On 2 April 2019, the Cabinet approved the Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2019 drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plan sets out concrete measures for putting into practice Latvia’s Development Cooperation Policy Guidelines for 2016–2020.
The amount of EUR 463 813 has been allocated in the Foreign Ministry’s budget for the implementation of bilateral cooperation for development in 2019. More than a half of the funds will be channelled into a grant competition for development cooperation projects in the EU’s Eastern Partnership and Central Asian priority countries, as well as a competition to co-finance projects by civil society organisations.
Based on Latvia’s expertise and the needs identified by partner countries, long-term strategic development cooperation projects will also be continued this year, and support will be offered to projects that have already attracted funding from other donors. For instance, for the fifth consecutive year, a training programme will be run for representatives from the European Neighbourhood Policy countries, Central Asia and Western Balkans, and assistance will be provided to Ukraine towards agricultural development. The participation of Ukrainian trainees will be ensured in the “The EU Semester in Riga” spring school. Capacity building among the Supreme Audit Institutions of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will be provided in cooperation with Sweden. Latvia will also support the EU-Central Asian cooperation in education, including via projects under the Central Asian Education Platform. This year, too, Latvia will continue sharing its experience and expertise with partner countries by participating in projects funded by other donors, for instance, the United Nations Development Programme.
With the aim of raising awareness of development cooperation goals and policy among the general public, public outreach measures and capacity building seminars for Latvian project promoters will also be funded. As before, support will be continued for civil society organisations representing Latvia’s interests in EU platforms of civil society organisations.
The plan also includes development cooperation measures carried out by 15 other public administration institutions. In accordance with the Guidelines, the Foreign Ministry facilitates coordination among all development activities, especially those related to bilateral development cooperation pursued by Latvia.