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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.

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

Multiannual Financial Framework: making the case for a strong EU development cooperation budget

The European Union has demonstrated great leadership with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and human rights conventions. The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will need to reflect these existing commitments and provide a sufficient budget for development cooperation.

Civil Society barred from speaking at the Africa-Europe Summit

Civil Society barred from speaking at the Africa-Europe Summit

Press Reaction – The AU EU Summit should have been a great opportunity for young people from Africa and the EU to exchange and listen to each other’s views. Scheduled to speak, and with speeches prepared, as part of the peace, security, and governance section of the Summit today, instead their contribution was ruled out on the grounds of “rules of procedure” after the objections of a number of delegations. Civil Society reacted to the situation.

Is private investment in developing country agriculture a good thing?

Is private investment in developing country agriculture a good thing?

The EU must ensure small farmers are protected against multinational agribusiness when encouraging private investment in agriculture.

Civil Society barred from speaking at the Africa-Europe Summit

EU-Africa Summit : 2 days for Heads of States, 6 minutes for civil society

The fifth EU-Africa summit will take place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Under the central theme “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”, African and European Heads of State and Government will gather together during two full days. Civil society has been granted 6 minutes to speak.

EU Trust Fund for Africa: Partnership or conditionality? European Parliament event

EU Trust Fund for Africa: Partnership or conditionality? European Parliament event

On 22 November, CONCORD, in partnership with the S&D, hosted an event in the European Parliament to discuss the first findings of an ongoing research on the management of the EU Trust Fund for Africa. 

Do you campaign? Feedback from the Learning & Exchange Forum 2017

Do you campaign? Feedback from the Learning & Exchange Forum 2017

CONCORD members gathered in Tallinn on 8th and 9th November to challenge and practice their and CONCORD’s campaigning skills. This event aims to foster information-sharing and mutual learning between our members on the solutions they are exploring. Our Estonian member, AKU, supported the preparation of the event.

Report: on the role of private sector

Private sector and development: The EU is not doing enough!

CONCORD in the news: This article by Isabelle Brachet, CONCORD expert on Sustainable Development and EU Policy advisor at ActionAid, on the role of the private sector in Development has been initially published in Euractiv. To ensure business enterprises play their role in generating more and better jobs and contribute to the transition towards a green and sustainable economic model in the Global South, the EU needs to adopt in-depth reforms.

Today, less than one euro out of 5 reaches least developing countries. OECD, time to reverse the trend.

Today, less than one euro out of 5 reaches least developing countries. OECD, time to reverse the trend.

Ahead of the DAC high-level meeting, CONCORD encourages the OECD to ensure aid maintains a laser focus on eradicating poverty and sustainable development for all. The outcomes of the meeting could reinforce current worrying trends for EU aid: decrease of aid to least developed countries, increase of conditionality and securitisation of aid as well as an increase of in-donor country costs reported.