Governmental cooperation | Enabel - Belgian Development Agency

governmental cooperation

Enabel is a public agency. We manage development projects for the account of the Belgian Government and other donors. This way, we actively contribute to the global efforts for sustainable development.


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Our primary mission is to implement the Belgian governmental cooperation in the 14 partner countries of Belgium.

The Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD), which falls under the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, defines the cooperation programmes but it does not implement them itself. This task is entrusted to Enabel.  

Enabel's place within the Belgian Development Cooperation

Find out more about the Belgian Development Cooperation and its priorities:


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Through the intermediary of Enabel's Global Partnerships department, Enabel implements projects for other donors, in particular for the European Commission.

These interventions are either linked to our governmental development cooperation projects, or realised independently possibly outside of Belgium's thematic sectors or even outside its partner countries.

The three principal objectives pursued are:
  1. Enhance the impact of the Belgian Development Cooperation
  2. Develop networks and public partnerships
  3. Develop Enabel's expertise and innovation 

Enabel has worked in particular for:
  • The European Commission
  • The French development agency (AFD)
  • UK cooperation (DFID)
  • Dutch cooperation (DGIS)
  • Irish cooperation (IrishAid)
  • Swedish cooperation (SIDA)
  • Luxembourg cooperation (LuxDev)
  • Flemish cooperation (DIV) and French-speaking cooperation (APEFE)
  • The World Bank
  • FPS Finance (FINEXPO) 

Certification for the European Commission
Since 2008, after a 'six pillars' assessment, Enabel is a recognised partner of the European Commission. This certification was renewed in 2015. It allows the European Commission to directly delegate certain development cooperation tasks to Enabel.  


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Keep up-to-date with our latest activities and with international development trends from a Belgian perspective.