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One year after CONCORD’s report analysing whether Commission impact assessments sufficiently take into account the impact of policy proposals on developing countries, where do we stand? Did the Commission learn to use more systematically and carefully the Better Regulation guidelines? In this new paper, CONCORD conducts a quantitative analysis of the impact assessments from 2017 and the first half of 2018, comparing this with our data from previous years, and a more in-depth qualitative analysis of 3 particular cases.read more
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.
For the first time since 2012, the EU’s aid spending decreased in 2017. This means, at the current rate of growth, the EU would need another 40 years to meet the 0.7% ODA/GNI target, reveals CONCORD AidWatch Report 2018.read more
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’.read more
Digitalisation is becoming a vital part of our world, and by extension of development cooperation. It represents new challenges and opportunities for our sector. The report commissioned by FOND Romania and CONCORD Europe analyses the key digital trends and the impacts of digitalisation on the development agenda as well as it explores the roles of and the opportunities for civil society organisations in this new environment. Don’t miss it now!read more
Sustainable development, not EU immediate interests, must guide the successor of the Cotonou Agreement
Brussels, 28 September 2018 – Today, the European Commission officially launched the negotiations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) on a new partnership agreement which will succeed the Cotonou Agreement. CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, welcomes the renewal of the agreement as it represents a great opportunity to build a people-centered cooperation among equal partners but is concerned about the narrative of Africa being increasingly portrayed only as Europe’s trade and economic partner.read more
Across the European Union, Member States are trying to implement the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and many are doing certain things really well or in an innovative way. This can encourage others! Therefore CONCORD shares these good practices from across Europe to inspire each other on how to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.read more
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.read more
Brussels, 12 September 2018 – Following Juncker’s speech “State of the Union 2018”, CONCORD reacts to the new ‘Africa – Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs’.read more
Blogpost from Rilli Lappalainen – Policy coherence for sustainable development is finally starting to break through both in political documents and speeches. Now the development of an indicator measuring the sustainable development target 17.14 on coherence has also been started. Read Rilli’s feedback on the High-Level Political Forum 2018 and get an insight on the progress done in policy coherence for sustainable development.read more