EU budget: development aid blended with foreign policy objectives

EU budget: development aid blended with foreign policy objectives

Today, the European Commission has released the legal framework for the external funding instruments of the future EU budget (MFF 2021-2027). CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, raises concerns that unproven investment schemes and migration control will overshadow the EU’s commitments to promote human rights, sustainable development and the fight against poverty.  

Aid shrinks as refugee costs decrease – System failure exposed

Aid shrinks as refugee costs decrease – System failure exposed

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.

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

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

While today less and less aid is spent in least developed countries, the EU increasingly spends ODA in favour of national and foreign policy and security interests. The new CONCORD 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.

Opinion Piece: 9 ways to make the EU Global Strategy visionary and ambitious

Opinion Piece: 9 ways to make the EU Global Strategy visionary and ambitious

CONCORD in the news: In the framework of the new EU Global Strategy, Sabine Terlecki, Head of Policy and Advocacy at CONCORD, identifies the 9 elements which would support a more visionary and ambitious text addressing the root causes of today’s global challenges.