since january 1, 2018 
We are enabel

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1998

Twenty years ago the Belgian Technical Cooperation – BTC – was created. This was even before the Millennium Development Goals were adopted in 2000. There were no smartphones, wifi did not exist, and no-one cared about digitisation...

Meanwhile, the world has changed. After the Millennium Development Goals came the Sustainable Development Goals. Some countries have successfully fought poverty, whilst others still need assistance. That is why Belgium is determined to remain a significant partner and that is why it has transformed its development policy. 

2018
BTC becomes Enabel, the Belgian development agency. Its task is to implement and coordinate the Belgian development policy.
A more Belgian logo
The colours of the new logo refer to the colours of the Belgian flag: black-yellow-red. We take pride in these colours because we are convinced that a small country can also play a role of significance.

The bird in the logo stands for freedom and independence. Everyone should be able to make choices of their own and have the opportunity for self-development. That is our assignment: support our partners to jointly create conditions that enable sustainable progress. That is why we are called Enabel.
Enabel?
Enabel is a Belgian variant of the English verb enable, but with ‘-bel’ at the end. Enabel means making things possible, facilitating and empowering, which is exactly what the Belgian development agency does: We enable our partners to do what is required to achieve sustainable development in their country. We help create circumstances enabling development; we support, we motivate, we encourage and we promote change; we bring partners and organisations together to put things in motion and foster change.
Vision
We build a sustainable world where women and men live under the rule of law and are free to pursue their aspirations.

We are a European player enhancing the impact of Belgium in international development.

As a knowledge centre we think and act in terms of strategy and policy influence to promote sustainable development.

We can quickly mobilise expertise through our networks to implement sustainable development initiatives which are in line with the priorities of Belgium and the objectives of our partners.
Mission
Enabel is the development agency of Belgium’s federal government. We implement Belgium’s international development policy.

Under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we carry out public service assignments in Belgium and abroad. 

We provide customised expertise, including Belgian public expertise, we promote the involvement of all and we pursue top-level partnerships.

Enabel enhances the impact of Belgium in international development by carrying out assignments for Belgian and international third-party donors.
Questions & answers

why this reform ?

On 16 November 2017, Belgium’s federal Parliament approved the 'Enabel’ Law. This Law transforms the implementing agency of the Belgian governmental cooperation BTC into a coordinating and implementing agency for the Belgian development policy: Enabel.

With this reform the Belgian government aims to align its development policy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This universal global agenda was approved in September 2015 in New York by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Civil society, the private sector as well as authorities are playing an important role in this agenda. Also the European Union (EU) adjusts its development policy, as formulated in the Agenda for Change (2011) and the New European Consensus on Development (2017), to the SDGs.

Belgium’s development policy focuses on inclusive economic growth, human rights and in particular women’s and children’s rights, digitisation and the least developed countries.

What is Enabel’s assignment?

Enabel implements Belgium’s governmental development policy. The agency actively explores assignments and funding opportunities offered by third party donors in view of assisting and strengthening Belgium's foreign policy. As a social undertaking, Enabel is an attractive partner for institutions like the European Union or the World Bank. 

Enabel can also carry out and coordinate international cooperation initiatives of Belgian federal instances. Thus, Enabel becomes the interface between Belgium's federal public instances and Belgian or foreign donors for international development interventions, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

WHY ENABEL?

Enabel is a Belgian variant of the English verb enable. It is pronounced like the English word, but it is written with ‘-bel’, a clear reference to Belgium.

Enabel is a name, a word, not an abbreviation. Through its link with English all the meanings of the English word are transferred to the name of the agency. These meanings fully correspond to the activities of the renewed Belgian development agency.

Enabel means making things possible, facilitating and empowering, which is exactly what the Belgian development agency does: We enable our partners to do what is required to achieve sustainable development in their country. We help create circumstances enabling development; we support, we motivate, we encourage and we promote change; we bring partners and organisations together to put things in motion and foster change.

Enabel is a contemporary name that can stand time; it does not refer to historically tainted or nearly dated concepts such as ‘development cooperation’ and ‘aid’ or to limiting terms such as technical cooperation, which only hint at ‘the same old story’.

Enabel is a name that breaks with the past and resolutely embraces the future. Enabel reflects the belief in progress and improvement even in difficult and unpredictable circumstances, in fragile states and in least developed countries.

WHY A NEW logo ?

In a joint effort, the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) and the Belgian development agency (Enabel) have developed new logos for each of the three organisations. This initiative responds to the explicit desire of the government to emphasise the Belgian identity of the various players and at the same time create visual consistency.

What is changing specifically, and when?

The BTC logo is gradually replaced by the Enabel logo in the first weeks of 2018. This is the most cost-effective way of working. Priority is given to external visibility: Signboards, billboards, vehicles and reception spaces are dealt with first. We also immediately address the digital platforms, even though we will not be able to quickly locate all former logos, especially on external websites. So, we’ll keep our eyes open. 

Also printed materials with the former logo will circulate for a while and only gradually disappear as new materials with the new logo are published. Please, let us know if you still see a BTC logo anywhere. We will do the necessary.

What about agreements and contracts signed by BTC?

Nothing changes. Enable, like BTC, is a public-law company with social purposes. All contracts, agreements and commitments signed or made by BTC remain valid. 

What about the baseline ‘Building a fair world’?

Even though Enabel still aims to build a fair(er) world, we will not use that baseline anymore. We believe that the story behind our name and the logo is strong enough to make clear what we stand for.
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