European NGO confederation for relief and development


CONCORD is the European confederation of relief and development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations: 28 national platforms based in EU member states, 25 international networks of development NGOs, and six associated members that represent more than 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. We are a member-led organisation which means that the members give the strategic direction of the confederation.

Founded in 2003 by development NGOs from across Europe, our organisational name CONCORD is an acronym based on “CONfederation for COoperation of Relief and Development NGOs”.

We are the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on international cooperation. We aim to strengthen the impact of European development NGOs vis-à-vis the European Institutions and to positively influence the European development policies for a fair, just and sustainable world.





CONCORD envisions a world where people enjoy their right to live free of poverty and exploitation as well as their right to enjoy well-being and equality. This must be achieved by a citizen-led transformative agenda based on social justice and gender equality and respecting diversity and the limits of our planetary capacity.


CONCORD members work together to ensure that:

  • European policies promote sustainable economic, social and human development, addressing the causes of poverty, and based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy.
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizens and organised civil society to influence those representing them in governments and EU institutions, are promoted and respected.

how do we achieve transformative change

Act as an advocate towards the EU and influence European international cooperation together with our members

Convene and connect European networks and national platforms to exchange expertise and learn from each other

Use collective intelligence and brainstorm with allies to explore innovative solutions and new ways of working and to strengthen the resilience of our sector