New Belgian development policy demands courage and cuts

Alexander De Croo, Belgian minister for development cooperation. Belgium will be reducing its development budget and prioritizing fewer countries over the next five years. Photo by: Qilai Shen / World Economic Forum / CC BY-NC-SA

More with less — that could be the motto of Belgium’s development policy for the coming years. The new center-right government wants a “courageous” policy that focuses on human rights, economic growth and greater efficiency, while cutting the budget even more than its predecessor.

Understandably, the nongovernmental organization community is worried.

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  • Diederik kramers

    Diederik Kramers

    Diederik Kramers is a freelance correspondent in Brussels covering EU and NATO affairs. A former spokesperson and communications officer for UNICEF and UNHCR, he previously worked as foreign desk and Eastern Europe editor for the Dutch press agency ANP and as editor-in-chief of the Dutch quarterly Ukraine Magazine.