Introduction

In 2002, as part of the modernisation of the federal administration, the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD) was integrated into the Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The FPS was made specifically responsible for organising and creating development cooperation in accordance with the legal and regulatory framework.

The priority objective of Belgian Development Cooperation is sustainable human development. It must achieve this objective whilst reducing poverty, within a context of partnerships, and respecting criteria of relevance to development. It must also generate and increase the Belgian public's support for North-South solidarity and our cooperation policy.

The DGD creates a collective vision of development cooperation through dialogue with all the public stakeholders that influence development policy, the development stakeholders involved in Belgian development cooperation and the European and international institutions. The DGD translates this vision into strategic and operational priorities for the central administration and for the field.