NGOs represent a complementary channel for bilateral aid, enabling Luxembourg to be active in countries and sectors where the Ministry does not intervene. Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation thus contributes to strengthening the role of development NGOs as the spokesperson for the most vulnerable and to promoting inclusive governance, accountability and respect for human rights. In this context, it is worth remembering that NGOs are partners of Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation in the fight against poverty and social inequality, and are not government officials.
The work of awareness-raising and development education, particularly at the national level, also forms part of the challenge of poverty eradication. The aim of these activities is to raise public awareness in Luxembourg of the various themes that relate to the sustainable development of countries and relations between countries, including fair international trade. They also aim to ensure that from an early age the public acquires the knowledge and skills needed to understand and engage in critical thinking about the causes and consequences of poverty, and takes an active role in the development of fairer and more inclusive societies.