- for member organisations and their national civil society counterparts – the chance to work with other like-minded people, to learn from one another’s strengths and share resources, to access project funding, to influence social and development policy.
- for policy makers and donors: engagement with collective advocacy actions that bring perspectives from across Europe and the countries across the globe where EU-CORD members are working; and the chance to participate in joint project actions developed through grass-roots and national consultation with partners around the world.
History and Name
In October 1997, the first gathering of EU-CORD founders met in the immigration area of Schipol Airport. The founding agencies – Cord, Medair, SEL, Tearfund Belgium, Tear, Tearfund, Woord en Daad, and ZOA were prompted by a desire to show that Christian organisations were making a professional contribution to international humanitarian and development work – through cooperating with each other and interacting with the European Institutions in external aid policy and funding to advocate for inclusive change. EU-CORD was legally established In February 2003.