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New CONCORD Director: Seamus Jeffreson

We are pleased to announce that newly appointed CONCORD Director Seamus Jeffreson has now started his position as of 1 October, which will include a two month handover period in the Secretariat with outgoing Director Olivier Consolo until December.

Seamus has 20 years’ experience in EU international development and humanitarian work in strategy, programme development, analysis and reporting, project management, technical assistance, training and representation. He joins CONCORD following working for 8 years in Ethiopia and the Middle East with various NGOs including the International Medical Corps, CARE, Trocaire and Cafod. He has also worked in Brussels for several years working on Eastern Europe and the Balkans, including some time at the European Commission.
Seamus is strongly committed to civil society as a collective force for positive change. He is eager to get to know the confederation better, it’s diverse needs and capacities.

During the handover period and later this coming winter, Seamus looks forward to meeting many members in person, and will for this purpose travel to several national platforms and meet the members based in Brussels.

Contact details:

Sub-granting opportunity!

DEEEP has opened a call for CONCORD members to apply for sub-grants up to 10.000€ for a DEAR project!

As part of its Capacity Development mission, DEEEP wants to reinforce and strengthen development education projects as a tool for systemic change. Therefore, they offer 6 grants up to 10.000€ each.

Want to apply? You have until October 2nd to complete the application form and the budget template document . For more info, please read the guidelines or contact Luciana Almeida, DEEEP Capacity Building Officer.

Read more here.

CIDSE statement on UN Special Event 25 September 2013 Outcome Document

According to CIDSE, the Outcome document approved at the UN Special Event on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 25 September 2013 in New York raises the right questions but answers too few of them.

For further details see the statement (PDF, 173kb) prepared by the CIDSE delegation who was in New York on this occasion.

Weblink to statement.

New Political Narrative Toolkit Available

A new toolkit for the Political Narrative is now available on the Concord Extranet.

Download it here.

WFP Cooperating Partners’ Innovation Fund (CPIF)

The CPIF has been created to promote WFP-NGO collaboration in the design and development of new tools and approaches for food assistance. This first year, the fund’s focus is on innovative ideas around cash and voucher programming.

The fund was created following the discussion on innovations during last year’s Annual Partnership Consultations (APC) held in October at WFP HQ. As of this moment, the fund is active and proposals can be submitted. For all details related to this new initative, please refer to the attached Concept Note (PDF 102kb) and Guidelines (PDF 106kb).

Proposals, and fund related questions:


CBM Country Representative Malawi

Reporting to the Regional Director for Southern Africa, the Country Representative represents CBM towards partner organizations and other institutions in Malawi. The position holder will lead the country office team as well as all CBM co-workers in Malawi that are attached to partner organizations.

Read more/application details here.

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33rd Brussels Development Briefing on “The key Drivers of Agricultural transformation in Africa”

When:Wednesday 2 October 2013 (8h30-13h00)
Where:Borschette Center, rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels, Room AB1A

‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa ‘– this is the theme of the next Brussels Development Briefing – organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord.

Read more.
Download the program
Register here.

Upcoming MFF and FDR Working Group Meetings

- an MFF working group meeting on the 10th of October
- a Geographic and Thematic Instruments sub-group meeting on the 15th of October
- an FDR working group meeting on the 16th and 17th of October
- a Financial Regulation sub-group meeting on the 18th of October
- an MFF workshop (internal event) on the 14th of November

New Multiannual Financing Framework Report to be launched November 13

CSOs ask to prioritize & allocate 20% of DCI to health & basic education - See more at:
Over the last 3 years, CONCORD has closely followed and influenced the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, the discussion on the financial allocations and the design of the development related instruments.

At the end of 2013, the inter-institutional negotiations are expected to come to an end. The programming process will approach its final yet decisive stage during which all EU institutions are expected to engage in a Strategic Dialogue on country, regional and thematic programmes, before they will be adopted and implemented for a 7-year period and help shape the Post-2015 development framework.

For this reason, CONCORD would like to assess the extent to which EU development commitments have been implemented in the final outcome documents as well as the programming process and formulate key recommendations for the EU institutions to further improve this implementation in the near and longer term future. In addition, CONCORD wants to inform development actors about the main changes, strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities for the period up to 2020.

Investment to End Poverty Report Launched

The inaugural Investments to End Poverty report was launched on 22 September 2013 during the UN General Assembly on the post-2015 development agenda, which set the stage for new global goals.

Read more here.


CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development.  Its 27 national associations, 18 international networks and 2 associate members represent 1,800 NGOs which are supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD leads reflection and political actions and regularly engages in dialogue with the European institutions and other civil society organisations.
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