The 2017 CONCORD AidWatch Report will be launched on 16 October and the paper available on 17 October. Do not miss this key publication and join our launch event in Brussels!


Since 2005, CONCORD AidWatch monitors and makes recommendations on the quality and quantity of aid provided by the European Union Member States and the European Commission. What did aid spendings look like in 2016? Are we on the right way to eradicating inequality?

The EU and its 28 member states remain the world’s largest development donor in 2016. Still, the EU is far from meeting the collective 0,7% ODA/GNI goal. At the current rate of increase of ‘genuine’ aid, Europe would not close the gap until 2052… What’s more, in the past couple of years, the EU has introduced a number of new policy frameworks that influence the direction of the EU’s development cooperation agenda by introducing different objectives: migration, security, commercial expansion. Are these new objectives diverting the attention from the main purpose of EU development cooperation?

The publication will provide insights on the successes and failures of the EU to ensure Member States to make significant progress towards the Aid targets: what is the Development Aid budget used for? For whom? And how?



“EU Aid Uncovered – How to reach the target on time?”

The CONCORD AidWatch Report launch event will confront opinions amongst diverse development actors. A great panel of speakers discuss the current aid spendings and explore strategies for bringing development effectiveness back at the center of European Development Cooperation.

Modalities: When? 16 October from 5.00 to 7.00pm – Where? CONCORD premises

Invited speakers: 

  • Heidi Hautala, Member of the European Parliament, Vice Chair of the Group of the Greens
  • Nicoletta Merlo, Acting Head of Unit A2, DG DEVCO
  • Amy Dodd, CONCORD Europe (UK Aid Network Director)
  • Helena Lagerlöf, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU

We look forward to welcoming you in our premises on 16 October and see you online on October 17th.

For further information, please contact Alexandra ROSEN.