International Cooperation and Development

About us

We are the European Commission’s department for International Cooperation and Development under the leadership of Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, in charge of International Partnerships.

Our role is to:

  • work together with partner countries across the world to achieve sustainable development
  • design the EU’s international partnership and development policy

We are responsible for formulating the EU’s international partnership and development policy, with the ultimate goal to reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development, and promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law across the world.

We accompany our partner countries on their path towards sustainable development and always adapt our support to their evolving needs, including when there situation improves and they transition from bilateral assistance towards more targeted support.

To ensure that our work is the most coherent and effective, we cooperate and coordinate with:

  • other Commission services responsible for thematic policies and/or external action
  • EU member countries and EU delegations in the field

Where we work

We implement programmes and projects around the world, wherever assistance is needed. We tailor our support to fit the region or country being helped. Programmes with a global reach allow the EU to provide similar support to countries facing similar problems.

How we work

To implement European development assistance and international cooperation, we design and use different types of programmes and funding instruments.


Our work is complex, focused and guided by overarching goals.


The InfoPoint acts as the interface between the public and our service. It organises public conferences and visits, and strives to answer all of your questions related to EU development and cooperation.


Learning and knowledge sharing are crucial to the success of development policies. We provide many tools to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the development world.

Faces2Hearts - Travel far, get closer

Faces2Hearts is a life-changing experience that will take 20 enthusiastic video bloggers to unusual destinations across the world to report on how we are changing people’s lives for the better.