🆕 Has aid become part of the problem, rather than a solution? Where did we go wrong? - CONCORD Newsletter June 2021
HAS AID BECOME PART OF THE PROBLEM, RATHER THAN A SOLUTION? WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?
That the EU decided to address human development in Council Conclusions this month is to be welcomed. That those Conclusions were bland and simply repeated previous commitments is, however, definitely to be regretted. And that the EU can – yet again – view this through the perspective of pursuing EU interests and contributing to economic growth is more than a little mind-boggling.
Every part of the global economic system which we impose on others should be revisited. Every part of the international governance system in which rich countries impose the rules should be revised. Every aspect of international trade should be rebalanced.
And every part of the "aid" system should be reoriented to give power and access to global South actors.
On our 18th General Assembly, the Confederation came together virtually once again from all corners of Europe. This was an opportunity for us to look back at what we have achieved and look forward to co-creating our future, together. In the meantime, catch a glimpse of our discussions.
Our Director, Tanya Cox, participated in a public hearing from the Committee on Development focusing on tackling inequalities in developing countries. "Inequalities are no accidents of fate. They are the result of deliberate choices made by people in power. The good news is that these choices can be reversed," she said.
FRENCH VERSION: EU ODA, MIGRATION AND GLOBAL EUROPE
Global Europe – the new EU development cooperation instrument – will be implemented in a context of 80 million people globally facing long-term forced displacement. That number is only expected to increase. Our paper, now available on our website also in French, proposes a way forward that supports constructive development efforts related to migration.
This newsletter from our workstream on Regional Alliances contains a summary of important upcoming meeting and events, updates on CONCORD's reaction to the negotiated text of the Post-Cotonou Agreement, and more. You can find the previous newsletters and relevant documents from this workstream here.
As you may already know, we changed our extranet system last September and it is now time to adapt all our mailing lists for workstreams. Starting from September, all the Google groups you know will be migrated to new ones. The only thing you will have to do to contact the different groups is to reply to the last email from the group and not use the old ones.
The new Global Europe Instrument (ex-NDICI) has now entered into force for the 2021-2027 period. CSOs should not expect new calls for proposals until late Autumn when the Multi-annual Indicative Programmes will be adopted. Meantime, the FFSD workstream is developing a guide to the new Global Europe Instrument to help CSOs find their way through this new funding environment.
FFSD UPDATES Members have been analysing and preparing for the changes that will come next year with the introduction of a new EC Grant Agreement and continue to try to shape the roll-out of the Opsys IT tool and information system for funding and tender opportunities for EU external action. Please see here an important notice on changes coming that will replace the EuropeAidID.
ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN CRISIS: THE VENEZUELAN MIGRATION
This report from Plan International presents the experiences, voices, challenges and opportunities of Venezuelan refugee and migrant girls and adolescent girls in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, from a feminist, intersectional and human rights perspective as part of Plan International's 'Girls in Crisis' global research series.
DEMOCRATISING GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND MULTILATERALISM
Despite significant advances in international commitments and national legislation, human rights are under attack in countries across the world. Dissenting voices are being silenced, persecuted, jailed, and even killed. New research by ActionAid reveals the extent to which corporate and right-wing threats are dismantling our democratic systems.
ENDING THE HUNGER CRISIS: RESPONSE, RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE
The International Rescue Committee estimates that without urgent action, progress towards the SDG target of Zero Hunger will effectively be suspended by at least 5 years. This report outlines the priority actions that the G7 and wider international community must take to prevent famine and build countries' preparedness and resilience against future food security crises.
SLAPPED BUT NOT SILENCED: DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE FACE OF LEGAL RISKS
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has launched a report analysing the use of SLAPPs (strategic lawsuit against public participation) globally. This analysis reveals that powerful entities are abusing legal systems across the world to intimidate and silence defenders and communities who speak out against corporate abuse.
With the number of people facing famine or catastrophic levels of food insecurity rising more as each week passes, a group of NGOs respond to the leaders' communique from the G7 summit by telling the world's wealthiest nations that words nourish nobody. Collectively endorsed by members such as CARE International, Save the Children, OXFAM and World Vision.