On 26 June, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) published its report on decentralised development cooperation. The report identifies global trends related to the decentralised development cooperation over the past 10 years. Flanders’ development cooperation was one of the case studies.
Over the last decades, and in line with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cities and regions have played an important part in helping to implement global agendas at the local level through their Decentralised Development Cooperation (DDC) activities. Local and regional authorities provide water supplies, housing policy, land use, environmental planning,… even more often than national structures. OECD – DAC has investigated how cities and regions can learn from each other when realizing the global agendas. Four case studies illustrate various and innovative forms of cooperation: Tuscany, the Basque Country, French cities & municipalities and Flanders.
The Flemish development cooperation concentrates its efforts on a limited number of countries, sectors and actors so as to make the most efficient use of the available funds.
This strategy enables Flanders to further develop expertise on the field of development cooperation and encourage small-scale initiatives to work innovatively.
You can read the full report on the OECD – DAC website