Plan International EU Office strives to contribute to the promotion, protection and realisation of children’s rights, focusing particularly on the poorest and most marginalised.
The European Union (EU) is one of the world’s largest and most influential development and humanitarian actors, and influencing its policies, practice and funding has the potential to positively affect the lives of hundreds of millions of children in developing countries.
As such, Plan International EU Office works with the EU institutions to ensure the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, with a focus on gender equality, is a priority for the EU’s external action in policy and practice.
In pursuit of our goal, we focused on the following priorities in 2014-15:
- Child protection
- Girls’ rights
- Youth Economic Empowerment
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Humanitarian aid
How we work
Plan International EU Office represents Plan International to the EU institutions, and acts as a coordination hub on EU issues for Plan International’s European and Country Offices.
Our work to influence EU policies and programmes takes an integrated approach to advocacy, communications and funding. From conducting face-to-face meetings to developing policy recommendations and organising campaign-actions, we work to raise Plan International’s position as an expert and respected voice on children’s rights and EU development and humanitarian policy.
The European Commission is one of Plan International’s primary institutional donors, and our office is the Global Account Manager for both Development and Humanitarian Aid Directorates General. As such, our funding team coordinates the work of our National and Country Offices to ensure high quality project proposals which deliver maximum impact.
We are able to strengthen our voice in support of children’s rights and ensure coordinated action at EU level by working in partnership with other organisations and alliances – both within Plan International and externally. We therefore engage in strategic partnerships and networks at Brussels level, such as CONCORD, Voice and the Beyond-2015 European Task Force, which we co-chair.
We also support Plan International National and Country Offices to engage with their national governments and EU Delegations respectively on EU-related issues.