbouniol(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 74

 

CONCORD Financing for Development Task Force: an ad hoc task force was set up in June 2013 composed of representatives of CONCORD Policy Forum, Concord AidWatch, Concord Beyond 2015 European Task Force, Policy Coherence Coordination Group with support of Eurodad and CAN Europe. Financing for Development is going to be a crucial pillar of the Post-2015/SDG agenda, and the EU will play an important role in the discussions on how and from where this finance will come from. The aim of the task force to develop joint positions and ad hoc policy initiatives when appropriate in cooperation with other CONCORD working structures.
Focal PointJean Saldanhasaldanha(at)cidse.org
CONCORD SecretariatZuzana Sladkovazsladkova(at)concordeurope.org; Tel. +32 2 743 87 72

 

CONCORD EP elections taskforce: This taskforce has been established in May 2013 and will run until the end of 2014. The overall objective of this taskforce is to influence the pre- and post-election phase of the next European Parliament (EP). The new EP will be in place from end of May 2014 on. The taskforce also focuses on the nomination process of the new commissioners for the next European Commission to get into effect from end of 2014 on.
Focal PointsDeirdre De BurcaDeirdre_deBurca@wvi.org
Asin Esterester.asin@savethechildren.org
Brees Ingebrees@careinternational.org
Secretariat Focal PointSabine Terlecki, Head of PolicySabine.Terlecki(at)concordeurope.org

 

CONCORD Advisory group on Strategic Alliances and Partnership: The advisory group on alliances and partnerships of CONCORD aims to enable the confederation to build strong and relevant relationship with other CSO partners and actors and encourage the participation of partners in its activities linking the “core” work of CONCORD with measures to strengthen strategic partnership and alliance building. It aims specifically to offer a place within the confederation where political issues related to partnership and alliances are discussed and to lead the more systematic and strategic approach to partnership and alliances and its contribution to CONCORDs goals, approaches and ways of working.
ChairCarlos Caboccabo(at)aporsolidaridad.org
CONCORD SecretariatNathalie Bekier Djerfnbekierdjerf(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 62

 

Conveners Forum: The Conveners Forum brings together conveners, coordinators, (co-)chairs and vice chairs of CONCORD working structures. Its purposes, inter alia, are to ensure consistency and synergies across working processes, to identify and strengthen synergies and enable collaboration among different working structures. In addition, the Conveners Forum is a space for mutual learning and capacity building, with the aim of strengthening the capacity of CONCORD working structures to deliver quality work.
ChairLaura Sullivanlaura.sullivan@actionaid.org
CONCORD SecretariatSabine Terleckisterlecki(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 81
Francesca Romana MinnitiFrancesca.minniti(at)concordeurope.org

 

Cotonou Working Group: The group focus its work on: civil society participation and strengthening the links with ACP organisations; the evaluation of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programming process; the monitoring of the EDF regional programming process; on lobbying and fostering the links with the Joint Parliamentary Assembly;. on the forthcoming mid-term review of the ACP country strategy papers.
ChairGérard Karlshausen (11:11:11 – CONCORD Belgium)

 

CSO Development Effectiveness: This working group aims at supporting the efforts of CONCORD members to address, improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of European NGOs in development. The working group’s main focus will be on CSOs’ own effectiveness, including on the roles and identity of NGOs in development and on the environment that is needed to allow CSOs to realise their full potential in development. The group will link up CONCORD’s membership with the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness.
ChairTBC CONCORD Secretariat Daniel Nuijtendnuijten(at)concordeurope.org

 

Development Awareness Raising and Education (DARE) Forum: The DARE Forum brings together practitioners and experts of Development Education, Awareness Raising (DEAR), Global learning and campaigning from most EU member states and a number of INGOs. The group meets bi-annually to establish common strategies to increase the impact of and support for Development Education and Awareness Raising activities in Europe. The Forum has a steering group and five subgroups: Advocacy, Formal Education, Quality & Impact, Youth & Children and Communication.
ChairMari-Helene Kaber (Estonian National Platform)mari(at)humanae.ee
Vice-ChairNadya Boneva (Bulgarian National Platform)nadya.boneva(at)gmail.com
CONCORD SecretariatTobias Trolltobias.troll(at)concordeurope.org

 

Enlargement, Pre-accession and Neighborhood (EPAN): The group brings together members from all over the EU to monitor implementation of the European Enlargement and Neighbourhood policies and associated instruments. It works in close partnership with and supports development of civil society in the Enlargement and Neighbourhood area. The group engages with a range of policy stakeholders in Brussels and in wider Europe, participates in and contributes to various events, conducts policy analysis and issues positions and recommendations.
ChairAntonella Valmorbida ALDAantonella.valmorbida(at)aldaintranet.org
CONCORD SecretariatNathalie Bekier Djerf

 

Stineke.oenema(at)icco.nl
Tel. +31 3 06 92 79 47

European Food Security Group (EFSG: part of PCD issue): The aims of the European Food Security Group are designed in particular to feed political advocacy with practices. The EFSG is a representative forum of European NGOs involved in policy as well as practical issues related to food security. The group acts as a reference group in promoting a structured and regular dialogue between NGOs, the European Institutions and relevant international stakeholders. It intends to demonstrate the impact of NGO programmes and expertise, in particular vis-à-vis the most vulnerable groups. The group also aims at providing updated information and policy arguments on food security to be integrated, wherever relevant, in common CONCORD policy and lobbying activities.
ChairStineke Oenema (ICCO – APRODEV)
Aurèle Destrée (Glopolis)
CONCORD SecretariatBlandine Bouniolbbouniol(at)concordeurope.org

 

European Year 2015 Task Force: European Year for Development 2015 Civil Society Alliance – EYD2015 CSA – project officially started in January 2015. The work of CONCORD’s European Year 2015 Task Force led to an EC financed project which fosters critical discussion on global justice among the citizens of the EU and raises awareness of the benefits of development cooperation. 2015 is a key year for the MDGs and the pivotal year in which a new global framework for sustainable development should see the light of day and begin to be implemented.

The Steering Group includes Ana Rosa Alcalde (Alianza por la Solidaridad), Sergi Corbalán (Fair Trade Advocacy Office), Marco Boaria (ALDA), Stefan Grasgruber-Kerl (Südwind Agentur), Seamus Jeffreson (CONCORD), Pierrette Pape (The European Women’s Lobby), Inese Vaivare (LAPAS), and Marius Wanders (World Vision EU).

CONCORD SecretariatJohanna Hakulinenjohanna.hakulinen(at)concordeurope.org  Tel. 0032/2/7438774
Francesca Romana Minnitifminniti(at)concordeurope.org Tel. 0032/2/743 87 64
Sachana Kumarsachan.kumar(at)concordeurope.org Tel. 0032/2/7438769
Funding for Development and Relief (FDR) Working Group: The policy work of the FDR Group focuses on European Union – NGO funding policies and priorities, on the allocation of funds to these priorities and on the European funding process and organisation. The FDR has a steering group and 3 subgroups: de-concentration, financial regulations, geographic and thematic instruments.
Chair
Alexandra Makaroff (Plan)
Alexandra.Makaroff(at)plan-international.org
Jessica Janrell (ConcordSE)jessica.janrell(at)concord.se
CONCORD SecretariatLonne Poissonnier
lpoissonnier(at)concordeurope.org#sthash.05ucFmkp.dpuf

lpoissonnier(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 76

 

Gender Working Group: CONCORD has identified the strengthening of gender & development awareness and advocacy work within CONCORD and at EU level as a cross-cutting issue and key to achieving CONCORD’s strategic objectives. The overall objective of the Gender WG is to ensure that gender is at the centre of EU Development Policy. This work is done through gender and development advocacy and lobby work and by engaging in structured dialogue with EU. The group also advises CONCORD bodies on how to raise awareness and build gender competence on EU development issues.
Co-CoordinatorsSandra Johansen (por solidaridad) sjohansson(at)aporsolidaridad.org
Elena d’Urzo (EN – IPPF)edurzo(at)ippfen.org
CONCORD SecretariatSabine Terleckisterlecki(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 99

 

HRBA Task Force: The HRBA TF mandate is to: promote exchange of experience, raise awareness, increase understanding, expertise and capacity on human rights-based approach to development within CONCORD constituency; mainstream HRBA in CONCORD policy; enable CONCORD to include HRBA in its policy dialogue with EU institutions.
Co-ChairLuisa Fenu (CBM)Luisa.Fenu(at)cbm.org
Co-ChairJudit Almasi (TDH)judit.almasi(at)tdh.ch
CONCORD SecretariatLonne Poissonnierlpoissonnier(at)concordeurope.org

 

 

MFF Working Group: The MFF taskforce was set up in October 2010 to follow-up the negotiations regarding the European Union Multiannual Financial Framework – MFF 2014-2020. The objective of the MFF taskforce is to develop clear CONCORD positions on the next MFF in order to lobby European Institutions and make sure the CONCORD positions on foreign and development policies and funding are taken into account.
ChairKarine Sohet (APRODEV)k.sohet(at)aprodev.net
CONCORD Secretariat
Lonne Poissonnier
Lonne.Poissonnier(at)concordeurope.org
+32 2 743 87 60

 

Migration & Development Task Force: The aim of this informal group is to share analysis on migration and development issues and coordinate members’ initiatives in this field at the EU level – for example, with regard to the EU Global Approach to Migration and Mobility, and the annual Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The group supports CONCORD’s work on PCD. The group also feeds in the CSO contact group on migration and development.
ChairBob Van Dillen Bob.van.Dillen@cordaid.nl
Tiguida Camara tcamara@forim.net 
Udo C. Enwereuzorenwereuzor@cospe-fi.it
Jara Henarjhenar@aporsolidaridad.org  
Salvatore Parata paratas@terredeshommes.org
Sophia Wirschingsophia.wirsching@brot-fuer-die-welt.de
CONCORD SecretariatBlandine Bouniolbbouniol(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 61

 

Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) Coordination Group: Set up in 2007, the role of this Coordination Group is to promote policy coherence for development in all the EU and national policies; to coordinate CONCORD’s engagement towards the EU institutions on PCD; to provide a space within CONCORD for analysis / experience sharing on PCD; to raise awareness within the Confederation and European civil society in general about the PCD agenda; to build-up policy and advocacy capacity of members vis-à-vis their Member States on PCD , especially ; to raise cases of (EU) policy incoherencies; to ensure that there is a comprehensive and regular dialogue between the EU and its Southern partners on policy coherence for development. . It coordinates a biennial report called “Spotlight on Policy Coherence for Development” , which sets out CONCORD vision on PCD and spots out existing incoherencies in different policy areas, such as agriculture, energy, trade, migration. The group works in close link with the thematic groups in CONCORD such as food security, trade, migration, raw material, etc).
ChairSuzan Cornelissen (Dutch platform PARTOS)
Rilli Lappalainen (Finnish platform)
CONCORD SecretariatBlandine Bouniolbbouniol(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 61

 

Policy Forum: CONCORD’s ‘political spearhead’, discussing and sharing political intelligence and coordinating policy work.
Co-ChairsDenise AuclairAuclair@cidse.org
Anke Kurat (German NP)a.kurat(at)venro.org
CONCORD SecretariatSabine Terleckisterlecki(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 81
Francesca Minnitifrancesca.minniti@concordeurope.org

 

Private sector task force: The mandate of CONCORD’s private sector task force is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience of CONCORD members on the private sector in both development and follow-up and to influence, where needed, the institutional policy development in this regard, both at national and European level.

ChairAd Ooms (ICCO, representing Partos)Ad.Ooms(at)icco-cooperation.org
CONCORD SecretariatNathalie Bekier Djerf
nbekierdjerfr(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 62
Raw Material Task Force (part of PCD issue): The Raw Materials Task Force was created beginning 2012 after CONCORD members expressed their interest to work more coordinated and actively on the EU Raw Materials Initiative (RMI) and other EU policies that are related with the governance of raw materials in developing countries. This Task Force brings together an already existing group of NGOs working on the RMI (the S2B-RMI mailing list), and CONCORD members working on raw materials issues. The Task Force reports to the PCD Coordination Group, and contributes to the Group’s overall strategy relating to PCD. The aim of the Task Force is to have more visibility and effective coordinated actions by CONCORD members on raw materials policies of the EU.
ChairKoen Warmenbol (11:11:11 – CONCORD Belgium)Koen.Warmenbol(at)11.be
CONCORD SecretariatBlandine BouniolBlandine.bouniol(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 74

 

Trade reference group (part of PCD issue): The Trade reference group is a forum where European development NGOs work together to influence and promote an EU trade agenda that is coherent with the overall objectives of EU development policy (sustainable development and poverty eradication) and contributes to the achievement of the UN Development Goals. The group monitors trade regional agreements, particularly the Economic Partnership Agreements in the framework of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, EU trade relations with the rest o the world (regional and bilateral FTAs), the EU global strategy for trade, etc. The group engages with DG Trade in the framework of broader European coalitions (European trade network, Seattle to Brussels, etc).
ChairKarin Ulmer (APRODEV)k.ulmer(at)aprodev.net
CONCORD SecretariatBlandine BouniolBlandine.bouniol(at)concordeurope.org
Tel. +32 2 743 87 74