CONCORD in the news: Based on our report on migration and development, Sophia Wirsching and Bob van Dillen suggests 3 recommendations for EU migration policies to overcome the security focus and comply with policy coherence!
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2015 was without doubt an important year, with Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement pointing the world in promising new directions, and with the adoption of the Sendai Framework and the Addis Ababa Financing for Development Agenda as additional important milestones. 2015 can also be described as a year in which landmark decisions were made in meeting rooms and conference halls.
When Neva Frecheville joined CAFOD in November 2012, the role included co-chairing the Beyond 2015 with her friend and colleague, Mwangi Waituru, and convening advocacy for the Participate initiative, a global network of 18 organisations aiming to bring high quality evidence on the reality of poverty into the post-2015 debate.
The FORIM, ICMC together with CONCORD launch a series of publications named the “10 myths about migration”. The publications aim to deconstruct the stereotypes and prejudices around migration and development issues.
Our board members Marius Wanders and Johannes Trimmel attended on February 29th the launch seminar of the ‘EuroBarometer 441′ about the European Year for Development 2015. The conference organised by the European Commission revealed the results of the year as well as the perception of European citizens on development issues. Read Marius’ story below!
Trustfunds, framework partnership agreements, follow-up grants, financial support to third-party… What does it all mean? In the framework of the new EU processes to civil society organisations, read our new study on EU funding mechanisms and discover how you can better navigate through the new grants landscapes.
Remember that Goal 8 of the MDG’s agenda was to “develop a Global Partnership for Development.” It is one of the ‘non-achieved’ goal. Although the ‘targets’ to achieve were very diverse in nature (debt, ODA, LDC, the private sector, etc.), it is surprising that civil societies involved in the MDGs agenda would not proposed for themselves an ambitious ‘target’ about our own partnerships?
Anyone who has hung around with Dominic Haslam for long enough in the last four years knows well just how central a role Beyond2015 played in his professional life in that period. He was delighted to be asked to write a blog about the experience, in response to the comprehensive evaluation.
A fiscal agent for all partners and taxpayers? Yes, initially successfully located in the North and subsequently located in the global South with a responsibility to serve the work of the Beyond 2015 Campaign on all continents. While the flow of development aid and finance is usually from the North (developed countries) to the South (developing countries), the Beyond 2015 Campaign chose, on merit and after a competitive process, a unique organisation as its fiscal agent: the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA) based in Pretoria, South Africa.
The next EP resolution on Policy Coherence for Development is in preparation. In this framework, Evert-Jan Brouwer (Woord en Daad / EU-CORD) addressed, on behalf of CONCORD, the European Parliament during a workshop on Policy coherence for Development organised by the MEP Cristian Preda, the European Parliament Standing Rapporteur for Policy Coherence for Development.
CONCORD Europe has been invited to meet the DEVE Committee on February 23rd at the Parliament. The Sustainable Development Goals, the Cotonou agreement, the Multiannual Financial Framework as well the ODA definition will be in the agenda.
Reviewing the advocacy work of a campaign such as Beyond 2015 is not an easy task. As expressed in the campaign’s external evaluation: “The legacy of any advocacy campaign goes well beyond words. Having said so, UN officials and representatives of Member States seem to have genuinely welcomed and thoroughly considered the inputs of the campaign”.
Governments across Europe are planning to divert scarce development aid budgets to cover security and defence costs.
Should we take this evaluation seriously? What real aggregated value does it have for future campaigns?
How to build a global campaign? Good question! This evaluation will give you incredible insight about critical lessons we learned from the Beyond 2015 experience. In essence, it outlines how to build a global campaign. When Beyond 2015 was in its beginnings there was no manual for how to set up an international civil society campaign.
As someone who has been intimately involved with Beyond 2015 for the last five years, Leo Williams, director, has been waiting with baited breath for the evaluation – both with an eye to the past and to the future. He has lost count of the number of times he has wished that a detailed evaluation of a global civil society campaign existed in 2010…
The new PCD policy paper on migration and development highlighted the incoherencies between current European policies on migration and the objectives of sustainable development and protection of Human Rights. The launch event was a timely moment to start an open discussion with a wide range of stakeholders from the European institutions, the Civil Society sector and […]
The Cotonou Agreement framing the EU partnership with ACP (African Caribbean Pacific) countries will expire in 2020. What will come next? CONCORD Europe submitted a response to the EU’s joint public consultation at the end of 2015.
In the framework of the High-Level Political Forum, CONCORD Europe launches a position paper targetting the EU to match the ambition of the 2030 Agenda and respect some major components in the implementation of the agenda towards a just and sustainable world.
Today, on the 5th anniversary of the 25 January revolution in Egypt, fourty four Civil Society Organizations call for renewed efforts to ensure the release of Egyptian political prisoners.
Security and economic interests continue prevailing in the EU’s policy and institutional approach to migration and development, says CONCORD in their new policy paper “Coherence for migration and security – and what about development?”.
Every year CONCORD publishes its annual report, an overview of its activities and successes, financial information, membership updates, statutory documents. Find here CONCORD’s annual report since 2011.
Find here the Funding for Development and Relief (FDR) and Financing publications.