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European Union: Development & Aid

Overview

The EU is the largest single donor of development aid and provides more than half of official development assistance (ODA) globally. The EU and its Member States also provide around 50 % of global funding for emergency relief. The majority of this work is coordinated through the  European External Action Service.

Development Aid

Centre for the Development of Enterprise.  Joint institution of the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU) mandated to support the development of the ACP private sector.

Committee on Development  (From the European Parliament).  Monitors the budget for EU aid spending and all those using EU aid funds.

Country Strategy Papers and National Indicative Programs. Framework documents used to determine development assistance funding from the EU.

EuropeAid. Formulates the European Union's development policy to help reduce and eradicate poverty in developing countries. 

European Development FundMain source of EU development aid for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and overseas territories.

EU Aid Explorer. Access to data and visualizations on donor activity from the EU and other donor countries.  Search for projects and infographics.

Financial Transparency SystemWebsite showing beneficiaries of funding from the central EU budget and European Development Fund.

Publications on Development PolicyFrom the EU Bookshop.

Summaries of Development Legislation (via Eurlex)

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).

Humanitarian Aid

EDRIS (European Emergency Disaster Response Information System)Database providing details on assistance provided to countries affected by natural or man-made disasters, from EU member states.

EU Aid Explorer. Access to data and visualizations on donor activity from the EU and other donor countries.  Search for projects and infographics.

EuropeAid. Formulates the European Union's development policy to help reduce and eradicate poverty in developing countries. See especially Recipients of Decentralized Projects.

European External Action Service.  EU department established following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. In addition to humanitarian aid and development work it also serves as the EU foreign ministry implementing the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy.

European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Office (ECHO). From the European Commission Aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

  • Funding Decisions - Acts adopted by the European Commission to grant funding for humanitarian action.

Publications on Humanitarian AidFrom the EU Bookshop.

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