The Spanish Cooperation is the sum of all those people, institutions, resources and capacities that Spain makes available to developing countries in order to contribute to human development, the eradication of poverty and the full exercise of rights.

It is based on a broad political and social consensus at national level according to the following principles: The recognition of human beings in their individual and collective dimensions, as protagonists and ultimate recipients of development cooperation policy; the defence and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, peace, democracy and equal citizen participation for women and men and, in general, non-discrimination on grounds of sex, race, culture or religion, and respect for diversity; the need to foster global, interdependent, participatory, sustainable and gender-equitable human development in all nations, striving for the application of the principle of co-responsibility among States, in order to ensure and enhance the effectiveness and coherence of development cooperation policies in their objective of eradicating world poverty; the encouragement of lasting and sustainable economic growth for countries accompanied by measures to promote an equitable redistribution of wealth in order to improve living conditions and access to health, educational and cultural services, along with the well-being of their populations; the respect for the commitments made within international bodies.