​Vista del proyecto de la AECID desarrollado en 2012 en Nicaragua,  para el sellado del mayor vertedero de basura habitado en Iberoamérica.
Development Cooperation
Spain considers that development aid is one of the State's main foreign obligations, acting through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The Ministry's goal is to improve all aspects of the quality of life in the most disadvantaged countries, with the aim of eradicating poverty and creating a more egalitarian world. Development aid policy has had the backing and broad consensus support of Spanish society, including central government, regional governments, the private business sector, local authorities and civil action groups such as NGOs and trade unions.

The main vehicle for this policy is the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). Its actions are geared to fighting poverty, providing for the basic needs of the population, preserving the environment, gender equality and promoting sustainable development. In the case of humanitarian catastrophes such as famine, natural disaster or armed conflict, AECID also provides for the needs of the population with the aim of minimising personal impact.


In addition, Spain is an important member of supranational organisations such as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and has signed international agreements that are fundamental for the development of a humanitarian policy, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) declaration.

 
The Millennium Goals and the principles of effective aid are the overarching elements of the 2013-2016 Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation, which establishes development aid priorities. Spain will concentrate its efforts on 25 countries in three priority geographical areas: Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The overriding concern will be the consolidation of democratic processes and the rule of law, reducing inequality and of the vulnerability of extreme poverty and the promotion of the rights of women and gender equality.

  • Spanish cooperation

    Spain's international development cooperation policy expresses the Spanish people's solidarity towards developing countries, based on broad, nationwide political and social consensus. Development cooperation encompasses all the resources and capacities that Spain places at the service of developing countries, with the aim of facilitating and promoting their economic and social progress, and contributing to the eradication of poverty in all of its forms. ​

  • 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.
  • Fight against poverty
    During the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda that was held in September 2015, the political representatives of the Member States undertook to eradicate poverty as the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Humanitarian Action
    One of the development cooperation goals is to contribute to saving lives and alleviating the suffering of populations that are victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters by meeting their basic needs.
  • Water Fund and FONPRODE
    To promote human development and adapt to market requirements, Spain has created the Water and Sanitation Cooperation Fund (FCAS) and the Development Promotion Fund (Spanish acronym: FONPRODE), which combines the Development Aid Fund (Spanish acronym: FAD) and the Fund for the Award of Microcredits for Basic Social Development Projects Abroad (Spanish acronym: FCM).

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