The European Commission is funding the programme through the Environment Thematic Programme of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). The objectives and general principles of the DCI have been formulated in line with the Lisbon Treaty and the latest policies, notably the ‘Agenda for Change’ of EU development policy. Its prime objective is the reduction of poverty. It contributes also to the achievement of other goals of EU external action, in particular fostering sustainable economic, social and environmental development as well as promoting democracy, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights.
Austrian Development Cooperation
Reducing poverty, ensuring peace and contributing towards conservation of the environment – these are the goals of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation. In this regard, access to and utilisation of water, land and energy for everyone is important to meet basic needs and avoid conflicts. Equal access and use rights to natural resources are thus indispensable for an inclusive and sustainable development in the partner countries of the Austrian Development Agency. Water supply and sanitation, renewable energy and rural development for food security are further major priorities areas of ADA as these fields of activity are closely interlinked.
Finland - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland pursues an active foreign policy whose basic pillars are close international cooperation and burden-sharing as well as wide-ranging bilateral and multilateral relations. In accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Finland takes part in resolving the great global challenges facing humankind – such as mitigating climate change, reducing poverty, food security, and access to clean water and sustainable energy. Finland supports fragile states, which are in the most difficult position, as well as countries with which cooperation can gradually develop to be more broadbased, for instance in the direction of commercial and economic cooperation.
Germany - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is supporting energy projects in more than 50 partner countries, as the development of energy supply is a key prerequisite to successful poverty reduction especially for vulnerable population groups. Germany therefore supports the dissemination of sustainable and local energy production technologies, and aims to help achieve efficient energy production and utilisation. Moreover, the German government is playing a major role in helping define international targets and implement concrete measures as being a leader in the use of innovative renewable energy technologies.
Netherlands - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. The government sees its mission as being to promote the security and well-being of the Netherlands and the Dutch people, and to that end it will focus on international stability and security, energy and raw material security, the international legal order including human rights and the commercial and economic interests of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses.