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What does the future EU budget mean for development cooperation? – Meeting DEVE Committee

CONCORD Europe was invited to speak during the DEVE Committee meeting on 16 May, 2018 under the agenda point “Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027: what does it mean for development cooperation?“. Katerzyna Lemanska (Coordination SUD/GHA) was representing our confederation, in the presence of the DEVE committee and the European Commission. Here are the outcomes of the discussion. 

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EU Country Roadmaps for engagement with Civil Society – Briefing paper 2018

In 2018, EU Delegations have been updating the EU country roadmaps for Engagement with Civil Society. During the previous cycle, more than 100 country roadmaps were adopted, most of which covered the period 2014-2017. In order to facilitate the engagement of civil society with the EU Delegations in the process of consultation at country level, CONCORD has designed this briefing paper in 3 languages (EN, FR, ES).

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Safeguards against sexual exploitation and abuse in development and humanitarian action – European NGOs action points

At the end of April, CONCORD was invited to discuss the recently highlighted issue of sexual misconduct in humanitarian work in the course of a joint workshop with the European Parliament’s DEVE committee. This piece, written by Seamus Jeffreson, CONCORD Director, addresses the issue, and lists the different actions points for EU NGOs. It is drawn from his speaking points and is the product of collaboration and input from many CONCORD members and national platforms across the EU.

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EU Budget: Development aid low-ranked in favour of EU’s own political interests

Today, the European Commission has released its communication on the Multi-annual Financial framework (2021-2027). CONCORD, the European Confederation of development NGOs, welcomes the budget dedicated to external actions but raises concern on the merge of external instruments allocated to development aid which will put aid objectives in jeopardy.

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Aid shrinks as refugee costs decrease – System failure exposed

Brussels, 9 April 2018 – For the first time since 2012, total aid has globally decreased (by 0.6%), show the latest statistics of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. This drop can be explained by the decline of in-donor refugee costs reported as aid (-13.6% on 2016). Reflecting this global trend, European DAC members are the main reason for the shift in the statistics with drops in refugee costs in many Member States such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece and Slovenia.

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Aid and Migration: externalisation of Europe’s responsibilities – New Report

Aid is more and more perceived by EU leaders as a tool to “control migration”, “manage migration” or “tackle the root causes of migration”. What are the links between the EU’s Aid and Migration agendas in the current migration context? Aiming at clarifying how EU’s development cooperation and migration agendas are interlinked in today’s EU policies, our new report identifies 3 trends outlining how EU aid is used to curb migration and draws a couple of key recommendations. This report is accompanied by pedagogical animated infographics.

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