Where does the money come from?

Where does the money come from?

EU funding delivers aid to countries in need, from two different sources: the European Development Fund (EDF) and the general EU budget. With €82 billion made available for the period 2014-2020, the European institutions and the EU countries together provided more than half of all official global aid.

The EDF is the EU's main instrument for providing development aid to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and to Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

It is financed by direct contributions from EU member countries and covered by its own financial rules.

The total resources of the 11th EDF amounts to €30.5 billion for the period 2014-2020.

All other EU development cooperation is financed from the EU's own resources. The EU budget includes various geographic and thematic instruments for development aid.

For the 2014-2020 period, the EU's financial tools for external relations, including development, amounts to €51.5 billion.


EU budget and development funding


Further information

European Development Fund (Legal bases of instruments, financial and implementation regulations and contract rules)

Development funding from the EU Budget (Legal bases of instruments, financial and implementation regulations and contract rules)


  • The Practical Guide explains contracting procedures for EU external aid contracts financed by the EU general budget (Budget) and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

    Consult PRAG

  • E-learning course on the Practical Guide. Do you want to know more about EU external action procedures? See our self-learning distance course on contractual procedures.

    e-Learning PRAG

  • e-Calls PROSPECT is the electronic system developed by EuropeAid to facilitate the submission of applications for call for proposals.

    e-Calls PROSPECT

  • Potential Applicant Data Online Registration database contains information on organisations applying for European Commission grants in the field of external assistance.

    e-Calls PADOR

  • Delegated Cooperation, Cooperation with partner countries and with international organisations, Co-financing and Management Modes.

    Consult DEVCO-Companion