​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
    The Spanish policy on international cooperation for development expresses the solidarity of the Spanish people with developing countries and is based on a broad political and social consensus at a national level. The set of resources and capabilities that Spain places at the disposal of developing countries, in order to facilitate and foster their economic and social progress, and to contribute to the elimination of poverty in all its aspects are integrated into development cooperation
  • 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
    The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect and save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, meet the basic and immediate needs of the population and promote their rights, all from a perspective of the reduction of vulnerability and the strengthening of capacities.
  • 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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