The European Union has been active in development cooperation from its start in the late 1950s. As enshrined in its treaty, poverty eradication is the EU’s primary objective in development cooperation policy. The EU and its Member States provide more than half of all official development aid worldwide.
The EU has committed to collectively devote 0.7 percent of its Gross National Income (GNI) to development aid by 2015, and to radically improve policy coherence and aid effectiveness.
In addition to providing development assistance, the EU is a leading donor of emergency and humanitarian assistance, and delivers aid to those in need regardless of race, religion, or politics.