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The European Commission bases its development strategy on their ‘Agenda for Change’ policy communication which sets out its strategic approach to reducing poverty. As the world’s second largest donor – €12.6 billion were disbursed by the EU institutions in aid funds in 2011 – the EU has a significant influence on the development agenda. The ‘Agenda for Change’ foresees a focus on two priority areas in EU development cooperation: Human Rights, democracy and good governance; and Inclusive and sustainable growth for human development. These priorities are turned into programme funding via the different funding instruments which are open to European and local civil society organisations.
The EU's humanitarian assistance is based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence which are enshrined in the ‘European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid’. Funding is coordinated by the European Commission Humanitarian and Civil Protection Office (ECHO). ECHO funding is only accessible to ECHO FPA holders.
Engaging with the EU
In 2005, the European Commission took the bold step of decentralising its project management to EU Delegations. This caused both opportunities and problems. To monitor the positive aspects of this approach and to highlight where things are going wrong, CONCORD (network of development platforms and networks of which EU-CORD is a member) undertakes an annual survey of the experiences of civil society in their engagement with EU Delegations. The 2012 report has just been released. Key findings from the 2012 … Continue reading