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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.

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

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.

Promotion of civic space and enabling environment in EU external action

Promotion of civic space and enabling environment in EU external action

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.

Let’s put peace at heart of the development debate

Let’s put peace at heart of the development debate

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.

Report: Funding Global Citizenship Education in Europe

Report: Funding Global Citizenship Education in Europe

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.

What future for EU-ACP agreement?

What future for EU-ACP agreement?

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.

Report: EU prioritising security over peace-building negatively impacts development aid

Report: EU prioritising security over peace-building negatively impacts development aid

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.

Reporting back from Forum Espace Humanitaire

Reporting back from Forum Espace Humanitaire

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.

Report: how is EU money spent in Africa in response to migration?

Report: how is EU money spent in Africa in response to migration?

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.