CONCORD is the European confederation of relief and development NGOs.

We envision a world where people live free of poverty and exploitation. 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.

We are the main interlocutor with the EU Institutions on development policy.

We work together to ensure that European policies promote sustainable economic, social and human development, addressing the causes of poverty, based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy.

Our impact

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Our core priorities

We influence EU external policy to contribute to sustainable development, by identifying key issues, proposing solutions and promoting financing and funding geared to leaving no one behind.

Inequalities and sustainable economy

Through policy analysis, monitoring and advocacy, we urge the EU and its Member States to tackle rising inequalities worldwide and contribute to building a sustainable global economy.

Financing and funding

for sustainable development

We monitor international donors’ commitments, including adherence to the development effectiveness principles and adequate programmes and funding for civil society, making sure that the ‘leave no one behind’ principle is incorporated, in order to achieve sustainable development for all people and the planet.

Policy coherence

for sustainable development

EU policies can affect countries outside the EU positively but also negatively. Working on the basis of ‘do no harm’, we want the EU to avoid undermining partner countries’ efforts to define and pursue their own path towards sustainable development and preferably to support them. We focus on two key areas: migration and trade.

Cross-cutting priorities

We work on five cross-cutting issues by monitoring developments in these areas, advocating for change and integrating them into our 3 core priorities.

Civil Society power

Gender Equality

Regional Alliances

Global Citizenship Education

Private Sector

Latest news

Joint letter from NGO networks to EU Council on Heading VI in the next MFF and Recovery Fund

On 8 June, a letter co-signed by CONCORD and other NGOs was sent to EU Heads of State to present recommendations on the next EU budget and the recovery fund ‘Next Generation EU’.

Who is championing the least developed countries in the EU?

Our new policy paper assesses which EU actors are championing least developed countries by meeting their international commitments and achieving the pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind.

Liberty after COVID-19: What do we want to live for?

While some leaders may be asking themselves, ‘how much are people willing to sacrifice to stay safe?’ – because there is nothing like a good crisis to slip in a ‘fait accompli’ – we probably should be asking ourselves, what are we all willing to live for?

EU’s path to a strategy with Africa in uncertain times

The outbreak of COVID-19 will have important implications for the future of EU development cooperation, including with Africa. We analysed the EU’s ‘Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa’ document, suggesting possible improvements and areas to be added or further developed in the upcoming EU-Africa strategy in order to achieve 2030 Agenda in these uncertain times.

Responding to COVID-19: Forging a path to an equitable future

As the new coronavirus rages across the globe, it should no longer be possible to ignore and maintain the structural inequalities. Tackling inequalities and building an inclusive and sustainable economy should be on top of the EU and Member States’ priority list.

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