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CONCORD Conference: EU Development Aid to 2020

When: 13 November, 13.30-17.30
Where: Science 14- Rue de la Science 14b Brussels

As the EU institutions are in the final stages of negotiations on the MFF for the 2014-2020 period, it is time to assess the extent to which the EU’s development commitments have been reflected into the decisions which were made for EU’s development budget and aid programmes up to 2020.

On 13 November 2013 from 13.30 to 17.30 in Brussels, CONCORD  is organizing a Conference enabling CSOs and EU institutions to discuss what the implications of the new MFF will be for EU development aid to 2020. This will also be an opportunity to discuss what still needs to be done and to remind relevant stakeholders of the necessity that the EU lives up to its strong commitments to eradicate poverty worldwide.

Follow the event with our Livestream (the link will be shared on the CONCORD website), and you can join the debate on Twitter using #EUaid2020.

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Join the debate of the week: Relations with Citizens and Movements

You are invited to join the latest discussion on 'relations with citizens and movements', as part of CONCORD's Political Narrative process, including:

Are we ready to share our privileged access to decision-makers and institutions with grass-roots movements and leaders (from South and from Europe as well)?

Join the debate here.

Note that if you don’t have a CONCORDnet username and password you must use: password: concordnet

CIDSE Press Release on the Warsaw COP19 Climate Negotiations

At the start of the COP19 climate conference in Warsaw, Poland, CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development organisations, calls for concrete progress towards an ambitious and fair global climate deal by 2015. As the negotiations enter their first week, it is crucial that governments move forward on the critical issues of the envisaged global agreement, ramping up short term ambition and taking concrete commitments on climate finance.

Press Release (ENG, PDF 61KB)
Press Release (FRN, PDF 40KB)
Press Release (ESP, PDF, 58KB)
Press Release (POL, PDF, 116KB)

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Eurostep Closing Down

4 November was a sad day at CONCORD. It was the last General Assembly of Eurostep, which was the last activity of the organization as we have known it for the last 23 years.  It was decided in October 2011 that the network would undergo fundamental changes to be able to respond to current and future realities.  The Eurostep structure is now closed and at a point of transition in order to build new initiatives, particularly in relation to the ongoing and future international work of the well-known Social Watch Network of which Eurostep used to be the European branch.

CONCORD would like to thank our colleagues from Eurostep – particularly the Director Simon Stocker and Olive Towey from Concern IR, the last President-for the fruitful cooperation over the last 10 years. The expertise they brought to our confederation was highly valued and in some cases even crucial for success. We wish them good luck for future initiatives and hope to reconnect with them again in the future.  Please join us in thanking them for their great work and an inspirational transformation.

CONCORD launches 2014 call for Support to National Platforms for More and Better Aid.

The third call for Concord Support is available to National Platforms (NPs) to increase a horizontal mutual learning process and synergies with CONCORD, strengthen  capacity to work on more and better aid, which will be critical in building support at the national level for work on more and better aid on the European level.

In 2014 the subcontracts will be directed especially to the NPs that need particular reinforcement on the awareness raising and information exchange with decision and policy makers on more and better aid at national level with the link to the European level and/or whose governments are particularly weak or off track on more and better aid issues but still involved in key European/International processes.

The deadline for application is the 9 December

Application (PDF 514KB)

Contact: Carlos Villota

Isabelle Brachet joins ActionAid

As of December 2, Isabelle Brachet will join ActionAid as the new Europe Policy Advisor, working as part of the AAI Campaigns and Advocacy team here in Brussels.

Isabelle will be acting as the research and policy anchor for the land grabs and tax campaigns here in Europe and possibly beyond when their targets extend to the likes of the OECD, linking with Concord on land grabs and PCD and Eurodad and TJN on tax and broader dev fin issues.


Light for the World Job Vacancies

Light for the World currently has two vacancies: for a Programme Development Office and a UN Advocacy Officer, based in New York.

Jobs profiles are attached.

Programme Development Officer (PDF 96KB)

UN Advocacy Officer (PDF 97KB)

ALDA Job Vacancy: Project Manager

ALDA is currently recruiting a Project Manager - Programmes for local authorities and civil society.

Read more.
Job advertisement. (PDF 113 KB)

Save The Children Vacancy: Partnership Executive (EuropeAid Focus)

Save The Children are recruiting a Partnership Executive, responsible for stewarding Save the Children’s partnership with EuropeAid, maximising the value of the relationship to SCUK in terms of both funding and influence in conjunction with the Brussels based Partnership Manager and Regional Teams.

Read more. (PDF 187KB)

CBM Vacancy: Emergency Response Communications Coordinator

Reporting to the CBM Emergency Response Unit Director and working alongside the Vice President Fundraising and Communication, the Emergency Communication Coordinator will coordinate the information flow during and after emergency relief operations to ensure timely, organised and effective reporting, for fundraising/media response.

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Event: Brussels Development Briefing

When: Thursday 14th November 2013 (8h45-13h00)
Where: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors Building, 99, rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels, 5th floor.

You are kindly invited to the 34th Brussels Development Briefing on “Farmer-driven research to improve food and nutrition security” organised in partnership with INSARD.

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Programme ( PDF 294KB)

ECAS Event: Brainstorming seminar on “Civil Participation and the EU.”

When: Monday 2 December
Where: Representation of Saxony-Anhalt to the European Union

The aim of this event is to help shape ECAS’ future programme, as well as to focus on a reform agenda for the European elections for the coming year in order to bring about real citizen participation in EU decision-making. The discussion will revolve around three different themes: the right to know, to be heard and to participate in the future evolution of the EU.

Register here.
Programme (PDF 290KB)
Contact: Alex Lea

Solidar Film Screening

When:13 November 2013, 19h30 - 21h00
Where: Cinéma Aventure: rue des Fripiers 57, in/dans la Galerie du Centre Bloc II, 1000 Brussels/Bruxelles

Solidar invites you to the screening of two documentaries about Pakistan: 'Freedom of Association in Pakistan' and 'Daughters of a Lesser God'.

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Contact Abigail Goundry


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