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Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation

Façade of the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation headquarters


The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) is the central organisation that manages Spanish Cooperation, dedicated to the fight against poverty and to sustainable human development. The AECID is attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation through the Office of the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America  (SECIPI). Law 23/1998, dated 7 July, on International Development Cooperation describes the Agency as the executive body for Spanish Cooperation, framing its goals within its main priorities: fostering development and equilibrium in international relationships, preventing and responding to emergencies, promoting democracy and creating relationships with partner countries. To achieve this, it works with the following tools: technical cooperation, economic and financial cooperation, humanitarian aid and development and social awareness education.

As set forth in its By-Laws , approved by Royal Decree 1403/2007, of 26 October, the Agency was created to foster full access to development, considered as a fundamental human right, with the fight against poverty forming part of the process for constructing this right. To achieve this goal, it follows the guidelines of the 4th Master Plan, in conjunction with the international agenda established for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and with a special focus on three transversal concepts: a gender-based approach, environmental sustainability and respect for diversity.

The Agency, together with its partners, works in over 30 countries through its network of Technical Offices for Cooperation, Cultural Centres and Training Centres.

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