Development cooperation instrument

  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Environment, Consumers and Health
  • Justice, Fundamental Rights and Home Affairs
BUDGET: € 19 661,64 million (2013 prices)

The primary objective of cooperation under this Instrument is the reduction and, in the long term, the eradication of poverty.

  • Fostering sustainable economic,social and environmental development;
  • Promoting democracy, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights.

Geographic Programmes support cooperation with 46 developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Central Asia, the Gulf region (Iran, Iraq and Yemen) and South Africa. While, the Thematic Programmes are open for all developing countries (including those covered by the ENPI and the EDF). The full list of each eligible country can be found in the Annex I-III for this Instruments’ Proposal.

  • Partner countries and regions, and their institutions;
  • Decentralised bodies in the partner countries (municipalities, provinces, departments and regions);
  • Joint bodies set up by the partner countries and regions with the Community; Non State Actors; international organizations;
  • EU agencies.
  1. Geographic programmes Union cooperation activities are implemented for activities of national, regional, trans-regional and continental nature. Within each country programme, the Union concentrates its assistance on three sectors. The geographic programmes cover the possible areas for cooperation and distinguish between regional and bilateral cooperation.
  2. Thematic programmes Global Public Goods and Challenges thematic programme The main fields of activities include, inter alia, environment and climate change, sustainable energy, human development (including health, education, gender equality, employment, skills, social protection and social inclusion as well as economic development-related aspects such as growth, jobs, trade and private sector engagement), food security and migration and asylum. This thematic programme enables swift response in view of unforeseen events and global crises (e.g. the food price crisis, avian flu). It reduces the fragmentation of the EU development cooperation and allows for appropriate reinforcement and consistency of internal and external actions. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs) thematic programme The programme promotes an inclusive and empowered civil society and local authorities, increases awareness and mobilisation on development issues, and strengthens the capacity for policy dialogue on development.
  3. Pan-African Programme This programme implements the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and is complementary and coherent with ENI, EDF and the thematic programmes under DCI. It supports in particular activities of transregional, continental and trans-continental nature.

In case of Geographic Programmes the European Commission prepares annual action programmes.
Thematic Programmes are implemented by an intermediary organisation such as non-governmental organisations or international organizations. DCI is implemented through calls for proposals and tenders. The maximum co-financing rate is 50% in most regions.

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