Flemish development cooperation makes an active contribution towards poverty reduction in Southern African, a region which has one of the highest poverty and inequality rates worldwide. As a reliable and predictable donor, our focus is on a limited number of sectors which reduce this inequality. In this way, we enable partner countries to achieve an increased level of prosperity and welfare for all their citizens in the long term.
The global agenda on sustainable development and poverty reduction is indicative for the Flemish development policy. This framework acknowledges that poverty reduction is not merely a matter of social measures. Economic growth is likewise a prerequisite for the creation of prosperity as well. However, this growth is only sustainable if it respects the earth’s carrying capacity. Within the framework of its development policy, Flanders consequently seeks to challenge the dimensions of sustainable social, economic and ecological development.
In order to prevent fragmentation of resources, Flanders focuses its development cooperation on Southern Africa, and more specifically in three partner countries: Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. We aim to support only one sector per partner country. By bundling together technical expertise, follow-up capacity and financial resources, we can create more added value for development opportunities in these partner countries.