Brussels, 9 April 2018 – For the first time since 2012, total aid has globally decreased (by 0.6%), show the latest statistics of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. This drop can be explained by the decline of in-donor refugee costs reported as aid (-13.6% on 2016). Reflecting this global trend, European DAC members are the main reason for the shift in the statistics with drops in refugee costs in many Member States such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece and Slovenia.
Aid is more and more perceived by EU leaders as a tool to “control migration”, “manage migration” or “tackle the root causes of migration”. What are the links between the EU’s Aid and Migration agendas in the current migration context? Aiming at clarifying how EU’s development cooperation and migration agendas are interlinked in today’s EU policies, our new report identifies 3 trends outlining how EU aid is used to curb migration and draws a couple of key recommendations. This report is accompanied by pedagogical animated infographics.
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.
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.
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.