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AidWatch Report 2006: Genuine leadership or misleading figures

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 […]

AidWatch Report 2007: Hold the Applause

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.

AidWatch Report 2009: Lighten the Load

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 […]

CSOs On The Road To Busan

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 EU Delegation Watch

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?

European Women’s Lobby, WIDE and CONCORD Statement on MFF and EU Instruments

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.

Report on Human Rights-Based Approach

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.

Reaction to the EC Communication "Agenda for Change"

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.

Recommendations for the EU 2014-2020 External Action Instruments

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.

Advocacy Toolkit

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 […]

Implementation Toolkit

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.

European Partners

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 […]

Global Partners

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 […]

Spotlight on Policy Coherence for Development 2011

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.