International Partnerships

Our programmes

We implement programmes around the world wherever assistance is needed. We tailor our support to fit the region or country being helped. Programmes with a global reach allow the EU to provide similar support to countries facing similar problems.

Discover some of our programmes such as DeSIRA, which aims at supporting research and innovation in agriculture, ECOFAC6, whose objective is to preserve biodiversity and fragile ecosystems in Central Africa and the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+), which is one of the largest climate initiatives worldwide.

Bêkou Trust Fund

To respond to the consequences of the 2013 crisis in the Central African Republic, it was necessary to create a rapid and flexible tool to meet the immediate needs of the population, while ensuring sustainable reconstruction of the country.

In this context, the first multi-donor EU Trust Fund was established in July 2014 at the discretion of the European Union and three of its Member States - France, Germany and the Netherlands. The donors decided to pool their funding, expertise and implementation capacities together, in close cooperation with the national authorities. The Fund was named Bêkou that means "hope" in Sango. Italy and Switzerland joined in 2015.

DeSIRA: Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture

The objective of the DeSIRA initiative is to contribute to climate-relevant, productive and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems in low and middle-incomes countries.

DeSIRA aims to put more science into development considering that the solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are context specifics. It contributes primarily to the achievement of SDG 1 (No poverty)SDG 2 (Zero hunger)SDG 5 (Gender equality)SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth)SDG 13 (Climate action) and SDG 15 (Life on land).

ECOFAC6 - Preserving Biodiversity and Fragile Ecosystems in Central Africa

The main objective of ECOFAC6 is to promote a green economy characterised by endogenous, sustainable and inclusive economic development, as well as the fight against climate change.

The ECOFAC 6 programme targets direct support to nearly 17 protected areas spread over 7 different states and 8 priority landscapes for conservation, while contributing to a green economy characterised by sustainable and inclusive economic development, as well as the fight against climate change.

Education Cannot Wait

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises.

ECW enables governments, multilateral institutions and the private sector to support comprehensive education programmes for crisis-affected children and young people. It was designed to be agile and to reach those most vulnerable, excluded and hard-to-reach, including girls, children with disabilities, minorities and other marginalized children, and to bring them back into national education systems.

Ethiopia - Education Cannot Wait

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+)

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) is one of the largest climate initiatives worldwide and plays a fundamental role in the implementation of the external dimension of the EU Green Deal.

Created in 2007, GCCA+ is a European Union flagship initiative helping the world’s most vulnerable countries to address climate change. At its inception the GCCA focused on building climate resilience in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It expanded in 2015 to include middle-income countries.

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) was created in 2002 to raise, manage and invest money to combat these destructive diseases. Collectively, the Global Fund aims to harness the best possible experience, insights and innovation in the public and private sectors to respond to diseases and at the same time contribute to building resilient and sustainable health systems.

The Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) supports partner countries in building stronger and more resilient education systems to ensure that children get a quality education. GPE’s approach improves education at a systems level to create lasting change at scale. The EU is an important contributor to the GPE programme and is committed to transforming education in lower-income countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships. The EU supports quality education globally, so that every child can have hope, opportunity and agency.

Global Partnership for Education

The Great Green Wall (GGW)

The Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative aims to restore degraded land across the Sahel Region. Spanning 20 African countries and backed by a broad set of international partners, including the European Union, the Initiative supports a number of sustainable land management projects.

The Great Green Wall

SWITCH Africa Green

The SWITCH Africa Green programme was launched in 2014 in order to assist African countries in a sustainable development, by encouraging a shift towards an inclusive green economy. The programme supports business and non-state actors to make the switch to sustainable consumption and production practices, which in turn generates growth, creates jobs and reduces poverty. Additionally, SWITCH Africa Green supports policymaking that prompts long-term sustainable change.

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The SWITCH-Asia Programme, founded in 2007, is active in 24 countries across Asia and tackles these sustainability challenges by suggesting alternative ways in which businesses can operate through Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) practices.

Introducing SCP benefits the overall environmental performance of products throughout their life cycle and stimulates demand for better products and production technologies. As a result, this helps consumers make more informed and sustainable decision.

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Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF)

The Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF) is one of the European Union’s regional blending facilities. The aim of LAIF is to mobilize funding for large infrastructure and development projects, by combining EU grants with financial resources from European and regional financial institutions, governments and the private sector. For each euro provided by LAIF, its partners committed an average of 24 euros of investment.

Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF)