The EU’s development work is put under the microscope – and CONCORD reacts

The EU’s development work is put under the microscope – and CONCORD reacts

The EU, as a member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, has recently had its development cooperation policies reviewed by its peers. Despite noted accomplishments, CONCORD underlines several recommendations of this assessment.

The upcoming presidency trio needs to set Europe on a sustainable path

The upcoming presidency trio needs to set Europe on a sustainable path

Romania, Finland and Croatia recently published the Trio Programme for their upcoming EU Council Presidencies. The Trio Programme sets the joint political priorities for the presidencies and does not suggest radical changes, but puts emphasis on jobs and growth meaning business as in EU politics. European NGOs would like to see human rights based policies aiming at well-being within planetary boundaries.

Future EU Budget delay? Funding gap could put vital development aid at risk

Future EU Budget delay? Funding gap could put vital development aid at risk

Brussels, 12 December 2018 – Ahead of the European Council during which the external relations part of the future EU budget will be discussed, CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, urges EU leaders to safeguard the amount dedicated to Heading VI (external relations) and agree on the political timeline. The future development aid budget and the European Union’s engagement in addressing global challenges is at stake.

Migration is not a problem to be ‘managed’ – The real concern is inequality.

Migration is not a problem to be ‘managed’ – The real concern is inequality.

CONCORD in the news: Letter to Editors initially published in POLITICO, written by Davide Gnes and Fanni Bihari.
Much of the current migration from developing countries to Europe — when not responding to immediate threats such as conflict, political persecution, famine and instability — is just a symptom, among many, of the massive social and economic gap that exists between certain regions of the world.

The EU Multi-stakeholder platform adopts common proposals towards Sustainable EU by 2030

The EU Multi-stakeholder platform adopts common proposals towards Sustainable EU by 2030

Today, 30 high-level members from the EU’s Multi-stakeholder Platform on SDGs adopted common proposals from civil society, public and private to move towards a Sustainable EU by 2030. Despite coming all from very different backgrounds, representing very diverse constituencies, we managed to find common ground and strongly push together in the same direction. This paper will now feed into the upcoming European Commission reflection paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030’.

EU Gender Action Plan II: Transforming lives ? – New Report

EU Gender Action Plan II: Transforming lives ? – New Report

Is the EU Gender Action Plan II actually transforming the lives of women and girls in the world? Has the lives of women and girls improved thanks to EU actions? With its report “Transforming lives: EU Gender Action Plan II – From Implementation to Impact”, CONCORD aims to demonstrate how the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 is being implemented. Based on in-country research in Rwanda, Vietnam and Ghana, CONCORD report provides concrete recommendations on how to bring about a more impactful implementation of the Action Plan.