A money changer counts euro banknotes. Photo by: REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

The European Development Fund is the main instrument used by the European Union to provide aid to Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and other low- and middle-income countries. Funded by voluntary donations made by EU member states, the 11th EDF for 2014-2020 has financial resources totaling €30.5 billion ($33.3 billion).

The European Commission’s financial transparency system provides insight into €6.6 billion worth of funds from this budget, committed through the commission between 2014-2018. These funds supported 4,456 projects and were awarded to 1,781 beneficiaries originating from 130 countries.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.