In October and November 2018, the Belgian development agency Enabel organizes ‘Hack the Goals’, a series of six hackathons in five partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation. Creative teams in Senegal, Niger, Palestine, Morocco, and Uganda will look for new and innovative solutions for development challenges. Alexander De Croo, Minister of Development Cooperation and for the Digital Agenda, is thrilled: “The future is digital, also in terms of development. The digital revolution offers so many new opportunities to solve development challenges in a different and better way.”
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“We have to tackle climate change at home, but we must certainly not forget the poorest countries. They are the biggest victims of climate change.” That is the message of Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and of Enabel director Jean Van Wetter. Today and tomorrow, the Belgian development agency Enabel organizes an international climate conference in Brussels. More than 170 participants from Belgium and from abroad will debate on plans to integrate climate change into the development strategies of secondary cities, including cities in the partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation.
Today, Jean Van Wetter (40) has been appointed as new director general of the Belgian development agency Enabel. He is taking over from Carl Michiels, who successfully led the agency for 14 years. The board of directors expresses its gratitude to Carl Michiels for his efforts and achievements. After a difficult start, he managed to put the agency on the right track and turn it into an internationally respected organization.
The Council of Ministers approved today, on the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, the first management agreement between the Federal State and Enabel, the new Belgian development agency. It further adjusts Belgium's development policy to the Sustainable development goals.
The renewed and reformed Belgian Development Agency (BTC) will start its activities on 1 January 2018 and will be operating under the name ‘Enabel’. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announced this today during the new year’s reception of BTC. The new name is the Belgian variant of the English verb ‘enable’ and reflects what the Belgian development cooperation stands for: empowering people, enabling development and bringing partners together.