VI. Cooperation with non-governmental development organisations

Cooperation with non-governmental development organisations

In 2014, the 94 NGOs approved by the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs pursuant to the amended law of 6 January 1996 on development cooperation and humanitarian action spent 38 086 611 euros on development cooperation activities via these main financial instruments:

  • framework cooperation agreements: 17 framework agreements (three of which were in consortium between two NGOs) were co-financed in 2014 at a total cost of 20 867 579 euros;
  • co-financing of development projects: 113 individual projects by 48 NGOs were supported in 2014 at a total cost of 9 783 526 euros;
  • implementation mandates as part of bilateral cooperation: 7 435 506 euros (including microfinance).

Added to this are loans recorded as official development assistance allocated for humanitarian action (emergency aid, food aid, crisis prevention, reconstruction and rehabilitation), subsidies for development education and awareness- raising activities and support for administrative costs incurred in the preparation and monitoring of the development activities. In total, the ODA allocated to national non-governmental organisations in 2014 was 53 032 608 euros, i.e. 16.50% of Luxembourg’s official development assistance for this budget year.

Luxembourg development cooperation attaches great importance to civil society organisations as fully-fledged development actors. In effect, it is one of the development cooperation systems which has most recourse to civil society organisations to implement development projects and programmes. NGOs are a complementary route for bilateral aid, enabling intervention in countries and sectors where the Ministry cannot intervene and, by working closer to the beneficiaries, reaching parts of the population of developing countries where bilateral cooperation is not present.

The large number of approved NGOs and the percentage of ODA allocated to NGOs as a result bears witness to the importance that the Luxembourg population attaches to civil society organisations; this is a way of expressing its international solidarity. The Ministry’s strong commitment to Luxemburgish NGOs, supporting both development projects and projects on development education and awareness raising activities, is enabling ODA to remain at around 1% of GNI. Effectively, through the NGOs, the Luxembourg population can directly, and substantially, participate and be involved in the implementation of Luxembourg’s development cooperation policy.