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.
“Let’s make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development work for getting rid of inequalities by strengthening our collaboration with CONCORD Members and allies.”
“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 2020 Annual Report
Our 2020 Annual Report is a portrait of a year in CONCORD. A year of challenging circumstances and new ways of working, but also full of learnings and looking forward.
The year started by introducing our new working structures and a successful Learning and Exchange Forum in Zagreb, Croatia. Due to the pandemic, our Secretariat shifted entirely to teleworking and new ways of communicating and working continued to take shape, together with our new website.
We closed the yearbook with our first virtual General Assembly, where our members exchanged on the future of development cooperation in a geopolitical world.
Working towards our overarching objective of tackling inequalities, our Annual Report presents highlights from our Confederation as a whole and from each of our working structures.