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Is development going digital?

Is development going digital?

Digitalisation is becoming a vital part of our world, and by extension of development cooperation. It represents new challenges and opportunities for our sector. This report, commissioned by FOND Romania and CONCORD Europe, analyses key digital trends and impacts of digitalisation on the development agenda as well as explores the opportunities for civil society organisations.

Sustainable development must guide the successor Cotonou Agreement

Sustainable development must guide the successor Cotonou Agreement

The European Commission has officially launched negotiations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) on a new partnership agreement to succeed the Cotonou Agreement. This represents an opportunity to build people-centered cooperation as equal partners but, there is concern about the narrative of Africa being portrayed only as Europe’s trade and economic partner.

SDGs’ implementation: Good practices from across Europe

SDGs’ implementation: Good practices from across Europe

Many EU and its Member States are implementing the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an innovative way. Therefore, CONCORD shares these good practices from across Europe to inspire each other on how to implement the SDGs.

EU Gender Action Plan II: transforming lives?

EU Gender Action Plan II: transforming lives?

Is the EU Gender Action Plan II actually transforming the lives of women and girls in the world? With this report, CONCORD aims to demonstrate how the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 is being implemented. Based on in-country research in Rwanda, Vietnam and Ghana, this report provides concrete recommendations on how to bring about a more impactful implementation of the GAP II.

Rilli Lappalainen: how can we measure coherence?

Rilli Lappalainen: how can we measure coherence?

Policy coherence for sustainable development is finally starting to break through both in political documents and speeches. This blogpost presents Rilli Lappalainen’s feedback on the High-Level Political Forum 2018 to provide insight on the progress done in policy coherence for sustainable development.

CONCORD’s position: assessing the flow of external migration funding

CONCORD’s position: assessing the flow of external migration funding

On 19 June 2018, the Committees on Budget, Budgetary Control, Foreign Affairs and Development jointly organised a joint hearing for assessing the flow of external EU migration funding. Fanni Bihari, from ACT Alliance EU, represented our Confederation in this public debate aiming at assessing the flow of current expenditure on the migration-related projects and the EU Trusts Funds.

European Council’s measures on migration: ineffective, costly and against human rights

European Council’s measures on migration: ineffective, costly and against human rights

The political directions endorsed by the European Council to continue lowering the number of migrants’ arrivals to Europe are concerning; and may easily be proven to be ineffective and a breach to founding European values.

Reporting back from CONCORD General Assembly 2018

Reporting back from CONCORD General Assembly 2018

Our 15th General Assembly gathered our members in Brussels in June 2018, marking several important milestones for our Confederation: new statutes, renewal of half the board and new financial guidelines. Our collective discussions on the 2019 EU elections and the future EU budget were intense, but rewarded by a festive celebrations at the end of the first day.

EU budget: development aid blended with foreign policy objectives

EU budget: development aid blended with foreign policy objectives

Today, the European Commission released the legal framework for the external funding instruments of the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021-2027. CONCORD raises concerns that unproven investment schemes and migration control will overshadow the EU’s commitments to promote human rights, sustainable development and the fight against poverty.  

Aquarius case: we stand for a Europe of global solidarity

Aquarius case: we stand for a Europe of global solidarity

Migration experts of CONCORD Europe strongly condemn the decision of the Italian government to close the harbours for the reception of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean and ask all Member States to share the reception by opening their harbours, as done by the Spanish government, and by opening new regular pathways.

Women’s rights and trade: time for a radical shift

Women’s rights and trade: time for a radical shift

Gender is receiving increasing attention in trade agreements, but no EU trade policy is gender-neutral. In this publication, CONCORD and WIDE+ call for and explain why a fundamental shift is needed towards a EU trade policy, which should give as much importance to human rights and environmental standards as to economic indicators.

DEVE Committee meeting: what does the future EU budget mean for development cooperation?

DEVE Committee meeting: what does the future EU budget mean for development cooperation?

On 16 May 2018, CONCORD spoke at the DEVE Committee meeting in regards to the Multi-annual Financial Framework’s 2021-2027 significance for development cooperation. Katarzyna Lemanska (Coordination SUD/GHA) represented our Confederation.

Interview with Million Belay on Agroecology

Interview with Million Belay on Agroecology

CONCORD invited Mr. Million Belay to attend the agroecology event “Opportunities and challenges for European development policy” at the European Parliament on March 20th 2018, and to provide a first-hand experience of the positive impact of agroecology on the life and work of smallholder farmers in Africa.

EU country roadmaps for engagement with civil society

EU country roadmaps for engagement with civil society

In 2018, EU Delegations have been updating the EU country roadmaps for engagement with civil society. During the previous cycle more than 100 country roadmaps were adopted; covering the period 2014-2017. To facilitate the engagement of civil society with the EU Delegations in the process of consultation at country level, CONCORD has designed this briefing paper.

NGO action points: safeguarding against sexual exploitation and abuse in the development sector

NGO action points: safeguarding against sexual exploitation and abuse in the development sector

At the end of April, CONCORD was invited to discuss the recently highlighted issue of sexual misconduct in humanitarian work in the course of a joint workshop with the European Parliament’s DEVE committee. This piece, written by Seamus Jeffreson, CONCORD Director, addresses the issue and action points for EU NGOs.

DEVE Committee meeting: what does the future EU budget mean for development cooperation?

EU Budget: development aid low-ranked in favour of EU’s own political interests

Today, the European Commission released its communication on the Multi-annual Financial framework (2021-2027). CONCORD welcomes the budget dedicated to external actions, but raises concern on the merge of external instruments allocated to development aid that will put aid objectives in jeopardy.

CONCORD’s initial reaction to EU report on financing for development

CONCORD’s initial reaction to EU report on financing for development

On 23 April 2018, the EU presented its first report on financing for development in years at the UN FFD Summit in New York. CONCORD welcomes this opportunity for greater transparency on the EU’s efforts to support the realisation of the 2030 Agenda.

EU budget: development aid blended with foreign policy objectives

Future EU Budget: CONCORD’s reaction to the single External Instrument proposal

Ahead of the European Commission’s communication on the future EU budget, CONCORD reacts to the proposal of a single External Instrument. By merging 12 instruments into one in the next Multi-annual Financial Framework, the EU would not live up to its commitments on sustainable development.

System failure exposed: aid shrinks as refugee costs decrease

System failure exposed: aid shrinks as refugee costs decrease

For the first time since 2012, total aid has globally decreased (by 0.6%); according to the latest statistics of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). This drop can be explained by the decline of in-donor refugee costs reported as aid (-13.6% on 2016).

Aid and migration: externalisation of Europe’s responsibilities

Aid and migration: externalisation of Europe’s responsibilities

Aid is increasingly perceived by EU leaders as a tool to “control” or “manage” migration. What are the links between EU aid and migration agendas in the current migration context? Our new report identifies 3 trends outlining how EU aid is used to curb migration and draws a couple of key recommendations.

Survey on digitalisation for development

Survey on digitalisation for development

Digitalisation is one of the key and most dynamic mega-trends influencing development today. In order to understand how the future of development cooperation will be shaped in the digital era, and to map how familiar European NGOs and CSOs are with these concepts, CONCORD and FOND Romania launched a survey.

Reporting back from the launch of the GCE Funding Study

Reporting back from the launch of the GCE Funding Study

Why should we care about global citizenship education? How much funding goes to GCE in Europe? How much should we invest in Global Citizenship Education? These questions were addressed in CONCORD’s new report and discussed by panelists, including experts from DEVCO and UNESCO.