Six months after the start of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) trialogue negotiations, CONCORD wants to express support for those positions that will prove most impactful for eradicating poverty, protecting human rights and fighting inequality.
CONCORD would like to see these positions integrated in the final DCI regulation:
– It is of paramount importance to secure development aid levels that have a true impact on poverty eradication in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. Therefore, at least 30% of Heading 4 should be allocated to the DCI.
– Political commitments enshrined in the European Consensus on Development as well as key communications and action plans affecting the quality and impact of aid must trickle down to projects. To avoid a vacuum between commitments and practice, while respecting the ownership principle, we want to see some provisions included in the DCI itself: on ODA-eligibility, gender equality, cross-cutting issues, Human Rights Based Approach, 20% benchmark for health and basic education, LRRD, the role of and funding for CSOs, Policy Coherence for Development, and Development Education and Awareness Raising.
– A holistic approach to differentiation, where the eligibility criteria are based on the multidimensional causes of poverty, and with clear phasing out strategies for those countries that will no longer be eligible for bilateral geographic funding.