CONCORD in the news: Article in EUobserver, written by Anastasia Kyriacou from AidEx – As aid is increasingly spent less in the least developed countries, a new report by CONCORD has revealed the EU is diverting an increasing proportion of spending towards conflict and security – to the point it has in the last decade outpaced all aid growth.
While today less and less aid is spent in least developed countries, the EU increasingly spends ODA in favour of national and foreign policy and security interests. The new CONCORD report explores the use of EU aid to respond to security threats and warns the EU of the negative impact this has on sustainable development.
In light of ongoing reports in the media of sexual exploitation and abuse by staff employed by NGOs in partner countries, CONCORD, the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, wants to deliver the message enclosed in the blogpost.
The European Union has demonstrated great leadership in making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris climate agreement or human rights conventions. The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will need to reflect these existing commitments and provide the EU with the sufficient budget to positively contribute to development cooperation.
Press Reaction – The AU EU Summit should have been a great opportunity for young people from Africa and the EU to exchange and listen to each other’s views. Scheduled to speak, and with speeches prepared, as part of the peace, security, and governance section of the Summit today, instead their contribution was ruled out on the grounds of “rules of procedure” after the objections of a number of delegations. Civil Society reacted to the situation.
The EU must ensure small farmers are protected against multinational agribusiness when encouraging private investment in agriculture.