The Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid comprises five directorates.
The Geographical Directorate (D1) is a knowledge centre that tackles issues based on their geographical region; its actions vary depending on the context and focus on the needs of the Southern countries. The directorate is responsible for the strategic definition, use and monitoring of the Belgian geographical development instruments for obtaining development results.
The Thematic Directorate (D2) is responsible for the strategic definition, use and monitoring of the Belgian geographical development instruments for obtaining development results. Together with external partners, it develops Belgian thematic and sector-based knowledge, organises the transfer of this knowledge and provides strategic and technical opinions on the relevance of initiatives to other directorates and to stakeholders in the field. The directorate takes part in institutional and strategic dialogue with the multilateral and humanitarian organisations.
The Civil Society Directorate (D3) specialises in cooperation with non-government stakeholders and civil and scientific institutions. Together with these partners, it examines ways of strengthening yet further the existing capacity of civil society in the South and providing access to development education for every citizen in Belgium. This directorate operates within a regional perspective.
The Organisation Management Directorate (D4) supports the strategic mission of the DGD with a view to stronger organisational management, improved development of capacities, more results-oriented work and greater transparency for Belgian development cooperation.
The D5 Humanitarian aid and Transition directorate is responsible for humanitarian actions and aid in the transition to development. Its establishment is justified firstly by the scale of humanitarian aid in terms of activities and budget, and secondly by the need to coherently pool the expertise and tools which offer a solution to the so-called "situations in transition".