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.
De Croo spoke with Devex at the United Nations General Assembly in September about how he brought these groups together, and what lessons it holds for leaders in global development.
Belgian development minister Alexander De Croo talks to Devex about his country's aid priorities — and why development cooperation needs to be about more than "feel good" giving.
“We have really shifted our development policy over the last three years,” said De Croo, who was formerly a consultant and entrepreneur. He described what he said were near turf wars between his colleagues.