Belgium – Flanders International Cooperation Agency (FICA)

Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Social inclusion and Poverty reduction in Tourism
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
FICA is the policy implementing agency of the Flemish development cooperation. Since the decision of the Government of Flanders of 22 July 2005, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) constituted a guiding principle throughout the Flemish development policy. The Flemish contribution focused on extreme poverty and hunger (MDG 1), health care (MDG 4-6), ecological sustainability (MDG 7) and the partnership for development (MDG 8). Total ODA in 2014 was USD 64 million (EUR 57 million), of which 51% were directed towards “Southern Cooperation”, 46% towards “Northern Cooperation”, and 3% were destined for administrative costs. Direct Bilateral ODA was EUR 5 million, indirect bilateral ODA EUR 4 million. Overall, In the same year Flanders spent EUR 221,000 on three tourism projects, which represents around 0.4% of Flemish total ODA.

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Geographic focus

Southern African Development Community (SADC), Global.

Who can apply?

Governments, International Organisations, NGOs.

Objectives and activities

To help close the North-South gap, promote sustainable development in the South and realise a just, peaceful and prosperous international community.

Type and level of funding

Grants (Emergency Aid, Microfinance), Technical Cooperation, Loans