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Our story

At a time, not long after the cold wars had ended, walls were taken down and curtains fell, we saw a Union of European nations rising from the ashes. Since this Union had an ever increasing impact on the lives of people, wherever they may live, as well as on the planet supporting us, citizens rose to the the challenge and started to organise with the aim to keep the Union on the right path and ensure those in power took decisions on the basis of the right values and in the interest of all.

But they found it so difficult to be listened to when they all were shouting at the door of all the many decision-makers involved, be they in capitals, in Brussels, in parliaments or in government buildings.

Therefore, they decided to join forces, coordinate and divide the labour, and together through a common confederation called CONCORD, they now try to change the world.

Who we are

CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations:  28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. We are a member-led organisation which means that the members give the strategic direction of the confederation.

We are a not for profit organisation, registered under Belgian law as an a.i.s.b.l – Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif – (An international not for profit association). Founded in 2003 by development NGOs from across Europe, our organisational name CONCORD is an acronym based on ‘CONfederation for COoperation of Relief and Development NGOs’.
We are the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy. We aim to strengthen the impact of European development NGOs vis-à-vis the European Institutions and to positively influence the European Development policies for a fair, just and sustainable world.
Who we are

Vision

CONCORD envisions a world where people enjoy their right to live free of poverty and exploitation as well as their right to enjoy wellbeing and equality. This must be achieved by a citizen-led transformative agenda based on social justice and gender equality and respecting diversity and the limits of our planetary capacity.

Mission

CONCORD members work together to ensure that:

  • European policies promote sustainable economic, social and human development, addressing the causes of poverty, and based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy.
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizens and organised civil society to influence those representing them in governments and EU institutions, are promoted and respected.

The following principles support our mission:

  • Human Rights
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainability
  • ‘Practicing what we preach’
  • Participation

Strategy

Our strategy for 2016-2022 is based on two pillars of work supported by key principles:

  1. European policy promotes sustainable economic, social and human development, addressing the causes of poverty and inequality, and is based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy. Making sustainable development a reality for all.
  2. The rights and responsibilities of citizens and organised civil society, to influence those representing them in governments and EU institutions, are promoted and respected. An enhanced sharing and learning space to support our sector in transition.

This strategy has been translated into 4 working areas:

  1. Sustainable Development and Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (Hub 1)
  2. Financing for Development (Hub 2)
  3. Promoting Civil Society Space (Hub 3)
  4. Global Citizenship and People’s engagement (Hub 4)

 

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