Our history

eu can aid! was founded on the realisation of the imbalance between North and South and of the injustice that this imbalance creates for those affected. The same principles have therefore guided the creation of Europe and eu can aid! and today still contribute to their development.

The genesis of eu can aid! lies in the creation, in 1961, of the “Staff Committee for the Campaign Against Hunger” by staff representative organisations in the European Institutions. The task of this Committee was to collect funds from staff for the most vulnerable people. The Committee’s mandate ran until the end of 1967. However, those involved wanted to continue what had been started and set up a permanent organisation.

It was decided, therefore, to found a new, independent body dedicated to development aid.  The name “Europe-Third World” was chosen at the founding meeting on 9 November 1967.  That meeting also decided to keep the financing of projects in line with the association’s financial means, effectively to the money generated by fees and/or donations from European Institution staff.  The idea was to give the fee-paying members and donors a feeling of personal and direct solidarity with the people of the South.

Since then, the association has become an international non-profit-making organisation (Association Internationale sans but lucratif – aisbl) under Belgian law.

In 2013 Europe-Third World is renamed “eu can aid!’ by unanimous agreement of its members to strengthen the call on solidarity and common action in support to global development

Now, more than 40 years on, eu can aid! continues to base its activities on volunteer action and the logistical support of the European Institutions, allowing it to keep its management costs to around 1% of its annual budget.

A testimonial from one of the beneficiaries of our programme in Rwanda! https://t.co/NO6lGI1lsQ
Mr. Pierre Defraigne is now speaking about development aid & geopolitic responsibility in EU 🇪🇺🌍
Most of our resources in 2018 went to our integrated programs, thanks to the generosity of our members & donors but also our volunteers!! 💛
Preview of our annual report! You'll find it online very soon 😉 50 years of solidarity! https://t.co/B4vMHMhzWk
We are very serious when it comes to our projects reporting. We regularly ask for follow ups, to make sure our supp… https://t.co/pUzFlRYVZy
Our general assembly has just started: time to look back at the achievement of the past year ☺️ https://t.co/rxU6j0iSN3
Don't miss our annual meeting on June 24 at 12! Join us and celebrate another great year of activities, supporting… https://t.co/mJFlHNsFE9
You can aid too 😉 By becoming a member, making a donation or volunteer for EU Can Aid you can support us and make t… https://t.co/sFt8SRSkZ0
EU can aid finances an #FXBVillage in #Rwanda in the framework of a 3-years integrated program! Visit our website t… https://t.co/vZztGAsiDG
We donated 2000 EUR to the NGO Ayuda, Intercambio y Desarrollo in Guinea Bissau to fund the installation of #solarhttps://t.co/J6ziy0InYF
We will fund a project of the Ecuadorian Foundation COAGRO (Cooperacion per la Agricultura Organica) to support 2 a… https://t.co/lOE3ngITAW
Our integrated programme with the NGO Tanzania Development Trust is continuing! After a very positive visit of the… https://t.co/p67NXnc7Xa
End of last year, we received an intermediary report for a project in South Kivu (DRC) we financed in May 2018. The… https://t.co/Oq1NJCehaC
Happy 2019 from EU Can Aid! Cheers to a year of fruitful cooperation with our partners and to our donors, making ou… https://t.co/A85d0Y5bjx
We will donate EUR 3000 to the NGO Nouvelle Dynamique de Développement Femmes-Actions (RDC) to implement a project… https://t.co/fIYQb147wY
Together with one of our donors, we will support the Parish of St Matthew, Kinshasa (RDC) to drill a well in a poo… https://t.co/yJwUSImKkI
In the framework of integrated programme with Tanzania Development Trust EuCanAid will launch a beekeeping programm… https://t.co/qFAjiA4PRQ