CONCORD: the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development 

Who we are: 
CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations:  28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. 
We are the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy.

We are a not for profit organisation, registered under Belgian law as an a.i.s.b.l – Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif – (An international not for profit association). 


History and name:

We were founded in 2003 by development NGOs from across Europe. Our organisational name CONCORD is an acronym based on ‘CONfederation for COoperation of Relief and Development NGOs’.

You can read about our work and achievements over the last 10 years in the special anniversary publication.

Vision and Mission: 

Our vision is of a world in which poverty and inequality have been ended; in which decisions are based on social justice, gender equality and upon our responsibility to future generations; where every person has the right to live in dignity, on an equal basis, free from poverty and sustainability.

CONCORD works to ensure that:

  • The EU and member states are fully committed to and implement comprehensive and coherent policies towards the developing world that are based on the principles of solidarity, human rights, justice and democracy, and which aim to address the causes of poverty and conflict and promote sustainable economic and social development.
  • The European NGDO movement is active and fully engaged in promoting EU policies that have a positive impact on developing countries and have the capacity to influence the direction of these policies.
  • The role of the NGDOs is valued and protected as an authentic voice of European civil society that is engaged in issues of development and global justice.
CONCORD annual priorities in 2015
Governance Structure:
We work as a member led confederation with a main aim of strengthening the impact of European development NGOs vis-à-vis the European Institutions.

Board: 10 board members democratically elected by the General Assembly. The current President is Johannes Trimmel, elected in June 2014.

Director: Responsible for the day to day management of the Confederation. The current Director is Seamus Jeffreson, appointed in December 2013.


Working structures

Working structures: The work of the Confederation is carried out by the members, split respective working groups and taskforces depending on their experience. These groups feed the political debate and contribute towards improving the formulation of European policies affecting development co-operation and humanitarian aid.

Secretariat: Our Secretariat is based in Brussels and works to faciliate the work of the confederation.

Transparency: We are registered to the EU Transparency Register.

Finances: Read the annual report 2014 for the detailed breakdown.

  income 2014expensens 2014