The Luxembourg government's development cooperation policy is clear: it places great emphasis on honouring the commitment made in 1970 within the United Nationsgeneral assembly, namely contributing at least 0.70% of its gross national income (GNI) to official development assistance (ODA).
A commitment to solidarity
Luxembourg has clearly kept to this commitment since the year 2000 and accentuated it since 2009, in accordance with the commitment undertaken in the government's programme for the 2013-2018 period, since ODA has now reached 1% of Luxembourg's GNI. Official development assistance even exceeded 1% in 2016 (1.02%)putting Luxembourg second place in the most generous countries worldwide in terms of development cooperation.
In 2015, the Grand Duchy contributed over 320 million euros for ODA, 13.08% of which were allocated to the three phases of humanitarian aid: emergency, transition and prevention, and the approved NGOs managed almost 20% of it.
'Luxembourg is highly respected at international level for its development cooperation and humanitarian action policy', underlines Romain Schneider.
A benevolent and realistic contributor
Luxembourg maintains relations with over 16 different countries including 5 African countries, 5 Asian countries, 2 Central American countries and one Balkan country. Some are what we call ICPs, indicative cooperation programmes (to which an annual budgetary envelope of 10 million euros per programme is allocated), others are project countries and some have a special status, for example like Afghanistan.
The sectors for which Luxembourg's assistance will be granted are identified and targeted. These are training, education, health, local and rural development, inclusive finance, ICT and renewable energy sources.
Two projects currently stand out:
- developing ICT in Burkina Faso, which will help the country's authorities and citizens, which also enables the Luxembourg company SES to provide assistance and reach out beyond our borders.
- the project targetingagriculture in Mali aims to improve the conditions of the majority of the population, who live in a rural environment.
The 2016 report on cooperation policy is not yet available, but you can view the 2015 version here: report on Luxembourg development cooperation 2015. You can also view the action plan for development effectiveness 2014-2016.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)