This report aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the instruments and programmes (both thematic and geographic) used by the European Union (EU) in its development cooperation. It highlights the roles played by civil society in policy dialogue on these instruments and programmes, and in their implementation.
The EU budget for development cooperation is divided into different funding instruments, which provide the legal basis for the implementation of the various programmes. Some of these funding instruments have a geographical focus, and some a thematic one. Each instrument is then divided into different programmes: some are country-specific, some regionspecific, and some thematic. Notably, the DCI (Development Cooperation Instrument) includes both geographical and thematic programmes.