NDICI: €79.5 billion for EU External Action and international partnerships


The new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument for 2021-2027

Negotiations have concluded on the EU's new €79.5 billion funding instrument for Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation (NDICI) for the 2021-2027 MFF programming period.


The NDICI's priority areas will include:

  • Human development
  • Social inclusion
  • Gender equality
  • Climate change
  • Environmental protection
  • Migration-related actions 

In particular, the NDICI will support regions most in need to overcome their long-term challenges while contributing to achieving the international commitments and objectives that the EU has set, especially with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.


The NDICI merges instruments from the 2014-2020 programming period into a single one, allowing for increased flexibility and simplification. It combines the:

  • European Development Fund (EDF)
  • European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)
  • Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)
  • European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
  • Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)
  • Partnership instrument for cooperation with third countries (PI)
  • Guarantee Fund for External Actions

The NDICI will be complemented by the:

  • Instrument for Pre-accession assistance (IPA)
  • Humanitarian aid, Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  • Overseas countries and territories (OCTs) including Greenland
  • European Instrument for Nuclear Safety (EINS)


€79,5 billion in current prices have been allocated to the NDICI, to be divided as follows:

€60.38 billion for geographic programmes

  • €19.32 billion at least for the Neighbourhood
  • €29.18 billion at least for Sub-Saharan Africa
  • €8.48 billion for Asia and the Pacific
  • €3.39 billion for the Americas and the Caribbean

€6.36 billion for thematic programmes

  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Peace, Stability and Conflict Prevention
  • Global Challenges

€3.18 billion for rapid response actions

  • Crisis response
  • Conflict prevention
  • Resilience
  • Linking humanitarian and development actions
  • Foreign policy needs and priorities

€9.53 billion for rapid response mechanism

These "unallocated" funds may be used to top up any of the NDICI programmes, serving as a rapid response mechanism to allow addressing unforeseen circumstances or challenges as well as new priorities.

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