We need a new way of doing development, says Alexander De Croo

Alexander De Croo, deputy prime minister and minister for development cooperation of Belgium. Photo by: Sikarin Thanachaiary / World Economic Forum / CC BY-NC-SA

NEW YORK — When Alexander De Croo, Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister for development cooperation, started in his role three years ago, he was tasked with bringing together three institutions that worked in silos.

Beyond his ministry, Belgian development cooperation is made up of the implementing agency Belgian Technical Cooperation, or BTC; and the country’s development finance institution, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries, or BIO-Invest.

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