The European Parliament has endorsed the final compromise text establishing the Development Cooperation Instrument, one of the EU’s most important external aid instruments, for the next seven years. It was approved by 639 votes to 27, with 24 abstentions.
According to Plan, one of the world’s oldest and largest child rights and development organisations, the deal represents a welcome commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of the world’s most vulnerable in the face of financial austerity.
Under the deal agreed, the geographic programmes as well as the newly established Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) programme include specific provisions on health, education, gender equality and protection of women’s and girls’ rights, and children and youth.
The agreement calls for at least 20% of the allocated assistance under the DCI to be allocated to basic social services, with a focus on health and education, while 25% of the GPGC to human development, of which at least 40% on health, 17.5% on education and 27.5% on sectors including gender equality, women empowerment and protection of women’s and girls’ rights and children and youth.
Commenting on the vote, Alexandra Makaroff, Head of Plan EU Office said:
“It’s been a long battle, and this is the culmination of negotiations which started three years ago. But we are pleased to see that the European Parliament and the Council have taken heed of the importance of protecting children’s rights around the world, and promoting the role of children and youth as actors for development.
“In a context of economic crisis and austerity, which contributed to a substantial cut in the original external aid budget proposal from the European Commission, it’s more important than ever to invest wisely. The European institutions have recognised this. By focusing support on areas such as health and education, as well as women’s and girls’ rights, the EU is well placed to make a real and lasting contribution to global development in the years ahead. “
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The indicative financial allocations (in € million) under the Global Public Goods and Challenges thematic programme for 2014-2020 are as follows:
a) Global Public Goods and Challenges: €5 101
· Environment and climate change: 27 %
· Sustainable Energy: 12 %
· Human development: 25 %
o Health: at least 40 %
o Education, knowledge and skills: at least 17,5 %
o Gender equality, women empowerment and protection of women’s and girls’ rights; children and youth, non-discrimination; employment, skills, social protection and social inclusion; growth, jobs and private sector engagement, culture: at least 27,5 %
o Food security and sustainable agriculture: 29 %
o Migration and asylum: 7 %