The Chilean Agency for International Development Cooperation (AGCID) is a Chilean public service, created in 1990, functionally decentralized, with legal personality and own property. Its function is to capture, provide and manage international cooperation resources, through the articulation of offers and demands of international cooperation, as well as the dissemination of opportunities for training and improvement of human resources abroad.
Mission: To contribute to the achievement of the foreign policy objectives defined by the Government by promoting Horizontal and Triangular Cooperation actions for institutions and countries in the region and for the improvement of human resources for professionals in Latin America, as well as supporting and complementing policies, plans and National priority programs that promote the Government oriented to the development of the country, promoting actions of bimultilateral cooperation.
-Moving towards inclusive and sustainable development
-Strengthening Partnerships for Shared Development
-Consolidate the National System of International Cooperation for Development
In compliance with its purpose, the Agency will have the following functions in particular:
-Determine the plans and programs of international cooperation that are required to comply with the Government's development policies, approve and coordinate the corresponding projects;
-Support the transfer from the outside of knowledge that reinforce the scientific system, technological capacity, production process, foreign trade and development of the country;
-Coordinate compliance with international agreements aimed at projecting the scientific, technological, industrial and commercial capacity of Chile, in order to achieve an effective international presence of the country and to promote integration processes promoted by the Government.
-Enable an increasing flow of financial and technical resources that contribute to the achievement of the previous objectives;
-To promote, sponsor, administer or coordinate study agreements and programs of scholarships for training, training and further training at the undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate levels taught in the country to foreign students and fellows;
-Manage or implement specific cooperation programs, projects and activities.
The International Cooperation Agency (AGCI) was created on June 19, 1990 through Law 18,989 , which gave rise to the Chilean Ministry of Planning and Cooperation (MIDEPLAN). Title III of this Law describes the nature and objectives of the Agency, which is organized as a public institution functionally decentralized, whose purpose is to address the search and channeling of international cooperation resources to support the development of Chile and project abroad Capacities of the country, and to carry out cooperative actions with developing countries. In this way, the Agency assumes, with the respective Ministry, the responsibility to define the objectives and strategies of international cooperation based on the priorities for economic and social development.
The initial stage of the management of international cooperation in Chile was strongly oriented to contribute to the process of democratization and to consolidate efforts to improve public management and institutional strengthening. The cooperation of multilateral institutions, such as the European Economic Community and the United Nations, provided important support to national development efforts, both economically and technically. Among those cooperators who can be understood as traditional in the action of the Chilean Cooperation Agency, may be mentioned Germany, Japan, the European Union, United States, Spain, Switzerland, France; The role played by the Nordic countries and the Netherlands in the first years of their return to democracy must also be considered.
In 1993, in recognition of the assistance received, and aware of the responsibility to cooperate with other countries and to share the experiences of this process, the Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries Program (TCDC), now known as the Cooperation Program South-South.
In 1998 AGCI initiated a new form of cooperation, Triangular Cooperation, which makes international cooperation an area where knowledge is shared for development. This modality has enabled partnerships for development with countries that traditionally were bidders of cooperation.
During the first ten years of the Agency's life, the international reality demonstrated the growing importance of cooperation as a privileged instrument for relations between nations, which was manifested in the creation of new international cooperation agencies in developing countries. Development of the Region, in many of which the institution of AGCI served as a model.
The year 2001 marks a milestone, adding to the Agency the role of financial manager of the cooperation with the European Union.
AGCID currently administers financial resources for cooperation provided by organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), as well as bilateral funds such as the Chile-Spain Fund And the Chile - Mexico Fund. It has also been accredited as an implementing agency for the climate change adaptation fund.
From 2005, and according to Law 19.999 of February 10, AGCI is related to the Presidency of the Republic through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which makes cooperation a component of Chile's foreign policy.
Durante estos 25 años de vida, desde 1990 a 2015, la Agencia ha ido consolidando su rol de institución que implementa, realiza y ejecuta cooperación internacional entre países en desarrollo. Y en este marco, ha creado nuevos mecanismos para el financiamiento de la cooperación, como son los Fondos Conjuntos de Cooperación con México, España y Francia, y el Fondo Chile contra el Hambre y la Pobreza.
At present, the Agency is facing the challenges of cooperation towards 2030, in a world where international cooperation is repositioning and where Chile not only has the duty to cooperate, but also to promote inclusive and sustainable development, from a Rights approach. Based on this approach, a Policy and Strategy for International Cooperation for Development was developed, resulting in a change of name, from the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (AGCI) to the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AGCID)