International Development and Aid

The EU is the largest donor of development aid in the world.[1] The EU's global reach is greater than that of any of the member states acting individually. By working through the EU, it gives us a real chance to tackle global development challenges.



This development aid means much more than the construction of roads and clean water, as important as they are. It provides a major boost to a country's economy, helping to propel people into growth and out of poverty, whilst also promoting democracy, peace and good governance.

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Human rights are again at the core of EU action in development cooperation. The EU has enlarged from its initial focus on the African, Caribbean and Pacific to work with around 160 countries across the globe.[2] The European Union and its member states are the world’s largest donors to Palestinians and to Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), funding life-saving financial assistance.[3]

The EU has also played a key role in creating a wider global framework to work towards eradicating poverty.[4] Over the last decade, because of EU funding, around 14 million pupils could go to primary school, more than 70 million people were linked to improved drinking water, and over 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health workers, saving the lives of mothers and babies.[5].