NGO feedback on new Spanish development cooperation bill largely positive

On January 12, 2022, the Spanish development NGO network ‘La Coordinadora’ launched a briefing note analyzing the new development bill approved by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet, largely approving the bill's contents, but also making numerous recommendations for improvements. 

Spanish NGOs praised the cabinet's approval of the new development bill that, once approved by the parliament by June of 2022, will replace the current law, which was enacted in 1998. Notably, NGOs supported the new law's plan to increase Spain’s official development assistance (ODA) to 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) by 2030 as well as to conduct an important administrative reform of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

However, NGOs also called for some changes to the new law, including the adoption of an ambitious feminist approach to international development cooperation, the advancement of political and development coherence, and the facilitation of civil society participation in development.

Press release – La Coordinadora (in Spanish)