Development Policy and Practice

Re-balancing the European Union security and economic interests with its development policy objectives and its values of democracy, solidarity and respect for human rights is a major challenge for the coming years. The issue is not only about policy coherence for sustainable development but also about using EU financial resources and cooperation instruments for the right purpose and with the right impact in a political context dominated by an economic crisis agenda, global competition for natural resources and land, growing inequalities and shrinking space for civil society.

Building on evidence from its members, ACT Alliance EU aims at influencing EU policy making, legislation and practice which impact on human rights, equality and inclusiveness, particularly for women and girls and the implementation of the sustainable development goals so that all people can realise their full potential and enjoy their rights protected by international law, conventions and norms.


News Highlights

Implementing the EU Gender Action Plan III: Turning ambition into impact?

2023 marks the mid-term point of the implementation of the EU’s Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerme... Read More

Joint letter to Commission President von der Leyen on EU Foreign Interference Law and Civil Society

ACT Alliance EU has signed a joint letter sent on 3 May to Commission President von der Leyen. More than 200 civil so... Read More

Joint Letter to the European Parliament on Proposals to Halt Human Rights Activities

As a member of the Human Rights Democracy Network (HRDN), ACT Alliance EU endorsed a joint letter raising concerns over... Read More

Challenges and opportunities for civil society engagement in the digital space - latest report by Brot für die Welt

Civil society organisations are increasingly suffering from restrictions and repression. Digitalisation makes it even ea... Read More

Social protection as a powerful tool for gender equality: Act Church of Sweden's new policy brief

There is growing evidence that social protection is a powerful tool to promote women’s economic empowerment and that it... Read More

Call for increased financing in humanitarian assistance, development & peace: CSO statement on ODA at the time of Ru...

The CSO community stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Many civil society organizations, both Ukrainian an... Read More


The MFF review must deliver more resources for development and humanitarian action as requested by the EC

  The mid-term revision of the MFF must deliver the additional resources and flexibility necessary to allow the... Read More

Africa-EU partnership of equals: how can we get there? Is the Global Gateway fit for purpose?

Together with other FBOs, ACT Alliance EU organised a panel discussion hosted by MEPs Bricmont (B, Greens) and Zorrinho... Read More

Social Protection as a basis for self-determined human development

To build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic to a new and different normal, that provides a solid ground for self-de... Read More