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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.

Is COVID-19 the wake-up call we need to invest in our social systems again?

Is COVID-19 the wake-up call we need to invest in our social systems again?

As the coronavirus spreads across our globalised world a clear picture emerges: quality healthcare and social rights may not stop a pandemic, but they are key to addressing one and can prevent the poor and marginalised from being hit the hardest.

Talking Development Podcast, Ep. 7: The future EU budget concerns us all

Talking Development Podcast, Ep. 7: The future EU budget concerns us all

As the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is coming to an end, this episode of our “Talking Development Podcast” reveals the important elements that should be considered in the new MFF, which will last for seven years (2021-2027).

Talking Development Podcast Ep. 6: The world is interconnected, so are EU policies

Talking Development Podcast Ep. 6: The world is interconnected, so are EU policies

The interconnection of EU policies seems is a complex issue. To provide an understanding of this complexity, this episode guides you through the concept of EU policy-making and its impact on the ground.

Talking Development Podcast, Ep. 5: Innovative Development Financing Tools

Talking Development Podcast, Ep. 5: Innovative Development Financing Tools

In this podcast, Jeroen Kwakkenbos from Oxfam International EU Office, guides us through the new trends in aid and the more recent mechanisms put in place to finance development objectives in innovative ways.

AidWatch 2019: Total shift required to Leave No One Behind

AidWatch 2019: Total shift required to Leave No One Behind

Despite the well-received 25% reduction in inflated aid, EU aid is still decreasing after discounting these components. This means that, at the current rate of growth, the EU will only meet the 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2061, as revealed by the CONCORD AidWatch 2019 Report.

An inclusive strategy in ensuring no one is left behind

An inclusive strategy in ensuring no one is left behind

Inequalities between people and countries have reached staggering heights. The social contract is under unprecedented pressure, as witnessed by the multiplication of protests, marches and social unrest against austerity, inequalities and injustice all over the world. So, what is it about the principle of “Leaving No One Behind” that our leaders have not understood?

Inequalities Unwrapped: An urgent call for systemic change

Inequalities Unwrapped: An urgent call for systemic change

protests around the world show the urgency of addressing inequalities. How can we tackle this multidimensional problem to ensure no one is left behind? Our new report calls for a systemic approach and puts forward concrete solutions, which could guide EU leaders to reduce different forms and drivers of economic, social, environmental, and political inequalities.

Is European aid effective?

Is European aid effective?

Aid is not only about quantity, it is about quality too! It needs to reach the people who need it the most. Our new paper “Who owns Development Effectiveness? A European Reality Check” analyses how EU aid is actually used for. This paper puts forward a series of recommendation based on some selected indicators which sets the scene for achieving a more effective and inclusive aid.