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.

In February 2020 we provided the MAEGA Trust, a NGO working with Dalit communities in the stone quarries of Chennai… https://t.co/o2n6Ic7iLH
We are strongly engaged in supporting recovery projects in help of local communities impacted by the COVID19 pandem… https://t.co/OVCMboiPwX
Together w/a group of parents, the Association Solidarité pour la Vie (Togo) requested and obtained our financial s… https://t.co/jS7wiBPiSH
Last year, we granted 4170 EUR to the Society for Women Education and Economic Thrust (India) to drill&install 4 bo… https://t.co/wZvaBGvovT
In May 2019 KUWA (Karusandara Union of Women Association) received € 6300 from ECA to help set up its members in mu… https://t.co/CWmkc5VVW4
Thanks to our grant, Chati Primary School in Ghana now has a new borehole and a pump! Students have now access to w… https://t.co/eiABLrTLgO
Over the summer, we approved funding for some new projects: we'll finance the Indian NGO SWEET to build 4 new bore… https://t.co/fDzIPp49Hy
A picture from one of the latest projects we supported: 2 women associations in Ecuador (canton Pedro Moncayo) rece… https://t.co/hGjsSphJ5G
At the end of 2019, we supported a group of 125 disadvantaged women by providing the NGO ASEP (Benin) with a manioc… https://t.co/Gzyl082d1H
Compte tenu de la propagation du coronavirus, nos volontaires travaillent uniquement à distance avec accès limité à… https://t.co/I60W0heavh
Given the spread of coronavirus and as a precautionary measure, our volunteers work remotely only w/ limited access… https://t.co/pK30yWTfwp
We supported the organisation Concord Trust to finance the drilling of boreholes and the construction of water tank… https://t.co/jwDMoZAsHP