DG DEVCO's work is carried out with the ultimate aim of:
- reducing poverty in the world;
- ensuring sustainable development;
- promoting democracy, peace and security.
As well as designing policies to achieve these objectives, DG DEVCO is responsible for implementing the EU’s external aid instruments. DG DEVCO coordinates the actions of the EU institutions, the EU Member States and other EU actors around the Union's core values, objectives and common priorities.