Belgium has acceded to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). This is a global alliance which intends to step up the fight against fatal infectious diseases in the coming years. The Belgian Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is one of the driving forces behind the initiative. This year, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will set aside €500,000 for the new fund.
The Belgian Development Agency and the University of Antwerp concluded a cooperation agreement to embed human rights even better in the Belgian development projects. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo is very satisfied with this cooperation. "A sustainable inclusive economic growth is not possible without respect for human rights."
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Belgium is organizing on 2nd of March in Brussels the International Conference She Decides. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will chair the international conference. Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark are co-organizer. On behalf of Belgium, minister De Croo also pledges 10 million euro to the Global Fundraising Initiative She Decides in support of the rights of girls and women, and in particular their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Federal Public Service Information and Communication Technology (Fedict) and the Belgian Development Agency (BTC) will assist the fourteen partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation in designing their systems of e-governance. To achieve this, Fedict has concluded a cooperation agreement with the Belgian Development Agency, who will lead the process. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo is particularly pleased with this collaboration. "A digital administration is a more effective administration, also in developing countries".