Founded in 1997, we wanted to show that Christian organisations were making a professional contribution to international humanitarian and development work. Our organisational name EU-CORD is an acronym which stands for European Christian Organisations for Relief and Development.
Realising the potential that comes from working together, our symbol of three overlapping free-form circles represents the coming together of member agencies and takes inspiration from Ecclesiastes 4:12 ‘A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’
An inclusive world free of poverty and suffering achieved together through shared competence
The network is defined by the quality of its relationships and the degree to which Members co-operate, helping each other to establish good practice and quality in all areas of work. This goal will be achieved in a spirit of servant-hood, strengthening and supporting each other while respecting each agency’s specific identity. The network is committed to working according to Christian ethics as well as promoting integrity; accountability and a professional standard of work that remains rooted in compassion. The network is inclusive in its approach and we stand alongside those who campaign for social, economic and environment justice.
As a network we place a high value on relationship and the degree to which we cooperate and help each other to establish good practice and quality in all areas of work. For this reason, all Members commit to our jointly defined Statement of Quality Assurance which brings together well recognised quality standards including: Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness; NDGO Charter; Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement an NGOs in Disaster Relief and The Core Humanitarian Standard.
We are each committed to learning from our work to ensure a process of continuous improvement in all that we do.