Ahead of the Munich Security Conference, development NGOs call on EU leaders to stop security interests jeopardising the development agenda and ask the EU to put long-term solutions for peace-building and human security at the heart of any EU Aid spending related to conflict, peace-building and security.
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- CONCORD Expert on Financing for Development: Amy Dodd, UK Aid Network Director – email@example.com – Tel: +44 (0)203 122 0637
- CONCORD Policy and Advocacy Coordinator: Alexandra Rosen – firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel: 0032 (0)2 743 87 61
- CONCORD Communication Coordinator: Helene Debaisieux – email@example.com – Tel: 0032 (0) 472 433 120
Notes to editors:
 The amount of aid that reaches Least Developed Countries (LDCs) keeps on decreasing, shows CONCORD AidWatch report 2017. While the total ODA from EU 28 increased by 10% between 2012 and 2015, the ODA to LDCs decreased by 2.5%. In 2015, this amount represented 14.6% of the total European aid, namely half of the amount the EU committed to. In 2016, the aid to LDCs fell by 2.9%.
 For instance: the EU spent 29 million€ in Mali to build effective security forces to combat terrorism and organised crime (see paper, page 7) ; 162€ million of EU Aid money was earmarked within the EU Trust Fund for Africa for Libya to reinforce security measures for migration management (see page 17 of report).
- CONCORD EUROPE: CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, made up of 28 national associations, 21 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2.600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. www.concordeurope.org
- SECURITY AID – “Fostering development, or serving European donors’ national interests?”: Analysing the current trends around the aid agenda with the help of figures, examples to build on recommendations, this publication focuses on how is Aid progressively “instrumentalised” and spent in favour conflict, peace and security (CPS) management, to the detriment of poverty eradication and sustainable development.
- AIDWATCH: Since 2005, CONCORD AidWatch monitors aid spendings and formulates recommendations on the quality and quantity of aid provided by EU Member States and the European Commission. www.concordeurope.org/aidwatch-reports CONCORD actively campaigns to hold EU leaders accountable for their commitments to dedicate 0,7% of their Gross National Income to development assistance and to use this aid in genuine, poverty-focused and effective ways.
- EU TRUST FUND: Recent report “Partnership or conditionality? Monitoring the Migration Compacts and EU Trust Fund for Africa”. By focusing on the main financial instrument for EU’s political engagement with African partners in the field of migration, CONCORD report analyses the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and more specifically its implementation in 3 key partner countries: Libya, Niger and Ethiopia. The research monitored the instruments, the way the funds are used and the possible consequences they have on the ground.
- ODA COMMITMENT & DEFINITION: The EU commitment on spending 0.7% of its GNI on ODA has been recently renewed in the European Consensus on Development. Resource: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/european-consensus-on-development-final-20170626_en.pdf (article 103)
The rules defining what can be included within the Official Development Assistance (ODA) definition have been recently broadened in the field of peace and security to include measures such as preventing violent extremism, and engagement with the police beyond training in routine civil policing functions. Resource: https://www.oecd.org/dac/DAC-HLM-Communique-2016.pdf (Feb. 2016)
- OECD DAC global aid figures 2016: http://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-data/aid-at-a-glance.htm