Is now the right time to cut aid to some of the world’s poorest who live in middle income countries?
The very first AidWatch style report was published in 2006. The briefing showed that €13.5 billion – or almost one third – of reported European ODA in 2005 did not provide any new aid for developing countries. This vast amount of apparent aid spending was in fact money for debt cancellation and for foreign student […]
Many European governments are exaggerating their aid progress by inflating their aid figures with debt cancellations, particularly to Iraq and Nigeria. They are also chalking up as aid their spending within Europe on refugees and foreign students’ education. In 2006 these non-aid items accounted for G13.5 billion, almost one third of European ODA.
2007 should instead have been a year of significant increases to meet the official targets. Yet there was a slight decline in the amount of European Official Development Assistance (ODA) and in ODA as a proportion of Europe’s economic output.
In 2008, Europe provided 0.40% of its gross national income (GNI) in aid. Although this is an increase of €4 billion, in reality, a further €20bn is necessary over the next two years in order to meet its targets. Current rises are clearly falling far short of what is needed, and according to official estimates […]
This report shows that aid levels stagnated in 2009 and are well short of promised levels for 2010. In 2009, aid decreased from €50bn in 2008 to €49bn.
BetterAid unites over 1700 development organisations from civil society working on development effectiveness. BetterAid is leading many of the civil society activities in the lead up to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan in November/December, 2011 in an attempt to achieve a bold forward-looking outcome.
The report proposes a range of recommendations to the European Commission and the EU Delegations, designed to help improve the quality of the work of CSOs and EU Delegations. This is why issues that regularly cause problems are identified, and general solutions that would improve good practice are proposed.
Contribution to the ‘Issues Paper towards an EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and women’s empowerment in external relations'
The EU Plan for Action on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment was adopted on March 2010. What are the key questions and contributions made by CONCORD during the discussions leading to its approval?
The European Women’s Lobby, WIDE and Concord Gender Working Group joint position called on the European Union to integrate gender equality and women’s rights into the priorities of the next EU Multi-financial Framework by incorporating a set of recommendations.
CONCORD’s Human Rights Based-Approach task force conducted an evaluation, monitoring the extent to which the HRBA is applied in CONCORD’s internal methods of working. Based on observations and interviews, the report gives recommendations on how to implement HRBA on all levels.
This policy paper takes its mandate from CONCORD’s strategy which states that human rights and gender equality are the approaches that will underpin our advocacy work, basing its content and recommendations on several activities of the HRBA Task Force.
A sustainable European Union international development framework should support people. It should address the causes of poverty – inequalities and discrimination – by building an environment that is conducive to the realisation of all human rights. All development policy and programmes must begin from a human rights based approach.
This position paper lays out CONCORD’s recommendations with regards to the shape of the External Action Instruments in the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. We believe that these recommendations are in keeping with the goal of development and poverty eradication.
The EU has started to negotiate its future budget for the period 2014 to 2020. Our report looks at development funding in the future budget, and makes recommendations on how the EU can improve on its first proposals.
CSOs as development actors are profoundly affected by the policies and practices of donors, developing country governments and CSOs in their role as donors. This toolkit provides the necessary information, guidance and tools that CSOs around the world can use to contextualise the International Framework and advocate for a more enabling environment for CSO development […]
The International Framework is accompanied by this Companion Toolkit which provides guidance on how to put the Principles into practice for civil society organisations. They can continue putting the principles into practice, capitalising on the global momentum to improve their effectiveness as development actors.
The 8 Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness are an integral part of the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness and a distinct globally acknowledged reference of effective development work for CSOs worldwide.
The Siem Reap CSO Consensus on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness is the outcome of the Open Forum consultation process with thousands of CSOs, led for and by civil society from across the globe.
Overview of CONCORD activities and successes over 2011, financial information, membership updates, statutory documents.
CONCORD are proud partners to numerous projects. TRIALOG is in charge of raising awareness of development issues in the enlarged EU and to strengthen dialogue and partnerships between development NGOs in accession countries, EU countries and developing countries. DEEEP (Developing European’s Engagement for the Eradication of Global Poverty) – DEEEP’s aim is to increase the […]
CONCORD understands the importance of working and cooperating together at the global level. CONCORD is committed to working with global civil society in formulating the post-2015 development framework when the deadline for the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) passes. Beyond 2015 seeks to create a civil society consensus around a minimum standard of legitimacy for a […]
EU policies are continuing to seriously undermine rights in developing countries says a new report by CONCORD, the confederation of European development NGOs. The report shows incoherencies between EU development objectives and other policies, coming at an important time as the EU reforms its agricultural, trade and development policies.
The Spotlight on Policy Coherence report looks at the damaging impact that EU policies such as trade and agriculture are having on developing countries, effectively undoing all of the potential achievements of its development aid.