The European Union is marginalising anti-poverty objectives within its new foreign policy arm, the External Action Service (EEAS). The CONCORD report shows that one year after the creation of the EEAS, there is still no clarity on how the European Commission and the EEAS will coordinate €11 billion in development programming.

The report offers five ways for the External Action Service to improve its record, recognising that there is ample potential to make the new structure deliver in practice, and not only on paper:

  • By developing a narrative on EU development cooperation
  • By clarifying roles on programming
  • By making Policy Coherence for Development a reality
  • By sharpening development expertise
  • By working with civil society based both in partner countries and internationally