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CALLS & NEWS

UN post 2015 report too growth focused 




The United Nations High Level Panel report on the future development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015 was presented in Brussels today at an event organised by the European Commission. 

The event was attended by both EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik, as well as Members of the European Parliament and civil society representatives.

Concord spoke on behalf of civil society organisations with Tanya Cox of the CONCORD/Beyond2015 European Taskforce being one of the main panelists.

For more information contact: gvives@concordeurope.org

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Croatian joins EU - development aid data 


Having become the 28th member of the EU on 1 July, Croatia stopped being an aid recipient country during the accession process, but hasn't yet reached its full potential as a donor country. Commitment to the 2015 aid target remains unclear, and ODA is unlikely to increase; however development cooperation issues are now a priority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Croatia has a national strategy for development cooperation until 2014, and currently has 3 main geographic priority areas:
1) South Eastern Europe, focusing on Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the accession process in general,
2) South Mediterranean focusing on Morocco, Tunisia and Syria, and
3) Afghanistan.

Sectoral priorities are 1) Education 2) Public Health 3) Tourism and 4) Civil Society Development

The main challenges are developing a system of development cooperation, and financial resources. Croatia needs to improve national mechanisms for implementing ODA and increase coordination of development policies and projects with other European donors. The financial crisis also had a large impact on Croatian ODA, causing it to decrease from 0.07% in 2009 to 0.03% in 2011. Croatia is targeted to give 0.33% of GNI to development cooperation by 2015.

Update from the CONCORD AidWatch initiative

Upcoming Concord Publications


1)  PCD Spotlight Report 2013  (by PCD group –focal point in Concord Secretariat  blandine.bouniol@concordeurope.org )

With this report, released every two years, CONCORD aims to highlight pending cases of injustice for European decision-makers, calling on them to prevent, detect and redress their harmful policies. It includes an analysis of the current institutional system and provides concrete suggestions on how procedures may be revised so that the EU can live up to its treaty-bound responsibilities on PCD so that Europe will have a fairer footing in the world.
Date of Launch: 23rd September
 

2)  AidWatch Report 2013  (by AidWatch group – focal point in Concord Secretariat  zuzana.sladkova@conrodeurope.org )

AidWatch Report monitors the aid quantity and quality commitments of the EU and its Member States. The report contains country pages written by 28 National Platforms and an overview chapter written based on the questionnaires filled by the national platforms. The other chapters focuses on aid as a unique resource for financing development, aid quantity analyses (including inflated aid) and development effectiveness ahead of the first ministerial meeting of the GPEDC.
Date of Launch:   17th October  AW Report will be launched in Brussels during the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. National Platforms are planning to launch the report at their national level, depending on respective schedule and agendas. The printed version of the report will be ready in mid-September.
 

3)  Financing for Development Narrative   (by FFD task force – focal point for commenting in Concord Secretariat  gerard.vives@concordeurope.org )

The newly created FfD Task Force is producing a narrative on Financing for development as a response to the EC Communication on FfD and EU Accountability Report 2013 which will be published at the end of July.
Date of Launch:  tbc

Bond Launch New Website



Bond, the UK membership body for organisations working in international development, launched their new website on 1 July. This gives more space to members news and activities, as well as integrating My Bond, a new online network and collaboration space that will aid communication and cooperation between members and groups.

The website also features a 'Parliament Hub', which provides links, information and contact details for parliamentarians, to help produce a better understanding of international development issues and processes. The hub also features a map showing the overlap between Bond members and MP's constituencies, in order to create better links between local NGO's and MP's.

View the new website here.

BLOG: A new political portfolio for "global issues"?


Director Olivier Consolo blogs on whether there should be a "new political portfolio for 'Global Issues'? Whilst attending an event organised by the Overseas Development Institute in the UK called 'EU Change Makers', the question was raised: "is the 'big picture' becoming the core business of the development portfolio?"

The blog discusses the emergence of a new mandate for 'Global Issues', and how this will change the role of the EU in the future.
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JOBS

APRODEV: Policy Officer


APRODEV is a network of European development and humanitarian aid organisations. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Policy Officer to promote EU climate policies that are coherent with the EU’s development policies and create synergies with the objectives of poverty eradication, food security and gender equity.
 
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CONCORD: Finance Administrator

CONCORD is looking for a new Finance Administrator. Please see the job details below (Advertisement in French).

Contact:Gaele.NICODEME@concordeurope.org

CIVICUS: Board of Directors


CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is looking for nominations for election to its Board of Directors. As the term of the current Board draws to a close, we are now searching for suitable civil society leaders to help steer and govern the organisation from the end of 2013 to the end of 2016.

We are looking for motivated and engaged civil society activists, thought leaders, researchers, volunteers, data specialists, networkers, movers and shakers to help lead the CIVICUS family and play an important role as part of our Board of Directors.

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ActionAid: Consultant

ActionAid is looking for a consultant for a Mid-Term Review of the EU-funded project "We Won't Accept Hunger: Mobilising Europeans on MDG 1 and the Right to Food". The aim is to assess the project effectiveness and efficiency so far and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the partnership and the action in view of the formulation of a new project proposal to the EU.
 
Deadline for applications is July 25th, 2013. For further information and for the TORs, please contact Valeria Taurino: valeria.taurino@actionaid.org<mailto:valeria.taurino@actionaid.org>

EVENTS


Veronafiere: Book Presentation

When:  Monday 15 July at 13.00
Where: Residence Palace – International Press Center (Polak Hall) 115, Rue de La Loi - Bloc C

Veronafiere will be presenting the book, "History of the European Common Agricultural Policy", edited by Walter Luchetti on 15 July. The presentation will be attended by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos, as well as the Minister of Agriculture, Nunzia di Girolamo, and other EU agricultural ministers.
The presentation will last 30 minutes and a cocktail lunch will be offered afterwards.

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REPORTS & ACTIONS

SOLIDAR: Post-Arab Spring Freedom of Association

 
This new report by Solidar, entitled "Freedom of Assocation Under Threat in Middle East and North Africa" studies Europe's Southern neighbourhood in the wake of the Arab Spring and "analyses freedom of association and peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and information and democratic transition and civil dialogue in the region" and provides a detailed analysis of each country.

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Maltese NGO's Migrants Appeal

11 Maltese NGO's have launched an appeal to prevent the Maltese government from returning 102 Somali refugees (including 41 women and 2 babies) back to Libya. The NGO's believe that the refugees will face torture and human rights abuses if they are returned, and have pointed to a recent Court of Appeal ruling that the forced return of two Somali nationals in 2004 violated their human rights.

Sign the petition here.

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