Activation of Aid for the Development of those who are most Vulnerable

Activation of Aid for the Development of those who are most Vulnerable


Within the framework of the policy of global citizenship and solidarity, the city of Madrid acquires the commitment to promote a global citizenship, to configure itself as a territory of peace, to be free from all kinds of violence and to place people, protection and sustainability of life at the very core of its policy. Furthermore, the protection of human rights (especially for women and children), working toward a sustainable development and fighting against poverty in all its forms, are all indispensable principles for this city.


With this objective, during the 2015-2019 period, the solidarity of the city of Madrid has been channeled through the granting of various subsidies and different projects in the field of international cooperation for development, the education for a global citizenship, and humanitarian aid in emergency situations and humanitarian crisis.


Also during this period, the City Council of Madrid has made an effective boost in favor of peace through the celebration of the First World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace. The First Forum was held in April 2017 and it registered a participation of 3,500 people by convening 70 different countries. And then, the Second Edition was held in Madrid (from November 5 to 8, 2018), where the participation rose to 5,000 people and it helped positioning the City of Madrid at the international level of "Capital of Peace".


Between 2016 and 2018, a total of 46 projects have been financed in the area of International Cooperation for Development among various cities around the whole world, in order to face poverty situations and enhance the human development of the people suffering them. All of the projects have been directed to the fulfillment of the SDGs and its goals, as it is set out in the 2030 Agenda and also in accordance with the strategic lines established by the Governing Board on March 3 (2016), the strategic areas developed in the Strategic Framework for the policy of World Citizenship and International Cooperation of the City of Madrid (approved by the Governing Board on October 31, 2018).


Action on Humanitarian Aid between 2016 and 2018 has been channeled through the granting of subsidies to several national and international non-governmental organizations. Projects have been co-financed in different parts of the world to address humanitarian emergencies that affect populations in situations of extreme vulnerability due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, care for displaced persons and refugees, etc... Moreover, they have provided support in order to improve the response capacity of the emergency systems from countries and cities in situations defined by natural catastrophes. Haiti, Ecuador, the refugee camps from the Syrian conflict (located in Greece, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon), Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Niger, Syria, Mali, Kenya, the Sahara or the critical situation across the Mediterranean (shipwreck of immigrant boats) are places where some of these co-financed projects have been developed.


In terms of an Education for a global Citizenship, between 2016 and 2018 a total of 39 projects have been co-financed with the purpose of contributing to the promotion among diverse groups of values such as: global citizenship, democracy, gender equality, cultural diversity, peace, solidarity, economic and social sustainability, the reduction of poverty and the fight for human rights in the different neighborhoods of the city of Madrid.


Finally, since 2018, research, investigation and the generation of knowledge on international cooperation and global citizenship have been encouraged and incentivized, specifically on the role that municipal or local public policies can play when facing the challenges posed by globalization and the profound transformations that have taken place in the previous years; taking the 2030 Agenda as a reference for sustainable development and fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.



-To support activities for international cooperation and to promote awareness for global citizenship through financial support for projects aimed at this purpose.

-To support emergency and humanitarian assistance projects that help minimise the effects of the humanitarian crises.

-To lead activities that help to integrate the perspective of global citizenship into local public policies, encouraging the global dimension from the local perspective.

-Generate, through research, the necessary knowledge about the development and cooperation processes, spread the conclusions to society as a whole and incorporate them into the political decision-making processes in order to strengthen the response capacity and transform the development and cooperation policy.



The duration of this project is from 2015 to 2019.



The project has an investment of more than 40 million euros. Since its launch up until 2018, more than 30 million euros have been invested.




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