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Migration for development and human rights — the need for EU policy coherence

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!

Brussels attacks: crisis updates and important information

Due to several explosions in public transport and at the airport, the metro and airport are currently closed. Please note that the secretariat staff is ok and working remotely. For any urgent matter, please contact Marion Coat and Sabine Terlecki by email or call the Secretariat on +32 2 743 87 60. HUB 1 meeting: […]

Agenda 2030 – the train we cannot miss to achieve climate compatible development!

Agenda 2030 – the train we cannot miss to achieve climate compatible development!

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.

Breaking open institutions with voices from the ground

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.

Encouraging results for the European Year for Development, according to recent EuroBarometer

Encouraging results for the European Year for Development, according to recent EuroBarometer

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!

New publication on EU funding delivery mechanisms

New publication on EU funding delivery mechanisms

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.

Let’s dare to engage in new partnerships!

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?

Networking and notworking: Beyond 2015 and 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.

Fiscal Agent for All Partners and Taxpayers

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.

CONCORD’s inputs on policy coherence for the next European Parliament resolution

CONCORD’s inputs on policy coherence for the next European Parliament resolution

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.

Learning to listen before speaking up: Beyond 2015 advocacy lessons

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”.

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.

5 things I needed to know 5 years ago about building global campaigns

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…

Coherence for migration and security – and what about development?

Coherence for migration and security – and what about development?

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 […]

Migration and development: security and economic interests prevail in EU’s policies

Migration and development: security and economic interests prevail in EU’s policies

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?”.