APRODEV monitors and works to influence the formulation and implementation of European Commission development cooperation strategies with Central America. The objective is to strenghten the focus on human rights, democracy and governance, as well as to ensure transparency and civil society participation.
In November 2011, the European Commission (EC) presented the proposal for external action instruments for 2014-2020. The proposal will be discussed with the member states and the European Parliament during 2012-2013 and APRODEV is involved in this process.
Civil society reports and letters on the role of the private sector in development
In recent years, EU development policies have increasingly focused on the contributions of the private sector (from small and medium to big enterprises) to development. Therefore, new instruments to support them have been created and implemented. APRODEV is following these instruments.
Press Release: Who is benefiting from the new European development cooperation policy?. ALOP, APRODEV, CIFCA, CIDSE, Grupo Sur, OIDHACO, Eurodad and Counter Balance. March 2013. Also in Spanish and French.
Aid for a green development: the Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF) in the making
Blending mechanisms, mixing grants and loans have been promoted by the EU policies in the recent years. Among them, the Latin American Investment Facility was approved in 2010 and implemented since. This research paper by ALOP and APRODEV gives an overview of such mechanism and raises questions on the transparency of the selection of beneficiary companies and the impacts both on the environment and the involved communities.
See the report in English or in Spanish.
- “The future of EU development cooperation – In support of people or business?”, ALOP, APRODEV, CIDSE and CIFCA. Report in English or in Spanish.
Civil society reports and contributions on EU-LAC and EU-CA relations
The country and regional strategies of the EC for Central America can be found on the EuropeAid website.