Development cooperation

Development cooperation – provision of various types of assistance to poor and less-developed countries to foster their long-term social and economic development and therefore to contribute in poverty reduction on the world.

According to the OECD/DAC classification, the term “development cooperation” does not include commercial activities or military activities. However, time spent by soldiers and state/local government funds used for non-military goals, e.g., for restoring schools destroyed during war, is considered development cooperation. The goal of development cooperation activities should be civil. (from here)


In Latvia Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for implementing development policy.
LAPAS has close cooperation with the Ministry in field of development cooperation.

Latvian Development Cooperation Policy Strategy 2011-2015

Latvia reports annually on its ODA flows to OECD/DAC.
Like example, Latvia’s ODA in 2011 amount was 9.7 million LVL, representing 0,07% of GNI. 90% of Latvia’s ODA have been disbursed through multilateral channels (EC, UN agencies, IDA, etc.). The rest of ODA has been implemented bilaterally through different technical assistance projects. (from here)


The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid was established on 3 January 2011. It is the result of the merger of parts of the former Directorate-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States with the former EuropeAid Co-operation Office.

the Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs (until 2014), is responsible for the EU’s overall development policy. More information here.

EuropeAid is now responsible not only for defining EU development policy but also for ensuring the effective programming and implementation of aid. Having one DG will simplify communication in the development field by acting as a “one stop shop” – providing a single contact point for stakeholders inside and outside the EU to deal with.
(from here)

CONOCORD – CONfederation for COoperation of Relief and Development NGOs

CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. It is made up of 27 national associations, 18 international networks and 2 associate members that represent over 1,800 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe.

CONCORD works to ensure that:
• The EU and member states are fully committed to and implement comprehensive and coherent policies towards the developing world that are based on the principles of solidarity, human rights, justice and democracy, and which aim to address the causes of poverty and conflict and promote sustainable economic and social development.

• The European NGDO movement is active and fully engaged in promoting EU policies that have a positive impact on developing countries and have the capacity to influence the direction of these policies.

• The role of the NGDOs is valued and protected as an authentic voice of European civil society that is engaged in issues of development and global justice.

More information here.