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.
In the press
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.
November 19th, 2018
GovTech Summit Paris
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.
October 24th, 2018
Opening Statement 22nd ILGA Conference ‘From Words to Action’
October 24th, 2018
Humanitarian drama in Yemen : Minister De Croo provides € 5,5 million extra humanitarian aid
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo provides € 5,5 million extra humanitarian aid for Yemen. Minister De Croo takes this decision following the demand from UN emergency aid coordinator Mark Lowcock in the UN Security Council in New York yesterday. He called for a humanitarian truce and additional humanitarian aid for the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world.
October 18th, 2018
Belgium adheres to international engagements against sexual misconduct in the aid sector
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo endorsed today a number of international engagements to step up the efforts against sexual misconduct in the international aid sector. The engagements were signed in the margins of the international high-level meeting “Putting People First” which took place today in London.
October 17th, 2018
#EndPovertyDay: Belgium second most efficient donor in the fight against extreme poverty
Belgium is the second most efficient donor in the fight against extreme poverty. This is the conclusion of the respected Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in their recent report: “Financing the end of extreme poverty”. Our country ranks right behind Ireland, but ahead of Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland. The focus on least developed countries and the strengthening of aid effectiveness has been one of the priorities of the Belgian development cooperation…