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

The current Master Plan (MP) on 2018-2021 Spanish Cooperation (SC) becomes the fifth one since the plans were implemented in 2001, and responds to the purposes laid out in Act 23/1998 on International Cooperation for Development (LCID). It was approved on 23 March by the Council of Ministers, and sets forth the goals and priorities that will guide the action of the Spanish Cooperation during this period. This plan becomes the most important planning document for guiding the interventions of our foreign cooperation for development.


The 5th MP intends on contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda as a new commitment and international strategy in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), under the slogan "leaving no one behind". The 5th MP aims to embrace all the Spanish Cooperation and, in order to do so, it states the guidelines upon which the work of the set of actors of the Spanish cooperation system should be based. Those bodies that take part of the public administration are, including but is not limited to, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), the Autonomous Regions and Local Entities (EELL), NGDOs, trade unions, the business sector and universities, among others.


The Plan sets forth four, closely interdependent, General Goals, which correspond to four of the five dimensions of the 2030 Agenda: people, planet, prosperity and peace. Given the complexity and multiplicity of actors that make up the cooperation system in Spain, this MP has been provided with flexibility on management in order to respond to the challenges set by the SDGs. The EC is adopting the first 16 SDGs as its own Strategic Targets. Likewise, based on its comparative advantage, the EC prioritises a series of goals associated with the SDGs as its Specific Goals, specifically 29 SDGs of the 169 that are included in the Agenda, which are made up of lines of action the EC wants to contribute with.


In terms of geographical priorities, the 5th MP is essentially focused on Latin America, the Maghreb, West Africa and the Sahel. For this, three categories of partner countries have been defined, depending on their level of development, for establishing the type of cooperation to be carried out based on the particularities of each country. These three categories are: Least Developed Association Countries, Middle Income Countries and Countries of Advanced Cooperation.


Finally, the 5th MP emphasizes the importance of building alliances, the fifth "p" (partnerships) that completes the five main dimensions of the 2030 Agenda and which is embodied mainly by the 17th SDG, and includes the participation and collaboration of the General State Administration along with the other actors of the Spanish cooperation system, with their counterparts in the partner countries, as well as with other international organisations, always subjected to an appropriate transparency and accountability policy.


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On the other hand, during the validity of the 5th Master Plan, the Development Policy Evaluation and Knowledge Management Division of DGPOLDES will continue to lead programming, coordination and monitoring operations on evaluations, as well as strengthening the evaluation system and the evaluation culture in Spanish Cooperation, and participating in international evaluation networks.


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