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.

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We will support the Indian NGO SPRMMM (Sree Padma Rani Mary Mahila Mandali) to create a revolving fund in order to… https://t.co/H5z9RQCe6F
We awarded 4500 € to the Indian NGO Children Watch for launching a micro-credit scheme for 30 very poor women livin… https://t.co/uc93riv3Ev
ECA will support the NGO “Le Sel de la Terre” (Benin) in funding the drilling of a well for drinking water in its o… https://t.co/JKtY6kWZbq
ECA is hosting its general assembly today from 12 to 13:45 😊 We will present the annual report but also tell you mo… https://t.co/n8x8XgWFy2
Today at our general assembly we are assessing the activities of the past year but also providing you with first ha… https://t.co/ToAdGkSviw
We awarded 7,000 € to ALTERAFRIQUE for a borehole to distribute water to 50 women's vegetable gardens. The producti… https://t.co/CYqhV3U5EZ
We are supporting the Institute of Research and Development for the rural Poor in the creation of a micro credit sc… https://t.co/xBav7tjM9J
ECA awarded 2,590€ to the NGO FFUWD (Foundation for Ugandan Women Development) for constructing 1 water tank in a s… https://t.co/RXI35ObYX8
we awarded 4,100 € to the association PNS (Promotion Nutritionnelle et Sanitaire) to fund 3 cisterns used for the l… https://t.co/NqASnuUIf0
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Each women received 6.000 roupies (75 euros) so that they can escape the money lenders who charge 10% per month int… https://t.co/ohzuqU4bXD
Our volunteer visited the OrganisationforCommunityDevelopment in Colachel (India). We financed them with 5.000 euro… https://t.co/I2dWMiB4TX
More pics from our volunteer visiting a project in India:traditional ponds needed to be renovated and complemented… https://t.co/m52TdS82dW
one of our volunteer is currently in India, visiting the organisatio SCAD in Tirunelveli. ECA supported them in the… https://t.co/n60Ycgv8dA
In the more than 40 years since it was founded, eu can aid! has, then, provided over €6 million and supported more… https://t.co/geTHOovmob
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