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Key Recommendations: Revision of the European Consensus on Development


Plan International's key recommendations to the European Commission on the revision of the European Consensus on Development.

The European Consensus on Development is the overarching and most important development policy of the European Union. It was adopted by the European Council, European Commission, European Parliament and the EEAS and guides all the work of the EU as regards development cooperation. It reflects the EU’s values, principles, goals and commitments for development. It is currently being revised in order to reflect the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As part of this revision process, the European Commission launched an online consultation on the future direction of EU development policy and implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Plan International submitted its views to the consultation via its EU Office. This document is a summary of our key recommendations.

Executive Summary

Summary of the key recommendations

  • Draw up an overarching implementation strategy

The EU must develop an overarching 2030 Agenda implementation strategy which respects the integrated and comprehensive nature of the 2030 Agenda and covers all aspects, principles and Goals of the Agenda. This should be developed following full consultation with all stakeholders on the design, implementation and monitoring.

  • Move from PCD to PCSD 

PCSD must be a key pillar of the new European Consensus on Development and must applied consistently by all DGs, not just in a small number of policy areas.

  • Address gender inequality and be gender transformative

The European Consensus on Development must aim to be gender transformative. Gender transformative criteria should be applied to impact assessments for all policies, agreements, financial instruments and all other processes, tools and mechanisms at the EU’s disposal. EU policies must be reviewed by gender equality experts who are able to provide a gender transformative focus.

  • Protect development aid from dilution and diversion

The revised Consensus must protect development aid as a tool for fighting poverty and inequality in partner countries and ensure that all partnerships created to implement the 2030 Agenda are fully transparent and held to high accountability standards.

  • Improve transparency and accountability of private sector

Any partnerships that the EU forms should be undertaken in a fully transparent manner, with clear terms of reference outlining the roles and responsibilities of all parties, which are available to the public. Any actor which is called upon to contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda must be held fully accountable for its part.

  • Focus on root causes, resilience and LRRD

While continuing to recognise the different functions which they each perform, the EU should align its development and humanitarian policies further, in relevant contexts, through the use of common analysis and assessments, strategies and plans.

  • Create an enabling environment

The EU must acknowledge the important role of civil society for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and should vigorously support an enabling environment for civil society, including for children’s, youth and women’s groups.

  • Monitor and evaluate progress

The EU must regularly monitor and evaluate its implementation of the 2030 Agenda and must be willing to present its progress at the High Level Political Forum in New York, not least owing to its shared competence with EU Member States in many areas of the 2030 Agenda.