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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What did 2017 bring to the development sector in Europe? The annual report of CONCORD encloses the biggest achievements of our Confederation in the field of development aid and reports on the main statutory elements needed for a transparent and accountable constituency.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
CONCORD new paper examines civil society at the heart of democracy and sustainable development. It looks at the key components of civic space and builds some relevant recommendations to civil society as well as to EU institutions and Member States.
CONCORD in the news: Article in EUobserver, written by Anastasia Kyriacou from AidEx – As aid is increasingly spent less in the least developed countries, a new report by CONCORD has revealed the EU is diverting an increasing proportion of spending towards conflict and security – to the point it has in the last decade outpaced all aid growth.
While Global Citizenship Education is recognised by many as a powerful tool to resolve current global challenges, the level of investment by national governments remains limited. Why is that? CONCORD’s new report explores this while revealing the level of funding dedicated to Global Citizenship Education in Europe between 2011 and 2015.
The Cotonou Partnership Agreement, the EU partnership with ACP countries (African – Caribbean and Pacific), will expire in 2020 and the official negotiations will start in August 2018. Read CONCORD’s recommendations to put “People and Planet first” in the future EU-ACP agreement.
While aid is decreasingly spent in least developed countries (LDCs), the EU increasingly spends ODA in favour of national interests. CONCORD’s new report explores the use of EU aid to respond to security threats, and warns the EU of the negative impact this has on sustainable development.
CONCORD reacts to the ongoing reports in the media of sexual exploitation and abuse by staff employed by NGOs in partner countries.
The new Global NGO Technology Report is out! Its main question: How do NGOs use technology? Get the latest figures in the 2018 report which CONCORD partnered with.
In January, CONCORD Director, Seamus Jefferson participated in the Forum Espace Humanitaire taking place in Annecy, France. During this meeting, delegates from the major humanitarian and development organisations gathered to share views on challenges of humanitarian and developmental action.
How is EU money allocated and spent in Africa when it comes to migration? By focusing on one of the main EU financial instruments for migration, the new CONCORD report analyses the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and more specifically its implementation in 3 key partner countries: Libya, Niger and Ethiopia.
With the help of Coordination Sud, our report on the role of the private sector in development is now available in French: “Une feuille de route en 10 points pour l’Europe. Le rôle du secteur privé dans le développement”.