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25 March 2014

#EuropeWeWant - first online candidate debate!

26 March, 12.30h-13.30h

CONCORD is pleased to invite you to our first livestream candidate debate ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections.

The debate is the first action of the new Europe We Want campaign. Our first debate will be with current MEP and European Commission candidate Franziska Keller.

When: Wednesday 26th March, 12.30h-13.30h
Livestream: Youtube link 
Twitter hashtag: #EuropeWeWant

Tweet: Watch the first #EuropeWeWant livestream debate on 26 March, 12.30 - 13.30

We look forward to your participation!
Report on Syrian refugee children

A new World Vision supported report, "written and researched by refugee children" looks at the impact of the Syrian conflict.

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Financing sustainable development

CIDSE have published a new paper that looks at how the financial system can respond to social justice, the environment and climate change

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EU aid in shock €400m funding gap

A substantial funding shortfall affecting the EU’s humanitarian aid budget (ECHO) could threaten global aid programmes.

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CONCORD video debate on Ukraine

Is there a role for CONCORD members in supporting civil society in Ukraine? Catch up on last weeks talk. Read the article & watch the video.

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EU-Africa summit in Brussels next week

Government representatives of the EU and Africa will meet from April 2 to 3 for joint talks in Brussels.

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CONCORD Director in Spain

Last week the Spanish NGO Platform held their General Assembly in Spain, which focused on the future of the sector.

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ActionAid film screening: "Countries for sale?" (registration link)

When: April 1, 18:30
Where: European Parliament - register by Friday 28 March 

A better Europe now, Spring Alliance (CONCORD is co-organiser)

When: 8 April, 14.00 - 17.30
Where: EESC - register by 1 April.

Local governance and cooperation between LAs and CSOs for development (ALDA)

When:9 April 2014, 09 :00 - 16 :00
Where: Rue de la Science 14b – Brussels

Améliorer ses techniques de plaidoyer 

When: 22, 23 et 24 avril 2014
Where: Paris



CBM: Sharepoint Architect

CIDSE: Climate Policy and Advocacy Officer

ALDA: Project Assistant

Transparency International: EU Policy Officer

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network: Advocacy Director


Upcoming EPAN WG meeting
The EPAN WG will be meeting on the 9th of April to discuss the upcoming activities of the WG in the Neighbourhood, debate internal issues and further develop its action. The meeting will be held in the new offices of ALDA (Rue de la Science 14b, 1000 Brussels), from 16:30 to 18:30.

For registration, please contact ALDA Brussels office: +32 2 880 37 28 

Call for expert on Code of Conduct
Within the scope of the ongoing process of drafting a Code of Conduct for the NGO Members of the Portuguese NGDO Platform, the platform is looking for an external expert/entity to support and boost this process, intended to be both inclusive and participatory, so that the end result may be a suitable document to be recognised as a Guide to the conduct of its members.

Terms of reference
Deadline: April 11, 2014

CONCORD visit to Spanish National platform
CONCORD Director Seamus Jeffreson travelled to Madrid on 19 March to speak at the GA of our member Coordinadora, which represenst around 2 million citizens in Spain and is composed of 450 organizations. The platform started an internal reflection process around the political narrative, lookin at options to build the future of the sector. Seamus also met the Spanish General Secretary of Development Cooperation, in a conference alongside with Leire Pajin (UNDP Secretariat 2015), Hildegard Lignau (OECD), Bernardette Vega (AMEXCID-GPEDC HLF) and Bruno Moro (MDG Fund). Seamus presented CONCORD's positions on inequalities and the MDG’s, in the Post-2015 framework and on the role of the the global civil society partnership. 


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