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Policy Supporting Programme

Under the Policy Supporting Programme instrument, the academic community provides expertise to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation to strengthen its strategic role and decision-making.

In a win-win approach, this instrument strengthens the capacity of academic institutions, increases their relevance and impact in society.

Meet policy support and expertise needs with the aim of continuously improving the quality and impact of Belgian public development aid.

This instrument aims at mutual capacity building between, on the one hand, the administration (Direction générale Coopération au développement et Aide humanitaire - DGD), in order to respond to the needs for expertise and policy support, and on the other hand, researchers and their institutions, in order to develop their expertise and to strengthen teams through the realisation of research on specific themes of interest for development cooperation.


For the period 2023-2027, three thematic areas are identified:

  • Climate and environment
  • Fragility and resilience
  • Social protection, inequality and inclusive growth.

The research conducted by the academics  aims to improve strategic decision-making on programming and financing of Belgian development cooperation actions, to enhance policy dialogue and strategic positioning of the DGD in bilateral and international fora and to facilitate better implementation of related concepts, methods and tools in their local context.

Call for Concept note 2023-2027

The call for Concept note 2023-2027 is closed.

The teams have been selected and have now started their activities.


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