The EU is known as a “global actor” which refers to its mandate, structure and ability to act and engage at a global level and aims to yield influence through the international system. The EU as a "political actor" refers to its political engagements and commitments to influence the global agenda (for example through international Trade and Climate Change agreements). Its global character is reinforced by a wide network of EU Delegations.
The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political union between 28 countries. The principled and shared values promoted by the EU Member States are reflected in the EU external development and humanitarian actions
The European Union (EU and Member States) is the world’s largest donor of development and humanitarian aid. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) confirmed in its 2018 reporting that the “collective assistance from the European Union and its Member States amounted to more than €74.4 billion in 2018. European development assistance represents 57% of the total global development assistance by all OECD-DAC donors”.
The European Commission – the EU's executive body – is responsible for the management of circa, €16-17 billion in aid per year. Each year, the EU supports over 120 million people among the most vulnerable. The European Union remains an important donor for World Vision due to its principled standards, child-focus and sector priorities in the several countries where World Vision operates.