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BTC is the Belgian development agency. BTC mobilises its resources and its expertise to eliminate poverty in the world. BTC contributes to the efforts of the international community and works towards a society that provides present and future generations with sufficient resources to build a sustainable and fair world. Its staff members in Brussels and overseas embody the commitment of the Belgian State and other development partners to international solidarity. They support more than 300 cooperation projects in some 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
BTC is the Belgian development agency. We support development projects across the globe to eradicate poverty. Doing so, we help build a world where women and men live under the rule of law, have equal access to quality public services and are free to pursue their aspirations
Our primary mission is to implement the Belgian governmental cooperation in the 14 partner countries of Belgium.
The Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD), which falls under the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, defines the cooperation programmes but it does not implement them itself. This task is entrusted to BTC.
Through the intermediary of BTC's Global Partnerships department, BTC implements projects for other donors, in particular for the European Commission.
These interventions are either linked to our governmental development cooperation projects, or realised independently possibly outside of Belgium's thematic sectors or even outside its partner countries.
The three principal objectives pursued are:
Enhance the impact of the Belgian Development Cooperation
Develop networks and public partnerships
Develop BTC's expertise and innovation
BTC has worked in particular for:
The European Commission
The French development agency (AFD)
UK cooperation (DFID)
Dutch cooperation (DGIS)
Irish cooperation (IrishAid)
Swedish cooperation (SIDA)
Luxembourg cooperation (LuxDev)
Flemish cooperation (DIV) and French-speaking cooperation (APEFE)
The World Bank
FPS Finance (FINEXPO)
Certification for the European Commission
Since 2008, after a 'six pillars' assessment, BTC is a recognised partner of the European Commission. This certification was renewed in 2015. It allows the European Commission to directly delegate certain development cooperation tasks to BTC.