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Op-ed: Can the EU assert its leadership and truly deliver on gender equality in 2021 (and beyond)?

Op-ed: Can the EU assert its leadership and truly deliver on gender equality in 2021 (and beyond)?

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.

Letter to President Ursula von der Leyen: Call for equitable vaccination drive

Letter to President Ursula von der Leyen: Call for equitable vaccination drive

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.

Call to action: Earthquake relief in Croatia

Call to action: Earthquake relief in Croatia

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.

Mind Our Business: Amplify the transformative power of sustainable and inclusive business models through EU external action

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.

Denying aid on the basis of EU migration objectives is wrong

Denying aid on the basis of EU migration objectives is wrong

After a surprise move by the Chair of the Development Committee, Tomas Tobé, the European Parliament voted in favour of making EU aid to developing countries conditional on their compliance with EU migration control objectives.

AidWatch 2020: Knock-on effects, an urgent call to Leave No One Behind

AidWatch 2020: Knock-on effects, an urgent call to Leave No One Behind

2020 marks the first year since 1998 that the global rate of poverty has increased. The COVID-19 pandemic has much to do with that, but it doesn’t help that the EU and its Member States are further off-track than ever in meeting their aid targets.

To be connected … or not to be? Is there any choice these days?

To be connected … or not to be? Is there any choice these days?

With around half of the world’s population still not connected, those who remain in the analog world risk being left far behind. Our investments today reflect society’s commitment to the future, so let’s ensure that we bridge the digital divide for lasting prosperity and equality.

Joint letter from NGO networks to European Council on Heading VI in the next MFF and Recovery Fund

Joint letter from NGO networks to European Council on Heading VI in the next MFF and Recovery Fund

On 8 June, CONCORD co-signed a letter sent to EU Head of States ahead of the European Council to present recommendations on the next EU budget and the recovery fund ‘Next Generation EU’.

Who is championing the least developed countries in the EU?

Who is championing the least developed countries in the EU?

Achieving the pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind also requires focusing on least developed countries (LDCs). Our new policy paper assesses which EU actors are championing the LDCs by meeting their international commitments and supporting sustainable development in LDCs.

EU’s path to a strategy with Africa in uncertain times

EU’s path to a strategy with Africa in uncertain times

The outbreak of COVID-19 will have important implications for the future of EU development cooperation, including the future EU-Africa. We take a look at the lessons learned so far and suggest future approaches for the EU’s dialogue with and support to partner countries.

Responding to COVID-19: Forging a path to an equitable future

Responding to COVID-19: Forging a path to an equitable future

As the new coronavirus rages across the globe, it should no longer be possible to ignore and maintain the structural inequalities. Tackling inequalities and building an inclusive and sustainable economy should be on top of the EU and Member States’ priority list.

CONCORD’s analysis of Commission’s proposed global pandemic response

CONCORD’s analysis of Commission’s proposed global pandemic response

The Communication on the Global EU response to Covid-19 sets out how the EU will address the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the immediate health and socio-economic needs of the most vulnerable countries and people globally.