Today, the Chamber of Representatives approved an amendment of the legal framework in which the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) operates. The amendment is the final element of a thorough reform of BIO. This reform makes the investment company better embedded in the Belgian development policy, strengthens the link with the private sector, and increases the impact of the development initiatives in Belgium’s partner countries.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo endorsed a number of international commitments today to step up the efforts against sexual misconduct in the international aid sector. The commitments were signed in the margins of the international high-level meeting “Putting People First” which took place in London today.
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 policy over the last years.
Speech by Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo on the occasion of the celebration of Marleen Temmerman.
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.”