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The Syria Conference in Brussels, A step forward towards the protection of those most at risk

Last week the European Union together with the United Nations organised the Brussels III Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region", bringing together the international community and world leaders to address the key humanitarian issues affecting Syrians, refugees and their host populations. Since the last Syria conference a year ago, the situation in the region remains critical, with over 11 million Syrians in need of protection and humanitarian assistance and another 5.6 million Syrian refugees hosted by neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Next EU Budget: Will Member States follow the European Parliament’s example?

Gender equality, sustainable development and children and youth are all essential to ensure the next EU budget will help the EU reach the goals of the 2030 Agenda over the next 7 years. On 4 March 2019, Members of the European Parliament (EP) in the Foreign Affairs and the Development Cooperation Committees voted on amendments to the European Commission’s proposal for the Budget’s Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). With this vote a few months before the European elections they leave behind a strong legacy.

Our Gender Transformative Approach: Tackling the root causes of Gender Inequality

Back in 2017 we in Plan International decided to adopt a gender transformative approach so that all, and I mean all our programme and influence work would make significant contributions to gender equality. Nowhere in today’s world, girls and boys, women and men are treated equally and only through a gender transformative approach will we be able to tackle this. Gender inequality affects us all but is particularly unfair to girls and women. Being a girl or a woman most often means being valued less, having fewer opportunities and less pay for the same job, and facing stronger barriers to rights and more gender-based violence than their male peers. Although boys and men often benefit from this inequality, they also experience a fair share of negative consequences. Society traditionally imposes strict expectations upon them, such as showing strength and hiding feelings. These expectations get in the way of building healthy relationships and often lead them to high-risk behaviours. A gender transformative approach aspires to change this reality. It tackles the root causes of gender inequality and reshapes unequal power relations.

Towards a sustainable and effective impact: Embracing stronger partnerships

The European Parliament urges the EU to place education at the centre of development cooperation

Discussing future development priorities is not enough – the time to act is now!

Our results last year
  • 91 projects
    funded by the EC running in 2016-17
  • 49 countries
    implementing EC-funded projects
  • 15 million
    people benefiting from EC-funded projects
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Plan International EC-funded projects
Ecuador
ECHO: Contribute to reduce vulnerability and build resilience to disasters in peri-urban and rural areas of Cotopaxi and Manabí
Jordan & Lebanon
EuropeAid: Combating forced labour AND modern slavery Multi-sector Alliance to Eliminate WFCL in the Agriculture Sector
Colombia
ECHO: Humanitarian Assistance for the communities most vulnerable and affected by armed violence and/or natural disasters in the Pacific Region and in the Departments of Meta and Guaviare in Colombia
Myanmar
ECHO: Building resilience: action for strengthened institutions, communities and systems in Myanmar
Egypt
ECHO: Supporting basic education for Syrian refugees and Egyptian host communities in Greater Cairo, Alexandria and Damietta
Cameroon
ECHO: Education in Emergencies for Crisis-affected Children in the Far North Region of Cameroon
Nigeria
ECHO: Responding to the urgent education and protection needs of children and adolescent boys and girls affected by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria
El Salvador
EuropeAid: Mujeres y jóvenes comprometidos, luchando por un mejor Plan Social
Jordan
EuropeAid: Mubaderoon (Enterprises )for social change: Strengthening social entreprise initiatives to combat poverty and exclusion in Jordan
Honduras
ECHO: Building Safe and Resilient Cities in Honduras to Protect and Respond to Disaster
Senegal
EuropeAid: Mobilisation et engagement de la société Sénégalaise pour la protection de l’enfant
Jordan
ECHO: Free from Fear: Promoting a Protective Environment in Village 5, Azraq Camp
Bangladesh
EuropeAid: Creating an enabling environment for young people to claim and access their SRHR in Bangladesh
Togo
EuropeAid: Promotion des droits des adolescents à la santé génésique au Togo
Dominican Republic
ECHO: Learning from Irma and Maria: mainstreaming protection and inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction Standards in the Caribean, Dominican Republic and Cuba
Dominican Republic
ECHO: Capacity building to improve food security and drought resilience in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Zambia
EuropeAid: Making law work for girls and boys
Philippines
EuropeAid: Strengthening social protection, resilience and inclusive development for marginalized people through citizens and civil society engagement
Ethiopia
ECHO: Provision of integrated child protection, and education to South Sudanese refugees in the Gure Shambola refugee camp, in Benishangul-Gumuz region, and Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella region, Ethiopia
Tanzania
ECHO: Burundian refugees access lifesaving protection and education services in refugee camps in Tanzania
Laos
EuropeAid: Strengthening civil society to protect and promote social, economic and cultural rights of ethnic communities in Bokeo province
Mozambique
EuropeAid: Projecto para a Geracção de Rendimento atravez da Gestão Comunitaria da Cadeia de Valor de Mel em Inhambane
Vietnam
EuropeAid: Community Based Bilingual Education for Ethnic Minority Children
China
EuropeAid: Improved responsiveness of social protection for migrant and left-behind children in Qinghai and An´hui, China
Indonesia
EuropeAid: Strong CSOs for inclusive livestock value chain development in NTT (SCILD)
Sudan
EuropeAid: Strengthening Protective Environment for Children in Kassala State
Egypt
EuropeAid: Children and Youth Socio-Economic Development Fund: Supporting grass-routs CSOs for area-based interventions in the poorest villages of Qena and Sohag
Sudan
EuropeAid: Supporting children affected by armed conflict in North and South Kordofan
Colombia
EuropeAid: Protección de los derechos de los niños, niñas y adolescentes afectados por el reclutamiento y otros hechos victimzantes de la violencia armada en Colombia
Senegal
EuropeAid: Vers un mouvement citoyen des quartiers précaires de la banlieue de Dakar
Philippines
ECHO: Moving Urban Poor Communities in the Philippines Toward Resilience
Laos
EuropeAid: Capacity building for action on nutrition
Ghana
EuropeAid: Green Skills for Ghana (GSG)
Lebanon
ECHO: SHIELD - A protective environment for adolescent growth
Tanzania
EuropeAid: Countering child marriage and FGM in Mara and Geita Region, Tanzania
Nicaragua
EuropeAid: Empoderamiento y Protección de Niñas, Mujeres Adolescentes y Jóvenes ante la Violencia de Género
Indonesia
EuropeAid: Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Fish Processing Sector
Malawi
EuropeAid: Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (BETTER)
Ethiopia & Somalia
EuropeAid: Safe and quality education for girls and boys in displacement situations in Ethiopia and Somalia
Sahel
EuropeAid: Développement Economique et Social des Femmes a traves les Energie Renouvelables au Sahel (Senegal, Mali et Niger) - DESFERS
Regional South ASSI
ECHO: ASEAN Safe School Initiative (ASSI)
Timor Leste
EuropeAid: Say NO to Gender-based Violence in Timor-Leste
Egypt
EuropeAid: Empowered Girls and Women Thrive in Safer Communities
Sudan
EuropeAid: Civil society as active drivers of change for inclusive quality education in Kassala State
Zimbabwe
EuropeAid: Strengthening Civil Society to Promote Gender Equality through Participatory Advocacy on Child Rights in Zimbabwe
Dominican Republic
EuropeAid: Niñas, No esposas: prevención del matrimonio infantil forzado
Laos
EuropeAid: Ethnic Girls Rights Advocacy
Indonesia
EuropeAid: Youth voices for Girls’ Rights and gender equality
Sierra Leone
EuropeAid: Technical Assistance in support of the Education system in Sierra Leone
Laos
EuropeAid: Support to the Education Sector Reform
Bangladesh
ECHO: Enhancing inclusive disaster resilience in Bangladesh
Ethiopia
EuropeAid: Joining forces: multi-stakeholder action to offer young refugees and host communities a sustainable future in Ethiopia
Guinea
EuropeAid: Renforcement des OSC pour la création d´emplois durables en Guinée
Vietnam
ECHO: Joint Partnership to support the advancement of the National Community-based Disaster Risk Management programme and the action plan on Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change
Uganda
ECHO: Promoting Education, Protection and Peace for South Sudan (PEPPS) refugee boys and girls in Adjumani District, Uganda
Vietnam
ECHO: Early recovery assistance to Typhoon and flood affected children and their families in Central Vietnam
Uganda
ECHO: Promoting Education, Protection and Peace for South Sudan refugee boys and girls in Adjumani District
Myanmar
ECHO: Safer Coastal and Urban Communities through Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Myanmar
Tanzania
ECHO: Child protection and hygiene promotion strenghtening for Burundian refugees in Tanzania
South Asia
ECHO: ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI)
Tanzania
ECHO: Minimize and mitigate the negative impact of displacement and ensure the protection of vulnerable Burundian refugees
Myanmar
ECHO: EU Children of Peace
Nepal
ECHO: Shelter and Non-Food-Items relief to earthquake affected populations of the West and Central Development regions of Nepal
Philippines
ECHO: Restoring Integrity and Resilience of the Internally Displaced Populations in the Philippines
Nepal
ECHO: Promoting and strengthening school safety in Nepal through operationalizing the Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF)
Philippines
ECHO: Emergency Response to populations affected by Typhoon Haiyan
Philippines
ECHO: Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE)
Philippines
EuropeAid: Collective Action to Promote Non-violent and Protective Society for Children
Pakistan
EuropeAid: Provision of access to market-driven training and employment opportunities
Laos
EuropeAid: Strengthening civil society to protect and promote social, economic and cultural rights of ethnic communities in Bokeo province
Laos
EuropeAid: Building Civil Society from the village up: participation, rights and gender equity for ethnic group adolescents
Indonesia
EuropeAid: Strong CSOs for inclusive livestock value chain development in NTT (SCILD)
Indonesia
EuropeAid: Young Women's Economic Empowerment
India
EuropeAid: Combating the worst forms of discrimination against girls: female infanticide
India
EuropeAid: Promoting gender wage parity and non-discrimination in the work environment
China
EuropeAid: Improved responsiveness of social protection for migrant and left-behind children in Qinghai and An´hui, China
Philippines
EuropeAid: Strengthening social protection, resilience and inclusive development for marginalized people through citizens and civil society engagement
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Sri Lanka
EuropeAid: Empowering women through e-governance
Timor Leste
EuropeAid: Empowerment and inclusion of marginalised youth in the economic and political development of Timor-Leste
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Timor Leste
EuropeAid: Creating a Healthy Environment for Children in Rural Communities