April 5th, 2019
New country programs Senegal and Rwanda focus on entrepreneurship, the private sector and sexual rights
Today, the Council of Ministers gave its green light for the new country programs for Senegal and Rwanda, two partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation. The new country programs focus strongly on entrepreneurship, the development of a local private sector and the promotion of the sexual and reproductive rights and the health of girls and women.
February 5th, 2019
Openaid.be places Belgium among most transparent donor countries in the world
Which projects does Belgium finance, and where? This is only one of the many questions to which openaid.be has the answer. The new data portal is the capstone of Belgium’s efforts to make its development policy more transparent. It brings Belgium among the front runners of the most transparent donors in the world. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander de Croo launched the data portal today during the New Year’s reception of the actors of…
January 15th, 2019
Minister De Croo and WFP launch the humanitarian hackathon to find innovative solutions tackling hunger
Over 200 technology and innovation champions from all over the world are joining a two-day humanitarian hackathon in Brussels to foster innovative ideas and build new prototypes that may transform aid delivery and help eradicate hunger. The hackathon is an initiative of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, together with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Hack Belgium Labs. This Hackathon is dedicated to cutting-edge solutions addressing the most…
December 20th, 2018
Belgian humanitarian aid more than ever focused on helping in own region
In 2018, Belgium earmarked 170 million euros for humanitarian aid. This amount went mainly to helping refugees and people in need in their own region. The most important contribution went to the humanitarian catastrophe in and around Syria. An increasing share is going to humanitarian innovation. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation made this announcement on the occasion ofInternational Human Solidarity Day.
December 13th, 2018
#SheIsEqual campaign for women's rights exceeds wildest expectations
More than 780 million euros additional financial support for women's rights. This is the provisional result of the international #SheIsEqual campaign launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. This is well in excess of the 500 million target that the minister put forward at the launch of the campaign.
December 5th, 2018
Alexander De Croo launches partnership for sustainable Belgian chocolate with the chocolate industry, major retailers and civil society.
Making Belgian chocolate even better and more sustainable. This is the joint ambition of the Belgian chocolate and retail sector, civil society, social impact investors and universities. Under the impetus of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, they all signed today in Antwerp the Beyond Chocolate partnership for sustainable Belgian chocolate. With their signature, they commit themselves to tackling child labor, combating deforestation and ensuring a…
December 2nd, 2018
She Decides : Belgium will invest an additional €43 million in women's rights in the coming years
In the coming years, Belgium will invest an additional 43 million euros in the rights of girls and women around the world. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced this at the “Global Citizen Mandela 100” international charity concert in Johannesburg. Minister De Croo shared the stage with African heads of state and government, and music stars such as Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
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November 30th, 2018
Alexander De Croo and Goedele Liekens do site visits with UNAIDS in South Africa on the eve of World Aids Day
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo does site visits with UNAIDS in South Africa today, on the eve of World Aids Day. Sexologist and Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Goedele Liekens, is also taking part in this working visit. This year, Worlds Aids Day will be organised for the 30th time. The central theme this year is Live life positively – know your HIV status. Of the almost 40 million people infected with the HIV virus,…
November 29th, 2018
Alexander De Croo signs a new cooperation programme with Benin
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo signed a new five-year cooperation programme today in Cotonou, the capital of Benin. Belgium and Benin join forces to create sustainable local economic growth by developing the pineapple sector and the Port of Cotonou and strengthening the rights of women and girls.
October 25th, 2018
Belgium to strengthen LGBTI organizations in the South
The Belgian Development Cooperation will support organizations who stand up for LGBTI rights in the South. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo made the announcement at the ILGA-Europe Conference which takes place in Brussels over the next four days. The ILGA-Europe conference is the largest gathering of LGBTI activists in Europe.