Spain’s Engagement with Development Cooperation, CSO EE and DE

by Rosa Belen Agirregomezkorta, director of Centro de Estudiose Investigación sobre Mujeres

Spain’s development cooperation initiatives has evolved much since the international community pressured the former government to adapt to a shifting international aid landscape, especially those relating to HR and gender equality.

This report aims to analyze the current state of Development Cooperation and Development Effectiveness in the context of the current systemic crisis, as well as finding out about the current compliance of the government in the promotion of a CSO enabling environment in Spain, through the frameworks (regulatory, political and economic) under which civil society participates in the support of the development efforts as indicators of the effectiveness of Spanish development cooperation.

Since 2008, Spanish DevCoop initiatives have gone through severe changes, including drastic cutbacks in funding, loss of institutional support for the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECID), the weakening of gender issues as a priority, attacks on decentralized cooperation initiatives, among others. These issues not only endanger the development cooperation system itself, but reflect a significant setback in relation to policy engagements and Sustainable Human Development and Equality engagements ratified by the Spanish State.

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