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The European Union is the largest donor in the world. The EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, describing the EU’s role in international development, said: “The EU will continue to play a leading role in making sure we agree on an ambitious, transformative and universal agenda that delivers poverty eradication and sustainable development for all, backed with adequate and credible means of implementation.”

In Europe, Sightsavers engages with the EU through its membership of the European NGO Confederation of Relief and Development (CONCORD). CONCORD regularly holds discussions with EU institutions, to ensure the EU and member states are fully committed to implementing policies in developing countries that aim to address the causes of poverty and conflict, and promote sustainable economic and social development.

In Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, Sightsavers regularly engages with European Union delegations on issues including health systems, eye health, education, social inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The European Union supports a number of Sightsavers initiatives, including a multi-million-pound project to combat high levels of avoidable blindness and visual impairment in four Caribbean countries.

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Rose sits at her sewing machine, a skill she learned during Sightsavers' Connecting the Dots programme in Uganda.
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Additional funding for Sightsavers’ employment project in Uganda

Sightsavers’ economic empowerment project that trains young people with disabilities in Uganda has received funding to expand over the next four years.

Three men standing next to an empty hospital bed in Jamaica.
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Sightsavers-supported ophthalmology unit opens in Jamaica

We are pleased to announce that a new ophthalmology unit and theatre was officially opened at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Jamaica, in January.

Delphine Skowron shakes the hand of a woman outside a school in Senegal
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EU officials praise Sightsavers’ inclusive education school in Senegal

Representatives from the EU, the UK and Netherlands embassies in Senegal visited a school to learn how Sightsavers is working towards inclusive education.

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