​Distribución de ayuda de emergencia de la AECID en Haití. FOTO EFE
Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
Currently present in 33 countries, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) was set up 25 years ago to help eradicate poverty and famine in the world and foster the active construction of peace. These objectives continue to be present in its daily work.

Currently present in 33 countries, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) was set up 25 years ago to help eradicate poverty and famine in the world and foster the active construction of peace. These objectives continue to be present in its daily work.


As the body responsible for managing Spanish policy on international cooperation, it was set up on 11 November 1988 as a public law entity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation through the State Secretariat for International and Ibero-American Cooperation (Spanish acronym: SECIPI). The aim is to fight poverty by promoting, managing and executing public international cooperation policies for development, aimed both at the fight against poverty and to achieve sustainable human progress in developing countries, particularly those included in the four-year Master Plans.


According to Article 4 of its Charter, its aims also include contributing to peace, freedom and security for people, promoting social cohesion, achieving the Millennium Development Goals, boosting equality, as well as promoting cultural and scientific cooperation.


To comply with its mission, AECID has to put into practice the guidelines included in the Master Plans for Spanish cooperation. The first Master Plan covered the period 2001-2004, and recently the Secretary-General for International Cooperation, Gonzalo Robles, presented the 2.0 draft of the future 4th Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2013-2016. These plans are based on the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005).


AECID has a broad external structure in place for its projects and activities, made up of Technical Cooperation Offices (Spanish acronym: OTC), Cultural Centres (Spanish acronym: CC) and Training Centres (Spanish acronym: CF), located in countries where it operates. In total, the Agency has more than 1,000 workers, spread across its headquarters and centres abroad.


The governing bodies of the AECID are its president and governing board. The members of the board are appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Their chief function is to approve the goals and plans for action, as well as its budget.

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