Spanish co-operation agency

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) is the main management body for Spanish cooperation, which combats poverty and works for sustainable human development.

Its Charter states that the agency was created to foster full development, conceived as a fundamental human right, with the fight against poverty as part of the process for building this right. To this end, the Agency follows the guidelines of the 4th Master Plan, in accordance with the international agenda of the Millennium Development Goals and with a focus on three crosscutting axes: gender perspective, environmental quality and respect for cultural diversity.

AECID reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation through the State Secretariat for International Cooperation and Ibero-America (SECIPI). Act 23/1998, of 7th July, on International Development Cooperation, considers the Agency to be the managing body of Spanish cooperation and defines its purpose by its priorities: fostering development and equilibrium relations, preventing and addressing emergency situations, promoting democracy and driving relations with partner countries. To do this, it uses technical cooperation, economic and financial cooperation, humanitarian aid and education for development and to raise social awareness.

Together with its partners, the Agency works in over 30 countries through its network of Cooperation Technical Offices, cultural centres and training centres.