This report aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the instruments and programmes (both thematic and geographic) used by the European Union (EU) in its development cooperation.

It highlights the roles played by civil society in policy dialogue on these instruments and programmes, and in their implementation.


CONCORD has been actively engaged with both the EU’s institutions and its member states, monitoring and influencing the negotiations on the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2014-2020 with a particular focus on the development-related instruments and programmes. The report also includes CONCORD’s comments on the 2014-2020 programming process.

The EU budget for development cooperation is divided into different funding instruments, which provide the legal basis for the implementation of the various programmes. Some of these funding instruments have a geographical focus, and some a thematic one. Each instrument is then divided into different programmes: some are country-specific, some region specific, and some thematic. Notably, the DCI (Development Cooperation Instrument) includes both geographical and thematic programmes.
The European Development Fund (EDF) provides the EU’s largest amount of funding to one geographical area (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific region). It is a separate fund which is managed outside the framework of the EU’s general budget and funded by the member states on the basis of negotiated voluntary contributions.
This publication covers four geographical funding instruments, two thematic funding instruments (EIDHR and IcSP) and two thematic programmes within the DCI (CSO-LA and GPGC).