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Luxembourg's Development Cooperation



Luxembourg, a committed country

Since 1980, development cooperation is one of the cornerstones of Luxembourg’s foreign policy. Since 2000, Luxembourg has been contributing more than 0.7% of it's Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance (ODA). In 2014, the budget for development cooperation reached 1.06% of the Grand-Duchy’s GNI. This makes Luxembourg one of the most ambitious developed economies in this domain.

Based on selected partnerships, Luxembourg’s international cooperation is built upon key principles like liability, commitment and competence. Strategies are focused on sustainable development including its social, economic and environmental aspects, projects and activities are supposed to be enduring and efficient.

The ODA is channeled through:

  • Bilateral cooperation
  • Multilateral cooperation
  • Cooperation through NGO’s (Non-Governmental Associations)
  • Program Support
  • Rapid Humanitarian Assistance: crisis management & life saving operations
  • Disaster prevention, post disaster transition work


7 partnership countries, 7 project countries

Luxembourg is implementing multi-annual cooperation programs with 7 partnership countries. Since the 1st January 2016, these countries are:

  • Laos
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cabo Verde
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Nicaragua 

Further projects are supported in the following countries:

  • Vietnam (ends with ICP IV)
  • Myanmar 
  • El Salvador
  • Kosovo
  • Afghanistan
  • Mongolia
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories


Priority Intervention Sectors

  • Health
  • Rural Development
  • Vocational Training and Technical Education (in the sector of Tourism)


Transversal Subjects

  • Gender
  • Climate and Environment
  • Governance


Field implementations

Projects are implemented through different channels:

  • Bilateral projects are generally implemented by LuxDev
  • Multilateral projects 
  • Projects of accredited NGO's and activities from civil society are co-financed
  • Support for the private sector through public-private partnerships


Humanitarian Aid in crisis situations

Humanitarian aid is a specific component of Luxembourg's cooperation and is implemented in respect of international humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law. It responds to emergency situations and includes support during the reconstruction period as well as crisis prevention.

In 2012, the Government of Luxembourg initiated the satellite communication platform in collaboration with Luxembourgish companies and made it available for the international community.