Cooperation through Spanish NGOs
The Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NGOs) occupy a prominent place in the activities of the Spanish Cooperation in the Philippines, managing around 25-30% of the cooperation funds. At present, there are 12 NGDOs that execute development cooperation projects in the Philippines, which have a permanent representation in the country:
- Acción contra el Hambre (Action Against Hunger Spain)
- Cáritas Española
- Cruz Roja Española (Spanish Red Cross)
- Fundación CODESPA
- Fundación Humanismo y Democracia
- Fundación de Religiosos para la Salud (FRS)
- Manos Unidas
- Paz y Desarrollo
- Save the Children Spain
- Asociación Zabalketa
The main instrument of the AECID for funding Spanish NGOs is the multi-year Agreements (Convenios) with a duration of four years. In 2014, three (3) Convenios for the period 2014-2017 were approved for the Philippines for a total amount of 7.5 M€. In 2018, two (2) Convenios have been approved for the period 2018-2021 for a total amount of 5 M€.
The sectors of these Convenios are in accordance with the two Strategic Orientations highlighted in the CPF of the Philippines for the same period.
In addition to the multi-year Convenios, AECID organize annual calls for NGO Projects. These projects usually have a duration of one to two years. The total amount awarded for the period 2014-2018 is 3.9
M€ for 15 projects.
In order to improve coordination among all the Spanish Cooperation actors in the Philippines, especially with the NGOs, the Technical Cooperation Office of the AECID (OTC) has established regular meetings, as well as thematic groups of a technical nature. On the other hand, the OTC facilitates registration procedures for NGOs in the country and the incorporation and accreditation of their workers and families, renewal of visas and any other bureaucratic management to be carried out in the country.