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At CONCORD, you will find policy experts on a wide range of topics and a wealth of reliable and up-to-date information analysed together with our member organisations

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What we can speak about

✓ New trends in EU development cooperation

✓ How EU external affairs impact inequalities between people and countries

✓ Development aid spending by EU institutions and Member States

✓ EU budget and the MFF process

✓ How EU policies, like trade and migration, impact sustainable development in partner countries

✓ Role of civil society in sustainable development


✓ EU-Africa relations

✓ EU-Latin America relations

✓ Sustainable and inclusive economic and business models

✓ The role of the private sector in development 

✓ Gender equality and development

✓ Why global citizenship education matters

✓ How to measure wellbeing

What we can provide



Quotes, comments and interviews with CONCORD Europe spokespeople and experts.


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Press releases

How COVID-19 is influencing EU institutions’ international partnership work

Coronavirus is dominating the headlines. Not only is the economy slowing down, but so are most of the policy activities in Brussels. Starting from mid-March, the majority of meetings and events have been either cancelled or moved online.

In memory of Paolo Dieci, a passionate voice for international cooperation and development

On Sunday, March 11, a tragic plane crash took the lives of all 157 passengers travelling to Nairobi. Among the victims was Paolo Dieci, a most dedicated and passionate advocate for international cooperation.

CONCORD’s reaction to reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by NGO staff

CONCORD reacts to the ongoing reports in the media of sexual exploitation and abuse by staff employed by NGOs in partner countries.

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.

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.

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Rilli Lappalainen, President

Rilli was elected as CONCORD President in November 2020 and is currently the Director of Sustainable development at Fingo, Finnish Development NGOs (CONCORD’s national platform in Finland). Before Fingo´s establishment on 2018, Rilli worked over 15 years as Secretary General of Kehys, national EU platform. During that time Rilli took on several roles in CONCORD, e.g. as a Board Member for 6 yeas and the chair of the DEAR working group. Global citizenship education has been the red line of Rilli´s work and life from local scouts to global networking. He has experiences of working in all continents from local projects to UN level policy processes.

Tanya Cox, Director

In her role as Director of CONCORD she leads the Confederation’s strategic direction and planning. She is passionate about pushing for a people- and planet-centred approach and finding innovative solutions to the difficult debates of our sector. As an effective communicator and powerful public speaker, she enjoys rallying people around ambitious objectives. She has over 15 years of experience working in civil society organisations to influence the EU’s position on human rights and sustainable development. She previously worked in the private sector.