A new paper from Concord and Action for Global Health on the allocation of DCI.

In the context of the current negotiation of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) regulation between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, CSOs urge the EU institutions to prioritise health and basic education2 in the DCI thematic programme “Global Public Goods and Challenges” (GPGC) and to allocate 20% of the whole DCI to these two sectors.

Health and basic education are crucial elements of human development. However, the definition of human development as set out in the GPGC Programme currently includes growth, jobs and private sector engagement. We are very concerned that while these are crucial, they do not form part of human development, as defined by the UN3. Although we value the positive role the private sector can play in development, the budget foreseen to support it should not come from human development. Human development relates to sectors such as health and basic education.
Allocating 20% of the DCI to health and basic education would allow the EU to:
1. Accelerate progress towards sustainable and inclusive development;
2. Ensure inclusiveness and equity of access to quality basic social services for the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised populations regardless of where they live, paying special attention to women and girls;
3. Respect the EU’s commitments of the Agenda for Change by ensuring complementarity between geographic and thematic programmes.