CONCORD is the European confederation of relief and development NGOs.
We envision a world where people live free of poverty and exploitation. This must be achieved by a citizen-led transformative agenda based on social justice and gender equality and respecting diversity and the limits of our planetary capacity.
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Inequalities and sustainable economy
Through policy analysis, monitoring and advocacy, we urge the EU and its Member States to tackle rising inequalities worldwide and contribute to building a sustainable global economy.
Policy coherence for sustainable development
EU policies can affect countries outside the EU positively but also negatively. Working on the basis of ‘do no harm’, we want the EU to avoid undermining partner countries’ efforts to define and pursue their own path towards sustainable development and preferably to support them. We focus on two key areas: migration and trade.
Financing and funding for sustainable development
We monitor international donors’ commitments, including adherence to the development effectiveness principles and adequate programmes and funding for civil society, making sure that the ‘leave no one behind’ principle is incorporated, in order to achieve sustainable development for all people and the planet.
We work on five cross-cutting issues by monitoring developments in these areas, advocating for change and integrating them into our 3 core priorities.
Global Citizenship Education
Global Europe – the new EU development cooperation instrument – will be implemented in a context of 80 million people globally facing long-term forced displacement. This number is expected to increase due to climate crises, conflicts and food insecurity in the near future. Our recommendations are setting the highest standards for Global Europe implementation.
As CONCORD prepares its new four-year strategy, our Director reflects on certain changes in the international arena – including the EU’s role – that the pandemic particularly brought to light or reinforced, while directly impacting on our ability to realise our most basic rights. All these changes mark a leap towards a future in which transformative, systemic change and the goal of a more equal world become significantly more difficult to achieve.
The figures offer the first tangible evidence of the global pandemic’s impact on EU ODA. In absolute terms, according to the OECD DAC, EU aid increased by 7.8% (72.7 billion USD) compared to 2019. However, this rise is mainly the result of a fall in GNI prompted by the global pandemic.