elgium’s cofinancingpartnership with the AsianDevelopment Bank (ADB)has focused on technical assistanceprojects and participation in ADB’sefforts to fight climate change.In Asia, this has includedseveral technical assistance grantsto projects in Viet Nam—whereBelgium concentrates assistancein the region—and commitmentsto two carbon funds under ADB’sCarbon Market Program.The Belgian governmenthas pledged to raise officialdevelopment assistance to at least0.7% of gross national income,the internationally acknowledgedtarget. And it has been makingsteady progress, reaching 0.64% in2010, a significant increase from0.43% in 2007.Belgium’s developmentaid covers a broad field,offering ample opportunity forcooperation with ADB. Thisincludes agriculture and foodsecurity, Aid for Trade, children’srights, education and training,environment and climate change,eradication of poverty andhunger, gender issues,health care, infrastructure,migration and development,promotion of the private sector,and conflict prevention. ADB’s Strategy 2020 putsits core operational focus oninfrastructure, education,environment, finance sectordevelopment, and regionalcooperation and integration.The International andEuropean Financial Affairsdepartment of the BelgianFederal Treasury handlesrelations with the internationalfinancial institutions. TheDirectorate-General forDevelopment Cooperation within the Department of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Tradeand Development Cooperationdrafts cooperation policiesand monitors governmentalcooperation programs. TheBelgian Technical Cooperationagency has exclusive authority toformulate and implement directbilateral cooperation.
See pages 6–7 for priority countriesin Asia and highlights of assistance.See tables, pages 8–9, forcofinancing with ADB.
Belgium’s aid reached 0.64% of gross national incomein 2010, well up from a recent low of 0.43% in 2007