What is CONCORD?
CONCORD is the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations representing more than 2600 NGOs and are supported by millions of citizens across Europe.
We are the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy. We are a member-led organisation which means that the members give the strategic direction of the Confederation.
We envision a world in which people live free of poverty and exploitation. This must be achieved by a people-led transformative agenda based on social justice and gender equality and respecting diversity and the limits of our planetary capacity.
We work together to ensure that European policies promote sustainable economic, social and human development, addressing the root causes of poverty, and based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy.
How we achieve
We work in three main ways to achieve transformative change:
Act as an advocate towards the EU and influence European development policies together with our members
Convene and connect European networks and national platforms to exchange expertise and learn from each other
Use collective intelligence and brainstorm with allies to explore innovative solutions and new ways of working and to strengthen the resilience of our sector.
“Our work challenges the systemic root causes leading to so many people being left behind with no perspectives of a good life.”
“The main aim of CONCORD is to influence the EU so it puts people and planet first, reforms our systems so as to fulfil people’s human rights and ensure their well-being, and ensures transparency and accountability by all those in positions of power.”
CONCORD 2019 Annual Report
Twenty nineteen marked the 16th anniversary of our Confederation, and our Annual Report puts the year in perspective. From welcoming our new Director to our working structures continuing their important work during the Mid-Term Review process, 2019 was marked by transformation.
This culminated during our Mid-Term Review, where our Board reflected on how CONCORD can best contribute in coming years to the transformation that is needed in Europe to progress towards just and fair socieities in a sustainable world.