South Africa

Belgium has supported South Africa’s democratic transition process and socio-economic development since 1998. Even though South Africa finds itself in a good economic situation compared to the majority of other African countries, it still faces major socio-economic challenges. Governmental development cooperation with South Africa ended in June 2019 and gave way to other forms of cooperation.


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Belgium and the South African National Treasury founded the Tirelo Bosha Grants Facility that currently funds more than 40 pilot projects in a variety of public service delivery fields: education, health, housing, transport, Emphasis was put on building the capacity of government staff and promoting initiatives that introduce innovative ways of doing things. The overall goal was to further support those initiatives that demonstrate improved, sound and feasible support mechanisms and processes and replicate those best practises.

Building academic partnerships for economic development

“Building Academic Partnerships for Economic Development” is a scholarship program that built longstanding partnerships between South African and Belgian academic institutions. It aimed to improve business-oriented skills development, training and research in a limited number of priority areas that are key for the economic development of South Africa - such as ICT, health (biostatistics) and the maritime sector. 

Young South Africans could apply for scholarships for professional Bachelors, national and international exchanges, short term trainings and knowledge sharing activities such as seminars, study tours, exchange visits, etc. to enable them to achieve Master and PhD degrees faster and enter the economic career market.
Enabel's projects in South Africa focussed on economic development and governance.


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