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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.

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.