Global Europe – the new EU development cooperation instrument – will be implemented in a context of 80 million people globally facing long-term forced displacement. This number is expected to increase due to climate crises, conflicts and food insecurity in the near future. Our recommendations are setting the highest standards for Global Europe implementation.
As CONCORD prepares its new four-year strategy, our Director reflects on certain changes in the international arena – including the EU’s role – that the pandemic particularly brought to light or reinforced, while directly impacting on our ability to realise our most basic rights. All these changes mark a leap towards a future in which transformative, systemic change and the goal of a more equal world become significantly more difficult to achieve.
The figures offer the first tangible evidence of the global pandemic’s impact on EU ODA. In absolute terms, according to the OECD DAC, EU aid increased by 7.8% (72.7 billion USD) compared to 2019. However, this rise is mainly the result of a fall in GNI prompted by the global pandemic.
Our Director reflects on how we need more than using “new lenses” to address the deeply rooted problems in our food system. Only by putting in place profoundly new ways of working and thinking will we be able to ensure far greater well-being and freedom within our systems.
This year, our Learning and Exchange Forum 2021 went digital! How could we have imagined that it would bring us even closer? With broad participation from influential civil society actors, our discussions were centred on how to co-create transformational and innovative partnerships.
After a disappointing end to 2020, which had promised to be a groundbreaking year for EU commitments to and leadership on gender equality, what’s next? Our Vice President and Director of CARE International offers her perspective.
Universal access to the COVID-19 vaccine is the only solution to end the pandemic and mitigate the deepening socio-economic inequalities. CONCORD is joining other conveners of influential civil society networks in sending letters to world leaders to call for a far more equitable approach to the current vaccination drive.
In compassion and solidarity with the communities affected by the devastating earthquake on 29 December 2020, the Fund 5.5 for Crisis Support of the SOLIDARNA Foundation is launching an urgent donation drive for earthquake victims and damages in Petrinja and Sisak-Moslavina county.
To what extent has nearly a year of teleworking hampered our work? It has been harder to stay informed. It has been harder to get a sense of the bigger picture. It has been harder to influence. And, what was that about shrinking civil society space?
Mind Our Business: Amplify the transformative power of sustainable and inclusive business models through EU external action
Sustainable and inclusive business models can help the EU advance on its various objectives, whether creating decent work opportunities for all or contributing to the ecological transition. It’s time to amplify their power through EU external action.